LIBOR's YPN Awards 8th Annual “20 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Real Estate

The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (LIBOR) Young Professional Network (YPN) hosted a spectacular evening of celebration, honoring the 8th Annual “20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate,” on June 26, 2019 at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury.  

YPN is an organization that helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become successful. 20 LIBOR REALTORS®, 40 years of age or younger were chosen for their excellence in the areas of sales, leadership, community involvement and have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and leadership in their careers.   Candidates for this award represent what the selection committee considers an overall well-rounded REALTOR®.   The YPN selection committee wanted to ensure they had a diverse group of finalists in terms of business niches, gender, ethnic background, and geographic location.  Finally, the committee looked for compelling stories – such as interesting business strategies or obstacles overcome. 

“This award meant so much to me when I received it in 2012, it means so much to these agents to be recognized and the fact that only 158 of the 160 winners are still in the business proves we are doing something right!” said YPN President Beth Lowe.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding recipients whose commitment to the real estate industry demonstrates that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow but the shining stars of today! 

And the esteemed honorees are (in alphabetical order):

David Barriga - Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Paige Chirco – Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Nicholas DiVisconte – Keller Williams Team TILRE

Sari Eidelkind – Lucky to Live Here Realty

Lisa Elefante – Mission Properties

Bryan Elsesser – Exit Realty Island Elite

Nikki Taylor Friedman – Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Tammy L. Gatto – Signature Premier Properties

Marco Gervasi - Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Jake Guadagno - Galaxy Realty Group

Edgar Iglesias - Exit Realty Achieve

Tamanna Jaggi - Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Manuel Mena – Realty Connect USA

Dan O’Neil - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Stephen Orlando – Exit Kingdom Realty

George Panagopoulos - Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Nafiz Rahman – Wolves Den Realty

Zachary Scher - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Edward Schmidt - Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Michael Vallone - Galaxy Realty Group

Two additional awards were presented during the ceremony. LIBOR President Dianne Scalza was presented with the YPN “Biggest Fan” award and LIBOR Nassau Vice President Joe Sinnona received the “YPN Young at Heart” award, in appreciation for their support of the YPN.

The night was a great success, thanks to all of the efforts and hard work by the host of the evening, LIBOR’s YPN President Beth Lowe and her advisory board, including Vice President/President Elect Christopher Bacchus, Secretary Joseph Piccininni Jr., Treasurer Emily Catik and the YPN Board of Directors. 

And a special thank you to the generous sponsors of the event: Chris Lalena of FM Home Loans, The Law Office of Asaf German, P.C., RELOCATORS, Investment Inspection, Diamond Law Group, A Pro Inspection and Captain Permit, YPN’s sponsor of the year.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) began in 2006 and was started by REALTOR® Magazine as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link with the real estate industry. In 2009, YPN began to expand its network by encouraging local and state associations to use the YPN model to start their own young professional’s network. In 2011, the Long Island Board of REALTORS® was proud to join the YPN movement and established a YPN chapter for Long Island that supports members in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.  Young professionals represent the future of the real estate industry.  Members of the YPN represent the next generation of leaders in our association and our community. 

For more information or to join the LI chapter of YPN, visit

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Christina DeFalco Romano
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The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 27,000-member, not-for-profit trade association that serves real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. Founded over 100 years ago, LIBOR is the fourth-largest local REALTOR® board in the United States.