FOR RELEASE: October 13, 2017
REALTOR® Dan Wagner, of Wheaton, has been installed as the 2018 President-elect of Illinois REALTORS®. He is the senior vice president of government relations for the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate and finance organizations.
Active in the real estate industry since 2004, Wagner has been involved in all levels of the REALTOR® organization, with a particular focus on commercial real estate and governmental affairs efforts. In 2016, he served as president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He has been honored as the association’s 2017 REALTOR® of the Year.
On the national level, Wagner has been actively involved with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). He currently serves on the 2017 Public Policy Coordinating Committee, the Large Commercial Firms Advisory Group and NAR Board of Directors.
Wagner is an active member and leader within the Illinois REALTORS®. He serves on the Illinois REALTORS®’ Board of Directors and has chaired the association’s Political Fundraising Working Group, Major Donor Working Group and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee Trustees. In 2018, he will chair the Illinois REALTORS®’ Strategic Planning Committee.
Wagner is a strong supporter of REALTOR® political advocacy efforts and is a Golden “R” Major Investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and a member of NAR’s President’s Circle.
Wagner is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has been a significant contributor to and an advocate for the Marketplace Fairness Act. He is a member of the Investment Program Association, is co-chair of the association’s Public Affairs Committee and is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable’s 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Commission. He is a board member for the Civic Federation of Chicago and is active in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Active in his community, Wagner is a commissioner on the DuPage Airport Authority and is the chairman of the Capital Development Committee. He is vice-chairman of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and is actively involved with the village of Oak Brook. In 2014, he received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Advocacy Award for his work on behalf of special needs children. He is a board member of The Conservation Foundation and is a longtime volunteer for the Wellness House of Hinsdale.
A native of Springfield, Ill., Wagner earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton with their four children, triplets John, Michael and Annie, and son Danny. His wife runs Lisa Wagner and Company, a political and non-profit fundraising group.
Installation ceremonies were conducted at the Illinois REALTORS® Inaugural Gala on Oct. 12 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville in Naperville, Ill. Other 2018 officers installed were: President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, co-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates, with offices in Champaign, Mahomet and Monticello; and Treasurer Ed Neaves, managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington.
The Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation which safeguards and advances the interest of real property ownership.