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Goodwin becomes first recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award By Bill Kozar

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Even as REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin received the first Illinois REALTORS ®’ Lifetime Achievement Award April 24 in Springfield he was teaching others. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO of Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., was recognized for decades of shaping housing policy at the local, state and national levels as well as adhering to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and its emphasis on professionalism. The former Chicago Public Schools teacher continues to use his voice to help others. “Dan Goodwin is an example of that rare person who excels not only as a businessman, but also as a compassionate leader who is interested in helping others realize the dream of property ownership,” said Doug Carpenter, Illinois REALTORS® president. “He stands apart for his wise counsel and as someone who has the interests of the real estate industry at heart.” Colleagues from across the state showed their support for Goodwin and for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) as the gathering also served as the RPAC Pacesetter VIP Event kicking off the Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and other dignitaries celebrated Goodwin at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. “He’s what Illinois is all about; he’s what America is all about,” Rauner said. “He built a great, successful business, but he’s very generous. He gives back to the community, and he’s involved in making our community better in every regard ... He’s a role model and an inspiration for everybody.” His advocacy for private property rights, his voice on industry issues and his support of RPAC have made him an example for colleagues, said Illinois REALTORS® Presidentelect Matt Difanis.

Growth and heart

Nearly 50 years ago, Goodwin and a few fellow teachers from the Chicago Public Schools created their own real estate corporation. Nearly five decades later, Inland has purchased and developed more than $44 billion in real estate properties, and has owned and managed property in 49 states. “No one understands the ‘Power of R’ better than Dan Goodwin,” said Dale Stinton, Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), as part of a video presentation at the event. “His middle initial should be ‘R’ because no one conveys a sense of professionalism, and a code of ethics and standards . . . better than he does.” In 1980s and 1990s, Inland was one of the largest owners of apartment buildings in the country, and Goodwin saw that low-income families needed reasonably priced apartments. He studied the issue. Then, in 1994, Goodwin founded New Directions Housing Corp., a nonprofit organization to create and preserve affordable housing in Illinois. To date, 26

New Directions has created nearly 500 multifamily apartments valued at almost $80 million, said Rodger Brown, New Directions President.

Looking back

In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from Illinois REALTORS®, Goodwin urged colleagues to thank legislators for working long hours with little reward. He encouraged REALTORS® to stay politically involved in local, state and national issues and represent the voice of property owners and real estate professionals. Goodwin is a member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame, the Illinois REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame and the NAR Hall of Fame. He’s received the Investment Program Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Real Estate Executive of the Year from the American Business Awards. In 2015, he received the NAR Good Neighbor Award. Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar appointed Goodwin to the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund and he held the role for 10 years. In 2016, Goodwin received the Robert Christ Affordable Housing Award from the DuPage Homeownership Center for his commitment to affordable housing initiatives. Benedictine University in Lisle named a building and its business school after Goodwin. Northeastern Illinois University named its college of education after him, too. “Dan Goodwin leads from the front. More important, Dan Goodwin teaches from the front,” said Carpenter. “He teaches us how to do business and do it in an honorable, compassionate way. He teaches us how to make a difference in our communities and in our businesses.”

BGA renames award after Goodwin

In early May, the Better Government Association announced that it would name its annual Watchdog Award after REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin. When honored with the Watchdog Award in 2016, BGA recognized Goodwin for his advocacy for government reform in Illinois, as well as his lifetime achievements in business, philanthropy, economic development and civic engagement. The BGA noted Goodwin’s work as DuPage Airport Authority chairman should serve as a national model for government working in the public’s best interest.

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