Urban Real Estate Mans Up for Annual WCR Event

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Wednesday night, the Women's Council of Realtors hosted its annual Are you Man Enough to Join WCR?! event. The Zg Gallery in River North provided the setting for this forum in which brokers and real estate affiliates discussed topics relevant in today's industry. The evening's focal point, of course, was the all-male panel of WCR members. These men represent some of the field's biggest names and most involved associates. Matt Farrell, Urban Real Estate Managing Partner and President-Elect of the Chicago Association of Realtors, joined the ranks of seasoned broker Jim Kinney, Vice President of Luxury Home Sales at Baird & Warner and the 2013 Treasurer of the Illinois Association of Realtors, rental specialist Grigory Pekarsky, Owner of Vesta Preferred Realty, and lending expert Ryan Mecum, Senior Mortgage Associate at Wintrust Mortgage, on the 2012 panel.

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The evening's focal point, of course, was the all-male panel of WCR members. These men represent some of the field's biggest names and most involved associates.

Wednesday night, the Women's Council of Realtors hosted its annual Are you Man Enough to Join WCR?! event. The Zg Gallery in River North provided the setting for this forum in which brokers and real estate affiliates discussed topics relevant in today's industry. The evening's focal point, of course, was the all-male panel of WCR members. These men represent some of the field's biggest names and most involved associates.

Matt Farrell, Urban Real Estate Managing Partner and President-Elect of the Chicago Association of Realtors, joined the ranks of seasoned broker Jim Kinney, Vice President of Luxury Home Sales at Baird & Warner and the 2013 Treasurer of the Illinois Association of Realtors, rental specialist Grigory Pekarsky, Owner of Vesta Preferred Realty, and lending expert Ryan Mecum, Senior Mortgage Associate at Wintrust Mortgage, on the 2012 panel.

While in the hot seat, the gentlemen fielded questions from Barbara Matthopoulos, Senior Director of Communications and Media Relations at Chicago Association of Realtors and the event's moderator. Question topics ranged from pragmatic issues, such as the appropriate use of modern technology, to more personal ones, like the professional's struggle to establish a work-life balance. Naturally, Matthopoulos challenged the participants with the inevitable question on gender role in real estate, generating the most humor among the audience and panel alike. Aside from the occasional comic relief, the panelists used their varied industry expertise to provide strong insight about the current and future conditions of the market. Above all, they reached their main consensus when they each stressed the importance of industry and communal involvement. Events such as this one only proved their point, as it sparked discussion and brought about new ideas among industry affiliates.

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