RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, INC.

"The Voice of Real Estate in Rhode Island"
Serving Rhode Islanders Since 1948
Follow us: Twitter Facebook

Press Release

Contact: Kerry Park
Ph: 401-432-6948
Cell: 401-207-4502
Email: kerry@rirealtors.org

Chris Whitten Chosen as 2021 R.I. Realtor of the Year

November 5, 2021 -- Warwick, RI - Christopher Whitten of Premeer Real Estate was chosen by his peers as the 2021 Rhode Island Realtor of the Year. The award recognizes one of more than 6000 Realtors throughout Rhode Island for their dedication to the Realtor organization and their local communities. The statewide winner is chosen from the winner of five regional Realtor of the Year awards.

Whitten was the 2019 and 2020 President of State-Wide Multiple Listing Service, a real estate data exchange subsidiary of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. He also served as the 2020 president of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors and on numerous Realtor committees at the local and state level.

He is a past recipient of the Rookie of the Year from the Realtor Association of Central Massachusetts and the 2018 winner of the Northern RI Board’s Realtor of the Year Award. Also, among his accomplishments was the launch the Community Action Committee for the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors and the development of that board’s first-ever Good Neighbor Award.

Whitten entered the real estate profession 13 years ago following a successful career as the co-host of a popular morning radio program. Today, he owns and operates Premeer Real Estate with offices in Smithfield, R.I. and Uxbridge and Auburn, MA. One of his proudest accomplishments as the broker/owner of Premeer Real Estate includes the inception of their Premeer Gives Back Program in 2019.  For each successful closing, they make a $150 donation in their client’s name to a local charity of their client’s choice from their yearly beneficiary list. To date they have donated over $30,000 to well over 30 different local charities in the communities they serve. Whitten founded Premeer Real Estate on the premise that investing in their communities is truly investing in our future.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have Chris Whitten’s among our ranks. He’s a true professional in every sense of the word and never fails to step up to help elevate the experience of Realtors and their clients, and he is just an absolute pleasure work with and be around,” said Phil Tedesco, CEO of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and State-Wide Multiple Listing Service.

A graduate of Dean College, he lives in Smithfield, R.I. with his wife Lindsey and five children.

Other contenders for the state title included four other local Realtor board winners of the Realtor of the Year award: Mary Coutu, Kent-Washington Association of Realtors; Jennifer Hilton, Newport County Board of Realtors; Donald Morash, R.I. Commercial and Appraisal Board of Realtors, and Sally Hersey, Greater Providence Board of Realtors.

 

About the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®

The Rhode Island Association of REALTORS┬«, one of the largest trade organizations in Rhode Island with more than 7,000 members in approximately 900 offices, has been serving Rhode Islanders since 1948. Collectively, RI REALTORS┬« transacted nearly $7.9 billion in residential real estate sales last year and nearly $8.1 billion in total transactions including rentals and commercial real estate. Advocating for Rhode Island's property owners, the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

The Association is one of more than 1,400 boards and associations that comprise the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America's largest trade association, representing over 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries and who subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics.

REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.