Chicago Real Estate Pro Selected to Lead

September 06, 2011

A Chicago real estate agent was one of 17 REALTORS® accepted into a challenging six-month program designed to inspire new leaders in the real estate industry.

The 2012 class of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Leadership Academy is comprised of REALTORS® from 11 states and Brazil, including Chicago’s own Alexander R. Chaparro.

The REALTORS® chosen have demonstrated personal and professional success in their respective local markets. Through the program, each one will gain and expand upon existing leadership skills and abilities while learning more about NAR as the voice for real estate.

Academy participants had to undergo an application and interview process conducted by the Academy Advisory Board to be accepted. The group, which includes the first ever international participant from Southern Brazil, will undergo a challenging series of team-building exercises and workshops over six months.


Alexander R. Chaparro

Alex Chaparro of The Chaparro group, which is affiliated with @properties, is a 16-year veteran of the Chicago real estate industry.

Chaparro was named one of the nations “100 Most Influential Latino Business Leaders” by Hispanic Business Magazine. He serves on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and is NAHREP’s Midwest regional mentor for the entire Midwest.

In 2006, Chaparro was elected as the first Hispanic and youngest President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS. He was also voted the Chicago Association of Realtors 2008 REALTOR of the year.

The 2012 Class of the National Association of REALTORS Leadership Academy:

*Alexander R. Chaparro from Chicago, IL

*Tray E. Bates, CCIM, SIOR, from Corpus Christi, TX

*J. Russell Boyce, CRS, GRI, from White Plains, MD

*Nikki Jean Boyd, ABR, GRI, PMN, from Twin Falls, ID

*Jennifer Branchini, CRS, GRI, SRES, from Pleasanton, CA

*Brett C. Brown, ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS, GRI, RSPS, ePRO from Naples, FL

*Brian Copeland, ABR, CRS from Nashville, TN

*Scott Lalli, CRS from Kaysville, UT

*Kaki Lybbert, CRS from Denton, TX

*Heather G. Ozur from La Quinta, CA

*Gary J. Reggish, CRS, SFR from Novi, MI

*Eric Sain, GRI from Palm Beach, FL

*Alessandro Ricardo Stupp, Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil

*Tamara Suminski from Redondo Beach, CA

*Linda J. Trevor, ABR, CRS, PMN, SFR, ePRO from Cary, NC

*Duane “Dewey” Uhlir from Fargo, ND

*Karen Valentine-Pond from Laramie, WY

Are you a Chicago real estate agent interested in this program? The NAR will begin accepting applications for the class of 2013 in October.

For more information on the Leadership Academy, visit

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