Two honored posthumously for service to Illinois REALTOR® organizations

Two REALTOR® association executives were posthumously honored for their service to members with a top award for leadership.

Margery Shinners

Margery Shinners, who was CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and Deb Borgwald, who was association executive with the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, were announced as recipients of the Rhino Award at a meeting of association leaders in St. Charles on Thursday.

Shinners died in April. Borgwald died in June. Both had contributed many years of service to their associations.

The Danville association has 81 REALTOR® members. Mainstreet has 16,453.

The announcement was made by Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton who noted that despite the disparity in the organizations’ sizes, the commitment and passion to serve members was equal.

Deb Borgwald

Both Borgwald and Shinners have been honored with contributions to a fund administered by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation to further training opportunities for women leading associations.

The Rhino Award is given annually to REALTORS® who show strength and loyalty — attributes of the award’s namesake animal — in their roles leading local REALTOR® associations.

Mainstreet’s Shinners remembered as personable, invested leader

Illinois REALTORS® is saddened by the death of Margery Shinners, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization to REALTORS®, who died Tuesday.

Service arrangements can be found here.

Shinners had served as deputy CEO for Mainstreet since 2004, before taking over as CEO in December, 2016. She had been technology director of the Chicago-area REALTOR® organization prior to holding the other two positions.Margery was widely respected as a focused, personable leader who helped shepherd Mainstreet through many changes during her more than 20 years with the organization.

“Margery was deeply invested in serving Mainstreet’s members, and her leadership will be sorely missed,” said Doug Carpenter, president of Illinois REALTORS® and a member of the Mainstreet organization. “Margery’s expertise was valued by her colleagues throughout the industry, and our hearts go out to her family and many, many friends.”

Shinners had a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePaul University and a master’s degree in social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Pam Krieter, who retired as Mainstreet’s CEO in December, will take over as interim CEO.