Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces Conference Week Speakers


Chicago, IL – January 17, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced an impressive line-up of speakers for its upcoming Conference Week, February 24-28 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend Conference Week, which includes the network’s Annual Conference for brokers and relocation professionals, Performance SUMMIT and Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT for sales associates, Sales Manager SUMMIT, MarTech for marketing and technology professionals, and the RELO Direct® Corporate Forum for employee mobility professionals. The event marks the first time a conference has been available to all of the network’s sales associates, with the inaugural Performance SUMMIT.

Keynote speakers include Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist and a bestselling author; Shawn Achor, author of the international bestseller, “The Happiness Advantage”; and television personality and author Joan Lunden.

From the world of finance, speakers include Director of Homeownership Operations in the Office of Financial Stability at the US Department of the Treasury Eric Chader; President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association Dave Stevens; Wells Fargo Vice President and National Field Short Sale Manager Abel Fregoso, Jr.; and Vice President of Portfolio Retention/Strategic Alliance for Bank of America Allen Seelenbinder.

From the areas of social media and  marketing, participants will hear from word-of-mouth marketing expert Spike Jones; partners at 1000watt Brian Boero and Marc Davison; Dr. Jim Taylor, vice chairman of Harrison Group; and Internet marketing authority Jim Marks.

The Deans of LeadingRE’s professional development platform Institute 2.0 will also be featured:  best-selling author and executive coach Mike Staver of The Staver Group; real estate technology and consumer expert Matthew Ferrara and Steve Harney, author of the popular Keeping Current Matters blog and a leading authority on educating consumers on market realities.

Noteworthy names from within the industry include Vice President and Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS® Leslie Appleton-Young; REAL Trends Editor Steve Murray; author of Ninja Selling Larry Kendall; founding partners of WAV Group Victor Lund and Marilyn Wilson; OwnAmerica CEO Greg Rand; founder of PCMS Jose Perez: and authors of the Short Sale Campus Certified designation Brandon Brittingham and Gee Dunsten.

Customer service expert Debbie Maier and author of Dress Your House for Success Martha Webb will also be featured, along with numerous talented and successful LeadingRE members, who will share insights from the field.

“As the scope of our network has continued to grow, the conference has expanded to address the needs and interests of virtually everyone at our member real estate firms,” said Pam O’Connor, LeadingRE President/CEO.  “The range of expertise and the depth of knowledge represented by our speakers are inspiring, and we are so excited to present such a quality program to a record number of attendees.”

Grand sponsor HGTV’s FrontDoor.com leads an extensive list of sponsors and exhibitors.

For more information on Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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