Speakers

Vanessa Bergmark

Vanessa is a negotiation specialist. In fact, she is certified in conflict resolution, which tends to come in handy in real estate transactions these days! She holds a California real estate license and a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

She fell in love with real estate when she bought her first house and decided to become an agent at a large real estate firm here in the East Bay. She became hooked on the fact that each new client, and each new property, presented a different experience.

Vanessa soon moved up the ranks to management, successfully running an office of agents and gaining connections within a corporate structure based far, far away from the East Bay.

She didn’t get hooked on that.

So in 2007, when one of Red Oak’s owners called with an offer to run their intensely local company, she was in. She and her business partner took an ownership stake in the business and the rest, really, is about what got her hooked on real estate in the first place: properties and people in the East Bay.

Vanessa resides in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood with her husband and two young children.

Amy Bayer

As Co-CEO, Co-Founder and visionary of PorchLight Real Estate Group, Amy Bayer—along with her partner, Carol Bayer (Co-CEO, Co-Founder)—have evolved the traditional outdated brokerage business model by prioritizing quality service to agents and clients.

Amy has been the thought leader behind an untraditional brokerage model that is uniquely collaborative and gives agents unparalleled inclusive marketing services, technology, and a strong support system so PorchLight agents can provide the highest quality service to their clients.

Amy has also put a strong emphasis on education for agents, providing the tools and classes necessary to make PorchLight agents true market experts. PorchLight agents receive individualized mentorship, coaching and Real Estate Commission-accredited courses on Denver/Metro area neighborhoods that are not offered at any other brokerage firm.

The Company’s unique forward-thinking support model allows agents and staff to lead healthy and happy personal lives while serving clients at the highest level. Clients are authentically guided to make smart housing decisions that they can benefit from for a lifetime.

In 12 years, Amy has grown PorchLight to become the second largest local real estate company in the Denver/Metro area, and created a corporate culture committed to collaboration, superior service, and giving back to the community. Amy is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker on the topics of relationship-based business-building, life-work balance and motivation.

 

Luke Monroe

Luke is redefining what it means to be a real estate brokerage by investing his own capital into each of his Realtor’s businesses.

As the Founder and Broker of Kendrick Realty, Inc of California and Simply Sold Properties, Inc. of Florida, Luke’s method eliminates inefficiencies and builds economies of scale by creating a Broker – Realtor relationship that is truly mutually beneficial.

This Realtors-as-an-investment approach means a laser like focus on training and execution. Luke takes the processes he developed running a wildly successful nationwide real estate investment company to help each of his agents achieve their peak ROI. This approach puts his Realtors in front of more clients and means his Team’s time is spent where it counts – on closing not prospecting.

Thus far, Luke's bet on agent performance has paid off, with more than $115M in sales in the Company's first year alone.

Courtney Poulos

Courtney J.E. Poulos is the broker/owner of ACME Real Estate, a design-savvy boutique brokerage focusing on brand marketing and real estate sales. She is a member of Forbes Real Estate Council, a repeat panelist at Inman Connect and Awesome Females in Real Estate, and is a panelist and emcee for the California Association of Realtors WomanUp!® Initiative. She recently was the host of FYI Network's "My City's Just Not That Into Me," where she played real estate matchmaker with buyers and sellers nationwide. She has been selling real estate since 2005.

Courtney’s stated mission is to help women achieve financial independence through real estate investment. Her latest book, Break Up! With Your Rental: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth through Real Estate, will be available nationwide in November 2018.

Courtney hails from the East Coast, graduated from University of Maryland at College Park's esteemed Phillip Merrill College of Journalism with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations, and spent 9 years working in arts and entertainment public relations prior to entering real estate.

Stephanie Lanier

Stephanie is the Broker and Owner of The Lanier Property Group, an award winning boutique real estate firm in Wilmington, NC. She was named one of Wilmington’s 5 Most Intriguing People and voted Best Real Estate Agent by the ​Star News​. She was the winner of the NC Association of Realtors Rising Star Award, and in 2017 she was named to an exclusive international list of Real Estate Influencers by ​Inman News​. Most recently, she was named the winner of Curaytor’s “Pitchfest,” where she represented boutique and independent brokers across the country in a “Battle of the Brokerages” competition.

When speaking, Stephanie has been recognized for her ability to bring inspiration and tangible takeaways to her audiences. She helps keep realtors sane by sharing her passion for work life integration and self-care. She speaks to business owners and entrepreneurs about creating and fostering intentional company culture. Stephanie has received national industry coverage for her out-of-the box content marketing and personal branding ideas.

Stephanie is also the founder of a much celebrated women’s membership group, “The Inspiration Lab,” which has been covered by the media as a community committed to creating leaders and empowering women. She recently hosted over 200 women at a conference event, with attendees from all over the country.

Before real estate, Stephanie worked as a clinical social worker caring for at-risk teenagers and the homeless. Stephanie received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University North Carolina at Wilmington, where she currently serves as the Alumni Board of Directors Chair, representing over 80,000 Alumni. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as a passionate advocate for small business owners. When she isn't working she enjoys writing on her family blog about her journey as a special needs parent, preparing for her business book club, or hosting weekly Sunday suppers with her family.

Bahareh Kamoei

Bahareh Kamoei is the Broker/Owner of BBS Brokers Realty, which is a family-run, boutique real estate firm located in Palm Desert, CA. Bahareh and her team are top producers in the Coachella Valley. Bahareh has received national recognition with features in both Inman and Realtor Magazine. She was also nominated as one of Inman's Innovator Awards Finalists in the "Most Innovative Broker Owner" category.
She has been recognized in her community for her philanthropic involvement. She believes in always delivering exceptional service and putting the needs of her clients first. In her spare time, Bahareh enjoys spending time with family, friends and working on her BBS Brokers Realty scholarship fund, which assists local high school students attend college.

Jonathan Boatwright

Jonathan is a licensed REALTOR® and co-owner of Realty Austin. After spending 16 years as an IT professional with Apple, Motorola and Microsoft, Jonathan decided to turn in his employee badge in order to leverage his diverse background in internet technology to fill a void he saw in the residential real estate industry.

In 2004, Jonathan joined forces with his wife and real estate Broker, Yvette Boatwright, in order to build a different kind of real estate company; one that embraces the latest technology in order to provide innovative systems for their clients and all aspects of their agent's business. Today, Realty Austin has grown into a team of 340 top-producing agents who together achieved $2B in sales in 2015 propelling them to the top #1 independent real estate firm in Austin.

Jonathan and the company he co-founded with wife Yvette receive accolades from RealTrends, RISMedia, and Inman News. Jonathan’s technology expertise has gained him national recognition as an Industry Trendsetter on Swanepoel POWER 200 list of the most power people in real estate.

With Jonathan and Yvette’s leadership, Realty Austin is known for their culture of giving back and which has placed them as Central Texas' #1 Best Place to Work by the Austin Business Journal in both years 2014 and 2015. In addition the company was ranked as the #1 Top Workplace by the Austin American Statesman for both years 2012 and 2013. The Austin Chamber of Commerce honored the company with the city’s top award for Community Relations.

Jonathan and his wife Yvette run the #1 independent real estate firm in Austin, a rewarding challenge and passion. In their free time, they enjoy life on Lake Austin with their three girls, Alyssa, Avery and Olivia. Jonathan's other hobbies include wake surfing, sailing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and mountain biking.

Bernice Ross

Nationally syndicated columnist, author, trainer, and speaker, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with 30 years of real estate sales experience. From 1993 to 1997, she served as Executive Director of Training for the 4,000 agent Prudential Jon Douglas Company. With over 400 published articles to her credit, Inman News called Bernice “America’s top real estate coach.” She is the author of Waging War on Real Estate’s Discounters, as well as her latest book, Real Estate Dough: Your Recipe for Real Estate Success. Bernice is also the creator of an exciting new real estate negotiation game called “Real Estate Dough Negotiation.” Visit Bernice’s Luxury Real Estate Blog at www.LuxuryClues.com.

Dominic Morrocco

Dominic Morrocco is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of M Squared Real Estate. M Squared was founded with the mission to create accessible technology solutions for agents and brokers to navigate business in the dynamic digital world. It is our mission to create technological efficiencies that allow agents and brokers the opportunity to grow their business while continuing to focus on what is most important in real estate: relationships.

In his role at M Squared, Dominic is responsible for product development and ensuring the company’s in-house technology remains at the forefront of the industry. Since its founding in 2012, M Squared Real Estate has been honored with numerous awards and accolades for its proprietary technology, including its Listing360 and Open House Touch applications. In 2015, M Squared began its most ambitious project to date under Dominic’s guidance, the development of a complete, end-to-end real estate brokerage platform. In 2018, M Squared Real Estate launched Backstage, a proprietary fintech/proptech platform that powers every aspect of the company’s operations. Dominic remains passionate about delivering on the company’s promise of helping agents build stronger business in the new digital era and maintaining our longstanding culture of agent centricity.

In 1999, Dominic created the first real estate brokerage company to allow consumers the direct ability to search the entire MLS – prior to the availability of IDX and RETS solutions. By 2002 over 90% of the company’s business was generated online. Dominic sold this technology to a national real estate conglomerate in 2003. Since entering the industry in the late 1990s, Dominic has served as CEO, President, and Chief Technology Officer of a variety of real estate entities.

Jack Miller

As the President and CTO of the T3 Sixty, Jack is responsible for client relationship development and management of T3 Sixty's consulting team. He has nearly two decades in the real estate industry and previously worked as CTO of a boutique real estate brokerage. While there the firm won Inman’s “Innovator of the Year” award and was used as a business case study by Apple. Prior to that, he led a technology team with Keller Williams Realty International and developed the enterprise system that helped grow the franchise from 10,000 agents to 60,000 agents. He is the co-author of five reports and case studies, including the T3 Tech Guide, as well as various white papers and abstracts on technology.

Lee Arnold

Lee is the broker/ owner of Benchmark Property Management in San Diego, CA. Founded with the idea that "business as usual" is not the way of tomorrow, Lee's ability to streamline the leasing and management of residential property has increased the profitability of the brokerage and attracted clients who want to buy and sell investment property. Utilizing advanced technology has allowed Lee to differentiate himself from other brokerages and allowed Lee to spend quality time with his growing family.

Aman Daro

As COO, Aman focuses on business strategy, technology, marketing and data analytics for Red Oak Realty, a 100-agent independent brokerage based in Oakland and Berkeley. He has 20 years of marketing experience in the real estate industry, leading initiatives for companies such as T3 Sixty and McGuire Real Estate. He spent his former life working at advertising agencies, managing campaigns for Fortune 500 packaged goods and technology firms. A San Francisco native, Aman graduated from Brandeis University and is now proud to call the East Bay home.

Steve Weiss

Steve has been a Real Estate professional since 1986. He is the Owner and Broker of Coast & County Brokers and Founder and President of SLO Homes, Inc. Throughout his career, Steve has been a leader in the real estate profession, serving as President of the Scenic Coast Association of REALTORS®, Chairman of Ethics and Professional Standards and Chairman of MLS.  Steve was also involved with the Standard Forms Committee for the California Association and Realtors® since 2004 and was appointed as Chairperson of the committee in 2007. He was a member of a special Study Group who's task was reviewing and modifying the California Residential Purchase Agreement on behalf of the California Association of REALTORS®.

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.

Ashley Murphy

A graduate of The Lawrenceville School and Trinity College, Ashley Murphy possesses more than a decade of media experience, having built and managed successful public proles for some of the most recognizable real estate brands. The daughter of a real estate broker father and an Emmy-Award winning former reporter mother, Ashley began her career as a news writer and producer for KYW in Philadelphia. Since then, she has worked in-house at some of the country's top residential brokerages and served as Associate Vice President at Rubenstein Associates, a leading national public relations agency. As Director of Public Relations at Stribling, Ashley implements and oversees corporate and agent media strategies to maximize exposure and brand inuence across print, television, and social outlets.

Cody Vichinsky

Zach and Cody Vichinsky are the principles of Bespoke Real Estate and Bespoke Marketing. Based in New York, Bespoke Real Estate is the world’s first luxury real estate firm that specifically focuses on the top of the market; in New York Bespoke works exclusively on properties and projects valued at $10M and above. Widely considered the preeminent experts of ultra-luxury real estate in NY, the brothers are consistently featured in national media outlets. Statistically they are amongst the top brokers in the country. Within Bespoke Real Estate, they currently manage roughly $1.2B+ in exclusively represented properties and projects, with an average listing price of $27M and an average sale price of $25M. Rounding out Bespoke’s luxury marketing service is Bespoke Marketing, a first-of-its-kind multi-tier marketing platform, with the ability to provide access to a concentrated network of the world’s UHNWIs. Bespoke is quickly becoming the de-facto resource in servicing the ultra-high-end of New York real estate, and is recognized as disrupters in the way luxury real estate is analyzed, marketed, and sold.

Linnette Edwards

Linnette Edwards is a top 1% producer, Broker Associate and Co-Founder of Abio Properties with 19 years in the industry. She is adamant that her success and the success of Abio, comes down to a few simple things: Respect the people you work with, focus on keeping clients happy, and think outside the box. These ideals are what led Linnette and co-founder, Cameron Platt to launch Abio Properties in 2016.

Linnette had worked for other real estate firms but always dreamt of building a special agency with an amazing culture, agents, technology, and a clear focus on buyers and sellers. That’s what she and Cameron have crafted with Abio – an innovative boutique agency with a positive outlook, a collaborative spirit, and a promise of transparency. In fact, the name is inspired by the Spanish word abierto, which means “open,” because openness is a founding Abio principal.

“We knew that our clients and our work as a whole would benefit from an agency culture that embraced the transparency, collaboration and innovation that each of us really valued,” Linnette points out. “So we set out to build Abio – along with the tools to enable it – for ourselves and for agents who ‘get it.’”

Cameron has this to say about her, “Linnette will raise your standards.”

Linnette’s clients drive her to be a better real estate broker every day, and she works to insure they’re taken care of and always get the best results. Linnette believes that while a deal may close, the relationship always stays open. Abierto!

Audie Chamberlain

Audie is the CEO and Founder of Lion & Orb and manages creative public relations strategy for the firm’s various accounts across the country. In 2016, Lion & Orb clients earned three spots on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America and many other honors including four Inman Innovator Awards. Lion & Orb works with the most selective luxury brands, startups, technology companies and brokerages in the real estate industry, the company specializes in media relations and strategic partnerships.

Jed Carlson

Jed Carlson is the chief executive officer of Adwerx, where digital marketing for real estate is brilliantly simple. Under Jed's leadership Adwerx has worked with over 100,000 agents and served over 11+ billion ad impressions.

Jed continues to focus on the digital challenges that face small businesses, and build scalable, simple and affordable products to solve them. He is also an active angel investor, mentor and advisor to over ten tech startups. Jed is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences on technology and digital marketing.

Jed’s commitment to leveling the playing field for small businesses is equal only to his devotion to guiding other entrepreneurs to success.

Anthony Lamacchia

Anthony Lamacchia is Broker/Owner of Lamacchia Realty Inc an independent full service real estate brokerage just outside of Boston. Anthony started his career as a single agent and grew his business into a team, then a power team that was Top 50 in Real Trends Nationally 5 years in a row before transitioning into brokerage. Today Anthony leads an 85-agent brokerage that will close over 1,000 transactions for over 400 million dollars in Sales Volume in 2017. Anthony credits his consistent growth of his company to continuous training of its agents that he now offers via Go to Web to other brokerages around the country, heavy marketing and a custom-built CRM that he had built on the Salesforce platform. Anthony is very involved with the local, state and the National Association of Realtors where he is on many committees. He is also a Zillow Advisory Board member. Anthony is known for running a very structured company that can run without him when he is traveling. Anthony is a regular Real Estate expert across all major Boston TV stations where he has done over 200 live TV news segments in the last 7 years. To learn more about me and my company visit my bio page on our website: https://www.lamacchiarealty.com/anthony-lamacchia-profile/

Miriem Boss

Miriem Boss was born and raised on the mean, clean streets of Tokyo. The middle child of no fewer than 7, her upbringing was rife with noise and travel in equal parts, the latter landing her in 36 countries around the world. In 2005, she found herself stateside, and in 2011, Miriem matriculated at Utah Valley University, earning her degree in business management. 5 years ago, this spitfire nabbed her real estate license, but her interests in the field won’t be taking the form of a traditional agent: as our COLLECTIVE Operations Manager, Miriem’s focus is on agent support, document compliance, and the joyful spreading of industry knowledge to any with an inquiring mind.

Tiffany McQuaid

After just five short years of opening the doors to her independent brokerage, Tiffany has continued to grow the company and has had the honor of being recognized locally and beyond as a rising top producer and innovator in the real estate world. She has a true understanding of branding and the importance of innovation and creativity to allow the company, its Realtors and in turn, every customer and their properties stand out. Tiffany credits McQuaid & Company’s continued success to her hand-picked team approach, the brokerage’s "adding value" to real estate method of caring and relationship building, and her focus of always "giving back" to the community as a top priority.

She was the recipient of the Women’s Council of Realtors Entrepreneur of the Year Award and voted by Inman News as a Real Estate Industry Influencer in 2017. Locally Tiffany has been recognized as one of Florida Weekly Newspaper’s Power Women as well as Florida Gulf Coast University’s Distinguished Entrepreneur in 2016 and Gulfshore Life Magazine's "Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction" Award. As a brokerage, Tiffany’s firm holds big agency power, being nominated for the “Most Innovative Brokerage” award by Inman News is one of the many brokerage awards she takes great pride in. Tiffany has been blessed to be mentored for several years by Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul as Founder of the Corcoran Group and TV personality on the hit show Shark Tank, and believes strongly in paying it forward by mentoring others.

“At McQuaid and Company we are not about just business as usual, but are a true family at our core, with community as our foundation. We take great pride in applying a unique and different angle to everything the company does, truly taking it to the Mth degree…” #TeamMcQuaid

Stacey Alcorn

Stacey Alcorn is Founder and CEO of LAER Realty Partners, the largest independent real estate firm in Massachusetts based on transactions closed. LAER was founded in 2014 and today closes over $1B in annual sales throughout MA & NH.  Stacey is also the author of the best-selling book, REACH! and The Seven Secrets to Hiring a Lion: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting an Exceptional Real Estate Agent.

Jonathan Kauffmann

With a background in start ups and entrepreneurship, Jonathan is passionate about design, customer experience, and helping people succeed.

Combining his sales and marketing expertise with his love for real estate, Jonathan began selling real estate in 2003 and founded Nest Realty in 2008. Since then, Nest Realty has been honored as the nation’s ‘Most Innovative Brokerage’ by Inman News in 2009 and was named to the INC 5000 list of fastest growing American companies for 4 consecutive years. Nest Realty began offering limited franchising opportunities in 2017 and currently operates in 9 markets. Outside of Nest, Jonathan loves spending time with his family, exercising, and obsessing over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Schneider

Mike Schneider

Mike is the CEO 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. He believes that machine learning, automation, and smart integrations are promising tools to that end. Prior to founding First, Mike helped launch Sovereign's Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on scaling technology companies in emerging markets.