Matey H. Veissi, broker and co-owner, Veissi & Associates in Miami, is the 2016 president of Florida Realtors®, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1916 with 67 members, Florida Realtors is now the state’s largest professional association with 155,000 members.
“Florida Realtors, from its inception, has been built from the ground up,” says Veissi, who is active in residential and commercial brokerage, and real estate consulting. “Over 100 years, each president, leadership team and board of directors has added to the legacy of our association, and we are now the second-largest state association in the United States.”
A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Veissi has chaired virtually every committee for the Miami Association of Realtors®, her local association, and was named its Realtor of the Year in 1996. She was the creator and charter member of the association’s International Council and a founding member of its Honor Society. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 from the Miami association.
Veissi has been secretary, treasurer, vice president, director and district vice president of the state association, and served as chairperson of the Florida Real Estate Commission in 2003. She also has served as chair of the National Association of Realtors® Global Business and Alliances Committee, and NAR presidential liaison to the real estate associations of Jamaica and The Bahamas.
Veissi is an associate professor at Florida International University’s College of Finance and a member of FIU’s Real Estate Institute Advisory Board and Women’s Mentoring Program. She is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR) and the Master Brokers Forum. In the community, Veissi has volunteered for Camillus House for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, youth athletics, the YMCA and March of Dimes.
As president of the state association, Veissi will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors’ services and support programs for real estate professionals. “Great service is the hallmark of professionalism and we want our members to wow our customers,” she says. “In addition, our organization will continue to be a strong advocate on key issues affecting our local communities.”
Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 155,000 members in 55 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.