137th Virtual Inaugural - Chicago Association of REALTORS®


137th Virtual Inaugural

Thursday, October 29, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free for anyone who wants to watch!

Registration will close on October 29 at 1:00 PM.

2020 has brought quite a number of challenges – but with challenges come opportunities. On October 29th, we’ll Rise Up together for the 137th Annual Inaugural Gala, the premier night for real estate in Chicago! Join us for this historic evening as we install the Chicago Association of REALTORS® 2020-2021 leadership team, including first-ever Black female president Nykea Pippion McGriff, Coldwell Banker Realty, president-elect Antje Gehrken, A.R.E. Partners, and treasurer Sarah Ware, Ware Realty Group. We will also honor our 2020 REALTOR® Award winners, including REALTOR® of the Year Tommy Choi, Keller Williams Chicago – Lincoln Park.

Even though we can’t celebrate together in person this year, our virtual event is sure to bring you all the glitz, glamour and surprises you’ve come to expect from one of the biggest nights in Chicago for you and your fellow REALTORS®.

Watch the event live on Facebook beginning at 5:00 PM.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click here or please contact Mary Beth Durkin, 312-214-5530.

Honored Guests:

Nykea Pippion McGriff
Coldwell Banker Realty
2020 – 2021 President
Antje Gehrken
A.R.E. Partners
2020 – 2021 President-Elect
Sarah Ware
Ware Realty Group
2020 – 2021 Treasurer
Maurice Hampton
Centered International Realty
Immediate Past President

REALTOR® of the Year:

Tommy Choi
Keller Williams Chicago – Lincoln Park

Award Winners:

REALTOR® Achievement:
Nancy Suvarnamani
CENTURY 21 S.G.R., Inc.
Commercial Achievement:
Anthony Hardy
Keller Williams Chicago – Lincoln Park
REALTOR® Community Service:
Lutalo McGee
Ani Real Estate
Affiliate of the Year:
Michael Bencks
Guranteed Rate
Managing Broker of the Year (1 – 50 Licensees):
Lewis Jones
Coldwell Banker Realty
Managing Broker of the Year (51+ Licensees):
Mario DiLorenzo
Keller Williams Chicago – O’Hare
Managing Broker of the Year (51+ Licensees):
Natalie Carpenter
Coldwell Banker Realty
Brian A. Bernardoni Political Advocacy Award:
John Vranas
Vranas Ventures, Inc.

Inducting our Board of Directors

Stephanie Brimo
Redfin Corporation
Anthony Hardy
Keller Williams Chicago – Lincoln Park
Drussy Hernandez
Fulton Grace Realty
Grace Kaage
Marki Lemons Ryhal
EXIT Strategy Realty
Nick Libert
EXIT Strategy Realty
Chris Pezza
The Apartment Source
Ayoub Rabah
Coldwell Banker Realty
Hugh Rider
Realty & Mortgage Co.
Tracey Royal
Coldwell Banker Realty
Rachel Scheid
Coldwell Banker Realty
Andy Shiparski
Vicky Silvano
Baird & Warner
Amir Syed
Guaranteed Rate
Erika Villegas
RE/MAX in the Village
Marty Walsh
Dream Town Realty

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities or reach out to Mary Beth Durkin for sponsorship information.

By registering to participate in this event, you hereby acknowledge and consent that The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (and their assignees) may take photographs and/or video of you during the event and may use those photographs and recordings for the Association’s purposes, including but not limited to news, publicity and fundraising purposes, without further compensation to you. All such photos and videos are the sole property of the Association.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive experience for our community and committed to providing a friendly and welcoming environment for all. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Please act professionally and follow our Code of Conduct at all CAR events.

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