For our official start to Family Reunion we rose bright and early and headed to breakfast. It was around 6:30 am when I left my room and snapped a picture and it was still dark outside. I believe at home in NY it would have been light already.
As we arrived to the Phoenix Convention Center there were literally thousands of people coming from every direction. The convention center is 900,000 square feet of meeting space with Arizona's largest ballroom at 46,000 square feet.
We headed to the Main Stage for Gary Keller's Vision Speech. This is attended by everyone as the rest of the event does not commence until after morning speeches each day. To sit and listen to Gary Keller, Jay Papasan and John Furber (from Canada) is indescribable. They are such a wealth of knowledge and while some may find it boring or tedious I was so intrigued to be seeing them in person. He had such positive things to say about real estate for the future and time frames for changes in the markets that haven't started to turn around yet. They talked about every aspect of real estate and potentially what could be expected.
From there we headed to lunch in a warehouse type room (size wise) where thousands were served buffet style. Initially we were told there were about 12,000 people attending but somewhere along the line heard it might have been about 17,000. Either way it was a lot of people!
After lunch we headed to the vendor area as we had about an hour before a class that was mandatory for me to attend. We started visiting vendors to complete a scavenger hunt card and to discuss any questions we had and to make purchases available only to attendees etc...
My first meeting of the day was for the IALC. (International Associate Leadership Council) (post coming on that too) What a truly humbling experience to be in the same room with the best of Keller Williams agents from around the world as Keller Williams is now an International Company. Of everyone required to be there from around the world, only 4 were missing. The dedication in this company is truly remarkable.