National convention

Mina Kimes and Phil Yu to headline 2022 AREAA National Convention

The Asian Real Estate Association of America will hold its 2022 national convention, AREAA Unplugged, October 20-22 in San Diego, California at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. AREAA expects more than 1,000 people.

The event will be presented by several personalities from the real estate industry and the AAPI community, with 75 speakers who will discuss hot topics such as modern content creation and marketing, navigating today’s market, ways to develop a career in real estate, AAPI migration models. and more.

The AREAA event will also feature two well-known Korean Americans. Mina Kimes, award-winning journalist and respected NFL analyst. She has worked for Fortune Small Business Magazine, Bloomberg and now ESPN. Phil Yu is a Peabody Award-winning writer and speaker, best known as the creator of Angry Asian Man, one of the most widely read and longest running independent websites covering Asian American news, culture and issues. He is also co-author of the New York Times bestseller RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now.

Dermot BuffiniCEO of Buffini & Company, will kick off the opening session of AREAA Unplugged.

“AREAA Unplugged gives us the opportunity to talk about the most important issues facing us in real estate and in the AAPI community,” said Hope Atuel, CEO of AREAA. “We are fortunate to have many powerful voices within the communities we serve and we believe these industry leaders can help our participants advance in their careers. Although we have made great strides, the AAPI community still lags behind in our homeownership rates as we face a variety of challenges including housing discrimination, affordability, barriers language and credit issues. We will address these concerns and also focus on the business development and networking needs of our members as they work to navigate a changing real estate market.

Atuel pointed out that the latest U.S. Census report showed the 61.1% AAPI homeownership rate is far behind the U.S. mark of 65.8% and 74.6% for non-Hispanic whites.

AREAA Unplugged features a variety of industry leaders, including:

  • Dionne Cuello, Diversified National Market Segments, Citi
  • Mike Dawson, Vice President of Affordable Lending Strategies, Freddie Mac
  • Mr. Ryan Gorman, CEO, Coldwell Banker
  • James Huang, President, eXp Commercial
  • Lenny McNeill, Senior Vice President, US Bank Home Mortgage
  • Charlie Oppler, Past President 2022, NAR
  • George Ratiu, Director, Economic Research,
  • Neil Ruiz, Associate Director, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Mike Reagan, Senior Vice President, RE/MAX
  • Vivian Young, Global Head of AAPI Business, JPMorgan Chase


Founded in 2003, the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a national nonprofit business organization with more than 17,000 members dedicated to improving the lives of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community ( AAPI) through home ownership. Visit for more information.


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