Michael Phelps to speak at REALTOR® Conference & Expo Nov. 4

Michael Phelps

Retired American swimmer Michael Phelps will headline the REALTOR® Conference and Expo by speaking and meeting attendees on Nov. 4 at the McCormick Place Convention Center West Building.

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 23 gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes.

Phelps will appear during the Expo from 1 to 3 p.m. at NAR Booth #2825. Attendees can meet him and have their photo taken by a professional photographer. Photos will be available for purchase but no “selfies” will be allowed.

The general session begins at 4 p.m. with an industry address by NAR President Bill Brown, recognition of the REALTORS® of the Year and the Good Neighbor Award Winners, followed by Phelps’ address.

 

12 days left for REALTORS® to enter Conference & Expo contest

REALTORS® who answer seven trivia questions correctly by July 31 in the “How Well Do You Know Chicago Cuisine?” contest could win a $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card to use at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November.

To answer the questions, REALTORS® should go to the online entry form.

The winner will be able to use the gift card at any of the 50+ Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in the Chicago area. Although REALTORS® may enter the contest more than once, only one correct entry will be placed in the drawing per person.

The REALTOR® Conference and Expo starts Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 6.

McDonald will wrap up Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference and Expo

Marketing and advertising expert and author Kelly McDonald will speak Monday, Nov. 6 during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago.

Register today to see her presentation.

McDonald will be the fourth of four entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry who share ideas that can help REALTORS® build their businesses. Their presentations are called the Spotlight Series.

REALTORS® may be familiar with McDonald through her public speaking or by her appearances on CNBC, CNNMoney.com, Sirius XM Radio or by her contributions to Forbes Magazine, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. She’s also written two best-selling books, “How to Market to People Not Like You,” (2011) and “Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not like You” (2013).

She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, twice named one of the top ad agencies in the United States and one of the fastest-growing independently owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. She is known for her insights on consumer trends and generational differences.

To hear McDonald’s presentation, register for a Premier Access pass or the Nov. 6 one-day registration. The first Spotlight Series speaker is Erin Meyer on Friday, Nov. 3, followed by Desirée Rogers on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Steven Levitt on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The REALTOR® Conference & Expo runs Nov. 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building. Get more information.

Levitt third Spotlight Series speaker at REALTOR® Conference and Expo

Economist, author and University of Chicago professor Steven Levitt will share ideas REALTORS® can use to enhance their businesses at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Register today.

Levitt is the third of four entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry who’ll present during the Spotlight Series at the conference. REALTORS® may be familiar with two books he’s co-authored, Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009). He also is a co-author of the Freakonomics Blog.

Freakonomics was on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than two years and consumers bought more than 5 million copies. Levitt’s books and many of the articles he wrote for media publications apply his knowledge of economics to real-life issues such as gangs, abortion, prostitution, guns, global warming, seat belts and car seats, according to Levitt’s website.

Levitt is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He also directs the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. He’s been with the university since 1997.

In 2004, he was honored with the John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist under 40 years of age. Two years later, Time magazine named him one of “100 People Who Shape Our World.”

Make sure you register for a Premier Access pass or the Nov. 5 one-day registration to attend Levitt’s presentation. The first Spotlight Series speaker is Erin Meyer on Friday, Nov. 3, followed by Desirée Rogers on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The REALTOR® Conference & Expo runs Nov. 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building. Get more information.

 

Rogers No. 2 in Spotlight Series at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Desirée Rogers, business leader, Chairman of the Chicago Tourism Bureau, and former Special Assistant and White House Social Secretary for President Barack Obama, will speak on Saturday, Nov. 4, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Rogers is the second of four entrepreneurs outside the real estate industry who’ll share ideas REALTORS® can use to enhance their businesses during the Spotlight Series.

Register today for the Conference & Expo.

Rogers’ resume also includes: Illinois State Lottery director; chief marketing officer for Peoples Energy; president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas; president of social networking for Allstate; CEO for Johnson Publishing Company, overseeing publication of Ebony and Jet magazines; and CEO for Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

She’s served on many civic and corporate boards, including Northwestern Hospital, the Museum of Science and Industry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. She’s been honored as one of Crain’s “Top 25 Women to Watch,” and “40 Under 40 Business Leaders.” Black Enterprise magazine named her to its “Top 50 Most Powerful African American Business Women” and its “Top 75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America.”

Make sure you sign up for a Premier Access pass or the Nov. 4  one-day registration to attend Rogers’ presentation.

The first speaker is the Spotlight Series is American author and international business expert Erin Meyer, who presents on Friday, Nov. 3.

The REALTOR® Conference & Expo runs Nov. 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building. Get more information.