HGAR to Hold First-Ever Education Forums At White Plains, Goshen on Set. 20, Oct. 23

Mary Prenon | August 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors will hold its first-ever Education Forum at its corporate headquarters in White Plains on September 20 and a similar forum on October 23 at its Goshen office.

The forums will be part of HGAR’s “Breakfast with Benefits” series, which offer free information seminars to HGAR members.

Moderated by HGAR Education Council Chair Phyllis Lerner and Council Vice Chair Irene Guanill, the forum will feature a panel of top producing HGAR Realtors who will explain how they became successful in their real estate careers and answer questions from attendees.

“I had been thinking about doing something like this for a long while, and when I became the Chair this year, I presented it to the Council and they loved the idea,” said Lerner. “After that, Irene and I just started putting it together.”

The panel will include the following HGAR members:

• Rita Van Buren, Better Homes and Garden, Rand Realty

• Michael Carey, William Raveis

• Nancy Kennedy, Houlihan Lawrence

• Ismail (Ish) Kolya, eXp Realty

• Jeffrie S. Pena, Pantiga Group Realty

Lerner, one of the founding partners of William Raveis Legends Realty Group, said the event is geared toward newer agents or anyone working in real estate who really needs some guidance in honing their career.

“I’ve noticed in my own office that there are some people who aren’t quite sure what they need to do and how to do it,” she explained. “This will give all our members a voice and the opportunity to talk about where they’re struggling and learn how to improve their business.”

Lerner and Guanill will begin by asking each panelist what he or she did to get their own business started. They’ll also be taking questions from members, creating an open forum for information.

The Education Forum will be repeated on October 23 at HGAR’s Goshen office, featuring HGAR President Ron Garafalo as the moderator and the following successful  Orange County agents are  on the panel:

• Pedro Garcia, Curasi Realty, Inc.

• Donna Gennaro, BHG Rand Realty

• Jessie Stern, Weichert, Realtors

“All of us on the Education Council want to be pro-active about providing the best education and training for our members,” added Lerner.

Empire Inspectors is sponsoring the Sept. 20th Education Forum in White Plains.

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications