Trump's former right hand man to address Ottawa real estate crowd

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George Ross, a man who helped build Donald Trump’s real estate empire, is bringing his decades of knowledge and experience to an upcoming Ottawa event.

George Ross, who helped Donald Trump build his real estate empire, will be speaking at an Ottawa Real Estate Investment Organization event April 11.

by Marc Shaw

The Ottawa Real Estate Investment Organization (OREIO) will be hosting a special evening with Mr. Ross as their guest on April 11 at the St. Elias Conference Centre.

Only recently retired, the time was right for Donald Trump’s 88-year-old former right hand man to share some of the things he learned over his long career, according to OREIO executive board member Lisa Sabatini.

“We’ve wanted to bring him out for over a year, well before Trump decided to run (for U.S. president),” Ms. Sabatani said. “He was Trump’s attorney for nearly 40 years of real estate transactions. He also taught a course at New York City University for 15 years on negotiation. He’s a master at what he does. His experience and excellent speaking ability will bring the kind of experience that no event to date has brought as far as real estate development in Ottawa.”

With the current U.S. political climate, anything Trump-related is a hot topic. However, the organizers at OREIO are adamant that this is not a political event. While the Trump campaign’s profile has the potential to influence attendance numbers, Ms. Sabatani feels Mr. Ross’ appearances on The Apprentice will be a bigger factor.

“The fact that George has such immense experience in real estate investment and negotiation overtakes any negative Trump ... media. People recognizing him from the show will affect the attendance. I think that’s as far as it’ll go,” said Ms. Sabatani.

There are general admission and VIP tickets available for those interested in attending. VIP seat purchasers will receive priority seating, a copy of Mr. Ross’ book Trump Style Negotiation and have the opportunity to get it signed along with a photo opportunity.

OREIO has meetings every month for its over 300 members who are all from Ottawa. Membership allows inexperienced real estate investors to network with established developers while both groups benefit from events such as the one involving Mr. Ross.

Ms. Sabatini said OREIO is expecting to fill the room, which holds 1000 guests.

Organizations: ORIEO, Ottawa Real Estate Investment Organization, New York City University

Geographic location: Ottawa, U.S.

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