Brian Thompson, 2019 President
Brian Thompson became a REALTOR® in 2005 and is the Sales Manager at F.C. Tucker REALTORS® in Bloomington.
Brian believes knowledge is power and is always striving to further his education on today’s real estate issues. He teaches orientation classes to all the new REALTORS® who join the Bloomington Board of REALTORS® (BBOR); and his dedication to education is reflected by the professional designations he has earned: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).
IAR and BBOR have benefitted from Brian’s leadership in many ways for many years. He was Local REALTOR® of the Year for BBOR in 2011, board president in 2012 and has a standout record of committee participation. Brian helped to set up the REALTOR® Foundation for BBOR, which is an organization that seeks to raise money which is used in the community for housing-related issues. He has also been recognized by his peers as an industry champion through his many awards. He is a past recipient of the Melody Martin Humanitarian Award and Marilyn Snoddy Above & Beyond Award.
Brian’s service at the state level includes the IAR Executive Committee, the IAR Board of Directors, state RPAC Trustees chairman, and chairing several committees over the years. He is one of the association’s top political advocates, known for his commitment to RPAC fundraising and serving as state representative on the National Association of REALTORS®’ Major Investor and Participation Councils. Currently, Brian serves as the Indiana Representative on the Realtor Party Involvement Program and became an RPAC Hall of Fame member in 2017.
Outside of the office, Brian serves on the Board of Directors of his local Boys & Girls Club and is a past President. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. He believes in building strong industry relationships and has worked with the local builders association for many years.
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Bernice Helman, 2019 President-elect
Bernice Helman is Vice President and co-owner of Coldwell Banker Troy Helman REALTORS® in Terre Haute.
Bernice joined the firm in 2007 after a 24-year career in the real estate finance industry. Her last position was Vice President and Mortgage Lending Manager at First Financial Bank. She also served as a director of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association from 2003-2008, holding the office of Secretary-Treasurer for the last two years, and was a member of the Freddie Mac Community Lender Advisory Board.
The Terre Haute Area Association of REALTORS® is Bernice’s primary local REALTOR® association; she’s been involved with them since the day she joined and in virtually all capacities. At the state level, Bernice is an officer, member of the executive and finance committees, and an RPAC trustee. She is a National Association of REALTORS® director and serves on the NAR public policy coordinating committee.
Bernice is deeply invested in her community and has been recognized for her service with these awards:
- Richard D. Newport Award/United Way of the Wabash Valley (2010)
- Good Neighbor Award/National Association of REALTORS® (2013)
- Hero Award/Coldwell Banker (2014)
- Wabash Valley Woman of Influence Award/United Way of the Wabash Valley (2015)
- ATHENA Leadership Award®/Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce (2016)
- Women in Business Award/Terre Haute Living Magazine (2017)
Many community groups continue to benefit from Bernice’s leadership. She is a Director of the Terre Haute Regional Airport, Harsha Behavioral Center and Savera Geriatric Unit, Swope Art Museum, and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. Bernice is also a member of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Community Advisory Board and the Home Builders Association of Greater Terre Haute.
Bernice is married to Troy and has two children, Ryan and Abbe, with whom she loves to spend time.
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Roger Lundy, 2019 Treasurer
Roger Lundy is an Indiana Broker with Keller Williams Indy Metro North. Roger began his real estate career in 1990, the same year he joined the REALTOR® organization.
As a self-proclaimed “lifelong learner,” Roger can regularly be found in the classroom or online, honing his craft of real estate. He takes great pride in providing exceptional service to his clients, particularly in marketing properties and negotiating transactions. But he never takes himself too seriously. That’s why it’s rare to find Roger without a smile or quip.
Regarding education, Roger doesn’t miss a Keller Williams training event. He is a CyberPro®, which puts Roger in a group of international real estate professionals that are on the cutting edge of technology. Roger is a fellow and past moderator of his local REALTOR® association’s leadership academy—the MIBOR Real Estate Academy of Leadership, or REAL. and packs in as many classes as he can at National Association of REALTORS® conferences. Roger is a current member of the Indiana REALTORS® Leadership Academy with graduation slated for fall 2019.
MIBOR named Roger its REALTOR® of the Year in 2008, the same year he served as president of the association’s philanthropic arm, The REALTOR® Foundation. In 2016, Roger served as the MIBOR president. He was a National Association of REALTORS® Director from 2015-2018. In 2019, Roger was elected Treasurer of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. Committee membership at all three levels is impressive.
Roger has a passion for travel, especially cruising. In 2018, he spent 32 days at sea and visited 19 countries. When at home, Roger enjoys baking and uses his collection of 38 Bundt pans to make his favorite cakes.
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John De Souza, 2019 Immediate Past President
John De Souza is President of Cressy & Everett Real Estate in South Bend. The independent, residential firm has been serving northern Indiana and southwest Michigan since 1946.
John joined the Cressy & Everett team in 2007 after a successful career in technology and management consulting. Under his forward-thinking leadership, the firm has evolved into one of the most technically advanced brokerages in the region. REAL Trends Inc. even ranks the company as one of the Top 300 Brokers in the nation based on number of clients served (#236).
As a former professor at the University of Notre Dame, John taught courses on applied technology and human communication. He uses his teaching experience and knowledge of new technology to coach other REALTORS®, including at conferences.
John is Director of the Indiana Regional MLS (IRMLS) and Chairman of IAR’s Association of the Future Work Group. He also contributes as an advisor to several technology firms.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, John earned a BA in Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He also has an MBA in Technology Management.
John gives back to his community by volunteering at church and mentoring Notre Dame students. He also enjoys amateur photography and long-distance cycling.
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