Message from the President

By: Patricia A. Nugent, Esq.

May 2020 Board Meeting

The Florida ARECS Board of Directors held its second quarter Board Meeting on May 21st via conference call.  We always look forward to this meeting because it is typically held the day before Assembly starts so we all get the chance to see each other, catch up and enjoy the energy of Fund Assembly.  We were also looking forward to seeing REC Members from across the state at our Friday luncheon – but that was not to be either.  We may not have been able to enjoy the fellowship that comes with being a part of the Real Estate Council community, but we did take care of some important business.

Annual Election of Officers and Directors

It has been a great privilege to serve as President of the Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida for the past two years.   I believe the Real Estate Councils are a tremendous resource for real estate attorneys and I have worked with the rest of the Board to develop meaningful tools to help RECs support their members.  I hope your REC and its members are taking advantage of these resources like the Realtor® Education Library featuring over a dozen ready-to-use Realtor® seminars prepared by The Fund’s Legal Education Team.

Before we discuss new Officers and Directors, we must first take a moment to thank Diana Davis Basta for her service to the Board.  Basta, who hails from Pinellas County, is one of our original Directors who helped get the statewide Real Estate Council off the ground.  She has served the Board since 2014 and we would all like to wish her the best in her retirement!

The Board is pleased to introduce our Officers and Directors for 2020:

President:                                           Jeffrey P. Zane                                  Palm Beach Gardens

Immediate Past President:                Patricia A. Nugent                           Fort Lauderdale

Vice President:                                   Lynwood Arnold, Jr.                        Tallahassee

Secretary:                                           Nishad Khan                                       Orlando

Treasurer:                                           Erin Prete                                            Orlando

Director/Past President:                    Frederick W. Jones                          Winter Park

Director:                                              Brian Hoffman                                  Pensacola

Director:                                              Michael Tobin                                    Miami Beach

Director:                                              Brenda Ezell                                        Jacksonville