Realtors® Day at the Capitol

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February 13, 2023   |  9:30 am–12:30 pm  |   InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront

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Join us for Minnesota Realtors® Day at the Capitol!

Don't miss your chance to gain an edge at our annual Minnesota Realtors® Day at the Capitol (formerly Housing Day at the Capitol), where you'll network with peers and hear from industry leaders and legislators on pressing Minnesota housing issues. This in-person-only event will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul on Monday, February 13, 2023, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm. Breakfast will be included with the $40 price of admission. 

Panelists

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Rep. Michael Howard (D)

Panelist

First elected in 2018, Representative Howard is serving his third term and first year as the Chair of the House Housing Finance & Policy Committee. This Session, he will also be serving on the House Rules & Legislative Administration, Taxes, and Ways and Means Committees. Howard is a public relations professional and lives in Richfield with his family.
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Rep. Brian Johnson (R)

Panelist

First elected in 2012, Representative Johnson is serving his sixth term and first year as the minority lead on the House Housing Finance & Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee. Johnson is in law enforcement and lives with his family in Cambridge.
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Sen. Eric Lucero (R)

Panelist

Senator Lucero was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2014 where he served four terms. In 2022 he was elected to the Minnesota Senate where he is serving his first term and first year as the minority lead on the Housing & Homelessness Prevention Committee. This Session, he will also be serving on the Senate Education Finance Committee as well as the Energy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate Committee. Lucero is a small business owner, Realtor, & licensed general contractor who lives in St. Michael with his family.
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Sen. Lindsey Port (D)

Panelist

First elected in 2020, Senator Port is serving her second term and first year as the Chair of the Senate Housing & Homelessness Prevention Committee. This Session, she will also be serving on the Senate Energy, Utilities, Environment, and Climate Committee, as well as the Transportation Committee. Currently, she is a non-profit advisor and lives in Burnsville with her family.

Presenters

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Blois Olson

Moderator

Ever since he received his first computer while a paperboy, Blois has lived at the entrepreneurial intersection of media, technology + communications. Today he leads Fluence Media, and serves as one of the Midwest's most sought after political analysts in his role at WCCO Radio and as publisher of Minnesota's most read tip sheets providing daily insight on politics, business, philanthropy, health care and agriculture. He began his career managing political campaigns and working in political media through the 1990’s. Blois founded his first agency at age 26 and built it to be one of the most respected at integrating technology to synchronize corporate reputation and public affairs campaigns in the country.
His innovative + strategic thinking is leveraged for clients across the country, including corporations and organizations in health care, technology, energy, telecommunications, real estate, retail and consumer products, food and beverage, + legal affairs. He sold the firm and left the political publishing business in 2008. From 2008 - 2012 he served as EVP and Principal at Tunheim.

In 2012, he founded Fluence Media in the belief that the silos of marketing and media have crashed. Fluence provides clients with high-level media and communications strategy, data visualization and insights, content creation and distribution, and marketing. Olson was recognized as a “Top Marketer” by Minnesota Business magazine in 2012, and named one of “200 Minnesotan’s You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine in 2011. He regularly speaks on topics of political volatility, corporate reputation, media change and social media strategies. His analysis and clients has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Politico, the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, and numerous other national and local media outlets.

Named to the “40 under 40” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal at age 31, Olson believes that his relationship-based counsel helps him connect and understand client’s business objectives, not just get hired to provide a service.
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Brandi Snowden

Presenter

Brandi Snowden, Director of Member and Consumer Survey Research, is part of the Survey Research and Communications group. She has been with the National Association of Realtors® since 2014. She directs the production and dissemination of survey research reports, as well as focuses on digital/social media maintenance and content creation. She also serves as a liaison between internal Research Department staff and non-members/consumers. Brandi received her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University in 2018, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014.

Event Information

Where

Minnesota Realtors® Day at the Capitol will be held at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront.

When

Monday, February 13, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm.

  • 9:30–10 am
    • Registration and breakfast
  • 10–11 am
    • Legislative Panel Discussion moderated by Blois Olson
  • 11–11:30 am
    • Greeting from incoming MNR CEO
    • Legislative Update by MNR Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Paul Eger, and MNR Director of Governmental Affairs, Matt Spellman
  • 11:30 am–12:30 pm
    • Economics Insight Presentation by NAR’s Brandi Snowden (1-hour of CE)

Cost

$40 (includes breakfast catered by the InterContinental Hotel).

What to Expect

Legislative Update from MNR Governmental Affairs Department
Governmental Affairs Senior Vice President Paul Eger and Director Matt Spellman will offer an update on the latest 2023 housing legislation issues Minnesota Realtors® need to know.

Legislative Panel Discussion
While it appears the Capitol Complex will be more open to the public during the 2023 Session, there is still some uncertainty regarding access. Therefore, again this year, instead of individual meetings with your legislators, we are bringing the conversation to you by hosting a panel discussion with key legislators on housing issues, moderated by political analyst and WCCO contributor, Blois Olson. We also plan on launching a “Call for Action” that day targeting every member of the legislature regarding our key legislative priorities. A delicious breakfast will be served.

Economic Insights Presentation by NAR’s Brandi Snowden (1-hour of CE)
Brandi Snowden, Director, Member and Consumer Survey Research for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), will be presenting at Minnesota Realtors® Day at the Capitol.
 This presentation will cover economic insights from NAR economists along with trends and housing forecasts they are seeing. This will include data on existing home sales, home prices, and findings from our REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. Along with this data, survey research findings will be shared to show trends among our members and consumers. This will include survey data from our Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, Member Profile, Snapshot of Race and Home Buying in America, Home Staging Survey, and Technology Survey. Please note: There is 1 hour of CE offered for this presentation.