2017 Annual TRETA Conference Recap

41st Annual Conference ~ April 6, 7 & 8

The 41st Annual TRETA Conference held in Lakeway, Texas had members in attendance representing Texas, Florida, and more!

I don’t think the TRETA Conference could have been any better this year!  The location and weather were perfect.  Lakeway Resort and Spa in Lakeway, Texas was fabulous.

As always we offered the CREI update class on Thursday afternoon with Dr Rosenauer speaking and interacting with us on “What I Wish I’d Known before I Taught My First Real Estate Class”.  That was informative and humorous at times!

That evening the Opening Reception party was fantastic with wonderful “snacks” of Mexican cruise overlooking beautiful Lake Travis.  Drink tickets were used to purchase the traditional margarita or whatever the taste bud fancied.

Friday morning’s session was packed full as usual with:

  • “Connecting with the Disconnected (Technology)” – Wendy Bryan & Jaime Johnson, WFG Title Company
  • “Teaching Social Media” – Melissa Weathersby, San Antonio College
  • “Texas Housing in the Next 5 Years” – Dr Jim Gains, The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M
  • “The New Frontier – simulcast classes” – Dan Hamilton, Alliant National Title

The TRETA Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting was upbeat with the installation of our 2017-18 Officers and Directors, and with the presentation of a $1,000 TRETA Scholarship to Scott Smith who is a student at Texas A&M.  Awards and Recognitions were presented to Kevin Morris (Lifetime Achievement Award), Dennis Walker (Don Roose Award for Excellence), Bonnie Wilson (President’s Award), and to Dr Johnnie Rosenauer (Jerry Rutledge Global Visionary Award).

The afternoon conference session included:

  • “What Brokers Wish real estate students were learning” – Avis Wukasch, TREC Chair
  • “New requirements for Qualified/CE instructors, and requirements for distance education and new courses” – Gwen Jackson, Director of Education & Licensing (TREC)
  • “How to navigate the new TREC website for education” – Jennifer Wheeler, Education Manager (TREC)
  • “Recent Real Estate Court Cases” – Chuck Jacobus, TREC Broker-Lawyer Committee

The President’s Reception followed with adult beverages and horderves in the LBJ Suite with outgoing President Bart Stockton and incoming President Jeannette Black.

Saturday morning woke us up with Breakfast & CREI Awards Presentation to new and renewing CREI designees.  We then gathered for the morning session with:

  • “Stages of Teaching” – Dr Rosenauer, San Antonio College
  • “Demystifying CREI – how to obtain and what it means” – Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College
  • Those who attended the entire conference were then “signed out” to obtain their TREC 10 hours of CE credit.

Many, many thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors who helped make this event possible.  Next year in Ft Worth we will be TOGETHER, TEACHERS EXCEL!!        

~ Bonnie Wilson, 2017 Conference Director


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Thursday, April 6 

- 11-5 pm Conference Registration
- 12-4 pm CREI Update 4 Hr Workshop 
- 7-9 pm   Reception & Networking Party

Friday, April 7 

- 7 am  Continental Breakfast 
- 7 am  Conference Registration
- 8 am  Opening Remarks
- Wendy Bryan & Jaime Johnson (Teaching with Technology)
- Melissa Weathersby  (Teaching Social Media)
- Dr. Jim Gaines, TX Real Est. Center  (TX Economic Housing Update)
- Dan Hamilton   (Interactive Simulcast Classes)
- Luncheon 
- Avis Wukasch, Chair of TREC  (What brokers wish students learned in real estate classes)
- Gwen Jackson, TREC Ed Director & Jennifer Wheeler, TREC Ed Mgr.    (TREC Education Updates)
- Chuck Jacobus    (TX Real Estate Court Cases)
- 6 pm  President's Reception


Saturday, April 8

- 8 AM CREI Breakfast & Awards
- Dr. Johnnie Rosenauer (What I wish I'd known before I taught my first real estate class)
- Kevin Morris, CREI Designation Program Overview
- Conference closing & Door Prizes

 We thank our generous 2017 conference sponsors and exhibitors!























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!























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