REALTOR® Broker Summit Speakers

Austin, TX, April 2-3, 2019

Join us for two exciting days to hear from esteemed industry professionals and your NAR Leadership Team LIVE at the 2019 REALTOR® Broker Summit, at what will most likely be a sold-out show. Our presenters will share proven insights, takeaways, and lessons learned from their business.

Emcee Colin Mullane will be this year’s host. Stay tuned for more exciting speaker announcements, coming soon!

Meet the 2019 REALTOR® Broker Summit lineup:


2019 Broker Summit Speaker Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Keynote Speaker
Director of the Social Intelligence Lab, University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD

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Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and security systems. She writes for Slate and The Atlantic and frequently appears on NPR, including as a regular guest host for The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Her TED talk was named one of the most powerful talks of 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Jess Biller

Jess Biller

President, Paramount Consulting
Group, LLC.

Westerville, OH

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Jess works with businesses in the real estate industry that are building high-performing teams but struggling to choose the right employees. Using a patented process, he helps organizations make more informed hiring decisions and select employees who will be passionate, effective and engaged. As a Certified Behavior Analyst, Jess helps leaders navigate their organization’s No. 1 challenge: harnessing human potential. Working with individuals and teams, he brings keen insights that challenge current thinking and perspectives, resulting in better decisions and actions.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland

2019 Vice President of Association
Affairs, National Association of
REALTORS®; Founder Doorbell Real Estate

Nashville, TN

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Brian began his career in residential real estate more than 20 years ago. Brian has been active at the national level since 2009. In 2010, he helped launch NAR’s Young Professional Network (YPN), and chaired the Data Strategies Committee in 2015. He has served in many volunteer roles at the state and local level, including as the 2017 President of Tennessee REALTORS® where he has been actively involved since 2007. He is a proud member of the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, who chose him as their REALTOR® of the Year in 2011. Brian has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America as well as one of the Top 200 Power Social Influencers. He founded and runs REBarcamp Nashville, a real estate technology camp that attracts more than 1500 registrants each spring.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker John Flor

John Flor

2019 Treasurer, National
Association of REALTORS®;
Broker/Owner of Six Lakes Realty

Chetek, Wisconsin

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At the national level, John has served NAR in numerous capacities, most recently as the 2017 Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. He was the 2013 Vice President for Region VII, comprised of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. John has been a member of the NAR Board of Directors since 2010. He was appointed to several NAR committees and work groups including the Strategic Planning committee, NAR’s Membership Structural Review PAG, and NAR’s Advocacy Work Group. The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) elected John their Treasurer in 2008 followed by Chairman-Elect and Chairman of the Board in 2010. John was named Wisconsin’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2010, as recognition for his years of service to the membership. His local association, the REALTORS® Association of Northwest Wisconsin (RANWW), elected John their president in 2009. John has served on the RANWW Board of Directors since 2002 and still sits on the board today. He was honored with the RANWW REALTOR® of the Year award in 2009.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Bob Goldberg

Bob Goldberg

CEO, National Association of REALTORS®

Chicago, IL

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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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Stone Hagan

Hagan Stone

Hagan Stone Group at PARKS

Brentwood, TN

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Hagan Stone has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1999. He has been advocating for Buyers and Sellers in the Greater Nashville area with energy, enthusiasm and passion ever since. Hagan is a consistent top producer earning the Life Membership in the Greater Nashville REALTORS® “Awards of Excellence” as a Diamond Award winner. Hagan currently serves as NAR’s Commitment to Excellence Committee Chair.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

General Counsel and Senior Vice
President, Law, Policy & Leadership
Development, National Association of

Chicago, IL

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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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Tracy Kasper

Tracy Kasper

2019 NAR Vice President of Advocacy,
National Association of REALTORS®;
Broker/Owner of Berkshire Hathaway
HomeServices Silverhawk Realty

Eagle, ID

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Tracy has 26 years of experience in real estate and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. At the national level, Tracy has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2016, and chaired the 50th Anniversary of RPAC Implementation Group in 2018. She was a member of the Future of the REALTOR® Party Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) in 2017 and the RPAC State Fundraising Partnership Goal PAG in 2016. Tracy has been a dedicated member of the Idaho Association of REALTORS® since 1997. She was honored to serve as their president in 2016 and was awarded REALTOR® of the Year that same year. At the local level, she is a primary member of the Caldwell Board of REALTORS®. Tracy is a past president of the Nampa Association of REALTORS®, and is a past REALTOR® of the Year for both the Nampa (2001) and Caldwell (2011) associations.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Jonathan Kauffmann

Jonathan Kauffmann

Strategy Director, Nest Realty

Charlottesville, VA

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Jonathan is passionate about design, customer experience, and helping people succeed. Combining his sales and marketing expertise with his love for real estate, Jonathan began selling real estate in 2003 and founded Nest Realty in 2008.

Since then, Nest Realty has been honored as the nation’s ‘Most Innovative Brokerage’ by Inman News and was named to the INC 5000 list of fastest growing American companies for four consecutive years. Nest Realty began offering limited franchising opportunities in 2017 and currently operates in 12 markets in four states.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Jessica Lautz

Jessica Lautz

Vice President of Demographics and
Behavioral Insights, National Association

Washington, DC

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Jessica Lautz is the Managing Director of Survey Research and Communications. 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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Mark Lehman

Mark Lehman

Vice President of Government Affairs,
Texas Association of REALTORS®

Austin, TX

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Immediately prior to joining TAR in November 1998, Mark served as Campaign Director for U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s successful campaign for Attorney General of Texas.

Prior to the Cornyn campaign, Mark served as Chief of Staff for State Senator Florence Shapiro in the Texas Legislature. He was also a legislative aide in the United States Congress, and he is the veteran of more than a dozen political campaigns at the national, state, and local levels. Mark is a also 2018 inductee into the RPAC Hall of Fame.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Lori Levy

Lori Levy

General Counsel and Vice President of
Legal Affairs, Texas Association of

Austin, TX

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Ms. Levy is the General Counsel/Vice President of Legal Affairs for the Texas REALTORS®. She oversees enforcement of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, directs educational and communication content, supervises all litigation affecting the association, and manages the association’s legal defense fund and the Legal Hotline. She works closely with the Governmental Affairs department in lobbying efforts at the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Ms. Levy joined the Texas REALTORS® staff in 2006 as the legislative attorney and manager for the association’s regulatory affairs.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Vince Malta

Vince Malta

2019 President-Elect, National
Association of REALTORS®; CEO and
Broker, Malta & Co., Inc.

San Francisco, CA

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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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Elizabeth Mendenhall

Elizabeth Mendenhall

Immediate Past President, National
Association of REALTORS®; CEO, RE/MAX
Boone Realty

Columbia, MO

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Elizabeth has been a REALTOR® for over 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®.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Charlie Oppler

Charlie Oppler

2019 First Vice President, National
Association of REALTORS®; CEO,
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s
International Realty

Franklin Lakes, NJ

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Charlie has been a REALTOR® for more than 30 years, and is very involved at both the national and local levels. Charlie has served as NAR’s 2015 Vice President, on the Board of Directors since 2003, on four of NAR’s Presidential Advisory Groups, and chaired the REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee twice and the RPAC Trustees Committee. He has served multiple times as a committee liaison, including for the REALTOR® Party Trustees for State and Local Campaign Services, RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement, and State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committees. In 2005, he was NAR’s Vice President for Region 2, representing New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Charlie was president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® in 2004. Charlie is also a member of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® who named him 1997 REALTOR® of the Year. In 1996 he served as their president.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker John Smaby

John Smaby

2019 President, National Association of
REALTORS®; Broker, Edina Realty

Edina, MN

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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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Rebecca Thomson

Rebecca Thomson

Thomson Real Estate Group

Chicago, IL

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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 is the Immediate Past President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and 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.

2019 Broker Summit Speaker Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun

Chief Economist and Senior Vice
President of Research, National
Association of REALTORS®

Washington, DC

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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.

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