McHenry Realtor gets Distinguished Service Award

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 5:19 p.m. CDT
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Sue Miller, managing broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, was named a recipient of the Illinois Association of Realtors 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

McHENRY – The Illinois Association of Realtors recently gave Sue Miller, managing broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, its 2013 Distinguished Service Award for more than two decades of service at the local, state and national levels.

The award honors individuals who have provided outstanding contributions and service to the Illinois Association of Realtors and its local communities. Miller received the award Oct. 1 at the IAR Business Meetings in St. Charles. The award was announced in a news release this week.

“I was totally overwhelmed,” Miller said. “For me, this is the star on top of the Christmas tree because it comes from my peers statewide for a career’s worth of effort.”

Miller, a licensed managing broker, continuing education instructor and pre-license instructor, began her real estate career in 1987. She has been involved in the Heartland Realtor Organization, formerly the McHenry County Association of Realtors, serving as president in 2004 and 2013. She was named her local association’s Realtor of the Year in 2004 and 2010 and was the local association’s 1997 Distinguished Member of the Year.

“Sue has been very giving of herself since she got into the industry 25 years ago,” Heartland Realtor Organization CEO Jim Haisler said. “She has worked tirelessly to serve the industry and the public throughout her life, and this recognition just solidifies that her contributions are endless.”

Miller has been an active IAR member, serving multiple terms on the state organization’s board of directors and lending her expertise to more than 30 committees, including leadership roles as chairwoman of the Education Working Group, Technology Working Group and the Grievance Committee.

For the National Association of Realtors, Miller has served on the Diversity Committee and on the NAR Board of Directors. She is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors and is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists. She is a “Sterling R” contributor to the Realtors Political Action Committee, which means she donates more than $1,000 to the PAC annually.

A resident of McHenry, Miller also has been dedicated to the local community. She is a member of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and the nonprofit community growth planning group Imagine McHenry County. Miller also has held leadership positions with the McHenry Nunda Public Library District, Riverside Area Business Association and her local school district’s education committee.

“Sue has been incredibly supportive of the community and the district,” said Josh Reitz, executive director of the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and assistant superintendent of McHenry District 15. He said Miller has served on the foundation’s board of directors for more than 15 years.

Twenty-five Realtors have earned the IAR Distinguished Service Award since 2001.

The IAR is a trade association with 41,000 members involved in all facets of the real estate industry.

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