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A third-generation real estate pro and Georgia native, ADAM AILION is a managing member of the Ailion Team at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. He is the vice chair of the Young Professionals Network at the Cobb Association of REALTORS® in Marietta. Adam has been a top-producer since obtaining his real estate license at age 19. He is an avid real estate investor and property manager with a strong belief in building wealth through real estate. Respect, commitment, a strong work ethic, and providing excellent customer service are his most notable attributes. He holds a Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and Certified Agent For Real Estate Investors (CARI) designations and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Adam was recently named one of the Top 100 Real Estate Professionals to Connect With on LinkedIn. Connect with Adam at www.LocationLocationLocation.com, www.facebook.com/RemaxAtlanta, @atlanta_agent, www.linkedin.com/in/atlantaagent. Or e-mail him at Adam@LocationLocationLocation.com.
CHARLIE ALLRED is a Phoenix-based real estate broker with Secure Real Estate, and is the author of the upcoming book “Pinnable Real Estate: Pinterest for Real Estate Agents.” She is an online marketing and Pinterest expert who teaches other agents how to gain more leads, followers, and clients by using Pinterest. She is the mother of twin daughters. You can learn more at her blog www.PinnableRealEstate.com, or connect with her on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/charlieallred or Google+: plus.google.com/+CharlotteAllred.
WADE CORBETT is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Southland Realty, serving Raleigh, N.C., and the surrounding areas. Wade started his career when he was only 20 years old and is still among the youngest real estate brokers in the country at the age of 23. He is the chair of the Young Professionals Network at the Johnston County Association of REALTORS®. Wade is also a proud Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI). In addition, he holds Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and Short Sale Foreclosure Expert (SFR) designations. You can connect with Wade at www.facebook.com/WadeCorbettInc or via e-mail at Wade@WadeCorbett.com.
SAM DeBORD is a managing broker with Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle. He serves as a state director for Washington Association of REALTORS®, and is also on the Legislative Steering Committee and Seattle-King County REALTORS®’ Government Affairs Committee. Sam writes for many news outlets including Realtor.com, Inman News, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His team sells real estate across the Puget Sound region, with a high-profile online presence at SeattleHome.com and SeattleCondo.com.
BRANDON DOYLE, ABR, e-PRO, is a second generation real estate pro with Edina Realty in the Twin Cities. He joined his father’s team after graduating from Saint Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in real estate and community development. He currently serves of the task for the Minneapolis Area Young Professional Network (YoPros), as well as NorthstarMLS Agent Advisory Committee. He is a member of SCSU Real Estate Alumni, and gives back to the community through mentorship. Learn more about Brandon at www.doylerealestateteam.com.
DOLORES ESANU is a REALTOR® and executive assistant for Hot Springs Realty in Hot Springs Ark. She is a native of Romania and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. At 26, she already has eight years of real estate experience varying from internships to assisting to sales. Along with holding a certification in interior design, Esanu’s international influence has helped her establish a unique sense of style and charisma when approaching different aspects of real estate. She is also working as a local real estate board director, is active on two board committees, and is currently seeking to establish the first YPN network in the state of Arkansas. Dolores was also one of the top 10 finalists for Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing” internship in L.A. Connect with her at: @doeesanu, www.hotspringsrealty.com, on LinkedIn or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHELLE FLAHERTY PHILBROOK is an associate broker with Prudential Northeast Properties, serving Greater Portland, Maine. She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Maine Association of REALTORS® and Greater Portland Association of REALTORS® and also as president of the Westbrook Community Chamber of Commerce. Visit her Web site at www.michelleflaherty.com.
SUBHI J. GHARBIEH is the broker/owner at Gharbieh & Associates in Dallas, and chair of the Young Professionals Network at the MetroTex Association of REALTORS® in Dallas. Subhi became a licensed real estate salesperson at the age of 18, and began his career as a REALTOR® at a large Keller Williams Realty office in North Dallas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in business administration and marketing at the age of 19. Shortly after, he founded Gharbieh & Associates Real Estate Brokerage; a boutique brokerage focusing on architecturally unique homes. Subhi is now one of the youngest real estate brokers in the country at the age of 23. Connect with him at www.Gharbieh.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/subhig, or on Twitter @subhig.
MARIANNE GUENTHER BORNHOFT is a broker at Windermere Manito in Spokane, Wash. She the founding member of the Spokane Young Professionals Network at the Spokane Association of REALTORS® and is their current board adviser. She won Rookie of the Year at the age of 28. Marianne also serves on the board of directors for the Washington State Association of REALTORS® and is the 2013 president for the Spokane Association of REALTORS®. Connect with her at www.SpokaneHouse.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marianneguentherbornhoft or on Twitter @spokanehouse or www.linkedin.com/in/marianneguentherbornhoft.
STEFANIE HAHN is the education director for Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS® in Malvern, Pa. A veteran of two internet start-ups during the early 2000s, Stefanie stayed at the forefront of Internet technology when her career moved into real estate in 2002. In addition to the traditional duties of managing the education needs for the company, her primary focus now is helping agents become more productive by leveraging the power of social media and new technologies while also providing guidance and coaching on new real estate technology services and internet resources. Visit her Web site: www.StefanieHahn.com.
NOBU HATA, ePro, is the National Association of REALTORS® Director of Digital Engagement. An industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the real estate industry, having implemented and adapted various new-school techniques to his successful brick and mortar business in Minneapolis, Minn., for Edina Realty until July 2012. A speaker, instructor, and volunteer member leader since 2009 (NAR YPN, Communications, Equal Opportunity/Diversity, Strategic Planning Committees), Nobu’s skill-set brings insight and context to NAR of agent, brokerage, and association issues. He delivers value-added information to REALTORS®, both in-person and through the digital domain. Connect with Nobu online at about.me/nobuhata or @nobuhata.
As a REALTOR®, JARED JAMES built one of the largest and fastest growing teams in the country. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for the world’s largest real estate company, wrote a book, and was even voted REALTOR® Magazine’s Web Choice Award winner among the “30 Under 30” class of 2009. Currently, Jared is the CEO and founder of Jared James Enterprises (JJE) and travels around North America speaking to and coaching REALTORS® on how to increase their incomes while still decreasing the amount of time it takes to do so. He is a featured coach for RE/MAX International’s Coaching Hall of Fame Series alongside Brian Buffini and Richard Robbins and runs regular webinars and training for nationally-known organizations such as CRS and NAR, as well as ActiveRain.com. JJE is best known for supplying REALTORS® with a systematic approach to their business and a tangible model to follow. Connect with Jared at www.jaredjamestoday.com, on Facebook/jaredjamestoday, or follow him on Twitter @jaredjamestoday.
ANDREW JANOS is a vice president and salesperson with U S Spaces in Philadelphia. He’s a graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering. He also has experience in real estate and land development consulting. Early on in his career, he learned the need to be professional, thorough, and courteous while holding the health, safety, and welfare of the public as his first priority. He believes in creating relationships with a strong foundation through open communication for long-term and personal results. He is a member of the Young Professionals Network of the Suburban West REALTORS® Association in Malvern, Pa., outside of Philadelphia, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. Connect with Andrew at andrewjanos.com.
MELISSA KRCHNAK is a real estate business consultant and REALTOR® for Keller Williams Realty in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Melissa was born and raised in Texas and brings that southern hospitality to her real estate world. Get in touch with Melissa at mkrchnak.com or @MKrchnak.
ALEX MILSHTEYN, GRI, ABR, is a REALTOR® in Ann Arbor, Mich., who runs a real estate team of five professionals called Alex Milshteyn Real Estate Associates. Milshteyn was honored by REALTOR® Magazine as a member of the 2011 class of 30 Under 30. He has more than 10 years of experience in real estate, and for the past seven years he has achieved over $20 million in annual sales. Milshteyn previously served as the president of the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTOR®. In addition to being the No. 1 producer in his company for the past two years, and a top REALTOR® in the Ann Arbor area, Milshteyn was residential sales manager of two branch offices for his company in 2006-2008. Connect with Milshteyn at www.alexmi.com.
LYNN MINNICK has been a REALTOR® in Connecticut since 2000 and is currently with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties. She is the author of the popular blog www.mygreenlifeandrealestate.com and is known for being international, organic, and reading too many design and travel blogs. Fluent in French, Lynn is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) (one of only 23 agents with this designation in Connecticut), and is a founding member of the Young Professionals Network at the Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS®. Lynn can be found through her blog, Web site www.lynnminnick.com, or on Twitter @LynnMinnick.
SAMMER MUDAWAR is the broker of RE/MAX Prestige located in Orange County, Calif. Sammer’s real estate career started in appraising then mortgage and eventually real estate sales, giving him a well-rounded understanding of the industry he serves. His vision is to create the real estate office of the future by incorporating technology but not forgetting “old-fashioned” things like a handshake, which will never be replaced by a computer. One area of focus is training newly licensed and motivated professionals who will eventually be the future of real estate through his dynamic mentoring program. Real estate professionals can learn more about RE/MAX Prestige by visiting www.make125k.com.
SCOTT NEWMAN is the broker-owner of Newman Realty, a boutique brokerage in Chicago focusing on short sales, foreclosures, and buyer representation. Scott has been a top-producing REALTOR® in Chicago since 2008 and is also vice chair of the Education Sub-Committee for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He is a founding member of the Young Real Estate Professionals (YPN – Chicago) Board. For more information on Chicago real estate or Newman Realty, visit www.newmanknowschicago.com or @newmanRealty.
JAY O’BRIEN began his real estate career as the first agent for RE/MAX Prestige in 2011. Within the first year of being a full-time REALTOR®, Jay completed more transactions than 99 percent of agents in Orange County and earned his way into the RE/MAX 100 Percent Club. A large part of Jay’s business is generated through leveraging technology, and he has been recognized in the nationally-published RE/MAX Above Magazine. With a degree in economics and business, Jay enjoys producing forecasts of the market and delves into the numbers with his clients to help them better understand the current conditions. Connect with him at www.jayobrienrealestate.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.
JASON O’NEIL is an associate broker with Encore Sotheby’s International Realty in Indianapolis. His business was built on leveraging a unique balance of traditional marketing practices and modern technology. This balance has allowed him to maximize exposure for his listings and position himself as the real estate expert in Indianapolis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and management from Ball State University and his master’s degree in communication and management, also from Ball State. O’Neil is dually licensed as an Indiana and Florida real estate broker. Visit his Web site: jasononeilrealtor.com.
ANAND PATEL is a broker licensed in FL, GA, TN, and MS and the founder/president of Pangea Realty Group based in Tampa, FL He is also a real estate investor and developer currently working on his CCIM designation. Believing there is a very thin line delineating a REALTORS®’s personal and professional life, he strongly feels that self-improvement inevitably leads to professional improvement. Outside of real estate, Anand enjoys Toastmasters, dragon boating (Google it!), and spending time with his family and friends. You can connect with Anand on Twitter: @anand_tampa, Facebook: www.facebook.com/prgtampa, or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/anandpatel1.
DAVE ROBISON, known as “Utah Dave,” is the creator/coach of “The All the Right Steps for your Success Experience.” As agent/broker of UtahDave.com Neighborhood Experts he went from $20k in gross commissions a year to more than $1.25 million in approximately three years. Visit his Web site: www.utahdave.com.
DEREK SANDOVAL, a Sacramento native, attended California Polytechnic State University where he graduated with a degree in business management with an emphasis in human resources. He completed his senior project in real estate. Sandoval has worked for Keller Williams Realty in Roseville, Calif., since graduating in 2009, and he specializes in residential, REO, and short sales. Derek is the 2013 chair of Placer County Association of REALTORS® YPN. His passion for making his clients comfortable with the home buying and selling process is evident in his unwavering commitment to customer service. Derek has a pleasant and energetic personality with a straightforward, honest, and objective approach to managing his clients’ real estate purchasing goals. Find Derek at www.dereksellshomes.com and dereksellshomes.featuredblog.com.
BROOKE WOLFORD is a real estate pro with RE/MAX Results in Eden Prairie, Minn. She began her real estate career in the closing side of the business, then obtained her license in 2006 and began assisting before going on her own in 2007. Brooke is known in the industry for sharing her experiences. Brooke recently formed her own Company, Organamx, a company devoted to helping real estate professionals streamline their marketing efforts. She has been active in the real estate industry and serves on several boards and committees. She has dedicated herself to helping her peers in the industry. You can visit her blog at www.thehousingword.com where she and other agents share their experiences in the industry.
CHRISTIAN ZARIF with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in Overland Park, Kan., has been licensed in both Kansas and Missouri since 2007. In 2008, she was named the Newcomer of the Year in Kansas City. Just four years later, she was the youngest agent to ever receive the REALTOR® of the Year Award from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®. An athlete and natural competitor, she competed in diving for the University of Kansas. She continues to give back to sport, running and coaching her own club team during the school year. She also volunteers at local non-profts in her spare time. Connect with Christian: about.me/czsellskc