On Friday, July 18, Chicago Association of Realtors CEO Ginger Downs was honored with the 2014 Elevate Award from the Women’s Council of Realtors. The event was held at The Union League Club of Chicago and the program focused on the current and future roles of women in real estate. WCR recognized Downs for her role as a strong female leader in the industry, and her evolving and future professional goals. WCR presents the Elevate Aware annually to an individual or company that promotes and supports the advancement of women in real estate.
Downs started her real estate career thirty years ago and has been C.A.R.’s CEO since 2005. Prior to this, Downs served as an executive officer of Realtor associations since the start of her career. In addition, Downs volunteers on the advisory board for DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Realtor University. She has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work and commitment in the real estate industry.
Sam Powell, president of the Women’s Council of Realtors said, “As Realtors, we highly regard C.A.R. CEO Ginger Downs for her leadership, vision and tireless work to advance our industry.” Powell added, “Downs is a longtime supporter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and we are pleased to recognize her with this year’s Elevate Award.”
As president of All Chicago – Making Homelessness History, Downs also has a special place in her heart for giving back and helping those in need. The collaborative is a partner of Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and The Emergency Fund that works to unite the community and to create for everyone, a place to call home.
Downs’ goal is to find and mentor the next generation of leaders in real estate. She works to improve the lives of others, not only professionally in the real estate industry, but also through her charity work in the community. “C.A.R. is always proud to receive recognition from organizations that further our reputation as Chicago’s voice for real estate, and no one could be more deserving than Ginger,” said Matt Farrell, president of the Chicago Association of Realtors.