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Christel Silver Named 2019 Broker of the Year by RAPB/GFLR

Christel Silver, Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach was named 2019 Broker of the Year by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors (RAPB/GFLR) now renamed as Broward, Palm Beaches, and St. Lucie Realtors®.

She also serves on the Board of Directors of the organization for South Palm Beach.

The Broker of the Year award selection criteria includes production volume, real estate related involvement, national association recognized designations, community service involvement, and number of years in the real estate industry.

Silver said she was drawn to the human element of real estate from day one, and nearly three decades later, developing relationships with her clients is still the most rewarding part of her job.

“I’ve forged new friendships with so many interesting and charismatic people,” she said. “My clients come from all walks of life and I love to collaborate with them.”

Delray Beach Housing Authority rehabs, leases public housing units

The Delray Beach Housing Authority recently completed rehabbing and leasing four 2-bedroom public housing units located at 702 SW 2nd Court.

The total renovation cost $302,602. The project added to the public housing inventory and increased it from 9 to 13 units. One unit is reserved for the on-Site maintenance person.

“Public housing programs provide decent and safe affordable housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities,” said Shirley Erazo, President and CEO of the DBHA. “We commend the staff especially Jakeleen Fernandez, Vice President of Operations for the Delray Housing Group and Jeff Graeve, Project Manager. We thank Colome & Associates for their design and Bespoke Construction who served as the General Contractor for this project.”

ALINA Residences developers celebrate topping off of project’s phase one

Phase one of Boca’s ALINA Residences is nearly completed.

The topping off of the nine story luxury condo project was completed late January and celebrated with brunch.

The first phase of the project is slated for total completion in quarter four of this year.

“Topping off phase one of ALINA is a major milestone for us,” said Noam Ziv, Executive Director of Development of El-Ad National Properties. “We are very proud of the incredible work done by our contractor, Moss Construction, and our entire construction team. We are moving forward rapidly to complete this luxury residential development, and we are looking forward to delivering ALINA to our future residents. Downtown Boca Raton is currently undergoing a development economic boom, and we are excited to be developing one of the projects leading the charge.”

Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios, ALINA offers one to four-bedroom residences that showcase sweeping golf course and city views through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open to expansive terraces.

Attending the event from New York, Yoel Shargian, CEO of Elad Group said, “While our company is known for luxury developments, this project was our first step into the Boca market. The recent announcement of the upcoming Boca Raton Brightline Station further expands the area’s appeal.  We are excited to offer our residents a walkable lifestyle close to a number of nearby entertainment and cultural options including Mizner Park and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.”

Mizner Country Club names Tennis Pro Shop coordinator employee of year

Laura Ferrara, Mizner Country Club’s Tennis Pro Shop Coordinator, was named Mizner Country Club’s Employee of the Year 2019.

The announcement was made by the club’s General Manager & COO Larry Savvides last month.

“Laura is the role model of an outstanding employee,” Savvides said. “During her 18-month tenure with the Club, we have marveled at her incredibly outgoing, friendly and compassionate personality.  She is creative, kind, thoughtful, intuitive, and an inspiration to all of us. She is truly the ultimate team player and a joy to everyone who interacts with her. Laura not only makes the tennis experience at Mizner great but sets the standard for excellence of which Mizner Country Club has built its reputation. We are so fortunate to have Laura on the team and wish her many more years of success at Mizner.”

Vernon Gettone, Mizner’s Director of Tennis, notes, “Laura has received the Employee of the Month and now she is the Employee of the Year! It’s an honor to be working with her as she exemplifies the selflessness and dedication of our work culture. Laura continually goes above and beyond member expectations. To be here for over 18 months and receive this award is remarkable. Thank you, Laura, for not only making tennis great but setting the standard for taking Mizner Country Club to the next level.”

Kaufman Lynn Construction promotes two employees to leadership positions

Kaufman Lynn Construction, has promoted two executives into leadership roles.

Tim Bonczek was promoted to Vice President of Operational Excellence and Innovation and Elaine Hinsdale has been promoted to Vice President of Integrated Marketing.

In this newly created position, Bonczek, the former Operations Vice President, will be responsible for the construction company’s quality control, safety, training, technology research and the implementation of operational and interdepartmental efficiencies across the company. Bonczek has been with Kaufman Lynn for more than 12 years.

Hinsdale, who was most recently Kaufman Lynn’s Director of Integrated Marketing for nearly two years, manages the company’s marketing department which handles the company’s project proposals, collateral materials, advertising, media outreach, brand awareness and all internal communication. Prior to joining Kaufman Lynn, Hinsdale was a member of the marketing and communications team for at Florida Power & Light Company and previously was director of corporate communications with Lockheed Martin Corporation for more than a decade.

“As our portfolio continues to grow beyond south Florida, it is necessary for us to continue to identify opportunities to improve, innovate and deliver excellence in what we do for each other and our clients. Bolstering our brand and strengthening the quality of our messaging goes hand in hand with our operational focus,” said Kaufman Lynn Construction Chief Executive Officer Mike Kaufman. “With more than 225 associates in three states, I’m convinced that with Elaine at the helm of our marketing department and Tim leading our focus on operational excellence and innovative thinking, the Kaufman Lynn brand and our industry reputation will continue to strengthen.”