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FROM THE CEO Hello, Chicago REALTORS ® ! I’m Michelle Mills Clement, CAR’s new Chief Executive Officer. I’m excited to get to know you all a little better as I settle into my new role. A little about me — I’m a native Chicagoan but I’ve been in Washington state the past five years, predominantly working in commercial real estate. I’m excited for this opportunity to lead such a nationally renowned, well-run organization. I love what CAR represents, which is being the Voice for Real Estate in Chicago. You, our members, represent over 77 neighborhoods in the City of Chicago alone. Chicago REALTORS ® impact just about every aspect of life in our city because of the work that you do. People buy or rent a home. They shop in our stores. They work in our office buildings. We touch so many, and that’s why I truly love working in real estate. I look forward to working closely with you to better understand the unique challenges you face in your business and your communities, and the role your association can play in solving them. I want you to have full access to the services and resources you need. I plan on spending as much time in the field, getting to know you, as possible. If you see me around, please come say hi! Apply to serve on a CAR committee. Our work is made possible thanks to the volunteerism of the hundreds of members, just like you, who serve on our board of directors, committees and work groups. We need your voice at the table — and we’re accepting applications for our various work groups and committees. I highly encourage you to take an active role in your association — it’s just another way you can have an impact in your community and help shape our association’s future. I’m excited to be here and to learn from you all, and I look forward to working together in the years to come. MICHELLE MILLS CLEMENT, cae Chief Executive Officer Chicago Association of REALTORS ® 6 Chicago REALTOR ® Magazine
Get Involved - Make a Difference Apply for a Committee or Work Group. Gain the most from your REALTOR ® membership by getting involved! There are many ways to volunteer at CAR. Rewards include personal and professional growth opportunities and the ability to contribute to the future of Chicago real estate. Here is a summary of Chicago REALTOR ® committees and work groups that welcome volunteers. To successfully apply for volunteer positions, you must be willing to attend committee meetings and actively participate. In most cases, you must also be a CAR member in good standing, though there are a few committees that represent a wider range of participants by including non-CAR members. Committee members are selected in September for terms that take effect on Oct. 1, the start of our fiscal year. See a committee that’s right for you? Click on “Get Involved” on the Membership page of ChicagoREALTOR.com. AUDIT COMMITTEE The audit committee oversees the integrity of the Association’s financial accounting process and systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting and use of assets. They take an active role in the prevention and deterrence of fraud, as well as an effective ethics and compliance program. Term length: 2 years; Number of members: 5-7 FORMS & CONTRACTS COMMITTEE Forms & Contracts Committee reviews and updates all approved CAR forms and contracts on a regular basis, as well as develops any forms and contracts that will enhance members’ businesses. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 8-12 COMMERCIALFORUM COMMITTEE CommercialForum creates educational and networking opportunities that build community among Chicagoland commercial real estate professionals and provide tools for their success. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 15-20 FINANCE COMMITTEE Along with senior management, the Finance Committee provides oversight of CAR financial management and the financial reporting function. Term length: 2 years; Number of members: CAR Secretary/Treasurer plus 12 members GLOBAL REAL ESTATE COUNCIL Forum members foster and provide a platform for global real estate business opportunities. They also seek out and create venues for networking with other relevant organizations. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 10-15 SPECIAL EVENTS ADVISORY GROUPS Advisory Group members focus on strategy and execution of generating sponsorship revenues and attendance for our special events. Special Events Advisory Groups: INAUGURAL GALA: Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 7-10 CASINO ROYALE: Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 8-12 GOLF OUTING: Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 7-10 SALES AWARDS: Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 7-10 RPAC FUNDRAISING WORK GROUP RPAC Committee members solicit RPAC investments annually. A key focus of the committee is securing Major Investors, as well as broad-based, lower-level investments from CAR members. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 10-15 GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE The Grievance Committee investigates complaints received from the public and members to determine if they have sufficient substance and merit to warrant an ethics or arbitration hearing, or mediation procedures. Term length: 3 years; Number of members: 15-20 PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE The Professional Standards Committee is responsible for enforcing the REALTOR ® Code of Ethics through the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings. Term length: 3 years; Number of members: 50-75 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY GROUP The Advisory Group identifies professional development topics, classes, events and programs that would be valuable to CAR members and the greater Chicagoland real estate community. Group members also help promote the offerings of the REALTORS ® Real Estate School and CAR Foundation. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 6-8 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK WORK GROUP The purpose of the CAR YPN is to help young professionals excel in their careers with networking and education. Term length: 1 year; Number of members: 10-15 www.ChicagoREALTOR.com 7