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Alex Ruggieri Receives CCAR 2016 REALTOR of the Year Award

REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri, Senior Investment Advisor for Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign is the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year for the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. Ruggieri received the award at the CCAR annual awards banquet on October 20 at the I Hotel in Champaign.

            Ruggieri has earned several real estate designations including: CCIM, GRI, CIPS, CRE, EMS, SEC, and NCE. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois.

            The award is based on involvement to the REALTOR® Association, real estate industry and contributions to the community.

            Ruggieri has more than 40 years of commercial real estate industry experience and was recently named chairman of the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Leadership Forum. Ruggieri will begin a one year term as chair of the forum beginning in November of this year. The Commercial Leadership Forum committee works to provide members, staff and volunteer leadership of NAR’s commercial structures with an opportunity to learn about timely commercial real estate issues and exchange valuable information that contributes to their success.

            “This year we recognize Alex Ruggieri for his outstanding contributions to our industry through his involvement with the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® and the Champaign community,” said Jim Waller, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. “Alex is a distinguished leader for the profession not only locally, but statewide and nationally through his real estate industry knowledge insight, volunteer commitment and over 40 years of experience specializing in commercial real estate sales. He will lead one of the most important committees for the National Association of REALTORS® this year.”

            “Alex’s role on the committee will help bring value and benefit to the association’s 1.2 million members, the nation’s 75 million real property owners and the individual’s striving to achieve homeownership,” said 2017 NAR President Elisabeth J. Mendenhall, who made the appointment.

            Ruggieri serves as a member of the board of directors for CCAR and is also active with the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He serves as a member of the IAR Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee and will serve as Global Vice Chair for the Illinois REALTORS® next year.  Regionally, he serves with the Chicago Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and serves as a liaison for the University of Illinois Business School.

            In addition to authoring numerous commercial real estate articles for regional and national real estate trade publications, Ruggieri has hosted a weekly talk radio show ‘Central Illinois Business’ for the past eight years on WDWS-AM.

            He will be recognized at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on June 6th in Springfield.

Other award recipients at the CCAR Awards banquet include:

REALTOR® Oksana Whitsitt, a broker with RE/MAX Choice in Champaign received the R.O.O.K.I.E. of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a new REALTOR® who has been in the industry no more than two years but who has actively served on Association committees.

            REALTOR® P.J. Trautman, a broker with Champaign County Realty in Champaign received the Affiliate Choice Award. The award is recognized annually to a REALTOR® selected by affiliate members in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to the real estate industry.

            John Cheney of Pristine Home Inspections and Testing received the Affiliate of the Year award. The award is bestowed on a CCAR affiliate member each year in recognition for their contribution to furthering the local real estate professional through participation in Association activities and committees and assisting REALTOR® members.

            REALTOR® Max McComb, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates of Champaign received the affiliate partner scholarship.

            The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary organization serving Champaign County and surrounding areas, and is the leading resource for REALTOR® members and an advocate for homeownership and private property rights.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016/Categories: News Releases