Illinois REALTORS® is overseen by a leadership team of a 28-member Board of Directors, which includes four officers: the president, president-elect, treasurer and immediate past president.
Meet our leadership team
REALTOR® Ed Neaves, of Bloomington, is the 2019 President-elect of Illinois REALTORS®. He is the managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington.
Licensed in real estate since 1976, Neaves served as the 2017 president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® and was honored as his local association’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2011. He was awarded his local association’s Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
At the state level, Neaves serves on the Illinois REALTORS®’ Board of Directors and has chaired a number of working groups and committees, including the Federal Political Coordinators and Major Investor working groups and the REALTORS® Political Involvement, Strategic Planning and Finance committees.
He is the Federal Political Coordinator for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and is among an elite group of REALTORS® nationwide who have been inducted into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions of at least $25,000. He was honored for his political leadership with the 2015 Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award.
On the national level, Neaves has served repeated terms on the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and is a member of NAR’s Board of Directors.
Neaves is also an entrepreneur who has owned and operated restaurants and radio stations in central Illinois. He a past president of the Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association, McLean County Humane Society and the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. He has served on the boards of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of McLean County and currently serves on the Miller Park Zoological Society Board of Directors.
Neaves graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force until 1978. He has an MBA degree from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Amanda Wycoff Neaves, who also is a REALTOR®, live in Normal with their son Edwin James.
REALTOR® Sue Miller, ABR, BPOR, CRB, CRS, GRI, ePro, PMN, SFR, SRS, of McHenry, is the 2019 Treasurer of Illinois REALTORS®. She is the managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in McHenry.
Licensed in real estate since 1987, Miller is a member of the Heartland REALTOR® Organization in McHenry County. She served two terms as president of her local association and was twice named its local REALTOR® of the year. She is the past president of the Lakes Area REALTORS® Association serving southeastern Wisconsin.
At the state level, she has been involved in a number of working groups and committees and has chaired the Grievance Committee and the Ethics Citation Panel. An industry trainer as well as REALTOR®, Miller is committed to promoting education, ethics and professional development. She has served multiple terms as chair of the Education Working Group and is a long-time member of the Real Estate Educational Foundation’s board of directors. In 2017, Miller was honored as the statewide Illinois REALTOR® of the Year.
Miller understands the power a strong REALTOR® political advocacy program can have on the industry and is a “Sterling R” contributor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. In 2013, she was honored with the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award.
At the national level, Miller has served on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and has served on a variety of committees including: Equal Opportunity-Cultural Diversity, Real Property Valuation, Land Use Property Rights and Environment and Federal Financing and Housing Policy.
She is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers and the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council. She is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists.
A resident of McHenry, Miller is committed to giving back to her community. She is a longtime board member of the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, which honored her as its “Woman of Accomplishment” in 2016. McHenry County Magazine named Miller one of its “Women of Distinction” in 2018. She has held leadership positions with the McHenry Nunda Public Library District, Riverside Area Business Association and the nonprofit community growth planning group, Imagine McHenry County.
REALTOR® Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, of Mahomet, is the 2019 Immediate Past President of Illinois REALTORS®. He is a co-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates, with offices in Champaign, Mahomet and Monticello.
Difanis took his real estate pre-licensing coursework in 1998 while still an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He subsequently worked full-time as a REALTOR® while attending the University of Illinois College of Law and chose to remain in the real estate industry after earning his Juris Doctor degree. He was featured in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2004 Class of “30 Under 30.”
Difanis was president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® in 2012 and was honored as its REALTOR® of the Year in 2013. Nationally, he is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors.
At the state level, he has chaired a variety of committees, working groups and task forces. He has chaired ethics and arbitration hearing panels all over the state and has served as an ombudsman with the Illinois REALTORS®’ Ombudsman Program since its inception. He is a Golden “R” Major Investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and a member of NAR’s President’s Circle.
Difanis is active in his local community, serving in leadership roles with the Mahomet Area Youth Club, as the past official photographer for the Central Illinois Honor Flight and volunteering with a variety of other community charities and events. In 2015, Difanis was named Central Illinois Business Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” Man of the Year. He and his wife, Angelle, live in Mahomet and are the parents of two children, Gabriel and Isabelle. His wife is a nurse practitioner, who treats patients in a convenient care clinic.