SARASOTA, Fla. (December 21, 2020) – The Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CREA) of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) announced Rico Boeras as 2020 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year at the virtual Downtown Horizons panel on December 15. At the event, CREA President Joe C. Hembree also recognized his choice for 2020 President’s Award and introduced the Officers and Directors who will be leading the Alliance in 2021.

The Commercial Realtor® of the Year award is presented to a Realtor® member of the Commercial Real Estate Alliance who epitomizes the Realtor® image and has a proven track record of dedication to their fellow agents and community. Rico Boeras, Sarasota Commercial Realty, was selected by CREA’s nominating committee as 2020 Commercial Realtor® of the Year for his contributions to CREA.

Susan Goldstein, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the award to Rico. “Each year we present this award to a strong commercial real estate professional for their service to our Alliance; and that person is definitely Rico. In 2017, Rico served as 2017 President of CREA and introduced a Sporting Clays Tournament which has raised more than $12,000 for local charities since its inception. Congratulations to Rico and thank you for continuing to serve our Alliance,” said Goldstein.

“I am truly honored to receive the Commercial Realtor® of the Year award for the commercial alliance of the Realtor® Association for Sarasota and Manatee,” said Boeras. “I am very thankful for the award and the acknowledgment from my peers. CREA is an outstanding organization and it is because so many give their time and energy to make it successful.”

At the virtual event, CREA President Joe C. Hembree recognized William Wilson of Florida First Capital Finance as the recipient of this year’s President’s Award. “Wilson is receiving this award for his hard work and commitment to excellence throughout 2020 and for the many countless hours that he volunteered to lift others up,” said Hembree. “His time on the Board has really been defined by the service that he’s provided and generosity of spirit to keep us going in a difficult year.”

In 2021, CREA Officers and Directors will continue to serve the Alliance by working to improve the knowledge and professionalism of members in order to build a better commercial property marketplace in the two-county area.

2021 CREA Officers

President: Joe C. Hembree, Hembree & Associates, Inc.
President-Elect: Ben Bakker, Michael Saunders & Company Commercial
Vice President: Tom Johnson, Lakewood Ranch Commercial
Treasurer: William Wilson, Florida First Capital Finance
Secretary: Melissa Harris, Ian Black Real Estate
Past President: Susan Goldstein, Michael Saunders & Company Commercial

2021 CREA Directors

Harvey Wasserman, Harvey Wasserman & Company
Matt Fenske, SVN Commercial Advisory Group
Neil McCurry, Sabal Palm Bank
Saralyn Dorrill, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Ken Hughes, CNK Realty
Amy MacDougall, Ian Black Real Estate

The Commercial Real Estate Alliance is a special interest organization of RASM with more than 280 professionals active in the commercial real estate market, including commercial brokers and salespersons, lenders, attorneys, insurance agents and professionals. For more information about the Commercial Real Estate Alliance visit