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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.
JOHN BLOM is a broker for the Hasson Company REALTORS® working in the Portland/SW Washington market. He is also the 2016 president for the Clark County Association of REALTORS® and serves on committees for both the Washington State and National Association of REALTORS®. He is passionate about encouraging younger agents and brokers to step into leadership roles in their companies, MLSs, REALTOR® associations, and communities, then helping them grow and develop their leadership skills. He received the Vancouver Business Journal’s “Accomplished and Under 40” as well as the Fort Vancouver George C. Public Leadership Award. John also serves on the Clark County Planning Commission and the board of directors for Columbia River Mental Health Services. You can find him on Twitter @johndblom, LinkedIn, on his website, www.johnblom.com, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEE DAVENPORT is an experienced real estate broker and business doctoral candidate who trains real estate agents and brokerages on how to use today’s technology to work smarter. Join Lee’s RE Tech Insider’s Club at no fee by visiting www.LearnWithLee.REALTOR to keep up with the latest tech tools to help your sales business thrive. Also, follow Lee on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+. And if you are looking to transform your real estate sales game plan, be sure to get Lee’s interactive workbook, Plan to Win! available on Amazon.com. If you desire more personalized insights, Lee trains in person, by phone, and by video (live and recorded). To request Lee to be a speaker or guest blogger, please contact her at info@AgentsAroundAtlanta.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 RE/MAX Results 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.
BILL GASSETT is a nationally recognized real estate leader who has been helping people move in and out of the Metrowest Massachusetts area for more than 27 years. He has been one of the top RE/MAX salespeople in New England for the past decade. In 2013, he was the No. 1 RE/MAX agent in Massachusetts. See all his real estate articles at www.maxrealestateexposure.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.
LEANNE GOFF is a managing broker with TrailRidge Realty in Boulder, Colo., specializing in residential real estate. In 2015, Leanne completed 34 real estate transactions totaling $22 million in gross sales. She has been licensed since 2008, and is active with the Boulder Area REALTOR® Association (BARA). Through her work with BARA, Leanne has achieved many awards, including Distinguished REALTOR® in 2015 and the President’s Award in 2013. Her work with BARA’s Young Professionals Network led to some incredible achievements, including NAR’s Small Network of the Year Award in 2014. She was also recognized as the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Young Professional of 2013. Leanne has been working towards her masters in real estate degree through NAR’s REALTOR® University, which she anticipates completing in 2016. In her spare time she is a website guru, SEO maverick, social media mogul, as well as a single mother of one beautiful young daughter. Connect with Leanne on Twitter: @leannegoff, or on LinkedIn.
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.
ALYSSA HELLMAN is the is the director of the Go School at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Go Realty based in Cary, N.C., serving Raleigh-Durham and surrounding areas. Her success in real estate comes not just from selling houses, but her constant commitment to learning and growing; both personally and professionally. Alyssa believes that innovation comes from the heart as much as the head, and is inspired by doing things a little differently. Her passion and commitment to the industry and her craft is unwavering, yet her greatest joy is passing that inspiration onto other agents throughout the industry. You can find Alyssa on Twitter @AVHellman or visit her website www.alyssahellman.com. To learn more about BHGRE, Go Realty, visit www.gorealty.bhgre.com.
NICO HOHMAN is a real estate pro with NextHome Discovery in Tampa, Fla., who works on renovation and rehab properties. As a graduate of the School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Nico is uniquely positioned to help his clients on the construction and property management portions of a real estate project. Hohman is actively involved in bettering the standards of the real estate industry and his community by serving on boards and committees at the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, Toastmasters International, Emerge Tampa Bay, Nativity Catholic School, and the All Children’s Hospital Guild. Nico is also the Head Golf Coach at Jesuit High School. In his free time, Nico enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their dog, Wrigley. Learn more about Nico at hohmanhomes.com or connect on Twitter: @thenicohohman
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.
ELIZABETH MACKAY’s world revolves around real estate, teaching, and her two endlessly entertaining sons. For a bit of fun Mackay, MBA, throws photography, sailing, and writing into the mix, and it all comes together in her real estate and Bahamas lifestyle blog, livelifebahamas.com. When it all gets to be too much, she retreats to her beloved ocean and reconnects with herself in the tranquility of hatha yoga. Connect with Mackay, a salesperson with CA Christie Real Estate, on Twitter: @LizMackay, Facebook: @lightinblu, Pinterest: @LizAMackay, Linkedin: Lizamackay, or via e-mail: email@example.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-owner of RE/MAX Prestige located in Orange County, Calif. (Anaheim Hills and Costa Mesa). 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.joinremaxprestige.com and consumers can visit his personal site www.liveoc.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANAND PATEL is the founder and president of residential brokerage NextHome Discovery and commercial brokerage Pangea Realty Group, both based in Tampa, Fla. He is also a real estate investor and developer. Believing there is a very thin line delineating a real estate practitioner’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/discoveryourplace, 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.
ERIKA VILLEGAS is a broker associate with ERA Mi Casa Real Estate in Chicago. She has established herself as one the top residential agents in the Chicago and has been a top producer of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® since 2009. In 2012, she received the Circle of Honor Achievement from ERA Real Estate and has sustained that level since. In 2013 and 2014, she was named one of the top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Erika is currently serving as the vice-chair of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® YPN Advisory Board. She also serves on the Chicago Chapter of the NAHREP Board of Directors.When she’s not working, Erika likes to travel and spend time with her husband and 10-year-old son Benicio. Connect with Erika at www.erikavillegas.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.