Carpenter sworn-in as president of Illinois REALTORS®’ new leadership team

Illinois Asociation of Realtors 2016 Inaugural Gala

Officers for  Illinois REALTORS® are installed at a banquet in Naperville on Thursday. From left to right are Treasurer Dan Wagner, President-elect Matt Difanis and President Doug Carpenter. They were sworn in by Pam Krieter, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. Photos by Mike Hudson.

The Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the installation of its new leadership team Thursday night as Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena was sworn-in as the 2017 President. The ceremonies were part of the association’s Inaugural Gala at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Other 2017 officers are: President-elect Matt Difanis, ABR, GRI, a co-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates, with offices in Champaign, Mahomet and Monticello; and Treasurer Dan Wagner, senior vice president for government relations at the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., and a Wheaton resident. Immediate Past President Mike Drews of Charles B. Doss and Co. in Aurora, will continue to share his knowledge with the new leadership team.

Mike Drews, immediate past president of Illinois REALTORS®, hands the gavel to newly-installed President Doug Carpenter at a ceremony Thursday in Naperville.

Mike Drews, immediate past president of Illinois REALTORS®, hands the gavel to newly-installed President Doug Carpenter at a ceremony Thursday in Naperville.

The managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills, Carpenter has been involved in all levels of the REALTOR® organization and has been active in the profession since 1985. He twice served as president of his local association and his industry experience also includes serving as CEO of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. He currently is a member of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.

At the state level, Carpenter has contributed his talents to numerous committees, working groups and task forces with a particular emphasis on professional standards, governmental affairs, advocacy and education. He has chaired the association’s Finance Committee, REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees, Business Issues/License Law Working Group and the Professional Standards Committee among others.

Carpenter is a long-time member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors and was the 2009 recipient of the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals who have provided outstanding contributions and service to Illinois REALTORS® and the local community. In 2017, he will chair Illinois REALTORS®’ Executive Committee, the NAR Political Advisory Working Group, Strategic Thinkers Working Group  and will lead the state association’s Board of Directors.

REALTOR® education has always been a priority for Carpenter, who is a licensed continuing education instructor. He served as president of the Real Estate Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to aid and promote the work of real estate education throughout Illinois, in 2009 and 2010.  He has earned the professional Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designations and the At Home With Diversity (AHWD) and Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certifications.

On the national level, Carpenter has been involved with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as a long-time member of the NAR Board of Directors and also currently serves as a member of the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction and Risk Management committees. He is among an elite group of REALTOR® association members nationwide whose monetary contributions have earned them a spot on the RPAC Hall of Fame in NAR’s Washington, D.C., offices. In 2002, he was the first REALTOR® from Illinois to earn such an honor.

Carpenter is a native of Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Harlem High School. In his local community, Carpenter raises money for the American Cancer Society and is active in his church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, where he has served as senior organist.

Wagner joins Illinois REALTORS® leadership team after board vote

REALTOR® Dan Wagner listens as the board prepares to vote to name him to the leadership team of Illinois REALTORS® as treasurer on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

Dan Wagner listens as the board prepares to vote to name him to the leadership team of Illinois REALTORS® as treasurer on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

Dan Wagner, who has served in numerous local, state and national REALTOR® capacities, was named to Illinois REALTORS® leadership team as treasurer on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Wagner, senior vice president for government relations at the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc, will become president of the organization in 2019. The board sanctioned the move with a unanimous vote at its Business Meetings held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Wagner recently finished a stint as president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and has served as commercial liaison for the National Association of REALTORS®.

He joins a leadership team which includes Doug Carpenter, president, and Matt Difanis, president-elect. Mike Drews, the 2016 president will move to the post of immediate past president.

Five honored for service with Presidential Medallions at board meeting

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® CEO Pam Krieter is honored for her longstanding service to the real estate industry with a Presidential Medalion.

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® CEO Pam Krieter is honored for her longstanding service to the real estate industry with a Presidential Medallion. Krieter is retiring at the end of the year. 

Five Illinois REALTORS® were recognized for their work for the association and the industry on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

The presidential medallions were presented by 2016 Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews. It is customary for the outgoing association president to honor those who made a difference in the past year.

Those receiving awards were:

  • dsc_0019Steve Volkodav, association executive with the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®. Volkodav was recognized for working with a vendor to help solve a problem with RPAC dues billing. The changes were a benefit to many associations who use this particular system.
  • dsc_0023Lynn Madison, ABR, GRI, for ongoing support and leadership in a variety of roles, ranging from RPAC to education. Madison has been a longtime trainer, and was the 2016 president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. She is the recipient of the state association Political Involvement Award and was recognized as Illinois REALTOR® of the year in 2011. Lynn is the owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Schaumburg, Ill.
  • dsc_0025Vicky Sampah, ABR, CIPS, GRIused her connections with Ghana to encourage the establishment of real estate laws. She facilitated a visit by members of the Ghanian parliament as part of an effort to help build interest in private property rights in the country. Sampah was in the 2016 Leadership Development class for Illinois REALTORS®. She’s with Abri Consulting Ltd.
  • dsc_0030-1Ed Neaves, ABR, worked with Drews on national REALTOR® Party initiatives. His work helped the association reach fundraising and participation benchmarks.
  • Pam Krieter, longtime association executive for a number of local REALTOR® associations in the Chicago area, was honored for her lifelong commitment to the industry. Krieter, who retires at year’s end, has mentored and guided generations of REALTOR® leaders, and is currently CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.

Public Policy and Governmental Affairs MIG shows work of many for REALTOR issues


Whether discussing legislation before the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, Housing Policy or reports from all the local Governmental Affairs Directors, the Illinois REALTORS Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investment Group meeting provided plenty of information for members Thursday in Naperville.

The meeting kicked off with reports from Director of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin and Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan, then continued with presentations from Sarah Ware (Housing Opportunity Working Group), Mabel Guzman (RPIC chair) and NAR’s Shannon Burke.

The meeting concluded with an introduction by Assistant Director RVOICE and Local Advocacy Mike Scobey then messages from local Governmental Affairs Directors who gave examples of important issues in their territories: Conor Brown, Brian Bernardoni, Tom Joseph, Alex Finke, Gideon Blustein, Howard Handler, Kristi Engerman, Neil Malone and Kyle Anderson. Issues included: repealing impact fees, commercial energy bench marking, garbage reform, inspection fees, home rule and the elimination of sprinkler codes in communities that wanted to adopt 2012 International Residential Codes.

 

 

 

lllinois REALTORS Political Involvement Committee eyes November elections and beyond


Improving the number of members registered to vote, increasing the amount of members who respond to Calls for Action and enhancing the already efficient Broker Involvement Program were among the issues presented by the leaders of the Illinois REALTORS Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) Thursday morning in Naperville at the October Business Meetings.

RPIC Chair Mabel Guzman, Vice Chair Christopher Tenggren, SLC Vice Chair Nykea Pippion McGriff, as well as Illinois REALTORS staff members Neil Malone and Jim Clayton presented to members at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Guzman reported that committees hit their goal of 100 percent RPAC participation. Malone said a higher percentage of Illinois REALTORS are registered to vote (85.2 percent) than the national figures (82.2), and he spoke about a postcard project designed to contact unregistered members and encourage them to register and vote in November.

Clayton broke down the figures on Political Advocacy Fund grants issued so far this year, noting 85 grants, to 17 local associations for a total value of $131,728. He credited local GAD Kyle Anderson with securing 27 grants to date. He reminded members to submit applications for future grants, even for events held later this year, by Nov. 1.

Tenggren reported on development of the SLC Playbook for next year and thanked committee members who have shared their ideas for enhancements.