NAR Honors Chicago Agent With Top Award

November 08, 2010

A Chicago real estate agent has been recognized with the highest honor an NAR member can receive.

Joe F. Hanauer, a Realtor from Chicago and Laguna Beach, California, has been granted the National Association of Realtors 2010 Distinguished Service Award (DSA).

NAR established the DSA in 1979 to honor Realtors who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and are leaders in their local communities. Out of 1.1 million Realtors, no more than two are recognized with this achievement each year.

Joe Hanauer

Joe Hanauer

“Joe Hanauer has displayed tremendous service to the Realtor community throughout his career,” said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, who presented the award to Hanauer. “Joe’s leadership and hard work has truly impacted NAR. However, most importantly, Joe’s service as a Realtor has touched many people, proving that Realtors build and strengthen communities.”

Hanauer has been a realtor for 45 years and was a driving force behind, the most visited real estate site online.

He has been an active member of NAR for more than 40 years and has chaired a number of NAR committees including:

*Home Protection

*Strategic Planning

*International Operations

Currently with Combined Investment, LLC, where he directs investments in real estate and real estate related activities, Hanauer has worn many hats throughout his career, including:

*Member of NAR’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee

*Former president of Mainstreet Organization of Realtors

*Former CEO of Coldwell Banker

*Chairman and director of Grubb & Ellis Company; he led the financial restructuring of the company

*Co-founder of the International Real Property Foundation

And, not only has he been on every committee with the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers; he even developed the curriculum for all CRB courses.

Hanauer has continuously served as a director and/or chair for numerous charitable organizations, including Chicago Chamber Orchestra, March of Dimes, Roosevelt University and North Central College.

And now he will be able to add this new award to the list of other honors he has received throughout his illustrious career, including the Hall of Leaders Award from the CRB and REBAC’s Hall of Fame Award.

“I am honored to accept the Distinguished Service Award,” said Hanauer. “I strongly believe in the value Realtors┬« provide and the common goals we share and am extremely proud to be a part of this industry.”

The other person to receive the DSA this year was Frederick Prassas, a realtor for 34 years from La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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