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GBR Global Business Council on Consolidation, Collaboration and more on Platinum Perspectives with Lisa Calarco from NAR

Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:00 am


[Waldwick, NJ – August 20, 2020] – The Greater Bergen Realtors® Global Business Council 2019 Leadership, CEO and staff liaison sat down with Lisa Calarco, Manager, Global Programs and Outreach with the National Association of Realtors® for a candid conversation during NAR’s Platinum Perspectives podcast.

2019 and 2020 Chair, Kathleen Houston said, " It has been an honor and a privilege to have partnered with NAR's Endeavors to bring Our Worlds together, through Education, Networking and Awareness for our members who are working within our industry in global business."

It was a great conversation where the council got candid and discussed an array of topics one of which included the 2019 consolidation of the two boards, how it was navigated to further enhanced their global strategy and how that has enabled us to expand and provide more opportunities and value for our members. Lisa Calarco said, “Being able to talk to the best of the best on the Platinum Perspectives and hearing their successes first-hand, really helps bring awareness of the impact that the US Global Councils have on their membership, their association, and their communities as a whole.”

Some of the topics discussed were the consolidation and the steps the council took to take their educational and networking events to the next level. Our participation in the 13th annual Global Real Estate Summit which is hosted by neighboring local associations throughout the NYC area, and what this meant for us as an association. Last, but not least we discussed our partnerships with other organizations like the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), National American Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), and Asian Real Estate Association (AREAA) through hosting several networking events to provide our members and their members an opportunity to meet and network. Additionally, last year we were fortunate enough to secure ‘Tu Casa TV’ to cover one of our networking events which gave us a platform to do some outreach to consumers to get our name out there and to highlight what our mission and vision are as a council.

Public Relations Director, Jennifer Mejia said “2019 was a monumental year for the association, but in particular for the Global Business Council. It was so rewarding to see that both groups came together and work to take the council to the next level. 2019 Co-Chair, Kathleen Houston brought in an array of new innovative ideas that were so well received by the membership – a definite plus to the council. Ali who was also our Co-Chair in 2019 brought in his knowledge and connections that allowed the council to forge and build new relationships. Overall, this dynamic duo came in and crushed 2019, and continue to work to take things to the next level.” Click here to listen to the lasted episode of NAR Platinum Perspective featuring Greater Bergen Realtors. For more information on GBR Global Business Council visit



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