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2012 Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo highlights: It ‘shore’ was fun   

More than 2,800 Realtors and affiliates caught nonstop waves of opportunity at the 96th annual Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo, Aug. 8-12, 2012, at the Marriott World Center in Orlando.

Good Vibrations - make that Great Vibrations - resonated from the halls to the Expo, the session rooms and party spots for five straight days. Featured events included the annual recognition ceremonies, world-class entertainment, real estate advocacy events, education sessions and nonstop networking opportunities.

General Session headliner Barbara Corcoran made a huge splash. More than 2,000 attendees packed the room to see this real estate magnate and familiar face on NBC’s TODAY Show and ABC’s Shark Tank.  Corcoran brought the crowd to its feet with her inspirational rags-to-riches story – all keying in on how today’s Realtors can make their mark in the industry.

Keynote & Awards Luncheon.  Beachin’ entertainment. Special events. Prizes.  

Summer Greene, 2012 Florida Realtors president, called this “can’t-miss event, one of the best ever.”  The Keynote Awards Luncheon featured humorist and motivational speaker Jeanne Robertson, who got the point across loud and clear how a sense of humor can be a strategy for success. Florida’s top Realtors were awarded for their work and humanitarian contributions. View award winners here.

Fun, fun, fun continued late into the night at the ‘60s Surf & Beach Party, featuring Papa Doo Run Run – a party band with that genuine Beach Boys Southern California sound.

Throughout the convention, attendees took time to mix business with pleasure at nine special events.  

And what’s a convention without great prizes? Three Realtors won two iPads each for referring the most first-time, full-convention Realtor registrants.

This year’s winners are:

•    Blanca Contreras – Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers & the Beach
•    Caroline Carrara – Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors
•    Karen Smith – Bay County Association of Realtors

World-class speakers.  Best Expo ever. Networking paradise.  

REBarCamp Orlando’s 3rd annual “unconference” unofficially kicked off the convention with more than 500 attendees and 30 sessions in small-group settings. All business topics were up for consideration, along with technology and social media trends. Debbie Kirkland, organizer and president of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, said, “The participation level – from newbies to pros – was great all day long. You could actually feel the ‘aha’ moments.”

Top-notch industry speakers inspired Realtors for three days with business and moneymaking strategies. Among the featured speakers were Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate CEO Sherry Chris, tech entrepreneur Jeff Turner, international broker Jacky Teplitzky and industry expert Zan Monroe. If you missed the convention or weren't able to attend all of your favorite sessions, audio recordings of the education sessions are available for purchase here.  

This year’s Trade Expo included more than 140 vendors and many Trade Expo extras, such as a Speaker Rewind area, wellness booths, the Florida Realtors Global Networking area and the Florida Property Insurance area. Exhibitors kept their groove going for two days, showcasing products and helping Realtors find the best tools to improve their businesses.

Winged Foot Title, LLC, got beachy and tropical with its booth display and was recognized for its “Best Use of Theme.”

Winged Foot Title, LLC, carried the beach theme through to its display and encouraged Expo visitors to “Ride the Title Wave of Excellence.

Winged Foot Title, LLC, carried the beach theme through to its display and encouraged Expo visitors to “Ride the Title Wave of Excellence.

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