By Nobu Hata
The 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo YPN reception was the culmination of an incredible year for both YPN and NAR. From local associations, to state and national, the work these 15,000 young professional REALTORS® put in was celebrated at the convention.
This year’s winners certainly made their mark:
Small/Medium Network of the Year: Athens (GA) Association of REALTORS® YPN quickly became stalwarts of their already progressive association.
Large Network of the Year: Chicago (IL) YPN, set up a mentorship system within their organization, highlighting – via video on all association communiqués – how “old school” business practices of successful, lifelong REALTORS®, can co-exist and integrate with the “new school” way of the YPN. Props to Chicago REALTORS® President Bob Floss for facilitating that idea!
State Network of the Year: California Association of REALTORS® YPN, took that idea a step further and had their own business summit bringing together their formerly segmented groups and CAR leadership together in a one-day REALTOR® summit.
These networks, these REALTORS®, all are fantastic ambassadors of the REALTOR® brand, re-emphasizing our mission: The Young Professionals Network is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience. By providing this entry point, NAR is building a new, diverse generation of leaders, strengthening members’ affinity for the REALTOR® brand early in their career, and gaining a valuable perspective on generational shifts. YPN’s growth has been driven by REALTORS®. YPN has evolved from a magazine offshoot to a determined, passionate, savvy group of members who use social media effectively and transparently and who are committed to strengthening the REALTOR® brand.
Thank you to our sponsors Century21, Kodak, REALTOR® Property Resource, and ePro.
Thank you to all of the NAR staff who made our party – and our year for that matter – happen, led by “The Godfather” Rob Reuter.
It has been a fantastic year of growth, and one that has me the most gratified than any of my years previous in real estate, and for that I thank YOU all.
Nobu Hata is a sales associate for Edina Realty in Minneapolis, and a founding member of the Minneapolis YPN group, the YoPros. Visit his Web site at www.nobuhata.com.