One week ago today, the CENTURY 21 Global Conference kicked off in New Orleans. The conference brought together real estate professionals from around the globe, including representatives from more than 25 countries and territories. It was hard to miss the delegations from Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic and Japan who all waved their flags proudly during the General Session each afternoon.
The conference, held annually to honor CENTURY 21 System members for their accomplishments, also serves as a place for System members to network, learn about best practices in the real estate industry, and access the latest technology.
On the first day of the conference during the General Session, CEO and President Rick Davidson defined Energacity, the term for which this year’s conference was named:
“Now, what does Energacity mean? You won’t find it in a dictionary. It means having tenacity. It means being tenacious in accomplishing your goals. It means having an infectious excitement about what you do, and it means having a swagger that’s off the charts – now I’m not talking about being cocky, I’m talking about confidence!”
With Energacity on the brain, System members headed into the second and third days of the conference ready to learn and head back to their offices motivated and more importantly, Smarter. Bolder and Faster.
This year’s conference featured more than 70 educational sessions and provided wisdom from thought leaders such as: Brian Buffini, founder of Buffini & Company, Chris Smith, Chief Evangelist for Inman News and Amy Chorew, author, technology trend expert and social media maven. Sessions were also led by outstanding System members including Glenn Bill of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, Kathy Opperman of CENTURY 21 Alliance, Anne Rubin of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold, Raylene Lewis of CENTURY 21 Beal Inc. and Joann Welch of CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes.
In addition to the professional development sessions, Global Conference attendees were also treated to an inspirational speech from J.R. Martinez, actor, spokesman, retired soldier and season 13 winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” J.R.’s speech encouraged each System member to make the most of every single day and he closed his time on stage by dancing with top producer Dania Perry of CENTURY 21 Jim White. CEO Rick Davidson was enjoying the music and decided to join them on stage as well, showing a little Energacity of his own!
The General Session had a live jazz band all three days and during the final night’s celebration System members were treated to a performance from the Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, who led a parade from the General Session into the party and then took the stage for a rousing set.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Global Conference in New Orleans. If you’d like to join us for the conference next year, we’re taking our Energacity to Las Vegas in 2013!
Register for the 2013 Global Conference right here.