Triple Play features best-in-class education! With nationally renowned speakers you’re sure to find sessions leaving you inspired and informed to be the best in your field.
Browse below to read about the speakers brought to Triple Play just for you!
Meet The Speakers
Triple Play features best-in-class education! With nationally renowned speakers you’re sure to find sessions leaving you inspired and informed to be the best in your field.
Browse below to read about the speakers brought to Triple Play just for you!
National Vice President of REALTOR® & Sales Management, ANNIEMAC HOME MORTGAGE
Since taking over real estate referral relationships and oversight of 55 branches for AnnieMac, Christine Beckwith has helped oversee a historic growth in the company’s productivity. “Christine has worked in multiple positions at different levels, allowing her to have strong foundational understanding of the industry,” says Matthew Buckley, EVP of compliance at AnnieMac. “Christine also brings a strong management background to AnnieMac Home Mortgage, which means she knows how to motivate people, manage people, and get projects started and completed.” An accomplished public speaker, Beckwith has also proven a boon to AnnieMac when it comes to recruiting new sales talent and forging relationships with real estate professionals.
Jamie Borodin is the VP of Operations for National Tenant Network and has served in that capacity since 2006. Mr. Borodin oversees both operations and sales for NTN. Prior to joining NTN, he worked in the healthcare information services industry for over 15 years, working in account management and sales with McKesson, RelayHealth, NDC Health and Prudential. Working with NTN, he has vast experience with credit, public court records, and both credit and rental scoring systems. Mr. Borodin earned a BS and MBA, both from Rutgers University, with a focus on management and marketing. He also is a Six Sigma green belt.
Ernie Bottom entered the Real Estate industry in 1987 when he joined The Enterprise. Based in Milwaukee, WI, The Enterprise developed products such as Television Home Shows, Property Hotline Systems, Greeting Card Follow-Up Programs, Broker Web Sites and Agent Marketing Videos. In 2009, Ernie joined the NAR’s Realtors Property Resource where he is currently a Regional Director for Industry Relations. In his more than 25 years in the industry, Ernie has had the privilege to work with many of the top brokers, marketing directors, IT managers, Multiple Listing Services and Realtor Associations in the nation.
Michelle Czekalski Bradley officially joined Czekalski Real Estate in 1988, but has been a part of the business for as long as she can remember. Michelle is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and a real estate educator on a variety of real estate topics. She has authored continuing education courses which she has instructed for real estate licensees. She is also a review appraiser providing review services and retrospective appraisals. Michelle has over 25 year’s experience in performing professional, timely appraisal services for her clients. She works to build long-lasting relationships with every client through her willingness to answer questions and provide attention to detail.
Desiree Brougher is the Standard Forms Manager for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. She serves as the liaison to the Standard Forms Committee and Standard Forms Feedback Panels, and oversees the forms revision process for PAR’s library of more than 100 real estate forms. In addition, Desiree is an attorney and a speaker, and travels across the commonwealth educating our members at the local level on legal issues and proper uses of the PAR forms.
Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on technology and marketing. Previous ventures include SmartPrint, a division of AmeriDisc Inc, and ReverbNation, the music-marketing platform with 3.5 million users. Jed is obsessed with taking on the digital challenges that face small businesses, and building scalable, simple and affordable products to solve them.
Originally licensed as a real estate agent in 1998, Sean Carpenter is the former Agent Development Director for the Ohio NRT companies. Sean recently jumped back into a sale role with Coldwell Banker King Thompson serving buyers and sellers throughout Central Ohio. He is also a popular speaker across the nation focusing on sales topics of creating memorable customer experiences, maximizing social and digital media, as well as business planning and leadership. Recognized by Inman News as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate, Sean was recently named as one of the Top 20 most influential people in social media for the real estate industry by The Swanepoel Report for the second year in a row.
Adorna Carroll is the Vice-President and Owner/Broker of Realty3 CT, a large multi-office firm in Connecticut. In addition to troubleshooting agent field issues, Adorna is responsible for the firm’s policies/procedures, technology infrastructure and strategic initiatives. Her team continues to represent and refer buyer and seller clients. Adorna is an Owner/Partner of Dynamic Directions – an educational and sales training consulting firm that collaborates with real estate associations and firms internationally to provide quality instruction.
Adorna is considered one of the most effective facilitators of Leadership Training, Bylaw Revision Facilitation and Strategic Planning for MLSs, companies and real estate associations in the US and Canada. She is a nationally recognized expert in Buyer Agency, Seller Agency and Agency Relationships; was honored as Connecticut’s Educator of the Year, named to the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) Hall of Fame and is the 79th recipient of the National Association of Realtors® Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to being an author/partner of the SRS Council, LLP which confers the SRS – Seller Representative Specialist Designation course, Adorna is also one of the owners of Realty3 Inc. a large multi-office firm in CT. Along with her team, Adorna continues to represent buyers and sellers, counsels her agents in resolving field issues and specializes in implementing efficient systems, policies, web strategies and infrastructure for the firm.
Amy Chorew was appointed Vice President of Platform Development for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in March 2012, and is responsible for growing the brand’s educational training platform as well as creating and expanding innovative agent tools and technologies offered to the brand’s network. She has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including roles in sales, marketing and training. Since 2000, Amy has been on the national speaking circuit teaching industry professionals about technology strategies to help improve their business. In addition to writing four books on the topic of social media for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), she also co-authored the NAR e-Pro® certification curriculum, which is designed to educate real estate professionals on social media technologies and e-office strategies. Chorew is the founder and former CEO of The Tech Byte, an education company specializing in coaching and consulting with real estate firms about using technology in their day-to-day operations.
Sherry Chris is the president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it was launching a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand after entering into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name and launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand. Chris 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. Well-known for her innovative thinking, next generation consumer insights and idea sharing in an effort to move the industry forward, Chris is a frequently sought after speaker at international real estate and technology conferences. She is also regularly featured by national media outlets such as the FOX Business Channel, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, sharing her insights into industry reports and trends. In 2015, Inman News named Chris as one of the 33 people who are changing the real estate industry. Additionally, since being named Inman Innovator of the Year in 2010, a prestigious and coveted award that honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision and foresight to advance the real estate experience, she has been recognized six years consecutively as one of Inman’s 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. Additional accolades include the Swanepoel Power 200 list (2013–2017), the Most Influential Real Estate Executives list by Real Estate Executive Magazine (2013), Profiles in Diversity Journal’s annual Women Worth Watching list (2013) and a Stevie Award for Business Leadership (2010).
Kate Conquest has been in real estate for 17 years and has hands-on experience in sales, management, brokerage and consulting. Kate holds her MBA and was named one of the Top 30 Realtors Under 30 Realtor Magazine in 2010 and works on the Coldwell Banker corporate executive team. She and her husband James enjoy diving, traveling and are total foodies. They live with their two fur babies; Newman and Elaine and just welcomed a little girl into the world in April.
Barbara Crane, CCIM, began her career in commercial real estate in 1979. She specializes in the office sector of the market — agency leasing, tenant representation, investment sales, development, and project management responsibility for related design and construction efforts. Crane currently serves as President at Barbara M. Crane, CCIM. Previous positions include Senior Director of the Properties Group with Kennedy Wilson and Vice President at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Crane is a Senior Instructor for CCIM Institute, teaching CI 101, CI 103, Commercial Real Estate Negotiations, and a variety of other Ward Center for Real Estate Studies courses. She joined the Faculty in January 2005 and was honored by her peers as the Robert L. Ward Instructor of the Year in 2010.
Marc Cunningham grew up in the family property management company his father founded in 1978, Grace Property Management. During high school and college, Marc worked part time in the company doing everything from pulling weeds, mowing, and painting, to accounting and leasing. He joined the firm permanently in 1997 and is currently the President and Director of Operations. Grace Management is located in Denver and manages over 600 residential and commercial doors and has 12 team members. Marc speaks nationally on property management and business topics, one-on-one coaching and real estate investing. He is known for his warm, genuine delivery of world class insights into how success is built on with systems, behaviors, and planning. When he’s not at work, Marc stays busy reading, running, and keeping up with his beautiful wife and four children.
Trista is a graduate of Washburn University and Washburn University, School of Law, where she was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. After serving as Assistant Legal Counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves, Trista joined the office of the District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District of Kansas as an Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Consumer Fraud division. For six years, Trista was the Government Affairs Director and Legal Counsel for the Wichita Area Association of REALTORS® and the South Central Kansas MLS. Trista now devotes her time to offering excellent educational opportunities for real estate licensees across the country.
Linda has been a Realtor for 30 years & enjoys every aspect of this business. She is a top producing listing & selling agent, a manager and director of Education for a large NRT company. Linda went back to listing, selling and teaching independently in 2008. She teaches the licensing courses and writes and teaches short sale along with many topics for several boards. Linda is also a NY State & REBAC trainer and teaches at Hofstra University.
With more than 28 years in the real estate industry, Dan Elzer knows what it takes for you to succeed. As a former broker-owner of a highly successful real estate company, and now a nationally acclaimed speaker, Dan has worked with hundreds of leadership teams in many different industries helping them achieve their goals while living a balanced life. Organizations call on Dan when they want to move the needle. He is known for being direct and skilled at cutting through the noise and bureaucracy that prevent companies from reaching peak performance. His business philosophies are entwined in every keynote address and program he delivers. He believes that every company can be successful when they create the right environment for their team to leverage and deliver on their Winning Differences™.
Pamela Ermen has spent her entire business career in real estate, obtaining her license at 18 years old. 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 nearly 25 years coaching individual agents and teams to their highest levels of productivity. Pam is the author and creator of two training series about real estate business planning and the dynamic growth of teams. She was selected as the “Real Estate Educator of the Year” for the state of Virginia.
Roseann Farrow, owner of Roseann Farrow Seminars, is a national instructor and broker who lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, 70 miles north of Manhattan. An energetic and flexible team player who builds loyalty and cares about people, Roseann was awarded REALTOR® Emeritus status from NAR, proclaiming 40 years of service to the industry. She is touted as a highly skilled leader, communicator, and coach in real estate sales, management, training and consulting and helps individuals and companies improve productivity, quality and profit. Her greatest strength is her sense of humor, and her greatest accomplishment is her family.
John Featherston is the founder, president and CEO of RISMedia, Inc. Since 1980, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information, has been servicing more than 500,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most productive and successful agents, brokers and related service professionals. RISMedia provides the industry with news, trends and business development strategies through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine; its leading website, RISMedia.com; its popular Housecall blog; and its renowned networking and educational events, including RISMedia’s CEO Exchange and RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum, Reception & Dinner. Through RISMedia’s content programs, including ACE, REsource and Pop-a-Note, real estate professionals share thousands of articles, infographics and videos each day created by RISMedia editors and contributors, helping them influence hundreds of thousands of consumers as they consider buying and/or selling a home. A frequent speaker at industry events, Featherston was awarded the 2015 RE/MAX ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award, recognizing his longtime support of the real estate industry.
Anthony holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. He joined NYSAR in 2005. The Legal Services Department is responsible for NYSAR’s free Legal Hotline, NYSAR Radio and the production of legal publications on current real estate issues.
Barry Goodman, Esq. is a partner of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis LLP, and serves as General Counsel to the New Jersey REALTORS®.
Mr. Goodman focuses his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular concentration in real estate and real estate brokerage issues. His experience also encompasses municipal law, antitrust suits, and corporate shareholder and partnership disputes. Throughout his career, a number of Mr. Goodman’s cases have resulted in published opinions that set precedents in New Jersey.
Mr. Goodman is approved by the State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Real Estate Commission as a New Jersey Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor. He lectures frequently to the real estate brokerage community and other industry organizations throughout the state, and has written extensively on topics related to real estate brokerage law.
Marie Graham has been having sensitive conversations with people about money, their space and possessions since 1981. After 27 years in high end home furnishings, Marie saw technology made curated information the new currency. Educated and empowered customers became the most satisfied clients, so she launched The Refreshed Home in 2007 (yes, that 2007), an interactive design consultancy firm. This model suited sellers and agents as well, and home staging quickly became top draw. Marie is a RESA-Pro instructor, holds the ITI designation, and is on the path to creating a CE course for NYS agents.
With over 150 speaking engagements around the US each year, including sessions for NAR, several state conventions & other key industry events, Craig Grant is considered one of the top technology, marketing & risk management instructors around.
As his motto, “Advanced Real Estate Technology Instructed at a Pre-K Level” states, Craig is able to take extremely complicated technology topics & present them in a way that the average non-technical person not only understands, but is able apply & improve their business.
With 40+ courses to choose from covering all aspect of Technology including industry trends, hardware, software, social media & more, it is easy to see why Craig Grant is known industry wide as The Real Estate Tech Guru.
For over two decades Bennie Henderson, an expert at using a creative, outside the box approach to expand a Realtor’s sphere of influence to their target market, has conducted hundreds of presentations at various real estate associates, brokerage offices, and individual consultations throughout New Jersey and New York including the Hunterdon-Essex Board of Realtors, the RealSource Association of Realtors, as well as being a past presenter at the Triple Play Convention. A licensed Title producer, Bennie is a Business Development Officer at Two Rivers Title Company, LLC, a multi-state title and escrow company with offices throughout New Jersey.
Jared James has become one of the most followed people in real estate today on places like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube because of his no non-sense advice, motivation and real world sales tips and videos. He’s an in-demand speaker, entrepreneur and author of the book “Get out of YOUR way!”
His company, Jared James Enterprises, has become one of the most effective coaching companies around, helping thousands of students learn how to create more predictable real estate businesses.
In his previous career as a Realtor, Jared built one of the largest and fastest growing teams in the USA, earning him a spot in Realtor Magazine’s elusive 30 under 30 edition.
To get his message out, Jared speaks all over North America to tens of thousands of professionals every year and was even named recently as one of the 25 most influential people in the real estate industry today.
A serial entrepreneur, who, after many business ventures, finally found a home in the real estate industry. Current President of the Long Island YPN and Vice Chairperson for RPAC, Kyle truly believes that the only way to provide top notch service to your customers and clients is by being well informed and involved in the industry. Kyle is an ITI Graduate, A certified RPR instructor, sits on the Board of Directors for LIBOR and NYSAR, involved in multiple committees on the local and state level, a full time Licensed Salesperson, and most importantly, a proud “Stay at Home” DAD.
Cheryl began speaking at an early age and has never stopped (just ask her husband). She is the Branch Broker of the Salt Lake Branch of ERA Brokers Consolidated. Cheryl delivers engaging expertise and specializes in enthusiastically empowering real estate excellence. She has charismatically “edu-tained” thousands of real estate and mortgage professionals in the 12 years she has been teaching, speaking and training. Cheryl is an eternal, enthusiastic student about all aspects of real estate related subjects. Cheryl is an active 6-year member of The National Speakers Association (NSA), and the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). She very proudly earned her Distinguished Real Estate Instructor Designation in 2013. She has also been actively involved in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® since 1999, having served on local boards in two different states, as well as on the Utah State Board.
Jo Ann M. Koontz is the founding attorney and CPA of Koontz & Associates, PL practicing in the areas of real estate, business entity formation, and taxation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University in 2001, where she specialized in accounting. Jo Ann obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in 2003; she then earned her Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University in 2006. She counsels and represents clients in a wide variety of business and real estate matters including: Commercial and residential real estate sales and purchases; 1031 exchanges; business entity formations; and the business sales (sale of assets and equity interests).
Jo Ann provides tax planning services to clients in connection with real estate and business transactions. She has been representing clients before the IRS for over 15 years in tax controversies, audits, appeals, and collection matters. She began working in public accounting in 1998 and is adept at handling IRS related issues. She provides tax planning services to clients in connection with real estate and business transactions. In order to maximize the effectiveness of tax planning strategies, Jo Ann encourages clients to explore potential tax consequences of contemplated transactions prior to entering into agreements.
Brent Lancaster, ABR, GRI, SRS, AHWD, BPOR, CDEI, e-PRO, MRP, combines his love of the business of real estate with his passion for education. He believes in delivering tools agents can use immediately to improve the quality and efficiency of their business. He is broker/owner of his own real estate company, Brent Lancaster and Associates, LLC, and also President/CEO of one of the nation’s oldest real estate schools – Bob Brooks School of Real Estate. Brent lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife of 14 years Laura and his two children Leyton (5 years) and Nate 3 years).
Henry “Hank” Lerner, Esq. is the Director of Law & Policy for the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS. Hank’s area’s of expertise include Code of Ethics and Professional Standards, legal and regulatory compliance.
Rich Levin, Founder and CEO of Real Estate Grad School™, is one of the nation’s premier real estate speakers & authors. His field career includes time as a top producing real estate agent, a manager of a company of 700 agents, and owner of a #1 company in his area from 1989 to 1996. Since 1996, Rich has trained agents to become top performers. His agents strengthen every skill necessary for consistent high production and a satisfying personal life. Over 70% of Rich’s clients exceed all previous sales production records, regardless of market conditions, with consistent growth thereafter.
Lynn is the owner of Lynn Madison Seminars, a full-service training and development company devoted to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. Lynn has been a speaker at the NAR convention for over a decade and has spoken to REALTORS® in over 30 states. Lynn has been active in developing and delivering Illinois’ continuing education programs since 1992. As an Instructor for REBAC’s ABR program, Lynn not only conducts the program nationwide, she is involved in its development and instructor certification program. Lynn wrote the REBAC BPOR course and co-authored the SFR Certification program as well. In 2004 she was inducted into the REBAC Hall of Fame.
Melanie McLane is a practicing appraiser, broker and educator. A lifetime REALTOR®, she has vast experience in all aspects of real estate. She continues to list, sell and appraise, as well as teach, in order to keep her thumb on the market. A graduate of Kenyon College, she has the following designations: ABR, CRB, CRS, ePRO, GREEN, GRI, RAA, RSPS, SRES and SRS. Melanie is USPAP Instructor, and teaches many REBAC courses, from ABR to RSPS. In 2008, she was inducted into the REBAC Hall of Fame as a REBAC Instructor. She is from Central Pennsylvania.
Dan McNally is the Sales Manager for Quality 1st Basement Systems. He has a sales team of 16 men and has been with the company since 2005. Dan and his team visit 8,000 homes per year for Basement Waterproofing, Crawl Space Repair, Foundation Repair and Concrete lifting and leveling. Dan has a great understanding of the importance of a dry, usable basement having extensive training and experience in the industry. Dan became interested in basement remodeling during his tenure as manager of a local hardware store. He began with the company as a System Design Specialist and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager. He has excellent troubleshooting abilities and has consulted with hundreds of homeowners, designing effective solutions for every one of them. He brings a focused, intelligent approach to each job with which he is involved and is a true professional. Dan has been thoroughly trained through the Basement Systems International Contractor Network.
Ozzy Mejil is a high energetic professional who is focused on delivering quality service. He is a man known to be committed to integrity and loyalty. He prides himself in providing excellent service, available to consumers from start to finish with a remarkable attention at accomplishing the task at hand in the best interest of his clients. His sales experience along with his record in sales attest to his ability to seamlessly carry out your real estate needs professionally, proficiently and personally. Ozzy believes real estate is a challenging career that provides a great deal of satisfaction. Since 2006 he has been helping people invest in real estate whether on a personal or business level. Thanks to his twenty years of experience as a New York City Police officer and Detective, Ozzy displays strength in negotiations and conflict resolution. This has helped him build a strong client loyalty which in turn has led to a successful referral base as well as name recognition. Ozzy has made REALTOR safety a top priority. He is a local Instructor where he teaches agents how to be safe while working in their daily business.
Willie Miranda has more than 24 years of experience in the real estate and insurance industry. Willie and his team have sold well over 7,000 homes for over a billion dollars in real estate sales. Willie has worked with hundreds of real estate agents across the country; helping market and promote their real estate services to their clients, through the use of better marketing communications and systems. Under his leadership, several real estate agents and brokers have grown their personal relationships with their clients. This resulted in a more profitable repeat and referral business for those that have followed Willie’s referral and real estate systems. Willie is the broker and owner of Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc., an award-winning real estate brokerage headquartered in Clifton Park, New York.
Nancy Mosca is a licensed New York State Associate Broker and has been a Realtor for over 20 years. She is also a New York State Certified Real Estate Instructor and teaches for the Long Island Board of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors & the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council.
A believer in Realtor education, Nancy has earned the ABR, AHWD, BPOR, CBR, CIPS, CNE, EHO, GRI, ITI, MRP, SRS, SFR & SRES, designations and certifications. In addition, she has earned her Certification as a Human Behavioral Consultant and is a recognized member of the National Speakers Association.
Rob Nahigian is a Principal with Auburndale Realty Co. in Newton, Massachusetts and has 32 years in commercial/industrial real estate experience as an advisor, developer and broker. He has handled approximately $5 billion of real estate totaling 40 million square feet. His past clients include Berkshire Hathaway, Weyerhaeuser, Legg Mason, Archdiocese of Boston, Goldman Sachs/Archon Group, AT&T and Ryder Trucks. Rob served as the CRE New England Chapter President and National Editor-In-Chief and SIOR New England Chapter President and National Ed Chair. He is the 2009 CRE recipient of the “James Felt Creative Counseling Award” for the most outstanding achievement and ingenuity in a real estate counseling assignment in the U.S ; was awarded by Boston’s Commercial Brokers Association 3 times as the “Real Estate Advisory Assignment of the Year”; “Industrial Deal of The Year”; “Distinguished Achievements in Commercial Leasing;” awarded 4 times by SIOR as “National Instructor of the Year” and named the MAR “2011 Massachusetts Real Estate Educator of the Year”. He serves on the Advisory Board for a NYSE public investment firm; was appointed by the Governor to the MassDOT Real Estate Appraisal Review Board; and elected by the Mass. RE Licensing Board to its Ed Subcommittee. He is a faculty member of Boston University, MAR, SIOR, CoreNet Global and is on the coveted NAR Commercial Signature Series speaker’s list and is a national speaker.
Over the past 15 years, Steve has delivered over 1000 presentations to REALTORS® in North America on the benefits of sales automation and online marketing. He co-founded Tech Savvy Agent and is now the Chief Marketing Officer for BombBomb, the leader in Relationships Through Video. His insights into consumer behavior, as well as his grasp of social media strategies, make him a leader in these quickly changing times. Steve has built businesses around several of his successful websites and blogs utilizing the power of video and wants to show you how to do the same. His information is cutting edge, but is delivered in a manner in which anyone can learn, internalize, and take action from.
Joseph Rand is the Chief Creative Officer for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty, in New York City suburbs of New York and New Jersey. He is a regular contributor to Inman Media, and a regular speaker at national industry events such as the Real Estate Connect, the RIS Media CEO Summit, and the Women’s Council of REALTORS midyear conference.
Carla has been a licensed REALTOR® in Florida since 1997. She and her team focus on consulting and marketing for international buyers and sellers. She is a Certified International Property Specialist instructor for NAR and holds the following designations: CIPS, GRI, RSPS, e-PRO, and TRC. She has spoken at real estate conferences in Spain, France, Venezuela, Panama, the UK, Canada, and Brazil. She and her business partner wrote “Jumpstart Your International Business” and now deliver this class to agents who are looking to develop their skills. They have delivered their classes to over 20 associations and companies across Florida as well as at Coldwell Banker’s GenBlue convention. Carla has been an active member of her local association since 2005. She has served as the International Council Chair and has co-hosted Sarasota’s international congress for 6 years. Carla served as a director for Sarasota for 6 years and Florida Realtors® director for 5 years. Her association named her Realtor of the Year and also the President’s award to her twice. Carla also served as the NAR’s President’s Liaison to Panama and stays active with the NAR international committees and meetings and assisted in developing the CIPS class: Business of US Real Estate. She currently serves as the National Association of Realtors Regional Coordinator to North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Frank Serio, CRS, CRB has run the gauntlet from sales associate to top producer to sales manager/trainer. In his fast paced presentations, Frank shares his own experiences and the innovative ideas used by top producers across the country. His seminars are packed with knowledge and information, and enjoyed by all. Frank was President of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® in 1997 and REALTOR® of the Year in 1994. He has also served on numerous committees on the local, state and national levels. Frank is currently associated with RE/MAX By The Sea in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where he actively sells real estate. He is a Certified Instructor for the Council of Residential Specialists and served as the 2011 CRS National President. His versatility allows him to offer seminars on a wide variety of topics. Frank enjoys living by the water in Fenwick Island, Delaware, with his wife, Audrey.
Chirag Shah is the owner of Gateway Realty in Westchester County, New York, has blended technology with his highly successful marketing and sales strategies to produce attention-getting results. He is Chair of the Young Professionals Network for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, serves on the Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors and has been a featured speaker on the use of technology in real estate at the MLSLI Tech Fair Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Members Day, and NAR Tech Edge.
Mary Anne is a native Kentuckian. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 1974. Married 38 years to Steve Simmons, who is a Performance/Surety Bonds Specialty Agent of Commercial insurance and a partner in his agency. Their Daughter, Kelly , is a Real Estate Broker -Associate in Chicago in a large brokerage. Mary Anne has been in Real Estate for 25 years. She has a Real Estate Team of 9 and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in 6 states: FL, KY, TN, AL, SC, and NC. She has earned the national designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Resort and Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), She also has her New Home Specialist (NHS), designation, Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultant (C-CREC), Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), and is a Guild Member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute , Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, , Who’s Who in North American Real Estate (1992). She also just received her Certified Home Marketing Specialist (CHMS) designation. Her corporate office, primary residence, and husband are all in Lexington, KY. She and her husband currently own and have sold many Second Homes/Rental Homes/Resort Homes/Investment Homes.
Actively engaged as a REALTOR® since 1988, Linda specializes exclusively in commercial and investment properties, with clients ranging from local small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Linda served as the 2009 President of the Connecticut Association of Realtors®, using her own story to help give voice to the plight of the thousands of Connecticut Realtors ® (who are independent contractors) and to the small business owners who often find themselves without affordable access to comprehensive health care coverage. In addition, she is a Director for the National Association of Realtors® where she has represented Connecticut on the federal level for several years on a variety of topics.
Mr. David Sulock, Managing Director of Curren Environmental, has a diverse background in the environmental services industry. His experience has spanned Phase I, II & II Environmental Site Assessments to field management for remedial investigations and remedial actions regarding mold and contaminants of soil and groundwater.
Mr. Sulock has over twenty years of experience in environmental inspections, evaluations and remediation. He has been actively involved with both the performance and oversight of environmental consulting and contracting projects including mold surveys, mold remediation, subsurface investigations, groundwater mapping & plume delineation, forensic analysis, environmental audits & compliance reviews.
Patricia Tan was born in England, and her career in international sales and marketing led her to live and work in many countries in Europe and Asia, before relocating to Florida in 1997. A Realtor® since 2004, Patricia has built a successful global real estate business. She brings a dynamic approach to the classroom environment, and a wealth of experience in the day-to-day practice of international real estate. Ms. Tan is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS instructor, approved by the National Association of Realtors. She also holds the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification. A Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Ms Tan is approved by Florida Association of Realtors as an instructor for GRI International, Essentials of Single and Multi-Family Investing, Stats in a Flash and Introduction to Data Analysis. Ms. Tan holds the Transnational Referral Certification (TRC) awarded by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA).
Paula Tansey, RCE, ePro is the Director of Professional Conduct & Development at the Suburban West Realtors Association in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She manages the grievance, professional standards and dispute resolution programs for the organization. She also develops and manages professional development, including the curriculum for accredited education courses and seminars, instructors and credits (license renewal, designation, broker).
Doug Vairo is the Director of New York School of Real Estate. Since 1998 Doug Vairo, has trained thousands of loan officers and real estate agents around the country. Doug has trained for companies such as, Countrywide, Capital One, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Exit Realty, Brooklyn Real Property, Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR), Brooklyn Board of Realtors (BBOR), Bronx Board of Realtor (BMNAR) and countless other organizations. Fast forward 18 years to the New York School of Real Estate. The training school was opened as a result of the many positive testimonials received over the years. Doug has been called an ‘Entertainer” by many students. He weaves fun and learning into a great experience. Doug has authored “Credit Smart” as well as a full blown “Loan Officer Training Boot Camp”. You can find those items at www.loanofficerstore.com
Crystal Washington has broad experience in consulting real estate and builder industries including recent speaking engagements for the Colorado and Michigan Association of REALTORS®. Outside of the real estate category, Crystal has been hired by companies including Google, Microsoft and GE. With a specialty in multi-generational consulting and strategy, Crystal is able to appeal to seasoned real estate agents as well as newcomers. For the veteran agents, Crystal’s message encompasses core tactics for reaching the millennial buyer. For the new agents, Crystal is able to transform standard comfort with social media into actionable digital marketing and prospecting strategies. Crystal is the owner of CWM Enterprises, author of “The Social Media Why”, and co-founder of Socialtunities, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y’s to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media. She has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, Associated Press, and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe as a social media expert.
Kevin Watkins serves as the Director, Strategic Association Management for the National Association of REALTORS®. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the execution of mission-critical consulting support to over 1,300 state and local REALTOR Association executives and leadership. This support includes guidance relative to CEO/ AE search, organizational structures, policies, employee relations, strategic workforce planning, and Board of Directors training/ orientation. Prior to joining NAR, Kevin held key roles at the National Apartment Association (NAA), Volunteers of America Texas (VOA), MADD National, and the YMCA.
Nobody speaks to more REALTORS® and the real estate industry every year than Terry Watson. Nobody.
For the past ten years, Terry has been the most requested and the most booked Real Estate Keynote speaker on the planet. After substitute teaching, the student response was so overwhelmingly positive the Dean of Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies personally invited Terry to join their faculty. Terry was later asked to Chair the School of Real Estate Studies and rewrite their courses. When the National Association of REALTORS® wanted to train staff on what it is like to be a REALTOR®, they called upon Terry Watson. He created the Getting to Know NARS Member course that received rave reviews.
Terry’s strategies and processes are so effective they have been made policy by many of the top real estate companies in the world. Terry Watson recently was the featured speaker for a simulcast to an audience as large as 75000+ of the top producing agents worldwide. Terry’s message is about health, efficiency, unparalleled customer experience, avoiding self-sabotage and actually enjoying what you do.
Leigh is a 3rd generation real estate licensee who grew up around real estate agents and builders. She is an agent, broker and previously a GM as well. Her service to the real estate industry is extensive (yes pages of service!). She is funny, honest and listens. Her classes are informative, interactive and high energy. It may seem that Leigh lives and breathes real estate, but she is also the consummate lover of Cabernets – the dryer the better, has an obsession with dark chocolate, adores her Great Dane and has a love affair with Randy, her husband of 20+ years.