Global Business CouncilGlobal is the new local

Illinois REALTORS® recognizes that the real estate industry crosses international borders. That’s why the association’s Global Business Council works to provide training and expertise to those interested in cross-border investment. The Global Business Council was established in 2015, and was an outgrowth of years of work to expand knowledge of international real estate opportunities.

REALTORS® doing business across borders

Members of the Illinois REALTORS® are involved in transactions that cut across many boundaries. Association members have a strong commitment to sharing and learning about other cultures in addition to encouraging organizational leadership opportunities that reflect the diversity of the membership. In 2015, the association signed a partnership with La Associacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios.

Each year the Global Business Council makes recommendations on how to better position REALTORS® to thrive in an international economy. The group works with real estate organizations and a diverse membership to help members understand global is the new local.

Illinois REALTORS® take part in MIPIM, one of the largest international real estate conferences. The event, held in Cannes, France, allowed members to market the state to a global audience.

Consulate General Liaison program

Illinois REALTORS® has a program that works with international consulates to get them information they need for those looking to invest in Illinois. The Consulate General Liaisons provide information about the Illinois real estate market and develop relationships with the consular generals. The program was founded in 2016.

Consulate General Liaisons can file a meeting report here.

Meet the Consulate General Liaisons


Ahmed Badat
Ahmed BadatSouth Africa
Vicky Sampah
Vicky SampahRwanda


Sonia Anaya
Sonia AnayaMexico
Delmy Economos
Delmy EconomosHonduras
 Maurice Hampton
Maurice HamptonCanada
Betty Milam
Betty MilamEcuador


Ayumi DeLoney
Ayumi DeLoneyJapan
Michelle Shang
Michelle ShangChina
Gloria Lin
Gloria LinTaiwan


Susanna Cherubin-Delisi
Susanna Cherubin-DelisiItaly
Marsha Collins-Mroz
Marsha Collins-MrozGreece
Jana Herdova
Jana HerdovaCzech Republic
Andreas Holder
Andreas HolderGermany
Jim Kinney
Jim KinneyUnited Kingdom
Mikus Kins
Mikus KinsLithuania
John LeTourneau
John LeTourneauIreland
Dany Novakovich
Dany NovakovichSerbia
Don Pasek
Don PasekPoland
Andy Velkme
Andy VelkmeLatvia
Hans Volk
Hans VolkNetherlands


Mike Emery
Mike EmeryAustralia

South Asia

Shirin Marvi
Shirin MarviPakistan
Pradeep Shukla
Pradeep ShuklaIndia

Southeast Asia

Vicky Silvano
Vicky SilvanoPhilippines
Nancy Suvarnamani
Nancy SuvarnamaniThailand

Middle East

Matt Silver
Matt SilverIsrael

2019 NAR Presidential Liaisons

The National Association of REALTORS® has named four Illinois REALTORS® as ambassadors to the global real estate industry.

Meet the NAR Presidential Liaisons

Jana Herdova, will be president liaison to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic. The Naperville REALTOR® is with Regency Inc. REALTORS®. She serves as Consulate General Liaison for the Czech Republic for Illinois REALTORS®.

Jim Kinney will be president liaison to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Kinney, vice president of luxury sales for Baird and Warner in Chicago, is a former Illinois REALTORS® president. He is Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison for the United Kingdom.

Vicky Silvano with Century 21 SGR in Chicago will be president liaison for the Philippines. She has been a NAR director and served as 2018 Global Liaison for NAR. She is Consulate General Liaison for the Philippines for Illinois REALTORS®.

Paul S. Xumsai will be president liaison to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. He is with Century 21 SGR in Chicago.