Realtors Celebrate History


Honor Holden for 40 years as GACAR attorney and unveil “Wall of Honor.”

By Chris Eversole

History took center stage at the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors Installation and Awards Banquet.

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Charles “Chic” Holden for his 40 years of service as GACAR’s board attorney and the presentation of the James Parrish Community Leadership Award to him.

Holden, who continues in his role with the board, is the top expert on real estate law in the area, noted Gene Ritch. Holden preached integrity and the need for both parties to benefit from transactions when he trained and advised real estate agents, Ritch said.

“He kept us out of litigation compared to other counties around the state,” Ritch says.

At the event, Ritch was honored for being named a Realtor Emeritus by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

GACAR unveiled a Wall of Honor plaque honoring top members from its history, which included Fred Arnold, Tom Dobson, John Merrill, Jim Parrish, M. Parrish and Pat Polopolus.

Todd Rainsberger of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors was recognized for being named one of 40 recipients nationally to receive the NAR’s 2012 National Commercial Award.

Other presentations included:

  • Realtor of the Year: Margaret Posey of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors
  • Business Partner of the Year: Linda Webb of First American Title Insurance Co.
  • Above and Beyond Award: Alarion Bank received the first for donating time and money to sponsor GACAR events.
  • Realtors Political Action Committee Presidents Circle: Thomas McIntosh of Prudential Trend Realty
  • Commercial Business Partner of the Year Award: Campus USA Credit Union
  • Dean of Commercial Real Estate: Mike Ryals of Bosshardt Realty Services
  • Ironman Award: Perry Pursell of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors

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