Illinois REALTORS® recognized with third annual Springfield volunteer award

On Monday night, Illinois REALTORS® was named to the Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.

Created by the University of Illinois-Springfield Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, the Junior League of Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois in 2009, the Good as Gold Ceremony recognizes individuals for their community service and businesses for their support of employees that volunteer for nonprofit and charitable organizations. Good as Gold also recognizes Springfield businesses for their charitable giving. Each year, community members thank volunteers and businesses for those efforts, which make Springfield “a better place to live and thrive.”

In 2017, Illinois REALTORS® won recognition in the category for businesses with between 51 and 151 employees.

The association has been working with the city of Springfield and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association to help revitalize the Jackson Street Corridor with a pedestrian walkway from the Lincoln Home to the State Capitol.

Also, during the past year, Illinois REALTORS® supported several organizations with sponsorships, monetary donations and goods:

  • An annual holiday giving program through Contact Ministries;
  • The Hope Institute
  • Play for the Cure
  • Jared’s Keepers Foundation
  • Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Springfield Striders
  • Early Learning Center
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
  • University of Illinois Foundation
  • Springfield Good as Gold and
  • Downtown Springfield, Inc.

The Illinois REALTORS® provided meeting space to these organizations, too:

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Association of Women in Communications
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Springfield, Inc.
  • American Institute of Architects Green Symposium
  • Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery
  • Better Government Association
  • Advance Illinois, Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln and
  • Citizens Club of Springfield.

Goodwin awarded first Lifetime Achievement Award by Illinois REALTORS®

Daniel L. Goodwin

REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin received the first-ever Illinois REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award Monday night during a special ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

“Throughout its more than 100 years of existence, Illinois REALTORS® has never had an award for Lifetime Achievement but that changes tonight,” said President Doug Carpenter as the association kicked off its annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day. “The award is given for an ongoing – relentless – impressive body of work on behalf of the industry and those who rely on it.”

“I am proud to be a REALTOR® in Illinois tonight,” said Goodwin.

He thanked leaders of Illinois REALTORS® for the recognition, and he urged elected officials to listen to the concerns of his colleagues. Contrary to popular opinion, he says elected officials he has worked with have been very honest, hard working men and women. He urged REALTORS® to thank elected officials for their efforts, which include long hours and little financial rewards.

The featured guests included Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner,  House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former House Speaker Lee Daniels.

A former teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Goodwin helped found Inland Real Estate and grow the Oak Brook-based company into what it is today. He’s chairman of the New Directions Housing Corporation (Lombard), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation that has built and rehabilitated almost 400 multifamily housing units so low income individuals could afford safe, decent and sanitary housing. New Directions has also worked with other groups to provide food, after-school care for children, immunizations and more to the people it serves. Watch a video about Goodwin and his career.

Goodwin was chairman of Northeastern Illinois University’s board and was vice chairman at Benedictine University. In 2015, he received the Good Neighbor Award from REALTOR® Magazine.

He’s a member of the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Investors Hall of Fame, the NAR President’s Circle, the Illinois REALTORS® Hall of Fame and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Retail Properties of America REIT and is chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts Non-traded REIT Council. He is a director of the Chicago Better Government Association.


Boyd honored 3 times posthumously

Farmers National Company’s brokers ​Ji​m Young (left), Winnie Stortzum and Tucker Wood accept CIBR award on Mac Boyd’s behalf.

Mac Boyd, the late Managing Broker of Farmers National Company in Arcola, and an RPAC Hall of Famer, was recently given posthumous honors from three different organizations to which he belonged.

​Last week the Central Illinois Board of Realtors​ ​​(CIBR) ​named Boyd​ ​​”​Realtor of the Year​.”​ ​He had previously won this award in 1990. Mac had been a 40-year member of this organization and served as president and chair of many committees over his years of service to the board. The award was announced at the CIBR membership meeting on March 28.

Last week in Charlotte, NC, at the national Land Conference of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI), Boyd received the Robert Meeks Distinguished Service Award – the highest award they offer for service. Boyd had served as the national president for RLI and had been recognized as Land Realtor of America by RLI too.

And this year, for the first time, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers​ ​​and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA) dedicated its Land Values and Lease Trends Survey to a member – Boyd. A 42-year member of ISPFMRA, he served as president, helped at annual benefit auctions to support ag scholarships for university students and provided years of service to the organization.

Boyd died Dec. 20, 2016. Read more.

Illinois REALTORS® shine at National Policy Conference

The spirit of service is inherent in so many of Illinois REALTORS® members, it often goes unnoticed since most are not looking for accolades, they are looking for progress. However, this week at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Annual Policy Conference and Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., these members got both.

Accolades for service

Congratulations to the Chicago Chapter of NAHREP for receiving the Chapter of the Year award and earning recognition for its success in Financial Performance, Sponsor Engagement and Board Management at the Leadership Academy.

These awards are no surprise since the commitment of members extends beyond the local chapter to involvement at the state and national levels. At the gala, Joe Castillo, Broker/Owner of Mi Casa Real Estate in Chicago was installed as a national board member, and Genie Birch, Broker at Century 21 Affiliated in Lincolnwood, serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee at NAR and welcomed the group at their reception. Gaspar Flores, Jr., the current Chicago Chapter president, serves on the Illinois REALTOR® Strategic Thinkers Working Group and the Housing Opportunity Working Group. This is a short list of their involvement but underscores why they have achieved so much success.

Members of the Chicago Chapter are contributing to NAHREP’s advocacy efforts this week. They headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share with members of Congress their position on topics like: immigration, the building of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, homeownership, the mortgage interest deduction and promoting small business.

Progress realized

These members have seen results from the NAHREP Hispanic Wealth Project through the increase in Hispanic homeownership. According to the 2016 State of Hispanic Homeownership that was presented at the conference, Hispanic homeownership accounted for almost 80 percent of the year-over-year homeownership growth from 2015 to 2016.

A Fannie Mae survey cited as part of the project explained that Hispanics have many reasons for valuing homeownership, including:

  • The environment for raising children,
  • control over one’s living space,
  • building wealth and
  • property rights through the ability to control one’s own living space.

The conference provided a great opportunity to see Illinois REALTORS® show their commitment to real estate and homeownership while celebrating their culture and community.

Congratulations NAHREP Chicago from all of us at Illinois REALTORS®!

(Photos by Sharon Gorrell, Jessica Barrera, Erika Villegas and Gaspar Flores, Jr.)

Help Stone get Web Choice Award

REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago can win the Web Choice Award and become one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2017 if she gathers the most online votes this week.

You can help by casting daily votes for her as she competes with 50 other finalists. REALTORS® can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite candidate through Friday, March 24. To vote, go to this page.

In addition to the Web Choice competition, 29 other 30 Under 30 winners will be chosen by judges. The announcement of all 30 Under 30 winners is scheduled for Monday, March 27.

For more information on Stone, go here.