Attending your first fall conference can change your perspective

Talk to Wheaton REALTOR® Michael Parent if you want to know how attending his first IAR Fall Conference & Expo helped his career. Although he’s learned a lot in the 10-plus years that followed, understanding what customers value most has been one of the best benefits he could imagine. And even that definition has changed recently.

“These days, clients can get plenty of information on the Web,” he says. “But to make myself really valuable to my clients, I need access to information they don’t have.  And I need to share it with them.”

Parent estimates that the upcoming conference will be his 11th, but he’s excited about attending because he always learns something new. “When you haven’t gone to a conference before, you’re a little in the dark. You may be tempted to say you don’t have the time or you can’t afford it. But once you go, you realize there’s a lot more to this business than just residential sales. The strength of the state association is far-reaching and connects people from all over Illinois.”

In past conferences, Parent says the information provided in Legal Updates proved valuable, as well as explanations about how RPAC supports IAR members. He’s always brought back information to share with colleagues.  A member of the IAR Board of Directors for two years, Parent has served on numerous statewide committees since 2011, including two years on the working groups for: business issues/license law, political fundraising and the fall conference/inaugural gala.  He has served on the Young Professionals Network for five years.

He is also the current president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and is a broker with Coldwell Banker and vice president of operations for Burnet Title’s Chicago Region.

“If I met someone who wasn’t planning to attend the conference in September,” says Parent, “I would ask why.  Ultimately, what I’ve learned has inspired me to become more involved and made me more valuable to my customers.”

Parent hopes to see you at the conference in Chicago, where walk-ins are welcome.


App puts all you need for fall conference in the palm of your hand

Download the app for the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo today, and you’ll be able to access all the information you need with your smartphone. What could be more convenient?

To get the app, visit or search for “Illinois Realtor Conference” in the App Store or Google Play.

Not only will our app be convenient when you arrive in Chicago, but you can use it to stay abreast of conversations that occur before, during and after the conference. It will be used by some of our keynote speakers and by attendees who evaluate the speakers and the information presented.  The app will provide another avenue for members to share photos too.

Get in on the action with the app!


Walk-ins welcome at IAR Fall Conference & Expo

Whether you’re spontaneous, experience an unexpected change of plans or just realized that the IAR Fall Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, you’re welcome to register the day you arrive.

The discounted daily rate for IAR members is $99, while full conference registration is discounted to $169 (see coupon). You can pay by cash, check, debit card or credit card.  Your registration buys you admission to the Business Expo and any of the general sessions at the conference.  If you decide to attend the Multicultural Summit on Sept. 4 or the Inaugural Reception & Gala on the evening of Sept. 6, you’ll need to pay for these registrations separately. The deadline for the summit is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Check the schedule to see what sessions match your availability.


Preview IAR Fall Conference & Expo program

Take a look at the electronic version of the program for the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo. With only 10 days until the event kicks off (Sept. 4), you’ll have an attractive, well-organized and easy-to-read PDF document that can be viewed on your office computer, laptop or tablet.

    If you haven’t registered yet, walk-ins are welcome! Start planning your time in Chicago now. The program includes:

  • A chronological day-by-day schedule of Sept. 4, Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 sessions;
  • Photos of featured speakers, panelists and moderators;
  • Summaries of each session each day;
  • Location and hours for the Business Expo;
  • Maps of Expo booth locations and list of exhibitors;
  • Location and hours of the registration and information desk;
  • Instructions for using free WiFi;
  • Information for downloading the event app for your smartphone or tablet;
  • Lists of conference committee members and conference sponsors;
  • A map of Chicago; and
  • Information for valuable IAR resources.