Illinois REALTOR® Magazine  | January 2013
By Michael D. Oldenettel | CRS, GRI, 2013 IAR President
By now many of you have already acted on your New Year’s resolutions.
You may have pledged to sell more, be a better person and perhaps (for some of us) to try and get back on an exercise regimen after one too many holiday parties.
For the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, the resolution list this year isn’t really a list. In fact, it contains just one item: Make IAR as relevant as possible to our members.
This one-line mission brings with it a commitment to aggressively fight for private property rights, protect members’ ability to do business and provide the resources and training for them to thrive.
The drive for relevancy led IAR’s board of directors to vote in October to reduce the size of the panel which sets policy for the association from 107 members to a more manageable 28.
This bold change, which goes into effect for 2014, will allow the board to reach decisions more quickly on policies that best serve IAR’s nearly 41,000 members. In a quickly changing business climate, it just makes sense to have a board structure which can react nimbly to changing economic conditions.
The effort includes a focus on making sure board candidates represent the diversity of our REALTOR® membership.
We’re fortunate to go into this year with a strengthening real estate market. My goal is to use the momentum of the past year to propel IAR into 2013 and beyond as an association which truly fights for you.