Speakers

2018 REALTOR® Broker Summit, 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.

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Colleen Badagiacco

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

Morgan Hill, CA

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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.

Bill Brown

2018 NAR Immediate Past President; Founder, Investment Properties

Oakland, CA

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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.

Leigh Brown

Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Executive Realty

Concord, NC

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Leigh is a broker/owner and one of the top sellers in the Charlotte, NC market and a international sales/motivational speaker. She is a proud RPAC Hall of Fame member. Her first book was published in 2016 and more information can be found at OutrageousAuthenticity.com.

Brian Copeland

Chief Engagement Officer, Village Real Estate Services

Nashville, TN

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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

Chief Engagement Officer, Village Real Estate Services

Norwalk, CT

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John is the founder, president and CEO of RISMedia, Inc. RISMedia provides the real estate industry with news, trends and business development strategies. John is a frequent speaker at industry events. He was awarded the 2015 RE/MAX ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award, recognizing his longtime support of the real estate industry.

Bob Goldberg

CEO, National Association of REALTORS®

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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.

Katie Johnson

NAR General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Member Services

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.

Vince Malta

2018 NAR First Vice President; 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.

Elizabeth Mendenhall

2018 NAR President; CEO, RE/MAX Boone Realty

Columbia, MO

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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®.

Michael Oppler

Broker Associate, Executive Vice President
Prominent Properties, Sotheby’s International Realty

Short Hills, NJ

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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.

Kenny Parcel

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

Spanish Fork, UT

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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.

Tom Riley

2018 NAR Treasurer; President, Riley Enterprises, Inc.

Bedford, NH

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Tom, a veteran of the real estate industry for more than 35 years, specializes in residential and commercial property and property management. He holds professional designations as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB). is an RPAC Golden ‘R’ and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2014.

John Smaby

2018 NAR President-Elect; 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.

Lawrence Yun

NAR Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research

Washington, D.C.

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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.

Suzanne Zinn Mueller

Senior Vice President of Industry Relations

Move, Inc. (operator of realtor.com®)

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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.