Tips for First-Timers

Attending the 2024 Joint AE Institute this year in San Diego, March 12–15? Get the most out of the meeting by following advice from AEs who’ve been there, done that.

Joint AEI 2024 March 12-15 in San Diego


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“Bring cards. Bring questions. Step out of your comfort zone and meet people. Be prepared to contribute your thoughts and ideas, and be prepared to listen to other people’s thoughts and ideas. Know you will be exhausted mentally by the last day.”

—Lance M. Evans, RCE, EPRO, executive officer, Jefferson- Lewis Board of REALTORS® & St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS®, Watertown, N.Y.

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“If you are in a session that isn’t a fit, get up and try a different one. It’s your time!”
—Marti Kaiser, RCE, CAE, CEO, FM REALTORS®, Fargo, N.D.

“Take more pictures of people than places—you will appreciate the memories.”
—Jo Ann Johnston, RCE, CEO, Clark County Association of REALTORS®, Vancouver, Wash. 

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“Don’t bring high heels. Bring a sweater, because sometimes the rooms are cold!”
—Donna Medina, association executive, Trinity County Association of REALTORS®, Weaverville, Calif.

“Attend the First-Time AEI Orientation session. A few of us ‘veterans’ will provide you with hints and tips.”
—Jim Haisler, RCE, MRE, CEO, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Crystal Lake, Ill. 

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