PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Exciting Events on Tap This Fall

Barry Kramer | August 2018

As the dog days of summer come to an end it makes me think of the fall and winter schedule of events, chock full of worthwhile meetings and conventions. This fall I hope you’ll join me for a vast array of happenings, everything from our very own Member Appreciation Day to NAR’s National Conference.

The season starts with New York State Association of Realtors’ business meetings to be held at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY from Sept. 30th to Oct. 3rd. While most attendees will be members of the NYSAR Board of Directors or Committee Members, these meetings are open to anyone to attend. As Chair of the Co-op Working Group Committee I welcome everyone’s participation as we deal with issues related to co-ops. This year’s focus will be on advancing transparency legislation, especially in Westchester County, where it has a good chance for passage. I also enjoy serving on the Legislative and Fair Housing committees. There are lots of other meetings, and the NYSAR website has a full agenda. If you are not on a NYSAR Committee, you may consider joining one in the future.

On Oct. 22nd HGAR will be co-sponsoring its Global Real Estate Summit and Expo in New York City along with the Staten Island Board of Realtors. This is the second year of HGAR’s sponsorship, and more than 600 attendees are anticipated to participate in the day-long summit. The event will offer panel discussions with a focus on global real estate practices and understanding a transient real estate world. The keynote will be presented by noted real estate executive, author and speaker Stefan Swanepoel. Register now for the Global Summit!

HGAR’s 102nd Annual Members Appreciation Day will take place on Monday, Oct. 29th at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. This is our largest event of the year, and it’s FREE! This year’s keynote speaker will be Ryan Estis, recognized as one of the best keynote speakers available. His theme “Rock Star Selling” is sure to inspire and motivate everyone. There’s a trade expo with more than 70 exhibitors and several educational opportunities including a CE optional Ethics and Fair Housing class. You can choose a boxed lunch, but I hope you’ll decide to attend our RPAC luncheon with guest speaker Michael Oates, president and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. After our Annual Meeting, the event concludes with a Celebration Cocktail Party.

I always mention the next two events when I teach my new member orientation classes. The NAR Conference, this year in Boston, and Triple Play in Atlantic City, NJ both offer an opportunity for Realtors to eat, drink, learn and best of all write it off as a business expense! Actually, with the new tax laws I’m not sure we can still write these events off as a business expense, but my husband John says if you don’t want to hear the answer, don’t ask the question. I’ll be attending both conventions regardless!

The biggest event of the year, the NAR Conference & Expo, is in nearby Boston this year, from Nov. 2nd to 5th. The conference will welcome more than 20,000 Realtors from all over the country and internationally. This event is all about education, networking and fun. There are more than 100 educational sessions, and the industry’s largest trade show with more than 400 exhibitors. If you’re looking to gain knowledge of what’s happening in the industry, and gain new tools to make yourself successful, this is a must-attend show!

The last event of the conference season is the Triple Play Realtor Convention and Trade Expo in Atlantic City, NJ to be held from Dec. 3rd to 6th. It’s called Triple Play because it’s sponsored by the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania real estate associations. I’ve never missed this show, and have attended from the very beginning 18 years ago. The best thing about Triple Play is that for one modest fee you can attend the trade show and all events, including classes with FREE CE Credits. Triple Play continues to grow each year. It attracts thousands of Realtors, brokers, appraisers and other professionals to one of the largest real estate trade shows in the country. There are literally countless opportunities for networking, and for meeting with vendors.

As you can see, there will be lots of meetings and conventions going on between now and the end of the year. See you there!

Barry Kramer
Barry Kramer is 2018 President of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc