Veteran Chiles finds ways to build up Springfield

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Phil Chiles in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Springfield REALTOR® Phil Chiles has made a positive impact on many people throughout his 16-year real estate career, including some of his volunteer work through the Habitat for Humanity and Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI).

The former Marine Corps veteran has been a part of the Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County since 1992, serving several terms on its board of directors and helping on many of the 100-plus building projects the organization has conducted during that time. His belief in the organization has extended to Habitat projects at the National Association of REALTORS® annual conventions, as well as special projects he initiated during his 1994 presidency for the Illinois REALTORS.

With DSI, he’s served on numerous committees and the board of directors for the not-for-profit organization as it works to “preserve, promote and enhance Springfield’s historic central business district” and make it a better place to “shop, work, visit, invest and live.”

Chiles, a broker-associate with the Real Estate Group in Springfield, says he learned about helping others through his mother’s example. “I experienced it first hand, through her. She was always volunteering, whether it was through Cub Scouts or community projects.” But he says that experience has taught him that he can make a difference in the world by helping people in need. “Not only does it give you a good feeling to help others, but you help them realize they are not in this world alone.”

The Springfield native also says community service projects conducted by his local association, the Capital Area REALTORS®, have given him another productive way to help the area and to learn from colleagues.

“I think REALTORS® are just that way,” says Chiles. “We realize that we can make a difference in our community, and we aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and get involved.”

Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® are building a home for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Ill., this summer. Volunteers began work on an E.ast Enterprise St. home in Springfield May 19, 2014.

Phil Chiles (center) and other Illinois REALTORS® built a Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield, Ill.

Chiles served in the Marines from 1967 to 1971, with one year of service in Vietnam, and he says, as Memorial Day approaches, “I’m very proud of my military service, and I remember every day to give thanks for the sacrifices that are being made for us by men and women in uniform, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Chiles has served in many capacities for the local, state and national associations, and he continues to serve on six state committees, including the chair of the Performance/Compensation Review Committee and vice chair of the Nominating Committee. He also serves as a Capitol Township Trustee.

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