This past week, I attended another very valuable Spring Convention that was put on by the Arizona Association of REALTORS. This annual event continues to impress me each year so I thought I’d ask my good friend Jay Thompson if I could use this awesome blog of his to tell a few people about why I attend these events.
Personally, I attend these events for several reasons. Education, networking and fun are things that immediately come to mind.
Education: The lineup of general sessions and continuing education is truly some of the highest quality education available and it is put on by some of the brightest minds in the business. AAR does an awesome job with making sure that the content is relevant, timely and important to the careers of its members. Local and national superstars keep us up to date with a schedule of topics that range from legal issues, policy changes, economic data, marketing strategies, business development and so much more. As my friend and industry super-star Bill Risser and I were attending one of the classes, Bill mentioned that he felt like the quality of education for the week rivaled any real estate convention that he has attended anywhere in the state or in the country. I’d agree with him on that.
Networking: As is true with many local and national industry events, it’s the hallway conversations that can bring some serious added benefits to attending. Heck, how often do you have an opportunity to talk one on one with some of the smartest people in the business? The amount of brain power that was herethispast weekwas very impressive. Personally, I had some awesome conversations with friends from the AAR legal team, brokers from all over the state, policy makers, real estate department heads and more. Heck, I even got to break bread with NAR’s Nobu Hata and our very own celebrity broker / Zillow rock star, Jay Thompson. Believe me, these conversations alone were worth making the trip.
Fun: You know what they say about all work and no play, right? I thought so. The planning crew does an awesome job in balancing fun activities with serious education. This year, we had several great happy hour opportunities, there was a movie night and even a corn hole tournament. Yes, really. While my corn hole team didn’t win, we did look good in our fancy shirts. ( see below ) Of course, having a ton of super-smart people all together at one place can lead to opportunities for having a breakfast, lunch or dinner conversation with people you might not normally see at other times. The “hallway conversations” are extremely valuable, in my opinion.
A HUGE thank you to Barb Freestone and everyone who worked so hard to make this another wildly successful event.
I hope to see you there next year!