Senior Vice President of Government Relations
The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies
When he is not working on projects for his company at the local, state, and national levels, Dan Wagner keeps busy as president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR). A licensed broker who also holds his series 7 and series 63 licenses, Wagner helps lead the organization. “I’m honored to serve with 18 dedicated board directors who are committed to providing the best benefits we can for our nearly 14,000 members,” he says. “We have a rich history that spans 132 years and it’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of continuing CAR’s proud tradition.”
One of CAR’s most important decisions under Wagner’s Board leadership was relocating its offices back to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) building on the Magnificent Mile in December 2016. “Our new address will make our brand stronger and provide more opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues on the national level,” he explains. NAR and CAR have enjoyed a strong partnership over the years, including support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. CAR, in fact, was the first local NAR association to contribute $10,000 to the organization.
Wagner’s work with The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies requires regular interface with governmental leaders – the firm manages millions of square feet of commercial property in 49 states. The Inland Group acquires diversified commercial real estate for investment with acquisitions totaling more than $41 billion to date. “Working with Dan Goodwin is truly one of the most amazing experiences,” Wagner says of his company’s chairman and CEO. “His teaching spirit challenges me to excel each day.” Previous experiences like serving as the DuPage County Legislative Coordinator for House Republican Leader Lee Daniels and Chief of Staff to the DuPage County Board Chairman prepared Wagner for his real estate profession by providing in-depth knowledge of the government rules and regulations impacting property rights.
Wagner’s civic engagement is extensive. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, co-chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Investment Program Association, chair of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and a DuPage Airport Authority commissioner. He also serves on the Boards of the Civic Federation in Chicago and The Conservation Foundation, and volunteers for the Wellness House in Hinsdale to support people affected by cancer. The Illinois Park and Recreation Association honored him with its 2015 Advocacy Award for his work with special needs children, a cause close to his heart – one of his four children has autism. “The good in people never fails to inspire me, so that’s why I want to give back to my community as much as I possibly can.”
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