2021 RLI Elections

The REALTORS® Land Institute is proud to announce the below candidate slate for the upcoming election to serve office starting in November 2020. In this election, one Vice President (serving one one-year term to ascend to President-Elect) and two At-Large Directors (each serving one two-year term) will be selected to serve at a national level on the RLI Board of Directors.

Voting will be held electronically from September 1-15, 2020. All RLI eligible voting members (those who are a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or Institute Affiliate member of NAR) will receive an emailed notification on September 1, 2020 that voting is open.

2021 Candidate Slate | Vice President

Luke Worrell, ALC

Worrell Land Services, LLC – Jacksonville, IL

Self-nomination

About Me

During my 13 years in the industry, I have been blessed to be a part of some great organizations and taken part in many fantastic opportunities. Right at the top of this list is the Realtors Land Institute. I started working towards my ALC back in 2009 and around that same time, became involved in my local state chapter. In the years that have followed I have seen what great value this organization can provide both professionally and personally. In the last 13 years I have been able to serve on numerous committees, task forces and boards. More prominently I have been able to serve as the Illinois Chapter President (2017-2019), National Education Chair (2018-2019) and am currently the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. The National Land Conference has become a passion of mine as well and I was fortunate to serve on several NLC planning committees that have given me insight on the work needed and the importance of this great event. For the last 10 years I have either been on the Illinois Chapter Board of Directors, National Board of Directors, or simultaneously both. This experience has been incredibly valuable to me in that I have seen firsthand the quality of people associated with RLI and the near limitless potential RLI has as a professional organization.

Outside of RLI, I have held several other leadership roles that I feel have given me some great experience when it comes to leading large groups that have high goals while having members across many demographics. As a young professional, I was President of the Jacksonville Area Association of Realtors in 2011 and then again from 2013-2014. I am currently the President Elect of the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club which has 130 members and raises $75,000 annually for local children’s charities. I am the 2021 chair of the Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends Conference and have helped organize that event for years. I was also on the Morgan County Fair Board from 2013-2019 that included tasks involving concert planning and financial duties. This wide-ranging mix of responsibilities has given me a lot of experience in organization, event planning and leading large groups.

My Vision For RLI

I have never felt more strongly about RLI’s vision and strength as an organization as I do here in the summer of 2020. Amid a messy world that saw us having to cancel both the National Land Conference and LANDU, our finances and membership have remained rock solid. That alone is a true testament to the quality of leaders and staff in place and those who have been building this brand over the organization’s recent history. It will be important near term that we not only continue to grow the visibility of the ALC designation and the RLI brand but also be there for our current membership. We are navigating a unique moment in history with an unknown near-term future that could affect membership morale and retention. Our mission statement touches on camaraderie, and that is one of the things that hooked me when I was a young professional joining RLI. I believe it will be important of us to make sure we find ways to still offer that touch in the zoom and social distancing era. Whether that is through Chapter support, additional webinar opportunities or something entirely new, I would be thrilled to tackle these challenges head on with the great people already working on it.

Getting through the current challenges is one thing but continuing the excellent path we are on in broadening the knowledge, appeal, and benefits of RLI is another. We have made great strides in educating and making the general public more aware of our ALC designation but I believe we all feel this can continue to grow. There seems to be countless accreditations out there but few, if any, hold as much weight as the ALC in my opinion. Continuing to get the message out there to the general public, existing professionals and everyone in between that we are “The Voice of Land” will always be high priority. I would be honored and humbled to join the great team in place to continue to move RLI and our designation forward.