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GLEN CARBON — The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors has hired Kyle Anderson as its chief executive officer starting July 1.

anderson kyleThe GGAR is an association of more than 1,000 members including Realtor and affiliate business partners serving the counties of Madison, Bond, Jersey, Calhoun, Montgomery, Fayette and Macoupin.

“We are very excited to have Kyle continue to serve our association in his new role as CEO. He will bring a source of energy and leadership to our organization along with a desire to grow the organization in size and service,” GGAR President Sandy Michel-Stempinski stated. “The board wants to increase its role in the community and to have a stronger civic presence. Kyle will bring this and much more to the role of CEO.”

Anderson believes he understands the future needs of the association after having served as its local government affairs director for the past six years. He helped grow their political advocacy on local issues and participation in the Realtors Political Action Committee. In addition, he has helped grow local government partnerships through grants for local and regional projects.

“I am very honored to serve in this role. The GGAR is a great organization, with outstanding members with a long history of professionalism and service,” stated Anderson. “Having served as their government affairs director for the past six years, I know how hard they work in their professional and association roles.”

Anderson replaces Rob Wigton, who left at the end of April to become head of the Williamson County Association of Realtors in suburban Nashville, Tenn.

Anderson was selected as a result of a search of association professionals. A lifelong resident of Madison County, Anderson graduated from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a B.S. in Political Science. He is currently attending the Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), non-profit management training provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Anderson served as a member of the Wood River City Council and as Madison County Recorder in 2010.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for all of their work and dedication during the search. Their time and commitment to the association is truly appreciated,” President Michel-Stempinski stated. “GGAR is a volunteer-based association where our members take an active role in leadership and pushing our industry forward.”

-- From the Illinois Business Journal