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Chicago Association of REALTORS® Honors Marion Maner

9/2/2016, 11:43 a.m. | Updated on 9/2/2016, 11:43 a.m.
Marion Maner, the first-ever African-American president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), was recently honored for his distinct service ...
Marion Maner, the first-ever African-American president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), was recently honored for his distinct service to the Chicago real estate community during the unveiling of a bench in his honor. The bench is located in Avalon Park. Pictured in the photo are participants who attended the unveiling including: Zeke Morris, Chicago Association of Realtors Past President; Willa Lang, Chicago Parks Foundation; Alderman Michelle Harris of the 8th Ward; Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer of the 6th Ward; Syndey Maner, Marion Maner’s son.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® Honors Marion Maner

By Monique Smith

Marion Maner, the first-ever African-American president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), was recently honored for his distinct service to the Chicago real estate community during the unveiling of a bench in his honor. The bench is located in Avalon Park, a Chicago Park District property.

Select Chicago aldermen, the Chicago Parks Foundation and Maner’s family joined C.A.R. and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation to celebrate Maner’s achievements in the ceremony held on August 26.

Maner was a trailblazer in the Chicago real estate community. He founded his company, Manor Realty, in 1956, and served as president of the Dearborn REALTIST® Board. He then became president of C.A.R. in 1977.

“We deeply appreciate all that Marion accomplished, including his work to include people of all ethnicities and backgrounds in the Chicago real estate industry,” Zeke Morris, past-president of C.A.R. and managing broker/principal at the Morris Group, Century 21 Affiliated – Hyde Park, said.

“He was soft spoken, but able to inspire others to be leaders within our association, our industry and his community,” Mortis added in a released statement.

Maner’s accomplishments were celebrated in the unveiling ceremony at the park. Scheduled speakers at the event included Zeke Morris, Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer of the 6th Ward, Marion’s son Sidney Maner, and Willa Lang of the Chicago Parks Foundation. Special attendees included C.A.R.’s board, officers and past presidents; Marion’s family and friends, Dearborn REALTIST® officers and the senior Pastor of Messiah and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, according to a released statement.

Maner was a dedicated family man and fisherman, popular throughout his neighborhood and the larger Chicago real estate community. Avalon Park is close to both Maner’s former office and Calumet Heights home.