Business in Brief

Alaska Realtors holding
convention at Land’s End 

Members of the Alaska Association of Realtors are in Homer this week for the group’s annual convention.

The convention theme is “Charting Your Cosmic Course.” Convention events are happening at Land’s End Resort and got under way Tuesday with the association’s board of directors annual meeting in the afternoon and a social gathering Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s opening ceremony began with students from Fireweed Academy kicking off the day’s agenda with the Pledge of Allegiance and a sea song.

The convention’s keynote speakers are Jerry Rossi and Maura Neill.

According to information provided by the Kachemak Board of Realtors, convention host: “Rossi is constantly updating his presentations at the speed of information to masterfully reframe  the real estate industry of the evolving consumer’s needs, trending market demands and fresh technology resources. Now Rossi is spinning real estate into the future with ‘Class in the Round.’”

Neill “is a second-generation Realtor who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. (She) is a social media and technology devotee and an active real estate speaker and instructor on subjects such as real estate technology, building your business via social media, customer service and client retention,” according to the information provided.

In addition to the education classes offered, the convention includes a trade show this afternoon, sponsored by Morris Publishing Group. Morris papers in Alaska include the Homer News, Peninsula Clarion, Juneau Empire, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Star, Capital City Weekly and the Equipment Trader. The papers will unveil a new digital product for real estate businesses during the convention.

The trade show will be from 4-6 p.m. today. Several Homer businesses will display their products and services during the show, including Homer’s Jeans, The Classic Cook, Annette’s Creative Cooking, Alaska Aloha and Sustainable Wares.

The convention wraps up Saturday.