Shelton, Conn. (May 2, 2013)—Over 1,300 top real estate professionals from across the Northeast gathered last week for William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance’s First Convention & Expo. From April 23-25, 2013, members of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance networked with top industry thought leaders and vendors, creating a unique group of highly successful professionals.
“After months of planning, seeing the Convention come together in such an effective and professional manner was overwhelming, in the best way,” said William Raveis, president and chief executive officer of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. “Every piece of feedback I’ve received has been extremely positive, and I’m tremendously proud of everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event.”
Keynote speakers included award-winning speaker and philosopher Matthew Ferrara of Matthew Ferrara and Company, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Dr. Lawrence Yun and Executive Vice President for Luxury Portfolio InternationalTM Stephanie Pfeffer.
Additionally, the Convention featured sessions with award-winning, bestselling author and social media strategist Kathryn Rose and award-winning real estate coach and trainer Suzanne Getz.
Throughout the Conference, attendees were afforded the opportunity to attend educational breakout sessions on next-generation listing presentations, building a winning team, winning the exceptional properties listing and the power of video marketing, among dozens of other topics.
“Our focus was to create an atmosphere of learning, networking, recognition and fun for all of our William Raveis business family attendees,” said Bill Gamelli, senior vice president of customer services and 2013 Convention chairman. “Mohegan Sun was a perfect destination and many brought spouses or significant others to join in the celebration.”
Grand Sponsor William Raveis Mortgage lead an extensive list of sponsors and exhibitors including Bigfoot Communications, CoreLogic, Impact Marketing Specialists, People’s United Bank, William Raveis Insurance, The Kelsey Company, SWAT Environmental and Advanced Computer Technologies.
The last night of the Convention was rounded out by the 39th Annual William Raveis Awards, an event which recognizes the leaders in the company’s real estate, mortgage, insurance, title and administrative divisions. Among the winners for Real Estate, Jean Ruggiero (Greenwich, Conn.) and Al Filippone (Fairfield, Conn.) were named the Top Producers by Volume for an individual and team, respectively, and David Friend (Hingham and Scituate, Mass.) and Rick Dressler (Glastonbury and Simsbury, Conn.) were named the Managers of the Year. For Mortgage, Pete Fickeisen (Boston, Mass.) was named the Top Producer by Volume, and for Insurance, Heidi Summa (West Hartford, Conn.) was named the Top Sales Director. Lastly, Gail Sweetman, director of career development, was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
William Raveis is currently working to plan 2014’s Convention & Expo, which will aim to celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary.
About William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation. It was ranked in 2012 by sales volume in Real Trends 500® Magazine as the #1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast, the 3rd largest family-owned and the 8th largest real estate company in the USA. The innovative firm is known as an “Award-Winning Team,” being nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and REALTOR® education. Such recognition includes winning the coveted “Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise” distinction and placing as a finalist for “Most Innovative Website or Web Service” at Inman News’ 2011 Innovator Awards, held in San Francisco, California. William Raveis’ award-winning website, raveis.com, draws more than 10 million visits annually and includes more than 300,000+ MLS listings in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont.
For four consecutive years, William Raveis has been named as “The Best Real Estate Company” by the Commercial Record and was awarded the Banker & Tradesman’s Gold Medal Residential Brokerage award from 2008-2011. William Raveis was also named the #1 “Best Place to Work” in 2010 & 2012 by the prestigious Boston Business Journal. The Boston Business Journal placed the firm as a finalist “Best Place to Work” in 2011.
William Raveis Real Estate is a household name in its founding state, CT and is the #1 real estate company in world-renowned Fairfield County. The company entered the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003 and, according to the 2010 closed sales volume in the Multiple Listing Service Pin, is now the largest independent brokerage in that state with 30 offices. William Raveis recently expanded into New York and presently has offices in Rye, Harrison, Katonah, Chappaqua, Tarrytown and Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County and offices in Nyack, Rockland County. The firm has 3,000 highly trained sales professionals and over 90 company-owned and affiliate offices in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For more information, visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.
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