Honoring Illinois REALTORS® who have made a mark on the industry

2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan, left, with IAR President Phil Chiles

It was a night of celebration and professional recognition at the 2014 REALTOR® of the Year banquet in Springfield on Wednesday. Honorees included Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan, of Glen Ellyn, and the local REALTORS® of the Year from around the state. The banquet was sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation.

In his speech, Callan reflected on his many years of volunteering and service at all levels of the REALTOR® organization. Callan said he came from a generation and a family that emphasized the importance of getting involved and giving back and urged other REALTORS® to lend their time and talents to make a difference.

Callan, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, served as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) in 2009.

“Volunteering for a cause that you have a passion for is important to society. It’s important for us to spread that message to the next generation so that this organization and others of importance can continue to serve their constituents. So when someone asks you to serve on a committee, chair a task force, serve on a board of directors, run for office at the association, there is always time to fit it in,” Callan said.

“One can’t do everything in life at once but there is a time and place for everything. Just pick those spots that work for you and you will find the time to say “yes,” he said.

Congratulations to all the 2014 REALTORS® of the Year!

 

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior 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.