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Charlie Allred

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, or connect with her on Pinterest: or Google+:

Alex Cavelli

Alex Cavelli

ALEX CAVELLI is a REALTOR® with Howard Hanna in Greater Cleveland. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BBA in finance in 2011 and became licensed in 2013. Alex focuses on prospecting to build his listing business; he’s enjoying the relationships he’s made and the steady increase in his business that follows. Alex also operates “Campus Movers”, a social enterprise that hires student athletes to affordably help families on moving day. They’ve helped 250 families and counting! He’s looking forward to expanding his career in the real estate industry and serving his respective communities. Connect with Alex via or

Wade Corbett

WADE CORBETT is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Cary, 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. 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). He holds CDPE, SFR, CRS, and ABR designations as well. You can connect with Wade at or via e-mail at

Sam DeBord

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, Inman News, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  His team sells real estate across the Puget Sound region, with a high-profile online presence at and

Brandon Doyle

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

Subhi J. Gharbieh

Subhi J. Gharbieh

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, on Facebook at, or on Twitter @subhig.

Marianne Guenther Bornhoft

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 , on Facebook at or on Twitter @spokanehouse or

Nobu Hata

Nobu Hata

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 or @nobuhata.

Andrew Janos

Andrew Janos

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

Melissa Krchnak

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 or @MKrchnak.


Elizabeth Mackay

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, 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:

Alex Milshteyn

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

Lynn Minnick

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 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, or on Twitter @LynnMinnick.

Sammer Mudawar

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 and consumers can visit his personal site

Scott Newman

Scott Newman

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 or @newmanRealty.

Jay O’Brien

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 or e-mail him at

Jason O'Neil

Jason O’Neil

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:

Anand Patel

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:, or LinkedIn:

Dave Robison

Dave Robison

DAVE ROBISON, known as “Utah Dave,” is the creator/coach of “The All the Right Steps for your Success Experience.” As agent/broker of 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:

Derek Sandoval

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 and

Brooke Wolford

Brooke Wolford

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 where she and other agents share their experiences in the industry.

Christian Zarif

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: