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Chicago Association of REALTORS® CEO Ginger Downs Appointed Treasurer of REALTOR® University


Virginia "Ginger" Downs, RCE, CAE, IOM, Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, has been appointed to serve as Treasurer on the Board of Regents of REALTOR® University, a graduate school concentrating on real estate and real estate business

As treasurer, along with the Finance Committee, Downs will present matters of financial significance to the school for review and adoption by the REALTOR® University Board of Regents. In addition, she will be responsible for proposing annual operating and capital budgets, changes in tuition, long-term financial plans and investment policies. She will also oversee budget review, asset management, risk management and other aspects of the University's financial operating policies and procedures.

Appointed to her current role at C.A.R. in 2005, Downs also serves as the 2012 Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Association Executives Committee and devotes time to myriad other committees, task forces and volunteer leadership roles.

REALTOR® University is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established by NAR and organized and operated exclusively for educational, research and related purposes. REALTOR® University delivers its programs through a global online campus and is designed to meet the needs of a diverse and widespread student population with high-quality entrepreneurial and career-oriented programs. For more information, visit

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