Thank You for Attending! See You in 2023!

The Committee Leadership Camp includes multiple immersive training sessions for the volunteer committee leaders of the National Association of REALTORS®. The content will help define the roles and expectations of committee volunteer leaders, develop leadership skills, teach effective communication strategies, and lead a productive and successful meeting. Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Liaisons are also given opportunities to collaborate with their staff executive on goals for the coming year.

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Tuesday, August 9th

Committee Leadership Camp participants arrive

2:00 – 6:00pm

Registration Desk
Sheraton Chicago Hotel – Lobby Level Registration Desk

6:00 – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception 
Lucky Strike Chicago, River East Center, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

8:15 – 9:30pm

Ice Cream Social 
Sheraton Chicago Hotel – Michigan A/B

Wednesday, August 10th

7:00 – 8:00am

Registration Desk
Sheraton Chicago Hotel – Lobby Level Registration Desk

7:00 – 8:00am

Breakfast
Sheraton Ballroom IV & V

8:00 – 9:15am

Opening Session including Keynote Speaker Ben Kjar

9:15 – 9:30am

Break/Move to breakout session 1

9:30 – 10:45am

Breakout session 1:

  • Group A: How To Be an Effective Spokesperson for Your Committee, Sheraton Ballroom I
  • Group B: Managing Productive Meetings, Sheraton Ballroom II
  • Group C: Navigating NAR Governance, Sheraton Ballroom III

10:45 – 11:00am

Break/Move to general session 

11:00 – 11:30pm

General Session
Sheraton Ballroom IV & V

11:30am – 12:30pm

Networking Lunch
Sheraton Ballroom IV & V

12:30 – 12:45pm

Break / Move to Breakout Session 2

12:45 – 2:00pm

Breakout Session 2 

  • Group A: Navigating NAR Governance, Sheraton Ballroom III
  • Group B: How To Be an Effective Spokesperson for Your Committee, Sheraton Ballroom I
  • Group C: Managing Productive Meetings, Sheraton Ballroom II

2:00 – 2:15pm

Break / Move to Breakout Session 3

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout Session 3 

  • Group A: Managing Productive Meetings, Sheraton Ballroom II    
  • Group B: Navigating NAR Governance, Sheraton Ballroom III
  • Group C: How To Be an Effective Spokesperson for Your Committee, Sheraton Ballroom I

3:30 – 3:45pm

Break / Move to Closing Session

3:45 – 4:30pm

Closing session 
Sheraton Ballroom IV & V


Questions? Please contact Jenna Sopko.


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Thank you to the 2022 Camp Facilitators

View Janelle Brevard's bio

Janelle Brevard is former Chief Storyteller for the National Association of REALTORS®. In this role, she was responsible for capturing and telling the stories of REALTORS®, including integrating storytelling into NAR events. Janelle also served as an on-air moderator for NAR shows including its presidential chat video series and the Drive with NAR podcast. Janelle is a former Capitol Hill reporter with The Associated Press. She later transitioned to political speechwriting, serving as the top scribe for Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Secretary Condoleezza Rice. Janelle is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, an executive education style cohort led by Presidents Bush and Clinton.

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Adorna Carroll, DSA

ABR/M, AHWD, SRS, CRB, C-RETS, RENE, PSA, SFR, GRI, ePRO, C2EX

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Adorna currently owns and runs 3 real estate related business and has had a personal team for over 25 years.

As the President of Dynamic Directions, Inc., a company with an extensive faculty of consultants, speakers and trainers, Adorna trains REALTORS® all over North America. She has authored numerous residential designation and certification courses for the NAR and REBI – Real Estate Business Institute.

In 1997 she completed her term as the State President for the CT Realtors, was the 2001 Region 1 VP, an NAR Liaison in 2002, 2003, and 2007, RPAC Trustee in 2004, the 2005 NAR VP & Liaison to Committees, NAR’s Chief Political Fundraiser in 2006, a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame, the REBAC Hall of Fame, the 2016 President of the REBI – Real Estate Business Institute and is the 79th recipient of NAR’s Distinguished Service Award.

Adorna has a BA Degree in Philosophy and has been awarded five Who’s Who awards beginning with “Who’s Who of American Women”, “Finance and Industry”, “Emerging Leaders”, “Who’s Who in the East” and “Who’s Who in America.

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Toni Carone 2022

Toni Carone

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Toni Carone is affiliated with Long and Foster Real Estate with licenses in WV and VA and has officially been an active REALTOR® since 2005. She started her career working as staff for the Eastern Panhandle Board of REALTORS® and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Marketing during that tenure.

Toni is a Past President of her local board, EPBR and served as a West Virginia Association of REALTORS® director from 2006-2020. Toni is the 2022 President Elect for WVAR and will serve as President in 2023. She has chaired the WVAR Convention Committee several times; Chaired the RPAC committee and been a member of many other WVAR committees over the years. Toni was on the task force to develop the WVAR Leadership Academy and became a graduate in their Inaugural Class.

She served on the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Major Investor Council for several years and currently sits on the NAR RPAC Fundraising Trustee Committee as a Regional Representative. She is an RPAC Major Investor, including being member of the RPAC Presidents Circle.

Toni was previously named EPBR Rookie REALTOR® of the Year, EPBR REALTOR® of the Year and named WV Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year in 2015.

In her spare time, she enjoys being a “cheer aunt” and traveling the country with all her REALTOR® family she has accumulative throughout the years of service to EPBR/WVAR/NAR.

Natalie Davis

Natalie Davis

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As a Colorado REALTOR®, National Speaker, and Business Coach, Natalie Davis is committed to inspiring real estate professionals, companies, and organizations to excel to be intentional industry thought leaders.    

With a passion to lead and serve, Natalie has led as the 2016 Chair for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, served as the interim CEO for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, and as a Board of Director for the Colorado Association of REALTORS ® and on various committees for the National Association of REALTORS®.  Natalie has volunteered on various committees with both the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS ®and the South Metro Denver Association of REALTORS ® (SMDRA) In 2022, she will serve as the Member Services Liaison for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and as the Chair-Elect for the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR). 

Her dedication to the progression of the industry has received recognition by receipt of the Colorado Young Professional of the Year Award (2016), Colorado Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award (2016 & 2021), Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® Rookie of the Year Finalist (2012) and Young Professional of the Year (2014). 

She has worked with Associations and Brokerages to facilitate both strategic and business planning, teaches the NAR At Home with Diversity and Implicit Bias Override Courses. Natalie is also a Ninja Coach and Mastery for Associates Guide for Ninja Selling, helping agents across the country to build an evergreen business. 

Troy Green

Troy Green

Director of Media Communications, NAR

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Troy Green is the Director of Media Communications for the National Association of REALTORS®. He leads NAR’s media outreach, serves as a media spokesperson, and proactively pitches news stories based on NAR’s public relations communication strategic plan and business priorities. In addition, he helps develop and implement the strategic plan and key messages and provides media coaching for NAR’s Leadership Team, Regional Vice Presidents and subject matter experts. 

Troy has 20 years of extensive experience in media communications and public affairs. Prior to joining NAR, he worked in public affairs for two modes within the U.S. Department of Transportation – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. During his time there, Troy developed and executed successful media and public relations strategies. In addition, he staffed Administrators, Deputy Administrators and other senior executives at Congressional hearings, stakeholder meetings, press events, and briefed these senior leaders on topline messaging in preparation for these events and media interviews.

In his previous role as Public Relations Manager for the AAA National Office in Washington D.C., he served as AAA’s lead on-camera spokesperson during interviews on national news programs and outlets such as NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News; CBS’s The Early Show and Evening News; ABC’s Good Morning America and World News; CNN; CNBC; Fox News; Fox Business; and MSNBC.

During his career, Troy has established and managed relationships with national broadcast, print, radio, and trade media, including NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, National Public Radio, and many more.

In February 2020, Troy completed his 20th season as a play-by-play announcer and color analyst for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s and women’s basketball teams’ television broadcasts – including four seasons (2016-2020) of broadcasting UMBC basketball games on multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPN 3 and ESPN+.

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Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson

ABR,AHWD,CIPS,CRS,GRI,SRES

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Nate K. Johnson is the President of Real Estate Solutions Group @ Redkey Realty Leaders, a full service residential real estate group with a commitment to helping clients achieve their real estate goals. In addition to representing buyers and sellers in real estate transactions, Nate serves in an agent development role for Redkey Realty Leaders, where he coaches and trains agents at the largest independent real estate brokerage in St. Louis. He also manages a sales staff while overseeing the daily operations of Real Estate Solutions. 

Nate has been speaking to groups around the country, large and small, for over a decade. He is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves through teaching and training. Nate is a certified instructor for the National Association of REALTORS® and teaches the Smart Growth for the 21st Century class, which helps REALTORS® gain a better understanding of how to build communities in a sustainable way. Nate is also certified to instruct NAR’s Discovering Commercial Real Estate course, which provides insight for residential practitioners who are considering commercial real estate. He is also a certified REBAC Instructor and teaches the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation course and the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation course. Nate also instructs a variety of other courses, including Fair Housing, Code of Ethics, Business Planning, Leadership and more. 

Nate has been a proud member of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® (“SLAR”) since 1999. He served as the 2011 President of SLAR, which represents nearly 8,000 REALTORS® in St. Louis. Nate has chaired several SLAR committees including the Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity committee, as well as the Urban Affairs Committee. Nate served as President of The St. Louis Association of Real Estate Professionals (SLAREP), a chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. On the state level, Nate has been Chairman of the Economic Development Council and served as 2018 President of the Missouri Association of REALTORS®, which represents over 23,000 REALTORS® in the state of Missouri. He is also a member of the Missouri REALTORS® Honor Society and is a past Chairman of the Smart Growth Advisory Board for the National Association of REALTORS®. He served as 2020 Liaison for Federal & Public Issues for the National Association of REALTORS® and currently serves as 2021 Chairman of the Sustainability Advisory Group for NAR. Nate serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council, which is the only private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination in the Metropolitan St. Louis area. Nate served as a Commissioner of the Preservation Board for the City of St. Louis. Currently, Nate serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Bi-State Development Agency, whose largest enterprise is Metro, which is the region's public transportation system. He is also a member of the Regional Business Council’s Young Professional Leadership 100 group, and serves on the Board of Directors for Trailnet, whose mission is to lead in fostering healthy, active and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling and the use of public transit are a way of life. 

Nate is a member of Real Estate Buyers Agency Council and has earned the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Designation. He is also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and is a member of the Residential Real Estate Council where he has earned the prestigious CRS designation. Nate has also earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation. Additionally, Nate is a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and certified Workforce Housing Specialist (WHS). Through his participation in diversity training, he has achieved the At Home with Diversity (AHWD) certification. Additionally, Nate has completed the CCIM Institute’s Financial Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate. Real Estate Solutions has been named one of the Top 25 Businesses in St. Louis by the St. Louis American Foundation for the last eight years. Nate has been featured on nationally televised programs, including Nickelodeon's MFF, and HGTV's My First Place. He has also been a regular contributor for KETC's Nine Network Stay Tuned television program, which aired live in St. Louis.

Ben Kjar

Ben Kjar

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Ben Kjar was born with Crouzons syndrome (a craniofacial anomaly), and as a young boy, the doctors told him that he would live a different life.....and that’s exactly what he’s done!!

Ben has risen above any of life’s challenges to become a Victor, not a victim.

Ben is Utah Valley University’s first-ever NCAA Division 1 Wrestling All-American and has represented the USA team internationally.

Ben is an international professional speaker and has told his story to millions around the globe, in front of crowds of up to 10,000 people!

In the past 6 years, Ben has flipped nearly 200 properties and compiled a Rental portfolio of almost 100 multi-family rentals and 3 storage unit complexes.

Ben and his wife, LaCol, are proud parents of 3 beautiful, adopted kids which are 3 yrs old and under.

Ben believes the real way to become truly wealthy is to travel and experience culture and its people. If you can connect with mankind, you will have a rich life.

Elizabeth Mendenhall

Elizabeth Mendenhall

2018 President, NAR

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Elizabeth Mendenhall, a REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri, was the 2018 President of the National Association of REALTORS®.

A sixth-generation REALTOR®, Elizabeth is the CEO for RE/MAX Boone Realty and has been in the business for more than 20 years.

As the 2018 President, Elizabeth helped drive bold innovation, specifically aimed at heightening NAR’s communications, technology and advocacy strategies. Accomplishments include amplifying real-time member communications, championing fair housing, and positioning REALTORS® as technology advocates to further emphasize the critical nature of the role REALTORS® provide in the industry.

An accomplished speaker, Elizabeth represents the association and NAR’s Leadership Team, presenting to REALTOR® and industry audiences, nationwide and abroad.

Throughout her years of service, Elizabeth has earned numerous industry accolades and awards such as the RIS Media 2018 Newsmaker Award, 2017 & 2018 Swanepoel Power 200, Columbia Area Young Professionals Athena Award Inaugural Honoree, and RE/MAX International Broker Manager of the Year.

Elizabeth serves on the NAR Board of Directors, where she has served twelve times since 2005. Additionally, Elizabeth chaired the NAR Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as NAR Vice President of Committees in 2011 and Liaison to Association Leadership in 2008.

In addition to her national work, Elizabeth has held numerous leadership positions at state and local REALTOR® associations, as well as with the Women’s Council, including 2010 President of the Missouri REALTORS ®, 2003 President of the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, and the 2004 President of the Missouri Women’s Council.

Active in her community, Elizabeth served on the board of directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the local United Way, and Job Point. She also founded and served as the first president of the Mid-Missouri Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

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JoAnne Poole

JoAnne Poole

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JoAnne Poole has been a REALTOR® since 1986 and is an Associate Broker and Branch Office Manager for Berkshire Hathaway HomesServices Homesale Realty, and the Broker/Owner of Poole Realty. She holds the professional designations and certifications of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Graduate of REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Performance Management Network (PMN), At Home With Diversity® (AHWD), Internet Professional (ePRO), and Broker Price Opinion Resource (BROR), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS) and C2EX endorsed.

JoAnne was President of her local association, Anne Arundel County Association of REALTORS and State President of the Maryland Association of REALTORS®. JoAnne serves on the Professional Standards Committee for three local REALTOR® associations in Maryland. At the National Association of REALTORS®, JoAnne has served as Vice Chair and Chair of several committees, Liaison between committees twice, President, Region 3 Vice President, 2014 NAR Vice President to Committees. and currently serving on NAR’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

JoAnne has been an active member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® since 1989 and has served as President of her local, state and regional chapters/networks and served on Strategic Planning and Executive committees at both the National Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Awards received include REALTOR® of the Year, Member of the Year for the Women's Council of REALTORS®, Member of the Year for the Certified Residential Specialist, inducted in NAR’s Omega Tau Rho society and the Maryland Association of REALTOR’S® Life Achievement Award.

In 2018, she was awarded NAR’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) making her the 93rd person and the only African American to ever receive the award.

Elizabeth serves on the NAR Board of Directors, where she has served twelve times since 2005. Additionally, Elizabeth chaired the NAR Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as NAR Vice President of Committees in 2011 and Liaison to Association Leadership in 2008.

JoAnne is very involved with her church, enjoys the theater, and spending time with her family, especially her two perfect grandchildren.

Mantill Williams

Mantill Williams

Vice President, Public Relations & Communication Strategy, NAR

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Mantill Williams is an award-winning association executive with more than 25 years’ experience in public relations, grassroots and advertising outreach in the area of transportation and land use issues. Since March of 2019 he was named the Vice President of Public Relations and Communication Strategy for the National Association of REALTORS® which is the largest trade association in America. In this position he leads NAR’s Public Relations and Speechwriting team. This year, his speech team won the Cicero award, one of the highest honors for speech writers. In 2021, his team won Reagan’s Communications PR team of the Year Award. Before NAR he served as the Director of Advocacy Communications for the American Public Transportation for twelve years, where he led the association’s public relations, grassroots and advertising outreach. Before this position, he served as the Director of public relations for AAA, which is the nation’s largest membership association for nearly 10 years. His experience also includes serving as the Director of Member services for the American Trucking Association. His public and media relations strategies have garnered extensive news coverage in top tier media where he often served as media spokesperson. Mantill holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University.

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