ORLANDO, Fla., June 24, 2016 – One hundred years in the making, Realtors across Florida have the unique opportunity to come together for Celebration100 – Florida Realtors® annual Convention & Trade Expo, Aug. 24-28, 2016, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando.
This year’s convention offers opportunities for the state’s real estate professionals to network with colleagues and learn strategies from top industry trainers to boost their business – while at the same time celebrating a proud legacy of advocacy, service and commitment to community.
“The last 100 years have been a time of momentous change for Florida’s real estate industry,” said 2016 Florida Realtors President Matey H. Veissi, broker and co-owner of Veissi & Associates in Miami. “Florida Realtors have been at the forefront of that change, advocating for a more regulated and professional industry that enhances the value and service Realtors bring to their clients. We’re proud to be an integral part of the history and growth of the Sunshine State, and we look forward to our next 100 years.”
Celebration100 features more than 35 education sessions from top industry speakers on various topics such as new trends in real estate, improving sales and productivity, digital marketing, converting leads into business and building successful real estate teams. Sessions are organized into six tracks that allow attendees to focus on a core interest: technology, trends, productivity, personal growth, broker and continuing education.
Veissi added, “Florida Realtors’ annual Convention & Trade Expo provides outstanding value to anyone interested in the latest real estate trends, technology and best business practices. Leading industry experts will share their moneymaking tips, success strategies and marketing techniques, plus it’s a chance to commemorate our 100th anniversary! This is a ‘can’t-miss-this’ business opportunity for every Realtor in the state.”
- REBarCamp: Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In this peer-to-peer session, attendees set the agenda, discuss the issues and discover solutions together. Attendance is free.
- Keynote Awards Luncheon: Aug. 25, 11:15-1:30 p.m.
Florida Realtors honors Realtor excellence and service at a ticketed event, including recognizing the Humanitarian of the Year and Realtor of the Year. Since it’s Florida Realtors’ 100th Anniversary, the celebration is even more special! Keynote speaker Dan Thurmon rounds out the luncheon with humor, energy and excitement as he shares the importance of staying “Off Balance On Purpose!” Tickets are $50 and will be sold as long as they’re available or until 4 p.m. on Aug. 24.
- 100th Birthday Party, Aug. 25, with “Party On The Moon,” 8-11 p.m.
Returning for the third year in a row, American’s No. 1 Party Band, Party On The Moon delivers a high-energy evening of the latest dance music, ‘80s classic rock, Latin, disco/funk, R&B and Motown. This 13-piece band has performed worldwide. One complimentary ticket for the concert is automatically included with full convention registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for $30. This event is co-sponsored by Florida Realtors PAC and Florida Realtors.
- General Session with Jay Leno: Aug. 26, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
The 22-year host of “The Tonight Show” is one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time. One complimentary ticket is automatically included with full convention registration. One additional ticket can be purchased by full convention attendees for $50. Be sure to register early – once room capacity is reached, no more tickets will be available.
- The Trade Expo, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4 pm.
The expo features more than 170 industry experts and exhibitors showcasing the latest marketing and technology products. Attendance to the Trade Expo (expo only) is free!
* Solution Center: Each half-hour, vendors will take the stage and explain more about their products and services.
Sponsors for the 2016 convention include: Title Sponsor, Listing Power Tools; Titanium Association Partnership Sponsor, Miami Association of Realtors; Diamond Association Partnership Sponsor, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors; Platinum Association Partnership Sponsor, Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association; Gold Association Partnership Sponsor, Orlando Regional Realtor Association; Silver Association Partnership Sponsor, Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, and Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches; Platinum Sponsor, My Florida Regional MLS; Gold Sponsor, Century 21 Real Estate LLC; and Wi-Fi Platinum Annual Sponsor, Minto Communities.
Additional sponsors are: $10,000 level, Absolute Home Mortgage Corp. and Florida Realtors PAC; $5,000, Citibank; $3,000, American Integrity Insurance Company; $1,500, HomeBridge Financial Services Inc. and Lowen Sign Company; $1,000, Civic Financial Services, Move Inc./Realtor.com and Osceola County Association of Realtors; and $500 level, Agent Personal Assistant, CRES Insurance, Florida Association of Building Inspectors Inc., Hamilton Group Funding Inc., IFREC Real Estate Schools, Realtors Federal Credit Union – A Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union; Short Sales For America; and TenantReports.com LLC.
Realtor members may register online through Aug. 16 for the Florida Realtors convention at https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/Annual-Convention-Registration.cfm or by calling 1-800-669-4327. The full event registration fee for members is $150 through July 25. Between July 26 and Aug. 16, the full event cost for members is $160. After Aug. 16, registration will be handled at the convention site. For more info, check out http://convention.floridarealtors.org/. To learn more about Florida Realtors’ 100th anniversary, go to http://www.floridarealtors.org/100anniversary.