Ed Neaves, managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Central Illinois REALTORS® in Bloomington, was named the 2022 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year at the state association’s Winter Business Meetings in Bloomington-Normal today. The award honors individuals whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced the industry.

Neaves has been a leader in the real estate industry with his local association, the Mid-Illinois REALTORS® Association, Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

As the 2020 Illinois REALTORS® President, Neaves led the state association and its more than 50,000 members during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before that he stepped in to serve two terms as president-elect when there was a vacancy in the association’s leadership team.

He is a longtime member of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors and currently serves as chair of the association’s Audit Committee, vice chair of the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Advisory Council and Performance/Compensation Review Committee.

Neaves has always been committed to the power of REALTOR® political advocacy. He has chaired the Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee, the Federal Political Coordinators Working Group and Major Investors Working Group and served on a variety of Illinois REALTORS® committees.

Neaves advocacy also extends to being a REALTOR® resource to elected officials. He is the State Legislative Contact for state Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and the Federal Political Coordinator for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District).

He is among an elite group of REALTORS® nationwide who have been inducted into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions of at least $25,000. He was honored for his political leadership with the 2015 Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award.

In his Bloomington-Normal community, he served as the president of his local association in 2017 and was honored as the local REALTOR® of the Year in 2011 and again in 2020. In 2016, he was awarded his local association’s Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

On the national level, Neaves has served on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors since 2018 and has served repeated terms on NAR’s State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee and REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee.

Congratulations to Ed Neaves, who will be formally recognized and celebrated at the REALTOR® of the Year Award banquet March 28 in Springfield!

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