REEF scholarship winners attend ROTY banquet

2016 REEF Scholarship recipients (l to r) Brad Franke, Alanna Kozar, Tori Londrigan, Madaline Sale and Lillian Harris attended the ROTY Banquet Tuesday in Springfield. (Photo by Terry Farmer)

Attending the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield were five college students who received 2016 scholarships from the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

The students were:

  • Brad Franke, University of Illinois at Springfield (Springfield, IL) Richard Wiegers Scholarship;
  • Lillian Harris, Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) Thomas Seay Scholarship;
  • Alanna Kozar, Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO), Jim Kinney Scholarship;
  • Tori Londrigan, Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) , Jim Kinney Scholarship; and
  • Madaline Sale, Miami University (Miami, OH), Jim Kinney Scholarship.

In 2016, REEF gave $52,800 in scholarships to 65 recipients.

Watch later this year for the announcement of 2017 academic scholarship winners.

 

Joy, respect, dedication key parts of Miller ROTY success story

Doug Carpenter bestows the REALTOR of the Year honors on Sue Miller Tuesday in Springfield. (Photo by Terry Farmer)

As Sue Miller accepted the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year award Tuesday night in Springfield, she thanked every colleague in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for their support and their shared passion for helping others through real estate.

“As I stand before you tonight receiving this amazing recognition,” said the managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in McHenry, “I feel your love and I am committed to making this industry better. Thank you for this recognition.”

A previous winner of the Illinois REALTORS Distinguished Service Award, Miller encouraged others with her “simple” life philosphies:

  • “If you stop learning, you stop living.”
  • “Love unconditionally and expect nothing less in return.”
  • “Live each day as if it were your last.”

She served two terms as president of her local association and was twice honored as local REALTOR® of the Year.

At the state level, Miller has served a total of 11 years on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors. An industry trainer as well as REALTOR®, she is committed to promoting education, ethics and professional development. She has served multiple terms as chair of the Education Working Group and is a long-time member of the REEF board of directors.

She is a “Sterling R” contributor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and is one of a select few in the state who has been honored with the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. She has been active with the National Association of REALTORS®, is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists.

Twenty four local associations also celebrated their own REALTORS® of the Year.

  • Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®.
  • Mac Boyd of Farmers National Company, Arcola, is ROTY for the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®.
  • Laura Boyer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Sycamore represents the Hometown Association of REALTORS®.
  • Eve Bremen of Coldwell Banker Residential in Glencoe is the ROTY for the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS®.
  • Rebekah Carlson of Next Realty, LLC in Skokie represents the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR).
  • Mark Coleman of Coleman Land Company in St. Charles represents the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley.
  • Patrick Dalessandro of Coachlight Realty in Niles represents the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.
  • Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur represents the Decatur Association of REALTORS®.
  • Andrea Greenwalt of Janko Realty & Development in Peru is the REALTOR® of the Year for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® (IVAR).
  • Julie Heltne of RE/MAX Signature Properties in O’Fallon represents the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois.
  • Regen Johnson of Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS® in Davenport, Iowa represents the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.
  • Wayne Kurchina of ILrealty, Inc., Kurchina & Associates in McHenry is the Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO) ROTY.
  • Michelle Largent of RE/MAX Traders Unlimited in Peoria is the ROTY for the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®.
  • Martin Lipa of Priority One, Belgium is the ROTY for the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®.
  • Alice McMahon of Reichert Realtors® – Nickel Group in Oak Park represents the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®.
  • Michael D. Oldenettel of RE/MAX Professionals, Springfield represents the Capital Area REALTORS®.
  • Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®.
  • Hugh Rider of Realty & Mortgage County, Chicago represents the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.
  • Alex Ruggieri of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign is being honored by the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.
  • Anne Sadler of Choice Realty in Freeport represents the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois.
  • Brad Shields of Dickerson & Nieman in Rockford represents the Rockford Area REALTORS®.
  • Jim Sim of Oak Leaf Realty in Peotone represents the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®.
  • Dan Slagell of RE/MAX Choice, Bloomington is being honored by the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®.
  • Chris Wilbur of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bradley represents the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®.

Another trio celebrated at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Wayne Kurchina, Laura Boyer and Andrea Greenwalt.

Sue Miller

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Wayne Kurchina of ILrealty, Inc., Kurchina & Associates in McHenry will represent the Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO). Kurchina served Heartland in many capacities, including local organization president in 2016. He’s been on the Illinois REALTORS® Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee for three years. He is broker-owner of ILrealty, Inc. Kurchina & Associates.

Laura Boyer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Sycamore will represent the Hometown Association of REALTORS®. Boyer has served as Hometown president, on its Social Public Relations Committee. She won the Lamplighter Award and the 2016 Eddy Award. This RPAC Major Investor is a Hometown director and serves on the DeKalb Schools Facility/Finance Advisory Committee.

Andrea Greenwalt of Janko Realty & Development in Peru and will be the REALTOR® of the Year for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® (IVAR). She is the Illini Valley president, coaches at Tonica schools and volunteers at the Illinois Valley Peru PADS Shelter.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the fourth in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, second and third stories.)

ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur will represent the Decatur Association of REALTORS®. Gant served as chair of the Macon Country Republican Women and a number of Decatur Association of REALTORS® committees. She serves on the Macon County Republican Central Committee and on the Decatur Association Board of Directors.

Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The former Egyptian president devoted herself to a variety of local and state REALTOR® committees and served as a state legislative contact. Along with being an RPAC Major Investor, she is an avid RPAC supporter.

Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®. The managing broker/co-owner of RE/MAX River Bend recently received the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She serves on the Greater Gateway Board of Directors. She is very active in her community and church.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the third in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first and second stories.)

Legal Minutes – Multiple Offer Situations from the Buyer’s Side

 

In the newest installment of our Legal Minutes video series, Betsy Urbance, Director of Legal Services at Illinois REALTORS®, takes you through the many legal and ethical issues REALTORS® face when representing a buyer in a multiple offer situation.

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