10 REALTORS® win 2017 Chicago Agent Magazine awards

 

REALTOR® Tommy Choi,winner of the Chicago Agent Magazine Charitable Services Award. (Image by Chicago Agent Magazine)

Ten Illinois REALTORS® and one association CEO were named winners this week as Chicago Agent Magazine announced its 12th annual Agents’ Choice Awards.

Real estate professionals voted and these are the top vote-getters in these categories:

  • Rookie of the Year, City – REALTOR® Sheri Schueller, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty – Chicago;
  • Rookie of the Year, Suburbs – REALTOR® EsTera Wilson, CONLON: A Real Estate Company/Christie’s International Real Estate, Hinsdale;
  • Best Agent Website – Matt Laricy Group, Chicago (REALTOR® Matt Laricy);
  • Best Team – Sarah Leonard Team, RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumberg (REALTOR® Sarah Leonard);
  • Best Dressed – REALTOR® Carrie McCormick, @properties, Chicago;
  • Charitable Service Award – REALTOR® Tommy Choi, Weinberg Choi Realty/Keller Williams, Chicago Lincoln;
  • Association VIP – Pam Krieter, CEO Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®;
  • Managing Broker of the Year, City – REALTOR® Wayne Kouf, @properties, Chicago;
  • Managing Broker of the Year, Suburbs – REALTOR® Steve Lawrence, Baird & Warner, Libertyville;
  • Industry MVP, City – REALTOR® Millie Rosenbloom, Baird & Warner, Chicago; and
  • Industry MVP, Suburbs – REALTOR® Danielle Moy, Coldwell Banker, Orland Park.

For a complete list of winners, visit Chicago Agent Magazine.

 

Special ‘thank you’ to these six board members

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The October Business Meetings will mark the end of terms for five members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors: Ron Abrams, Andrew Cook, Sue Miller, Michael Onorato and Michael Parent. Also, Mike Drews, 2016 president, completed his four years in leadership and leaves the board.

Each has been involved in leadership positions for the association. On behalf of Illinois REALTORS®, thank you to these members for their devotion to the organization, the profession and private property owners.

Drews

Mike Drews

REALTOR® Mike Drews, GRI, of Aurora is the 2017 Immediate Past President of the Illinois REALTORS®. A broker associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora, and he is an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor.

Active in the real estate industry since 1979, Drews has donated his time and expertise to the REALTOR® organization at the local, state and national level. A past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, he also has served as chairman of various local committees. He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 2011 by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associate of the Year in 1990 by the Greater Aurora Association of REALTORS®.

For the Illinois REALTORS®, Drews has served on numerous committees and working groups including: the Executive, Finance, Broker/Lawyer Liaison and Strategic Planning committees and the Professional Development Member Involvement Group. He led the state association as president in 2016.

On the statewide and national level, Drews has been committed to the issue of industry ethics and professional standards. He is a three-time chair of the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee and has served repeated appointments as a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Professional Standards Committee.

In 2011, Drews was awarded the Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award honoring members who have shown outstanding achievement in the political and legislative activities of the REALTOR® association and grassroots involvement. He is a Major Investor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and is a member of NAR’s President’s Circle. He serves as the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Randy Hultgren and is the key State Legislative Contact for State Representative Keith Wheeler. Drews chaired the Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee in 2011 and has been a member of NAR’s REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee, now known as the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee, since 2008.

Abrams

Ron Abrams

Abrams, the managing broker of Silver Property Group, Ltd., in Chicago, and has 19 years of experience as a real estate developer and investor. He also has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney. He is principal of the Law Offices of Ron D. Abrams PC and pursues property tax appeals in Cook County.

He has served on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2012, and is an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor. Abrams was vice chair of the Public Policy & Governmental Affairs Major Investors Working Group in 2014, and chair in 2015. His other state committees include: State Legislative Contacts Working Group, Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

He’s also served multiple terms on the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, chaired the Government Affairs Committee and has collaborated with many city and state elected representatives. In 2015, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® honored him as its REALTOR® of the Year.

Cook

Andrew Cook

Cook is a broker for Coldwell Banker office in Morris. He’s been on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor. He chaired the Illinois General Assembly & Statewide IE Committee in 2016 and 2017 as well as the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee in 2013.

Cook’s other state committees have included: State Legislative Contacts Working Group, Public Policy & Government Affairs MIG and Business Issues-License Law.

For the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Cook served as president in 2010-11, chaired the Finance Committee in 2009-10 and was its vice chair in 2008-09. He also worked on the association’s Government Affairs Committee for eight years, with two terms as vice chair. He was also a member of the Grievance Committee.

Miller

Sue Miller

Miller, the managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in McHenry, was a winner of the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. An RPAC Sterling R Major Investor, she’s served 11 years on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors.

Miller has served on multiple state committees since 1999, with stints as chair of the: 2003 Technology Working Group, 2007 Grievance Committee, 2008 Education Working Group, 2012 Education Working Group, 2015 Grievance Committee and 2017 Ethics Citation Panel.

Her other state committees have included: Strategic Planning Committee, State Legislative Contacts Working Group, REEF Directors, Public Policy & Government Affairs MIG, Professional Standards Committee, Digital Communications & Tech Trends Working Group, Business Issues-License Law Forum Committee and the Audit Committee. An industry trainer, she is committed to promoting education, ethics and professional development. She is a long-time member of the REEF board of directors.

Miller served two terms as president of her local association (Heartland REALTOR Organization) and was twice honored as its REALTOR® of the Year. 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.

Onorato

Michael Onorato

Onorato, the broker-owner of Onorato Real Estate in Coal City, was the Illinois REALTORS® president in 2010. He is an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

He’s served on countless state committees since 1993, including the board of directors from 2008 through 2017. He’s been chair of the: 2004, 2005 and 2006 REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees Committee, 2008 Finance Committee, 2009 Strategic Planning Committee, 2010 Executive Committee, 2010 Leadership Committee, 2010 NAR Political Advisory Working Group, 2012 Advisory Council and 2012 Performance-Compensation Review Committee.

Onorato is an active longtime member of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® and the Illinois REALTORS®. In 2014, he was elected to the Grundy County Board in District Three. Prior to that, he served on the Grundy County Board of Review, helping residents resolve problems with property tax disputes.

Parent

Michael Parent

Parent, a managing broker and vice president branch manager for the Glen Ellyn and Naperville offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, is an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor. He was a member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors from 2013-2017.

He’s served on numerous state committees since 2011 when he became involved with the Young Professionals Network. He served as chair of the 2016 Political Fundraising Working Group. His other committee involvement has included the: RPAC Trustees; State Legislative Contacts Working Group, RPAC Major Investor Working Group, Professional Standards Committee, Digital Communications & Tech Trends Working Group, Business Issues-License Law Forum Committee.

He’s also been involved in leadership positions with the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, once serving as its president.

 

Happy Association Executive Appreciation Day!

Illinois REALTORS® thanks CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, for his tireless service and leadership on AE Appreciation Day, and encourages REALTORS® throughout the state to recognize their local association association executives, too.

In this photo, Clayton is accepting congratulations from President Doug Carpenter for donating more than $75,000 to RPAC during his career. Clayton has led the organization since 1983.

 

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®.

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon.

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.

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

Jim Sim of Oak Leaf Realty in Peotone will represent the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. This RPAC Major Investor served as Three Rivers President, local Government Affairs chair, and on many local and state committees. Sim is active with the Illinois St. Andrew Society and president of the Midwest Pipe Band Association.

Brad Shields of Dickerson & Nieman in Rockford will represent the Rockford Area REALTORS®. Shields helped form Rockford Area’s award-winning YPN, served on Ethics & Arbitration Hearing Panel and Finance Committee. He’s a board director, volunteered for Rock the Block Beautification Project on Broadway, and coaches/sponsors youth baseball and basketball.

Alice McMahon of Reichert Realtors® – Nickel Group in Oak Park will represent the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®. A director since 2013, McMahon has served on the Pro Standards Committee since 2004. This REALTOR® Emeritus volunteers for the Economy Shop, supports the Infant Welfare Society and chairs Oak Park’s Special Events Task Force.

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

(This is the last in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, secondthirdfourth, fifth, sixth and seventh stories.)