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Panels & special events

In addition to the continuing education classes offered throughout REALTOR® Fest 2020, there will also be opportunities for learning and networking at various events and panels over the course of the week. Each of these offerings is complimentary with your registration.

 

Food for Thought lunchtime panels

GCAAR will host a panel from noon to 1 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, with a different topic for each session. The schedule for those panels is as follows:

30 Under 30 | Monday, July 20

Sponsored by Paragon Title and moderated by GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky (who happens to be a 30 Under 30 winner herself!), during this session we’ll chat about the success, wisdom and experience that earned our panelists the 30 Under 30 distinction. You’ll hear from Bo Menkiti (2006), Cara Pearlman (2010), CJ Rader (2014), Christine Nieva (2020) and Samuel Medvene (2020). Be sure to stick around until the end to ask your burning questions – and for a chance to win one of five $25 gift cards to a local Montgomery County or DC restaurant! Anyone who registers for this panel is automatically entered into the drawing; must be present to win.

State of the State DCAR & GCAAR | Tuesday, July 21

GCAAR Board member Samantha Damato will lead a discussion featuring DCAR President Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, DCAR CEO Scott Reiter, GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky and GCAAR CEO Ed Krauze. Find out about DCAR’s advocacy work during the pandemic, current legislative initiatives and what’s in store for the rest of 2020 and beyond. Be sure to stick around until the end to ask your burning questions – and for a chance to win one of five $25 gift cards to a local Montgomery County or DC restaurant! Anyone who registers for this panel is automatically entered into the drawing; must be present to win.

Top Producers | Wednesday, July 22

Sponsored by Eastern Title, during this lunchtime session you’ll have the chance to spend some time with top-producing agents in the DMV! Featured on this spectacular panel are Nancy Taylor Bubes with Washington Fine Properties, Barak Sky with Long and Foster, Nathan Dart with REMAX Realty Services, and Jenn Smira with Compass. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind panel discussion with some of real estate’s most prominent figures. Be sure to stick around until the end to ask your burning questions – and for a chance to win one of five $25 gift cards to a local Montgomery County or DC restaurant! Anyone who registers for this panel is automatically entered into the drawing; must be present to win.

State of the State with Maryland REALTORS®GCAAR | Thursday, July 23

Sponsored by Classic Settlements, this lunchtime session features Maryland REALTORS President John Harrison and CEO Chuck Kasky, as well as GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky and GCAAR CEO Ed Krauze. We’ll find out what Maryland REALTORS® has been up to during the pandemic, current initiatives and what’s in store for the rest of 2020 and beyond. Be sure to stick around until the end to ask your burning questions – and for a chance to win one of five $25 gift cards to a local Montgomery County or DC restaurant! Anyone who registers for this panel is automatically entered into the drawing; must be present to win.

GCAAR Cares – How to get involved | Friday, July 24

Led by members of GCAAR’s Board of Directors, including 2020 President Danai Mattison Sky, this is a deep-dive into our national, state and local committees and current GCAAR Cares initiatives. We’ll highlight current volunteer opportunities and what you can do to contribute to the real estate industry and to your community. You’ll also get an exclusive preview of GCAAR’s plans to address racism in the real estate industry. This is a must-attend panel to end your week at REALTOR® Fest! Be sure to stick around until the end to ask your burning questions – and for a chance to win one of five $25 gift cards to a local Montgomery County or DC restaurant! Anyone who registers for this panel is automatically entered into the drawing; must be present to win.

 

Other events

GCAAR will also host several opportunities throughout the week to interact and network with your fellow members (and some furry friends).

Tuesday Morning Yoga (7/21, 8 a.m.): Start your day of REALTOR® Fest classes off on a positive note and join District Yoga for a complimentary, 50-minute yoga session. You deserve it!

Breakfast with Animals (7/23, 8 a.m.): Whether you’re interested in adopting a pet or you just want to take a break and re-charge with some cuddly, adorable animals, join the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center to start your day on a positive note. They’ll tell you about their adoption process and the different ways you can make an impact on an adoptable animal’s life!

Virtual Happy Hour (7/23, 5:30 p.m.): We threw in some time to unwind and “wine” down as we network and enjoy the company of other real estate professionals across the region. Take a break from your long week of continuing education classes, grab a drink or a bite to eat, and network virtually with your peers! You'll receive "mocktail" recipes from our sponsors to try at home - AND we'll have many great giveaways, including:

  • A full-day fishing trip
  • A $250 Uber Eats gift card
  • Highlight listing video ($225 value)
  • Junk removal service ($199 value)
  • $100 visa gift card
  • and much more

Join our happy hour via this Zoom link!


Sponsored webinars

Stay informed and get the latest updates on important real estate topics.

Virtual Tours 101, sponsored by HD Bros
Monday, July 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Professional Moving an Essential Tool for Every Agent, sponsored by Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage
Tuesday, July 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Recession-Proof Your Business, sponsored by Women’s Council of REALTORS®
Tuesday, July 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tech Tools to Save You Time & Increase Efficiency, sponsored by Scalable RESolutions
Wednesday, July 22, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Ask Your 1031 Exchange Questions, sponsored by Realty Exchange Corporation
Wednesday, July 22, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Statistically Speaking, sponsored by Bright MLS
Wednesday, July 22, 11:00-noon

Winning in Real Estate, sponsored by National Association of Residential Property Managers Washington, DC (NARPM)
Wednesday, July 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Manage Showings Like a Pro!, sponsored by ShowingTime
Wednesday, July 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Marketing Yourself vs. Properties on Social Media, sponsored by First Savings Mortgage
Thursday, July 23, 10:00-noon

Make it Home: Strategies for Survival, sponsored by Jill Pogach Michaels Law & Michaels Title & Escrow
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Radon 101: Radon Basics, sponsored by HomeTeam Inspection Service®
Friday, July 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.