UNITE Sessions

October 6-7, 2021    St. Cloud, MN

October 6th

photo of John10:00 - 11:00 AM
Opening Session - Still Standing. Still Smiling with John Kriesel
In 2006 John Kriesel was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. After getting to the hospital, he technically died three times and was shocked back to life. He survived through four hospitals, 35 surgeries, and months of recovery. John lost both legs and suffered numerous other major injuries. He was told he wasn't supposed to survive and that he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Yet he walked out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center after nine months. Working with author Jim Kosmo, Kriesel released his story in "STILL STANDING: The Story of SSG John Kriesel," winner of eight national book awards.
(no CE)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
realtor.com Session
(no CE)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Real Estate Technology Landscape with Jeff Turner

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Lunch & Safety Program featuring Carl Carter

1:45 - 2:45 PM

MN Housing Update with David Arbit
Presentation and discussion around the impact on the current state of the real estate market. You will hear David speak about the most current data and trends, how it impacts current business in the real estate market, and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

3:00 - 4:30 PM
RMLS Panel Update with Victor Lund and John Mosey

5:00 PM
Awards & Installation Dinner
The Awards & Installation Dinner is held annually at the convention to present our signature achievement awards for the year as well as to install the 2022 Leadership Team.

This event provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know volunteer leaders within the association as well as to enjoy a wonderful evening with others from your office or perhaps someone new that you connected with while at UNITE.  The Realtor® of the Year, the Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award, and the Good Neighbor Award will all be presented at the dinner.  There will be entertainment that will be announced at a later date as well.

The dinner has a limited amount of seats, so please purchase your tickets early!  Guests not registered for convention may purchase a ticket for this dinner as well.

Purchase Awards & Installation Dinner Tickets

photo of dinner crowd

October 7th

9:00 - 10:00 AM
MNR on the Hour

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Leave Your Mark - How to Earn Top of Mind Awareness from Your Customers, Clients and Community with Sean Carpenter

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Follow the Yellow Brick Road with Valerie Garcia (approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for 1 hour of Real Estate CE)
Low inventory, a pandemic, and a fall market - oh my! Get ready to take notes - in this session, you'll learn 30 ways to earn more business this year, without spending a ton of money or feeling like you are on a hamster wheel. You'll get tactical advice and realistic ideas and strategies you can start implementing immediately.

10:15 - 11:15 AM
15 Creative Lead Generation Ideas with Shay Hata

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Unconscious Bias in Real Estate with Richelle Taylor (Pending approval for 1 hour of CE)
Richelle will help you understand how our brains unconsciously produce bias, learn the different types of bias, understand how unconscious bias impacts real estate, and identify ways to correct this behavior both personally and professionally.

1:15 - 2:15 PM
How to Keep in Touch When We're Not Supposed to Be Touching with Sean Carpenter (Pending approval for 1 hour of CE)

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Smart Homes with Brandon Doyle (Pending approval for 1 hour of CE)
In this course, we will explore how and why smart connected technology is exploding in popularity and has become a major factor in every aspect of real estate.  It has changed the way consumers buy, sell and enjoy their homes and the way real estate professionals work with their clients in the purchase of or sale of a smart/connected property.

1:15 - 2:15 PM
You Are a Weirdo with Valeria Garcia (approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for 1 hour of Real Estate CE)
We are taught early on that we beat our competition by simply being better, but what if we have been wrong all along? This session takes you on a journey to discover why different is actually better than better. You'll hear stories of some of history's most amazing outliers and odd ducks, and uncover why embracing our weird is an awesome way to do business.

1:15 - 2:15 PM
Automate Your Business to Increase Efficiency with Shay Hata

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Stay Out of the Friend Zone with Tommy Choi
Join Tommy Choi as he outlines his strategies to properly leverage relationships with your sphere of influence- these same strategies have led him to close over 1,000 units for over $700 million dollars in sales volume. You will learn how to expand your network to new contacts that will feed your business with referral opportunities. Learn which groups of people you should focus your time and energy on. Gain insight into proven strategies that will keep you top of mind with your database. Learn models and systems that Tommy uses to make sure that you are adding the correct value to your relationships that will lead to more real estate opportunities!

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Getting Found Online with Brandon Doyle (Pending approval for 1 hour of CE)

2:30 - 3:30 PM
How to Go From a Solo Agent to Building a Team with Shay Hata

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Creating a Diverse Business Strategy with Trey Scott
Trey will teach you to understand and develop diversity competence, outline the steps for building and implementing a diverse business strategy, show you ways to get involved in your community, and offer tips for avoiding property management discrimination. 

photo of Tommy3:45 - 5:00 PM
Closing Session: Lessons on Success from My Dry Cleaner with Tommy Choi
Tommy's keynote presentation on mindset through lessons on the success that he learned from his dry cleaner. He will share lessons on adaptation, abundance, fear, and gratitude that he observed from visiting his dry cleaner. These very lessons that he has applied to his business that has led to him building a multi-million dollar real estate company while still being very active as a volunteer leader in the association world.