Romeo Manzanilla

Romeo Manzanilla

2020 President, Austin Board of REALTORS®

Is there anything more exciting than closing out one decade and starting a new one? 2020 has only just begun and already it promises a renewed sense of hope. In 2019, we encouraged you to #BeaMember while we focused on increasing member and community engagement and the results were truly inspiring. But we’re not done. 

In 2020, we’ll shift our focus to professionalism: holding ourselves and our industry to a higher standard and doubling down on member engagement in those efforts. In short, we’re raising the bar… again. Here’s a taste of what you can expect this year: 

Next-Level Professional Development

To help foster the most engaged and professional REALTORS® in the nation, ABoR will host our new, dynamic two-day conference, ThinkUp, from Tuesday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 8. With 100-plus sessions and more than 75 speakers, including industry titan Gary Keller, we guarantee ThinkUp 2020 will bring value to and energize your business. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ThinkUpAustin.com.  

Personalized Continuing Education

In addition to ThinkUp 2020, the ABoR Academy has begun building career pathways for professional development so that you can succeed on your own terms. We’ll begin with a 0-90 Day Launch track for new agents, which will be rolled out later this year and we have even more career tracks in the works. And don’t forget, your ABoR membership now includes FREE CE license renewal through AceableAgent and in classroom through the ABoR Academy!

Advocacy

We’ve set a bold goal as an association to achieve 40 percent member participation in TREPAC in 2020 and our government affairs staff and legislative management team are working harder than ever to engage members in protecting the rights of Central Texas homeowners. Right now, you can join us in educating your clients on the city of Austin’s land development code overhaul at ABoR.com/LDC. 

 You can also get involved by attending one of several fun and informative advocacy events held almost every month. If you haven’t yet attended a Coffee with a Council Member, TREPAC event, Pizza & Policy panel or one of our several advocacy and diversity mixers throughout the year, then you’re missing out! 

Technology

As a part of our commitment to be the best in class MLS service provider, we’ll be turning our attention to the ACTRIS MLS in 2020, and reimagining what the MLS can be as an entity separate from the association. This will entail a restructuring of the current ACTRIS MLS governance policies, converting the MLS to RESO Data Dictionary standards and developing and launching a bigger, bolder MLS brand.  

Increase Member Engagement

Last year brought a record level of member engagement to ABoR, and we want to keep that going in 2020. We kicked off the year with another round of giving away free, bestselling business books and every week this spring, we’re offering exclusive downloads and events to members who opted into our #BeaMember campaign (sign up at Build.ABoR.com). As always, we continue to welcome your feedback and ideas on our engage portal at ABoR.com/Engage.  

 As broker in charge for one of the fastest-growing brokerages in the region, I understand the importance of having the right knowledge, connections and tools to build a successful real estate career, which is why REALTOR® professionalism and next-level professional development are at the heart of ABoR’s focus in 2020. The future growth and success of ABoR and the ACTRIS MLS depends on real estate professionals like you to take their seats at the table and stay engaged. Get involved today and help us make 2020 the best year yet!

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