Vicky Silvano Named 2018 Liaison of Global Business Alliances

Silvano & Mendenhall thumbVicky Silvano was announced during the May 20th NAR Board Meeting as part of 2018 President Elizabeth Mendenhall’s Expanded Leadership Team. Silvano will serve as Liaison of Global Business Alliances. Silvano is a native of the Philippines, having grown up in Metro Manila, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of the Philippines. Following a four year stint as an administrative staffer at Northwestern University in Chicago, she started her real estate career in real estate in 1990 and is a broker with Century 21 SGR in Chicago.

Silvano became active in the Chicago chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of American (AREAA), where she eventually served as chair. She served as the 2016 national chair for AREAA. During her year as national chair, she played an instrumental role in AREAA’s “Like No Other” campaign (see, which successfully changed the U.S. Census Bureau’s longtime practice of categorizing all Asian Americans under the generic category of “other” in its quarterly housing reports, thereby helping to ensure that the specific needs of the Asian American community are quantified in government reporting and more targeted resources made available.

Silvano’s global ties extend beyond AREAA to involvement with the National Association of Hispanic Real  Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and service on the Illinois REALTORS® Certified International Property Specialists Committee.

Matt Difanis

Matt is a multi-office broker/owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past President of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2018 President of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate. Matt is also a photography and videography junkie.

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