Time to reserve Inaugural Gala tickets and sponsorships


Two important deadlines are approaching for Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Mike Drews, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton.

Gala ticket deadline

The deadline for tickets is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29. The cost is $95 per ticket.


Drews, GRI, is the 2015 IAR president-elect and the 2016 IAR president. He is a REALTOR® in Aurora for Charles B. Doss & Co. He is a past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, has served as chairman of various local committees. In 2011, he was selected as REALTOR® of the Year by Mainstreet and REALTOR® Associate of the Year in 1990 by the Greater Aurora Association of REALTORS®.

Get more information about Drews.

The inaugural reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, followed by the Gala at 7:15 p.m.

Sponsorship deadline

Sept. 15 is the deadline for individuals, businesses and local associations to buy sponsorships. Available packages are $8,000 (Diamond), $5,000 (Gold), $2,500 (Silver), $500 and Up (Bronze) and Up to $500 (Gala). Visit the IAR website to fill out the sponsorship form, and submit it by the deadline so an invoice can be sent to you via email.

Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar:

On Oct. 5, REALTORS® are invited to attend REbarcamp, a free un-conference sponsored by the Young Professionals Network. REbarcamp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Hills/Hilton Resort. Registration is free, but you must reserve your spot in advance.

Oct. 21-22 is the last 15-hour interactive Broker Post-license Applied Real Estate Practices webinar of 2015. This is one of the two required courses for brokers who need to renew their license before April 30, 2016. Lynn Madison leads this live-streamed course that you may take from anywhere.

Nov. 3 a New Investors Conference for agents and brokers will be held at the Stonegate Conference Centre in Chicago. The New Investors Conference will focus on content such as property analysis, working with investor clients, investor loan options, crowdfunding and rehab/remodel strategies. Watch this blog for more information coming soon!

On Nov. 4, IAR and Mainstreet will bring you the Xplode Conference, a full day real estate technology and marketing conference that provides critical technology and marketing information. The Xplode Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. It features nationally-known experts in mobile technologies, contact management, email marketing, video and content marketing and much more. Earlybird registration is open now, saving you $40!

Dec. 2-3 is the last time GRI Course III training will be offered live. Beginning in 2016, all undergrad course work will be online only and Course II and III will be combined. This means that if you have completed Course II and do not finish Course III in December, you will be required to re-take all 30 hours online. GRI Course III and Grad will be held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.

Take advantage of these learning opportunities by registering early, and watch this blog for updates.

See who was at IAR’s June Business Meetings

See what your REALTOR® colleagues and friends were doing early Tuesday in this photo gallery from several sessions at the IAR June Business Meetings at the Hilton Springfield.

Among the meetings covered in this gallery are:

  • the Account Executives Meeting,
  • the Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee,
  • the Global Working Group and
  • the Public Policy MIG.

DCEO touts work selling Illinois as place to live, invest

Illinois has much to offer the world.

The challenge for the state is to make sure that the world knows more about Illinois, said Erik Brejla, head of strategic partnerships, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Brejla spoke to the IAR Global Task Force at the June Business Meetings in Springfield on June 16, 2015.

The department recently studied the state’s approach to trade and investment promotion. The results were startling, he said.

“It was very ad hoc,” he said of the strategy. “It really seemed like a huge loss of opportunity.”

The state surveyed foreign representatives in the state, and found many misconceptions. Respondents said challenges included high taxes, a weak university system and a lack of talent.

For DCEO, the challenge is to tell the story that highlights the state’s strengths that make it attractive and competitive.

“The good news is that there is a lot to sell,” he said.
Among Illinois’ attributes:

  • A highly skilled workforce
  • Investor-friendly environment
  • Strategic location and infrastructure.
  • Diverse and growing economy.
  • Successful multinational corporations already operate there.