After a hiatus – the result of the 2020 Educators Conference having been a casualty of COVID-19 – the North Carolina Real Estate Commission was excited to welcome real estate instructors and various education provider officials to its 2021 Spring Educators Conference on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. With mass gatherings still discouraged, this year’s event was conducted via Zoom technology, and highlighted the theme, Back to the Future.
In order to assure a positive experience for attendees and to minimize bandwidth issues, registration for this first ever virtual conference was limited to 150 participants. However, the entire day’s presentations were recorded and are being fashioned into an asynchronous distance presentation which will be available in early April. Thus, even those who could not attend the live virtual event will benefit from the information shared.
Sandra O’Connor, Commission Chair, opened the conference at 8:30 with a welcome to all the attendees. Following the welcome, Ms. O’Connor announced the creation of a new Commission award: The Industry Champion Award, which was presented posthumously to Garth Dunklin. The award was accepted by Helen Dunklin, Garth’s wife, and his children, Macy and Garth Jr., were also in attendance.
After the welcome, the day-long event featured the following presentations by Commission staff members:
The conference culminated with the presentation of the 2021 Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award to George Bell by Commission Chair O’Connor. The Commission established the Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award in 2016 to honor the Commission’s late former Director of the Education and Licensing Division. As this year’s recipient of the Larry Outlaw award, Mr. Bell demonstrated ongoing excellence in and outstanding contributions to real estate education in North Carolina.
The conference concluded with a final wrap-up/Q&A session moderated by Ms. Hamlin. The Commission thanks North Carolina’s real estate education community for its continued interest and support, and congratulates George Bell on his award.