ORLANDO, Fla., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Motivational advice from top industry trainers, the latest in high-tech devices and a chance to network with other real estate professionals: That's what the Florida Realtors® 2014 Conference & Trade Expo offers – opportunities to boost business and the bottom line.
Realtors® from across Florida will attend the state association's 98th annual convention on Aug. 13-17, 2014, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando. This year's conference showcases productivity, profitability and professionalism wrapped around a festive Latin "Carn-a-val" theme. It features more than 30 education sessions from top industry speakers on various topics such as new trends in real estate, effective property management, converting leads into business, developing a productive team and what's next for commercial real estate.
"Florida Realtors' annual Conference & Trade Expo offers a wealth of business information, trends, best practices and more – every Realtor in the state should have it marked on their calendar," says 2014 Florida Realtors President Sherri Meadows, CEO and team leader, Keller Williams, with market centers in Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages. "Over the course of only five days, the conference provides inspiration and motivation, education sessions, networking with real estate colleagues and exciting entertainment – all designed to increase your productivity and profitability, renew your enthusiasm for our profession, and celebrate your personal and professional success!"
- REBarCamp: Aug. 13, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
This peer-to-peer session matches questions with answers in a free-form setting where Realtors can brainstorm, seek advice from colleagues and learn successful tips and tricks from others in the business.
- What's Next Opening Session: Aug; 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Seven-time author Simon Bailey kicks off the conference by revealing the power of being brilliant in all you do. Bailey will be joined by Florida Realtors' 2014 Leadership Team.
- Keynote Awards Luncheon: Aug. 14, 11:15-1:30 p.m.
Florida Realtors honors its own at a ticketed event, including recognizing the Humanitarian of the Year and Realtor of the Year. The keynote speaker, Liz Murray, started life as the child of cocaine-addicted parents. At age 15, her mother died and she was homeless. But she earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard that would turn her bleak circumstances into a future of limitless possibilities. Tickets are $50 and will be sold as long as they're available or until 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.
- General Session: Aug. 15, 12:15-1:45 p.m.
For more than 40 years, Mike Ferry has taught and mentored real estate pros, explaining his original techniques for building a profitable, productive listing-based business to associates in their first or 50th year in the business. Cash lunches will be available just outside the ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. One complimentary ticket is automatically included with full convention registration. Additional tickets can be purchased by any attendee for $35.
- "Hear it Direct" Consumer Panel of Gen Y Buyers & Sellers, Aug. 15, 4-5:30 p.m.
If you can handle the truth, a panel of younger buyers and sellers will answer questions and tell attendees exactly what they like – and don't like – about real estate agents and the home buying or selling experience.
- "Party on the Moon" Dance Concert, Aug. 14, 8-11 p.m.
Voted America's No. 2 corporate and private party band, Party On The Moon delivers a high-energy evening of current dance, 80s, classic rock, Latin, disco/funk, R&B and Motown fun. One complimentary ticket is automatically included with full registration. This event is co-sponsored by Florida Realtors PAC and Florida Realtors.
- The Trade Expo, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-4 pm.
The expo features 150+ exhibitors, wellness booths and the following:
- Solution Center: Each half-hour, vendors will take the stage and explain more about their products and services to help give attendees the edge in 2014.
- Technology and international: Vendors will answer questions on the spot
- Internet Café: Florida Realtors Tech Helpline staff will help solve computer issues and answer questions about Form Simplicity, IDX, MLSAdvantage and the Florida Living Network.
Confirmed sponsors for the 2014 conference include: AV Homes and My Florida Regional MLS at the Rio level; TD Bank, PNC Mortgage, Chase and Trulia, Samba level; Florida CCIM chapter, Ipanema level; GSF Mortgage Corp., IFREC Real Estate Schools, Osceola County Association of Realtors, RealEstateExpress, Sprint and UPlanIT Realty, Celebration level; and BPG Home Warranty and Home Inspection, D.R. Horton, La Playa Title and Your Home Publishing at the Parade level.
Realtor members may register online through Aug. 5 for the Florida Realtors conference at http://conference.floridarealtors.org/ or by calling 1-800-669-4327. The full event registration fee for members is $160 through Aug. 5. Beginning Aug. 6, registration will be handled at the convention site. For more info, check out http://conference.floridarealtors.org/.
Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its more than 127,000 members in 61 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.
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