Annual Meetings

NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo

November 1-4, 2017

Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL

 

Join us in Chicago, IL November 1-4, 2017 to network, get the latest industry news and product information, and be a part of the committee meetings for the Council of Residential Specialists. The CRS Annual Business Meetings are held in conjunction with the NAR Conference & Expo so CRS members active on NAR committees or with state lobbying initiatives can participate in both meetings and take advantage of the NAR trade exposition and other programs.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is now available for the NAR Conference and Expo in Chicago.  Please use the unique CRS link to register.  By using our link, you will help the Council offset costs for the Council's meetings in Chicago.

https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowNAR172/?affil=CRS

 

FREE CRS EDUCATION SESSIONS

The Council will be presenting complementary CRS Education Sessions at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel - Coming Soon

 

CRS INAUGURAL INSTALLATION & NETWORKING DINNER

The CRS Inaugural Installation and Networking Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Tickets are available to purchase via NAR registration

 

CRS COURSE: TOP OF MIND TECHNIQUES TO BOOST YOUR BRAND

Wednesday, November 1 , 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Description: In this dynamic one-day course, attendees will learn and apply advanced techniques for remaining top of mind with their spheres of influence. Through a series of engaging discussions and activities, you will explore the effective use of social media, neighborhood farming, and other marketing strategies to distinguish yourself as the trusted advisor for existing and prospective clients. Leave with an action plan that you can confidently implement to enhance and maintain your brand to generate a continuous stream of repeat and referral business.

 

Objectives (after completing this course, participants will be able to):

  • Master the use of social media, farming, and drip campaigns to maintain consistent contact with your clients
  • Leverage your sphere of influence to build your business database and contact system
  • Identify and implement effective strategies and tactics to gain client referrals
  • Construct an action plan to distinguish yourself with consistent branding

 

Course Instructor: Kim Knapp

 

Pricing: $99 for members and $129 for nonmembers - Registration is available via NAR registration

 

CRS COURSE: ELITE PRO SUMMIT

Wednesday, November 1 , 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Description: The second annual CRS event will be like no other. The day will focus on marketing strategy, effective client presentations, coaching and end with a discussion focused on effective systems and checklists with a reception to follow and a chance to vote on the best marketing materials. CRS's best of the best learn from each other. The event is hosted by three veteran designees.

 

Course is open to CRS Designees only and counts towards maintaining CRS Designation! Limited seating, early course sign-up recommended! 
 

Pricing: $249.00 through August 31. $299.00 after August 31.  Lunch is included in the course fee. - Registration is available via NAR registration

NAR Conference Live 2016 !

 

 

2017 CRS President Leigh Brown Takes You to School

How to Stand Out with CRS

 

 

 

Quick Reference

 

 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

     
WHERE SHOULD I STAY:  

CRS Headquarters:

Renaisssance Chicago Hotel

1 West Upper Wacker Drive, Chcago, IL 60601

 

     
WHAT SHOULD MY ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATE BE?   CRS meetings start the afternoon of Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and end on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
     
CAN I BE REACHED AT THE HOTEL BY PHONE:   Only if you have a reservation at the hotel.  If not, the quickest way for someone to reach you is via your personal cell phone.
     
WHERE SHOULD I SLEEP:  

CRS will be headquartered at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel

     
HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL:  

If you are flying in the closest airport would be the Chicago O'Hare (ORD) or Chicago Midway (MDW). 

     
SHOULD I CHECK MY HOTEL CONFIRMATION:   Yes!  Do not wait to make sure that everything is correct on the confirmations.  It is so easy to key in the wrong arrival or spell a name incorrectly.  Please verify the following details to assure a trouble free check-in:

  1.  Is your name spelled correctly?
  2.  Are your arrival and departure dates correct?
  3.  Is your city and state correct?  Is it spelled correctly?
  4.  Are your accommodations as requested?

If any of the above items are incorrect, please contact Experient immediately.  They can be reached by phone at 800.974.3084; by fax at 800.521.6017; or by e-mail.

     
WHY DOESN'T THE HOTEL HAVE MY CONFIRMATION:   Experient will create a rooming list from your registration form which will be sent to the hotel approximately 30 days prior to the event.  Upon receipt of the rooming list from Experient the Hilton or your hotel of choice will send you a reservation confirmation.  It is a very good idea to check your confirmation to enusre it is correct.
     
WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY BADGE:   You will pick up badge at the NAR Registration onsite at the convention center .  You will be able to pick up your badge and any tickets you may have for any of the special events.
     
DO I NEED A BADGE:   You will need a badge to participate in any of the events scheduled at the convention center.  All conference attendees need a badge for admittance in the sessions and the expo.  If you prefer to only attend the expo, you can purchase a badge at the convention center.  If you are not attending any of the sessions or the expo you do NOT need a badge.
     
WHAT CAN I DO OR SEE:  

Chicago has a lot to do and see.  You  need to make sure you check out all the restaurants and shopping Chicago has to offer.  There are a variety of restaurants that you can stop in and try some of the local foods.  

To find more information on Chicago you can check here.

     

HOW DO I FIND MY MEETING ROOM:

  A schedule that includes the meeting room names will be provided closer to the event.
     
DOES THE LOCAL CRS STATE HAVE ANYTHING HAPPENING:  

TBD

 

     
WHEN IS THE CRS INAUGURAL PROGRAM INSTALLATION AND AWARDS:  

CRS INAUGURAL INSTALLATION & NETWORKING DINNER

Don't miss the installation of our 2018 Officers!  The CRS Inaugural Installation and Networking Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Tickets are available to purchase via NAR registration

 

JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

     
WHERE CAN I FIND A PLACE TO EAT:   You will not find a shortage of restaurants you can check out during your stay in Chicago!
     

HOW WILL I GET TO AND FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER:

  Coming Soon
     
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR:  

Dress at the meetings is business casual, however should you find some free time to visit some of the better restaurants you may need business or "after five" attire and men will need to wear jackets and ties.  Do not forget comfortable shoes and a light jacket for the evening.

Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater into the meeting room as they tend to be chilly.

     
WHAT WILL THE TEMPERATURE BE LIKE:   The average temperatures in November is usually between 40-48 degrees (F) in Chicago. Check http://www.holiday-weather.com/chicago/averages/november/ for updates.
     
WILL I BE SAFE IN CHICAGO, IL:  

Avoid mishaps -- travelers have so much on their minds they forget to be "street smart" and are usually easy targets for crime.  STAY ALERT! 

1.  Do not walk anywhere by yourself.  Go out in groups whenever possible.
2.  Stay on the main streets.  Avoid dark side streets wherever possible.
3.  Do not wear your convention badges on the street.