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Day 1 – August 18

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Check-in and Networking

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Industry Overview From a Broker With a Tech Perspective – Jeremy Lehman, Chief Technology Officer, The Boutique Real Estate Group

Jeremy Lehman

Jeremy draws on his background in real estate technology to train agents and brokers, and help develop new real estate programs and applications, including one of the industry’s first mobile MLS applications, MLS-Touch. He’s also a featured speaker at local and national events and was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders for 2014 by Inman News.

  • What You Need to Know About Top-Level Domains: Kurt Pritz, Executive Director, Domain Name Association

Kurt Pritz

Kurt Pritz is the Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, a globally diverse, not-for-profit representing the interests of domain name registry operators and registrars. Prior to that, as part of ICANN’s Executive Team, he is best known as architect of ICANN’s new TLD program.

Kurt served nearly a decade at Walt Disney Imagineering as Vice President, Engineering & Production, and also as Plant Manager at Eaton Corporation. 

Networking Break (snacks and beverages provided)

  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Data Security — Presenter: Melanie Wyne, Senior Policy Representative, NAR
    • Hear key issues on privacy and data security. Learn where to find tools to help manage and secure your customer/employee information
  • The Digital Journey and Mobile Trends — Presented by Google
    headshot of Jeanne Burgman Jeanne Burgman - Partner Lead, Real Estate Vertical, Google
    headshot of Cecilia Choi Cecelia (Cece) Choi - Strategic Partner Manager, Channel Sales Team, Google
  • The Influence of Data and Analytics on Elections — Drew Brighton, co-founder of TargetSmart Communications
    • Learn how big data is affecting elections

headshot of Drew Brighton

Drew Brighton is the co-founder of TargetSmart Communications, the nation’s leading political data and targeting company. For nearly a decade, Drew and his team have been a driving force behind innovations in data-driven politics.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception – Sponsored by Washington Association of REALTORS®


6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Plated Dinner and Guest Speaker  Charlene Li. Sponsored by .REALTOR


Charlene Li

Charlene Li - founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, best-selling book, Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her latest book, The Engaged Leader was published in March of 2015.

After dinner, pick up your signed copy of The Engaged Leader, compliments of the .realtor™ top-level domain.

Day 2 – August 19

7:15 a.m. – 8 a.m.: Breakfast and Networking

  • Panel: Do Apps Really Help My Business? – Scott Beaudry, Broker, Universal Realty; Jeremy Lehman, Chief Technology Officer, The Boutique Real Estate Group; Kevin Markarian, Broker, Marker Real Estate; moderated by Bill Lublin, Owner, Century 21 Advantage Gold; Managing Member, Social Media Marketing Institute
  • Data Driven Decision Making
    • Experts share their knowledge on how you can use your data to make informed decisions about your business, moderated by Todd Carpenter, Managing Director of Analytics, NAR

Vanessa Bergmark

Vanessa Bergmark, General Manager/Partner, Red Oak Realty
Sam Debord Sam DeBord, Managing Broker, Seattle Homes Group, Coldwell Banker Danforth

Networking Break (snacks and beverages provided)  Sponsored by RPR®


  • Digital Insights – Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist,®
    • Statistical intuitions and industry insights from the online real estate vertical

Jonathan Smoke

As Chief Economist, Jonathan leads the efforts of® to develop and translate real estate data and trends into accurate and relevant consumer and industry insights. He represents® at industry events and in consumer, industry and investor-facing media like REALTOR® Magazine, Housing Wire, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, CNBC, Fortune, and USA Today.

  • Panel: The Future of Industry Tech Tools – Dale Ross, CEO, Realtors Property Resource®; Debra Trappen, CEO, d11 Consulting; Craig Grant, Owner, Real Estate Technology Institute; moderated by Bill Lublin, Owner, Century 21 Advantage Gold; Managing Member, Social Media Marketing Institute
  • Closing Remarks – Concludes at 11:00 a.m.

**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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