In Recognition of Ms. Gloria Nilson -- (Extensions of Remarks - January 20, 2004)
HON. FRANK PALLONE, JR.
OF NEW JERSEY
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2004
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an exemplary individual, Gloria Nilson whose professional accomplishments are equally matched by her generous and selfless contributions to the community in the areas of education, the arts and culture. Just this past year, on December 6, 2003, the Monmouth University Library Association honored Ms. Nilson, awarding her with their 2003 Community and Humanities Award.
It is clear to me that Ms. Nilson is truly deserving of this award because of her dedication and diligence with every project that she has taken on. Being regarded as a pioneer in a field where few women were even licensed to sell real estate, Ms. Nilson is widely recognized in the state of New Jersey, and nationally as one of the state's top-ranking Realtors.
Remarkably, Ms. Nilson began her career carrying a typewriter in the trunk of her car to draw up contracts and close sales for clients. After being ranked Number 1 in the state of New Jersey for residential real estate volume by the New Jersey Real Estate Board for four consecutive years, she started Gloria Nilson Realtors in 1977. As Executive Vice President, Director of Luxury Homes for Gloria Nilson Realtors/GMAC Real Estate, she is the exclusive affiliate for Sotheby's International Realty for the Greater Monmouth County area, and in 2000, placed third in the country for GMAC.
Notable among her numerous affiliations and philanthropic activities; Ms. Nilson is the founding board member of the Women's Council for the Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, she is also the first woman to be named chairperson of the Business Council at Monmouth University's School of Business. Widely recognized for her outstanding contributions both professionally and personally, her awards include the Monmouth Girl Scouts Council 2001 Women of Distinction Award, the Monmouth Ocean Development Council's 1996 Silver Gull Award for Business Achievement, and the 2000 Community Service Award for GMAC Real Estate, which is now given annually in the name of Gloria Nilson.
Once again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Ms. Gloria Nilson on her Community and Humanities Award and offer her the highest praise for her professional achievements, as well as her civic contributions.