The stunning architecture of the Orlando Conference Center gleaming in the morning sun welcomes conventioneers.

Florida or Bust!

Why do I do this to myself?

I had to drive three hours to Indianapolis to get to the airport on Tuesday night. I drove all evening so I could make it to the hotel in time to get a little sleep before having to be up at 3:00am to catch my flight to Orlando at four o’clock in the morning. Then hopping a flight through the dark of night half asleep until at last the wheels touched down at the Orlando airport just in time to see the sun rise on a balmy Florida morning.

Why do it?

Why put myself through all that?

The time, the expense, the travail of what it takes to be here—just to get here—would make some weak in the knees. Well, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t care about my business. Coming to conference has consistently made a huge difference to my business and my pocket book.

Conference is the place to be if you want to:

  • Network with the best and brightest practitioners in the country
  • Mingle with leadership on the highest levels
The lounge of the Orlando Hilton proves a nice place to relax after the long trek to Florida.
The lounge of the Orlando Hilton proves a nice place to relax after the long trek to Florida.

From local board leaders right on up to the national leadership, where else can you find so many in one place and so accessible? Not to mention committee reports on hot topics and trends which not only inform but make you more valuable to the folks back home with the updates you can share to help them with their real estate questions.

Oh, I almost forgot. Did I mention FUN. The conference is also a lot of fun—meeting old friends, making new ones! It’s a fantastic experience on so many levels.

Well, I hope by now you know why I do it year after year. Whatever it costs, whatever it takes, I am here for the count.

Let the games begin!!

4-Time Featured Attendee

Alex Ruggieri serves as a senior investment adviser for Sperry Van Ness, specializing in the sale of investment properties in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois.

Conference Live 2016