I am also grateful for the people God placed in my life as a result of my participation in the real estate and lending business and most significantly NAREB and the Orange County Chapter. Being the President of our chapter since its inception has not been easy, but I would do it all over again if asked. I am the founding President of the Orange County Chapter and I am proud to be the President again this year. Hopefully, this will be my last year. I am looking forward to passing the reins off to someone interested in stepping up and leading us in 2016.
As we begin a new year as a Chapter, I want to pay a special tribute to Henry Currie III, our NAREB Regional Vice President for Region 15, who passed away last year. Henry was my friend. He was a highly intelligent man, a great organizer, leader, and a sharp dresser. He had a charismatic personality and a smile that was contagious. You couldn’t help but be positive around Henry Currie. He was my confidant and advisor during the most difficult times in running the chapter. He was also my mentor and a recognized leader in NAREB. Henry played a major role in establishing the NAREB Orange County Chapter. He was committed to NAREB’s mission and vision from the very beginning of his involvement with the organization. He was also instrumental in establishing many chapters in California and he was recognized by the State and National Associations for his commitment and hard work. The Orange County Chapter would not exist if it were not for Henry Currie’s assistance and leadership. May God bless Henry Currie III and his wonderful wife and family.
Realtist, we have been blessed to see another year. So what are we going to do with it? Please review the OC Realtist Business Plan for 2015 and get all the details. It is available on the website home page under Event Presentations. Please attend our General meetings which are available online and by teleconference. You do not have to leave your office or home to attend an OC Realtist Meeting. Check the website for the latest dates and times.
One of the most important events and traditions we have as a Realtist Chapter is our Prayer Breakfast. The Prayer Breakfast has been going on since our inception as a chapter on August 4, 2010. We begin every year with a Prayer Breakfast asking for God’s help and we end the year thanking him for His help and provisions all year long. Our local chapter, state chapter and National Organization membership consist mostly of Christians and we are unashamedly unapologetic about our Christian Faith. We are not a church, but we recognize God and begin all of our meetings in prayer. We are a community organization which focuses on homeownership and we respect and honor all religions and faiths and we embrace all ethnicities and races.
Please join us on January 23rd from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM for our annual Prayer Breakfast to kick off the new year at the Celebrity Soul Food Cafe in Lake Forest, CA. Please come and participate in this great event and help us bring in the new year right. Our theme for the Prayer Breakfast is the same every year: Purpose, Passion, Peace and Prosperity. The details are on the website at www.ocrealtist.org. Please register today and start your New Year off right.
In addition, we are scheduling financial literacy seminars and first time home buyer seminars at churches and community centers in Orange County. As soon as the dates are set we will let you know.
Below are some important events happening nationally. Please plan to attend.
NAREB Mid-Winter Conference
Grand Hyatt, Tampa Bay, Florida
February 19 – 21, 2015
All Day, All Chapters nationwide
April 12 – 18, 2015
OMNI Houston Hotel, Houston, TX
August 17 – 21, 2015
2015 Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending Conference
Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC Georgetown
March 30 – April 1, 2015
2015 NAHREP National Convention & Latin Music Festival
Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL
September 20 – 22, 2015
Annual Global Luxury Summit
April 19 – 21, 2015
Hong Kong & Macau Trade Mission
March 9 -15, 2015
National Policy Conference
May 11 – 13, 2015
2015 National Conference
San Francisco, CA
October 22 – 24, 2015
REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
May 11 – 16, 2015
August 10 – 11, 2015
REALTORS® Conference & Expo
San Diego, CA
November 13 – 16, 2015
CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO – Premier trade show for California’s real estate industry San Jose, CA
October 6 – 8, 2015
(Inman News) www.inman.com
Real Estate Connect
New York, NY
January 27 – 30, 2015
(Five Star) http://www.thefivestar.com/#/
2015 Five Star Conference and Expo
September 16 – 18, 2015
May God bless you and I hope to see you at the Prayer Breakfast.