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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION Septemb er 11, 2005 Co ntact: Ann Merrion 312.214.5539 Or e-mail email@example.com CHICAGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® INSTALLS INDUSTRY LEADERS AT 122 nd ANNUAL INAUGURAL GALA The “Who’s Who” of local, state, and national real estate will be in attendance for the 122 nd Annual Chicago Association of REALTORS ® (CAR) Inaugural Gala at the Chicago Hilton & Towers on the evening of Wednesday, September 14, 2005. Over 1,000 real estate professionals will gather to celebrate “Through the Eyes of Chicago REALTORS®” at the premiere annual event of Chicago’s real estate community. As a part of the evening’s numerous festivities, the 2006 CAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be installed into office to lead the membership of the 16,000+ member organization. As the third largest local REALTOR® Association in the country, CAR will be led by the team of: President Nancy Suvarnamani, ABR, CIPS, CRB, MA of Century 21, S.G.R., Inc. President-Elect Alexander Chaparro of Hudson Street Realty Treasurer / Secretary Michael Golden of @properties Steven L. Good, CEO and Chairman of Sheldon Good & Company International, LLC, will be honored as CAR’s 2005 REALTOR® of the Year. David K. Hill, President and Founder of Kimball Hill Homes, and Ronald L. Shipka, Co-founder of The Enterprise Companies, will be inducted into the CAR Hall of Fame. NANCY SUVARNAMANI started Specialty Group Realty (S.G.R., Inc.) in 1989 and joined the Century 21 franchise later that year. As President and Broker/Owner of Century 21 S.G.R., Inc., Suvarnamani has established CENTURY 21 S.G.R., Inc. as one of the leading marketers of new developments in Chicago. She directs the course of the company, which includes budgeting, strategic planning, and managing seventy agents. Suvarnamani opened the Century 21 S.G.R. Learning Center, which provides pre- licensing real estate classes. The school enhances the reputation of the company in the real estate community and is beneficial to the recruitment of excellent agents to the company. Suvarnamani has served on the CAR Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. She also has devoted her time to the Diversity Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Good Neighbor Awards Judging Committee, and was the Chairman of CAR’s International Committee for 2003- 2004. She received an honor as the second leading sales associate in the Century 21 Metropolitan Chicago Region in 2000. ALEXANDER CHAPARRO founded Hudson Street Realty in the Logan Square community. Chaparro has launched his firm with a focus on cutting edge technology, progressive training programs and personal coaching. Chaparro attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York and Columbia College in Chicago before beginning his career as a REALTOR® in 1992. He studied documentary photography and photojournalism, which gave him the opportunity to travel the country working on documentary projects that promoted the awareness of homeless families across America. This experience gave Chaparro a deep inner drive to promote fair housing and minority homeownership. Chaparro has served on the CAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He has also served CAR in other capacities, including the Cultural Diversity Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Banquet Committee and Technology Task Force. He holds the NCP (NAHREP Certified Professional) designation for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the nation’s leading diversity training for Latino homeownership. MICHAEL GOLDEN co-founded @properties, building on a thorough knowledge of traditional brokerage services. Golden, along with @properties co-founder Thaddeus Wong, forged a new real estate brokerage model for the 21st century and built a billion-dollar real estate business from the ground up by embracing superior customer service, raising the bar of professionalism in residential real estate, and employing modern technology to manage high sales transaction volume. Golden combines the analytical abilities of a top management consultant with an entrepreneurial spirit that made him one of Chicago’s top sellers of residential real estate. As an expert in development marketing, he advises many of Chicago’s leading real estate developers on complex issues such as site selection and acquisition, construction cost analysis, financing, and the entire sales and marketing process for new residential projects. A native of Boston, Golden came to Chicago in the early 1990s. After working as an HR consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Golden began selling real estate in 1995 and co-founded @properties in March 2000. Today, Golden co-manages a REALTOR® network that has grown to more than 270 brokers and a firm that has doubled in closed sales volume each year. STEVEN L. GOOD, attorney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sheldon Good & Company International, LLC has been involved in the sale of more than $4 billion of real estate, including commercial, office, retail, industrial, residential, and vacant land sites. Good is the driving force behind the expansion of the company, which has been ranked as the largest firm in the United States exclusively conducting real estate auctions, and was previously ranked as the sixth-largest commercial brokerage firm in the U.S. The Chicago Association of REALTORS ® 121 st President, Good also served as a member of the American, Illinois, Chicago, and Florida Bar Associations, among other organizations. Good was named one of Chicago’s Ten Outstanding Young Citizens by the Chicago Jaycees, and he appears in Who’s Who Worldwide, Who’s Who in U.S. Corporate Executives, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Chicago Business as published by Crain’s Chicago Business. Good has served as past Chairman of the Annual Campaign for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Chicago, the Illinois Historical Society Centennial Business Awards Program, and served on the Board of Directors of the Easter Seal Society for Metropolitan Chicago. Good received the prestigious Infinitec Corporate Leadership Award for his work to raise funds for disabled persons from United Cerebral Palsy and raises over $1 million annually for numerous charitable and civic organizations. DAVID K. HILL, Chairman and CEO of Kimball Hill Homes, a graduate of Princeton University and Northwestern University Law School, practiced law briefly in Chicago and then served as a JAG officer and national security strategic planner in the Pentagon. He returned to Chicago in 1969 and founded Kimball Hill Homes, a second-generation homebuilding company focused on "Caring, Committed People Creating Communities of Fine Homes," which has grown to become one of the nation's largest independent, privately owned homebuilders, with 2005 revenues in excess of $1 billion. A major focus of Hill’s career has been affordable housing: how to build it, finance it, and use it to help address other human challenges. He chaired the first National Homeless Conference, served for six years as the Vice Chairman of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Board. He has worked for greater awareness of the growing national housing affordability challenge. Locally, Hill helped found and serves as Vice Chairman of the North West Housing Partnership and is active in The Giving Trust. He currently serves on the Board of the Metropolit an Planning Council, as a member of Roosevelt University Board of Trustees, and was recently elected to the Harper Community College Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Kellogg School of Management's Real Estate Advisory Board and was a founding sponsor of DePaul University's Real Estate Center and the Roosevelt University School for Real Estate. RONALD L. SHIPKA began his career in real estate after graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Industrial Management. In 1971, he and his wife, La Verne, started The Enterprise Companies following the purchase of several apartment buildings in the East Lakeview area of Chicago. In the late 1980s, their two sons joined the business, and Enterprise expanded into the new construction and development business. Together, the family has developed numerous projects throughout the city, several of which spurred the further redevelopment of the area. With over 2,500 residential homes in the city, Shipka has led the Enterprise Companies into becoming one of the largest residential development companies in Chicago. As a family-owned company in its third generation, Enterprise sees itself as having a special role in relating the city's past to its future. The company approaches each property with a sense of responsibility for preserving a neighborhood's character while enhancing its vitality. Shipka’s interests extend far beyond The Enterprise Companies. He is a past president of the Lincoln Park Builders Association, Director of New Century Bank Holdings, Inc. and is involved with the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. His civic affiliations include serving on the Board of Directors of University of Illinois Real Estate Alumni Forum, Roosevelt University Real Estate Advisory Board, and John Marshall Law School Real Estate Law Advisory Committee. The Chicago Association of R EALTORS ® (CAR), " The Voice for Real Estate in Chicago" since 1883, represents the business interests of over 16,000 real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. CAR is led by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected by the membership, who works in partnership with a professional administrative staff.
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