Eileen Russell, of the Pearce/George J. Smith Milford Commercial office, has been named the company’s 2013 Rookie of the Year.

“It is difficult, and therefore rare, for a new commercial agent to outperform all new real estate agents, since transactions are lengthy and the learning curve is steep,” Pearce President Barbara Pearce said in a statement.  “Eileen is to be commended for the hard work and sales skills that got her to this point so quickly.”

Russell previously worked as an information technology professional in New York City and Fairfield County, for employers including New York Life, Con Edison, U.S. Trust Bank, Financial Technologies, the NASDAQ Stock Market, ING Financial Services and Pitney Bowes.