What you need to know when viewing the agenda - 

1. Sessions marked with a * are private/invitation only events. 

2. You do not need to select your knowledge session in advance. However, space is limited so plan to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of each session. 

3. All sessions that have been certified for CE Marketplace credit will indicate the hours next to the title. You must be scanned in and out of CE Marketplace certified sessions to receive credit.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM · Hosted by RRC Michigan @ Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Michigan RRC (formerly CRS) One-Day Course - Zero to 60 Home Sales a Year (and Beyond)

New name, same great organization - CRS is now RRC.
Registration not included in convention registration. This course has eight hours of CE Marketplace certified elective credit for completing the full program.


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Do you dream of selling 60 homes or more per year, but aren't sure where to begin? Whether you are looking to jumpstart your business or just starting out, this course will help you accelerate your home sales and create a continuous flow of business. Learn new marketing methods that will help you position yourself as the Realtor® of choice in your area.

Upon the successful complete of this course, you will be able to:
- Develop an effective plan to see 60 homes (or more) a year
- Create a continuous stream of referrals
- Build an effective team to support your plan

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Convention Concierge - sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop source to registration, questions, answers and navigation during The Convention.

Make this your first stop of the day to pick up your name badge, program book and other great swag!

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10:00 - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (AM 1)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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10:00 - 10:50 AM

Michigan Parent Dashboard - What Is It and How can I Use it? - Chris Janzer

Chris Janzer · Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) with the Michigan Department of Education

An overview of the Michigan Department of Education’s free tool developed to provide school-level information in an understandable and easy to use format. We will cover where to find the dashboard, what information it contains, and how to use it to find your local schools. Learn how the Parent Dashboard can help you share information with your clients!

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10:00 - 10:50 AM

Build Your Influencer Brand - Abhi Golhar

Abhi Golhar

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Be Uncommon - Janine Stange

This session will help you identify the pitfalls that keep your goals hidden in plain sight and the "life-hacks" you can use to avoid them. Janine helps others uncover their own unique life mission and be inspired to follow it. "Do what you can, with what you have, from where you are."

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11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Welcome to The Convention - Connect with fellow industry professionals

You have arrived! How will you grow your network over the next few days? Grab an arrival beverage from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and introduce yourself to someone new.

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11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (AM 2)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Breaking Cycles of Procrastination - Janine Stange

Struggling with procrastination? Feel like you're going around in circles? Discover a simple, yet overlooked way to uncover your life's mission.

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11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Launch Your Podcast in 3 Hours or Less - Abhi Golhar ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Abhi Golhar

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

The Nuts and Bolts of 1031 Exchanges - Margo Rosenthal

This session will present an overview of when and why to use 1031 exchanges as well as discuss various rules and structures to properly use this technique.

Session repeats: 10/2 - 3:00 PM

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11:10 AM - 12:00 PM · Duluth A&B

First Time Attendee Connection Session

First time attending The Convention and not sure what to expect? Join Michigan Realtors? staff and veteran attendees for tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience.

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12:15 - 2:00 PM

Explore! Enjoy time for lunch and activities on your own.

Choose from over a dozen restaurants located within the Renaissance Center or venture out to the surrounding area. The possibilities are endless!

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12:30 - 1:45 PM

RPAC Investor Appreciation Luncheon* - Announcement of 2019 Realtor® Active in Politics Award

RPAC investors of $250 or more in 2019 are invited to attend this special luncheon to hear the latest on politics in Michigan and celebrate the announcement of the 2019 Realtor® Active in Politics Award. RSVP required to attend.

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2:00 - 2:30 PM

Exhibitor Meeting*

Join Michigan Realtors® Events for a brief informational meeting and a celebration of support for Michigan Realtors®. This meeting is for registered exhibitors only.

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2:00 - 2:50 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 1)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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2:00 - 2:50 PM

Hard Money Lending & You - Abhi Golhar ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Abhi Golhar

2:00 - 2:50 PM

1031 Exchanges and Opportunities - Margo Rosenthal

This commercial focused session will highlight the benefits and restrictions of investing in an Opportunity Zone (OZ) vs a 1031 Like Kind Exchange as a way to defer capital gain.

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2:00 - 2:50 PM

Knowledge Session - Ernie Bottom

Ernie Bottom · RPR

3:00 - 3:50 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 2)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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3:00 - 3:50 PM

The Nuts and Bolts of 1031 Exchanges - Margo Rosenthal

This session will present an overview of when and why to use 1031 exchanges as well as discuss various rules and structures to properly use this technique.

Session repeated from: 10/2 - 11:10 AM

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3:00 - 3:50 PM

Professional Courtesies: How Do YOU Want To Be Remembered? - Dale Zahn ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Dale Zahn · West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors®

Real Estate is a reputation business and what can take years to build up as a great reputation can be destroyed in a matter of minutes. Attendees leave with a heightened awareness of their role and how their actions speak volumes.

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3:00 - 3:50 PM

Knowledge Session - 50min-PM4

4:00 - 5:30 PM · Columbus Ballroom

Grand Assembly - Keynote; Nicole Malachowski, sponsored by Century 21 - Michigan Realtor® of the Year Award, Installation of 2020 Michigan Realtors® President, Maureen Francis

Attendees gather for the opening session of The Convention. Find out who will be named 2019 Realtor® of the Year, hear from association leadership and our keynote speaker, and witness the installation of our 2020 Michigan Realtors® President.

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5:30 - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception in the Expo - sponsored by FINDAMORTGAGEBROKER.COM

Open to all attendees, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket per attendee. Be sure to visit our bar sponsors, US Bank (booth 40) for a complimentary drink ticket.

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9:00 - 11:00 PM · Cornerstone Barrel House

YPN Synergy @ The Convention

Join other young professionals in the industry for an evening of networking and fun to wrap up day one of The Convention.

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6:00 - 7:00 AM

Morning Yoga - sponsored by Cutco

Start your morning with a guided practice. All levels welcome.Please bring your own mat. Water will be provided. The practice will be led by Luke Sasek. Pre-registration required, on-site registration based on availability.


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6:45 - 7:45 AM

Run/Walk Detroit

Explore historic Detroit before all the hustle and bustle of the day with this guided tour. Pre-registration required.


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7:15 AM - 5:00 PM

The Convention Concierge - sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Have a question about The Convention but not sure who to ask? Stop by the desk and Michigan Realtors® staff will be happy to assist you!

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8:00 - 9:00 AM

Caffeinated Chatter with Exhibitors

A light breakfast in the expo to boost your connections at the start of the day.

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9:15 - 10:15 AM · Columbus Ballroom

Rise & Refocus - Keynote; Rashmi Airan - sponsored by MSHDA

Rashmi Airan · Ethics Integrated, LLC

Reputational Risk Whether it is potential employees or future clients and customers, a company must continually maintain a commitment to its brand and the risk to its reputation in the market. Rashmi extrapolates her own story and her decision to rise though the challenges she faced to explore how corporations can implement a reputation risk strategy focused on integrity and transparency.

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10:30 - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (AM 1)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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10:30 - 11:20 AM

Commercial Real Estate Basics - Lynn Drake ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Lynn Drake

10:30 - 11:20 AM

Navigating Organizational Leadership

Hear from leaders of organizations such as NAR, WCR, CRS, YPN and others on how they got to where they are and how you can do the same!

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10:30 - 11:20 AM

Samurai Social Media REPEAT - Jeremias Maneiro ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Jeremias "JMan" Maneiro

Fifty action-packed minutes in this advanced social media session where you will learn feet on the street techniques from a practitioner just like you. It's time for you to take your FB,IG,IGTV & Snap game to a whole 'nother level. If the acronyms need explaining then this class may not be for you. Don't be the last samurai standing in the battlefield of real estate without your social media sword.
(alternate description) In this session, participants will evaluate the different social media platforms and identify the best ways to effectively represent their clients in the real estate transaction while still maintaining their fiduciary duty. Social media best practices will be discussed in order to comply with the Code of Ethics and avoid misrepresentation while providing exceptional service to clients across all social media platforms. Session repeating at 2:15 PM.

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10:30 - 11:20 AM

Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story REPEAT- Carl Carter ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Carl Carter

Carl Carter, Jr., son of Beverly Carter, delivers a powerful presentation on Realtor® safety that only someone with his background and experience could deliver. His story and presentation is an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story and practical industry anecdotes and takeaways. Carl's mission is to take his mother's experience and use it as inspiration to make positive changes in agents? lives and business. This session will be repeated at 2:15 PM.

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10:30 - 11:20 AM · Joliet

INNOVATE Session - 1

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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10:30 - 11:20 AM · Nicolet B

INNOVATE Session - 2

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Expo OPEN

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

RPAC Auction in the Expo

Start your biding early but come back often to secure top bid for great items. Bidding will pause for the afternoon expo recess. Stop back when expo re-opens at 3:30 PM.

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11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch in the Expo

Attendees enjoy a complimentary strolling lunch in the expo while networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM · TBD

Commercial Practitioners Luncheon - sponsored by CCIM Michigan Chapter

**Invitation only

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1:00 - 4:00 PM

MRAEC Meeting & Knowledge Session

General membership meeting and professional development for Realtor® Association executives and staff.

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1:15 - 2:05 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 1)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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1:15 - 2:05 PM

V.I.P Video Immersion Program - Jeremias Maneiro ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Jeremias "JMan" Maneiro

Students will overcome their fears by doing videos on different platforms with the guidance of a video expert.
(longer description) In this session, participants will learn how to communicate more effectively with customers and clients using video across all different media. They will be able to identify, select and evaluate what will work best for their communications with consumers. Ethical, legal and data protection considerations will be discussed as it relates to video communications.

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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Joliet

INNOVATE Session - 3

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Nicolet B

INNOVATE Session - 4

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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1:15 - 2:05 PM

Influence, Education, and Profit: Creating Connections with Success - Greg Peters ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Greg Peters · The Reluctant Networker, LLC

1:15 - 2:55 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM - 100 Minute)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM

Power Prospecting for Commercial Brokers - Jim Gillespie ● CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

1:15 - 2:55 PM

Contracts for the Win: Negotiation and Contract Tools for Success - Travis Everette ● CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs Legal

Travis Everette · Inspired Defiance Seminars

Ever heard “Well, the contract says . . .” and wanted to scream? We’ve all been there. Despite the undisputed importance of contracts, many licensees don’t understand some of the basic concepts—much less how to best utilize them. In “Contracts for the Win,” you will:
~Gain clarity regarding “offer and acceptance”
~Learn how to avoid the practice of law
~Discover ways of framing offers to increase chances of acceptance
~Maximize your ability to negotiate items such as repairs after contract
~Learn to diminish disputes so closing can happen
~Wow your clients and your cooperating brokers with negotiating skills and contractual insights that smooth the transaction and hand your client the win.

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2:15 - 3:05 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 2)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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2:15 - 3:05 PM

Samurai Social Media REPEAT - Jeremias Maneiro ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Jeremias "JMan" Maneiro

Fifty action-packed minutes in this advanced social media session where you will learn feet on the street techniques from a practitioner just like you. It's time for you to take your FB,IG,IGTV & Snap game to a whole 'nother level. If the acronyms need explaining then this class may not be for you. Don't be the last samurai standing in the battlefield of real estate without your social media sword.
(alternate description) In this session, participants will evaluate the different social media platforms and identify the best ways to effectively represent their clients in the real estate transaction while still maintaining their fiduciary duty. Social media best practices will be discussed in order to comply with the Code of Ethics and avoid misrepresentation while providing exceptional service to clients across all social media platforms. Session repeating from 10:30 AM.

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2:15 - 3:05 PM

Unusually Collaborative. Community Driven. Urban Revitalization. - Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert

Learn about Life Remodeled and how you can make a real impact in Detroit neighborhoods. Life Remodeled exits to bridge people across divides to help transform each other's lives - investing approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community's needs and vision, and they assist in three areas: Renovating and repurposing former community assets, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to beautify 300 city blocks in six days. Throughout the process of unifying for a common mission, participants begin to realized how much they respect and need each other, which is a catalyst for long-term relationships and partnerships.

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2:15 - 3:05 PM

Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story REPEAT - Carl Carter REPEAT ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Carl Carter

Carl Carter, Jr., son of Beverly Carter, delivers a powerful presentation on Realtor® safety that only someone with his background and experience could deliver. His story and presentation is an impactful combination of harrowing details involving his mother's story and practical industry anecdotes and takeaways. Carl's mission is to take his mother's experience and use it as inspiration to make positive changes in agents? lives and business. This session is a repeat of 10:30 AM.

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2:15 - 3:05 PM · Joliet

INNOVATE Session - 5

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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2:15 - 3:05 PM · Nicolet B

INNOVATE Session - 6

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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3:15 - 4:05 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 3)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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3:15 - 4:05 PM

Understanding Leasing Financials - Lynn Drake ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Lynn Drake

3:15 - 4:05 PM

Does Your Business Have Bounce? Connecting & Closing in a Changing Market - Travis Everette ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Travis Everette · Inspired Defiance Seminars

A business with “bounce” is planned, branded, and marketed with your core values and profitability in mind. In this information-packed session you will:
Find out what future trends are going to impact how you market and how you grow
Get a step-by-step roadmap to creating a solid marketing identity and strategic action plan
Take away top tips for maximizing your marketing design and approach in each media
Discover what works and what doesn’t (plus a few new tricks) in branding a market identity

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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Joliet

INNOVATE Session - 7

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Nicolet B

INNOVATE Session - 8

INNOVATE sessions offer an opportunity for event sponsors to present on a topic they feel would benefit attendees without directly promoting their company. Contact Jenn Morden to book your session today!

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3:15 - 4:55 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM - 100 Minute)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM

Becoming a Master at Getting Commercial Real Estate Listings - Jim Gillespie ● CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

3:15 - 4:55 PM

YPN Perspective

3:15 - 4:55 PM

Beyond Hello and a Handshake: Making Your Network Pay Off - Greg Peters ● CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Greg Peters · The Reluctant Networker, LLC

3:30 - 6:00 PM

Expo OPEN

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

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4:15 - 5:05 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (PM 4)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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4:15 - 5:05 PM

Buyers with Power: Winning Strategies for Qualification, Inspections and Closing - Travis Everette ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Travis Everette · Inspired Defiance Seminars

Buyer representation has become a widely accepted practice nearly as widespread as seller representation in the United States. In spite of this, much of the approach to the real estate transaction is still centered around the seller: their needs, wants, expectations. In this dynamic session you’ll get a new light on buyer specific issues. What makes them tick? What makes them more attractive to sellers in multiple offers? What must a licensee know in order to protect their interests? Get these answers and more in Buyers With Power!

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4:15 - 5:05 PM

Google Sweet! - Jeremias Maneiro ● CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Jeremias "JMan" Maneiro

Streamline your business with all Google has to offer. Folio, Hangouts, Calendar, Keep, Voice, Duo and more. (longer description) In this session real estate professionals will learn the tools that Google makes Google Suite sweet and how they can best utilize them to provide a higher level of service, exceed expectations, communicate more effectively and be seen as even of more a professional. Students will discuss how to keep client information secure with the proper transaction management programs and avoid copyright infringement with photo and video sharing.

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4:30 - 6:00 PM

Happy Hour in the Expo - Announce prize winners

Don't miss all the excitement of the final hour of the expo! Connect with the exhibitors you've missed, learn if you've won a fabulous exhibitor prize, and place your final bids on an RPAC auction item. Exhibitor prize giveaway announcements begin at 5:15 PM, RPAC auction tables start closing at 5:07 PM and live auction begins at 5:15 PM. Be sure to visit our bar sponsors for a complimentary drink ticket.

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5:00 - 5:30 PM

RPAC Silent Auction Closing

8:30 - 11:59 PM · Granite City Food & Brewery

Realtor@ Royale - sponsored by Caliber Home Loans

Let loose and have some fun! You deserve it after a packed day of education. Enjoy a drink, dancing, and networking with fellow attendees.

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7:30 - 9:00 AM

The Final Morning Breakfast

Final day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 AM and coffee service until 9:00 AM.

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7:30 - 9:00 AM

Delegate Body - check in begins at 7:30 am

The Delegate Body Meeting is held annually for Delegates who are appointed by their local associations. All members are welcome to attend.

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8:00 - 11:00 AM

The Convention Concierge - Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Michigan Realtors® staff is available to answer all your convention questions. Stop by and say hello!

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9:00 - 10:40 AM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (AM 1)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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9:00 - 10:40 AM

Knowledge Session - 100min-AM1

9:00 - 10:40 AM

Cannabis Panel - Phil Seaver, Andrew Brisbo, Brad Ward

10:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Knowledge Sessions (AM 2)

Choose the session that best fits your needs. Pre-selecting a concurrent knowledge session for this time-slot is kindly requested, but not required.

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10:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Knowledge Session - 100min-AM4

10:50 AM - 12:30 PM · Columbus Ballroom

Within the Law - Gail Anderson, Becky Gean, David Pierson, Brian Westrin ● CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs Legal

Gail Anderson · McClelland & Anderson
Becky Gean · Michigan Realtors®
David Pierson · McClelland & Anderson, LLP
Brian Westrin · Michigan Realtors®

Join Michigan Realtors® legal counsel for current issues affecting the industry so you can protect yourself and build your business.

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12:30 - 12:45 PM

Realtors® Send Off

Attendees head home, ready to share fresh new ideas with their offices and communities after a few action packed days of learning and networking.

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