Speakers

Katie Kossev

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.

Joe Rand

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."

Tim Heyl

Vija Williams

Vija Williams is the Director of Growth for the Ben Kinney Companies, one of the largest Keller Williams franchise owners in the nation.

Vija is a highly regarded figure in the real estate industry and has deep experience both in running a successful real estate team and working with key national leaders. She most recently has led her own real estate team, the Vija Group, in Kirkland, Washington. She has appeared on stage at real estate conferences around the country including the main stage with Gary Keller at Keller Williams’ national events, and as a keynote and main stage presenter at the prestigious Inman Connect conferences. She co-hosted a weekly radio show in the Seattle area and is a sought after expert and coach throughout the industry. She is currently featured on the cover of the Keller Williams national magazine, “OutFront.”

Vija leads growth, revenue and production related activities for the brokerages.

Vija Williams is also the CEO and founder of the award winning Vija Group residential real estate company, a team of real estate specialists in the greater Seattle area focusing on the move-up and luxury segments. With offices in Kirkland and downtown Seattle, the Vija Group is in the top 1% of Keller Williams worldwide for volume sold, and is growing and hiring as well as expanding throughout the Puget Sound.

She is the vice-president of the board for the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

A Seattle area native, Vija graduated from University Prep High School and received a BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

Merritt Hummer

Merritt joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2018 where she focuses on growth stage investments in fintech and real estate tech. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Merritt was an investor focused on late-stage venture and growth equity investments at Goldman Sachs. Previously, Merritt was an investor at private equity firm New Mountain Capital and a management consultant at Bain & Company in New York.  Merritt is a CFA charterholder.

Merritt graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, cum laude, and from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.

Carleton English

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.

Wendy Forsythe

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 has a demonstrated track record of excelling growth and expansion of national brands including Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and HomeSmart International. She’s a frequent speaker and writer for many industry publications and conferences.  In 2018, she honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona by AzBusiness. Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes as well as earning the coveted title of Ironman by crossing the finish line after 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running.

Adi Pavlovic

Adi is the Director of KW Labs, an innovative approach to developing real estate technology through collaboration with agents, market centers, and consumers. KW Labs develops, tests, and validates prototypes based off agent-centric research with the goal to create seamless experiences that drive agent productivity and success. Prior to founding KW Labs, Adi worked as the Sr. Technology Research Analyst at KWRI conducting large-scale research studies on technology trends within the real estate industry as well as other parallel markets. Adi is responsible for advising KWRI executives regarding potential technology partnerships, innovation opportunities, and how emerging technologies may impact the real estate industry in the near future.

Emily Chenevert

Emily Chenevert is the chief executive officer of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, a 13,000-member organization with a $15 million annual budget. She is the youngest and first female CEO hired by the organization.

Emily began her tenure at ABoR as director of public and government affairs, where she managed campaigns for housing affordability and advocated for private property rights of homeowners. She has a long track record of advocating for REALTORS® and their businesses at local, state and national levels of government. Under her tenure of leadership at ABoR, she has regionalized ABoR’s footprint and member services, championed MLS listings data integrity standards, and led ABoR through two five-year strategic plans and a successful rebrand.

Emily has a wealth of industry knowledge at both the national and local level, particularly in Central Texas. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin, she managed relationships with REALTOR® associations for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. She also managed marketing efforts for two master-planned communities in the Central Texas region.

Originally from Dallas, Emily lives in Pflugerville with her husband Hunter and her sons, Hudson and Barrett. She supports the National Kidney Foundation as Barrett is a kidney transplant recipient. She is also a HousingWorks Austin board of directors member and a graduate of Leadership Austin.

Sam DeBord

Rebecca Jensen

Katie Lance

Katie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Katie Lance Consulting. Katie is a nationally known keynote speaker at conferences and events. For the past 10 years, Katie has been working with real estate agents and brokers to help them get smarter about how to use social media to grow their business. Her specialty is in helping real estate agents and brokers achieve big results using social media without spending a ton of time! She is also the author of the best-selling book, #GetSocialSmart and the founder of the #GetSocialSmart Academy. Katie has been named one of the most 100 influential people in real estate by Inman News and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and 2 beautiful boys.

Marnie Blanco

Marnie manages and develops strategic partnerships with the leading brands in real estate along with MLSs, associations and third-party vendors and partners. Marnie, former VP of eBusiness for RE/MAX, led technology innovation, product management, and product marketing, training and support for the network’s broker and agent technology platforms.

Clelia Peters

Clelia Warburg Peters joined Warburg Realty in 2014 and currently serves as President of the firm, bringing experience in strategic business development, cutting edge technology, and investing to her role. Clelia works closely with her father, CEO Frederick Warburg Peters, in managing and growing one of New York's oldest and most respected real estate brokerages.

In 2015 Clelia co-founded MetaProp, a PropTech accelerator that has evolved into a $40 million seed stage venture fund focused exclusively on real estate technology (technologies which impact the way we conceive of, construct, transact, manage utilize, and interact with real property). MetaProp has collectively invested in 50+ companies across the full real estate value chain which have raised over $2 billion and employ more than 1,500 people internationally. As one of the few female leaders in the PropTech space, Clelia is passionate about inclusion and believes strongly in the power of women to shift paradigms of leadership and success in the 21st century.

Prior to joining Warburg, Clelia worked in partnership with noted business leader Sallie Krawcheck on a technology enabled business concept focused on work opportunities for women and was a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Clelia is a member of the NY Metro chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), and of C200, the preeminent global organization for women business leaders. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Yale University.

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Veronica Figueroa

Veronica Figueroa leads the award-winning Figueroa Team of Orlando, FL. Veronica will empower you with directional wisdom to grow your business. Veronica is a vivacious sought-after speaker & coach - focused on inspiring real estate agents to write their own story of success. Veronica has been featured on Inman News, Zillow, Real Trends, NAHREP, and RE/MAX International. She is one of the few Zillow Advisory Board Members for the nation and continues to explore "Team" concepts to stay forward thinking.

Ryan Gorman

Ryan Gorman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of NRT in 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NRT’s company-owned brokerage operations doing business under the Coldwell Banker® brand.

Gorman most recently served as Chief Strategy and Operating Officer of NRT and as its Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations where he brought a heightened focus on service delivery, defined a comprehensive integrated growth strategy and leveraged the resources of NRT and Realogy to drive a superior experience for affiliated agents, employees and customers.

Since joining NRT, Gorman has worked with the leadership team to craft and refine new strategic and operating plans throughout the company, in addition to launching NRT’s property management business. During his Realogy career, Gorman led the company’s strategic acquisition of ZipRealty as well as Title Resource Group’s acquisition of the title insurance agency and title insurance underwriting operations of Texas American Title Company and Cartus’ acquisition of Primacy Relocation.

Prior to joining NRT in May 2012, Gorman was the Corporate Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Development for Realogy Corporation, NRT’s parent company. In that role, he oversaw strategic development and merger and acquisition activities for Realogy and its four business units. Gorman was the driving force behind TRG’s acquisition of Texas American Title Company, Cartus’ acquisition of Primacy Relocation and NRT’s acquisition of Coldwell BankerPreferred in Philadelphia. He also contributed significant strategy work for Realogy’s world-renowned brands and franchisees.

Before joining Realogy in 2004, Gorman held advisory and principal investment roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Transaction Services, Philadelphia, Pa.), Credit Suisse (CS First Boston’s Technology Investment Banking Group, Palo Alto, Calif.), and The Blackstone Group (Blackstone Debt Advisors, New York City). He graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Josh Team

As president of Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count, Josh is focused on disrupting the traditional approach to real estate. Using R&D insights from KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams, Josh and KW’s technologists are developing proprietary technology and using the brand’s global scale to fuel a platform aimed at providing the best agent-driven consumer experience in real estate.

Adam Contos

Adam Contos is Chief Executive Officer of RE/MAX, responsible for providing strategic direction on all aspects of major RE/MAX corporate decisions, operations and resources of the company.

Following a successful career in law enforcement, Adam came to the RE/MAX organization in 2003 as an independent contractor presenting a safety training program he created specifically for real estate professionals. He introduced his highly regarded S.A.F.E.R. (Safety Awareness For Every Realtor) program to RE/MAX Affiliates and other agents across North America.

In 2004, he joined RE/MAX full-time as a Senior Franchise Development Consultant for the RE/MAX Mountain States Region. He was named Region Vice President the following year.

In 2007, soon after RE/MAX, LLC acquired the formerly independent RE/MAX California & Hawaii Region, Adam was named its Region Vice President. In 2010, he moved to the RE/MAX Florida Region, which under his leadership was named Region of the Year for both 2011 and 2012. He was promoted to Vice President, Region Development, in 2013 and shifted his focus to Business Development in February 2014. Adam was promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing in February 2015. In January 2016, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and in May 2017 he was promoted to Co-CEO. Adam was named Chief Executive Officer in February 2018.

Adam grew up in Denver, studied criminal justice at Metropolitan State College of Denver and earned an Executive MBA from the University of Denver. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1990 to 1996 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

From 1993 to 2004, Adam worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, advancing through a number of positions, including Deputy Sheriff, Corporal/Investigator, Sergeant of Court Services and Detentions Division, SWAT Tactical Commander, and Lieutenant (Watch Commander) for the Patrol Division.

Ryan Schneider

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.

Sahil Gupta

Sahil Gupta co-founded Patch Homes in 2016 to create a more flexible option for homeowners who want to tap into their home equity; Patch partners with homeowners to unlock that equity and help them build the life they want, without the burden of debt or additional monthly payments. Sahil’s passion for redefining traditional finance products was cultivated by his work in product development and strategy at Motif Investing, Sliced, and Mellon Capital, a $400 billion investment firm managing investments for large pensions and endowments. He holds a Master’s degree in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.

Bess Freedman

The firm's first Chief Executive Officer Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly Co-President of Brown Harris Stevens, and a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group's East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career top professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are well respected by her industry peers and agents alike.

Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development. With special attention to the extraordinary Brown Harris Stevens history, culture, narrative and brand, Bess now leads a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing. She enjoys being a trusted resource and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings, to coach agents through difficult negotiations, choosing excellence.

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 Rhinebeck, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and an advocate of the Kalief Browder Foundation.

Glenn Sanford

Glenn had important roles at Internet start-ups before launching a real estate career in 2002. In his fourth year in real estate with a major national franchisor, his team closed more than $60 million in real estate by connecting with consumers online, and Glenn was a significant contributor to the franchisor’s internet lead generation program.

Glenn believed that agents and brokers do the heavy lifting in real estate and deserve benefits of being a shareholder in their company and income based on the level of their contribution. In early 2007, Glenn launched BuyerTours Realty, LLC, a combination of web and traditional bricks-and-mortar offices. During the economic downturn in 2008, Glenn had an idea for how to save overhead costs associated with owning a brick-and-mortar brokerage and give agents the opportunity to be shareholders in their company. In October 2009, eXp Realty, LLC launched as the first cloud-based, national real estate brokerage. eXp Realty’s virtual office environment compared to the traditional real estate office allows agents to collaborate and learn together, no matter where they might be located.

In 2013, Glenn took eXp Realty’s holding company, eXp World Holdings, public and in May 2018 moved the company’s listing to the Nasdaq Stock Exchange (NASDAQ: EXPI).

Pamela Liebman

Pamela Liebman is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Corcoran Group, the country’s premier residential real estate firm.  Under Pamela’s dynamic leadership, Corcoran is the leading, most successful brokerage firm in each of the markets it serves, New York, the Hamptons and South Florida, and has achieved sales of over $21 billion annually.

Pamela began her career as a Corcoran agent.  She was quickly identified as a natural leader with an innate ability for attracting and developing talent and a sharp analytical mind with a strategic approach to growing the real estate business.  Her ability to anticipate market trends and develop strategies to swiftly capitalize on market opportunities led to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Corcoran Group in 2000.

Pamela accelerated the firm’s growth by expanding into key East Coast markets with acquisitions of top tier brokerage firms in the South Florida and Hamptons markets and with the purchase of Citi Habitats, New York City’s largest rental brokerage firm.  Under Pamela’s direction, she founded Corcoran Group Marketing, New York’s leading new development marketing firm which subsequently acquired The Sunshine Group, the nation's leading marketing agency for luxury condominium projects, to create Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.  Furthering the reach of Corcoran on an international level, Pamela established a Corcoran global presence through a strategic alliance with Monaco-based international luxury real estate firm, John Taylor.

 

Pamela successfully negotiated the partnership with Related Companies and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group to lead the marketing and sales of Related Companies Hudson Yards residential collection, part of the largest, most prestigious new real estate development project in the history of the United States.  Liebman’s significant involvement in the new development business has contributed to Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group currently having the largest pipeline of residential new development properties in the country.

The driving force in creating the firm’s leadership position, Pamela is committed to sustaining Corcoran’s continued growth through innovative marketing platforms that satisfy buyer needs as they search, sell and purchase a home and for providing Corcoran agents a comprehensive cutting-edge technology platform of advanced sales data, research, market intelligence and reporting tools to support their efforts and continued success.

Named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s New York Business for the past seven years, Pamela is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading real estate expert and is frequently tapped by leading domestic and global news organizations for her unique perspective and market expertise.   She is a frequent speaker and panelist at various business and philanthropic conferences and events.

Born in in New York City and educated at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the European Business School in London, Pamela is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Partnership for New York City, Women’s Forum of New York and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) where she serves on numerous panels and committees, including REBNY’s Executive Committee and its Board of Governors.

A long-term supporter of charitable and humanitarian organizations, Pamela is a member of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer and a founding board member of the Wipe Out Leukemia Forever Foundation.  She serves on the board of the USS Intrepid Foundation and is a supporter of the BASF Inner City Scholarship Fund.

Pamela is married to Dr. Michael Krouse and is the mother of two daughters.

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Joe McLean

Joe McLean is the Managing Partner of Intersect Capital, LLC, a wealth management firm based in San Ramon, CA. Joe and his team work with some of the world’s top athletes in the NBA, PGA, MLB and other sports leagues, as well as entrepreneurs, entertainers and HNW individuals.

Joe was a successful athlete having played basketball for the Arizona Wildcats from 1993-1997. He then went on to play basketball in Europe for several years before returning to school and entering the wealth management industry.

Intersect Capital provides high-touch wealth management services that include investment management, tax and retirement planning and estate management among other services. Joe has been profiled in The New York Times, has appeared on FOX Business and Yahoo! Finance, and has been quoted numerous times in print media discussing the intersection of life and money.

He still enjoys pick-up basketball, is an avid golfer, and most importantly, enjoys all of his free time with his wife, two daughters and his son

Sean Black

Sean is the Co-Founder & CEO of Knock, which is making it as easy to trade-in your home as it is to trade-in your car. Sean was also part of the founding team at Trulia 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. 

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Andrew Flachner

Andrew is Co-Founder and President of RealScout, a startup tackling residential real estate’s core problem: matching homebuyers and homes. Today, RealScout powers the real estate businesses of over 75,000 practitioners, and is one of the fastest growing real estate technology companies in the U.S.

As Co-Founder and President of RealScout, Andrew drives company vision, national expansion, and strong relationships with the industry. Andrew is consistently featured as one of the most influential real estate leaders (Inman News, SP200, REALTrends Game Changers) and was recently honored as Forbes 30 Under 30 and Silicon Valley Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

In 2017, Andrew launched a popular video interview series, which enables brokerage executives to relay their questions directly to industry playmakers including Zillow Director Amy Bohutinsky and the CEOs of RE/MAX, Redfin, Opendoor, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

David Marine

David is the Chief Marketing Officer for Coldwell Banker where he positively influences consumers and the brand's global network on a mass scale from his management of world-class, award-winning advertising campaigns to elevating Coldwell Banker's digital footprint each year with his creativity in regard to content and video creation which has garnered well over 100 million video views. David has led the development of the highest scoring advertisements in the real estate industry for 7 years running, according to AceMetrix.

As one whose email signature reads "Sent from the Batphone," this superhero, Star Wars and sports aficionado's interests outside of work do sometimes cross over into his professional life. Most recently, he championed an integrated brand campaign with the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, which banked over 38 million media impressions and showed the relationship between hoops and home is a slam dunk. He’s also passionate about using data to tell stories, delivering superpowers like predictive analytics and machine learning to the fingertips of the agents in the Coldwell Banker network through the revolutionary CBx Technology Suite.

Aside from transcending marketing and media into a new digital age, David is also a major influencer within the real estate industry. If David had a super power, it would be storytelling. He is the industry's top storyteller and combined with his natural ability for public speaking, he consistently delivers engaging and dynamic speeches that have earned him a top speaker designation within the real estate vertical as well as the marketing space.

David has an unparalleled talent for creating incredible content especially in the video arena and single handedly masterminded Coldwell Banker's content machine which draws millions of readers and social engagements every year.

As team leader for marketing, he is mentoring and grooming a team of digital natives who attribute their own success directly to what they have learned from him. David has had a profound impact in the real estate industry in each of his 17 years at Coldwell Banker where he has held almost every position within the marketing team.

And though his role as lead brand storyteller at Coldwell Banker is one that few others could ever fill, it is the stories shared at bedtime with his four boys that he's most proud of. At the end of the day, David goes home to Wonder Woman and his four superheroes in training, whom he's quietly grooming into Jedis.