View the final agenda/schedule of the Broker's Edge event in Nashville, Tennessee, that took place on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

October 27, 2022 – 8:00am – 4:00pm 

8:00am –  9:00am Continental Breakfast

9:00am –  9:10am Welcome and Opening Remarks 

  • Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 President, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Travis Close, 2022 President, Tennessee REALTORS®  
  • Emcee: Kitty Wallace, Managing Broker, RE/MAX Integrity, Cle Elum, WA

9:10am –  9:35am Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, NFTs and How They Relate to the Real Estate Industry

  • Kristin Smith, REALTOR®, Dave Perry Miller, Dallas, TX

Learn the basics of decentralized finance, traditional banks vs cryptocurrency, how cryptocurrency works with real estate, and how to stay ahead as a broker!  

9:35am –  10:10am Legal Update

  • Lesley Muchow, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, National Association of REALTORS®

Overview of the current class action litigation, along with the essential resources to stay informed and reinforce the pro-consumer benefits of the local broker marketplaces and the services real estate professionals provide.

10:10am – 10:30am (Panel) Why Advocacy: What it Really Means for Brokerages


  • Hagan Stone, 2022 REALTOR® Party Director, Nashville, TN


  • Sher Powers, 2022 President Elect, TN REALTORS®, Nashville, TN
  • Mike Gaughan, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Choice Properties, Hendersonville, TN
  • Chris Garrett, Principal Broker/Co-owner, Weichert, REALTORS®—The Andrews Group, Murfressbro, TN
  • Kevin Wilson, Managing Broker, Pilkerton REALTORS®, Nashville, TN

An informative glimpse into current industry issues related to real estate and how it translates to Tennessee brokers. 

10:30am – 10:45am Break

10:45am – 11:05am (Panel) Industry Issues


  • Angela Shields, CEO, Tennessee REALTORS®, Nashville, TN


  • Kevin Little, Mortgage Loan Originator, Regions Bank, Franklin, TN
  • Charles Schneider, CEO, Home Builders Association of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • Lyndi Berrones, Northern Middle Tennessee Regional Director, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Nashville, TN

A general glimpse into industry and what it means to Tennessee brokers and the real estate industry, facilitated by the CEO of Tennessee REALTORS®.

11:05am – 11:25am (Regional Interest Topic) Flooding, Fires and Tornadoes, Oh My!

  • Craig Foley, Associate Broker & Chief Sustainability Officer, LAER Realty Partners, Melrose, MA

There are many threats to the real estate industry, but the elephant in the room is the impact of a changing climate on the industry. It's time to discuss the opportunities, obligations, and solutions for real estate brokerages.

11:25am – 12:05pm Lunch

12:05pm – 12:35pm Housing Market Update

  • Dr. Jessica Lautz, Vice President, Demographics and Behavior Insights, National Association of REALTORS®

12:35pm – 12:55pm Overcoming Barriers to DEI – Why it Matters to You

  • Robert Morris, Broker, Parks Realty, Smyrna, TN

In this session, Brokers will have an increased knowledge and awareness of the barriers that may inhibit students from fully embracing diversity and creating a successful multicultural real estate business.

12:55pm – 1:10pm Break

1:10pm – 1:30pm (Panel) Collaborating for Success


  • Kitty Wallace, Managing Broker, RE/MAX Integrity, Cle Elum, WA


  • Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 President, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Marc Gould, Senior Vice President of Member Development, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Angela Shields, CEO, Tennessee REALTORS®
  • Travis Close, 2022 Tennessee REALTORS® President

Learn more from NAR and TN REALTORS® about what is on the horizon for 2023 including membership updates, sustainability initiatives, and the housing market outlook.  

1:30pm – 1:50pm Agent Recruitment and Retention

  • Hagan Stone, 2022 REALTOR® Party Director, Nashville, TN

This session explores what role culture, resources and mentorship play in recruiting top agents both seasoned and new. In addition, brokers will learn tips to create a culture of belonging, and resources that matter in a shifting market and what intentional mentorship can do for retaining your best agents.

1:50pm – 2:50pm Closing Keynote: The Culture IS Your Competitive Advantage

  • Anat Baron, Futurist, Tech Entrepreneur & Former Head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade

In her interactive presentation, Anat Baron will propose that organizations build cross functional bridges and embrace the coming onslaught of technological advances that will continue to impact the workforce. She will describe the strategies and changes she has implemented in her corporate and start-up career, running onsite, hybrid and remote teams. Anat will discuss why culture is key in this age of authenticity and transparency, where the line between employees and customers continues to blur.

2:50pm – 2:55pm Closing Remarks

2:55pm – 4:00pm Networking Reception