The Miami Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum, an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate professionals, recently named Iliana Abella its chair.
Executive director of sales at the Abella Group at Compass, Abella is a longtime MBF board member who has served as the chapter’s treasurer from 2013 to 2020. She will begin a three-year term as chair this month.
Abella has specialized in Miami’s luxury real estate sector for more than 30 years, working with a roster of high-profile clients that includes professional athletes, diplomats, and foreign nationals.
“I am honored to have been chosen for this position by my fellow board members, and grateful for the standard of extraordinary leadership set by past MBF chairs,” said Abella in a press release. “My primary concern will be to slowly guide the chapter back to normalcy after the disruption of the COVID 19 pandemic, with the hopes of resuming our signature events once it is safe to gather in person.”
Abella assumes the chair position from Jeff Morr, who led the chapter from 2013 to 2020 and will remain on the board. Longtime board member Ralph De Martino will serve as treasurer during Abella’s tenure.
The Miami MBF also added longtime members Dennis Carvajal and David Nguah to its advisory board. Carvajal is one of the top-producing agents at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, and has participated in some of the largest residential closings in Miami history, including the 2020 sale of a Coral Gables mansion for $30 million.
Nguah is a luxury specialist with Douglas Elliman who has sold real estate in Miami Beach for over 20 years. Having worked in corporate sales in a large national hotel chain, Nguah brings the structure of corporate sales and cutting-edge marketing aptitude to his clients. A health and fitness advocate, Nguah recently led the City of Miami Beach’s upgrades to its Muscle Beach South Beach outdoor fitness park.
“In spite of the obvious challenges and concerns of the past year, Miami real estate has experienced an incredible resurgence, marked by thousands of new residents leaving their high-tax states for the opportunity to live here and work virtually,” added Abella. “We believe this is just the start of a long-term trend that will coincide with Miami’s continued evolution as a world-class city, with the MBF as an active and dynamic voice in real estate.”