From the Desk of the Interim CEO: Why Join YPN?

From the Desk of the Interim CEO: Why Join YPN?
Jana Currier, Interim CEO/Chief Operating Officer

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience. Hudson Gateway’s YPN is part of the National Association of Realtors network. NAR founded YPN in 2007. Today, more than 20,000 Realtors call themselves “YPN.”

In addition to this national network, nearly 400 state and local Realtor associations now have their own Young Professionals Network. YPN’s growth has been driven by Realtors. YPN has evolved from a Realtors Magazine offshoot to a determined, passionate, savvy group of members who use social media effectively and transparently and who are committed to strengthening the Realtor brand.

HGAR is breathing new life into our YPN, led this year by Darin (Nan) Palumbo and Tracey Scaro as Co-Chairs, with the support of HGAR President Tony D’Anzica. Their energy and enthusiasm have absolutely no limits. YPN membership has no cost—and no age limit. It’s for those not only young, but new in the business and young at heart!

Joining HGAR’s YPN can offer several benefits, including:

Networking opportunities: YPN provides a platform for networking with other real estate professionals who are at a similar stage in their careers. This can help you expand your professional circle, build meaningful relationships, and create new opportunities for collaboration. This year YPN will be joining with other neighboring YPNs, which will broaden your connections to Realtors outside of your service area and provide great referral resources.

Professional development: YPN offers professional development programs, workshops and events that can enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise. These programs can provide valuable insights, advice and resources to help you grow your real estate business. Just this month YPN sponsored an educational program, “Solutions for Today’s Market: Pulling the Stops Our of High-Interest Rates & Low Inventory,” with HGAR Affiliate David Moore. In June YPN is partnering with HGAR’s Broker Owner/Manager Committee on a program that will be featured around the use of AI in real estate.

Access to resources and information: YPN can provide access to resources that can help you stay updated with the latest trends, opportunities and news in real estate, and provide you with a competitive edge in your career.

Social and community engagement: YPN provides opportunities for social and community engagement. You will always find a YPN group at one of the many Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation (HGRF) or RPAC events where you can enjoy the company of fellow Realtors. HGAR’s YPN also volunteers for events with the Ronald McDonald House (the New York State Realtor chosen charity) whether it’s walking over the Hudson for the annual “Footsteps for Families,” or cooking a meal during the holidays. These activities can help you build social connections, contribute to your community and develop a well-rounded professional profile.

Exposure to diverse perspectives: YPN brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds. This can offer you exposure to new ideas, insights, and perspectives, which can broaden your horizons and help you develop a more well-rounded approach to your career.

Personal growth and confidence-building: Joining YPN can help you build confidence, improve your communication skills, and develop your leadership abilities. These skills can be invaluable in your professional life and help you excel in your real estate career.
Intrigued? Interested? Want to hear more about this growing network?

If you find any of the aforementioned benefits attractive, please reach out to your YPN leaders Nan and Tracey (; We would love you to join this growing network of real estate professionals.

In closing, I’d like to recognize Fair Housing Month by acknowledging that fair housing is not just a legal mandate, but a moral imperative. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live in a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community, regardless of their background or identity. As Realtors, we are in a unique position to truly make a difference. Let’s Make UnFair Housing History. For A Brighter Future for Us All.

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