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Announcing the New REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo Brand

The National Association of REALTORS« is pleased to announce that the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is renamed the REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo. This event will be held May 12-17, 2014 in Washington, DC, with the REALTOR« Party Trade Expo being held on May 14-15. More than 8,000 REALTORS« and REALTOR« Association staff are expected to attend.

Watch a video from 2014 NAR President Steve Brown on the name change.

Watch a webcast with 2014 NAR President Steve Brown to learn about new programming.

More about the design: A blue star anchors the REALTOR« Party name and is the “stamp” of NAR’s mark on Washington, DC. Three red waving stripes stand for the three elements of the REALTOR« Party event: legislative activities, association meetings and the trade expo. The stripes can also refer to the three levels of government NAR has an impact on: local, state and federal. The serif font pairs nicely with NAR’s Garamond font on the left side.

Why the name change?
NAR used to hold three meetings each year: Mid-Winter (January/February), Midyear (May) and Annual (November). The Mid-Winter meetings were discontinued in 1999, but the Midyear name continued to be used until this year.

NAR has held meetings in the middle of the year throughout its history – sometimes the annual convention was held then, or more often the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other key committees would convene for business meetings. Around 1962, the meetings became a more coordinated event officially called the May Meetings. In 1980, the meeting was moved to late April, and since the May Meetings name no longer applied, the name was changed to the Midyear Meetings. In 1983, the Midyear Meetings switched locations from Chicago to Washington, DC, but the name stayed the same.

The Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo name was recently discussed at the 2014 Meeting & Conference Committee Meeting. The committee recommended changing the name to better reflect the true scope and nature of this event. The REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo goes beyond just meetings and legislative activities. It’s an important gathering of NAR members and association leaders that crosses party lines to get at the heart of real estate market issues.

What is the REALTOR« Party?
The REALTOR« Party is an energized movement of real estate professionals working to protect and promote the dream of homeownership and property investment. From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, the REALTOR« Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that uphold private property rights. Through our members’ advocacy, the REALTOR« Party builds strong communities, a vibrant business environment and a better America.

What is the REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo?
The REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo is the event where REALTORS« and association leaders come together to speak in unison on issues that pertain to real estate. And it’s an opportunity for all members to respond to and initiate change at all levels of government – federal, state and local. Held each May in Washington, DC, the event is “campaign headquarters” for important discussions about real estate policy and membership involvement in political initiatives. The trade expo, with 100 exhibitors in 20,000 total square feet, is a key relationship-building event where vendors can network with top real estate leaders and where REALTORS« can learn more about services and technologies from partners who are invested in their industry.

What if I can’t make it to the REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo?
You can still make a difference in your local market. Visit the REALTOR« Party online to learn about Community Outreach Programs, and apply for REALTOR« Party funding to get your initiative started today.

What can we expect?
Continue to learn more about the event at www.REALTOR.org/RPCTE, but look for the new event logo going forward and on all major materials and signage at the event in May.

Approved Copy for General Usage by Associations

The Midyear Meetings is now known as the REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo
The REALTOR« Party Convention & Trade Expo is the event where REALTORS« and association leaders come together to speak in unison on issues that pertain to real estate. And it’s an opportunity for all members to respond to and initiate change at all levels of government – federal, state and local. This event will be held May 12-17, 2014 in Washington, DC, with the Trade Expo on May 14-15. More than 8,000 REALTORS« and REALTOR« Association staff are expected to attend.
Contact ConvInfo@REALTORS.org for a copy of the logo file.








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