KW Young Professionals kicked off their Family Reunion experience with a powerful morning of presenters and panelists. Led by Holly Priestner, the Young Professionals group enjoyed their first event of this kind. The morning started with a warm welcome from President Mary Tennant and Vice President of Growth John Davis.
Tennant was thrilled about the new group of rising stars in the company, proclaiming, “This is how everything at Keller Williams happens. You are the pioneers of KW!”
The first panel to take the stage included Chris Heller, President of KW Worldwide, and mega agents Chris Suarez of Portland, Ore., and Ben Kinney of Bellingham, Wa. The three panelists were interviewed by Priestner on the disciplines that take them from thinking big to being big. “Discipline is a muscle that you exercise, it is something that you develop,” Heller said. “If there is not a strong reason to do it, there are going to be stronger reasons not to do it.”
Next, the young professionals heard from Nina Rowan Heller, KW MAPS Coaching Health and Wellness Coach. She left the room feeling energized and excited about wellness and well-being, emphasizing the impact that wellness has on one’s career.
Next, a group of Young Professionals who have built their own teams shared their successes and failures. The Journey of Building a Team featured panelists Tiffany Fykes of Nashville, Tenn.,, Kristen Williams of Austin, Texas, and Ryan Zook of Reston, Va. Each panelist had amazing insights to share with the audience. The biggest takeaways? Follow the models and take RSTLM!
The group was also treated to a presentation by Cary Sylvester, Executive Director of Technology Innovation and Communication for Keller Williams, who touched on five important technology categories: mobile moments, smart things, opinions, sharing economies and insights. Each of these technology trends will have an impact on the real estate market in one form or another. Sylvester’s team at Keller Williams will continue to stay on top of trends that will affect our industry.
The energetic Dianna Kokoszka took the stage and literally brought the audience to their feet for an exciting affirmation chant. The KW MAPS Coaching CEO went “unplugged” and talked to the room about everything from her struggles entering the real estate world to her favorite BOLD laws and how she starts her morning. The attendees were excited when Dianna closed by filming a Power Up video with the entire audience.
The final panel of Young Professionals shared their life-changing experiences with BOLD. Lisa Archer of Charlotte, N.C., Ricky Cain of Austin, Texas, and Matt Aitchison and Rachel Adams of Roseville, Calif., all have taken BOLD no fewer than four times, each time taking away something completely different. When asked how to stay BOLD between BOLD courses the answer was overwhelmingly “accountability partners.” Aitchison and Adams act as business partners and accountability partners for each other, even down to daily phone calls for morning affirmations. BOLD changes lives and businesses, something that every BOLD graduate can attest to and share with others.
The Keller Williams Young Professionals event concluded with CEO Mark Willis sharing his “always and nevers.” Willis inspired the next generation of leaders with his wisdom and experience, preparing them for a power-packed Family Reunion.