Every so often a meeting, a lunch, a phone call and sadly a passing reminds me of how much I have learned from the past presidents of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® over the past decade. Their generosity has affected my business, my volunteerism as well as touched me personally. Their endless sharing is not only a gift to me but to our membership as a whole and the communities we serve.
As I go into my tenth year of service to the REALTOR® Association, I think back to David Hall(1999-2000) who suggested I get involved and I should start with the Government Affairs Committee. I still continue to serve, and this upcoming year will be committee chair for my second time, as well as serving my fourth year on the CAR Board of Directors. Over the years I have come to rely on our past presidents for the historical perspective on legislative, as well as many other issues that arise, to gain the understanding of how we got where we are as a profession and an association so we can move forward and not back.
The time I have volunteered has given so much back to me as I have grown as a REALTOR® as well as personally. I thank each one of you who I have had the great opportunity of getting to know. I thank you for your knowledge and your willingness to share the stories of the past as well as look forward to your contributions in the future. Every day, the REALTOR® community sees the results of all of you efforts over the years.