Illinois REALTORS® showcase the state for a world audience

Snip20160315_110Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® are spending the next four days highlighting the state’s real estate market at one of the world’s largest real estate conferences.

IAR members are at the MIPIM 2016 conference in Cannes, France, where the association is part of the National Association of REALTORS® pavilion. In addition to Illinois, the pavilion is showcasing REALTOR® associations from Miami, San Diego, Missouri and Arizona.

Attending are IAR’s officers, President Mike Drews, President-elect Doug Carpenter, Treasurer Matt Difanis and Immediate Past President Jim Kinney. REALTORS® Alex and Noah Ruggieri, Maurice Hampton, Adriana Sidel and Bill Caton are participating.

MIPIM is a massive conference devoted to real estate development. This is the second year IAR has participated, furthering a mission of expanding members’ global expertise and the reach of the REALTOR® brand.

The conference runs through Friday. Illinois REALTORS® will be making presentations in the pavilion throughout the week.


Illinois REALTOR® visits Ghana to talk ethics

Africa with highlighted Ghana map and flag

Africa with highlighted Ghana map and flag. (Bigstock Image)

Efty Garba, a REALTOR® and managing broker/owner for Efty REALTY Group, Inc., in the Chicago area, visited Ghana in February to provide ethics training for Ghana Real Estate Professional Association (GREPA).

Efty Garba

Efty Garba

A summary of his trip appeared on the NewsGhana web site, in a story titled: “UT Sponsor Training for Realtors on Ethics & Lead Generation.”

Garba was joined on the trip by a REALTOR® and real estate instructor from Atlanta, Ga., George Ansong. Garba and Ansong were part of a two-day workshop held at the UT Bank Training Academy in East Legon, Accra, Ghana, according to the NewsGhana story.

Illinois REALTORS® take another step in global realm

Consulate General Liaisons

Members of IAR’s Consulate General Liaison Program listen during a recent meeting.

In an effort to expand the scope of global engagement, IAR has launched a new program.  Created as a sub-group of the IAR Global Business Council, the Consulate General Liaison Program began this week in its pilot phase and is uniquely designed to help position the REALTOR® community as a leading source for service and information for a growing global clientele.

Modeled after the NAR Federal Political Coordinator program and the IAR State Legislative Contact Program, this program has a bit of a different twist.  IAR has named several members who have a history in working with Consulates General on programming, trade missions, outreach, etc.  These members have the potential to create more robust relationships with prominent officials representing their home countries in Illinois.

Our launch team includes:

  • Jim Kinney, liaison to the United Kingdom;
  • Jana Herdova, Czech Republic;
  • Sonia Anaya, Mexico;
  • Michelle Shang, China;
  • Pradeep Shukla, India;
  • Don Pasek, Poland;
  • Nancy Suvarnamani, Thailand; and
  • Maurice Hampton, Canada.
Drews and Kinney

Mike Drews (left) and Jim Kinney

Thinking out of the box is in our DNA,” says IAR President Mike Drews,  who is looking forward to the growth and success of the program.  The NAR is also excited about this new venture and will help the cause through its work with the NAR President’s Liaison and the NAR Ambassador Association programs.

Kinney, Alonzo take part in recognition ceremony in San Diego

Jim Kinney, immediate past president for IAR, stands with the flag of Ireland at an opening session at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015.

Jim Kinney, immediate past president for IAR, stands with the flag of Ireland at an opening session at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

Several Illinois REALTORS® took part in an opening session at the 2015 REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015.

IAR Immediate Past President Jim Kinney carried the flag for Ireland as part of a parade of flags for nations with REALTORS®. Kinney had served as a NAR liaison to Ireland.

Former IAR president Loretta Alonzo was recognized as the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year.

IAR gets gold status for global awareness education

Global Business Council Achievement Program LogoThe Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has received Gold status from the NAR for the way it raised member awareness of global business in local markets during the past year.

According to Janet Branton, Senior Vice President Global Business and Alliances Group, NAR, Gold status is awarded to a select number of the 110 global business councils operating nationwide. Branton encouraged Illinois REALTORS® to continue their global outreach, education and awareness so the association could reach Platinum status next year.

IAR took a number of significant international outreach steps in 2015. The association:

  • represented Illinois at the MIPIM Conference in Cannes, France, an international real estate investment event (and will attend the event again in 2016 in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®).
  • forged an alliance with a Mexican real estate association, La Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios.
  • sponsored training for the CIPS designation which emphasizes training for brokers interested in working on cross-border transactions.

The 2016 Global Working Group is chaired by Jim Kinney, IAR Past President, and the staff liaison is IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell.