USFN Presents Annual Awards

Attorney network USFN has honored several of its members for their distinguished service throughout year. The awards were presented at USFN's Member Education Retreat & Annual Meeting last month in Key Largo, Fla., by the group's president, Richard Rothfuss.

Cynthia Nierer of Rosiciki, Rosicki & Associates was named USFN Member of the Year. The directing partner of closings and evictions at the Plainview, N.Y.-based firm, Nierer was honored for her involvement with USFN's REO/Eviction Committee, where she helped to expand and update the organization's REO/Eviction Desk Guide following the passage of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Tom Dore, chairman of USFN's Membership Committee, was named USFN Committee Chair of the Year. A partner at Towson, Md.-based Covahey, Boozer, Devan & Dore, he is a longtime active volunteer on various task forces and subcommittees, USFN says.

Safeguard Properties CEO Robert Klein was named Associate Member of the Year. Klein and his staff have been instrumental in their contributions to seminars, committees and task forces, USFN notes, specifically with regard to the area of vacant-property registration.

USFN also awarded Mike Echevarria, of Florida Default Law Group, with the Michael C. Barrett Industry Innovator Award, which was developed this year to commemorate industry legend Michael C. Barrett, who passed away in January.

The inaugural recipient of the award, Echevarria is a managing partner at the Tampa, Fla.-based law firm and was an associate and longtime friend of Barrett. He also fully demonstrates the work ethic so highly regarded by Barrett, USFN says.



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