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Committees

Apply for Fiscal Year 2023 Committees Below

Contracts & Forms Task Force

This committee reviews and monitors all contracts offered by NSBAR. Its members track changes in the law that would affect the language included in the current forms and make the necessary revisions. They also develop any new documents that may be requested by the membership, as appropriate, or required by law.
Chair: Connie Conway | Staff Liaison: Michael Collins

 

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

This Committee's mission is to promote and support a diverse and welcoming community with housing choices and opportunities free from housing discrimination. The Committee aims to assure that policies and practices relating to fair housing and inclusiveness are interwoven into all Association activity.
Chair: Azam Roohani | Staff Liaison: Jen Jacobek-Wallace

 

Education Committee

The Education Committee’s purpose is to discover, explore, and develop educational opportunities for the professional growth of the membership.
Chair: Heather Johnston & Shannon Johnson | Staff Liaison: Deborah DeBoer

 

Ethics Citation Committee

This group reviews all complaints filed through the Ethics Citation Program to determine if there would be a potential violation of the Code of Ethics and whether a citation should be issued. Due to the nature of the Ethics, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees, members can be a part of only one of these at a time. Members must also attend the training for these Committees before serving. There is a mandatory requirement to attend the IR Professional Standards training in January, or the NSBAR Professional Standards training in the fall, each year to keep eligibility if selected to serve. Training must be completed every two years.
Chair: Allyson Hoffman | Staff Liaison: Becky Carraher

 

Events & Promotions Committee

This committee oversees all NSBAR event communications and promotions to ensure they are strategic, effective, creative and consistent.
Chair: Ethan Nagar | Staff Liaison: Jim Schiefelbein

 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight. Their responsibility is to ensure the organization is operating with the financial resources it needs to provide programs and services to the membership.
Chair: Judith Offerle | Staff Liaison: Rachael Grzyb

 

Government & Political Issues (GPIC) Committee

The Government and Political Issues Committee (GPIC) is charged with reviewing and advocating for or against local public policies, and aiding the Illinois REALTORS® (IR) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) with state and federal lobbying efforts. Additionally, GPIC makes reviews and recommendations for candidate support by the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
Chair: Don Gelfund | Staff Liaison: Joe Roth

 

Grievance Committee

This committee is responsible for REALTOR® Code of Ethics enforcement by reviewing all ethics complaints and Requests for Arbitration that are filed to determine which complaints and requests should be sent forward for a hearing. Due to the nature of the Ethics, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees, members can be a part of only one of these at a time. Members must also attend the training for these Committees before serving. There is a mandatory requirement to attend the IR Professional Standards training in January, or the NSBAR Professional Standards training in the fall, each year to keep eligibility if selected to serve. Training must be completed every two years.
Chair: Joe Gerber | Staff Liaison: Becky Carraher

 

Luxury Council Committee

The NSBAR Luxury Council advises on the creation of programming, events & resources designed to assist our Members in providing the highest level of service to their luxury clientele; and, to institute a forum for the vibrant exchange of ideas and best practices among real estate professionals.  We seek to mentor those considering entry to this challenging market niche, and, for more established practitioners, the opportunity to network among their peers and win a greater share of luxury home sales — thereby affirming NSBAR’s historic & continuing role as the “Voice of Luxury” in Chicagoland.
Chair: Thomas Downing | Staff Liaison: Jim Schiefelbein

 

Membership & Member Benefits Committee 

This committee works to promote a rewarding membership experience through engagement of members into the activities and advantages offered by the association, and growth of the membership body.
Chair: Chris Stephens | Staff Liaison: Jen Jacobek-Wallace

 

Past President’s Advisory Council

This group of members is comprised of NSBAR's Past Board Presidents only.
Chair: Chris Stephens | Staff Liaison: Rachael Grzyb

 

Professional Services Committee

The purpose of the Professional Services Committee is to assist the CEO in reviewing the current Banking and Investment policies/procedures, Investment growth and allocations, Association insurance policies, employee benefits and employee health insurance plans.
Chair: Joel Raynes | Staff Liaison: Rachael Grzyb

 

Professional Standards Committee

The Professional Standards Committee members are assigned to hear ethics and arbitration cases. Professional Standards Committee members are also required to attend at least three training sessions per year. Mandatory training will require at least 12 hours per year. Due to the nature of the Ethics, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees, members can be a part of only one of these at a time. Members must also attend the training for these Committees before serving. There is a mandatory requirement to attend the IR Professional Standards training in January, or the NSBAR Professional Standards training in the fall, each year to keep eligibility if selected to serve. Training must be completed every two years.
Chair: Earl Ruthman | Staff Liaison: Becky Carraher

 

Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee

The NSBAR Young Professionals Network is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and to gain leadership experience.  By providing this entry point, NSBAR seeks to build a new, diverse generation of leaders, strengthening our Members' affinity for the NSBAR/REALTOR® brand early on in their careers — and enabling NSBAR to gain valuable perspectives on generational shifts.
Chair: Kelly Ipjian | Staff Liaison: Jim Schiefelbein