WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Diane Cummins was installed as the president of The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and J. Philip Faranda was installed into the same position of its subsidiary, the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, at the association's recent annual gala.
Cummins is the branch manager of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Katonah. Faranda is owner and principal broker of J. Philip Real Estate in Briarcliff Manor. The gala was held at The View in Piermont in Rockland County.
Cummins and Faranda, along with the executive officers and directors of HGAR and HGMLS were officially installed in their new positions at the gala. More than 250 Realtors from Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties attended the event.
“We are so excited to have Diane and Phil as our new leaders for 2014,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR chief executive officer. “Both of them are award-winning real estate professionals who have been in the business for many years, and we’re looking forward to seeing great things from both of them this year.” Cummins has been a broker in the Westchester area for almost 30 years. Prior to her real estate career, she spent 15 years as a theatrical agent in New York City representing clients such as Tom Cruise. Cummins was recognized as the Putnam County Realtor of the Year in 2000, 2002 and 2005. She is the past president of the former Putnam Association of Realtors (serving for 4 years); 2006 chairwoman of the New York State International Committee; and the NAR president’s liaison to the Bulgarian Real Estate Association, from 2006 to 2011. Faranda founded his own firm in 2005, which today is one of the leading independent brokerages in Westchester. Faranda has appeared on ABC World News and been a source for many media outlets.
An industry veteran since 1996, he is one of the top-selling broker agents for transaction totals in Westchester County since 2007. He is also a director for the New York Association of Realtors (NYSAR) and 2014 chair of the NYSAR Technology Forum.
In addition to the presidents, the 2014 HGAR executive officers installed include Drew Kessler of Country Sun Realty Ltd. in Garnerville as HGAR president-elect for 2015; Barry Kramer of Westchester Choice Realty in Scarsdale as regional vice president, Westchester and Putnam; Jennifer Maher of J. Philip Real Estate in Briarcliff Manor as regional vice president Westchester and Putnam; and Pamela Jones of Coldwell Banker in White Plains, as secretary/treasurer. The new HGMLS officers include: Leah Caro of Bronxville-Ley Real Estate in Bronxville as vice president; Renee Zurlo of BHG Rand in Central Valley as Treasurer; and Eileen Barrett of Houlihan Lawrence in Brewster as secretary. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) is a not-for-profit trade association covering more than 9,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties.
The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, owned by HGAR, offers some 24,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest multiple listing services in the country.