Amazed and Overwhelmed at Annual

Having attended this event four times already, it’s far from my rookie year, yet I find myself completely blown away at how our attendees continue to outdo themselves each year. We had nearly 22,000 attendees overall, about 1,900 international attendees, and delegations from four countries (Iceland, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Ghana) made the trip to the U.S. to attend the conference for the first time.

My highlights from the week:

–       We pinned 500 new CIPS Designees at the CIPS breakfast! That’s a record year for the designation, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome this year’s class to the CIPS family. The milestone was recognized on our dessert plates at International Night Out, and on the walls.

500 New CIPS Designees!

–       Alfonso Gordon, NAR President’s Liaison to Spain, won CIPS Instructor of the Year. He has taught 5 Institutes in 3 countries this year, and his students absolutely adore him. A well-deserved award for a true ambassador of the program.

–       The Global Business & Alliances Committee meeting was an incredible networking and education experience. Find my recap of the meeting on NAR ConferenceLive.

–       A truly informative and education session on marketing yourself to Chinese buyers, and how to do business with them. It was really more than the statistics of why you want to do business with them (everybody knows that!). It went beyond the basics to provide some real, actionable information on working with Chinese buyers. I will have a recap of that session on NAR ConferenceLive soon.

–       Another great session on Working With Government to Protect Property Rights. In this session, we were fortunate enough to have a panel that included U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), former NAR President Pat Combs, Senior VP of Public Policy at Florida REALTORS® John Sebree, NAR Deputy Chief of Government Affairs, Jamie Gregory, and was moderated by NAR’s Global Business & Alliances Committee Chair Furhad Waquad. Again, I will have the recap up on ConferenceLive soon!

–       The International Networking Pavilion was most definitely the place to be to meet with attendees from all over the world. Each country had its own networking hour, and it was packed for the duration. Here is a photo from Mexico’s country hour. Share yours on the NAR Global Facebook page!

Mexico Networking Hour

Mexico Networking Hour

–       The CIPS Advisory Board was an incredible opportunity to share the success of the past year, and challenge ourselves to make 2014 even better. Our work is never done!

I could go on and on – but those are the moments that first come to mind when I think of what a fantastic experience it was. For those who couldn’t make it – we hope to see you in New Orleans next year!

What were your favorite moments? If you couldn’t attend, what parts of the event are you most disappointed you missed? Share in the comments section; we’ll do our best to recap those moments in detail!

Cynthia Fauth

Cindy Fauth (RCE, AHWD, CIPS, ePRO,) is Director of Global Marketing & Business Development for the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial & Global Services team. She joined NAR in September 2009, helping real estate agents and associations "go global" by promoting the programs and tools of NAR Commercial & Global Services.

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  1. Hi Cybthia,
    Really too bad our paths did not cross at the Conference. Oh well. Anyhow this is a great report. Mind if I plagiarize a few sentences?
    We are still in SFO. We will be here until early December when Linda has two speaking engagements in Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas) Then we head back to Mexico.
    I love this city. We also went to Yosemite for three nights.
    P.S. My very best congratulations to you and the Global Staff. I have been attending since 1994. You guys made this the greatest.

  2. Cindy Fauth

    Thanks for your kind words, John! Of course, feel free to plagiarize anything you wish. I am preparing some more info on the sessions I attended at Annual, the Mexico session being one of them. I will likely borrow a few words from your reports as well 😉 Glad you have been able to enjoy SFO and the area! Enjoy the rest of your trip and I will talk to you soon!