Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global bestseller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.
Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the third most watched talk of all time on TED.com.
Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army.
Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company. He lives in New York.
Dick Costolo is the CEO of Chorus Fitness, a startup that is reimagining the path to personal fitness. He is also a Mentor at Index Ventures. Costolo was most recently CEO of Twitter from 2010 to 2015. The former improv comedian has been a consultant on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Specializing in high-end real estate, Rayni Romito Williams has established a remarkable record with more than $4 billion in career sales. Her in-depth knowledge of market trends and luxury inventory, paired with her energetic and confident disposition has made her one of the nation’s top-producing female agents.
Growing up in a family of developers, Rayni is no stranger to the world of real estate. After initially moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in journalism, Rayni landed in the lending business – both career providing her with a unique skillset to creatively market and understand the financial business behind each transaction.
In 2005, Rayni returned to her real estate roots when she joined a Beverly Hills-based brokerage and immediately began to prove herself as an honest and passionate real estate professional. Shortly thereafter, Rayni met then colleague Branden Williams and began partnering on some of the most notable deals in LA. Growly quickly, Rayni and Branden developed an impressive roster of clientele, which now includes Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Makowsky, Mika Kelly, Max Martin, and many more.
More than a decade later, Rayni and Branden are still setting records in the Los Angeles real estate market. With more than $1 billion in sales in Trousdale and records in Beverly Hills, the Bird Streets and Los Feliz, the power couple continues to be nationally recognized as a top-producing team. Rayni has been nationally and locally recognized for her impressive work, and has earned notable accolades including, The Wall Street Journal’s Top-Producing Agents, Variety’s Real Estate Elite, and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Real Estate Agents. Additionally, she has provided real estate expert commentary for various top-tier national news outlets including Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Forbes, CNN, Business Insider, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and more.
Rayni is an active member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been recognized by the local community for her charitable work. In 2017, Branden and Rayni were honored for their extensive work with the Zimmer’s Children Museum, and in 2015, Rayni received Angeleno’s Altruist of the Year award.
Ryan Schneider joined Realogy as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2017 after nearly 15 years of senior leadership experience at Capital One Financial Corporation. He is a member of Realogy’s Board of Directors, and will become Realogy’s Chief Executive Officer effective December 31, 2017.
From 2007 to 2016, Schneider was President of Capital One’s Card division, its largest business, where he oversaw all of Capital One’s consumer and small business credit card lines in the United States, U.K. and Canada. He managed a staff of more than 10,000 employees and reported directly to Capital One’s Chief Executive Officer.
Schneider joined Capital One in 2002 and held a variety of leadership positions within Capital One through 2007, including Executive Vice President and President, Auto Finance, which did the majority of its business with franchised auto dealers, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Card. He also served as a director of Capital One Bank (USA), National Association.
Schneider has substantial experience in public policy and regulatory affairs, including meeting with a sitting President of the United States and testifying in front of a Senate committee.
Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in financial services clients with an emphasis on consumer credit and insurance. Schneider received a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.
Raj's story goes a little something like this... Beautiful design evokes emotion. Emotion stirs the soul and creates a connection between client, agent and the home buying or selling process. The Boutique Real Estate Group has invested heavily in bringing all aspects of the real estate experience completely in-house. From custom design, professional staging, architectural photography, cinematography, and social media to technology, internet optimization, cloud-based transaction management and global listing syndication. This not only provides The Boutique with complete control of the design, marketing & technology of luxury real estate but also gives them the look & feel of a true boutique marketing agency. This design & tech-forward approach has earned The Boutique Real Estate Group accolades & awards worldwide.
In 2017 Raj & The Boutique were awarded The Real Estate Influencer of The Year by Inman News, Most Innovative Brokerage, REAL Trends Finalist for Best Overall Website and the #1 Real Estate Video Influencer Award. In 2016 Raj was named to the prestigious SP200 Honoring The Most Powerful 200 People in Residential Real Estate. The Boutique was an Inman News Innovator for Most Innovative Real Estate Brokerage in 2016, Most Innovative Technology in 2015 and Raj was selected as Most Innovative Real Estate Agent in 2014. Raj was also selected as 33 People Changing The Real Estate Industry by Inman News. The Boutique was also awarded Best Real Estate Video for 2014 by Placester and Raj was also named Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders For 2013 By Inman News. The Boutique Real Estate Group was recently selected as The 2014 Next Generation Real Estate Brokerage by Better Homes & Garden Real Estate & 1000 Watt Consulting.
As a National & International Speaker, Raj travels the world and has taken the stage at some of the most prestigious real estate conferences educating Real Estate Professionals on the value of Marketing, Technology & Social Media.
Elizabeth Mendenhall, a REALTOR® from Columbia, Mo., is the 2017 President Elect of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR). NAR, “The Voice for Real Estate®,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million REALTORS® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Elizabeth is the CEO for RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia and has been a REALTOR® for 20 years. RE/MAX named her the “Mid-States Missouri Broker-Owner of the Year” in 2009 and the “International Broker Manager of the Year” in 2006. She is a sixth-generation REALTOR®.
She has received designations as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®), Accredited Buyer Representative Manager (ABRM), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), Performance Management Network (PMN), e-PRO® specialist, Learning Certified Instructor (LCI), and is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI). She is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) and the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council.
On the national level, Elizabeth currently serves on NAR’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Leadership Team. She chaired the Strategic Planning Committee in 2012 and served as Vice President of Committees in 2011. She was the NAR Liaison to Association Leadership in 2008.
In 2010, the Missouri Association of REALTORS® elected Elizabeth president. She also served as president of the Missouri WCR in 2004. The Missouri WCR named her “Business Woman of the Year” and “Member of the Year,” in 2007.
For her local association, the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, Elizabeth chaired the Professional Standards Committee in 2012. She served as president and was named their “REALTOR® of the Year” in 2003.
Active in her community, Elizabeth has served on the board of directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the local United Way, and Job Point. She also founded and served as the first president of the Mid-Missouri Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. In 2001, the Columbia Business Times named her in their “40 Under 40” inaugural class.
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. A CNN political commentator and Daily Beast columnist, Sally is a popular keynote speaker who makes audiences laugh and think.
Previously a Fox News contributor—the inspiration for her widely seen TED talk—Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York magazine, More magazine , RollingStone.com, Elle.com, USA Today, TIME, AFAR magazine and many other mediums. Her work has been highlighted by outlets ranging from the Colbert Report to the National Review . Sally is ranked by Mediaite as one of the 100 most influential pundits on television and by The Advocate as the 35th most influential LGBT person in the media. Though she insists that doesn't mean she's the 35th gayest LGBT person in the media (she ranks far higher on that measure).
Sally is a highly in-demand keynote speaker, with audiences including Mount Holyoke College, Spotify, the University of Kansas, Knoll, and Southern New Hampshire University. She also works as a media and public speaking coach, training hundreds of companies, organizations and individual leaders to be their most effective and impactful selves in public.
Previously, Sally was senior campaign strategist with the Center for Community Change, a 45-year-old hub of grassroots organizations nationwide. She served as co-director of ideas and innovation for the Center, helping lead the pioneering Campaign for Community Values, producing a nationally televised presidential candidate forum in 2008, developing a new media organizing project on health care reform in rural communities and spearheading several other initiatives.
Sally held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants to social justice organizations nationwide. She was also strategic advisor to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, a private network of 25 top program staff from some of the nation’s most prominent foundations, working to identify a shared strategy and coordinate grantmaking. Before that, Sally served as executive director of the Third Wave Foundation, the leading young women’s organization in the country. She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, where she published a groundbreaking guidebook for organizing campaigns to win domestic partnership benefits. Sally also worked as a consultant with the Urban Justice Center, publishing a report on the experiences of gay youth in the New York juvenile justice system.
She received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and was a Root-Tilden-Kern public service scholar at the New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in D.C. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sally now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Sarah Hansen and their daughter Willa.
Robert Reffkin is the Founder & CEO of Compass, a technology-driven real estate platform. Prior to Compass, Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm's private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company. In 2005, he was appointed as a White House Fellow to serve as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the NYC Workforce Investment Board and the NYC Board of Education, known as the Panel for Educational Policy. He also founded New York Needs You (the most time intensive career mentoring program in NYC) and founded Bronx Success Academy 1 elementary school. He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. He recently completed 50 marathons, one in each U.S. state, to raise $1 million for youth education and enrichment programs.
An industry veteran since 2008, Angela Raab is currently the Sr. Director of Training Delivery for Realogy. She believes passionately in the development of agents and brokers through programs that change behaviors.
Senior Editor at Large; Co-chair, MPW Summit; Editorial Director, MPW Next Gen, Fortune
Leigh Gallagher is Senior Editor at Large at Fortune, where she writes and edits feature stories, helps steer the brand's editorial coverage and serves as a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. From 2014-2016, she was the host of Fortune Live, Fortune’s weekly half-hour video talk show featuring interviews with business leaders and newsmakers. She is the author of The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions...and Created Plenty of Controversy, the first book solely dedicated to the creation and growth of the disruptive Silicon Valley startup Airbnb. Her first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, has been described as a “first-rate social history" and a "steel fist in a velvet glove." Ms. Gallagher is also a seasoned business news commentator, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, public radio’s Marketplace, and a variety of other outlets. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Ms. Gallagher was a senior editor at SmartMoney and a writer for Forbes. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
Rebecca has 15 years in the real estate and mortgage industries, which prompted her to solve the industry's biggest problem...a messy, inefficient transaction. As the former Director of Operations at BoomTown, she guided the company during its fastest growth period to the Inc 500 list and saw first hand, how teams and brokerages could benefit from greater visibility and efficiency. As Founder and CEO of her latest venture, Preclose, her tech-enabled transaction coordination service backed by proprietary technology for transaction coordinators, brings the preclose experience online to increase efficiencies and productivity across real estate teams and brokerages.
Logan Wells is Founder and Digital Strategy Director for Not Another Agency (NAA). With 10 years of combined experience of agency, in-house, and corporate across corporate communications, project management, strategic consulting, brand management and business development – she founded NAA to provide a more process-driven approach that allows for increased agility and measurability for clients.
Prior to founding NAA, Logan co-founded and was a partner at Varick North – a digital marketing and sales development firm based in New York City. Before that she built the digital marketing team at Lumentus as the Digital Strategy Director, overseeing all of the digital strategy and client management components. Additionally, she’s worked as a consultant to help agencies scale their operations for the past 5 years.
Gretchen Pearson founded her brokerage in 2005 under the name Windermere Welcome Home. In September 2010, Pearson aligned with Prudential Real Estate and quadrupled the size of the company with massive and strategic growth through acquisition and new talent hires. In the last 12 months, Pearson acquired five additional brokerages, 13 offices and 400 agents. Prudential California Realty, Pearson Properties, Inc. is the largest female-owned real estate company in California with 950 agents in 35 offices located throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento and the Central Valley.
In December 2014, her Prudential Real Estate Brokerage partnered with the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway brand and became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties. In February 2015, her brokerage was named the fastest growing full-service real estate brokerage in California and in March 2015, was awarded the Apex Award as the 12th most producing company in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. The company was recognized in 2016 as the 12th most producing brokerage in the network, the #4 independently owned and operated brokerage in the network and the #1 woman-owned brokerage in the network.
With a dynamic real estate career spanning more than three decades, Gretchen's professional experience had included roles as agent, office manager, and senior corporate executive. In November of 2005, Gretchen opened her first real estate office in San Ramon, California. With the belief in the American Dream and a mantra of “we help people get what they want,” the company grew at a phenomenal rate and has been acknowledged as California’s fastest-growing, full-service real estate company almost every year of their existence.
As of 2016, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Drysdale Properties has grown to just over 1000 agents in 35 offices serving Northern California and Nevada. RealTrends recently honored BHHS Drysdale Properties, known locally as “The Drysdales,” in the RealTrends’ PowerBroker Report as the 92nd largest brokerage in the nation by sales volume. Furthermore, the San Francisco Business Times voted Gretchen as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Businesswomen in the Bay Area and Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in the Bay Area. Gretchen received the prestigious National Association of REALTORS’ Top 40 Under 40 Award, the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Contra Costa County, and has been the featured speaker at numerous industry events.
Gretchen is the proud founder of the California Community Foundation, a non-profit organization entirely funded by the agents in the company which give hope and funds to charities who are dedicated to improving lives of others. Gretchen is also active with Special Olympics and is proud to serve on the Northern Nevada and California Boards.
Gretchen has been married to the same guy for 30+ years and together they raised 3 children. Gretchen loves all sports and is a proud Sacramento State Hornet. She is a charismatic leader who is passionate about raising the bar in real estate, creating a network of professional and savvy agents and managers who adhere to a higher standard.
If you wish to contact Ms. Pearson, you can reach her by phone at (925) 640-0590, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website, www.gretchenpearson.com.
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.
Leslie Hirsch is the co-founder of the Howard Morrel Team of Engel & Volkers in New York City. For the past 15 years, Leslie has worked in concert with her business partner Howard Morrel to build a multifaceted sales force. Together, Leslie and Howard have led their team to achieve sales records year after year, while building an extensive following of loyal clients and transacting over 1.8 Billion dollars in sales.
Leading real estate broadcast outlets and publications including the Real Estate Report on NY1, The New York Times, New York Post, NBC's Living Large, Openhouse NYC, The Real Deal and Brick Underground have featured Leslie for her expertise.
Leslie combines relentless fact-finding with in-depth community knowledge to provide her clients with the key insights and details that help them to make the best business and personal decisions. She carefully assesses each transaction and develops a comprehensive plan of action for every buyer and seller.
Whether preparing the marketing strategy for a new listing or executing tough negotiations, Leslie practices absolute discretion and fidelity. She prides herself on a dedication to excellence and believes that truly understanding the needs of her clients is the most important element in establishing strong and productive working relationships.
Dedicated. Enthusiastic. Responsive. Knowledgeable. Professional.
These are words that describe Charlotte, NC Realtor Leigh Brown. Though Leigh’s career background is colorful – she has sold liquor, stocks, and chainsaws – for the past 14 years, she has been dedicated to building relationships with her clients in real estate, both current and past . Her enthusiasm about the real estate industry shows on her face, in her work ethic and within her strong team-which sells an average of 300 homes per year. Leigh has strengthened her knowledge of the industry by participating in higher education courses and she has stayed on top of her game by regularly upgrading her technology tool belt. Friends, clients and colleagues admire her energy, commitment, professionalism and her ability to speak honestly and directly to better serve her clients. Leigh’s industry passions include working with NAR, CRS, and RPAC to improve the lives of Realtors and to protect property rights for all. Leigh’s personal passions include her family, church, singing and playing the piano.
L.D. Salmanson was born in Providence RI, and has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired GreenCrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable late-stage pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, twitter, and Uber. Prior to that L.D. served as the Principal of Knight Capital Group’s Private Equity Fund, and previously as a captain in the Israeli Army. L.D. earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and is a Joseph Wharton Merit Scholar. L.D. also holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. in finance and International Law from IDC Herzliya.
BILL LUBLIN operates a successful multi-office real estate firm and has been recognized as a thought leader for his insights regarding technology, social media, ethics and risk management in the real estate business. An international speaker and trainer, he makes complicated things simple in a fast paced entertaining manner. Entering the real estate business at the age of 21, Bill rapidly gained recognition as one of the best salespeople in the marketplace. From his earliest days he began a career of service to both the community and the industry, always embracing the latest tools and technology. In 1983 Bill opened Lublin Corporation REALTORS at 7104 Castor Avenue. Its successor firm, CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold, has been recognized by both Real Trends Magazine and Real Estate and Relocation magazine as one of the largest real estate firms in the United States since 1998. CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold is currently Pennsylvania’s Largest Century 21 firm.
Lisa Jalufka’s formal training includes a bachelor of arts in History with a focus in education. With more than 15 years of experience in real estate, Lisa is fully licensed as a salesperson and broker, including certification as a real estate instructor. In addition to selling real estate, Lisa has served as managing broker, mentor and coach. Lisa specializes in providing high level customer service, problem solving, and counseling to her clients. Additionally, Lisa is passionate about helping other agents be the best that they can be. Lisa is a participating member of local, state and national realtor associations, as well as business association. She is an advocate for realtors and women in business.
Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience in the real estate technology industry. Passionate about solving challenges and removing friction using technology. Loves to us collaborative and innovative techniques to identify customer needs. Former MLS executive, startup entrepreneur turned Fortune 500 software executive.
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.
Meris Blumstein is the queen of positivity, creativity, uniqueness and NYC Real Estate. Incurable enthusiast of New York City, the NYTimes crossword puzzle and as a lover of adventure, Meris seeks to solve the everyday issues of life in NYC whether it be for fun or for the betterment of her real estate clientele. A highly esteemed real estate agent and member of the Greenwich Village community for countless years, Meris leads the industry in kindness and communication. Over the past three decades, Meris has negotiated challenging deals, brought tired property back to life and done it all in fabulous attire.
As the head of Corcoran’s TOP TEAM who consistently rank among The Corcoran Groups “Top 25” agents in the company, Meris is lauded as one of the nicest real estate professionals in New York. She works tirelessly to negotiate the best deal for every client, and makes sure that everyone has fun along the way! Working in concert with her family: her husband, Kenny, daughter, Sydney, and son, Cole, along with a carefully curated team, Meris offers vast current and historical knowledge of the city’s market along with a clarity of purpose in finding the proper property for buyers and the perfect buyers for property.
Meris is proud to call herself a loft pioneer having purchased the Village home she still lives in for $15/ft! Professionally trained as an actress at Columbia University, Meris loves the stage set that each home can be and shows apartments with a one of a kind flare. Museums are her passion. A day at the MET, MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt or the Frick is her perfect NYC staycation. She is truly the queen of NYC, the Tinkerbelle of real estate and the company you are seeking throughout the home purchasing or selling process!
Molly McKinley is an expert at connecting the dots.
She is a senior public relations and integrated marketing strategist with over 18 years of experience launching new products and brands. Her passion lies in finding hidden connections between people, experiences and brands, and helping to amplify those relationships to drive success. She counts Adwerx, Adobe, IBM and Wake Radiology among her past projects.
In the last five years, Molly’s traditional PR agency background has evolved into all things digital, from SEO and link building to the convergence of data insights with business and marketing goals. Her fluency in design as well as technology puts her in a sweet spot, but she remains driven by the search for relevant and creative ways to share stories that resonate and connect with each target audience via the most appropriate outlets.
Award-winning journalist and publisher. Entrepreneur and leader of successful companies. Innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.
He is founder and sole owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation since 1983. In addition, his Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring 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 their attendance at Inman conferences.
A native of Carlinville, Illinois, and graduate of Boston University, Inman began his career as a housing policy analyst and community advocate who parlayed a weekly real estate column in the San Francisco Examiner at the dawn of the Internet era into a series of entrepreneurial ventures. 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, LLC, in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. A compelling speaker, he is a regular at real estate events around the nation and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Today, Brad Inman has returned to his roots, focusing his efforts on managing the daily operations of Inman, working with an all-star team of online journalists and industry thought leaders to produce award-winning content, and serving as host and majordomo of the popular series of conferences that bear his name. A grandfather, father, husband (to Yaz Inman) and brother, he enjoys travel, entertaining friends and business associates and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as playing Elton John’s million-dollar piano.
As the daughter of loft pioneers, Sydney is a passionate explorer and citizen of the world. Whether at home or abroad, Sydney quests to discover the unknown - driving to deep Brooklyn to test a new fried chicken joint and diving into the cold waters off the coast of Coney Island with the Polar Bear Plunge Club. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s best, Sydney prides herself on being a culture broker in addition to an agent. An artist and an athlete, Sydney loves to organize art, music and dance parties and can often be found riding the ferries or walking across the bridges in warmer months. She dreams of opening an afterschool center where city kids can play sports and hang out year round. She owns a co-op in the east village which she is crafting into a warehouse feeling one of a kind home. She recently purchased a 1930s garage in the east village for roller skating and to continue to hone her keen eye for design. An expert in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, Sydney has recently expanded her business to include the Bronx and Queens and aims to be a full service broker. With over a decade formally in the business (and a decade of Open House hosting before that!) Sydney is passionate about all things pre-war and related to New York City. In her mind, this is the center of the universe and all the participants, whether in a studio or a mansion, deserve the highest caliber of broker.
A “native” New Yorker in spirit, Kenny moved to NYC in the late 60s and immediately felt at home. His passion for funky expressionism brought him to the fashion industry where he spent over 25 years making the world a better dressed place. In the mid 90s when Meris began her career, Kenny became “Mr. Mom” taking care of children (now teammates) Sydney and Cole. When his wife’s business grew exponentially, Kenny realized his keen eye for design and knowledge of property investment was perfectly suited for the industry. He finds inspiration in everyday materials from candles to fabrics and even the NYC sidewalks. An avid jazz fan and reverent follower of Joseph Pilates, Kenny appeals to a wide variety of real estate clients. His personal touch, widespread knowledge and unique fashion flare truly make him one of a kind. Along with his wife, his team has a world renowned reputation for communication, listening and of course, more fun every single day.
Nicole is the Team Leader for one of the highest producing teams at Intero in Houston. Although their team is new, it has amassed tremendous growth over 2017. Nicole enjoys pushing her team to the limits to help them achieve their goals while creating an enviable culture. Her team deploys savvy marketing techniques to capture and maximize their market share. Nicole is a NAR 30 Under 30 Finalist and a winner for the Houston Association of Realtors 20 Under 40. Nicole serves her association currently as the Chair position for the Young Professionals Network within HAR. When at home, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Heath, her three kids, Luke, Noah, and Alyssa, and their dog, Moose.
As Chief Design Officer at Hawai’i Life, Winston’s primary focus is the creative, design and implementation of marketing and communication systems. In this capacity, he interacts with Hawai’i Life agents and guides the company’s in-house “Create” team. His work spans a variety of design disciplines, including print, brand development, UI / UX, copywriting, workspace / office design and digital media. Ask Winston, and he’ll tell you that his role is one of the best assignments in the company.
Winston applies “design thinking” to many facets of Hawai’i Life’s practice. Design is frequently lacking the real estate industry, and the company’s commitment to making things simpler, easier and more beautiful has proven to be both challenging and rewarding.
Winston’s work history has been varied; boat captain, shiatsu therapist, dishwasher, firefighter and EMT. Prior to his current role Winston ran a successful design shop on Kauai called Wasabi, which provided a springboard to launch the Hawai’i Life project.
Welborn has lived on Kauai since 1978 and currently resides in the busy, beautiful town of Hanalei. He attended Island School, graduated from Kapaa High and went to college at St. Mary’s and Clemson (although he never completed or attained a degree). Winston has always enjoyed writing so he studied English Literature in college. All of his design skills are self taught or, perhaps, genetic.
On the personal side, Winston is a proud father and husband of 22 years. For fun he enjoys cycling, kiteboarding, hiking, paddling, fishing, photography and walking with his best friends, Mochi and Nui.
Welborn says his “strongest skills are listening, observing and simplification.”
Todd Ferris is the team leader of the Ferris Property Group, the largest real estate team in Indiana's largest real estate broker, F.C. Tucker Company. The Ferris Property Group is one of Indiana's most well recognized real estate teams for their sales ability and their creative marketing techniques. Todd is also co-host for the Boom Real Estate Podcast, a real estate podcast teaching fellow realtors how to enjoy business and life!
Wendy has leveraged her passion for real estate, operations and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. She was recognized in 2017 as one of the Swanepoel Power 200 and as a 2017 Inman Real Estate Influencer. She was employee number two at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate when Realogy relaunched the brand in 2007. She later lead the growth of a national independent brokerage from 500 agents to over 2000 agents in under 5 years and to be ranked as one of the top 50 brokerages in the country in 2016. Prior to joining HomeSmart she served as President, T3 Broker Division at T3 Sixty Group. Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes including the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons. In 2017, she became an Ironman by completing a 140.6 mile triathlon.
I’m Kristin McFeely, road tripper, old music lover, architecture junkie, vintage treasure hunter and promoter of all things Philly real estate. I’ve spent the last decade meeting amazing people, digging up all the dirt on Philly and collaborating and leading the best and smartest creative team in real estate. The result is The Philly Home Girls.
Originally from Downingtown, PA with summers spent on the beaches in Ocean City, Maryland, I currently reside in West Mount Airy. I live in a big, old lifetime-rehab-project of a house with my handy artist husband, two lovable cats, a dozen motorcycles, two classic cars and countless dead houseplants. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998 from The University of the Arts and discovered my addiction to travel and love of architecture during an independent study in Art History and Printmaking in Europe. I later completed a certificate in Interior Design at Moore College of Art and became a hoarder of mid-century furniture and architectural design magazines. My fine art background led to a short-lived career in advertising and graphic design and my interest in building construction, architecture and interior design eventually progressed to my second love: purchasing and rehabbing my own homes and investment properties.
A licensed Realtor since 2005, I am a member of the National Association, Pennsylvania Association and The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors. I am a Certified Relocation Specialist, am a leader in the Coldwell Banker Preferred Mentor Program and have been welcomed into Coldwell Banker Preferred’s Diamond Society, International Sterling Society, and International President’s Circle. I sit on the West Mt. Airy Zoning Committee Board and am a Big Sister to the most amazing not-so-little-anymore girl through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. When I’m not selling real estate and promoting the City of Brotherly Love, I can be found at my little cabin on the lake in the Poconos or traveling the roads of America in a big white van looking for antiques and treasures and visiting craft breweries along the way.
I don’t sell houses; I sell homes, and my business is based on relationships, not transactions.
Sherry Chris was appointed president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in October of 2007. Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it had entered into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation, with a renewal option for another 50 years, to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name to launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand.
Sherry has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including, significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles within notable US brokerages. She joined Realogy in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.
Well-known for her innovative thinking, next generation consumer insights and idea sharing in an effort to move the industry forward, Sherry is a frequently sought after speaker at international real estate and technology conferences. She is also recurrently featured by national media outlets such as FOX Business and CNBC for her insights into industry reports and trends.
Sherry serves on the advisory boards for Realtor.com and Zillow and has been part of a number of industry and technology-related advisory boards, including Trulia and Google Real Estate. In addition, she is the vice chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together and vice chair of the real estate services advisory board at NAR.
In 2013 Sherry was named to the Swanepoel Power 200 list, recognized for the fourth consecutive year as Inman’s 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and honored among the elite group of Women Worth Watching byProfiles in Diversity Journal. Sherry was named Inman Innovator of the Year in 2010, a prestigious and coveted award that honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision and foresight in using innovation to enhance the real estate experience for consumers, real estate brokers and agents. She also received the 2010 Stevie Award for Best Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Sherry recognizes the power of engaging with businesses and consumers through emerging media channels – making her the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter.
Sherry is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and earned an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
John has led the Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Regional MLS since 2002. During his tenure, NorthstarMLS has achieved new standards for customer satisfaction while being recognized as one of the most innovative and strategically oriented MLS’s in the country.
After a long career with Moore Data, a major MLS technology vendor, where he became North American VP of Marketing and Sales, John was President of a start-up that aimed to transform the scheduling of showings in every day real estate practice.
John was President of CMLS in 2009.
Anthony Hsieh, Chairman and CEO of loanDepot, is the serial entrepreneur and visionary behind the company that is revolutionizing the lending industry. Mr. Hsieh has successfully navigated three decades of waxing and waning economic credit cycles and is today considered not only a consumer lending expert and tech visionary, but also is considered by many as the architect of modern lending.
Companies created by Mr. Hsieh are recognized by their pioneering approach in their industry and for the business integrity in which they are operated. Mr. Hsieh’s latest innovation mello brings the fintech lending platform of the future to life through a blend of high tech, high touch experiences. mello is a fully-digital web-based consumer lending ecosystem and is part of loanDepot’s significant tech investment to continue driving the digital lending revolution.
loanDepot’s focus on excellence is one of the key factors that has powered its 70 percent year-over-year origination growth and its ranking as the nation’s fifth largest retail mortgage originator and second largest nonbank consumer lender.
Mr. Hsieh launched loanDepot in 2010 after more than 20 years in the business, creating thousands of jobs in the lending industry. He consistently puts the consumer first and works to create better, faster, smoother lending experiences. loanDepot uses an innovative model engineered to offer mortgage and non-mortgage products, which changed the way consumers leverage credit.
The company employs more than 6,500 people across the country, including 1,800+ licensed loan officers holding more than 12,000 licenses. The company has funded more than $125 billion in lending nationwide since inception, operates nearly 200 retail lending stores, and focuses on home purchase and refinance, home equity and personal loans, as well as home builder programs.
Amy Bohutinsky is chief operating officer of Zillow Group, a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on Web and mobile, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments.
As chief operating officer, Amy oversees Zillow Group’s people organization (HR, recruiting and learning & development), as well as marketing, communications and consumer care. Amy joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005, as one of the company’s earliest employees, and built the marketing and communications functions from the ground up. Prior to becoming COO, Amy served as Zillow Group’s chief marketing officer, leading brand strategy, growth and marketing for the company’s flagship Zillow brand.
In addition to Zillow Group, Amy also lends her expertise on the boards of directors of Avvo, the Web’s largest legal marketplace, and HotelTonight, a fast-growing mobile-based hotel booking service. Amy began her career as a broadcast journalist, working for various CBS, NBC and ABC affiliates. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Washington & Lee University.
Jay O’Brien, a licensed REALTOR® and managing partner of RE/MAX Prestige, is helping agents and consumers alike re-think their real estate reality. With unprecedented candor, Jay challenges agents from all generations to take a fresh look at industry norms that may be holding them back and under-serving their clients. As a modern thought-leader, Jay focuses on developing ways to offer highly effective real estate experiences from start to finish. Consistently selling more homes than 99% of agents in California through referrals alone, Jay "doubles down" on a specific approach to retain clients and maximize the strength of existing relationships. Jay has been awarded the “ 30 Under 30” recognition by the National Association of REALTORS® and currently writes as a contributor for Inman News, REALTOR® Magazine, and numerous other online and print publications.
Joseph Rand is one of the Managing Partners of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Rand Commercial Services, as well as the Managing Partner for our Hudson United home service companies: Hudson United Mortgage, Hudson Abstract Mortgage, and Hudson United Insurance Group. As an attorney, he also acts as General Counsel for all our real estate companies.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law School, and with a masters degree from Stanford Law School, Mr. Rand came to the Rand family of companies after a career as an attorney and law professor. After law school, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then joined the prestigious international law firm of Debevoise &Plimpton in the litigation department. Following a few years in private practice, he went on to a career in legal academia, getting a teaching fellowship at Stanford Law School and then joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School and later Fordham Law School. He started with the Rand family of real estate companies in 2002.
As Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty's General Counsel, Mr. Rand represents the company, its employees, and its 800 agents. His responsibilities include ensuring regulatory compliance, maintaining ethical standards, and representing the company and its agents in any legal disputes. Because of his educational background, Mr. Rand is also involved with Rand's extensive new agent and ongoing education and training programs. He has spoken at numerous national conventions on agent education and compliance issues.
Joseph Rand is also an active blogger, writing for the RandRealty.com "Market Intelligence Blog" as well as his real estate education blog "The World's Best Real Estate Agent." He also maintains a personal blog about his experiences moving to the suburbs from the city, the "Move to Suma."
Gary L. Malin, Citi Habitats’ President, is the principal figure in the day-to-day operations, strategic planning and overall vision for Citi Habitats. Malin shapes the company’s brand through his hands-on involvement with marketing and public relations initiatives; builds and maintains alliances with key real estate entities and professionals; and directs Citi Habitats’ affiliates. In all of these functions, Malin’s primary objective is to ensure that Citi Habitats remains-as it has throughout its existence-the industry leader in forward-thinking, customer service centered real estate firms.
Malin’s vision for Citi Habitats was for the firm to be a boldly different kind of real estate company, one characterized by its full-service approach to client relationships. By providing a well-rounded package of services, Citi Habitats is redefining what it means to be a real estate company in New York City. Since it opened in 1994, Citi Habitats has grown from two real estate agents to more than 800 licensed professionals and staff.
In addition to being a primary force in executing Citi Habitats’ philosophy of real estate as a customer service business, Malin also built the company’s corporate relocation division, Citi Relocation, from the ground up. Citi Relocation currently serves more than 100 international and domestic corporations-from Fortune 500 companies and major financial firms to other top relocation companies. Malin oversees Citi Habitats’ new development marketing division which represents more diverse on-site leasing and sales offices in Manhattan and beyond. Malin also created Citi Habitats Landlord Services Division, which provides landlords with the benefit of working with a staff of highly skilled professionals to ensure that their buildings are operating with the lowest possible vacancy rate and yielding the highest returns. Through Citi Outreach, Malin consistently supports a number of charities, as he and his staff are dedicated to giving back to the community.
In addition to its affiliates, Citi Habitats maintains the city’s largest database of more than 8,000 listings in over 4,000 buildings, many of which are exclusives. Recognized as the industry’s rental leader, the company’s sales volume has increased eight fold in the past four years. This sales growth has positioned Citi Habitats as one of the top 10 sales brokerages in Manhattan. This ranking is due in part to the company’s ever-expanding services and dedication to providing its agents and brokers with proven sales training programs. An in-house, state-of-the-art training facility reinforces the company’s steadfast commitment to providing the latest advancements in education and technology to its agents and brokers.
Originally from Great Neck, NY, Malin earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and then attained his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. Over the next several years, he worked for two law firms that specialized in real estate, trust and estate law, tax and corporate law, and ultimately oversaw the Citi Habitats account. As a natural progression, he joined Citi Habitats in 1998. Malin, a licensed attorney, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.
Under Malin’s direction, Citi Habitats continues to set the standard for residential real estate companies in New York City.
Valerie is truly passionate about helping others embrace change. As an international Real Estate speaker and consultant, she is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry.
Valerie has had the privilege of working with Real Estate brands such as RE/MAX, Century 21, Royal LePage, and others in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and has spent over 17 years educating and teaching Real Estate professionals. In her previous role as Director of Training for RE/MAX INTEGRA, she created and delivered education initiatives for tens of thousands of associates across North America. Named as both an Inman Top 100 Influencer, as well as a Top 20 Social Influencer on the Swanepoel Power 200, Valerie is considered to be a key voice in the Real Estate industry.
Nela Richardson joined Edward Jones in 2018. As a senior investment strategist, she analyzes and interprets economic trends and market conditions, identifies risks and opportunities, and recommends strategies to help clients reach their long-term financial goals.
Prior to joining Edward Jones, Richardson was the chief economist at Redfin Corp., a national real estate brokerage and technology company, where she led a team of data scientists, economists and writers to track trends in the housing market. Richardson also served as a senior economist for Bloomberg, L.P., covering housing and financial markets, and has held research positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and Freddie Mac. She also worked as an adjunct finance professor at the Carney School of Business at John Hopkins University.
Richardson earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland-College Park with concentrations in financial economics, international finance and economic development.
She obtained a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was a triple major in mathematics, economics and philosophy.
Richardson regularly provides insight on the market, the economy, real estate trends and public policy to policymakers, consumers and media. She is a regular contributor to Marketplace from American Public Media and has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Yahoo Finance, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE magazine, The New York Times and other national and local media.
Richardson serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Business Economists and is a member of the Council of Business Economists.
I'm not a lifelong local. I moved to Raleigh on a leap of faith and I haven't found one reason to go. Instead, I've found a million reasons to stay. I love it here.
I believe great careers are built through hustle, grit, and discipline. My goal is simple: to help you build a wildly successful business, unlock your passion, and live the life you were meant to live. Nothing less.
I got into real estate with a dream of helping people, and I have made it my life's work to do so. First with home buyers and sellers, next with agents and brokerages, and now with companies from a variety of industries. As an agent, I found the right mix of talent, luck, and a whole lot of hustle to establish an incredibly successful sales career, yet I discovered my real passion when I began to share my success with others to help them thrive.
I've never bought into the idea that success and happiness were mutually exclusive, so as your ally, I won't treat them as such. I wholeheartedly believe that I'm in this world not only to better myself and live up to my full potential, but to help others realize theirs so that they can do so too. I genuinely care about your success, a trademark of my training and coaching programs that allows me to gain most of my business by referral. This is something that I'm extremely thankful for, but also proud of. I make it my mission to not just deliver on my promises, but to give you an experience worthy of telling your friends about.
Caren Maio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nestio. Nestio is the industry's leading leasing and marketing software for multifamily landlords and brokers. Prior to Nestio, Caren lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. Caren graduated from New York University. She was recently named one of the 3 Female Entrepreneurs to Look Out For by Metro and one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc.com.
Chelsea is the published author of one of the only books about camera first branding strategies called Talking in Pictures: How Snapchat Changed Cameras, Communication and Communities. She is a national speaker, passionate brand storyteller and real estate marketing consultant and coach. With 17 years in the real estate space, Chelsea is a seasoned practitioner who teaches real estate professionals how to leverage mobile tech and social media platforms to communicate authentically through storytelling, not story-selling.
Brian Lewis was recently named one of the top ten most innovative agents in the USA by Inman News. The New York Times calls him the "luxury hand holder," and Brian's iconic property videos lead the pack for his sellers and continue to attract global attention. People Magazine recently named one of Brian’s video tours as “the best the real estate world has ever seen.” A regular industry media commentator, Brian is a nationally ranked, luxury closer who donates a part of every commission to Habitat for Humanity.
Computer science Ph.D.s Anton Yakubenko and Gleb Krivovyaz have collaborated in the 3D computer vision industry for over 12 years. In their role as researchers and developers, Anton & Gleb worked with Samsung and Align Technology. Together they founded 3 companies – a profitable software development consulting company, a startup for 3D modeling of building exteriors from photos, that has subsequently been acquired, and a company that developed a prototype for automated recognition of roadbed defects.
Born in Raleigh, NC, Lynn has spent her entire life in the Triangle and now spend her days helping others find beauty in a state that she loves.
Real estate has always been an interest of hers, starting as a young girl that loved to tour homes and sketch floor plans. After graduating from Campbell University with a degree in Family Studies, Lynn knew her path would lead her to an opportunity to help others.
Licensed in 2006, Lynn took the love she has for helping people and embarked on a journey to become part of an industry she has always admired. As the team leader for The My Southern View Team, Lynn helps people buy or sell a home, while reminding them to always enjoy their view. Real estate is more than numbers to Lynn; it’s a way to help her clients embark on a journey that they will cherish forever.
In her free time, Lynn enjoys spending time with her fiancée, Alyssa; their two beautiful children, Sunni and Ryland; and their “too smart for her own good” dog, Sydney.
Jeff Lobb is the Founder & CEO of SparkTank Media – a consulting firm specializing in real estate technology, productivity and mobile strategies. A renowned speaker, trainer and coach, and the former Vice President of Technology & Innovation for EXIT Realty Corp. International, Jeff has been a Realtor® for more than two decades. With his diverse background being a top producer, a brokerage owner, and having had extensive experience with mobile, tech, and internet with both startups and Fortune 500 companies, Jeff knows real estate and tech inside and out, from the ground up.
Approaching technology for real estate with the mindset of a real estate professional – from mobile devices to listing presentations to social media – Jeff knows how to talk the talk, because he’s spent many years walking the walk. Technology is changing the way we communicate and the way we do business. Jeff firmly believes that with the right use, the tools and technology available to agents today are key to creating better client experiences and closing more transactions. Being fluent in the three lanuguages of English, real estate and technology, Jeff prides himself on being able to break it down for even the most non-technical of audiences. Jeff Lobb finally makes technology for real estate simple. Connect with Jeff at www.jlobb.com.
Seth Price has spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 300 companies during that period, including 19 of the FORTUNE 500. He’s the host of the Craft of Marketing Podcast and serves as VP of Marketing at Placester, the fastest growing provider of real estate websites in the world. Seth is dedicated to providing social media and content marketing advice and counsel to the tens of thousands of real estate professionals & brands that he serves. You can find more about Seth on his blog SethPrice.net or at Placester.com/academy.
Getting an early start in real estate in 2003 with a Forbes Top 100 Broker, Laura brings over 15 years real estate experience as a brand marketing and technology strategist and executor. Currently, she is the VP of Growth and Partner Collective at Sequel, a new start-up that seeks to transform broker website solutions and the partnership experience for high end, brand-visionary, independent brokers.
Laura is also a nationally recognized industry speaker, educator, and contributor. Formerly, Laura has worked for Inman News as the Director of Industry Engagement, VP of Strategic Development for RealSatisfied, and has been voted 2017 Inman's Most Influential in Real Estate, as well as the Swanepoel Power 200 in Social Influence for 3 years. More popularly she is also known as the "Best Hair in Real Estate" or on twitter @besthairinre. :)
A Producer since 2011, Kenny is in the top 1% of agents in terms of number of homes sold in the East Bay. He has a passion for technology, and with increased open data, powerful marketing tools, and efficient systems being developed by new startups, Kenny is able to leverage these technological advances to better serve his clients.
Although he's fairly new to the real estate scene, Kenny has a track record of over 100+ homes sold in just the last 2 years. He credits his success to a hunger for knowledge of the industry and a highly responsive, very transparent and #FAST service for his clients. Kenny lives and works in Jack London Square, and is a market expert in the Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown Oakland, and West Oakland neighborhoods.
Climb Real Estate has over 70 agents in 4 different offices in San Francisco, with access to a pool of younger, cash-ready tech buyers, and Kenny helps them navigate through the hurdles and challenges of one of the most competitive, housing markets in history. There's no place like home, and Kenny is ready to take his clients there, #FAST!
David Charron has been recognized by Inman News eleven consecutive years as one of the "Most Influential People in Real Estate." David has been named as one of the "Top Ten Newsmakers" by the Swanepoel Trends Report and has been featured in the Swanepoel 200 since inception. David received the inaugural MLS Executive Award Of Excellence from the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS). He also received the 2015 National Home Ownership Award from RIS Media.
The Daily Record named David one of the Most Influential Marylanders for his contributions to real estate. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) inducted David into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society, a prestigious honor for an MLS Executive as it is typically awarded to association executives.
Prior to joining BrightMLS, David served as the CEO of MRIS, Inc. one of the nation's largest Multiple Listing Services that facilitated over $50.0B annually in residential real estate transactions. He was previously President of Net Input, an Internet-based business consulting practice serving Fortune 500 clients in apparel, media, sports and real estate. From 1980 to 1997, he managed organizations that successfully defined, marketed and delivered information systems to Real Estate professionals across the country.
David is currently the President of MRIS Investors and has chaired it's Investment Committee since 2006. He currently serves on the BPP/HomeSnap Board of Directors and is President-elect of CMLS. He has served with Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) as its first Strategic Manager. He served as a Board member of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union and has served on the NAR MLS Policy Committee. He is a founding member of COVE, an industry think tank comprised of large MLS organizations.
David is frequently called upon as a keynote speaker and panelist for industry events and writes a regular column for the Washington Post about the Mid-Atlantic region's housing market and trends.
Rob is the founder and managing partner of 7DS Associates, a marketing, strategy and technology consulting firm specializing in creative solutions rooted in strategic analysis and data. With a varied background from Wall Street, corporate law, technology, product development, media and entertainment, startups, fashion and professional card playing, Rob brings a unique perspective to business problems.
He started in real estate at Realogy where he headed the interactive marketing for Coldwell Banker Commercial, and he most recently worked as the Vice President of Marketing at Onboard Informatics.
In addition, he writes the popular blog Notorious R.O.B., where he opines on topics in real estate, technology, marketing, social media, and strategy. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been spotted on dance floors from San Francisco to Atlanta.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons, and suffers through being a Jets fan.
Melissa Kwan is the Cofounder and CEO of Spacio, the industry leading enterprise-level open house solution that helps agents monetize their open houses by automating lead capture and follow up, while giving brokerages real-time analytics on agent, office, and consumer activities. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Melissa spent the past 3 years in New York; she currently lives on the road with no fixed address as a digital nomad. Melissa has 10 years of experience in real estate; 3 in the business working in pre-sale and re-sale, and 7 in technology.
As a Senior Client Partner at Facebook, I work with key partners in the Real Estate industry vertical. My focus is to engage with clients, their ad agencies and API partners to develop marketing solutions at Facebook and Instagram that drive key business KPI’s. Part of the role of the Client Partner is to better educate clients on the opportunity that Facebook can provide in helping achieve those Business KPI’s and help them better understand our platform which is growing rapidly.
Prior to joining Facebook in September 2012, I worked for nine years as an Account Executive at ABC National Television Sales / Disney.
I currently reside in Oakland with my wife Shannon and 11 year old daughter Grace. On a personal note, I’m a massive soccer fan and I’m happiest when my passport is in my hand and I’m off to see a new place somewhere “out there”….
Dolly Lenz, is a real estate executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and branding experience. Dolly has become an industry leader having sold over $8.5 billion in properties during her career, a record that has earned her the ultimate “Stratosphere Award”, a level of achievement of which she is the sole recipient.
Due to the depth of her experience and the breadth of her knowledge in real estate matters, she is repeatedly sought after to represent some of the most exclusive properties in the world. As a regular guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, “Kudlow Report” and “Fox News with Neil Cavuto”, as well as appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and “The View” on ABC, she has developed a broad following and continues to opine on current real estate issues in various media publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Barrons. Dolly is a CNBC contributor and is featured on CNBC’s documentary series “Mega Homes: Secret Lives of the Super Rich. She is also the host of CNBC’s real estate special series “Million Dollar Home” Challenge.
Katie is the Vice President of Intero Real Estate Services in Houston, Texas. Katie oversees the business and production of all three Houston offices, including a fourth office set to open in early 2014. She, along with her team, have built a brokerage described as a "Swanky, techie, innovative, boutique real estate company where the experience sells you before the agents do." By understanding the importance of hyper local content, social connectivity and agent collaboration, Intero Houston has become one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the area.
John Henry is a thorough-bred entrepreneur. He left college to start his first company, an on-demand laundry service for Film and TV Productions, at 18. Within just two years, he grew the business from 0 to seven-figures and successfully sold the company by 21. Shortly afterwards he founded Cofound Harlem, the first tech incubator North of 96th street on a mission to incubate 100 companies in the neighborhood. Along the way he became a VC, investing in nearly a dozen companies to date. John also hosts eBay's co-branded podcast - Open For Business.
Carl Franzen is the editor in chief of Inman. A journalist and fiction writer specializing in science and technology, he previously held roles at Popular Science, The Verge, Motherboard, and The Atlantic. He hails from the Chicago suburbs, attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and now calls Brooklyn home with his wife and daughter.
Greg Robertson is the co-founder of W&R Studios. W&R Studios is a privately-held software company, located in Huntington Beach, California, focusing on creating simple and focused web applications for the real estate industry. Their flagship Cloud CMA (http://CloudCMA.com) is used by over 100,000 real estate professionals around the county.
A 20-year veteran in the industry, Greg also publishes the popular real estate technology/industry blog, Vendor Alley (http://VendorAlley.com). Greg has been named by Inman News as one of “Real Estate’s 100 Most Influential Leaders” in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
His first company, IRIS, started in 1992, created the well-known brand of “Lightning” desktop software products. From 2002 to 2008, Greg then led the sales and marketing team, and later became the General Manager, of eNeighborhoods (now part of Homes.com).
Greg is also active on the board of the Council of MLS (http://cmls.org), an industry organization focused on promoting best practices in the MLS industry.
Piper Moretti is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Crypto Realty Group, Inc. Piper has completed several real estate transactions using cryptocurrency and is a Blockchain advocate on the West Coast. Piper is a member of CIPS, the Los Angeles IBREA (International Blockchain Real Estate Association) and an advisor for CPROP.io, a Blockchain-powered real estate platform.
Sara oversees industry relations, membership development and strategic initiatives for the Association. In this role she helps the Association establish vision, identify new and emerging opportunities and relationships and is responsible for implementing key strategic initiatives. Sara is closely involved in the Association’s strategic planning efforts and is a well-known speaker in California’s real estate community. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate and a Master’s degree in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles.
With more than 15 years’ leadership experience, Luke Glass brings to realtor.com a drive and determination to create positive change in the industry. Currently serving as Executive Vice President, Luke is responsible for leading the company’s real estate industry relations efforts and supporting realtor.com’s industry strategy. He also leads the company’s initiative to provide the platforms required for Realtors®, brokers, franchisors, and multiple listing services (MLSs) to best serve consumers’ evolving housing needs.
Luke began his career in the real estate industry with Threewide Corporation, providers of ListHub in 2002. While under his direction, ListHub grew to be the dominant industry platform for listing content syndication, providing brokers and agents with access to a broad consumer audience. Prior to joining Threewide, he worked for A.G. Edwards & Sons in their Investment Banking – Corporate Finance unit as an analyst in the financial and technology sectors. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Babson College in finance and entrepreneurship. Luke is based in Morgantown, WV.
Lindsay is Coldwell Banker's resident social butterfly and is responsible for managing the brands advertising, advising the network on digital marketing best practices and overseeing the social media department. She is a licensed real estate agent in the state of New Jersey and feels like she has been in the business her entire life as she watched her father manage numerous Coldwell Banker offices for the past 30 years.
She has been recognized as a social media all-star in the real estate industry and earned an ambassador designation by Inman News. She was also named a top 20 social influencer by Stefan Swanepoel, a 2017 Mover and Shaker by PR news and was recently the recipient of the Realogy Innovator of the Year Award.
Chris Gough is a Managing Director at GCA specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Chris has over 14 years of technology M&A advisory experience and leads GCA’s Real Estate Technology banking practice. Chris is a category expert in the real estate tech growth capital and M&A market and has advised on multiple high profile real estate tech transactions, including the sale of SkySlope to Fidelity National Financial, the sale of dotloop to Zillow, the sale of Commissions, Inc. to Fidelity National Financial and the sale of ZipRealty to Realogy, amongst others. Prior to joining GCA, Chris was an enterprise software consultant. Chris received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Duke University.
For 25 years, Bill has turned cutting edge technologies into breakthrough
businesses. Before Matterport, Bill was GM of Converged Consumer Solutions at Motorola Mobility, where he was responsible for connected home, device
management, and mobile video solutions. Before that, he helped develop and
execute a consumer strategy for 3D sensor provider Canesta, leading to its
acquisition by Microsoft. Bill earned a BA and BS in Economics from Wharton,
and an MBA from Kellogg.
Dale Carlton Jr., CRS, has worked in real estate since the mid 1990s and has been an attorney since 2001. He was formerly the senior vice president and executive broker at Lindsey & Assoc., Inc., Arkansas’ largest real estate firm with approximately 150 agents and over $700 million in sales in 2005. That same year, Dale opened his own company and is now the principal broker and owner of Carlton Realty, Inc. During his real estate career, he has brokered more than $3 billion in real estate closings, has personally sold more than $100 million in properties, closed more than 700 transactions, and has owned, co-owned, or managed more than 200 residential and commercial properties in northwest Arkansas from 2000-2008.
Speaking to over 50,000 people, Dale is a Certified Instructor with the Council of Residential Specialists, he teaches Instructor Training Institutes, is a certified instructor with the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education, and teaches with the Arkansas Institute of Real Estate, Lorman Education Services, Sterling Education Services, Inc., and other real estate designations.
Dale is not only an experienced educator, but is also actively working within the industry that he speaks and educates. You will enjoy his high-energy, humorous and knowledgeable presentation.
James Harrison is a nationally recognized leader of one of the largest Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in Northern California. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, MLSListings Inc. serves more than 16,000 subscribers, representing some 6,000 real estate firms, conducting business in more than 28,000 square miles of premiere California counties.
James is a 30-year real estate industry veteran with vast REALTOR® association and regional MLS management experience in the states of California, Texas, and Virginia.
Currently serving on the Advisory Board for Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), James is also on the MLS Executive Advisory Board to the National Association of REALTORS Leadership Team, the Executive Advisory Committee for MOVE.com, the NAR Corporate Ally Program Advisory Board, and the Silicon Valley Alliance of Chief Executives. He also serves as the CAP Advisory Board liaison to the NAR Association Executive Committee.,
James holds a degree in Business Administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas. He also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives and a REALTOR Association Certified Executive (RCE) designation from NAR.
James has been named as one of the 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014, in the Swanepoel Power 200 Report. In addition, he is recognized as an Inman Real Estate Influencer in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, and 2008.
James Rembert, founder of Digital Natives Inc., is a talented designer and trained marketing strategist who began his journey as a licensed Realtor in New Jersey. His natural transition to marketing and advertising was birthed out of the misleading and confusing information offered to the real estate industry. This made it difficult for Realtors to generate quality leads for their real estate business. While setting out to solve the puzzle of lead generation for his own business, James was able to change the landscape of the real estate marketing industry by not only making lead generation easier to understand, but also making it accessible.
He’s since built a thriving boutique advertising agency in Philadelphia that exclusively services the real estate industry with accounts nationwide. His marketing team now manages over 50+ real estate teams and brokerage Facebook accounts all across the country.
Aligning with his core belief to help others achieve their goals, he created the wildly successful online coaching course HyperLocal Domination®. There he teaches real estate professionals step by step how to generate their own real estate leads as well as how to start their own real estate focused marketing agency from the ground up. James is truly experiencing a full circle moment and considers it a privilege to openly share with others his personal journey with the hopes it will encourage others to create their own.
For more than 10 years, Sara has held various roles in sales, broker and MLS services at Zillow Group. Today, Sara manages the operational and data side of industry relations. She also leads Zillow Group’s Tech Connect programs, which help agents, brokers and MLSs implement listing data feeds and set up traffic and lead APIs.
Laurie is CEO/Broker/Principle of Better Homes and Gardens Lifestyle Property Partners. She was President in 2014 for the Pinehurst/Southern Pines Area Association Of Realtors (PSPAAR), serves on the NAR Social Media Advisory Board for 2016-2017 and NAR Multiple Listings Issues and Policies Committee 2017-2019. She has presented at Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, Georgia Association of REALTORS®, Women’s Council Of REALTORS®, Inman Agent Reboot, RETechSouth, Inman Connect San Francisco and New York and participated as an Inman Connect Social Media Ambassador 2011-2013. Finalist for the Inman Most Innovative Real Estate Agent 2013 and she was named the Inman News People’s Choice Innovator 2013, Inman News 100 Most Influential Leaders 2014, PSPAAR Realtor of the Year 2013, Swanepoel Power 200 – Top 20 Most Influential in Real Estate Social Media 2013-14 and 2014-15. And of course she the owner of The Geeky Girls!
Jacy Riedmann is Vice President of Amoura Productions. Amoura Productions is a photography and video production company specializing in real estate, architecture, travel, and tourism media. Jacy is instrumental at Amoura Productions in the creation of videos and photography for various uses including social media building, commercials, websites, corporations, and optimizing media campaigns. She has created over 150 video and media campaigns for events, businesses, projects, and corporations. Jacy has worked with MTV, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, HGTV, The Weather Channel, The WB and more.
Jacy is one of "The Geeky Girls," who were recently named “Inspirational Women in Real Estate Tech” by Piesync. Riedmann is the founder of REBarCampOmaha, a yearly real estate tech unconference currently planning its fifth year. She was 2017 President of Austin Young Real Estate Professionals and is a board member on the Texas PYN and the Omaha Board of REALTORS®’ YPN.
You will rarely find Jacy without her camera, as one of her biggest passions is photography. She is an avid traveler, having filmed in 14 countries. Jacy’s travels for work have taken her up in a hot air balloon, repelling down over a 30-story building, cross-country on a road trip, into blizzards, tornadoes, and the aftermath of a hurricane, and onto the back of an elephant…so far.
Scott Lockhart is the CEO of Showcase IDX, a provider of IDX search and consumer engagement tools for WordPress based in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Scott was the CTO of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta which at the time was one of the most largest and successful real estate brokerages in the United States, and the largest RE/MAX franchisee in the world. Between his time at RE/MAX and Showcase IDX, Scott served in senior technology and business leadership positions, consulting with Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Ventures and Lowes, Inc.
Leslie Appleton‐Young is Vice President and Chief Economist for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Appleton‐Young directs the activities of the Association's Member Information Team. She oversees analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities. She is also closely involved in the Association's strategic planning efforts and is a well‐known speaker in California’s real estate community.
Appleton‐Young earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
C.A.R. is a statewide trade organization with more than 180,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.
Celeste Starchild brings to realtor.com an innate start-up approach born from pioneering new product categories at the forefront of innovation in real estate, including the first online transaction management system, early authentication solutions for MLS data security, and the first listing syndication platform.
Celeste now oversees the company’s family of professional software offerings ranging from lead generation and response tools to CRM and transaction management. She also serves as general manager of ListHub™, the leading provider of listing syndication services and performance marketing metrics, which syndicates 90 percent of domestic listings nationwide and represents more than 60,000 brokers.
Celeste has played a key role in pioneering realtor.com’s industry-leading protocols in data integrity and security, facilitating the sharing and integration of real estate data across the company’s offerings and among its partners in the space. She also is spearheading the ongoing evolution of professional software solutions for real estate brokers and agents, to streamline and facilitate business processes throughout the customer lifecycle while strengthening their central role in serving today’s home buying and selling consumers.
Barbara Betts, has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2003. Together with her husband they own The Betts Realty Group, a boutique brokerage located in Long Beach, California. As a Broker/Owner she has a clear focus on building a brokerage for the future, with innovative ideas, creative thinking and a family like culture. For her entire career, she has had a philosophy of “Real Estate by Relationship” where she has consistently built a business that has resulted in a steady stream of repeat and referral business. Recognized as a top producer, her true joy is in helping her clients reach their real estate goals, whether buying, selling, or investing. She has a passion for her industry and gives back by teaching and coaching other REALTORS® and is highly involved at the local, state and national levels. In her spare time, you can find her at a dance event with her daughter or supporting her son in his professional baseball career.
Courtney hails from the East Coast, graduated college with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the esteemed Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, and spent 9 years working in arts and entertainment public relations prior to entering real estate. Courtney has been selling real estate for 13 years.
She recently was the host of FYI Networks, “My City’s Just Not That Into Me,” where she played real estate matchmaker with buyers and sellers and cities nationwide. She is a 2017 Forbes Real Estate Council member, and is actively involved with California Association of Realtors' WomanUp! women's leadership effort.
In 2011, Courtney formed ACME Real Estate, a design-savvy boutique brokerage focusing on brand marketing and real estate sales. As co-founder of the Northeast Los Angeles Business Culture, Courtney brought together over 50 small business owners in a transitional area to create community and cross promote, applying social media marketing and outreach. With her keystone client, bettershelter, Courtney has created a home design solution for savvy buyers throughout Los Angeles.
In her free time, she enjoys being a mama, maintaining the brokerage website for design, rehab + real estate: acme-re.com, singing karaoke at dive bars, and military-style workouts.
Katie is the Founder of Katie Lance Consulting – a social media and marketing firm. Katie’s clients include companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign, RPM Mortgage, SmartZip and many others. Katie is also a frequent keynote speaker, a contributor to The Huffington Post and formerly was the Chief Strategist for Inman News.
Jennifer Marchetti is the Chief Marketing Officer for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC and leads the teams responsible for brand marketing strategy, direct marketing, online marketing, franchise sales marketing, and communications. In 2015 she was named a Women Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal.
Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Jennifer was Wyndham Worldwide’s Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for the Wyndham Family of Brands, where she was responsible for strategic planning, global marketing, loyalty marketing, and e-commerce strategies for the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham® brands. Jennifer spent nine years with Wyndham Worldwide and its parent company, Cendant Corporation. During her tenure, she held other positions including Director of Marketing for Cendant Preferred Alliance and Senior Director of Strategy at Wyndham Hotel Group.
Jennifer began her career as the Director of Corporate Communications with Trilogy, Inc., a privately-held software company based in Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Duke University with a minor in Art History.
Eddie Berenbaum is the co-founder/ President of CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty. A 1997 graduate of Penn State University, Edward Berenbaum moved to the DC area immediately after college to begin his career in Real Estate. Working for Richmond American Homes from 1997 through May of 2001 as a top producing New Homes Sales Agent and Divisional Sales Manager, Eddie discovered two important things; he loved Real Estate and the market was ripe for innovation.
After taking a year and a half to backpack around the world, Eddie returned to the DC area and founded Redwood Realty in November of 2002 with his friends/ co-workers, Shawn Milletary and Nick Pasquini. Through aggressive marketing, hard work and the help of two extremely understanding business partners, Redwood Realty has multiplied itself many times and now has 12 offices and 500+ agents generating more than $1.8 Billion worth of annual Real Estate transactions. Equal partners, Eddie handles growth and marketing, while Shawn focuses on Operations and Nick handles all things finance related.
Eddie resides in Arlington, VA with his lovely wife Jennifer, beautiful & bright daughter Maggie, handsome & witty son Isaac and stinky dog Baxter. When he is not practicing Real Estate, Eddie loves to hike, ski, pull for the Steelers and listen to live music.
Rich Rosa co-founded Buyers Brokers Only, LLC in November 2005, and it has grown into one of the largest exclusive buyer agent real estate brokerages in the United States. Rosa, an exclusive buyer broker and a licensed lawyer, with an undergraduate degree in journalism,
uses content marketing to attract 80 percent of Buyers Brokers Only's homebuyer leads.
Rosa has also spoken about using content to grow a real estate business at the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agent's annual conference. He's been quoted in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal and Inman, as well as other publications. He also has regularly appeared on Boston Herald Radio to discuss home buying and the Greater Boston real estate market.
Founder and owner of West + Main Homes, Stacie Staub is a Colorado-based Real Estate expert with over 15 years of experience in both residential sales and industry marketing. She is also the conference-loving junkie behind Genuine Hustle, which is fast becoming one of the most popular and in-demand formats for real-life teaching and learning in the Real Estate space.
When Stacie isn’t hitting the streets in the Denver Metro area helping people reach their home and investment goals, you might find her on stage sharing her best tips and tools, or appearing as a guest on both local and national webinars, radio shows, podcasts and conferences. She also combines her love of Real Estate with her passion for teaching in order to help other agents to grow their business in an organic, genuine way.
Leading the Torontoism Team at Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Richard is designated as an ABR, e-PRO and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). He is a past Director-at-Large for the Canadian Real Estate Association, and Past-President of the Toronto Real Estate Board. The Torontoism Team at Sotheby's International Realty Canada strives to provide excellent client services in ten languages, while reflecting Toronto's cultural diversity. Inman News named him one of the "Top 100 Most Influential people in Real Estate for 2013".
I am a classically trained marketing leader whose customer is the sales professional. I have extensive experience in both the real estate franchise and consumer packaged goods industries and possess in-depth marketing strategies for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and real estate professionals as well as, retail and consumer promotions, new product initiatives, and sales development strategies. In my current role at RE/MAX Leading Edge, I oversee the marketing and business development strategies and all marketing related activities including company branding, community relations, advertising, public relations, communications and social media.
Prior to joining RE/MAX Leading Edge, I spent 7 years at RE/MAX INTEGRA New England. There, I was a member of the senior leadership team and was responsible for overseeing the marketing staff and agency and corporate partners. Prior to RE/MAX, I spent 16 years experience in sales and marketing roles in the consumer packaged goods industry.
Prior to founding Opcity, Ben has extensive experience in online marketing and building large inside sales teams. As a founder of Yodle, he grew the company to over 1,500 employees and 55,000 small business customers, resulting in a $342 million exit. Ben has been recognized by INC 30 under 30, the Empact 100, Austin Inno's 50 on Fire, and is proud of leading Opcity & Yodle to be named “Top Workplaces” in Austin. Ben is currently the CEO of Opcity, a technology platform that uses large proprietary data sets and applied analytics to match top agents with qualified home buyers and sellers in real-time with no upfront cost.
Sam DeBord is VP of Strategic Growth for Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle. He is President of Seattle King County REALTORS, and vice chair of MLS Policy for NAR. Sam is a writer for Inman News, WSJ Marketwatch, REALTOR Magazine, and the Swanepoel Trends Report.
Caroline’s success in the industry is unprecedented. Since 2005 Caroline has consistently been a top producer and has been honored every year with awards ranging from the Outstanding Customer Service Award, to The Deal of the Year Award, to Sales Team of the Year to Top Producing Agent. Caroline was voted Best Broker in Manhattan by The Real Deal in 2010 and Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012. One hundred percent of her business is referral-based, which speaks to her unwavering work ethic and devotion to her clients’ needs. Caroline has earned her Associate Broker’s license and has been inducted as a member of NYRS, REBNY’s highest professional credential for residential agents in New York City, a designation that fewer than 3% of agents have been awarded. Well-respected by the media, Caroline has appeared on Bravo TV, Open House NBC, NPR and Smart Money TV. She has been consistently quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Forbes Magazine and The New York Post.
As a condominium homeowner herself, Caroline intimately understands the complex purchasing process and can help you navigate every step of the way from submitting an informed offer, to preparing a professional board package to successfully interviewing with the board. When representing sellers, Caroline has over 10 years of experience reviewing potential purchasers’ financial viability, marketing properties, advertising and successfully staging apartments to maximize profits for sellers.
A native northeasterner, Caroline has a strong background in the arts -- she studied art history in Florence, Italy; photography at the University of Connecticut; and large-scale metal sculpting with a professional artist. Her experience working in a custom jewelry store on Martha’s Vineyard brings a unique dimension to Caroline’s vast business experience. A lifelong learner, Caroline continues to feed her intellectual curiosity when she can, whether taking an art class at the Museum of Modern Art or enhancing her knowledge of Real Estate at NYU’s Schack Institute. In her spare time Caroline loves to cook and explore North Fork, Long Island where she and her husband own a vacation home.
Despite her dedication to her clients and her business, Caroline finds ways to give back. She is the founder of the University of Connecticut Alumni Chapter in New York City and continues to be actively involved; she returns annually to her alma mater as a regular guest lecturer. Additionally, Caroline has supported several charities throughout her career, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hole in the Wall Camp and Prep for Prep.
Jerry Cibulski is a real estate broker and educator based in Southold, NY living on the North Fork of Long Island. Located on hour and a half east of Manhattan, the area is know for beaches, vacations, and the North Fork Wine Trail. A REALTOR with 13 years of experience in real estate sales, social media and engaging content, his unique perspective to marketing, education and systems, allows him to share program content that is dynamic and relevant to increase your business and build your network.
Tim Heyl is the ambitious founder of the Heyl Group and Phone Animal. Since 2009, Tim has grown his team to become one of the preeminent real estate teams in the United States, helping over 600 families buy and sell real estate in 2017. The Austin Business Journal has awarded The Heyl Group the number one team for their "Residential Real Estate Awards” five years running. Tim's commitment to his clients and his business has earned him international recognition as one of the innovative leaders in real estate. The Heyl Group was named at one of the fastest growing businesses by Inc 5000 for three consecutive years. The team has expanded its operations to service markets in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Reno and Atlanta. Tim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.
Travis Robertson is CEO and Founder of Robertson Coaching International, one of the fastest growing real estate coaching and training companies in North America. Named one of the Top 25 Real Estate Coaches in 2016 by Inman, Travis has trained tens of thousands of real estate professionals across the globe on high-performance marketing, business development and team building, and is recognized as one of the leading experts on recruiting and retention strategies for this new era of real estate. Robertson Coaching International maintains an unparalleled level of excellence, and coaches some of the highest producing agents around the world.
A British lawyer by background, Gareth Genner is a lifelong student and has pursued an eclectic range of studies in the UK and US including English, European Union, US, Canon and International Law, Business, Economics, Finance & Accounting, Mediation and Leading Edge Technology. While in law school, Gareth learned to code in the UK's first computerised real estate startup and later owned three estate agency offices in the UK as well as a mortgage bank. Gareth cofounded Trust Stamp, his 3rd cloud technology enterprise, in late 2015. Trust Stamp is focused on developing artificial intelligence powered identity authentication tools including facial biometric solutions that authenticate the identity and trustworthiness of a subject. Trust Stamp’s implementation partners in include the National Association of Realtors® and an S&P500 bank. In the UK, Trust Stamp is partnered with the National Association of Estate Agents to provide Anti-Money-Laundering and Know-Your-Client solutions for real estate transactions.
Kristi Kennelly, former Broadway performer and corporate executive, has been involved in real estate marketing and mortgage technology since 1998. Her focus is effective marketing and sales strategies, communication and how to best leverage technology to get it all done. Kristi has rejoined the Realtor.com team as a National speaker after spending 9 years leading the marketing department for Interthinx (sold to First American for $155 million), winning Mortgage Technology Magazine’s prestigious 10X and Synergy Awards. She enjoyed creating and producing training films for the mortgage industry and government agencies such as FSI: Fraud Scheme Investigation and Fraud Angels, generating tens of thousands of requests and garnering over 20 accolades. As VP of Marketing for ARMCO, she rebranded the company from head to toe in 12 weeks and built the marketing team from the ground up. She supervised daily operations for brand management, public relations, content marketing, lead generation, design, advertising, conferences/sponsorships and special events. For those interested in the Broadway career, Kristi was the youngest performer ever hired for CATS (she performed in the Broadway, National and Los Angeles companies as “Rumpleteazer”) and played opposite Matthew Broderick in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Kristi is married with one son and is a Little League fan year-round.
Jorge L. Guerra Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of Real Estate Sales Force (RESF) and has been responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and growth since its inception in 2005. Guerra’s extensive experience as a former agent, the founder, and owner of a thriving brokerage, an association executive, and a highly regarded keynote speaker has equipped him to remain on top of emerging issues and trends impacting the future of real estate.
A dynamic industry leader serving as 2018 President for the Miami Association of Realtor’s Residential Board of Governors in addition to 2017 Vice Chair for the National Association of Realtor’s Emerging Business and Technology forum, it should come as no surprise that Guerra’s brokerage is leading the revolution in today’s evolving market – betting on technology, social media, branding, and training have paid off tremendously for RESF and the results speak for themselves, the firm has expanded to over 450 agents with offices throughout South Florida.
Recognized as a forward-thinking real estate expert as it pertains to digital marketing – Jorge has served as a keynote speaker at a number of national and international high-profile industry events that include: Florida Realtors Convention, National Association of Realtors (NAR) Convention, NAR’s Tech Edge, Xplode Conference, NAHREP National Convention, Inman Connect, Rock the Market and Imocionate in Spain.
Brenda Tushaus has over twenty years experience in the real estate industry. She joined RE/MAX Results as their IT Manager sixteen years ago. Since then she has held a variety of titles, including Business Development, Director of Recruiting, General Manager, and as of 2017, she has taken on the role of COO.
In 2017, RE/MAX Results acquired six real estate companies. In addition to overseeing the marketing, IT, and training departments, Brenda oversaw the on-boarding and transition of these newly acquired companies as they were rebranded, outfitted with our technology offerings, and trained on our systems.
RE/MAX Results is currently the largest RE/MAX franchise in the United States with nearly 1200 agents in 39 offices.
Tom Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of Bright MLS. Prior to the consolidation of 43 Realtor® associations forming Bright MLS in 2017, Tom served for 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of TREND, one of the two primary MLSs that drove the vision for this major consolidation. Under Toms’ leadership, the Bright MLS service area spans 40,000 square miles throughout the region, including Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. By the end of 2017, Bright MLS will serve approximately 85,000 real estate professionals who in turn serve more than 20 million consumers.
Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Director of Information for the Houston Association of Realtors since 1999. Responsible for administering MLS data access policies as well as procurement of information for use with the MLS. Also manages the Commercial Information Exchange.
Prior to joining HAR, he was the executive vice president of Landata, the real estate information subsidiary of Stewart Title for over 5 years and was responsible for delivering integrated “tax” data for the Houston MLS.
Worked in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins as a Real Estate Analyst for 5 years. In that capacity he was responsible for projects in: Real Estate Development, Energy Systems, Property Condemnation, Financial Institution Restructuring and Litigation Support.
He held a similar position for 2 years with the Honolulu Law Firm of Carlsmith Ball. Where he specialized in Land Development, Title Research and Litigation Support.
Economics Degree from Rice University.
Currently on the Board of Directors for the Council of Multiple Listing Services
CEO of CA Association of Realtors and zipLogix
Kashmir Hill is a senior reporter at Gizmodo Media Group, where she writes about privacy and technology. In the course of her reporting, she has lived on Bitcoin, hacked a smart home, and worked as an invisible girlfriend. She has a B.A. from Duke University and a masters in journalism from New York University. She is based in San Francisco.
Dod Fraser is a Vice President at Opendoor where he leads capital markets, risk and business development. Formerly a principal at TPG Capital, Dod was responsible for the US asset investing business, including a 450-person residential real estate platform. While at TPG Dod also led the acquisition and portfolio management of over $6 billion in assets. Dod was previously at Perry Capital, Silver Lake and Lazard.
President and CEO of award-winning creative agency Mekanism, Jason Harris works closely with brands to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Under his leadership, Mekanism was twice named to Ad Age's Best Places to Work (2016, 2017), Agency A-List, Creativity's Creative 50 and Effie’s “Most Effective Independent Agencies”.
In 2017, Harris was named one of the 4A’s “100 People That Make Advertising Great”.
CEO of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR Association and CarolinaMLS since 2001.
Chris Bennett continues to innovate new ways for 700,000 real estate agents to get their jobs done. Chris leads the charge toward ever simpler, user friendly, interconnected solutions that unite associations, agents, brokers, and consumers - on any size screen - while delivering industry leader CoreLogic’s data and analytics to help professionals advise their clients and consumers to make smart housing decisions. Chris has 28 years’ experience in real estate and multiple listing solutions with broad and deep relationships throughout the industry.
Eric Bryn is a strategic management consultant advising businesses on convergent and digital media strategies, SaaS product development, trademark, and information privacy/security issues. With nearly 15 years experience in the real estate industry, Eric works closely with real estate professionals across the globe, currently with the European Real Estate Network. Additionally, Eric has held executive positions at Baird & Warner and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Additionally, he’s directed product development teams at BoomTown, a top predictive CRM, marketing, and lead generation platform. Further, Eric is a past Inman Innovator awardee. He is also a licensed attorney in Illinois and Adjunct Professor at Loyola University, Chicago, School of Communications where he teaches media law, digital media ethics, digital design, branding, mass communication, and digital marketing courses.
A dynamic, empowerment coach, author, and international speaker, Debra Trappen fires up her slice of the galaxy with sass and moxie. Her passion is igniting and empowering women – whether they are building their Kingdom from the couch, carpool, cubicle, or corner office.
Her “personal development meets business” process has ignited thousands of people across the globe. She helps growth-minded leaders, solopreneurs, and entrepreneur define and design the best version of themselves so they are able to attract the ideal connections they were meant to serve and build a thriving, life-changing business so they are able to live their dream life out loud.
When she is not igniting an audience on stage or creating in her studio, you will find her walking her pups, editing photos, or traveling and wine tasting with her husband and besties.
Prior to launching d11, she was the Chief Experience Officer for Coldwell Banker in Washington and Oregon where she led the programs focused on recruiting, training, retaining, and motivating 1,400+ real estate sale professionals as well as the social media education and strategy for the organization.
The second edition of her book, Fire Up! Taking Your Life and Business to 11 was just released and is available here: debratrappen.com/fire-up-book.
Stefani Berkin is President of Charles Rutenberg LLC, one of New York City’s largest real estate brokerage companies, where she leads an experienced management team responsible for more than 700 licensed agents.
The company’s 100% commission model favors entrepreneurs, rewarding independent operators with the highest payout in the industry.
In 2015, Mrs. Berkin introduced a full real estate education curriculum, built around seminars from industry leaders and specialists to support agent needs. She facilitates team building and encourages collaborative work amongst agents. Stefani also formed a partnership with Wounded Warriors to fast-track veterans into second careers with Rutenberg.
Prior to joining Rutenberg, Mrs. Berkin worked on a myriad of high profile deals at The Heddings Property Group, Douglas Elliman and The Modlin Group. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, as well as the Real Estate Divisions of UJA, AIPAC, and FIDF.
Her reputation for marketing luxury properties to elite foreign buyers was built on complete discretion and offering personalized client services to close transactions effectively. In her current management role, Stefani interviews every new agent and seals top-level partnerships with developers to secure exclusive listings for the firm.
Mrs. Berkin is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan, an avid tennis player, and also enjoys dance, theater, fitness and fashion. She is an active supporter of The New York City Rescue Mission, City Harvest and Race for the Cure.
Director of Industry Relations for BoomTown, an online real estate platform based in Charleston, SC. Rivers has over 10 years experience in the online marketing and advertising space, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the e-commerce, travel and real estate verticals.
After receiving a degree in Philosophy from the Honors Program at The College of Charleston, Rivers promptly joined a band and crisscrossed the US for 5 straight years. Tiring of the constant travel, he landed in Atlanta when someone gave him a break in the nascent search engine marketing world in the early 2000’s. Immediately falling in love with SEM, he found a home at the digital marketing agency 360i, where he worked his way up the ladder to manage pay per click and SEO campaigns for several notable Fortune 500 accounts.
In early 2010, he came to BoomTown to start their Search Engine Marketing department. Applying many agency best practices, he has helped scale BoomTown’s client base from 70 to well over 2500 clients. He has also served as their Director of Client Success, and Director of Digital Marketing & Strategy.
Aaron Kardell is the CEO of HomeSpotter, which he founded in 2009.
HomeSpotter aims to make buying and selling homes delightful. It’s most popular tools include Boost by HomeSpotter, which automates digital marketing of listings and open houses on Facebook and Instagram, and its mobile apps which make collaboration around home search fast, easy and fun.
Prior to founding HomeSpotter, Kardell authored a number of Facebook and iPhone apps. Two notable apps were "World Conquest", a Facebook app that was acquired by SGN, and iGarageSale, an iPhone app featured four times by Apple in the App Store.
Kardell also founded Altona Ed, a K-12 education software startup that was later acquired by Pearson Education.
John L. Heithaus is a third-generation real estate professional with over 35 years of progressively responsible executive experience in strategic marketing, enterprise sales, client relations, supplier alliances and technology/operations leadership for firms including: the mega-MLS MRIS (CMO, now Bright MLS); Prudential Real Estate and Relocation (SVP Partner and Product Development); Coldwell Banker and Cartus (VP Strategic Alliances and Real Estate Services); and at Monster.com, (Chief Strategy Officer and COO, International Operations) at the ground-breaking internet start-up Monstermoving.com.
John has co-founded and/or served as founding executive of four real estate startups generating nearly $100m in successful exits. He currently runs Heithaus Properties, a real estate investment and consulting firm working with innovative startups and dominant real estate technology and information companies.
In his parallel business life, John serves as managing Partner of Nashville-based SuperStar Factory Productions, an experiential event production and management company, and Pure Music and Artisanship Nashville, two independent record labels and label services companies focused on helping both emerging and established artists monetize their intellectual property and copyrights.
John was granted AAS and Bachelor’s degrees in Para-Legal Studies and Business from Iona College and he earned an MA, with Honors in Organizational Leadership from American Public University. He has also completed executive programs at UT Austin, Northwestern University and the International Business program at Georgetown University’s McDonough Graduate School of Business.
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.
Sharran Srivatsaa is a sought after growth-focused entrepreneur, keynote speaker, mastermind facilitator, and a respected thought-leadership resource for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS magazine, Huffington Post and Forbes. Most recently, he grew Teles Properties by 10x in 5 years and led its acquisition to national real estate powerhouse Douglas Elliman, where he is now the President of Brokerage for the Western Region.
After leading Teles’ unprecedented 10X growth over 5 years and a 3-year consecutive streak on the Inc. 500 list, Sharran’s focus continues to be on growth, culture, and innovation specifically on designing Douglas Elliman’s signature agent service platform.
Prior to Teles, Sharran worked at both Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, where he collaborated with management teams of fast-growing businesses around the country on investment advisory and corporate strategy. A member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Sharran, who spent several years building recreational programs in the Caribbean, Middle East, and Hawaii for some of the finest international resorts such as the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton, also has deep experience working with technology companies such as Lightera (acquired by CIENA) and Obopay, a fast-growth mobile payments company. Sharran also serves on numerous boards as co-founder, investor, and advisor to innovative real estate/technology companies.
Sharran received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Luther College and his MBA with Honors from Vanderbilt University. Sharran lives in Orange County with his family.
Stacy Stateham is VP of Marketing and Branding, and also functions as Director of Technology. As a founding partner of BloomTree Realty, Stacy is an integral part of company leadership and she plays a core role in BloomTree’s uncommon approach, unique strategy, and incredible culture.
BloomTree Realty has seen rapid growth over its first several years, growing to first in their market and nearly doubling agent base. Stacy has focused on evolving company strategy and solidifying the culture throughout, working to build an environment where agents can be their natural best. She plays a key role in the company’s unique training approach and is the driving force behind the agent tech platform.
Stacy is ever the optimist and believes that her role as a leader is to inspire cooperation, trust, and confidence in those she works with. She has an innovative mindset and sometimes unconventional views that she will share with anyone who will listen, a down to earth approach, and a creative sense of humor. Stacy has a collaborative and sharing heart, and she loves to help agents see their true potential and to give them the confidence to help them achieve it.
Katie Clancy's team, The Cape House, is among the top 3% of producers on Cape Cod Massachusetts, but she didn't start there. Pregnant with her fourth child, Katie started in the industry just as the country plunged into the recession. Forced to work with an almost non-existent budget she built her business leveraging established relationships and building new ones. Today The Cape House clients still find her almost by exclusively word of mouth, which yields business that is not only profitable, but also deeply gratifying.
I call myself “The Real-Life Realtor”, because as an active real estate agent I bring a different perspective...one of what's happening in the market now.
I mentor and coach new and experienced real estate agents to transform their business by mastering my proven systems for success. I am a firm believer in managing expectations and my goal is to elevate the perception of real estate agents among the general public through education. My unique training methods have shown agents what it takes to be successful! Learn more at www.RLRETraining.com.
Chris Drayer is CEO and CoFounder of Revaluate, the data company that leverages predictive analytics to determine who’s most likely to move. Revaluate has been recognized by Swanepoel as a Top 20 Trendsetter and is an Inman Innovator award finalist. The company helps mortgage companies, top teams & individual agents as well as multiple top 10 real estate companies.
Chris has been in Real Estate Tech since the dawn of Twitter. Previously, Chris launched RealSatisfied in the US and helped grow FloorPlanOnline’s Virtual Tour business.
When not deep in data, Chris can be found on a trail or on the water either sailing, canoeing or kayaking.
Steve Wydler is not only one of the highest producing agents in Northern Virginia, but also the Principal Broker leading the Virginia office of Wydler Brothers Real Estate. A born connector and passionate problem solver, Steve draws on his legal background to get the best results for his clients and his agents. Steve, a local area resident since 1995, lives in McLean with his wife and two daughters. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. and received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. When not working or spending time with his family, Steve likely can be found playing squash (slowly) or golf (poorly).
Chavi M. Hohm had an unusual introduction to real estate. For years, she watched her wife, Kim V. Colaprete, be Seattle's Real Estate Diva. Most Realtor widows get use to the deal making while on vacation, but Chavi wanted to be part of the action. On a whim, Chavi left her good job at Starbucks to go work with Kim in real estate. Mind you, this was the spring of 2008 and within months, the entire market crashed! What is a Diva to do? Use pure grit and creativity to build a top producing team at Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle in one of the toughest real estate markets in a generation.
Kim V. Colaprete has been a Managing Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle since 1999. Kim and her wife, Chavi Hohm, joined forces in real estate in 2008 and became the dynamic duo known as Team Diva. Kim’s passion for teaching and activism has strongly influenced her business. Community involvement has been a cornerstone of Team Diva’s success. Together Kim and Chavi have built a top producing diverse team with a focus on mentoring new agents who share our passion for our local community. Since 2011, Team Diva has raised over $100,000 to support local non-profits working on LGBTQ and homeless youth issues. In 2013, Kim was named in the Top 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate by Inman News and has spoken at Inman events in Seattle and New York. Kim is also proud to serve on the Social Squad for Coldwell Banker and has spoken at Coldwell Banker’s Annual GenBlue Conference in Los Angeles and Chicago.
McClelland was a top Realtor before starting a small independent firm in Atlanta after his first year in the business. He grew it to over 20 offices with 1,100 agent before selling the company at the end of 2007. McClelland joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in April of 2008 as the Director of Strategic Growth. McClelland was named Chief Operating Officer in 2013. McClelland is also an Inman News contributor and a board member for HomeSnap and the Broker Public Portal. He also serves as an investor and advisor to the technology company Brytecore.
Over the last 12+ years, Nick has successfully integrated new technologies and passions into every aspect of his real estate business and his philosophy of life. His nomination for “Most Innovative Agent” by Inman is proof that it works.
The Nick Quay Real Estate Group, one of Miami's most contemporary and forward thinking Real Estate Teams, specializes in high-end and luxury properties. The Team leverages technology to assist new and existing clients to identify and view real estate offerings from the convenience of their homes, minimize inconvenience to sellers, and maximize marketing.
Technologies ranging from advanced algorithm-based marketing systems to 3-D user controlled virtual tours generate maximum exposure that reaches potential buyers around the globe and brings them into our listings 24/7, at their leisure.
Nick Quay takes pride in providing his customers superior service tailored to meet their individual needs and exceed their expectations.
Ari has developed a strong and envious reputation in the real estate industry. As a result of his hard work and dedication at Halstead Property, Ari became one of the fastest rising agents ever seen at the company. After his first year in the business in 2008, the Real Estate Board of New York presented him with one of the most prestigious awards in the industry: the coveted Rookie of the Year Award. In addition, Crain’s New York Business named Ari as one of the top five residential brokers to watch under the age of 30 in New York City in 2011. He is now an expert contributor for the Daily News with his own regular column on market trends and insights. A regular member of the well-respected Producer’s Council (top 5% of the firm), Sapphire Club, and Gold and Silver Circles at Halstead Property, Ari offers his clients a rare degree of negotiation skills, market knowledge, customer service, and sophisticated pricing and valuation expertise.
In addition to his column in the Daily News, Ari is regularly quoted in the press and is frequently called on to lecture on industry matters including panels for Chase, CitiBank, Ivy League clubs, and REBNY. Recent press contributor and listing features include: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, The Real Deal, CityBiz, Curbed, Brick Underground, DNAInfo, Realtor and Brownstoner. He frequently teaches at Halstead and the Real Estate Board of New York as well.
Ari holds an MBA with honors from Columbia University, a BA with honors from Vassar College, is a part-owner in a bar/restaurant in Brooklyn, and is a proud resident of Park Slope.
Collin is highly endorsed by clients and colleagues for exceptional integrity, commitment, and performance. Collin specializes in pre-construction condominium & townhome marketing. In 2017, Collin will move himself firmly into the top 5% of Boston Realtors, selling $40M in real estate. In 2013 he was named one of the TOP 50 Realtors in the United States under the age of 30. www.CollinBray.com is one of the most dynamic Agent websites with a showcase of past sales & testimonials.
Clients enjoy working with Collin because of the comprehensive services he provides, his honesty and 10 years experience. Most importantly, he is trusted. Collin gives back. He serves on the Easter Seals Regional Board, organizing fundraisers to strengthen the organizations mission to provide people with disabilities equal opportunities to Live, Learn, Work & Play.
A Boston native, Collin currently lives in Jamaica Plain. Prior to entering real estate, Collin graduated from Colby Sawyer College with a degree in Business Administration. He was a team captain, an all-star, and a four-year starter at the point guard position on the Colby-Sawyer basketball team.
Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Terrie O’Connor Realtors, brings a diverse set of skills to the company. Having grown up in the real estate industry and with a decade of software development as well as a degree in Electrical Engineering, his combined skill sets provide a unique ability to customize real estate systems for the company’s sales associates and clients.
While Matt has been connected to the company since it’s inception in 1991, he joined the company full-time in 2004 as Vice President & Technology Officer. Since then, Matt has grown in his responsibilities from building technology tools and systems that are unique to the industry to heading up the company’s operations, including Relocation Services.
His experience in building tools and systems, combined with his real estate decision prowess, are invaluable to continuing the company’s philosophy of service and support in the digital age. It is this continued tradition that has attracted an impressive broker management team, an experienced staff and an ever-growing roster that boasts approximately 400 talented and enthusiastic real estate professionals in 9 locations northern NJ and southern NY states.
With offices conveniently located throughout Northern New Jersey in Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Kinnelon, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River and Wyckoff, Terrie O'Connor Realtors is well positioned to serve the real estate needs of the whole of Bergen County, its seventy towns and surrounding Passaic, Morris, Sussex, Hudson and Essex Counties as well as southern New York.
Caryn Seidman-Becker is the Chairman and CEO of CLEAR. Caryn led the acquisition of CLEAR in 2010 and has guided the revitalization and re-launch of the company. She drives the overall direction and vision for the company as the CLEAR team works to build a world where it’s simple to be you through its biometric network. Caryn also oversees (obsesses over) the customer experience, marketing, business development, and people development. Caryn and CLEAR Co-Founder and President Ken Cornick previously co-founded Arience Capital and have been business partners for over 16 years.
In 2004, Caryn created the The Happy Elephant Foundation which supports education, child wellness, and the New York City community. Caryn is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in NYC.
Caryn received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She lives in NYC with her husband Marc and three children.
Debbie Holloway spent nearly 40 years selling real estate in Louisville, KY. Having averaged 150 sales a year while running 3 companies, she has since sold her business and focused her time working as a Master Coach and Trainer with Tom Ferry, and is the director of the Tom Ferry Team+ Coaching group. Known for her professionalism, charm and approachability, Debbie will inspire your team and help them reach the next level in both life and in business.
Megan Ferris has been practicing real estate since 2012 after a successful career in sales and recruiting. She is a team leader with the Ferris Property Group, the largest team associated with the F.C. Tucker Company, which is the largest brokerage in Indiana. Megan is also one of three hosts for the popular real estate podcast, Boom Real Estate Podcast. Outside of real estate, Megan loves to spend time with her family and studying the life cycle of a fruit fly. (One of those may have been a lie.)
Rebecca is the President and CEO of Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED). She has worked in the MLS industry since 1998 and for eight years, she was the CEO of Utah’s regional MLS, UtahRealEstate.com. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and she has also earned an MBA in technology commercialization from Westminster College. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the COVE MLS group, serves on committees at the National Association of Realtors, and she is a member of the MLS Executive Advisory Board at Realtor.com.
During her tenure at UtahRealEstate.com MLS (URE), Rebecca led the effort to develop, and successfully deploy a new in-house MLS platform, including an integrated public facing website and mobile apps. URE grew to provide service for over 90% of Utah's Realtors due to the MLS consolidation efforts she led.
Rebecca also diversified the MLS's offering by expanding services to property managers. This enabled her to create the Property Pond Rentals Platform, which included a consumer facing website for rental properties and mobile apps.
Rebecca was elected to the Board of The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) in the fall of 2010. She became the Board Chair in January 2011 where she served in that capacity until 2015. During her time as Chair, she was able to develop and implement a sustainable long-term strategic plan, which included restructuring the entity to gain more support from the industry. This resulted in RESO successfully creating the first real estate data dictionary, web API standard, and compliance programs. In 2014, The National Association of Realtors approved a policy that required all MLS's to adopt RESO's standards. This was a tremendous milestone for the industry.
Rebecca is one of Inman News 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate, Swanepoel 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate as well as being a Utah Business Magazine Forty Under 40 Honoree.
With over 24 years experience in real estate, Heather Sittig Jackson brings deep knowledge of the industry and what real estate agents and consumers want to make their days more efficient and productive. She spearheaded Relola to give brokerages and agents solutions that enable hard working real estate agents and tenacious newcomers to gain a leg up in a difficult to penetrate market. Relola is a socially fueled platform that allows agents to share their hard work with the world and shine in front of a broadened audience.
Gwen Daubenmeyer is the CEO, Team Leader and Ringmaster of The Integrity Team—an innovative and collaborative real estate agency with RE/MAX. Daubenmeyer carries a flame in one hand and a fire hose in the other. She is always stretching, growing and developing in the diverse, complex and ever-changing real estate landscape of Metro Detroit.
In less than four years she not only built her team but ranks consistently in the top 5% in her market. She has a passion for sharing her expertise with other agents and loves to see them succeed.
Her clout and perspective in the real estate industry are paralleled by her commitment to her community. Whether it’s through her work or in her day-to-day life, Daubenmeyer’s eyes and heart are always open to new ways to give back to her clients and her community. From the team’s moving van, for clients and community use, to charity sponsorships and events; Daubenmeyer is a non-negotiable mix of integrity, professionalism and sass.
As president of eXp Realty, Vikki is responsible for growth and productivity of agents and teams.
She joined eXp Realty in July 2015 and was appointed president in May 2016.
Since 2016, eXp Realty has seen rapid growth: The number of agents who joined the eXp Realty family increased fivefold to more than 6,000 in December 2017; the company expanded into 13 additional U.S. states — totaling 45 today, as well as Ontario, Canada; and revenue increased from $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2016 to $48.1 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Vikki was instrumental in expanding eXp Realty’s Icon agent program, which provides each qualified eXp agent with publicly traded eXp World Holdings, Inc. common stock upon the achievement of certain production and cultural goals within an agent’s anniversary year.
In more than 16 years in the real estate industry, Vikki held various sales and leadership positions with Tarbell, Realtors; Disney Vacation Development and Keller Williams. She also has extensive experience in the coaching and training of real estate professionals, which includes the development of mentor programs for new agents.
Keith Roy has been selling real estate in Vancouver for almost 12 years. Born in Vancouver and raised around BC, he graduated from high school at Vancouver College, holds a BA in political science from the University of Guelph and a post graduate diploma in Sales and Marketing from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Keith is a frequent face in the media commenting on matters relating to the local and national real estate market, trends in real estate sales, the City of Vancouver’s building code, house building and new construction.
To further facilitate the discussion of Vancouver housing, Keith hosts The Vancouver UnReal Estate Show – a podcast featuring interviews of real estate thought leaders and policy makers on housing issues facing the city.
Keith is a member of the Real Estate Board’s Master Medallion Club for being in the top 10% of Greater Vancouver Realtors for 10 years. He has also received multiple industry awards and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) both for community service.
He is also a sought after speaker and trainer in the real estate industry, helping other realtors build their business and serve their clients better.
Keith collects Monopoly boards and lives in East Vancouver with his soulmate, Stephanie.
Matthew J. Leone brings a fresh marketing perspective and extensive knowledge of web technologies & techniques to Halstead and Brown Harris Stevens serving as each firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Matthew oversees the 28 member MarTech division and he is responsible for the brand’s creative direction.
He is passionate about staying on top of the latest trends & integrating innovative solutions into all forms of marketing and technology working as one of the first firms to embrace such forms as video, social media, drones, 3D, VR, wearables, co-branded partnerships, and many other ground breaking approaches. Prior to joining Halstead and Brown Harris Stevens, Matthew worked at the sports marketing agency, NSM working on the PGA Tour as well as the Big East Conference on experiential marketing and sponsorship opportunities.
Mr. Leone also regularly appears as a panelist and speaker at Inman Connect as well as NAR Conferences, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conferences, NYSAR conventions, & Luxury Portfolio Summits speaking on concepts that will shape the future of real estate industry. He also serves and teaches at the Real Estate Board of New York’s continued education course series. He currently serves on the Technology Advisory Council for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World regularly advising the global network on a variety of technology initiatives as well as the Inman News Content Advisory Board. He has been routinely interviewed & quoted in media such as the Today Show, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, CNBC, NY1, NY Magazine, Real Deal and many more.
Matthew currently resides in Westchester County, NY with his wife and 2 children.
As founder/CEO, Jeff Turner led J.J. Grace to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies. He has served as Founder or President of numerous technology companies, including RealSatisfied, acquired by Placester in 2016. Currently, Jeff is the CEO of immoviewer North America, a leader in immersive 3-D and 360° tour technology.
Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality and tech sectors. After earning his BA in economics from Northwestern, Gary ventured west to earn his MBA from Stanford, where he caught the entrepreneurial bug and still serves as a regular guest lecturer. Previously Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts, and spent five years as CFO of online brokerage pioneer ZipRealty, which he led through its successful IPO in 2004. Gary also served as CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, then the second largest boutique hotel management company in the country. Immediately before starting Roofstock, Gary led one of the largest single-family rental platforms in the U.S. through its IPO as co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, now part of Colony Starwood Homes. In addition to striving to build great companies, he enjoys skiing with his family, running with his golden retriever (and office mascot) Bode, and trying not to break any bones while mountain biking.
Pete Flint is a Managing Partner of NFX (www.nfx.com), an early stage Venture Capital fund with offices in Silicon Valley and Israel focused on network effects businesses. The Partners at NFX are a team of entrepreneurs and investors that have collectively founded 10 companies that have had exits of $10 billion and have made more than 300 investments. Prior to NFX, in 2005 Pete founded the online real estate company Trulia (www.trulia.com), now one of the most popular real estate websites and mobile apps in the U.S. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition. In July 2014, rival property service Zillow purchased Trulia for $3.5 billion, with both brands continuing to operate side-by-side. Before founding Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at lastminute.com, a leading European online travel company that was acquired by Sabre/Travelocity in 2005 for over $1 billion.
Pete is a founding Board member of New Story Charity (www.newstorycharity.org), a technology enabled platform focused on eliminating homelessness by building sustainable communities around the world.
He is also a founder and co-chair of GBx (www.gbxglobal.org), the leading British technology community based in Silicon Valley helping to connect and scale technology ecosystems in the UK and Silicon Valley.
He is a frequent speaker at Internet, entrepreneurship and technology conferences, and additionally is a guest lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and at Oxford's Said Business School. He has been named E&Y Northern Californian Entrepreneur of the Year, “Most Admired CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of the “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40” by Forbes.
Ryan Abbe is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ real estate investment banking group where he focuses on real estate/ mortgage technology and services companies, homebuilders, land developers and Equity REITs.
Prior to joining JMP in 2004, Ryan worked as an associate in the financial institutions group at Piper Jaffray, where he focused on financial technology, mortgage finance and real estate-related services companies. In his 16 year career, Ryan has been involved in over $25 billion of debt and equity capital raising transactions and more than $8 billion of advisory transactions.
Ryan holds a BA from Macalester College.
From the minute Kunal Patel went into real estate, his goal has been to make things easier for his clients. From selling a property to moving into a home, he strives to make that process as efficient and stress-free as possible. A graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Real Estate and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wright State University, Kunal continually advances his knowledge of the business and effectively tailors it to meet his clients’ buying and selling needs. Kunal is integrally connected throughout the Dayton area community and understands what the market has to offer. This deep knowledge has translated into Kunal’s team being recognized as one of the premier selling groups in the area. With more than 300 homes sold and $60M in sales since their 2014 inception, Kunal and his team are continuously recognized for excellence. Honors include the 2017 Presidents Sales Club ‘Pinnacle of Performance’ - State of Ohio, the 2016 Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier award, the 2016 Dayton Area Board of Realtors (DABR) Top 20 and the 2015 DABR ‘Rookie of the Year’. Kunal is an innovator in his field, constantly looking for emerging opportunities that he can embrace and translate into an unparalleled real estate experience.
Jason is a RE/MAX Broker/Owner and Team Leader that has been selling real estate in Metro Detroit for over 20 years. Jason brings a practical approach to growth and team development that revolves around systems that anyone can implement regardless of market.
As a lifelong learner, Jason openly shares everything. He helps agents reach their full potential while creating businesses they love which keeps him motivated to share more. He is a regular presenter at live training events across North America.
Jason is a RE/MAX 2017 Titan Club member and is the recipient of the Circle of Honor and Lifetime Achievement awards for sustained success.
Gabe has been deploying new technology innovations to the real estate industry since the downturn. In addition to VP of InsideMaps, he is a SFR Industry Consultant and owns Floravista Realty.
He led Business Development for 643 Capital Management- one of the first and largest Single Family Rental (SFR) Funds for 5 years. An industry pioneer in using CRM tech and Automated Valuation Models (AVM's) to acquire and manage thousands of homes across broad geographic areas.
While at 643, he was introduced to the InsideMaps tech and has been working closely with their development team to engineer the only scalable 3D scanning technology on the market. In the past 12 months Gabe and InsideMaps have secured partnerships with the 2 largest Instant Offer groups and several major SFR Funds and Property Management companies. In their debut to the Single Family Retail Brokerage World in December, 2017; they announced a partnership with the largest Keller Williams Realty affiliate with over 4,500 agents and 14 Market Centers.
Gabe got is start in the Real Estate industry as an engineering consultant and has led the acquisition, entitlement, and development of over 10,000 lots for private developers and Pulte Homes.
Matt started his investing career at Bain Capital private equity in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company, and attended Williams College, where he majored in rugby. In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures, which he ran for 12 years and where he focused on early-stage fintech investing. In 2012 he rejoined Bain Capital Ventures.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending any free moments with his wife, Jessica, and their five children. Matt serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a regional theater associated with Williams College. He is a Senior Advisor to Endeavor, an organization leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. He is obsessed with military history, and some day will write a book connecting the strategy and tactics of insurgency with what he has learned about entrepreneurship.
As Chief Operating Officer, Maëlle oversees technology, product, marketing, and other corporate functions and is responsible for the execution of the company’s strategic priorities. Most recently, Maëlle oversaw global operations at The Priceline Group where she was tasked with driving the company's strategy and integrating its six major brands. Prior to The Priceline Group, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Russia's largest e-commerce site and a principal at The Boston Consulting Group. Maëlle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. A native of France, Maëlle holds degrees from The Sorbonne and Sciences Po.
Ron often appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News and he has been quoted in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters among others.
Frazier, aka The Real Estate CIO, has more than 20 years of expertise in marketing, social media, technology startups and venture capital, holding various senior-level positions. He has been blessed to work for and alongside the most talented innovators, disrupters, and visionaries of Silicon Valley, affectionally known as “The PayPal Mafia”. Frazier was chosen as HousingWire’s Young Rising Star in 2016, their Vanguard Award Winner in 2017, and is now one of their featured authors. In 2016 & 2017 he was honored to be named as one of the Top 50 Connected Mortgage Professionals by National Mortgage Professionals Magazine. Frazier also serves as Executive Advisor to Blend, NEST, Frontdoor, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage and co-founded one of the Top Social Media & Marketing Focused Real Estate Facebook Groups called The Snappack.
Dan Mayes serves as senior vice president, product management and analytics at OfferPad. Dan has more than two decades of experience as a corporate leader and entrepreneur in the financial, technology and real estate fields. In 2009, he founded AZ Bidder, LLC, the first online auction platform of its kind, which acquired more than 30,000 homes under his leadership. Previously, Dan served as senior vice president for Priceline.com/Walker Digital LLC and senior vice president of business development for First Data Corp.
Jay Thompson is the Director of Industry Outreach for Zillow, which operates the leading real estate and home-related marketplaces on mobile and the Web. Prior to joining Zillow in March of 2012, Jay was the Co-owner and Designated Broker of Thompson’s Realty in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jay is a frequent speaker at local, state and national real estate conferences on topics ranging from brokerage management to social media marketing in real estate. He built his real estate blog, PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com into one of the most widely-read real estate blogs in the country, and has contributed to numerous other real estate industry publications and websites.
A Summa Cum Laude Graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, Jay currently resides in Seattle, WA -- when he is not on the road for Zillow speaking to real estate professionals across the country. Jay can be reached at JayT@ZillowGroup.com.
Mark is a serial entrepreneur in real estate and technology. He was a principal in more than 1,000 real estate developments in the DC area resulting in over $1 billion in transactional volume. He is an active board member, investor and venture advisor to several startups.
Co-President Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group's East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career at Brown Harris Stevens a high level of professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are respected by agents and peers alike.
Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development for both the agents and the firm. She enjoys being a resource for brokers and staff and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings and to coach agents through difficult negotiations. She encourages a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing.
Prior to her promotion to Senior Managing Director at Corcoran, as an agent Bess attained great success at their Carnegie Hill office. Bess achieved repeated membership in their Multi-Million-Dollar Club thanks to her exemplary customer service, knowledge of the market and results.
Originally from upstate New York, Bess earned her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her law degree from The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and also worked at Legal Aid as an attorney. Bess is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice. She speaks Spanish and has lived in various cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Seville, Spain. Bess is the mother of two children who are attending school on the Upper East Side. In spare time she enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Woodstock, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.
Tom Simmons has resided in Omaha, Nebraska since August of 1989. After attending and graduating from Creighton University Tom began a career in the Food and Beverage Industry owning and operating 6 different food and beverage operations throughout the midwest. He continues to own several food and beverage operations to this day. However, in 2006 he received his real estate license and in 2007 a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Tom began his real estate career as investor and has owned as many as 100 single family rental properties in the Omaha metro area. In addition, his portfolio consists of several commercial buildings that he both developed and operated. Since 2009 he has focused his attention on the residential real estate brokerage business and in 2015 opened the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchise for the Omaha metro market. Since the inception of the brand in Omaha, the brokerage has grown from 7 agents to 108 in a period of 27 months. Currently BHGRE/The Good Life Group is the fastest growing brokerage in the Omaha, NE metro market and continues to be a leader in individual agent production. By creating a dynamic culture the BHGRE/ Good Life Group has a unique and collaborative approach to the practice of real estate. The organization mantra is that the agents and staff are kind, competent and positive. These core values have driven a NEW kind of real estate brokerage. One that integrates core values in the everyday practice of real estate.
RJ Jones is the head of investor & corporate relations for Zillow Group, Inc. He is responsible for managing relationships with institutional shareholders and regularly presents the Zillow Group story to investor, industry and consumer audiences. He also provides actionable insights on market trends and technologies to Zillow Group's business leadership to enhance their strategic decision making. Further, RJ represents Zillow Group's corporate relations efforts on issues connected to housing and real estate involving veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.
Prior to joining Zillow Group, RJ was chief marketing officer and partner with Kosmos Funds, a Seattle-based alternative investment manager, where he led the capital raising efforts for the startup venture. Previously, he worked as a buy-side/sell-side investment analyst covering consumer and retail equities for Ragen Mackenzie of Wells Fargo Investments, where his "signature" stocks included Starbucks and Costco. He also previously ran investor relations for Nordstrom. RJ was also part of the spinout team that created the boutique investment bank, Delafield Hambrecht, formed by the management group of WR Hambrecht's Seattle office, where he led the sell-side consumer equity research efforts of the firm, which included notable coverage of Netflix.
RJ was named to Institutional Investor’s 2018 All-America Executive Team, ranking second place among the top midcap investor relations professionals in the internet category.
RJ currently serves as a member of the board of directors at RG Fiber, a gigabit service provider to rural U.S. communities; SkyCorp, an orbital assembly spacecraft manufacturer for private and government entities; and InAssist, a consumer driven health insurance auditing service. RJ is a PIPELINE National Mentor; PIPELINE is an exclusive community of entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies in the Midwest, supported with grants from the Kaufman Foundation.
Preceding his civilian career, RJ was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. His assignments included company commander and platoon leader positions as a qualified airborne ranger and senior parachutist, with two deployments to Haiti for peace enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. He holds a bachelor's in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Eric Sachs President/Co-founder Breakthroughbroker.com After chasing bad guys for thriteen years Eric decided to go after his hobby of real estate full time. Eric had a successful career as a top producing Realtor, and Broker/Owner of a mid sized company in Colorado. The company gave way to acquisition in 2010 and Eric then co-founded Breakthroughbroker.com. His passion is helping real estate agents build their business. Breakthroughbroker has become one of the most widely used agent resources in the industry with over 210,000 agents using the free site. Eric speaks throughout the country, dedicated to helping real estate agents build their business and make more money.
Michael Tritthart is the founder of the MichaelTritthart.com training and design company. He has trained hundreds of thousands in the real estate industry all over North America since 2004. His hands-on workshop approach has generated millions of dollars right there in class for those in attendance. His website/social media design team has helped clients achieve their online goals since 2006. Michael is a KWU Master Facutly member with a focus on technology. He is also a certified ONE Thing Instructor, bringing the ONE Thing to multiple industries since 2016. Michael has consulted with Keller Williams Realty International, Chime, MyOutDesk, DotLoop, SmartZip, Allie Beth Alman Real Estate and many others. Michael comes from the education field and obtained his Masters of Education in 2000.
A versatile executive and accomplished entrepreneur with over twenty years professional experience comprised of working in investment banking, launching new online business ventures, and leading global teams.
Since departing Investment Banking in 2004, launched several startup companies including an online real estate brokerage firm, mortgage company, high-end retail brand (eCommerce), online crowd funding platform and advisory financial intermediary working with companies in raising capital through direct public offerings.
Featured in numerous publications and broadcast media including: CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, MarketWatch, Reuters, Yahoo! News, Inman News, Investor's Business Daily, The Huffington Post, MorningStar, The Joe Fairless Show, The Washington Post, Business Review, NerdWallet, RISMedia, The MReport, and others. He is also the author of The Digital Home Seller & Online Real Estate Trends publication.
Specialties: Real estate, investment banking, and passionate entrepreneur with proven results in corporate development, sales, and strategy. Sound financial background as a credit trained financial analyst with former transaction experience in senior bank financings for acquisitions, mergers, leveraged buyouts, and joint ventures for Fortune 500 and middle market companies.
Matt helps manage the firm’s private company investment activity across the technology sector. He works closely with portfolio managers, global industry analysts, and other global research resources within the firm to identify and pursue investments in private companies.
Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2016, Matt was a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners where he focused on early-stage investing (2008 – 2016), Before that, he served in product roles at ATI Technologies (2003 –2006) and as a co-founder of the computer hardware review site Anandtech.com (1999 – 2003).
Matt holds an MBA from Harvard University (2008) and a BA in public policy from Duke University (2003).
Erin Collard is CFO and co-founder at Blend, Silicon Valley technology company transforming the consumer lending ecosystem. He has over a decade of deep financial and technology experience, having served as both head trader and managing director at Clarium Capital, Peter Thiel’s global macro hedge fund, since its inception. It was during this time that he became an advisor to Palantir Technologies and met his Blend co-founders. He is a veteran angel investor and has advised many startups during his tenure in Silicon Valley, brokering deals with top tier VCs on both sides of the table. Erin attended the University of Sheffield and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Warwick.
Madan is widely recognized as a People, Talent, Rewards and Human Resources leader with 20+ years of Human resources experience spanning long and meaningful stints in world class organizations like Facebook, Amazon, KLA-Tencor donning HR leadership roles across multiple businesses, countries and regions.
An industry expert on how the digital world is shaping people practices and changing organizations, he is widely consulted on this topic and is a sought-after keynote speaker on the role of HR in a mobile-centric world and sits on the board of 3 other companies. He is an advisory board member at Ionic Security which is a pioneer in cryptography and data security out of Atlanta (www.ionic.com) and an adviser to the CEO and leadership team at Novus Inc, a leader in hedge fund analytic and data solutions out of New York (www.novus.com). He also serves as an adviser to the SP Jain School of Management in Singapore and Forbes ranked S P Jain School of Global Management #10 in the world.
Madan is currently the chief people officer at Compass (www.compass.com), one of the leading real estate technology firms in the US. Compass just raised over half a billion dollars in Series E funding from Softbank and Fidelity. Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.
Prior to his current role as the Chief People Officer for Compass, Madan has spent nearly 6 years with Facebook, Inc. as the Head of HR – Asia Pacific and the HR Leader in New York. He started with them in Singapore as the Head of HR for APAC and led Facebook’s expansion in APAC across 14 different countries and in the process helped create a thriving multi-billion dollar business for them. Prior to Facebook, Madan led Amazon’s expansion into Asia leading a 100+ member HR team across engineering, operations, customer support etc. Before Amazon, Madan spent over 8 years in the bay area leading HR team at both large, publicly listed companies, like KLA-Tencor a leader in the semi-conductor space and mid-size startups in the bay areas.
Madan is an engineer by training and then changed careers early on to move into HR. He then went to study at the London School of Economics and has a Master’s degree in Human Resources (Personnel Management and Industrial relations)
Leonard Steinberg embodies the new breed of modern real estate professional who provides substantive knowledge about all aspects of real estate and full-fledged, elegant, and discreet service to sellers, developers, and buyers of New York property with almost two decades of experience.
Leonard's broad knowledge of the luxury market, consumer and design trends, the properties, and the many criteria involved in the sale or purchase of a property, provides his clients and customers with a service unparalleled in the industry.
As a seller's broker, Leonard provides a marketing service that is both unique and effective, combining refined selling skills with marketing methods that fully embrace the digital age, enhancing the exposure of the property, and thereby maximizing price. His negotiating skills, while not intimidating, have produced the results that his clients expect. His clientele ranges from first-time sellers to seasoned multiple-dwelling owners of multi-million dollar homes.
As a buyer's broker, Leonard's keen eye, listening skills, and attention to detail have kept his customers unquestionably loyal. With eternal patience, he identifies his customers’ specific needs to match them to the best possible property, often identifying opportunities that others were unable to see. His services extend beyond the expected; his level of taste and his understanding of architecture and interior design, along with a broad knowledge of resources, have helped buyers realize their dreams.
Krishna Malyala is the Co-founder and CEO of TLCengine, a company that calculates the true cost of home ownership with their unique TLC (True Lifestyle Cost) search algorithm and recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.
He was also a featured speaker at the National Association of Realtor Conference and NAR Green Resource Council event.
He is also a Real estate agent for over ten years with Keller Williams with a passion for helping homebuyers.
He was also VP of Technology & Innovation at Citi Bank and was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow in "Big Data" and "Data Visualization"; previously he had founded WISP Inc., which was the third largest wireless ISP in America.
Krishna Malyala holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Engineering from Penn State. During his spare time he plays the saxophone and listens to jazz music.
Lauren Taylor is the CEO/Founder of Savvy Homes Portal, the first Virtual Reality House Hunting platform for Real Estate Agents. The platform brings an innovative house hunting experience through integrated virtual reality showings, enhanced client interaction and comprehensive communication management. Savvy Homes Portal is partnering with high level brokers to educate and train their agents on the benefits of Virtual Reality House Hunting as a tremendous time saving tool to both agent and consumer. In the last 6 months Taylor’s Virtual Reality House Hunting has been featured on Inman News, Military Times and Bloomberg Radio as a user friendly application of Virtual Reality into the Real Estate industry.
Daniela is a Co-Founder of CRATER and a Corporate relocation and transportation expert. She spent 9 years relocating corporate and government employees and 2 years working at a van line specializing in executive household goods move. She was an onsite surveyor in the Bay Area for a short time before she realized the efficiencies that would occur if this interaction took place virtually. Now as a moving industry technologist, Daniela holds a board seat at the Bay Area Mobility Management group in San Francisco and has secured corporate contracts with major Relocation Companies and most recently secured an agreement with Facebook to conduct all of their move surveys through CRATER.
Madeline has been helping Agents and Brokers in their business development since 2011. She spent nearly 3 years at Trulia and then at Zillow Group post merger. She began at BombBomb one year ago, January 2017. Her early aspirations were to be in public relations and marketing and her BA is in Communication Studies and Journalism.
As an entrepreneur, engineer, designer and a motivational speaker, my goal is to seek truth in all aspects of life. In the last 15 years I have had more than 4 startups under my belt, a patent to predict server components from malfunctioning, and building one of the early autonomous Mars robots for research with WPI, as well as AI and Machine Learning in the healthcare industry. Currently focusing on bringing all my experience in UX and platform design to enable a more open marketplace for technology vendors, brokers, and agents in the real estate business.
Sean is the co-founder & CEO of Knock.com, the first online home trade-in platform making trading in a house as easy as trading in a car. Sean was on the founding team at Trulia.com where he was involved in the strategy, growth and revenue from inception. Trulia went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 (NYSE: TRLA) and was acquired by Zillow in 2014 for $3.5B. Sean is an investor in other tech companies that bring radical transparency, convenience, and savings to consumers, including NerdWallet, SeatGeek, Paintzen, Zeel, Peach, Smith (acquired by Porch.com) and NFX Guild.
Heather found her passion in real estate at the ripe young age of 19, when she bought her first home. After being intrigued by the process, along with her formal education being in design, she began her career in 2004 at the age of 21.
Heather loves helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals when it comes to real estate, but is particularly interested in helping sellers get their home ready for sale, making sure her listings are staged correctly and marketed aggressively.
Living in the Richmond area since she was 3 years old has given her the experience and knowledge necessary to assist buyers and sellers within the entire Metro-Richmond area. She has vast knowledge as to the values and trends within her community.
Heather is recognized and respected throughout the brokerage community for putting her marketing, negotiating and people skills to work, while efficiently accomplishing the task at hand. Described as a compassionate and dedicated professional, Heather always has her client’s best interest at heart. As proof of her dedication and professionalism, Heather has been recognized professionally on both a local and national level. Heather has been designated with the Richmond Association of Realtor’s highest distinguished achiever award every year since 2005. In 2008, Valentine Properties was recognized by the Richmond Association of Realtors and were featured in their publication, Listed Magazine, as the Next Generation of Realtors. Also in 2008, Heather opened her own brokerage, Valentine Properties. Every year since 2012, Heather's team has been in the top 10 teams in all of central Virginia. Also in 2012, Heather was recognized nationally as one of the National Association of Realtors 30 under 30. In 2015 Heather was awarded Member of the year for BNI Central Virginia. Heather has also been featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine and has been awarded many other recognititons from publications in the real estate community.
Heather takes her business seriously. Like all athletes have coaches, so does Heather. She has chosen to take her business to the next level and is currently coached by the number one Business Coaching organization in North America, Buffini and Co. This allows her to stay focused on her goals, have a balanced life and provide the exceptional service to her clients. She has been recognized as a Peak Performer and has had the opportunity to network and learn with some of the best Realtors across the United States.
Heather chooses to focus her business by referral. This allows her the time to focus on her current clients and their transactions while alleviating the typical prospecting activities of most Realtors. Doing this provides her the opportunity to ensure her clients a personalized transaction and the ability to meet her client’s needs. Through the Valentine Properties Client appreciation program, she provides them with a “first class” experience before, during and after the transaction. In the past three years Heather has grown her brokerage and now supervises 10 other agents while still exceling as a high producing sales agent. In 2017 Valentine Properties sold 376 homes.
Heather is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Aveda who is 9 and Arden who is 7. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, shopping, decorating, working out and having fun.
Sandra Miller is the principal broker leading Engel & Völkers' thriving Santa Monica shop, which was the first Engel & Völkers shop to open in California. With numerous real estate awards and accolades to her name, Sandra is also notably one of only a small number of Engel & Völkers brokers to achieve a Private Office Advisor designation.
Sandra's success is due in part to her years in a corporate realm prior to moving into real estate. That serves her particularly well for the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles marketplace, where residential real estate demands keen negotiating and decision making skills.
Sandra maintains that the business of real estate goes far beyond completing successful transactions. She believes that real estate is, ultimately, a personal service, so her clients turn to her as a reliable reference long after their home buying or selling is complete. Sandra's personally selected team follows the same principles, working together with her to bring a level of boutique service to Santa Monica that real estate customers have never before experienced.
Devu serves as VP and head of business development for HomeLight, where he leads partnership and growth initiatives. HomeLight is the leading platform that helps home buyers and sellers connect with top performing real estate agents. Prior to HomeLight, Devu held senior business development roles at Prosper Marketplace, Trulia, and Simon & Schuster. He has over 15 years of strategy, partnership and product experience across Consumer Internet, technology and digital media industries. Devu received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds computer science and economics degrees from University of Pennsylvania. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his family.
Nolan Greenberg is currently the Director of Recruiting at Compass, and has helped to grow the company from 30 staff to 500+ over the last four years. He started his recruiting career as a financial headhunter providing top quantitative and engineering talent to leading systematic trading hedge funds. He is passionate about building high performing teams and advises several small startups on hiring/recruiting strategy. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and originally hails from Wisconsin.
Stacey grew up in New York and moved back to live in Manhattan after graduating from the University of Florida in 1995. She started her career in Event Planning and shortly realized that the ultimate event is finding and moving into a new home. Stacey has worked diligently to grow her business and knowledge of the market since 2001, now heading a team of dedicated, hard-working, driven agents. Stacey’s team share her core values of excellent service and honest advice throughout the real estate process, and her business is referral based. Stacey has built a loyal client network as she focuses on delivering unparalleled personalized customer service.
Carleton English a New York-based financial journalist covering hedge funds and other Wall Street shenanigans for The New York Post. Prior to that she was a writer and analyst for TheStreet.com and a producer at CNBC.
She began her diverse finance career as a credit and pricing analyst with LEAF Commercial Capital in her native Philadelphia. Three thousand miles later, she found her passion for financial education when she started working for Laird Norton Tyee in Seattle (now Laird Norton Wealth Management) as a Client Service Associate. In addition to assisting high-net worth families with their financial planning needs, Carleton also developed a financial literacy curriculum for Laird Norton clients that was also used in Seattle public schools.
Carleton is a graduate of George Washington University, where she studied International Development and Anthropology. She spent a semester in Buenos Aires, where her love affair with Latin American literature and tango dancing began.
Outside of work, Carleton can be found searching for the best cheesy carbs in NYC and sipping whiskey.
Cynthia McMurry leads international partnerships at Nova Credit, the world’s cross-border consumer reporting agency. Nova has built a global infrastructure of credit bureau data which it delivers to lenders and landlords so that they can finally acquire and serve immigrant customers. Nova’s mission is to “enable immigrants to access capital to realize their potential.” Cynthia works on expanding Nova's global footprint by partnering with credit bureaus in new markets to continually grow the number of immigrants Nova serves. Nova has emerged as one of the most promising financial technology companies from Silicon Valley in the last few years.
Cynthia's background is in microfinance and international development, including several years of field work with microfinance institutions in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador early in her career. Prior to joining Nova, Cynthia spent seven years at the microfinance lending platform Kiva, where she led their work in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also served as a consultant with BCG and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and currently sits on the board of directors of Health Horizons International, a community health nonprofit in the Dominican Republic. She holds a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University, and an MBA and MS from Stanford University.
Rabi moved to the Bay area from India in early 2016. He built Eva because he realized how hard it was to connect with people in a new country and city. Very soon they figured that their solution is a perfect fit for realtors. Today Eva works with more than 100 realtors from brokerages like Keller Williams, Sotheby's, PacUnion and Climb RE. They recently raised a venture round led by a top VC in Silicon Valley.
An innovative marketer and creative thinker, M. Monica Novo is widely recognized as one of the most highly sought-after real estate professionals, especially by residential developers in New York. Monica is credited with representing some of the city’s most magnificent conversions and ground-up projects, plus has negotiated the successful sale of numerous commercial buildings and lots.
As an integral member of development teams responsible for upcoming buildings by such acclaimed architects as Enrique Norton, Tsao & Mckown, Cetra Ruddy, along with other elites, Monica is realizing her vision for vibrant new urban spaces that reflect the needs and desires.