Illinois REALTORS® receive national recognition

(Nov. 13, 2012) Several members of the Illinois Associaton of REALTORS® were recognized last week at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Conference and Expo held in Orlando.

Terry PenzaTerry Penza Receives NAR's Magel Award

Terese "Terry" Penza, president and CEO of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® is a leader in association management, but she is also a trusted mentor willing to share her knowledge and time to better the industry. Those qualities earned her this year’s William R. Magel Award of Excellence honoring association leadership and achievement from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Watch a video of the celebration.

The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a local or state association of REALTORS®

Illinois YPN Awarded State Network of the Year

The Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) was awarded NAR's 2012 State YPN Network of the Year in recognition for its educational, charity efforts and networking events over the past year. During 2012 the Illinois YPN held a number of events including a canned-food drive, networking reception, legislative meeting and a day-long REbarcamp event which featured discussions on everything from new technology to professionalism.

Illinois YPN's theme for 2012 was "Border to Border" with the main goal being to increase the number of local networks in the state and YPN participants from border to border in Illinois. 2012 YPN Chair Deena Zimmerman and Vice Chair Chris Mitchell traveled the state to attend YPN kickoff events, educational forums and lend support to existing networks at various events held throughout the year.

Laura StukelElmhurst REALTOR® Honored by NAR as Green Industry Advocate

Laura Reedy Stukel, of L.W. Reedy Real Estate, in Elmhurst is the first recipient of the Green Industry Advocate award given by NAR's Green REsource Council. Stukel was honored for her ongoing dedication to advancing sustainability in the real estate industry.

Stukel was recognized for her efforts to standardize the data fields used by multiple listing service across the country to promote green and energy efficient homes. Stukel co-led the effort to bring green fields to Chicagoland’s multiple listing service, MRED LLC.  She managed a roundtable in 2011 to gather industry leaders to further advance green fields nationally. In February, 2012, Stukel delivered the keynote presentation at the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design conference.

Stukel aims to increase awarenes of housing costs such as transportation, utilities and maintenance (TUM), which she believes are just as critical in measuring the total cost of homeownership as pricipal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI).

CE and Ethics Instructor Bruce Aydt receives Distinguished Service Award

Bruce Aydt won the NAR Distinguished Service Award at the NAR Conference. He is a featured speaker at the Illinois GRI program Nov. 26-29 in Bloomington.