NHMR YPN ~ Your Professional Network



     2019 NHMR YPN Chairperson:
Douglas Blackwood of Calcagni Real Estate

2018 Co-Chairs:
Lisa Smith and Tom Vanacore

2015-2017 Chair:
Alan Stewart, Jr.


   Congratulations to Douglas Blackwood of Calcagni Real Estate!! Doug was chosen to receive the NHMR YPN 2018 Emerging Leader Award.

Thank you to Doug for becoming so involved with the Young Professionals, taking part in meetings and Social events, bringing in new YPNers, and sharing his positivity with the group!

The NHMR YPN helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:

  • REALTOR® Associations. Attend REALTOR® Conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national associations.
  • Real Estate Industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
  • Peers. Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
  • Community. Become Exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.

The YPN is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience. By providing this entry point, NAR is building a new, diverse generation of leaders, strengthening members’ affinity for the REALTOR® brand early in their career, and gaining a valuable perspective on generational shifts. YPN’s growth has been driven by REALTORS®. YPN has evolved from a 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.

Click here for a Committee request form. Sign up to receive information about the YPN. You can also join us at an upcoming meeting below.

2019 NHMR YPN Scheduled Meeting Dates:

Meetings are regularly held the NHMR Main office. We are now located at 2730 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. Park in the rear of the building.

  • January 25th ~ Welcoming new chair Douglas Blackwood. Come learn how NHMR membership includes many ways for you to become involved, and how to access our online member portal. Join us at 11:30 for lunch, compliments of NHMR Platinum Sponsor RE/MAX Showcase. 
  • February 15th ~Eugene Reznitsky and Kyle Settle of Trager Reznitsky Insurance will be discussing Flood Insurance. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by East Shore Mortgage Services. Arrive at 11:30 to network and enjoy the FREE lunch.
  • March 15th ~ Michael Barbaro will lead a discussion on CT Legislative Issues facing the Real Estate Industry. Michael is an industry leader, serving as CTR President in 2017 & 2018, and NHMR President in 2015 & 2016. He is the Broker for Huntsman, Meade, and Partners in New Haven. Lunch, sponsored by Schaefer Inspection Service. 
  • April 26th ~ “Spring Market Panel” to discuss how to best prepare your listings and clients. Panelists will include: Alan Stewart, Jr., Steve Miller, Ron Rivard, Mary Ellen Graham, Vincent Chaigne, Lyle Katz, and Bob Jaekle. Lunch sponsored by Wells Fargo.
  • May 17th ~ “Ask An Attorney” YPN Sponsor Atty. Kishore I. Kapoor is lending his expertise to this meeting. Bring your questions and find out the pertinent facts about utilizing an attorney for your real estate needs. Lunch sponsored by Attorney Kapoor.
  • No YPN meeting in June 
  • July 19th ~ Shaolin Kempo Academy, East Haven. Personal Safety Demonstration. Attorney David Minicozzi is our lunch sponsor. 
  • August 15th ~ Stonebridge Restaurant, Milford. Celebrate Moose Musa’s second HGTV appearance on House Hunters! 
  • September 20th ~ Home Inspection “Cents”ibility! Ron Rivard, owner of Eagle Home Inspections. Lunch provided by Eagle Home Inspections. 
  • October 18th ~ Jennifer Higham Photography will present on the benefits of using an iGUIDE photographer to create stunning listing photos and presentations. Lunch provided by Jennifer Higham Photography. 
  • November 15th ~ NHMR Platinum Sponsor David Candelora of RE/MAX Showcase presents “Rent and Grow Rich”, to discuss investing in Real Estate through rentals, a method to generate additional income streams. Lunch sponsored by RE/MAX Showcase, arrive at 11:30 for lunch and networking. Click here to register.
  • December 20th ~ “Business Planning for 2020” NHMR Premiere Sponsor Kelly McGuinness of PrimeLending will guide the group through the process of setting up their Business Plans for next year. Lunch sponsored by PrimeLending, arrive at 11:30 for lunch and networking. Click here to register.

2019 NHMR YPN Social Events:

  • January 30th, Cancelled due to weather
  • February 27th postponed to 3/7
  • March 7th, 6-8 pm @ Donovan’s Reef, Branford. Topic “2019 Goals and Accountability” 
  • April 24, 6-8 pm @ Chicago Sam’s, Cromwell. Topic “Relationship Building” 
  • May 22, 6-8 pm @ Thimble Island Brewery, Topic “Multiple Offer Situations, Putting the Best Offer on the Table”
  • June 20 – YPN members meet up at the NHMR Summer Happy Hour Event, Owenego, Branford
  • July 31. Cancelled due to weather
  • POSTPONED: October 4th – Laugh & Learn event in Shelton, to benefit Smile Train. Mortgage Force  & We Are Thomasse are postponing this year’s Laugh and Learn Event. New date will be announced soon!
  • November 21st, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Hop Knot, Hamden- Attorney Kishore I. Kapoor will be sponsoring refreshments.
  • December 18th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Powder Ridge, Middlefield – Attorney David Minicozzi will be sponsoring refreshments.

2019 NHMR YPN Outreach Events:

  • 4/3 North Branford High School Career Fair
  • 8/4 Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run Hydration Station to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Milford
  • 8/10 Woofstock on the Branford Green to benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter
  • 9/23 YPN Blood Drive @ NHMR Guilford
  • Donate to the be homeful Paddington Bear Campaign.
    To learn more & contribute online:

YPN Bulletin:

2018 NHMR YPN Scheduled Meeting Dates:

  • January 19th @ NOON, Welcoming New Co-Chairs Lisa Smith & Tom Vanacore
  • February 16th @ NOON, Topic is HUD Bids & Contracts led by Michelle Mateo
  • March 16th @ NOON, Speaker is “Cadillac” John Seville, Topic: How to Live a Fulfilling Life
  • April 20th @ NOON, Speaker Attorney Matthew Mancini of MPF Attorneys at Law ~ “Wire Fraud”
  • May 18th @ NOON, Topic is “The Week of Closing”, Attorney Kishore I. Kapoor and Realtor Tom Vanacore
  • June 15th @ NOON, Topic is “How to Use 203K Renovation Loans Creatively in Today’s Market” Charlie Napolitano, 203K Renovation Loan Specialist, will share his great insight on how to help buyers use 203K loans when purchasing a property. 
  • July 20th @ NOON, Guest Speaker is Shawn Roby, Solar Expert.
  • August 17th @ NOON, Guest Speaker: Justin Schunk of Liberty Mutual, discussing their partnership with NAR.
  • September 21st @ NOON, Topic is “Your SmartMLS Toolkit” presented by Lauren Egan. Arrive at 11:30 to have lunch, provided by Andy Stephens of Guilford Savings Bank.
  • October 19th @ NOON, Topic is “How and Why You should Read the Inspection Report”, Ron Rivard and Mary Ellen Graham of Eagle Home Inspections . Lunch will be provided, arrive at 11:30 to eat and mingle!
  • November 15th @ NOON, Topic “Think Big” Neil Bacchus – evolution of growth in Real Estate, and how his mindset helps to shape his business development 
  • December 21st @ NOON, Topic is “Business Planning for 2019” presented by Kelly McGuinness of PrimeLending. 

 2018 NHMR YPN Social Events:

  • January 24th at Donovan’s Reef, Branford, 6-9 pm
  • February 27th at Chicago Sam’s, Cromwell ~ Joint YPN Event with GHAR, 5-9 pm
  • April 25th at Donovan’s Reef, Branford, 6-9 pm ~ “Following Up/Accountability”
  • May 23rd at Thimble Island Brewery, Branford, 6-8 pm ~ “Managing Client’s Expectations”
  • June 27th at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, 5:30-8 pm. Come Ride the Elm City Party Bike!
  • September 26th at Thimble Island Brewery, Branford, 6-8 pm ~ “Fall/Winter Market ~ Are You Prepared?”
  • October – No Social this month, please plan on participating in the Blood Drive as a volunteer or donor
  • November 29th at Quandary, Wallingford. Escape Room Event

2018 YPN Outreach Events

  • 3/2 North Branford Career Fair
  • 3/23 Dodge Ball Tournament to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Milford, Goooal Sports in Stratford, 6-9 pm
  • 4/29 CT Food Bank Walk Against Hunger, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
  • 8/5 Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run Hydration Station to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Milford, 7 am – Noon
  • 8/11  Woofstock on the Branford Green to benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter
  • 10/30 YPN Blood Drive @ NHMR, 2-7 pm. 
  • Donate to the Be Homeful Paddington Bear Campaign to help families avoid homelessness, while also providing a Paddington bear, blanket, or book to a child in a shelter this holiday season.

The NHMR YPN Would like to Thank our Corporate Sponsors!



Contacts: Ron Rivard & Mary Ellen Graham
YPN Sponsor 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019

Contacts: Christine Watson and Eric Hill

YPN Platinum Sponsor 2019



The Law Office of Kishore I. Kapoor

YPN Sponsor 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019

Pillar to Post Home Inspectors ~ Eves/DiMauro Team


YPN Sponsor 2019

NHMR YPN Goal Setting Sheet.

 MindTools Article – Developing Resilience

The NHMR YPN Committee Meetings are held at the NHMR main office. Bring a friend or two, Realtors and members of industries related to the real estate profession are welcome to join!

Boulder, Colorado YPN Adopts 5 Year Strategic Plan: Click here to view the plan

PHOTO GALLERYclick here for pictures of YPN Events & Activities

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