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General Information

Welcome to the "Ride the Wave" 2024 Education Conference, an immersive learning experience designed exclusively for REALTORS®! Join us at The Lodge at Gulf State Park on March 21-22 for a dynamic event featuring our esteemed Keynote Speaker, Marki Lemons-Ryhal.

"Ride the Wave" promises to be a wave of inspiration and knowledge, providing real estate professionals with valuable insights to navigate the ever-changing industry landscape. Marki Lemons-Ryhal, a thought leader in the field, will share her expertise and strategic vision during an engaging keynote address that sets the tone for the conference.

Earn up to 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit as you delve into cutting-edge topics, industry trends, and innovative strategies to enhance your skills and stay ahead in the competitive real estate market. Network with like-minded professionals, gain valuable insights from industry experts, and discover new tools and resources to elevate your real estate business.

The picturesque setting of The Lodge at Gulf State Park provides a perfect backdrop for learning and networking. Immerse yourself in a coastal atmosphere that complements the forward-thinking spirit of the conference.

Don't miss this opportunity to "Ride the Wave" of knowledge, growth, and success in the real estate industry. Secure your spot today and join us for a transformative experience at the 2024 Education Conference.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 20:


4 pm - Registration 

Thursday, March 21:


8 am - Registration

9 am - Noon: Efficiency Boost: 13 Ways to Use AI: Marki 

Lunch: Noon -1:30 pm

1:30 pm-4:30 pm: Power your Real Estate Lead Generation with Canva: Marki

4:30 - 5:30 pm: RPAC Cornhole Tournament

5:30 p.m. - Until: Reception


Friday, March 22:



9 am - Noon: 

Code of Ethics - Laurye Brunson

1:30 - 4:30 pm

VA Loans – SWBC


9 am - Noon:

Mandatory Broker CE Course – Chris Wood

Property Management – Sarah Taggart

Body Language – Andy Tolbert

Lunch: Noon - 1:30 pm

1:30 - 4:30 pm

RISK Management – Chris Wood

Real World Investing – Andy Tolbert

“Horror Stories of the Eviction Queen – Sarah Taggart


8 am - 10 am: MS License Law - Ken Austin

10 am - Noon: MS Contract Law - Gerard Maher

Lunch: Noon - 1 pm 

1 pm - 3 pm: MS Buyers Agency Law - Gerard Maher

3 pm - 5 pm: MS Sellers Agency Law - Gerard Maher

Keynote Speaker
Marki Lemons-Ryhal

One of 100 speakers selected out of over 1,300 speakers to speak at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo ten times (face-to-face and virtually) with high program evaluations and an INMAN Closing Keynote Speaker.


Marki Lemons Ryhal is a licensed Managing Broker, REALTOR®, avid volunteer, Major Investor, and 6X International Best-Selling Author. Marki Lemons-Ryhal is dedicated to all things real estate. With 30+ years of marketing experience, Marki has taught over 500,000 people (face-to- face and virtually) how to earn up to a 2682% return on their marketing dollars.

Marki holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Chicago State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and sixty-four real estate-related licenses, certifications, and designations.

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"It's 5 o'clock Somewhere"

Dive into the laid-back vibes and tropical spirit at our exclusive Thursday night reception during the "Ride the Wave" 2024 Education Conference!


Join us for an unforgettable evening with the theme, "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere," in tribute to the legendary Jimmy Buffett.

As the sun sets over the Gulf, escape to a paradise of live music, coastal flavors, and a Margaritaville-inspired atmosphere. This reception, included with your conference registration, is the perfect opportunity to unwind, network, and forge new connections with fellow REALTORS®.

Registration for the conference automatically grants you admittance to this lively event, but the fun doesn't stop there! Enhance the experience by registering a guest on our website, allowing you to share the magic of the evening with someone special.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Jimmy Buffett's timeless tunes, sip on refreshing beverages, and savor delicious bites inspired by coastal cuisine.


Whether you're a Parrothead or just looking to relax and connect, this Thursday night reception promises to be a highlight of the "Ride the Wave" conference.

So, grab your Hawaiian shirt, kick off your shoes, and join us for a night of good company, great music, and the unmistakable charm of a "5 o'clock Somewhere" celebration. Let the conference be your gateway to a memorable evening of networking and tropical fun!

Earn up to 12 hours of CE
+ a voucher for a 3 Hour CE class at a later date

Immerse yourself in up to 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit, carefully curated to empower you with the latest industry insights, trends, and strategies. Our comprehensive program ensures that you not only stay abreast of the ever-evolving real estate landscape but also earn valuable credits essential for your professional growth. Seize this opportunity to invest in your knowledge, enhance your skills, and propel your real estate career forward.

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Map of The Lodge

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