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Speakers

Laura Monroe

Laura Monroe is a 20 year industry and public relations executive, entrepreneur, and real estate brand strategist. As the Global Head of Community at Inman, Laura currently leads and cultivates a global community network of forward-thinking agents, brokers, tech entrepreneurs and executives--as well as the Inman Brand Ambassador Program, through Inman’s media, publishing, and conference events. With a passion for community, and experience in marketing, business development, and technology -- Laura is also proud to be an NAR REACH Mentor, a speaker, and has been recognized by Inman News, RISMedia, and T3Sixty as an industry influencer and Newsmaker.

Tiffany Curry

Tiffany Curry is the Broker/Owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Tiffany Curry & Co., REALTORS® in Houston, Texas. She holds many top honors including: The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Million Dollar GUILD for successfully selling million dollar homes, Houston REALTOR® of the Year (youngest in Houston's history), Global PT Houston "Woman of the Year" and Houston Business Journal Top 40 Under 40. Tiffany received her highest honor to date having been inducted into The National Civil Rights Halls of Fame in 2018. She has served on the NAR Executive Committee and lead the National Association of REALTORS®' REALTOR® Party Community Engagement as the President's Liaison. Tiffany has soared from a top agent specializing in global and luxury to one of BHHS' youngest owners in a major metropolitan market. Houston, Texas ranks as the 4th largest city in the U.S. Tiffany is the first 100% individual African American owner of a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in the world. 

Josh Woodward

Josh is a REALTOR and CRS who has been serving the Tulsa Area and surrounding communities since 2013. As a Second Generation REALTOR, Josh has been provided with transaction experience from a young age which reflects on the concierge-level service he provides to clients.

As a REALTOR at McGraw, REALTORS, he is an active member of the community, volunteering with the Owasso/Collinsville Relay for Life, Folds of Honor Foundation, Real Men Wear Pink, GTAR Backpacks for Kids, and Tulsa Boys Home. Professionally he is involved at the Local, State, and National Levels.

Seeing the value in the Residential Real Estate Council's (formerly CRS) high caliber education, he earned the CRS Designation in 2019- awarded only to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training and demonstrate outstanding achievement in the industry

Most recently, Josh was awarded the 2020 Sales Associate of the Year Award by the Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS- a humbling recognition by his peers during arguably one of the most trying years in this lifetime. Also, in keeping with the National Association of REALTORS devotion to promoting Fair Housing within the industry and as a duty to the public, Josh furthered his commitment by attaining the brand new At Home With Diversity designation.

In his spare time he enjoys riding motorcycles with his family, taking motorcycle trips, playing racquetball, weightlifting, rock climbing, and traveling.

Renee Funk

Co-Founder & Team Leader of The Funk Collection, Orlando, Florida.  Awarded  2019 Real Trends America's Best Award, ranking among the top one percent of real estate professionals throughout the U.S. The Funk Collection's  progressive growth includes, expansion from an $8 million producing Team, to $50 million producing Team within 3 years, while recently being named Proud Partners of NBA Team, The Orlando Magic. Outside of her family, and real estate career, Renee's philanthropic passion is focused on serving the community, while supporting at-risk youth, in Orlando, Florida.

Marki Lemons-Ryhal

Seven-time REALTOR® Conference and Expo featured attendee, one of 100 speakers selected out of over 500 speakers to speak at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo seven times (face-to-face and virtually) with high program evaluations, and an INMAN Closing Keynote Speaker. Marki Lemons-Ryhal is a licensed Managing Broker, REALTOR®, avid volunteer, Major Donor, and International Best Selling Author of The Modern Real Estate Professionals Guide to Success. In 2019 Marki was nominated as an RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmaker and inducted into the REBAC Hall of Fame.

Marki Lemons-Ryhal is dedicated to all things real estate. With 30 years of marketing experience, Marki has taught over 500,000 people (face-to-face and virtually) how to earn up to a 2682% return on their marketing dollars.

Marki holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Chicago State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and sixty real estate related licenses, certifications, and designation.

Joshua LaVardera

Joshua is an alumni of Quinnipiac University with a degree in accounting, bringing over 8 years of experience in Real Estate Accounting splitting his career between commercial property manager Macerich, and developing giant Related Companies where he was an integral accountant on the storied Hudson Yards project. Realizing there was a hole in the real estate market, Josh co-founded Domotics, where he intends to use award winning technology to create a listing platform designed to bring real estate into the future.

Joshua is an alumni of Quinnipiac University with a degree in accounting, bringing over 8 years of experience in Real Estate Accounting splitting his career between commercial property manager Macerich, and developing giant Related Companies where he was an integral accountant on the storied Hudson Yards project. Realizing there was a hole in the real estate market, Josh co-founded Domotics, where he intends to use award winning technology to create a listing platform designed to bring real estate into the future.

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Michele Bellisari

Michele Bellisari is a Realtor with REAL Broker and lifestyle blogger. She speaks passionately and humorously about how she started her local influencer journey at the age of 55, by creating a hyper local brand and blog called #SoooBoca® Lifestyle in Boca Raton, Florida.

A believer in attraction marketing, Michele leverages social media, including Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Clubhouse and her blog, to showcase her fun and fab South Florida community.

Michele has spoken on lead gen, content creation, Clubhouse, Instagram and real estate niches for The National Association of Realtors, Inman Connect, South Florida Tech Con, Women’s Council of Realtors events and RE/MAX Tech ‘N Touch. She has been featured in Florida Realtor Magazine, Florida Association of Realtors Take 5 Spotlight Videos, RIS Media and is a frequent educator and influencer marketer for Homes.com.

Michele is the host of In The Hive With Michele Bee Podcast (Inman Innovator Finalist), is the founder of the Women to Women in Real Estate Facebook Group and Club REAL on Clubhouse.

Michele is a mom of millennials to Kylie and Alle, wife to Captain Andy and dog mom to Brody and Bennie.

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is the Vice President Sales at Constellation1. Douglas has spent more than 25 years building and driving high performing sales teams in the Real Estate and Financial Services markets. His experience and expertise has positioned him as a leader in establishing effective sales processes to build pipeline and enable salespeople to win more business.

Bondilyn Jolly

Bondilyn Jolly is an Internet Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor, and the Founder and CEO of NMD, Inc. | eMerge, a North-American software company offering the eMerge platform, the leading email platform in the real estate sector. With eMerge's merger into the Elm Street Technology (EST) suite of products, Bondilyn also serves as VP of Marketing within EST and is the Managing Partner of 3sixtyfive.agency, a full-service creative and digital marketing agency under the EST family offering high-level consulting and marketing services to the real estate sector.

Ms. Jolly was recognized as "Technology Leader of the Year" 2011 for the State of Louisiana by Governor Bobby Jindal for her contributions to growing the state's technology sector. Ms. Jolly is also a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, was featured in Inc. magazine as a leader in the SMB space, and the host of the new thought leadership podcast - 24/seven - where she "explores the person behind the professional”. She is a sought after speaker who has taken the stage at Inman, WomanUP!, the Xplode Conference series, RE/MAX R4, REtechnology, Awesome Females in Real Estate, and many more.

Denis Pepin

Denis Pepin has over 30-years experience in the real estate industry across the United States and Canada, having served in a variety of professional roles over this time span: agent, broker, owner, technology consultant, franchise and recruitment consultant, and mortgage lender. Denis joined 3sixtyfive.agency in January 2021 as VP of Business Development, lending his expansive knowledge and professional consultative experience to expand the agency’s impressive list of clientele both within real estate and other business sectors. Currently licensed in the state of California, Denis also serves as the Broker/Owner of a real estate firm located in Huntington Beach, CA focusing on residential, commercial, and investment in addition to escrow and mortgage services.

Brad Inman

Award-winning journalist and publisher. entrepreneur, leader of many successful companies, innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.

He is founder and owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation. His Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring tens of thousands of thought leaders together each year to share best practices and promote innovation. Countless new products and companies – and successful real estate professionals – have been launched as a result of Inman events.

In 1999, Inman founded HomeGain.com, an early provider of online marketing programs that connect agents with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain was sold to Classified Ventures in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform that was later sold to McMillim publisher. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. He has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a father, a husband, a grandfather and an all around rebel rouser.

Greg Schwartz

As the CEO and co-founder of Tomo, Greg Schwartz leads the company in its mission to make buying a home as enjoyable as living in one, by providing an intuitive platform with empathic experts. Tomo was founded in the fall of 2020, with an exceptional leadership team, raising an initial seed round of $40 million led by Ribbit Capital, NFX and Zigg Capital.

Previously Greg was part of the executive leadership team at Zillow Group. As president, media and marketplace, he led sales, business strategy, product development and customer service across the company’s Premier Agent, real estate, rental, mortgage and new construction marketplaces. Greg joined Zillow in 2007 where he built the sales and revenue operations from the ground up.

Before joining Zillow, Greg was vice president of advertising sales at CNNMoney, where he launched the advertising sales team and platform. He also served as national accounts director for Yahoo's automotive and finance properties and held multiple positions at DoubleClick, including director of business development.

Greg has been named by Inman News as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. In addition, he was named to the Swanepoel Power 200, a list of the 200 most powerful people in residential real estate.

Greg is on the board of directors for Car Gurus and is on the board of trustees for Hamilton College.

Daniel Gluckin

Daniel is an experienced agent and leader in the new age of real estate. He continues to challenge the norms and always stays ahead of the curve. Dedicated to his motto of #DoMore, he will always go above and beyond for his clients and business alike. He has been in the business going on 6 years and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. His team, The Gluckin Group is one the leaders at their firm, Compass, and are able to help 200+ families per year.

Aaron Seawood

Aaron Seawood has raving fans and an impeccable reputation as an advocate, partner, and confidant. “I’d call Aaron the Rolls Royce of real estate brokers. He’s hands-on with physical help and emotional support which people so often need when taking the step of selling or buying their home. Hands-on, heart on, wisdom on. We didn’t expect to make a real friend from our broker, but we have. Aaron turns the business of selling real estate into an art” remarks one of his many satisfied clients.

A dominant force in the New York real estate market for well over a decade, Aaron formed Team Carte Blanche on the premise that when good people work together, good things happen. With that mindset, he vetted an all-star team that contributes their unique skillsets to each client, so they feel the impact of many with the singular focus of one.
Keenly aware of the nuances that make for a sophisticated real estate experience, he spares no expense to make that a reality for each client. Whether guiding first-time buyers through the complexities of New York City real estate or advising athletes and celebrities on their property plays across the country, Aaron’s level of commitment to his clients can only be described one way: “All-in.”

Prior to real estate, Aaron was an entertainment executive spawning collaborations with a roster of platinum artists and producers with notable stops at Virgin Records and Queen Latifah’s management company, Flavor Unit. Navigating high-stakes situations honed his skills as a negotiator, problem solver, and artist advocate which translated nicely into the rough-and-tumble world of real estate. Aaron has called New York City home for over 25 years and lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, two children, and a rescue puppy, Knox. He loves cycling, photography, and the occasional cigar. Make sure to follow his Instagram stories @AaronSeawood for pre-market properties and weekly motivation.

Wendy Forsythe

Wendy has spent her career helping top brands, brokerages and agents in both Canada and the United States build their businesses. She has become a branding and growth leader within the industry by combining operational excellence with an agent first philosophy. She’s a frequent speaker and writer for many industry publications and conferences who has been honored as an Inman Real Estate Influencer, Swanepoel Power 200 and as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona. She currently serves as the Chief Brand Officer for Fathom Realty where she focuses on growing the Fathom brand across the country. Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes as well as earning the coveted title of Ironman.

Steve Gaenzler

Steve Gaenzler has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage and capital markets and has advised regulators, federal agencies, banks, investors, and other market participants on a wide range of issues related to the housing and real estate markets. Gaenzler’s broad industry experience has given him a unique and timely perspective on data, analytics, valuation, risk modeling and infrastructure for both the public and private sectors.

Emily Lentz

Emily is a former professional performer who has been in the instruction and education space for years, and in the real estate technology space in the most recent. Emily speaks to agents everyday and knows that Curbio can be an absolute game changer for your business!

Sean Varin

Sean is the President of Encompass Lending and previously served as Executive Vice President at Parkmont Lending. As a serial self-employed entrepreneur for over 23 years with a focus in finance (mortgages), real estate, and restaurants, Sean believes 100% that hard work, being a great communicator, and being accessible are keys to success. Sean has been in the mortgage business for over 15 years (10 years as an originator) and had a real estate company for 7 years.

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Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris is the Broker Owner of Harris Hawkins & Co., a boutique Brokerage located in Baltimore, MD. Tiffany has an impressive Property Management background and her extensive knowledge of local market conditions and area development is a testament to her commitment to assist clients in a multitude of Real Estate goals. Tiffany serves as the Co-Chair of Maryland Realtors Housing Affordability & Equal Opportunity Committee, Maryland Realtors 2021 Leadership Academy Participant, a Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Board Member, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Board Member, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Nominating Committee Member, and Chair of Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Equal Opportunity Committee in hopes of sharing her knowledge with colleagues, building industry relationships, and making a difference in the affordable housing arena.

Tiffany resides in Baltimore City with her husband, son, and shih tzu Cupcake.

Stephanie Anton

Stephanie Anton is the Senior Vice President of Corcoran Affiliates at the Corcoran Group, and Managing Director, Global Service for Realogy. For almost 20 years, she has served the real estate community in various roles including most recently as president of Luxury Portfolio International, the high-end marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Previous to that, she held several senior marketing positions in brokerage as well as franchise operations. Anton holds a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelors in Communications from Boston University.

Marcene Hedayati

Marcene Hedayati has been the Principal Broker/Owner and Manager of Corcoran Legends Realty since its inception. She began her real estate career in the late 90’s and quickly garnered a reputation as being one of the industry’s most consistent producers. Marcene’s entrepreneurial disposition, however, is what sets her apart and secured her multiple management positions over the years. In partnership with 4 distinguished local agents, she opened Legends Realty Group in 2007. Over the years, she grew the company to over 70 agents and three offices and established Legends as a significant player in the market, ranking consistently in the top ten firms in Westchester County. With the recent partnership with the Corcoran Group, Marcene has been able to grow the company to 100 agents and is looking forward to further expansion throughout Westchester County.

Chocky Burks

Chocky Burks began her career in real estate right out of college, working for her dad’s real estate company in Charleston, South Carolina. “Treat clients like you want to be treated” is a philosophy her father practiced. Chocky believes building relationships is the key to success in real estate. As Broker and Co-Owner of Corcoran Premier Realty, she has been a leader in luxury real estate sales for more than 25 years. Chocky has worked extensively with builders and developers in planning and selling many of Central Florida’s leading communities.

Val Mitchener

Valerie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her childhood in New Jersey before relocating to North Carolina in 1986. She graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to her real estate career, she owned a company called TextWorks which provided documentation and training materials for the banking industry. She sold this company in 1998, embarked on her career in real estate and quickly became a consistent Top Producer. In August 2006, Valerie decided to turn her dream of owning her own real estate company into a reality and founded HM Properties. The company began as a small boutique agency with six agents and has grown to be an award-winning real estate agency with over 115 agents and 14 staff members including in-house relocation and marketing departments. In June 2021, the firm affiliated with The Corcoran Group and therefore became Corcoran HM Properties.

Andy Bencosme

Andy Bencosme is the Broker and Co-Owner of CENTURY 21 Village Realty in Sierra Madre, California. He has been a Real Estate Licensee since 2001 and a California Real Estate Broker since 2004. He serves as a Director for the National Association of Realtors as well as the California Association of Realtors. He is Past President for his Local Real Estate Association and Past Chairman of the Board for the California-Regional Multiple Listing Service, the largest MLS in the Country. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queens College in New York and his Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University in Florida. He has twice been awarded the Realtor of the Year Award and has earned the real estate designations of Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), e-Pro, At Home With Diversity (AHWD), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) and Property Management Certification (PMC). Andy also teaches a class in Real Estate at Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

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Katie Kossev

Katie Kossev is a real estate broker, speaker, mentor, motivator and Sales Manager with over eighteen years of industry experience. A native of Northern California, she moved to Texas in 1993 where she quickly adapted to her new identity as a proud Californiatexian. Her passion lies in helping others reach their full potential as successful real estate entrepreneurs while living a balanced and purposeful life. Katie has been named a 2017 Inman Innovator of the Year, 2014-2019 member of the Houston Association of Realtors Board of Directors and HRIS, former TAR Director, graduate of the Texas Real Estate Leadership Program and previous Moderator and host for Inman Connect and Luxury Connect. Katie’s number one accomplishment is her happy family, including a Tikok obsessed teenager named Remington, awe-inspiring husband named Veso, and two human-like dogs, Cali and Napoleon.

Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes

For more than 25 years, Houston Realtor Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes has been leading buyers and sellers to success with a hands-on approach that empowers clients and instills confidence. She knows that everyone's goals are unique, and she's deeply involved in every aspect of exceeding their objectives. Dee Dee is a true partner, a fantastic listener and a knowledgeable resource, and her top-notch support staff ensures that every client feels like her only client.

After earning her bachelor's degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University, Dee Dee studied to be an attorney, acted as a licensed estate planner and ran her own business. She credits that experience with honing her exceptional marketing skills, elite customer service and her firm grasp on the financial and legal aspects of the real estate process. As an in-demand realtor, she's known for her hard work, empathy and compassion, and clients rave about her attention to detail, amiable and straightforward manner, and willingness to go above and beyond for their needs.

Dee Dee masterfully orchestrates every detail of presenting the home to shine above the competition when working with sellers. She is closely involved in each step, from the first meeting with the owner to coordinating staging and photography and setting the ideal sale price. Her proven process frequently results in fast, top-dollar sales and multiple bid scenarios. For buyers, Dee Dee is a steadfast advocate whose understanding of the city's many communities is indispensable. She specializes in the River Oaks, Memorial and Tanglewood areas but works with clients at all price points in neighborhoods all over Houston.

Dee Dee demonstrates her devotion to her craft with ongoing education, including Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Certified Negotiation Expert designations. With her ideal mix of experience and expertise, it's no surprise she has earned numerous industry accolades and record-breaking sales. According to the Houston Business Journal, Dee Dee sold six of the priciest homes in Houston in 2020, including the No. 1 most expensive home. She was ranked No. 19 in volume for individual agents in Texas in 2020 per WSJ Real Trends and was recognized as Houston Business Journal's No. 3 luxury agent in 2018. During the daunting 2020 market, Dee Dee sold more than 21 multimillion-dollar homes, and she's notably sold 9111 Memorial Drive not once but twice for over $6 million.

A longtime River Oaks resident, Dee Dee has called Houston home for 35 years. She's always on the move and a well-known fixture around town. You might find Dee Dee playing pickleball or tennis, walking her dog, riding bikes Downtown with her husband, or walking to one of the city's many fantastic restaurants.

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