Local REALTOR® leaders to receive national, state leadership training


Downtown Chicago Night Skyline across Lake Michigan (Bigstock Images).

Local presidents-elect and local chief staff executives will join their Illinois REALTORS® counterparts for the Leadership Summit in Chicago beginning Sunday so they can better represent your interests during the next year.

Illinois REALTORS® begins its training Sunday afternoon at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, with opening sessions by Regina Tuttle, National Director, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, and Matt Difanis, President-Elect, Illinois REALTORS®.

Bob Harris, CAE, will lead participants through “Board Excellence” during the bulk of the afternoon. Harris uses case studies, trends and more to help leaders of associations, chambers and other non-profits learn best practices and sustainability.

The National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Summit begins at 8 a.m. Monday and continues through 6 p.m. with programming that includes:

  • Keynote speaker Vernice Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot;
  • Keynote speaker Charlene Li, founder and CEO of the Altimeter Group, author and advisor to Fortune 500 companies;
  • 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act featuring Illinois REALTOR® Zeke Morris, 2017 Chair of the Fair Housing Act Work Group;
  • Panel discussion on “Owning NAR’s Research, Legal Guidance and Legislative Insights;” and
  • the “Intangible Skills of Great Leaders” featuring NAR CEO Emeritus Dale Stinton and three others.

On Tuesday, NAR programming runs from 8:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. including:

  • Presentations by President Elizabeth Mendenhall and CEO Bob Goldberg,
  • A panel discussion by Mendenhall, Goldberg, Brad Inman and Stefan Swanepoel, and
  • A keynote address by Eric Thomas, a former NFL player, motivational speaker, author and minister.

Tuesday’s program will be streamed live on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NARdotRealtor.

Springfield REALTOR® wins NAR vice chair challenge

Kyle Killebrew becomes the 2018 Vice Chair of the Emerging Business & Technology Forum.

Kyle Killebrew, CRS, GRI, of the Real Estate Group in Springfield, is the 2018 Vice Chair of the Emerging Business & Technology Forum after gaining the most votes in a competition with 16 other REALTORS®.

Killebrew is a broker/partner and leads a team of three other brokers. Since 2013, he’s served on several NAR committees, while he’s also been involved with committees for the Capital Area Association of REALTORS®. He has been involved with Illinois REALTORS® committees since 2009, including YPN Chair. In 2017, he is a member of the Digital Communications & Tech Trends Working Group.

Other nominees for the vice chair position included:

  • Carrie J. Little, of CarMarc Realty Group, LLC in West Chicago; and
  • David A. Levin, of NAI Ruhl Commercial Company in Davenport, Iowa.

Little has served on several committees for the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and the Illinois REALTORS®. She is the vice chair for the Illinois REALTORS® Digital Communications & Tech Trends Working Group.

Levin is a member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors and has served on numerous committees for the NAR, Illinois REALTORS® and the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.

Consulate liaisions work together on strategy

(l to r) Andy Velkme, John LeTourneau, Vicky Silvano, Betty Milam, Marsha Collins-Mroz, Jana Herdova and Don Pasek.

Wednesday evening in Chicago the Illinois REALTORS® consulate liaisons got together for an after-hours session to network, share information and to strategize on ways to collaborate and an improve methods to convey the REALTOR® message to foreign representatives.

With the program in its second year, the team has increased in size and many have had great success in their initial meetings with the Consulate offices. Having that experience under their belt gives them the ability to share best practices with their colleagues and team members.

This informal networking session gave opportunity to build relationships and learn from each other. They also had a special guest via Skype. Sharon von Schoenberg, Program Manager for Global Services for the The Canadian Real Estate Association called in and shared information on how our members can tap into information and resources with their Canadian colleagues.

Legal Minutes: Mold Disclosure

Betsy Urbance and Jon Broadbooks

In the newest episode of Legal Minutes, Betsy Urbance, Director of Legal Services at Illinois REALTORS®, sits down with VP of Communications Jon Broadbooks to discuss what the legal requirements are regarding mold disclosure, and why Illinois REALTORS® no longer offers a mold disclosure form on its website.


Members can watch the video here.


Learn about global real estate either internationally or domestically through CIPS courses

Two options to obtain your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation are being offered in the coming weeks.

Want to stay local? The full course is offered by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® during the week of Aug. 28. Expand the August drop-down menu to get the details. Register here.

If you want a little adventure, the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® is partnering with the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers in Dublin, Ireland to host a CIPS Institute the week of Oct. 16. To find out more and register, go here.

However, if neither of those options work, the National Association of REALTORS® lists plenty of others during August, September, October and November. See the NAR schedule.