ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Barbara B. Lach, a Realtor ® from Columbus, Ohio 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. NAR President Tom Salomone presented the award to Lach. "It is my tremendous honor to present this award to Barbara Lach. Her accomplishments and service within the industry are tremendous, but Barbara's impact on her local community and family are unprecedented," said Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "It is rare to find someone so committed to the real estate profession while raising eight children and supporting the local community for decades." Lach has been a Realtor ® for 36 years for Coldwell Banker King Thompson in Columbus, Ohio. During her almost four-decade career, she has had a great impact on the Realtor ® family at every level of the organization. "It is such a thrill to receive the National Association of Realtor's Distinguished Service Award," said Lach. I have met and worked with so many dedicated and talented realtors over the course of my career, and I thought just to be nominated by the Columbus Realtors and the Ohio Association of Realtors was one of the greatest honors I could ever receive."