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Day 1 – August 17

1 pm – 2 pm: Check-in and Networking

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Industry Overview From the Broker Perspective — Kendra Todd, Founding Broker, Kendra Todd Group, TV personality and author
Kendra Todd Kendra Todd is a nationally recognized real estate expert, TV personality, and author. She is the first woman and youngest competitor to ever win the popular NBC show The Apprentice, and is one of the youngest, most diversely successful female entrepreneurs today. Kendra was named one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 REALTORS® under 30, and currently runs one of the highest producing Keller Williams group worldwide.
  • Panel: How the Industry Is Changing ​— Dan Wagner, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, The Inland Real Estate Group; Jason Waugh, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Group; Leslie Rouda Smith; Broker, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; moderated by Charlie Oppler, 2015 Vice President, NAR; CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
    • Discuss new developments in the real estate industry and how they are affecting business

Networking Break (snacks and beverages provided)

  • A Legislative Perspective — Joe Fain, Washington State Senator, 47th Legislative District
    • Top priorities affecting real estate from a legislative perspective
Senator Fain Joe Fain, Washington State Senator
  • Safety: Crisis and Response — Brenda Rhoads, Managing Broker, Crye-Leike Real Estate Services; Leslie Rouda Smith; Broker, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates
  • Economic Update — Presenter: Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist & Sr. Vice President of Research, NAR
    • Current inventory trends and predictions
Lawrence Yun Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception – Sponsored by Washington Association of REALTORS®


6:30 pm – 8 pm: Plated Dinner and Guest Speaker  Chris Tarbell

Chris Tarbell Former FBI special agent Christopher Tarbell is one of the most successful cyber security law enforcement officials of all time – so successful, in fact, that books and movies are being made about his legendary career. Dubbed “the Eliot Ness of online crime” by Newsweek.

Day 2 – August 18

7:30 am – 8 am: Breakfast and Networking

  • Panel: RISMedia Power Broker Roundtable: How to Engage Key Consumer Groups: Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO John L. Scott Real Estate; Jim Imhoff, Chairman and CEO, First Weber Group; Ed Krafchow, Chariman of the Board, BHG Mason-McDuffie; Kim Piper, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Professionals; and moderated by John Featherston, President and CEO, RISMedia


  • Legal & Risk Management Issues — Presenter: Katie Johnson, General Counsel, Sr. Vice President Legal Affairs, NAR
Katie Johnston Katherine “Katie” Johnson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, NAR

Networking Break (snacks and beverages provided)

  • Panel: Online Lead Generation — Mark Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, First Team Real Estate; Suzanne —Zinn Mueller, Chief Marketing Officer, Coldwell Banker Bain; Ron Mintz, Executive Vice President, Bay Sotheby’s International Realty; and moderated by Russ Cafano, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations at Move, Inc
    • o Hear the business philosophies and methods industry CEO’s and COO’s are using to leverage online lead generation in their offices
  • Authenticity and Trust in Complex Transactions: Lessons From a Parallel Industry — Maria Ferrante-Schepis - Managing Principal of Insurance and Financial Services, Maddock Douglas, Inc.
Maria Schepis With 25+ years as an executive in the insurance industry, Maria is focused on innovation, recognizing that consumer perceptions of trust in a complex industry impacts relevance driving the need for change. Her experience can help drive creative thinking in parallel industries involving financial transactions. She is a consultant, speaker, and co-author of the book Flirting with the Uninterested; Innovating in a ‘Sold Not Bought’ Category.
  • A Conversation: Strategic Growth and Insights — featuring Pam O’Connor, President & CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and interviewer Steve Brown, Immediate Past President, NAR; co-owner of Irongate Inc., REALTORS®
Pam O'Connor Pam is President and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest global real estate network of 500 premier independent real estate firms in over 50 countries producing over a million transactions valued at over $320 billion annually.
  • Closing Remarks – Concludes at 11:30 am

**In order to present timely topics discussed by the widest variety of topic experts, the program content is subject to change. Check back regularly to review additions and changes to the program.

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