As a successful Illinois REALTOR®, a longtime Boy Scout volunteer, part-time television actor, former Barrington school board member and member of the Hoffman Estates Planning and Zoning Commission, Tom Krettler could be considered a modern-day Renaissance man.
Add in the fact that Krettler helped guide his local REALTOR® association and his district scout council through mergers, owns a math degree and previously worked in information technology, and his case could be strengthened substantially. Also during his tenure on the school board, he helped encourage the community to approve three referendums totaling $126 million so that four elementary schools could be built and several other buildings could be renovated.
While Krettler’s work and extracurricular endeavors impacted many families in the communities around him, his service to a local Boy Scout troop (Troop 10) and its district organization hold a special place in his heart.
A former Cub Scout, Krettler began volunteering when his son, Tom Jr., was old enough to become involved in Cub Scouts. As time went by, the opportunities for volunteering expanded, and he’s served as an assistant adult leader, merit badge councilor, fundraising chairman, committee member, committee chairman, and district chairman. Although he doesn’t do much camping these days, he still helps scouts earn badges for citizenship, aviation, computers and communications. He serves as the District Chairman for the Signal Hill District, which includes 1,600 scouts, 47 units and 700 adult volunteers.
“As far as scouting, the merger was new but well on its way and becoming district chairman at the time was a natural transition as part of being involved with the merger of two large REALTOR® organizations. I embraced both mergers as a benefit for members and staff while expanding services and reducing costs.
“From a personal standpoint, one of my proudest moments was when my son became an Eagle Scout,” he says. “He recently graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a biological science degree and now works for a chemical/pharmaceutical company. When he graduated, he used me as his REALTOR®.”
Krettler, a broker for RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest in Palatine, has been a REALTOR® since August 2002, starting with Century 21. At his manager’s suggestion, he joined committees with the REALTOR® Association of Northwest Chicagoland (RANWC), and eventually became its president in 2011-12.
It was during his tenure that RANWC merged with the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) and he became co-president of MORe. He says the organization became the largest association in the state and the fourth largest in the nation, and he remains active on several of its committees.
Krettler also became involved with Illinois REALTORS® committees in 2002, serving on the board of directors from 2009 through 2015. Today he is part of the Business Issues/License Law Forum Committee, the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investor Group, the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee and the State Legislative Contacts Working Group.
Krettler says he has never looked back on his decision to change careers in 2002, and while his desire to be involved in his community was there before becoming a REALTOR®, the change made it more natural. “I see my community from a different perspective than some because of what I do. I help people sell their homes, and I help them find new homes. I see things that I am proud of, and I see things I want to improve. I am a REALTOR®, and yes, I want to be involved in my community.”
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