Note: I’ve asked several people to share their thoughts and experiences about what Real Estate Connect has meant to them with our FOREM readers. Look for these special “Connect Stories” here on FOREM leading up to Real Estate Connect San Francisco, July 27-29, 2011. Our fourth Connect guest post is from our friend Brian Boero, the Co-Founder and Partner of 1000Watt Consulting (@1000wattbrian on Twitter). Thank you Brian! – Katie

@InmanConnect #ICSF

Real Estate Connect in San Francisco is the highlight of my professional year.

I get more networking value out of these three days than the 362 that follow. And I come home with a dozen ideas I’m excited to act on.

That may sound over the top. But it’s been a matter of fact for me for years.

I go to a lot of real estate events. Some are for brokers, some are for agents, some are for MLS folks. Many of them are valuable.

But Connect remains unique because everyone’s there.

The tech people. Brokers. Agents. Brand executives. MLS leaders. Entrepreneurs with designs on disrupting our big, complicated industry.

They are together, at Connect, mixing it up.

It makes for great conversations – in the sessions and in the halls – and knocks people out of their comfort zones. That’s a good thing in my book.

I am severely and proudly biased here. I started working at Inman two months before the first Real Estate Connect event in July of 1997 and left in 2005 after producing a bunch of them. This event is in my veins.

But trust me – I’m putting my time and money where my mouth is. I’ll be San Francisco this July, learning, meeting, re-connecting and squeezing every last moment out of this very special event.

I hope to see you there.

(Here is a video from Brian at Real Estate Connect sharing more of his thoughts about Connect)

Do you have a Connect Story you’d like to share? Did coming to Connect profoundly change you, your outlook, your team or your business? All of the above? If so, I want to hear from you and possibly feature you here on FOREM. Leave me a comment below or email me katie (at) inman (dot) com.

Join the Connect conversation on Facebook and Twitter (#ICSF)

Katie Lance, Social Media Director, Inman News, @katielance

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