Two Fairfield residents recently received awards from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County during its annual gala celebration.

Kathy Piro, an insurance agent with Bearingstar Insurance in Fairfield, received the association's 2011 Woman of the Year Award, while Terence Beaty, director of Prudential CT Realty's New Homes & Land Division in Wallingford, received the 2011 Associate of the Year award.

Piro serves on the boards of directors of the association and Building Hope Foundation, its non-profit entity, and on the Fairfield Chamber's Ambassador Board. She has also served on various committees over the years to help raise money for the following organizations: the association's Annual Golf & Gala committees; Homes for the Brave; Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center; and St. Vincent's DiPauls Center.

She has also helped the Fairfield Police Department raise money to buy its first dog, baked over 1,000 cookies with her sisters for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, and donated 100 beanie babies at Christmas time to St. Vincent's Hospital for critical newborns.

Beaty, formerly director of the new homes and land division at William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, has experience with land analysis, marketing budgets, web and print layouts, promotional brochures and editorial copy. He has received several awards over the years, including numerous Connecticut Home Builders' Association awards, and is active in Build-Pac and Realtors Pac.

He is also a founding trustee of the New Home Marketing Group of America, a member of the National Sales & Marketing Council, a life director of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association and a national director for the National Association of Home Builders.