Leadership Development Program

2023 Leadership Development Class

Meenu Bhaskar
Meenu BhaskarBloomington
Keller Williams Revolution

Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association

David Ferrel
David FerrelAurora
Su Familia Real Estate

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Kevin Kalbach
Kevin KalbachMcHenry
Realty Executives Cornerstone

Heartland REALTOR® Organization

Kirsten Keller
Kirsten KellerLisle
Exit Real Estate Partners

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Justin Letheby
Justin LethebyDeKalb
Exit Realty Redefined

REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley

Keith McKeever
Keith McKeeverPekin
Fathom Realty

Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®

Ethan Nagar
Ethan NagarSkokie
Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR)

Elissa Palermo
Elissa PalermoOak Park
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®

Tracy Patkunas
Tracy PatkunasBloomington
RE/MAX Rising

Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association

Christopher Stephens
Christopher StephensLibertyville
Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR)

Kristie Tindall
Kristie TindallDecatur
Brinkoetter Realtors

Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®

Erika Villegas
Erika VillegasChicago
RE/MAX in the Village

Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Participation guidelines

The program goal is for Illinois REALTORS®, through the Executive Committee, past presidents and members, to develop and implement a systematic approach for the identification, placement, and training of future Illinois REALTORS® leaders. Leaders are those members who through their state, local association or other organization involvement are perceived to possess the skills, aptitude, interests and motivation to become a committee chair, and/or Illinois REALTORS® elected officer. The program is designed to further develop a person’s leadership skills in a structured program that offers training and critical evaluation.

Participation guidelines

Any REALTOR® member may request to participate in the program and any member may be requested to apply to participate by a member of the Leadership Development Working Group. The program will be limited to twelve (12) new participants each year. Each candidate will complete an application form to establish their past level of participation and involvement in state or local association and other groups.

2023 Leadership Development Program Modules

Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program participants meet at Illinois REALTORS® Plaza in Springfield. The curriculum addresses different facets of REALTOR® association leadership.

Program governance

The Leadership Development Working Group shall have a chair, appointed annually by the Executive Committee, that will oversee the selection, participation, and evaluation of the program. Other working group members may be selected from the past presidents or those members with specific leadership training and skills. The members of the working group shall not serve on the Nominating Committee during the same administrative year. The chair shall work closely with staff and the Executive Committee to present participants to serve on Illinois REALTORS® committees. The officers shall serve on the working group in an ex officio capacity. On an annual basis, the Executive Committee shall recommend funding for activities related to the overall Leadership Development Program.


“The program was a crucial step in helping me identify and expand my leadership skills.”

John LeTourneau, Hinsdale

“I now have more tools and resources to better serve my clients, community, and association.”

Celeste Wheeler, O’Fallon

“The highlight of the program for me was working alongside members from the entire state and developing meaningful relationships.”

Judy Gibbons, Chicago