2018 REALTOR® Broker Summit Speakers

April 4-5, Nashville, TN

The REALTOR® Broker Summit offers an incredible two days of learning, exclusive insights, and networking opportunities. Stay on the cutting edge by discovering new technologies and business strategies from industry leaders. Get the scoop on best practices, new innovations, and the changing shape of real estate in order to position your brokerage for success and stay ahead of the curve.

Learn from and collaborate with industry experts, tech entrepreneurs and top brokers to position your brokerage for success.

Meet the 2018 REALTOR® Broker Summit speakers:


Colleen Badagiacco 2018 Broker Summit

Colleen Badagiacco

2018 NAR Vice President of Association
Affairs;  Broker/Associate for Legacy
Real Estate & Associates

Morgan Hill, CA

View Collen's bio

Colleen, a REALTOR® for 40 years, holds the professional designations of Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR®); Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE); Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); e-PRO®; and the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

An active NAR leader, Colleen was NAR’s Vice President for Region 13 in 2016. She has served on NAR’s Board of Directors since 1995. She has chaired several committees, including the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee, the Business Issues Committee, and the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee. She is an RPAC Hall of Fame member.

Hunter Beyke

Strategic Account Manager, 
Steelcase Inc.

Nashville, TN

View Hunter's bio

Hunter is a Strategic Account Manager for Steelcase, Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products. Hunter joined Steelcase in 2008 after more than 20 years in the Interior Design industry. In her position as Strategic Account Manager, she brings resources and information that are critical to the integration of Architecture, Furniture and Technology that support business drivers for corporate development and sustainability.

Paul Boomsma

Paul Boomsma

President and CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Chicago, IL 

View Paul's bio

With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Paul Boomsma serves as president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global real estate community of 565 real estate firms spanning six continents. He created the highly successful Luxury Portfolio International® division for LeadingRE, previously serving as its president. He also headed operations and strategic marketing for LeadingRE as COO. Today, he is a frequent industry speaker on topics that include: consumer trends, global business practices, and working with affluent buyers and sellers. 

Chrysanthe Broikos

Chrysanthe Broikos

Curator, National Building Museum

Washington, D.C. 

View Chrysanthe's bio

Chrysanthe is an architectural historian and curator at the National Building Museum. She has organized several of the Museum’s signature exhibitions, including Making Room: Housing for a Changing America; Designing for Disaster; Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th Century America; On the Job: Design and the American Office; and Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America

Bill Brown 2018 Broker Summit

Bill Brown

2018 NAR Immediate Past President;
Founder, Investment Properties

Oakland, CA

View Bill's bio

Bill is a second-generation REALTOR®, who has been active in organized real estate for more than 35 years. Bill has served in numerous positions at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves on NAR’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Leadership Team. He is a Golden R, member of the President's Circle and in 2010 was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. In 2013, Bill served as an NAR Vice President.

Steve Brown

Steve A. Brown

President of Residential Sales,
CRYE-LEIKE® Residential

Memphis, TN

View Steve's bio

Steve is president of CRYE-LEIKE® Residential based in Memphis, Tennessee. He supervises the firms’ Internet Customer Care department for online sales; Customer Service Center; represents the firm on the NAR Real Estate Services Advisory Board; is a member of the Board of Directors for The Realty Alliance and the National Association of REALTORS®.

As one of the largest, full service real estate companies, CRYE-LEIKE® has a network of more than 3,200 sales associates and over 125 offices located throughout a nine-state region: Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Their service delivery model makes the experience of buying and selling convenient, efficient, and reliable.

Sean Carpenter

Sean Carpenter

Director of Agent Development,
Coldwell Banker King Thompson

Columbus, OH

View Sean's bio

Sean Carpenter is the former Agent Development Director for the Ohio NRT companies. Sean recently jumped back into a sales role with Coldwell Banker King Thompson serving Buyers and Sellers throughout Central Ohio. He founded his company, Sean Speaks, LLC, in 2018 and has become a popular speaker across the nation focusing on topics like creating memorable customer experiences, maximizing social and digital media, business planning and leadership.

Desmond Child

Desmond Child

Legendary Grammy Award Winning
Producer & Songwriter

Nashville, TN

View Desmond's bio

Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter/producer Desmond Child is one of music's most accomplished hit makers having written and produced more than eighty Billboard Top 40 hits spanning five decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer”, "You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Dude Looks Like A Lady”, “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and “Waking Up In Vegas.” From Aerosmith to Zedd, his genre-defying collaborations also include Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Katy Perry, Mickey Mouse, and Kermit the Frog, selling over 500 million records worldwide as well as downloads, YouTube views, and streaming plays already in the billions.

Sherry A Chris

Sherry A. Chris

President and CEO, Better Homes
and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Madison, NJ

View Sherry's bio

Since its inception in 2008, Sherry has served as president and chief executive officer of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC, a lifestyle real estate brand offering a full range of services to brokers, sales associates, home buyers and sellers. A veteran in the industry, Sherry brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to the dynamic brand where she focuses on guiding the brand’s vision and strategic growth.

Well-known for her innovative thinking, next generation consumer insights, and idea sharing in efforts to move the industry forward, Sherry frequently speaks at real estate and technology conferences, providing guidance on best practices and market trends. She is a strong advocate of engaging with businesses and consumers through social media channels – making her the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter.

Brian Copeland 2018 Broker Summit

Brian Copeland

Chief Engagement Officer, Village
Real Estate Services

Nashville, TN

View Brian's bio

Brian is the chief engagement officer for Village Real Estate Services. He is the immediate past president of the Tennessee REALTORS® and was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. In 2014, he was named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America.

Brian founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, REBarCamp, attracting more than 1,500 real estate professionals from more than 30 states.

John Featherston 2018 Broker Summit

John Featherston


Norwalk, CT

View John's bio

John is the founder, president and CEO of RISMedia, Inc. Since 1980, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information, has been servicing more than 500,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most productive and successful agents, brokers and related service professionals.

RISMedia provides the industry with news, trends and business development strategies through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine; its leading website, RISMedia.com; its popular Housecall blog; and its legendary networking and educational events, including RISMedia's CEO Exchange.

A frequent speaker at industry events, Featherston was awarded the 2015 RE/MAX ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award, recognizing his longtime support of the real estate industry.

Bob Goldberg 2018 Broker Summit

Bob Goldberg

CEO, National Association of REALTORS®

View Bob's bio

A 25-year veteran of NAR, Bob took over the reins on August 1, 2017. Prior to assuming the CEO position, he served as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions for NAR. In his SVP role, Goldberg was responsible for brand and strategic marketing and association non-dues revenue, and oversaw the largest employee base at NAR, with 69 division personnel.

stephanie hahn

Stefanie Hahn

Vice President of Operations
Coldwell Banker Hearthside

Newtown, PA

View Stefanie's bio

Stefanie’s passion is connection and she is thankful to have a job that allows me to be goofy and geeky on the regular. She has created and taught classes and written several pieces on Google, social media and other real estate related-technologies for local and state associations, REALTORS® Triple Play, Coldwell Banker's Generation Blue conference, NAR, and more.

jim henry

Jim Henry

Deputy to the Governor

Nashville, TN

View Jim's bio

Jim currently serves in Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's administration as the Deputy to the Governor. A former Kingston mayor, Henry served 12 years as a state representative and 6 of those years as the Minority Leader advocating on behalf of children and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

NAR General Counsel and
Senior Vice President of
Member Services

Chicago, IL

View Katie's bio

Katie joined NAR in 2007 and was appointed as general counsel in 2014. As general counsel, she is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law. As Senior Vice President of the Board Policy and Association Leadership Development teams, she is responsible for the implementation of NAR’s membership, professional standards, and MLS policies as well as the provision of resources to assist volunteer and staff leaders at all levels of the REALTOR® organization.

Cammy Kieler Bjorklund

Cammy Keiler Bjorklund

Vice President, Client Leadership,
Havas Media Group

Boston, MA

View Cammy's bio

Cammy is Vice President, Client Leadership at Havas Media, leading the National Association of REALTORS® and HouseLogic.com teams. She has been with Havas since 2010 and has worked across a broad range of client verticals including retail, CPG, liquor, automotive, financial services, travel, and consumer electronics.

In 2013 she was awarded the Cannes Young Lions title for Media. She earned her BA in Business and Marketing from Simmons College. She lives in Boston with her husband and dachshund-miniature pinscher fur baby.

Jessica Lautz

Jessica Lautz,

Managing Director of Survey Research &
Communications, National Association

Washington, D.C.

View Jessica's bio

Jessica started at NAR in 2007. The core of her research focuses on demographic trends for both NAR members and housing consumers, and issues such as: how housing preferences shift in an ever changing market place, the consistent trends of consumers for the desire to own a home, consumers search to find a real estate agent, and generational trends.

She writes annual consumer studies including the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, HOME, Investment and Vacation Home Buyer’s Survey, and the Remodeling Impact series. As well, she writes annual member studies, such as the Member Profile, the Commercial Member Profile, and the Profile of Real Estate Firms. Jessica discusses the results of these studies in major media outlets and presentations.

Vince Malta 2018 Broker Summit

Vince Malta

2018 NAR First Vice President; CEO and
Broker, Malta & Co., Inc.

San Francisco, CA

View Vince's bio

Vince is a third-generation REALTOR® and the CEO and broker of Malta & Co., Inc. Vince has been in the real estate business for 42 years and has served the industry in countless roles. On the national level, Vince has testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of NAR on issues such as the impact of increasing conforming loan limits, insurance reform, and housing policy. He has served on the NAR Board of Directors from 2002 to present, and was the 2011 Vice President of Government Affairs.

Bette McTamney

Bette McTamney

Associate Broker & Manager of
Recruiting and Coaching, RE/MAX 440

Skippack, PA

Bette McTamney's bio

Bette is an Associate Broker and Manager of Recruiting and Coaching with RE/MAX 440 in Skippack, PA. With 10 offices and 230+ Associates, Bette has been involved in Residential sales, new construction, land sales and development, property management and relocation since 1983. She operated and owned her Real Estate office, ERA Platinum REALTORS®, a franchise office of Realogy Corporation for over 25 years with 2 partners. She is currently the 2018 chair of NAR’s Idea Exchange Council for Brokers.

Elizabeth Mendenhall

Elizabeth Mendenhall

2018 NAR President; CEO,
RE/MAX Boone Realty

Columbia, MO

View Elizabeth's bio

Elizabeth has been a REALTOR® for 20 years. RE/MAX named her the Mid-States Missouri Broker-Owner of the Year in 2009 and the International Broker Manager of the Year in 2006. In 2010, the Missouri Association of REALTORS® elected Elizabeth president. She also served as president of the Missouri WCR in 2004. The Missouri WCR named her “Business Woman of the Year" and “Member of the Year," in 2007. She is a sixth-generation REALTOR®.

julie morris

Julie Morris

Vice President, Brand Research & Strategy

Knoxville, TN

View Julie's bio

Julie is the vice president of brand research and strategy for six of Discovery’s brands, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, and Travel Channel. In this role, she provides viewer insights for the programming, scheduling and marketing departments to address any challenges of brand management. Morris develops and manages research projects that provide senior management with the latest viewer insights and trends.

Jay Olshonsky

Jay Olshonsky


NAI Global

New York, NY

View Jay's bio

Jay Olshonsky is the President of NAI Global. With over 35 years in the commercial real estate industry. He is currently a Member of RICS, SIOR, ICSC, NAR and ULI. He was the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Alliance - 2003 Chairman, Washington D.C. Association of REALTORS®- 2000 Chairman, Greater Washington D.C. Commercial Association of REALTORS® - 1998 President, REALTOR® of the Year: Greater Washington D.C. Commercial Association of REALTORS® - 1998. Jay is based in New York City.

Michael Oppler 2018 Broker Summit

Michael Oppler

Broker Associate, Executive VP
Prominent Properties, Sotheby’s
International Realty

Short Hills, NJ

View Michael's bio

Michael serves as the Executive Vice President for Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, a New Jersey based real estate firm with 12 offices and over 600 associates, rated a Top Workplace in 2017.

Michael has served on the Board of Directors for the associations of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (of which he was REALTOR® of the Year in 2015), New Jersey REALTORS®, and ZipLogix. He has chaired various committees including RPAC, Communications, Young Professionals Networking, Legislative and in 2016 was the Chair for the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee for National Association of REALTORS®. Michael has spoken at many industry events including Realogy’s Industry Day and participated as a judge at their FWD Innovation Summit.

Christina Pappas

Christina Pappas

District Sales Manager,
The Keyes Company

Miami, FL

View Christina's bio

Christina is a third-generation real estate broker, who brings an energetic outlook to agents, smaller boutique office owners, and large firms. She has been selling real estate for many years, and understands the daily challenges and opportunities our members face. Coming from a large, full-service family firm with more than 50 offices and 4,000 agents, she understands what it takes to manage a complex network of various corporations under one umbrella.

Kenny Parcell 2018 Broker Summit

Kenny Parcell

2018 NAR Vice President of
Government Affairs; Broker/Owner,
Equity Real Estate Utah

Spanish Fork, UT

View Kenny's bio

Kenny, a REALTOR® for over 20 years holds the professional designations of Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR®), Kenny continues to sell real estate, and has sold more than 2,000 homes during his 20 plus year career. Kenny’s awards are vast. He received the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006; he became a RE/MAX Hall of Fame inductee in 2004; and REALTOR® Magazine named him in its Top 30 under 30 in 2001.

John Peyton

John Peyton

President and Chief Executive
Officer, Realogy Franchise Group

Madison, NJ

View John's bio

John Peyton became president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group in April 2017. He is responsible for managing RFG’s portfolio of leading real estate franchise brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty®, which combined have approximately 14,450 franchised offices and more than 286,500 brokers and independent sales associates doing business in 114 countries and territories worldwide. In 2017, he was named to the Swanepoel 200, an annual list of the most powerful people in real estate.
Peyton, who joined RFG as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2016, previously served for 17 years as a senior executive with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. He is a recognized global branding leader who brings deep experience leading large, complex organizations and maximizing scale while enabling innovation and flexibility.

jp piccinini

JP Piccinini

CEO and Founder
JP and Associates REALTORS®

Dallas, TX

View JP's bio

JP is CEO and Founder of JP and Associates REALTORS® (JPAR), Founder and CEO of Odasi Real Estate App, as well as an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and proud father. Best known for growing JP and Associates REALTORS® from zero in 2012 to close to $2B in sales and 1100 agents in 2017, thus creating one of the top 100 and fastest growing real estate brokerages in the U.S.

Leslie Rouda Smith

Leslie Rouda Smith

Broker Associate
Dave Perry-Miller & Associates

Dallas, TX

View Leslie's bio

Leslie is a broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates in Dallas, specializing in residential real estate. She holds professional designations as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), and with the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS®) and Professional Management Network (PMN).

She has been a REALTOR® for over 25 years, in Dallas, Tex., and was the 2013 Vice President for the National Association of REALTORS®. Also at the national level, Leslie has been a member of NAR’s Board of Directors since 2009. In 2011, she chaired the Leadership Academy Advisory Board. She also served as a political fundraising liaison as well served on a Presidential Advisory Group for Political Survival. She is active in REALTOR® Party activities. She is a member of the REALTOR® University Board of Regents.

John Smaby 2018 Broker Summit

John Smaby

2018 NAR President-Elect;
Broker, Edina Realty

Edina, MN

View John's bio

John, a second-generation REALTOR®, has been in the industry for nearly 40 years. He is a broker at Edina Realty, where he specializes in residential real estate. John is a member of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® (MNAR), and has held numerous leadership positions there. John was the RPAC chair from 2013 to 2015 as well as the RPAC Trustees chair in 2014. In 2013, John received the Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award and in 2014, MNAR named him their REALTOR® of the Year.

Rebecca Thomson

Rebecca Thomson

Thomson Real Estate Group

Chicago, IL

View Rebecca's bio

With over a decade of brokerage experience, Rebecca is one of Chicago’s leading real estate influencers. Known for her visionary leadership style, eloquence, and ability to inspire, she is a nationally sought-after speaker and trainer, both on the real estate industry, and on leadership. Rebecca is one of the most respected voices in Chicago’s real estate market and her reputation and experience are invaluable assets to the organizations she works with.

Rebecca currently serves as the President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.  She also serves on the REALTOR® University Board of Regents, the Women’s Council National Executive Committee, and both the Illinois and National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors.

Margo Wheeler

Margo Wheeler

2018 NAR REALTOR® Party Director

Tacoma, WA

View Margo's bio

Margo Wheeler Willis is the 2017 President of the Washington REALTOR® Association. No stranger to leadership, Margo is currently serves on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, is a long-time member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and was National President in 2011. She is also a past-president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS®.

Margo has been a REALTOR® for more than 24 years, and is currently a managing real estate broker with John L. Scott’s Tacoma-University Place office.

Lawrence Yun 2018 Broker Summit

Lawrence Yun

NAR Chief Economist and Senior
Vice President of Research

Washington, D.C.

View Lawrence's bio

Lawrence oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun appears often as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and is a regular guest columnist on the Forbes website.

Suzanne Zinn Miller

Suzanne Zinn Mueller

Senior Vice President of Industry Relations

Move, Inc. (operator of realtor.com®)

View Suzanne's bio

Suzanne joined Move in Dec. 2015, and as leader of the company’s industry relations team, is responsible for fostering relationships and growing advocacy across the industry. Suzanne brings deep, firsthand insight into the day-to-day needs of agents and brokerage companies, longstanding relationships with industry leaders across the country, and a holistic and historical understanding of the key players, products and practices that have evolved along with the real estate landscape over the years.

That's Who We R

The campaign ads rally consumers to "Look for the R" for reassurance, resources, and reliable guidance on their path to property ownership.


The latest from NAR about about COVID-19 (coronavirus), its impact on the real estate industry and events, and federal programs affecting REALTORS®.