September 8, 2014
Mike Drews of Aurora Installed as President-Elect
of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®
Active in the real estate industry since 1979, Drews has donated his time and expertise to the REALTOR® organization at the local, state and national level. A past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, he also has served as chairman of various local committees. He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 2011 by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associate of the Year in 1990 by the Greater Aurora Association of REALTORS®.For the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR), Drews has served on numerous committees and working groups including: the Executive, Finance, Audit, Broker/Lawyer Liaison and Strategic Planning committees, the Professional Development and the Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Groups and the Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity Working Group.
On the statewide and national level, Drews has been committed to the issue of industry ethics and professional standards. He is a three-time chair of the IAR Professional Standards Committee and has served repeated appointments as a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Professional Standards Committee.In 2011, Drews was awarded the IAR Political Involvement Award honoring members who have shown outstanding achievement in the political and legislative activities of the REALTOR® association and grassroots involvement. A Major Investor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), he serves as the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Randy Hultgren and is the key State Legislative Contact for State Representative Kay Hatcher. Drews chaired the IAR REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee in 2011 and has been a member of NAR’s REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee since 2008.
In 2015, Drews will serve as chair of the IAR Strategic Planning Committee, vice-chair of the Executive Committee and on the NAR Political Advisory Working Group. Nationally, he currently serves on the NAR Board of Directors, the Professional Standards Committee and the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee.A graduate of Western Illinois University, Drews is active in his local community. He has served on the board of directors for the Aurora Family YMCA and is active with the Aurora Noon Rotary Club and the New England Congregational Church. He and his wife, Kay, live in Aurora and are the parents of two grown children and have three grandchildren.
Installation ceremonies were conducted at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Inaugural Gala on Sept. 6 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Other 2015 officers installed were President Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, Vice-President of Luxury Home Sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago and Treasurer Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, SFR, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills.The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 41,000 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 which safeguards and advances the interest of real property ownership.