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Illinois Realtors president-elect Dan Wagner resigns

by Rincey Abraham

llinois Realtors president-elect Dan Wagner resigned from his position on Aug. 13. Wagner made the decision solely based on the time demands of the position, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on his career.

“While working out my calendar, there were far too many soccer, golf, choir and cross country events and family time that I would be missing,” Wagner said in his resignation letter. “Clearly, I knew when I started on this leadership path that the time commitment was there, but until I actually got to this place in time, I didn’t realize how much I would be absent from my family and employer.”

Wagner is the senior vice president of government relations for the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate and finance organizations.

He has taken on a number of roles within the real estate community throughout his career. He previously has served as the president of the Chicago Association of Realtors, served on the Illinois Realtors’ Board of Directors, chaired the association’s Political Fundraising Working Group, Major Donor Working Group and the Realtors Political Action Committee Trustees.

“Being involved on many levels with the Realtors has placed a burden on me that makes it difficult to find enough time for my family and my job,” Wagner wrote. “Accordingly, my wife and I have been taking a hard look at our lives, our choices, our family needs and my obligations as a father and husband.”

As of deadline, there have been no decisions made by Illinois Realtors as to what the next steps will be. The association’s executive committee — which includes president Matt Difanis, treasurer Ed Neaves and immediate past-president Doug Carpenter — are planning to meet to determine how to handle Wagner’s departure.

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