Message from the President

Tony Smaniotto
Chicago Chapter President

May 2017 Letter to Chapter

Dear Chicago Chapter Members:

As I am writing this letter, it is only a matter of weeks until leadership of our Chapter is passed on to me. I would like to say "thank you" to all of you who continue to make this Chapter a great one, and a special thanks to both our leadership and senior advisory board teams - the latter staffed by numerous past Chapter presidents – which have been influential partners over the past 8 years. I have been trained well for the new voyage upon which I will soon embark.

As I look back over the past year as your Vice President, my favorite moments include meeting our newest members, many of whom a year later are fully engaged in committees and running events and programs. Let’s be honest with ourselves – is there really any other CRE organization that can offer the extent of programming, networking opportunities, and access to key decision makers and service providers that our Chapter offers?

After recently attending the Core Net Leadership Summit in Atlanta, I had the fortune to talk with chapter leaders from around the world, and while admittedly I heard many "best practices" that I would like to implement, I was flattered by the many leaders that came to me and asked "What’s Chicago doing on this topic?" or "We heard what you’re doing on that topic." Our reputation of being a strong, well-managed and fiscally sound chapter is not only deserved, it is how our chapter is perceived around the globe. I couldn’t be more proud!

During February and March, we conducted our board member slating process and have elected our 2017-2018 board members. I would like to thank the many members of our Slating and Nominating committee for the role they played in interviewing and vetting candidates, and spending a day with me to slate the strongest combination of new and existing board members for next year. I am so excited to see what tomorrow brings!

My goals for this year may seem simple but I can assure you that the amount of effort that our board members will put into their programs and projects will be significant; therefore, I ask you to please consider joining one of our many working committees and get involved!

Over the next year, there are a few initiatives for which I would like your support.

  • More networking and program activities in the suburban markets
  • Explore new ways to boost our annual sponsorship revenue
  • Implement subtle changes that will reduce chapter expenses
  • Increase our focus on sharing and disseminating information
  • Regularly conduct surveys of membership wants and needs

The success of the Chicago Chapter starts with service and value to our members. During the coming year, I pledge to keep this central tenet of our Chapter in focus. I hope that you will continue to stay involved and come to me with any suggestions for further improvement. Meantime, "see you at the next event"!

Tony Smaniotto