Louis C. Vinci was recently named 2013 president of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors at a ceremony held inside Salvatore's Italian Garden's.
Vinci came to America, the land of opportunity, from Italy when he was just a child. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the State University of Buffalo and worked in the banking industry.
A Williamsville resident, Vinci has been a member of BNAR since 1988 and has served in the capacity of director since 2002. He served on many BNAR committees as well as on the state and national level.
Congressman Brian Higgins installed Vinci as president.
"Louis will be a tremendous advocate for home owners in our region, especially the military, since he will be devoting his energy in helping our returning troops finding suitable housing and assisting them with special needs," said John B. Leonardi, BNAR CEO.
In addition to Louis's installation, the Honorable Penny Wolfgang installed the following individuals:
Officers: Christie Rothschild as president-elect; John Kopera as secretary/treasurer; Joe Rivellino as vice president; Amy Winklhofer as immediate past president; and Charlene Zoratti as president's adviser.
Directors serving three-year terms are Dennis Dargavel, James LoVallo, James Roberts and Ron Zaccagnino. Directors at large (one-year terms) include: Peter F. Hunt and Daniel Q. Symoniak; and regional director Rebecca Van Dorn, representing Genesee Valley.
The Realtor Association also presented the Realtor of the Year Award to Michael Johnson and Realtor-Associate of the Year to Lawrence Lentini. The awards are based on exemplary service and participation in the BNAR, the real estate community, the national and state association and involvement and service in civic, community, church and charitable projects, as well as business accomplishments
One of the last acts taken by the outgoing BNAR president is recognizing the efforts of local citizens who dedicate his or herself to improving the quality of life in Western New York. The Communities of Excellence Award was presented to Higgins at the inauguration event. Also, special recognition for exceptional accomplishments in the service to the BNAR, the Buffalo Award was presented to Margaret Hartman.
BNAR is a trade organization with more than 2,500 local members whose mission is to promote professionalism, real estate property rights and values, and the voice for real estate in the Western New York area.