Zimmerman named as NAR commercial liaison for 2017

REALTOR® Deena Zimmerman was named as 2017 NAR commercial liaison at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Show held in Washington, D.C., last week.

Deena Zimmerman has been named Commercial Liaison for 2017.

Deena Zimmerman has been named Commercial Liaison for 2017.

Zimmerman’s role has her reporting to the national association’s leadership about actions and issues before the multitude of commercial real estate-oriented committees.

She’s the second Illinois REALTOR® in as many years to hold the high-profile role. REALTOR® Dan Wagner holds the position in 2016.

She says a goal for her time as liaison would be to enhance the visibility of commercial REALTORS® within NAR.

Zimemrman is a broker and vice president with SVN Chicago Commercial, and was given a 2012 National Commercial Award from NAR for her work promoting the commercial real estate industry. She earned a REALTOR® achievement award from the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and has been active with the Illinois Young Professionals Network.

A graduate of both the NAR and Illinois REALTORS® leadership development programs, Zimmerman has devoted time to REALTORS® to the Rescue, an organization which aids homeless pets in the Chicago area.

Zimmerman serves on the Illinois REALTORS® NAR Involvement Subcommittee, the YPN Advisory Committee and the Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee (which she chaired in 2013 and 2014).

She has served on the NAR Directors Committee and Involvement Subcommittee.

Still time to honor late veterans at State Capitol this summer

State Capitol Remembrance Wall

If you’d like a late veteran to be honored at the Illinois State Capitol for his or her military service this summer, please submit a photograph and a brief description of their story to the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall project by Monday, May 23.

Submissions submitted by the deadline will be displayed on the Remembrance Wall in the State Capitol Rotunda from May 26 through July 4. The project is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Republicans.

You can submit information about the veteran family member or friend via email at MemorialDay@senategop.state.il.us or by U.S. Postal Service (Memorial Day Remembrance Wall, 309G State House, Springfield, IL 62706. If you have questions, call 217-782-1650.

Written descriptions should be limited to 250 words and include the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and the conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, Sept. 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, Word War I, World War II, peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

See video examples of the 2015 Remembrance Wall and why it’s important to remember true American heroes.

Guzmán named NAR VP, joins president’s cabinet for 2016-17

Mabél Guzmán leads the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee held in Peoria in January, 2016. She has played a prominent role in local, state and national REALTOR® assocaition governance.

Mabél Guzmán leads the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee held in Peoria in January, 2016. She has played a prominent role in local, state and national REALTOR® association governance. She’s just been named as a vice president for 2017 for the National Association of REALTORS®.

Illinois REALTOR® Mabél Guzmán was announced as a 2017 NAR vice president at the national association’s board of directors meeting held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Guzmán, a broker for @properties in Chicago, will fill the VP position which focuses on association affairs, and will be part of the presidential cabinet. She will be joined by 2017 NAR Vice President Elizabeth Mendenhall, and another vice president, Kevin Sears of Springfield, Mass.

Mabél Guzmán works on a Habitat for Humanity project in Springfield in 2014. Guzmàn has been a volunteer leader with the association for many years, and had participated in numerous Habitat builds.

Mabél Guzmán works on a Habitat for Humanity project sponsored by Illinois REALTORS® in Springfield in 2014. Guzmán has been a volunteer leader with the real estate trade association for many years, and has participated in numerous Habitat builds.

Guzmán, AWHD, has a long history of serving on local, state and national governance committees.

A self-described “servant leader,” Guzmán was president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® in 2011 and has served on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors.

In 2016, she chaired the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee and is serving on the Strategic Planning and Professional Standards committees. She is a member of the Spring Conference and State Legislative Contacts working groups and the Public Policy & Government Affairs Working Group.

“I am super excited and really looking forward to serving the membership,” Guzmán said. “Every president gets to pick a cabinet, and these appointments are based on what value you bring and how they consider you able to move the association forward.”

Serving on so many Illinois REALTOR® committees over the years has helped prepare her for the new role, she said.

“I went to meetings as a volunteer — even meetings for committees I didn’t belong to,” she said. “I always try to ask questions, be engaged and ready for any meeting I attend.”

Guzmán’s work at the national level has been ongoing for several years. She had served as chair of the NAR Conventional Finance Policy Committee and took on as a goal coming up with ways to help address the crushing burden of student loan debt as it relates to inability to afford housing. She helped establish a working group focused on the problem which made recommendations on legislation to address the issue.

In 2014, Guzmán testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing on making housing more attainable.

Her goals for her year as vice president include making sure the committee structure works to best reflect the current and future issues before NAR. She’ll take part in NAR’s strategic planning meeting this summer.

“We don’t just want members coming to a meeting just to go to a meeting,” she said. “There should be substance and a reason for going. There should be a goal of participating, creating impact and giving back to the association in a manner that members can say they felt they were part of something very special.”

Illinois REALTORS® recognized at Midyear for 100th anniversary

REALTOR® Martin Edwards from Memphis presents Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews and CEO Gary Clayton with a plaque commemorating the association's 100th birthday at a lunch held in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2016.

REALTOR® Martin Edwards from Memphis presents Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews and CEO Gary Clayton with a plaque commemorating the association’s 100th birthday at a lunch held in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2016. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

The Illinois REALTORS® was formally recognized on Friday, May 13, 2016 for celebrating a century of advocacy, education and ethics.

The association received a plaque commemorating the milestone at the RCE Luncheon held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews, GRI, and association CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, were on hand to accept the award.

The association was founded in April 1916, and is one of the oldest state REALTOR® associations in the country.

Haisler graduates from REALTOR® University with master’s degree

Heartland REALTOR® Organization CEO Jim Haisler after receiving hs master's degree in real estate at the REALTOR® University commencement held on May 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Heartland REALTOR® Organization CEO Jim Haisler after receiving hs master’s degree in real estate at the REALTOR® University commencement held on May 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Heartland REALTOR® Organization CEO Jim Haisler, RCE, was awarded a master’s degree during a commencement ceremony for REALTOR® University held in Washington, D.C.

Haisler earned a master’s degree in real estate. His research project was recognized for excellence at the event, which was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Haisler’s degree was awarded as several Illinois REALTORS® and his family looked on. Chicago Association of REALTORS® CEO Ginger Downs and REALTOR® Rebecca Thomson are on the university’s board of regents.