DuPage Realtor of year traces roots back to Iowa farm

  • Patrick Callan

    Patrick Callan

  • Ben Broughton

    Ben Broughton

  • Matthew J. Janik

    Matthew J. Janik

  • Stephen W. DeFilippis

    Stephen W. DeFilippis

Posted2/10/2014 5:00 AM

Realtor Pat Callan, managing broker and owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, has been in the industry for about 40 years and remains active with his professional associations here and nationwide.

His extensive work in the profession led to achieving the Realtor of the Year from the Illinois Association of Realtors. He'll formally accept the award April 2 at a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield.


The accountant-turned-real estate pro loves the industry, he says, but credits a 240-acre farm in Woodward, Iowa, for germinating and nurturing that love.

"It's still a working farm and we all use it from time to time," Callan said.

The farm has been in the family for about 125 years, passed from generation to generation through an uncle who had emigrated from Ireland, Callan said.

While his uncle didn't have any direct descendants, the nieces and nephews have all worked on the farm, and later, used it as a retreat. The farm has raised cattle, hogs and chickens at one time, but now mostly grows corn and soybeans, Callan said.

It was a segue for Callan, who owns a parcel of the farm, to have a fondness of real estate. His brother and three sisters also own parcels of the farm, he said.

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Earlier in his career, Callan started out as an accountant after graduating from Notre Dame and worked at various companies, including Del Webb in Oak Brook and in Virginia, as well as CMD Corp. He first became interested in real estate as an investor and then morphed into the brokerage side, he said.

He added that he enjoys owning his own firm now because he's able to help people realize their goals.

At 66, he has no plans to retire, but instead wants to continue in real estate. The Glen Ellyn resident has already served as president of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors and the Illinois Association of Realtors and has served on the board of the National Association of Realtors. So he remains entrenched in the latest developments as the real estate continues to emerge from some tough years.

"Sure, there have been some tough years, and we've had to tighten our belts. And some competitors have done the same. But we have gotten very efficient at what we do and waited for the turnaround, which is happening," he said.

Speaking of real estate firms ...

Ben Broughton, who left the tool and die industry 11 years ago to go into real estate sales, has acquired Re/Max Connections in Marengo from its founder, Laura Heinberg. She'll remain on board as a managing partner but "plans to slow down and retire some day," she said.


Anderson-Heller honored

Christina Anderson-Heller, marketing director of Lynfred Winery in Roselle and member of Meet Chicago Northwest in Schaumburg, received the Lincoln Award for outstanding tourism marketing hosted by the Illinois Office of Tourism. She was among 15 finalists honored for their work in the tourism industry.


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