2018 REALTOR® Party Training Conference

RPTC Webhead 640

The 2018 REALTOR® Party Training Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX from November 28 – 30, 2017. Registration will open in early October.

Attendees of the REALTOR® Party Training Conference will spend an intensive 2 days learning about REALTOR® Party objectives and key messages for success in 2018.

Arrival & Departure Dates

A list of involved 2018 groups, along with approved arrival and departure dates, is below. Please reference these times when making your travel arrangements. Questions about when you should arrive and depart should be deferred to your staff executive(s).

Group

Arrival*

Departure*

Broker Involvement Council Chair & Vice Chair

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Thursday, November 30, 2017

Corporate Investor Council

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Diversity Committee Chair & Vice Chair

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Housing Opportunity Chair & Vice Chair

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NAR Leadership Team

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Multicultural Partner Leaders

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

REALTOR® Party Liaisons

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Regional Vice Presidents

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RPAC Major Investor Council

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RPAC Participation Council

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement Committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RPAC Trustees Fundraising Committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Smart Growth Advisory Board

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State & Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State & Local Issues Policy Chair & Vice Chair

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State AEs

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State Presidents

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State RPAC Chairs

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

*arrivals should be planned in time
for a 4:00 PM Opening Session

*conference sessions will conclude by 11:30 AM; departures should be planned accordingly

Registration

Registration is now closed. To inquire about the possibility of a late registration, or to cancel an existing registration, please contact Beth Brittingham at bbrittingham@realtors.org. Thank you.

Schedule

Tuesday, November 28

11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Location: Lone Star Prefunction
Registration Desk

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Location: Lone Star DEF 
Join the Party: Welcome for First-time Conference Attendees
New to the REALTOR® Party, or your first time attending the REALTOR® Party Training Conference? Don’t miss this informative session. 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Location: Lone Star ABC
Opening General Session – The Texas Experience
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly true when it comes to TREPAC. Our host state will show us how they plan and implement their highly successful annual Government Affairs & TREPAC Orientation. Watch for ideas you can take back to your state! 

6:00 pm  | Location: Theater Plaza (Lobby Level)
Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 29

7:00 am - 2:00 pm | Location: Lone Star Prefunction
Registration Desk

7:30 am - 8:00 am | Location: Lone Star DEF
Buffet Breakfast Available

8:00 am -10:00 am | Location: Lone Star DEF
General Session: Training, Tips and Tools for REALTOR® Party Success in 2018
Learn about new advocacy tools and resources and what they mean to YOU. Hear from NAR’s new CEO, Bob Goldberg, on the role and importance of advocacy at all levels of the association. 

10:00 am - 10:20 am
Break

10:20 am - 12 noon | Location: Lone Star DEF 
General Session: REALTOR® Party Messenger Training
You are the voice of the REALTOR® Party! Learn how to craft and deliver a message that will resonate at your association and in your community. 

12 noon - 1:30pm | Location: Lone Star DEF 
Conference Luncheon | Featuring renowned political analyst Charlie Cook 

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Break

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Individual Committee / Group Trainings & Governance Meetings

Room locations are listed below. Beverage break available to all attendees at 3:00 pm in the Lone Star Prefunction. 

Corporate Investor Council Bonham E RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement Committee Bonham C
Multicultural Partners Meeting San Jacinto RPAC Trustees Fundraising Committee Lone Star C
REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee  Bowie AB Smart Growth Advisory Board Bonham B
REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee Travis CD State & Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee Presidio
Regional Vice Presidents Bowie C State AEs & State Presidents 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Travis AB
RPAC Major Investor Council Lone Star A State RPAC Chairs 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Lone Star DEF
RPAC Participation Council Lone Star B State AEs, State Presidents, & State RPAC Chairs Joint Meeting 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm, Lone Star DEF

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Location: Lone Star Prefunction 
Cocktail Hour 
Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank. Red collection bins will be available. 

Evening
Dinner on Your Own OR Volunteer with the San Antonio Food Bank (advance sign-up required) 
Volunteer activity at San Antonio Food Bank is from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Shuttle bus transport provided. 

Thursday, November 30

7:00 am - 7:30 am | Location: Lone Star DEF
Buffet Breakfast Available

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Location: Lone Star DEF
Future of the REALTOR® Party PAG Update 
Hear from a panel of REALTOR® Party leaders and PAG members about the PAG’s research, conclusions, and next steps. 

8:30 am - 8:45 am
Break 

8:45 am - 10:00 am 
Regional Breakout Meetings 
Your RVP will lead this networking session, designed to help you get to know your regional counterparts and provide a forum to address region-specific issues and successes. 

Region 1 Bowie A Region 6 Travis B Region 10 Travis C
Region 2 Travis A  Region 7 Travis D  Region 11 Bonham B 
Region 3 Bowie C  Region 8 Independence  Region 12 Bonham D 
Region 4 Bonham C  Region 9 Bonham E  Region 13 Presidio C 
Region 5 Bowie B 

10:00 am - 10:20 am
Break 

10:20 am - 11:30 am | Location: Lone Star DEF
Closing General Session
Featuring Army Ranger & Peak Performance Expert Lisa Jaster, sharing her inspirational message: Don’t Let the Quit In! Also, preview NAR’s plans to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. 

Travel & Lodging

Lodging

Accommodations will be provided at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio:

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

NAR will cover a 2-night stay for all attendees.

Reservations must be made through the registration page as part of the registration process for the meeting. A credit card is required to hold the hotel room and for any personal charges that registrants may make during their stay. Your card will not be charged at the time of booking. Reservations booked directly with the hotels will not be eligible for reimbursement or given the special NAR rate.

If you would like to extend your stay outside of the allotted conference dates at your own expense, please contact Stephanie Quinn ( squinn@realtors.org). Please do not contact Stephanie about extending your stay until conference registration opens in early October.

Travel

NAR will cover travel expenses to & from the meeting. Flights for the conference can be booked at no up-front cost to you using Ovation Corporate Travel. To book your flight through Ovation, please contact them via phone or email and reference the “2018 REALTOR® Party Training Conference.”

Ovation Corporate Travel

(888) 554-0455

nartraveldesk@ovationtravel.com

Please do not contact Ovation until conference registration opens in early October.

You can also choose to book your own travel and request reimbursement by submitting a member expense report following the conference.

Nearby Airport

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) – 9 miles / 15 minutes

Ground Transportation

NAR will cover taxi costs to and from the area airports. Approximate taxi one-way fare is $25-30. Rental cars require pre-approval from your staff executive and should only be utilized in accordance with the NAR Member Travel Policy.

Parking

Both valet ($39) & self-park ($29) options are available.

FAQ

Q: Can I bring a guest?

A: Regrettably, NAR cannot accommodate guests at any of the conference sessions or related events.

Q: What is the conference dress code?

A: Dress is business casual, which means dressing professionally, looking relaxed yet neat and pulled together.

Q: What will the weather be like?

A: Plan for weather before you arrive by checking the local forecast. Average temperature for San Antonio in late November is in the upper 60’s.

Q: How do I know which meeting or event I need to attend?

A: Please refer to the agenda page. If you still have questions regarding your role, please contact your respective staff executive.

Q: When should I plan my arrival and departure?

A: This year, all attendees are on the same schedule. Please plan your arrival in time for a 4pm start time on Tuesday, November 28. Conference programming will conclude at 11:30am on Thursday, November 30.

Q: Can I stay for additional nights?

A: If you’d like to extend your stay outside of the allotted conference dates at your own expense, please contact Stephanie Quinn ( squinn@realtors.org). Please do not contact Stephanie until conference registration opens in early October.

Q: How do I submit my expenses after my trip is complete?

A: The NAR Member Expense Form can be found here . Forms should be filled out and sent electronically to expenses@realtors.org. Please be certain to note your respective staff executive(s) name on the report.

Q: What costs are covered by NAR?

A: The following costs are covered by NAR:

  • Hotel lodging for two nights
  • Wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Meals during various meetings
  • Coach class airfare
  • Ground transportation costs

Contacts

Staff Contact for Logistics Only:

Beth Brittingham
Director, Political Events
(202) 383-1209
bbrittingham@realtors.org

Staff Contact for Hotel Questions Only:

Stephanie Quinn
Manager, Special Meetings
(312) 329-8334
squinn@realtors.org

Questions regarding your REALTOR® Party Committee, Council or Advisory Board meeting/training should be directed to your staff executive(s):

Corporate Investor Council
Staff Executive: Paula Martino ( pmartino@realtors.org )

Multicultural Leaders
Staff Executive: Fred Underwood (funderwood@realtors.org)

RPAC Trustees Fundraising Committee
Staff Executive: Liz Demorest (ldemorest@realtors.org)

RPAC Major Investor Council
Staff Executive: Kelly O’Donnell (kodonnell@realtors.org)

RPAC Participation Council
Staff Executive: Liz Best-Bradford (lbestbradford@realtors.org)

RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement Committee
Staff Executive: Scott Reiter ( SReiter@realtors.org) & Lisa Friday Scott (lscott@realtors.org)

REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee
Staff Executive: Gerry Allen ( GAllen@realtors.org)

REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee (RPMIC)
Staff Executive: Victoria Givens (vgivens@realtors.org)

Smart Growth Advisory Board
Staff Executive: Hugh Morris ( hmorris@realtors.org)

State AEs and State Presidents
Contact: Bill Malkasian ( bmalkasian@realtors.org ) & Susie Helm ( shelm@realtors.org )

State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee
Staff Executive: Joe Maheady (JMaheady@realtors.org)

State RPAC Chairs
Staff Executives: Scott Reiter ( SReiter@realtors.org) & Lauren Facemire (lfacemire@realtors.org)

Advertisement