To describe the happenings of this year’s ONE Summit in a brief blog is going to be difficult, almost mildly insulting to the event itself, but I will do my very best because for those that didn’t attend… you truly missed ONE unforgettable experience
The event kicked off with a welcome reception/party at the Live Lucky Pool at the MGM Grand. As attendees arrived at the resort, they were able to check in then meet, greet, and network with fellow Realty ONE Group professionals and industry leaders. Guests wined and dined, but the welcome reception was brief to ensure all attendees were well-rested and ready for a fully packed ONE Summit.
On Monday morning, as the smell of fresh coffee filled the air of the Boulevard Ballroom at the MGM, guests began to trickle into the room and take their seats for the first line up of keynote speakers, ONE Talks, panels, and entertainment. It kicked off with an incredible performance from The Drumbots and rolled right into one of the biggest moments of the entire Summit, the keynote speech from Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Magic Johnson’s speech was simply that, magical. He ignited a fire under our attendees with his stories of success and confident approach to life and business. His charisma and charm illuminated the room as the audience watched and listened with wide eyes and alert ears. There were photos, chest bumps, jokes, and true life stories all designed to inspire everyone in the room to go above and beyond in their own work and life
How do you top a keynote speech from Magic Johnson? It’s not easy, to be completely honest, but Summit continued with a series of panels with a variety of topics and panelists. Just to name a few: there were talks on the current state of the market, best social media practices, goal setting, how cyber fraud infiltrates real estate, the use of video, creating an untraditional workspace, how to speak to millennials, the future of ONE University, and so many more.
Some of the most notable names and faces at this year’s ONE Summit (besides Magic Johnson) were many of the industry’s biggest leaders as well as entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, and U.S. heroes. Steve Murray, President and Owner of REAL Trends sat down with Vinnie Tracey and Kuba to discuss the market and where it is heading. Nick Bailey, former President of C21 gave a compelling speech about the role of the agent in today’s market. Brad Inman of Inman news joined Kuba on stage for a unique perspective on what it takes to be a journalist in this industry. Mike Maddock, the self-proclaimed “Idea Monkey” inspired everyone in the audience to be a disruptor and to do things a little differently. There were keynotes from Joseph Bradley, author of “Questioneering: The New Model for Innovative Leaders in the Digital Age”, Dominik Pogorzelski, VP of Products at RESTB AI, and Robert O’Neill, the U.S. Navy Seal who was a part of Seal Team Six, credited with taking down Osama Bin Laden during Operation Neptune Spear.
To say Robert O’Neill’s speech was moving would be a complete understatement. You could hear a pin drop in the ballroom and guests were glued to his every word. His subject was compelling, emotional, and inspiring with the audience leaving with never-quit mentality.
The quick breaks in between speakers or sessions were designed to give guests a short breather, but the Realty ONE Group Pop-Up Shop was open during all breaks and everyone got the opportunity to shop the latest and greatest apparel, accessories, exclusive ONE Summit items, and to even make bulk online purchases for team members or colleagues back at home. Attendees also got a chance to take a selfie with the custom ONE Summit Lamborghini parked inside the Ballroom! It was a mad house to say the least, but everyone left in style
If you haven’t gotten the idea that this event was anything but traditional, let’s fuel the argument a little more. Instead of having a traditional awards ceremony for all the Top Producers, Realty ONE Group rented out the world famous Hakkasan Night Club and disguised our Awards Ceremony as a Black Tie Masquerade Party where everyone was invited! There was food, drink, live entertainment and so much gold!
But the most untraditional of them all… Realty ONE Group set a World Record during ONE Summit! That’s right! The World Record was set for the largest word created out of dice and the word was none other then “ONE.” The record to beat was 2,000 dice, but in Realty ONE Group fashion, 11,111 gold dice were used to create it leaving our Founder, Kuba Jewgienew, utterly speechless.
It was an opportunity for everyone to come together, learn from each other, build their network, be inspired, represent this incredible coolture and leave ready to absolutely crush the competition in 2019.
Chief Branding Officer, David King, could not have said it more perfectly, “ONE Summit was an enormous success. Our biggest and most impactful year to date and exactly what we needed to move our organization forward and to continue our global expansion.”
Stay tuned for more information on ONE Summit 2020!