ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pat G. Kaplan, a Realtor ® from Portland, Oregon has received the National Association of Realtors® 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR's more than 1.2 million members. Winners were recognized at the REALTORS ® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.
NAR established the DSA in 1979 to honor Realtors ® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels but must not have served as NAR president. NAR President Tom Salomone presented the award to Kaplan. " Pat Kaplan has been a leader in the Realtor ® community for decades. On the local, state and national level, Pat's commitment and professionalism make her an obvious selection for the Distinguished Service Award," said Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "On behalf of the entire Realtor ® family, I thank Pat for her inspiring dedication." Kaplan, a Realtor ® for 36 years, is broker-owner of Kaplan Real Estate Group, specializing in residential real estate and consulting. She holds the professional designations of Graduate, Realtor ® Institute; GREEN; Certified International Property Specialist; Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager; as well as the e-PRO and At Home with Diversity certifications. "I am very honored and thankful to NAR for being named a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. I am proud of be a part of an organization that honors members for giving back to their communities and protecting the rights and privileges of real property ownership," said Kaplan.