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18th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference Shares Venue with Dalai Lama

Mike Shimkonis, a Director at Telluride Properties attended the 18th annual Luxury Real Estate conference in Atlanta, GA last week. The unexpected highlight of the trip was a very special guest that was staying at the Ritz Carlton where the event was held … the Dalai Lama!

SEATTLE – The 18th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference was recently held in Atlanta, GA, USA Sunday, October 6th to Wednesday, October 9th, at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Keynote Speakers included Entrepreneur and Founder of, Jeff Hoffman and Jim “Murph” Murphy, Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc. Luxury Real Estate members also had the unexpected opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama who was a guest at the Ritz-Carlton as well.

Discussions at the conference covered multiple topics of great interest to those who serve the high net-worth demographic, with a particular emphasis on market trends, technology solutions and recent innovations in the industry. Sessions included topics such as ‘Digital Marketing: Selling your properties, yourself, your lifestyle’, ‘What do Buyers & Sellers Want Now?’, ‘Creative Strategies for Real Estate Lead Generation’ and ’How to Successfully Sell Luxury Real Estate to Affluent Chinese’. The Board of Regents, the governing body of the network, met preceding the conference, and further networking activities included a reception at the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty Buckhead office as well as a property tour of The St. Regis Residences hosted by Harry Norman, Realtors & the Tavistock Group. Other event sponsors includedPrudential Georgia RealtyUnique HomesAppFilesThe Wall Street JournalduPont RegistryEmpower Consulting Group, and BrightDoor Systems Inc.

About, a Webby Award Honoree, has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times, praised by the International Herald TribuneTown & CountryThe Wall Street Journal and has been ranked ‘Best Website’ by consumer surveys. Since its debut in1995, has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet and has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer.

Known in the industry since 1986 as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 70,000 professionals in more than 85 countries collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually. Members are selected by Chairman/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and broker of fine properties and estates through his Seattle-based brokerage firm, Ewing & Clark, Inc. Luxury Real Estate has been recognized by the Webby Awards, has received “Best of the Web” by Forbes Magazine, honored with an ADDY Award for Excellence in Web Design, deemed “Best Website” by consumer surveys, ranked in the Inc. 5000 List, noted as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies by Puget Sound Business Journal , and recognized by the Maggie Awards.

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