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Tim Andersen is the president of Timothy C. Andersen Inc., a real estate appraisal, consulting and education firm based in Florida. He specializes in appraising both residential and commercial properties. Tim is a certified general real estate appraiser in the state of Florida, board-certified in appraisal review by the National Association of Appraisers, and is a certified USPAP instructor.
North Carolina native Leigh Brown grew up in residential real estate and joined the industry in 2000. Leigh's team was recognized as one of the nation's Top 200 Real Estate Teams by the Wall Street Journal and is also ranked in the RE/MAX Top 100 Teams Worldwide.
Leigh's industry passions include working with NAR, CRS and RPAC to improve the lives of REALTORS® and protect property rights. She is a regular contributor to Inman News and travels the world to speak to groups about how to engage with others and ignite their passions.
Motivational speaker and best-selling author Scott Burrows' unforgettable and life-changing story proves that the most overwhelming setbacks can be converted into success, fulfillment and personal realization through clear vision, determination and an unstoppable grit.
By age 19, Scott played college football at Florida State University and was a top-ranked kickboxing black belt champion with his last fight broadcast on ESPN. The same year, Scott was also involved in a car crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Refusing to be sidelined, Scott graduated college and became a top producer in the insurance and financial industry where he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, a prestigious 100% commission award. He later partnered with his brother as a venture capitalist, forming an international golf development company.
Today, Scott travels to the world to speak internationally to audiences, including Fortune 500 companies, about how to exceed limits, conquer obstacles and the embrace the power of the human spirit.
Industry veteran Sean Carpenter received his real estate license in 1998 and currently serves buyers and sellers throughout central Ohio. Sean is also a popular national speaker with messages focusing on sales, business planning and leadership, creating memorial customer experiences, and maximizing social and digital media.
Named one of Inman News' Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate in 2013, Sean was recently ranked as one of the Top 20 most influential people in real estate social media. Sean's speaking appearances have included every Coldwell Banker Gen Blue Conference, the Coldwell Banker Global Management Summit, numerous state REALTOR® association conventions and various REALTOR® events around the country.
Sean's mission is to teach with passion and enthusiasm instilling confidence and excitement in his students. His philosophy centers around helping his audiences learn how to build more relationships, solve more problems and have more fun.
Dwayne has been a REALTOR® since 2002 and a trainer since 2004. Prior to
entering real estate, he was a project manager and technical trainer in the
Information Technology industry for more than 15 years.
In addition, Dwayne serves as an Education & Leadership Consultant to
associations across the country.
Along with training various NAR courses, Dwayne has also developed and
trained on a variety of real estate business topics.
Dwayne was chosen as a 2009 Inductee to the REBAC Hall of Fame where
he joined a select group of REBAC instructors chosen for the honor. He is also
a proud 2010 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy.
In 2014 Dwayne joined the staff of the Minneapolis Area Association of
REALTORS as the Director of Education and Professional Development.
Joanne Chando is a national educator & speaker who has engaged & enlightened audiences across the country bringing with her 35 years of active real estate experience. She became a Broker upon moving to Southwest Florida in 1997. In 2005 she opened her own brokerage which she continues to operate.
A 2009 Leadership Academy graduate at Florida REALTORS®, Joanne has served on Professional Development and numerous other committees since 2002.
Joanne’s a multiple year FR Director, an 11 year Honor Society Member and RPAC GOLDEN R, too.
In 2017 she will serve as Vice-Chairman of Florida REALTORS® Education Programs.
Joanne is the 2015 Florida REALTORS® Educator of the Year and 2014 Broker of the Year at her association.
Amy Chorew is a national instructor experienced in helping managers and agents maximize the opportunities that technology offers them. Amy has knowledge of the latest technologies with a unique ability to translate it all into easy to understand language. She teaches e-Pro, CE, GRI and skill development courses across American and Canada delivered live and through webinars.
Amy has created a webinar and coaching series that companies are using to show agents how online video, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, podcasts and other multi-media tools are an effective way to capture today's buyers and sellers.
Amy is president of The Techbyte, delivering technology training to companies and sales associates. She is also Learning Director for SMMInstitute who rewrote NAR'S EPro® Certification.
Valerie Garcia is an international speaker known for delivering encouragement and truth with her straightforward style and sense of humor. Valerie focuses on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first.
Valerie has worked with real estate companies in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and has spent over 17 years educating and teaching real estate professionals. Over the past several years, she has been creating and delivering education initiatives for associates across North America.
When you meet Ashton Gustafson you will quickly learn he has two passions: challenging the status quo and changing the world as we know it. Fueled by these two passions, Ashton is in the early stages of producing world changing Real Estate, Marketing, Writing and Speaking careers. He currently owns two real estate companies, speaks across the country at numerous events, authors a daily blog, and is working on his first book, Let the Music Play: A Manifesto on Making Music With Your Life, Family, and Business.
Ashton has taken the Real Estate industry by storm and is creating quite a buzz while doing so. He's known by many as "The HOMEboy", his trademarked version of a Realtor/Real Estate Agent, and was selected by Realtor Magazine into the 2010 "30 Under 30"class.
In 2010, Ashton was also nationally recognized again by Star Power Systems by being the youngest ever selected as a Star Power Star.
As president of Ed Hatch Seminars, Inc. and a senior instructor for the Council of Residential Specialists Ed has spoken to over 100 audiences each year since 1990. He has been a featured speaker at the last twenty seven consecutive NAR Conventions, at ten CRS Sell-a-brations, and has spoken on the topics of negotiating, business and strategic planning, customer service, and leadership … throughout the US, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Africa, South America, Singapore, Scandinavia, and Malaysia.
Eric Kodner has over 20 years of experience as a college faculty member and over 30 years of experience in labor negotiations. Before entering real estate a decade ago, he enjoyed a successful career in the performing arts as a symphonic musician and conductor.
Since 2008, Kodner has taught real estate courses in technology, fair housing, ethics and agency in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He created courses for the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, taught at EXIT Realty and People's Home Mortgage corporate offices in the Twin Cities, and presented a Web SEO course as a guest speaker at the 2005 WRA convention. In 2009, he presented a seminar on social networking at the LuxuryRealEstate.com Spring Retreat in Las Vegas.
A member of the WRA education faculty, Kodner currently serves on the board of directors of the NAR 2010 Equal Opportunity - Cultural Diversity Committee, the WRA Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee (EOC), is a NAR-certified At Home with Diversity instructor, and also serves as Education Chair for the Wisconsin Chapter of the CRS.
Kodner is the broker and owner of Madeline Island Realty in LaPointe, Wis., and Wayzata Lakes Realty in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn."
Jennifer Lindsley is the director of training for the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association.
Jennifer participates as an attorney on the WRA Legal Hotline and serves as a liaison between the WRA and the Wisconsin Technical College System. Her responsibilities include drafting education materials, developing pre-licensing and continuing education resources, and teaching WRA pre-license and continuing education courses.
She received her B.A. from Portland State University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jennifer is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association. In 2014, she received the WRA Instructor of the Year award.
Juanita McDowell is the president of Atlanta-based training firm InMotion Consulting. Each year, Juanita delivers over 200 workshops and seminars to agents and entrepreneurs across the nation. She is a REBAC-certified e-Pro instructor and a member of the GRI faculty in multiple states.
In 2013, Juanita was named 2013 Instructor of the Year by the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association, and in 2010 and 2011, the Georgia Association of REALTORS® chose her as their "Partner in Education Instructor of the Year."
Juanita resides in Atlanta with her husband and three sons and volunteers as a Technology Partner for Habitat for Humanity.
Listed in the 2009 report of the 100 Most Influential Women in Real Estate, professional speaker, consultant, author and business real estate strategist Karel Murray has connected with hundreds of audiences throughout the U.S. and beyond. Karel holds a B.A. in human resources and has earned numerous designations and certifications, including the National Speakers Association's CSP designation and the Real Estate Educators Association's DREI designation. Karel is a certified instructor for the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Manager courses. Karel's resume includes experience as a human resources regional executive of a large commercial insurance firm, award-winning salesperson, manager of a top-producing real estate office, and now the owner of Our Branch Inc., a national and international speaking and training company.
Doug Richards has extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate sales and has been involved in the ownership and management of various rental homes, apartments and commercial properties for 35 years. Doug was certified as a CRS instructor in 1989 and authored most of the recent changes to the current CRS 204 and CRS 205 courses. In addition to his CRS instruction, Doug has taught courses on tax, finance and real estate investment in 48 states as well as China, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
Doug began his real estate career in 1976 and has served in leadership positions with his local board as well as the state and national levels. His previous awards include being named Salesman of the Year and REALTOR® of the Year by the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® as well as CRS of the Year by the state of Utah.
Jonathan M. Sayas is an attorney with Stewart Title Guaranty Company, and is licensed to practice before all courts in the state of Wisconsin and U.S. Federal District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Jonathan is an experienced litigator in real estate matters and provides legal counsel to both buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate. He is a regular instructor for WRA CE courses and is an established contributor to the WRA's Legal Hotline. Jonathan is a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Forms Advisory Committee and has also served as an adjunct professor with Concordia University's Executive MBA program teaching real estate management.
He received his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University and undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Jon was named the 2011 WRA Instructor of the Year.
Robert Sayas is an attorney with the law offices of Sayas, Schmuki, Rondini & Plum S.C. Rob is a Legal Hotline attorney for the WRA, answering member questions about real estate related matters. He received his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Michael Sewell is a real estate broker in Green Bay and a past president of the REALTORS® Association of Northeast Wisconsin. He has taught pre-license classes, continuing education courses and professional standards throughout Wisconsin since 1991.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University and received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 1978. He practiced law for 10 years prior to entering the field of real estate in 1988. Michael was named the WRA 1998 Instructor of the Year and serves on the WRA's Professional Standards Work Group and the Professional Standards Hearing Panel.
Michael and Rebecca Straley began their careers in the 1980s, with Michael's background in data consulting and analysis and Rebecca's in real estate brokerage. Today, the Straleys work as the Go Straley Group team of Virginia-based real estate brokerage eXp Realty. The Straleys are certified NAR instructors and are certified Pricing Strategy Advisors (PSA). Michael and Rebecca bring 20 years of corporate business experience and 25 years of real estate experience, respectively, to their clients. In addition to their real estate practice, the Straleys are active in real estate at the local, state and national levels, and Rebecca is currently serving as an ombudsman for the Virginia Association of REALTORS®.