Luxury-focused event featured presentations by renowned professionals, including architect Daniel Libeskind

[SANTO DOMINGO, DISTRITO NACIONAL] (April 23, 2014) – CEO and Founder of Provaltur International Inc, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, recently joined an elite group of other luxury real estate specialists at a global conference at the Hotel Arts Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The invitation-only event hosted by Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network, took place April 9 and 10 and attracted more than 109 luxury real estate specialists from 31 countries.

The highlight of the conference was a presentation by celebrated architect Daniel Libeskind – the visionary behind the Jewish Museum Berlin and the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, as well as a number of the world’s finest luxury residential developments — who led a discussion titled “Dreams That Money Can Buy.”  Other highlights included a market outlook and perspectives on where the wealthy are investing offered by David Poole, President of Citi Private Bank in Europe; a look into the retail strategy of leading luxury goods manufacturer Bottega Veneta, by Christophe Luraschi, Global Training Director; and a global overview of the international art market by Marc Porter, Chairman at Christie’s Americas.  The conference also included discussions on brand messaging, sales maximization strategies, cross-marketing techniques to reach feeder markets, and strategies for pursuing business in emerging markets. Christie International Real Estate also unveiled its second White Paper, an authoritative research report on the state of the luxury international real estate market.

“Our annual global conference has grown to become one of the most significant events of the year and a unique opportunity for Affiliates to maximize their reach through the establishment of stronger relationships throughout our network,” said Bonnie Stone Sellers, Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s International Real Estate.  “I am delighted that Provaltur International Inc participated in the conference and added to the fine collection of luxury real estate professionals in attendance. While offering new insight into the ever-evolving luxury market, the special event additionally allowed us to spotlight our network’s growth in 2013 and share in the exchange of key strategies and best practices.”

The global conference also highlighted the significant worldwide growth of the Affiliate network. In 2013, Affiliate network sales volumes worldwide rose 30 percent, crossing $100 billion for the first time. This represented more than two and a half times the sales volume of Christie’s International Real Estate’s closest competitor.  Additionally, the network expanded its international presence in 2013 through new Affiliates in many regions across the globe, brand building through marketing initiatives, a thought leadership focus, and a strengthened relationship with the Christie’s auction house.

“Participating in the conference was extraordinary and will surely influence my industry efforts in a positive manner,” added Cesar J Herrera G, CEO and Founder of PROVALTUR INTERNATIONAL.  “I am excited to put into practice the new concepts and strategies I garnered from the experience, and look forward to implementing them on behalf of our clientele.”

Additional speakers and presenters included Marc Porter, International Head of Christie’s Private Sales; Tracey Atkins, Managing Director of Goldeneye Media; Doug Hattaway, President of Hattaway Communications, Inc.; Alex Cole, Vice President of Hattaway Communications, Inc.; Christophe Luraschi, World Wide Retail Training Director for Bottega Veneta; and David Poole, Head of UK, Citi Private Bank.

The global event was hosted by the following Christie’s International Real Estate representatives: Bonnie Stone Sellers, Chief Executive Officer; Dan Conn, Chief Operating Officer; David Branch, Senior Vice President of Development Project Marketing; Giles Hannah, Senior Vice President of Development Project Marketing Sales; William Hamm, Vice President of Finance and Strategy; Clayton Andrews, Senior Vice President, Central Regional Manager; Kathleen Coumou, Senior Vice President, Northeast Regional Manager; Zackary Wright, Senior Vice President, Western Regional Manager; Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President, Southeast Regional Manager; Joachim Wrang-Widen, Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa; Monique Sofo, Assistant Vice President, Manager of Strategy and Analytics; El Moriarty-Nelson, Vice President, Director of Brand Marketing; and Lisa Cluck, Senior Vice President, Director of Digital Services.