Wednesday January 4, 2017 | by Staten Island Board of Realtors inducts new presid

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Greg A. Sokol of Cangiano Estates was inducted as the 55th president of The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

Sokol was sworn into office by Dawn Carpenter, president of the New York State Association of Realtors and a past president of SIBOR. The banquet ceremony took place on Jan. 11 at the Excelsior Grand in New Dorp.

"I am humbled to be included among the many great men and women who have served as SIBOR presidents since our organization's inception more than 100 years ago," Sokol said. "It's my honor to assume such a key leadership role with SIBOR, as we anticipate an exciting year ahead for the borough's real estate market."


SIBOR officers installed at the ceremony included President-Elect Michael Blasi, Sherlock Homes Realty; Secretary/Treasurer Laird Klein, Laird Klein Realty; and Immediate Past President Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, Clair Properties.

Other inducted directors included: Phyllis J. Cangro; Philip DeCarlo III; Georgianna Diaz; Michael Dukhovny; Richard E. Dun; Donna A. Iadarola; Sari Kingsley; Hector Mesa; Ron Molcho; Angelo Pappalardo; Joseph Pugliese; Francis (Frank) J. Rizzo; Scott A. Setaro, and Joseph L. Tirone Jr.

Two directors inducted that are non-Realtors are John R. Merlino Jr., Esq., of the law firm of Merlino & Gonzalez and Philip A. Guarnieri, CEO of Empire State Bank, who is serving as a non-Realtor member for the fifth consecutive year.

Sponsors for the ceremony included: Freedom Mortgage; Residential Home Funding Corp.; the law firm of Merlino & Gonzalez; Peoples Home Loans: Daniel Byrnes Attorney at Law; Envoy Mortgage: US Mortgage Corp; Cangiano Estates; PrimeLending/Wells Fargo Advisors; EverBank; ShowingTime; InterContinental; Law Offices of William J. Golding; Tristar Mortgage; The law firm of Klapper & Klapper; Palmieri Law; Metropolitan Home Inspection; Robert DeFalco Realty; Unity Bank; Flex; Wells Fargo, and GeoData.


The Staten Island Board of Realtors is the largest professional association in Staten Island and marked its 100th anniversary in October 2015.

SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas. All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.