Family Reunion Keller Williams Day 2 Part 1

Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management

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. 


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Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
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Howdy and afternoon Debra

Debra my AR friend, you sure are right about either sure is a lot of folks. It sure sounds like you are having a mighty enjoyable time and getting to enjoy learning a whole lot.

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Feb 22, 2014 04:44 AM #1
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Debbie, hoping you have a lot of fun at the reunion and learn a little to boot!

Feb 22, 2014 07:37 AM #2
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Deb - That sounds like an awesome experience. I hear the best things abt Family Reunion every year.  Glad you go so much out of it.

Feb 22, 2014 08:45 AM #3
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Oh, and I did try to call you back...I forget if it was yesterday, but your phone was on forward.  We will catch up when I come see you.

Feb 22, 2014 08:45 AM #4
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debra, congratulations on being on your ALC!  It is so different being there in person.  Looking forward to hearing about your Day 3 Debra!

Feb 22, 2014 11:34 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You Keller Williams agents sure have a big, wonderful family  and lots of reunions!

Feb 22, 2014 11:49 AM #6
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Debra, thank you for sharing your Keller Williams experience. Great to hear how exciting it is for you. Also nice to hear that Day 2 is working out much better than Day 1.

Feb 22, 2014 03:29 PM #7
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Debra: I felt your excitement by your narrative of your experience with the whole event.

I tried to play the video but it won't open. I am sure it is worth watching.

Feb 23, 2014 09:27 PM #8
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Can't wait to hear more, I'm sure you got so much good information out of this event.

Feb 23, 2014 11:11 PM #9
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Hey Debra, looking forward to DAY TWO part II.  Stay warm!

Feb 24, 2014 10:04 PM #10
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Debra, I heard that Gary's presentation was tremendous.  I missed being there this year.

Feb 25, 2014 12:32 PM #11
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Maria - it opens in another window so you may have to adjust your "popup" windows.

Sharon - It really was and in person so much better!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read!

Feb 26, 2014 12:47 AM #12
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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That's a really BIG family reunion.  I like the concept of the company making you all feel like one big family.

Mar 14, 2014 11:42 AM #13
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Georgie - Yes it is a huge amount of people that come together.

Mar 17, 2014 05:28 AM #14
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