These REALTORS® have made a mark in the real estate business

Congratulations to the 2013 REALTORS® of the Year who will be honored at tonight’s awards banquet, sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation. The banquet is held in conjunction with the business meetings of the 41,000-member Illinois Association of REALTORS® in Springfield, Ill.

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The banquet is sponsored annually by the Foundation to honor local award recipients and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. The 2013 Illinois State recipient is John Vranas. Contributors of the Foundation will also be recognized at the banquet.

The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit ­organization established in 1970 to promote real estate education throughout Illinois. Voluntary contributions from organizations and individuals support the Foundation.

REEF logoAwarding academic scholarships is a major activity of the Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF), providing financial support to talented college students and real estate professionals. The Foundation’s aim is to promote and assist suitable standards of education in all aspects of the field of real estate. Since 2000, REEF has awarded more than $347,300 in scholarships. These awards have helped Illinois real estate professionals fulfill their educational dreams and pursue careers in the real estate industry.

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About Kara Kienzler

Kara Kienzler is Webmaster/Communications Coordinator for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR). She serves as Webmaster for the IAR websites including and She is responsible for the design, layout, printing and online strategy of IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine, e-newsletters and other publications, and assists with new releases, issues research, surveys and speechwriting. She also plans and develops content for the IAR blog at and coordinates the Illinois REALTOR® magazine Twitter account content at ILREALTORmag. She coordinates the Leadership Directory and serves as co-liaison to the Illinois Young Professionals Network.

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