Meet the speakers and presenters for the Broker's Edge virtual events.

Series One: Modern Leadership (Sept. 30):

Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander, Keynote Speaker

Valerie Alexander is a renowned expert on happiness and inclusion, and a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of happiness in the workplace, the advancement of women, and unconscious bias.

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Her TED Talk, “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” has been viewed over 170,000 times, and she has spoken at more than 100 conferences, colleges and companies, including Coca Cola, GE Capital, NASA, Tillamook, Santander, and notable Real Estate industry events such as, WomanUP!, Luxury Connect, OwningIT, Inman Connect, REvive! and several Associations’ annual meetings, retreats and leadership trainings. She was also the commencement speaker for her undergrad alma mater, Trinity University, giving the inspirational talk, "Tiger at Heart."

Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”), plus several more she’s published under her U.S. registered trademark “...as a Second Language," including books on parenting, creativity, grief and soon to come, mindfulness.

Valerie started her career as a corporate securities lawyer, investment banker and Internet executive in the Silicon Valley, then transitioned to Hollywood, where she enjoyed success as a screenwriter and director. In addition to traveling the world as a keynote speaker, Valerie also writes Christmas movies for the Hallmark Channel, which she knows you secretly love, even though you’ll only admit to watching them with your mom.

Valerie and her husband live in Los Angeles with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Vegas, Baby!

Brian Copeland, Moderator

Brian Copeland, 2019 NAR Vice President of Association Affairs

Brian Copeland is the founder and CEO of Doorbell Real Estate in Nashville, Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous HGTV and The Learning Channel television shows and served as one of Facebook’s Global Community Leadership Council members. He has been one of the most sought-after real estate speakers and consultants in the country, emceeing and keynoting some of the largest conferences in the industry. He has earned spots on T3’s Social Influencers Power List and Inman’s Most Influential List. He has represented Facebook on stage at their Marketing Week Executives’ Meeting in New York City and at the CMX Summit in Los Angeles.

Brian not only a sales leader and industry influencer, he gives tirelessly in the REALTOR® leadership arena. In 2019, he served as the Vice President for Association of Affairs for the National Association of REALTORS®. He was the 2017 President of Tennessee REALTORS® and was Nashville’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2011.

Brian founded and runs one of the largest technology camps in the nation each Spring in Nashville, attracting more than 1500 real estate professionals from 30 states and three continents.

Brian and his spouse live with their two children on a farm where they raise cows, goats, and chickens.

Marki Lemons-Ryhal

Marki Lemon Rhyal

With over 25 years of marketing experience, Marki Lemons-Ryhal a fifth-generation entrepreneur, third generation restaurateur, and first generation infopreneur has established herself as an award-winning social media speaker and course author. In a market where change is the only constant factor, Marki has used her dynamic, professional attitude and vast experience to become one of the top speakers in the country relying on content from one of the several real estate continuing education classes she has authored.

By consistently offering sound industry analysis and professional guidance, Marki’s expertise has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Agent Magazine, Forbes, REALTOR® Magazine, and has also been included on CBS News Chicago and CNBC.

In 2010, Marki was named the Illinois Real Estate Educator of the Year. Marki began her career in education in 1993 and currently works as a speaker and coach, teaching social media and technology classes for the National Association of REALTORS®, CHASE, Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, REALOGY, and Chicago City Colleges.

Marki resides in Bronzeville with her husband Stephen and their two sons Skyler and Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Chicago State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University.

Josh McGrath

Josh McGrath

Josh McGrath is a life-long resident of West Virginia, an auto enthusiast, speaker, investor, and entrepreneur. Josh started selling real estate immediately upon graduation from high school at just 18 years old. In 2001 he and business partner Angie McCown formed their team listing and selling together.

In 2005 Josh and Angie opened Real Estate Central in Charleston, WV. Real Estate Central has now grown to five offices and 90+ REALTORS® and is one of the leading Real Estate agencies in central West Virginia. In June of 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Josh affiliated the company with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate to become the first and only BHGRE company in the state! Josh currently holds his license in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina.

Josh and his team founded the organization, REC Kickin’ Cancer, and since 2011 has been raising money for agents fighting cancer annually, this event raises $15-20k. As a two-time Local REALTOR® of the year, 2007 and 2013. He is a past president of the Kanawha Valley Board of REALTORS® and is serving his fourth year as a director of the West Virginia Association of REALTORS®. Josh has previously, and continues to, serve and chair multiple state and local committees.

In 2016 Josh was awarded the 40 under 40 award by the West Virginia State Journal’s Generation Next, the State REALTOR® of the Year, and represented West Virginia at the National Convention. Josh was named Young Gun Class of 2020 by the West Virginia Executive Magazine. As a continuing education instructor and representative of Region 3 on the NAR RPAC Major Investor Council, Josh is a huge advocate of RPAC and its importance to the REALTOR® industry.

Josh currently resides in Charleston with his husband Rick, and their dogs Jaxon and RaeLynn. Josh loves traveling around the country, speaking/motivating agents on real estate success strategies, and spending his free time at Holden Beach, NC.

Dave Jones

Jones Dave

As a former teacher and high school principal, Dave Jones takes a service-minded and social justice approach to running and operating Windermere Abode with his wife, Anne Jones. In addition to being the owner/operator of Windermere Abode, he also hosts the insideABODE podcast: abodeLIVE!, series on Instagram, and is the creator/producer of the insideABODE vlog, nominated for the Inman Innovator Award in 2019. When not busy with his Abode ventures, he is Palmer Scholars community mentor, a hip-hop scene junkie, loves all things tech, and a lifelong hoopaholic.

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