Vanessa is a negotiation specialist. In fact, she is certified in conflict resolution, which tends to come in handy in real estate transactions these days! She holds a California real estate license and a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State.
She fell in love with real estate when she bought her first house and decided to become an agent at a large real estate firm here in the East Bay. She became hooked on the fact that each new client, and each new property, presented a different experience.
Vanessa soon moved up the ranks to management, successfully running an office of agents and gaining connections within a corporate structure based far, far away from the East Bay.
She didn’t get hooked on that.
So in 2007, when one of Red Oak’s owners called with an offer to run their intensely local company, she was in. She and her business partner took an ownership stake in the business and the rest, really, is about what got her hooked on real estate in the first place: properties and people in the East Bay.
Vanessa resides in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood with her husband and two young children.
Jason has built his reputation by guiding real estate professionals through emerging trends in consumer behavior, sales, online marketing, and entrepreneurship.
Jason has worked with the National Association of REALTORS® as a speaker and facilitator for events and served as the Director of Learning Engagement with a leading national real estate brand.
Jason’s energetic style of delivery and perceptive outlook will inspire your team to reach their highest and best potential.
Jeremy Crawford possess an uncommon combination of talents rarely found in the real estate industry: an experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader. As the Executive Director of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, Crawford sits at the helm of one of the real estate industry’s most exciting organizations responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of data standards that is fueling innovation and helping to streamline the real estate transaction.
Crawford has more than 20 years of information technology experience in real estate, financial services, legal, insurance and education sectors. He knows RESO well. He has served on its Board of Directors, and his leadership role has included taking the reins as its Vice-Chair of the Education and Outreach Workgroup in 2010, which he co-led for two years.
Born and raised in the small town of Johnson City, Tennessee, Crawford proudly embraces his youth as a bona fide gGeek. He consistently gravitated towards math and science fields, which lead to his attending high school at University School on the campus of East Tennessee State University. There, he participated in math competitions throughout the state. Crawford was also the catcher for University’s baseball team that competed in Tennessee State’s championship series multiple years in their division.
Crawford embraced multi-tasking early on. He worked his way through college in the computer labs at East Tennessee State University, and credits his mentor Rob Whelan, who oversaw all of the computer labs on campus, for igniting his interest in Computer Science. It became his major at ETSU, as its core curriculum complemented his math and physics coursework. His new passion also led to a secondary job in 1996 while attending ETSU with the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference that is responsible for overseeing the state'sstates 31 judicial districts. Crawford networked all of the judicial districts’ satellite offices across the state of Tennessee and provided courtroom technology support for major cases. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University, and while enrolled in graduate school there, he also taught undergraduate information technology courses at ETSU, instructing more than 180 students enrolled in his six classes.
Crawford’s STEM degree would lead to working for SAFECO, one of the largest insurance firms in the U.S., as a Systems Support Administrator. In 1999, he would join BB&T Corporation, one of the nation’s largest financial services corporations, as a Network Manager and Administrator and Bank Officer. At BB&T Crawford managed networking and helpdesk personnel as well as server and network level information systems for a region that comprised more than 40 locations and 450 employees.
His foray into real estate began in the summer of 2001 when he became Director of Network Operations and the 16th employee at Marketlinx Solutions, now known as CoreLogic, one of the largest real estate technology and information service companies in the world.
Under the tutelage of Thad Shows at MarketLlinx (now CoreLogic, Crawford would enjoy extensive leadership training that would manifest into a C-level career that began when in 2006, he joined San Diego-based Sandicor, a leading MLS products and services provider, as its Chief Information Officer and was subsequently elected Secretary to the Corporation by the Sandicor Board of Directors, becoming a Corporate Officer. It was there he also served for two years as Vice-Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Standards Organization Education and Outreach Workgroup, and won the 2010 San Diego’s Information Technology of the Year Award.
After five years with Sandicor, in 2011 Crawford was named Chief Information Officer for MLSListings Inc., which serves 16,000 real estate professionals and more than 6,000 firms throughout Northern California. At MLSListings he was responsible for all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology, including infrastructure, design, development, implementation, and management. Shortly thereafter, Crawford was promoted to Chief Operations Officer and added to his CIO responsibilities managing customer support, Rules & Regulations, Compliance, Data Licensing, and Software Engineering. He also was elected Secretary to the Corporation, becoming a Corporate Officer in 2013. While COO at MLSListings, Crawford was the lead for the Council of MLS’s Technology Section Sub-Council. He left MLSListings to head up RESO in April 2015.
A Council of MLS CMLX Level 2 Certified Executive, today Crawford also serves on the DocuSign Executive Advisory Council, the Interop Advisory Board, and serves as President of his local homeowners association in Corinth Forest, his newest home about 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas.
Crawford attributes his hard-driving work ethic to his dad, who for the last 45 years gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to start his day. Described by his peers as charismatic and energetic, Crawford tires to engage every real estate professional he meets into a conversation that leads to talking about RESO, as he genuinely embraces his nonprofit organization’s mission to positively change the future of real estate.
His community activities have ranged from remaining an active supporter of his church in Knoxville, Tennessee, to undertaking local fundraising efforts for a variety of causes over the years. He continues to support Sigma Phi Epsilon, Paralyzed Veterans of America and RPAC (the Realtors Political Action Fund).
In his free time, Crawford is likely to be found spending time surrounded by his family: his wife of 12 years and their two young children. Crawford is a foodie who enjoys cooking to relieve stress, often with a glass of Rochioli Pinot Noir in hand, whipping up a meal that will also feed neighbors stopping by for a visit. He remains an avid sports participant in golf, tennis, basketball, football and baseball, and is a tireless fan of Tennessee football.
Dynamic. Engaging. Totally rad. These are a few words you might use to describe your latest Facebook video … but they also apply to Kelly Noble Mirabella, self-described social media geek and marketing consultant with Stellar Media Marketing.
With more than 11 years of social media marketing experience—and more than a few wacky costumes—Kelly brings tricky social media concepts to life through her fun, clear and memorable social media training videos and classes. Long before social media savvy was status quo, Kelly recognized how social media can take brand recognition, customer engagement and marketing efforts to a radical new level. What’s more, Kelly has spent the past two years learning to build Facebook messenger bots (aka “chatbots”), and now teaches others how to build them with simple, entertaining and, sometimes, 80s-themed tutorials. Today, she teaches entrepreneurs, small business owners and working professionals how to use social media to improve their businesses and achieve their goals.
Kelly is known for her enthusiasm, creativity and passion for demystifying social media—not to mention her playful costumes and thematic presentations. Whether trying out Facebook Live or building your own chatbot, you can count on Kelly to guide you with skill and flair for stellar results.
Robert Reffkin is the Founder & CEO of Compass, a technology-driven real estate platform. Prior to Compass, Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm's private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company. In 2005, he was appointed as a White House Fellow to serve as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the NYC Workforce Investment Board and the NYC Board of Education, known as the Panel for Educational Policy. He also founded New York Needs You (the most time intensive career mentoring program in NYC) and founded Bronx Success Academy 1 elementary school. He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. He recently completed 50 marathons, one in each U.S. state, to raise $1 million for youth education and enrichment programs.
Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson that explores ‘Life’s Big Questions’. SoulPancake spreads joy and celebrates the human experience by producing and curating uplifting, thought-provoking content that is distributed on television, online, at live events, and through branded engagements.
Shabnam joined SoulPancake at its launch in March 2009 as the co-director of content of SoulPancake.com. She is one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Today, she is developing the long-term strategic plans for the company’s ever-expanding business in Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the company’s revenue has more than doubled in the past year.
Prior to SoulPancake, Shabnam was an award-winning journalist and magazine editor covering entertainment, finance, real estate, and home design. A California native, Shabnam holds a master’s in publishing from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s from USC, where she double-majored in business administration and journalism, with a minor in comparative religion. Yes, she is an overachiever.
With more than USD 4 billion in career sales, Joyce Rey is one of the most respected names in luxury real estate worldwide. At the helm of an award-winning team, her name has consistently appeared on “best of” lists for both her real estate production and her personal and professional influence. Recent accolades include “The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People” (L.A. Business Journal), “Top 20 Luxury Brokers in L.A. County” by (The Real Deal Los Angeles)
and “Top 10 Real Estate Power Players” (Haute Living). Additionally, Joyce remains passionately dedicated to philanthropic projects including UNICEF, Blue Ribbon, and the Public Library Foundation.
Doniece Sandoval is the founder of Lava Mae, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that began by converting public transportation buses into bathrooms on wheels for the homeless. Driven by a fierce belief that everyone deserves the right to be clean, she was inspired to build Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of showers and toilets available to people experiencing homelessness across this country.
Her mobile hygiene odyssey began with an inherent understanding that collaboration across the sectors was key to making Lava Mae a success. With the help of the Mayor’s Office of Housing, Opportunity, Engagement and Partnership, partnerships were seeded with some of the city’s most respected nonprofit homeless providers, city agencies from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and companies such as Google.
In the three-and-a-half years since launching its service, Lava Mae has transformed the lives of more than 10,000 Californians and is scaling by sharing an open source toolkit to respond to the 1,600+ requests for help from communities as far away as Zimbabwe and Mongolia and as close as Los Angeles and San Jose. Doniece’s goal is to enable 1M new showers around the globe over the next two years.
Doniece credits the international visibility Lava Mae has achieved both to the cord it’s striking and to her extensive marketing/branding/PR experience. Before tackling hygiene for the homeless, Doniece spent the previous decade working in the arts as head of marketing at the San Jose Museum of Art – growing the coveted young adult audience by over 200% in two years, and then as Chief External Relations Officer for ZERO1 — an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of some of the most fertile minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology - where she helped secure major funding, shaped programming, and developed and stewarded the brand.
Her private sector experience includes work with major companies such as Coca Cola, Informix, DoubleClick, ToysRUs.com and a host of small San Francisco-based design companies she helped brand. She began her career as a Legislative Research Analyst in Texas.
Accolades include: 2017: CNN Hero, Irvine Leadership Award, YBCA 100, Woman of the Year, CA Legislature, Bright Idea by the Innovations in American Government Awards; 2016: KIND Award; AIASF Community Alliance Award/Social Impact; Harmony in Hope Award; 2016 Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. 2015: Women in the World’s Mother of Invention Award; Department on the Status of Women, Woman of the Year; Senator Mark Leno honoree Woman of the Year, 2014: Red Cross Community Hero; Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award; Project Homeless Connect’s Innovator of the Year honoree. But Doniece is most proud of the honor bestowed upon her by her 10-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Super Hero.
Lisa is co-owner and Director of Learning and Performance at Kendrick Realty, Inc. Kendrick is re-aligning the broker-realtor relationship by providing lead generation, extensive training, and accountability to its team members. Lisa trains Kendrick agents the skills to be top producers and develops the systems and tools to help hold them accountable for their goals.
Prior to Kendrick, Lisa worked in healthcare, developing treatment programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and training therapists and families on treatment implementation. This role required not only expertise in behavior science and training, but also quickly establishing rapport with clients. Lisa joined Kendrick with the notion that Real Estate is about relationships and trust first, and homes second.
Lisa earned her M.A. in behavior analysis, with emphases on Autism and Organizational Behavior Management, from Western Michigan University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and an instructor for masters level courses in Behavior Analysis. In short, she teaches students how to effectively teach, both in one-on-one and in group settings. These very same strategies have been the cornerstone of Kendrick’s learning platform.
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).
For over 25 years, John’s thoughtful approach has been helping organizations like Microsoft, Oracle and T-Mobile to solve their most challenging problems. After a successful career in sales and marketing, John led a boutique consulting firm that incorporates deep personal engagement into strategic programs for revenue growth, customer loyalty and organizational transformation.
As Climb’s VP of Operations, John is obsessed with improving the agent experience and with creating a culture of belonging.
John recently returned to the US after a year traveling though Southeast Asia and dreaming of his next adventure to Africa.
Thaddeus Wong is the co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 12 largest brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume.
In 2000 Wong and business partner Michael Golden established @properties, and in 15 years have grown the company from $40 million in sales to nearly $7 billion in annual sales. Today, @properties has 20 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 bank-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 1,900 agents, 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 agents per year.
As eXp Realty’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, Scott leads the delivery of strategic agent-centric solutions that power the company’s business and rapidly growing agent base. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in delivering software and SaaS products for businesses and consumers. For more than six years, Scott has been a fixture in industry technology initiatives through his work with the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), including leading the Web API initiative as the Chair of the Transport Workgroup. In that role, he drove agreement on a new standard that allows companies to more rapidly innovate solutions for the real estate industry.
Sue "Pinky" Benson is from Naples, Florida. She is the host of her online show, "Pinky Knows Naples" all done through her social media accounts. In the fall of 2017, she was named #2 Real Estate Agent Video Influencer in the LIVE category by BombBomb. Her passion passion video marketing has helped her grown her business in a new community in just a couple of years. Pinky is a national speaker on video and building your business. She's been featured in RE/MAX's national magazine, along with the National Association of Realtors Magazine and Florida Realtor Magazine. She has spoken at RE/MAX's Mid State and Dixie Region, along with RE/MAX National Convention. Prior to being in real estate Pinky was a broadcast journalist for many years.
Maggie Ma, a Computer Engineer turned Realtor-preneur, worked relentlessly for the past 8 years in real estate sales, achieving Mega Agent status within Keller Williams Worldwide. Recognizing the consumer's demand for home service referrals as well as a better way to collaborate with real estate professionals and vendors, Maggie and a team of engineers started building Realtivity, a mobile-first smart collaborations app that sets out to empower real estate agents and vendors to be in the center of this referral economy by building relationships through contribution. Maggie is also the founder of RKids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching kids leadership skills and offering them opportunities. Maggie earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Oregon Health and Science University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology in China. Maggie loves reading, enjoys working, and writes a song once in a while. She is also a proud mom of three beautiful young children.
A New Yorker born & bred, Steven is Localize.city's President, leading growth in the US. Based in New York City, Steven brings more than 20 years experience working with the most popular platforms, brands and content throughout the world. Prior to Localize.city, Steven spent seven years based in Singapore, founding and growing business for R/GA and then as Twitter’s Director of Brand Strategy throughout Asia and the Middle East.
Steven's work has earned him industry recognition. He began his career in the film business at HBO, where he earned two Emmy awards and four nominations. Steven has also served as a juror at many advertising award shows including Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia and Dubai Lynx. Steven has been a featured presenter at many advertising and technology conferences, including SXSW.
Henry has worked at Google for 3 years and works with clients across the automotive & real estate sectors. Based in Los Angeles, he works on a team that helps clients develop and execute on digital marketing initiatives across Google and YouTube. Henry has 10 years of experience in the digital space including working in the digital division at Disney prior to coming to google. A Los Angeles native, Henry loves the beach lifestyle and has a strong allegiance to the Lakers and Dodgers.
Mike DelPrete is a strategic advisor and global expert in real estate tech. He is a former tech entrepreneur and head of strategy at a major real estate portal. Now he travels the world engaging with leading property portals and real estate tech businesses, working on strategy, sharing insights, and helping them grow.
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.
An architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. John is the author of two books, most recently Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone, with a foreword by Melinda Gates. His writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood has appeared in The New York Times, on CNN.com, and in numerous other publications. John works as a philanthropic advisor to an array of foundations and nonprofits around the world, and he frequently curates and hosts events for TED, the Aspen Institute, and other entities. For seven years, John served as executive director of the nonprofit Public Architecture, building the largest pro bono design program in the world, pledging tens of millions of dollars in donated services annually. John is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and a three-time commencement speaker, among other honors. He lives in a co-housing community with his wife and two daughters in Oakland, California.
Jennifer is a recognized expert in real estate technical systems and is a proven manager, coach, and national speaker.
Jennifer has earned a reputation as one of real estate’s first technology speakers and consultants. In that role, she has helped brokers, managers, and agents with a variety of business-building techniques. These include such critical factors as marketing strategies, personal branding, time management and social media effectiveness. Jennifer has had the rare privilege to personally coach and consult the top agents and teams throughout North America for 15 years.
Jennifer is E-Pro certified, and first gained notoriety as a real estate systems expert while product manager and senior system consultant at Top Producer Systems, a real estate technology firm that became a public company with Realtor.com.
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.
Katie Kurtz is the founder of the boutique design and renovation firm, Adorned Homes and is a licensed Realtor at Engel & Völkers Minneapolis. Prior to achieving her real estate license, Katie received training in kitchen & bath design from the NKBA and has over 12 years of experience in renovations of investment properties. Katie has been featured in numerous print and online publications for her work, including Spaces Magazine, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, KBB Magazine and Midwest Home. She is the past VP of Communications for the Minnesota chapter of the NKBA as well as the former "home staging instructor" for the Preservation Alliance of MN.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Katie spent her time as a kid building forts and playing outside. She has a creative mind and always looking for the next project! As the wife of a residential plumber, they became quite the renovation team over the last 12+ years when we teamed up on our first investment property at the age of 22. In 2013 the boutique design firm was officially opened and Adorned Homes has been growing ever since. Competing on a national reality television show, "Rowhouse Showdown" on the FYI Network, Katie experienced new ways of designing and prepping a home for sale. The show featured Katie and her husband and 2 other teams competing to renovate 3 homes in Cincinnati over the course of a 10 episode series! Katie currently resides in the Minneapolis suburb of North Oaks with her husband and dog, Turtle, a giant 2 year old English bulldog.
She strives to help her clients create a lifestyle. A lifestyle that promotes ease of daily living and beauty in their surroundings. Combining her design training and the resale of a home at a profit has made her an essential part of her clients home buying & selling process. She is currently featured in Minnesota Monthly as one of the Best Real Estate Professionals in Minnesota and rated #2 in the Top 20 MN Real Estate Agents on Social Media from Property Spark.
Chris Suarez is CEO of Xperience Real Estate. He has more than 15 years' experience as a successful real estate agent, leader, broker, coach, and entrepreneur. Suarez has built one of Keller Williams' fastest growing and most productive expansion businesses, with operations in 30 cities across 10 states. He is also the owner and operator of five Keller Williams franchise offices and a core member of the leadership team that launched KW Costa Rica.
A strong advocate for training, developing, and giving back, Suarez leads the KW MAPS Coaching expansion program, Build Your Business to Expand. He is passionate about identifying and getting into business with talent and building a dynamic culture through coaching, consulting, collaboration, and commitment. Part of the value that Xperience offers its partners is providing them with the industry's best hiring and talent solutions. He and his family live in Portland, Oregon.
Molly McKinley is an expert at connecting the dots.
She is a senior public relations and integrated marketing strategist with over 18 years of experience launching new products and brands. Her passion lies in finding hidden connections between people, experiences and brands, and helping to amplify those relationships to drive success. She counts Adwerx, Adobe, IBM and Wake Radiology among her past projects.
In the last five years, Molly’s traditional PR agency background has evolved into all things digital, from SEO and link building to the convergence of data insights with business and marketing goals. Her fluency in design as well as technology puts her in a sweet spot, but she remains driven by the search for relevant and creative ways to share stories that resonate and connect with each target audience via the most appropriate outlets.
Bay Area real estate professional Julio M. Orozco knows a good opportunity when he sees it. “I started out working on the lending side of the business,” he explains. “I always told myself if I ever left lending and went into real estate, I’d want to learn from the best. An opportunity presented itself to work with one of the top Intero agents in Silicon Valley. Since those opportunities don’t come often, I took it.” Since 2010, Julio has been a full time agent and works with buyers and sellers in the greater Bay Area with a special emphasis on the South Bay. Julio’s seven years of experience on the lending side of the business has given him a valuable advantage that benefits his clients. “My clients appreciate my background in finance,” he says. “With experience on both the lending and real estate side I can offer my clients more value.” His time in the real estate industry has shown Julio the need to be passionate about real estate as a career. “You’ll get out of this business what you put in and if you’re passionate, many doors will open for you.” This year, that growth earned Julio a place in Intero’s Executive Circle, which represents the top 10% of agents in the company. “It wasn’t something I was really aiming for and I thought it would take longer to achieve. To be recognized is an amazing accomplishment.” In addition to real estate, Julio is also an Associate & Youth Pastor at his church, Cathedral of Faith Morgan Hill. Looking ahead, Julio is excited about his ever-growing opportunities which allow him to continue to help build agents in every and any way possible. "The man who gives much will have much, and he who helps others will be helped himself." Proverbs 11:25
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.
Award-winning journalist and publisher. Entrepreneur and leader of successful companies. Innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.
He is founder and sole owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation since 1983. In addition, his Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring thousands of thought leaders together each year to share best practices and promote innovation. Countless new products and companies – and successful real estate professionals – have been launched as a result of their attendance at Inman conferences.
A native of Carlinville, Illinois, and graduate of Boston University, Inman began his career as a housing policy analyst and community advocate who parlayed a weekly real estate column in the San Francisco Examiner at the dawn of the Internet era into a series of entrepreneurial ventures. In 1999, Inman founded HomeGain.com, an early provider of online marketing programs that connect agents with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain was sold to Classified Ventures, LLC, in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. A compelling speaker, he is a regular at real estate events around the nation and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Today, Brad Inman has returned to his roots, focusing his efforts on managing the daily operations of Inman, working with an all-star team of online journalists and industry thought leaders to produce award-winning content, and serving as host and majordomo of the popular series of conferences that bear his name. A grandfather, father, husband (to Yaz Inman) and brother, he enjoys travel, entertaining friends and business associates and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as playing Elton John’s million-dollar piano.
Paul Benson has been consistently ranked as a top producing agent both locally and internationally since 2005. Named #1 agent by the Park City Board of REALTORS® for the last seven years. Named #1 agent world-wide for all of Engel & Völkers Network in 2017. WSJ recently ranked him as 45th of 250 agents on the Top Sales by Volume list.
Paul has established a solid reputation and track record representing luxury real estate buyers, sellers and developers from across the globe. As a seasoned sales, business development and marketing executive with 20 years of experience in the luxury market, Paul has successfully negotiated the sales of multi-million dollar properties including the 2011 purchase of 5,000 acres at The Canyons® Ski Resort and the marketing of a 1,400 acre large density Bahamian island project.
With one of the largest international marketing budgets of any broker, Paul's luxury listings have graced the cover and pages of regional and international magazines and publications such as the Robb Report, Variety, DuPont Registry, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to name a few. Paul also hosts a number of annual events for high net worth clients, including Sundance Film Festival, American Century Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe, and the 2016 Pebble Beach Golf Tournament, creating even more exposure for his business. Paul and his team currently have over 80 luxury home and land listings with over a half billion in dollar volume. The Benson team has successfully sold over $2,000,000,000 in volume, closing over 1000 transactions in the past ten years.
Respected as an expert in the luxury real estate market and with a global network, Paul is uniquely positioned to connect extraordinary people with extraordinary lifestyles. Paul is the license partner and owner of 21 Engel & Völkers shops located in Utah, California, and Nevada. These locations were strategically picked as a feeder market for Park City, which gives Paul a unique marketing edge.
Paul’s offices are in Park City, UT | Park City Mountain Resort, UT | Deer Valley, UT | San Francisco, CA | Newport Beach, CA | Long Beach, CA | Belmont Shore, CA | Beverly Hills, CA | Laguna Beach, CA | St George, UT | Truckee, CA | Truckee Donner, CA | Sausalito, CA | Sonoma County, CA | Santa Barbara, CA | South Beach, CA | Lake Tahoe, NV | Wasatch County, UT | Eden, UT | Incline Village, NV | Santa Ynez, CA.
Michael Treon is a top performing mortgage lender with 14 years of experience. He has lent more than 1.5 billion dollars and has consistently been in the top 1% of all mortgage professionals nationwide. As a representative of PNC Bank, his efforts focus on the client experience and his main objectives are to create an environment around clear communication with clients and deliver the most competitive rates possible.
Jack, a member of Forbes Real Estate Council, brings with him years of real estate expertise to the stage and has presented and spoken at over 75 events across the country teaching real estate marketing best practices and sharing proven methods for turning leads into relationships. Jack also founded Market Leader’s Million Dollar Pipeline Program, which helps agents develop strategies for building successful, sustainable businesses.
Lane is the Co-founder of zavvie and CEO of 8z Real Estate. As both a tech guy and a real estate practitioner, Lane believes emerging technology will empower real estate professionals to deliver amazing consumer experiences. Lane loves helping brokerages, teams and agents use technology to become HyperLocal neighborhood dominators, and developed zavvie in 2016 to bring geographic farming into the digital age. Lane founded 8z in 2010 as a tech-forward, HyperLocal brokerage. 8z recently surpassed $1 billion in annual sales. Before 8z, Lane was a RE/MAX agent and team leader and earned Diamond Club, Hall of Fame, and the #1 Team in Colorado. Before real estate, Lane flew Cobra attack helicopters in the US Marine Corps, received his BS from Stanford University and MBA from the University of Colorado, and worked with author Jim Collins as the original member of the Good to Great research team. For fun, Lane runs Ironmans and skis wherever, whenever, and whatever he can. Lane lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Carolyn.
Nicole is the Team Leader for one of the highest producing teams at Intero in Houston. Although their team is new, it has amassed tremendous growth over 2017. Nicole enjoys pushing her team to the limits to help them achieve their goals while creating an enviable culture. Her team deploys savvy marketing techniques to capture and maximize their market share. Nicole is a NAR 30 Under 30 Finalist and a winner for the Houston Association of Realtors 20 Under 40. Nicole serves her association currently as the Chair position for the Young Professionals Network within HAR. When at home, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Heath, her three kids, Luke, Noah, and Alyssa, and their dog, Moose.
Jimmy is currently a practicing, board certified Emergency Medicine physician. However, in parallel to his medical career, he has been teaching martial arts and self defense across the country for over 15 years from San Francisco, to Saint Louis, to New York. He has helped train law enforcement, private security, and amateur fighters. His workplace safety and consulting company has created a unique program for everyone who wants to learn street-smart self defense to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their peers. We believe de-escalation and verbal self defense are just as important as physical defense techniques. We want to re-invent what self defense means in the contemporary urban setting so that people from all walks of life can be safe.
Wendy has leveraged her passion for real estate, operations and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. She was recognized in 2017 as one of the Swanepoel Power 200 and as a 2017 Inman Real Estate Influencer. She was employee number two at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate when Realogy relaunched the brand in 2007. She later lead the growth of a national independent brokerage from 500 agents to over 2000 agents in under 5 years and to be ranked as one of the top 50 brokerages in the country in 2016. Prior to joining HomeSmart she served as President, T3 Broker Division at T3 Sixty Group. Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes including the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons. In 2017, she became an Ironman by completing a 140.6 mile triathlon.
Sherry Chris was appointed president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in October of 2007. Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it had entered into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation, with a renewal option for another 50 years, to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name to launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand.
Sherry has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including, significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles within notable US brokerages. She joined Realogy in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.
Well-known for her innovative thinking, next generation consumer insights and idea sharing in an effort to move the industry forward, Sherry is a frequently sought after speaker at international real estate and technology conferences. She is also recurrently featured by national media outlets such as FOX Business and CNBC for her insights into industry reports and trends.
Sherry serves on the advisory boards for Realtor.com and Zillow and has been part of a number of industry and technology-related advisory boards, including Trulia and Google Real Estate. In addition, she is the vice chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together and vice chair of the real estate services advisory board at NAR.
In 2013 Sherry was named to the Swanepoel Power 200 list, recognized for the fourth consecutive year as Inman’s 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and honored among the elite group of Women Worth Watching byProfiles in Diversity Journal. Sherry was named Inman Innovator of the Year in 2010, a prestigious and coveted award that honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision and foresight in using innovation to enhance the real estate experience for consumers, real estate brokers and agents. She also received the 2010 Stevie Award for Best Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Sherry recognizes the power of engaging with businesses and consumers through emerging media channels – making her the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter.
Sherry is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and earned an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
David Greenspan brings today’s ideas to life with fresh energy and over a decade of experience. As Vice President of KiTS Keep-in-Touch Systems, he helps Realtors leverage the power of Cross Channel Marketing, combined with the magic of Variable Data Publishing, to build #MindShare. As a Speaker and Motivator, he pokes, provokes, challenges, and makes people laugh.
As a Combat Veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Beau Beardslee has developed character, discipline, perseverance and professionalism that displays in all areas of his life. After experiencing heavy combat in some of the most dangerous cities in Iraq, Beau was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Infantry in 2008.
Beau's passion for Real Estate started as soon as he stepped out of his combat boots. With a vision and a plan, Beau worked beside top individual Real Estate investors while attending college courses. Beau enrolled at Saddleback College and played football for their nationally ranked team. Beau was presented with the honorable ‘The Jerry D Award' for exceptional character. Beau later transferred to Concordia University and received a ‘Pre-Law' degree all while participating in hundreds of Real Estate transactions throughout Southern California.
Being blessed with the opportunity to live in Southern California, Beau understands the local market and displays a strong passion for the Real Estate Industry. He is an extremely motivated professional who holds high expectations and standards for himself. Customer satisfaction is his number one priority, and with his expertise in all areas of the industry, great sales and negotiation skills he is very sought after.
Beau is a Real Estate Professional with First Team Estates, the most luxurious brokers on the West Coast. On any given day, you will find Beau hosting an Open House, driving local neighborhoods, or talking with neighbors. He prides himself on keeping up to date with the most recent transactions and developments within all communities.
Jay O’Brien, a licensed REALTOR® and managing partner of RE/MAX Prestige, is helping agents and consumers alike re-think their real estate reality. With unprecedented candor, Jay challenges agents from all generations to take a fresh look at industry norms that may be holding them back and under-serving their clients. As a modern thought-leader, Jay focuses on developing ways to offer highly effective real estate experiences from start to finish. Consistently selling more homes than 99% of agents in California through referrals alone, Jay "doubles down" on a specific approach to retain clients and maximize the strength of existing relationships. Jay has been awarded the “ 30 Under 30” recognition by the National Association of REALTORS® and currently writes as a contributor for Inman News, REALTOR® Magazine, and numerous other online and print publications.
Jesse Vaughan is the Co-founder and Head of Product at Landed, a Y Combinator startup that helps educators access homeownership near the community they serve. Recognizing housing as a key challenge for the next generation of teachers, Jesse and his co-founders, Jonathan and Alex, introduced an innovative alternative to traditional home financing for the educator community. Landed is backed by impact-oriented venture capitalists and foundations including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. For his work at Landed, Jesse was recognized by Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2018. Prior to Landed, Jesse worked for Myanmar’s largest real estate conglomerate where he arranged over $300M of social impact investments supported by the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.
Pamela Ermen has spent her entire business career in real estate, obtaining her license at 18 years old. Starting at such a young age, she quickly learned the important role industry and product knowledge played in earning credibility with clients and customers. Her intense focus on acquiring that knowledge, combined with award winning sales production, opened doors to full time management by the age of 24. Since then, she has spent more than 30 years coaching individual agents and teams to their highest levels of productivity.
Joseph Rand is one of the Managing Partners of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Rand Commercial Services, as well as the Managing Partner for our Hudson United home service companies: Hudson United Mortgage, Hudson Abstract Mortgage, and Hudson United Insurance Group. As an attorney, he also acts as General Counsel for all our real estate companies.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law School, and with a masters degree from Stanford Law School, Mr. Rand came to the Rand family of companies after a career as an attorney and law professor. After law school, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then joined the prestigious international law firm of Debevoise &Plimpton in the litigation department. Following a few years in private practice, he went on to a career in legal academia, getting a teaching fellowship at Stanford Law School and then joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School and later Fordham Law School. He started with the Rand family of real estate companies in 2002.
As Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty's General Counsel, Mr. Rand represents the company, its employees, and its 800 agents. His responsibilities include ensuring regulatory compliance, maintaining ethical standards, and representing the company and its agents in any legal disputes. Because of his educational background, Mr. Rand is also involved with Rand's extensive new agent and ongoing education and training programs. He has spoken at numerous national conventions on agent education and compliance issues.
Joseph Rand is also an active blogger, writing for the RandRealty.com "Market Intelligence Blog" as well as his real estate education blog "The World's Best Real Estate Agent." He also maintains a personal blog about his experiences moving to the suburbs from the city, the "Move to Suma."
As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and regional level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.
Scott is among the Top 1% of Realtors in Chicago. Now with Baird & Warner Real Estate, he was among the top ranks of his former brokerage, earning International President’s Elite designation as the top 2% of brokers, and being recognized as among the top 500 brokers within NRT (47,000 agents). Well respected for his integrity, professionalism and superior attention to detail, his focus on client needs & support has won him praise year after year.
An expert in power pricing, staging & strategic marketing, Scott has experience across a wide range of property types. He’s sold homes in Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods, from the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park & Lakeview, to the West Loop, Edgewater & Lincoln Square. He’s also the #1 Agent in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Annually, 30-40% of his homes sell with multiple offers and more than 60% sell in under 3 weeks.
Simply put, Scott continues to deliver impressive results for his clients. As a result, the majority of his business comes from referrals from past clients.
A former rower, Scott was a board member and founder of Chicago Rowing Union (a non-profit rowing organization) and has participated in fundraising endurance events for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the American Liver Foundation. He’s lived in Evanston, Roscoe Village, Avondale, Lincoln Square currently resides with his partner in Edgewater.
Scott is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Zvi Band is the co-founder & CEO of Contactually, the top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. Having founded Contactually in 2011, Zvi has led Contactually to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country. An engineer, a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist and startup advisor, with unique both technical and non-technical operations. Thrice named a Washingtonian Tech Titan, featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper, Zvi was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Zvi is a passionate speaker and author whose writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc, Inman News, and many other outlets. His first book, a study of relationship marketing, will be coming out with McGraw Hill next year. He also hosts the Real Relationships podcast and has interviewed hundreds of leaders on how they built the relationships that moved their careers and businesses to the next level.
Sarita Dua is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been selling real estate for fourteen years after fourteen years in high tech sales and marketing. She manages a small team of buyers agents and administrative coordinators that is focused on big results. Last year they closed over $86M in production. She has an innovative approach to selling real estate that is strong with buyers, works her database for referrals, and employs a unique combination of high tech and high touch. In addition, she is member of Gary Keller’s Top Agent Mastermind and was voted Broker of the Year by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors in 2014.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married with two teenagers. As a family, they play board games, love trivia, and enjoy sports, especially Trail Blazers basketball. The Duas are avid travelers, with global travel being one of Sarita’s passions. “I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time in Antarctica and Iceland this year, and we have an upcoming trip to South Africa. Each year my goal is to maintain my sales volume while taking more and more time away from the office” says Sarita. In addition to travel, Sarita loves photography, music, gadgets, and lately walking (having completed five Half Marathons - walking not running – but still an accomplishment she is proud of!)
Valerie is truly passionate about helping others embrace change. As an international Real Estate speaker and consultant, she is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry.
Valerie has had the privilege of working with Real Estate brands such as RE/MAX, Century 21, Royal LePage, and others in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and has spent over 17 years educating and teaching Real Estate professionals. In her previous role as Director of Training for RE/MAX INTEGRA, she created and delivered education initiatives for tens of thousands of associates across North America. Named as both an Inman Top 100 Influencer, as well as a Top 20 Social Influencer on the Swanepoel Power 200, Valerie is considered to be a key voice in the Real Estate industry.
One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prominent luxury real estate agents over the past 25 years with over $865,000,000 in sales, Joel Goodrich works closely with clients in the sale and purchase of prominent estates, penthouses and investment properties. He has listed some of the most expensive homes in America, including the historic 35,000 square foot Tobin Clark Estate in Hillsborough. Joel’s listings have also been prominently featured in major media outlets, including the CBS Evening News, CNBC television, Fox Television, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, SFLuxe.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Nob Hill Gazette, Bloomberg News, SFIS, Haute Living and Gentry Magazine, among others. He has been the #1 agent for the Coldwell Banker Previews International Pacific Heights office in San Francisco for the past 3 years and has appeared on the Wall Street Journal/ RealTrends list of the Top Agents in the United States.
Chelsea is the published author of one of the only books about camera first branding strategies called Talking in Pictures: How Snapchat Changed Cameras, Communication and Communities. She is a national speaker, passionate brand storyteller and real estate marketing consultant and coach. With 17 years in the real estate space, Chelsea is a seasoned practitioner who teaches real estate professionals how to leverage mobile tech and social media platforms to communicate authentically through storytelling, not story-selling.
Mark Slade got into real estate after a career in the Fashion Industry where he exited as an Executive Vice President. At the time he got into real estate, he was on food stamps. He embraced blogging, video production, social media (which he still teaches) and an extensive web presence that encompasses several websites, 29 town specific open house websites, an APP for open houses and over 300 domains used for quick-links. Mark made it to the #1 rank in his office after 4 years in the business and then evolved into managing a team. His team closed 66 transactions, totaling $30 Million in 2017 and is projected to hit $40 Million in 2018.
Eric Breon is founder and CEO of Vacasa, the largest vacation rental management company in the United States. He has grown the company from two to over 2,000 employees, with 70% year-over-year revenue growth. In October 2017, Eric secured $103.5 million in Series B funding for Vacasa, the largest round in the vacation rental industry. Eric's background is in venture capital and analytics.
Daniel Parzivand is Vice President of Sales Operations of SetSchedule, the technology innovator that is revolutionizing real-estate business development by drawing on its multi-patented matching engine that leverages AI-powered predictive data, insider market insights and automated marketing software tools.
Daniel possesses established expertise in creating partnerships and furthering business development to meet customer needs. He is passionate about matching real estate professionals with qualified buyers and sellers and empowering agents to bypass the typical lead generation process.
Prior to joining SetSchedule, Daniel served as the Chief Business Officer in the private lending and financial sector.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA.
Jessica Edwards is known for her innovative use of technology and video in real estate and cutting edge marketing tactics. As the breakout star of Coldwell Banker’s YouTube Channel, she has received local and national recognition for her efforts and success. As a full time Realtor in Wilmington, NC, The Carolinas Finest, Jessica Edwards & Associates team is honored to be ranked Number 1 at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. With an intimate knowledge and expertise of the local luxury market paired with the international reach of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury she has become sought after for her passionate dedication. Her hands on approach, and adaptability have earned her a well-respected reputation, not only with clients but also amongst her peers throughout the industry.
Jeff Lobb is the Founder & CEO of SparkTank Media – a consulting firm specializing in real estate technology, productivity and mobile strategies. A renowned speaker, trainer and coach, and the former Vice President of Technology & Innovation for EXIT Realty Corp. International, Jeff has been a Realtor® for more than two decades. With his diverse background being a top producer, a brokerage owner, and having had extensive experience with mobile, tech, and internet with both startups and Fortune 500 companies, Jeff knows real estate and tech inside and out, from the ground up.
Approaching technology for real estate with the mindset of a real estate professional – from mobile devices to listing presentations to social media – Jeff knows how to talk the talk, because he’s spent many years walking the walk. Technology is changing the way we communicate and the way we do business. Jeff firmly believes that with the right use, the tools and technology available to agents today are key to creating better client experiences and closing more transactions. Being fluent in the three lanuguages of English, real estate and technology, Jeff prides himself on being able to break it down for even the most non-technical of audiences. Jeff Lobb finally makes technology for real estate simple. Connect with Jeff at www.jlobb.com.
Luke is redefining what it means to be a real estate brokerage by investing his own capital into each of his Realtor’s businesses.
As the Founder and Broker of Kendrick Realty, Inc of California and Simply Sold Properties, Inc. of Florida, Luke’s method eliminates inefficiencies and builds economies of scale by creating a Broker – Realtor relationship that is truly mutually beneficial.
This Realtors-as-an-investment approach means a laser like focus on training and execution. Luke takes the processes he developed running a wildly successful nationwide real estate investment company to help each of his agents achieve their peak ROI. This approach puts his Realtors in front of more clients and means his Team’s time is spent where it counts – on closing not prospecting.
Thus far, Luke's bet on agent performance has paid off, with more than $115M in sales in the Company's first year alone.
Getting an early start in real estate in 2003 with a Forbes Top 100 Broker, Laura brings over 15 years real estate experience as a brand marketing and technology strategist and executor. Currently, she is the VP of Growth and Partner Collective at Sequel, a new start-up that seeks to transform broker website solutions and the partnership experience for high end, brand-visionary, independent brokers.
Laura is also a nationally recognized industry speaker, educator, and contributor. Formerly, Laura has worked for Inman News as the Director of Industry Engagement, VP of Strategic Development for RealSatisfied, and has been voted 2017 Inman's Most Influential in Real Estate, as well as the Swanepoel Power 200 in Social Influence for 3 years. More popularly she is also known as the "Best Hair in Real Estate" or on twitter @besthairinre. :)
A Producer since 2011, Kenny is in the top 1% of agents in terms of number of homes sold in the East Bay. He has a passion for technology, and with increased open data, powerful marketing tools, and efficient systems being developed by new startups, Kenny is able to leverage these technological advances to better serve his clients.
Although he's fairly new to the real estate scene, Kenny has a track record of over 100+ homes sold in just the last 2 years. He credits his success to a hunger for knowledge of the industry and a highly responsive, very transparent and #FAST service for his clients. Kenny lives and works in Jack London Square, and is a market expert in the Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown Oakland, and West Oakland neighborhoods.
Climb Real Estate has over 70 agents in 4 different offices in San Francisco, with access to a pool of younger, cash-ready tech buyers, and Kenny helps them navigate through the hurdles and challenges of one of the most competitive, housing markets in history. There's no place like home, and Kenny is ready to take his clients there, #FAST!
Rahul Mewawalla is CEO of ZENPLACE, a full-service property management company reinventing the rental industry using innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning. Rahul has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review and was named Top 40 under 40 in Silicon Valley. Prior to Zenplace, Rahul was the head of the U.S. technology program in San Francisco in collaboration with the White House, and a top executive with experience across General Electric, Yahoo, Nokia and CBRE. He has served as Advisor to Stanford University Persuasive Technology Lab, as Chair of the Venture Capital Task Force Committee on Services and Systems, and on the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab Planning Committee. Rahul has been involved with non-profit organizations such as Entrepreneurship for America and the Yale-Goldman Sachs Foundation.
As Chief Operating Officer at eXp Realty, Mary Frances will leverage her extensive experience to oversee operations, including growth, productivity and compliance. She also will work closely with the eXp Realty Agent Advisory Council to ensure the voice of the agent is heard at all levels of the company.
Previously, Mary Frances was CEO and President of Realty Executives, LLC and Vice President of HomeSmart International, both leading international brokerages.
With more than 25 years in real estate law and operations, Mary Frances also is a national speaker on real estate and legal issues. She holds a juris doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School and is a licensed real estate broker in Arizona.
Mehak is the founder and CEO of Jamocha Media, a media company focused on personal brands, in San Francisco, CA. She was recently named #4 on Forbes Top 10 Generation Z Marketers List. She is also the host of a tech news show called the "Daily Deck with Mehak".
Robynn Eccles is passionate about changing people’s lives through real estate. Her radiant personality and care is evident in her commitment to business, family, fierce collection of heels and favorite football team (despite said football team’s ability to break her heart every season since the early 90’s). As the founder of the Eccles Group affiliated with Coldwell Banker, Robynn led her team to be honored among the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents internationally. The Eccles Group continues to be a rising force in their local market, consistently being recognized as one of the top 5 teams in Utah. Robynn serves as part of the Zillow Agent Advisory Board and is a sought-out advisor and speaker for organizations worldwide. Robynn has shared her expertise with thousands of people worldwide including as a TEDx presenter on topics such as leadership, negotiation, and time management.
Creig Northrop is the President, CEO and Associate Broker of Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company. Creig’s knowledge of real estate stems from more than 25 years of experience. The Creig Northrop Team achieved peak performance in 2016 with the completion of 1,772 transactions for a combined value of $765.5 million, leading REAL Trends as the Nation’s #1 Team for an unprecedented three times. In February 2018 Creig Northrop Team became Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company and full-service brokerage with 5 office locations throughout greater Maryland.
Kendyl Young is the founder and owner of DIGGS, a residential boutique brokerage in Glendale CA. Kendyl’s customer first, detail oriented style of business has led to 27 successful years of selling and the launch of her own brokerage. Kendyl is named on Inman’s List of Influential Real Estate Leaders and is a popular writer, speaker and thought leader in the industry.
Robert opened Robert Slack Fine Homes, LLC as an independent Brokerage in October 2014 with 4 Agents and have grown it to 300 Agents, and estimated sales in 2017 of 1500 sides.
Kylie was an executive editor at News Corp managing real estate publications across Australia before she made the leap to big data at CoreLogic. She is the author of five landmark studies that explore how technology is both disrupting the property industry and changing consumer expectations and she is the co-founder of Journobot, a new automated content tool being developed by CoreLogic Australia.
As Chief Executive Officer of The Agency, Mauricio Umansky leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers internationally with many of the world’s most distinguished architectural estates, new luxury developments, and design-centric homes. He prides himself on his ability to stay involved in and facilitate all aspects of The Agency’s team, from in-office collaboration to creative marketing and sales techniques. Mauricio places a premium on customer service, drawing on more than 15 years of experience and out-of-the box thinking to ensure that his team provides the best customer experience in the business. He is constantly innovating and planning new ways for The Agency to grow – not only as a real estate brokerage, but as a cutting-edge, 21st century lifestyle company with a global presence.
Mauricio is currently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 realtor in California by sales volume – and #3 in the entire United States. Mauricio specializes in selling and marketing luxury real estate worldwide. He co-founded The Agency in September 2011 with fellow agents Billy Rose and Blair Chang, and already their company has closed more than $1.5 billion in sales. Over the course of his career, Mauricio has personally orchestrated close to $2 billion in transactions.
Mauricio counts on the thousands of professional and personal contacts with whom he does business, and his network is always expanding. He travels throughout the world on a consistent basis making new contacts and securing existing relationships. As he likes to say, “Global is the new local.” Mauricio recently returned from multiple trips to Shanghai, China, where The Agency opened an office to further strengthen its presence in Asia. He is also in the process of opening offices in Las Vegas, Venice, Palm Springs, Marina del Rey, and Cabo San Lucas, with more on the way. All these contacts guarantee that maximum exposure is provided for every single listing at The Agency.
Mauricio also sits on the board of Prestige MLS, a business club exclusively dedicated to estate agencies specializing in marketing luxury properties internationally. In addition, he is a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a highly influential and world-renowned business networking group connecting leaders and CEOs of major companies.
Mauricio regularly appears as a real estate expert on Fox Business News and CNN Money, as well as in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Forbes Magazine (among others). Many people also know Mauricio from his frequent appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Mauricio enjoys writing a regular column for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. In his personal life, he participates in philanthropic work involving the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His hobbies include golf, heli-skiing, travel, and extreme adventure sports. Mauricio is happily married, with four wonderful daughters.
Whitney started to chase her passions and fine tune her skills in the real estate market after college. She flipped her first house in 2009. By 2015, she surpassed $10k per month in passive income from land, houses and apartment investments. Whitney believes every woman should control her own destiny by investing in real estate as soon as possible and as much as possible. Whitney teaches agents how they can buy properties across the country for passive income and BECOME the biggest (and best) investors in town! To learn more, go to WhitneyNicely.com
Katie is the Vice President of Intero Real Estate Services in Houston, Texas. Katie oversees the business and production of all three Houston offices, including a fourth office set to open in early 2014. She, along with her team, have built a brokerage described as a "Swanky, techie, innovative, boutique real estate company where the experience sells you before the agents do." By understanding the importance of hyper local content, social connectivity and agent collaboration, Intero Houston has become one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the area.
Brian Hopper, founder and principal of the Hopper Group and managing broker at Realogics | Sotheby’s International Realty, in Seattle, Washington, is one of the Puget Sounds top professionals. Brian launched his career in real estate in 2004, and began Hopper Group in 2011, aligning with Realogics | Sotheby’s International Realty in 2014. Brian and his team are at the forefront of changing the landscape of real estate, reaching every medium and seen as leaders throughout the west with innovation and intelligence through various social media platforms and connection within their community. An energetic, and impactful leader, Brian is a frequent speaker and collaborator within the Sotheby’s International Realty global network. Brian and his team work closely with their clients delivering a high quality level of detailed service to buyers, and sellers alike for over 12 years. Brian has been honored to work with clients from many backgrounds and nationalities relocating to the Seattle area for organizations such as Google, Amazon, Seattle Seahawks, (relocation’s) and Microsoft to name a few. A former professional skier (1997-2001), Brian traveled the country competing at freestyle and big mountain competitions. Brian then shifted his focus on another childhood dream, becoming a firefighter. Brian next became a licensed real estate sales person in 2004, finishing in the top tier of his office year after year. Brian continued at the fire department for another 14 years, promoting to Lieutenant. With over a decade of year after year success in sales, Brian retired from the department, and his team began a partnership with Realogics | Sotheby’s International Realty (2014) and produced the highest transaction volume in 2015 at his office. Brian is humbled to participate on numerous broker panels, bringing a fresh approach to marketing combined with humor from his diverse background. Brian recently made a guest appearance on HGTV’s House Hunter’s (2016) and local Seattle show Evening Magazine (2016). Brian is still active with in the snow-sports industry as a product ambassador/mountain ambassador for Crystal Mountain Resort. Brian is committed to his community, active in his local church, as well as volunteering his time at his children’s schools, and supporting numerous organizations. More about Brian, watch his video. (Hoppergroupre.com)
2017 Sierra | Sotheby’s Int. Realty Agent Panel Speaker | Regional Network Event (Lake Tahoe, CA)
2016 #1 in sales volume (units sold) Realogics | Sotheby’s Int. Realty Kirkland Office
2016 Nominated for the National Innovative Media Brokers Award | Sotheby’s International Realty
2016 Appearance on HGTV’s House Hunters Show
2016 Appearance on Seattle’s KING5 TV Evening Show
2016 Zillow Summit Agent Panel Speaker (Seattle, WA)
2016 Top 20 Best Run Agent Instagram Accounts Globally as recognized by Placester
2015 #1 in sales volume (units sold) Realogics | Sotheby’s Int. Realty Kirkland Office
2015 Zillow Summit Agent Panel Speaker (watch the video) (Bellevue, WA)
2015 Social Media VIP at Zillow’s 2nd annual National Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
2015 Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s Int. Realty Agent Panel Speaker | Regional Network Event (Scottsdale, AZ)
2015 Realogics | Sothebys Int. Realty Agent Panel Speaker Momentum Real Estate Forum (Seattle, WA)
2014 Zillow Summit Agent Panel Speaker (Tacoma, WA)
Karin Carr is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams in Savannah, GA and a self professed tech nerd. Licensed in 2005 in the greater Bay Area of San Francisco, she specialized in bank foreclosures. Karin was a top REO listing agent in her market and was fortunate to check her email each morning and have new listings. Upon relocating cross country in 2013, she realized she had absolutely NO idea how to prospect for new business.
Karin soon discovered the magic of content marketing and her business completely changed within months. She created a successful blog which started bringing her regular business and later developed her YouTube channel, which now has hundreds of subscribers. She gets calls from people interested in buying or selling in Savannah from her blog and YouTube channel almost daily. She has become a sought after speaker on video marketing and is a frequent guest on real estate podcasts and other training sources for agents. Karin is the creator of the Youtube for Agents online course.
Greg Robertson is the co-founder of W&R Studios. W&R Studios is a privately-held software company, located in Huntington Beach, California, focusing on creating simple and focused web applications for the real estate industry. Their flagship Cloud CMA (http://CloudCMA.com) is used by over 100,000 real estate professionals around the county.
A 20-year veteran in the industry, Greg also publishes the popular real estate technology/industry blog, Vendor Alley (http://VendorAlley.com). Greg has been named by Inman News as one of “Real Estate’s 100 Most Influential Leaders” in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
His first company, IRIS, started in 1992, created the well-known brand of “Lightning” desktop software products. From 2002 to 2008, Greg then led the sales and marketing team, and later became the General Manager, of eNeighborhoods (now part of Homes.com).
Greg is also active on the board of the Council of MLS (http://cmls.org), an industry organization focused on promoting best practices in the MLS industry.
A true entrepreneur at heart with a flair of the creative when it comes to problem solving. Since entering real estate in 2001, he has built up a successful real estate team in Utah.
His desire to help others lead to the creation of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Influence Partners in the Salt Lake City market. His brokerage prides itself on per agent production and see themselves as the Navy SEALs of real estate.
Aaron enjoys teaching & helping others increase productivity through referral based systems.
His dream is to compete someday at the CrossFit Games. Although he feels he is getting closer mentally, he is still very far physically from reaching that goal. For a good laugh check out the videos of his alter ego, Pete Swade, on YouTube.
Prabhjit Singh is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO NAAAM Real Estate, LLC. He personally sells 25 million dollars in real estate every year. He is one of the most sought after speaker/trainer in the world in the areas of real estate, sales and marketing. He has shared stages with Michael Eisner, Randi Zuckerberg, Jack Welch, Michael Irvin, Nido Qubein, Eric Trump, Donna Karen, and Kathy Ireland. He also has been featured on CNN, CBS, New York Times, Baltimore Times, and the Washington Post.
He has been a trainer for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, Prince Georges County Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors. He was personally trained by T. Harv Eker, Author of the “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,” and Blair Singer, author of “Sales Dogs” a Robert Kiyosaki’s Sales advisors.
In addition, Prabhjit was a regular guest interviewer of celebrities on HuffPostLive, and has interviewed Howie Mandell, Suzanne Somers, and Nick Cannon, to name a few. As well, he is a master of social media and marketing. Not only does he give marketing advice and suggestions on upcoming programming for the OWN network, he is friends with Oprah Winfrey, and is 1 of only 200 or so people who she follows on twitter!
With over 18 years of experience, Dawn Pfaff has been involved in the real estate industry from nearly every angle possible; she is an appraiser, agent, broker, Realtor®, instructor and investor. In 2009, Dawn founded NY State MLS, a statewide Multiple Listing Service built on proprietary software with over 32,000 members. In 2015, the company expanded nationwide as My State MLS; covering all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Sara oversees industry relations, membership development and strategic initiatives for the Association. In this role she helps the Association establish vision, identify new and emerging opportunities and relationships and is responsible for implementing key strategic initiatives. Sara is closely involved in the Association’s strategic planning efforts and is a well-known speaker in California’s real estate community. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate and a Master’s degree in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles.
Born and raised in the East Bay and currently residing in Emeryville, Crystal Florida is well-versed in East Bay real estate. Having grown-up in the real estate industry, Crystal has an unparalleled and inherent knowledge of investing in real estate. Her team has experience with project management to prepare a home for sale, making the listing process less stressful for sellers. Project management, contract knowledge, marketing, and negotiation skills all help to get sellers top dollar for their homes.
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services.
Constance has invested in more than 60 technology companies and helped bring them to market by partnering with over 700 executives and corporations focused on using technology and innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on several company boards, past and present, including DocuSign [NASDAQ: DOCU], Updater [ASX:UPD], Homesnap, UrbanBound and TaskEasy and Equity Lifestyles [NYSE:ELS]. Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance was the head of Strategic Investments at the National Association of Realtors where she launched and managed its investment arm. Constance launched the fund, Second Century Ventures (SCV) in 2008, and founded its accelerator program, REach, in 2013.
Prior to joining SCV, Constance was an investor with Cue Ball, an early and growth stage investment fund focused on the information services and consumer sectors. Constance began her career spending 7 years on an operating capacity at technology start-ups Molecular (backed by CMGI, acquired by Isobar) and Account4.com (acquired by Lawson). Constance was a practicing real estate agent for three years prior to starting her career in technology and investing.
Jason Stoffer joined Maveron in 2007 and is now a partner focused on investing in education, e-commerce and web-enabled consumer businesses. He is involved with the firm's investments in General Assembly, Common, TrueFacet, Everlane, CourseHero, Dolls Kill, and Dolly. Prior to joining Maveron, Jason served as senior director of strategic operations for Career Education Corp., where he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school. He has also served as an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund. Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kofi Nartey is the National Director of the Compass Sports & Entertainment Division. He is also a Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist, guest trainer for the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, and head of the Nartey Group, his Southern California team.
His clients have included celebrities and athletes, including Kevin Durant, James Van der Beek, and Michael Jordan. He attended and played football at the University of California at Berkeley and later completed his MBA in the Presidential and Key Executive Program at Pepperdine University. Kofi has been a correspondent on celebrity and luxury real estate for over 100 national television and print media outlets including the WSJ, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CBS, CNBC, NBC Sports Bloomberg, Fox Business News, ESPN, CNN Money, The Insider, and others.
He was also a regular featured agent on HGTV’s Selling LA, has made numerous appearances on Million Dollar Listing, and continues as a celebrity and luxury real estate correspondent on Hollywood Today Live. In 2017, he will release his book, "Sellebrity: How to Build a Successful Sports & Entertainment Based Business." 2017 also marked Kofi's launch of "The Sports & Entertainment Society," a network of agents, service providers, and vendors that cater to the sports and entertainment niche.
Shaun is currently the Executive Director of Technology for Homes.com and oversees a growing team of talented professionals working in real estate software development. In this position he has over 10 years of experience managing technology supporting multiple national listing portals, agent and office productivity tools, MLS listing aggregation, and back-end reporting services among other things. Shaun is an active member of RESO where he currently participates in the Internet Tracking workgroup. He is a graduate of Florida State University and currently resides in sunny Florida where he enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children.
Agile advocate. A Cappella nerd. Real estate obsessed. Mid-century modernist.
Zoe Horneck, VP of Product Marketing and Communications, is serious about connecting people through technology. She is a customer-centric global marketing and strategy leader with a proven track record of driving growth through customer insights, innovation, process optimization, and technology. Having worked for one of the top digital agencies in New York, as well as leading multiple companies through large digital transformations, Zoe brings her expertise to real estate.
Zoe became obsessed with real estate from a young age. Her path became clear when she sold her first home, FSBO, and quickly decided to get her license. Being an active agent, she understands their needs and is able to translate those needs into helping drive Coldwell Banker business goals. She is responsible for all Coldwell Banker platforms and products as well as how we effectively communicate across our network of Brokers, Managers, Agents, and corporate teams.
Although Zoe is a native New Yorker, she found the beauty in NJ, which is not an oxymoron, and now lives in Princeton NJ with her husband, two children, two very large dogs, a dog-like cat, and a bunny. On the weekend, if she's not scoping out open houses, you might find her antiquing in Lambertville, trying to find vintage mid-century modern pieces to add to her collection.
Veronica is the Broker Owner of RE/MAX Innovation and CEO of The Figueroa Team in Florida. She is a licensed Florida Real Estate Instructor and has been a Realtor for over 15 years. She ranks as one the Top 25 RE/MAX Team Leaders in Florida, Top 100 with NAHREP Agents and Rank's in the Top 1% of Orlando Board of Realtors. She is known for her passion in training, marketing and agent development.
For more than 10 years, Sara has held various roles in sales, broker and MLS services at Zillow Group. Today, Sara manages the operational and data side of industry relations. She also leads Zillow Group’s Tech Connect programs, which help agents, brokers and MLSs implement listing data feeds and set up traffic and lead APIs.
Linzee is the Founder of Ciprani Consulting– a recruiting and training company that specializes in the field of Real Estate. This company has placed and trained over 300 talented individuals within the Real Estate world. In addition, Linzee is the Founder of Round Table Real Estate Services- a real estate team within Keller Williams that uses the processes and systems of Ciprani Consulting. Round Table was built from the ground up this year and her team is on track to close between $26,000,000- $30,000,000 in their first full year in business.
Prior to owning her own companies, Linzee was the COO/Owner of the Jesse Johnston Real Estate Team and the Listing/Operations Manager of the Matt Fetick Real Estate Team. Linzee holds a Bachelors Degree from Pennsylvania State University with a emphasis in Communications.
Distinguishing yourself in a hot market like Seattle at one of the biggest real estate franchisors in the country is a tall order for most, but Vija Williams and her team at the Vija Group with Keller Williams have managed to do just that. Ranking in the top 1 percent of sales volume at Keller Williams Worldwide, Williams’ sales volume in 2015 ($48 million) was more than five times larger than her numbers in 2012.
Williams began selling homes in 2001 after a career in marketing and sales for builders and developers. After taking a little more than a year off to have her third child in 2009, she re-entered the industry in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Speaking onstage with Gary Keller at multiple Keller Williams conferences and a host of a weekly radio show in Seattle, Williams now coaches agents and shares her story with real estate professionals across the country.
Barbara Betts, has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2003. Together with her husband they own The Betts Realty Group, a boutique brokerage located in Long Beach, California. As a Broker/Owner she has a clear focus on building a brokerage for the future, with innovative ideas, creative thinking and a family like culture. For her entire career, she has had a philosophy of “Real Estate by Relationship” where she has consistently built a business that has resulted in a steady stream of repeat and referral business. Recognized as a top producer, her true joy is in helping her clients reach their real estate goals, whether buying, selling, or investing. She has a passion for her industry and gives back by teaching and coaching other REALTORS® and is highly involved at the local, state and national levels. In her spare time, you can find her at a dance event with her daughter or supporting her son in his professional baseball career.
Katie is the Founder of Katie Lance Consulting – a social media and marketing firm. Katie’s clients include companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign, RPM Mortgage, SmartZip and many others. Katie is also a frequent keynote speaker, a contributor to The Huffington Post and formerly was the Chief Strategist for Inman News.
Eddie Berenbaum is the co-founder/ President of CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty. A 1997 graduate of Penn State University, Edward Berenbaum moved to the DC area immediately after college to begin his career in Real Estate. Working for Richmond American Homes from 1997 through May of 2001 as a top producing New Homes Sales Agent and Divisional Sales Manager, Eddie discovered two important things; he loved Real Estate and the market was ripe for innovation.
After taking a year and a half to backpack around the world, Eddie returned to the DC area and founded Redwood Realty in November of 2002 with his friends/ co-workers, Shawn Milletary and Nick Pasquini. Through aggressive marketing, hard work and the help of two extremely understanding business partners, Redwood Realty has multiplied itself many times and now has 12 offices and 500+ agents generating more than $1.8 Billion worth of annual Real Estate transactions. Equal partners, Eddie handles growth and marketing, while Shawn focuses on Operations and Nick handles all things finance related.
Eddie resides in Arlington, VA with his lovely wife Jennifer, beautiful & bright daughter Maggie, handsome & witty son Isaac and stinky dog Baxter. When he is not practicing Real Estate, Eddie loves to hike, ski, pull for the Steelers and listen to live music.
Founder and owner of West + Main Homes, Stacie Staub is a Colorado-based Real Estate expert with over 15 years of experience in both residential sales and industry marketing. She is also the conference-loving junkie behind Genuine Hustle, which is fast becoming one of the most popular and in-demand formats for real-life teaching and learning in the Real Estate space.
When Stacie isn’t hitting the streets in the Denver Metro area helping people reach their home and investment goals, you might find her on stage sharing her best tips and tools, or appearing as a guest on both local and national webinars, radio shows, podcasts and conferences. She also combines her love of Real Estate with her passion for teaching in order to help other agents to grow their business in an organic, genuine way.
Prior to founding Opcity, Ben has extensive experience in online marketing and building large inside sales teams. As a founder of Yodle, he grew the company to over 1,500 employees and 55,000 small business customers, resulting in a $342 million exit. Ben has been recognized by INC 30 under 30, the Empact 100, Austin Inno's 50 on Fire, and is proud of leading Opcity & Yodle to be named “Top Workplaces” in Austin. Ben is currently the CEO of Opcity, a technology platform that uses large proprietary data sets and applied analytics to match top agents with qualified home buyers and sellers in real-time with no upfront cost.
I started WolfNet back in 1996 with an entrepreneurial spirit and gusto. Who knew it would transform into an international organization providing technology to over 80,000+ customers. I’ve said it many times but my people are what make the difference and drive the modern technology and exceptional customer service we deliver every day. I focus on managing the larger business, creating the vision for our product and market strategies, consulting with clients and generally connecting with the real estate industry. In reality, I have my hands in just about everything as I have an open door policy where anyone can bring in ideas for the organization. I’m an exercise junkie, believe in perpetual optimism and love the Minnesota Wild. Most importantly, I love spending time with my wife, three kids and two goofy dogs.
Travis Robertson is CEO and Founder of Robertson Coaching International, one of the fastest growing real estate coaching and training companies in North America. Named one of the Top 25 Real Estate Coaches in 2016 by Inman, Travis has trained tens of thousands of real estate professionals across the globe on high-performance marketing, business development and team building, and is recognized as one of the leading experts on recruiting and retention strategies for this new era of real estate. Robertson Coaching International maintains an unparalleled level of excellence, and coaches some of the highest producing agents around the world.
Keith Robinson is the Chief Strategy Officer for NextHome, Inc. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of key strategic business relationship, further adding to the growth of NextHome’s national expansion. Robinson has an extensive background in real estate including experience in national business strategy, operations, sales training, recruitment, motivation and effective marketing. His collaborative approach and ‘win-win’ attitude fosters the development of successful, results-driven partnerships for our members. Previous to NextHome, Inc., Robinson operated Prosper Marketing Inc., as the Chief Strategic Officer and prior was the Chief Operating Officer at Better Homes & Gardens, Mason McDuffie Real Estate, where he oversaw operations for the nation’s 19th largest real estate company consisting of 35 offices and over 1,300 REALTORS®.
Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rich DeNicola currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, responsible for domestic and international business operations, financial management, franchise performance consulting, network engagement, and the brand’s growth strategy. Prior to his appointment in October 2017, DeNicola served as Senior Vice President of Membership Development for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, overseeing franchise sales and mergers/acquisitions efforts for the brand since 2013. During his tenure in this role, the brand more than doubled its franchised office count and expanded to sixteen new states and the Bahamas.
Before joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, DeNicola served as National Vice President of Franchise Sales for Coldwell Banker, overseeing the brand growth and mergers/acquisitions strategies in both the United States and Canada. DeNicola has served in a variety of sales and operational roles for Realogy Franchise Group since 2004.
Rich earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.
After getting her BA and JD degrees from UC Berkeley, Mia began a career as an associate at a large international law firm. In 2009, she made the leap from practicing attorney to real estate broker. Previously a buyer’s consultant to the #1 selling real estate agent in the country, Mia focused on finding buyers the perfect home in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. Now, as an area manager for Redfin, Mia oversees a team of agents serving buyers and sellers throughout Silicon Valley. Her team prides itself on local neighborhood and market knowledge and superb customer service. In her spare time, Mia enjoys hanging out with her English bulldog, Ruby, making green smoothies, and drinking Phillz coffee.
After just five short years of opening the doors to her independent brokerage, Tiffany has continued to grow the company and has had the honor of being recognized locally and beyond as a rising top producer and innovator in the real estate world. She has a true understanding of branding and the importance of innovation and creativity to allow the company, its Realtors and in turn, every customer and their properties stand out. Tiffany credits McQuaid & Company’s continued success to her hand-picked team approach, the brokerage’s "adding value" to real estate method of caring and relationship building, and her focus of always "giving back" to the community as a top priority.
She was the recipient of the Women’s Council of Realtors Entrepreneur of the Year Award and voted by Inman News as a Real Estate Industry Influencer in 2017. Locally Tiffany has been recognized as one of Florida Weekly Newspaper’s Power Women as well as Florida Gulf Coast University’s Distinguished Entrepreneur in 2016 and Gulfshore Life Magazine's "Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction" Award. As a brokerage, Tiffany’s firm holds big agency power, being nominated for the “Most Innovative Brokerage” award by Inman News is one of the many brokerage awards she takes great pride in. Tiffany has been blessed to be mentored for several years by Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul as Founder of the Corcoran Group and TV personality on the hit show Shark Tank, and believes strongly in paying it forward by mentoring others.
“At McQuaid and Company we are not about just business as usual, but are a true family at our core, with community as our foundation. We take great pride in applying a unique and different angle to everything the company does, truly taking it to the Mth degree…” #TeamMcQuaid
Andrew Flachner is CEO and Co-Founder of RealScout, a startup that empowers agents with a branded, collaborative home search platform. To date, RealScout powered billions of dollars in transactions for thousands of agents and the industry's leading brokerages.
Andrew is consistently featured as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News and was recently honored as Forbes 30 Under 30 and Silicon Valley Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.
Melody brings more than 20 years of real estate marketing experience and a deep understanding of technology platforms to the Zephyr Real Estate team. In addition to overseeing all advertising, branding and marketing initiatives for Zephyr, she's also on the forefront of identifying and integrating new marketech platforms and initiatives for the company. As marketing and technology continue to further entwine, she and her team work closely with Zephyr's technology team to advance the space where technology and marketing seamlessly grow and thrive. Previously, she worked at Paragon Real Estate Group and Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate.
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.
Victor Lund is a founding partner of WAV Group and CEO of RE Technology. For more than a decade, Lund has provided research, strategic planning and analyst services to MLSs, large brokerages, technology firms, and investment banks. He is a published author of an body of work that understands the role of technology in real estate.
Lund is currently providing services to two key industry wide projects – Project Upstream and the National Broker Public Portal
Director of Industry Relations for BoomTown, an online real estate platform based in Charleston, SC. Rivers has over 10 years experience in the online marketing and advertising space, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the e-commerce, travel and real estate verticals.
After receiving a degree in Philosophy from the Honors Program at The College of Charleston, Rivers promptly joined a band and crisscrossed the US for 5 straight years. Tiring of the constant travel, he landed in Atlanta when someone gave him a break in the nascent search engine marketing world in the early 2000’s. Immediately falling in love with SEM, he found a home at the digital marketing agency 360i, where he worked his way up the ladder to manage pay per click and SEO campaigns for several notable Fortune 500 accounts.
In early 2010, he came to BoomTown to start their Search Engine Marketing department. Applying many agency best practices, he has helped scale BoomTown’s client base from 70 to well over 2500 clients. He has also served as their Director of Client Success, and Director of Digital Marketing & Strategy.
Cara Whitley was named global chief marketing officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC on September 21, 2015. In her role, Whitley leads the marketing, advertising and digital media efforts for the world’s largest real estate franchise organization of approximately 6,900 independently owned and operated offices and more than 100,000 sales professionals in 78 countries and territories worldwide. Whitley, a 20-year veteran of loyalty marketing, business development, strategy and change management, will report directly to Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer.
Whitley comes to the brand with extensive experience in leading marketing teams in a global and multi-cultural environment. She is a highly-accomplished marketing executive with an extensive background in:
• Consumer-based marketing
• Franchise systems and marketing funds
• Digital and social media platforms
• Advertising and promotions
• Brand management
• Customer relationship management
• Partnership development, training, and analytical modelling and,
market segmentation strategy
Whitley joins CENTURY 21 after serving as chief marketing officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings/KSL Capital Partners in Lake Tahoe (CA), a position she held since October 2013. While there, Whitley led the integration of two brands to form a unified value proposition including their digital strategy and brand promise.
Previously, she served as a vice president for some of the world’s largest multinational corporations including American Express, Epsilon and Hilton Hotels Corporation. As Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Global Loyalty for American Express, Cara was a key member of the strategic team behind the Plenti program, a marketing platform designed to transform the U.S. loyalty landscape in conjunction with key strategic partners.
For Hilton Hotels Corporation, Whitley served as Vice President, Customer Loyalty, Global Partnerships and International Marketing where she influenced decisions on distribution, third party relationships, their loyalty program, and corporate strategies. She served on the International Operations Committee and played an integral role in the development of new markets and customer acquisition. Additionally, she was responsible for developing the marketing strategy for all regions (international and outbound US).
Whitley earned her B.S. degree in Communications from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is an avid skier, runner and hiker, and enjoys cooking, golf and yoga.
David co-founded Agentology in 2013. He oversees the company’s business operations, including sales, marketing, customer support, and finance, among other areas of the business. Prior to Agentology, David spent a decade as a real estate broker and co-founded one of the largest real estate referral platforms in the country. David holds a degree in Economics from UCLA. He lives in the heart of downtown with his wife and 2 young kids, walks to work every day and loves to travel.
Katie Clancy's team, The Cape House, is among the top 3% of producers on Cape Cod Massachusetts, but she didn't start there. Pregnant with her fourth child, Katie started in the industry just as the country plunged into the recession. Forced to work with an almost non-existent budget she built her business leveraging established relationships and building new ones. Today The Cape House clients still find her almost by exclusively word of mouth, which yields business that is not only profitable, but also deeply gratifying.
Glenn Kelman has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since March 2006 after serving in a number of executive-level roles since 2005. Before joining us, Mr. Kelman was the co-founder of Plumtree Software, Inc., a provider of enterprise portal software products, where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Kelman holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley. We believe that Mr. Kelman’s deep understanding of our company and his real estate industry experience qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
I call myself “The Real-Life Realtor”, because as an active real estate agent I bring a different perspective...one of what's happening in the market now.
I mentor and coach new and experienced real estate agents to transform their business by mastering my proven systems for success. I am a firm believer in managing expectations and my goal is to elevate the perception of real estate agents among the general public through education. My unique training methods have shown agents what it takes to be successful! Learn more at www.RLRETraining.com.
McClelland was a top Realtor before starting a small independent firm in Atlanta after his first year in the business. He grew it to over 20 offices with 1,100 agent before selling the company at the end of 2007. McClelland joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in April of 2008 as the Director of Strategic Growth. McClelland was named Chief Operating Officer in 2013. McClelland is also an Inman News contributor and a board member for HomeSnap and the Broker Public Portal. He also serves as an investor and advisor to the technology company Brytecore.
Nima Ghamsari is the CEO and co-founder of Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the $40+ trillion consumer lending industry. Blend’s cloud-based technology, currently specific to mortgages, delivers speed and efficiency to lenders so they can serve the modern borrower and safely navigate the industry’s changing rules and regulations. Prior to Blend, Nima was an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he co-founded its commercial group solving major data challenges for the financial sector. After the 2008 financial crisis, Nima worked directly with major banks and agencies to develop and implement software enabling underwater borrowers to avoid foreclosures while saving financial institutions billions of dollars.
Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality and tech sectors. After earning his BA in economics from Northwestern, Gary ventured west to earn his MBA from Stanford, where he caught the entrepreneurial bug and still serves as a regular guest lecturer. Previously Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts, and spent five years as CFO of online brokerage pioneer ZipRealty, which he led through its successful IPO in 2004. Gary also served as CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, then the second largest boutique hotel management company in the country. Immediately before starting Roofstock, Gary led one of the largest single-family rental platforms in the U.S. through its IPO as co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, now part of Colony Starwood Homes. In addition to striving to build great companies, he enjoys skiing with his family, running with his golden retriever (and office mascot) Bode, and trying not to break any bones while mountain biking.
Jason is a RE/MAX Broker/Owner and Team Leader that has been selling real estate in Metro Detroit for over 20 years. Jason brings a practical approach to growth and team development that revolves around systems that anyone can implement regardless of market.
As a lifelong learner, Jason openly shares everything. He helps agents reach their full potential while creating businesses they love which keeps him motivated to share more. He is a regular presenter at live training events across North America.
Jason is a RE/MAX 2017 Titan Club member and is the recipient of the Circle of Honor and Lifetime Achievement awards for sustained success.
Frazier, aka The Real Estate CIO, has more than 20 years of expertise in marketing, social media, technology startups and venture capital, holding various senior-level positions. He has been blessed to work for and alongside the most talented innovators, disrupters, and visionaries of Silicon Valley, affectionally known as “The PayPal Mafia”. Frazier was chosen as HousingWire’s Young Rising Star in 2016, their Vanguard Award Winner in 2017, and is now one of their featured authors. In 2016 & 2017 he was honored to be named as one of the Top 50 Connected Mortgage Professionals by National Mortgage Professionals Magazine. Frazier also serves as Executive Advisor to Blend, NEST, Frontdoor, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage and co-founded one of the Top Social Media & Marketing Focused Real Estate Facebook Groups called The Snappack.
Eric Sachs President/Co-founder Breakthroughbroker.com After chasing bad guys for thriteen years Eric decided to go after his hobby of real estate full time. Eric had a successful career as a top producing Realtor, and Broker/Owner of a mid sized company in Colorado. The company gave way to acquisition in 2010 and Eric then co-founded Breakthroughbroker.com. His passion is helping real estate agents build their business. Breakthroughbroker has become one of the most widely used agent resources in the industry with over 210,000 agents using the free site. Eric speaks throughout the country, dedicated to helping real estate agents build their business and make more money.
A versatile executive and accomplished entrepreneur with over twenty years professional experience comprised of working in investment banking, launching new online business ventures, and leading global teams.
Since departing Investment Banking in 2004, launched several startup companies including an online real estate brokerage firm, mortgage company, high-end retail brand (eCommerce), online crowd funding platform and advisory financial intermediary working with companies in raising capital through direct public offerings.
Featured in numerous publications and broadcast media including: CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, MarketWatch, Reuters, Yahoo! News, Inman News, Investor's Business Daily, The Huffington Post, MorningStar, The Joe Fairless Show, The Washington Post, Business Review, NerdWallet, RISMedia, The MReport, and others. He is also the author of The Digital Home Seller & Online Real Estate Trends publication.
Specialties: Real estate, investment banking, and passionate entrepreneur with proven results in corporate development, sales, and strategy. Sound financial background as a credit trained financial analyst with former transaction experience in senior bank financings for acquisitions, mergers, leveraged buyouts, and joint ventures for Fortune 500 and middle market companies.
Madan is widely recognized as a People, Talent, Rewards and Human Resources leader with 20+ years of Human resources experience spanning long and meaningful stints in world class organizations like Facebook, Amazon, KLA-Tencor donning HR leadership roles across multiple businesses, countries and regions.
An industry expert on how the digital world is shaping people practices and changing organizations, he is widely consulted on this topic and is a sought-after keynote speaker on the role of HR in a mobile-centric world and sits on the board of 3 other companies. He is an advisory board member at Ionic Security which is a pioneer in cryptography and data security out of Atlanta (www.ionic.com) and an adviser to the CEO and leadership team at Novus Inc, a leader in hedge fund analytic and data solutions out of New York (www.novus.com). He also serves as an adviser to the SP Jain School of Management in Singapore and Forbes ranked S P Jain School of Global Management #10 in the world.
Madan is currently the chief people officer at Compass (www.compass.com), one of the leading real estate technology firms in the US. Compass just raised over half a billion dollars in Series E funding from Softbank and Fidelity. Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.
Prior to his current role as the Chief People Officer for Compass, Madan has spent nearly 6 years with Facebook, Inc. as the Head of HR – Asia Pacific and the HR Leader in New York. He started with them in Singapore as the Head of HR for APAC and led Facebook’s expansion in APAC across 14 different countries and in the process helped create a thriving multi-billion dollar business for them. Prior to Facebook, Madan led Amazon’s expansion into Asia leading a 100+ member HR team across engineering, operations, customer support etc. Before Amazon, Madan spent over 8 years in the bay area leading HR team at both large, publicly listed companies, like KLA-Tencor a leader in the semi-conductor space and mid-size startups in the bay areas.
Madan is an engineer by training and then changed careers early on to move into HR. He then went to study at the London School of Economics and has a Master’s degree in Human Resources (Personnel Management and Industrial relations)
Rob joined Compass from management consulting at McKinsey & Company in New York City. In his tenure at McKinsey, he was primarily focused on devising growth strategies in legacy industries through technology and data innovations. Outside of work, Rob has worked on public-private international development initiatives on every continent and remains actively engaged with social enterprises across the globe. Rob graduated summa cum laude from Duke University.
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is on a mission to help 100 million people live lives of freedom, growth and joy. She is the Founder and CEO of SoulTour, a personal growth school and spiritual community. Tara is the author of The Transformational Consumer, and she led marketing at MyFitnessPal from 45 million to 100 million customers and through the company's acquisition by Under Armour.
Shawn's relationship with real estate started very early, entering the industry at the age of 17 as a marketing intern. He attended Howard Brinton's Star Power Conference before even being old enough to get a license, and learned the value of sharing and the limitless success available in real estate. Licensed at 19, and real estate team owner at 22, Shawn and his brother Kyle founded Cunningham Group in 2008 at age 25.
Cunningham Real Estate Group is now a sales and property management operation that consistently ranks among the highest grossing in the state for RE/MAX. In addition to managing nearly hundreds of properties, Cunningham Group works to grow a business that has core values of family, community service and integrity.
Shawn is the past president for Nevada CRS (now RRC), has served on Forms, YPN and Community Outreach committees and currently serves on the board of directors for Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS, board of directors for Nevada Association of REALTORS, and the board of directors for Resident Real Estate Council (formerly Council of Residential Specialists). Shawn loves food, traveling the world and all things UNLV Rebels.
Kulveer began his career at Deutsche Bank in London, interning first as an 18 year old Research Assistant for the Chief UK Economist, and then graduating into the Global Markets Division where he worked in sales and trading. After 4 years with Deutsche, he left to focus full-time on his first startup, an online marketplace for students that he had started at Oxford. He raised investment from Y Combinator, becoming the first international and non-technical founder they funded in 2006.
He moved to the United States and started work on Auctomatic, a company aimed at making running businesses on eBay easier. After a year and a half, Taggar sold the company to Live Current Media, a public company based in Vancouver, Canada.
His latest endeavor, Zeus Living, is focused on redefining corporate housing. The idea had its origins in property management. After struggling to rent out a house, Kulveer had the idea to create a service where other struggling landlords can immediately sign a lease with Zeus, having their rent guaranteed each month with peace of mind that isn’t usually afforded by traditional property managers.
Zeus then furnishes and designs the unit, and rents it out to corporate executives for stays longer than 30 days. It’s great for business travellers who need flexible, beautiful, furnished space.
Ryan has been with Move since 2006 and currently holds the position of Vice President of Product and General Manager of Move’s CRM Business.
Since joining MOVE, Ryan has been responsible for mobility applications, third party development ventures and integration's, MOVE’s platform initiatives and MOVE’s lead generation and advertising products. Previously, Ryan served as a Sr. Technical Trainer and Platform Program Manager for Pivotal CRM, now CDC Software.
Ryan holds a Business/Commerce degree from University of Victoria.
Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan is the President of Stribling & Associates, a family-run business and New York City’s premiere boutique residential brokerage firm specializing in the sales and marketing of exceptional resale properties (coop, condo) and new developments. Elizabeth Ann manages the firm’s day-to-day operations and leads Stribling’s business expansion and development initiatives, from implementing new technologies and market data programs to global outreach and referral partnerships with affiliate firms in diverse national and international markets. Prior to her role as President, Elizabeth Ann was an executive vice president and director of marketing and business development. She joined Stribling & Associates in 2006 after working for two years in San Francisco with a top producer at Pacific Union GMAC. She was born and raised in NYC.
Elizabeth Ann is an expert on residential real estate and travels throughout the world and country to represent the company at meetings and conferences across a variety of industries, offering her expertise on topics including marketing and sales, business development, social media, technology, residential new development, emerging markets, real estate investment, among other topics.
Chris Pollinger is a 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 20 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.
He is a nationally recognized speaker, motivator and coach who has created a unique and proprietary system specializing in helping real estate professionals make the paradigm shift from success into significance through building a stable, profitable and saleable businesses, breaking through their personal and business barriers while re-orienting around their core values and strengths. He is the creator of the Mastery Coaching, Performance Coaching, and Legacy Coaching systems that has set the standard within the real estate industry elite.
Rett Harmon is an author, community advocate, and contributor to the real estate industry. He is both an active agent and co-owner of Century 21 Novus Realty. Rett began selling real estate in 2001 while attending the UWG where he earned his B.B.A in Real Estate. C21 Novus is currently growing with 40 agents, 11 staff, and over 700 properties under management. Rett along with his previous team, closed 226 transactions in 2017. Rett enjoys sharing relevant best practices through video, contributing to real estate publications, and speaking at industry events. He is an Eagle Scout, has ownership in 9 companies, and is passionate about Reels for Easter Seals. Rett and his wife Jenn, stay on the go with their three children. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating and spending time outdoors.
Patricia Nakache invests in early-stage consumer and business services tech startups with investments in Bevi, EAT Club, Mayvenn, Owler, thredUP, and Turo, and previous investments in Care.com (CRCM), LoopNet (LOOP), PayScale (acq. Warburg Pincus), and Sabrix (acq. Thomson Reuters), among others.
Before Trinity, Patricia worked at McKinsey & Company and contributed to FORTUNE magazine. She earned an M.B.A from Stanford University and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Mr. Cruz is a dynamic and poised professional with over fifteen years of management and leadership experience in a variety of fields. Responsibilities have encompassed the areas of advertising, marketing, business strategy, and technical assistance, special projects and financial processes; interviewing and evaluating staff; as well as representing the organization as an advocate and liaison with community organizations, private industry and local governments. Mr. Cruz is a gifted leader with excellent communication, presentation, analytical, negotiation, organizational and innovation skills. Expertise in: regional sales with an emphasis in Hispanic communities, strategic growth and managing daily relationships with employees, peers and business partners.
Steven David Elliot created the Rockstar Connect program through years of experimentation and implementation. His networking events are legendary and he is nationally known for his innovation in the field of Business Networking. His Meetup North Hills Networking has been recognized as one of the “most successful and active in the world”, boasting 20,000 members. Rockstar Connect is based on his philosophy of you have to “give-in-order-to-get”. He teaches that, through altruistic acts, you will be rewarded with material and spiritual abundance. As a REALTOR®, sales person, connector, coach, and marketing guru he has harnessed his ability to find options and solutions, limit them to the best, and help his clients select the outcomes to achieve their goals.
Alissa is a real estate tech industry vet with over 15 years experience, including 3 acquisitions, at some of the fastest growing tech companies in the space. With roots in residential real estate and a passion for driving growth through strategic partnerships, Alissa has helped create and execute enterprise deals with the nation's largest brokers and franchise brands for companies like: RealtyGenerator, Market Leader, Trulia and Zillow Group.
Alissa currently serves as VP of Growth at Buyside, leading sales and marketing initiatives for the rapidly expanding startup. Buyside now powers the top ranked brokerage firms in the country helping them leverage their data to capture seller leads, win listings and close more transactions in house.
Jamie Wilson, ZapLabs President and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations. As a 16-year veteran of ZapLabs, Jamie has helped lead the company toward developing an award-winning website, a robust customer engagement platform, and engaging mobile products since his arrival. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, he served as Senior Vice President of Technology, directing product development and technology efforts.
Sahil Gupta is the Co-founder of Patch Homes, a financial institution that helps consumers access affordable home financing solutions. Sahil's passion for developing innovative ways to redefine traditional products, led him to co-found Patch Homes with Sundeep, a long-time real estate operator. Patch Homes offers a debt-free HELOC alternative that empowers homeowners to access home equity without any interest or monthly payments. Previously, Sahil has spent a decade leading product development and business strategy for fintech start-ups such as Motif Investing (backed by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan) and YCombinator backed Sliced. Sahil also worked at 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.
Samuel is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco, who has worked & launched companies in eight countries and is now the co-founder and CEO of Upcall. Upcall is backed by Y Combinator & top-tier investors and is disrupting the call outsourcing industry, by offering instant access to Top 3% U.S. callers "on-demand" for real estate calls.
Drew Oetting is the co-founder and Managing Partner at 8VC, a Silicon Valley based venture capital fund which manages over $2.5B. At 8VC he focuses on software and bio-IT investments. He has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in early and mid stage technologies and his investments have produced billions in enterprise value. He serves as a board director to over a dozen technology companies. Drew is a co-founder of Affinity and Anduin Technologies and is a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient.
Ben Kinney is a nationally-known entrepreneur, professional speaker, trainer, author, innovator and mega real estate agent, but prefers the title of “nice guy.” In the last few years he has personally trained over 100,000 business owners via conferences, classes, and webinars. Ben owns and operates multiple Keller Williams Realty Franchises, 17 Real Estate expansion teams across North America, 7 software companies, and the Ben Kinney Training Organization
Jonathan Martis is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kleard. As an active REALTOR® in the Seattle area, Jonathan noticed that real estate safety and lead generation could be drastically improved, and thus Kleard was born. Kleard incorporates dual on-the-spot verification for showings and open houses which gives agents the sense of security they want, while generating in-person quality leads at the same time.
Kleard believes real estate agents are irreplaceable and our business model centers around using technology to help keep agents safe and provide more opportunities for them to be successful.
Jim is a tenacious creator and likes to build things from scratch. He has more than two decades experience in financial services, including investment banking, venture capital, commercial and residential real estate lending and long-only equity investment management. In addition to his financial services experience, Jim also has a parallel career as a professional musician playing the piano and keyboards. Before Unison, Jim was a Director at Nomura Securities where he held senior roles in the commercial lending business and managed a fund that supported the growth of financial service companies. Jim’s professional musical career has taken him around the globe playing in venues like The Royal Albert Hall in London, in stadiums of front of large crowds of 150,000+ and even on many TV shows like The Tonight Show. He holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Iona College and a MBA from Columbia Business School with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim lives in The Bay Area, is married, and has a young son.
Racquel Russell joined Zillow Group in January 2015 to create and lead the company’s government relations, social impact and community engagement functions. In her current capacity as vice president, Racquel oversees Zillow Group’s community and civic engagement, housing and economic policy thought leadership as well as external partnerships and collaborations with government and nonprofit organizations at the local, regional and national level. Previously, Racquel led the White House Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility, serving as a senior advisor to President Obama on various issues including neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, economic opportunity, nutrition policy and women’s health. Prior to joining the White House in September 2010, Racquel held leadership positions for U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Bob Graham as well as for the National Governors Association. Racquel received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Miami.
Adelina Rotar is based in Austin, TX and is the Texas Region Partner for the Ben Kinney Companies.
In 2016, she launched the Ben Kinney Companies' first out-of-state sales team location in Keller Williams Realty's flagship office in Austin, TX, and built the largest expansion sales force start-up in the company's history.
Through the systems and models of the Ben Kinney Companies, she built the Austin team from scratch without being in production and with being a new resident of the area with no sphere. Today, she leads a well-developed team of 20+ agents in Austin and has expanded twice more in Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth and Midland/Odessa.
The Ben Kinney Companies Texas Region is on track to close 750 units and $4.5M in GCI this year.
Adelina is an immigrant whose parents fled Communism during the fall of the Iron Curtain. She grew up in Knoxville, TN and started as a receptionist in a real estate company at 16. Fifteen years later, real estate is the only industry she's been part of: moving from an office position, to an individual agent, to growing a team, to managing a large brokerage, to continuing market domination with the Ben Kinney Companies.
Arriving in the United Stats as a child who had to learn a new language provided her the first opportunity to learn by utilizing systems and models and often pushing through with sheer grit. These are the same things that make her successful today.
With over 25 years of marketing experience Marki Lemons-Ryhal, CRS a fifth generation entrepreneur has established herself as an award-winning social media speaker and course author. In a market where change is the only constant factor, Marki has used her dynamic, professional attitude and vast experience to become one of the top speakers in the country relying on content from one of the several real estate continuing education classes she has authored.
Tim Hur, CRS, launched a successful career in real estate in 2006 right after obtaining his degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. For 6 years Tim operated a boutique real estate firm in Metro Atlanta, but in early 2016, he joined the corporate office of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, LLC as the brand's newly formed National Director of New Growth Markets, where he is in charge of growing the brand presence by focusing on the minority and diversity markets.
Recently named as one of the 200 most powerful people in real estate (Swanepoel 2015) Morgan Carey , CEO of Real Estate Webmasters Incdrives billions of dollars in yearly real estate sales via his software and marketing company. This sought after speaker on internet marketing and consultant to many of North America’s top producing brokerages and teams can be contacted via email@example.com, or through his Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles.
Morgan Carey is a business savant, entrepreneur, and visionary leader. He is the charismatic passion behind numerous endeavours, including Real Estate Webmasters, and REWsters Restaurant, as well a residential/commercial property company (Carey Real Estate Holdings). Morgan’s net worth is an estimated $70 Million, making him one of the most successful individuals in Canada’s web technology industry.
Recognizing the need for superior web platforms, Morgan founded Real Estate Webmasters (REW) in 2004. The award-winning company catapulted into success and now boasts over 150 employees in three offices. REW has been repeatedly listed in the Profit 500, and was named one of “Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies”. In 2014, Morgan Carey appeared on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, securing a record breaking $40,000,000 valuation for REW which he subsequently turned down for an even larger deal with new US partners.
Morgan Carey is a resident of beautiful Nanaimo, BC, and has overcome several unique challenges, which include becoming a father at 15 and later adopting his younger brother. Morgan flourished within these extraordinary circumstances, graduating university then studying abroad and finding a unique passion in search engine marketing. It was during this era that Morgan realized his love of web technology, became the renowned “SEO Guy” and fostered his flourishing business success.
Vincent is CEO and Co-founder at Local Logic. Local Logic collects and shares location characteristics to assist prospective buyers – and real estate professionals – in finding just the right spot. Scores ranging from walkability, nearby transit and even street sound levels paint a virtual picture of the location before even setting foot on the property. Through his leadership, Local Logic has partnered with major Real Estate brands in Canada like Realtor.ca, Royal LePage, Re/max and Sotheby’s International Realty. Vincent is passionate about cities, tech, and how they can work together to change the way we live. He has a background in finance and urban planning and worked in real estate development before starting Local Logic.
Trent Gardner is not your ordinary geek CEO. True, he’s spent more than 15 years in both the trenches and boardrooms to hone his skills as an expert in software development and deployment, but he also lettered as an NCAA Division I Basketball player at San Diego State University. Not many CEOs in the tech world can say they hit over 50% in their senior year from the three-point line, or that they made 11 three-pointers in a college game.
Today Gardner is on another tear, heading one of the hottest real estate industry technologies in the marketplace. As CEO of ListTrac, known as “Google Analytics for Listings,” he’s taken his firm on a trajectory that is the envy of the industry. In less than a year and under Gardner’s leadership, ListTrac now provides listing metrics and reports to over 400,000 real estate agents in the U.S. while monitoring over a half-million listings.
Historically, Gardner has been engaged in software development projects for some of the biggest names in the real estate business, including Bank of America, First American Financial, Fidelity National Financial, LPS and Black Knight Financial Services, the majority of these projects as a Program Manager for Analyze Software, where he spent 12 years prior to co-founding ListTrac.
Coach Micheal Burt, known as “The Million Dollar Machine” is the founder and chairman of Micheal Burt, INC, a company dedicated to helping people come alive, find their voice, close their execution gaps, and build cultures that WIN. A former championship coach Micheal now helps people and companies WIN championships of their own. Part entrepreneur, part coach, all leader who gets results. Coach Micheal Burt is now coaching some of the top real estate agents, financial advisors, insurance agents, and entrepreneurs in the world. Fresh off speaking at 10X in Las Vegas to over 10,000 people Coach Burt is quickly becoming the go to coach for those who are serious about exploding their careers.
Katey Dallosto is a national trainer, business coach and sales consultant, with over 25 years of business, sales and leadership experience. She has trained over 30,000 Realtors nationally. Her areas of expertise include: lead generation, team building, recruiting and business planning.
Over her career, Katey has been responsible for developing profitable relationships by empowering her partners through growth and understanding. Katey utilizes a fun and engaging style of training to achieve the desired results for her clients with an emphasis on accountability.
Katey is an active member of Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), Contra Costa Association of Realtors (CCAR), and California Association of Realtors (CAR). Katey prides herself on her ability to connect people to people
and people to opportunities. Katey is the mother of three teenagers and loves baseball!
Hillary Anne oversees all of the Sales & Concierge Operations for Agentology, including the Sales Department, Lead Department and the Referral Network. Prior to joining Agentology, she was the VP of Sales for TapHunter, a craft beer SaaS venture in San Diego. Before TapHunter, Hillary was the Director of Inside Sales for Homes.com, overseeing the creation, training, development and expansion of the Inside Sales program from San Diego, CA to Norfolk, VA. She is personally responsible for the hiring, training and development of over 800 Inside Sales professionals in the SaaS, advertising and web space, as well as consistent YOY revenue growth in the same spaces.
Hillary has over 18 years experience in management, leadership, training and development. She attended CSULB, focusing on Mathematical Economics and Quantitive Statistics. In her off time, Hillary enjoys helping small businesses, traveling, cooking and sometimes.. a little Spartan racing.
Joshua Hunt is the Founder (2012) and Chief Executive Officer of TRELORA, a real estate firm where he is devoted to reshaping antiquated industry practices to better align with technological trends and rising consumer expectations.
Joshua began his real estate career in 1997 with Re/Max, where he was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Ten years later he joined Keller Williams, becoming a top producing agent before taking on the roles of Managing Broker, Team Leader and franchise owner. After earning the distinction as a top recruiter and coach nationwide, he developed a vision of how to offer buyers and sellers a more efficient, less expensive real estate experience with technology and task specialization.
Fabrizio spent the last 9 years consulting to Fortune 500 financial services companies at The Boston Consulting Group.
Luke Tomaszewski is the CEO of eValuation ZONE, Inc a national AMC (Appraisal Management Company) and is CEO and founder of ProxyPics, Inc a new tech company located in Chicago, IL. An appraiser in his own right, Luke has years of real-world experience and knows exactly what is needed to make each transaction as efficient as possible. ProxyPics, an exciting new app designed to make region specific photography available to all, utilizing his second US patent. Luke aims to change the way homes are photographed for mortgage needs in the digital age. Luke started in the appraisal industry 15 years ago and has always been excited about developing new and exciting things that will change the industry for the better. Our first hybrid appraisal form was developed over 4 years ago and we were the first company to Beta test ACI Sky with a custom BPO form. Luke is always pushing the industry forward while presenting over the last two(2) years as a guest speaker at the AARO Conference (Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials) on the future education for appraisers and most recently on the technology with Virtual Reality Inspections. Luke is the author of multiple appraisal related articles ranging from compliance to the future of valuation. Luke has traveled as far as Australia to meet with other appraisal companies and learn the differences in valuation tactics and theories.
ProxyPics will change the way we as appraisers do business, increasing our efficiency.
Lauren Nemeth is the Chief Revenue Officer at Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Nemeth joined Nextdoor from Amobee, a leading global digital marketing technology company, where she served served as Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to that, Nemeth held the same role at Turn following her tenure as Chief Operating Officer at URX, the predictive mobile search engine, acquired by Pinterest in 2016. Nemeth graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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.
Adam is the cofounder and CEO of Disclosures.IO. Disclosures.IO is alumni of Y Combinator's S17 batch. Prior to launching Disclosures.io, he was a Broker Associate at Pacific Union International. He is an alumni of The George Washington University. He is also an ultrarunner and outdoor enthusiast.
John Peyton became president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group in April 2017. He is responsible for managing RFG’s portfolio of leading real estate franchise brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty®, which combined have over 15,000 franchised offices and approximately 289,000 brokers and independent sales associates doing business in 117 countries and territories worldwide. In January 2018, Peyton's responsibilities at Realogy were expanded to include oversight of two NRT businesses: the Corcoran® businesses and the company-owned Sotheby’s International Realty® brokerages. In 2018, he was named for the second consecutive year to the Swanepoel 200, an annual list of the most powerful people in real estate.
Peyton, who joined RFG as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2016, previously served for 17 years as a senior executive with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. He is a recognized global branding leader who brings deep experience leading large, complex organizations and maximizing scale while enabling innovation and flexibility. During his nearly two decades with Starwood, most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer, he leveraged his expertise in global operations and brand building to drive innovation and build loyalty for the company’s leading hotel brands, including St. Regis, W Hotels and Westin, among others.
Peyton also led Starwood’s Global Initiatives team, where he directed the implementation of key strategic company priorities around the world, including supply chain and revenue management initiatives. From 2003 to 2008, Peyton served as chief operating officer of Starwood’s North America Hotel Division. In 2000, he led Starwood’s launch of Six Sigma – becoming the first company in the hospitality industry to adopt this methodology as a way of improving business processes and driving innovative change. Prior to joining Starwood, he had a 10-year career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, serving in both its accounting and management consulting practices.
Peyton holds an MBA in accounting and marketing from New York University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in the community with several organizations supporting the health and welfare of children, including as a member of the board of directors for Child Advocates of Southern Connecticut and Full Court Peace, and serves as a senior adviser to the A.J. Cina Foundation.
Ian is a co-founder and leads Opendoor’s team of engineers and data scientists in modernizing the real-estate industry. Previously, he built machine learning applications at Square and Prismatic. He earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and Statistics from Stanford University.
Bay Area native Rick Holliday graduated from UC Berkeley, earning both an undergraduate degree in urban policy and a master’s degree in city and regional planning. In the early 1980s, Rick launched Eden Housing and later BRIDGE Housing Corporation, two of the most successful affordable-housing developers in the nation. In 1988, Rick launched Holliday Development, a market rate housing developer that has built thousands of transit-oriented, urban-infill housing units in the Bay Area over the past 30 years. In 2016, Holliday Development completed the construction of a 136-unit project in San Francisco that utilized Off-Site Construction. As a result of the dramatic time and cost savings of this project when compared with conventional construction, Rick became a strong believer in the merits of Off-Site Construction. After a year of market research and meetings with architects, contractors, developers, and other stakeholders in the world of Off-Site Construction, Rick formed Factory_OS in 2017 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
As Chairman of the Board for Keller Williams, Gary Keller helps set strategic direction for the company.
Gary graduated from Baylor University in 1979 with a degree in marketing and real estate. He helped five families buy a home his first month in the business, and by age 26 was the vice president of expansion for Austin's then-largest real estate company. He resigned from the position, and three and a half years later, his new firm was the largest in town – a position it retains to this day. Gary soon took his company and his philosophy of "people helping people" nationally, then internationally.
Gary is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times and The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, which reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal business bestseller list.
Dr. Ward is BloomTree Realty's Director of Education and Social Insight Coach. A PhD in Leadership who has coached nationally and internationally, she has conducted research that spans small business leadership, emotional intelligence, organizational efficiency and structuring, recruitment, retention, attrition, cultural capital, power, curriculum development, and communication, as well as being a real estate agent. As a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, Dr. Ward helps organizations and businesses grow through leadership coaching, manager coaching and team coaching, and emotional intelligence education. She has developed a seven part series within BloomTree Realty's education department that spans the breadth of industry knowledge, team creation and development, leadership development, emotional intelligence development, strengths identification, and a full service mentor program. Dr. Ward has discovered that offering agents and teams at all stages of their careers the opportunity to develop themselves is vital to recruitment and retention. Dr. Ward is also the owner and founder of Utmost Strategic Consulting & Design Group, where she combines the scientific research with the human equation and has created programs to help businesses and organizations function to their utmost.
Marc heads up the brokerage sales team for Homesnap. He focuses on providing innovative digital marketing solutions to brokerages to help them better connect to their clients and prospects while providing the best tools for their agents. As the first sales person hired by Homesnap (in 2014), he has helped to develop the strategy for the revenue products and services that Homesnap offers to agents, teams and brokerages.
Prior to joining Homesnap, Marc was the founder and CEO of UFollowUp, a Customer Relationship Management software company focused on the new home market. After 10 years he sold UFollowUp to Lasso Data Systems of Vancouver, Canada. In addition to the software business, Marc has extensive advertising and marketing experience working with various agencies and owning his own firm, The Regardie Group.
Raised in a family of engineers, contractors, and designers, Janelle Boyenga has been exposed to virtually every aspect of real estate. Janelle launched her career in real estate 19 years ago developing an expertise in contract negotiation and a specialty in Silicon Valley Real Estate. With a natural eye for design, Janelle earned Accreditation as a Staging Professional specializing in Home Prep and Design. Today, Janelle is a Managing Partner of the Boyenga Team--a Wall Street Journal Top 100 Real Estate Team. Janelle’s success can be attributed to her crucial in-depth knowledge of Silicon Valley Neighborhoods, Schools, and Market Data as well as her client focused, results oriented professional approach. Janelle Boyenga and the rest of the Boyenga Team have proven results through teamwork, and provide their clients the guidance and representation they deserve.
Andrew Left has been an activist short seller for the past 25 years and is well known for predicting bubbles in stocks alternative assets. As a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg, Andrew comments on the state of economy-specific industries. Andrew has been a guest lecturer at Harvard and Columbia University on many occasions and regularly writes columns on the evolution of real estate technology.
Brendan King is a respected Las Vegas real estate agent who represents buyers, sellers, and investors in the Las Vegas metro area. As a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Nevada Association of Realtors, and the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, he takes the utmost pride in offering the highest level of service to his clients.
Paul Hsiao is a General Partner and founding managing member of Canvas Ventures. His active Canvas investments include Everwise, Fluxx Labs, Kidbox, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Transfix, and Zola. Prior to Canvas, Paul was a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he led an early-stage investment in Houzz, as well as, had the privilege of helping eight companies go public on the NYSE or NASDAQ and seventeen companies with successful M&A exits during his 10-year tenure with the firm.
Paul was an entrepreneur before he became an investor. He founded Mazu Networks, a venture-backed startup and pioneer in network security that was built from technology developed at MIT. The company was acquired by Riverbed Technologies and today provides enterprise IT organizations with the ability to manage, secure and optimize their business services. Paul began his career working in product development at Medtronic, and leading market entry strategy for China at McKinsey & Company.
Paul holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT.
Munt was born in Iraq, moved to the United States at the early age of 8 years. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he now lives and works. Graduated from college with a degree in Business Consulting. During his college career Munt was 4-year collegiate athlete. He led his soccer team as captain to two national final births. After moving on a short stint to Brazil to study international business and play soccer, Munt chose to come back to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
Munt currently serves as a National Market Manager for the countries #1 mortgage lender; Quicken Loans, Inc. This role has taken Munt all over the country as an ambassador of Quicken Loans to the real estate industry. Where he has been able to leverage his discipline from being a college athlete, and his multicultural background to build strong industry relationships. Helping thousands of American accomplish the dream of homeownership through his dedicated home finance team and industry prowess.
Outside of his role with Quicken Loans, Munt also currently serves on the National Executive board for the Asian Real Estate Association of America and as the 2018 Chairmen of AREAA’s young professional’s network, better known as theEDGE.
As president of Zillow, Jeremy oversees the strategy, product, engineering, and customer engagement for Instant Offers, as well as oversees the Zillow Group marketing organization. Jeremy previously served as chief marketing officer of Zillow Group. Prior to joining Zillow, Jeremy drove marketing and product management for Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE and consumer mobile efforts, where he grew digital distribution for Xbox and led product strategy for a mobile incubation group. Prior to Microsoft, he worked in product management and sales for Trilogy Software, a pioneer in ecommerce software. Jeremy is on the board of directors for Rover.com. He received an M.B.A from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Purdue University.
Kara Swisher is the executive editor of Re/code, host of the Re/code Decode podcast and co-executive producer of the Code Conference.
Re/code and Code are wholly owned by Vox Media, a company with an audience of 170 million worldwide. It has eight distinct media brands: The Verge (Technology and Culture), Vox.com (News), SB Nation (Sports), Polygon (Gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (Shopping, Beauty and Fashion), Curbed (Real Estate and Home), as well as Re/code (Tech Business).
Swisher co-founded former Re/code and Code owner Revere Digital and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Mossberg. It was the major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering was considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
Alex Voloshyn has a background in mobile development and cyber security with 15 years of technical experience working in small start-ups and large Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Ubisoft. As a blockchain and decentralized technology expert, he is currently the CTO of Propy.
Erica Muller is the founder of Vrolio, a vacation rental real estate marketplace. She is a 16 year licensed real estate agent turned tech entrepreneur. After moving to Central Florida, from South Florida, in 2007 she began specializing in the lucrative niche of vacation rental investments and has worked with hundreds of savvy investors from all around the world investing in the vacation rental niche in both a consulting and Realtor capacity. She has been asked to speak at real estate and vacation rental events around the world on the topic of vacation rental investments, quoted in Investopedia, co-founded a vacation rental certification course for real estate agents, has served in an advisory capacity for other startups in the vacation rental industry, such as Hausmart and has streamlined one of the least understood niches in the real estate industry using technology. Having worked on hundreds of vacation rental transactions over the last decade, she has since taken that unique experience and applied it to her new technology startup, Vrolio which services the vacation rental estate niche for investors, owners and real estate agents. She is excited to bridge the gap between the vacation rental and real estate industry and has stepped away from sales to working full time as the CEO of Vrolio.
In Boulder, CO's luxury real estate market, Jennifer Egbert, is renowned among colleagues and clients alike for her marketing savvy, integrity and loyalty (a total Leo). While her sales track record speaks for itself (rocking), look no further than her clients’ accolades for her ability to connect on a deeply personal level (trusted advisor). Jennifer understands the importance of nurturing relationships and is focused on the highest level of client service and professional integrity.
A specialist in modern luxury properties since 2002 (holy shit, its been a long time), Jennifer is devoted to serving the needs of her clients. Her neighborhood and market knowledge (Brain Octane™ works) is exceptional, and her reputation for as a competitive negotiator precedes her (pit bull). When working with Jennifer, you can also rely on her staff of seasoned professionals (angels of mercy) with leading-edge knowledge of real estate committed to serving her clients’ needs.
Jennifer’s smile and style (she didn’t write this) blend beautifully with the tenacity and stamina that earned her a reputation as one of the most esteemed real estate professionals in the Boulder, CO area.
My name is Hector Martinez and I am blessed to say, I have been in the Real Estate business since 2003; starting with Century 21 then moving over to Keller Williams. Something inside me told me there was more that I can do, and the feeling was strong. It told me to keep moving towards my vision and goals.
In 2017 ERA Valley Pro Realty was created along with the collaboration of local professional real estate associates hand-picked, a family-oriented Team at ERA was formed. It has been an amazing experience knowing ERA wants nothing but the best for our office and agents.
I have been coached by the Mike Ferry Organization since 2004 and consistently attending at least 3-4 educational events per year.
Serving on the NAHREP FRESNO Board for the last 2 years has inspired me to push for our own Local Chapter hear in Tulare County. I said to myself, why not us and why not now. Si se puede!
As we prepare to kick off our big event on July 19, 2018, I will proudly be serving as the incoming President for “NAHREP Tulare”. And I am very excited to get started!
Every transition that takes us to our next business level has its challenges, but it also molds us to who we become. I genuinely care and appreciate everything and everyone in our ERA Valley Pro Family and love what I do.
Amy Asivido is in the Top 1% of Clark County Realtors. Raised in Portland , Oregon she and her family relocated to Vancouver in 1998. For a real estate investor who “flipped” property, stepping into real estate sales was a natural step for her. She is a high energy professional who treats people with respect. She is a skilled negotiator and excels at marketing and selling her listings for top dollar. Amy was part of the leadership at Keller Williams Realty, founded the Old Evergreen Highway Neighborhood Association, and stays active in the community. With a team of customer-service oriented agents licensed in both Oregon and Washington, Amy and her team help about 200 people a year buy and sell homes. Most of the Asivido Team's business comes from happy past clients who refer their friends and family - Amy and her team very much value and take great care of their referrals. Amy specializes in all aspects of relocation, a member of the Vancouver Fine Homes Group, a Bankruptcy/Divorce/Short Sale specialist, as well as investor. She and her team looking forward to earning your business and can help you with any type of real estate, whether you are just starting out with your first home, wanting to invest, upgrade/downgrade - you tell us and we will guide you through it!
Nicole Freer, team leader and Real Estate Specialist, began buying and flipping residential properties in 2009. After excelling in real estate with just the help from her husband and now team leader, Douglas Freer, Nicole decided it was time to start a team to help continue her growth and reach her goals. Nicole’s organization, attention to detail, and work ethic create superior leadership to the Nicole Freer Group. She and her team provide the highest quality service standards to their clients. The Nicole Freer Group puts their clients’ needs first prioritizing their jobs until their clients are satisfied.
Over the past three years The Nicole Freer Group has received multiple awards. The first RE/MAX award came in 2015 when they were presented with the Platinum Club award. In 2016 the team continued to grow and was presented with the Titan Club award, Hall of Fame Recipient, and Firethorne Realtor of the Year. The Nicole Freer Group not only sees these awards as accomplishments but also as motivation to keep excelling. While expanding her team and her company, Freer continued her efforts throughout 2017 being named one of the Top 100 RE/MAX teams in the United States. In addition, she was crowned Number 13 out of all RE/MAX agents in Texas. The Nicole Freer Group won the Diamond Club award selling over $60 million in real estate.
Nicole continues to show her strength as a RE/MAX team leader while her team expands throughout Katy, and the greater Houston area. The Nicole Freer Group is now home to some of the top agents in the area, all learning and growing under her extraordinary leadership. The Nicole Freer Group made it a goal to cultivate agents with the same drive and love for real estate.
Recognized as a company Top Producer, Jena Casey is consistently growing her business year after year with record sales. With a background in flipping and preparing investment properties for sale, Jena's extensive expertise of all aspects in a home ranging from construction to cosmetics truly benefits her seller and buyer clients. Her outstanding record with going the extra mile while listing properties for sale and lease is what makes her business thrive. Jena is an expert negotiator and prides herself on getting the best deal for her buyers and top dollar for her sellers. She has completed the Luxury Home Specialist Designation and her continued education enables her to stay ahead of current market trends. Her business is based mostly on referrals of previous clients and Jena has a record of creating raving fans. Jena attended Sam Houston State University and University of Houston Downtown studying Business Communication. She is a volunteer with local dog rescue efforts and Girl Scouts of America. Jena lives in the Heart of the Houston Heights with her husband Dominic, son Nico and two rescue dogs Bella and Hank. She is a member and volunteer of the Heights Women's Association and Heights Kids Club. She is also highly committed to volunteering at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Well, I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, under the able watch of a normal mother and father. After coasting through grade school, I was immediately shipped off to college at Troy University, where I sharpened my skills and miraculously earned a bachelor of science in broadcast journalism, public relations and a minor in marketing. Three children and a husband later, I trained at The Finishing School in Atlanta, Georgia — which is actually about faux finishing, not etiquette! I'm also a graduate of the Decorators Training Institute and am a Certified Interior Decorator (CID).
I've definitely gotten around, and have done some crazy things, such as moving a house — you know, cut into four pieces, hauled up the road, and reassembled in another location? Yeah. I've owned and operated a whimsical boutique near Philadelphia, PA called Hissyfits, where I attempted to inspire the Yankee ladies to throw a real Southern hissy fit for an extra percentage off! However creating a "game day" clothing line from re-cycled t-shirts out of nothing but an idea is still one of my greatest accomplishments. I've also lived through raising 3 teenager sons which really sharpened my skills on negotiating, marketing, figuring out difficult situations, and reading through the lines! Having always lived in a college town, I love the vibe and the heart beat that it brings. My passion is real estate and marketing my JOY is sharing my community and helping my clients find their own home with a heart beat.