What is Achieve?

As the premiere leadership event of the Michigan Realtors®, Achieve provides leaders of every level with the tools needed to be the change they want to see in their local associations, offices, and communities. Sharpen your leadership skills with top industry speakers and network with fellow Realtor® professionals. The President's Reception at Achieve creates an evening of connection and celebrates the new Michigan Realtors® Board of Directors.

Thank you, for attending Achieve 2020! Get session handouts below.

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Compete Every Day Handout - Jake Thompson

Competitor Scorecard Handout - Jake Thompson

Power Your Hour Handout - Laurie Brown

Best Leadership Practices – Brian Westrin

Save the date!

  • 2021 Achieve
  • Westin Book Cadillac
  • Wednesday, January 27 – Friday, January 29
  • Hotel Room Rate: $169++
  • Standard room single-quad occupancy
  • Reservation cutoff date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  • Member Early Registration Rate - TBD

The Hotel

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Hotel Room Rate: $143.00++

Reservation cutoff date: January 3, 2020

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Debra Trappen

She is focused on serving growth-minded leaders – with a passion for sparking and supporting women building their divine slice of the kingdom from the couch, carpool, cubicle, or corner office. She starts at the core by helping each of us to define and design the BEST version of ourselves and shows us how to leverage those elements to build ditch the senseless hustle, find divine focus, and live our lives out loud, on purpose, and on our own terms!

A sought-after speaker, empowerment consultant, educator, and author, Debra’s been spotlighted and interviewed on several platforms, publications, and media outlets, including Inman News, RESA, National Women’s Council, National Association of REALTORS®, Maverick CEO, Agent Caffeine, The Inspired Woman Project, The Money Hour, How She Built It, realtor.com, RETechCampus, and Homes.com.

Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown has over two decades of experience as a speaker, trainer, coach, and facilitator, helping her audience improve their communication, presentation skills and customer and employee engagement. In that time she has earned a reputation as a highly engaging, fun and effective professional, whose work gets results for her clients.

A key asset that Laurie brings to her work is her range and depth of experience. She has an international clientele, having worked in the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Europe, England, Latin America and throughout the United States. Laurie has worked with culturally diverse audiences at all corporate levels, and her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, dealerships, and small family-owned businesses.

She counts Lockheed Martin, SAIC, IBM, Great American Insurance, KPMG, Beam International, Accenture, GM, Sun Chemical, Denso, Deloitte, Chrysler, Acura, Ford, Plex, Mercy Health Systems, and BMW among her clients.

Laurie is passionate about providing engaging facilitation, training and coaching that makes a difference. She is the author of The Greet Your Customer Manual, The Teleprompter Manual and Brand-Aid.

Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and coach who helps ambitious leaders win their work, workouts, and life. As founder of Compete Every Day, he has spent years studying great competitors, and with this research, has created a process that can help leaders harness a Competitor's mindset to make better choices and in turn, make bigger impacts in their careers and personal life.

Clara Capano

Clara Capano is the owner of Censpire Consulting with a focus on Unleashing the Power of the Mompreneur. With over 25 years in Sales and Leadership, Clara has worked with business owners across the United States and Canada and has helped them build a better business and life. She is a published author, speaker, trainer and business strategist. Clara is a Master trainer and coach with Ninja Selling and Coaching, Certified though Integrity Selling and Tony Robins coaching. In addition, she holds a BA in Communications and English and a MA in Organizational Communications and Leadership.

Rob Campau

Robert Campau, Esq. is a veteran lobbyist who joined Michigan Realtors® in February of 1996. He serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Michigan Realtors®, he was Director of Environmental Affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association. He received a BA in communications from Michigan State University and Jurist Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Brad Ward

Brad has been with Michigan Realtors® since 2001 and is a lobbyist for the association involved in all legislative issues at the state level. He is the principal staff person for the Public Policy Committee and RPAC trustees. Brad completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and received his law degree from Wayne State University. He formerly served as a Legislative Aide to Representative Nancy Cassis.

Brian Westrin

Brian Westrin is Director of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for the Michigan Realtors®. He helps facilitate both the Public Policy Committee & Legal Action Committee. He regularly presents on legal and policy issues, often working directly with local associations on emerging concerns. Brian is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Michigan State University College of Law.

Christine Hansen

Christine E. Hansen (GRI), a REALTOR® for more than 30 years, is the 2020 Vice President of Advocacy for the National Association of REALTORS®. She has served in association leadership almost continuously at the state and national levels. As 2019 REALTOR® Party Director, she’s focused on ensuring REALTORS® understand the strength of their collective voice on Capitol Hill and in their state and local legislatures advocating for the many critical public policy issues affecting our industry.

Event Conduct Policy

All attendees are expected to conduct themselves professionally and with good judgment and common sense. Michigan Realtors® aims to provide a safe event experience for all attendees and does not tolerate inappropriate behavior or harassment in any form. If you feel threatened or harassed while attending a Michigan Realtors® event, you are encouraged to report the incident directly to police via 911. Attendees who violate this Event Conduct Policy may be asked to leave the event without a refund. In addition, the attendee may not be permitted to participate in future Michigan Realtors® events.

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