An organization is only as strong as its people – and it’s certainly true here at CAI Illinois.
We’re starting a new series on the blog to introduce you to the faces behind CAI Illinois, staff and personnel who keep events, socials and continuing education programming on track and always improving. As a member, you may have met the team in the past, but here’s a unique way to learn more about each of them individually — including a few things you probably never knew.
In this first installment, meet Executive Director Cheryl Murphy.
What is your history with CAI Illinois?
My background is sales/marketing, and I previously served as marketing director for one of the business partners of CAI Illinois. During that time I served for four years as a volunteer member for our tradeshow committee. As I was pursuing other positions, the director position became available at this chapter and I jumped at the chance. I’ve been with CAI Illinois now for eight years total, four as a volunteer and four in this role as executive director. The biggest benefit to members is the relationships they will make, regardless whether they are a homeowner, a community owner, or a business partner. Every relationship leads to a chance to learn.
What drew you to this industry and position?
The relationships I had made with the tradeshow committee. I could immediately see the camaraderie that existed between members, even those who are supposed to be “competitors” by serving the same market of service. When a new member joins CAI, we all work to bring them into the fold and provide meaningful networking, learning and business opportunities through the association. CAI Illinois really works very hard to give homeowners, property managers and business partners as much value as possible, and we’ve been rewarded with very engaged and passionate member volunteers serving on a wide variety of committees.
What do you find most rewarding about working with CAI National and CAI Illinois?
At the National level, I really enjoy the opportunity to connect with other chapters of all sizes and demographics. We have so much to learn from one another, each of us coming from different geographies but sharing a common goal.
At the local level, I greatly enjoy the relationships I’ve continued to establish and grow through our network of homeowners, property managers and business partners. The people make my job fun!
What is one thing about yourself that would surprise most people?
I am a would-be inventor and tried out to be on the TV show that ultimately became Shark Tank. Obviously that idea was not picked up because I am not retired on an island in the Caribbean now, but my mind never stops imagining ways to make life better.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Catch a game at Wrigley Field. Go Cubs!