Sessions marked with an * are private/invitation only events. You do not need to select your knowledge session in advance. However, space is limited so plan on arriving at least 5 minutes prior to the start of each session. All CE qualified sessions will be submitted for CE Marketplace certification. Sessions that appear with the CE Marketplace hours next to their titles have received the certification and are audit proof for all licensed attendees. (ex: 2.0 hrs.) You must be scanned in and out of CE Marketplace certified sessions to receive credit.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM · Vandenberg B

Leadership Academy*

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7:00 - 9:00 PM · TBD

WCR Reception

A mixer for WCR members to meet, greet and network with other WCR members from around the state. Also open to non-members interested in finding out more about WCR.

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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM · Vandenberg B

Leadership Academy*

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8:30 AM - 12:00 PM · TBD

WCR General Membership Meeting

General membership meeting for all WCR members.

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop registration and question and answer source during The Convention.

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11:00 AM - 3:30 PM · Center Concourse

Welcome to The Convention - connect with fellow industry professionals • Sponsored by Realcomp II Ltd.

11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Ambassador East

OK Google, How Do I Grow My Business? - Juanita McDowell • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Juanita McDowell · In Motion Consulting

This session will teach you about Google's free services and applications that will help you connect with potential clients, market creatively and drive leads to your business. This session delves into the many tools and services offered by Google that will allow a real estate agent to better serve the public by improving communication and interaction with the consumer online. The agent will also be able to stay abreast of market changes with an important Google tool that will be learned in this session.

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11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Ambassador West

Fraud, Data Security and NPI - Tom Cronkright & Lawrence Duthler • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency and Lawrence Duthler · Sun Title Agency

Data security encompasses a wide variety of practices, methods and procedures based on the type of organization, technology topology, and type of data being protected. While not all of these combinations can be accounted for in a single document, there are general concepts that can help direct the planning process for any organization to avoid falling victim to fraud and data security breaches.

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11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Imperial Ballroom

How to Make a Windfall from the "Boomers" - Rosemarie Rossetti • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Rosemarie Rossetti · Universal Design Living Laboratory

The growing age 50+ market can be a sales magnet for you, but only if you tap into their specific needs, fears, and demands. Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D is a national expert on accessible design - identifying homes with the right features and function for aging in place - a top priority for Baby Boomers nationwide. Learn the secrets to attracting listings and buyers for this lucrative market as they downsize and ease into retirement.

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12:45 - 2:00 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

RPAC Investors Appreciation Luncheon*

RPAC investors of $200 or more are invited to attend this special luncheon to hear the latest on politics in Michigan and celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Realtor® Active in Politics Award. RSVP required to attend.
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12:45 - 1:15 PM · Gem Room

The Convention Task Force Meeting

Members of the 2017 Convention Task Force are invited to a brief meeting.

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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Ambassador East

Tighten It Up! Cybersecurity & Privacy - Juanita McDowell • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Juanita McDowell · In Motion Consulting

In the current world of malware, viruses, social engineering, and more (all of which are growing at an alarming rate), it's imperative that Realtors® obtain information on the best privacy and solutions available to decrease the likelihood of any hacks or security issues that can affect their productivity for a long stretch of time and possibly damage their reputation and exposing them to legal liability.

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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Ambassador West

Strategic Planning, Sales and Turning Past Clients into Future Referral Sources - Tom Cronkright & Lawrence Duthler • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency and Lawrence Duthler · Sun Title Agency

Strategic Planning - A life or death example. Determine your "20 Mile March" and start with your "why" to create a brand for yourself that others can identify with and will make them to remember you. Positive, impactful experiences are sure to turn past clients into future referral sources.

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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Imperial Ballroom

Translate Green Products & Features into Green Reward$! - Rosemarie Rossetti • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Rosemarie Rossetti · Universal Design Living Laboratory

Going green can put more green in your pocket. But only if you understand the value of energy effciency and sustainability in the products you show. Industry expert Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti will help you identify in-demand green features applicable to homes old and new. She'll address the concerns of clients in today's market and clarify how green products and features enhance home values. You'll come away with renewed confidence in approaching clients so you can translate your wisdom into "green" sales success!

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2:00 - 3:45 PM · DeVos Place - Chase Boardroom

Honor n' Mingle Reception* · Sponsored by America's Preferred Home Warranty

Michigan Realtor® of the Year nominees are invited for this special reception with 2017 Michigan Realtors® President, Jason Copeman.

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4:00 - 5:30 PM · DeVos Place - Ballroom CD

Grand Assembly

Ken Schmidt · Harley-Davidson Motor Company

All attendees assemble for the opening general session of The Convention - featuring the 2017 Michigan Realtor® of the Year Award, Leadership Academy graduation and installation of 2018 Michigan Realtors® President, Sara Lipnitz.

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5:30 - 7:00 PM · DeVos Place - Ballroom AB

Welcome Reception in the Expo

Open to all, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket per attendee. Get your complimentary drink ticket from the booth of one of the bar sponsors.

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6:00 - 7:00 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

RPAC Major Investor Reception*

This invitation only event celebrates those investing in the future of the real estate through their 2017 RPAC investments of $1,000.

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6:30 - 8:00 PM · TBD

CRS Member Reception* · Sponsored by CRS

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM · Atwater Brewery

YPN Synergy Series - The Convention

6:45 - 7:45 AM · Under the DeVos Skywalk

Art Dart Fun Running/Walking Tour

Join 2017 Michigan Realtors® President-Elect, Sara Lipnitz and Go The Distance as we run (or walk) through the city center in hunt of significant Art Prize pieces. Prepare for stops along the way to truly experience these one-of-a-kind masterpieces, tours guided by Grand Rapids Running Tours.

Running Tour and Walking Tour will take place simultaneously.

*Pre-registration is required. Tours will take place rain or shine.*

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7:15 AM - 5:00 PM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop registration and question and answer source during The Convention.

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8:00 - 9:00 AM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Morning Coffee with the Exhibitors

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9:00 - 9:50 AM · DeVos Ballroom CD

Rise and Shine Keynote - Zap the Gap - Meagan Johnson

Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

10:00 - 11:40 AM · Ambassador East

From Boomers to Linksters - How to Work with each Generation - Meagan Johnson • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side. Each generation is influenced by various social, historical, and cultural events that make their housing needs and habits much different from one another. Meagan will explain how and why to understand each generation's very different needs to effectively communicate.

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10:00 - 11:40 AM · Ambassador West

Running Your Business in a Low Inventory Market - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

A Low inventory market means a skill set shift. You need to know how to generate inventory, market yourself to get more listings, handle multiple offers to sellers AND position buyers' offers in a multiple offer setting. In this session taken right from the trenches of today's market, Maura will even address the psychology of the unrealistic seller and the disappointed/angry buyer.

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10:00 - 11:40 AM · Vandenberg Room

New Strategies in Representing the Investment Buyer - Marcie Roggow • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

Good investments equal happy customers. This course will identify today's investment buyer and help you develop a plan to market to those specific buyers. You will compare real estate to other investment alternatives and analyze a residential income property to determine whether it is a "good" investment.

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10:00 - 10:50 AM

The Changed Online Landscape with REALTOR® Websites - Furhad Waquad • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Set yourself apart from the crowd! Make sure consumers know they have found a true Realtor® by using top-level domains and the Realtor® brand. Branch out and build your brand with these techniques for a stronger online presence.

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10:00 - 10:50 AM · Emerald Room

Exhibitor Session

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10:00 - 10:50 AM · Pearl Room

Exhibitor Session

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10:55 - 11:25 AM · Governors Room

Double Your Business with Marketing and Branding - Jon Dwoskin

Jon Dwoskin · The Jon Dwoskin Experience

Are your marketing and branding strategies working for you? Walk away from this class with strategies and best practices that will help you create your own road-map to increase your income!

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Expo Open

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

RPAC Auction in the Expo

Start your biding early but come back often to secure top bid for great items. Bidding will pause for the afternoon expo recess. Stop back when expo re-opens at 3:30 PM.

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Speaker Spot

Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

Located just inside the entrance of the expo area, you will have a chance meet some of the convention speakers and purchase some of their books and merchandise.

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11:00 - 11:50 AM

Navigating the NAR

Sara Lipnitz · Max Broock Realtors®, Carol Griffith · Griffith Realty, and Pat Vredevoogd Combs · Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt

Do you want to expand your network of contacts, enhance your career and give back to the profession that you love? Involvement in NAR is your key to all of that and more! Not sure how to get involved? Join us for this panel discussion to learn more from Realtors® who are experts at Navigating the NAR.

Moderator: Sara Lipnitz
Panelists: Carol Griffith, Pat Vredevoodgd Combs

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11:00 - 11:50 AM · Emerald Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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11:00 - 11:50 AM · Pearl Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM · Governors Room

Triple Your Income with These Top 3 Leading Activities

Jon Dwoskin · The Jon Dwoskin Experience

It is always challenging to keep up with the latest trends and ways to build your business year after year. In 30 minutes Jon will share with you the top three leading activities to help you triple your sales!

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12:00 - 1:15 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Networking Lunch in the Expo

Attendees enjoy a complimentary strolling lunch in the expo while networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors.

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1:00 - 4:00 PM · TBD

MRAEC Meeting & Knowledge Session

General membership meeting and educational program created by and for Realtor® Association executives and staff.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Ambassador East

All Things Facebook (Including Ads) - Marki Lemons • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marki Lemons · Marki

"I saw it on Facebook"- A phrase heard daily in today's society. Make sure you are staying up-to-date with ever-changing social media. Learn how to set up your personal and business Facebook accounts in a way that promotes your brand and paints you in a positive light to build and maintain a thriving community of Facebook fans.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Ambassador West

Running Your Business in a Low Inventory Market - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

A Low inventory market means a skill set shift. You need to know how to generate inventory, market yourself to get more listings, handle multiple offers to sellers AND position buyers' offers in a multiple offer setting. In this session taken right from the trenches of today's market, Maura will even address the psychology of the unrealistic seller and the disappointed/angry buyer.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Top Policy Issues Facing Brokerages Today - Marcie Roggow • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

Having a thorough policy and procedures manual in place to handle any potential issues as well as organizational management of the company is imperative for creating the best risk management technique for the business. This course will cover ways to avoid the breach of Fiduciary Duties, ethical concerns and commissions stemming from existing lawsuits within the NAR Legal Scan.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Vandenberg Room

How to Become the Listing King in Your Territory - Jim Gillespie • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

Rule the land by posting more for sale signs! This course will explain the importance of increasing your listing inventory and how it will help you to be more successful in the real estate industry.

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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Emerald Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Pearl Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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3:00 - 4:30 PM · TBD

The YPN Perspective

TED talk style session focusing on content important to young professionals entering the real estate industry.

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3:15 - 5:00 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Broker Idea Exchange* - Can We Talk? - Marcie Roggow

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

This "think tank" style discussion is an invitation only event for Brokers. Attendees will be verified at the door.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Ambassador East

Instantly Increase Your Sales with Instagram - Marki Lemons • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marki Lemons · Marki

Social media is the most cost-effective way to connect with clients and meet prospects. Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr are photo sharing websites that have great SEO and allow you to prominently display your listings as well as your community for the world to see in a format they are already accustomed to browsing daily.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Ambassador West

Co-op(eration): Improving Customer Service Through Synergy with Your Competition - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

As Realtors®, we work for our clients, but we work with other agents, and the interactions we have with our colleagues can impact our clients' experience, for better or for worse. In this session, we will explore building better relationships with other agents with the intent to leverage associations to our clients' advantage...and to our own professional benefit and for the betterment of our industry as a whole.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Vandenberg Room

How to Explode Your Commercial Real Estate Prospecting Now! - Jim Gillespie • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

Help create new growth within your community! Entrepreneurs are out there seeking the perfect "home" for their new venture. Catch their attention by developing an image for yourself in the commercial real estate industry. By creating lasting relationships you will turn prospects into clients and happy clients = referrals.

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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Emerald Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Pearl Room

Exhibitor Session

This session is currently AVAILABLE! For information on how you can educate attendees on your area of expertise,
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3:30 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Expo Open

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

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Michigan Realtors® Expo Floor Plan

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3:30 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

RPAC Auction in the Expo

Make sure to revisit the RPAC Auction often to ensure you are in the top spot when the bidding ends. Tables start closing at 5:07 PM, live auction items start at 5:30 PM.

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3:30 - 4:00 PM · Ottawa Room

NAR Directors Meeting*

Gathering of 2017 NAR Directors to review current NAR issues.

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5:00 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Happy Hour in the Expo

Don't miss all the excitement of the final hour of the expo! Connect with the exhibitors you've missed, learn if you've won a fabulous exhibitor prize giveaway, and bid for a win on the RPAC auction items. Exhibitor prize giveaway announcements begin at 5:15 PM, RPAC auction tables start closing at 5:07 PM and live auction starts at 5:30 PM. Get your complimentary drink ticket from the booth of one of the bar sponsors.

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5:00 - 5:30 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Meet the NAR Director Candidates

An introduction of the current NAR Director Candidates.

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6:00 - 6:30 PM · The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck - Lake Michigan Room

Michigan Realtors® Past President Meeting*

Annual meeting of Michigan Realtors® Past Presidents. Invitation only event.

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6:30 - 9:00 PM · The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck - Lake Huron & Superior Rooms

Michigan Realtors® Past President Reception & Dinner*

Gathering of Michigan Realtors® Past Presidents to celebrate their years of service to the association. Invitation only event.

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8:00 - 11:59 PM · Imperial Ballroom

Realtor® Royale

7:30 - 9:00 AM · Center Concourse

Morning Energy

7:30 - 9:00 AM · Pantlind Ballroom

Delegate Body - Check-In Begins at 7:30 AM

The Delegate Body Meeting is held annually for Delegates who are appointed by their local associations. All members are welcome to attend.

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8:00 - 11:00 AM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop registration and question and answer source during The Convention.

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9:00 - 10:40 AM · Ambassador East

Fraud, Data Security and NPI - Tom Cronkright & Lawrence Duthler • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency and Lawrence Duthler · Sun Title Agency

Data security encompasses a wide variety of practices, methods and procedures based on the type of organization, technology topology, and type of data being protected. While not all of these combinations can be accounted for in a single document, there are general concepts that can help direct the planning process for any organization to avoid falling victim to fraud and data security breaches.

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9:00 - 10:40 AM · Ambassador West

Vacation Panel Discussion

Brian Westrin · Michigan Realtors®

Moderator: Brian Westrin
Panelists: David Pierson, Tom Hemingway, Jay DeBruyn

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10:50 AM - 12:30 PM · Ambassador East

The Internet of Things & Real Estate - Chris Coté • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Chris Coté · Center for Realtor® Technology

This course will educate attendees on the Internet of Things in relation to real estate. The topics of energy efficiency, security, safety and quality of life as well as smart home devices, how to use them and what to know when transferring ownership will all be discussed.

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10:50 AM - 12:30 PM · Ambassador West

Within the Law

Greg McClelland · McClelland & Anderson, Gail Anderson · McClelland & Anderson, and Brian Westrin · Michigan Realtors®

12:15 - 12:45 PM · Grand Foyer

Realtors® Send Off