Ruggieri presents

Alex Ruggieri answers questions at the NAR Conference & Expo in the Commercial Learning Theater.

While contributing daily blog posts as a featured attendee at the NAR REALTOR® Conference & Expo last week, Champaign-area REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri was excited by the quality of commercial real estate subject matter.

At the conclusion of the conference, he wrote: “For the very first time at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, we had an organized marketing session in the commercial corner on the floor. I got the opportunity to present two of my listings to my peers from across the country. I even got cards from two brokers who said that they had possible clients! I applaud NAR for this progressive move, and I look forward to building the marketing session into a keystone part of our conference for our commercial practitioners.”

Ruggieri was one of six IAR members who served as featured attendees, including IAR Treasurer Matt Difanis, Carrie Bey-Little, Shay Hata, Marki Lemons Ryhal and Christopher Tenggren. To see all of their posts, visit

Also, Ruggieri delivered a presentation about the importance of using “placemaking” for economic development. The senior investment adviser for Sperry Van Ness and vice president, brokerage for Ramshaw Real Estate, said the commercial parts of the conference were the best he’d ever experienced. He felt honored to speak at NAR on a subject so important to the economic future of Illinois communities and for the real estate industry.

As for his conference social media contributions as a featured attendee, he says: “Posting photos, videos and blogging my activities every day, moment by moment, was a lot of fun and made me be even more engaged, particularly as a commercial practitioner.”