A longtime public figure has been chosen to head Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the board of directors announced today.
Kyle Anderson, of Wood River, will take over the position of executive director, effective Feb. 1. He replaces Dr. Ronda Sauget, who stepped down last October.
Anderson is CEO of the Glen Carbon-based Greater Gateway Association of Realtors, where he oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the association and its more than 1,000 members.
“Kyle brings a unique mix of passion and dedication, experienced leadership and a rich understanding of the Region’s strategic assets that will be valuable in his role as executive director,” said Richard Mark, chairman of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors. “We look forward to working closely with Kyle to continue to drive economic growth in this region.”
A Metro East native, Anderson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois, Springfield and is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
He previously served as the local government affairs director and regional manager of Member Outreach for the Illinois Realtors, where he managed all aspects of member outreach and advocated on behalf of the real estate industry in Illinois at the federal, state and local levels.
“I am excited about this opportunity to lead such a strong organization as the Leadership Council,” said Anderson. “I have dedicated most of my life to serving this region, both through my professional and personal affiliations. I look forward to building on the partnerships that have been established over the years to continue creating a healthy business ecosystem for this region.”
Anderson was at one time a member of the Wood River City Council and later served as Madison County recorder of deeds.