Our PowerHouse Community came together on Wednesday, February 7th for a memorable experience, at the 2nd Annual PHS Luxury Conference 2018, at the Chicago Merchandise MART. With 250+ leaders in the luxury, design, build, real estate industry in attendance, Wendy Cohen (PHS/PowerHouse Recruiting) at the helm, anchored by Co-Chairs Rebecca Pogonitz (GOGO design group), Michael Norpell (Norpies Wall to Wall), and Emeritus, Toni Callahan (Schmechtig Landscapes) the stage was set for an incredible day of Inspiration, Collaboration and Education! Thank you to our Media Sponsor, Luxe Interiors + Design for helping promote, advertise and for publishing post-event press photos!
We fired-up the day with the VIP Roundtable Lunch hosted by Monogram with a Fireside Chat by Keynote Speaker Paul Boomsma (Luxury Portfolios International) and Sheri Gold (Monogram). Exclusive to sponsors and speakers, the conference VIP’s were treated to Chef Jon’s cooking demonstration and a delicious lunch in the Monogram Design Center.
At 1 pm sharp, the LuxeHome registration desk was buzzing as PHS Luxury Conference attendees, were easily verified using the official conference app Whova. Guests made their way to Marshall’s Landing, filling the grand staircase and lounge area, and as anticipation grew the Opening Ceremony was launched with a video screening of our Co-Chairs’ hilarious take on the Laverne and Shirley comedy!
Excitement was building as with Conference Co-Chairs, Rebecca, Michael, and Wendy introduced last year’s PHS Conference Speaker, James Kinney (Baird & Warner), and our Realtor Expert Panelist, Melinda Jakovich (Coldwell Banker) and Elizabeth Jakaitis (Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff) and ultimately our 2018 Keynote Speaker, Paul Boomsma, CEO of Luxury Portfolios International. Paul shared Inspiration and Insight for Today’s Affluent Client with his 2018 White Paper, The Rise of the New Aristocracy! Paul’s presentation included a highly relevant Q&A session with our stellar panel of Realtor® experts, providing more insight into the local Chicagoland real estate climate. PHS announced 2018 is the Year of the Realtor®, with a PHS Community focus on building mutually beneficial relationships among luxury brokers and PHS Members. With that said, Brian Jessen, (Guaranteed Rate) is our Lender for PHS Year of the Realtor. Truly a spectacular start to what was to be an amazing day of education, connecting and networking!
Following the keynote, guests attended education break-out sessions, one within Marshall’s Landing titled, “Are You Ready for Marketing 2020?” featuring Expert Marketing Speakers, Pam McNally (Interior Design magazine), Lisa Skolnik (IntraLink Global) and Liza Hausman (HOUZZ), as well as at Pella Crafted Luxury for, “Get the Picture – How VR/BIM is Transforming Our Industry” a in-depth Presentation by Mark Benner (MEB Architects) and collaborators Brandon Rogalski (Power Construction), Margaret Noga, (New Style Cabinets), Chris Powell (DME Elevators & Lifts), Dean MacMorris (Night Light Inc) and Jarmila Singer (Sound Living). Attendees were thoroughly impressed with the outstanding, and valuable, insight shared by all. Thank you, Speakers and Sponsor!
Following the day of education, all ushered in cocktail happy hour with GRAFF sponsored music by Toni Callahan’s Jazz Quartet, as guests experienced Mammoth’s Vodka and Gin with the incredible Thermador Ice Luge and Cambria’s beautiful Beer & Wine Bar. We were in for a magical night of networking, gourmet appetizers by Bosch and all around incredible company! Did you stay until the end when the amazing Toni Callahan sang our traditional sponsor “Thank You” song? What a talent she is, and if you missed it, just wait we have our video coming soon! Every Sponsor is included.
Thank you to all who attended for making this year’s PHS Luxury Conference bigger, better and brighter. We are always proud to have Designs for Dignity as our charity benefactor and humbled to have associations like NKBA, HBAGC, NARI and RNDD collaborate with PHS. We are so grateful to our outstanding sponsors for your support, to our incredible speakers who shared valuable time and knowledge, and to the fabulous venues, food/beverages, and music. It was an amazing day of learning and connecting…and we are grateful.
Mark your calendars, Wednesday February 6, 2019 for more Inspiration, Collaboration and Education!
Online Resource Links:
Opening Conference PDF
Paul Boomsma White Pages THE RISE OF THE NEW ARISTOCRACY 2018
Are You Ready for Marketing 2020? PDF
Liza Hausman PDF
Lisa Skolnik PDF
Get the Picture – How VR/BIM is Transforming Our Industry PDF