Introducing IAR’s New Leadership Team for 2013

IAR President Michael D. Oldenettel

Last night marked a transition in leadership for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® as REALTOR® Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, was installed as the 2013 president of our state association representing REALTORS® throughout Illinois.

Oldenettel is 23-year veteran of the real estate business and is managing broker-owner of RE/MAX Results Plus, Inc. in Jacksonville.

The theme of this year’s IAR Fall Conference was “REALTOR® Redefined” and Oldenettel said that reflects his vision for the upcoming year.

Now is a time to regroup, reenergize, refocus, reengage and be relevant to better serve consumers and the real estate industry as a whole, Oldenettel said.

There are positive signs in the market now. There has been consistent progress in the housing  market and the ranks of IAR members have been growing at a rate of 100-plus members per month, Oldenettel said.

“That’s encouraging because there is always strength in numbers. A membership of nearly 40,000 who consistently vote and take active roles in the political process, is what makes policy-makers take notice,” he said.

Oldenettel challenged REALTORS® to get involved and be willing to adapt to the evolving market.

“Let me tell you what I believe: I believe our success depends on our mindset – not on the outer conditions of the market,” he said.

REALTOR® Phil Chiles, ABR, CRS, GRI, of Springfield was installed as IAR’s 2013 president-elect. Chiles is a broker-associate with the Real Estate Group in Springfield.

REALTOR® Jim Kinney, CRB, CRS, GRI, of Chicago was installed as the 2013 treasurer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.  Kinney is vice president of luxury home sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago.

Immediate past president Loretta Alonzo, CRB, GRI, of Romeoville, broker-owner of Century 21 Alonzo & Associates in La Grange Park will continue to lend her expertise on the IAR Leadership Team after serving as president in 2012.

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Associate Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Associate Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.