Your Board President’s Corner
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Mark McIlquahm, 2014 President
Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.
Mark McIlquham, CBR, co-owner of Realty Street in Dalton Massachusetts, 2011 REALTOR of the YEAR
2014 President Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.
Co-Owner Realty Street,
2 Depot St, Dalton, MA
Mark was elected by Berkshire County real estate brokers to serve as the 2010 President of the Multiple Listing Service corporation. In that role, Mark worked on enhancing services for the local real estate professionals. He led the creation of a new listing syndication marketing platform for listing exposure across the internet to benefit Realtors, seller and buyers. Mark also worked on the search and lease negotiation committee for the new association staff offices and education conference center.
Over the course of two years, he worked tirelessly on the REALTOR Property Resource initiative to determine if Berkshire agents would benefit from an affiliation. Behind the scenes, Mark was equally involved on critical committees that were charged with strengthening the association at all levels. His leadership includes service on the Realtor Board of Directors, as well as Finance, Investment, Personnel, and Professional Standards Committees. He was responsible for keeping the MLS relevant and member-centric, including leading the Board of Directors to work on contract and forms revisions, software updates, social media and governance.
A few special projects Mark led:
- Listing Syndication
- REALTOR Property Resource
- Finding the Board a New Home
- Strategic Planning
- Finance and Investment
- FlexMLS Updates
- Data Protection Policies
As MLS President, Mark was the Berkshire County representative at the National Association of REALTORS NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings in Washington DC in 2010. There he was charged to learn about emerging trends, represent the Berkshire region and bring information and resources back to the membership. Having gained knowledge and information through his service, Mark gives back by volunteering at the New Member Orientation program teaching on MLS and safety topics. He also spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Membership, at the Annual Installation of Officers meetings and to the membership at various meetings throughout the year.
In the Berkshire community, you can find Mark working with Dalton Youth Football Juniors, Little League Baseball and on the Youth Football Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Dalton Benefit Association, Dalton Light up the Holidays Committee, served on the Board of Trustees at the Congregational Church in Dalton from 2004 to 2008, and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Marianne Inn Condominiums.
Mark graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelors degree in marketing, holds a real estate brokers license and obtained his certified buyers representative (CBR) certification. He resides in Hinsdale with his wife Kelly, and his three children; McKenna, Max, and Shea.
With MAR President Laurie Cadigan, MAR CEO Rob Authier, MLS President Andy Perenick, Board President Carlyne Mills, Berkshire CEO Sandy Carroll and Past President Anne Meczywor
In his own words:
“My service at the executive level has been a very positive experience; it has shown me the true value and dedication of our members of through out all the levels of service from executive boards to committees. We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable and informed staff that keeps all the parts of the machine working properly and informed.” Mark McIlquahm
“It was a great experience for me to attend the mid year convention. It exposed me to a whole new perspective of real estate at the national level and allowed me to interact with other board members from around the country and hear their thoughts and ideas – some positive and some not as positive. I was able to bring back some of these ideas to share with our board members. It also helped me explain to Andy Perenick (incoming MLS President) the importance and benefits of serving in leadership and attending the following year.” Mark McIlquham
“The Berkshires is such an incredible place to raise your kids. How could I not try to give back in any way I can?” Mark McIlquham