Realtor Loretta Alonzo of Romeoville is the new 2012 president of the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR).
With a real estate career spanning 36 years, Alonzo, 64, will continue her role as broker-owner of Century 21 Alonzo & Associates in La Grange Park in addition to leading the IAR board of directors and chairing the NAR Political Advisory Working Group and the IAR Leadership and Executive Committees in 2012.
The newly-installed president has chaired a variety of other IAR committees in the past, such as Strategic Planning, Technology Working Group, Community & Public Relations, and the Professional Development Member Involvement Group. She has also lent her expertise to the IAR committees of Jurisdiction, the Business Issues/License Law Working Group, GSE Reform Task Force and the Equal Opportunity Working Group, and the Education Working Group. She received IAR’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Alonzo is a two-term past president of the former West Towns Board of Realtors, where she served on the board of directors and chaired the Audit, Budget/Finance, and MLS committees. The organization named her Realtor of the Year six times. She has also been president of the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation, the Century 21 Chicagoland & NW Indiana Broker Council, the West Suburban Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois, now known as Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC.
In addition to being a current member of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, the busy broker is also on various NAR committees, including the board of directors. The Mexican-American Business & Professional Women’s Club named her Woman of the Year in 1987.
Other 2012 officers installed at the IAR Convention were president-elect Michael D. Oldenettel of Jacksonville and treasurer Phil Chiles of Springfield. The ceremony was held October 12th at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.