October 2018 President's Corner

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Welcome to a Special Realty Round Up Edition of President's Corner!

The Great American Road Trip: Realty Round Up 2018 is just a few days away. We're excited to bring you ABoR's biggest and greatest trade show yet! In a few minutes, get the scoop on what not to miss at Realty Round Up on October 17!

Pack Your Bags for Realty Round Up, Next Wednesday at the Palmer Events Center

Unless you've been hiding under a rock on Route 66, by now you've heard of Realty Round Up. In just six days, the event we've all been waiting for will be here! Next Wednesday, join me and over 2,600 real estate professionals from across Central Texas at our biggest event of the year. Picture this — valuable networking, awesome prize giveaways, and so much more! Whether this is your 10th consecutive year attending Realty Round Up or you're prepping your bags for your first trip, we promise it's going to be a great time. Here are some of my tips to ensure you make the most of the day:

  • In addition to a State of the Association address delivered by yours truly, take a seat at the Annual Member Meeting at 9:30 a.m. to hear from Joseph Rand, Managing Partner of Better Homes and Gardens | Rand Realty. You'll walk away with business-building insights and tools to fight back against industry disruption.
  • Take a stroll around the Exhibit Hall when the doors open at 11:00 a.m.! Make new contacts and wave to familiar faces by mingling with over 250 exhibitors.
  • Don't forget to head over to booth #123 to get your last minute ABoR Foundation Car Raffle ticket! Tickets are $100 each or buy 2, get 1 free. You read that right! That's a steal for the chance to win a new Audi Q5. The more tickets you purchase, the higher your chances are of winning.
  • Brush up on your MLS and social media skills by snagging FREE CE credit hours! Get in line early; classes are expected to fill up quickly.

The party doesn't stop after Realty Round Up! Enjoy a cold one at the AYREP Happy Hour at Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse! All are welcome to attend for plenty of drinks, good company, and a chance to kick your feet up after a long day.

Be on the lookout for staff and volunteers throughout the Palmer Event Center to assist with directions or any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you there! If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, be sure to do so before the big day at ABoRRoundUp.com. Pack your bags... it's going to be a blast!

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

ABoR Board of Directors Election: October 15-19
The member election for our 2019 Board of Directors starts this Monday, October 15. ABoR Primary and Secondary REALTOR® members will be able to vote for six candidates to fill five (5), three-year positions and one (1), one-year position. Voting will take place electronically and...for the first time ever, on-site at Realty Round Up! Voting members will receive an email from ABoR tomorrow with more information on how to vote, so stay tuned! Learn more about our 10 candidates at ABoR.com/Election.

Election Day is November 6
It doesn't matter who you vote for, as long as you exercise your right. On your ballot, you’ll see statewide races for Senator and Governor all the way down to local races for Austin City Council, bonds, and charter amendments. Read about ABoR-supported candidates and how to prepare for your trip to the polls at ABoR.com/VoterGuide.

ABoR Bylaws Election, November 12-16
Throughout the year, your Board of Directors and I have worked closely with ABoR's Executive Department and legal counsel to undertake a thorough review and revision of the ABoR Bylaws. The proposed revisions, which are designed to better align our bylaws with current Texas nonprofit law and reflect how ABoR’s membership and management are organized, will be subject to a member-wide vote November 12-16, 2018.

We've opened up a 30-day comment period now through November 5, so that you have the opportunity to propose changes and questions before the bylaws go to vote. Familiarize yourself with the proposed bylaws changes and share your feedback as well as any questions you may have in our Engage Portal.

December 7: ABoR Industry Awards & Installation
Save the date for ABoR's Industry Awards & Installation Friday, December 7 at the JW Marriott Austin. Join us at this annual celebration for drinks, dinner, live entertainment, and the presentation of ABoR's 2018 Industry Award winners! More details...along with our 2018 Industry Awards Finalists...will hit your inbox soon!

The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, November 7. Join us in person or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the livestream.

Keep Sharing Your Feedback!

Have you checked out our new Engage Portal yet? If not, you need to...and share your ideas with ABoR leaders and fellow members while you're at it! As always, you can reach out to me anytime on Facebook or reach the entire ABoR Board of Directors at board@abor.com.

Thank you,
Steve Crorey
2018 ABoR President


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