The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® has announced that Janet Cheney, a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with extensive association management experience, is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She replaces Linda Green, who retired on June 30, after a four-decade career.
A local search committee consisting of the association’s executive committee and five past presidents, assisted by Illinois REALTORS®, picked Cheney after a comprehensive six-month search process. They selected her based on her extensive association management experience as well as her member relationship management, professional development and marketing expertise.
Cheney honed those skills while working with the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the American Dairy Science Association, National Council of Teachers of English and the Federation of Animal Science Societies.
Cheney obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois-Champaign.
In January, Cheney earned the highest designation of an association management professional, Certified Association Executive (CAE). She also has significant volunteer leadership experience, garnered while serving as a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies.
“We believe Janet will help us enhance our engagement with our existing members and help us to attract and retain new ones,” said Julie Roth, chair of the local search committee. “She also will help ensure that the association remains focused on our commitment to homeownership, private property rights and strengthening our community.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Cheney will work very closely over the next few weeks with Green, who joined the Champaign County association as membership director in 1978 before taking over the leadership role of association executive in 1983. Green’s leadership over the last 43 years has helped shape and advance the Champaign County association and improve its service to its members, particularly in the area of professional standards, fair housing and advocacy.
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