It’s no secret that YPN is on fire. Since the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, YPN has grown from 17 chapters to more than 130 chapters nationwide. Membership has skyrocketed from 2,000 registered YPNers to over 7,500.
With that burst of growth also came increased competition for the 2010 YPN Chapter of the Year. The number of applications this year increased five- fold and included chapters from large and small associations, state and local, new and established. A diverse panel of judges from REALTOR® Magazine and various departments of the National Association of REALTORS® were assembled to ensure unbiased decision.
In the end, the Houston Association’s NextGen REALTOR® Group (or NRG for short) was selected as the 2010 YPN Chapter of the Year.
A runner up for the 2009 Chapter of the Year Award, NRG is one of the largest local association chapters with an estimated 2,900 members. The chapter maintains its own Web site, Facebook page, and e-newsletter. They provide a consistent and diverse calendar of programs that includes a good mix of social, educational, and charitable events.
One thing that stood out to the judges was NRG’s creation of the “20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate,” which is mirrored after REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 program. They realize the importance of giving incentive to be involved with the NRG Chapter, which was also proven this year when 70 NRG members applied to serve on the Advisory Group of only 25 positions. Continue reading »
More than 500 career-driven real estate professionals from around the country came out to network, exchange business ideas, and party at the Young Professionals Network’s exclusive Fire & Ice NARdiGras Reception on Friday, Nov. 5 at The Foundry in the city’s colorful Warehouse District. The 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo event was sponsored by HouseLogic’s REALTOR® Content Resource, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Kodak, and DocuSign.
One of the evening’s highlights was the announcement of YPN’s Chapter of the Year Award. The 2010 honor went to the Houston Association of REALTORS®’ NextGen group, recognized for it’s well-organized membership process and its success in getting young REALTORS® involved in leadership. The other bright spot of the night: The Center for REALTOR® Technology’s annual Spotlight Awards, which brings attention to four leaders in real estate technology. Those winners were: Brian Copeland of Village Real Estate Services Inc. in Nashville, Tenn.; Ben Martin of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® in Glen Allen, Va.; Mark Flavin of the Bay East Association of REALTORS® in Pleasanton, Calif.; and Brad Nix of MaxSell Real Estate in Woodstock, Ga. –Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine
Photos by Kevin Berne
By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor
Three exceptionally talented and highly involved YPN chapters were in the running for 2009 Chapter of the Year: Houston, Missouri, and Minneapolis. All three took on creative planning to grow membership and provided constructive networking and educational opportunities for young real estate professionals.
In the end, the Minneapolis YoPros took home the title to become the first-ever YPN Chapter of the Year. The group was presented with the Chapter of the Year trophy during the YPN event at the 2009 NAR Conference and Expo in San Diego on Nov. 13.
“When it came down to deciding who should win the YPN Chapter of the Year Award, it was a very difficult decision,” said YPN Manager Rob Reuter. “The Minneapolis YoPros were already a well-established chapter and showed how far a YPN chapter can really go.”
The YoPros began meeting in mid-2008 and were formally inducted as a YPN chapter with NAR in February 2009.
One of the most notable initiatives the YoPros have developed is their signature “Squaretable Meetings.” Described as “speed dating meets roundtable discussions,” the events consist of individual table presentations led by a real estate practitioner or industry professional who share their expertise to a small group of attendees. After 20 minutes, the group moves on to the next table of their choice, with topics ranging from technology to alternative financing, social media to governmental/legislative issues, and more.
“Strong communications and monthly YPN events and meetings are two big reasons for the success of the YoPros,” Reuter said. “They are even in the process of creating a YPN designation through their board.”
Nobu Hata, ePro, is a sales associate for Edina Realty in Minneapolis and a founding member of the YoPros. He is collaborating on the creation of the YoPros’ YPN designation. “We feel with the advent of new media and empowered consumers into our brick and mortar business, there are new policies, plus old-school practices, that need to be introduced and reinforced to help us be better advocates for our clients,” Hata said.
The group is putting together a curriculum of designation classes involving technology, ethics, fair housing, and best-practices. They hope to have the designation approved by this summer.
“What impressed me the most about them was their structure and their out-of-the-box thinking,” said Shannon Williams King, chair of the national YPN Advisory Board. “They have taken it beyond networking and social hours to provide educational opportunities for young real estate professionals. I’m excited for them.”
Hata, who was present during the Chapter of the Year announcement in San Diego, said he was in shock when the YoPros received the award. “What Missouri and Houston had done — what their members have been involved with — I thought had been significant,” Hata said. “I like to think that this award is shared amongst our three chapters, we’re all doing our part for the betterment of the industry.”
For newly-formed YPN chapters just getting their footing, Hata said that membership is key to success, and not to give up because YPN prospects are out there.
“What we’re doing — injecting new life into our industry — is slowly but surely shaping the way our industry works,” said Hata. “We finally have a voice; let’s use it.”
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a great place to connect with other real estate industry professionals. By getting involved or starting your own local chapter, you’ll create a bridge to many industry tools, resources, and networking events. For more information, or to download a chapter application, visit www.realtor.org/ypn.
San Diego will be the place to be this fall! The 2009 REALTOR® Conference & Expo will be in San Diego Nov. 13-16, and YPN members will have plenty of opportunities to network and attend sessions to better your business!
There will be a range of sessions to help you maximize technology, improve your prospecting, and jump-start your sales with a special Young Professionals track. This lineup of sessions, identified by our YPN Advisory Board, features a sample conference calendar to help you get the most from your conference. View the Young Professionals track online.
Also, be sure to watch this short video from YPN Advisory Board Chair Shannon Williams King, who will be delivering the session “Real Estate Road Warrior,” at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. In the session, King-who runs two real estate offices in different states-will provide 15 new tools to help you get more out of your business, including how to start a virtual office, mobile technology to help you stay ahead of the curve, and how you can be more profitable and efficient in your business.
You can view other videos from conference speakers at REALTOR.org.
Also, save the date: YPN’s annual networking event! On Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., you’ll have the chance to connect with more than 300 other new and young real estate pros in the business. Continue reading »