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Texas REALTORS® Conference 2018 in San Antonio
Education classes

Online registration is now closed.

After Aug. 22, you must register onsite and the availability of special event tickets will be limited. Special event tickets will be sold at an increased price after Aug. 6.

Please note: Registrations are Non-Transferrable. We are unable to transfer registrations into another member’s name.

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Payment of the conference registration fee is required to attend education sessions and/or to receive CE credit. Seating is on a first-come basis. All events held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center unless otherwise noted.


Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

900 E. Market Street, 78205

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk

222 Losoya, 78205
210-222-1234

Log in to create a personalized schedule that you can save to your personalized conference page. Adding a session to your schedule does not reserve seating — all classes are first-come basis.

Thursday, September 6

Main Lobby

New this year, check in early if you advance registered.

Rio Plaza

WCR is 80 years young! Thursday evening, head on over to Rio Plaza where you’ll enjoy a great Mexican dinner, celebrate 80 years of industry leadership, and there will be CAKE!

*ticketed

Friday, September 7

PAC Nominating Committee (closed)

301 C

225 D

WiFi Sponsor: Super

Registration

Main Lobby

Global / Commercial Breakfast

301 A & B

Taxation Committee

221 B

CE: 34792

221 D

Are you finally ready to work smart and not hard? Increase profits, reduce stress, and get more done in fewer hours with seven simple steps covered in this course. You’ll learn why many agents are exhausted but not happy with their bottom line, how to see more success, and no-cost strategies to increase sales.

Instructor: Terri Murphy

Terry Murphy

WCR Committees

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Nueces/Frio/Blanco

CE: 34740

221 A

Contact kmoss@texasrealtors.com for registration information

Instructors: Sarah Norman & Rob Rayner

301 A & B

A commercial real estate and economic outlook will be presented, including consumer and business spending, government spending and deficit impact, inflation and monetary policy, commercial business activity, overviews of market sectors, foreign investments, and an economic forecast.

Speaker: Lawrence Yun, National Association of REALTORS® chief economist and senior vice president of Research, and Viking Tao, attorney, KRCL

RLI Meetings

225 B

Local Counsel (closed)

225 C

Infrastructure Committee

221 B

CE: 34840

221 D

Any tax write-off you’re allowed to take can result in significant reductions to your state, federal, and social security tax liabilities. This course will teach you the ins-and-outs of the Internal Revenue Service system and powerful, money-saving tax information. Topics to be covered include tax deductions for self-employed individuals, IRC 105 medical reimbursement plan, record keeping requirements, business entities and expenses, and more.

Instructor: Chris Bird

Chris Bird is a lively speaker who has timely content on tax issues facing today's REALTOR. Chris makes what is sometimes a boring topic easy to understand and adds in some fun.

He has been in the financial business for over 30 years. He started his career with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.  He also holds the Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP).

Chris was a Senior IRS agent for 16 years. He began conducting courses after leaving the IRS and started his own company, Chris Bird Seminars, Inc. Chris went on to conduct over 125 seminars a year on taxes, wealth building, residential rental property ownership, and tax strategies for the real estate and financial industries nationwide.

Chris was an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois in tax law for over 20 years.  He is a Certified CRS Instructor.  He currently holds his real estate license in Illinois.  Chris has a unique way of making a tough subject (taxes and investments) entertaining and enlightening at the same time.

Commercial Committee

301 A & B

Global Committee

220

Housing Initiatives forum

220

Political Involvement Council

303 B

Business Issues Committee

221 B

Membership/NRDS

225 A

CE: 34839

221 D

Learn how higher tax rates in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 could affect homeowners, residential rental property owners, and commercial estate owners, lessors, and lesees. Also covered are the changed rules regarding the deduction for home mortgage interest and home equity indebtedness.

Instructor: Chris Bird

Chris Bird is a lively speaker who has timely content on tax issues facing today's REALTOR. Chris makes what is sometimes a boring topic easy to understand and adds in some fun.

He has been in the financial business for over 30 years. He started his career with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.  He also holds the Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP).

Chris was a Senior IRS agent for 16 years. He began conducting courses after leaving the IRS and started his own company, Chris Bird Seminars, Inc. Chris went on to conduct over 125 seminars a year on taxes, wealth building, residential rental property ownership, and tax strategies for the real estate and financial industries nationwide.

Chris was an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois in tax law for over 20 years.  He is a Certified CRS Instructor.  He currently holds his real estate license in Illinois.  Chris has a unique way of making a tough subject (taxes and investments) entertaining and enlightening at the same time.

Housing Initiatives Committee

220

CE: 34999

225 B

This course focuses on the duties of real estate license holders in relation to water rights of Texas. Learn who owns water, and what agencies regulate water, and the fundamental methods of water rights valuation, along with an understanding of the serious issues all Texans face in a state in which the normal climate is “drought” or “soon to be back in drought.”
Instructor: Charles Porter
Sponsors: REALTORS® Land Institute/TAR Commercial

Charles Porter

Land Use Committee

221 B

Professional Development Management Team

220

Stars at Night Ballroom Foyer

Sponsor: Premier Nationwide Lending

Stars at Night Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Vernice “Fly Girl” Amour
Sponsor: Century 21

Stars at Night Ballroom Lobby & Terrace

Sponsors: SABOR/TAR

Alamo Beer Company

Enjoy the Welcome Reception, then hop on a shuttle to the Texas YPN Night Out where you’ll enjoy more food, fun, and drinks while you mingle with other rock star REALTORS® and affiliates from across the state. This event is free and open to all Conference attendees.

Saturday, September 8

225 D

WiFi Sponsor: Super

Registration

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

Start the day with a cup of coffee and network with others in the main lobby of the convention center.

Sponsor: Texas REALTORS®

WCR Governing Board & General Session

301 A – C

PAC Education Subcommittee

221 C

CE: 34790

221 D

Want to quit cold calling and leverage the power of clients who can help you make more sales? REALTORS® leave thousands of dollars on the table because they lack the systems needed to keep raving fans referring warm prospects. This course will give you an understanding of how to turn one contact into multiple opportunities to generate more prospects, increasing transactions and revenue potential. How to build a client base that refers new business will also be covered.

Instructor: Terri Murphy

Terry Murphy

302 A – C

Bringing the real estate conversation into your clients’ homes

As sales of voice-enabled smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home reach into the tens of millions, learn how the real estate industry can tap into the potential of artificial intelligence-assisted voice searches to reach consumers in their homes.

Topic: Bringing the real estate conversation into your clients' homes
Speakers: Miguel Berger and Ami Berger (founders of Voiceter Pro)

Topic: What is a blockchain and how does it affect me?
Speakers: Liz Sturrock (NAR Vice President of Information Technology) and Jason Normandin (NAR Project Manager)

Topic: Using REALTORS® Property Resource to boost your business’
Panelists: Kiki Wanshura, Shad Bogany, Ryan Bokros, and Kristin Smith

Topic: The issues facing your MLS
Speakers: Mike Murphy, Jason Sanchez, Ed Moore, and Richard Throop

CE: 34382

225 A

Learn how to work with Chinese clients in real estate transactions.
Instructor: Pius Leung
Sponsors: TAR Commercial and Global Committees

Pius Leung

Leasing & Property Management Committee

221 A

Issues Mobilization Committee

303 A & B

CE: 34751

225 B & C

The behavior of today’s consumers is undergoing many changes. They have more access to information and are more mobile than ever. Being inundated with messages has changed how marketing affects them and how they make business decisions. To succeed in real estate, you need to adapt your marketing plan to the conditions. This course will cover how to make your promotions targeted, personal, and visual while leveraging video and social media.

Instructor: Craig Grant

Craig Grant, president of EasyRealtySites and The Real Estate Technology Institute, 2 companies whose goal is to elevate the real estate industry through technology & education. With over 150 speaking engagements around the US each year he is considered one of the top technology, marketing & risk management instructors around.

As his motto, Advanced Real Estate Technology Instructed at a Pre-K Level states, Craig is able to take extremely complicated technology topics and present them in a way that the average non-technical person not only understands, but is able apply it to improve their business.

PAC Budget Subcommittee

221 C

221 A

What’s next? Real estate-brokerage succession planning If you’ve ever thought about the next chapter of your career, you won’t want to miss this session on real-estate-brokerage succession planning. Real estate attorney Rick Albers and broker Mike Mengden will discuss legal and business details to consider before selling or transferring your business.

Speakers: Mike Mengden, of Terra Residential Services, and Rick Albers, of Kuperman, Orr & Albers.

Nominating Committee (closed)

303 C

RVP Workshop (closed)

303 A & B

Main Lobby

Sponsor: BFS Home Warranty

Public Policy Oversight Committee

221 B

PAC Orientation Subcommittee

221 C

CE: 34748

225 A

This course will cover the basic elements necessary of property management, including the management and lease agreement, how to find new owner clients, how to screen tenants, the tenant lifecycle, understanding legal and fair housing issues, and how to deal with erratic tenants and owners. This is an ideal introduction for those new to the industry or anyone who wants to have a better understanding of property management basics.

Instructor: Marc Cunningham

Marc Cunningham grew up working for the family property management company, Grace Property Management, his father founded in 1978. During high school and college, he worked part time in the company doing everything from pulling weeds, mowing, and painting to accounting and leasing. He joined the firm permanently in 1997 and is currently the president and director of operations. Grace Property Management is located in Denver and manages over 600 residential and commercial doors with 12 team members. Cunningham speaks nationally on property management and business topics, one-on-one coaching, and real estate investing. He is known for his warm, genuine delivery of world class insights into how success is built on with systems, behaviors, and planning. When not at work, he stays busy reading, running, and keeping up with his beautiful wife and four children.

Texas YPN Committee

221 D

302 A – C

Answers to common contract questions Don’t risk making mistakes that put transactions in jeopardy and expose you to lawsuits. With decades of real estate legal experience, attorney and broker Ron Walker and attorney Bo Blackburn—who both serve on TREC’s Broker-Lawyer Committee—will address problems or answer queestions that pop up when filling out contracts.

Speakers: Ron Walker and Bo Blackburn, of Almanza, Blackburn, Dickie & Mitchell

221 D

Whether you just got your license or you’ve had it for 25 years, Texas YPN gives you access to resources to help you be successful and advance your career. Come to this session to learn what YPN is all about and how you can get more involved.

Risk Reduction Committee

302 A – C

CE: 34789

225 B & C

To succeed today, you have to leverage the latest technology available. But the complexity and amount of options to chose from can make picking the right tool overwhelming. This course will help you evaluate which technology best meets your needs, including hardware (e.g., computers, smartphones, and cameras), software (e.g., task management, customer relationship, lead generation, and anti-virus), apps, web vendors, and more.

Instructor: Craig Grant

Craig Grant, president of EasyRealtySites and The Real Estate Technology Institute, 2 companies whose goal is to elevate the real estate industry through technology & education. With over 150 speaking engagements around the US each year he is considered one of the top technology, marketing & risk management instructors around.

As his motto, Advanced Real Estate Technology Instructed at a Pre-K Level states, Craig is able to take extremely complicated technology topics and present them in a way that the average non-technical person not only understands, but is able apply it to improve their business.

CE: 34842

221 D

Everyone wins! REALTORS and consumers benefit from knowledge and expertise gained through designation programs.

Moderators: David Pruitt, Pat Strong
Sponsor: Texas Real Estate Business Institute (CRB)

PAC Trustees (closed)

220

Association Executives Council

303 A & B

Professional Development forum

221 A

302 A – C

As a Texas REALTOR®, you get BIG benefits to help you succeed in your business, including great discounts on products and services; legal resources that help protect you and your clients; and industry information to keep you ahead of the curve. Stop by this session to learn how to get the most out of your member benefits.

Main Lobby

Sponsor: Mortgage Solutions Financial

Member Benefits Committee

302 A – C

Stars at Night Ballroom Foyer

Sponsor: realtor.com

Stars at Night Ballroom

Speaker: Joe Straus

Global reception

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Live Oak

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Chula Vista

Sponsor: MetroTex

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk

Reception: Rio Grande Ballroom
Dinner: Regency Ballroom

*ticketed

Sunday, September 9

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Rio Grande Ballroom

Speaker: Father Pat O’Brien, St. Pius X Catholic Church
Music: David Alan Cox and Skeet Doss

*ticketed

Registration

Main Lobby

Region 3

225 D

Region 4

225 C

Region 5

225 B

Region 6 & 16

221 D

Region 11

221 C

Region 12

225 A

Region 14

220

Region 15

221 A & B

Region 1

225 C

Region 2

225 D

Region 7

225 B

Region 8

221 A & B

Region 9

221 C

Region 10

221 D

Exhibit Hall 1

11:30 am — Lunch (ticketed)
Sponsor: BoomTown!

3 pm — Break
Sponsor: Re/Max

5 pm — Reception
Sponsor: SEI/Navica

Expo Showcase – Room 1
11 a.m. — Home Partners of America
Noon — Your Home Now Mortgage
12:45 p.m. — RPR
1:30 p.m. — Super
2:15 p.m. — Plateau Land & Wildlife Management
3:30 p.m. — CENTURY 21 Real Estate
4 p.m. — CENTURY 21 Real Estate

Expo Showcase – Room 2
11 a.m. — USHealth Advisors
Noon — The Salvation Army
12:45 p.m. — Homes.com
1:30 p.m. — OnCourse Learning Corp.
2:15 p.m. — eXp Realty
3:30 p.m. — ZipperAgent
4:15 p.m. — QuickPics

Texas Residential Real Estate Council (CRS)

225 A

Executive Board (closed)

221 A – C

GRI alumni appreciation Happy Hour (invitation only)

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Chula Vista

Alamo Grounds

Join your fellow REALTORS® during this year’s Texas REALTORS® Conference. The $110 entry fee will be credited toward your 2018 TREPAC investment total and your primary association. The event ticket includes a living-history demonstration, buffet dinner, and margaritas.

*ticketed





 

Monday, September 10

Board of Directors Check-in and Coffee Service

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Regency West Foyer

Registration

Main Lobby

CE: 35024

221 A – C

You’ll learn key principles on how to manage life as a real estate professional through goal setting and developing the drive and focus to pursue and achieve those goals. You’ll also learn how to set realistic and motivational rewards for accomplishing those goals and how to overcome stumbling and set yourself apart from your peers. Agents and brokers alike will benefits from this course, as they learn to apply their time, talent, and resources to increase productivity, simplify their lives, and develop a proper balance between the professional and personal.
Instructor: Bruce Gardner
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Bruce Gardner is a 20-plus-year veteran of the real estate industry and has more than 30 years of sales experience. He teaches continuing-education classes for the real estate community, and he is an in-demand speaker for industry groups. Bruce is also the creator of the “Seven Styles Success System” for real estate agents, and is an expert on lead- generation strategies for real estate professionals. His speaking-engagement audiences have included numerous REALTOR® associations, individual real estate companies, and the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Convention. He has also been a featured speaker at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference.

Board of Directors

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Regency West

CE: 34791

220

This course will teach you how to remain faithful to the Code of Ethics in the fast-paced and ever-changing realm of social media and technology. After reviewing the Code of Ethics, you’ll learn how to ensure you’re in compliance while using social media, how to remain informed of social media issues, and what systems to implement to avoid causing damage to your reputation and protect the public.
Instructor: Marki Lemons Ryhal
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Marki Lemons Ryhal

CE: 35025

221 A – C

Learn the power of having the right strategy and discover your natural style of success. This course will explore the seven basic strategies for success and match you with the one that best suits your personality. Redefine how you think about success, gain a better understanding of how to use social media and other web assets, and build your own career of success and significance.
Instructor: Bruce Gardner
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Bruce Gardner is a 20-plus-year veteran of the real estate industry and has more than 30 years of sales experience. He teaches continuing-education classes for the real estate community, and he is an in-demand speaker for industry groups. Bruce is also the creator of the “Seven Styles Success System” for real estate agents, and is an expert on lead- generation strategies for real estate professionals. His speaking-engagement audiences have included numerous REALTOR® associations, individual real estate companies, and the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Convention. He has also been a featured speaker at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference.

CE: 34749

225 C

Gain a better understanding of the basis for the current energy conservation and green building movement and why high-performance homes don’t have to cost an arm and a leg through this course covering economically sensible conservation strategies, high-performance design strategies, and more.
Instructor: Peter Pfieffer
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Peter Pfeiffer is an architect and interior designer and is professionally licensed in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, as well as with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He holds a Masters in Architecture degree, with an emphasis in resource efficient design and energy studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in the Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pfeiffer is a LEED accredited professional who has spent more than 30 years designing and developing pragmatic high performance buildings and homes.

CE: 34841

225 B

Get updates on how the new tax law impacts your business, and learn vital tax strategies to save time and money. The course will cover topics such as the new 20% 199A deduction, increased bonus depreciation, entertainment deductions, benefits of the 105 medical plan, maximizing vehicle deductions while reducing record keeping, how to audit-proof your taxes, and little-known reform provisions. In addition, you’ll learn why the home office deduction is still a great source of revenue and how to keep records so your accountant can help you.
Instructor: Thomas Rich
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Thomas Rich

CE: 34843

225 A

If you often feel like you can’t keep up with the do more, achieve more, have more pace of the industry, learn how to turn your stress into success and win more clients. This course will teach you how to improve productivity by eliminating stressors, ensure greater work-life balance by creating boundaries and productive work habits, and increase engagement and morale by building a supportive network and team.

Instructor: Jessica Rector
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Jessica Rector

CE: 34741

221 D

Tackle the hot topics in the industry, such as coming soon listings, rebates, cameras and recording equipment, verbal offers and counteroffers, the choice of title company, and more.

Instructor: Rhonda Hamilton
Sponsor: JP & Associates, REALTORS®

Rhonda Hamilton

225 D

Relax for a few minutes and enjoy a light lunch before the afternoon sessions begin. Kim Knapp, well-known CRS instructor and Florida REALTOR, will give a sneak preview of her 1 p.m. session.
Speaker: Kim Knapp
*ticketed

CE: 34750

220

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one video can be worth 10,000 words. Learn how to turn one video into photos, a podcast, a blog post, several tweets, Facebook status updates, and more for only $5 per video. You’ll be amazed at the ease of the process.
Instructor: Marki Lemons Ryhal

Marki Lemons Ryhal

CE: 34841

225 B

REPEAT from the AM
Get updates on how the new tax law impacts your business, and learn vital tax strategies to save time and money. The course will cover topics such as the new 20% 199A deduction, increased bonus depreciation, entertainment deductions, benefits of the 105 medical plan, maximizing vehicle deductions while reducing record keeping, how to audit-proof your taxes, and little-known reform provisions. In addition, you’ll learn why the home office deduction is still a great source of revenue and how to keep records so your accountant can help you.

Repeat of morning session
Instructor: Thomas Rich

Thomas Rich

CE: 35026

221 A – C

Break through the glass ceiling and maximize your production, income, and work-life balance with this class. Learn the skills you’ll need, how to refine your business strategy, and how to build the systems and processes necessary to get to 50 deals per year.
Instructor: Bruce Gardner

Bruce Gardner is a 20-plus-year veteran of the real estate industry and has more than 30 years of sales experience. He teaches continuing-education classes for the real estate community, and he is an in-demand speaker for industry groups. Bruce is also the creator of the “Seven Styles Success System” for real estate agents, and is an expert on lead- generation strategies for real estate professionals. His speaking-engagement audiences have included numerous REALTOR® associations, individual real estate companies, and the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Convention. He has also been a featured speaker at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference.

CE: 34742

221 B

Real estate firms of all sizes are increasingly targets for computer crime, cybercrime, and fraud. This course will explore the nature of computer and cybercrime, what the threats are from external and internal sources, and practical ways to minimize or transfer your risk, including a discussion on best practices and appropriate insurance solutions.
Instructor: John Torvi

John Torvi

CE: 34743

221 D

Learn how to help clients to set winning expectations when listing a home, including explaining how time on market is not their friend, what to do when facing a price reduction, the value of pre-inspection and staging, and strategic market positioning. Effectively communicating the value of readying a property before going live can help you create a sellable listing, generate greater interest, and avoid excessive time on the market.

Instructor: Kim Knapp
Sponsor: Texas RRC (CRS)

Kim Knapp

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Treasure Hunt sponsors

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