Side’s Donnie Pingaro Appointed as Co-Chair of 2020 AREAA National Convention

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Donnie Pingaro, Side’s Managing Broker of Florida, appointed as Co-Chair of the 2020 Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) National Convention.

Side, the only real estate brokerage that exclusively partners with high-performing agents, teams and independent brokerages to transform them into boutique brands and businesses, is pleased to announce that Donnie Pingaro, Side’s Managing Broker of Florida, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the 2020 Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) National Convention.

AREAA is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. As one of the premier real estate events of the year, the AREAA National Convention is focused on education, networking, and professional development. The annual convention aims to help people understand the economic framework as well as the major issues affecting the Asian community in the US and Canada.

This year’s convention will take place on October 8 through October 10, 2020, at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with leaders in the real estate industry through a series of exclusive breakout sessions and panels. Industry leaders will be addressing the latest market trends, as well as networking sessions to make valuable connections.

“I am honored to be named the Co-Chair of such a leading industry event where 2,000 of the greatest minds gather to discuss matters that are close to the Asian American community,” said Donnie Pingaro, Side’s Managing Broker of Florida. ”The AREAA National Convention serves as an important platform for these critical conversations in developing the next generation of business and community leaders.”

As a broker with over 27 years of real estate experience, Pingaro has led and guided some of the largest agent teams in the state of Florida. Prior to joining Side, he founded ISG Asia in 2016, home to the largest Mandarin-speaking sales team in Florida. Pingaro currently serves as a National Board Member at AREAA, the largest Asian trade association nationwide comprised of 41 North American chapters with over 17,000 members, and has also previously served as Vice President at AREAA Global.

Pingaro’s expanded role further emphasizes Side’s commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry. Side believes that diversity in all aspects drives positive change, solutions and innovation for its partner agents.

Samantha Tov, co-founder of Portfolio Real Estate and Side partner agent, has been an AREAA member since 2009, and served as President of AREAA Greater Sacramento from 2018 to 2019. “Side has played a key role in equipping me with the right tools and managing all back-end operations, allowing me to focus on meeting the diverse needs of my community while growing my business,” said Tov.

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