Patty Martinez - President
She has been in the Real Estate Industry for: 22 years. Local Association Committee Involvement includes: Education, Professtional Standards, and Public Relations. She has the following designations: GRI. She is currently involved in these committees in her community: Sterling Main Street. Committee, Sauk Valley Chamber of Commerce Sights and Sounds and Bridge the Community 5k/10k run. She graduated from Robert Morris University in Illinois. She then lived in Dallas, Texas, then moved to Chicago Il. and then back to Rock Falls, Illinois. She was the Administrative Secretary for Woodhaven Lakes Association.
Todd Burghardt - President Elect
He has been in the Real Estate Industry for 15 years. Local Association Comittee Involvement includes: Past President, Membership/Education, Technology, Finance, Nominating Committees. State Association Committee Involvement: Professional Development MIG, Executive Committee and REALTOR Institute. He has the following Designations: ABR, GRI, e-PRO, TRC and was REALTOR of the Year for HAR in 2008. He is a licensed Real Estate Educator and Managing Broker of Team Advantage Plus Realty in Rochelle, Illinois. He is a Nationally Certified Trainer for REALTORS Property Resource. (RPR)
I have years of customer service and sales experience, and decided to put my experience and knowledge to use in the Real Estate Profession. I specialize in first time home buyers and veteran home purchasers. I am an aggressive, self-starting, business minded professional who is anxious to work for you! I have bought and sold millions of dollars of real estate in Illinois. I was the 2014 Rookie of the Year for HAR.
Melissa has been in the real estate business for 11 years and is Managing Broker of Hometown Realty Group in Sycamore, Illinois. She has served HAR in the following capacities: Social/Public Relations Committee. Illinois REALTORS® involvement includes: Major Investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and attends conferences. Her community involvement includes: Being active in her church, Christ Community Church. Volunteers for Feed My Starving Children and varies other organizations as needed. Also volunteers at her children's schools and many community events. Prior to real estate, she was a student and coached basketball for traveling teams and the Sycamore High School varsity team. She is an entreprenuer and loves everything to do with business.
Hillary Joy - Director
Hillary as been a REALTOR for 13 years, and is in her 3rd year on the Board. She also sits on the finance committee. RGM Real Estate Co. in St. Charles, IL is a family owned business that she helped start in 2012. She works and helps many family businesses. Including Reed’s General Merchandise, Art of the Heartland, and LaFox Screw Products Inc. Hillary is a caring mother of 2 and wife of 15 years. She strongly believes in community outreach. She is the team lead for Ministry team for mission and outreach for First congregational UCC DeKalb, Clerk/secretary for the Church, also co-hosts the annual Cookie Sale. Many of the fundraisers she is involved with contribute to local charities like Hope Haven, Safe Passage, and VAC (transvac and meals on wheels) In 2018 she was part of the Inaugural Foundations in Leadership program.
Bonita Willis - Director
Bonita has been in the real estate business for 10 years and is a Managing Broker at Woodhaven Lakes Realty in Sublette, IL. She is a current Director for HAR and her community involvement includes: St Patrick's Parish in Amboy and is a Lector and Sunday School Teacher. She is a past Sunday School Aide, Amboy Chamber Volunteer and a Guide/Hostess for the Amboy Depot Museum. She previously worked in several different fields, all very different from real estate. Hospital Office, Home Health Care Aide, Market Research in Chicago, Waitress and School Secretary.
Larry Hall - Director
Larry Hall is a 26 year Veteran of the Illinois Real Estate Industry. He is an Experienced Real Estate Broker, Investor, Landlord, Property Manager, Home Owner, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Larry Hall started his Real Estate career in 1986 with Coldwell Banker in Elmhurst, Illinois where he received the “Rookie of the Year” award. He then went on to Re/Max East-West also in Elmhurst Illinois, working both DuPage and Cook County areas. In 1997 Larry and his wife Ann, moved to the DeKalb County area to raise their two young sons, James and Brandon. At that time, Larry joined Century 21 Watson in Genoa Illinois, where he stayed for 13 years. In October of 2010, the Century 21 office in Genoa closed which is when Larry decided it was time to start his own Real Estate Firm; L Hall and Associates Real Estate Sales and Brokerage. On a personal note, when Larry is not helping clients, he enjoys spending time with his family (especially his Grandchildren), and friends, fishing, and eating good food.
Carla Capasso is a REALTOR, Consumer Advocate, Credit Analyst, CEO, and sports mom with an entrepreneurial spirit, love of family, and a deep seeded code of ethics particularly in a “consumer sense”. At a young age she attempted sports and quickly found out she had no athletic ability after shooting a ball for the opposing basketball team. She finished the season but put her efforts into her true talent - her wits. She opened her first nationwide Marketing company at 18 and was volunteering on her first presidential campaign trail at 24. Life has progressed through relocation, education, growth of family, and medical familial setbacks. But her faith, Entreprenirial spirit, hunger for knowledge, and Strong code of ethics has not. Today she has a Bachelors in Finance, near completion on her MBA/MPA, 2 corporations, 2 professional certificates, over 500 happy clients nationwide and 6 happy kids who got the athletic talent she didn’t. She is honored to serve on the board here with the HomeTown Association of REALTORS.
Gary Spangler - Guest Director
Gary has been in the real estate business for 5 years and in a Broker at Castle View Real Estate in Maple Park, IL. He is currently serving as a Guest Director of HAR and recently earned his AHWD Certification. Gary was previously involved with Office Management and loves to adventure and travel.
Alison Rosenow - Past President
Alison has been in the real estate business for 15+ years and has served HAR in the following capacities: President Elect, Finance Committee, Director, Social/Public Relations Committee and Equal Opportunity Housing Committee. She is a member of National Association of REALTORS® and Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She is Managing Broker of American Realty in Sycamore. Her community involvement includes Kishwaukee YMCA Board of Directors and Chair of their Resource Development Committee,Contributor to Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund,Contributor to various local non-for-profit events. She attended North Central College of Naperville, graduated with a BA in Marketing. Helped run a family business which consisted with marketing and shipping for locally owned small businesses.