By Deborah Kearns
The energy was palpable as hundreds of RE/MAX Associates converged on Australia’s Gold Coast for the third annual RE/MAX Asia Pacific Convention Aug. 30 – Sept. 1.
Hosted by RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand, the convention was a key gathering for the 18 RE/MAX regions that make up RE/MAX Asia Pacific. Regions include: Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Guam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong.
Associates from other regions – Canada, United States, Poland, Argentina, South Africa and Italy – also attended the gathering at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Indigenous dancers from Australia and New Zealand kicked off the program on Thursday morning. A rousing flag-bearing ceremony followed to welcome all of the nations in attendance.
From RE/MAX top producers to real estate heavy hitters, attendees heard from several successful entrepreneurs throughout the event.
While several top-notch speakers and educational sessions revved up the crowd, the “Superwomen Panel” was one of the most-talked about sessions. The panel included Lisa Claes, Managing Director of CoreLogic; Candice Cordero, Chief-of-Staff with the REA Group; and Dotti Sosa, co-founder and partner of RE/MAX Argentina.
They each provided Associates with insights on what it takes to rise through the ranks of industry success as a woman – and stay at the top of your game.
One of the most thrilling parts of the convention came at awards time.
The RE/MAX Asia Pacific awards were based on efforts in the first half of 2017, with more than 2,300 agents in over 280 offices vying for top honors, says Michael Davoren, Managing Director of RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand.
Overall, the convention helped rekindle connections among Associates in far-flung parts of the region, building invaluable networking opportunities for the future.
“The Convention program, with world-class, highly sought-after speakers, networking events and entertainment, was sensational,” Davoren says. “But perhaps the best part of a gathering of this magnitude is the massive networking opportunities – for our Australian and New Zealand agents, as well as the agents, investors and developers throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond,” Davoren says.
The steady growth of RE/MAX Asia Pacific highlights the credibility of the RE/MAX brand around the world. Looking back to 2010, there were just four countries in the region; five years later there were about 13. Today, that number has swelled to 18, including Hong Kong and Macau.
It’s no wonder why entrepreneurs around the world have embraced the RE/MAX brand, and that’s true of many real estate professionals in Asia Pacific who want to raise professional standards within their marketplaces.
The beauty of the RE/MAX system is the inherent drive for Associates to work within their own borders – and beyond – to become more successful and profitable.
Associates in RE/MAX Asia Pacific are leveraging the RE/MAX business model and brand-name visibility – and they’re following in the footsteps of top-producing regions such as RE/MAX Latin America and RE/MAX of Southern Africa, to name a few.
The 2018 RE/MAX Asia Pacific Convention will be hosted by RE/MAX South Korea.