Chicagoland’s Margaret Gehr and Kathy Lobkovich, had the opportunity to head to Las Vegas for the 2018 RESA Convention last month to learn and interact with some of the industry’s most influential leaders. The RESA Convention is the real estate staging industry’s annual convention known for it’s diverse line-up of speakers, who are carefully selected to ensure attendees of all business levels learn new strategies.

One of those amazing speakers who took the stage this year was Vern Yip, known for designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. Vern shared his top home trends for today’s market, including his favorite color trends: black, gold, emerald, navy and lilac.

Vern Yip and Margaret Gehr at RESACON 2018

Besides the amazing speakers, another highlight at the RESA Conference this year was the award ceremony. This is where the industry’s top home stagers showcase their craft and are recognized for their transformational abilities. This is the industry’s most prestigious awards celebrating the finest professionals in leadership, home staging, and redesign categories. We were honored to be recognized among the list. Chicagoland Home Staging was named TOP 10 home staging team of the year of 2018. We were recognized for the same award four years ago as well.

Earlier this year, Margaret Gehr was also named 2018’s top 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate Staging.

As the Chicagoland Team continues to grow and face new challenges, the RESA Conference highlights new products and vendors to help conquer those obstacles. One product that will come in handy is Stageforce, which provides an inventory workflow to manage your business from anywhere in the world. Stageforce is a cloud-based software that allows you to shop your warehouse at anytime from anywhere to prepare your team for the next big job.

This RESA event was the best ever, I took away many great tips this year that will help us provide superior service to our clients. We are excited to implement a new inventory system that will not only help us be more efficient but offer a purchasing option that was never available in the past. I was excited to see the advancement in the industry across the country. ~Margaret Gehr

Reconnecting with Home Stagers: Sally Weatherley, Marianne Cherico and Cathy Lee Cibelli

But, perhaps some of the best moments were reconnecting with colleagues and friends from across the world. These relationships have blossomed throughout the years every time we come together at the RESA Conference. These are invaluable conversations where we share similar experiences, challenges and provide solutions that can help one another become stronger business owners. This where like-minded people come together and what makes #REASON2018 a precious resource among the staging community.

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