VIDEO: Watch the inauguration of new officers and board of directors

New officers, including President Matt Difanis, President-Elect Dan Wagner and Treasurer Ed Neaves, along with the new board of directors, were sworn in at the Inaugural Gala during last week’s October Business Meetings at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Watch the inauguration.

Read the inaugural script.

Difanis wants REALTORS® diverse talents to shine through

Go to an Illinois REALTORS® event and you just might see 2018 President Matt Difanis with a camera in his hands, taking photos of colleagues and friends. But as you’ll find in the magazine article, “Celebrating the diverse talents of the REALTOR® family,” his passion for photography doesn’t overshadow his dedication to his clients, his community or his colleagues.

See why his No. 1 goal as president is increasing diversity in Illinois REALTORS® leadership. Discover how he’s used photography to give back to veterans in his community.

And while you’re at it, check out some of the other feature articles in the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®, including stories about:

  • 8 ways REALTORS® can overcome obstacles to homeownership in Illinois,
  • Tips for connections to Generation X
  • How the Champaign County and Oak Park associations celebrated 100-year anniversaries.

This photo gallery features the best from October Business Meetings

REALTORS®Michael Gobber, Tim Ryan and Lynn Madison. (Michael Hudson Photo)

In today’s blog post, we’ll give you a glimpse of the Illinois REALTORS® October Business Meetings through photographs taken at the Chicago Marriott Naperville last week.

You can see photos taken during the Inaugural Gala:

You can see images from Young Professionals Network events, the Real Estate Educational Foundation fundraiser, the Global Business Council, the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee and so much more:

 

 

Shinners, Borgwald remembered for association leadership

Illinois REALTORS® paused last week to remember the life and work of two association executives who died in 2017.

Margery Shinners, former CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and Debra Borgwald, association executive of the Danville Board of REALTORS® were honored with proclamations noting their contributions to the real estate industry and Illinois REALTORS®.

The ceremony was held at a meeting of Illinois REALTORS®’ Board of Directors during its meeting at the Chicago Mariott Naperville.

Shinners, who died in April, joined Mainstreet in 1996, serving as technology director and deputy CEO before she was promoted in 2016 to CEO.

Borgwald served the Danville board for more than 15 years and served on a number of Illinois REALTOR® committees.

Both were recognized with Illinois REALTORS® Rhino Award, given to association executives who serve as role models and leaders within the profession.

Illinois REALTORS® approves three-year strategic plan

The Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors gave its approval to a plan that will guide the association for the next three years at its business meetings in Naperville last week.

The outline is the result of more than a year of work which included a comprehensive member survey, and which involved scores of members aiding in the crafting of the 101-year-old organization’s priorities.

The work identifies five core areas the association will focus on in the years ahead:

  • Advocacy: Protect private property and promote the value of REALTORS®.
  • Education: Create professional development programs that help REALTORS® strengthen their businesses.
  • Ethics: Advance ethics enforcement programs that increase REALTOR® professionalism.
  • Legal: Protect REALTORS® by providing legal guidance and education.
  • Outreach: Share the story of the association and its role in helping REALTORS® succeed.

Many of the plan’s details were worked out by a Strategic Thinkers Working Group, which provided the information to the Strategic Planning Committee.