Global Luxury Real Estate Conference held in Las Vegas

Posted by Island Sotheby's Realty on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 2:54pm

"I went with expectations of networking, which were more than exceeded. I did not expect to learn so much about the tools that Sotheby’s Realty has to offer and how that can change my business. Not only did corporate share great business practices and tools but the attendees in the audience of various breakouts shared as well. - Ohana!!!"
   — Brandy Donovan, Realtor (S)

Island Sotheby’s International Realty, recently participated in the 2016 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event. The event, which took place from May 16 - 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought together approximately 2,300 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 165 of the brand’s companies represented from 40 countries and territories worldwide.


GNE 2016 Island Sotheby's International Realty
Front row: Elena Jones, Courtney M Brown, Brandy Donovan, Paul MacLaughlin (owner and Principal Broker), Mino McLean, Leah Damon. Middle row: Ron Silva, Georgianna Tamayose, Anita White, Lori Powers, Gerrianne Sakamoto, Michele Parker, Scott Wrzesinski. Back row: Howard Kihune, Kimberly Parducci, Cindy Warner, Karla Aguera, Ryan MacLaughlin, Kalei Fisher, Jim Wrzesinski.

"The GNE was Refreshing and rewarding in every way! From guest speaker Daniel Lammare of Cirque du Soleil to break out panel sessions and networking events. It was time well spent! What a great networking opportunity to win a trip to Hawaii! To enter the drawing, All SIR realtors presented their business cards to all Hawaii realtors who wore flower lei." 
   — Elena Jones, Realtor (S)

Held at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event was a dynamic three-day immersion into the brand, offering network members the unique opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and best practices, generate referrals and create lasting business connections around the world.  The general sessions featured inspiring, emotional and motivational speeches from Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC’s Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, and Francis X. Santangelo, senior vice president, global operations; as well as keynote speaker Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil, and closing speaker Joe Castillo, the world’s premier “SandStory” performer.


“Our Global Networking Event celebrates the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty network,” said White.  “This year’s conference was our most attended ever and it is incredible to see how members of our network continue to utilize the resources we provide, take the reins and develop their own new opportunities and continue to grow their business.  We are proud of our network, our heritage and our future, and the success of this year’s Global Networking Event is the culmination of it all.” 


There were over 35 different breakout sessions offered, ranging in topic from sales and negotiation tactics, to the changing landscape and demographics of home ownership, to the power of branding and marketing, and more. More than 120 Sotheby’s International Realty network members volunteered to play an integral part in the sessions, sharing advice, best practices and personal experiences with their peers while serving as breakout hosts, guest speakers and expert panelists.


"Meeting and collaborating with agents all over the world was extremely powerful! I feel empowered bringing home new relationships, ideas, and tools that will propel our office, agents and client’s properties across the world. Hawaii Affiliates had the spotlight when one of the key note speakers Wendy Purvey, Chief Marketing Officer used the word “Ohana” in the opening of her speech to describe our agents across the world as being extended family. Her closing was also spot on with a big MAHALO!  The spirit of Hawaii was surely shared throughout the conference."
   — Ron Silva, Vice President, Broker in Charge

Island Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Wailea, Makawao and Napili, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services that are designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. Property listings from Island Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the global website, as well as on the firm’s local website,

"I am continually floored by the generosity of information and willingness to collaborate within our brand. Agents that have spent years refining a listing presentation or any aspect of their business and are willing to share that with the rest of us out of the goodness of their Heart and the faith in their Brand."
   — Mino McLean, Realtor® (B)

"Sotheby's International Realty is a global ohana.  Attending the Global Networking Event, crystalizes the fact that as a part of Sotheby's International Realty, we are a network of over 17,000 of the best real estate professionals worldwide.  The GNE provides an excellent opportunity to learn best practices from our peers in this ever changing world of marketing and technology."
   — Courtney M Brown, Realtor® (S), Vice President

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm and its clients also benefit from an association with the Sotheby's Auction House, allowing the firm’s sales associates the opportunity for real estate referrals with auction house clientele as well as the unique ability to refer real estate clientele for appraisal services for jewelry, art, antique furniture and collectibles.


The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 845 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Each office is independently owned and operated.


Island Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 3628 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, HI  96768.  For additional information, please contact (808) 572-8600.

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