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Dr. Clower has authored or co-authored over 170 articles, book chapters, and research repo

 Tuesday, October 5 

11:00 AM: CEO to CEO Series

Hosted By: Ryan McLaughlin

Speaker: NAR's Bob Goldberg

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Session Description

Join NAR CEO Bob Goldberg and NVAR CEO Ryan McLaughlin as they discuss the Association’s top industry priorities and give their insights on what to expect in 2022.

Ryan McLaughlin is the CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR), one of the largest regional Realtor Associations in the United States, and recently honored in The Virginia 500: 2021 Power List. He is passionate about ensuring the association is always innovating, giving value, and creating an impact on the real estate industry at large. 

Bob Goldberg is Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of REALTORS®. During his tenure, Goldberg has focused on transforming the organization and leading efforts to put members first, while driving the technology innovation and collaboration needed to position the real estate industry for the future.

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Session Description

This is the perfect session for everyone looking to learn more about inbound international real estate. What are key tips for international individuals looking to invest in the Northern Virginia area specifically? What makes Northern Virginia stand out and how can you clearly explain real estate here to those from across the pond or the other side of the border? 

1:00 PM: International Investments 101

Speakers: Kraig Schwigen & Steve Parnell

Stephen Parnell began helping clients choose which country they wanted to live in 1993 just two years after he arrived in the USA as a first generation immigrant. Combining his years of immigration/emigration experience, together with his investment migration experience, helps Steve serve clients who are looking for superior travel freedom, broader opportunities and more!

Kraig Schwigen brings over 13 years’ experience in investment immigration via the EB-5 program along with a strong grasp of legislative matters affecting both E-2 and EB-5 investment migration. Kraig’s relevant industry experience comes from his former position as Chief Operating Officer of CMB Regional Centers.

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Hosted By: The Global Advisory Leadership Group

Hosted By: The Global Advisory Leadership Group

2:00 PM: International Investments 201

Speakers: Kraig Schwigen & Steve Parnell

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Session Description

This session will take a deeper dive into International Real Estate. What are the stats for people from here in Northern Virginia going outbound to another country? What are the key tips you’ll need to succeed when investing internationally? Tune in and find out!

Stephen Parnell began helping clients choose which country they wanted to live in 1993 just two years after he arrived in the USA as a first generation immigrant. Combining his years of immigration/emigration experience, together with his investment migration experience, helps Steve serve clients who are looking for superior travel freedom, broader opportunities and more!

Kraig Schwigen brings over 13 years’ experience in investment immigration via the EB-5 program along with a strong grasp of legislative matters affecting both E-2 and EB-5 investment migration. Kraig’s relevant industry experience comes from his former position as Chief Operating Officer of CMB Regional Centers.

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 Wednesday, October 6 

10:00 AM: Keynote Session with Justin Graves

Speaker: Justin Graves

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About this Session

Understand the mind, heart and will of a person who started a new chapter in his life when most others would give up. Get motivated and be inspired to be the best you that you can be. “I strive to show others that living life using a wheelchair is not the end of the world and it is certainly not a death sentence.”

About the Speaker

Justin Graves is the founder and owner of HESONWHEELS, his motivational speaking company.  A motivational individual and a proud Virginia Tech Hokie, determination and perseverance guides Justin's daily behavior. He is a winner of ASPIRE! Award for Engagement “Embracing Ut Prosim (that I may serve) as a Way of Life”. 

11:00 AM: President to President

Hosted By: Derrick Swaak

Speaker: NAR's Charlie Oppler

Session Description

Join NAR President Charlie Oppler and NVAR President Derrick Swaak as they discuss the real estate industry’s top issues and give their insights on what to expect in 2022 for the association and membership.

Derrick is proud to serve as the 2021 President of the NVAR Board of Directors. He is a licensed Broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Derrick joined TTR Sotheby's International Realty as Partner in 2007 and is Managing Broker for the firm's McLean and The Plains offices in Virginia. 

Charlie Oppler, a REALTOR® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., is the 2021 President of the National Association of REALTORS®. Charlie is the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with 15 offices in northern and central New Jersey. He holds the At Home with Diversity certification from NAR. 

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1:00 PM: Serving the AAPI Community with AREAA

Hosted By: The Korean & Vietnamese Forums

Speaker: Sanam Vivansia

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Session Description

Join Sanam  Vivansia, President of the AREAA DC Metro chapter (the Asian American Real Estate Association of America) for this incredible session! Learn more about how AREAA promotes sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. 

About the Speaker

Sanam is a full-time VP of business development with Strategic National Title Group (SNTG). Sanam is Persian by origin but grew up in Sweden where she also graduated with her first LL.M. from Uppsala University Law School. She moved to the United States (Washington DC) in 2009 and have since honed her second Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the George Washington University Law School. She is very proud to be fluent in Swedish, Farsi, Spanish and English.

2:00 PM: NAHREP

Hosted By: The Hispanic Forum

Speaker: Sara Rodrigez

Session Description

Don’t miss this impactful session with Sara Rodriguez, 2020-2021 NAHREP National President, as she talks in depth about the Hispanic Market in Northern Virginia. She’ll take a deep dive into residential and commercial real estate, local demographics and statistics, and answer any questions you may have on the Hispanic/International footprint of Northern Virginia. 

About the Speaker

Sara Rodriguez is the CEO/Owner of Titan Title and a partner at Mendez Rodriguez, PLC. Her practice specializes on all matters related to residential and commercial real estate transactions. She served as 2016 President of NAHREP Northern Virginia and has served on the chapter’s board of directors since 2013 in various leadership roles. Additionally, she serves as a national chapter coach.  

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 Thursday, October 7 

11:00 AM: Economic Outlook

Speakers: Terry Clower, Lisa Sturtevant &
Lawrence Yun

Session Description

Top economists from the National Association of Realtors, Virginia Realtors, and George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis offer a 360-degree analysis of the economic conditions that impact the real estate market and ultimately, your business. Learn from the experts and get answers to your questions.

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Terry L. Clower is Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Clower has authored or co-authored over 170 articles, book chapters, and research reports reflecting experience in economic and community development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, housing, transportation, land use planning, and economic forecasting.

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and oversees the Research group at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey.

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Lisa serves as Chief Economist with Virginia REALTORS®, leading the association’s research activities. Her key responsibilities include preparing regular reports on the residential and commercial real estate markets, developing research to support advocacy and education, forecasting economic and housing market conditions, and presenting to real estate and economic development groups.

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About the Special Guest 

Prior to his appointment as Moldova’s Ambassador to the United States, Caras worked as a foreign policy adviser for Dodon. Previously, Eugen Caras worked as head of the Mission of Moldova to the European Union. He also held the position of Moldova’s Ambassador to Brussels.

At the same time, Caras worked in diplomatic missions in Turkey, Ukraine, but also in the U.S.A.

About the Caterer

Blu Sage Catering is a leader in the greater Washington DC area for its creative cuisine, capitol style and competitive pricing. We have received top catering honors from Washingtonian Magazine, Channel 9 News A-List, The Knot and Wedding Wire, just to name a few. Our Event Design Team can assist you with every aspect of your event to ensure it is a smashing success!

12:00 PM: Global Luncheon

Catered by: Blu Sage Catering

Special Guest : Eugen Caras

Hosted By: NVAR Global

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Luncheon Description

Join us at NVAR’s Fairfax location for our very special “Eat Around the World” luncheon, featuring food from BluSage Catering. There will be various food stations “around the world” including: Mexican Food, European Food, and a mixture of Asian cuisine. We will give a sneak peak on our newest upcoming member benefit, Realtor® Sphere. Come and celebrate Global with us at NVAR!

Session Description

Join NVAR superstar Mayra Pineda as she interviews staff at the Guatemalan Embassy. They will discuss everything from How an Embassy functions, How to Immigrate to Guatemala, best tips for traveling there, and more! 

About the Special Guest 

Alfonso Quiñónez Lemus currently serves as the Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of America. Previously, he was Public Affairs Manager at Cementos Progreso, with responsibility for institutional relations, communication, reputation and international relations. Prior to that, he worked for a period of approximately 15 years at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, holding various positions, including those of Secretary of Summits of the Americas and Secretary of External Relations, Secretary of Development.

About the Speaker

Mayra is a respected member of the Real Estate Community that she has been a part of for more than 17 years! Mayra is deeply committed to her community, and is a powerful voice for Latino organizations that empower and help those most.Mayra is co-founder and former president of the Guatemala Chamber of Commerce. She also co-founded Chapines de Corazon, a group that helps children in Guatemala.

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Speaker: Maya Pineda

Special Guest : Alfonso Quiñónez Lemus

Hosted By : The Global Leadership Advisory Group

1:00 PM: Tour of Guatemalan Embassy

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2:00 PM: Innovation & Globalization in Northern Va.

Hosted By: The International Business Forum

Speaker: Jan E. Mul

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Session Description

Tune in and get insider knowledge on Fairfax County Economic Development. Hear from county experts on how Fairfax has diversified its workforce, education, quality of life, Foreign Owned Firms has development, information on FCEDA’a International Program and what’s next for the future. 

About the Speaker

Jan E. Mul directs the International Business Investment Division at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). Jan joined the FCEDA in March of 2004 and his primary role is to assist foreign firms with their market entry into the United States and Fairfax County. He manages the five overseas offices that the FCEDA maintains in Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

All Global Sessions are Subject to Change

10:00 AM: Opening Keynote Session 

Speaker: Rachel Brenke

Session Description

Understand the mindset of an World Champion with the core mindset that a person can do anything they put their mind to. From running in a triathlon to running multiple businesses, Rachel Brenke is a true American Champion!

About the Speaker

An inspirational figure, Rachel Brenke has started and grown her own business, overcome a cancer diagnosis, qualified as a USA Triathlon runner, finishing Top 10 in the world for her age group, competed in the IronMan world championships, built a virtual boutique intellectual property law firm and is a mother of five children.