Q: What’s better than beignets and cafe au lait for breakfast? Or fried oysters and a cold beer for dinner?
A: Not much, especially if you are enjoying those tasty treats with Century 21 colleagues from all over the world in the charming city of New Orleans!
Gail Spada TEAM member Tina Schneegas and I just returned from New Orleans, where we attended the Century 21 2012 Global Conference, I cannot tell you just how inspiring and entertaining our trip was. The sights, the sounds, the tastes and the smells were a perfect sensory backdrop for the jazzed-up learning environment at the conference, which was held at the sprawling Morial Convention Center. (We certainly got our share of exercise by walking from our digs at the New Orleans Marriott to the convention center!)
The atmosphere at the conference, which was dubbed “Energacity,” was like cinnamon, sugar and success all mixed together and sprinkled generously on attendees, who came from all over the world to listen and learn with their colleagues.
Our trip started with a special treat. We were on the same plane from Tampa to New Orleans with the #1 Century 21 real estate agent in the U.S., Dania Perry, with the firm Jim White & Associates in Treasure Island. We also shared a shuttle bus with her from Louis Armstrong Airport to our hotels.
Later during the conference, in addition to reconnecting with agents I have met at previous conferences, I was honored to be introduced to the #1 Century 21 agent in the world, Japan’s Mitsunori Yamada.
Each day of the conference was filled with learning sessions about the current status and relevant issues of today’s real estate market, and the exhibitors’ trade show ran continuously. At the end of each day there was a general session where all agents gathered to hear speeches, announcements, share success stories and get energized about our profession.
The highlight of the final general session was motivational speaker J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran who was badly burned while serving in combat in Iraq, and whom most people know because he won the last competition of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Martinez shared his very personal story of overcoming life-and-death adversity with courage and tenacity.
When we had the chance, we did a little sight-seeing, including Jackson Square and Cafe DuMonde in the historic French Quarter. New Orleans is a place where you almost can trust your nose and your appetite to be your tour guide. Two restaurants we enjoyed were Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and The Crazy Lobster, where I had some of the best fried oysters of my life.
It was a whirlwind 3½ days, but Tina and I are glad to be back home in Hernando County and to rejoin our hard-working colleagues in the Spring Hill office, Nancy Brunette, Joy Mullen, Amanda Bestmann and Phyllis Burroughs. And we are anxious to implement some of the strategies we studied in New Orleans that will help sellers and buyers realize their home-buying dreams.THE Gail Spada TEAM hopes you have found this information useful. Your feedback is encouraged. Until next time, please remember our pledge: When it comes to buying or selling property in Hernando County, we make sure … it’s all about YOU!