REinventing MLS

New MRED Board members announced

The final results of MRED’s Board of Managers elections were completed Dec. 15, with one incumbent member returning and four new members joining the Board.

MRED’s Preferred Unit Owners (PUOs) have the opportunity to nominate candidates to serve on MRED’s Board. The members of one of three categories (based on annual transaction count) may vote on the nominees in their respective category. Additionally, two Board seats are reserved for REALTOR® association executives.

The following people were elected to the Board:

Category One

Fran Broude – Compass

Broude is senior managing director for Compass Midwest and has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience with residential real estate sales teams. Re-elected for this year, she’s served a total of nine years on MRED’s Board of Managers. Broude served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Coldwell Banker/NRT and was president/COO of the local operating company for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT.

Category Two

Tommy Choi – Keller Williams ONEChicago

Choi co-founded the Weinberg Choi Residential team in 2007 and served as the 135th president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He has held numerous committee positions with Illinois REALTORS® and was the chair of the National Association of REALTORS® YPN Advisory Board. In 2021, he will serve as NAR’s vice president of association affairs.

Category Three

Debbie Hymen – Real Deb Realty

Hymen has more than 20 years of real estate experience and is the designated managing broker of Real Deb Realty. Hymen has been active with MRED as a Preferred Unit Owner and opened Real Deb Realty in 2018. Hymen began working with MRED as part of the Compliance User Team in 2007 to help shape the MLS’ policies.

Pradeep Shukla – RE/MAX Renaissance

Shukla began his career in real estate in 2001 and has been a managing broker at RE/MAX Renaissance since 2013. He has served as National Association of REALTORS® director and has been on numerous committees for Illinois REALTORS®. Shukla is a past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.

Also beginning their terms in January are two REALTOR® association executives. Jim Haisler, CEO of Heartland Realtor® Organization, and HomeTown Association of REALTORS® Association Executive Heather Wiedrich, will serve on the 2021 Board. Haisler is chair of MLSNI, MRED’s parent organization. Weidrich replaces Chris Studebaker, CEO of REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley, who finished his term.

Others serving on the Board are: Chad Gilbert, RE/MAX Suburban; Drussy Hernandez, Fulton Grace Realty; Jeff Gregory, Realty Executives Success; Luigui Corral, RE/MAX American Dream; Lynn Madison, Lynn Madison Realtor®; Molly Ryan, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago; Royal Hartwig, The Royal Family Real Estate; Sue Miller, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group; Sue Wiskowski-Fair, Realty Executives Premier.

The Board selected its executive committee at the January Board meeting:

  • Chair: Jeff Gregory
  • Vice chair: Lynn Madison
  • Secretary: Molly Ryan
  • Treasurer: Sue Wiskowski-Fair

Art Carter of California Regional Multiple Listing Service will continue to serve as Board strategic manager in 2021. Strategic Manager Jeremy Crawford of First Multiple Listing Service in Atlanta has completed his term on the Board. The Board named Northwest MLS President/CEO Tom Hurdelbrink as the second strategic manager for 2021 at its January meeting.

MRED would like to thank the Board’s outgoing members for their service. In addition to Studebaker and Crawford, they are:

  • Al Rossell of the Jack Carpenter Organization
  • Michael Emery of Corcoran Urban Real Estate
  • Paul Wells of RE/MAX of Barrington. Wells served as MRED Board chair in 2020.

Click here to learn more about MRED Preferred Unit Ownership.

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