Illinois REALTORS® welcomes 6 new board members

Vicky Silvano (far left) installs the 2018 Board of Directors during the Inaugural Gala Thursday.

The Illinois REALTORS® welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors Thursday as the entire board was installed during the Inaugural Gala. All six were appointed to three-year terms: Nicholas Apostal, Jeffrey Barkstall, Ayn Bartok, Michael Gobber, Matt Silver and Karen Stailey-Lander.


Apostal is the managing broker and co-founder of the Apostal Group, part of Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park. With the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR), he helped establish the Young Professional Network. Apostal is a member of the CAR Board of Directors. For the Illinois REALTORS®, he served on the YPN Advisory Committee from 2015 through 2017. He also helped on the State Legislative Contacts Working Group in 2016 and 2017.


Barkstall is a broker for Century 21 Heartland-Champaign. He’s been involved in several committees with Illinois REALTORS®, including three consecutive years with the State Legislative Contacts Working Group, Professional Development Major Investors Group and the Housing Opportunity Working Group. For the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, he’s been an active member since 2005 and served as president for 2014-2015.


Bartok is the managing broker-owner for All in One Real Estate Co., in Harrisburg. She was the 2014 president for the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®, was its 2016 REALTOR® of the Year and served on the Ed/Tech, Nominating and Awards committees. For the Illinois REALTORS®, she served as a state legislative contact, is an RPAC Major Investor and an avid RPAC supporter.


Gobber is a broker for Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester. In 2017, he served Illinois REALTORS® on six committees: State Legislative Contacts Working Group, RPAC Major Investor Working Group, Real Estate Educational Foundation, Professional Standards, Business Issues-License Law Forum and the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). He is president-elect for the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and has been on its board of directors for seven years.


Silver is a partner-broker for Urban Real Estate in Chicago. He began serving on Illinois REALTORS® committees in 2001, and served on numerous committees from 2011 through 2017, including chair of the 2015 Education Working Group and chair of the 2013 Grievance Committee. Silver was the 2017 president for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.


Stailey-Lander is a broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington. She began serving on Illinois REALTOR® committees in 1989, again from 1992 to 1996, and from 2009 to 2017. During the past year, she was on the Professional Development Major Investors Group, the Professional Standards Committee and the REALTOR® Institute Working Group. She is the immediate past president for the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®.


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