NYSAR Leadership Team

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2021 NYSAR President David Legaz


After a successful career as one of New York’s finest, David retired as a sergeant in 2002 after responding to the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy and losing his partner.

David combines his two decades of law enforcement experience and 25 years of real estate practice to teach real estate professionals across the country how to reduce their risk of being targeted by a predator.

In 2019, as a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS’® (NAR) Leadership Academy, David petitioned NAR’s Leadership Team to create a REALTOR® Safety Advisory Committee and was appointed its first chairperson for 2020. He is also the Education Chairperson and a Board of Director with the Beverly Carter Foundation whose mission is dedicated to improving agent safety. David also co-authored an agent safety book named, “Safe Selling: A Practical Guide for Preventing Crime without Sacrificing the Sale.”

Legaz is an investor of two New York City Keller Williams Realty franchises located in Jackson Heights and Flushing. He is also a broker in the Flushing office.

David was the 2017 president of the Long Island Board of REALTORS®, their REALTOR® of the Year in 2014, a NAR director since 2013, a NYSAR director since 2012, and serves on many national, state, and local committees.

Globally, Legaz was recognized by the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) as one of the founders of the AREAA New York East Chapter and served as the Association’s president in 2015-2016.

Contact Information:

Keller Williams Realty Landmark

32-55 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, New York 11358
Phone: 718.475.2700 • Fax: 718.475.2986
Email [email protected]

2021 NYSAR President-elect Jennifer Vucetic


Vucetic, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Empire Associates in Clifton Park, has been a REALTOR® for 15 years.

She was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® (GCAR) in 2016, served as the 2017 New York State Women’s Council of REALTORS® president and was the regional vice president for the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Currently, she serves on the Housing Opportunities Foundation and as chair of the Statewide Forms Committee.

Nationally, Vucetic is a 2020 graduate of the  National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Leadership Academy. She is a 2012 graduate of the New York State Association of REALTORS®’ (NYSAR) Leadership Academy and a 2019 REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame inductee.

Contact Information:

Exit Realty Empire Associates

805 NY-146, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: 518.879.6318 • Fax: 833.518.3948
Email [email protected]

2021 Secretary/Treasurer John Vernazza


A REALTOR®  for 21 years, Vernazza is an Associate Broker for Casandra Properties in Staten Island.

Named NYSAR REALTOR® of the Year in 2017, Vernazza was also the NYSAR Metro Regional Vice President in 2015-16 and was named as the Staten Island Board of REALTORS®, REALTOR® of the Year in 2010.

He has served and chaired numerous national, state and local committees including the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors in 2008-2009 and currently serves on the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee. At the state level, Vernazza currently serves as chair of the Investment Committee and Budget and Finance Committee; and is vice chair of the Statewide Forms Committee.

An active Rotarian, Vernazza is a member of the South Shore Rotary in 2018-2019 and was the organizations Rotarian of the Year in 2012.

Contact Information:

Cassandra Properties

1911 Richmond Ave Suite 200, Staten Island, NY 10314
Email [email protected]