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In Memory of TJ Zappulla

Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. wishes to honor, remember and show its appreciation to its longtime Chairman of the Legislative Committee, TJ Zappulla.  TJ served this Committee from 1994 to his death on June 15, 2012.  TJ was responsible for three major events that made Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. a leader in the State.  The first was “Legislative Night” soon to be followed with “Meet The Candidates” and the most recent “Local Leadership Breakfast”.  These events have been attended and enjoyed by many as well as receiving recognition from the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® for being a first to hold such events.  Many Associations sought TJ out to start their own similar events.  TJ also brought the Builders in on the events thus making it yet another first to have the Builders and REALTORS® work together on Legislative issues that affect both our industries. His continuous watch on legislative issues that affect our organization will be sorely missed.  Our organization will go on but it will never be the same without TJ.  His works and efforts will always be remembered as will he!


T.J. Zappulla

To watch the Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc. tribute to T.J. Zappulla, click here.

To watch a Moment of Remembrance with Andrew Roraback, click here.

To watch a Moment of Remembrance with Greg Ugalde, click here.
 

 

LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

LOCAL BOARD INVOLVEMENT

Activity:

Joined Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. on March 1, 1976

Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.  Multiple Listing Service, Inc.  Secretary 1982
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc.  Secretary 1983
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc.  Vice President 1984
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc.  President 1985-1986, 2011
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.  President-Elect 2010
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc. Director 1987-1988, 1990-1993, 1998-2000, 2003-2009, 2012
Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc. Multiple Listing Service, Inc. President 1988

Committees: 

AD-HOC Computer 1988
AD-HOC Committee name (Benefits) 1999, thru 2001
AD-HOC Electronic Advertising Committee 1999, 2000
AD-HOC Office Exploratory Committee 2012
Budget Committee 2009
Building Committee 1987-1988
Building Committee Chair 1986
Bylaws Committee 1994, 1995
Education Committee 1981-1984

Executive Committee 2006-2011
Grievance Committee 1980
Legislative Municipal Action Plan Committee 2008-2012
Legislative/Political Affairs Committee 1986, 1988, 2002
Legislative/Political Affairs Committee Chair 1994-2001, 2003-2012

Mediation Officer 1994, 1995, 1996
Membership Committee 1980, 1982-1984
MLS Committee Co-Chair 1988
MLS Policy Enforcement Chair  1984
MLS Nominating Committee 1990, 1996, 1998-1999, 2000, 2002-2006
Neighborhood Revitalization Committee 1980

Nominating Committee 2007
Personnel Committee 1986
Political Issues Committee 1994, 1995, 1996
Professional Standards Committee 1989, 1990

Program Committee 1983-1984
REALTOR® of the Year Committee 1986
RPAC Committee 1986


Other: 

REALTOR® Associate of the Year Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. 1979
REALTOR
® of the Year Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.  1983, 1986
Local TV/Cable series Real Estate into the 90’s 1991 for Litchfield County Board of REALTORS
®, Inc.
 

STATE BOARD INVOLVEMENT

Activity:

C.A.R. State Director   1985-1986, 1994, 2004, 2011

Committees:

Gates Scholarship Committee
Issues Advocacy Committee 1995-1997
Leadership Committee 2010-2012
Legislative/ Political Affairs Committee Member 1986-2012
REALTOR
® Grass Roots Committee 2009, 2012
REALTOR
® Grass Roots Committee Chair 2011
REALTOR
® Grass Roots Committee Vice Chair 2010
Political Action Center Review Committee 2001
RPAC Trustees 1994-2000
RPAC Trustee Chair and Vice Chair 1996-1997
Smart Growth Presidential Advisor Group Co Chair 2000

Other:

Political Contact Network Member 1969-2012
REALTORS® at the Capitol 1969-2012
REALTOR
® Champion 2008-2012
Testified numerous times on the Association’s behalf at State legislative public hearings

TJ has been a long time political advocate for the REALTOR® organization and is well recognized by both State and Local elected officials. His involvement has resulted in many of the REALTOR® successes in the State’s General Assembly.  He is highly regarded by the REALTOR® Community as well as elected officials at all levels.
 

NATIONAL BOARD INVOLVEMENT

Member of the Federal Political Coordinator’s Contact Team for Congresswoman Nancy Johnson.
Attended NAR’s Washington Government Affairs Hill Visits
 

CIVIC & CHARITABLE INVOLVEMENT

Civic Activity:

Rotary Club of Torrington 1980-1986
Sergeant of Arms 1981-1982

Charitable Activities: 

American Cancer Assoc.
Big Brother Big Sisters, Director 1982-1994
Chair Bowl for Kids Sake 1984-1986 Big Brothers Big Sisters
FISH Host Home 1981-1984  (Local Area Homeless Shelter/Organization – Non Profit)
Northwest CT Aids Project 1986-1995
Nutmeg Ballet Board of Director Member  1993-1995
Santa Claus at Christmas Village 1993-1994
Toys for Tots 1991-1994
UNICO 1985-1986

United Way of Torrington
United Way Director 1984-1986, 1990-1995
United Way Campaign Manager 1991-1992

Warner Theater Volunteer 1994-1995

Fraternal or religious Activities: 

Camp counselor 1973-1974
Youth group advisor 1970-1974
 

Other:

Young Man of America 1983
Taught Real Estate Principals  & Practices at Northwestern Connecticut Community College

On June 19, 1985 T.J. was honored for Big Brother of the Year
T.J. became a Big Brother to “Billy” when he was around 11 years old.  “Billy” is now in his 30’s and T.J. has maintained his relationship with him all these years.
 

POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

Political action:

Election Official 1978-1984

Started the first ever “Legislative Night” in the State on March 14, 1983. This event is held in January of each year for State of Connecticut Senators and Representatives.   This will  continue as an annual event.  It has been an example for other Boards/Associations who have since implemented similar events at their Board/Association level.  This event is one of the largest attended events of Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.   Several years ago, TJ opened it up to be held in conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Northwest Connecticut and the Northwest Connecticut Property Owners Association.    TJ worked hand in hand with our State Association on all Legislative Issues. 

In October of each two years for Elections, he has held a “Meet The Candidates Night”.  All State Senators, Representatives seeking re election and each party having a candidate for State Senator or Representative is invited to attend and let our members know their views on REALTOR® issues.  The Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc. submits papers which are given to all for their review.  Again, this is another of our largest attended events.  Federal level Senator,  Nancy Johnson has even called and asked if she could attend.  When there is a particularly tough race going on, Federal level Senators and or Representatives may be invited. 

TJ started the “first ever” “Local Leadership Breakfast” whereby all Mayors and First Selectman of our nineteen town jurisdiction have been invited.  This event was structured in a similar manner as the “Legislative  Night”.  To open the doors of communication with REALTORS® and the local officials. 

TJ was a long time political advocate for the REALTOR® organization and was well recognized by both State and Local elected officials. His involvement resulted in many of the REALTOR® successes in the State’s General Assembly.  He was highly regarded by the REALTOR® Community as well as elected officials at all levels.

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE

2012 REALTORS at the Capitol

30th Anniversary Presentation

75TH Anniversary Celebration