My theme for this year is Shine YOUR Light, and you certainly made that happen at our recent Winter Business Conference. I am so grateful we were able to connect, grow, and learn together throughout the week. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me to serve you as Missouri REALTORS® President in 2023. I look forward to this journey and can't wait to see where it takes us.
So, let’s dive into event highlights!
We had 424 Missouri REALTORS® members, affiliates, and sponsors in person in Kansas City. Nearly 60 members participated in sessions virtually. Following governance meetings and educational offerings, members participated in the Opening General Session on Tuesday afternoon. Helping us kick off the conference was guest speaker Tara Renze. Tara shared a thought-provoking, inspiring, and fresh approach to help professionals unlock and unleash their purpose in life. If you missed the opportunity to purchase her book on site, visit her website! Immediately following, we celebrated the success of the 2022 RPAC year with the RPAC Awards & Celebration. View the recording.
Wednesday began with additional governance meetings followed by the Emerging Issues Forum. Titled “Recreational Marijuana + Real Estate,” members heard from REALTOR® and property manager Paul Dizmang along with Lyndall Franker, Acting Director for the Division of Cannabis Regulation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, about the opportunities and concerns recreational marijuana creates for Missouri homeowners, common myths or misunderstanding around medical and recreational marijuana, and what real estate agents and investors should be aware of in 2023. View the recording.
The evening concluded with Inaugural Night, certainly an event highlight for me! The following officers were sworn in as members of your 2023 Leadership Team: Derek Schriewer, President-Elect; Bobbi Howe, Treasurer; Brian Jared, Treasurer-Elect; and John Mayfield, Immediate Past President. The Missouri Women’s Council of REALTORS® also swore in their esteemed 2023 leadership team. I would like to congratulate Terri Gilgour on her installation as the 2023 President of the Missouri Women’s Council of REALTORS®.
In addition to the above, I had the honor of being installed as the 2023 President of Missouri REALTORS® by your 2023 National Association of REALTORS® President, Kenny Parcell. Friends and family were present and it was an evening of celebration for all in attendance. It was truly an honor! You can watch the full Inaugural Night recording here.
We wrapped up the conference on Thursday morning with our Board of Directors meeting. To learn more about the actions of the board, you can view January 19, 2023, Board of Directors meeting minutes. I would like to also congratulate the following 2023 Missouri REALTORS® Good Neighbor Award recipients that were honored during our Board of Director’s meeting:
Good Neighbor Award winner: Bob Robinson, Local Area Needs Initiative
Good Neighbor Award Honorable Mention recipient: Brent Gieske, Agape Pamoja
You can learn more about each of our recipients, including the organizations they support, by watching the 2022 Good Neighbor Award video and 2022 Honorable Mention video. Thank you to Home Warranty, Inc. and Mark Emerick for sponsoring the Missouri Good Neighbor Award!
And don’t forget to check out the 2023 Winter Business Conference event photos! As always, these photos are available for you to download and share. And don’t forget to check out the Inaugural Night photo booth photos! Be sure to use the hashtag #MOREALTORS!
We look forward to seeing you for the Spring Business Conference, taking place April 11-13 in Columbia, MO.
President, Missouri REALTORS®