Staten Island Board of Realtors to host 6th edition of annual event

on April 20 in The Vanderbilt at South Beach

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. —  New York’s real estate professionals are invited to enter the worldwide arena at an upcoming global-business symposium.

The symposium “will highlight the ins and outs of leveraging New York real estate on an international level,” says Sari Kingsley, chairwoman of SIBOR’s sixth annual International Real Estate Conference.

The sixth edition of the annual International Real Estate Conference sponsored by the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 20.

Having outgrown its previous space at SIBOR’s headquarters in the community of Graniteville, this year’s event will be held in the Staten Island, N.Y., venue of The Vanderbilt at South Beach, 300 Fr. Capodanno Blvd., just minutes from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The conference will feature renowned global-commerce experts who will discuss strategies of attracting and servicing clients in the worldwide marketplace.

A portion of the proceeds raised through the gathering will be donated to “Hope & Heroes” Children’s Cancer Fund.


The event is free to SIBOR members who pre-register; admission is $15 for  non-members who pre-register. Same-day admission is $15 for members, and $20 for non-members. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge.

“With an improving economy and strengthening of the real estate marketplace, we are particularly excited about this year’s conference, which will highlight the ins and outs of leveraging New York real estate on an international level,” said Sari Kingsley, chairwoman of the event. “We have assembled an extremely knowledgeable panel for  the  symposium. Realtors and other business people interested in global business-networking will want to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity.”


The symposium once again will feature prominent international-business experts and seminars, such as Zachary Benjamin, National Association Of Realtors®, topic: “Claim Your Share of the $82 Billion Foreign Investors Spend In The USA;” Alfred M. Fazio, Esq., Capuder Fazio Giacoia LLP, topic:  “Legal Issues Affecting Foreign Investors in the New York Market;” Virginia N. Sherry,  Staten Island  Advance, topic: “From Global to Local: Diversity Through the  Eyes of a World-Traveled Staten Island-Born Journalist;”  Vanessa Saunders, GPS Real Estate, topic: “Marketing To International Buyers;” Eran D. Grossman,  Law Firm of Eran D. Grossman, topic: “The Agent  and Lawyer Working Together, Purchaser’s Financing, Recognizing Pitfalls;” Nino Perdomo, Espanola Realty LTD., topic: “Unique Characteristics of the Venezuelan Buyer and Seller of Real Estate;”  Yoshinor Takita, 888 Realty (USA) Inc., topic:  “Personal Relationships: Tapping into the Japanese Market;” Kathy Tsao, 2012 chairwoman, Asian Real Estate Association of America, topic: “The Luxury Market and the International Investor;” Carol Kope, Keller Williams Realty, topic: “Immigration and Visas,” and  Rick Wohlfarth, director, International Real Estate Federation, topic: “Global Clients, Local Closing —  Bridging the International Real Estate Market.”


The major sponsors of this year’s International Real Estate Conference are Empire State Bank (diamond level) and Café Gourmand (garnet level).

Additional sponsors include: Cornerstone Realty Partners, Relevant Public Relations; Agatha Josefiak Real Estate; Claire Properties;  Your Professional; attorney Christopher J. Arrigali; Compass Realty Central; Wonica Realtors & Appraisers; Tristar Mortgage  Corp.; United Mortgage Corp.; United National Realty; Century 21/Papp Realty, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.


Gift contributors to this year’s conference include: Coby Electronics; Staten Island Advance/SiLive; Bella Grossman, Realtor; Carlo Hair Salon; Michael Dukhovny, Realtor; The Pink Elephant Restaurant; Charm Skin Care;  Café Gourmand; Brioso Ristorante; Angelinas Ristorante; Christopher Michael Hair & Beauty Salon; Domenick’s Bakery, and Sari Kingsley, Realtor.

To reserve your place at the conference, or to obtain additional information, contact Annmarie Izzo of SIBOR at 718-928-3223.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited online at

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