Sue Miller, President
Ezekiel (Zeke) Morris, President Elect
Ed Neaves, Immediate Past President
Michael Gobber, Treasurer
Illinois REALTORS® plans to continue addressing the state’s housing shortage and obstacles to housing equality. Representing every aspect of the real estate industry, during the pandemic, the association has showed remarkable resiliency and the ability to leverage the collective advocacy strength of its 50,000 members. Most recently, the group secured executive orders enabling them to continue business operations during the shutdown, which helped state and local economies stay afloat during the pandemic.
The association’s leadership expects Illinois REALTORS® to continue increasing its educational resources to help members better serve their clients, increase their business and maintain professionalism in the industry. Sue Miller, Illinois REALTORS® 2021 president and designated managing broker at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group in McHenry, states: “Our association and its members care about the life of the client and our communities, not just the momentary big deal.”
Immediate past president Ed Neaves, designated managing broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Central Illinois REALTORS®, believes the association’s resiliency will continue to be beneficial. During his tenure, Illinois REALTORS® navigated the pandemic, keeping agents and brokers connected to their clients, even with social distancing. “I am so proud of our ability to continue helping our members and clients during that time. Many of the initiatives enacted then will continue and be beneficial to our members, their clients and communities going forward.”
Continued integration and collaboration with industry partners will also be invaluable, says Treasurer Michael Gobber, designated managing broker and partner at Century 21 Affiliated. He and the other executive members belong to the Women’s Council of Realtors Illinois, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the Dearborn Realtist Board and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. “This previously untapped resource will continue playing a major role in helping advocate and secure affordable and equitable housing to further protect private property rights,” he says.
President-elect Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris, designated managing broker and owner of Exit Strategy Realty/EMA Management, believes providing greater opportunity for homeowners and members are the keys to success. “Our state, nation and world face many challenges, but I view them as opportunities for us to make long-lasting changes for the betterment of all,” he says.