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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.johnblomhomes.com, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANITA CLARK is a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker SSK, REALTORS®, in Houston County, Ga. She is from Coventry, England, is a retired military spouse, and has been assisting buyers, investors, and sellers in middle-Georgia since 2007. In addition to helping Georgia consumers with their real estate needs, she is quite active on social media, and regularly writes local and national interest real estate articles on her sellingwarnerrobins.com website. Connect with Anita on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
MATT CLEMENTS, CEO of the Clements Group at Harcorts Prime Properties in Monarch Beach, Calif., is a fourth generation real estate professional—leading a legacy started by his great-grandmother. He’s the author of the YPN Playbook and was chair of the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) in 2016 when the group won the YPN State Network of the Year. Matt is currently on the board of director for C.A.R. and is vice chair of the business technology committee. He is also on the National Association of REALTORS® board of directors, and sits on NAR’s YPN advisory board. In addition, he’s the California/Hawaii/Guam representative for region 13, and is the 2018 president-elect for the Orange County Association of REALTORS® (he will be the board’s youngest president to-date). Matt, who graduated from the University of California—Irvine, was a professional surfer from 1994 through 2001. Connect with Matt at mattclements.com.
ALEXIS CRAIG, founder of Mocha Homes, leads a team of real estate rebels in Lansing, Mich. She helps owners sell their homes for top-dollar and as simply as possible. She is a published author and her content has been seen by thousands. Alexis has a love for all things coffee. When she’s not selling real estate, she’s buying it. Her hero is Barbara Corcoran and hopes to meet her in-person one day. Connect with her at mochahomes.com or facebook.com/MochaHomes.
LEE DAVENPORT is an experienced real estate broker and business doctoral candidate based on Atlanta 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. For 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@LearnWithLee.REALTOR.
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.
REBECCA DONATELLI, ABR, SRS, is a residential agent and team lead of The Rebecca Donatelli Team with McDowell Homes Real Estate Services in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a top producer at her brokerage, as well as co-chair for the Young Professional Network at the Lake & Geauga Area Association of REALTORS®. She also sits on the Awards Task Force, Nominating Committee, and is one of two REALTORS® sitting on the Affiliate Committee. Donatelli is very active on social media for her real estate business, specifically Instagram, where she has more than 10,000 followers. She has been featured in a webinar hosted by Realtor.com® as a top producer with a large following on Instagram, as well as featured in an article for ReminderMedia as one of three agents crushing it on Instagram. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys watching the Cavs, running, and spending time with her husband and four pets. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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.
RYAN FITZGERALD is the owner of Raleigh Realty in Raleigh, N.C. When he isn’t creating valuable content for buyers, sellers, and other agents, Ryan is at Starbucks, the gym, or watching the New England Patriots. If you want to connect with Ryan on social media, feel free to do so on Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.
NATHAN GARRETT is an experienced real estate agent in the Louisville, Ky. area, and is the owner of the GarrettsRealty.com website and blog. He enjoys creating content that features engaging graphics to help grab the attention of his readers. Nathan believes that by providing shareable content online, it helps establish and gain local credibility. When it comes to learning more about technology, social media, and marketing in the real estate industry, he is a big fan of being a student. Feel free to connect with Nathan Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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.
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.
DAVID HAKIMI runs the Hakimi Team comprised of seven agents and two admin staff, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado market. He is the owner of the www.DavidSellsDenver.com website and blog, where he has successfully undertaken unique projects, like publishing a series of aerial video tours of most of the popular Denver neighborhoods, and an ambitious endeavor to photograph all the 2,300+ neighborhood marquis signs in Denver. David is committed to pushing the envelope in developing cutting-edge new methods for agents to market themselves and their listings. He is an avid reader on all topics relating to real estate marketing, and strives to never stop learning about innovations on the topic. He is also a featured real estate columnist for several local Denver/Boulder area publications. Feel free to enjoy the content on his YouTube channel, or connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+.
DREW HEASLEY is an agent with Keller Williams Exton/West Chester in Pennsylvania. He focuses on bank owned/REO home investors as well as first-time home buyers in Chester County and the surrounding areas. He has been investing in real estate since he was 25 years old and became licensed at 28. Drew works to stay ahead of the curve with real estate technology and hope to pass that knowledge on to readers. Connect with Drew on Facebook: facebook.com/chestercountyrealtor, or at his website: searchchestercountyhomes.com.
KYLE HISCOCK is a top real estate agent with Nothnagle, REALTORS® in Rochester, N.Y. He actively writes helpful content on his popular Rochester Real Estate Blog, and is passionate about staying up-to-date on the Rochester real estate market. Connect with Kyle on Twitter @KyleHiscockRE, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, or check out his website: www.rochesterrealestateblog.com.
NICO HOHMAN is the broker/owner of Hohman Homes, a residential real estate brokerage based in Tampa, Fla. 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
SAMANTHA JONES is an award-winning real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Chicagoland area. Her specialty is residential real estate sales—everything from first-time buyers to down-sizers and every stage of life in between. You could say real estate is in her blood; Sam is a fourth generation practitioner and works as a team with her mother. She jumped into real estate full-time back in 2014. Since then, she has ranked as a top producer every year, was recognized as Coldwell Banker’s suburban Rookie of the Year in 2014, and is a member of Coldwell Banker’s Sterling Society. Sam feels blessed that real estate is both her passion and profession. Prior to taking the plunge into this field full time, Sam lived another dream: Making a difference as a journalist. She worked as an on-air TV news reporter and previously as a field producer, behind the camera at a major Chicago television news station. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and fur baby, Randy. You can connect with Samantha on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
JAMES VASQUEZ is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He also owns a real estate company in San Antonio that buys houses directly from home owners. Over the last seven years, he’s accumulated a great deal of expertise in direct mail and online marketing. You can find him on his local San Antonio home buying website, DoneDealBuyers.com. When James isn’t working, he’s spending time with his two kids and wife of 11 years. He also a Christian who has a strong faith in God that is the focal point of his entire life.
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.