Mary Ann Kustich became the first women realtor to take the oath of office as the president of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors at the Association's annual inaugural ball at the Park Country Club.
Congressman John J. LaFalce administered the oath of office to Ms. Kustich; NYSAR President James Webb read the oath for the other officers; and the new directors of the 4,800-member realtor association were given the oath of office by NYSAR Vice President Michael Johnson.
The newly installed officers included: Sandra Lee Wirth, president-elect; William Horohoe, secretary-treasurer; Judith Winklhofer, senior vice president; Thomas Hollander, first vice president; and Louis Atti, second vice president.
Newly installed directors include: Sharon Bearfield, William Curtin, Charlene Gore, Rose Marie Kirsch, Donald J. Reeves, Gert Sage, Marlene Vacanti and Anita Pace.
Ms. Kustich, an active leader in real estate and in the community since 1972, is a broker-associate with Metro Colvin Real Estate in the Town of Tonawanda. She is presently a state director for the New York State Association of Realtors, and chairperson for numerous state and local real estate committees.
Thomas E. Blaine, completed his term as 1989 president of the GBBR by recognizing the retiring directors for their years of service: Robert E. Grey, Jr., Margaret Hartman, E. Thomas Hollander, John McCarthy, Thomas Miller, James Palladino, and Judith A. Winklhofer.
In her inaugural address, Ms. Kustich stated, "Earth's great treasure lies in human personality, our association's greatest treasure is having so many different personalities as members of this association.
"In the year ahead, my goal is to motivate, defend and unify our association. Through voluntary involvement, we can take the leadership role of our association into the community as a concerned group of professionals. Through unification, we will defend the realtor position in Albany beginning with involvement in government issues affecting homeownership and the right to own and transfer real property. And finally to defend our integrity, and our profession from legal action which could adversely affect our members and their way of doing business."
She asked for total member involvement from all aspects of the realtor board which includes appraisers, attorneys, mortgage bankers, brokers, owners, managers and sales agents.