‘All In’ was the theme of the annual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention held March 10-12 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Nearly 6,000 real estate professionals from across the United States attended, including 11 agents and brokers from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty – Marie Dispoto, Beth Evans, Beth Heid, Adrienne Klase, Erin Stasi, Lee Ann Wilkinson, Billie Wilkinson, Tricia Ratner, Andrew Ratner, and Sal and Bette Gallo.
The real estate franchise honored its most successful professionals and brokerages during the convention. BHHS Gallo Realty and its Vice President Andrew Ratner were recognized onstage for winning the Berkshire Elite Circle Award as one of the top 50 companies in the network.
“Our firm ranked No. 48 in the network, which boasts over 300 companies from across the United States. We are proud to have received this honor and be recognized alongside some of the country’s most prestigious real estate brokerages. It is a true credit to our agents and staff that we rank in sales production with many firms that are considerably larger than we are,” said Ratner.
In addition, the firm’s Lewes branch office won the prestigious Round Table Award as the No. 1 office of its size in the network’s Southern Region, which consists of 17 states. Special agent awards were presented to the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group as the No. 4 sales team in the entire network of 50,000 agents, and to the Barbara Morales Associates as a 5-year Legend Winner, reaching the highest level of production for five years.
This year’s theme, All In, represented a universal commitment to bring network members the resources and support they need for maximum success, and the commitment sought from network members to embrace the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand. During the general session, BHHS Chair Gino Blefari provided stirring examples of inspirational leaders over time who were all in for their causes. He discussed the many signs of all-in real estate professionals, noting that agents cannot be all in for real estate until they are all in for themselves and their own well-being, investing in themselves through continuing education and physical fitness.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Chris Stuart addressed disruption in the marketplace by discounters and described their value as an illusion.
“We are the ‘Forever Brand,’ and you are our ‘Forever Agents,’” said Stuart. “And we’ll make no mistake about positioning your value, because it’s our ability to tell our story and clearly distinguish how we’re different from the disrupters that will power our path forward.”
Stuart unveiled the 2019 national brand campaign and detailed The Forever Cloud, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' evolving technology platform.
Guest speakers Alison Levine and Randi Zuckerberg added messages of perseverance, inspiration, discovery and triumph.
Each afternoon, attendees packed the rooms and halls of more than 50 university sessions covering a range of topics from leadership and productivity to recruiting, social media, and team building. The convention also included networking receptions for luxury collection specialists, multicultural and LGBT professionals, and the ReThink Council, which focuses on millennial agents and clients.
The Sunshine Kids Benefit featured Gwen Stefani at the network's annual concert to help raise funds for the Sunshine Kids organization. Stefani commended the BHHS network for its ongoing support of the organization, with concert-ticket proceeds topping $122,000. Network members also raised more than $2 million for the Sunshine Kids in 2018.