Macken Companies, a vertically integrated firm with real estate investment, development, construction, financing and brokerage entities, recently welcomed over 100 new and seasoned agents for an inspiring and informative Grand Career Booster event held at the Michael-Ann JCC theater in North Miami Beach.

Agents had the opportunity to connect with industry vendors through a tailored trade show. Guests then entered the theater where several powerful presentations were led by notable industry leaders. Lori McQuestion, director of business development for the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®, provided a comprehensive South Florida market update to ensure agents were equipped with the most updated statistics. Knowing the early years in business can be a challenging transition, Mark Weinthorn of DPI shared tips on the most effectiveactions new agents can take to help them sustain the first six months.

An informative and engaging panel discussion followed highlighting key trends in residential and commercial real estate while also addressing the needs of agents and their customers. Agents were introduced to some of Macken Realty’s distinguishing features and offerings which has helped the firm cement its title as a leading independent South Florida brokerage. Panelists represented various sectors of the real estate industry to offer diverse perspectives. They included Alan Macken, Macken Companies CEO of Macken Companies; Jodi Macken, Director and an award-winning, top producing agent; Ada Clavijo, VP of operations for Macken Realty; and Josh Weisman and Adam Lohmann of The TRES Group who specialize in title, financing and other related services.

The event culminated with a powerful and inspiring keynote from national speaker and entrepreneurial author, Jeffrey Shaw, who provided valuable tools to help agents differentiate themselves, think differently, and take an entrepreneurial mindset to cultivate their business and thrive.

“We were thrilled to see so many real estate professionals engaged and inspired,” stated Ada Clavijo, VP Operations, Macken Realty. “Our brokerage has grown largely because of the unparalleled level of support we provide our agents, from our consistent trainings, tech support, and hands-on assistance throughout all transactions. Our goal was to provide tactical tools and techniques they could incorporate in their daily work, and we were thrilled to receive such positive feedback.”

The Grand Career Booster event was sponsored by Macken Companies, Macken Realty, VCM Builders, Koya Bay, The TRES Group, Express Title, Finish Line Inspections, Suburban Associates, Cynergy, and Pliz Plaz.

Founded by Lillian Macken in 1988, Macken Realty has grown to 300 agents with four offices in Doral, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Macken Realty markets and sells distinctive residential and commercial properties throughout the Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties and has become synonymous with brokering many of the area’s high-profile transactions. The firm has been the go-to real estate agency for over 50 professional athletes and celebrities including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Derrick Rodgers, Troy Vincent, Keith Jackson, and Cash Money Records executive Ronald “Slim” Williams. With over three decades of South Florida expertise, Macken Realty has earned a reputation for providing clients with exceptional real estate related service and sales performance.

Macken Realty is an affiliate of Macken Companies, a vertically integrated firm with real estate development, construction, financing and brokerage entities. For more information, please call (844) 4-MACKEN or visit

About Macken Companies

Macken Companies is a vertically integrated firm with real estate investment, development, construction, financing and brokerage entities. Over the course of nearly 35 years, Macken Companies has been instrumental in the repositioning and revitalization of neighborhoods throughout South Florida. The name Macken has become synonymous with visionary planning and development, superior construction,and record-breaking sales and marketing. As a fully integrated firm, MackenCompanies’ affiliate entities—VCM Builders and Macken Realty—work in tandem to offer clients complete residential and commercial real estate solutions. Regardless of the size and scope of the endeavor, Macken Companies approaches every opportunity with equal passion, diligence and accountability. As a result, Macken Companies is highly regarded throughout the state for its reputation and integrity. The firm has five offices in North Miami Beach,Fort Lauderdale, Doral and Orlando. For more information, call (844) 4-MACKEN or visit