Katie Kossev is a real estate broker, speaker, mentor, motivator and Compass Sales Manager with over eighteen years of industry experience. A native of Northern California, she moved to Texas in 1993 where she quickly adapted to her new identity as a proud Californiatexian. Her passion lies in helping others reach their full potential as successful real estate entrepreneurs while living a balanced and purposeful life. Katie has been named a 2017 Inman Innovator of the Year, 2014-2019 member of the Houston Association of Realtors Board of Directors and HRIS, former TAR Director, graduate of the Texas Real Estate Leadership Program and previous Moderator and host for Inman Connect and Luxury Connect. Katie’s number one accomplishment is her happy family, including a Tikok obsessed teenager named Remington, awe-inspiring husband named Veso, and two human-like dogs, Cali and Napoleon.
Joseph Rand is the Chief Creative Officer for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York tri-state region with almost 30 offices and over 1,000 agents, and closing over 6,000 transactions worth over $2.0 billion in volume in 2017.
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 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 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 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 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 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 is CEO of Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). He has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry, spanning real estate brokerages, mortgage lending, and technology consulting. He has served as President’s Liaison for MLS and data management with the National Association of REALTORS® and on the board of directors for NAR, Second Century Ventures, and California Regional MLS.
Sam began his career as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a recognized real estate industry writer for publications including REALTOR® Magazine, Inman News, and the Axiom Business Books Award-Winning Swanepoel Trends Report.
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 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 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.
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 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate startup founded in 1906 in San Francisco. In this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day franchise and brokerage operations supporting approximately 92,000 agents in 3,000 offices in 44 countries around the world.
He additionally serves as the president and CEO of Realogy Brokerage Group including the company-owned brokerage offices doing business as Coldwell Banker Realty. As one of the nation’s largest real estate brokerages, powered by a network of approximately 47,000 independent real estate agents operating from approximately 700 offices in more than 50 markets across the United States, Coldwell Banker Realty is the largest component of Realogy Holdings (NYSE: RLGY).
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 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 joined Realogy as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2017 after nearly 15 years of senior leadership experience at Capital One Financial Corporation. 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.
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.
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).
Guy Gal (yes, that is his real name) is a tech entrepreneur, innovator, and angel investor. Guy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Side, the only real estate brokerage that exclusively partners with top producing agents to create, grow, and power their businesses. Prior to Side, he founded three successful companies, including Kingmaker, Biz, and Kognitive. Guy is an advisor to companies like Vidyard, a YCombinator top 100 company. He also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Matrix Partners, one of the best venture capital tech funds in the world. Today, Guy is dedicated to transforming the best real estate agents into market-leading businesses. He believes that the future of real estate is local, boutique, specialized, and agent-owned.
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 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.
Ron Peltier is Executive Chairman of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
Ron began his career in 1977 after joining Edina Realty and advanced to become its president and chief executive officer in 1992. In 1998, Edina Realty was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and in 2008, Ron was appointed chairman of HomeServices of America.
With his insight and experience in virtually all aspects of the residential real estate industry, Ron helped build HomeServices into a national presence, expanding the company to becoming the nation’s premier provider of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services.
A promoter of goodwill and innovation in the real estate community, Peltier has been widely recognized within the real estate and local business community. In 2004, he was honored with RISMedia's first annual Homeownership Person of the Year award and ranked first on REALTOR® Magazine's list of the real estate industry's top 25 most influential people. He is a founder and member of the Realty Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors for National Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. He has ranked in Inman’s Top 100 list every year since 2009 and was named the Most Powerful Person in Real Estate in the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list.
A native of St. Paul, Peltier earned his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s in business from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. In 2010, St. Thomas honored Peltier with its Distinguished Alumnus award, recognizing his leadership and service to the university, the community and the real estate industry. In 2013, Ron was inaugurated into the MN Business Hall of Fame.
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 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.
Award-winning journalist and publisher. entrepreneur, leader of many successful companies, innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.
He is founder and owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation. His Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring tens of thousands of thought leaders together each year to share best practices and promote innovation. Countless new products and companies – and successful real estate professionals – have been launched as a result of Inman events.
In 1999, Inman founded HomeGain.com, an early provider of online marketing programs that connect agents with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain was sold to Classified Ventures in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform that was later sold to McMillim publisher. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. He has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a father, a husband, a grandfather and an all around rebel rouser.
Mike is a global real estate tech strategist, and a scholar-in-residence at the University of Colorado Boulder. He's a former tech entrepreneur, CEO, strategy director, and head of corporate development with broad expertise in online real estate tech, and a passion for growing new businesses.
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.
Senior sales and operational executive skilled in strategic leadership, culture building, business planning, sales, marketing, acquisitions, operations, recruiting, and team building. An entrepreneur at heart, his pragmatic and street fighter style drives low cost/high yield creative solutions to drive the bottom line. With 25+ years real estate management and executive experience, he delivers a proven track record of improving ROI, sales revenue, operational efficiency and achieving company growth through strategic analysis, planning, and execution.
Joe is a Managing Principal for Gensler’s Northeast and Latin America Regions, with offices in: New York; Morristown; Boston; Toronto; San José, Costa Rica, São Paulo, Mexico City, and Bogota consisting of over 1,300 professionals. He is Co-Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, for which he sits on the Executive & Governance Committee and the Global Practice Committee.
With vision and focus, Joe has led Gensler into new markets, providing leadership to the architecture, urban planning and design studios. He provides thought leadership and regularly speaks on topics such as the impact of driverless cars and ride-sharing on urban planning and development, shaping the future of cities, experience-driven design, and the urbanization of suburbia. Joe is also active in talent development and mentoring, having shaped Gensler’s gConnect program, which focuses on professional development for next-generation leaders in the firm. Engaged in professional outreach, he is an active member of AIA, NAIOP, ULI, Urban Design Forum, and CoreNet Global. He is a registered architect in 23 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Joe holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Maryland.
Sarah Kirsch Richardson has become one of the preeminent leaders of residential real estate in the Phoenix-valley. As Founder and CEO of the rapidly growing brokerage Tru Realty, she is responsible for the multiple growth avenues the company is pursuing. Sarah began Tru Realty in 2010 to take advantage of an unexploited change in the Arizona marketplace, the shift from auction-centric to MLS-centric fix/flip deal flow. Sarah also delivers to traditional Buyers and Sellers and has implemented a proprietary training curriculum for agents directly out of real estate school. Operationally Sarah has fully integrated and transformed Tru Realty digitally and provides full service marketing solutions to her agents at a fraction of the cost of a traditional brokerage model.
Courtney J.E. Poulos is the broker/owner of ACME Real Estate, a design-savvy boutique brokerage focusing on brand marketing and real estate sales. She is a member of Forbes Real Estate Council, a repeat panelist at Inman Connect and Awesome Females in Real Estate, and is a panelist and emcee for the California Association of Realtors WomanUp!® Initiative. She recently was the host of FYI Network's "My City's Just Not That Into Me," where she played real estate matchmaker with buyers and sellers nationwide. She has been selling real estate since 2005.
Courtney’s stated mission is to help women achieve financial independence through real estate investment. Her latest book, Break Up! With Your Rental: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth through Real Estate, will be available nationwide in November 2018.
Courtney hails from the East Coast, graduated from University of Maryland at College Park's esteemed Phillip Merrill College of Journalism with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations, and spent 9 years working in arts and entertainment public relations prior to entering real estate.
Leslie Appleton-Young is Senior 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. She served on the State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors and in 2017 was recognized as a Woman of Influence by HousingWire, a prestigious honor to highachieving women across the U.S. housing economy. Leslie is also cofounder along with C.A.R. Vice President Sara Sutachan of WomanUp!®, the national initiative to support woman in brokerage.
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 200,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.
Real estate is in Katie’s blood. She's a second generation REALTOR and comes to TRIBUS after working for a prominent custom home builder in metro Atlanta, GA. While selling homes, she realized she had a passion for helping agents establish a meaningful web presence and a build CRM that worked. Since then, she's become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and graduated from a UX program, all while staying grounded in real estate technology. Her background in the industry and her training in psychology have paved the way for her current user experience focused role, where she leads the product team at TRIBUS.
Known as a dis in real estate, Daniel Beer is the founder of Agent Academy and CEO of Beer Home Team powered by eXp Realty. Dan's trademarked 5 Day Blitz™ home selling process helped produce 222 homes sold and over $164 million in sales in 2017 alone. Beer Home Team is ranked as one of the Top 150 Teams in the nation per The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends. While at Keller Williams Dan and his team were the #1 real estate team in Southern California. Other recent awards include the 831st fastest-growing private company in America across all industries by Inc. 5000. Agent Academy is now the platform he uses to teach others how to duplicate his success and build a strong profitable real estate business.
Known as one of the top real estate professionals at Sotheby’s International Realty, Jeremy Stein is a co-founder of The Stein Team which continually ranks within the top 1% of Sotheby’s International Realty brokers nationwide and consistently sells in excess of $100,000,000 annually.
Throughout his career, Jeremy and his team have been repeatedly recognized as the #1 Producing Sales Team for Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. in New York City, a Top 5 Sales Team companywide and a Top 75 Team in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. They have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, The New York Post and Avenue Magazine.
Jeremy, one of only two agents in New York City, is a member of the Market Leaders initiative which is comprised of Sotheby’s International Real Estate’s finest professionals in every key market around the country. Currently spanning over 30 markets, this partnership allows for unprecedented access to real estate resources worldwide.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Jeremy has a familiarity with New York that gives him a rare understanding of the City’s real estate. After graduating from the Collegiate School and then Harvard University, he attended Yale University, earning a Master’s in Design. Jeremy’s prior work as a designer and filmmaker has helped shape his understanding of architecture and design, which he applies to every transaction.
Jeremy is a member of The Real Estate Board of NY, and he and his wife are longstanding residents of SoHo and TriBeCa, along with their six-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
McClelland was a top Realtor before starting a small independent firm in Atlanta after his first year in the business. He grew the firm to 23 offices with 1,100 agent before selling the company at the end of 2007. McClelland joined Metro Brokers in April of 2008 as the Director of Strategic Growth. After successfully rolling in over 30 companies. McClelland was named Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and Vice President in 2018. Today he drives vision and strategic direction of the company, focused on efficiencies in technology, operational wins and a fact driven business approach. McClelland is an Inman News contributor, named one of 5 RisMedia 2019 Influencer, board member for HomeSnap and the Broker Public Portal. He also serves as an investor and advisor to the technology company Brytecore, OpCity, MailControl, MoveGuru, MyPlanit, Konverse, BuySide, Zavvie and others.
In his role as Chief Marketing Officer for eXp World Holdings, Mitch is responsible for eXp Realty marketing and communications, while also focusing on other initiatives of eXp World Holdings, including affiliated services, international expansion and VirBELA. Robinson was an early employee at Expedia before joining the online real estate marketplace Zillow. As the leader of Zillow’s trade marketing team, Mitch spearheaded marketing initiatives working with real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, rental professionals, and builders. In this role, he blended technology innovation with a deep appreciation for the ways in which agents can be successful in an industry ripe for disruption.
Ted manages eXp World Holdings affiliated services programs, including eXp Preferred Partners and its iBuyer platform, Express Offers.
He has been in the real estate industry for more than 25 years. Ted launched a real estate brokerage and successfully grew it into the top 1% in the nation; took over a failing franchise region and was second in growth his first year in the position; and developed a concept for a new franchise model and took it from conception to a national franchise system in four years.
Ted has a bachelor's in Business Administration from Bradley University, a master's with a dual emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Execution & Valuation from DePaul University, and a certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University.
Jerry Holden is the chief executive ofﬁcer and co-owner of THA brands. A former professional baseball player and graduate of The Ohio State University. Jerry has built a reputation of success in several industries over the past ﬁfteen years, including the number one real estate brokerage in North Central Ohio in just six short years! Through THA Brands, Holden has introduced a new, dynamic approach to services and Ohio markets by providing seamless, comprehensive operations for the beneﬁt of the consumer. The ﬁrst company of its kind, THA Brands encompasses multi-service real estate including THA Capital, THA Mortgage, and THA Title Services all within one company. Holden has been recognized by the National Association of Realtors, is a frequent speaker at Inman News, and a contributor to RIS Media for his unique approach to service. He attributes the success of his company to allowing team members to focus on being students of their industry and keeping four key principles: innovation, integrity, vision, and partnership
Amie is a licensed real estate agent, in both California and Nevada, with Tahoe Luxury Properties, an independent Lake Tahoe brokerage that offers both vacation rentals and real estate sales. In 2012, Amie transitioned from the vacation rental department to real estate sales, discovering her passion for connecting, negotiating, and helping others achieve their goals. Since 2014, Amie has sold over $57 million in residential real estate, earning her spot as an esteemed agent in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Thanks to her exceptionally loyal clientele, personal referrals and repeat business have formed the foundation of Amie’s career.
Born in San Francisco and raised in the nearby coastal community of Paciﬁca, Amie has always called California home. Growing up just a few miles from Silicon Valley, Amie has harnessed her Bay Area connections and successfully used this network to successfully market her listings in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Amie views her profession as an educational role— to ensure her clients, both buyers and sellers, understand Tahoe's unique and dynamic market before being in a position to make a decision.
Philanthropy is close to Amie’s heart. If she isn’t in the ofﬁce, you can ﬁnd her giving back to the community. Amie’s resume reﬂects her many volunteer efforts, including being an active board member for The Harold Robinson Foundation, an active board member for her local board of realtors, a contributing writer for The Moonshine Ink local publication, speaking at local events, spearheading the ADU Pathway Program, and hosting free seminars for ﬁrst time local home buyers.
Amie lives in Kings Beach, on Lake Tahoe, with her partner, Steve, his young daughter, and their rescue dog, Mowgli. Her thirst for adventure and love of the outdoors keep her constantly exploring, both near and far. In her free time, Amie enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, camping, sailing, and traveling.
Client-focused service, brilliant and innovative marketing strategies, scrupulous business practices and record-breaking, luxury sales have propelled Habibi Advisory Team to become one of the most recognized real estate companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sought after by high-end, discerning clientele and major developers alike, Habibi Advisory Team specializes in opulent resale properties, ground up developments, and conversions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, and Hawaii.
With a background in finance and wealth management, Roh is able to leverage his knowledge of tax and estate planning to expertly guide his clients through the real estate investment process and safeguarding their wealth.
Renowned locally and globally, the multi-cultural and multi-lingual Habibi Group possesses a unique knowledge of foreign markets. With fluency in English, Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Spanish, Habibi Advisory Team specializes in working with Venture Capitalists, Founders of companies, foreign investors, developers and also clients unfamiliar with the SF Bay Area landscape to provide a streamlined process from fruition to completion.
This coupled with unparalleled expertise and impressive attention and dedication to each of his clients’ unique needs have made Roh Habibi an industry leader who sets the standard for results-driven real estate. As a result of his impressive accomplishments, Roh was cast as the star of the #1 Real Estate television show in the world, Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, which airs on Bravo TV and is viewed by 20 million people in 100 countries. Frequently spotlighted as an industry expert and authority on prestigious media outlets, Roh has been a contributor for: the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, Inman News, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Fortune, Architectural Digest, and others. Roh utilizes his wealth of resources, connections and knowledge to provide the best exposure and positioning for all of his clients
Mark is co-founder, partner, CTO of Climb Real Estate and helped lead Climb to being one of the top residential real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark has led the business strategy and development of CLIMB since its inception in 2007 first as a sales group and later as an independent brokerage in 2010. Today, CLIMB is among the top real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally recognized as an innovative real estate brokerage brand. Mark helps manage the strategic vision and direction of Climb and is leading CLIMB | LABS, the company’s innovation arm. He was co-chair of SFAR's MLS and Technology Committee and continues to contribute to the long-term strategic vision of San Francisco's MLS. Mark also serves as an advisor to Sindeo, Zillow and Trulia and an angel investor and advisor in various technology companies.
In addition to his many responsibilities as CEO, Chris serves as the defacto Chief Motivational Officer to actively cultivate the spirit in which the company was founded upon. No stranger to intricacies of the industry, his 25 plus years experience grace him with a unique vantage point that keeps him abreast of the trends to strategically position Sereno Group as the premier hyperlocal regional real estate company. Chris often attends high-end listing presentations to keep his work as lead recruiter relevant and maintain his finger on the pulse of this unique region. In addition, he oversees outside partnership opportunities and investor relations. As a thought leader, Chris understands the power of giving back to the community and actively participates in the company’s 1% For Good program which has donated over $2.7 million since its inception. In 2004, Chris stepped in as the youngest national president to serve at Coldwell Banker/NRT. Overseeing 17 offices in Silicon Valley and over 1400 Realtors, his team was responsible for $8 billion in annual sales and over $250 million in annual gross revenues. He resigned from his position at Coldwell Banker in 2006 to fulfill his dream and vision to create Sereno Group. Chris attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the Wharton School of Business CEO Leadership program. He is a member of Los Gatos Rotary and serves on Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s President’s Council of Advisors.
Bonneau Ansley is an Atlanta entrepreneur and one of the top-selling real estate agents in Georgia. He has built, developed and sold property throughout Georgia and South Carolina over his career spanning 20 years. In December 2015 Bonneau launched his eponymous brokerage, Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, to offer his clients, team and Atlanta a locally owned, more personal, relationship focused real estate experience supported by leading-edge technology.
Surrounded by a group of industry experts, Bonneau engineers an experience for his clients that delivers the results they want. This level of performance has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, naming him one of the top real estate agents in the country. Under Bonneau’s leadership, Ansley Atlanta has also earned numerous accolades, including being named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s Bulldog 100 for the past eight years in recognition of being one of the fastest growing alumni owned and operated companies. In 2019, the company was honored to receive the Georgia Fast 40 award for being Georgia’s 8th fastest growing middle-market company in the $20-$50M category.
As a fifth generation Atlantan, Bonneau’s resources are invaluable and provide a matchless network of colleagues, friends, developers, equity partners, clients and more. As a business owner who is in the market every single day, Bonneau understands the current conditions and the context surrounding the data. This skill is beneficial not only to both home buyers and sellers but to developers looking to position a new project in the marketplace. Bonneau’s clients give him high praise for creative marketing, availability, communication and getting the sale to the closing table.
Bonneau and his wife Jen live in Buckhead with their two children, Blakely and Beau and two dogs. Members of Passion City Church, the family is very involved in the community and loves traveling together, especially to Sea Island, Georgia. Bonneau is a proud member of the Atlanta chapter of YPO, board member of the Georgia State Golf Association Foundation and is an active alumnus with his high school alma mater, Woodberry Forest School in Virginia.
Bonneau and Ansley Atlanta Real Estate are honored to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with proceeds of home sales being donated to their local hospitals. This giving is a process that helps our communities and gives Bonneau an opportunity to contribute significantly to a community partner with aligned values. To date, the company has donated over $175,000 to CHOA.
- $150 Million+ annual personal sales for the past 4 years
- One of the top selling agents in Georgia for the past decade
- Youngest agent in Georgia to reach $1 billion in career sales
- #1 Agent in metro Atlanta for sales of homes over $2 million for the last decade
- Named 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Buckhead Business Association
- Recipient, Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top Team in the United States
- Recognized as the #1 Agent in Georgia by Christie’s International Real Estate
- Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate “Outstanding Rookie” award 2013
Sarita Dua is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been selling real estate for fourteen years after fourteen previous years in high tech sales and marketing. She manages a small but powerful team of buyers agents and administrative coordinators that is focused on big results. She has an innovative approach to selling real estate that is strong with buyers, works her database for referrals, and is a unique combination of high tech and high touch. This year, Dua was named the exclusive listing broker for the Ritz Carlton Residences coming to Portland, Oregon (estimated completion in early 2023). In addition to this, she is an industry speaker, trainer, and coach.
When she is not working, Dua enjoys photography, spending time with her family, is an avid traveller, and loves NBA Basketball.
Dua holds an BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, an MBA from Boston University, and is currently completing an Executive MBA at MIT (graduating May 2020).
Thomas (@thomasheimann) is the Founder and CEO of Realty Partners.
He is a successful serial entrepreneur with 15+ years’ experience in the Real Estate and Title Insurance industries, in each of which he pioneered new business models. Prior to entering the real estate industry, he founded the world’s first web hosting and e-commerce provider which he merged in 1998 with Sage/Interliant (INIT). In 2000 he co-founded iDigi Communications, the first Internet Incubator in the SE United States, where he gave birth to a number of successful ventures including iDigi Wireless, the precursor to xGTechnology (XGTI).
Thomas launched Realty Partners in 2015 as the first truly agent-owned real estate company. The majority of the company is owned by Realty Partners’ agents and associates. Realty Partners’ Mission is to “Empower real estate agents to be true business owners by maximizing their income potential and providing residual income, retirement and exit strategies.”
Realty Partners is currently doing business throughout the State of Florida with plans to expand nationally beginning in Q1 of 2020.
Kelsey McGaughey learned grit at a young age, overcoming unexpected tragedies and life obstacles. She’s taken tragedy and turned it into a triumph. After finding the right team at The PR Group, McGaughey has excelled in real estate, crushing her volume goals by 300percent. McGaughey has a big heart, the way she handles each transaction shows it. She has worked her way through her real estate career, achieving many awards such as, 20 under 40 for HAR YPNS Rising stars in real estate, Rookie of the year at her former brokerage in 2018, 3rd highest producing agent at her former brokerage, 2018 and was one of the 50 finalists for NAR 30 under 30. Giving back is a major key in her life. She’s involved in the YPN Advisory group, a TREPAC major investor, and RPM, where she fosters dogs, as well as giving back to her local Recovery community.
As Chief Technology Officer for MRED, Chris Haran is responsible for driving the strategic vision of a leading MLS organization through technology, and bringing together people, ideas, and resources to be innovators.
Prior to taking on the CTO role, Haran worked his way up through various levels of the marketing and operations departments on the real estate brokerage side of the industry. In supporting agents in their quest to adopt new technologies, Haran learned how to break down disruptive concepts into why they mattered to future business and helped to overcome the fear of the new.
Haran earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005. His most watched shows include random videos of other families, Nerf wars, and toy unboxings on YouTube. Yes, he and his wife have a toddler.
A. Bradley Nelson serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Sotheby’s International Realty®, where he supports the brand's affiliated agents and companies by developing and delivering industry-leading marketing, product and technology offerings. Nelson is also responsible for managing the relationship between Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s auction house, which provides sellers privileged access to the qualified clients of Sotheby’s through a global marketing partnership.
Previously, Nelson was Senior Vice President of Marketing for the firm’s company-owned brokerage for five years, where he led an internal marketing agency comprised of 50 specialists that supported more than 2,000 agents in 12 US markets.
He was previously Head of Marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates in Washington, DC, Miami, FL and Naples, FL. Nelson began his career with marketing roles in the real estate development industry at Baldwin Park Development Co. and East West Partners.
Nelson attended the College of Business at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., where he concentrated in marketing and international business. In the media, he has commented on luxury real estate marketing trends to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Forbes and has appeared on CNBC.
As the Head of Marketing at OJO Labs, Christine Jacobson’s deep knowledge and experience in the real estate industry, paired with a passion for building brands from the ground up, has enabled her to effectively communicate OJO’s vision and mission to hundreds of thousands of real estate agents and countless consumers nationwide. After completing a BA in Communications from the University of San Diego, Christine moved to San Francisco and launched her career in real estate. Building a successful business for herself resulted from early adoption of new marketing and technology processes and creating differentiated value for her clients. Her ability to execute efficiently to create better experiences for home buyers and sellers led to her joining the executive team at Pacific Union International. During this leadership role, Christine discovered a deeper connection to helping build the company’s brand value and services while working on special marketing and technology initiatives. Following her position at Pacific Union International, Christine served as Vice President of Marketing at Realty World Northern California in 2011. Christine and the leadership at RWNC developed new technologies, systems and models to advance the franchise and agent business with a fresh vision. Seeing first-hand at RWNC the impact of thinking differently, Christine and her business partners created the first new real estate franchise brand in the U.S. in decades. In 2014, they launched NextHome Real Estate, a consumer-centric brand focused on providing a consistent experience from start to finish. In her role as co-founder and VP of Marketing, Christine lead the foundation for attracting the company’s multiple audiences including franchisees, agents and consumers. NextHome has grown to over 400 offices across the U.S. in four years becoming one of the fastest growing franchises in the Country.
Equipped with a sharp perspective on the real estate industry, building and executing B2C, B2B and B2B2C marketing and technology, Christine joined OJO Labs in 2017. Her passion was aligned with the team’s mission to develop and operationalize new products and experiences that would have a positive impact on people’s lives. As the Head of Marketing, Christine’s fresh approach and creative execution has enabled her to lead the OJO brand through the fast growth and continuing market expansion. Christine’s dedication toward having a positive impact on the industry is also embodied in her extensive time spent holding volunteer leadership roles at the local, state and national real estate associations. As one of the youngest female leaders in organized real estate, Christine is a past president of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS (SFAR), past executive committee member of the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) and a long-time board member of SFAR, CAR and the National Association of REALTORS. Christine has a passion for supporting women focused programs bringing gender equality, support and exposure to women in business. When she is taking a break from creative focuses, she is active in her other passions for travel, food and wine, an active lifestyle, reading and spending quality time with friends, family and the community.
Chris Finnegan is vice president of marketing and communications, at Bright
MLS, the nation's leading multiple listing service and the data engine for
the residential real estate industries of six Mid-Atlantic states and the
District of Columbia. In this role, he oversees all external and internal
messaging and positioning for the organization.
Prior to joining Bright, Finnegan spent a decade in the media industry at
Discovery, Inc., where he served as communications lead for multiple cable
networks and business units across the company's portfolio. Most recently,
Finnegan was senior vice president of communications for top-20 network
Animal Planet, and Velocity, one of cable's fastest growing networks. As
senior vice president of communications, Finnegan set and implemented
overall communications strategy; including all external positioning, brand
messaging, senior counsel, program publicity, internal communications,
talent/executive visibility, trade/industry outreach, crisis management,
message training, partner management, and multi-platform campaigns. He also
liaised closely with key internal parties including Discovery's corporate,
international, advertising sales, and distribution groups. Prior to his
role at Animal Planet and Velocity, Finnegan led communications for the
Science Channel, Discovery Health, Planet Green, Discovery Kids, and FitTV
cable networks, as well as the Discovery Studios internal production group.
Finnegan came to Discovery from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public
relations agency, where he served as vice president in the healthcare
practice of its Washington, D.C. office. Previously, Finnegan worked in the
San Francisco office of the worldwide public relations agency, Ketchum, as a
senior account executive.
Brian Donnellan is the President & CEO Bright MLS, the Mid-Atlantic multiple
listing service that spans 40,000 square miles throughout Delaware,
Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
and West Virginia. Bright MLS serves approximately 95,000 real estate
professionals who in turn serve more than 20 million consumers. Brian is a
15-year real estate industry veteran with extensive strategic management
experience, including his time as COO for MRIS. As President & CEO, Brian
provides operational leadership for Bright's technology, product, customer
support, financial, marketing and human resources organizations.
Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate
Standards Organization (RESO). He holds a BS in Accounting and Information
Systems from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Strategic Management
and Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Chris serves as the Director of Operations at The Figueroa Team with over a decade of experience in leadership, growth, and production management in multiple industries. His strength lies in leveraging his technical background in order to provide detailed analysis and identify ways to streamline business operations to better serve clients, as well as increase the scale of business. Chris has extensive experience in web development, project management, IT infrastructures, CRM administration, sales, customer service, and the legal field. His cornerstone is developing strong relationships with the colleagues and clients through honesty and care. He is a firm believer in fitness and healthy living, but also has a knack for being quite the foodie. You’ll often find him at the best local eateries searching for the next new delicious dish. One of his greatest joys in life is helping others discover and experience new foods. Chris takes pride in helping others whether it’s his colleagues, clients buying or selling homes, or friends looking for the best place to get a bite to eat.
As a native New Yorker, Allison (Alli) has been honing her passion for New York City real estate since birth. With a real estate attorney and a real estate investor/manager for parents, Alli has real estate in her blood.
Alli attended The Spence School from Kindergarten through 12th grade, followed by the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. in Communications. Upon graduating from college, she joined CB Richard Ellis, a premier global full-services real estate company, as a member of their Investment Properties team. Alli played a role in over $10 billion in commercial real estate transactions, including the sale of Stuyvesant Town, the largest real estate sale in US history. She then returned to school for her MBA at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, followed by a successful career in fashion, culminating with her role as the Senior Women’s Designer Buyer for Barneys New York.
After training on a top team at Brown Harris Stevens, Alli joined Warburg Realty and started her independent business. Since joining Warburg, Alli has been recognized as a rising star by both Real Estate Weekly and Crains New York and become a top-producing broker at the firm. Widely respected by her colleagues, Alli brings an enhanced understanding of luxury marketing, design aesthetics, negotiation strategy, and best-in-class customer service. After buying, selling and renovating multiple properties personally, including her Manhattan House Condominium and prewar Coop, Alli has an even greater understanding and appreciation for New York City real estate, the renovation process and a heightened eye for what constitutes a savvy investment. Alli’s expertise has been featured in the New York Times, City Realty, House Method, Forbes, Haute Residence and Apartment Therapy.
Please visit www.allisonchiaramonte.com for an inside look at new listings, exciting events, and all things in Alli’s real estate world.
With over $500M in sales in 10 years, Matthew Slosar possesses a deep understanding of New York City's complex and competitive real estate market. Prior to joining The Corcoran Group in 2019, Matthew was consistently ranked among the top 1% of brokers at Douglas Elliman and earned The Douglas Elliman Pinnacle Award for over $1,000,000 in commissions annually. Matthew has brokered deals in some of the most notable condos and co-op across the city and was ranked the #1 broker at Douglas Elliman in April 2019 with over $22M in sales just that month. Matthew is specifically known for his innate perseverance, respect for his clients' needs and discretion, and direct yet approachable communication style. This has led him to successfully assist numerous high net worth families and A-list Hollywood celebrities, while at the same time working just as hard for first-time home buyers. A testament to his success, The Real Deal named Matthew 'Broker of the Week' twice in the past year. Matthew is originally from Grand Blanc, MI, and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University. He has lived in Michigan, Miami, Mexico City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York (since 2005). When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with family (his husband and son, both named Byron), traveling the globe and spoiling their yellow lab, Rose.
Luciane Serifovic is a luxury real estate powerhouse, investor, thought leader and CEO & founder of Luxian International Realty.
Luxian is the first luxury virtual real estate brokerage utilizing blockchain technology and accepting crypto currency. She brings a “have it all” philosophy to her clients and agents which means securing the homes or investments of their dreams, enjoying their friends and families, and having healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
That’s why Luciane founded Luxian – to address the need for remarkable and luxurious real estate experiences for high net worth sports and entertainment clients. Her mission is opening the door to the world’s most prized gems – luxury real estate, elite buyers and exclusive investments anywhere in the world.
Seventeen years ago, Luciane walked into a real estate office in Manhattan and convinced the manager to give “a young woman from Brazil who spoke little English and knew little about New York City,” a chance. Since then and for the past 17 years, managed the sales of thousands of transactions, multi-millions of dollars of high-end New York real estate, secured properties and investments for clients in nearly all regions of the world, coached hundreds of agents, built the most successful real estate offices in the nation and appeared in many speaking and media engagements.
In addition to being a champion fitness model, Luciane authored the book “Handle It: Get it Together and Finally Have it All.” The book is an inspirational immigrant story with a view of how women can succeed at work and home while using obstacles as life lessons to achieve their dreams. Proceeds from the book will be donated towards a variety of causes that help break the cycle of poverty for children.
Ramin Habibi is part of one of the most recognized and successful real estate teams not only in New York City but in the Nation, The Robby Browne Team.
-Ranked #25 by sales volume in 2019 Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends Top 1,000 Agents Nationwide
-Top ranked Team at Corcoran 8 out of 12 months in 2018
-2018 Corcoran President’s Council
-The Corcoran Group Multi-Million Dollar Club (annual sales in excess of $200M) every year from 2004-2018
-Ranked in Top 5 Producing Teams at The Corcoran Group every year from 2004 to 2018
Ramin comes from a top producing real estate family that practices in San Francisco, Orange County, and New York. As a NYU alumnus and world traveler, Ramin has a well-developed respect and understanding for diverse cultures and traditions. He keeps his worldwide network informed using his extensive knowledge of the New York City market and is motivated daily by the happiness of his clients.
Jeff Turner specializes in helping technology startups understand and navigate the complexities of the North American real estate market. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics at the intersection of technology trends and human behavior.
As founder & CEO, Jeff led the digital media firm, J.J. Grace, onto Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies. He has served as a Founder, President, or CEO of multiple real estate technology companies, including Australia-based RealSatisfied, acquired by Placester in 2016, and Immoviewer, a world leader in virtual tours founded in Potsdam, Germany.
Currently, Jeff is Entrepreneur In Residence at Second Century Ventures, is launching a new Real Estate Association Management platform called Tangilla, leads strategy for immoviewer & DocuSketch™, and is an advisor to multiple real estate technology startups.
Over the course of four decades, Arthur Browne rose from copyboy at the New York Daily News in the age of typewriters to Editor-in-Chief and Publisher in the era of digital disruption.
Between, his positions included reporter, chief investigative reporter, City Hall bureau chief, city editor, metropolitan editor, assisting managing editor/politics, managing editor/news, senior managing editor and editorial page editor.
In that last capacity, Browne led a team that won the 2007 editorial writing Pulitzer Prize for a series that for the first time documented the epidemic of grave illnesses afflicting 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.
Throughout his Daily News tenure, Browne participated in or supervised coverage of most of New York's biggest stories. From the Son of Sam to Roy Cohn, from Abe Beame to Bill de Blasio, from the depths of urban despair to neighborhoods on the rise, he played a key role in guiding how The News wrote the city's modern history.
Browne left the paper from 2001 to 2003 to join Bloomberg News, where he served both as editor for global enterprise and as a senior editor on the team that supervised Bloomberg's "Top" screen, the equivalent of its front page. His responsibilities included directing Bloomberg's coverage of the Enron scandal.
Browne joined Newsday as Island Divided Project Editor after resigning from the Daily News at the close of 2017.
Olivia Winslow has been a reporter at Newsday for 26 years and currently covers demographic trends on Long Island, which involves analyzing census data for insight into how Long Island’s population is changing. During her tenure at Newsday, she has covered crime, the courts and town government. Winslow is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in print journalism, and a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she obtained a master’s degree in journalism. Before joining Newsday, she worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va., for seven years, where she covered social services and mental health issues, and was part of a team of reporters who covered the General Assembly, the state’s legislature. She began her professional journalism career, after graduating from Temple, at the Danbury News-Times in Danbury, Conn. She’s also a music lover—a favorite venue is Jazz at Lincoln Center -- and church singer.
Keith Herbert has been at Newsday since 2007. He has been a member of the paper’s investigations team since 2013. Previously he has covered transportation at the paper. Other assignments at Newsday have included covering the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Keith was a member of the Newsday team that won the New York Press Club’s 2019 Gold Keyboard Award, the competition’s highest, for “Pathway to Power,” an investigation into the rise of political power broker Gary Melius.
He was a key member of the “Long Island Divided” team.
Before coming to Newsday, Herbert was a court reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer and a general assignment reporter with the Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.
He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
He a former president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and currently vice president of the Press Club of Long Island.
Keith was recently named deputy editor for Long Island.
Nicole Lopez is the Team Lead and Founder of True Houston. Her team deploys savvy marketing techniques to capture and maximize their market share and bring unbeatable exposure for their clientele’s properties. With over 30 cumulative years in the Houston Real Estate market and over 100 Million in total sales, they have the experience to handle the most delicate transactions. From residential home sales in the suburbs, to luxury estates in town, to ranch property in our neighboring counties, our team is well versed in all areas. Our team holds the most HAR YPN 20 Under 40 Award Winners of any team in Houston and are invested (both with time and finances) in protecting private property rights for our consumers.
Nicole is a NAR 30 Under 30 Finalist, a winner for the Houston Association of Realtors 20 Under 40 and RIS Media Newsmaker. Nicole serves her association currently as the Past Chair position for the Young Professionals Network within HAR, is an advisory member for the YPN and TREPAC committees, and is a Director for the Texas Association of Realtors. When at home, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Heath, her three kids, Luke, Noah, and Alyssa, and their dogs, Moose & Milo.
Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004, and became its executive director in the Spring of 2008. Under his leadership, the organization has registered over 600,000 voters, forged alliances with hundreds of musicians and entertainers, and produced dozens of highly-successful events and initiatives.
He has been a featured speaker at the South by Southwest music conference, and appeared as an expert commentator on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and several other television networks. He also oversaw production of public service announcements starring Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, members of the Grateful Dead and the boy band Brockhampton, the most recent of which was distributed by the Ad Council.
Andy was the architect tbehind “The Bridge Session,” a 2012 concert and webcast that brought together The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir of with members of The National for the first time -- later, they recorded an album together.
Prior to creating HeadCount, Andy was best known in the music community as an author of "The Pharmer's Almanac", a guide to the band Phish that sold over 70,000 copies. He also worked in sports for over a decade, serving as media editor of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. and later as Vice President of U.S. Corporate Development at the technology company Kangaroo TV,
A 1994 graduate of Brown University, Bernstein resides in a slopeside condominium at the Mountain Creek ski resort, not far from New York City. His pastime is posting harrowing GoPro videos of his skii adventures on social media.
Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood. She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united Wolfpacks of all time.
Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. (She missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg.) Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has long been a key to the USA’s success.
Abby is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. An activist for equality and inclusion, Abby is the author of the New York Times bestseller Forward: A Memoir, and her second book, New York Times Best Seller WOLFPACK, was released April 2019. She is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, which is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond through her champion mindset, individualized coaching, and team-bound focus.
Sara is an award-winning Real Estate maven who has sold well over half a billion dollars (and counting!) in luxury Real Estate during her career.
As CEO of The Costa Group, with teams in the San Francisco Bay Area & Nashville, Tennessee, she has Agent & Broker partners nationally and globally; and is therefore able to successfully serve her clients’ needs for all things Real Estate. Sara has a passion for real estate and loves sharing that passion for others. In addition to providing exceptional white-glove service to her clients, Sara also serves as a mentor for new and aspiring agents in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Nashville, Tennessee.
Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, Sara had no idea that someday she would be representing jet-setting billionaire tech moguls in not only her beloved home region, but around the globe, on home purchases as high as $20M. Her dedication to her clients, combined with her sales record has earned her the honor of being named one of the ‘Leading 100’ agents by the Luxury Marketing Council.
At the ripe age of 24, Sara began her team and quickly became a mogul in the industry herself with her infinite zest for life & her “go big or go home”, which comes from her tenure as a former NCAA Division 1 athlete & marathon runner. Aside from that Sara also: became fluent in German in just a matter of months when she went to Germany to play professional basketball, hiked Half Dome in Yosemite in one day, birthed her baby at home with a midwife & no pain meds (while writing emails to clients in between contractions), and recently completed her first full marathon. Sara is hard core, through & through. And her smile & kindness are second to none.
Her background & degree in Psychology, and experience in working as a suicide & crisis hotline counselor, makes her well-equipped to lead her team and her clients through personal and professional transitions that all relate to “coming home”.
Sara is now launching a podcast, is in the process of writing her first book and also a children’s book, and has visions of a future screenplay/film. She also aspires to open retreat centers in California and Tennessee. All with the purpose of helping people come home to themselves internally, so that their external world and sense of “home” can align accordingly.
Sara’s secret is that there are no secrets: Gratitude, faith and loads of self-work are how she created a dreamy life full of balance, space, joy, inner peace & abundance. Sara now resides part time in the SF Bay Area & part time in Nashville, TN. She is living the life of her dreams and loves helping fellow Real Estate Professionals and entrepreneurs do the same.
Kim is the Co-Founder and CEO of Coeo (pronounced co-ee-oh). Coeo is a technology platform for all move-in-ready workspace. The software enables users the ability to find, share, schedule a tour, or book space in seconds. Coeo uses a custom match scoring algorithm to join users with space by matching the amenities they desire with available spaces in the areas they select. Kim has 22+ years of experience in Commercial Real Estate representing businesses in over 120 U.S. markets. As a LEED AP and Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Kim spends a lot of time in the technology sector representing robotics, AI, big data, machine learning, switch/data centers, SCIF locations, build to suits, laboratories, office, retail, land, distribution, manufacturing and industrial portfolios for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Kim is a broker of record in the State of Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia and has represented such firms as American Express Financial Services Group, Innovation Works, Netronome, The New York Times Magazine Group, Fidelity National, Allegheny Technologies, Inc., Aptiv, Dell, Oracle Corporation, Concurrent Technologies Corporation,Wells Fargo, Michael Baker Corporation, Skyword, MassMutual, AlphaLab and FedEx Ground to name a few.
Kim serves on the Community Advisory Board for Renewal, Inc and is currently serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Exis. She was recently a speaker for the Women in Economic Development Conference and volunteers at the Carnegie Mellon University Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to mentor entrepreneurs in the Commercial Real Estate and Technology industries.
Tushar Garg is the co-founder and CEO of Flyhomes, a proptech company that superpowers the way people buy homes. Founded in 2015, Flyhomes has reinvented the home purchase process for buyers at every step by clearing obstacles to homeownership. To date, they have helped more than 1000 people close on more than $1 Billion worth of homes using products like Cash Offers, Trade Up, and Guaranteed Offer to give buyers a clear edge in any market. He holds an MBA from Kellogg and an MS in Computer Science from Minnesota.
The former Marine Sergeant aims to climb high, higher, highest by tackling the Seven Summits on one leg by 2021.
Kirstie Ennis’s story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has accomplished more at 28 years old than most people have achieved in their lifetimes.
Ennis’ story has been well-documented. She allowed cameras into the hospital to film her amputation ordeal for an inspired short film produced by Cosmopolitan magazine. She was featured on the cover ESPN magazine for the “Body” issue. Photos of Prince Harry embracing Ennis after she completed the 1,000-mile walk across England, Wales and Scotland for the British non-profit Walking for the Wounded appeared in People magazine and she was later honored by the magazine as their “Annual Body Image Hero” in 2016.
Ennis has turned the concept of “disabled athlete” on its head, proving how capable she still is, whether it’s on one leg or two. She competed in boardercross and banked slalom as a Paralympic snowboarder and then ventured into mountaineering, summitting Mt Kilimanjaro (at 19,341-feet it’s the highest point in Africa) to support the non-profit The Waterboys; then successfully climbed Carstenzs, the highest point in Oceania, for The Heroes Project; Elbrus, the highest point in Europe to support GLAM4GOOD; and then conquered Aconcagua, the highest point in South America at 22,841 feet. She has attempted Cotopaxi, the highest peak in Ecuador, got turned around by weather on Denali, and made it to the South Summit of Everest. She hopes to complete the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent by 2021.
What people might not know about Ennis: she’s completed three Master’s degrees (Human Behavior, Business Administration and Public Administration) and is currently working to complete her doctorate in Education. She worked as a stuntwoman on “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg in 2016. She’s a motivational speaker and appeared on stage at Madison Square Garden in 2015 during the New York Comedy Arts Festival for the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Event. She’s an entrepreneur and businesswoman who launched a t-shirt apparel company, HeadCase, and opened her first business, the Chapter One Hair and Body Lab in Oceanside, California in 2017, followed by opening Citizen Crossfit. She earned her license as a real estate advisor and is based at Engel & Volkers in Aspen, Colorado.
Ennis joined the Marines when she was only 17 years old and enlisted as an aircraft mechanic, inspired by her parents who were both Marines. “I idolized what they were doing. I have always wanted to serve and to help others who can’t protect themselves,” she says. “I wanted to give my parents a reason to be proud of me like I was of them.” She chose to become an aircraft mechanic because she didn’t know the first thing about airplanes. “I went to the recruiter’s office and told them I wanted it to be hard. I wanted to be challenged physically and intellectually,” she says. After everything she’s been through, that hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s inspired her to push even harder, not only for herself but to inspire others. “I’m extremely proud of everything I did in the military and I’d do it all over again if I could,” she told Cosmopolitan. “That’s what I signed up for. I would lay my life down for the men and women that stood alongside me. At the end of the day, I’m thankful it happened to me and no one else.”
After returning home from Everest in summer of 2019, Kirstie was the ESPY’s Pat Tillman Award recipient. In 2020, she will be Salute to Greatness Awards “Higher Ground” recipient, held by the Martin Luther King Jr. family. In addition to completing the Seven Summits, she intends to do The World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, seven continents, seven days), The Great Divide Ride (2400 transcontinental mountain bike ride), and swim the English Channel, all as a means to fundraise and raise awareness for The Kirstie Ennis Foundation.
Adena is the CEO & Cofounder, of Divvy Homes, a fractional homeownership platform with the mission of giving access to homeownership to everyone. Prior to founding Divvy Homes, Adena invested in early stage companies at DFJ, where she led their fintech investing practice.
Adena started her career as an operator, being one of the early Product Managers at Square, where she helped build and grow Square Capital, a merchant cash advance platform with over $2.5B in loans outstanding. Before becoming a Product Manager, she was part of the Strategy & Finance team at Square which focused on corporate planning.
Prior to joining Square, Adena was part of the large-cap buyout team at TPG, a private equity firm, where she helped diligence and purchase companies in the real estate sector. Adena started her career as an investment banker in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Adena holds a BS in policy analysis and management from Cornell University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nate Baker is the CEO and cofounder of Qualia, overseeing strategic vision for the company and executing the mission to provide a remarkable real estate closing experience for everyone involved. Since founding the company in 2015, Nate and his team have raised more than $95 million in funding and have expanded Qualia’s platform and services to all 50 states. On track to become the U.S. real estate industry's default closing platform, approximately 20 percent of all real estate transactions nationwide currently close on Qualia today.
Nate graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science, Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and has received numerous accolades for his talents and contributions. Nate and his co-founders have been named to Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Rising Stars list and Forbes 30 Under 30 for helping to modernize the real estate closing process using technology.
Abby Lee is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for RE/MAX, LLC and is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of U.S. national advertising campaigns and directs media strategy within Company-Owned Regions. She also leads the marketing, communications, PR and social media groups at RE/MAX World Headquarters.
Abby joined RE/MAX in 1998 as a Media Buyer/Planner. In 2002, she was promoted to Manager, Regional Advertising, and in 2003 became Senior Manager, Brand Advertising. In 2007, she was promoted to Director, Regional Marketing, and two years later was named Vice President, Brand Marketing and Sponsorships. In 2011, Abby became Vice President, Brand Marketing and Advertising. In that capacity, she managed the network's national relationship with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
After a brief departure to take an executive marketing post with a national health and fitness franchisor, Abby returned to RE/MAX in December 2014 as Vice President of Media Strategies. Her responsibilities expanded in June 2015 and she began leading the marketing and communications groups as well. Her involvement in comprehensive marketing, digital and social strategy has continued to evolve the marketing department to a world-class marketing organization. She was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications in August 2018.
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.
Vik Chawla is a Partner on the Real Estate Technology Investment team at Fifth Wall, where he focuses on technology and innovations within the homebuilding, retail, and industrial asset classes.
Previously, Vik was an Investment Associate at Echelon Asset Management, a special situations fixed income hedge fund focused on the non-bank lending asset class, where he led the firm’s fundamental due diligence processes.
Vik began his career at The Blackstone Group, where he worked on advisory transactions spanning the energy, real estate, and financial services industries.
Vik is from Danville, California, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received his BS in economics with concentrations in finance and statistics and a minor in mathematics. During his undergraduate years, Vik co-founded the Kairos Society, the largest and most recognized global network of entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
Joseph is a technologist with a passion for AI. As Chief Technology Officer, he leads the development of the real estate industry’s first end-to-end platform and oversees the engineering team. Most recently, Joseph served as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for AI. During his tenure, he held product and engineering responsibility for all enterprise database, big data and machine learning products, with 1,700+ engineers. Prior to Microsoft, Joseph spent nine years as a VP at Amazon where he managed the Global Inventory Platform for Amazon’s Consumer Business, and built the machine learning and Transaction Risk Management teams. Joseph holds a PhD in Neural Networks from the University of Texas at Austin.
Susan Fixsen has been a top-producing Realtor® since 2006, a broker since 2011, and currently runs two Pacific Oak Real Estate Services offices located in San Benito and Santa Clara counties. Highly competitive and relentlessly focused, Susan has led Pacific Oak Real Estate Services to success through smart, analytical projections, and her dedication to meeting clients’ needs quickly, efficiently, and compassionately. Susan’s ability to listen carefully and understand each client’s goals allows her to lead them through a seamless process that creates their desired outcomes. As a trained negotiator with a past specialization in gang activity and psychology, there is no situation too dicey and no real estate challenge too complex for Susan, and she consistently gets her clients the upper hand during negotiations. As the leader of 11 talented agents, she teaches her dedicated team of Realtors®, the PORES Team, the importance of professionalism, a code of ethics, and knowing the contractual agreement—coming full circle from her 23-year career in education. When not working, you can find Susan on the golf course, giving back to her community, and spending time with her husband and children at their favorite place on earth, South Lake Tahoe.
Munif T. Ali is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Playa Realty, a 60-agent independent urban luxury brokerage in Los Angeles, CA. He also owns New Era Escrow, an independent escrow company in Manhattan Beach, CA. After purchasing his first home at 20 years of age, Munif started a successful career in real estate development where he built a significant portfolio of investments. In 2011, he launched a national franchise office in Los Angeles which grew to over 250 agents in its first five years. In April 2017, he and the number one agent in his office founded Pacific Playa Realty and paired their ranks to 60 agents. Closing close to $3 million dollars in GCI and over $200 million dollars in volume with an average price point of $750,000. They are the number one brokerage in the five zip codes they focus on and represent a wide range of clients in price points ranging from $450,000 to $2,000,000. The brokerage has enjoyed increased income with a third of the agents and they enjoy continued growth in income and agent count. Pacific Playa Realty and its agents have a reputation of professionalism and collaboration that make them stand out in the market. Pacific Playa Realty’s goal is to “Inspire Train and Propel” (“ITP”) their agents to their highest potential.
Several factors distinguish Pacific Playa Realty from its competition: contemporary branding, a simplified formula for success, extraordinary training and hands-on market relevant leadership. The company offices are located on Sepulveda Blvd., a prime commercial corridor, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport making them a perfect spoke in the wheel of Los Angeles real estate from the South Bay to the Valley from downtown LA to the beach. Their state-of-the-art offices encourage the collaborative, future facing focus of their brokerage. Built from the ground up, this independent brokerage has a well-defined and unique value proposition for agents and clients. At the core of its success are the founders and leadership of the brokerage – (T-C-T-C) teaching, coaching, training and collaboration are a cornerstone of their culture. Just prior to taking the brokerage independent in April of 2017, Munif launched a revolutionary daily coaching program known as ITP Power Habits designed to help real estate professionals reach their highest potential by adopting and disciplining themselves to employ daily habits that lead to high levels of success in business, personal and physical endeavors. Approximately 50% of the Pacific Playa agents participate in daily Power Habits coaching and accountability, these agents represent the most productive agents in the brokerage and are an important part of the brokerage’s recruiting.
Unlike many brokerage owners, Munif can be found at Pacific Playa Realty every day leading Power Habits script and role play, market messages and motivational moments. He also created a digital magazine called Thinkruptor which highlights disruptive businesses in a wide variety of industries.
With nearly two decades of leadership experience in franchise management and real estate brokerage operations, Sue Yannaccone assumed the role of Regional Executive Vice President of the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest regions of Coldwell Banker®/NRT in March 2018. She oversees the sales operations of 239 Coldwell Banker offices in New Jersey, Long Island, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Ohio, Chicago, St. Louis and Minnesota, as well as NRT’s national commercial brokerage support team.
Yannaccone is a proven real estate leader with deep expertise in brokerage operations and franchise management and an incredible asset to NRT as it increases its management focus on and support of enhanced agent services in Realogy’s core brokerage business. A strong believer in accountability and authenticity, Yannaccone possesses a keen understanding of the residential real estate industry and has extensive experience leading organizations through transformational change.
She was previously in the Realogy Franchise Group, where she exhibited dynamic leadership skills while serving as President & CEO of ERA Franchise Systems after joining ERA as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Prior to joining ERA Real Estate, Yannaccone served as Senior Vice President of network services for HSF Affiliates and was responsible for all affiliate-facing servicing for the real estate brokerage networks Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate. She had previously served as Vice President of Operations for Real Living from 2010 to 2012.
Yannaccone was named as one of the most powerful leaders in residential real estate by the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200, which also named her to its list in 2017. She was recognized on the 2017 Inman Influencer list and, in 2016, she was named a Female Executive of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Yannaccone was also highlighted as a “Woman Worth Watching” by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2016 and as a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire in 2015.
A graduate of Clemson University, she began her career in commercial real estate before assuming roles with residential real estate firm GMAC HomeServices and Brookfield Residential Property Services in Canada.
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.
Kelli Griggs, CEO, and Co-Founder of Navigate Realty operates the number one boutique brokerage in El Dorado County, CA. Kelli spent her early career in wholesale lending before trying her hand at professional poker. She earned the title of World Poker Tour Champion, then went all-in on real estate in 2011 and quickly rose to top producer status. Kelli partnered with Side in 2016 as one of their earlier adopters and became an Ambassador for the company shortly after. Kelli is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs create, grow, and power their own business.
As COO for Keller Offers, the iBuyer division of Keller Williams, Gayln Ziegler uses best-in-class models, systems, and technology to disrupt the traditional real estate approach.
She brings more than 20 years’ experience as a licensed Texas broker and brokerage owner to her role, focused on delivering a high-quality consumer experience.
Using R&D insights from KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams, Ziegler also heads the Keller Offers Concierge Program, which is aimed at strengthening the value proposition for agents to assist clients in realizing faster closes and more equity via make-ready and renovation services.
Prior to joining Keller Offers, Ziegler previously served as an operational leader with a privately held iBuyer pioneer.
Malte Kramer is the founder and CEO of Luxury Presence, a website and marketing software provider for the industry’s leading real estate agents and brokerages. Originally from Germany, Kramer earned his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University on a basketball scholarship. While there, he managed to find the perfect balance between academics, college athletics, and professional development, graduating Valedictorian and being recognized as an Academic All-American. In 2014, Kramer took the wisdom he acquired and wrote the book Play for Something, which offers valuable insight and tips to becoming your most productive self. Shortly after, Kramer fused his passion for technology and philanthropy and founded Givvr, an app that allows people to raise money for their favorite charities by watching and sharing videos. Kramer then went on to receive an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
In 2016, Kramer launched Luxury Presence Inc. with the goal of disrupting the real estate marketing industry by utilizing cutting-edge technology and unique strategies. Backed by Silicon Valley VCs and several high-profile angel investors, Luxury Presence has grown its client base over 500% in the last 12 months making a name for itself as the go-to-provider for some of the country’s top agents for their websites and marketing. Since its inception, 17 of Luxury Presence’s clients have been ranked in the top 100 by the Wall Street Journal.
Frederick Warburg Peters is Chief Executive Officer of Warburg Realty. Peters’ commitment to integrity, professionalism, and expertise positioned Warburg as the sole major independent residential brokerage provider in the city. Peters is the only real estate practitioner in the country to write a regular column for Forbes. He is one of the most quoted experts on real estate in both Manhattan and national media.
Peters serves on The Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Board of Directors - Residential Division, as a member of REBNY’s Board of Governors, and as the Vice President for Residential Brokerage on REBNY’s Executive Committee. In January of 2010, Peters received the prestigious Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award, which recognizes meritorious service to the community by a REBNY member; he was also a recipient of REBNY’s 1996 Henry Forster Award, given for a lifetime of achievement and contribution to the residential industry.
Valerie Alexander is a renowned expert on happiness and inclusion, and a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of happiness in the workplace, the advancement of women, and unconscious bias. Her TED Talk, “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” has been viewed over 55,000 times, and she has spoken at more than 100 conferences, colleges and companies, including notable Real Estate industry events such as, WomanUP!, Luxury Connect, OwningIT, and several Associations’ annual meetings, retreats and leadership trainings.
Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”), plus several more she’s published under her trademarked “...as a Second Language” series. Valerie started her career as an IPO lawyer, investment banker and Internet executive in the Silicon Valley, then transitioned to Hollywood, where she enjoyed success as a screenwriter and director. In addition to traveling the world as a keynote speaker, Valerie also writes Christmas movies for the Hallmark Channel, which she knows you secretly love, even though you’ll only admit to watching them with your mom.
Valerie and her husband live in Los Angeles with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Vegas, Baby!
Drew Uher is the founder and CEO of HomeLight, the world’s best way to find a real estate agent. HomeLight analyzes actual transaction history and client reviews to objectively determine which agents may be best for you. Before HomeLight, Drew co-founded a social gaming company that grew to five million monthly active users. He also worked at Morgan Stanley and at Q Investments, a multi-strategy hedge fund. Drew received his BBA from Texas A&M and his MBA from Stanford. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in real estate by Inman News in 2013.
Nick Bailey oversees all support services provided by RE/MAX, LLC to its expansive network of franchisees and Affiliates, with an unwavering focus on the relationship HQ has with Broker/Owners. Guided by his expert insight into the real estate industry, Nick drives the network’s business growth, professional development and engagement, and global and Canada organizations to ensure Broker/Owners maximize the advantages, tools and services available to them.
Nick rejoined RE/MAX as Chief Customer Officer in September 2019. A licensed real estate broker with 23 years of real estate industry experience, he first joined RE/MAX in 2001 as a management consultant. Within two years, he was promoted to Vice President, Regional Services. During his initial 12-year tenure, he drove tremendous growth by concentrating on franchisee success and relationships.
Nick’s experience includes being a Sr. Vice President at Market Leader, a Vice President at Trulia/Zillow and, most recently, the President and CEO of Century 21. Originally from Wyoming, Nick bought his first investment property as a teen and earned his real estate license at 21. He is a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, Accredited Buyer Representative and Certified Distressed Property Expert. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Montana State University and is a past recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff has been a practicing real estate and business litigator and trial attorney since 2014, representing realtor and homeowner associations as well as brokers, serving with private law firms and the City Attorney’s office for Corona. Prior to his legal career, Jeff was a real estate sales and loan agent for 12 years, has a decade of experience in construction as a former building contractor, and teaches as an adjunct professor of real estate law at California Baptist University in Riverside. At CRMLS, Jeff oversees the Compliance and Data Licensing departments for the largest MLS in the country (over 100,000 subscribers), and provides in-house legal counsel.
Jon Coile is the Chairman of the Board of Bright MLS -- the merger of MRIS, TREND and seven other MLS systems in the Mid-Atlantic creating the second largest MLS in the country. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors MLS Emerging Technology Advisory Board, and is a member of the Realtor.com Broker Advisory Board for Move, Inc. He has been included multiple times in the Swanepoel SP200 list of the most influential people in real estate and was included in RISMedia’s 2019 list of Real Estate Newsmakers in the Influencer category. A real estate broker, Coile is currently Senior Vice President – Regional Development for Long & Foster Real Estate, a HomeServices of America company.
Angelica is the liaison between booj and RE/MAX. She oversees and works across teams to bring the booj Platform to life. Angelica is a Colorado State University graduate and proud CSU Ram. After graduating with a Business Administration degree (with concentrations in Marketing and Management) she moved to Morocco with the Peace Corps as a Rural Health Volunteer. There she completed projects in renovating preschools, building bathrooms and basic health education, all while speaking a rural Berber dialect.
Angela Oakes has launched national brands from the ground up. Starting with Fathom Realty, Angela went on to assist in taking Engel & Völkers national. Today, she is Vice President at JP & Associates REALTORS (JPAR). No matter where she is, Angela is passionate about building strategic relationships and fostering success in those around her. She is a native North Carolinian and proud mom of two amazing daughters.
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.
It isn’t every individual who can start with an idea, plan the idea, and then execute on such high levels to see those ideas become successful business models. To turn around an underperforming business unit, or to lead a cross-disciplinary strategic initiatives team. However, this has been the professional career of Thomas Tersigni. He is differentiated by an uncommon compliment of direct to consumer mortgage leadership and development, expertise in national real estate relationship management, and a strong understanding in how to develop technology platforms to create a more seamless interaction between each party that may using a specific product.
Most recently, Thomas has joined the membership team with Rate Barn. Rate Barn has been in existence since 2014 and began perfecting the technology right away. However, even though they had an amazing product, the founders were given a lot of bad advice, a couple of let downs from large institutions claiming to want an integration, and a sales team that didn’t have what is crucial to permeate the tightly-knitted C-level mortgage guys- Relationships. Thomas came in, and with his more than fifteen years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries had the relationships Rate Barn wanted and needed. Thomas has already began executing integrations with several large mortgage Point of Sale platforms that will immediately increase revenue.
Previous to Rate Barn, Thomas founded, funded, and eventually sold Homebird. Homebird was founded in March of 2013 and filled a major void that was needed in the online consumer direct mortgage lending space. The technology to refer, and a real estate network to help them fund more of the clients they had pre-approved for a home loan. While building a direct to consumer purchase platform with several other leaders at Quicken Loans from 2009 to 2013, Thomas understood that, unfortunately, local real estate agents are their worst nightmare. Thomas, and the leadership team at Quicken built a 500 banker team closing a billion dollars in purchase loans. Therefore, while creating Homebird, he knew he had a product mortgage lenders wanted- A group of “friendly” agents that wouldn’t steer their client to a local lender. Even more importantly, an easy way “technology” to facilitate that. Homebird was a household name amongst all the large online mortgage brands such as NewDayUSA, BBMC Mortgage, Loan Depot, JG Wentworth, Axios Bank, Wyndham Capital, BNC National Bank, and NLC Loans to name a few. Thomas and his team created a web-based, multi-tiered, multi-tenant, SAS based platform/APP ,which was integrated into all of the CRMs used by lenders. This platform created a conduit in which a lender could click a button and that would trigger a created referral to one of Homebird’s in-network real estate agent partners. One a referral connection was made, MLOs and agents were able to message each other back and forth, thus keeping everyone on the same page. Thomas sold his company to a larger investment group in April of 2018.
Thomas lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where his wife of 10 years raises their two sons and a daughter. He is active in his community, church, and little league coaching. In his personal time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and a lot of golf.
Leo Pareja entered Real Estate at just 19 years of age and by 28 he was the #1 Keller Williams Agent in the world. He became a permanent fixture on The Thousand report, published by REAL Trends in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, as well as #1 Agent on NAHREP’s Top 250 list and an Alumni of Realtor Magazine’s 30 under 30. During his 15 years selling, Pareja sold close to 4,000 homes representing around 750 million in transactional volume.
In parallel to selling real estate, in 2012 he co-founded and continues to co-own Washington Capital Partners, one of the largest private lending companies in the mid-Atlantic region. WCP provides financing to buy, fix and flip for investors of SFR product by focusing on a frictionless process leveraged through a proprietary technology platform. The company delivers debt to liquidity conduits in the secondary market which is uncommon in a space predominantly full of small mom and pop operators.
Today, he is the co-founder and President of Remine - one the fastest growing MLS platforms in history. Remine leverages Big Data to let Agents and their Clients make better real estate decisions from coast to coast. Our goal with Remine is to streamline the daily workflow of agents life while keeping them in the center of the transaction.
Pareja has been highly involved with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Pareja was the founding President of the NAHREP Metro DC chapter and then joining the national board to expand their efforts in public policy advocacy to protect the underserved markets. He served as the organizations National President in 2017.
Tim Heyl is the founder and CEO of Homeward, a startup which lets you to take your time, find your ideal home and make a competitive all-cash offer — all before you list and sell your current home. Heyl has been a real estate agent with Keller Williams for more than a decade, at an extremely high level. His team, The Heyl Group, ranked as the 25th most productive team in the Real Trends Thousand list.
Jay Rooney founded DepositLink in 2017 after 23 years as one of the top producing real estate agents in the Boston market with $700 Million in sales. Jay also managed 58 agents and more than 3,000 real estate transactions as the Broker/Owner of GKR Residential, and experienced first-hand the inefficiencies and liabilities that came from agents and accounting staff handling paper checks and wires. After 2 years of research and development, Jay launched the DepositLink platform in 2019; a secure digital solution for residential real estate agents to collect escrow deposits and commissions electronically through the ACH network.
As CEO, Jay oversees the sales efforts, marketing, customer support, and the software development roadmap at DepositLink, and he successfully raised $1M in funding in October 2019.
Jay is a graduate of Salisbury School (CT), and Tufts University and is a member of the FinTech Professionals Association. He is a huge Boston sports fan and currently lives in Milton, MA, with his wife Carolyn, daughters Victoria and Olivia, and son Nathan.
Dan Noma Jr. is the designated broker/owner of Venture REI, an award-winning, Arizona-based real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in the purchase, sale, rental, and marketing of select residential developments and commercial investment properties.
Dan is also the mind behind the award winning iReal Estate Pro certification for real estate agents across the country. The mission of the certification is to empower real estate agents for a better consumer experience in working with iBuyers and investors across the US.
As the son of a successful builder and developer, Noma’s passion for real estate began at a young age. He began personally investing in real estate at the age of 18. Since then, has flipped more than 300 properties over the last 16 years. In 2005, he joined the Arizona Best Real Estate team where he worked for more than six years before opening his own brokerage.
Today, Venture REI is home to a team of more than 160 accomplished professionals -- all with extensive experience in every aspect of residential and commercial transactions. With five locations across the Valley, Noma and his team are committed to helping investors achieve their real estate goals - regardless of portfolio size. His clients range from seasoned and first-time investors to large institutional groups, hedge funds and private equity groups. His extensive knowledge of the local landscape and tenure in the industry provide his clients with brokerage services, wealth building and asset management that is unparalleled in the market.
Venture REI/Dan Noma Jr has won many prestigious awards. Most recently Venture REI has been named to the INC 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the US in 2018 and 2019.
Noma is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both business and political science. He is an active member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona and regularly contributes his time to local organizations like the Chandler Boys & Girls Club, St Vincent DePaul, awards INC. 5000, ASU Alumni Association and the Sun Devil Athletic Club.
Giuseppe “JP” Piccinini is the Founder of JP and Associates REALTORS® (JPAR) as well as chairman of the board for Vesuvius Holdings LLC, the holding company over JPAR, JPAR Franchising, and LendGenie. He is a real estate agent turned entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and dedicated father. JP currently resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife, Lauren, and three children.
JP started JP & Associates REALTORS® in 2012 with 3 agents and is known for growing JPAR to a national real estate firm of 1800 agents closing $3B in sales by 2018. The firm is now ranked as the #50 real estate brokerage in the US by sales volume and the fastest growing 100% real estate company by REAL Trends. As a franchise organization, JPAR is operating in 6 states with goals to be in all 50 states by 2023. In addition to JPAR's business success and growth, its service-based culture inspired the creation of the Emilio and Giovanna Piccinini Better Future Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance to at risk youth.
Before becoming an entrepreneur – Mr. Piccinini was born in Naples, Italy and immigrated to the US at 13 years old. In his new hometown of Wichita Falls, TX, he attended Burkburnett High School and had a crash course in English and American culture. After high school, his parents returned to Italy, but JP stayed to pursue the American dream, earning a BS degree in Engineering at Midwestern University and beginning his journey.
JP became a top selling agent in South Carolina, closing 10 times more deals in a year than the average REALTOR®. After several years of selling and hundreds of deals under his belt, he was compelled to move back to Texas in DFW to be close to family. In October 2011, in his Frisco home, Piccinini began JPAR with a vision of a real estate brokerage firm dedicated to exceeding expectations through productivity and service. His plan was to train and hire only full-time career real estate professionals who shared the same passion for real estate and helping others as he did. With the company’s overly successful 100%-commission model, it truly is a full-service brokerage at a transaction-cap model cost, with a productivity standard and a service-based culture.
Ilan Bracha is a Founder of Keller Williams NYC and the Founder and CEO of the Bracha Group. Considered a mega agent in the Manhattan market, Ilan has done over $2B in real estate transactions and has built a network of national and international clientele with investment assets worth over $100B.
In 2010, the Wall Street Journal named the Bracha Group the No. 1 real estate team in NYC and No. 2 in the nation, during an extraordinary 7 year career at Prudential Douglas Elliman (PDE). At PDE, Ilan started the Bracha Group real estate team, where his stellar broker performance resulted in him being the youngest person ever to be named a Managing Director, and he was the recipient of numerous top awards including: No. 1 in Sales for five consecutive years, No. 2 in the entire PDE network, Top Producing Sales Group, Most Sales Transactions, Most Sales Exclusives, Most Projects t … o Close.
Simultaneous to running the Bracha Group, Ilan co-founded B+B Investment Group. The group’s investment focus includes residential and commercial income producing properties ranging from hand-picked luxury condos and penthouses to the sale of entire buildings such as 5th Avenue and 57th Street and Madison Avenue and 33rd Street.
Prior to PDE, Ilan got his start in the business with Lewis Kaye and his firm MLB Kaye International Realty, where with Lewis' mentorship, he quickly became MLB Kaye’s top producer.
Today, the Bracha Group is a sophisticated, 20 person operation that provides world class customer service and specializes in the sales, marketing and pre-development planning of luxury condominiums in Manhattan. Ilan’s confident decision making, expertise in New York City’s real estate market and indomitable character have earned him unwavering loyalty and respect from friends, colleagues and clients, and has made the Bracha Group’s track record unmatched in its success, repeat business, and client referrals.
A respected leader in the NY real estate community, Ilan is a frequent presenter and consultant to major institutions such as Columbia University and New York University as well as a motivational speaker sharing his energy and experience with others at top national and international industry conferences. Ilan has appeared on CNBC and NY1 and has been quoted widely in the media: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, Gotham Magazine, Avenue, New York Magazine among others.
Ilan was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and served as a Commander in the Israeli army. At just 21 years of age, with just two thousand dollars in his pocket, he set out to see the world. Nearly 20 years later, his colleagues now credit his success to his entrepreneurial prowess and the leadership skills he developed on his path to founding The Bracha Group. Presently, Ilan lives with his wife and four children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Miguel Berger is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Voiceter Pro. He brings more than 34 years of real estate industry experience to the voice technology company. He is also the broker/owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley in Albany, NY.
He founded the successful company as an independent brokerage in New York State's Capital Region before he became affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. In addition to
holding several advanced real estate designations, Miguel has been a local REALTOR association and multiple listing service president. He served as president of the national Real Estate Business Institute in 2018.
He founded Voiceter Pro in 2016 with his son, Ami, with the goal of positioning the real estate industry and its practitioners to take advantage of the rapid growth of voice-driven personal assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant. Today, the company counts multiple listing services, brokerages, REALTOR® associations and industry service providers among its clients and partners..
He is recognized nationally as an industry leader and forward thinking businessman with a love of technology.
Ryan Matthew Serhant is an American real estate broker, bestselling author, producer, and star of Bravo’s two-time Emmy Nominated reality television series, Million Dollar Listing New York, and its spin-off, Sell It Like Serhant. Ryan is also the leading member of The Serhant Team—an NYC-based, bi-coastal real estate group that has consistently ranked as the #1 sales team in New York and among the top five teams nationwide.
The Serhant Team consists of more than 60 experienced agents and marketing support staff and has sold over $1.6B worth of real estate in the last two years alone. In 2018, Ryan’s team completed $722M in closed sales between Brooklyn and Manhattan—ranking The Serhant Team the #1 sales team in New York. Ryan and his agents specialize in high-end residential condo and co-op sales and leasing, multi- and single-family homes, site acquisitions, and investment sales. The Serhant Team New Development group is also a prominent force in new construction sales, with more than $16B and 50 projects across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Miami, and Los Angeles to its name. Ryan counts some of the world’s most influential people as clients, and has set price-per-square-foot records across the city.
The Serhant Team maintains a diverse inventory of exclusive listings and has built relationships with thousands of agents around the world. Combining these tools with an intimate knowledge of the market, Ryan and his team are able to accomplish their goal of matching the right buyer with the right seller with remarkable success—their lifetime list-to-sale ratio is 94.5%.
In 2018, Ryan started his own entertainment and media company, Serhant Media Group (SMG), as an in-house marketing arm to both his real estate and television endeavors. Their first project was the launch of Ryan’s VLOG on YouTube, which now has over 300,000 subscribers and has become an integral marketing tool for Ryan’s listings. Their most recent property tour was viewed almost 8M times. Named “the most influential broker in the world with the most exposure,” Ryan combines traditional market reach with a prolific social media presence that amounts to 2M followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. He leverages both outlets to deliver unparalleled publicity and coverage for all of his clients.
In addition to being a reality television star and running his own team, Ryan has developed several smartphone apps and is a frequent guest on the real estate segments of 20/20, CNN, CNBC, The Today Show, The Insider, Bloomberg TV, and is often quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wall Street Journal China. He is also an official contributor to Forbes, regularly writing columns on real estate, sales, and branding.
Ryan is an active supporter of nonprofit organizations including DKMS, Operation Smile, Save the Children, Make-A-Wish, The Human Rights Campaign, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Pink Agenda and UNICEF, among others.
Ryan Serhant was born in Houston, Texas, grew up outside Boston, and graduated from Hamilton College in 2006 with degrees in English Literature and Theatre. He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Emilia, and their daughter, Zena.
Ed is the Founder and CEO of Audience Town, the smart advertising platform for real estate. Before founding Audience Town, Ed spent 20 years at leading media, advertising technology, data, and mobile companies including Quest Magazine, The New York Times, Undertone, The Rubicon Project, Dun & Bradstreet, and Kargo. Ed lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young children. He studied English Literature and Media Management at Fordham University in New York City, where he continues to teach digital media courses part-time. You can learn more at www.audiencetown.com.
Debra Beagle is the Managing Broker and co-owner of The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage in Nashville, TN; the #1 RE/MAX Team globally and the official real estate team of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, and the city’s first Major League Soccer team. Debra was recognized by RE/MAX as the 2018 US Broker Owner of the Year. She manages the business operations, the staff of 35 (which grew from 3 in 2016) and the 145 agents that did 1846 transactions in 2019 for over $641 million in sales.
She interviewed, selected, and oversaw on-boarding of 52 agents in 2018, growing the agent count from 91 agents in 2017 to the over 130 in 2018. The 52 agents on-boarded throughout the year contributed to over $58 million in 2018 sales (29 were newly licensed agents that did $27 million of the $58 million). RE/MAX Advantage consistently ranks every year at the top for net agent count gain within their RE/MAX Region and nationally.
Debra has been a Multi-Million Dollar Producer every year during her sales career before deciding to step out of selling and focus on the team/brokerage operations full time in 2018.
She holds over 700 hours of continuing real estate education and 14 designations. Debra also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from George Washington University, in Washington, DC. and began her real estate career serving as an Environmental Chemist & Consultant, Conducting Phase I & II Due Diligence for Commercial Real Estate Transactions.
She has worked for several builders and has overseen from start to finish multiple new developments providing much needed affordable housing in Nashville.
Also fluent & Bi-lingual in Spanish with a Cuban mother, Debra has been recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals in the Top 250 of Hispanic Realtors in the US for the past 5 years, and ranked #11 in 2017. She is a founding member of the NAHREP Nashville Local Chapter and serves on its Board of Directors. She has also served as a board member for the local Women’s Council of Realtors and is an RPAC President’s Circle Major Investor.
In addition to her commitment to her clientele, Debra is devoted to her community and humanitarian projects. RE/MAX Advantage is a Children’s Miracle Network Office raising over $185,000 for CMN in the past 36 months. She regularly supports a wide range of non-profit organizations including the, YWCA and its Dress for Success program, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and RARF the Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation.
Thomas founded Unison and leads the company’s overall strategic direction. He has more than twenty years of experience building large-scale consumer finance and investment management businesses at companies such as Barclay’s Global Investors, where he managed the $28 billion residential mortgage portfolio, built the first FIXed Income ETF (iShares) and developed Barclay’s Global Multi-Strategy and Credit Long/Short fund.
Thomas holds an Academy Economist degree from Niels Brock’s Academy of International Business in Copenhagen, Denmark. Thomas has been on the Board of Outward Bound, is an avid sailboat racer and kite surfer and launched the world’s first junior kite board race team.
Katy is the Data Science and Innovation Product Director at Lone Wolf Technologies, focused on delivering data science products that inform, engage, and drive action. With over 10 years of experience delivering data-based insights, she is dedicated to helping people make better-informed decisions.
Ro is the Co-Founder and CEO of Conversion Monster, LLC. Conversion Monster is a U.S. Based company of Inside Sales Agents (ISA's) that are helping Real Estate Agents & Teams all over the country convert internet leads into closings thru systematic follow up and long-term nurturing. The company developed an internal LMS (Lead Management System) which provides Conversion Monster with a superior competitive advantage. Ro just won 1st Place for Conversion Monster at futuRE Con - the Las Vegas technology pitch battle co-hosted by Keller Williams, Inc and Lab Coat Agents in December 2019.
Ro also runs a Top Producing Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Chicago – Lincoln Park. Ro is a member of T.A.N. (Top Agent Network) which only offers membership to the TOP 10% agents in Chicago. Ro also earned his CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) and is a member of the Million Dollar Guild.
York Baur is CEO of Moxi Works™, makers of the Moxi Works brokerage productivity system (www.moxiworks.com) and the award-winning Moxi Present (formerly TouchCMA) real estate presentation tool. York has always lived and breathed tech, specifically helping sales people perform. With the heart of an entrepreneur and the brains of a total nerd, he has taken Moxi from the small engine that could, to 50 brokerages with over 80,000 agents that do 10% of all transactions in the U.S.
York brings 30 years of technology industry expertise to the company, including previous executive roles at Altify, Zango, InfoSpace, InterVu, Netpodium Wall Data, Attachmate, Microsoft, and the Space Needle. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Brian Shorr is the Vice President of Business Development at Agent Image. Now in his eighth year with Agent Image, Brian’s fast rise has mirrored that of the company’s success and growth in becoming the leader of real estate website design. With about a decade’s worth of experience in the website and online marketing world, Brian works directly with the company’s ownership in growth strategy, builds relationships with various vendors and industry third parties, and heads the team that manages all of Agent Image’s Reserve clientele. The Reserve division now handles some of the biggest names in the real estate industry and includes numerous celebrity agents featured on various t.v. networks and media outlets.
In 2019, websites created by Agent Image’s Reserve team were honored by the industry’s standard in website rankings, RealTrends. Agent Image clients took home top spots for Best Overall Website, Best Website Design, and Best Agent Website. In the Best Design category, the top three positions and six out of the total ten spots were occupied by Agent Image clients. Ten different clients were represented in total. A dominant showing for the Reserve team.
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.
Laura is committed to serving buyers and sellers by providing innovative and first-class representation built on a foundation of honesty, integrity, knowledge and trust. Laura entered the world of real estate in 2015, bringing with her keen eye for marketing, social media and a love for helping people. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Houston, Laura began her career as a marketing assistant for a law firm in Katy, TX. It was there that she learned to value the importance and creativity involved in consumer marketing and relationships.
In 4 short years, she has quickly risen to be amongst the top real estate agents in Houston and consistently ranks in the top 5% of agents out of 34,000 associated with the Houston Association of Realtors.
She represents both buyers and sellers in the Greater Houston area, Katy & Cypress suburbs full-time. Laura is passionate, dedicated and extremely focused on all her clients needs. She is well known for being a tough but fair negotiator, and for her attention to detail on each transaction from the start through closing.
Laura was born and raised in Katy, TX and relocated to the Greater Houston area in 2015. She is mother to 1 child and 1 dog named Ellie. She loves international travel, listening to podcasts about personal development and psychology, and trying out new restaurants! On most days though, she relishes just being a homebody and spending quality time with friends and family at her home in East Downtown.
Anton Danilovich is the CEO of TopHap, a market intelligence platform for residential real estate professionals. As a California real estate broker and entrepreneur, he is on a mission to bring transparency to the most important transaction of people's lives, the purchase and sale of their home. During his 17-year real estate career, Anton led top producing teams, closing over 450 transactions and $750M in transaction volume. His heavy focus on data and analytics is what inspired him to enter the proptech space and build a platform that empowers the entire real estate community to help make more informed, data-driven, purchase, and sale decisions.
Dean is President of T3 Sixty’s Brokerage Consulting Division. In addition to helping brokers and their companies reach higher levels of success and profitability, he also leads the T3 Fellows program. He has over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience and has held several senior-level positions with real estate brokerage organizations including Long & Foster, Weichert Realtors and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (NRT), where he spent the last 10 years of his career. As Group President at CB, he oversaw 66 sales offices and 4,000+ associates that generated more than $9 billion in annual sales volume.
Jeff, a nationally renowned speaker and host of The Team Building Podcast, is CEO of a tech-powered Keller Williams market center in Omaha, NE. As founder of Omaha’s Elite Real Estate Group, he led his team from 70 to 700 transactions in 6 years, and was awarded the #1 team in unit sales in the world at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2019. Since beginning his real estate career in 2006, Jeff’s team has closed over 5,000 sales, totaling over $1 billion in volume.
Devoted to ongoing learning throughout his career, Jeff has forged strategic relationships with industry leaders across the country, listened to thousands of hours of podcasts and read hundreds of books, providing him with a vast knowledge base. Jeff is considered a foremost real estate expert due to these efforts, and as founder and CEO of Elite Real Estate Systems, a coaching company, offers the annual Team Building Summit, monthly workshops, and weekly coaching calls. As a credit to his extensive know-how, Jeff speaks frequently at various events throughout the US and Canada.
Jeff’s entrepreneurial ambitions began in childhood, driving him to own and operate several businesses, and earn his Eagle Scout award, before graduating high school. His tenacity was further demonstrated by his 2 years of service as a missionary in rural Brazil. He received a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In recent years, Jeff’s passion for providing exceptional service to his clients propelled him to establish ancillary businesses in Title, Mortgage, Insurance, and Investing. His objective is to expand these ancillary businesses into 100+ locations across the country. Jeff's vision is that the hybrid office of the future - through technological advancements - will offer the consumer a one-stop-shop customized experience, providing access to the agent and all ancillary businesses, virtually and in-person.
As the broker and owner of RE/MAX Capital Realty, Kendall strives to inspire her agents to be the best versions of themselves and through that, live more abundantly. As the Director of Vision, her goal is to assist, educate, and lead her agents towards successful resolutions in all of their real estate transactions. By delivering an exceptional customer experience to her agents, she knows that it will be transferred to the consumers, who live and work in the Tampa Bay area. Kendall has used her skills and training as a lawyer, her strategies and systems as a successful real estate agent, and her drive and leadership as a business owner to empower others to be as successful as their aspirations move them. Kendall’s strategy and infectious spirit have allowed her to attract a team of ﬁve (5) Highly Proﬁcient Directors. This group of professionals strive to offer the “Best Service Always, in All Ways” to over 55 real estate professionals, and growing, across two locations serving Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Through Kendall’s vision, RE/MAX Capital Realty, was one of the ﬁrst brokerages to invest and embrace the RE/MAX Momentum development system. Her dedication to the program has even afforded her the honor of being personally coached by David Scott, the creator. Because of her dedication to growth she has also been featured in multiple RE/MAX RU training videos, conducted trainings at RE/MAX BOC 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019, guest speaker at the 2018 & 2019 RE/MAX R4, the 2017 Fall Retreat for the Central Atlantic Region, RE/MAX LLC’s Momentum Podcast, her local board, and other real estate ﬁrms. She was also honored to speak on the main stage during the Opening General Session 2017 R4 conference. Her most recent achievements also include her team’s award for 2017 Brokerage of the Year for RE/MAX Florida Region, 2018 Manager of the Year for RE/MAX, LLC, and an invitation to Catalyst for 2018 & 2019. Kendall is also a co-owner with her husband, Bill Bonner, of Motto Mortgage Resource, the sole owner of Compass Consulting & Solutions – a coaching and training company, and also a co-Author of the book, “So…You Think You Want To Be A Real Estate Agent.” She is also the host of the Improve Your Hustle Podcast where she challenges herself and others to wake up, level up, and repeat. Last but not least, this wife and mother of 2, most enjoys reading, learning and innovating!
Tommy Choi co-founded the Weinberg Choi Residential team in 2007 with his business partner Josh Weinberg. They celebrated the opening of their own Keller Williams brokerage in January of 2017 which at the end of 2018 was recognized by KW as the most profitable market center launch since 2013. Since that time, the Weinberg Choi Residential team has sold over 1,000 properties, and over $465 million dollars in sales volume. They are consistently ranked in the top 20 real estate teams in Chicago, which puts them in the Top 1% of Chicago Association of Realtors' top producers. Tommy also served as the 135th president of the Chicago Association of Realtors and the first Korean-American president in the association's 135 year history. He also serves as an active member of the Illinois Realtors, and was a past chair of the National Associations of Realtors’ YPN Advisory Board.
Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez stands out among Chicagoland Realtors because of her incomparable knowledge of the real estate market coupled with her innate ability to build lasting relationships. With more than 30 years of experience, she views her career as an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives rather than to just transact sales and purchases. She understands human nature, listens rather than simply hears, and, like the old saying goes, puts herself in others’ shoes. Without question, these are the reasons Drussy’s role has always been centered around managing agents. In this role, she works closely with agents to offer the counsel necessary to guide their professional development and success. Furthermore, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® recognized her tremendous contribution to the industry in 2017 by awarding her its prestigious Managing Broker of the Year award.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Evanston, Drussy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at George Williams College before pursuing a career in social work at Casa Central in Chicago. She specialized in the child abuse unit, advising families plagued by violence and problem- solving difficult cases to protect those most vulnerable. The experience deepened her sense of compassion and empathy for others. Drussy decided to return to Chicago in 1984 after living in New York for a while, a decision that ultimately chartered her professional course when she accepted a receptionist position at a small, broker-owned firm. She quickly ascended the ranks, establishing a reputation for superior client-centric service and unwavering honesty. Drussy’s expert communication skills and industry insights enable her to help both experienced and first-time buyers and sellers navigate the complexities of the Chicago real estate market. Her passion for the history and architecture of both the city and its surrounding suburbs never fails to inspire her. The same holds true when she witnesses the first-hand transformation of neighborhoods that evolve to keep pace with residents’ needs and wants. Moreover, Drussy appreciates that each day of her career affords teachable moments that allow her to share her own lessons learned and know-how with the agents she mentors.
Drussy currently serves on the board of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and various board committees. She is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Illinois REALTORS®, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Asian Real Estate Association of America, and National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. She’s also the current Vice President of Agent Development at Fulton Grace Realty in Chicago. A handicraft artisan and church volunteer in her off hours, she enjoys fitness and has run a number of races, including five half marathons. In addition, Drussy participated in a three-day, 60-mile walk for breast cancer, an experience that continues to motivate her personally and professionally. She staunchly believes hard work yields outstanding results. This is why she ardently strives to exemplify collaboration and cooperation to ensure everyone – clients, the agents she works with, and Drussy herself – attains their real estate goals.
Jeff Tamaru is the Head of Corporate Development at Keller Williams. At KW he launched the Keller Cloud Innovator Program and the KW Marketplace (partners.kw.com), a program focused on empowering integrations into the KW Cloud in order to unlock additional value for KW Agents. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California
Tami Bonnell is an internationally renowned speaker and 30-plus-year veteran in the real estate industry. She is an information junkie and is passionate about investing in people. Tami is an active member of the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®, NAWRB's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council and was honored by STEMconnector® as one of its 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Instrumental in building 3 major brands, Tami joined EXIT Realty Corp. International in 1999 and was appointed CEO in 2012.
Lauren Bowen joined Robert Slack, LLC in October of 2014. Lauren quickly became one of the top agents in Ocala right as the company started taking off and she has seen this company grow from a handful of agents to the over 400 it has today. In January of 2018, Lauren took over as team leader in Ocala, a position once coveted by Robert himself. In January of 2019, Lauren became the interim team leader for the North Tampa team and took great pride in the success she saw them achieve. Lauren takes great pride in making sure her team not only succeeds, but succeeds to a level they themselves didn't know possible. She strives to make sure she is available to her team whether it be day or night, so they know they will always have the support they need.
Lauren has been in real estate for 6 years, which also include her own management and purchases of investment properties. Prior to real estate, Lauren did work in the healthcare industry, specifically in the Operating Rooms. Since becoming team leader, Lauren has not only grown the Ocala team in the number of agents but she has also helped shaped there conversion to one of the best in the company.
Outside of her life with Robert Slack, Lauren has been married to her husband Joe for 7 years. They are the proud parents of there two children Jase (6) and Aria (2). They also have 4 small dogs. They love traveling with there children and strive to show them as many places around the world as possible.
Award winning coach, entrepreneur and author Karen Coffey went from being homeless single mother, losing everything she owned in one year to earning over $100,000 in less than 100 days in a brand new market ... finishing out that same year just under 1/2 a million dollars in Gross Commission Income. She then built six successful real estate teams across the US and now coaches others to propel their businesses through step-by-step strategies, mindset techniques and their own personal strengths to change their lives and their impact in the world through real estate.
Ryan is the owner/broker of Spyglass Realty and started his career in Austin real estate as an investor in 2001, buying investment properties and using them for passive rental income. He received his real estate license in 2004. In 2008 he started Spyglass Realty with his wife, Angél Rodenbeck. His focus was on building a team of highly trained Austin real estate agents whose focus was on real estate consultation rather than just sales. Ryan saw a gap in the market when it comes to average real estate agents as opposed to top producing agents who take up to 20% of the sales in any given area.
He set out to study the best real estate agents in Austin and around the nation, traveling to conferences and seeking out relationships with top producers. He hired coaches and consultants and documented the best practices of high performing agents across the country. He looked in different markets and found what top producers were doing to make their listings to sell for more money and in less time and began to adopt techniques for marketing homes that are above and beyond putting a listing on MLS and taking a photo with a camera phone. He is a student and teacher of digital and social media marketing and uses these techniques to ensure that each listing in his firm is marketed to the largest possible audience for his agent’s clients.
Keeping up with the latest digital and social media trends is of utmost importance to Ryan. In addition, Ryan studied negotiation techniques to ensure that he and his agents were properly trained in the art of collaborative negotiations, which involves studying the goals for each party and diplomatically using those goals to ensure that the client's needs are being represented properly. His goal is to hire only agents with the most experience or the most potential and so all of the realtors at Spyglass Realty are vetted, and ongoing training is constantly occurring at this real estate brokerage. Ryan has served on the board of directors at Austin Board of Realtors as well as several committees, he teaches social media classes at ABoR and is a contributing writer for Inman Magazine where he has a monthly column.
Rick Haskins was born and raised in Key West, Florida. After serving in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, he returned to his hometown to start a career working for his family business. In 2012, he purchased Key West Vacation Rentals and ran the company for five years before partnering with Vacasa to take over the property management side of the business. Through the partnership, he signed on as Community Manager, bringing his extensive expertise of vacation rental management, as well as his knowledge of the Key West region. Serving in this capacity allowed Rick to continue to focus on the real estate side of his business, which he continued to grow until becoming the Principal Broker for Vacasa Real Estate in 2018.
In addition to helping the Florida market buy and sell real estate, Rick has aided in multiple natural disasters including Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael. On both occasions, he assisted local residents by taking his personal truck and local supplies to residents in the area, helping them recover and safeguard their homes from future damage.
Market savvy real estate professional, Valerie Post has over 15 years in the Boston real estate marketing helping buyers and sellers from CEOs to first timers find the perfect match for their real estate needs. Val has forged deep connections across Boston’s business and philanthropic communities since 1979, building a vast network of professional and personal collaborations. For the past 30 years, prior to co-founding Meridian Realty Group, she has invested in the Boston real estate market, building her personal portfolio to include several management and investment properties. From single family homes to investment properties, waterfront condominiums to historic Boston landmarks, Valerie has the experience to secure unmatched value for both buyers and sellers.
Jay Gaskill is the principal investor in East Cape Holdings LLC. Formerly Jay Gaskill was Division President of Xome Exchange and Executive Vice President at Solutionstar a division of Nationstar Mortgage . In May 2014, Jay and his partners sold Real Estate Digital to Solutionstar which later became Xome.com. Jay served as CEO and principal shareholder for Real Estate Digital, the leading provider of integrated technology and data solutions to real estate franchisors, brokerages, agents, MLS organizations, money center banks and mortgage lenders. Prior to the creation of Real Estate Digital, Jay served as President of LPS Real Estate Group – a respected provider of technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries for more than five years. With LPS Real Estate Group, Jay was responsible for the Real Estate Technology Services and Title and Services divisions. The consumer portal Cyberhomes.com was created, enhanced and sold under Jay’s tenure.
Prior to LPS Real Estate Group, Jay worked for 18 years within the Fidelity National Financial family companies including roles as a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the LSI division and Regional Manager of Fidelity National Title. Earlier roles included President of the Orange County division of Fidelity National Title and VP of Sales. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.
Ron Schurr is the Founder and CEO of OHGuests, LLC., the most powerful open house management platform in the real estate industry that gives realtors the tools to effectively collect, promote and manage successful open houses and grow their business.
Before devoting his work full-time to OHGuests, Ron was a top producing realtor in California for 10 years. His 20+ years experience in sales, marketing and business development within the software industry, along with his knowledge of web marketing, strategic planning, SEO and business development, contributed to the success of his SaaS/Cloud software consulting firm.
In addition, Ron has volunteered as the track coach of the Holy Family Catholic Track Team for 7 years that he guided to 5 Varsity Championships and 2 JV Championships success.
Psst…. Once upon a time, he was known as a local legend for his Elvis impersonations…. You certainly didn't hear that from me..
He holds a Bachelors in Management, minor in Marketing.
Todd Mosier is an experienced marketer, engineer, and the VP of Marketing at Adwerx. Melding his technical and creative backgrounds, he leads the amazing marketing team at the rapidly growing startup, which has helped over 200,000 real estate agents and over 100 enterprises achieve their digital advertising goals with the Adwerx Automated Advertising Platform.
Todd is driven to find the perfect balance between campaign strategy, creative design, and technical innovation, pushing the limits of marketing tools and automation. In fact, he and his team are likely targeting you with a sophisticated blend of email and digital advertising as you read this.
Along with being a passionately engaged member of his community in Durham, NC, he has traveled to over 50 countries, and is a lapsed polyglot, musician and DevOps engineer.
Grace Ouma-Cabezas is the VP of Digital Marketing at kitchen and home brand Food52 where she leads user growth, engagement, and retention across marketing channels. A marketing executive with over a decade of experience, Grace has provided strategic vision and marketing positioning for a wide range of brands. Before making her way to Food52, she spent time in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle media space at GLAMSQUAD and Birchbox — but her heart has always been in the kitchen. In 2019, Grace was named one of the Top Women in Media by Folio:. Based in NYC where she’s been for 13 years in her chosen home of Harlem, she’s a Jersey-native and proud daughter of Kenyan immigrants. She’s lived and studied in South Africa and lived and worked in Spain. Her multicultural perspective is a key part of her customer-first marketing philosophy and her view on the unique power of food in building cross-cultural connections.
Ryan Coon is co-founder and CEO of Avail, a platform that improves the rental experience for DIY landlords and renters. At Avail, Ryan focuses on company strategy, hiring, and developing new partnerships. Prior to co-founding Avail in 2015, Ryan was an Investment Banking Associate at BMO Capital Markets performing M&A and equity capital markets transactions for financial services firms. Ryan left BMO in February 2011, to travel the world and to learn Ruby on Rails. Ryan earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ryan is on Twitter @ryanmcoon.
For more than 25 years, Kim Luckie has been using her marketing expertise to help entrepreneurs generate demand, increase productivity, innovate customer experiences, and gain share of voice in crowded markets. As ERA American Real Estate's Director of Marketing Kim is responsible for the marketing, communication, advertising, demand, and lead generation efforts of the firm. In addition to strategic responsibilities, Kim is a passionate speaker on all things branding and marketing. Known as Captain Awesome, she is a sneaker-wearing, karaoke-singing, wine devotee who is devoted to helping brokers and agents tell their authentic stories.
To help prove his real estate success over the years, Aaron has several boxes full of trophies on the top shelf of his garage.
Aaron is the Chief Officer of Big Ideas and Broker/Owner of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Influence Partners in Salt Lake City, UT. As a serial entrepreneur, national speaker, and coach, he continuously seeks to stay ahead of the game with trends & marketing strategies.
Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, is an adoption advocate & supporter of the Golden Gate Movement pro-social campaign in the local school systems. Although originally from New Jersey, he is a dedicated Chicago sports fan and loves performing onstage with his musical comedic Improv team.
Co-Founder of a national real estate development company, Aspen Heights. We have built over $3B in assets since 2008 including the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi The Independent.
CEO-Co Founder of Rising Tide Marketing since 2009. Rising Tide is a full-service marketing company who has helped clients grow over 56% YOY through cutting-edge digital marketing strategy.
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!
Simon Chen serves as Realogy Franchise Group’s EVP of Product & Innovation, a position he assumed in September of 2019. In this role, Chen is responsible for leading the company’s newly formed Product and Innovation group, where he will be tasked with bringing together digital products, strategic alliances, learning and recruiting efforts as part of the company’s growth strategy. He will be focused on generating high-quality leads, enhancing the consumer experience, and delivering next-generation technology for both franchise and company-owned brokerage businesses. His culture-forward approach is driving a new energy and excitement into the organization. Chen most recently served as President and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems LLC, a role he assumed in March 2018. Prior to that he served as the brand's chief operating officer. A widely respected technology expert with decades of experience in real estate brokerage investments, marketing and operations, Chen worked to champion tools designed to enhance productivity, with specific focus on processes and services that drive growth for agents and franchisees. Chen is a licensed broker in California and a member of the Beverly Hills and Santa Clara real estate boards. He mentors with the National Association of REALTORS® Second Century Ventures’ REach® program and Moderne Ventures, two real estate technology incubators. Prior to joining ERA and Realogy, Chen was the COO at Realty One Group. He founded global real estate brokerage and technology consulting firm Century Pacific Group, and served as senior director of corporate development and strategy at realtor.com.
Simon Chen serves as Realogy Franchise Group’s EVP of Product & Innovation, a position he assumed in September of 2019. In this role, Chen is responsible for leading the company’s newly formed Product and Innovation group, where he will be tasked with bringing together digital products, strategic alliances, learning and recruiting efforts as part of the company’s growth strategy. He will be focused on generating high-quality leads, enhancing the consumer experience, and delivering next-generation technology for both franchise and company-owned brokerage businesses. His culture-forward approach is driving a new energy and excitement into the organization.
Chen most recently served as President and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems LLC, a role he assumed in March 2018. Prior to that he served as the brand's chief operating officer. A widely respected technology expert with decades of experience in real estate brokerage investments, marketing and operations, Chen worked to champion tools designed to enhance productivity, with specific focus on processes and services that drive growth for agents and franchisees.
Chen is a licensed broker in California and a member of the Beverly Hills and Santa Clara real estate boards. He mentors with the National Association of REALTORS® Second Century Ventures’ REach® program and Moderne Ventures, two real estate technology incubators.
Prior to joining ERA and Realogy, Chen was the COO at Realty One Group. He founded global real estate brokerage and technology consulting firm Century Pacific Group, and served as senior director of corporate development and strategy at realtor.com.
Dave Gordon was appointed as Realogy’s Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in January 2018. He reports directly to Chief Executive Officer and President Ryan Schneider. Gordon has more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology, innovation and business operations in the financial services industry. He has a strong business background with substantial expertise in transforming and building leading-edge technology organizations, building digital products and superior analytic capabilities, and recruiting great talent. He is responsible for Realogy’s technology and data transformation and working closely with Realogy’s business leaders to help drive the Company’s aggressive change agenda.
Most recently, Gordon served for three years as U.S. Chief Technology & Operations Officer at BMO Financial Group. In this role, he led the strategic technology, operations and data initiatives in the United States. Gordon was also responsible for the company’s U.S. innovation pipeline, which included projects involving digitization, data analytics and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining BMO Financial Group, Gordon served in multiple officer roles at Promontory Financial Group from 2013 to 2015, including Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Technology and Information Officer, where he led technology, facilities and human resources.
From 2001 to 2013, Gordon held several key senior leadership positions at Capital One, including Chief Information Officer of the North American Card business and Senior Vice President of Technology Infrastructure. Prior to Capital One, Gordon worked in technology roles at Accenture, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and A.H. Robins Co.
Gordon received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Richmond.
Jason Oberman is the Director of Sales- Company Lead Generation- Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Paracle, he has a demonstrated history of working in the Real Estate industry related to successful lead generation and team conversion. He has a passion for building effective and high producing teams. He has a history of success in Operations Management, Sales Management, and Business Management.
Tony Hanson is a Strategic Leader and a Managing Partner at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Paracle. He is Results-driven with over to 20 years’ experience guiding the development of performance-driven, customer-driven, market-driven organizations. Recognized for innovative leadership and counsel in transitioning underperforming organizations into top producers. Strong Executive Presence with outstanding communication and negotiation skills. Characterized talented strategist, capital thought producer, project leader and customer relationship manager. Excellent reputation throughout the Real Estate industry as being ethical with a high level of personal integrity and commitment. Forerunner in the development and market launch of products, programs and features to meet market demand. Equally successful in new market development, driving revenue growth and maximizing gross profits despite intense competition.
Karen Shanahan Garrett was effectively born into Real Estate as the daughter of a long-time successful real estate broker in Winchester, MA, just north of Boston. After attending Bucknell University, Karen worked for a large management consulting firm, specializing in marketing and sales strategies for pharmaceutical companies, working out of the mid-Atlantic region.
When she and her husband relocated their young family to Winchester, Karen transitioned from consulting into the familiar world of residential real estate. At the same time Karen was embarking on her real estate career, she leveraged her business operations background in supporting her mother, Nan’s launch of The Shanahan Group, first as an independent brokerage, then teaming with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in 2013.
Today, with 12 years of strong success in real estate sales, Karen continues to serve clients in Winchester and communities north of Boston and to be involved in the community through various philanthropic and school groups as well as local business associations. She also is a partner with her mother in owning and operating Better Homes and Gardens Estate The Shanahan Group, working together building the company’s success.
The Shanahan Group offers a unique and collaborative environment of hyper local and skilled professionals dedicated to exceeding clients’ expectations throughout the course of homeownership. Karen is proud to work with this dynamic, smart and dedicated group.
Josh McGrath is a life-long resident of WV, an auto enthusiast, speaker, investor and entrepreneur. Josh started selling real estate immediately upon graduation from high school at just 18 years old. In 2001 he and business partner Angie McCown formed their team listing and selling together. In 2005 Josh and Angie opened Real Estate Central in Cross Lanes, WV. Real Estate Central has now grown to five offices and 100+ REALTORS, Real Estate Central is one of the leading Real Estate agencies in central West Virginia. Josh currently holds his license in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina. Josh also founded the organization, REC Kickin’ Cancer and since 2011 has been raising money for agents fighting cancer, annually this event raises $15-20k. Josh is a two time Local REALTOR of the year, 2007 and 2013. He is a past President of the Kanawha Valley Board of REALTORS and is serving his 4th year as a director of the West Virginia Association of REALTORS. Josh has previously and continues to serve and chair multiple state and local committees. In 2016 Josh was awarded the 40 under 40 award by the West Virginia State Journal’s Generation Next, the State REALTOR of the Year and represented West Virginia at the National Convention. Josh was named Young Gun Class of 2020 by the West Virginia Executive Magazine. Josh is a continuing education instructor and represents Region 3 on the NAR RPAC Major Investor Council. Josh is a huge advocate of RPAC and its importance to the REALTOR industry. Josh currently resides in Charleston with his husband Rick and their dog’s Keely, Jaxon and RaeLynn. Josh loves traveling around the country Speaking/Motivating agents on Real Estate Success Strategies.
Rob Lyszczarz is married with 3 young children and the President of RE/MAX SELECT. He has 13 RE/MAX offices in Central and North Jersey, and 1 in South Florida with over 300 agents. He has been in the RE/MAX franchise for 22 years, and his offices have sold over $900 Million in 2017, and is on track to close $1.5 Billion in 2018, with almost 60% being buyer controlled sides. He is recognized as a national speaker and has spoke at multiple RE/MAX, NAR, and Realtor.com conferences about his prospecting systems. His company currently generates over 4000 leads monthly through Realtor.com and other sources and he has authored a proprietary lead conversion process which is actively used by over half the RE/MAX SELECT agents. Our business model is to provide agents with real-time active buyer/seller leads and has helped us become one of the fastest growing RE/MAX companies. Over the past year Rob added 7 offices and looks to add several more nationally in the upcoming year through strategic acquisitions and opening new RE/MAX franchises. His lead generation, conversion process, dedication to providing his agents with best in-class technology and outstanding leadership team has contributed to his success.
Brian is CEO of 1000watt, a creative agency that serves real estate brands, brokers, tech companies, mortgage companies and more.
Prior to 1000watt, Brian was CEO of VREO, which created software for Tablet PCs.
Prior to that he was President of Inman.
Miriem Boss was born and raised on the mean, clean streets of Tokyo. The middle child of no fewer than 7, her upbringing was rife with noise and travel in equal parts, the latter landing her in 36 countries around the world. In 2005, she found herself stateside, and in 2011, Miriem matriculated at Utah Valley University, earning her degree in business management. In 2015, this spitfire nabbed her real estate license, but her interests in the field won’t be taking the form of a traditional agent: as our COLLECTIVE Managing Director, Miriem’s focus is on agent support, agent coaching, and the joyful spreading of industry knowledge to any with an inquiring mind.
Jereme Kleven is the owner and co-founder of My Home Group Real Estate, awarded Inc.500 for the last 5 years as a fastest growing company in the Country. As a licensed real estate professional since 2001, we felt that the traditional brokerage model seriously lacked value to agents. The vision was to build a brokerage that allowed agents and teams to flourish by providing them with the best culture, education, and technology at unsurpassed value. 2,600+ agents in the last 5 years believed in the vision and now call My Home Group their professional home. My Home Group has grown from $11M in sales to $5.5B in sales in 6 years. MHG closed 18,000 transactions in 2019, and is currently closing 2,000 transactions and over $500M in sales per month. In addition, we’ve started 6 ancillary businesses to capitalize on all aspects of the Real Estate transaction, and to ensure a high level of service is provided to the consumer. We share a passion for fostering the growth of our agents and teams first, which has helped us recruit more Top 100 agents and teams than any other brokerage in Arizona. We pride ourselves not only on the production of My Home Group, but also on our agent-centric culture, which has changed the real estate community for the better.
Joe is the CEO of Issuu, the world's leading digital publishing and discovery platform connecting people to the content they love most. Joe has spearheaded business models that have created of the best brand and consumer engagement on the web. With more than 20 years of experience in startup and growth technology leadership, he has been the CEO, lead sales, BD and Product for some of the leading and most innovative companies in Silicon Valley from early stage through to IPO.
Lucas is a successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, and recognized leader in the real estate tech industry.
He is the founder of Landlordology and Head of Industry Relations at Cozy, both of which have improved the lives of millions of real estate investors nationwide. Cozy and Landlordology were acquired by Apartments.com in 2018 and given additional resources to grow faster and go further.
Lucas counsels thousands of independent landlords every year, teaching them how to build wealth and keep their tenants happy. He has a passion for growing companies and creating technology that customers love. He owns five rental properties in three states and passively invests in 966 multifamily units. He lives in Colorado with his lovely wife, proud-to-be-an-only-child daughter, and two sneaky doodles.
Jessica applies over 24 years of Denver area real estate expertise and a proven track record of exceptional marketing, negotiating and creating innovative solutions to meet her clients’ buying and selling goals. Jessica is one of the exclusive top 1% producing brokers in the Denver area.
Clients looking to relocate to or within the Denver Metro area seek out and choose Jessica as their invaluable real estate partner. Her well-deserved reputation as a broker who gets results has been built through her tenacity, work ethic, professionalism and passion for getting clients what they want.
Jessica’s approach is based upon her driven personality and insistence that each client be treated as she would want to be treated. Clients reviewing their experience with Jessica consistently say they feel they are her most important client and top priority every day. Families who are relocating to or from Denver say Jessica is exceptional at thinking outside of the box to create solutions that ensure tight timelines can be met and optimal results achieved.
In addition to Jessica’s extensive time and first-hand experience in the Denver market, her knowledge gained earning her Certified Realtor Specialist and Certified Luxury Home Specialist designations further add to the value she brings her clients.
Jessica feels strongly about the importance of community and helping others. With each home she sells, she contributes towards building homes for families in need through the Giveback Homes organization. Her passion for offering a great real estate experience is appreciated by those who have worked with her. In an industry that can be filled with stress and inexperience, she gives her clients the confidence and peace of mind that they have one of the best in the business working on their behalf in this very competitive Denver real estate market.
A consistent top producer who surpassed $60 million in sales for 2019, Marnie was drawn to real estate because of her passion for assisting others. Marnie attributes much of her success to lessons learned as a waitress independently paying her way through college at The University of Texas at Austin.
A native Houstonian, Marnie focuses her business on areas in which she's lived and knows well including the Memorial Villages, River Oaks, Spring Branch, Tanglewood and West University. Marnie has participated in some of the most significant sales in these markets and often utilizes her network to sell properties off the Multiple Listing Service, which include lots for builders and unique homes for discerning clientele. Marnie understands the stress and emotion often involved in a real estate transaction and ensures the smoothest possible process for her clients. Her vast repeat and referral business is a testament to the exemplary level of service and expertise she provides. Marnie enjoys assisting clients in all price ranges and often connects with her clients on a personal level.
Outside of real estate, Marnie devotes her time to her four children and her non-profit Marnie Rocks Beading Cancer, which provides children receiving cancer treatment at Texas Children's Hospital with beading supplies as a creative outlet and entertainment option.
Sarah Chatel has lived, worked and raised a family in the Atlanta area for the last 40 years. She began her Real Estate career 8 years ago and has consistently been in the top 10% of all Realtors in the Atlanta area since then.
Prior to Real Estate, Sarah had a successful career in technology selling Cisco products to C- Level executives in Corporate 1000 settings. Sarah is also a local actress doing commercials, film, TV, and radio. She can be seen on an episode of Property Virgins, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV, and Swamp Murders on the Discovery Channel; as well as heard on local radio ads with Georgia Lottery and billboards for local hospitals.
Originally from Sanford, FL, Sarah’s passion and purpose are condensed to this mission statement: (to) “Positively Impact the Lives of Others Through Real Estate,” which is evidenced by the testimonials of her clients. “Sarah’s attentiveness and willingness to go the extra mile is why my family and I have bought and sold six homes with her.” Greg Hiebert, CEO – Leadership Forward
Philanthropy is a big part of Sarah’s business. Along with her husband, Peter, they are very active in the community. Sarah serves on the Alliance Theatre Advisory Board, is a member of the Midtown Rotary Club of Atlanta as well as the 2020 Gala Chair for Dancing Stars of Atlanta for Alzheimer's with a fundraising goal of one million dollars. She serves on the Alumnae Board of Directors for Converse College, her alma mater, where she obtained a BA in Religion and minored in Theatre. Her Real Estate team of two, has donated over $80,000 to Atlanta Habitat and built, alongside their clients, 14 homes in the past 4 years with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. She was a second-place winner for dancing and fundraising in the 2019 Dancing Stars of Atlanta for the Alzheimer’s Association where she danced the Tango to raise over $115,000 for research and awareness.
Sarah is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors; Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club 2013-2018; Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist with Million Dollar Guild recognition; Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and she co-authored The Success Principles: Real Estate Edition (https://www.amazon.com/Success-Chronicles-RealEstate/dp/1535190027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539131656&sr=8-1&keywords=success+chronicles+real+estate+edition)
She is a regular contributor to an industry blog for Realtors on best practices and also a featured radio guest.
Christian is the Owner and Designated Broker of Sea-Town Real Estate, a modern tech-forward indie brokerage in Seattle focusing on providing exceptional client experiences and giving back to the community. For Christian, supporting the community and making an impact are paramount. His passion for providing the best client experience and transparency in real estate led to the launch of his own brokerage in 2017, where he could leverage his strengths to provide his agents with the tools, systems and guidance so they can spend their time getting in front of and serving their ideal clients.
Under Christian's leadership, Sea-Town Real Estate has followed through with a commitment to philanthropy by donating a portion of all proceeds to a local non-profit of the clients choice. His passion for a better consumer experience has been a guiding light that has led Christian to become a content creator and community influencer. Christian is the co-host of the reThink Real Estate Podcast where he has interviewed some of the sharpest minds in real estate. In addition to this podcast, Christian hosts several Seattle-based podcasts and a daily Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing.
As the President and CTO of the T3 Sixty, Jack is responsible for client relationship development and management of T3 Sixty's consulting team. He has nearly two decades in the real estate industry and previously worked as CTO of a boutique real estate brokerage. While there the firm won Inman’s “Innovator of the Year” award and was used as a business case study by Apple. Prior to that, he led a technology team with Keller Williams Realty International and developed the enterprise system that helped grow the franchise from 10,000 agents to 60,000 agents. He is the co-author of five reports and case studies, including the T3 Tech Guide, as well as various white papers and abstracts on technology.
Wilder Realty was founded in 1995 with a vision to unite the area’s leading real estate professionals to create a culture of top-notch service delivering exceptional real estate experiences for our customers and fostering life-long relationships. After branding with ERA in 2001, ERA Wilder Realty became one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the Southeast.
The ERA Wilder Realty leadership team spends great time, effort, and resources analyzing economic trends so that we can stay ahead of an ever-changing market place. It has long been our philosophy to meet the consumer where they are and to understand, and even anticipate their needs. From seamless mobile integration and texting products to listing videos and agent connectivity, we have positioned our team to be the most responsive to the needs of the consumer by quickly providing thorough, accurate and value-added information at all times
Jason Abrams is vice president of Industry at Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams, the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the U.S. and, in 2019, was named by Fast Company as the “most innovative company” in real estate.
Abrams brings more than 17 years’ experience with KW to his current role, previously serving as an operating principal, team leader, KW MAPS Coach and a founding board member of KW Kids Can, a KW nonprofit.
Abrams is a mega-agent business owner who has sold real estate across three continents. His company, Homehelper Consultants/Abrams International, has been recognized as a top-producing real estate team by REAL Trends. Currently, the real estate team operates in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Oregon.
He is the co-founder of Metrix Coaching and Training, a real estate-specific coaching company exclusively focused on the team building and technology strategies to drive an agent-centric consumer experience.
As a top real estate agent focused on the professional sports sector, Abrams has led the industry in assisting athletes with relocations. His hit HGTV show, “Scoring the Deal,” provided viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the dynamic world of professional sports real estate.
Since 1997, Ken has been the President and CEO of Watson Realty, one of the premier real estate brokerages in California’s expansive San Joaquin Valley, and in 2003, became its owner. In 2004, he became a franchisee of ERA Real Estate.
During this time, he has either been an officer or owner of a number of ancillary real estate related business: Direct Home Mortgage, Watson Construction, Watson Property Management, San Joaquin Valley Mortgage, Central California Escrow, Watson Relocation, the Bakersfield Listing Service, & CP Properties.
Prior to entering the real estate business, Ken served in various capacities for two former members of the United States House of Representatives.
Before serving in politics and government, Ken spent time with both Cable News Network and KABC - 7 in Los Angeles.
He is a Founding Member of the San Joaquin Valley YPO Chapter, has served in various capacities in both local, state and national real estate concerns including ERA’s National Advisory Council, as well as a past chair of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, the Kern, Inyo and Mono Workforce Investment Board, and the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. He currently serves as a director for the Bakersfield, CA Chapter of NAHREP.
Ken is married to Renee, and together they have seven children, Taylor, Sydney, Abaigeal, Zachary, Emmet, Maggie and Andrew
Jenny is the owner and team leader of Indie Brokerage, Wemert Group Realty located in Orlando Florida. Wemert Group Realty is proud to have served 900 families in 96 zip codes for $265million dollars in 2019 with only 30 agents and 14 behind the scenes team members handling transaction coordination, marketing, and support. The team works in their strengths and serves with heart. With over 1000+ five-star reviews to the Wemert name to date throughout social media, common notes of trustworthiness and dedication are woven throughout. There is no higher compliment for a real estate team.
Shaun Osher founded CORE in 2005. As CEO, and under his leadership, he has led CORE to become the number one boutique real estate marketing and sales company in New York. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and creative minds in marketing, branding, and selling real estate, he has been responsible for more than 30 projects and 6 billion dollars in sales. Having started his career as one of NYC’s most successful and respected agents, he is known as a broker's broker, with a keen understanding of the market and acumen for sales and negotiation. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Shaun graduated from The New School and began his career in 1994.
Gregory Youngblood has been working in the field of PropTech since 2013. During his 5+ years at Zillow and Realtor.com, he spent much of his time talking to real estate agents about how to promote themselves and their listings. He is now Senior Director of Product Marketing at Matterport, working to help agents use 3D technology to differentiate themselves. And as a real estate investor himself, he knows firsthand the urgency of doing all it takes to sell a property fast and at the right price.
Shannon Williams is a revenue growth leader with deep experience across real estate and technology, passionate about building and leading highly productive teams, and driven by innovation and speed-to-market. She knows the ultimate measures of success are customer delight and strong revenue growth, and the strategies it takes to achieve them.
Her previous leadership roles include Sales & Marketing Leader at Amazon, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Sales for Lennar, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales Enablement at Blackbaud, Vice President at Marketing Analytics Inc., and Sr. Manager of Marketing for Centex/Pulte. From working with Fortune 500 companies to start ups, she has a deep understanding of the day-to-day demands of consistently delivering positive customer experiences across marketing, sales, and services.
Passionate about philanthropy, she serves as the President for the Board of Operation Home, a nonprofit committed to providing safety and accessibility through critical home repairs from wheelchair ramps, to roof repairs, to heat and cold relief programs.
Cody Gibson has been a real estate agent for over 17 years. Based in Oregon, Gibson is the owner and CEO of Portland Real Estate Group and United Home Group. He also serves as the operating principal of Keller Williams – Portland Central, which has more than 230 agents.
In the fall of 2011, Gibson founded Portland Real Estate Group (PRG). The company has grown to include a listing and buyers’ division, a call center, and a staff of 15. United Home Group (UHG) began in 2012 and has continued to expand, now operating in more than 100 cities across 23 states.
Passionate about helping others find success, Gibson travels the U.S. teaching courses through KW MAPS Coaching, the coaching division of Keller Williams. He is a highly sought-after speaker, business coach, and a part of Gary Keller’s Top 100 mastermind group.
Wendy Gilch is the CEO and Founder of Selling Later. Selling Later lets future home sellers “get their feet wet” by publically announcing they are considering selling their home later, regardless of how they want to sell or if they know yet how they are selling. Future home buyers can then view homes that would be selling in their desired time frame.
Wendy developed the concept of Selling Later after going through the all too common issue of selling her home too quickly before having somewhere else to live.
She established the company’s core principles on the things that were most important to her: giving sellers time, giving buyers a view of the future market, protecting user’s privacy, and supporting nonprofits throughout the US.
Wendy is a graduate of Slippery Rock University (yes, it does exist) and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids (three if you count their dog). She believes that a successful founder shouldn’t focus on themselves. Instead, they should focus on solving a problem and supporting those that are making a difference in small communities. Wendy lives this principle by making a commitment to donating her personal profits from Selling Later back to small nonprofits.
Mother. Wife. Lover of all things Southern.
Real Estate Broker/Owner. Sports enthusiast. Fascinated by politics, marketing trends, and bacon.
Shari Mattern is a nationally award-winning communications and marketing professional with extensive experience leading corporate programs for public and private companies across diverse industries. She is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene and serves as a member of Realogy’s Technology Client Advisory Council. She joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in February 2017 and leads the company’s marketing, branding, corporate communications, consumer experience and creative services function. Prior to joining Gary Greene she served as Head of Public Relations, Brand and Investor Relations at TETRA Technologies, Inc. (TTI) and began her marketing career at Waste Management Inc. as Manager of Marketing and Communication for Recycle America. Ms. Mattern also is a contributing author for Inman and Houston’s Heights Magazine. She has broad and deep experience in corporate communications, community relations, public relations and marketing, Ms. Mattern was honored in 2019 as one of Houston’s Women Who Mean Business by the Houston Business Journal and in 2108 she received three Telly Awards for Gary Greene’s commercial campaign "Touching Lives, One Home at a Time” for producing this series. She supports various charities in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area.
Patrick is co-founder and CEO of Spruce, the platform for powering online real estate transactions. Spruce's APIs and services for title insurance and closing make it the best option for forward-thinking mortgage lenders and real estate companies looking to scale their business while becoming more efficient and providing great experiences to their customers.
Prior to starting Spruce, Patrick spent 3 years as Product Manager at Betterment, the largest automated investment service with 400,000 customer and $20 billion under management. He holds an MA in Statistics from Yale, and a BA in Physics from Oxford.
Patrick Kearns is a New York City-based journalist with over six years of experience covering metro news and sports. As a freelance features reporter, he's written for The Guardian, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and others.
Stephanie Anton is the president of Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI), the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. Stephanie oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of LPI and frequently speaks to audiences around the world about the luxury market and industry at large, real estate marketing and research and insights into the affluent consumer.
She has been named to the Inman 101 list of innovative leaders driving industry change, the Swanepoel Power 200 list of most influential real estate professionals and Luxury Daily's prestigious ranking of Luxury Women to Watch, a select list of 25 accomplished executives set to make a difference in luxury. She also sits on the Board of Managers for Upstream.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University and a Masters, Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University.
Toni Haber is the founder of The Haber Team at Compass and serves as a role model and panelist for the Women of Compass group. She is a 30+ year industry veteran who is highly respected among peers and industry leaders for her deep knowledge of the market and her unwavering integrity. A prolific producer, Toni leads a team with over $2 billion in sales and is consistently ranked among the top brokers in New York City. An early adopter of industry technology, she has been a champion for elevating the real estate profession as well as the client experience throughout her career. Well-known by the New York press community, Toni is often sought out for comment and opinion on various real estate matters.
Sara Sutachan is the Vice President of industry and broker relations, membership development and strategic initiatives for the California Association of REALTORS®.
She is the co-creator of WomanUP!®, C.A.R.'s Women's Initiative designed to close the gender gap in the leadership of real estate firms. In her passion to affect change in this arena, Sara is dedicated to the empowerment of women through research, professional development, events, mentoring, and creating a community of advocates and support.
Sara is also responsible for identifying, building, maintaining, and reaching out to California Brokers in order to gain insights and spot emerging trends in the industry. In this role, she helps the Association establish vision, identify new and emerging opportunities and relationships and is responsible for implementing key strategic initiatives.
When Sara is not strategizing or implementing new ideas, sharing her knowledge from stage, or co-hosting the C.A.R. Leaders and Legends podcast, you will find her out adventuring and enjoying life with her two amazing children and loved ones!
Dani Vanderboegh is a senior editor at Inman, who wrangles Inman's contributor program in addition to handling the how-to's, listicles and other educational content. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a master's degree in magazine editing in 2014 and has been with Inman pretty much since. A self-professed foodie, she loves all things pop culture, enjoys traveling and appreciates all things native to her hometown, St. Louis.
Andrea V. Brambila has been covering the real estate industry at Inman News since 2009. During that time, she has earned numerous awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE), including a Gold Award for Best Investigative Report and the Ruth Ryon Award for Best Entry By A Young Journalist. She specializes in covering real estate associations, multiple listing services and a variety of legal issues affecting the industry. She came to Inman after earning a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2009 and holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Reed College.
Jill Biggs takes customer service to a new level, covering every detail of every transaction in order to make each sale a memorable experience for both the buyers and sellers.
Known throughout the industry as an exceptional Sales Representative, Biggs has earned the respect of her peers as well as that of her numerous clients. Her extensive contacts within the real estate community enable her to create interest and excitement for her listings, and enjoy a professional and impeccable reputation.
Specializing in residential real estate sales, Biggs has achieved membership in the NJAR Circle of Excellence, 2006-2008, Gold level in 2009 and Platinum level 2010-2012. She is also a member of the Coldwell Banker International Multi-Million Dollar Club, International Presidents Elite and International Presidents Premier Club. She is in the top 1% of all Coldwell Banker agents nationwide.
Christine Lee is the CEO/founder of Seize the Market. She has been an entrepreneur since the age of 16 when she started her first online business that serviced over 16 countries. She received her B.S. in Computer Information Systems in 2003 from the University of North Florida and her M.S in Real Estate in 2006 at the University of Florida. Her 20+ years experience in real estate ranges from a licensed real estate broker to a mortgage broker, state certified real estate appraiser, general contractor. She has owned over 8 different businesses and has been featured in Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30, featured on HGTV shows, Homebuyer Magazine, and as a radio show host for Getting Real with Real Estate. Christine currently develops and grows businesses through Seize the Market and is a forward thinking business leader and entrepreneur that excels at strategizing short and long term plans to achieve goals.
Mark Miles currently serves as the Director of Operations and Technology for Dream Town Realty in Chicago. In this capacity, he is responsible for setting standards for the company while working with middle managers to ensure that processes, training, and quality of the Dream Town experience reflect these standards for their brokers and clients. Additionally, Mr. Miles provides senior leadership and oversight to the in house Technology Division which develops proprietary broker and consumer facing solutions for the brokerage.
Starting his career in 2005, Mr. Miles worked his way through the brokerage from sales associate to his current position in January of 2015. Since accepting the position, Mr. Miles has worked to craft and refine new operating and strategic plans throughout the organization as well as implementing several cost cutting measures.
When not working, Mr. Miles enjoys downtime with his wife and 3 wonderful sons taking in all Chicago has to offer. And when extra time avails, he pursues his passion of racing exotic sports cars at a local race track outside Chicago.
For more than thirteen years Nick “Tiger” Quay has been at the forefront of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale real estate industry. Nick's passion for introducing South Florida's diverse culture to his clients influenced him to think and act beyond the average Realtor's scope.
Nick incorporated two unquestionable standards in his business ethos. One, to always be on the leading edge of technological advances that can directly benefit and inform his clients and to use these technologies to globally and virtually extend his services to clients, unencumbered by time and distance. Second, to always have a duty-based commitment to his clients – protect the client’s best interests – by not only keeping informed of current and future events, such as environmental and geocentric risks, that may impact market values and city infrastructure but also by staying engaged in community planning and mitigation.
Nick practices what he believes in. He has a cosmopolitan perspective towards life. As an avid paddleboarder and waterman, Nick is extremely passionate about the environment and is often involved in resiliency conversations at different levels. As a founding member of the Sustainability and Resiliency Task Force in his city, Nick actively looks for opportunities to protect the continued growth and stability of the homes and businesses in the area.
Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms with $554 billion Assets Under Management. Mr. Schwarzman has been involved in all phases of Blackstone’s development since its founding in 1985.
Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education, as well as culture and the arts, among other things. In both business and philanthropy, Mr. Schwarzman has dedicated himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. In June 2019, he donated £150 million to the University of Oxford to help redefine the study of the humanities for the 21st century. In October 2018, he announced a $350 million gift to establish the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, an interdisciplinary hub which will reorient MIT to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the rise of artificial intelligence. In 2015, Mr. Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University to establish the Schwarzman Center, and also gave a founding gift of $40 million to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to underprivileged children attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. In 2013, he founded an international scholarship program, “Schwarzman Scholars,” at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. In 2007, Mr. Schwarzman donated $100 million to the New York Public Library on whose board he serves.
In 2019, Schwarzman published his first book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, a New York Times Best Seller which draws from his experiences in business, philanthropy and public service.
Mr. Schwarzman is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is a former co-chair of the Partnership for New York City and serves on the boards of The Asia Society and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as on The Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In 2016, he topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the most influential people in finance and in 2018 was ranked in the Top 50 on Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.” The Republic of France has awarded Mr. Schwarzman both the Légion d'Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Letters at the Commandeur level. Mr. Schwarzman is one of the only Americans to receive both awards recognizing significant contributions to France. He was also awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners.
He is also the Former Chairman of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which was charged with providing direct input to the President of the United States from business leaders through a non-partisan, non-bureaucratic exchange of ideas.
Mr. Schwarzman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management and on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Gregory Robbins is the President and cofounder of Agent Icon. He has been a part of the real estate industry since 1997. He has had the privilege of working with some of the largest real estate companies, teams and agents in the world. He has been a featured speaker at local and national conventions and provides his clients with the marketing insights and implementation strategies needed to be successful in the ever-evolving real estate industry.
Camille is an engineering executive and author of “The Manager’s Path,” as well as the editor of the new book "97 Things Everyone Should Know About Engineering Management." She is a member of the engineering leadership team at Two Sigma Investments and is the former CTO of Rent the Runway. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
As senior vice president, Susan oversees the strategy, sales and operations of Zillow Group’s Premier Agent and Premier Broker business. In 2015, Inman named Susan among the 33 people changing the real estate industry. Susan previously served as SVP and GM of Zillow Group’s NYC brand, StreetEasy.
Susan joined Zillow in October 2012 after the company’s acquisition of Buyfolio, a co-shopping platform for real estate agents and their homebuyers, which she co-founded in 2009 (she came up with the idea while shopping for an apartment in NYC). Prior to Buyfolio, Susan co-founded the award-winning travel website SeatGuru, which was acquired by Expedia in 2007. Before SeatGuru, Susan worked in marketing and client management.
Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and currently sits on their Board of Trustees.
Jennifer Darby Metzger, 2nd generation real estate professional with 20+ years experience as a North Jersey “go-to” broker and consistent top producer with a reputation for strong leadership and company culture, co-owns & leads ERA Justin Realty in Rutherford NJ, 8 miles from NYC. Not only a leader in real estate, but also one with an entrepreneurial spirit of teamwork and collaboration that is evidenced by the success of ERA Justin. Building relationships within her community, strong ties and community service is
Jennifer’s best asset for the growth of her company. She created a Strategic Alliance with a NYC Brokerage, Mirador Real Estate to grow her presence and referral business in both NY & NJ. Some of her passion projects include; creator of Roadside Real Estate, a social media series discussing all topics related to the field from her car with special guests. Also, the founder of The ERA Starfish Project, an ongoing effort to make a difference in her community and Rockin’ Kindness, recently featured in the news as a kindness movement spreading throughout the country.
Jennifer is also heavily involved in her brand specifically by being one of the charter members of Young LEADERS Network, was hand-picked as a true innovator, best-in class marketer and technology guru to serve on MTAC – the Marketing and Technology Advisory Council for ERA® where she serves as a voice for her company, her market and guides future innovations. She also currently serves on NAC - The ERA® National Advisory Council. The ERA® National Advisory Council (NAC) provides strategic input to ERA Franchise Systems and advises, assists and supports the ERA Community by elevating ideas, strategies, emerging trends and challenges in the real estate industry.
She is also frequently called to represent ERA in various ERA corporate ads & serves as a beta tester for the brand. She was honored as Realtor of the Year at the RealSource Board of Realtors (now known as Greater Bergen Association of REALTORS) from approximately 3,000 members. She is passionate about her craft speaking at several well respected venues such as ERA® Real Estate’s National Convention, Ascend: The Executive Leadership Experience SM, offered by Realogy and RISMedia’s CEO Exchange: a high-level, intimate think-tank of the industry’s leading brokers and real estate executives designed to address real estate’s most pressing issues.
A New Jersey native of both Bergen County and the Long Beach Island region, Jennifer has created wonderful relationships throughout the state. She currently resides in Rutherford, NJ with her husband and 2 young daughters. Proud owner of ERA Justin Realty Co, JUSTIN COMMERCIAL and JRC Referral. Real Estate Instructor, Relocation Director, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE),Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Social Media Director, Business Development, Educator, Leader, Coach & Mentor. Licensed in NJ/NY
He has been a top producing agent, has run Real Estate brokerages, he was the VP of Technology and Marketing for an International Franchise brand and has developed training and coaching products to serve the Real Estate industry
Jeff speaks at many Real Estate Brand conferences as well as associations, Real Estate Boards and top Real Estate events such as Inman Connect and NAR and now Agent 2021 one of Vaynermedia’s newest events . The Swanepoel Power 200 ranked Jeff in the TOP 20 most powerful in Social Media . Jeff has also recently been named Inmans Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate for several consecutive years.
Jeff is Fluent in the three languages....English, Real Estate, & Technology.
Thaddeus Wong is the co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 11 largest brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume. Wong began selling real estate in the mid-1990s and quickly established himself as one of the top selling brokers in the city of Chicago. During the early years of his career, he earned four consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of REALTORS® as the top-producing broker among the organization's 10,000+ members. In 2000, Wong and business partner, Michael Golden, established @properties and in 18 years have grown the company from $40 million in sales to over $9 billion in annual sales. Today, @properties has 25 offices in the city of Chicago, surrounding suburbs, southwest Michigan and southeast Wisconsin. The firm has divisions for residential and commercial brokerage, development marketing, relocation, property management and institutional-advisory services. A highly energetic and creative entrepreneur, Wong is focused on implementing his vision for a real estate company in which both the broker and client experience the highest level of service and support. He is primarily responsible for the recruitment and retention of @properties' more than 2,000 brokers, as well as the development and implementation of the firm's award-winning marketing programs. Wong also created and oversees the company's signature training, education and performance-coaching programs utilized by hundreds of brokers per year. Wong is also one of the industry's most valued advisers to developers of new-construction and condominium conversion projects in the Chicago area. He takes an active role in all facets of his clients' projects, including design, promotion and sales. Under Wong's direction and leadership, @properties has successfully marketed more than 100 developments representing more than 5,800 units valued at over $3 billion. Wong's accomplishments have been widely recognized by the real estate industry and the broader business community. Honors include: the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest; Inc. Magazine's “Inc. 500/5000” list; inclusion on Crain's Chicago Business' “Fast Fifty,” “40 Under 40,” and “Largest Privately Held Companies” lists; Inman News' “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders”; induction in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; the Impact Award from the Lincoln Park Builders Club; and the Damen Award from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Wong and @properties support a number of charitable and civic organizations through @gives back, a 501(c)3. Past and present beneficiaries include: The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Imerman Angels, Keith Relief, Noah's Arc Foundation, Teen Living Programs, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Off The Street Club, and Community Partnership for Affordable Housing. Separately, Wong sits on the board of the Chicago Police Foundation, the Chicago Children's Museum, and the Merit School of Music. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, and the Chicago Commercial Club. Wong resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, also a successful REALTOR®, and their four children.
Kenny Truong, #FASTAGENT is a team leader at EXP Realty with the fastest growing team in the Bay Area. Kenny is currently in the top 1% of homes sold in the San Francisco Bay Area between 2011-2020 and consistently ranks as one of REAL Trends annual top teams. In 2015, he won Inman New’s Most Innovative Agent/Broker Award due to his leading edge marketing and innovation. He coaches agents daily nationwide on how to use social media and technology to power their businesses.
As Senior Director of New Ventures, Carly Litzenberger leads Compass Bridge Loan Services nationally. Carly joined Compass from Accenture where she was a Principal Director in the Communications, Media & Technology Practice. Carly also worked at Nielsen for over 10 years, managing global initiatives in the e-commerce measurement, sports and TV media sectors. She graduated with a BS in Telecommunications Management from the University of Florida and prides herself as an avid sports fan and sour beer enthusiast.
Adam Rothblatt is the cofounder and CTO of Morty, the online mortgage broker pairing cutting-edge technology with industry expertise to provide homebuyers unprecedented transparency into the complicated mortgage application process. An engineer and entrepreneur, he’s committed to building web products at startups that create positive change for consumers. Before Morty, he was an advisor and co-founder of Daily Boards and a consultant for WayUp, an online job marketplace for college students.
Daryl Rogers is real estate’s unpretentious leader. Based in Roseville, CA, as the CEO and Owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) Reliance Partners, Daryl and his business partner Matt Cord built and run one of the largest and most successful real estate brokerages in the state, with 10 offices and more than 500 agents throughout Sacramento and the East Bay. Daryl was a former high school science teacher who jumped into real estate as his second career. As an early owner of Keller Williams Realty, he created one of the most profitable Keller Williams franchises in California. This high school football coach from Newcastle believes the best agents are relationship-based and not transaction-based and works to attract the most respected agents, who he believes can make a good living and have a life outside of real estate.
Massarra has been a real estate technology salesperson and leader for 19+ years. She began as a top producing salesperson at Z57, helping hundreds of real estate agents and brokers expand their brands and their business before moving on to Trulia where she led the top producing Strategic Accounts sales team. Massarra formally joined Zillow Group in 2016 to help launch Premier Agent on StreetEasy and now acts as General Manager for the New York Metro area.
Daniel oversees 1300 professional photographers nationwide in Zillow's Certified Photographer Program. Daniel worked on the national launch of Zillow 3D Home in April of 2019 and is passionate about helping real estate professionals use virtual tours in their marketing strategies. He looks forward to talking about all the latest media trends here at Inman, as well as where to find the best falafel in NYC.
A 14-year veteran of the real estate industry, Jason Reinking joined dotloop in March 2019 as Director of Business Development. In this role, he oversees strategic partnerships with a focus on identifying opportunities for new revenue and on product enhancements through third-party integrations. Prior to joining dotloop, Jason spent time in business development, strategy and product roles at both Homes.com and RE/MAX, LLC. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Jason currently resides in Denver with his wife and two sons.
Orlando Ramirez is a Senior Director with the Industry Relations team at dotloop. With more than 14 years in the real estate industry, he began his career helping launch more than 175 Keller Williams brokerages across the U.S. and Canada. A member of the IT team, Orlando introduced significant innovative technology to brokers, teams and agents. Since then, he has helped leading technology companies including dotloop deliver value and revenue. It’s his passion for the real estate industry and technology that continues to drive his inspiration.
Laura has joined Zillow Group with over 17 years of experience in the Real Estate Technology space. She started her career with forms software at Filogix and spent most of her career working with brokerages on back end operations with Lone Wolf Technologies. Growing up in Ontario, she has a strong understanding of the Canadian real estate landscape and is our senior point of contact at Zillow for education, training and support.
Christa Chi, began her real estate career at Elegran in 2016 and quickly became one of the top agents with $50M in sales volume within 3 years. Her investment knowledge from working for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, creativity and design expertise from renovating her own properties in NYC, and ability to empathize with her clients led to her recent win of the StreetEasy Essy Awards in the category of New Yorkers’ Choice.
Devin Someck is Principal of Living New York, a leading boutique brokerage firm he co-founded over a decade ago. In addition to being a top NYC producer he leads an innovative team of over 75+ agents across four offices. Devin is frequently featured in publications such as The Real Deal, The NY Times, WSJ and Real Estate Weekly.
Named one of “Manhattan’s Premier Brokers” NY Living magazine, Brian frequently gets his sellers extra press for their homes by appearing as a real estate expert on NBC, PBS, CBS, FOX, CNN, CNBC, and in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Magazine, Financial Times, NY Observer, NY Sun, & NY Post. As a property expert for the BBC, Brian also produces original property videos for sellers, which generate interest and leads in a competitive market.
Kristin's enthusiasm, professionalism and strong commitment to her customers have been the key to her success- much of which includes repeat clients with a large percentage of her business coming from both personal and professional referrals. As a fourth generation realtor in her family, Kristin has long time experience in its ins and outs, and a keen understanding of the local real estate market. She has been a consistent top producer her 19 years in the business, with over $200 million sold in the last ten years alone.
A licensed Realtor since 2001 when she joined Marron Gildea, Kristin has consistently been one of the Bergen County’s top producers. Kristin earned the Salesperson of the Year multiple years in a row with her previous firm and when they joined with Special Properties Real Real Estate Services in 2018, Kristin was acknowledged as the firms’ Top Producer with Sales in excess of $25 million. She has received numerous awards and designations and has been recognized for her excellence in many ways standing out among the top Realtors in Bergen County. Most recently, 201 Magazine recognized Kristin in their “2019 Best of Bergen” issue as one of the Top Real Estate Agents in Bergen County. She was invited into the Masters Circle 2019 by Christie’s International Real Estate - an honor given to top performing agents within the firm internationally. She finished the year strong with $28 million plus in sales.
Kristin grew up locally in Saddle River, attended Wandell School and then graduated from Ramsey High School and Vanderbilt University. She now resides in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband, Ryan, a Ridgewood native, and her two daughters. When not serving her buyers and sellers, Kristin has served the local community with her numerous volunteer positions as the Past President of the Contemporary Club of Ho-Ho-Kus, a member of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and a past member and committee chair of Ridgewood Newcomers. She is an active member at Ridgewood Country Club and a parishioner at St. Gabriels Church.
Mike Hogan founded The Hogan Group in 2014 after 9 years as a solo agent and investor. Over the past 7 years THG has grown to 40+ agents and staff, representing 9 market across 2 states and growing sales in excess of 25% every year since inception. A heavy emphasis on data, systems, and technology empowers agents on his team to build stronger and more profitable relationships and businesses. By freeing agents of the administrative and marketing components of the sales process, the team offers them more time to build relationships, provide outstanding client service, and to focus on what they do best- sell homes.
THG maintains its core administrative hub at its corporate headquarters in the historic Scott's Addition area of Richmond, VA, but Mike has embraced the team expansion model and intends to continue growing across other markets. THG was recently ranked #87 in the US by Real Trends, for team sales by units sold. The team sold a total of 703 units in 2019 for a total of $161MM in volume and is expecting 900 units in 2020.
Nobody knows the area like a native! Laurie Finkelstein Reader grew up in South Florida in a family dedicated to the real estate business. As a Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer, Laurie and her team are responsible for over $221.8 Million in real estate sales annually and have been recognized in the Top 1/2 of 1% of all Realtors in the Nation! In 2019, Laurie and her team had the honor of helping over 680 families with their real estate needs. Laurie is a real estate coach and national speaker. Her passion is to grow individuals professionally and personally while leading with her heart. She is a big believer of people over profits.
Co-Founder & Team Leader of The Funk Collection, Orlando, Florida. Awarded 2019 Real Trends America's Best Award, ranking among the top one percent of real estate professionals throughout the U.S. The Funk Collection's progressive growth includes, expansion from an $8 million producing Team, to $50 million producing Team within 3 years, while recently being named Proud Partners of NBA Team, The Orlando Magic. Outside of her family, and real estate career, Renee's philanthropic passion is focused on serving the community, while supporting at-risk youth, in Orlando, Florida.
Co-Founder & Team Leader of The Funk Collection, Orlando, Florida. Awarded 2019 Real Trends America's Best Award, ranking among the top one percent of real estate professionals throughout the U.S. Jeffrey brings 20+ years of experience including a strong career presence with Online Lead Conversion, and SEO Lead Generation. The Funk Collection's progressive growth includes, expansion from an $8 million producing Team, to $50 million producing Team within 3 years, while recently being named Proud Partners of NBA Team, The Orlando Magic. Jeffrey's focuses on his community by serving as a Board Member on a local children's charity in Orlando.
John DiMichele is the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). TREB is recognized as the largest real estate board in North America with over 53,000 members and serving over 60,000 users in the Greater Toronto Area. John has worked as a real estate professional and as an association leader bringing together a wealth of experience, the practitioner’s perspective, and an intimate understanding of the real estate landscape.
John worked in the Real Estate profession initially as a salesperson and then as a Broker/Manager prior to joining TREB’s staff as Chief Information Officer. As TREB’s CIO John was responsible for introducing and overseeing a variety of notable initiatives.
Promoted to the role of CEO in 2014, one of his key priorities has been to better understand, examine and optimize the economic competitiveness and livability of the Greater Toronto Area. To that end John initiated and spearheaded TREB’s Market Year in Review & Outlook Report in 2016. This ground breaking report utilizes scientific data, evidence based initiatives and consults stakeholders from various sectors across the region on key areas of improvement for a better future.
John has served in several capacities as a REALTOR® member of three Real Estate Boards of varying sizes including the Toronto Real Estate Board of Directors. Over the years John has also contributed to the efforts of the Ontario Real Estate Association, served on the Canadian Real Estate Association Board of Directors while Chair of the national MLS® and Technology Council.
John’s efforts and leadership have been recognized over the years. He was named in the 2017 and 2018 Swanepoel 200 and the Real Estate Professionals of Canada Hot list for 2017 as an influential force.
Dominic leads financial sponsors coverage and deal sourcing at Vaquero Capital. Vaquero is a leading investment and merchant bank advising technology companies on M&A and capital raising transactions. Prior to Vaquero, he was at The Goldman Sachs Group and Barclays Capital, and helped his team from Barclays spin-off and start a private investment office, focusing on private equity funds investing and relationships.
A passionate enthusiast for community engagement, he was the youngest member in history to serve a three-year tenure on the San Francisco Symphony's Symphonix League Board. In 2013, he was a Man of the Year Candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a national 10-week fundraising campaign that raises millions of dollars annually for blood cancer research. He also served on a committee at the American Red Cross, the SF Symphony's VC 40 leadership committee, and is frequently invited as a speaker and scholarship judge panelist at UC Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Fine Arts Museum San Francisco ArtPoint (Legion of Honor and deYoung Museum), and is co-chairman of the 70 member advisory council committee.
A graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, he was a California Alumni Association Leadership Award Scholar for three consecutive years (Berkeley’s premiere merit based award established in 1934, Cal's only merit-based scholarship awarded to the top 5% undergraduates). He served on the Undergraduate Admissions Coordination Board, and was a walk-on member of the Cal Triathlon Team, which won the National Championships in Alabama.
An accomplished musician, Dominic was in the first violin section of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) for three seasons, rehearsing and performing at Davies Symphony Hall. In 2008, SFSYO went on a concert tour to Germany and Prague, performing in some of the world's most venerated concert halls, including sold out performances at the Berlin Philharmonie and Smetena Hall.
Arthur is CEO of RealScout, a collaborative home search platform that enables real estate agents to engage and convert more leads into clients, and clients into closed transactions. Through deep integrations with MLSs and by harnessing the power of Buyer Data, RealScout is paving the way for the next-generation of data-driven deal making in real estate. Arthur was formerly Investment VP at DCM Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with over $4 billion under management.