The REALTOR® of the Year award is presented to the one member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a REALTOR®. The award recognizes leadership in the REALTOR® Association as well as service to civic, community and charitable causes.
“John is a devoted REALTOR® who is constantly contributing in numerous ways to the advancement of our industry. He is a leader whose strong work ethic is evident every day, and he has given considerable time and expertise to issues related to professional standards, leadership development, legislative advocacy and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee,” said REALTOR® Mike Onorato, GRI president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
With a career in real estate that spans 30 years, Kmiecik is a past president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and he also served as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® in 2004. In 1997, he was named the REALTOR® of the Year for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.
He has served on numerous state committees including the International Working Group, Professional Standards, Strategic Planning Committee, Finance, NAR Political Advisory Working Group and Executive Committee.
He is a member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame and has served twice as chairman of the IAR RPAC Trustees Committee.
For 2010 he chairs the IAR Leadership Development Working Group, serves as a Federal Political Coordinator and as a member of the IAR Advisory Council and Major Donor Working Group. For the National Association of REALTORS® he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the RPAC Trustees Committee.
Kmiecik has served as chairman of the Century 21 Northern Illinois Easter Seals Fundraising activities and is a past president of the Century 21 Northern Illinois Brokers Council.
A past president of the Brighton Park Chamber of Commerce and Brighton Park Business Organization, he is a member of the Polish National Alliance and has served on the Parish Pastoral Council for Our Lady of the Woods Church in Orland Park and currently is a member of the church adult choir.
Kmiecik is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He and his wife Marge reside in Palos Park, Illinois.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 50,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation that safeguards and advances the interest of real property ownership.