By Subhi Gharbieh
On Thursday, Nov. 8, my fellow Dallas REALTOR® Joe Atkins and I booked the 6 a.m. flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Orlando so that we could make it to the YPN Advisory Subcommittee meeting that started at noon. Being the responsible adult that I am (not), I tried to pull an all nighter so that I wouldn’t miss my flight early Thursday morning. That worked out well! I ended up falling asleep around 3:30 a.m., and the five alarms that I set to wake me up, well, didn’t.
So I missed the YPN meeting (bummer), but Joe, our MetroTex YPN chair, made it to the meeting and represented us well. After I got to our hotel later that day, Joe and I immediately left for the convention center to get registered and pick up our convention packet. The NAR staff do such a great job organizing the registration and welcome process. They are so efficient.
Thursday evening was pretty relaxing. We met up with some fellow YPN members from around the country at the Peabody Hotel. We caught up with some old faces and met some new ones. One thing that I have learned from attending the REALTORS® Conference & Expo for the last three years, is that we may only meet a couple times a year, but when we do, it feels like it was yesterday that we were just together at the last convention.
I was very proud of our Dallas YPN network for making such a strong showing this year in Orlando. For the last couple of years, the norm for us was about two or three members travel to attend the convention. This year, we had right around 20 of our YPN members attend — that made me really proud.
Being the chair of our YPN network last year, I was really hoping that we would win Network of the Year during my term. That didn’t happen. We worked really hard and felt like we had done a lot of great things to win the title for Large Association Network of the Year, but we were topped by Chicago YPN.
Nevertheless, we started off 2012 focused on the same goal. We did a lot of great things in 2012, but when it came time to fill out our application for Network of the Year, we really felt like we could have done more. We completed our application thinking that we really came up short of our goals as a committee. The competition is so fierce among YPN Networks all over the country, and seeing some of the great things that some other networks had accomplished throughout the year, we didn’t think we had a shot at winning. Continue reading »
By Maura Neill
If you’re looking for one more reason to attend the REALTORS® Conference and Expo next month in Orlando, check this out: You can take Day One of the newly-redesigned e-PRO® course for FREE.
The course is a $149 value, but you can get it for free, nada, nothing, no dinero…simply because you’re a YPN member. It’s that simple.
The course will be offered on Thursday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. After you complete Day One, you will need to register for and complete Day Two online in order to receive your e-PRO® certification. For more information and to register, visit www.epronar.com/ypn.cfm.
I’ll be co-teaching with Bill Lublin, one of the co-creators of the new e-PRO®. Bill and I are really looking forward to the opportunity to give you this education at no cost.
If you’re not already a member of your local YPN Network, click here for an interactive map that can help you to locate the network closest to you and put you in touch with them. Joining is free, too, so this is a no-brainer!
The course is by invitation only (consider this my personal invitation to you!) and spaces are filling up, so be sure you register to attend today! Hope to see you there!
Maura Neill is a second-generation REALTOR® and works with RE/MAX Around Atlanta. Maura can be found online through her blog, her websites www.BuySellLiveAtlanta.com and www.MauraNeill.com, or on Twitter @MauraNeill.