2016 Annual TRETA Conference Recap

40th Annual Conference ~ April 28, 29 & 30

The 40th Annual TRETA Conference held in San Antonio, Texas had members in attendance representing Texas, Oklahoma, and more!

Karen Nichols was President for 2015-2016. The 40th annual conference was held in San Antonio at the Marriott Plaza. The theme of the conference was “Unmasking the Highly Effective Teacher.” Henry Cisneros was the keynote speaker.

The conference was packed with several presenters from Texas A&M, Texas Veterans Land Board, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Saving and Mortgage Lending, and TREC’s Director of Education and Licensing Services, Gwen Jackson.  All real estate licensees attending received 10 hours of CE credit.

The Thursday CREI Renewal workshop on Thursday was an excellent session where members learned about new methods for presenting in the classroom. That evening, many members joined us at the President's Reception.  

The new slate of officers were sworn in at the luncheon and several awards were presented to members that have provided a years of dedicated service to our organization.   Karen Nichols presented the President’s Awards to Membership Director Michael Phillips and to Jerry Rutledge for their outstanding service to TRETA. The Jerry Rutledge Global Visionary Award was presented to Dr. Johnnie Rosenauer; and Dennis Walker was awarded the Don Roose Award of Excellence.

On Saturday, we had a great CREI breakfast followed by the final presentations to close our conference.Next year's conference will be in Austin, Texas!


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Thursday, April 28 - Began at noon

- Conference Registration
- CREI Update 4 Hr Workshop
- Reception & Networking Party

Friday, April 29 - Begins at 8 AM

- Breakfast 
- Conference Registration
- Washington Rpt by Sen. Cornyn
- Dr. Jim Gaines, TX Real Est. Center
- Dr. Johnnie Rosenauer
- Cmsr Caroline Jones, Texas SMLD
Keynote Speaker - Henry Cisneros
Gwen Jackson, TREC Director of Education & Jennifer Wheeler, TREC Ed Mgr.
- Steve Hudson, TX Vet Land Board
- Chuck Jacobus - Legal Update

Saturday, April 30 - Begins at 8 AM

- CREI Breakfast

Jerry Rutledge - Mortgage Update


- Rachel Cahill - PowerPoint Pros 

- Conference Closing

 We thank our generous 2016 conference sponsors and exhibitors!























2015 Annual TRETA Conference Recap

39th Annual Conference ~ April 16, 17 & 18

The 39th Annual TRETA Conference was held at the 
beautiful Corpus Christi, Texas at the Omni Hotel Resort!  

We had members in attendance representing Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and more!

Here's what one member had to say:

"My first trip to a TRETA Conference was going to be okay…until I arrived! Then, I was star-struck to say the least!

 There in the flesh were the authors, the educators, the movers, and the shakers of real estate education.  The actual authors who write the books, the publishing companies, the TREC insiders, TAR top bananas and the Mayor of the city, all talking TO ME!  Oh yes, and the Governor sent a “Greeting” to wish us a productive and engaging conference.  Geez, could it get any better?  I felt very important and honored to be receiving the instruction, thoughts, and wisdom of these wonderful leaders.

The lineup of speakers was phenomenal; from how to read a student to legal ramifications facing our legislators on behalf of real estate, lending, and instruction. It is well worth your time to go; to learn, to make friends, and hopefully become a better, more informed instructor.  See you there!

~ Bonnie L. Wilson, San Antonio TX

The Thursday CREI Renewal workshop was an upbeat session where members learned new skills for presenting in the classroom to make teaching more effective. That evening, many members joined us at the President's Reception where we dined on delicious food and enjoyed good company with old friends and new ones!  

The Friday speaker line-up was fun and fact-filled.  Mayor Nelda Martinez welcomed us to the city, then we learned about business planning, our annual "Legal Update" and a presentation from Texas Savings & Mortgage Lending Dept. During our luncheon, our new slate of officers were sworn in at the luncheon and several awards were presented to members that have provided a years of dedicated service to our organization. After lunch we had our annual "Mortgage Market Update" and heard updates from our friends at TREC.

On Saturday, we had a scrumptious CREI breakfast with renewals and honoring of some longtime CREI members.  After breakfast, we resumed the conference with the final presentations of the Instructor Development and closed with the annual Real Estate Center's the status of the economy.


Thursday, April 16
- CREI Update Workshop
       Philip Schoewe, Dr. Johnnie Rosenauer, and Kevin Morris
- Reception & Networking Party

Friday, April 17

- Petey Parker - Business Planning
- Nelda Martinez -Mayor Corpus Christi
- Chuck Jacobus - Legal Update
- Tony Florence, Texas SMLD
- Luncheon 
- Jerry Rutledge - Mortgage Update 
- Avis Wukasch, Chairman TREC
- Gwen Jackson, TREC Director of Ed

Saturday, April 18 

- CREI Breakfast- Lloyd Hampton - Instructor Development
- Dr. Jim Gaines, Real Est. Center
- Conference Closing  




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