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OCREE Renames Award in Long-Time Member’s Honor

Dale Smith during a recent Kentucky Real Estate Exchangors Derby Marketing Session.

During the Ohio Commercial Real Estate Marketing Session, presented by LandSel Title and 1031IPX, welcome reception on Sunday night the attendees remembered and honored the life of long-time member Dale Smith.

Dale passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2022, at the age of 75 years old.

OCREE announced that the “Most Creative Exchange Award” will be renamed in honor of Smith. It will now be known as the “Dale Smith Most Creative Exchange Award.” It seems fitting to name the award in honor of the two-time winner of the Most Creative Exchange Award himself.

The event was hosted by the Homewood Suites by Hilton at Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio.

Alfred Dale Smith (1947 – 2022) Obituary

Alfred Dale Smith (known as Dale) passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2022, just a month after celebrating his 75th birthday and his 12th year calling Tallahassee, Florida his home. He leaves behind his life partner Kay Harris of Tallahassee, her daughter Jenny and her son Joe (who Dale called his “bonus daughter” and “bonus son”), and countless friends and colleagues throughout the country. Prior to moving to Florida, Dale lived in Marysville, Ohio, and is survived by his son, two daughters and several grandchildren.

Dale was a beloved, award-winning real estate broker in Ohio and Kentucky for over 40 years. Just after the 4th of July, he was chasing his next innovative real estate deal, sharing Kentucky bourbon with colleagues at one of his Kentucky cabins, and heading home to Florida to tend his garden and play a few more rounds of golf with his buddies at Southwood Golf Club.

Dale believed his greatest talent was in counseling and negotiating, to creatively solve anyone’s real estate problem, no matter how challenging. His long-time colleagues agree. To honor Dale, the Kentucky Real Estate Exchangors (KREE) are accepting donations to their education fund in Dale Smith’s name to support ongoing education in Counseling/Negotiations, helping new real estate exchangors develop this critical skill. Funds will be used to provide annual scholarships among the many real estate exchange groups Dale enjoyed attending. Those who feel led to donate may contact Anne Ray, KREE Administrator, at admin@kree.org.

Dale’s vision for his Kentucky cabin development near the Red River Gorge will continue as a major part of his legacy. He would want to be remembered by everyone he loved for one of his famous lines: “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.”


The award is given annually at the Ohio Commercial Real Estate Exchangors Holiday Party in December.