Alabama REALTORS® Annual Conference is a must-attend opportunity to network with top industry leaders, master skills that lead to success, and learn about trends that will change how you do business. This year’s conference offers the perfect mix of business and pleasure, providing informative sessions, professional development, and a chance to network with other real estate professionals, all while being at the beach!
Annual Conference will be held on October 17-19, 2023 in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.
Foundation Cornhole Tournament
Sponsored by SentriLock
Grab a teammate and join us on the beach for our 3rd Annual Alabama REALTORS® Foundation fundraising event, featuring a cornhole tournament! This is a separately ticketed event, and all proceeds will go to the Foundation.
Kick off the start of our 2023 Annual Conference with light hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Included with the Annual Awards Celebration & Installation ticket. (Cocktail attire.)
Annual Awards Celebration & Installation Dinner
Keynote Speaker Bo Jackson
Join us as we recognize our fellow REALTORS® who go above and beyond and install our 2024 Executive Committee. Includes three-course meal and wine. We will be hearing from Keynote Speaker Bo Jackson. (Cocktail attire.)
Coffee & Dessert Reception
Wind down the night with coffee, dessert, good fellowship and live music at our Annual Awards Celebration & Installation Reception! Included with Annual Awards Celebration & Installation ticket. (Cocktail attire.)
Moderator Maura Neill & 2023 AAR President RaJane Johnson
Rebooting Your Business
Speaker Elizabeth Mendenhall
Rebooting your business takes purpose and passion. What activities should you be doing and what activities should you stop doing to create a plan for the next 90 days? Join us and jumpstart your business with checklists and tips for a new start.
Creating the WIN: Negotiation with Style and Strategy
Speaker Maura Neill
The most successful negotiators get the best outcomes for clients by thinking outside the box. This session pushes you out of your comfort zone to think differently. We’ll explore the impacts of perception versus reality on the transaction and how emotional intelligence affects the negotiation process. You’ll walk away with fresh, new approaches and innovative options for even the most difficult negotiation. Maura is a graduate of the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law.
Looking Ahead to 2024
Speaker Elizabeth Mendenhall
Hear from the National Association of REALTORS® 2018 President for inspiration and motivation for your most successful year yet.
Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Featuring Special Guest Speaker Logan Mohtashami
Adapting to the Changing Demand
Speaker Kenya Burrell-VanWormer
Now more than ever, it is important to stay adaptable and resilient. Building a successful business strategy requires bold moves and new ideas. We will explore how to improve agility and make informed strategic decisions. This session will focus on:
- The Basics: 5 Simple Principles
- Purpose Driven Realignment
- The Importance of Having a Growth Mindset
- Strategies for Marketing
AI, ChatGPT, & Real Estate
Speaker Craig Grant
In this session, we will explore the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI), its applications in your real estate business and everyday life, as well as the legal and ethical implications. By the end of this session, you will gain a better understanding of this rapidly-emerging technology, enabling you to stay ahead of the curve, enhance your overall life satisfaction, optimize your business operations and customer experience, all while ensuring ethical and compliant usage of these tools!
Explore Gulf Shores
Enjoy beautiful Gulf Shores on your own!
Major Investor Reception
This reception is reserved for ARPAC Major Investors.
Broker Best Practices & Business Training
Speaker Kenya Burrell-VanWorme
This session will help you discover new strategies and insights to develop best practices and improve business planning. The session will focus on:
- Your Value and Impact as a Leader
- Rethinking Your Business Model: The Brokerage of the Future and Teams
- Communication Skills: How we Frame Our Language
- Skills to Accelerate Your Business
Each portion of the conference is separately ticketed.
One of the most decorated athletes in American sports history, Bo Jackson electrified both the college and professional sporting worlds. A two-sport standout, Jackson is best-known as an unprecedented athlete, and also a national figure for his “Bo Knows” Nike campaign.
Jackson burst into the national spotlight in 1982 as a freshman at Auburn and went on to win the 1985 Heisman Trophy. Following famed college football and baseball careers, Jackson played professionally in both sports. Bo enjoyed four successful years in the NFL and eight in the MLB. Jackson stands alone as the only athlete to ever be named both an MLB and NFL All-Star.
Off the field, Jackson hosts “Bo Bikes Bama”, an annual charity bike ride. On the ride, Jackson leads a pack of participants on their choice of either a 62 or 22-mile route that includes a trip through the campus of his alma-mater, Auburn University. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Governor’s Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for his home state.
General Session Moderator & Speaker
Maura Neill (ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, MRP, PSA, MA) is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura taught at Florida State University and University of Phoenix. She is an active agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis. She considers education – both of clients and of other real estate professionals – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®.
Maura is a national real estate presenter and a sought-after speaker for leadership training. In 2021, she was a member of the NAR Leadership Team, serving as President Charlie Oppler’s Public and Federal Issues Liaison. Policy, RPAC, and advocacy are a strong focus in her business and work as a REALTOR® volunteer; she is involved on the national, state, and local levels. Peer recognitions include the 2020 CRS National President’s Award and the 2015 Atlanta REALTOR® of the Year. Maura is a 2016 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy, a Platinum R RPAC investor, a member of RPAC President’s Circle, and was honored at the $50k level of the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2022. Maura lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband Ben, their Beagles Charlie, Jarvis, and Bebe.
General Session & Broker Best Practices & Business Training Speaker
Kenya Burrell-VanWormer is a dynamic, accomplished professional who brings upwards of 20 years of industry-leading experience in real estate, lending, marketing, leadership, and working with leading companies across the field.
Her peers refer to her as a motivational, influential leader, committed to the formation of lasting relationships and driving positive outcomes through a people focused approach.
Kenya served as the 2018 Chair of the Board for the 49,000-member Houston Association of Realtors, the second largest real estate association in the United States. Over the years, she has been featured dozens of times as a real estate market expert representing the real estate industry with all the major Houston broadcast news outlets.
In 2018, Kenya was honored as Inman News 2018 Person of the Year.
As an active member of the greater Houston community, Kenya is involved in supporting the arts and has served on the board of directors for the Hobby Center of the Performing Arts Houston, a member of the National Charity League and involved in numerous civic and political activities.
General Session Speaker
Elizabeth Mendenhall, a REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri, and served at the 2018 President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. A sixth-generation REALTOR®, Elizabeth is the CEO for RE/MAX Boone Realty and has been in the business since 1996. She has two offices with 170 agents and maintains number one market share in both territories.
As President of the National Association of REALTORS®, Elizabeth helped drive bold innovation, specifically aimed at heightening NAR’s communications, technology and advocacy strategies. Accomplishments include amplifying real-time member communications, championing fair housing, and positioning REALTORS® as technology advocates to further emphasize the critical nature of the role REALTORS® provide in the industry.
An accomplished speaker, Elizabeth has presented to REALTOR® and industry audiences, nationwide and abroad. Elizabeth has earned numerous industry accolades and awards such as the RIS Media 2018 Newsmaker Award, 2017 & 2018 Swanepoel Power 200, Columbia Area Young Professionals Athena Award Inaugural Honoree, and RE/MAX Mid-States Broker Owner of the Year.
Active in her community, Elizabeth served on the board of directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the local United Way, and Job Point. She also founded and served as the first president of the Mid-Missouri Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Artificial Intelligence Speaker
As the lead Subject Matter Expert (SME) of NAR’s upcoming rebuild of ePro, 2023 RIS Media Newsmaker as an Industry Futurist, over 150 in-person & virtual speaking engagements around the world each year, including sessions for NAR, several state conventions, franchises, CRS, & other key industry events, Craig Grant is considered one of the most sought-after technology, marketing & cybersecurity speakers around. Whether it be at an industry event, in the classroom, or online via Zoom or the RETI.us portal, one thing that fuels Craig is to help today’s real estate professionals embrace and get over their fear of technology so that it can work for them and not against them.
As his motto, “Advanced Real Estate Technology & Marketing Instructed at a Pre-K Level” states, Craig is able to take extremely complicated topics & present them in a way that the average non-technical person not only understands but is able to apply & improve their business. In addition to being the CEO of the Real Estate Technology Institute and RETI.us, the Real Estate Industry’s Home for Online Technology Education, Craig Grant is an avid sports fan & music lover who can be found watching and/or participating in events and concerts with friends.
Installation Guest Speaker
Tracy Kasper (AHWD, C2EX, CIPS, CRS, GRI, SFR®), a REALTOR® from Nampa, Idaho, is the 2023 - 2024 National Association of REALTORS® President.
Tracy is the broker-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Silverhawk Realty in the Boise Valley and a majority owner in two other Idaho real estate companies. With 30 years of experience in real estate, Tracy still lists and sells both residential and commercial real estate in addition to her broker-owner duties.
At the national level, Tracy has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2016, and has chaired the 50th Anniversary of RPAC Implementation Group in 2018. She was a member of the Future of the REALTOR® Party Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) in 2017 and the RPAC State Fundraising Partnership Goal PAG in 2016.
Tracy has been a dedicated member of the Idaho Association of REALTORS® since 1997. She was honored to serve as their president in 2016 and was awarded REALTOR® of the Year that same year.
At the local level, Tracy belongs to five local Idaho associations. She is a past president of the Nampa Association of REALTORS®, and is a past REALTOR® of the Year for both the Nampa (2001) and Caldwell (2011) boards.
Special Guest Speaker
Logan Mohtashami is a housing data analyst, financial writer, and blogger covering the U.S. economy specializing in the housing market. Mohtashami is also a Lead Analyst for HousingWire.
Mohtashami, now retired from the mortgage industry, has been called a “social media star” by National Mortgage News and “the chart guy.” Mohtashami’s astute analysis of economic data and years of direct lending experience allows him to present a unique, informed and unbiased perspective on the financial markets. He has been an invited speaker to many conferences and is a frequent guest on CNBC.
Mohtashami is perhaps best known for his highly prescient yearly predictions articles and his predictions on the state of the housing market and mortgage rate trends published weekly on Bankrate.com. He has been an invited speaker at the Americatlyst, California Association Of Realtors, and other economic conferences.
The main activities associated with this event will be held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel. The Alabama REALTORS® room block at the Lodge is now closed. You can use the link below to reserve a room at The Lodge at Gulf State Park at the standard rate depending on room availability.
Please note: AAR staff cannot assist with making your hotel reservations.