GAR Cancels the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Georgia REALTORS®, Partners, Expo Vendors, and Guests,
After considering the path of Hurricane Dorian and the storm’s projected impact for not only Florida, but for Georgia and the Carolinas as well, we have decided to cancel the 2019 GAR Annual Conference & Expo.
Our leadership did not make this decision lightly. Due to the size of this storm, travel will likely be treacherous in the lower half of our state and in Florida for several days. The safety of our members is our top priority, and we agreed that we didn’t want to put anyone in harm’s way traveling to the Conference.
Below are some important items to note:
  • REGISTRATION REFUNDS: Since the decision has been made to cancel the Annual Conference all registrations for the Annual Conference and the CRS class will be fully refunded within the next 7-10 days. The refunds will be issued electronically to the same card used for the registration.
  • HOTEL RESERVATIONS: If you are staying at the Sawgrass Marriott, your reservation has been cancelled – no further action is needed. For those staying at the Hilton Garden Inn,  please call to cancel your reservation directly. All cancellation penalties and fees have been waived for our attendees, but you must cancel directly in the NEXT 24 hours.
  • GOVERNANCE MEETINGS:
  1. The GAR Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, September 5 at the Westin Atlanta Airport. Additional information will be sent to the Executive Committee members.
  2. The GAR Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will be held next Friday, September 6, at the Westin Atlanta Airport starting at 1:30pm. Additional information will be emailed to the State Directors and Association Executives regarding attendance at the Board of Directors meeting to ensure that a quorum is present to conduct business.
  • ELECTIONS: During the BOD meeting, State Directors will be voting on the Nominating slate, Vice President positions, and for NAR Region 5 Vice President. Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak before the BOD prior to the vote.
  • REALTOR® of THE YEAR: The REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) ceremony will be held during the BOD meeting. We hope that all nominees will plan to attend.
Thank you to the 750+ attendees, including our members, partners, speakers, instructors, special guests and vendors that were planning to be with us for the Annual Conference & Expo. While this turn of events disappoints us all, the safety and well-being of our membership and affiliates is our most important priority, and we are confident that this is the right decision.
Sincerely,
Chris Jiles
2019 President
Georgia REALTORS®
Posted Friday, August 30, 2019, 4:15 pm