Featured Presenters


Wesley Aleshire

Wesley has worked within the property management industry for over 20-years. During that time, he has served on city and state associations, presented as a national speaker and taught Fair Housing for over 13-years. Wesley is the Founder of PMLDR.com and Director of Learning and Development Innovations for Pegasus Residential.

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Matthew Beall

Matt Beall owns and manages all aspects of a large residential real estate brokerage in Hawaii with about $30 million in annual revenue, 17 commercial locations, 275 salespeople, 50+ full-time employees and additional part-time staff. As the CEO and principal broker, he is responsible for thousands of real estate transactions totaling in over $6 billion in aggregate sales.

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Chuck Bonamer

Charles S. Bonamer, CRB, president of TRANS-EQUITY Inc. Realtors, was awarded the NAR Instructor of the Year Award for NAR's 'At Home With Diversity' program in 2016. He served as 2016 Chair of the Florida Realtors Faculty and Program Development Subcommittee. His brokerage firm renders litigation support and lecture services to the brokerage and law industries. Bonamer is the permit holder for the Florida Realtors School of Real Estate.

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Sherry Bonelli

Sherry Bonelli is a digital marketer with 20+ years' experience. She is an expert columnist for top websites like Search Engine Land, MOZ, SEMrush and others. She received Search Engine Land's 2018 SEO Contributor of the Year Award. Sherry is also a speaker at industry events, webinars and podcasts like Traffic & Conversion Summit, MozPod, Edge of the Web and Digital Marketer.

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Andre Bourque

Andre F. Bourque is an internationally-recognized cannabis industry thought leader, Forbes columnist, and top media influencer. Based in Los Angeles, Andre serves as an executive advisor to several publicly traded and private B2B and B2C cannabis companies. Aquaman is Andre's favorite superhero because anytime you can have a giant squid by your side, you're relatively unstoppable.

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Jessica Brustad

Jessica Brustad is an improv comedian and laughter yoga leader. In other words, she teaches people how to laugh. She's also a former sales manager and cast member of The National Comedy Theatre. Learn her improv techniques to manage any challenge or change. Come for a laugh, leave with an aha discovery!

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Sean Carpenter

Sean Carpenter is a 20-year industry veteran, working as an agent, education director and speaker. Inman News recognized Sean in the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate, and he was named three times in the Swanepoel Report as one of the Top 20 most influential people in social media for the real estate industry.

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Juana Carstarphen Watkins

Juana Carstarphen Watkins is Vice President of Law and Policy and General Counsel at Florida Realtors. She served as chief attorney and deputy director of the Division of Real Estate for 16 years before being appointed director by Gov. Rick Scott. One of her career highlights has been an appointment on the Federal Advisory Committee of The Appraisal Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress.

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Meredith Caruso

Meredith Caruso is Associate General Counsel at Florida Realtors. She started with Florida Realtors overseeing the Real Estate Recovery Fund after the BP oil spill. She oversees all forms production and writes articles for the 'Florida Realtors Legal Newsletter' and 'Florida Realtor' magazine. Meredith is a graduate of Rhodes College and Stetson University College of Law.

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Bryan Casella

Along with building a successful real estate career, Bryan Casella is a master at building brand awareness using video to actively engage viewers. Bryan is the leader of the Team BC at eXp Realty in Southern California. He has spoken nationally and internationally with a goal to captivate his audience and motivate them to greater success in business.

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John Choate

John Choate is an accomplished entrepreneur, consultant and former Navy SEAL officer. His seminars focus on teamwork and corporate strategic planning based on principles derived from the Navy SEAL Teams. John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds MBAs from Columbia University and the London Business School.

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Tommy Choi

Tommy Choi co-founded Weinberg Choi Residential in 2007 with business partner Josh Weinberg. They opened the Keller Williams Market Center in 2017, and the team has sold over 900 properties, with $400 million in sales. Tommy serves as president of the Chicago Association of Realtors and is the first Korean-American president of the association.

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Anne Cockayne


Anne Cockayne is the Director of Local Association Services for Florida Realtors. She serves as the primary policy analysis contact for local association leadership, AEs, and members in the areas of Professional Standards, Code of Ethics, MLS Policies and arbitration. She also oversees member and AE programming throughout the year. Anne has worked with Florida Realtors since 1984.

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Karen Coffey

Karen Coffey is an award-winning national real estate coach and author. She's the founder of Making Agents Wealthy, and her company has helped hundreds of women grow a consistent income between $100k and $1 million yearly. As a top-producing agent, she built six real estate teams and now coaches others to propel their businesses.

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Steven David


Steven David is a Realtor Emeritus and partner or owner of several large brokerage offices and owner of a substantial real estate investment portfolio. A GRI faculty member for 28 years, he's touched the lives of thousands of Realtors. Steve is a national champion power-boat racer with over 500 wins, 17 world speed records and is a Hall of Champions inductee.

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Amber De La Garza

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! She is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Productivity Straight Talk podcast and creator of S.T.O.P.! The Entrepreneur's Success Solution. She helps business professionals find the right solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress and make time for what matters most!

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Cynthia Deluca


Cynthia DeLuca has sold thousands of properties, managed hundreds of Realtors and educated tens of thousands of Realtors. After selling her Florida real estate brokerage, Cynthia's focus is on helping other Realtors reach a higher potential. She's a mentor, coach and author'and ready to share her knowledge.

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Sonny Downey

Sonny Downey, owner and Broker of Record at Exit Real Estate Gallery in Jacksonville, is a graduate of Florida Realtors 2018 Leadership Academy and one of Florida Realtors Top 50 Brokers and has ranked among Real Trends Top 1,000 brokers in the nation. He has logged over 5,000 hours of coaching and mentoring and brings a fresh perspective to the real estate industry.

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Veronica Figueroa

Veronica Figueroa leads the Figueroa Team with eXp Realty in Orlando, Florida. A former award-winning franchise owner with RE/MAX, Figueroa is a sought-after speaker and coach who focuses on inspiring real estate agents to write their own success stories. A trendsetter in team motivation, online lead conversion and out-of-the-box leadership skills, she has been featured on Inman News, Zillow, Real Trends, NAHREP, and RE/MAX International.

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Wendy Forsythe

Wendy has leveraged her passion for real estate, operations and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. She has a demonstrated track record of excelling growth and expansion of national brands including Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and HomeSmart International. She's a frequent speaker and writer for many industry publications and conferences. In 2018, she was honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona by AzBusiness. Wendy is an accomplished athlete holding several marathon finishes as well as earning the coveted title of Ironman by crossing the finish line after 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running.

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Jennifer Golbeck

Dr. Jennifer Golbeck is a computer scientist, Director of the Social Intelligence Lab, and a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and security systems. She writes for Slateand, The Atlantic and frequently appears on NPR, including as a regular guest host for The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Her TED talk was named one of the most powerful talks of 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Lisa Gurske

Lisa Gurske, a Realtor association CEO for 25 years, and an NAR certified Professional Standards Administrator, has been involved in all aspects related to the Code of Ethics, including professional standards hearings, mediation and arbitration. She also serves as an ombudsman for the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors.

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Burton Kelso

Burton Kelso is a consultant and chief tech expert at Integral, a computer and digital equipment services company. His goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe with the technology you use at home and in your business. He's serious about making technology work for you, so you can get where you need to go.

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Kristi Kennelly

Kristi Kennelly focuses her motivating talks on effective marketing strategies and communication and how to best leverage technology in today's real estate marketplace. You can catch her speaking year-round at leading industry events including NAR conferences, Inman Connect, franchise conventions, as well at nationwide at realtor.com Result Series, workshops and annual conferences.

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Darren Kittleson


Darren Kittleson owns two brokerages in Madison, WI, and is a 30-year real estate industry veteran. He has been professionally coaching real estate agents since 2007, specializing in 'Mega Teams' that exceed $1 million annually in gross commission income. He has taught courses throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa and Dubai.

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David Kurz

David Kurz is a brand all his own; and he has leveraged his unstoppable energy and selling techniques to grow his real estate brokerage to over 200 agents in just over two years with a $1 billion sales goal in his market. He believes in being LOUD about who you are and often advises entrepreneurs: 'Be everywhere all the time.'

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Allyson Lewis

Allyson Lewis is a time management expert. Her books have sold more than 130,000 copies. She works with companies and entrepreneurs sharing groundbreaking strategies revolutionizing corporate profitability, engagement, and happiness. People want life to matter. People want to work with commitment, clarity, conviction, determination, and excitement. Allyson's passion is reigniting productivity and purpose in the workplace.

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Jeff Lobb

Jeff Lobb is founder and CEO of SparkTank Media, a sales, marketing and coaching company. He offers real estate professionals advice on business and tech trends, along with sales and accountability models for success. He has been a top producer, run brokerages and served as a brand executive. He works with state and local associations and industry affiliates.

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Bill Lublin


Bill Lublin, CEO of Century 21 Advantage Gold, Pennsylvania's largest Century 21 firm, was the lead author of e-Pro, the technology certification of NAR. He's a working Realtor with a love for technology and speaks around the world on technology and real estate. Bill specializes in making complicated things simple and offering real-world solutions.

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Janna Magette

Janna Magette is a graduate of Davidson College and played basketball while studying religion. She earned a Masters in Sport Management and a Doctorate in Leadership Development from UF. She lives in South Carolina with her partner and son. When not consulting, she serves as adjunct faculty for Florida's and Clemson's sport leadership graduate programs.

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Joel Maxson

Joel Maxson manages the Florida Realtors Legal Hotline and provides legal updates and training to members. He received his law degree from the University of Florida. His first law job was as a judge advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps, and he worked as a transactional real estate attorney for a national firm before finding his home at Florida Realtors.

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Collin McDowell

Collin McDowell has risen to become one of the most consistent award-winning agents for over nine years while serving as council member for Forbes Real Estate Council. He continues to break the status-quo by helping train, coach and educate others, while selling residential property without losing passion and keeping a true heart of service.

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Tony Moore

Tony Moore is a Culture Architect, Keynote Speaker, Author, and recovering Human Resource Executive. Over the course of his 25 years in the C-suite, he had the privilege of leading the people-side of multiple mergers and large-scale organizational turnarounds. Through this experience, Tony came to recognize culture as the soil in which everything in the organization lives or dies. His firm, Tony Moore Speaks, works with leaders who want to improve bottom-line performance by creating a culture of engagement and ownership.

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Venus Morris Griffin

Since obtaining her license in 2008, Venus has gone from zero to over $100 million in sales volume in the past three years. She excels with all residential properties, and her competitive spirit and standards of perfection are evident. She has ranked #1 in annual sales for the past three years, closing over 375 transactions.

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Brad O'Connor

As the chief economist for Florida Realtors, Dr. O'Connor leads the association's research department and oversees the production of its widely cited housing market statistics, as well as numerous other economic research projects. His commentary on Florida's real estate markets regularly appears in major daily newspapers around the state and is regularly featured in national media publications.

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Roger Piro


Roger Piro is a managing broker for RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota. He was president of the REALTOR Association of Sarasota and Manatee in 2013 and has served on numerous committees at Florida Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Currently, Roger serves on NAR's Professional Standards Committee and the Professional Standards Interpretations and Procedures Advisory Board.

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Jessica Rector

Jessica Rector is a high-performance expert, best-selling author and an authority on turning your inner game into outer success! She's written eight books and shares strategies for high growth, high achievement and high performance in organizations, people, and teams. She's worked with NBCUniversal, Dallas Mavericks, and American Airlines and has been seen on the ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX networks.

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Patty Renna


Patty Renna brings 20+ years of expertise in leadership, governance and problem solving when working with real estate firms, and she has chaired many professional standards hearings. She currently serves as professional standards chairperson for the third-largest Realtor association in the country as well as having served in that position for Florida Realtors.

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Bill Risser

Bill Risser is vice president of digital strategy at Fidelity National Title Tampa District. He works closely with sales teams, helping them navigate the ever-changing world of technology. His areas of expertise include social media, mobile, web presence and lead generation conversion. He's an REBar Camp aficionado and has been a volunteer organizer at events for 10 years.

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Martin Rueter

Marty Rueter is a fourth-generation Realtor with an unusually broad list of credentials. Marty worked as sales managerfor a 119-year-old family real estate firm. Plus he has spent time as a trainer, franchise executive and builder of businesses. As senior vice president at Century 21 International in Southern California, Rueter developed and managed training, management development,commercial real estate, and relocation operations. As co-founder and president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, he worked with over 500 brokerages and 25,000 agents in 38 states. Today, Marty serves as Executive Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Metro Brokers in Atlanta with over 100 commercial-only brokers.

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Eric Sain

Eric Sain, district sales manager with Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach, is the 2019 president of Florida Realtors. Eric also served as president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and was Realtor of the Year in 2010. He has been a director and DVP for Florida Realtors and has also been a director for NAR. Since 1998, Eric (a Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified International Property Specialist Designee) specializes in revitalized Intracoastal historic communities, downtown neighborhoods and oceanfront condominiums in the Palm Beaches. He prides himself on being able to deliver up-to-date market analyses, the latest market trends and industry knowledge to help his clients make key decisions for their future. As president of the state association, Eric is focused on providing Florida Realtors with robust information, education and advocacy programs to help members deliver the highest level of professional service to their clients and communities.

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Robert Siciliano

Robert Siciliano is a security expert and private investigator as well as a No. 1 best selling Amazon.com author. As CEO of Safr.Me, Robert is serious about empowering people so they can protect themselves and loved ones from violence and crime in their everyday lives, both in their physical and virtual interactions.

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Todd Sumney

An expert in real estate marketing, Todd Sumney uses his 30 plus years of brand management, marketing and advertising experience for clients including Ritz-Carlton, Intel, Dole, Coleman, Realty Executives and HomeSmart International to teach marketing essentials to real estate agents and brokers, focusing on implementing effective marketing tactics to build and grow brands and businesses.

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Marcia Tabak

In her role as Florida Realtors Deputy Legal Counsel, Marcia Tabak often addresses issues that Realtors face regarding legal risks, contract creation and interpretation, regulatory issues, and professional standards. She is most interested in helping Realtors stay current on legal issues impacting the real estate industry.

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Kevin Tengan


Kevin Tengan helps Realtors grow their businesses with digital marketing, brand strategy, technology innovations and workflow efficiencies. For 26 years, he has been working and consulting for tech and entertainment companies in the U.S., Canada and London. He is an e-PRO instructor and marketing director at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty.

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Jay Thompson

Jay Thompson is a former agent, brokerage owner and served as Zillow Group's director of Industry Outreach for over six years before retiring in 2018. His expertise in social media risk management and protecting a brand's reputation provides agents and brokers with important skills in managing today's online demands.

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Stephen "Pepper" Uchino

Uchino is an expert on environmental policy with a specific focus on natural resources. Before joining Anfield Consulting Group, he was a staff director for the Florida Senate and has worked on nearly every aspect of Florida's environmental policy. Uchino is also a board member of Florida Water Advocates and Florida Wildlife Federation. He has a master's degree in Marine Affairs and Policy and a law degree from the University of Miami.

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David Wachsmuth

David Wachsmuth is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance at McGill University, and one of the world's leading experts on the affects of short-term rentals on housing markets in the United States and around the world. His research has been featured by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and dozens of other leading media outlets.

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Marc Weintraub

Marc Weintraub is a senior business attorney and managing partner of the Florida office of Bailey & Glasser LLP, specializing in representing international clients making real estate and other investments in the United States. Marc is an expert at helping to bridge cultural divides, anticipate and satisfy international client needs, and get deals closed.

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Peter West


Peter West operates five brokerage offices in Massachusetts and the Florida Gulf Coast. He has been a Realtor since 1984 and focuses his business on commercial and investment properties, representing clients nationally. Peter is a frequent presenter for NAR's buyer agency programs. In 2007, Peter was inducted into the Buyer Agent Hall of Fame.

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