Metro Chicago Real Estate Agent Takes Continuing Education to a New Level

April 06, 2011

The 2011 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year is . . .

Lynn Madison of Lake Zurich!


“The REALTOR® of the Year award is presented each year to the one member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a REALTOR®.”

The award also recognizes service to civic, community and charitable causes.

And, remember when we talked about the importance of real estate designations? This REALTOR® of the Year is someone who has made the industry’s continuing education an integral part of her career.

Lynn Madison

Lynn Madison

REALTOR® Lynn Madison, ABR, ABRM, GRI, SFR, SRES is a real estate broker and owner of Lynn Madison Seminars, Inc., a training and development company that offers continuing education.

Among Madison’s accomplishments:

*She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and is a past recipient of the Association’s Realtor of the Year award and Distinguished Service Award.

*A former Dean of the Illinois REALTOR® Institute, Madison has been active in developing and delivering continuing education programs in Illinois since 1992. She is a certified continuing education instructor in more than 40 states and conducts over 250 continuing education seminars a year.

*She has been a speaker for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) convention for more than a decade as well as a senior instructor for the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and the Accredited Buyer’s Representative program. She was inducted into the REBAC Hall of Fame in 2004.

*For the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, Madison has served on numerous committees, including the IAR Professional Standards Committee, Convention Committee, Education Coordinating Committee and Political Fundraising Committee.

*She has also been on the Illinois License Law Rewrite Task Force, License Law Scope and Structure Working Group and Equal Opportunity Working Group and Strategic Planning Committee.

*This year, she is a member of the Business Issues/License Working Group, Education Working Group, Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity Working Group, Professional Development Member Involvement Group and Professional Standards Committee.

*With the National Association of REALTORS®, she has been a member of the Risk Reduction Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee and is now on the Professional Development Committee.

*She is Instructor Training Institute (ITI) certified and a member of the Real Estate Educators Association.

*She was chosen by NAR to conduct the pilot program of the new One America: At Home with Diversity program. She also trains the new Diversity instructors.

*She has been honored as the National Association of REALTORS® Educator of the Year and has received similar honors from the Illinois Educators Association. She is also a member of the NAR REALTORS® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame.


“Lynn Madison has worked relentlessly throughout her career to advance the professional standards within the real estate industry not only through her volunteer efforts on various REALTOR® Association committees but through her dedicated career as a licensed continuing education instructor. She continues to train thousands of REALTORS® not only in the state of Illinois but nationwide garnering her accolades for her work as a leading real estate educator,” said REALTOR® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, ABR, CRB, GRI, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Madison will be honored today at a REALTOR® of the Year banquet in Springfield.

Congratulations, Lynn!

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