Joe McLean is the Managing Partner of Intersect Capital, LLC, a wealth management firm based in San Ramon, CA. Joe and his team work with some of the world’s top athletes in the NBA, PGA, MLB and other sports leagues, as well as entrepreneurs, entertainers and HNW individuals.
Joe was a successful athlete having played basketball for the Arizona Wildcats from 1993-1997. He then went on to play basketball in Europe for several years before returning to school and entering the wealth management industry.
Intersect Capital provides high-touch wealth management services that include investment management, tax and retirement planning and estate management among other services. Joe has been profiled in The New York Times, has appeared on FOX Business and Yahoo! Finance, and has been quoted numerous times in print media discussing the intersection of life and money.
He still enjoys pick-up basketball, is an avid golfer, and most importantly, enjoys all of his free time with his wife, two daughters and his son
Nikki Field has been a dynamic presence with Sotheby’s International Realty since 1998. Ms. Field pioneered the team sales model in Manhattan by founding the eponymous “The Field Team”, transacting over $3 billion in sales and annually ranking as the #1 Sales Team at Sotheby’s International Realty. Ms. Field has been consistently ranked by The Wall Street Journal/Real Trends annual report as one of America’s Top 250 Real Estate Professionals and consistently one of the Top 20 in New York City. In 2018, Ms. Field sold the most expensive ($54M) re-sale in NYC and she represented both Seller and Buyer.
Ms. Field and her team specialize in Manhattan’s luxury co-op, condo, townhouse and new development markets, where she has set numerous industry-wide record-shattering prices. Additional record sales include multiple $50M+ units on Billionaire’s Row and numerous record Townhouse sales on the Upper East Side. Ms. Field excels in New Development representation including: closing out 995 Fifth Avenue (The Stanhope) for Extell Development, Director of Sales for Kushner Companies at The Puck Building- a $175M+ sell-out and 40 East 72nd a $80M sell-out. She currently is Lead Sales Director for 212 Fifth Avenue, with a $400M+ sell-out. Outside of New York, her numerous worldwide referral sales include a Lake Tahoe residence for $48M and the Residences at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass.
Ms. Field excels as a financial portfolio advisor for international investors in securing and managing prime, global residential real estate. Since 2008, Ms. Field has been traveling extensively to emerging markets in Asia, building on the growing global business of Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2017, Ms. Field co-authored “The Chinese Definitive Guide to USA Real Estate”, which is published in Chinese and available on Amazon.com. Within Sotheby’s International Realty and its 930 brokerages in 70 countries, Nikki is recognized as one its top performing agents. She is an original member of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Market Leaders, an elite network of Top Producing agents who collaborate to match ultra-high net worth buyers and sellers worldwide. Ms. Field is an instructor and graduate of the NYS Real Estate Board Master’s program: NY Real Estate Specialist and board member of NYRAC.
Ms. Field is a regular featured industry speaker and frequently is interviewed by national and international news outlets as an authority on the luxury residential market. She was showcased in the PBS installment of “Super Skyscrapers” in which One57, “The Billionaire Building”, was featured as America’s most luxurious residential building and highlighted Ms. Field’s noted sales record of multiple $50M single unit sales. In addition, Ms. Field was prominently featured in the acclaimed BBC Television documentary “Super Homes” as well as on CBS’s “Living Large”, NBC’s “Open House”, CNBC “Secret Lives of the Super Rich”, “Voice of America”, Business Insider, CNN, MSNBC, MSN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Crains, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mansion Global, Financial Times, The New York Post, WWD, Rob Report, Architectural Digest, Daily Telegraph, Inman, China Daily, Epoch Times, Nikkei Business, Arts of Asia, Elite, Economic Times, Alpha, Harper’s Bazaar and Quest. Industry record keeper, The Real Deal along with New York Magazine, Avenue and Gotham Magazines have all recognized her as a “Power Broker in New York Real Estate”, acknowledging her outstanding sales achievements and leadership.
The Field Team Advantage consists of 19 experienced professionals, each with general market strength as well as a mastery of a specific area. Clients benefit from the knowledge and experience of the entire team. They include Kevin B. Brown, Patricia A. Wheatley, E. Helen Marcos, Jeanne Bucknam, Amanda Field Jordan, Craig George, Ben Pofcher, Gillian Friedman, Zoe Morgan Haydock, Alexandra White, Andrew Sideras, Max Levine, Alex Lopez and Silvia Wong, Marketing Director for the Field Team. The Field Team’s dedicated International Desk Leaders are Daniel Chang, Head of Asia Desk; Leigh Williamson, Middle East Network Representative, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty; Akash Puri, Head of India Desk and Inna Panchuk, Head of Moscow Desk.
Nikki is married to Stephen Field and they have 2 daughters; Amanda Field Jordan, an accomplished Associate Broker with the Field Team and Alexandra Field who is an international correspondent for CNN.
As President and Founder of The Oppenheim Group, Jason leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers of distinguished properties throughout Los Angeles. He is consistently ranked as a top agent in the country and the #1 real estate agent in the Hollywood Hills/West Hollywood by the Wall Street Journal, and identified as a Top Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety in their annual lists.
Jason also receives significant attention within the real estate community and beyond as a star of the hit Netflix show Selling Sunset, featuring his brokerage and agents as they sell luxury homes to their affluent and celebrity clients. With more than $1 billion in closed sales, he currently has more than $300 million in active listings, including the largest home in the Hollywood Hills and one of the largest listings in Los Angeles at $100 million.
Jason received his law degree and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and first in his class. While at UC Berkeley, Jason held a position as an instructor in the Political Science and Legal Studies Departments. After law school, Jason joined the Los Angeles office of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers where he represented a broad range of corporate clients including the former CEO of Enron Corporation in a multi-billion dollar civil class action as well as the widely publicized Enron criminal trial. He later represented Advanced Micro Devices in a worldwide monopolization suit against Intel Corporation. Jason’s trial work, along with others’, has been featured prominently in The American Lawyer, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other major publications.
Following a successful career in law, including a prominent victory at the United States Supreme Court, Jason left his legal practice to follow five generations of family real estate tradition that began in 1889 when his great-great-grandfather started one of the City’s first real estate companies. He initially joined Coldwell Banker and quickly established himself as one of the Nation’s leading realtors – their team was recognized as the #1 Real Estate Team on the West Coast. After only three years in the business, Jason founded The Oppenheim Group brokerage at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Dr., where he and his team currently sell more than 100 properties a year, including many record-breaking transactions. He closed several of the highest-priced sales on the Sunset Strip including the largest sale ever recorded and the highest priced sale per sq. ft., the largest Beverly Hills land sale, the highest-priced commercial sale per sq. ft. in Beverly Hills, and the highest-priced sale in Outpost Estates. His properties have also been featured in many of the world’s most prestigious real estate magazines, periodicals, and websites.
Throughout his career, Jason has traveled to more than seventy-five countries on five continents identifying select properties and leading numerous multi-million dollar real estate transactions. He is also constantly dedicated to enriching the profession, where he has been hired to teach Real Estate Practice at the University of California, Los Angeles and has been retained to provide expert testimony in real estate litigation cases.
Real Estate Junkie. Auto Enthusiast. Animal Lover. Socializer. Oenophile.
As Vice President of Luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, Craig is responsible for the development and oversight of all Luxury Marketing Plans. He has the lead role in the development of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program, media presence, public relations, advertising, events, digital, and social media strategy as the brand continues to grow our luxury programs.
A real estate professional since 1996, Craig has extensive industry knowledge and experience. In his role, he uses his expertise to develop and enhance Coldwell Banker’s Global Luxury division and works with Coldwell Banker’s top-producing agents to provide them with the resources and connections they need to succeed in the luxury market.
Sophie Donelson is a speaker, strategist, author, and editor focused on home, decor, and living. She was most recently Editor in Chief of House Beautiful where she inspired a new generation of design lovers to embrace color and happiness at home.
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
British-born, New York-based Mark Ellwood has lived out of a suitcase for most of his life. He is a contributing editor to Conde Nast Traveler, and an editor-at-large for luxury bible Robb Report. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Luxury and the creator and co-host of Bloomberg’s Travel Genius podcast. Mark is also an ongoing contributor to Wall Street Journal and New York Times and the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.
A frequent television host and contributor, Mark is a regular guest on NBC’s TODAY show as a travel expert guiding viewers to the best travel and flight deals available to destinations around the world and has also reported for NBC News and TODAY from the last three Olympics, in Russia, Brazil and South Korea. For CNBC’s prime time show, Filthy Rich Guide, Mark was a valued on-air panelist. Mark has also filed segments for ABC News from destinations as diverse as London and Sydney and has contributed to Good Morning America, 20/20 and World News. He has guested on CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, HLN, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood and Extra.
After studying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature at Cambridge University and a Masters on a scholarship from the University of Chicago, Mark worked as a tour director leading art tours in Florence, Rome and Paris. After graduating, Mark moved to New York to become a journalist and host/reporter-producer, specializing in luxury goods, travel, fashion and contemporary art. Starting his television career with luxury network Plum TV, where he was a correspondent and producer for its weekly lifestyle show, Plum Daily, and for special live coverage of splashy events like Art Basel Miami Beach and Aspen's Food + Wine festival. He created and hosted its first-ever travel series, Local Currency, taking viewers to various European cities and helping them pass as a local.
Mark’s most recent book, Bargain Fever, explores our culture’s newfound obsession with deals, discounts and never paying full price, such as the unadvertised discount savvy shoppers can wrestle out of Prada staff with a few choice words or the woman who earns more than a $1m a year reselling coupons.
Among his favorite recent pitstops: a stint in China’s capital of cool, Chengdu, where the Middle Kingdom’s trend-setting millennials have embraced homegrown rap and fashion to watching an entirely different kind of rapper - the cowboy poets of Wyoming by the campfire. He has judged the finer points of vodka-swigging at the cocktail set’s answer to Miss World in New Zealand and spent a weekend on the remote island in Japan that’s home to a multimillion-dollar, Monet-powered art collection.
Dolly Lenz, is a real estate executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and branding experience. Dolly has become an industry leader having sold over $8.5 billion in properties during her career, a record that has earned her the ultimate “Stratosphere Award”, a level of achievement of which she is the sole recipient.
Due to the depth of her experience and the breadth of her knowledge in real estate matters, she is repeatedly sought after to represent some of the most exclusive properties in the world. As a regular guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, “Kudlow Report” and “Fox News with Neil Cavuto”, as well as appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and “The View” on ABC, she has developed a broad following and continues to opine on current real estate issues in various media publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Barrons. Dolly is a CNBC contributor and is featured on CNBC’s documentary series “Mega Homes: Secret Lives of the Super Rich. She is also the host of CNBC’s real estate special series “Million Dollar Home” Challenge.
Stephanie Anton is the president of Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI), the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. Stephanie oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of LPI and frequently speaks to audiences around the world about the luxury market and industry at large, real estate marketing and research and insights into the affluent consumer.
She has been named to the Inman 101 list of innovative leaders driving industry change, the Swanepoel Power 200 list of most influential real estate professionals and Luxury Daily's prestigious ranking of Luxury Women to Watch, a select list of 25 accomplished executives set to make a difference in luxury. She also sits on the Board of Managers for Upstream.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University and a Masters, Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University.
Kevin D. Thompson serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and implementing all marketing, interactive, digital, advertising, and public relations initiatives for the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand.
With an extensive background working with globally recognized luxury brands, Thompson’s focus and passion are centered on creating an unparalleled customer experience through exceptional marketing and brand management. His unique perspective contributes to innovative ideas for developing systems and campaigns that complement the Sotheby's International Realty brand vision.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, Thompson was vice president of marketing and customer experience for Simon Property Group, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development. He has also held senior positions within globally recognized brands, most recently at Barney’s New York and Gucci. Thompson’s well-rounded executive leadership experience spans across an array of specialties including marketing, management, project development, operations, training, and sales forecasting, in a variety of industries, such as, luxury fashion, real estate and public institutions.
An active speaker at events, Thompson has delivered keynote addresses, hosted executive roundtable discussions and has been asked to lead discussions at national and international marketing conferences on a variety of topics; his core focus being the evolution of brands, their role in influencing consumer behavior and the power of brands to change the world for the better.
Thompson is a Co-founder of Ruiru Rising, a not-for-profit organization that funds higher education programs for at-risk youth in rural Kenya. A native of Canada, Thompson is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Ontario and holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University. He currently resides in New York State.
Shaun Osher founded CORE in 2005. As CEO, and under his leadership, he has led CORE to become the number one boutique real estate marketing and sales company in New York. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and creative minds in marketing, branding, and selling real estate, he has been responsible for more than 30 projects and 6 billion dollars in sales. Having started his career as one of NYC’s most successful and respected agents, he is known as a broker's broker, with a keen understanding of the market and acumen for sales and negotiation. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Shaun graduated from The New School and began his career in 1994.
Gary Gold is a marquee name in luxury real estate and his sale of The Playboy Mansion sets a record as the first residence to sell over $100,000,000 in Los Angeles. Gary is also one of its most successful trend setting agents. He’s an internationally recognized expert known for his creative use of technology, marketing and publicity to sell some of the finest homes in the world. Gary is further distinguished by the rare ability to secure high net worth, qualified buyers from digital marketing. This success, year after year, continues to produce a steady stream of buyers from not only the Los Angeles area, but throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Gary has sold thousands of estates and luxury properties over the course of his career. High-end developers have consistently relied on Gary’s broad expertise on projects ranging from luxury condominium developments to major estates. He is a sought after speaker, panelist and educator at industry conferences. Gary has been cited as an expert for publications and broadcasts that include CNN, Fortune, Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Access Hollywood, CBS Evening News, e! Entertainment Television and The London Telegraph.
Gary Gold began his career in real estate over 25 years ago and has been a top producer with Hilton & Hyland since its inception. Hilton & Hyland is Beverly Hills preeminent luxury real estate firm, with over $2.7 billion in annual sales.
Clelia Warburg Peters joined Warburg Realty in 2014 and currently serves as President of the firm, bringing experience in strategic business development, cutting edge technology, and investing to her role. Clelia works closely with her father, CEO Frederick Warburg Peters, in managing and growing one of New York's oldest and most respected real estate brokerages.
In 2015 Clelia co-founded MetaProp, a PropTech accelerator that has evolved into a $40 million seed stage venture fund focused exclusively on real estate technology (technologies which impact the way we conceive of, construct, transact, manage utilize, and interact with real property). MetaProp has collectively invested in 50+ companies across the full real estate value chain which have raised over $2 billion and employ more than 1,500 people internationally. As one of the few female leaders in the PropTech space, Clelia is passionate about inclusion and believes strongly in the power of women to shift paradigms of leadership and success in the 21st century.
Prior to joining Warburg, Clelia worked in partnership with noted business leader Sallie Krawcheck on a technology enabled business concept focused on work opportunities for women and was a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Clelia is a member of the NY Metro chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), and of C200, the preeminent global organization for women business leaders. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Yale University.
As a Santa Barbara native, Dusty Baker’s established reputation and knowledge of the local market seamlessly integrates into a successful real estate career which includes designations such as “Agent of the Year” and “Top 40 Under 40.” For nearly a decade, Dusty has been serving the real estate needs of clients in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Carpinteria.
Dusty prides himself in truly connecting with his clients to ensure their complete satisfaction with his representation, which is one of the many reasons he is the area’s #1 rated real estate agent on Yelp. Client reviews consistently showcase themes of Dusty’s professionalism, caring personality, and local familiarity.
Throughout his tenure in real estate, Dusty has educated and influenced thousands of colleagues in the industry through his speaking and writing. His writing portfolio includes penning articles for top real estate news source Inman News and authoring the foreword for the Amazon best-selling book, From The Top. He has also spoken as a marketing specialist on a national level at conferences and real estate offices.
Dusty emphasizes robust marketing, skillful negotiating, uncompromised discretion, and concierge-level service. Buying and selling luxury real estate deserves nothing but the finest attention to detail, both in business practice and client experience. Dusty strives for excellence in every aspect of his business.
Sally’s professional progression over the past forty plus years has resulted in her becoming one of the top real estate brokers in Southern California. As of 2018, Sally is the Executive Director of Luxury Estates at Compass, the world’s first modern real estate technology platform, at their Beverly Hills offices. Before Compass, Sally was President of Luxury Estates for Pacific Union International where she was rated as a top producer year after year.
In 2019, Sally was listed among the top five agents in Los Angeles for total sales volume by L.A. Business Journal. SFJ Group has been ranked the #9 team nationally of all brokers in all companies by WSJ Real Trends for total sales volume and is consistently ranked in the top 25. Her extensive industry knowledge ranges from residential sales, luxury & ultra-luxury estates, architecturally significant properties, new developments, multi-family and commercial transactions.
Frequently setting new records, Sally has closed over $6 billion in total sales and is constantly setting the bar for Los Angeles real estate. In 2018 alone, she closed over $375,000,000 in total sales. In 2014 she made Beverly Hills real estate history with the sale of 1181 Hillcrest to her client Markus Persson, Swedish billionaire and creator of Minecraft, for $70 million – at the time, the most expensive sale ever in Beverly Hills. In addition, she has represented a variety of unique and trophy properties including the Spelling Manor which was, at the time, the highest priced residential property listed for sale at $150,000,000.
Sally is widely recognized - locally, nationally, and internationally - as an expert in the luxury real estate market. She has spoken on local and international panels and has been quoted in prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, CNN, and Forbes. She has also appeared on a variety of broadcasted programming (e.g. CNBC, NBC LA, CNN Money) to participate in live interviews or provide guided tours of significant properties.
To further scale her effectiveness, Sally has built a team of agents and full-time dedicated support staff to assist in the entire process of getting a home sold. In addition to the entire Compass organization, she employs real estate listing & transaction experts & marketing professionals to facilitate in the preparation, marketing, escrow and sale of each property. Creative and distinguished marketing is one of Sally’s hallmarks and she works with each client to create a marketing plan tailored specifically for each property targeting local, national, and international buyers, business and financial managers, and brokers.
Originally from London, England, David Parnes brings English charm to the City of Angels. Parnes and his partner, James Harris, have established themselves as two of the top agents serving the Los Angeles luxury market.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester, Parnes began working at a hedge fund before moving on to represent a private portfolio of real estate assets in Europe. While taking breaks from the London fog, Parnes spent his summers in Los Angeles and was drawn to the sunshine, warm and friendly people and vast potential of the city's real estate market. As a result, he made the decision to permanently call L.A. home in 2009. Today, he specializes in high-end residential real estate and investment properties in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, the Hollywood Hills, Malibu, the Pacific Palisades and the greater Los Angeles region.
The partners' "no-nonsense" approach to closing deals, coupled with their extensive network of high-net-worth international and domestic clients, have enabled them to reach a steady incline in sales year over year averaging $250 million from 2015 on and reaching as high as $520 million in a record breaking year in 2017. These staggering sales figures earned the partners The Agency’s MVP Award in 2017 and 2018.
Most recently the partners represented the seller in the $120 Million dollar sale of 594 S. Mapleton in Holmby Hills, also known as The Manor, which is the highest sale in Holmby Hills and in Los Angeles County in history and the 4th highest sale in the U.S. in history. The partners also represented the seller in the $72.5 Million dollar sale of 406 Robert Lane in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills - the highest sale in history in Beverly Hills. Other notable sales include the buyer of a Malibu estate for $69.9 Million, the buyer of 630 Nimes Road – Le Belvedere - for $56 Million, the seller of a newly developed property at 900 Stradella Rd. in Bel Air for $41 Million and the $30 Million sale of 438 N. Faring Road in Holmby Hills and the $30 Million sale at 200 N. Delfern in Holmby Hills, two deals in which they represented both the Buyer and the Seller.
Other notable sales by the partners include the sale of a prized property on L.A.'s famous Melrose Place, home to the boutiques of renowned designers such as Oscar De La Renta and Chloé and the famed Hustler store on Sunset Blvd. for $18.5 Million.
Building on this incredible success, this year David and James have expanded their listing inventory to include two spectacular Bel Air listings priced at $44 Million and $35.5 Million plus a newly developed Sunset Strip estate listed for $43.9 Million. Their current listing portfolio is worth an astonishing $1.5 Billion and includes some of the City’s most impressive properties. Their exclusive clientele is comprised of countless celebrities, producers, business managers, agents, heads of Fortune 500 companies and numerous high-net worth individuals.
David Parnes has earned many recent accolades including being named in Variety’s Showbiz Real Estate Elite in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Agents in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019. The partners were also named on the Wall St. Journal Real Trends list for 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019. In 2018 the partners were ranked #9 in American by Wall St. Journal Real Trends. They were also listed on The Real Deal’s list of top agents for 2017, 2018 & 2910 and were ranked #12 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Residential Real Estate Agents for 2017 & #34 in 2018.
A recent personal project includes the building and sale of a 4,200 square foot contemporary home in West Hollywood and the purchase of a fixer property in the Bird Streets where he plans to live with his wife, Adrian, their two rescue Basset Hounds, Maxi and Bella and Chihuahuas, Apoosh and Freddie. An avid animal lover, David donates regularly to animal charities. David capped off a stellar year with a lavish wedding in the South of France in the summer of 2017. He and his wife, Adrian, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named India Rose Parnes in 2018.
Jennifer Ames is passionate about raising the bar in the residential brokerage industry. With an average sale price in excess of $1.5 million and nearly $2 billion in career sales, her award-winning team has consistently ranked among Chicago’s top ten teams. She attributes her success to her commitment to excellence, solution-oriented approach, and passion for helping others. An industry leader, she loves to learn and share and is a regular speaker at conferences around the country for NAR, AREAA, NAGLREP, and various mastermind groups. In January 2019, Jenny brought Engel & Völkers, a global boutique founded on values that align closely with her own, to the Chicago market. Now, in addition to working with her luxury clientele, Jenny is excited to be mentoring the sales team at Engel & Völkers Chicago with the goal of empowering them to take their business to the next level while enjoying a better quality of life.
Tiffany Mills is a Los Angeles native who has been selling high-end real estate since 2001. She is renowned amongst clients and colleagues for her integrity and professionalism. Tiffany shares the same passion for the business as her mother Jade Mills- undeniably one of the most successful agents of our time. Tiffany’s experience is unparalleled as she grew up in the family business of buying, fixing up, and selling homes all over the Los Angeles area.
Based in Beverly Hills, Tiffany devotes her time to serving the needs of buyers and sellers all over the Westside, from Sunset Plaza to Malibu and beyond.
Tiffany is at the top of her field and her mastery in homes speaks for itself. Her achievements include attaining the highest price per square foot on several sales and maintaining long-lasting relationships with her clients and agents alike.
A byproduct of being Jade’s daughter is Tiffany’s commitment to honesty and loyalty. Tiffany completed a two-year course in Spiritual Psychology in 2006 which enables her to apply a deeper level of awareness, compassion, and patience to her real estate business. She always creates the time needed to nurture and connect with each client and is always accessible via phone or email. Tiffany currently lives in Malibu with her two daughters Charli and Stevie, and their dog, cat, horses, goats, chickens and ducks. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, going to the beach and being involved with animal rescue- another one of her true passions.
Award-winning journalist and publisher. entrepreneur, leader of many successful companies, innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.
He is founder and owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation. His Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring tens of thousands of thought leaders together each year to share best practices and promote innovation. Countless new products and companies – and successful real estate professionals – have been launched as a result of Inman events.
In 1999, Inman founded HomeGain.com, an early provider of online marketing programs that connect agents with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain was sold to Classified Ventures in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform that was later sold to McMillim publisher. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. He has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a father, a husband, a grandfather and an all around rebel rouser.
With over $6 Billion in career sales by 41, Kirman is ranked as the #4 real agent in the U.S by the Wall Street Journal / REAL TRENDS, and #1 team in Los Angeles. Kirman, founder of Aaron Kirman Partners, a Compass real estate division, is one of the leading real estate agents in the USA and has repeatedly been named a real estate name by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, WSJ, Real Trends, and more.
Aaron also holds the record for the highest price per square foot in Hollywood set at $4,722 where he represented the buyer and the seller on Case Study 21. Aaron currently represents the largest market share of luxury listings in the country with over $2 Billion in active luxury inventory, and with over $500 Million in sales for 2018. Some of its current inventory includes Godfather estate listed at $1.35 million and in Napa listed at $35 million. In addition to having one of the highest producing years of any agent in the country, Aaron's portfolio includes some of the most prominent properties on record: The Danny Thomas Estate which sold for $65,000,000, the Eddie Goetz Estate sold for $45,000,000, and Lion Gate which sold for $46,250,000.
Aaron is also the star of Listing Impossible, a reality CNBC real estate series centered on Aaron Kirman's real estate insights, properties, and team, launching 2020.
Carrie McCormick, a leader in the Chicago Real Estate market, has more than 20 years of real estate sales expertise along with an unsurpassed reputation for quality and results-oriented service and support. Carrie has personally sold over a half a billion in real estate and constantly stays on top of sophisticated technology which has made her a forerunner in the marketing and selling of real estate, she has it down to a science. Her talents and on-target recommendations are always based on facts, reliable market analysis, and her vast knowledge of real estate and the market. Patient yet persistent, she is also highly detail oriented and a very determined negotiator.
McCormick is available to clients 24/7. "I communicate often and educate them on the market," she says. "My clients and I are a team. It is important that we work together to create a successful outcome." Selling real estate is about knowing what you are selling and articulating what the value is. Year after year, that focus has led to her placement in the top 1% for the Chicago Association of Realtors. She has also earned the association's Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and been named a Top Social Media Contributor. Last year, she started a podcast to share tips and market information with her colleagues and clients. "My job is to provide a perfect real estate experience for my clients. I have built a support system that does just that".
Knowing that schools are an important factor when buying or selling a home, she partners with schoolsparrow.com and Chicago School GPS to provide additional resources and tools for clients. She also has an extensive social media following, which results in extra online exposure for photos and videos of her listings. Paired with traditional marketing, it's a winning combination.
A certified luxury home marketing specialist, McCormick has an eye for design and assists clients with setting the stage to close the transaction. She is also trained in Relocation and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Home Builders Association and Luxury Portfolio. Outside of work, she volunteers at Chicago Realtors to the Rescue, an organization that supports animals.
Prior to joining @properties, Carrie served as National Sales Manager for one of Chicago's largest and well-respected development companies, Centrum Properties. She served as an integral member of the development team, collaborating on product design, development and sales. She was also responsible for implementation of residential marketing and public relations strategies and managing their impact on the company's overall corporate profile
If you need help in understanding Chicago's complex and ever-changing real estate market, call Carrie McCormick. She is always available.
Sarita Dua is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been selling real estate for fourteen years after fourteen previous years in high tech sales and marketing. She manages a small but powerful team of buyers agents and administrative coordinators that is focused on big results. She has an innovative approach to selling real estate that is strong with buyers, works her database for referrals, and is a unique combination of high tech and high touch. This year, Dua was named the exclusive listing broker for the Ritz Carlton Residences coming to Portland, Oregon (estimated completion in early 2023). In addition to this, she is an industry speaker, trainer, and coach.
When she is not working, Dua enjoys photography, spending time with her family, is an avid traveller, and loves NBA Basketball.
Dua holds an BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, an MBA from Boston University, and is currently completing an Executive MBA at MIT (graduating May 2020).
The former Marine Sergeant aims to climb high, higher, highest by tackling the Seven Summits on one leg by 2021.
Kirstie Ennis’s story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has accomplished more at 28 years old than most people have achieved in their lifetimes.
Ennis’ story has been well-documented. She allowed cameras into the hospital to film her amputation ordeal for an inspired short film produced by Cosmopolitan magazine. She was featured on the cover ESPN magazine for the “Body” issue. Photos of Prince Harry embracing Ennis after she completed the 1,000-mile walk across England, Wales and Scotland for the British non-profit Walking for the Wounded appeared in People magazine and she was later honored by the magazine as their “Annual Body Image Hero” in 2016.
Ennis has turned the concept of “disabled athlete” on its head, proving how capable she still is, whether it’s on one leg or two. She competed in boardercross and banked slalom as a Paralympic snowboarder and then ventured into mountaineering, summitting Mt Kilimanjaro (at 19,341-feet it’s the highest point in Africa) to support the non-profit The Waterboys; then successfully climbed Carstenzs, the highest point in Oceania, for The Heroes Project; Elbrus, the highest point in Europe to support GLAM4GOOD; and then conquered Aconcagua, the highest point in South America at 22,841 feet. She has attempted Cotopaxi, the highest peak in Ecuador, got turned around by weather on Denali, and made it to the South Summit of Everest. She hopes to complete the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent by 2021.
What people might not know about Ennis: she’s completed three Master’s degrees (Human Behavior, Business Administration and Public Administration) and is currently working to complete her doctorate in Education. She worked as a stuntwoman on “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg in 2016. She’s a motivational speaker and appeared on stage at Madison Square Garden in 2015 during the New York Comedy Arts Festival for the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Event. She’s an entrepreneur and businesswoman who launched a t-shirt apparel company, HeadCase, and opened her first business, the Chapter One Hair and Body Lab in Oceanside, California in 2017, followed by opening Citizen Crossfit. She earned her license as a real estate advisor and is based at Engel & Volkers in Aspen, Colorado.
Ennis joined the Marines when she was only 17 years old and enlisted as an aircraft mechanic, inspired by her parents who were both Marines. “I idolized what they were doing. I have always wanted to serve and to help others who can’t protect themselves,” she says. “I wanted to give my parents a reason to be proud of me like I was of them.” She chose to become an aircraft mechanic because she didn’t know the first thing about airplanes. “I went to the recruiter’s office and told them I wanted it to be hard. I wanted to be challenged physically and intellectually,” she says. After everything she’s been through, that hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s inspired her to push even harder, not only for herself but to inspire others. “I’m extremely proud of everything I did in the military and I’d do it all over again if I could,” she told Cosmopolitan. “That’s what I signed up for. I would lay my life down for the men and women that stood alongside me. At the end of the day, I’m thankful it happened to me and no one else.”
After returning home from Everest in summer of 2019, Kirstie was the ESPY’s Pat Tillman Award recipient. In 2020, she will be Salute to Greatness Awards “Higher Ground” recipient, held by the Martin Luther King Jr. family. In addition to completing the Seven Summits, she intends to do The World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, seven continents, seven days), The Great Divide Ride (2400 transcontinental mountain bike ride), and swim the English Channel, all as a means to fundraise and raise awareness for The Kirstie Ennis Foundation.
Born and raised in Beverly Hills, Branden holds a deep-understanding of the local real estate market and brings a “hometown advantage” to the Williams & Williams Estates Group brand.
Branden was born a salesman and began his career early by helping his father sell sheepskin car covers on the side of Fairfax Avenue. He continued working in the customer service and entertainment industry through college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and later parlayed his passion for fashion and style into architecture, design and ultimately luxury real estate.
While working at his first brokerage firm, he met his future wife Rayni Romito and the two launched Williams & Williams Estates Group in 2006. Together, Branden and Rayni are the go-to power couple representing clients such as Markus Persson, Dr. Dre, Jennifer Lopez and Bruce Willis, along with some of the world’s most notable listings including 924 Bel Air Rd listed for $150M.
Branden’s devotion to out-of-the-box creative marketing strategies, unwavering loyalty and relentless energy has resulted in a number of national and local accolades, including The Wall Street Journal’s Top-Producing Agents, Variety’s Real Estate Elite, and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Real Estate Agents. Additionally, Branden has provided real estate expert commentary for various top-tier national news outlets including Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fox Business, ABC News, People, CNN, CBS Money and more.
Branden is an active member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, in 2017, Branden & Rayni were honored for their extensive work with the Zimmer’s Children Museum.
Specializing in high-end real estate, Rayni Romito Williams has established a remarkable record with more than $5 billion in career sales. Her in-depth knowledge of market trends and luxury inventory, paired with her energetic and confident disposition has made her one of the nation’s top-producing female agents.
Growing up in a family of developers, Rayni is no stranger to the world of real estate. After initially moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in journalism, Rayni landed in the lending business – both careers providing her with a unique skill set to creatively market and understand the financial business behind each transaction.
In 2005, Rayni returned to her real estate roots when she joined a Beverly Hills-based brokerage and immediately began to prove herself as an honest and passionate real estate professional. Shortly thereafter, Rayni met then colleague Branden Williams and began partnering on some of the most notable deals in LA. Growly quickly, Rayni and Branden developed an impressive roster of clientele, which now includes Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lopez, Max Martin, and many more.
More than a decade later, Rayni and Branden are still setting records in the Los Angeles real estate market. With more than $1 billion in sales in Trousdale and records in Beverly Hills, the Bird Streets and Los Feliz, the power couple continues to be nationally recognized as a top-producing team. Rayni has been nationally and locally recognized for her impressive work, and has earned notable accolades including, The Wall Street Journal’s Top-Producing Agents, Variety’s Real Estate Elite, and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Real Estate Agents.
Additionally, she has provided real estate expert commentary for various top-tier national news outlets including Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and more.
Rayni is an active member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been recognized by the local community for her charitable work. In 2017, Branden and Rayni were honored for their extensive work with the Zimmer’s Children Museum, and in 2015, Rayni received Angeleno’s Altruist of the Year award.
As Chief Marketing Officer of global luxury real estate marketplace Concierge Auctions, Krystal Aeby is responsible for forecasting industry trends, developing marketing strategy and strategic partnerships to drive revenue and profitability, growing the company’s international database of high-net-worth clientele, elevating the firm’s brand recognition, and fostering aggressive growth. Recent firm accolades include being named to the Inc5000 Hall of Fame as one of America’s fastest-growing companies for six-years running, and No. 38 on the 2018 Entrepreneur 360™ List for mastering the art of and science of growing a business in the areas of impact, innovation, growth, leadership, and business valuation; achieving over $2 billion in sales; expanding into the $100-million-plus market; breaking three world records for highest prices achieved at auction; growing geographic presence to 40 U.S. states and 27 countries; and funding over 200 homes to-date as part of its Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, which guarantees that for every property the company sells, a new home will be built for a family in need.
Under Krystal's leadership, the Concierge marketing team has been highly recognized, including 27 Telly Awards for world-class film production; 20 awards including “Best Website” and “Best in Show” for advertising and public relations from the National Auctioneers Association and USA Today; “Best Overall Marketing” from Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate; and being named a Facebook "Success Story" for digital marketing strategy.
She is a member of The Wall Street Journal's CMO Network; has spoken at industry events including Luxury Portfolio International and Inman News; and has been quoted in publications such as Mansion Global, Forbes, Inman News, and Marketing Sherpa.
Prior to joining Concierge Auctions, Krystal was an account manager for an advertising and public relations agency, editor-in-chief of a Business Journal publication, and owner/operator of three award-winning restaurants alongside her husband and chef, Christopher Aeby. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Baylor University.
Audie is the CEO and Founder of Lion & Orb and manages creative public relations strategy for the firm’s various accounts across the country. In 2016, Lion & Orb clients earned three spots on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America and many other honors including four Inman Innovator Awards. Lion & Orb works with the most selective luxury brands, startups, technology companies and brokerages in the real estate industry, the company specializes in media relations and strategic partnerships.
Jon Krabbe is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Agent Image, the #1 real estate website design and digital marketing company in the world. Inspired and mentored by real estate luminary John Aaroe, Jon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in real estate in 1996. As an agent, Jon saw the need for uniquely branded websites and marketing in an already template-saturated industry. What started out of a small beach office in Venice Beach, CA with Jon and two best friends, Agent Image has grown into a global leader in real estate branding, websites and marketing. With a culture of hard work, innovation and fun, Agent Image has always been privately held. Jon is a firm believer that agents should own their brand; not rent it. It's with that belief and their commitment to unrivaled design and scale that Agent Image is the preeminent choice for luxury agents and brokers worldwide.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Jon has overseen the creation of over 20,000 websites. Jon has worked with top-producing agents such as The Altman Brothers, Sally Forster Jones, and Aaron Kirman to develop award-winning designs. He has found a way to combine his passion for real estate, branding and design into a service that is committed to helping real estate professionals from around the world grow their business and succeed.
Jon holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Cal State University of Northridge.
Alei Merrill is a Founding Agent and Sr. Partner at Accel Realty Partners. She is a member of CLHMS Million Dollar Guild, Luxury.com’s “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate”, a DuPont Elite Agent, member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a certified Luxury Listing Specialist, and a thought leader for Leverage Global Partners. Bringing fourteen years of experience and career sales of $180 Million, she ranks is the top 1% of individual Listing Agents in the world and has been recognized at the “Diamond” level for 8 consecutive years in her marketplace of Boise, Idaho. Her YouTube channel has over 170,000 views.
Prior to real estate, Alei owned and operated a luxury travel agency in the Treasure Valley with five locations. This experience and sphere of connections led her to create a real estate brand that focused on distinctive marketing and a unique “concierge” approach to service. Alei’s ability to connect and communicate with a wide range of clientele is because of her life in the travel industry and her various global experiences.
Her listings have been featured on nationally syndicated programs HGTV’s “House Hunters” and ABC’s “The View”. A cornerstone of her career is the ability to identify new business trends, leverage her vast database, stay on the cutting edge of marketing, and make lasting connections with those she meets
Julia Spillman, who spent six years as a residential lender for prominent firms like HSBC then Merrill Lynch, understands the intricacy and the excitement that goes into helping someone secure their dream home. This plus excellent communication skills and great comfort level working with a high-profile clientele have fueled her effectiveness as an attentive, full-service real estate sales agent.
Julia has always been drawn to new development. Her first 5 years at Douglas Elliman, she sold over 250 million in condo conversions before being asked by Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes to spearhead sales at 1 Seaport. After breaking numerous records both price per square foot and pace of sales as the fastest selling project downtown, Julia was formally asked to continue the trio's success together by naming her Director of EklundGomes New Development followed by promotion to Chief Executive Officer as her lead expanded into all areas of the team's growing business.
A Kentucky native, Julia has a strong commitment to her community which is evidenced by her years of fundraising and service to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Easter Seals, and the New York City Junior League. She is active with the American Ballet Theater's and served as the Former 2015 and 2016 Junior Council Chair and Junior Chair of the 2014 Spring Gala.
Grant Wise is a serial entrepreneur. The President and Co-Founder of Witly, a Client Generation Software for Real Estate agents. Grant is known to be a maverick leader and an innovative marketing strategist who is unafraid to lead companies in new directions. Grant has been described as irreverent, artful, and dramatic with a strong entrepreneurial spirit constantly striving for RESULTS in his clients’ businesses.
Grant lives by this one quote; “I’M NOT TRYING TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL. I’M WORKING TO BE THE MOST VALUABLE.”
Grant’s story is one of education, truth, and perseverance. Grant’s first entrepreneurial step in the real estate industry started when he learned that he could run targeted Facebook ads on behalf of real estate agents and get engagement for pennies (and get houses sold for dollars).
Realizing the exceptional value, he could provide, he pivoted his business into an educational platform and now continues to teach realtors, investors, and mortgage experts how to use social media alongside his Marketing Intelligence Software, Witly, to close real estate deals and scale small businesses. He has helped more than 60,000 companies, entrepreneurs, and business owners actualize their dreams through hands-on learning. Grant’s methods of
marketing and social selling are responsible for billions of dollars of Real Estate sold.
Grant has worked alongside notable industry leaders such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, Tom Krol, Shon Kokoszka, Lauren Taylor, and many more.
Mark is co-founder, partner, CTO of Climb Real Estate and helped lead Climb to being one of the top residential real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark has led the business strategy and development of CLIMB since its inception in 2007 first as a sales group and later as an independent brokerage in 2010. Today, CLIMB is among the top real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally recognized as an innovative real estate brokerage brand. Mark helps manage the strategic vision and direction of Climb and is leading CLIMB | LABS, the company’s innovation arm. He was co-chair of SFAR's MLS and Technology Committee and continues to contribute to the long-term strategic vision of San Francisco's MLS. Mark also serves as an advisor to Sindeo, Zillow and Trulia and an angel investor and advisor in various technology companies.
Katelyn Castellano is the newly appointed Senior Vice President of Marketing for Engel & Völkers, leading the global brand's marketing strategy for the Americas. With a focus on strategy that drives business results for the brand and its network of luxury real estate shops and advisors, she oversees digital and offline advertising, public relations, social media, content creation and strategic partnerships. Prior to this role, Katelyn served as the brand's Vice President of Communications.
With eight years of real estate franchise experience, Katelyn has helped build some of the newest brands in the industry through thought leadership, industry engagement and research-based initiatives designed to impact growth. Before entering the real estate industry, she built her career in public relations, media relations, and campaign management for consumer brands including Procter & Gamble, Patrón Spirits and Nestlé.
Katelyn is a graduate of Marist College.
Farrah Brittany is a veritable force within The Agency and the broader real estate industry. She ranks among the top producers in Los Angeles and the nation. In 2019, Farrah and her fellow agents on The Umansky team—The Agency’s CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky and Eduardo Umansky—ranked #41 on the REAL Trends’ Inc. list of the nation’s top real estate teams, with a sales volume of over $564 million. Also in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter touted Farrah as a prominent “Up-and-Comer” and part of the “Next Generation” of agents in its annual list of Top Real Estate Agents in L.A.. The publication also spotlighted the incredible success of The Umansky team, which made the exclusive “$250 Million Club,” which consists of eight agents and teams who sold more than a quarter-of-a-billion dollar's worth of real estate in 2018. Farrah was also named #66 on the L.A. Business Journal’s 500 Most Influential people of 2018 and one of Angeleno Magazine’s “Dynamic Women of Los Angeles.”
One of the founding members of The Agency, Farrah has been with the company since its inception, initially serving as Director of Client Relations. Farrah has worked alongside Mauricio Umansky on many multi-million dollar sales, co-listing properties, managing client relations and handling a wide range of sales processes, from listing presentations to marketing and escrows.
Since the start of her career, Farrah has impressively helped close more than $564 million in overall sales. Farrah’s early success earned her the 2014 Outstanding Rookie Award from LuxuryRealEstate.com and Rookie Salesperson of the Year by The National Sales and Marketing Council in 2016. She has ranked on REAL Trends’ list of the Top 250 Realtors in the U.S. by Transaction Volume, as featured in The Wall Street Journal, each year to date since 2015.
Having learned from the best of the best, Farrah is able to pair her broad knowledge of real estate with an extensive network of those who bump shoulders in the high-end luxury market. Her specialties include representing both buyers and sellers, on any sized deal, across Los Angeles and abroad.
Born and raised in Beverly Hills, Farrah attended New York University for two years and graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in business.
Timothy Corrigan is one of the world’s leading interior designers. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris his firm has completed projects in Europe, the Middle East and across the United States. He has been named to virtually every top designer list including Architectural Digest’s AD100, the Elle Decor A-List, Robb Report’s Top 40 Designers in the World, the Luxe Gold List, the Design Icon Award, ICAA Legacy Award, the Pacific Design Center’s Star of Design. He is the only American honored by the French Heritage Society for his restoration of several national landmarks in France. The firm’s work has been featured in over 1000 publications worldwide. Timothy has designed licensed collections for Schumacher, Perennials, Samuel & Sons, Fromental, Royal Limoges, THG-Paris, and Fromental. His best selling book, “An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé,” chronicles the restoration of his landmark chateau in France. His second book, “The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today” features 11 of Timothy’s projects around the world, and highlights the building blocks for successful decoration; both books are published by Rizzoli.
Desrie is the Vice President of Business Operations at Agent Image. A Los Angeles native and Cal State Northridge alum, Desrie began her career in banking, securities, and investments. Eventually her many passions lead her to the field of digital marketing and operations where she has helped spearhead initiatives and growth at an unprecedented level. With her help, the company has grown into the most recognized real estate website provider in the industry and has won many awards for its innovative designs.
Among Desrie’s passions is a desire to support other women leaders like herself. Desrie has helped sponsor and participated in several Real Women in Real Estate LA events and is a founding member of EmpowHer, a networking program for women entrepreneurs. Beyond her entrepreneurial spirit Desrie is also a rock climber, nature-lover and chef. She spends her free time with her three dogs, trying new recipes and makes sure she disconnects from technology through nature and meditation from time to time.
Desrie holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Communications from the California State University of Northridge.
Bridget Rynne is an Interior Architect with projects featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Dwell, and Interior Design. Known for her unique design sensibility, tenacious attention to detail, loyalty, and sense of humor, Bridget has spent over a decade working with some of the world’s premiere hoteliers, restaurateurs, developers, designers and brands including André Balazs, The Standard International, Shinola, Bedrock Development, Sterling Equities, The Naftali Group, Starwood Capital, Noho Hospitality, and others.
Specializing in the boutique hospitality and luxury residential markets, Bridget guides the design and project management of hotel, residential, retail and restaurant spaces. Her private residential client list includes notable actors, musicians, artists, and fashion designers as well as tech and finance executives.
After completing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Houston and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at Boston College, Bridget relocated to New York City during the heart of the financial crisis, spending two years working as Senior Associate at Scalar Architecture until 2011 when she was contracted by renowned designer Shawn Hausman as the Senior Designer and Project Manager for The Standard Hotel East Village. Working closely with hotelier André Balazs and his team of consultants, Bridget oversaw the design and construction of both the 145-key property and restaurants Narcissa and Café Standard.
Following the completion of The Standard, Bridget joined the luxury French Publishing House Assouline as Director of Architecture + Design, expanding the brand to include a new flagship store in London, small luxury boutique in Venice Italy, shop-in-shop spaces at Saks 5th Avenue New York and NK Store in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The reputation of her work on the Standard landed her at Gachot Studios in spring 2013, working alongside Christine Gachot, the former Director of Design for André Balazs Properties. During her first five years at Gachot, some of Bridget’s projects included The Shinola Hotel in Detroit, The Shephard House Luxury Condominiums in the West Village, Oriana Luxury Apartments in Midtown, a private compound for a Tech Entrepreneur in Brooklyn, Bocce Restaurant in Union Square, The Diplomat Restaurant in Ft Lauderdale, Equinox Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, and several high-end private residential projects in New York and The Hamptons.
Relocating to Los Angles in 2018, Bridget opened her own firm with current projects including a 2500sf renovation for a Tech Executive in Venice, a 2500sf renovation for a celebrity couple in Glendale, custom furnishings for a 4500sf home in the Upper West Side in New York, a 2000sf condo renovation in Tribeca in New York, and consulting on an iconic architectural home for a celebrity fashion designer in Rye, NY. Bridget continues to consult with Gachot and other former colleagues.
She recently completed a gut renovation of her own 3600sf home in Ladera Heights, where she resides with her husband, step-daughter, and French bulldog.
Jenni Avins is Quartz’s Los Angeles-based global lifestyle correspondent, and the creator of the weekly Quartzy newsletter. Before joining Quartz in 2014, she covered fashion, food, travel, and pop culture for as a freelancer for The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Vice, Harper’s Bazaar, Saveur, Style.com, and the Cut, where she was a contributing editor. The Webby Awards and McCormick Foundation have honored her independent stories and videos about fashion. Prior to journalism, she worked with knitwear factories in Peru for Edun and studied at UCSB and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Alex Goldschmidt is an associate director at Digital Media Management overseeing social media strategy for TV shows. Over the past decade, he's amassed his own following of over 100K followers on Twitter and Instagram.
Aaron Keith is the founder of Buildify Systems (formerly Ascension Programs), and passionately provides key resources such as business coaching & consulting, seminars, business development software, and a tell-all podcast. Buildify offers a full suite of services curated to support entrepreneurs in better owning and operating a successful business.
Aaron’s journey as a business owner began at 19 a he ventured out to start his first business. After a few years of struggling he was introduced to his first business coach, and though he didn’t realize it, that was the tipping point that would forever change his life.
By age 24, and with support from his business coach, Aaron built one of the most successful businesses in his vertical. He wasn’t only making great money; he was happy, had balance in his life, and was having the life experience he had dreamed of. All of that came out of the work he did with his first business coach. It was a transformative experience and Aaron knew right then that he wanted to do for others what his coach had done for him!
That same year, Aaron founded Ascension Programs as a boutique business education and coaching company. Aaron operated both companies for the following two years, until age 26, when the choice was made to sell the first business. Then devoting all time and attention toward building Ascension Programs, Aaron cultivated it into a world-class business education & coaching company.
When Aaron works with a business owner, they are not only tapping his depth of knowledge, top-notch education, and training, but they are absorbing the personal experience that Aaron has gained from being in business for over two decades.
In 2013, Aaron diversified by building yet another company in the health & wellness space. Aaron’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for health manifested as founding a personalized natural medicine clinic called Spark Health.
In late 2018 while rock climbing with a good friend and software developer, an idea was born to provide entrepreneurs a tool that would aggregate critical business growth information along with custom business systems that Aaron has been successfully utilizing with his clients for the past 17 years. That is what set Buildify Systems into motion.
Aaron set out to develop a new class of software that had never been done before- not just another CRM or anything businesses already had options for. Buildify’s highly unique business development software combines two decades of business building knowledge along with proven business-building systems, structures, and processes, all rolled into one web-based experience.
Guiding the idea from inception to implementation, Aaron’s goal has been to provide the entrepreneur community with a full suite of resources geared at taking business to the next level. Natural progression resulted in Ascension Programs and Buildify Systems merging together. Buildify is now the comprehensive company centrally offering business growth software, high-level business coaching & consulting, business development seminars, a podcast, and books for entrepreneurs of all levels.
10,000+ business owners ranging from startups to celebrities to billion-dollar companies have benefitted from direct coaching relationships with Aaron, whose proven approach to building and scaling companies via an uncanny ability to balance business systems with psychology has become known as ‘The Buildify Method.’
Steve’s passion for SaaS and creating exceptional customer experiences has resulted in nearly 10 years of real estate technology involvement. Combining his love of tech and sales, he expertly showcases how businesses can streamline and scale operations with the right technology. Following successful international sales ventures, Steve joined Propertybase in Munich, Germany in 2010 and expanded operations and sales in the United States the following year. Since 2017, Steve has held the title of Vice President of Sales in which time he has assisted on a number of larger client opportunities, along with mergers and acquisitions, while managing the sales and marketing of Propertybase across three continents.
A leading authority on luxury real estate, Kofi Nartey is the go-to broker for celebrities, prominent sports figures, and affluent clientele around the globe. The leader of SOCIETY, a private real estate firm with billions of dollars in sales, Kofi has over 18 years of experience representing elite buyers and sellers of distinguished properties. He regularly appears on national television and in print media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CBS, CNBC, NBC Sports Bloomberg, Fox Business News, ESPN, CNN Money, and The Insider. He was also a featured agent on HGTV’s “Selling LA” and has made numerous appearances on “Million Dollar Listing.”
Trusted and admired for his integrity, discretion, and insider knowledge, Kofi is sought out by discerning individuals, professional athletes, and entertainment figures looking for a high level of access and expertise. Prior to SOCIETY, Kofi was the founder and national director of the Compass Sports & Entertainment Division, where he recruited and led the nation’s only true group of vetted sport and entertainment specialists for four years. He previously served as the director of the Sports and Entertainment Division for the boutique firm The Agency and was a top producer for Keller Williams. Kofi’s experience with both boutique and national real estate firms has helped him achieve the perfect balance of bespoke client services, cutting-edge technology, and global real estate reach.
Cindy Ambuehl is arguably LA’s most sought-after real estate professional, consistently ranking as a top producer in one of the world’s most competitive luxury markets while retaining the trust not only of the area’s savviest homebuyers and sellers, but of her fellow agents, too. A familiar face who spent 20 years in the entertainment industry as a prominent actress and model, she now leverages her natural ability to connect with people—not to mention, her impressive capacity for negotiation and executing mutually rewarding business deals—as a full-time agent helping clients buy and sell the most luxurious properties the greater Los Angeles area has to offer.
A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Cindy’s extensive knowledge of the LA area’s most coveted luxury communities also played a role in driving her rapid career trajectory, but what continues to set her apart is her unwavering work ethic, along with her tenacity and drive. In the early days of Cindy’s real estate career, when the real estate industry was at one of the lowest points in recent memory, she still managed to rank among the top 1% of real estate professionals nationwide. And she’s only gained momentum since: In 2017, she ranked #20 in California and #40 in the nation as measured by sales volume, closing almost $160 million in sales that year alone. Named one of Hollywood’s Top 30 Real Estate Agents by The Hollywood Reporter, and recognized by Variety as one of the “Showbiz Real Estate Elite,” Cindy repeatedly earns a spot on Real Trends’ annual “The Thousand,” in addition to earning countless other accolades.
A resident of Santa Monica who together with her husband, actor Don Diamont, has seven boys, Cindy still manages to find the time to give back. She’s actively involved with several charitable organizations, including Giveback Homes, The Humane Society and P.S. Arts.
With a proven reputation for delivering top-of-market results in both residential and commercial real estate transactions, Magnus Jennemyr is one of the country’s premier, top-producing real estate brokers, with an elite-level portfolio and client list to prove it. As Managing Director and Private Office Advisor at Engel & Völkers Miami, Magnus is unyielding in his commitment to long-term relationships as opposed to short-term gains.
Magnus brings a multidisciplinary focus to the International world of Florida and Miami real estate, utilizing more than 15 years of strong expertise in finance, venture capital, technology incubation, international project management, and business/client management developed through work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. For the Miami market specifically, he leverages his experience serving as wealth manager for international and domestic clients including business personalities, professional athletes, and celebrities wishing to optimize their real estate investment portfolios or maximize results with the purchase of a first, second, or even third homes in the area. As a specialist in closing properties valued between $5 million and $20 million+, Magnus’s attention to detail and negotiation skills have been honed to precision. He continues to exceed sales volume year over year by effectively managing a global network of existing and new clients, as well as broker partners.
Within the scope of the Private Office, Magnus is highly valued by his clients for his meticulous market research including economic considerations, industry trends, competitive activity, and personalized recommendations. He routinely serves as the key point of contact for high-profile individuals requiring utmost discretion, white glove service and confidentiality.
Prior to his work with Engel & Völkers Miami, Magnus founded his own real estate brokerage, Select Realty Group, and served as Managing Broker for Pointe Group Realty, personally responsible for more than $250M in Sales. Before real estate, his career included leadership positions with Medison Plc, Morgan Stanley, Congress Communications Plc, and Proficio Group, and experience working with Global technology infrastructure start-ups in the Wireless/Telecom space, Transactional (e&mCommerce) and Security (intrusion detection and prevention).
In addition to being a licensed Florida real estate broker, Magnus is a graduate of the REALTOR Institute, and a member of both the National Association of Realtors and the Miami Association of Realtors. He is active with the Chambers of Commerce for Coconut Grove, Sweden, and Great Britain, and is a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and South Florida Office Brokers Association (SFOBA).
Outside of his professional pursuits, Magnus is active both in sports and in the community. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, photography, endurance sports, and training with the Hammerheads South Florida Triathletes group. He also contributes time and resources towards Big Brothers & Big Sisters, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and St. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Miami.
Tim is an Enterprise Account Executive at Real Estate Webmasters. As a crusader in the world of real estate technology, he loves working with clients and is dedicated to driving customer success.
Tim works with the company's enterprise clients, helping consult and strategize on their future technology requirements, and works with top real estate firms and agents from all over Canada and the US. His customers see more leads, get more conversions, rank better organically, and have some of the top-performing websites in the industry.
After visiting a balmy Nanaimo, British Columbia one February for a real estate conference, Tim started to question his frozen life back home in Toronto. Convinced that flowers blooming in the dead of winter was amazing, he packed everything up and made the pilgrimage to the west coast of Canada, joining Real Estate Webmasters. He now lives in Nanaimo with his wife and 3 boys.
Chloe attended the architecture program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and founded Redmond Aldrich Design right after graduating in 2005. Her stylish mother and grandmothers instilled a passion for flowers and fabrics, and a belief that interiors matter deeply. Exposed from a young age to rooms designed by Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, Chloe finds inspiration in classic design, and enjoys updating this aesthetic with a modern edge. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two kids and a rotating cast of pets. Vices include makeover shows, Instagram, fancy granola, "taking the cure" at Indian Springs.
Julie Faupel is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of REALM, an innovative global networking membership for real estate professionals launching in October 2019.
Concurrently, Faupel is a co-founder and co-owner of Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, the largest Real Estate Company in the Teton Region and the 2011 and 2014 recipient of the Christie's International Real Estate Global Affiliate of the Year award.
Faupel is also a Partner in Graham-Faupel-Mendenhall & Associates, the Teton region's most successful real estate team, historically rated by the Wall Street Journal and REALTrends as one of the top 250 real estate teams in the U.S.
Faupel is a current member of the Young Presidents Organization and has served on the Executive Committee of the Jackson Hole Community Foundation, and as Chairman for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
She is an avid supporter of entrepreneurship as a trustee of the Silicon Couloir and is independent investor in a number of start-up ventures.
Faupel is a dedicated community contributor through numerous organizations including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
Faupel is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her family.
As Director of Sales for San Francisco's 181 Fremont Residences, Leo Medeiros brings an extraordinary record of delivering outstanding sales for the West Coast's most luxurious residential developments including San Francisco's St. Regis Residences, The Infinity, One Hawthorne, L.A.'s Carlyle and Seattle's One88 and Insignia.
Laura Monroe is a 20 year industry and public relations executive, entrepreneur, and real estate brand strategist. As the Global Head of Community at Inman, Laura currently leads and cultivates a global community network of forward-thinking agents, brokers, tech entrepreneurs and executives--as well as the Inman Brand Ambassador Program, through Inman’s media, publishing, and conference events. With a passion for community, and experience in marketing, business development, and technology -- Laura is also proud to be an NAR REACH Mentor, a speaker, and has been recognized by Inman News, RISMedia, and T3Sixty as an industry influencer and Newsmaker.
Fueled by a passion for social entrepreneurship, Caroline Pinal helped create Giveback Homes to empower the real estate industry to turn their everyday business into an opportunity for social good. Pinal and team deliver innovation and impact to their network of like-minded agents, brokerages, as well as real estate technology and service providers, which are the driving force behind the movement to provide safe homes for families throughout the world.
Prior to Giveback Homes, Pinal worked at TOMS, the business that pioneered the one-for-one model by giving shoes to children in need. During her time at TOMS, she worked alongside Giveback Homes Founder, Blake Andrews. After a Giving Trip in Central America, Blake shared his goals to bring a sustainable giving model to the world of real estate. Pinal was inspired to apply her insights and experiences from TOMS to help realize Blake's vision of Giveback Homes.
Born and raised in the Mojave Desert, Pinal studied Journalism at Cal State Long Beach, worked at Fox News and The Walt Disney Company. The path was paved early on for Pinal as she always felt the desire to apply her experiences in story-telling and creativity towards something bigger.