Darien REALTORS Announce their 2023 REALTOR of the Year

October 17, 2023

The Darien Board of REALTORS, Inc. has named Gen Distance as their “2023 REALTOR OF THE YEAR”. A panel of Past President’s reviewed numerous submissions from members and unanimously selected Gen based on her dedication and passion to the REALTOR Community on a local, state and national level.

Gen is currently the President of the Darien Board of REALTORS and was recently elected to serve a second term as President in 2024. She is also a Certified Professional Standards Resource for local agents. On a state level, Gen serves on the Connecticut Association of REALTORS as a Director from 2022 – present day. She is also the Chair of the Connecticut Association of REALTORS Risk Reduction Committee; Served on the Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Scholarship Committee; and in 2024 will act as Region 1 Vice President-Elect. On a National level, Gen serves as a Director of the National Association of REALTORS  representing small Associations; She is a 2023 Delegate Body representative and also sits on the National Association of REALTORS 2023 Leading Edge Advisory Board.

Gen is the main liaison between the Darien Board of REALTORS and the Darien Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to giving back to the Darien Community and it’s local charitable organizations. She exemplifies the REALTOR spirit in every way.  To quote a fellow REALTOR, “Gen is an example of ethics, etiquette, grace and compassion. She has immense knowledge of the real estate industry at every level. She’s a pleasure to work with and I’m proud to call her my Peer”.

Outside of real estate, Gen’s interests include serving on The Cultured Pearl Foundation, Inc.: 2020-2022 President and Board Chair; 2022-2024 Re-elected President and Board Chair; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omicron Upsilon Omega Chapter: 2018-2022 Executive Committee; 2018-2022 Secretary; 9/2023-1/2024 Secretary by Special Election; Archivist and Historian (2018-2023).  Friends School Baltimore:  2021-2025 Alumni Association Committee, 2022-2025 Board of Trustees.

Gen is the Broker/Owner of GEN NEXT Real Estate and Business Broker, an independent firm specializing in cutting-edge marketing with a 5-star rating for customer service and satisfaction.  With expertise in residential and commercial sales, rentals and acquisitions; REO asset management and disposition; Relocation services and sales; International Marketing Specialist and a Business sales expert with a specialty in asset and data valuation. She is licensed in CT, FL and GA.

Founded in 1930, the Darien Board of REALTORS® serves real estate professionals and residents of Darien by promoting & defending homeownership in CT. In partnership with Connecticut REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, the Board is dedicated to promoting professionalism and ethical real estate practices, while also providing industry information, political advocacy and education to its members and the community, with an increased focus on kindness, diversity, equality and Fair Housing.

Last modified: October 18, 2023