Meyer to kick off Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

American author and international business expert Erin Meyer will share ideas REALTORS® can use to grow their own businesses on Friday, Nov. 3, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Meyer is the first of four successful entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry who’ll speak at this national event during the Spotlight Series.

Register today for the Conference & Expo.

Having lived and worked in Europe, Africa and the United States, Meyer has identified and studied various communication patterns and business systems around the world. She’s helped executives from five continents understand cultural differences and taught them to lead cross-cultural teams more effectively.

As a senior affiliate professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at INSEAD, a private business school based in Paris, Meyer directs two programs there: “Management Skills for International Business” and “Leading Across Borders and Cultures.”

She wrote the book, “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business,” and she is a contributor for the Harvard Business Review.

Make sure you sign up for a Premier Access pass or the Nov. 3  one-day registration to attend Meyer’s presentation.

The REALTOR® Conference & Expo runs Nov. 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building. Get more information.

Enter July contest for chance at $100 restaurant gift card

REALTORS® who correctly answer all seven trivia questions in this month’s NAR Conference & Expo trivia contest will be eligible for a prize drawing for a $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card.

The online contest is titled “How Well Do You Know Chicago Cuisine?” and the gift card can be used at any of the more than 50 Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in the Chicago area. Go here to enter.

Only NAR members can enter the contest. Participants use a NRDS ID and a valid email address to register. NAR staff members, their immediate family members and those living in their households cannot enter.

Members can enter the contest more than once but only one correct completed entry will count for each person.

The prize does not include lodging, transportation or registration for the REALTOR® Conference and Expo.

For more information about contests connected to the Conference & Expo, go here. Learn more about the Conference & Expo, scheduled for Nov. 3-6.


Video uses personalities to attract REALTORS® to Chicago

Chicagoan Rebecca Thomson is one of seven REALTORS® whose communication skills are put to the test in the video titled “8 Seconds.”

Each is challenged to spontaneously develop an eight-second message that will convince colleagues to attend the NAR Conference & Expo, titled “The Sky’s the Limit,” in Chicago Nov. 3-6. See how they respond to the pressure in this video.

Rebecca Thomson

More importantly, will you respond to their call to join them? Register here.

Thomson, vice president of agent development for @properties, is president-elect for the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and a member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors. Thomson is co-chair for the Conference & Expo and a member of the National CEO Search Committee. She continues her service as a National Director and is a proud RPAC Golden R President’s Circle Member.

Other REALTORS® featured in this creative effort included:

  • Stefanie Ainge Hahn, Collegeville, Pa.;
  • Sharon Keating, Jefferson City, Mo.;
  • Alicia Matheson, Orlando, Fla.;
  • Kevin Sears, Springfield, Mass.;
  • Erica Solomon, Baltimore, Md.; and
  • Joey Tucker, Athens, Ga.

At least 73 Illinois REALTORS® to help lead at national level, Carpenter says

Chicago Association of REALTORS® President Matt Silver at the Illinois Caucus meeting with 2017 Commercial Liaison Deena Zimmerman at the NAR Convention in Orlando on Nov. 6, 2016. Zimmerman is one of many Illinois REALTORS® serving in appointed posts overseeing governance of the national organization.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® President Matt Silver at the Illinois Caucus meeting with 2017 Commercial Liaison Deena Zimmerman at the NAR Convention in Orlando on Nov. 6, 2016. Zimmerman is one of many Illinois REALTORS® serving in appointed posts overseeing governance of the national organization.

Illinois REALTORS® always has a healthy roster of members who are appointed to help lead the National Association of REALTORS® through work on committees or through other appointments.

Just how involved members are became apparent on Sunday when Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter told those attending the Region 7 Caucus that at least 73 of the state association’s members have been appointed to help guide NAR in a multitude of committees.

That number could rise as there are a few committee positions that are still pending.

Illinois REALTORS® has numerous members appointed to chair committees. They include:

  •           2017 Vice President – Mabel Guzman
  •           2017 Commercial Liaison – Deena Zimmerman
  •           2017 Region 7 RVP – Pat Dalessandro
  •           2017 Diversity Chair – Genie Birch
  •           2017 Finance Committee – Pat Callan
  •           2017 Executive Committee – Jean Crosby
  •           2017 AEC Appointment to BOD – Jim Haisler
  •           2017 Vice-Chair Business Issues – John Kmiecik
  •           2017 Vice–Chair Large State Forum – Zeke Morris
  •           2017 Risk Management Issues Chair – Mike Oldenettel
  •           2017 Vice-Chair Medium Board Forum – Karen Robertson
  •           2017 Commercial Leadership Forum Chair – Alex Ruggieri
  •           2017 Meeting and Conference Committee Chair – Rebecca Thomson


Illinois REALTORS® take national posts with Womens Council of REALTORS®


Several Illinois REALTORS® were named to national posts for the Womens Council of REALTORS® at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando.

Chicago REALTOR® Rebecca Thomson was named regional vice president for the national organization.

Thomson, who is president-elect for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, was named to the Region 2 post which represents several Midwest states.

bey-littleIn addition, REALTOR® Carrie Bey-Little was elected to the the national Council’s executive committee. She currently serves as the Illinois Womens Council president and on the Board of Directors for the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.

Evelyn Fred was appointed to a national Womens Council steering committee. She is the immediate past president for Womens Council of REALTORS® Chicago.

Chicago’s Womens Council chapter won best program from the National Womens Council.