Speakers

Anca Dragan

I am an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. My goal is to enable robots to work with, around, and in support of people. I run the InterACT Lab, where we focus on algorithms for human-robot interaction -- algorithms that move beyond the robot's function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that also accounts for interaction and coordination with end-users. We work across different applications, from assistive robots, to manufacturing, to autonomous cars, and draw from optimal control, planning, estimation, learning, and cognitive science. I also helped found and serve on the steering committee for the Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab, and am a co-PI of the Center for Human-Compatible AI.

Stephanie Davis

Stephanie L Davis is an innovative, trend-setting businesswoman with a sharp mind and tenacious drive that have catapulted her to success, both in the world of luxury real estate, and in the new now-dominant frontier of social & digital media marketing and advertising. Davis has cemented her reputation as a groundbreaking expert in the use of technology, art of branding, and reach of cyberspace to build business and optimize awareness since the early aughts. Many high profile companies and local New York City brands have profited from her forward-thinking, intensely creative approach to digital marketing and advertising.

Davis is an early pioneer in leveraging social and digital media in business and marketing. Her expert tech opinion has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Maximum Real Estate Exposure and Inman Next, just to name a few. In addition to being featured as a contributing writer for real estate-related publications, she has been featured in The New York Times, Metro New York, New York Magazine, among others. Davis remains at the forefront of new technology and is frequently sought as a Beta tester for new platforms and apps ahead of their launch including Facebook Mobile Ads Manager, Google+, Streeteasy Pro, Trulia Pro, Agentfolio and others.

Davis is currently a hired gun visionary and consultant in New York City where she works with everyone from tech startups and leading corporate clients to real estate developers and moguls to screenwriters and artists. She is also the Founder & COO of the real estate tech startup Virtual Xperience. Additionally, she is a popular speaker and conducts a variety of workshops. Her background includes adventures in citizen journalism, theatre arts, selling multi-million dollar properties and fiction writing. Educated in Europe and Middle America, graduated University of Kansas top of her class with distinction, Stephanie lives in New York City.

Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford possess an uncommon combination of talents rarely found in the real estate industry: an experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader. As the Executive Director of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, Crawford sits at the helm of one of the real estate industry’s most exciting organizations responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of data standards that is fueling innovation and helping to streamline the real estate transaction.

Crawford has more than 20 years of information technology experience in real estate, financial services, legal, insurance and education sectors. He knows RESO well. He has served on its Board of Directors, and his leadership role has included taking the reins as its Vice-Chair of the Education and Outreach Workgroup in 2010, which he co-led for two years.

Born and raised in the small town of Johnson City, Tennessee, Crawford proudly embraces his youth as a bona fide gGeek. He consistently gravitated towards math and science fields, which lead to his attending high school at University School on the campus of East Tennessee State University. There, he participated in math competitions throughout the state. Crawford was also the catcher for University’s baseball team that competed in Tennessee State’s championship series multiple years in their division.

Crawford embraced multi-tasking early on. He worked his way through college in the computer labs at East Tennessee State University, and credits his mentor Rob Whelan, who oversaw all of the computer labs on campus, for igniting his interest in Computer Science. It became his major at ETSU, as its core curriculum complemented his math and physics coursework. His new passion also led to a secondary job in 1996 while attending ETSU with the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference that is responsible for overseeing the state'sstates 31 judicial districts. Crawford networked all of the judicial districts’ satellite offices across the state of Tennessee and provided courtroom technology support for major cases. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University, and while enrolled in graduate school there, he also taught undergraduate information technology courses at ETSU, instructing more than 180 students enrolled in his six classes.

Crawford’s STEM degree would lead to working for SAFECO, one of the largest insurance firms in the U.S., as a Systems Support Administrator. In 1999, he would join BB&T Corporation, one of the nation’s largest financial services corporations, as a Network Manager and Administrator and Bank Officer. At BB&T Crawford managed networking and helpdesk personnel as well as server and network level information systems for a region that comprised more than 40 locations and 450 employees.

His foray into real estate began in the summer of 2001 when he became Director of Network Operations and the 16th employee at Marketlinx Solutions, now known as CoreLogic, one of the largest real estate technology and information service companies in the world.

Under the tutelage of Thad Shows at MarketLlinx (now CoreLogic, Crawford would enjoy extensive leadership training that would manifest into a C-level career that began when in 2006, he joined San Diego-based Sandicor, a leading MLS products and services provider, as its Chief Information Officer and was subsequently elected Secretary to the Corporation by the Sandicor Board of Directors, becoming a Corporate Officer. It was there he also served for two years as Vice-Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Standards Organization Education and Outreach Workgroup, and won the 2010 San Diego’s Information Technology of the Year Award.

After five years with Sandicor, in 2011 Crawford was named Chief Information Officer for MLSListings Inc., which serves 16,000 real estate professionals and more than 6,000 firms throughout Northern California. At MLSListings he was responsible for all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology, including infrastructure, design, development, implementation, and management. Shortly thereafter, Crawford was promoted to Chief Operations Officer and added to his CIO responsibilities managing customer support, Rules & Regulations, Compliance, Data Licensing, and Software Engineering. He also was elected Secretary to the Corporation, becoming a Corporate Officer in 2013. While COO at MLSListings, Crawford was the lead for the Council of MLS’s Technology Section Sub-Council. He left MLSListings to head up RESO in April 2015.

A Council of MLS CMLX Level 2 Certified Executive, today Crawford also serves on the DocuSign Executive Advisory Council, the Interop Advisory Board, and serves as President of his local homeowners association in Corinth Forest, his newest home about 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas.

Crawford attributes his hard-driving work ethic to his dad, who for the last 45 years gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to start his day. Described by his peers as charismatic and energetic, Crawford tires to engage every real estate professional he meets into a conversation that leads to talking about RESO, as he genuinely embraces his nonprofit organization’s mission to positively change the future of real estate.

His community activities have ranged from remaining an active supporter of his church in Knoxville, Tennessee, to undertaking local fundraising efforts for a variety of causes over the years. He continues to support Sigma Phi Epsilon, Paralyzed Veterans of America and RPAC (the Realtors Political Action Fund).

In his free time, Crawford is likely to be found spending time surrounded by his family: his wife of 12 years and their two young children. Crawford is a foodie who enjoys cooking to relieve stress, often with a glass of Rochioli Pinot Noir in hand, whipping up a meal that will also feed neighbors stopping by for a visit. He remains an avid sports participant in golf, tennis, basketball, football and baseball, and is a tireless fan of Tennessee football.

Dave Garland

Dave is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities that promise to improve the global residential and commercial real estate industries. In addition, he supports existing existing SCV portfolio companies and plays a critical role in increasing the financial value of REach companies through coaching, mentoring and strategic advisory.

David Conroy

As an R&D Engineer for NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology & CRT Labs, Dave Conroy investigates emerging technologies, educates NAR members & the public through presentations, webinars, blogs and podcasts, and develops products for use by members. He’s presented to REALTORS® on the national, state and local levels.

Adam DuVander

Adam DuVander loves APIs and the people behind them. He helps Zapier’s API partners integrate with its automation platform to empower their shared customers. Previously he led developer relations for database API Orchestrate (acquired by CenturyLink Cloud) and developer communications at SendGrid. He spent four years as a writer, editor, and analyst for ProgrammableWeb, journal of the API economy. Way back when he wrote the book on mapping APIs, Map Scripting 101, and covered developer topics for Wired.

Yossi Langer

Yossi runs East Side Strategy, a product design and UX strategy agency focusing primarily on enterprise interfaces for clients in real estate, healthcare, and finance. He has been solving user experience design, usability, and human factors problems for mobile and web applications for 15 years.

Yossi previously led product and user-experience teams at Viacom, Fotolog, American Express, and AOL. He was Principal of Iteration Group from 2013 to 2017. At Viacom, Yossi created the Lean Testing Lab, which enabled the company to cost-effectively conduct user experience research and iterate on designs for dozens of products.

Nathan Joens

I'm the co-founder of Structurely, where we are building artificial intelligence for real estate to help personalize interactions buyers and sellers have through messaging. I work with a team of 3 PhD data scientists specializing in artificial intelligence technology who love to solve the tough problems they are faced with in real estate data. As a 22 year old millennial, I'm in the thick of the latest technology trends, such as chatbots, messaging and A.I. and after studying real estate throughout college, I am familiar with what the future of this changing landscape will look like.

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen is a partner in Clareity Consulting, and has been consulting for over 20 years to the top Associations, MLSs, large brokerages and franchises - as well as a wide variety of technology companies that service the real estate industry. Matt has spoken at many industry events, has been published as an author in Stefan Swanepoel’s “Trends” report and other industry publications, and was honored by Inman News as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in 2013.

Tarun Sharma

Tarun is a Solutions Engineer at Facebook, where he partners closely with Facebook advertisers helping their businesses succeed through technology. Over the last three years, he has worked with clients in Retail, Tech, Telco, Gaming and Real Estate, helping them successfully scale their marketing on Facebook through technical integrations and guidance on Facebook Ads Products, APIs and best practices.

Timm McShane

Timm McShane is the CEO of Blaze Point Systems, LLC, a software development & consulting company focus on building out complex systems and helping organizations leverage and deploy new technology into their enterprise systems. 

Timm co-chaired the first IoT Security Micro Summit with the Department of Homeland Security as part of the 2016 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program.

Timm has a long history of supporting and implementing emerging technology in enterprise spaces. He started his career with AT&T as a network security researcher and systems architect. He went on to implement DevOps best practices supporting Cyber Command and helped implement Cloud Technologies within the Department of Defense.

Timm is currently on the board of advisors for CU Boulder’s Integrated Telephony Program (ITP) and is a Mentor for the Catalyze CU, an accelerator program for students and faculty at CU Boulder.

Josh Team

As Chief Innovation Officer for the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, Josh Team leads Keller Williams' innovation labs, developing platforms, creating solutions, and forming coalitions with businesses and entrepreneurs. Josh is charged with disrupting traditional approaches to real estate - envisioning, building, and scaling next-generation tools for Keller Williams and its global associates.

Zvi Band

Zvi Band is the co-founder & CEO of Contactually, the top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. Having founded Contactually in 2011, Zvi has led Contactually to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country. An engineer, a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist and startup advisor, with unique both technical and non-technical operations. Thrice named a Washingtonian Tech Titan, featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper, Zvi was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Zvi is a passionate speaker and author whose writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc, Inman News, and many other outlets. His first book, a study of relationship marketing, will be coming out with McGraw Hill next year. He also hosts the Real Relationships podcast and has interviewed hundreds of leaders on how they built the relationships that moved their careers and businesses to the next level.

Shane Farkas

Shane Farkas currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at The Agency. Shane has been with The Agency since its earliest days and has played an instrumental role in developing all of the company’s operational systems and processes. Under Shane’s leadership, The Agency’s technology division has developed proprietary software platforms for the company’s Residential Brokerage and New Development business units. He manages in-house and outsourced software development teams and negotiates the company’s relationships and integrations with 3rd party software vendors and partners

Paul Cooley

Paul Cooley is a highly-skilled technologist and manager who stands out among his peers for an ardent ability to look ahead to what the big picture should look like as well as execute daily on the acute details that are necessary to lead his team at Imprev to excellence. In 2011, Imprev’s technology prowess included a reliability record the envy of the industry: it was literally never completely down, with system lags across all client platforms totaling just 10 minutes for the entire year.

Cooley’s team is responsible for designing, developing, and deploying Imprev’s large-scale software and hardware solutions for its Marketing Center platform, keeping Imprev an industry leader and innovator. No other company in the real estate marketing business works with more agent and brokers than Imprev.

Cooley has a deep and rich background in the tech world. He made his mark in the tech world in 2001 as the Lead Engineer on the Rational Rose product at Rational Software (now IBM), which was considered “the gold standard” in its day.

Cooley joined Imprev in 2007 from drugstore.com, where he was Senior Software Engineer. There he was responsible for the development and maintenance of the “service layer” that supported the front end of drugstore.com’s multitude of sites, which were handling 1,000,000-plus interactions per day.

Cooley spent over three years as a Software Developer and Development Lead for Ensemble Systems, a privately-held company, where he developed and maintained its IBM/Rational Rose product, with duties that included coordinating the Quality Assurance team, serving as an expert troubleshooter, scoping and authoring functional and technical specifications for new features, and acting as primary liaison between Ensemble Systems and Rational/IBM Software for the Rose product.

As a team-centric manager, Cooley encourages his technologists to “learn, discover, explore, and go home every day with more than you came with,” he says, adding “I strive to make our office a place you look forward to arriving at every morning.”

Cooley’s interest in technology can be traced to the Commodore VIC-20 his father gave him when he was in the first grade, which he learned ‘programming’ from articles in Byte Magazine. Cooley was graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, specializing in Computer Science, from University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. He is an avid biker, runner and father of two boys. Cooley and his wife live in Kenmore, WA.

Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan is our Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for overall technology strategy and implementation throughout the company.

Prior to joining The Group, Tom was the Vice President of Technology at Alain Pinel Realtors in the San Francisco Bay Area and was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Residential Properties Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been a featured speaker at both local and national events including the Google IT Summit, Microsoft CIO Summit and Real Estate Connect. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Rhode Island Tech 10 Award with outstanding recognition for overall achievement.

Tom was also a syndicated columnist for Inman News. His column explored the best practices and trends in website design, mobile applications and online services that real estate companies can use to grow their businesses and run them more efficiently.

Joel Burslem

Joel joins 1000Watt with over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing, new media, website design and Internet marketing.

His introduction to real estate came in 2005 when he joined Prudential Northwest Properties. In 2006, he founded the influential Future of Real Estate Marketing blog, which was eventually acquired by Inman News. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Real Estate bloggers.

As VP of Content at Inman News, Joel created the popular InmanTV online video magazine and helped program several Real Estate Connect events.

An expert marketer and technologist, Joel has had many roles in both startup and agency environments. Over the course of his career, he helped launch one of the first online streaming video production companies (Chalk.com), ran marketing PR campaigns for Molson/Coors (while at Wilcox Group) and most recently, helped develop Vook, an interactive e-book publisher.

Joel lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Amy, daughter Charlotte and dog Maggie. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Stanford University. His current work is at the intersection of computer graphics and robotics, where he focuses on using drones to support human creativity. Before coming to Stanford, Mike spent two wonderful years at the Harvard Center for Brain Science. Mike’s joint work with the Harvard Center for Brain Science was published on the cover of Cell in 2015, and has been featured in BBC Horizon, The Guardian, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Nature News, The New York Times, and Popular Science. In 2013, Mike co-developed the Introduction to Parallel Programming course at Udacity, which has enrolled over 80,000 students.

Outside of academia, Mike is an avid music nerd and vinyl junkie, and has been DJing in nightclubs for over a decade. He is delighted to report that people were crowdsurfing at the last house party he did in Berkeley, but he promises that this won't happen during his talk at Hacker Connect.

Michael Wurzer

Chad Gardner

Chad is the Solutions Architect/Software Engineer at Spatial.ai with a degree in Computer Science, concentrating in Business Administration, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Before working at Spatial, Chad was the Co-Founder and CTO of LYFEBOAT, Inc. where he was responsible for maintaining the product pipeline, software development, and providing technical solutions to marketing and product ideas.
At Spatial, Chad’s is the passionate about bridging the worlds of sales/marketing and product development so that Spatial can continue to deliver their groundbreaking technology in a quality experience for their end users.

Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a software developer and product thinker. He gets excited about the intersection of great technology, legitimate business value, and awesome customer experience.

Jess is the CTO and Co-founder of First, a predictive analytics platform whose mission is to help agents grow their business through more relational, personalized and timely outreach by utilizing machine learning, automation, and smart integrations.

Prior to founding First, Jess started several startups including Ranger, an uptime monitoring service that was acquired in 2012. He has led teams to design, develop and deploy dozens of products for companies at various stages, from startups to the Fortune 100.

Tara Christianson

A long-time advocate and early adopter of online technology, Tara has been especially interested in the possibilities of the online world since focusing inInternet law at the DePaul University College of Law. Using her negotiation skillsand contract knowledge seemed a perfect fit for a transition into real estate, and forseveral years Tara balanced her time as a full-time real estate agent covering 5different counties in Northern Virginia as well as Washington D.C. with trainingfellow agents and brokers in technology.

The time came, however, when Tara had to choose between those two loves, andshe chose technology. Accepting a position with Century 21 Redwood Realty as theirTraining and Technology Director allowed her to more fully explore her passion.From there, Tara has expanded her repertoire to help individuals and companiesinside and outside of the United States, as well as outside of the real estate world.

Now, Tara consults, writes, edits, trains and speaks in both on- and offline forums, whilerelentlessly pursuing the best strategies for individuals and companies in utilisingtechnology to its best benefit."

Zain Memon

Zain has worked in real estate tech since 2009 when he went through Y Combinator with a startup called Movity, which was acquired by Trulia. Most recently, Zain led engineering at Lovely, and now works at Opendoor.

Steve Garrity

Steve Garrity is COO and founder of Hearsay Systems, and an expert in developing scalable enterprise software solutions. Hearsay provides the leading advisor-client engagement solution for the financial services industry, empowering global teams to efficiently and compliantly use social media, advisor websites, email, and text messaging to reach the right client, at the right time, with the right message.

Before founding Hearsay, Steve worked as an engineer at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle on the Azure.net Services platform, live mesh, and mobile search technologies. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. While at Stanford, he was selected as a Mayfield Fellow in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, during which he joined Fortify Software as a product manager.

Steve also is an investor in – and advisor to – a number of Silicon Valley start-ups. In his spare time, he enjoys ultra-marathons and Ironman triathlons.

Todd Mosier

Todd Mosier is the Vice President of Marketing at Adwerx. He is responsible for marketing efforts at the rapidly growing startup, which has worked with over 40,000 real estate agents and served over 1 billion ad impressions.
Todd is driven to find the intersection between creative design and technical analysis, using marketing tools and automation to improve performance. In fact, he and his team are likely targeting you with a sophisticated blend of email and digital advertising as you read this.
Along with being a passionately engaged member of his community in Durham, NC, he has travelled to over 50 countries, and is a former devops engineer, a lapsed ployglot, and has recorded multiple albums.

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