Second multicultural panel discussion helps you understand Latino markets better

You’ll get perspectives that aren’t often available in your everyday collaborations during IAR’s Multicultural Summit on Thursday, Sept. 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Take, for example, the panel discussion titled: “Local Latino Trends and Solutions for Success.”

A pair of REALTORS® and a pair of lenders will identify and explain trends they see in the residential and commercial Latino markets. Register today.

The moderator, Loretta Alonzo, CRB, GRI, is a former IAR president and serves as vice chair of the NAR Housing Opportunity Committee. She is broker-owner of Century 21 Alonzo.

Panelists will include:

  • Joe Castillo, SFR, broker-owner of ERA Mi Casa and vice president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP);
  • Mark Hernandez is vice president, First Merit Bank and president of NAHREP’s Chicago chapter. He’s on the board of the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association;
  • José Colón, CCIM, is vice president, investment sales, of the Jameson Group. He is a former Chicago Association of REALTORS® board member and has served as chairman of the Chicago International Real Estate Council; and
  • Ed Ruiz is Wintrust Financial Corporation’s senior vice president-retail branch management and is brand president for Wintrust’s Logan Square office.

Please note that this is one of three panel discussions scheduled for the Multicultural Summit. The summit precedes the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6 at McCormick Place.

Game On Giveaway NewsMake sure you’re entered in the drawing for full registration for the Fall Conference & Expo and two nights at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place during the conference! The money you save by winning the drawing could help pay for attending the Multicultural Summit! And the education you’ll receive by attending both events will be priceless.

As of 10:30 a.m. today, 147 REALTORS® have signed up for the Game On Giveaway. Don’t miss your chance! The deadline for entering the Game On Giveaway is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 11. Find out more.

Sign up for Sept. 5 at Fall Conference & Expo for only $99

Register now for one-day admission, Friday, Sept. 5, to the IAR Fall Conference & Expo for only $99.

On that day, the conference includes two presentations by Ashton Gustafson, a class by Marki Lemons-Ryhal class about the future of short sales; a commercial panel discussion about retail landlords and a networking reception at the Expo.

Those who prefer to attend more than one day of activities at the Conference & Expo can save money by taking advantage of early-bird registration through Aug. 14. The full conference registration price is $149 through Aug. 14.

To learn more about the sessions, the panelists and to register, go here.

Sept. 5 conference activities include:

  • 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – “Making Music in a Noisy World” by Ashton Gustafson;
  • 1:30 p.m. – Continuing Education check-in.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. – “COR 1625 – Core B Legal Issues: Short Sales 2014 & Beyond,” by Marki Lemons-Ryhal;
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m. – “Time Management: Systems, Tools and Disciplines” by Ashton Gustafson;
  • 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. – Commercial Panel “The Retail World from the Perspective of the Landlord;” and
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Networking Reception in Expo.

Buy tickets now for the Inaugural Gala at the IAR Fall Conference

Join in the fun and honor incoming Illinois Association of REALTORS® president Jim Kinney at the 98th Annual Inaugural Gala on Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Ballroom.  The gala is the final event of the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the gala starting at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets for the reception / gala cost $150 each.  You can purchase tickets for the gala when you register for the conference.

Kinney, IAR President-Elect, is the Vice President of Luxury Home Sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago. He’s served on multiple boards, committees and task forces for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.  During his 30-plus years in real estate, he’s won numerous awards including 2002 REALTOR® of the Year by the Chicago association and 2004 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year by IAR.

On the state level, Kinney has held leadership roles with a number of committees and groups. He’s been an advocate for education and earned numerous designations. He’s also been involved with several national committees and groups, including the National Association of REALTORS® Executive Committee.

Want to know more about Jim Kinney?

Gustafson ideas arrive in time for you

Can you call your day a success by 11 a.m.? If not, then Ashton Gustafson just might be able to help you!

Come see his presentation “Time Management: Systems, Tools & Disciplines” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. His high-energy presentation is designed to help you balance the growing popularity of electronic communications with print and face-to-face communications. You’ll gain daily efficiency with great systems, a focused mindset and ideas for time blocking and refining lead generation techniques. He believes a successful day should be complete by 11 a.m.

With all he has achieved – in personal sales, customer satisfaction and mastery of emerging technologies – taking the utmost advantage of time surely has to be one of his greatest skills. Register today to attend the IAR Fall Conference & Expo.

Two weeks left for Game On Giveaway
So far, we have 117 members who have entered our drawing for free registration to the entire Conference & Expo and a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Sept. 4 and 5. You can’t get those kinds of odds when you play the Illinois Lottery! But you can’t win if you don’t enter!  Sign up for the Game On Giveaway today.

Seize all the Sept. 4 opportunities for only $99


Register now for the IAR Multicultural Summit on Thursday, Sept. 4 and the corresponding half-day session for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo.

For a total of $99, you’ll be able to attend both sessions at McCormick Place in Chicago.

If purchased separately, any day’s registration for the conference and expo is $99, while early-bird registration for the entire 2 ½-day conference and expo is $149 until Aug. 14. Registration for the summit alone is $40. By purchasing both the summit registration and the Sept. 4 half-day conference and expo admission at the same time, you save money and give yourself other opportunities to improve yourself and your business.

The summit, titled “The Latino Factor: Global Opportunity in Your Own Backyard,” begins at 9 a.m. and lasts to 1:30 p.m. The program includes three panel discussions:

  • “Challenges: How do Latinos Fare in the Real Estate Market?” featuring moderator Sonia Anaya, and panelists Mabèl Guzmàn, Joe Nery and Sylvia Puente;
  • “Opportunities: Local Latino Trends and Solutions for Success,” with moderator Loretta Alonzo and panelists Joe Castillo, Mark Hernandez, José Colón and Ed Ruiz; and
  • “Opportunities: Global Success Can Be Closer Than You Think,” including moderator Jim Kinney and panelists Jeff Hornberger, Michael Bauknecht and Gerardo Contreras Goméz.

To learn more about the sessions, the panelists and to register, go here.

The CE session, titled “(Elective RB 707) Pitfalls & Possibilities: Negotiating Contracts,” will be taught by Lynn Madison from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Following the negotiating contracts session, a networking reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the Illinois Young Professionals Network Social from 6:30 to 8 p.m.