Incoming PCBOR® President Debra Flower vowed to make 2019 a special year. On December 18, 2018, Flower was officially installed as Passaic County Board of Realtors® President. It was a special night for the organization as they introduced new members of the 2019 Leadership team, honored past leaders, and commemorated the Realtor® of the Year, Natalie Lentini. The Annual Gala was held at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ and included dancing, dinner, and cocktails as members had the opportunity to mingle with fellow colleagues and friends.
Flower joined the real estate industry in 1990 and began her lustrous career with an investment company. Now, she is the Broker-Associate of Valley Realty Co., LLC, a small real-estate firm in Elmwood Park, NJ. Aside from being a Realtor®, Flower focuses much of her energy and time towards performing charity work and giving back to the community.
Every year, the PCBOR® President selects a charity organization to partner with. For her term, Flower has chosen the Great Falls Rotary Foundation Military Assistance Pantry, a cause that is very near and dear to her heart.
“I became involved with the Military Family Assistance Pantry due to the fact that the Passaic County Board of Realtors® were instrumental in the creation of the Pantry and the grand opening on President’s Day back in February,” Flower said. “My father was a WWII Veteran and I feel as though I am honoring him through my involvement.”
Recently, Flower helped deliver 75 coats to the preschoolers over at the Paterson YMCA. Then, she gave Dave Avenue School preschoolers a surprise visit and brought smiles to their faces by dressing in a Reindeer costume for the holidays. She also assisted in distributing 6,400 turkeys to military veterans through the Great Falls Rotary Foundation--a generous donation given by the Inserra family and ShopRite.
If one were to ask Flower whether she is doing enough for the community, her answer would most likely be no. Flower is always striving to do more, to help out as much as she can, and to be as selfless and compassionate as possible.
“Community service is so important to me because I grew up with very little. Oftentimes, there was not enough food to feed our family of five. Due to my mother’s resourcefulness, I never realized this was the case until I became older,” Flower said. “As an adult, I have been blessed with so many opportunities, family, friends and partnerships with other organizations that I feel it is my responsibility to help others in need.”
For 2019, Flower says most of her goals will focus around community service and charity work.
“I’d like to start a program called ‘Unsung Heroes.’ Through this program, a different Realtor®, staff member or affiliate would be highlighted every week in the PCBOR® newsletter, highlighting their community service efforts,” Flower said. “I want the public and the real estate community to know that there is more to a Realtor® than a commission check.”
Flower also intends to elevate the Military Family Assistance Pantry to the next level. She says she would like to grow the services offered and develop it to be a resource center offering employment, housing, education opportunities, clothing, dental and medical services along with food distribution.
Flower and the rest of the PCBOR® Leadership team hope to make 2019 a memorable year. The night of the Gala marked the end of a successful year for the organization under the helm of 2018 President Judith Mizzone and the Passaic County Board of Realtors® is ready to begin the next chapter--with Flower leading the way.