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GLEN CARBON -- Mark Massey of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties has been sworn in as the 2017-2018 president for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors.

massey markHe received special recognition during a luncheon Oct. 3 at the N.O. Nelson Center in Edwardsville.

“It is an honor to be a part of this great organization and the entire REALTOR family,” stated GGAR President Mark Massey. “My goal as president will be to help foster a business environment and association that promotes professionalism in all aspects of our business.”

Massey (shown) began his real estate career in 2005 and works for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties in Edwardsville. He has served on the board of directors previously and has served on the association’s Finance and Government Affairs Committees.

“While the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors provides great education and professional opportunities, it is more than a trade organization. It is a community partner that advocates for homeownership and property rights and looks for ways to work with our local communities to make the quality of life the best it can be in our area,” he said.

In addition, Laurie Moore of RE/MAX Alliance was sworn in as president-elect and Rick Lauschke of Paul Lauschke and Associates was sworn in as vice president. Five new directors were installed for the board including Jeb Blasingame of Star Realtors, Elaine Rhodes of Property Professionals, Chad Davis of Coldwell Banker Brown, Kris Dempsey of Equity 55, and Marc Kamp of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

“We have a great group of dedicated leaders serving on our board helping to make sure our association continues to grow,” Massey said. “We are very appreciative of our Business Partners and the large role they play in making our association and entire real estate market strong.”

The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors serves more than 1,100 Realtor and affiliate members in the Southwestern Illinois region including the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and Montgomery. The association strives to promote education, professionalism, and ethical conduct in the real estate industry; to advocate for the protection of property rights; to assist in providing Americans with safe and affordable housing; and to further the interest of property ownership.

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