Education, Networking and Innovation: A Recap of the 2019 Texas REALTORS® Conference

Over 2,000 REALTORS® attended the Texas REALTORS® Conference and Trade Expo held September 12-15 in Fort Worth. Here’s what happened.

With more than 120 events during the four-day conference, attendees took classes, participated in industry forums, and networked at social events. Members of the state REALTORS® association discussed ways to best serve real estate clients and protect private-property rights. Conference participants also heard about the latest trends in real estate technology, property management, commercial real estate, risk reduction, and more.

Conference keynote speaker and former NBA player Walter Bond delivered a message about overcoming the obstacles we face in life to achieve higher levels of success. Other sessions included presentations from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright Lawrence Wright, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, and Texas Rep. Craig Goldman.

The association also installed its officers for 2020: Chairman Cindi Bulla of Amarillo, Chairman-Elect Marvin Jolly of Plano, Secretary/Treasurer Russell Berry of Dallas, and Immediate Past Chairman Tray Bates of Corpus Christi.

The Board of Directors for Texas REALTORS® also met and voted to keep the $5 annual Legal Fund Assessment and reinstitute the $30 annual Issues Mobilization and Political Advocacy Fund Assessment. This assessment will be used to help local REALTOR® associations across the state act on local issues that affect REALTORS® or private property owners. The collection of this $30 was temporarily suspended in 2019 as Texas REALTORS® took advantage of a one-time source to fund the program. With these two assessments, the total cost of membership with the state association will now be $152.

Overall, it was a great state conference with lots of education and a chance to meet REALTORS® from around the state. This conference happens every year, so if you didn’t make it to Ft. Worth, be sure to check out the conference when it is in San Antonio next year for its 100th anniversary.

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