2016 Texas REALTORS® Conference closes with Trade Expo, Board of Directors meeting
09/12/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff
The Trade Expo was the main attraction Friday at the 2016 Texas REALTORS® Conference. During this free event, vendors from all aspects of the real estate industry manned booths inside the Galveston Island Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall. There were also games, giveaways, learning opportunities, and a silent auction for TREPAC.
Board of Directors close out conference business
Saturday was headlined by the Board of Directors meeting. Highlights from the meeting include:
- Jim Gaines, chief economist from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, gave an economic update. According to Gaines, 2016 is a transitional year between the five-year boom Texas just experienced to a new period of growth that is closer to normal. The national economy will eventually get trapped in the global slowdown, Gaines said, and that will affect Texas, along with energy sector downturn impacts being more pronounced in this year and the next. While the job growth rate dropped in 2016—and will continue to slide in 2017—population expansion will not let up, bolstering the demand for housing and making local growth issues more pressing.
- Greg Glenn of Amarillo was given the TAR Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his significant contributions to his industry and community throughout his career.
- The board recognized four new REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designees from Texas: Gina Jones, association executive of the Johnson County Association of REALTORS®, and TAR staff Mike Barnett, Sherri Godeaux, and Susan Chichester. Learn about the RCE designation here.
- The board approved for 2017 the continuation of the $5 per member Legal Defense Fund assessment and increasing to $30 per member the Issues Mobilization/Political Advocacy Assessment.
- TAR’s Field Rep program was celebrated for its 10th anniversary with a video highlighting its past work, alumni, and the continued value of the program.
Roundups of what happened earlier
Other highlights from the 2016 Texas REALTORS® Conference include:
- An opening session headlined by U.S. Army veteran and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez
- The installation of TAR's 2017 Chairman Vicki Fullerton.
Photos from conference events are available on the TAR Facebook page. Look for a full recap in the September/October issue of Texas REALTOR® magazine.
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