Aftermath of ‘aha’ moment benefits McHenry schools and businesses


Sue Miller wanted more and found it .

REALTOR® Sue Miller loves her career and her community and she’s found satisfying and effective ways to help others.

The successful managing broker (Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell) has been a passionate volunteer for the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She’s been a director for the foundation for about 15 years, planning and working numerous fundraisers so teachers don’t always have to use their own money to pay for special projects. For the chamber, she’s helped plan events during the last three years to encourage idea-sharing among the 650 area businesses and help strengthen the local economy.

“At some point in your career, you realize success doesn’t just come from listing and selling properties,” she says. “You have an ‘aha’ moment and ask yourself, ‘What more can I do?’“

Miller says her career success – which includes local, state and national association work – has given her a sense of confidence but also helped her realize she needed to thank the community for supporting her. When volunteering for both organizations, friends already involved with the non-profits invited her to help because they believed the match would be mutually beneficial. She believes they were right.

“Now, it’s not about networking and prospecting . . . When people see you care, they want to work with you,” she says.

In March, Miller received an annual award from the chamber called “Woman of Accomplishment 2016.” She says, “It was quite a surprise, and a huge honor. It recognizes women who have made a difference by demonstrating success. It made me think that maybe I have made a difference after all.”

Miller, who has been involved with numerous Illinois REALTOR® committees since 1999, is part of nine committees/working groups in 2016, including: State Legislative Contacts Working Group, Professional Development Major Investors Group and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Watch the Illinois REALTORS® blog for weekly stories about the community involvement of Illinois REALTORS® during the association’s 100th anniversary year. This is the 16th in that series. If you have an idea for a REALTOR® to highlight with an article, please send it to #MemberMonday#100YearsStrong

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