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WPAR Presents Annual Awards to Caro and Newhouse

The Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS® (WPAR) has named Leah Caro, broker/owner of Bronxville-Ley Real Estate, as its REALTOR® of the Year for 2011 and Jim Newhouse, owner of Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers of Rye Brook, as its Affiliate of the Year for 2011.

WPAR presents The "Realtor of the Year" award based on a real estate agent’s involvement with the Association, as well as volunteer activities within the local community. Caro, a Crestwood resident, has been in the real estate industry for 18 years. She is member of WPAR’s Board of Directors and its most recent immediate past president.

During her tenure, she served on the Association’s Leadership, Awards, Finance, Member Services, Membership, Legislative, and Broker/Owner Manager committees.  She has also been a part of many committees including the Education Council, Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee, Long Range Planning Committee and Communications Council. Caro represented her local Association on the Boards of Directors of the National and New York State Associations of Realtors.

She is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORs® and serves as a director for the Westchester Residential Opportunities. In her local community, she has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce on many projects that serve the community. 

The WPAR “Affiliate of the Year” Award is given for an affiliate’s participation in WPAR events and involvement with WPAR members. Newhouse has supported REALTOR® events, such Annual Members Day, various networking events and the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

His company is also one of WPAR’s Preferred Providers, offering discounts to employees of major corporations or individually-owned companies with a few or even one employee.  Newhouse was recognized for his work with WPAR members to find affordable solutions for healthcare insurance.

Mike Gibbons and Sarah Hughes, co-chairs of the Association’s political action committee received the “Extra Mile” Award. This award is presented to those who have excelled in their involvement with the REALTOR® family. Gibbons owns CJM Gibbons Realty in Dobbs Ferry and Hughes works with William Raveis Legends Realty Group in Briarcliff Manor.


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