Real estate broker Kay Wirth of RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest in Crystal Lake has been named the 2012 Illinois Realtor of the Year by the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR).
A Realtor for more than 25 years, Wirth is a member and past president of the McHenry County Association of Realtors who received her local association’s Realtor of the Year award in 1997. She served six years on the McHenry County association’s Board of Directors and chaired the Nominating Committee.
Loretta Alonzo, the president of the Illinois Association of Realtors, said Wirth’s passion and dedication sets her apart.
“Kay has dedicated much of her career to help improve the real estate industry,” Alonzo said. “She is passionate about making our business better for all of us and has shown that throughout her career by being active in her local, state and national associations of Realtors.”
The Realtor of the Year award is presented to a member of the Illinois Association of Realtor 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.
Wirth was 2008 president of the Illinois Association of Realtors, and served as a Leadership Liaison in 2004, representing the state organization to seven local Realtor associations in northwestern Illinois. She has served on the Illinois Association of Realtor Board of Directors and served on or chaired association committees including the Executive Committee, Leadership Committee and the National Association of Realtor Political Advisory Working Group.
In addition, she is active with the Women’s Council of Realtor, serving as president of the organization’s McHenry County and Illinois chapters, and she served as a member of the national council’s Board of Directors and Leadership Development System Committee.
Wirth is also involved at the national level of real estate. For the National Association of Realtors, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors as Region 7 Vice President, and as a member of the Sergeant at Arms and Federal Housing Policy committees.