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Tuesday, August 4
 

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Tuesday August 4, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Agent Connect

Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

9:00am

Broker Connect


Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

9:05am

Round Table Networking
Moderators
avatar for Katie Maxwell

Katie Maxwell

Managing Broker, Intero Real Estate Services
Katie is the Vice President of Intero Real Estate Services in Houston, Texas. Katie oversees the business and production of all three Houston offices, including a fourth office set to open in early 2014. She, along with her team, have built a brokerage described as a "Swanky, techie, innovative, boutique real estate company where the experience sells you before the agents do." By understanding the importance of hyper local... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:05am - 9:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

9:05am

Round Table Networking
Moderators
avatar for Sherry Chris

Sherry Chris

President and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Sherry Chris was appointed president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in October of 2007.  Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it had entered into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation, with a renewal option for another 50 years, to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name to launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand. | | Sherry has more than 30 years of real estate... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:05am - 9:30am
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

9:30am

Client Experience - Taking Customer Service to a Higher Level

Never before have consumers expected so much. They have more information and cannot be bullied or merely charmed. How do you deliver to their expectations?



Speakers
avatar for Brian Bair

Brian Bair

Agent, Bair Group
Brian Bair is America’s #2 Real Estate Agent, according to The Thousand, the real estate industry’s most prestigious ranking report released yearly by REAL Trends, Inc and The Wall Street Journal. The Thousand ranks the top one half of one percent of over 963,000 real estate agents nationwide. In 2013 Bair sold an impressive 868 homes—the second most homes in the country. Due to his sales numbers and track record... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Braun

Nancy Braun

Broker in Charge, Showcase Realty
Nancy Braun is the creative force behind Charlotte’s Showcase Realty and its several divisions. Focusing on technology and delivering a unique experience, Nancy has created a new model for the real estate industry. With her team of professionals, Nancy has positioned Showcase at the leading edge of the industry, earning national recognition from HousingWire that ranked Showcase Realty 46th in the nation among a very elite group of... Read More →
avatar for Debbi DiMaggio

Debbi DiMaggio

Agent, Highland Partners
Author, real estate leader, mom and philanthropist Debbi DiMaggio is a master marketer, community builder, and tech-savvy guru who embraces the fast-paced real estate market in the Bay Area. A realtor in the top 1% of all real estate agents nationwide, Debbi has also authored two books, Contained Beauty (2012) and The Art of Real Estate (April 2015), which she co-wrote with husband/partner Adam Betta.  | | Debbi and Adam’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

9:30am

What Changes Might We See in Broker Business Models

The world is changing: Consumers are smarter, portals are more powerful, and there is a younger generation of buyers, agents and brokers entering the field. Should you tweak your business model or stick to your strategy?



Speakers
avatar for Ashley Bowers

Ashley Bowers

Chief Operating Officer, HomeSmart International
Ashley is Chief Operating Officer at HomeSmart. Her passion for diagnostics and leadership interaction in order to build engagement and alignment throughout organizations is what drives her to succeed. With over 17 years of experience in the talent management and organizational growth industry, she thrives on empowering teams to achieve success and drive profits. Ashley’s leadership drive is evident through her commitment to spark the... Read More →
avatar for Jay Macklin

Jay Macklin

Owner/Broker, RE/MAX Platinum Living
Jay Macklin is the Co-founder and designated Broker of RE/MAX Platinum Living based in Scottsdale, with offices in the DC Ranch community of North Scottsdale Arizona, Scottsdale Waterfront, Cave Creek and the Business District area known as Biltmore. He has spent more than 25 years in Marketing and Business Development.  | | Jay grew up in the automotive capital of the world, Detroit, Michigan and moved to the Valley from Ann Arbor... Read More →
avatar for Eric Post

Eric Post

Managing Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Realty Partners
avatar for Jude Rasmus

Jude Rasmus

Head of Real Estate, Virgent Realty
Jude is the Head of Real Estate for Virgent Realty. As a licensed broker for the last 25 years, Jude has been responsible for acquisition and disposition of over 20,000 residential assets and $2 billion in sales in the Atlanta MSA and the Southeast. She has been recognized as a top three volume broker in Wall Street Journal's "The Thousand" consistently. Jude is also a member of Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents&rsquo... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

10:00am

What Marketing is Effectively Reaching Buyers and Sellers
Digital, print, social, referral networks, all of the above. Learn what works and what makes for the right combination.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Blair

Pam Blair

Principle Broker, YogaBug Real Estate
Pam serves her clients with a unique authenticity and drive. The combination of her straight-forward approach, expertise and intuition create a powerful clarity in her work.  This translates into a personalized experience for her clients. She approaches each real estate transaction from a holistic viewpoint taking into account her clients' financial and personal goals, lifestyle and overall well-being. Pam has represented buyers, sellers... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Lazier

Danielle Lazier

Sales Director, Climb SF
Since 2002, Danielle has been a leading San Francisco Real Estate Broker. With hundreds of past transactions, she's become a well-regarded agent and an industry innovator. In addition to her deep connections throughout the San Francisco agent community, Danielle is the founder of one of San Francisco’s first real estate blogs, SF/hotlist, which gives her access to the city’s most motivated home buyers. Danielle attributes her success... Read More →
avatar for Sara MacLennan

Sara MacLennan

Co-Founder, Director of Marketing, Liv Real Estate
After working for a number of tech start ups, Sara found her way to the real estate industry. She is the former National Director for Interactive Marketing for Coldwell Banker Canada. She was responsible for an extensive training program traveling to offices across the country training agents and brokers about online marketing and the client centered services offered by Coldwell Banker Canada. In 2005 she decided to put her teaching into... Read More →
avatar for Vicki Monteagudo

Vicki Monteagudo

Owner, Designated Broker, Realtor, Century 21 Tri-Cities
Vicki Monteagudo is an award-winning, multi-million-dollar producer, earning many local, regional and national awards. After consistently being one of the top-producing agents in the Tri-Cities, it was time for Vicki to take her business to the next level. While real estate is at the core of her business, Vicki oversees another firm: MM3 Design Agency. MM3 is Vicki’s marketing operation that handles advertising, web design and... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

10:00am

How Boutique Firms are Changing the Way Real Estate is Done
Authenticity, highly local, niche markets, originality...these are the words many boutique firms use to describe their values. Learn how these firms think and act, and how they spell success.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Lanier

Stephanie Lanier

Co-Founder and Broker-in-Charge, The Lanier Property Group
Stephanie is Co-Founder and Broker-in-Charge of The Lanier Property Group, a boutique residential real estate firm. Stephanie is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and a top producing agent. She has led her company to double in size in two short years. She is the winner of the NC Association of Realtors Rising Star Award. Stephanie frequently speaks at and attends real estate events, sharing her passion for team building... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Poulos

Courtney Poulos

Broker/Owner, Acme Real Estate
Hailing from the East Coast, Courtney and received a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park. She spent 9 years working in arts and entertainment public relations prior to entering real estate, which she has been doing for nearly 10 years. Now the host of FYI Networks, “My City’s Just Not That Into Me,” Courtney plays real estate... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo

Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo

VP/Principal, Terra Firma Global Partners
Heidi Rickerd Rizzo has 37 years experience in real estate, specializing in residential, multi-family investment, property management and exchanges. Her passion and commitment to the industry are now reflected in the recent development of her own real estate brokerage, Terra Firma Global Partners.  Heidi owned property management/investment brokerage firm Bayside Management for over 20 years, and most recently was SVP/Regional... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

10:30am

Online Lead Conversion Tools: Best Practices, Best Technology
The leads are there, but how do you respond, sort, screen and convert them?

Speakers
avatar for York Baur

York Baur

CIO, Windermere Real Estate
York Baur is CIO for Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, the fourth largest independent real estate brokerage in the country with more than 7,000 agents and 300 offices in 11 states and Mexico. In this role, he directs their selection and use of technology across consumer, agent, and back office tools. He also serves as CEO of Moxi Works™, makers of the Moxi Works brokerage productivity system and the award-winning TouchCMA real... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Doyle

Brandon Doyle

Realtor, Doyle Real Estate Team with RE/MAX Results
Brandon helps his team implement new technology into the day-to-day operations of real estate sales. In 2014 he was nominated for Inman Innovative Realtor of the Year and recognized in the local Star Tribune paper for use of aerial photography, video, and Matterport 3D tours. He and his team continue to be on the cutting edge of technology, conducting the world’s first virtual broker open using VR goggles. | | Brandon has a... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Papasan

Wendy Papasan

Team Leader, Papasan Properties Group at Keller Williams
With 20 years of marketing and consulting experience and many years as a real estate investor, Wendy brings a savvy mix of sales and shrewd negotiating skills to her role as leader of The Papasan Properties Group at Keller Williams Realty.  In just six years, Wendy has grown her business to a team of 11 and is on track to close more than 200 homes in 2015. Wendy is on the agent leadership council at the Keller Williams Southwest office, a... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

10:30am

Best Practices in the Digital Age

Relationships online, expert ratings, credible marketing and smoother transactions. How should we think about best practices in this new world?



Speakers
avatar for Noelle Bortfeld

Noelle Bortfeld

Chief Marketing Officer, Windermere Real Estate
Noelle is responsible for all consumer marketing activities on behalf of Windermere. She oversees branding, advertising, interactive and direct marketing, social media, public relations and event marketing. Her experience includes brand marketing for a Fortune 500 company as well as global agency experience. She also leverages a leadership background in Web application development and customer relationship management (CRM).
avatar for Chris Lim

Chris Lim

Founder and CEO, Climb Real Estate Group
Chris Lim is the founder and CEO of Climb Real Estate Group, a leading San Francisco-based real estate firm. Climb offers a comprehensive array of brokerage and marketing services for residential buyers, sellers and developers. Under Chris’s leadership, Climb has become the fastest-growing boutique brokerage representing some of the finest properties in the city. Inspired by his father’s custom home construction company and his... Read More →
avatar for Jerimiah Taylor

Jerimiah Taylor

Team Leader, Keller Williams Realty
Jerimiah Taylor is a Team Leader, recruiter and trainer for 400 real estate agents, assistants and staff members at Keller Williams Realty in San Diego, a franchise owned by the CEO of Keller Williams Realty Inernational, Chris Heller. Since Jerimiah began his role as Team Leader in November of 2012, his Market Center has become the #1 office in San Diego County and has increased agent count by over 200 agents. | | Jerimiah... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

11:00am

New Technology Coming for Real Estate Agents
Innovation is everywhere; $400 million in venture capital alone was invested in real estate in the last 12 months. Where is that money going, and how will it change your world?

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Bastian

Rebekah Bastian

Vice President of Product Teams, Zillow
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product Teams at Zillow. She currently drives the strategy and execution of the product teams that focus on Premier Agent advertising, financial and sales integrations, and tools for sellers and their agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. She spearheaded the initial Zillow Listings Feed... Read More →
avatar for Jed Carlson

Jed Carlson

CEO, Adwerx
Jed Carlson is the CEO of Adwerx, a spin-off of ReverbNation in Durham, North Carolina, where he was president and co-founder. In his role as president of ReverbNation, he charted a course for the company to become the music-marketing destination for over 3.5 million independent musicians are the globe. Under Jed’s leadership, ReverbNation earned numerous awards such as Inc Magazine’s Fastest Growing Privately Held... Read More →
avatar for Steve Pacinelli

Steve Pacinelli

VP of Strategic Marketing, BombBomb
Over the past 15 years, Stephen has delivered over a 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 VP of Strategic Marketing 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... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

11:00am

Which Broker Innovations Attract the Best Talent?
Recruitment is the Holy Grail for most brokers. What are some of the new ways brokers are finding the best and the brightest?

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett

Designated State Broker - California, Redfin
Mark Bennett is the designated State Broker in California at Redfin. Mark has been with Redfin for nearly seven years. Mark joined Redfin as the Market Manager for Southern CA and has also served as the Market Manager for Los Angeles, the District Manager for a section of California and now serves in a leadership role that supports all Redfin agents in the state of California. Mark has been instrumental in growing Redfin throughout California... Read More →
avatar for Charles Moore

Charles Moore

President and CEO, McGuire Real Estate
Born, raised, and educated in the Bay Area, Charles (Charlie) Moore followed in the footsteps of both his grandfather, Walter E. McGuire, and his mother, Florian McGuire Moore. Shortly after receiving a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College, he began his now 35-plus year career in real estate. He re-opened McGuire Real Estate in 1980, and grew the company from a 2-person office with $1M in sales to the... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Sanford

Glenn Sanford

CEO and Chairman of the Board, eXp Realty International Corp.
Glenn Sanford is the founder and CEO of eXp Realty, “The Agent-owned Cloud Brokerage™”.  After being involved with a number of internet start-ups in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, including a stint at AOL, Glenn started a highly successful real estate career in 2002. In 2006, his fourth full year in the business, Glenn and his team closed over $60,000,000 in real estate almost entirely from online lead generation... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

11:30am

How I’m Landing Real Estate Sales With Instagram, Customer Reviews, and Referrals
Speakers
avatar for Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker

Realtor, Epstein Partners
Dusty Baker has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1988. He received his B.A. in Economics & Business from Westmont College. | | Coming from a real estate family, Dusty was provided transactional experience starting at a very young age. He joined Epstein Partners over 6 years ago and has been an integral member ever since. Dusty’s career has involved hundreds of closed transactions and over $100 million of sales. The... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Scheper

Sarah Scheper

Agent, HomeSmart Evergreen Realty
Sarah Scheper, age 27, is a rising star with Evergreen Realty (Irvine, CA) and an honored entrant as Realtor Magazine's "30 realtors under 30" in the United States. Sarah has a burning passion for real estate and has been in the industry since she was 16 years old.  She knows not only the 3 L’s of real estate (Location, Location, Location), but is an expert at the ABC's of social media (Always Be Connected). Sarah keeps it simple... Read More →
avatar for Kenny Truong

Kenny Truong

Senior Sales Associate, Climb Real Estate Group
A Producer since 2011, Kenny is in the top 1% of agents in terms of number of homes sold in the East Bay. He has a passion for technology, and with increased open data, powerful marketing tools, and efficient systems being developed by new startups, Kenny is able to leverage these technological advances to better serve his clients. | | Although he's fairly new to the real estate scene, Kenny has a track record of over 100+ homes sold in just the... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

11:30am

How to Operate Your Brokerage for Maximum Profitability
It all comes down to money. What are the must-do things to keep your company in the black?

Speakers
avatar for John Aaroe

John Aaroe

Founder and Owner, John Aaroe Group
The John Aaroe name has been synonymous with a commitment to professionalism for decades. From his early days with the elite Jon Douglas Company to his first record-breaking firm, Aaroe & Associates, his leadership role with Prudential California Realty and his dynamic vision for John Aaroe Group, he has relentlessly set the bar for agent productivity and impeccable client service.
avatar for Myron Kiriu

Myron Kiriu

CEO/Owner/Realtor, Better Homes And Garden Real Estate Advantage Realty
Myron Kiriu has over 25 years of experience as a top producing real estate agent in Hawaii with over $1 billion in total sales volume. He was also voted “Hawaii’s Best Realtor” for 2015, 2014 and 2013 by Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers, Hawaii’s most read newspaper.  | | Myron is the CEO and co-owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty along with his wife and business partner... Read More →
avatar for James Nunemacher

James Nunemacher

Principal, Vanguard Properties
James began selling real estate in 1986 and quickly became a top San Francisco Sales Producer. That same year he founded Vanguard Properties. Under his leadership and standards of excellence, it has grown to be one of the most innovative boutique real estate firms in California. | | He now directs a team of over 280 talented agents and marketing professionals in 11 offices in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and Palm Springs who have... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

2:00pm

Tech Connect
Tuesday August 4, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

2:00pm

2:05pm

Round Table Networking
Moderators
avatar for Valerie Garcia

Valerie Garcia

Director of Training, North America, RE/MAX INTEGRA
Valerie is committed to assisting realtors in embracing change in order to deliver outstanding service. She has a passion for improving the industry and helping realtors succeed and grow their businesses. Working previously for major brands in the USA, Canada and Australia, Valerie has over 16 years of senior management experience in the real estate industry. Her experience, enthusiasm, and sense of humor guarantee that her sessions are both... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Lobb

Jeff Lobb

Founder and CEO, Spark Tank Media
Jeff Lobb is the Founder & CEO of SparkTank Media – a consulting firm specializing in real estate technology, productivity and mobile strategies. A renowned speaker, trainer and coach, and the former Vice President of Technology & Innovation for EXIT Realty Corp. International, Jeff has been a Realtor® for more than two decades. With his diverse background being a top producer, a brokerage owner, and having had extensive... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

2:30pm

Next Generation Smart Home Technology
The home is a computer, built to monitor, communicate and safeguard. Find out what’s working, what’s next in the home automation industry, and how will it change the value of our homes.

Speakers
avatar for Mats Bergqvist

Mats Bergqvist

Regional Sales Manager, Crestron Home Automation
Mats Bergqvist has been the Regional Sales Manager at Crestron, the world's leader for advanced home, campus & building control automation solutions, for two years. From 2011 to 2013, he was the System Design Professional & Business Development Manager of Creative Sound & Integration, provider of superior quality residential audio/video systems, lighting control & home automation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to this, Mats... Read More →
avatar for Chad Curry

Chad Curry

Managing Director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology, National Association of REALTORS
As Managing Director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology, Chad Curry investigates emerging technologies, educates members through presentations, webinars, blogs and podcasts, and manages the development of products for use by members. He’s presented to members on the national, state and local levels. Chad is also a Board Member for the Real Estate Standards Organization, where he works to streamline real estate transaction... Read More →
avatar for Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Co-Founder and CEO, August
Serial entrepreneur Jason Johnson brings nearly twenty years of technology expertise to the role of CEO at August. Jason is also a managing partner of startup incubator Founders Den and the chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium. Prior to August, Jason co-founded mobile security software company AirCover and ebook software startup BookShout!. Previously he was vice president of Dolby Laboratories, vice president of Global IP Solutions... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

2:55pm

Technology, Startups and Systems: Lessons Learned From Founders
Learn from the people who are in the trenches identifying problems, taking them apart and fixing arcane practices and technology.

Speakers
avatar for John Bodrozic

John Bodrozic

CEO, Homezada
John Bodrozic is the co-founder of HomeZada, a digital home platform for the homeowner lifecycle that has both a consumer and real estate side.  Previously, he was a co-founder of Meridian Systems, the market leading commercial construction project management software that was sold to Trimble (NASDAQ:  TRMB)
avatar for Aaron Kardell

Aaron Kardell

CEO, HomeSpotter
Aaron Kardell is the founder and CEO of HomeSpotter, formerly known as Mobile Realty Apps. | | The team at HomeSpotter is obsessed with making home search apps that are beautiful and easy to use—connecting agents with their clients in the field and on their phones. Tailored to each customer’s brand and MLS data, HomeSpotter provide apps to more than 200,000 agent across North America through brokers, agents and MLSs. | | Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Drew Uher

Drew Uher

Founder and CEO, Homelight
Drew Uher is the CEO and co-founder of HomeLight, the world’s first company that matches homebuyers and sellers with the best real estate agents based on their areas of expertise. Prior to HomeLight, Drew co-founded Gameyola, a distribution and monetization platform for casual Flash games which grew to 250,000 daily active users during his tenure. Before his entrepreneurial efforts, Drew covered the real estate and mortgage... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

3:20pm

To Automate or Not?
What parts of the real estate industry and the process of buying and selling a home are best suited for automation? And what should stay as-is?

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Boltuch

Joshua Boltuch

CEO, Fancy Hands
Josh Boltuch is the CEO of Fancy Hands, one of the fastest growing virtual assistant services in the country. Individuals and businesses can instantly connect to a Fancy Hands assistant to fulfill all of their personal and professional to-dos. All the assistants are based in the US and available 24/7 via the web, iPhone and Android apps, SMS text, email or a phone call. Whether it's providing scalable, reliable... Read More →
avatar for Chris Hexton

Chris Hexton

CEO and Co-Founder, Vero
Chris Hexton is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vero. Chris spends his time working with Vero's customers to send smarter emails based on what their customers do and don't do on their website.
avatar for Bill Yaman

Bill Yaman

President and Chief Revenue Officer, Imprev
Bill Yaman is an empowering sales leader with deep experience in general management, sales and marketing, product management and business development. He brings to Imprev more than 25 years of experience driving sales and marketing for world-class technology companies. As Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Bill led Imprev’s expansion efforts for all client channels, working directly with major franchises, broker-owners, real... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 3:20pm - 3:45pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

3:45pm

Recruiting Tech Talent
Everyone needs product people, digital marketers and developers. Where do you find them, how do you recruit them, and how do you reward them?

Speakers
avatar for Mike Euglow

Mike Euglow

VP, Talent Acquisition, Docusign
Mike joined DocuSign in January 2014 and leads all Global Talent Acquisition.  Prior to DocuSign, Mike was the SVP of Global Recruiting at salesforce.com, leading a team of 180 recruiting professionals across the globe. He joined Salesforce in 2003 and was instrumental in fueling the company’s global growth from 250 employees to over 13,000 during his tenure. Mike also built the first in-house Executive Search practice... Read More →
avatar for Sam Wholley

Sam Wholley

Partner, Riviera Partners
Sam is a Partner in the Retained Search practice at Riviera, working with public and venture-backed portfolio companies to build top-tier executive and management teams. Prior to joining Riviera Partners, Sam was a senior leader of Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP, a Bay Area-based accounting and advisory firm. | | Previously, Sam had been a Managing Director with Caturano and Company (now McGladrey) in Boston, where he... Read More →
avatar for Joy Wolken

Joy Wolken

Director of Human Resources, Blue Jeans Network
Joy joined Blue Jeans as their first full time head of HR in 2012.  She led the scaling of HR and Recruiting with the company growing by 600% since she joined from 80 to 500+.  Prior to joining Blue Jeans, Joy's career spanned HR roles in semiconductor, credit bureaus, and retail.  She learned best practices for recruiting by following the Nordstrom model for customer service, her first job post college. | | Joy enjoys cooking... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

4:10pm

Consumer UX Best Practices
Design & functionality: How do you marry these worlds to blow away prospective clients so they’ll want to do business with you?

Speakers
avatar for Joel Burslem

Joel Burslem

Member, 1000Watt Consulting
Joel joins 1000Watt with over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing, new media, website design and Internet marketing. His introduction to real estate came in 2005 when he joined Prudential Northwest Properties. In 2006, he founded the influential Future of Real Estate Marketing blog, which was eventually acquired by Inman News. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Real Estate bloggers. As VP of Content at Inman... Read More →
avatar for Justin Hu

Justin Hu

Head of Product, dotloop
Justin Hu is the Head of Product at dotloop, the collaboration platform that over 800,000 real estate pros use to get deals done. He leads the product and design teams in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design. Justin draws upon over 10 years of as a product manager in the real estate tech. He previously led product for 7 years at LoopNet through its acquisition for $950M. He started his career in design at... Read More →
avatar for Ian Swinson

Ian Swinson

VP of Design, Speakeasy Tech
Over the past 20+ years Ian Swinson has balanced his time between agencies, startups and enterprise software companies. As the first designer at Salesforce.com he was instrumental in growing the UX team to over 100. Initially focused on design excellence Ian’s transition to a full-time management position allowed him to turn the UX process on itself with the goal of designing better teams and processes.  He is active in the design... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:10pm - 4:35pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

4:35pm

Connecting with Buyers Using Video
Do it yourself, hire a video expert or use an automated service? What works best? What are the new tricks, and is anyone even watching?

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ameer

Cara Ameer

Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
Cara Ameer is an award-winning broker associate, Realtor and real estate media commentator based in Northeast Florida. Cara brings over ten years of professional experience with the United States Senate, American Bar Association and in-house legal departments to every real estate transaction. Cara has regularly achieved top producer status as a listing and selling agent and has earned numerous awards receiving recognition both locally and... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Peters

Jesse Peters

Realtor, RE/MAX Executives Realty
Jesse Peters, Realtor with RE/MAX Executives Realty in Winnipeg, Manitoba is the  "Social Savvy" Realtor® who lives and works by the motto: "Be Social, Live Social, Stay Social." Jesse is a RE/MAX Platinum Award recipient with over 10 years’ marketing & advertising experience. A big fan of the power of video, he is the host of an online web series called “Know Your Neighbourhood with Jesse Peters,” a program that... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Robertson

Bryan Robertson

Co-Founder and Managing Broker, Catarra Real Estate
Bryan is the co-founder and managing broker of a Catarra Real Estate.   He was previously broker associate at two industry-leading brokerages where he achieved top 10% sales production in national recognized luxury markets. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years in the high-tech industry in a variety of marketing, consulting, and business development management roles. In addition to his role at Catarra, he is on the California... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:35pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

6:00am

The Connect Wake Up Association
  • Runners - Meet at the Southern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Walkers - Meet at the at the Northern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Coffee Talkers - Meet across the Street from the Hilton at the Pinecrest Diner (401 Geary St.)

Wednesday August 5, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
Hilton

8:00am

Network with your Tribe -- Connecting in Small Groups
Pick a table: MLSs, Associations, Brokers, Agents, Entrepreneurs, Technology Providers, Mortgage Companies, Investors, etc. Meet someone new in small groups but from your own tribe.

Wednesday August 5, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Wednesday August 5, 2015 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

8:30am

Two Stories, Ten Trends: What is Around the Bend?
Speakers
avatar for Brad Inman

Brad Inman

Publisher, Inman
Brad Inman is the publisher and owner of Inman. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has built many successful businesses from scratch, innovating and changing legacy industries along the way including real estate, business publishing, video and book publishing. A grandfather, a father, a husband and a brother, Brad is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and founder/investor of several companies including Inman, Homegain, Curbed/Vox Media... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 8:30am - 8:50am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

8:50am

Think Like a Soldier, Act Like an Entrepreneur
Hear this entrepreneur tell how he went from 11 years active duty in the U.S. Army (including two combat tours in Iraq as a Green Beret) to real estate, and how a military state of mind lends itself to closing a funding round.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Sowers

Tommy Sowers

Professor, Duke University and CEO and Founder, SOLOpro.com
Dr. Tommy Sowers is the current CEO and founder of SOLOpro, a venture backed real estate marketplace.  SOLOpro offers a full 3% rebate to homebuyers as well as access to real estate agents who have unbundled their services. In 2014 to 2015 Sowers taught at Duke University.  From 2012 to 2014, Sowers served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.   In 2012... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 8:50am - 9:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:00am

What We Can Learn about Getting Connected from Dating Services
What makes for good client relationships: Chemisty, trust, like-mindedness. Learn how another industry facilitates chemistry.

Speakers
avatar for April Beyer

April Beyer

President and Founder, Beyer & Company, LLC
April Beyer has redefined traditional matchmaking by taking the industry to a higher level of expertise, exclusivity and personal attention. For 18 years, she’s been considered the most trusted, elite matchmaker & dating coach to the country’s most influential marriage-minded men. Top CEO’s, successful entrepreneurs and other thought-leaders at the pinnacle of their profession rely on April when ready to find love &... Read More →
avatar for Lani Yadegar

Lani Yadegar

Dating Coach, Social Studio Coaching
Lani Klaphaak is a coach, facilitator and the founder of Social Studio, a coaching business in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Marin that supports people in building effective relationships. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and is a graduate of the Hakomi Training program, in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She has facilitated groups and courses on social skills, interpersonal dynamics, and communication for 8 years. Her most... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:00am - 9:15am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:15am

How Connected Cars will Change the Real Estate Market
You’ve heard about driverless cars, how about driverless neighborhoods? Learn how innovations in transportation will save your real estate business time and money.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Foreman

Kevin Foreman

GM, GeoAnalytics, INRIX, Inc.
Kevin leads the INRIX Big Data and GeoAnalytics business. Previously, he ran the company’s Consumer Mobile App team and its leading INRIX Traffic app which helps consumers save time and frustration by avoiding traffic. Prior to INRIX, Foreman was CEO of Point Inside, Inc, the leading developer of indoor mapping and navigation mobile applications. Foreman was also the CEO of Bevy, Inc. a leading social shopping Facebook application... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:15am - 9:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:30am

A Debate: Franchise vs. Indie
What’s more important: National brand recognition or being agile with an authentic edge? Can the franchise fee be put to better purposes? What is more important to recruitment? Do franchises help or hurt us? Is going solo lonely?

Speakers
avatar for Dottie Herman

Dottie Herman

President and CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Dorothy "Dottie" Herman is the quintessential New York success story. In only two decades, she climbed to the pinnacle of the housing industry – CEO of Douglas Elliman, the #4 ranked real estate company in the United States. Today, under her leadership, Douglas Elliman is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with over 4,000 real estate professionals and 675 employees working in more than 70 offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn... Read More →
avatar for Bob Moles

Bob Moles

Chairman, Intero Real Estate Services
During his tenure, Intero has grown into one of the Top 25 real estate companies nationally with more than $5 billion in sales volume. In addition to his duties as Chairman, Mr. Moles currently has Board of Director roles with several companies including Heritage Bank of Commerce and Trulia. A student of real estate for more than 27 years, Mr. Moles is widely regarded as a distinguished leader in the industry and a keen observer in the areas of... Read More →
avatar for Alex Perriello

Alex Perriello

President and CEO, Realogy Franchise Group
Alexander E. Perriello, III, has served as president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group since April 2004. The Group is the largest franchisor of residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices in the world. Perriello oversees the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA® and Sotheby’s International Realty® real estate... Read More →
avatar for Mauricio Umansky

Mauricio Umansky

CEO, The Agency
As Chief Executive Officer of The Agency, Mauricio Umansky leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers internationally with many of the world’s most distinguished architectural estates, new luxury developments, and design-centric homes. He prides himself on his ability to stay involved in and facilitate all aspects of The Agency’s team, from in-office collaboration to creative marketing and sales techniques... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:30am - 9:50am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:50am

New Kids on the Block
The latest start-up entrepreneurs pitch their stories. You be the judge who will win and who will not last.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bowman

Alex Bowman

Co-Founder and CEO, Casamatic
Alex Bowman is the Co-founder & CEO of Casamatic, helping home buyers discover their perfect home through curation and personalization. He's a marketing and analytics geek, an avid coffee enthusiast, and a recovering corporate so-and-so, spending a decade in marketing roles at Amazon and BlackBerry. Alex, along with the Casamatic team, is currently in The Brandery, a top startup accelerator based in amazing Cincinnati, Ohio.
avatar for Patrick Browne

Patrick Browne

Founder and CEO, LendYC
Patrick Browne is the founder and CEO of LendYC.  He has over 10 years of professional real estate experience.  His career started in the residential mortgage industry and transitioned to the commercial market where, most recently, he was the VP of asset management and acquisitions for a real estate investment management firm.  He has an M.S. in real estate finance and investment from New York University.
avatar for Taylor Hou

Taylor Hou

Product Manager, HomeAhead
As the Product Manager for HomeAhead, Taylor Hou has had the luxury of listening to 400 agents, homeowners, and homebuyers describe what’s right and wrong with real estate – and then designing a product around their wishes.  He has helped champion transparency in market information, Realistic Valuations, and the Shared Wishlist with one simple goal: to create a better way to buy or sell a home. Always the first to buy... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

Founder, Intellagent
Mr Kaplan is a serial entrepreneur with core experience in technology development. He began his career as an analyst with Gartner. He then worked for the San Francisco investment banking firm Robertson, Stephens & Company. He successfully raised $30M in equity capital and founded Intouch Group, Inc., building a nationwide network of music kiosks with over 1.5M users and the world’s largest music samples database. Mr. Kaplan holds... Read More →
avatar for Danny Klorman

Danny Klorman

Founder and CEO, N3Tec
Daniel Klorman is a highly motivated, forward thinking, young entrepreneur/photographer, who, at the age of 18, founded the 3-D virtual imaging company N3Tec.  The company, powered by Matterport Technology, caters primarily to the residential and commercial real estate markets, along with the hospitality, vacation, retail and construction industries. | | As CEO and founder of N3Tec, Daniel oversees all aspects of... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mann

Anthony Mann

CEO and Founder, AM Open House
Anthony Mann, CEO and Founder of AM Open House, has been in real estate for nearly a decade. During his tenure as an agent, he has sold more than 250 REO and short sale properties in New York. He was able to get into a niche market within the industry, where there are less than 15 active REO agents and was the youngest by nearly 20 years. Shortly after receiving his first REO listing, his inventory exploded and he quickly managed to obtain... Read More →
avatar for John Morgan

John Morgan

Founder and CEO, BoostUp
John Morgan is the founder and CEO of BoostUp. BoostUp is the first-of-its-kind social savings platform where prospective car and home buyers can set up a free account, tap into savings rewards from brand partners and start saving and raising money for a down payment. | | John has grown BoostUp to become the leader in down payment social savings. Since the company launched, its users have purchased more than $100 Million worth of products. In... Read More →
avatar for Ani Rangarajan

Ani Rangarajan

Co-Founder and COO, ReaLync
Ani Rangarajan is a Chicago-based entrepreneur and Co-founder, COO of ReaLync. He is on a mission to bring you real estate in real time on a global scale. Prior to founding ReaLync, Ani was a Management Consultant at Accenture, specializing in Operations, Process Improvement, Corporate Strategy, and HR. He studied Industrial Engineering/Business at Northwestern University, where he worked on his first startup, Chimu Solutions, with NU... Read More →
avatar for Justin Rosenthal

Justin Rosenthal

Growth Engineer, Housefax
Justin Rosenthal is Vice President of Digital Marketing at Housefax. With over 15 years of marketing and engineering experience, he has a proven track record for growing audiences, engagement and revenue. Justin fuels digital innovation by conceptualizing, testing and executing integrated digital strategies. He received his Masters in Social Sciences and Statistics from the University of Chicago.
avatar for Riti Verma

Riti Verma

Founder and President, RankMyAgent
Riti Verma is founder and president of RankMyAgent. RankMyAgent is an online platform that connects real estate professionals and brokers to consumers by providing unprecedented customization of the real estate experience. By leveraging the power of online reviews, RankMyAgent is a high performance tool for savvy agents looking to strengthen relationships, amplify their personal brand and establish trust.  RankMyAgent is the realization of... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:50am - 10:05am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:05am

What Everyone is Thinking About Real Estate but No One is Saying
Get the humorous, inside view of what is weird, wonderful and cheeky about real estate from this colorful California agent team.

Speakers
avatar for Wes Pinkston

Wes Pinkston

Creator, The Broke Agent
Originally from San Diego, Wes has resided in the Los Angeles area for the past several years. Prior to going full-time into sales, Wes was the Executive VP of Ironstone Group, a real estate consulting firm, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the firm’s Los Angeles office. The knowledge he has developed of local market trends and valuation enables him to provide his clients with the resources required... Read More →
avatar for Eric Simon

Eric Simon

Creator, The Broke Agent
Eric graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 where he received his degree in Communications, as well as a minor in Entrepreneurship. Eric brings a wide range of experience to his team having worked in marketing positions in Los Angeles at the world famous The Laugh Factory and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Eric is proud to bring his work ethic, integrity, and experience to the real estate specialist team... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:05am - 10:15am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:15am

Millennial Agents and Millennial Consumers: What you Don’t Know About this Generation but Need to Know
Speakers
avatar for Katharine Carroll

Katharine Carroll

Agent, Pacific Union
My passion for real estate was born out of my own housing search. The buying process has so many facets that I enjoyed – the initial search, the diligence on the property and the negotiation – I was hooked! Since then I have been involved with over 55 transactions. Buying or selling a home can be an emotional and stressful process. I approach transactions in a level-headed, practical and highly analytical way to best serve... Read More →
avatar for Roh Habibi

Roh Habibi

Agent, Million Dollar Listing/Coldwell Banker
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Roh Habibi moved to the Bay Area of California with his parents and brother at a young age. During the war against the former USSR his mother and father gave up everything they knew and had their family smuggled out of the country in the darkness of the night. In 1985, they arrived on US soil, truly, to the land of opportunity. Roh has always valued their struggles and has made it a point to repay them with success. He... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Behind Closed Doors: Inside the Zillow PR/Marketing Machine
She crafted the story that created a $4.5 billion company. How did she do it?

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bohutinsky

Amy Bohutinsky

COO, Zillow Group
As chief marketing officer of Zillow Group, Amy is responsible for brand strategy on all consumer and B2B brands in the Zillow Group portfolio, as well as growth, marketing and consumer care for the group’s flagship Zillow brand. Amy joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005, as one of its earliest employees, and has been a critical force behind the company’s brand and traffic growth, building Zillow’s marketing... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:30am - 10:45am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:45am

What Luxury Real Estate Can Learn from the Guy Who Recruits Whales (High Rollers) to Las Vegas
Speakers
avatar for Larry Altschul

Larry Altschul

Senior Vice President Customer Development, MGM Resorts International
Larry Altschul has 28 years of experience in the Player Development and Casino Marketing Management Field. His extensive experience includes specializing in the retention and procurement of high rollers for the casinos he represents, focusing on credit players from $100,000 minimum to unlimited maximum. He manages all aspects of the player experience from booking to departure, and everything in between. According to... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:00am

You Are The Unicorn: How To 'Start-Up' as an Entrepreneur or a Business
How can you determine if a new startup will win or lose? Learn from a pro who thinks about it every day.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Cavnar

Matthew Cavnar

General Manager, Broadway Video Ventures
Matthew Cavnar is the General Manager at Broadway Video Ventures, the investment vehicle and digital media arm of Broadway Video (SNL, The Tonight Show, Late Night). Broadway Video targets early and growth-stage investments and incubates new businesses, particularly the digital comedy network Above Average. Previously, Matthew was the co-founder of digital publishing company Vook and produced documentary pieces for public radio and... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 11:10am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:10am

New Hybrid Business Models - Transformative or Discounters?
Speakers
avatar for Ben Kubic

Ben Kubic

Founder and CEO, Virgent Realty
Ben Kubic is the Founder and CEO of Virgent Realty. Ben designed both the innovative business model and technology that Virgent is built on. Ben founded his first company as a sophomore in college to serve the educational needs of lower-income students in the surrounding area; he sold that company after growing it for five years. He was also a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, during which time he advised Fortune 500 companies in... Read More →
avatar for Kartik Ramachandran

Kartik Ramachandran

COO/CFO, Xome
Kartik Ramachandran joined Xome as COO/CFO in June, after serving as President of Asia Pacific at Groupon Inc. He previously served as Groupon’s International CFO and led their emerging merchant technologies incubator, Merchant OS, deploying Groupon's Point of Sale, Mobile Payments, and Customer Relationship Management offerings. Prior to Groupon, Kartik has held executive and leadership positions at Activision Blizzard Inc., Qualcomm Inc... Read More →
avatar for Eric Wu

Eric Wu

Co-Founder and CEO, OpenDoor
Eric Wu is an entrepreneur and product builder. He enjoy products that leverage data to help consumers solve problems/make better decisions.  | | Eric is the co-founder and CEO of OpenDoor, whose mission is to make residential real estate liquid, changing the traditional sales process by making it simple to buy and sell real estate online. | | Prior to launching OpenDoor, Eric was the head of geo/social products at Trulia... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:10am - 11:25am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:25am

How Madison Hildebrand Kills It
Discover how this amazing Realtor uses media, traditional tactics, social media and charm to succeed. There are tricks here for both the old and new guard.

Speakers
avatar for Madison Hildebrand

Madison Hildebrand

President and Founder, The Malibu Life, Inc.
Madison Hildebrand, President and Founder of The Malibu Life, Inc., is one of the world’s most recognizable faces in the world of real estate.  Bringing 10 years of experience and career sales of over $250 Million, Madison acts as a founding member of Partners Trust Malibu office and is recognized internationally as a top producing agent year after year. Madison incorporated The Malibu Life, Inc., enlisting a team of 8 specialists... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:25am - 11:45am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:45am

Broker Portal Debate: Visionary or Stupid Idea?
Can a broker or association create a real estate portal that not only works, but can succeed? Who will fund it, and how will it actually compete with The Big 3?

Speakers
avatar for Rob Hahn

Rob Hahn

Managing Partner, 7DS Associates
Rob is the founder and managing partner of 7DS Associates, a marketing, strategy and technology consulting firm specializing in creative solutions rooted in strategic analysis and data. With a varied background from Wall Street, corporate law, technology, product development, media and entertainment, startups, fashion and professional card playing, Rob brings a unique perspective to business problems. He started in real estate at Realogy where... Read More →
avatar for Marilyn Wilson

Marilyn Wilson

Founding Partner, WAV Group
Marilyn Wilson is a founding partner of  WAV Group, a premiere provider of strategic insights and the leading provider of consumer research in the real estate industry.  The company’s goal is to create waves of positive change for its clients, leading to growth and constant improvement. The company regularly demonstrates thought leadership in a variety of key issues facing the industry today.  It is known for providing... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

Connecting with the Consumer: Marketing Real Estate in the Digital Age
Moderators
avatar for Chris Scott

Chris Scott

President, The Paperless Agent
Chris Scott is a marketing veteran who has run marketing programs for people like Brian Buffini, companies such as Bank of America, and has led teams that have landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing businesses. Chris is no stranger to technology and works with agents and brokers as president of The Paperless Agent while managing the marketing for GoodLife Realty in Austin, TX.

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Bastian

Rebekah Bastian

Vice President of Product Teams, Zillow
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product Teams at Zillow. She currently drives the strategy and execution of the product teams that focus on Premier Agent advertising, financial and sales integrations, and tools for sellers and their agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. She spearheaded the initial Zillow Listings Feed... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Bergmark

Vanessa Bergmark

General Manager/Partner, Red Oak Realty
Vanessa is a negotiation specialist. In fact, she is certified in conflict resolution, which tends to come in handy in real estate transactions these days! She holds a California real estate license and a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State. She fell in love with real estate when she bought her first house and decided to become an agent at a large real estate firm here in the East Bay. She became hooked on the fact that each new client... Read More →
avatar for Bob Hale

Bob Hale

President and CEO, Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR)
Bob Hale has been the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR) since 1988. Through Bob’s leadership, HAR has grown to become the largest trade association in Houston and the second largest local Realtor® association in the country, with more than 24,000 members. Thanks to his vision and drive, HAR.com is a household brand in the greater Houston area and the most frequently... Read More →
avatar for Jani Strand

Jani Strand

Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications, Redfin
Jani is Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications, which includes corporate, industry and consumer communications for the company, as well as all things brand and design. Prior to joining Redfin, Jani was Vice President of Corporate Communications and PR for American Eagle Outfitters. In addition to being a company spokesperson, her role included media relations, crisis communications, and oversight of the NYC-based fashion... Read More →
avatar for Garry Wise

Garry Wise

Co-Founder, GoodLife Realty
Garry Wise began his career in the real estate industry 2 decades ago. Early in his career, Garry quickly became an award-winning leader in sales, but was disappointed in the inefficiencies rampant in the business. In his journey to eliminate the frustration with how complicated the transaction process is, Garry literally cracked the code on running his real estate business entirely paperless using a mobile device. As co-founder of The... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Franciscan Ballroom

2:00pm

How New Tech, New Thinking and Emerging Data Standards are Changing Digital Listing Distribution
Moderators
avatar for Brian Boero

Brian Boero

Partner, 1000Watt Consulting
Brian is a partner at 1000Watt Consulting, a firm that provides consulting services to real estate companies, media organizations and startups that want to define real estate’s future. Prior to co-founding 1000Watt Consulting, Brian was CEO of VREO, Inc. At VREO, he created and marketed Real Estate Dashboard®, a software application that made the vision of paperless, mobile real estate a reality. Brian remains on VREO’s Board... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

CEO, RESO
Jeremy Crawford joins RESO from MLSListings, where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2012. He was responsible for all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology, including infrastructure, design, development, implementation, and management for MLSListings, Inc. Crawford has more than 15 years of information technology experience in the real estate, financial services and education sectors. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of... Read More →
avatar for Trent Gardner

Trent Gardner

CEO, ListTrac
Trent Gardner is not your ordinary geek CEO. True, he’s spent more than 15 years in both | the trenches and boardrooms to hone his skills as an expert in software development  | and deployment, but he also lettered as an NCAA Division I Basketball player at San Diego  | State University. Not many CEOs in the tech world can say they hit over 50% in their senior year from the three-point line, or that they made 11... Read More →
avatar for Rainy Hake

Rainy Hake

Executive Vice President, Alain Pinel Realtors
Rainy Hake has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. While the majority of her professional experience is concentrated on marketing and brand strategy for the luxury real estate industry, she also has extensive experience in strategic business and marketing consulting. During her career, Ms. Hake has acted as international brand strategy consultant for some of the world's leading business brands including L'Oreal Paris, Wells... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

2:00pm

Super Sonic Agents -- Why they Succeed
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Berman

Jennifer Berman

Hilton & Hyland
Jennifer is a recognized expert in real estate technical systems and is a proven manager, coach, and national speaker.  Jennifer has earned a reputation as one of real estate’s first technology speakers and consultants. In that role, she has helped brokers, managers, and agents with a variety of business-building techniques. These include such critical factors as marketing strategies, personal branding, time management and social... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christophe Choo

Christophe Choo

Agent, Coldwell Banker Previews International
A native of Los Angeles, yet raised in Europe, Christophe gained valuable experience traveling the world as an international fashion model before beginning his real estate career at age 19. Fluent in French and Spanish, Christophe’s continual pursuit of education and training, together with tri-lingual abilities, are assets that benefit his customers. His congenial personality makes him welcome wherever he goes and his client list includes... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Dzhibrailova

Tanya Dzhibrailova

Agent, Zephyr Real Estate
With 25 years of real estate experience and over 400 real estate transactions to her name, Tanya Dzhilbrailova is a top producer for Zephyr Real Estate and in the top 1% of all agents in San Francisco. In 2014 Tanya closed over 68 transactions resulting in $46 million in sales. In addition to her numerous professional designations she has received over 150 five star Yelp reviews. Niney Percent of her business comes from... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Greenwell

Andrew Greenwell

CEO and Principal, Venture Sotheby's International Realty
Andrew Greenwell is the CEO and principal at Venture Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Pleasanton, California. A licensed broker, formerly of Keller Williams Realty, Andrew averages $250 million in sales per year and led his former team to nearly $1 billion in annual sales.  | | Early on, Andrew knew that realty would be his path to success. At age 12, Andrew recalls reading articles and information on housing... Read More →
avatar for David Kramer

David Kramer

Executive Vice President, Hilton & Hyland
David Kramer has consistently been a top producing agent with over $185 million in sales for 2011, making him the #1 Sales Agent at Hilton & Hyland. He has represented buyers and sellers of major estates and unique properties throughout the Westside (Los Angeles) for over 20 years. David Kramer recently represented the buyer in the Spelling Manor sale which sold for $85 million. Ranked #15 Nationwide in Wall Street Journal... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

3:00pm

A La Carte v. Full Service
Moderators
avatar for Brian Boero

Brian Boero

Partner, 1000Watt Consulting
Brian is a partner at 1000Watt Consulting, a firm that provides consulting services to real estate companies, media organizations and startups that want to define real estate’s future. Prior to co-founding 1000Watt Consulting, Brian was CEO of VREO, Inc. At VREO, he created and marketed Real Estate Dashboard®, a software application that made the vision of paperless, mobile real estate a reality. Brian remains on VREO’s Board... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Poulos

Courtney Poulos

Broker/Owner, Acme Real Estate
Hailing from the East Coast, Courtney and received a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park. She spent 9 years working in arts and entertainment public relations prior to entering real estate, which she has been doing for nearly 10 years. Now the host of FYI Networks, “My City’s Just Not That Into Me,” Courtney plays real estate... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Sowers

Tommy Sowers

Professor, Duke University and CEO and Founder, SOLOpro.com
Dr. Tommy Sowers is the current CEO and founder of SOLOpro, a venture backed real estate marketplace.  SOLOpro offers a full 3% rebate to homebuyers as well as access to real estate agents who have unbundled their services. In 2014 to 2015 Sowers taught at Duke University.  From 2012 to 2014, Sowers served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.   In 2012... Read More →
avatar for Chris Trapani

Chris Trapani

Founder and CEO, Sereno Group
Chris Trapani is Founder & CEO of Sereno Group. He co-founded Sereno Group with his father, Marko Trapani, Sr. and his lifetime best friend, Ryan Iwanaga. Sereno Group has blossomed to eight offices and over 230 experienced realtors in less than nine years. The company has established itself as a proven market leader and consistent community supporter partly through its 1% for Good Program. The formula for success has been to attract and... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

3:00pm

Inside the Keller Williams Phenomenon
Moderators
avatar for Bernice Ross

Bernice Ross

CEO, RealEstateCoach.com
Nationally syndicated columnist, author, trainer, and speaker, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with 30 years of real estate sales experience. From 1993 to 1997, she served as Executive Director of Training for the 4,000 agent Prudential Jon Douglas Company. With over 400 published articles to her credit, Inman News called Bernice “America’s top real estate coach.” She is the author of Waging War on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Spain

Mark Spain

CEO, Mark Spain Team - Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta
Mark Spain is an Atlanta native and a University of Georgia graduate from the Terry | College of Business. In 2013, Mark Spain broke the $2 billion sales mark for lifetime  | sales—he is believed to be one of only 50-100 Realtors  in the nation to achieve this, out of well over 1 million Realtors. The Mark Spain Team consistently ranks as the #1 Real Estate Team in the Atlanta Board of Realtors, holding this title... Read More →
avatar for Beverly Steiner

Beverly Steiner

Regional Owner, Keller Williams
Beverly Steiner was licensed and started selling real estate at the age of 18; she obtained her broker's license at 23. By 26 years of age, she had taken over her mother’s real estate company and raised the company market share from 22 percent to 48 percent through her focus on goal setting, tracking and consulting her agents to their highest level in solid business planning and skills.  Beverly developed a business plan in... Read More →
avatar for Jerimiah Taylor

Jerimiah Taylor

Team Leader, Keller Williams Realty
Jerimiah Taylor is a Team Leader, recruiter and trainer for 400 real estate agents, assistants and staff members at Keller Williams Realty in San Diego, a franchise owned by the CEO of Keller Williams Realty Inernational, Chris Heller. Since Jerimiah began his role as Team Leader in November of 2012, his Market Center has become the #1 office in San Diego County and has increased agent count by over 200 agents. | | Jerimiah... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Franciscan Ballroom

3:00pm

Mortgage Disrupters
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Berman

Jennifer Berman

Hilton & Hyland
Jennifer is a recognized expert in real estate technical systems and is a proven manager, coach, and national speaker.  Jennifer has earned a reputation as one of real estate’s first technology speakers and consultants. In that role, she has helped brokers, managers, and agents with a variety of business-building techniques. These include such critical factors as marketing strategies, personal branding, time management and social... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Chalmers

Jeff Chalmers

Branch Manager/VP of Productivity, Ross Mortgage Company
Committed to building a better consumer experience, Jeff dove into real estate where he's perfected many hats - Paralegal, Consultant, Entrepreneur, eStrategist, Loan Officer, Speaker and Trainer. Over 25 years, his perpetual success in building 'ships and streamlining businesses included closing more than 15,000 transactions totalling $5B+ in residential sales. | | More than just a "mortgage guy", Jeff is also a gifted trainer, dynamic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hamilton

Nicole Hamilton

Founder and CEO, Tactile Finance
Nicole Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Tactile Finance, a technology company that makes complex financial decisions clear to consumers and uncovers new business opportunities by leveraging data and clarity. Tactile Finance’s first products revolve around home financing opportunities, and are used by finance professionals from many different banks and their customers. | | Nicole’s career has spanned several different technology... Read More →
avatar for Faramarz Moeen-Ziai

Faramarz Moeen-Ziai

Senior Vice President of Sales and Production, Commerce Home Mortgage
Faramarz Moeen-Ziai is senior vice president of sales and production for Commerce Home Mortgage, a fast-growing regional lender offering conventional, government, jumbo and reverse mortgage products.
avatar for Michael Slavin

Michael Slavin

CEO, Privlo Mortgage
Michael Slavin has over 13 years experience in private capital markets including real estate development, real estate debt investment, and private equity. In 2011, he founded Privlo with the goal of redefining the mortgage industry by building a company that lends the “right” way. | | Slavin hand-picked his team for their wealth of real estate and finance expertise, as well as their propensity to be fueled by a culture that... Read More →
avatar for Nick Stamos

Nick Stamos

Co-Founder and CEO, Sindeo
Nick has a background in consulting and strategy, and was a founding team member at Telephia, a mobile analytics firm that was acquired by Nielsen. He then led mobile partnerships, M&A, and strategy at Nielsen before leaving to start Sindeo. Nick started Sindeo to work with a great group of people to build a completely new mortgage experience.


Wednesday August 5, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

4:00pm

Brokers Who Get It, Who are Innovating, Adapting and Succeeding
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Berman

Jennifer Berman

Hilton & Hyland
Jennifer is a recognized expert in real estate technical systems and is a proven manager, coach, and national speaker.  Jennifer has earned a reputation as one of real estate’s first technology speakers and consultants. In that role, she has helped brokers, managers, and agents with a variety of business-building techniques. These include such critical factors as marketing strategies, personal branding, time management and social... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Borland

Matthew Borland

Managing Broker/Partner, Zephyr Real Estate
Matthew joined Zephyr Real Estate in 2004, having formerly co-owned and managed his own real estate firm. A Certified Residential Brokerage Manager, he is unequivocally focused on the success of his agents. Active in local organized real estate, Matthew was named REALTOR® of the year in 2004 and served as President of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® in 2006. Understanding both the need to promote professionalism in his industry... Read More →
avatar for Alain Pinel

Alain Pinel

Sr. Vice President / General Manager, Intero Prestigio International
Alain Pinel is Senior Vice President & General Manager of Intero Prestigio International. In this role, tailor-made for his talents, Pinel is leveraging his unique experience, and continued success as the pioneer and renowned expert in the field of global high-end real estate to make Intero the leader in the luxury markets nationally and internationally.  | | Alain started his real estate career in 1976 with Fox & Carskadon... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Sanders

Sandra Sanders

Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Estate Properties
Sandra is Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Estate Properties, the largest and most productive | company in sales and service in the South Bay, with 16 Residential Real Estate offices  | from San Pedro to Beverly Hills and two Commercial Real Estate offices. | | Sandra is a member of the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame, and has been repeatedly listed among the monthly top 100 sales associates in the nation. | | She has received several... Read More →
avatar for Sharran Srivatsaa

Sharran Srivatsaa

President, Teles Properties
Sharran Srivatsaa serves as the President of Teles Properties, Inc. Magazine's fastest growing real estate brokerage in California. In addition to striving to build the most advanced agent service platform in the industry, Sharran’s focus includes Teles’ corporate growth strategy, client advisory and firmwide operations. Sharran is also a sought after speaker and a respected thought-leadership resource for the top publications such as... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

4:00pm

Is the Traditional Brokerage Model Obsolete?
Moderators
avatar for Bernice Ross

Bernice Ross

CEO, RealEstateCoach.com
Nationally syndicated columnist, author, trainer, and speaker, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with 30 years of real estate sales experience. From 1993 to 1997, she served as Executive Director of Training for the 4,000 agent Prudential Jon Douglas Company. With over 400 published articles to her credit, Inman News called Bernice “America’s top real estate coach.” She is the author of Waging War on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Hussaini

James Hussaini

Founder and President, Realty Point
James Hussaini is the Founder and President of Realty Point. James believes in the power of education and philanthropy to affect positive change in his business, personal life and in the lives of those he meets. Upon realizing the need for a new way to conduct real estate business he sought about to bring change in the way the brokerage business operated. He founded Realty Point which is a revolutionary Franchise Model that helps brokerages to... Read More →
avatar for Fafie Moore

Fafie Moore

Broker/Owner, Realty Executives of Nevada
Fafie Moore is the President of Realty Executives of Nevada, repeatedly ranked the #1 woman-owned business in the Business Press Book of Lists, and ranked #94 in the Top 100 Real Estate Offices in the United States by RISMedia Power Broker Report for 2007 Sales Volume. Realty Executives of Nevada is one of the fastest growing Realty Executives franchises in the world.  Opening in 1989, Realty... Read More →
avatar for Penny Nathan

Penny Nathan

Broker, Ascent Real Estate
Penny is a real estate broker residing in San Diego, California. During her active selling career between 2000-2004 Ms. Nathan sold hundreds of homes, representing both buyers and sellers. After beginning her career with a leading franchise brand, where she ranked in the top 1% of nationwide sales, she co-founded Ascent Real Estate, Inc., a growing California firm that is approaching 200 agents. In 2007, she was named "Broker of the Year" by... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Franciscan Ballroom

4:00pm

The Coming Data War: Who Will Win Control of Real Estate Listings?
Moderators
avatar for Brian Boero

Brian Boero

Partner, 1000Watt Consulting
Brian is a partner at 1000Watt Consulting, a firm that provides consulting services to real estate companies, media organizations and startups that want to define real estate’s future. Prior to co-founding 1000Watt Consulting, Brian was CEO of VREO, Inc. At VREO, he created and marketed Real Estate Dashboard®, a software application that made the vision of paperless, mobile real estate a reality. Brian remains on VREO’s Board... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Bednarsh

Jonathan Bednarsh

President, Onboard Informatics
Jonathan Bednarsh, President of Onboard, has over 20 years experience in local data management and distribution for some of the biggest brands in real estate.  | | Featured in the Fiscal Times as an entrepreneur to watch, Jonathan combines real-world experience with unparalleled knowledge of industry trends, forecasting, and technology. | | Jonathan co-founded Onboard in 2002 to meet the strong demand for reliable data from the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Heller

Chris Heller

CEO, Keller Williams Realty
Chris's determination, relationship-building skills and extreme success in real estate make him an ideal leader for a global real estate giant. This is especially true since he describes the industry as an incredible opportunity for unlimited income - or an entrepreneur's dream. And we've only scratched the surface. At age 20, Chris Heller got his real estate license. After three years of follow-up, a broker finally talked him into joining his... Read More →
avatar for Mitchell Skinner

Mitchell Skinner

Attorney/Owner, Larson Skinner PLLC
Mitchell A. Skinner is the managing member of Larson Skinner PLLC, a Minneapolis  | based law firm. Larson Skinner PLLC provides copyright, trademark, technology, and  | licensing counsel to individuals, trade organizations, standards settings bodies, and  | companies of all sizes. Skinner focuses his practice on providing legal and consulting  | advice to Multiple Listing Services and other real estate focused... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

5:00pm

Cocktails@Connect
Wednesday August 5, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Union Square 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Thursday, August 6
 

6:00am

The Connect Wake Up Association
  • Runners - Meet at the Southern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Walkers - Meet at the at the Northern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Coffee Talkers - Meet across the Street from the Hilton at the Pinecrest Diner (401 Geary St.)

Thursday August 6, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
Hilton

8:00am

Meet the Leaders Networking
Meet your favorite industry leader and have the chance to speak with them.

  1. Seth Price, Organic Lead Generation

  2. Ben Kinney - Best Practices for Agents

  3. Sherry Chris - Next Generation Brokerages

  4. Brian Bair - Best Practices for Agents

  5. Nancy Braun - Generating Leads

  6. Samantha DeBianchi - Growing your Agent Brand

  7. Josh Altman - Luxury Real Estate

  8. Avi Gupta - Smart CRM

  9. Raj Qsar - Video Marketing

  10. Chris Smith - Facebook Ads

  11. Laura Monroe - Advanced Social Media Marketing

  12. Cary Sylvester -   Working with the portals

  13. Brian Boero - Digital Strategy

  14. Joel Burslem - Marketing and Branding

  15. Jeff Lobb - Mobile Strategy

  16. Katie Maxwell - Working with Millennials

  17. Ginger Wilcox, Success as a Startup

  18. Amber Taufen - Working with the Press

  19. Michi Olsen - International Real Estate

  20. Steve Pacinelli - Agents and Tech

  21. Jennifer Berman - Coaching Agents

  22. Denee Evans - Working with the MLS

 

Thursday August 6, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday August 6, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

8:30am

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
Do we all lie? If so, how can we expect to trust each other? How does dishonesty hurt or help your business? Be honest!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics, Duke University
Despite our best intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior? | | Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:00am

Connecting with the Elite - Secrets to Working with Luxury Clients
Speakers
avatar for Samantha DeBianchi

Samantha DeBianchi

Million Dollar Listing Miami, DeBianchi Real Estate, Founder and Realtor
Samantha (Sam) DeBianchi founded DeBianchi Real Estate in July 2011.  Her background in hospitality helps her provide innovative real estate buying and selling services that are second to none. Sam has represented a number of athletes, entrepreneurs and investors and provides all of her clients with best-in-class service. She writes for Zillow as a Blog Contributor, writes a weekly real estate advice column in South Florida’s Sun... Read More →
avatar for Justin Fichelson

Justin Fichelson

Agent, Million Dollar Listing/Climb SF
As one of the stars of the BRAVO TV show Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, Justin focuses on the marketing of extraordinary properties in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on top-tier properties. Always discreet and confidential, Justin brings an innovative and creative sense to marketing properties as well as a robust knowledge of the market.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Justin Fichelson decided to... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Rey

Joyce Rey

Executive Director, Coldwell Banker Previews International
In 1978 when Joyce Rey sold the famed Sonny & Cher mansion for $4.2 million – more than double the amount anyone had ever paid for a home in the United States at the time – Joyce established her reputation for negotiating historic landmark estates and luxury residential sales. The following year she formed the first company in the United States to specialize in estates valued at more than $1 million. She spent the next three... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 9:00am - 9:20am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:20am

How the Underdog Plans to Win
Move is chasing Zillow hard, and the new CEO will share his strategy about how he is going about it.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan O'Hara

Ryan O'Hara

CEO, Move, Inc.
Ryan O’Hara is Chief Executive Officer of Move, Inc., a leading provider of online real estate services and the operator of the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences. He assumed the role in January 2015, shortly after News Corp’s acquisition of the company. O’Hara served as President of Content, Distribution & Sales at The Madison Square Garden Company, the sports and entertainment firm for which he led media... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 9:20am - 9:35am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:35am

Living Forever: The Secret to Not Aging
The science is there, but will we as a society pursue the fountain of youth, even when it's sitting right in front of us?

Speakers
avatar for Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey

Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 9:35am - 9:55am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:55am

How to Connect With Global Real Estate Portals to Win Business
We will take you on a tour around the world to get connected with all of the major global real estate sites.

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Starchild

Celeste Starchild

Vice President and General Manager, ListHub at Move, Inc.
Celeste is a recognized pioneer in real estate technology services, with over 15 years in leadership positions in new product development, business development, sales, and marketing. She has been part of the ListHub executive management team since 2006. Since its inception, Celeste has played an instrumental role in guiding the company's strategy and paving a path for growth. Today ListHub is a core platform for the real estate industry that... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 9:55am - 10:05am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:05am

The Micro Moments that Connect Us
The best things in life can be small. Learn how the largest internet company in the world thinks about the little things.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Lawson

Matt Lawson

Director of Performance Ads Marketing, Google
Matt Lawson is the Director of Performance Ads Marketing for Google, responsible for a broad portfolio of ads products including search, shopping, display, and analytics.  Prior to joining Google, Mr. Lawson was the Vice-President of Marketing at Marin Software, a leading platform for digital advertising management, and held a variety of executive roles at Coremetrics, one of the early innovators in web analytics... Read More →



Thursday August 6, 2015 10:05am - 10:25am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:25am

Band of Boys: The Tricks of Running a Family Business
Speakers
avatar for Josh Altman

Josh Altman

Agent, The Altman Brothers Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Josh Altman is one of the most successful real estate agents in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills luxury housing market. Josh’s clientele consists mostly of entertainers, athletes and high net worth individuals from around the world. Josh is known for offering his clients exclusive white glove, VIP treatment. Over the past 3 years, Josh has sold over $1.5 BILLION residential and currently has over $300,000,000 in listings. His most... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Altman

Matthew Altman

Agent, The Altman Brothers Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Matthew dove straight into the entertainment industry and quickly became one of the youngest talent agents in Hollywood. After several years of success as a talent agent where Altman earned tenures at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the #1 talent agency in the world and The Gersh Agency in Beverly Hills he shifted course. During this period, Matthew and his brother Josh, began to purchase and renovate numerous homes, bringing them financial... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 10:25am - 10:35am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:35am

New Kids on the Block
The latest start-up entrepreneurs pitch their stories. You be the judge who will win and who will not last.

Speakers
avatar for David Etheredge

David Etheredge

CEO, SavvyCard
David Etheredge has more than 25 years of marketing, sales, product development and business development experience with software and technology companies such as Disney Interactive, Hasbro Interactive and MicroProse Software. David has co-founded three startups, including most recently, SavvyCard, a St. Petersburg Florida company focused on changing the way the world does business on mobile devices. | | As CEO of SavvyCard, David has raised... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Farrell

Brendan Farrell

Founder and CEO, HowLoud, Inc.
Brendan Farrell is the Founder and CEO of HowLoud, Inc. Early last year he and his family were looking for a new home, and he wanted to find out how loud a home or neighborhood was before driving over to see it. He was surprised to find that such a resource did not exist, and very soon founded HowLoud, Inc to fill this need. He has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and was an Instructor at CalTech prior to founding HowLoud, Inc.
avatar for Gretchen Hansen

Gretchen Hansen

Founder and CEO, Decorist
Gretchen Hansen founded Decorist and serves as CEO. Gretchen has spent her career successfully developing and launching innovative products in the consumer products arena. Prior to Decorist, she held marketing leadership positions at numerous consumer-focused companies, including Clorox, Del Monte and PeoplePC. At Clorox, Gretchen launched Tilex Fresh Shower, one of the most successful new product launches in company... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Hattemer

Chuck Hattemer

Co-Founder, OneRent
After going through a frustrating leasing process at Santa Clara University, Chuck Hattemer co-founded OneRent.co with his classmates: Rico Mok, Greg Toschi, and Arman Dezfuli-Arjomandi. Chuck is responsible for sales, branding, and operational strategy at OneRent, and studied Marketing and Economics at Santa Clara University. OneRent initially started as a leasing and listing site but the team quickly realized there was so much more to be... Read More →
avatar for Colin O'Brien

Colin O'Brien

CEO and Co-Founder, SnApp
Colin O'Brien, CEO and co-Founder of SnApp, has 10+ years as an executive in the online technology space, having started an SEO agency, which was acquired in 2014. E-Consulting works with local and national brands, from small businesses, to large commercial real estate companies. While leading E-Consulting, O'Brien helped to transform the online visibility of over 1,100 businesses, with a focus on organic search ranking, visitor-to-lead... Read More →
avatar for Rick Orr

Rick Orr

Co-Founder and CEO, RealSavvy
Rick is a serial entrepreneur based in Austin. ReaSavvy is his fourth technology startup having most recently founded mobile payments leader, TabbedOut. In addition to building multiple successful startups, Rick has also been an active Realtor since 1998. It is this passion for creating a better world for agents and their valued clients that drove Rick to create RealSavvy.
avatar for Kristian Peter

Kristian Peter

CEO/Broker, HomeBuzz
Kristian is a real estate innovator, investor, and entrepreneur, having sold over 2,500 properties and developed multiple web and mobile apps. Next up for him is the development of HomeBuzz, an enterprise mobile platform that allows real estate brokers, agents, and mega teams to showcase their dominance of markets by gamifying the job of the real estate professional.
avatar for Judd Schoenholtz

Judd Schoenholtz

CEO and Co-founder, Open Listings
Judd Schoenholtz is CEO and Co-founder of Open Listings, a software-powered real estate brokerage that works with home buyers throughout California. Open Listings is building an online experience backed by human agents that streamlines the home buying process and — by charging a low-flat fee — makes buying a home much more affordable.  | | Previously, Judd led the User Experience team at the design agency Huge, where he... Read More →
avatar for Justin Shum

Justin Shum

CEO, Avenue
A first time homeowner and serial entrepreneur, Justin previously founded and was CEO of ReadyChat, a leading live chat services provider for real estate industries. Justin’s experience at ReadyChat, coupled with his personal frustration with the home buying process, revealed an unmet need in the real estate space for greater sharing of information without the friction traditionally found in hiring a Realtor; thus Avenue was born.
avatar for Dean Soukeras

Dean Soukeras

Co-Founder and COO, HomeSwipe
Dean Soukeras is co-founder and COO of HomeSwipe. In his role, Dean concentrates on all aspects of business development, marketing and sales. | | He received his Juris Doctorate from Pace School of Law. Dean is also a NYS licensed Real Estate Broker. | | Dean is no stranger to business, having worked closely with financial institutions, vendors, suppliers and manufacturers when he ran his own ecommerce company for ten years, eventually... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 10:35am - 10:50am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:50am

How Agent Reviews Bring You Business
Controversial yes, but reviews have become a critical way to get listings and buyers. Consumers depend on them for finding services.

Speakers
avatar for Errol Samuelson

Errol Samuelson

Chief Industry Development Officer, Zillow Group
Errol is the chief industry development officer for Zillow Group and is responsible for industry relations strategy and business-to-business product development and tools in the Zillow Group brand portfolio. He joined Zillow in 2014. | | Errol has more than 20 years of experience in technology and the real estate industry. He has been named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the U.S. for seven... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 10:50am - 11:05am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:05am

How to Deconstruct a Problem When Starting a New Business
This entrepreneur is tackling an oft-neglected business: In-home elderly care. Learn how her team took apart the problem and offered a unique, on-demand service.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Jen

Sandy Jen

Co-Founder, Honor
In addition to co-founding Honor, Sandy Jen also co-founded Meebo in 2005. Prior to founding Meebo, Sandy worked for Xilinx as a software developer for some years after graduating from Stanford with a degree in Computer Science.


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:05am - 11:15am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:15am

Wearable Technology -- A New Style
Your phone is in your necklace and your pedometer is in your bracelet. Can technology actually look good while working well, and how can fashion-forward technology help the real estate industry?

Speakers
avatar for Deepa Sood

Deepa Sood

Co-Founder and CEO, Cuff


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:30am

How to Talk to the Real Estate Industry
Half of the audience are brokers and agents. The other half are entrepreneurs, tech companies and others. Learn how to talk the language of real estate tech.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Carey

Morgan Carey

Founder and CEO, Real Estate Webmasters
Recently named as one of the 200 most powerful people in real estate (Swanepoel 2015) Morgan Carey , CEO of Real Estate Webmasters Incdrives billions of dollars in yearly real estate sales via his software and marketing company. This sought after speaker on internet marketing and consultant to many of North America’s top producing brokerages and teams can be contacted via morgan@realestatewebmasters.com, or through his... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:45am

Taking Time, Cost and Failure Out of the Real Estate Transaction
The convergence of some big events, including government action and new technology, could finally streamline the back end of transactions, saving you time and money.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Allison

Austin Allison

CEO, dotloop
After studying Real Estate Development at the University of Cincinnati and Corporate Law at The University of Cincinnati College of Law, Austin co-founded dotloop in 2009. He describes what he does as “surrounding the company with great people and keeping us aligned around our vision and goals.” | | What little free time Austin has is spent with his wife Angela and their Yorkshire terrier Paris. He is an avid endurance sport... Read More →
avatar for Joel Singer

Joel Singer

CEO, California Association of REALTORS®
Joel Singer is the Chief Executive Officer of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). C.A.R. Chief Executive Officer Joel Singer has held the Association's top staff position since November 1989 after serving as C.A.R.'s chief economist and heading the Association's public affairs department. Singer was instrumental in developing Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS), C.A.R.'s for-profit subsidiary, and serves as its president... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Stone

Patrick Stone

President and CEO, Williston Financial Group
Pat has enjoyed a lengthy career in real estate and real estate related services, including “C” officer positions with three public companies and as a director on two Fortune 500 Boards. The senior executive management positions included nine years as President and COO of the nation’s largest title insurance company, Chairman and Co-CEO of a software company and CEO of a real estate data and information company. | | Pat also... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

How Successful Teams are Changing Real Estate
Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Executive Vice President, Luxury Portfolio International | Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Stephanie Pfeffer Anton is the Executive Vice President for Luxury Portfolio International®. Stephanie has been with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® since Luxury Portfolio was launched in 2005 and today she oversees the day-to-day operations of the global luxury marketing program. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Marketing for a large Chicagoland brokerage and as the Director of Communications & Internet... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sejal Binnings

Sejal Binnings

Luxury Property Specialist, Payton + Binnings, Pacific Union International
Sejal Binnings is a co-founder of the Payton+Binnings Team at Pacific Union / Christie's International. She began her real estate career in 2007 with her husband, Arrian, at Sotheby's International Realty. After a robust start as a husband/wife team, the two were approached by Payton Stiewe (also with Sotheby's at the time), a local real estate veteran, and were offered a partnership. The purpose of teaming up was to scale their... Read More →
avatar for Chris Heller

Chris Heller

CEO, Keller Williams Realty
Chris's determination, relationship-building skills and extreme success in real estate make him an ideal leader for a global real estate giant. This is especially true since he describes the industry as an incredible opportunity for unlimited income - or an entrepreneur's dream. And we've only scratched the surface. At age 20, Chris Heller got his real estate license. After three years of follow-up, a broker finally talked him into joining his... Read More →
avatar for Dina Landi

Dina Landi

Partner, Village Properties
After working in public relations and integrated marketing for Lexus in Los Angeles, Dina arrived in Santa Barbara in 2004, finding a perfect fit with Riskin Partners. With over 11 years experience as an established agent, Dina dedicates herself to the details, getting an exhaustive understanding of the nuances of a property. Dina has a knack for putting deals together and delving into the intricate complexities of a transaction, a skill that has... Read More →
avatar for Jacky Teplitzky

Jacky Teplitzky

Team Leader, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
An Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman and Douglas Elliman Florida, she does not expect success; she demands it. And she leads by example. A former sergeant in the Israeli army, she is among the top 1% of New York City’s nearly 30,000 licensed real estate brokers and is within the top one percentile of Douglas Elliman’s 3,300-agent network. She is one of the nation’s most respected and recognized residential real agents and a... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

2:00pm

Rental Housing - Portals, Start-ups and Disrupters
Moderators
avatar for Joel Burslem

Joel Burslem

Member, 1000Watt Consulting
Joel joins 1000Watt with over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing, new media, website design and Internet marketing. His introduction to real estate came in 2005 when he joined Prudential Northwest Properties. In 2006, he founded the influential Future of Real Estate Marketing blog, which was eventually acquired by Inman News. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Real Estate bloggers. As VP of Content at Inman... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthemos Georgiades

Anthemos Georgiades

Co-Founder and CEO, Zumper
Anthemos Georgiades is the Co-Founder & CEO of Zumper, the first search-through-close apartment rental platform in the US. Zumper has raised $8.2 million in venture capital, most recently a $6.5 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins. Before Zumper, Anthemos grew up in a real estate family, worked at BCG and then as a speechwriter in British politics before moving to the US to get his MBA from Harvard, where he founded Zumper in 2012.
avatar for John Kobs

John Kobs

CEO and Co-Founder, Apartment List
John Kobs is the CEO and Co-founder of Apartment List, the fastest growing rental marketplace in the United States, now reaching 3 million renters each month. Apartment List currently boasts the multifamily industry’s only pure play, pay-per-lease product.  Apartment List has been named to the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America and the Forbes list for Most Promising Companies in America. | | John is a fully recovered... Read More →
avatar for Lee Lin

Lee Lin

Founder and CEO, RentHop
Lee Lin is the founder and CEO of RentHop.com, an apartment rental startup funded by Y Combinator that disrupted the broker-dominated New York City rental scene before expanding nationwide.  RentHop has been featured in the Harvard Business School case study "Killing Craigslist: Entrepreneurship in the Online Economy," and Lee speaks each year at the university about the company's experiences competing against Craigslist, cracking the... Read More →
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Blake Pierson

Chief Product Officer, RentPath
As the Chief Product Officer, Blake drives consumer-facing product initiatives for RentPath and oversees all of the day-to-day business and strategic operations at Lovely. Blake co-founded Lovely with Doug Wormhoudt in 2011 in San Francisco with the mission of helping renters find the perfect apartment. Lovely has since become the first mobile-powered marketplace for apartment rentals. Blake graduated from the University of... Read More →
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Heidi Williams

Vice President of Product Management, Apartments.com
Heidi Williams, Vice President of Product Management for Apartments.com, joined CoStar Group in 2014. She leads the product team that is responsible for the design and requirements for Apartments.com website, mobile applications, advertising tools and reports. Previously, Ms. Williams served in a variety of product and technology leadership roles, building innovative solutions for Fortune 500 companies.


Thursday August 6, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

2:00pm

Super Sonic Agents -- Why they Succeed
Moderators
avatar for Joseph Rand

Joseph Rand

General Counsel and Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty
Joseph Rand is the General Counsel and Managing Partner for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York region with 30 offices, 800 agents, and closing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions in 2013. His primary responsibility is managing the company’s career development and education programs, principally based on a concept he has pioneered called “Client-Oriented Real... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joel Goodrich

Joel Goodrich

Realtor, Coldwell Banker Previews International
One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prominent luxury real estate agents of the past 22 years, Joel Goodrich works closely with clients in the sale and purchase of prominent estates, penthouses and investment properties. He has listed some of the most expensive homes in America, including the historic 35,000 square foot Tobin Clark Estate in Hillsborough and worked on the sale of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most... Read More →
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Nina Hatvany

Luxury Property Specialist, Pacific Union
Nina represents both buyers and sellers of luxury houses, condominiums and apartment buildings. From 2008 to 2015, Nina has been ranked the top individual agent in San Francisco. She has also been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Nationwide Top 25 Sales Agents by Volume for the years 2010-2013. | | Nina is single-minded in her pursuit of her clients' desires. Whether to sell at the best possible price or to buy the... Read More →
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Gregg Lynn

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Sotheby's International Realty
Equal parts seasoned professional, engaging raconteur and savvy negotiator, Gregg Lynn is an expert in marketing San Francisco’s finest homes, condominiums and cooperatives. Ranked by the San Francisco MLS as one of the Top Three Realtors and one of the Top 75 Realtors in the USA by the Wall Street Journal, in 2014 Gregg represented his clients in transactions totaling over $125,000,000. Gregg's ranking in the Top 25... Read More →
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Sam Real

Broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Sam Real sold over $80 million dollars in sales just in 2014. Recognized as one of the premier residential agents in Los Angeles, Sam continues to provide results to his clients on an unprecedented level.  | | Sam's ability to analyze market trends and current values is distinguished among clients and colleagues alike. He is very experienced in assessing the benefits and drawbacks of various property alternatives towards meeting his... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

2:00pm

Digital Marketing Workshop
The Digital Marketing Workshop is a two hour workshop designed to provide hands on, tactical digital marketing advice to agents and brokers. Experts from 1000Watt Consulting, Katie Lance Consulting, The Paperless Agent, Lion & Orb and more will share tactics to get more from marketing efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown

COO, Inman
Morgan is the COO of Inman and the co-author of Startup Growth Engines: How Today’s Most Successful Startups Unlock Extraordinary Growth. A 15-year digital marketing veteran, Morgan has launched and built successful brands and online businesses across a variety of different verticals and models and is recognized as one of the leading growth and marketing experts in Silicon Valley.
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Audie Chamberlain

Founder and CEO, Lion & Orb
Dubbed by Brad Inman as a “next-generation PR hound” and a “persistent (sometimes annoying) digital hack” Audie is an innovator and award-winning strategist with a highly successful track record in public relations, growing brands, customer acquisition and profitability. As the Founder of Lion & Orb, Audie leads a dynamic real estate public relations agency with clients that include Dizzle, Caimeiju, Partners Trust... Read More →
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Katie Lance

Founder, Katie Lance Consulting
Katie is the Founder of Katie Lance Consulting – a social media and marketing firm. Katie’s clients include companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign, RPM Mortgage, SmartZip and many others. Katie is also a frequent keynote speaker, a contributor to The Huffington Post and formerly was the Chief Strategist for Inman News.
avatar for Seth Price

Seth Price

VP of Marketing, Placester
Seth Price has spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 300 companies during that period, including 19 of the FORTUNE 500. He’s the host of the Craft of Marketing Podcast and serves as VP of Marketing at Placester, the fastest growing provider of real estate websites in the world. Seth is dedicated to providing social media and content marketing advice and counsel to the tens of thousands of real estate professionals... Read More →
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Chris Scott

President, The Paperless Agent
Chris Scott is a marketing veteran who has run marketing programs for people like Brian Buffini, companies such as Bank of America, and has led teams that have landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing businesses. Chris is no stranger to technology and works with agents and brokers as president of The Paperless Agent while managing the marketing for GoodLife Realty in Austin, TX.
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Jessica Swesey

Member, 1000Watt Consulting
Jessica Swesey joined 1000watt in 2012 after working in online real estate and digital media for over 10 years. In addition to working with some of the top brands in real estate, Jessica has worked on marketing, content development and PR for rising startups in the social, mobile and ad tech industries, as well as AARP. Prior to that, Jessica was Managing Editor and VP of Content for Inman News.


Thursday August 6, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hilton Franciscan Ballroom

3:00pm

Get Your Head Out of the Sand - MLS's That Are Innovating
Moderators
avatar for Joel Burslem

Joel Burslem

Member, 1000Watt Consulting
Joel joins 1000Watt with over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing, new media, website design and Internet marketing. His introduction to real estate came in 2005 when he joined Prudential Northwest Properties. In 2006, he founded the influential Future of Real Estate Marketing blog, which was eventually acquired by Inman News. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Real Estate bloggers. As VP of Content at Inman... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Denee Evans

Denee Evans

CEO, Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS)
Denee Evans is the chief executive officer of the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS), which is the largest professional organization dedicated to the multiple listing service (MLS) industry in North America. It currently consists of 234 members, including 163 MLS providers that represent about one million subscribers.  | | As CEO, Evans is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan... Read More →
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Bill Head

Director of Communications, MetroTex Association of REALTORS®
Bill has over 20 years of experience in communications and professional development with MetroTex. His introduction to the REALTOR® community started in 1994 when he started in the Professional Development Department for MetroTex. During that time he taught technology classes to North Texas REALTORS® focusing on CRM software and the role of the Internet in the real estate industry. In 2000 he accepted the position of Director of... Read More →
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Tom Phillips

President and CEO, Trend
Tom Phillips is the President and CEO of TREND, a network of over 28,000 real estate professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region including counties in Delaware; Southern New Jersey; and Southeastern Pennsylvania. TREND’s MLS database houses over 5 million public records, over 2 million active and off-market listings, and facilitated the sale of approximately 80,000 properties in 2013. Prior to... Read More →
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Kirby Slunaker

President and CEO, REcolorado
Kirby is President / CEO of REcolorado, the largest MLS in Colorado, which provides | services to over 17,000 brokers and agents.      | | Prior to joining REcolorado in 2011, Kirby led corporate turnarounds for several venture  | capital backed startup companies, including ProCard, eBags, and Pendum, successfully  | attracting acquisitions by billion dollar companies such as Total Systems and Loomis.   ... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

3:00pm

How to be Truly Customer Focused
Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Executive Vice President, Luxury Portfolio International | Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Stephanie Pfeffer Anton is the Executive Vice President for Luxury Portfolio International®. Stephanie has been with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® since Luxury Portfolio was launched in 2005 and today she oversees the day-to-day operations of the global luxury marketing program. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Marketing for a large Chicagoland brokerage and as the Director of Communications & Internet... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Aleem

Jason Aleem

Southwest District Manager, Redfin
As Redfin’s Texas District manager Jason is responsible for Redfin’s brokerage operation in the Southwest, including implementation of technology, financial reporting, passing on Redfin’s culture to new agents and monitoring other metrics that ensure we deliver great customer service in his region. Jason started his career in real estate working for several traditional brokerages in Austin before joining Redfin in 2010. Over the... Read More →
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Linsey Ehle

Career Development Coach, Better Homes and Gardens | Gary Greene
Linsey is a top producing California Realtor since 2001, and licensed as a California Broker since 2004. She has worked at both large and small brokerages, as well as managing her own brokerage since 2006. | | Linsey has a long history of working as an industry trainer, speaker and coaching. In 2006, she became one of the elite full-time coaches with the Tom Ferry organization. She has conducted thousands of coaching calls and worked with agents... Read More →
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Nicole Nicolay

Partner and Sales Associate, The Engel Group
Nicole is a momtrepreneur turned real estate agent. She joined The Engel Group as a partner and sales associate after her marketing company was acquired. Nicole spent the last decade training and speaking to over 200,000 real estate agents nationwide. During that time she created educational programs for the National Association of Realtors, as well as for every major real estate brand. Nicole enjoys helping her clients identify the ideal... Read More →
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Sherri Stoneberger

Broker, Legacy Real Estate and Associates
An old dirt road, simple farmhouse and 13 siblings, SHERRI STONEBERGER emerged with great discipline and vision to be successful in everything she attempts.  SHERRI is a legend in Bay Area Real Estate.  She has been a consistent Top Producer for 29 years plus.   She is an advocate for many important social causes supporting Christian organizations, orphanages, Creative Growth Art center and many other programs for the... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

3:00pm

Next Generation Brokers Who are Killing it
Moderators
avatar for Joseph Rand

Joseph Rand

General Counsel and Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty
Joseph Rand is the General Counsel and Managing Partner for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York region with 30 offices, 800 agents, and closing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions in 2013. His primary responsibility is managing the company’s career development and education programs, principally based on a concept he has pioneered called “Client-Oriented Real... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Dwiggins

James Dwiggins

CEO, NextHome, Inc.
James is the Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. He brings to the table a sharp, innovative and forward-focused vision. He has been in the franchise business for 8 years now, originally joining Realty World Northern California & Nevada as Director of Technology and Strategy in 2006. In October 2011, his stellar performance in that capacity led to his promotion of Vice President. In May 2014, he and his business partner finalized the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Lim

Chris Lim

Founder and CEO, Climb Real Estate Group
Chris Lim is the founder and CEO of Climb Real Estate Group, a leading San Francisco-based real estate firm. Climb offers a comprehensive array of brokerage and marketing services for residential buyers, sellers and developers. Under Chris’s leadership, Climb has become the fastest-growing boutique brokerage representing some of the finest properties in the city. Inspired by his father’s custom home construction company and his... Read More →
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Katie Maxwell

Managing Broker, Intero Real Estate Services
Katie is the Vice President of Intero Real Estate Services in Houston, Texas. Katie oversees the business and production of all three Houston offices, including a fourth office set to open in early 2014. She, along with her team, have built a brokerage described as a "Swanky, techie, innovative, boutique real estate company where the experience sells you before the agents do." By understanding the importance of hyper local... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B

4:00pm

Best Ways to Convert Leads
Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Stephanie Pfeffer Anton

Executive Vice President, Luxury Portfolio International | Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Stephanie Pfeffer Anton is the Executive Vice President for Luxury Portfolio International®. Stephanie has been with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® since Luxury Portfolio was launched in 2005 and today she oversees the day-to-day operations of the global luxury marketing program. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Marketing for a large Chicagoland brokerage and as the Director of Communications & Internet... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Fell

Kimberly Fell

Agent, HomeSmart Realty West
In just 4 years as a realtor, Kimberly has become the top producer at HomeSmart Realty West in San Diego County. She has developed a niche for converting internet opportunities to sales. It began in 1999 as a BMW Client Advisor when leads were initially received by fax then quickly transitioned into internet sales procuring 275 new happy BMW owners a year.    | | Though it requires always being connected, Kimberly has had... Read More →
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Wendy Forsythe

Executive Vice President and Head of Global Operations, Carrington Real Estate Services
Wendy has leveraged her passion for real estate, technology and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. Since joining Carrington Real Estate Services in 2012 as Executive Vice President/Head of Global Operations, the company has more than quadrupled in size. She is responsible for the operations and growth of the brokerage which today has over 2400 agents across the country. In addition to this... Read More →
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Tim Heyl

Owner and CEO, The Heyl Group and Phone Animal
Tim Heyl is the ambitious founder and leader of the Heyl Group and Phone Animal. Since 2009, Tim has grown his team to become one of the preeminent real estate teams in Austin, helping families buy and sell real estate in Central Texas. The Austin Business Journal named The Heyl Group the number one team for the “2015 Residential Real Estate Awards” for the team’s 2014 gross sales totaling $85 million. Tim's commitment... Read More →
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Scott Segall

Agent, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Based in the firm's Beverly Hills Office Scott ranked as the #1 Sales agent in California for the firm in 2014. He brought his 22 years of award winning real estate experience to the firm upon its opening in California. He has set new record prices regularly, including the most expensive residence in the history of West Hollywood in 2012. This sale set a new standard of price comparables in that neighborhood. In addition to his renowned sales... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom A

4:00pm

What’s Next in Real Estate Tech
Moderators
avatar for Joel Burslem

Joel Burslem

Member, 1000Watt Consulting
Joel joins 1000Watt with over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing, new media, website design and Internet marketing. His introduction to real estate came in 2005 when he joined Prudential Northwest Properties. In 2006, he founded the influential Future of Real Estate Marketing blog, which was eventually acquired by Inman News. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 25 Most Influential Real Estate bloggers. As VP of Content at Inman... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Philip Lang

Philip Lang

Co-Founder & COO, TripleMint
Philip Lang is the Co-Founder & COO of TripleMint, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage based in New York City.  TripleMint is the refreshingly simple way to find your home.  Prior to founding TripleMint, Philip worked on Wall Street as an investment banking analyst at Macquarie Capital, advising industrial companies on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital.   | | In addition to being a licensed... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Lobb

Jeff Lobb

Founder and CEO, Spark Tank Media
Jeff Lobb is the Founder & CEO of SparkTank Media – a consulting firm specializing in real estate technology, productivity and mobile strategies. A renowned speaker, trainer and coach, and the former Vice President of Technology & Innovation for EXIT Realty Corp. International, Jeff has been a Realtor® for more than two decades. With his diverse background being a top producer, a brokerage owner, and having had extensive... Read More →
avatar for Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Co-Founder, Curaytor
Chris Smith is the co-author of Peoplework and the co-founder of Curaytor. He also co-hosts a popular weekly webshow about marketing and technology called #WaterCooler. Chris was recently named the most influential person in the real estate industry. He works for dotloop, a hassle-free transaction management software focused on people, not paper. Chris also sits on the board of advisors forRentMatch, a "Trip... Read More →
avatar for Justin Tucker

Justin Tucker

National VP of Marketing, Sales & Technology, WFG National Title Insurance Company
Justin’s role is to empower WFG’s clients in the space where technology, sales and marketing overlap, and he does so for the fastest growing title underwriter in the nation. He collaborates every day with top producing Realtors, mortgage lenders and title agents to forge comprehensive and effective business plans (leveraging technology) that enable substantial growth. | | Justin also works with WFG’s internal... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Imperial Ballroom B

4:00pm

Zillow, Trulia and Move: Taking Advantage of the Portal Wars
Moderators
avatar for Joseph Rand

Joseph Rand

General Counsel and Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty
Joseph Rand is the General Counsel and Managing Partner for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York region with 30 offices, 800 agents, and closing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions in 2013. His primary responsibility is managing the company’s career development and education programs, principally based on a concept he has pioneered called “Client-Oriented Real... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vikram Deol

Vikram Deol

Broker, Windermere Real Estate
Vikram Deol is the owner and team leader of The Deol Group, a luxury, residential, real-estate team in the Seattle/Bellevue metropolitan area.  After obtaining his MBA in 2009, Vikram uprooted himself from sunny California to beautiful Bellevue, WA and started his real estate career flipping investment properties. At this point he realized clients needed better representation.  He began building his business based... Read More →
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Kevin Markarian

Broker Associate, Marker Real Estate
With over ten years of experience in the California real estate community, Kevin Markarian knows that whether he's working with a young couple excited to find the perfect first home or veteran investors keen to make the best return on a large-scale venture, the key to real estate is people. He understands that a real estate transaction is much more than a business deal—the financial security of his clients and their hopes for the future are... Read More →
avatar for Adriana Plut

Adriana Plut

Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors
Adriana Trenev Plut is one of the fastest up and coming realtors in Silicon Valley. In four short years, Adriana has become a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent, a member of the Top Agent Network and Alain Pinel Realtors President’s Club, and closed the record high sale to-date, for a penthouse in Downtown San Jose, shattering all previous dollars per square foot records. In 2013 – only her second full-time year in real estate... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B
 
Friday, August 7
 

6:00am

The Connect Wake Up Association
  • Runners - Meet at the Southern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Walkers - Meet at the at the Northern end of the O'Farrell Entrance to the Hilton (wear your badge)
  • Coffee Talkers - Meet across the Street from the Hilton at the Pinecrest Diner (401 Geary St.)

Friday August 7, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
Hilton

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday August 7, 2015 8:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom A

9:00am

Town Hall: Broker Portal, Upstream, Agent Reviews, Portal Wars. Got an opinion? Join the discussion. Grab a Microphone
Grab a microphone and join the debate. This is your opportunity to sound off.

Friday August 7, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:30am

Forget about Lead Gen: The Future is Offer Generation
How new technology companies are figuring out how to turn Internet leads into offers.

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Boyenga

Janelle Boyenga

Managing Partner, Boyenga Team
Raised in a family of engineers, contractors, and designers, Janelle Boyenga has been exposed to virtually every aspect of the real estate process from a very young age. Complementing this, her double major in design and communication made it a natural choice to embark upon a real estate career, which she launched in 1995.  | | Janelle's focus on preparing and staging homes and her expertise in contract negotiation has... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Flachner

Andrew Flachner

Co-Founder and CEO, Realscout
Andrew is a serial entrepreneur with a background in real estate and early stage technology companies. He's Co-founder and CEO of RealScout, a venture-backed web and mobile platform that empowers real estate agents to collaborate with clients around home search. Andrew is consistently featured as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News.  | | Andrew was formerly CEO of the double dating website DuoDater and... Read More →
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Leslie Lang

Realtor, Keller Williams Realty
Leslie Lang has been an enthusiastic and successful realtor with Keller Williams Realty-Silicon Valley for the last 11 years. She enjoys putting a fun and creative spin on home buying and selling, using videos, props, and clever communications. Surviving breast cancer in 2007 was the catalyst she needed to share her funny thoughts on stage as a stand-up comedienne. Performing stand-up comedy is cathartic and counterbalances... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 9:30am - 9:45am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

9:45am

The New Face of Affluence
Leading home, architecture and design magazine Dwell has done some fascinating research on the aesthetics and expectations of different generations and how they think about home. Learn what the new face of affluence looks like.

Speakers
avatar for Michela O'Connor Abrams

Michela O'Connor Abrams

President, Dwell Media
Michela O’Connor Abrams is the President of Dwell Media, the award-winning design and lifestyle media company based in San Francisco. Most recently, Ms. O’Connor Abrams has initiated several successful brand platforms for Dwell Media including Dwell Digital, Dwell on Design events, and the Dwell Homes Collection. The newest Dwell platform launched by the Dwell team this Spring is the for-profit platform Dwell Strategy+Research and its... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Making Hyper Local Targeted Media Work
Podcasts are a powerful tool for marketing your real estate business. Learn from the masters.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Co-Founder, Curaytor
Chris Smith is the co-author of Peoplework and the co-founder of Curaytor. He also co-hosts a popular weekly webshow about marketing and technology called #WaterCooler. Chris was recently named the most influential person in the real estate industry. He works for dotloop, a hassle-free transaction management software focused on people, not paper. Chris also sits on the board of advisors forRentMatch, a "Trip... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Teri Conrad

Teri Conrad

Founder and Head of Business Development, Agent Quest
Founder and Head of Business Development at Agent Quest, Teri is passionate about elevating the brand of the entire real estate industry. She deeply believes in empowering all levels of real estate to clarify a business vision that inspires them, connects them with the systems, tools and strategies to help them achieve their goals and communicate that vision powerfully. Teri believes that knowing what your story is and how you tell... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin

Founder and CEO, Bigger Pockets
Joshua Dorkin is the founder and CEO of BiggerPockets.com, the nation’s premier real estate investing community.  He is also host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, the top rated/reviewed real estate podcast on iTunes, with over 50,000 listeners per show. He began his interest in the internet in the mid-nineties while attending Washington University in St. Louis, which he graduated from with degrees in marketing and political... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Giguere

Marguerite Giguere

Agent, Windermere Real Estate
Marguerite Giguere is a working agent specializing in Downtown Tacoma and the surrounding neighborhoods. In real estate since 2005, Marguerite strives to "keep it real" in her career as a real estate agent and strives to find ways to make the process of buying and selling a home more transparent and authentic.  | | After 8 years of real estate blogging Marguerite launched "MoveToTacoma.com" a neighborhood focused website... Read More →
avatar for Seth Price

Seth Price

VP of Marketing, Placester
Seth Price has spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 300 companies during that period, including 19 of the FORTUNE 500. He’s the host of the Craft of Marketing Podcast and serves as VP of Marketing at Placester, the fastest growing provider of real estate websites in the world. Seth is dedicated to providing social media and content marketing advice and counsel to the tens of thousands of real estate professionals... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:20am

Connecting with Chinese Buyers: Going Beyond the Surface to Understand & Unlock the Opportunity
Speakers
avatar for Simon Henry

Simon Henry

Co-CEO, Juwai.com
Simon Henry is co-CEO of Juwai.com – recently named the "most influential international property site in China - 2014" by the country’s peak e-commerce body. Started in 2011, Juwai has created a global platform for real estate information servicing the world’s Chinese communities. Juwai.com sends more Chinese buyer inquiries to home sellers, developers and agents than any other source. | | The... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 10:20am - 10:40am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

10:40am

Success Stories in Global Networking
Practical how-to steps to build global networks and referrals.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Decker

Olivia Decker

Founder and Co-Owner, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty
Olivia Decker is founder and co-owner of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty. She concentrates exclusively on the marketing of extraordinary homes—those valued from $4 million to over $40 million. With the broadest, most substantial client base for luxury homes, she has consistently represented the highest level of clientele and deluxe properties for 30 years. Olivia was born in Shanghai, China and lived in Hong Kong... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Kotler

Stephen Kotler

COO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
As Chief Operating Officer of Douglas Elliman, Stephen Kotler is responsible for the daily operations of the fourth largest real estate company in the United States, with a sales force of 5,500 agents, more than 75 domestic offices, and over $13 billion in annual sales.  In his position as COO, Mr. Kotler helped engineer the company’s strategic expansion into new markets, including South Florida, Los Angeles and most recently Aspen... Read More →
avatar for Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin

CEO, Pacific Union International
Mark A. McLaughlin is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Union International, Inc. McLaughlin led the acquisition of Pacific Union in August 2009, and the brand enjoys an exclusive relationship with Christie’s International Real Estate, the premier global organization of residential real estate service firms. A visionary leader in the real estate industry for more than 20 years, the hallmark of McLaughlin’s... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:00am
Hilton Grand Ballroom

11:00am

Connect Wrap Up: Where to Next?
Give your two cents on what’s happening out there, and help connect the dots for us. Grab a microphone and go!

Friday August 7, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Hilton Grand Ballroom