2012 AREAA National Convention
Matt Ahlmann
Executive Director
Social NetworX
Matt is one of the best social media strategist in the business. He has developed the most comprehensive Facebook curriculum and his teachings are proven to yield fantastic results. Referred to in many markets as, "Mr. Facebook," Matt has mastered the art of taking a rather complex issue and simplifying it for all who attend his training sessions. Matt not only knows the in's and out's of Facebook and other social media platforms, but he is an expert at providing an executable action plan to ensure your success.
Debra Alexandre
Nevada State Development Corporation
Debra Alexandre is President of Nevada State Development Corporation, Nevada’s #1 SBA 504 Lender. She has served in her present position for 20 years following a successful 17 year banking career in Las Vegas. NSDC finances fixed assets, primarily real estate, for small businesses utilizing the SBA 504 loan program. NSDC has processed SBA 504 loans totaling over $735 million, creating more than 18,100 jobs in Nevada. Debra was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Nevada District Export Council, where she currently serves as Treasurer. Debra is involved in numerous civic organizations as well as charitable activities.
Ken Avelino
Avelino Law Firm
Ken Avelino is Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and Spanish. He was born in Japan, and his family immigrated to United States when he was six (6) years of age. After graduating from High School, Ken joined the United States Marine Corps Infantry. After earning GI College Money from the Marine Corps, Ken began his university studies, and he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, MBA and a Juris Doctorate Degree. Today, he is licensed attorney, real estate broker and former securities broker and principal. Ken also helped form AREAA of Greater Sacramento, and he is legal counsel for the Sacramento chapter. Ken has worked with the Internal Revenue Service, Merrill Lynch, and E*TRADE Securities and he now owns his own law firm, Avelino Law Firm. He has earned the following honors: 1. Meritorious Promotion and Letter of Commendation from the United States Marine Corps; 2. Special, Management and Director’s Award from the Internal Revenue Service; 3. Salesperson and Business Sales Award from Merrill Lynch; 4. OCA National Convention Chair in 2007; 5. OCA Unsung Hero in 2008; and 6. Asian Bar Association of Sacramento President’s Award for Attorney of the year.
David Baird
National Director Multifamily
Sperry Van Ness Nevada, LLC
David L. Baird serves as a senior vice president and national director of multifamily for Sperry Van Ness in the Las Vegas office. With over 32 years of industry experience, Baird has completed over 300 transactions valued at more than $2 billion, and has been a Sperry Van Ness top 10 producer for the past seven years. He also has experience in selling, developing and owning apartment projects in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. As the National Director of Multifamily, Baird leads and supports the communication for Sperry Van Ness' national multifamily team, and is responsible for moderating the monthly national conference call that includes deal exchanges, industry and product discussions and relevant trade tips. Baird also works with local brokers on national deal opportunities and runs a monthly "open mic" call session to answer questions from the multifamily team. Baird has been published numerous times in publications such as, Newsweek, Commercial Property News, Apartment Finance Today, Western Real Estate News, National Real Estate Advisor, Multifamily Executive Globe Street and the Las Vegas Review Journal and others. Baird has been a features speaker and moderator at numerous Multifamily conferences. David Baird has been named Costar Power Broker for three years running, and was named one of only 20 Hot Brokers in the nation in 2006. Baird was named in the Heritage registry of "Who's Who". Baird's biggest accomplishment was the sale of a multifamily community with more than 1,400 units. By marketing proactively to the investment and brokerage communities, almost 200 registered buyers were generated and the property received 22 offers to purchase. During this time, he also managed to list and sell 765 units previously listed by other brokerage firms. As a seasoned Advisor, Baird has worked in a variety of market climates including the dramatic 80's down turn in Texas and the 90's real estate "depression" in California and Arizona. Through the years he has worked with the RTC Group, Inc. to find innovative ways to sell and finance large commercial properties. Baird is a licensed real estate broker in California, Arizona and Nevada. He
Sharon Bartlett
Director Vendor Services
Freddie Mac
As the Director of Vendor Services, Sharon and her team are responsible for the management and oversight of all vendors supporting the REO disposition process; including real estate brokers, closing and title agents, valuation vendors, general contractors, preservation and maintenance vendors, etc. Sharon has been with Freddie Mac for 30 years and has a diverse background in mortgage loan servicing and REO. During her tenure at Freddie Mac, Sharon has worked in many areas, including: Default Management, Loan Administration, Loss Mitigation, Asset/Outsourcing Management, Servicer Relations, Risk Management and Broker Management. In 2011, Sharon was recognized by Women in Default Services as a role model for women and honored with a Leadership Award.
Simone Beaty
Director, Mortgage Servicing Policy
Freddie Mac
Simone is the Director of Mortgage Servicing Policy for the Single Family Servicing and Real Estate Owned division. She is responsible for developing servicing policies published in the Freddie Mac Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide, and the development of internal Servicing policies in support of Freddie Mac’s Servicing Operations. Simone has been with Freddie Mac for 8 years and has more than 16 years of experience in the mortgage business. Prior to her current position, Simone performed quality control on Freddie Mac’s delinquent loan portfolio to determine whether the loans conformed to the terms of the Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide at the time of purchase. Prior to Freddie Mac, Simone held audit and underwriting positions for several large mortgage firms and mortgage insurance companies.
Brad Blackwell
Executive Vice President & Portfolio Business Manager
Wells Fargo
Brad Blackwell is Portfolio Business Manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM) and member of the WFHM Executive Management Team (EMT). Blackwell is responsible for building stronger capabilities to generate home equity and non-conforming mortgage loans that we hold in our portfolio as a key strategy to serve our customers and grow the investment portfolio for Wells Fargo. In this role, he champions home equity products across the enterprise, expanding our non-agency (jumbo) lending programs, and developing opportunities to leverage the WFC balance sheet to support the home lending business. He works closely with the Community Bank, the Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement group, and all Consumer Lending channels to expand our real estate portfolio lending market share and market profitability across the United States. Previously, Brad spent more than a decade as executive vice president, retail national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the nation’s #1 Retail mortgage producer. In this role, he was jointly responsible for leading WFHM’s Distributed Retail sales team of approximately 10,500 home mortgage consultants who originate residential mortgage loans in more than 2,400 mortgage stores nationwide now with the integration of Wachovia Mortgage. The company also offers mortgage products through retail Bank locations nationwide and Wells Fargo Advisors in some areas. Blackwell was named executive vice president, retail national sales manager in June 2004 after serving three years as a senior vice president, national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Pacific Markets. He led efforts to double Wells Fargo’s retail share on the West Coast. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2001, Blackwell was senior vice president for residential lending at Washington Mutual for three years. He joined Washington Mutual after working 17 years for World Savings as a loan consultant and regional manager in various parts of country. He also managed mortgage marketing, product development, sales planning and retail banking organizations for World Savings. Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1982. Blackwell is also passionate about Wells Fargo’s commitment to environmental stewardship, charitable giving and is active on social media. Follow him on Twitter @loansbrad.
Fred Bolstad
Managing Director
Retail Lending
Fred Bolstad is the Managing Director of Citi’s Mortgage Lending - Retail channels, reporting to the Head of Originations, Mark Danahy. Prior to that, he managed the National Sales channel. In his current role, Bolstad is responsible for the sales initiatives across CBNA, Retail Partnerships, and our Relationship channels (Corporate Relocation, Wealth Management, and Employee). He has full responsibility for the P&L, channel strategy, and the customer experience. Combined channels funded over $60 billion in 2011. Bolstad has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage and finance industries. Prior to his position as Managing Director, Bolstad spent five years at Citigroup as National Sales Director for Retail Lending and National Sales Director for Smith Barney Home Loan Program. Bolstad spent five years out of college with Citigroup as a Management Associate, Branch Manager and Area Sales Manager. Other experience includes working as a Finance Manager for Nissan Motor Corp., an Area Manager for Norwest Mortgage and a Regional Sales Manager for Wells Fargo. Bolstad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Finance, both from the University of Minnesota.
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Senior Vice President
Five Star Institute in Dallas
Sam Bready is Senior Vice President with the Five Star Institute in Dallas, TX. In this role, Bready is responsible for strategy development, new business initiatives, and the Five Star Institute's educational curriculum and programs. Prior to his current role, Bready spent 25 years in mortgage servicing and all functions in default management - from collections through REO. He has been responsible for borrower home retention programs, portfolio liquidation and asset disposition, and has been a part of two major servicing platform start-ups. In the years before joining Five Star, Bready worked with companies such as Vantium Capital, Home Servicing, Capital One, Avelo Mortgage, and CitiFinancial Mortgage. He holds a degree in Economics from James Madison University.
Joseph & JoAnn Callaway
JoAnn Callaway sold more than four thousand homes totaling in excess of a billion dollars. She accomplished this in her first ten years selling real estate and she did it one client at a time. She is proud to be a REALTOR® and believes her fellow agents share her heart for helping others. She loves flowers, art, books and Joseph. Joseph Callaway is the author of countless advertisements, newspaper pages, magazine layouts, flyers, blog posts, manuals, property profiles and thousands of real estate contracts. He loves JoAnn very much.
0William (Bill) Carr
Bill manages the distressed property Mortgage Banking Retail and CD Sales Program participation and results nationally. His responsibilities include execution build out of our Short Sale Priority Partner Network and REO program management, financial analysis, partner relations (internal and external across channels), and service level execution in Retail and Consumer Direct. He looks to source new relationships and grow purchase business within existing and newly established partnerships. Bill has more than 20 years in the Mortgage Industry and prides himself on building teams that drive excellence in Customer Service.
Janet Case
Janet Case is co-founder and CEO of Proxio, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology company that provides networking and marketing solutions to the global real estate industry. Proxio's mission is "connecting the world of real estate" with its award-winning services adapted to many cultures and delivered in 19 languages. Proxio’s services include ProxioPro.com, a global real estate network and international MLS, which connects property professionals with their peers worldwide, so they can expand their market reach and increase their business opportunities, and a host of multilingual eMarketing products for brokerages and associations including Proxio’s Global IDX™ that connects markets across the world. Janet’s interest in real estate began very early; she bought her first investment property at the age of 19 and has bought and sold many since. It was her first international purchase six years ago, an old farm in France, which inspired her to re-think the MLS for an international audience as a solution to serious market inefficiencies. ProxioPro was launched in April 2008, and today hosts over 450,000 agents in more than 100 countries, and more than 2.2 million listings. Before founding Proxio, Janet was CEO of two large Realtor Associations in Silicon Valley (simultaneously), with over 7500 agents in hundreds of brokerages. In this role she also ran an online real estate forms company and participated in the governance of the local MLS. Previously Janet was a senior marketing executive, successfully conceiving and launching new high-tech products into international markets for two Fortune 500 companies. Janet holds a BA degree in Economics and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Gus Charara
Executive Director
JPMorgan Chase Bank
As a J.P. Morgan Banker, Gus evaluates the resources available throughout the firm to determine which are best suited for each client’s current and future needs. These include capabilities in financial planning, trusts and wealth transfer strategies, private banking and investments. Gus does this after first gaining a thorough understanding of his clients’ goals and priorities, determining their family responsibilities, plans for retirement, considering near-term and long-term goals. In addition, Gus involves specialists on the J.P. Morgan team to provide comprehensive wealth management capabilities that help his clients meet all of their financial goals. Gus has 14 years of experience in meeting clients’ special needs, as well as those of their business or profession, with special concern and consideration. He began his career in 1995 with Wells Fargo Bank in the Business Banking Group in Phoenix, Arizona as a Senior Relationship Manager. He joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Private Banker. Gus holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities license. Gus is a member of the MBA Council at Arizona State University, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Risk Management Association (RMA), and Adelante (A JPMorgan Chase Latino employee networking group). Gus participates in continuing education courses provided through Six Sigma Qualtec (champion training for process improvement), W.P. Carey MBA Alumni and RMA. EDUCATION Executive MBA • W.P. Carey School of Business • Arizona State University Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance • Walsh College of Accountancy & Business Administration
0Vandana Chima
Corporate Broker/Owner, REALTOR
EXIT Realty Platinum Group
Kevin Chin
Managing Director
Sperry Van Ness
Kevin Chin serves as managing director for Sperry Van Ness specializing in retail transactions across the country and apartment transactions in the San Francisco Bay area. With over 25 years of industry experience, Chin has conducted transactions valued at over $300 million. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Chin served as owner, founder and senior broker for Terra Pacific Company, a real estate firm specializing in commercial properties. During his time with Terra Pacific Company, Chin represented notable clients such as Village Properties, San Francisco Federal Savings and Loan and Asian, Inc. Chin holds a CCIM designation and currently serves on the CCIM Institute's Board of Directors and as Past Chair of the Cultural Diversity Advisory Board of CCIM. He also serves as the Chair of the Commercial Committee of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, the San Francisco Association of Realtors and the Income Property Marketing Group. He attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in real estate, and hotel and restaurant management.
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Carmen Chong
Taffeco Real Estate
Carmen Chong is the President and CEO of taffeco Real Estate, Inc. With a great vision, the company combines the structure and support of a traditional brokerage firm with an unprecendented compensation plan that pays 100% commission to its agents. The company is committed to furthering the real estate careers and supporting the personal development of its agents. By creating more jobs and income in the real estate industry throughout California, taffeco Real Estate, Inc. is helping strengthen the economies of the communities it serve. It does not come to a suprise that the company slogan is “Where people matter” because the agents and the clients always come first. taffeco Real Estate, Inc . opened 5 regional offices and recruited over 150 real estate agents and broker Associates. Carmen has a combined 22 years of experience in the lending and Real Estate industry. She had become the broker of CC Legacy Financial, a company that she started herself in 1996. She is also the founding chapter president of AREAA San Francisco Peninsula-gaining over 300 members in a little over a year. Being a Chinese descent but born and raised in Nicaragua, Carmen, with her trilingual skills, is able to attract both the Asian and Hispanic community to her business. Her passion for education and her incredible integrity in everything that she does has made her a strong leader-not only in her business but in anything that she sets out to do. With everything that Carmen has going on in her life, focusing as a successful leader and entrepreneur, she is first and foremost the proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters: Brittney who is 18 and Sidney, who is 14.
Christophe Choo
Christophe Choo Real Estate Group - Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills
Christophe Choo is an award-winning, top-producing luxury real estate broker with over 23 years of experience serving Los Angeles’ most elite Westside neighborhoods. He is known for his charisma and cosmopolitan flair, but is best known for breaking sales records in the most prominent Westside locations from Beverly Hills to Malibu. A passionate, aggressive and innovative real estate professional, Christophe has earned a position among the nation’s top 100 real estate agents with more than 500 closed real estate transactions over the course of his career. For many years, Christophe has enjoyed “top producer” status in the elite Coldwell Banker Previews® International Presidents Premiere, which honors the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. His non-traditional sales and marketing techniques, combined with in-depth knowledge of the marketplace have consistently positioned him among the top agents in his office and in the top 24 agents for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greater Los Angeles for as well as in the Top 250 Teams nationwide in 2010 & 2011according to the Wall Street Journal. His clients—which span from foreign investors and business executives to celebrities and high net worth individuals—continually seek him and his full-service real estate team at the Christophe Choo Real Estate Group to buy and sell luxury estates, single-family residences, high-end condominiums and income properties in L.A.’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Valued as much for his long history of success as for his luxury market expertise, Christophe is a frequent guest speaker at organizations and events such as the Asian American Real Estate Association, the Associated Realty of the Americas, Coldwell Banker International Conference, Generation Blue Conference for Coldwell Banker and Your Coach Conferences with Tom Ferry. He is a regular cast member on the hit HGTV show Selling LA and he has also appeared on several national television shows, including Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” “Beautiful Homes & Great Estates,” “Selling LA”, “Luxury Lifestyles TV”, “LX Open House” “Behind the Gates” and “The T.O. Show” on VH1.
Sherry Chris
President & CEO
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC
Sherry Chris was appointed President and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in October of 2007. Her appointment followed Realogy's announcement that it had entered into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name to launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand. Sherry has nearly 30 years of real estate experience, including, significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles with Real Living (Ohio) and Prudential CA/NV/TX Realty. She joined Realogy in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Well known within the real estate industry, Sherry is a frequent speaker at real estate and technology conferences. She serves on Zillow's Broker Advisory Board and has served on a number of industry and technology - related advisory boards, including Trulia and Google Real Estate. In addition, she is a past chairman of The Realty Alliance, a network of North America's elite real estate firms. Sherry was named 2010 Inman Innovator of the Year, a prestigious and coveted award within the real estate and technology sectors. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision and foresight in using innovation to enhance the real estate experience for consumers, real estate brokers and agents. She also received the 2010 Stevie Award for Best Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Sherry is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario, and earned an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
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GainSpot, Inc
Marie Chung
Modern Realty
Marie Chung leads a 30-year-old brokerage specializing in luxury real estate sales, short sales, luxury REO dispositions, commercial and residential real estate sales in Southern California – reaching the regional #1 REO Sales Record for multiple years. Among her many growth strategies for the firm of 40 agents and 18 full-time staff, Marie boasts a significant roster of banks & lenders throughout the U.S. Her recent accomplishment is the launch of a luxury division for Modern Realty, known as Modern Estates, to serve the niche retail luxury real estate market of Beverly Hills and surrounding areas. She specifically established Modern Estates to serve REO clients’ luxury property dispositions. Marie is a Luxury Marketing Institute certified, licensed real estate broker with extensive knowledge in million-dollar property listings, luxury real estate sales, luxury foreclosures, REO dispositions and short sale negotiations. Marie takes pride in finding new and creative ways to serve her clients, such as securing television exposure on Today in LA on NBC for a luxury listing in the famous Hidden Hills neighborhood. She also generously shares her insights as featured speaker at national conferences such as the CAR Expo 2011 "Top Producers Panel," Five Star Conferences, Inman News / Real Estate Connect Conferences, Commercial REO Brokers Association Conferences, and is 2011 Secretary of the CCIM Los Angeles Chapter. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA in Business Economics and USC Ross Program in Real Estate Development, and a former corporate consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Modern Realty. She is also on numerous committees including REOMAC, Asian Real Estate Association of America Board of Directors, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and Urban Land Institute.
Edwin Covarrubias
Smooth Sailing Realty
Edwin Covarrubias has been in the real estate industry over 15 years and has built reputable and passionate companies in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Edwin is an active real estate investor and understands the fundamentals of taking distressed real estate projects and turning them into beneficial outcomes for his partners and clients. Edwin’s partners, Arianna Gallegos and Lori Phelan manage the teams at Diamond Bay Realty and Property Management along with Smooth Sailing Realty and Property Management based in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. They provide in depth knowledge in sales, management and investing. Edwin is a board member for AREAA Sacramento and Rebuilding Together Sacramento and is very active in the community.
Wendy Coyne
Desert Mountain SVP/Region Sales Manager
Wendy Coyne manages a team of more than 500 sales professionals who provide home financing counsel to buyers in the Desert Mountain Region for Chase that includes: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Since joining Chase in 1980, Wendy has served as a Branch Manager, District Manager in the Retail Bank, Regional Sales Manager in both Investment Services and Business Banking. In 2009, Wendy moved from Chicago to Phoenix to become the Regional Sales Manager in Mortgage Banking.. Wendy received a BS from The University of Utah in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Special Education. She became a CFP in 1990 and received a Masters in Management from Northwestern University in 2001. She is an active member in several local and national philanthropic organizations including Rotary International and The Nature Conservancy.
Jim Dague
Keller Williams Realty
Jim Dague ABR®, e-PRO, C.R.S., R.S.P.S., SFR, S.R.E.S. Jim entered real estate in 1978 and has since owned several companies including a Property Management firm and Residential Real Estate Firm. He has personally brokered, Multi-Family, Undeveloped Land, Residential and Business Opportunities. Under Jim’s ownership, CENTURY 21 Aadvantage Gold had the #1 CENTURY 21 Office in the World for four straight years. Jim has been training agents since 1985 and has instructed all over the U.S. and all across Canada. On a personal note, Jim is a father of 3 grandfather of 3. He holds 3rd degree and 6th degree black belts and is in the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame.
Trinh Doan
Managing Director
US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Trinh is a Private Client Advisor at US Trust with over 22 years of experience in leveraged finance and private wealth management. Trinh’s prior experience includes 12 years at JP Morgan Chase in the global syndicated finance group (where she was based in New York and Hong Kong), providing structured credit and derivatives solutions to institutional clients. In this capacity, she worked closely with senior management teams of Fortune 500 companies and private equity funds to structure and distribute bank financings for acquisition, leveraged buy-out, project financing, work-out and general corporate purposes. As a Private Client Advisor, Trinh has extensive experience working with ultra high net worth families and institutional investors to structure complex credit requirements, advise on investments including hedge funds, private equity funds and structured/hedging products as well as consult on estate planning strategies. Trinh holds an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in foreign service and international business from Georgetown University. She is a registered representative with Series 7 and 66 licenses. Trinh currently serves as a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the Museum of Modern Art (“MOMA”) in New York City. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee (the “IRC”). Working in over 40 countries and 22 US cities, the IRC assists refugees from the world’s worst humanitarian crises. She serves on the IRC’s Nominating & Governance, External Affairs & Development, and Executive Search Committees, and was previously the Co-Chair of the Audit Committee. Trinh was recognized by the IRC as a Refugee of Distinction in 2010. In 2011, Trinh was named a special delegate by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) and served on its 60th Refugee Congress inWashington, DC. She is also involved with the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-profit organization working with women leaders in the developing countries through development and training initiatives to increase their participation in the social, economic and political process in their respective countries.
Secretary Shaun Donovan
Secretary Shaun Donovan
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
On January 26, 2009, Secretary Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and has continued that effort in the Obama Administration. Secretary Donovan believes that America's homes are the foundation for family, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and job creation. His tenure as HUD Secretary has reflected his commitment to making quality housing possible for every American. Sworn in at a time when the foreclosure crisis had devastated American families, under Secretary Donovan’s leadership HUD has helped stabilize the housing market and worked to keep responsible families in their homes. The agency has instituted reforms that have solidified the Federal Housing Administration’s financial position and protected the taxpayer against risk, while still preserving FHA’s mission of providing responsible access to homeownership. Secretary Donovan has reaffirmed HUD’s commitment to building strong, sustainable, inclusive neighborhoods that are connected to education and jobs and provide access to opportunity for all Americans. He has launched new initiatives like Choice Neighborhoods, which will enable distressed communities to use proven mixed-use, mixed-finance tools to transform not just federally-assisted housing, but the neighborhoods around that housing. And through the new Sustainable Communities partnership with the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, HUD is helping regions and communities develop comprehensive housing and transportation plans that create jobs and help American businesses out-innovate their global competitors. Secretary Donovan has a long history of working to provide affordable housing to American families. He previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He created and implemented HPD's New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 affordable homes, the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation's history. His work at HPD included the New York City Acquisition Fund, an award-winning collaboration with foundations and banks to finance affordable housing; an innovative inclusionary zoning program; an ambitious supportive housing plan; and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, one of the earliest responses to the foreclosure crisis. Before his service as HPD Commissioner, Secretary Donovan worked in the private sector on financing affordable housing, and was a visiting scholar at New York University, where he researched and wrote about the preservation of federally-assisted housing. He was also a consultant to the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing the production of multifamily housing. The Commission was created by the United States Congress to recommend ways to expand housing opportunities across the nation. Secretary Donovan rejoins HUD after his previous service in the Clinton administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, where he was the primary federal official responsible for privately-owned multifamily housing. At that time, he ran housing programs that helped 1.7 million families access affordable housing. He also served as acting FHA Commissioner during the Clinton/Bush presidential transition. Prior to his first service at HUD, he worked at the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) in New York City, a non-profit lender and developer of affordable housing. He also researched and wrote about housing policy at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and worked as an architect. Secretary Donovan holds a B.A. and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard.
Jennice Doty
Jennice Doty is the Managing Partner and Designated Broker of TCT Property Services, LLC. She has been in the real estate industry since 1979. Jennice heads the Commercial Property Management division, including office condo associations, office buildings, and shopping centers. Jennice is currently a CCIM candidate. Jennice has served as Vice President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Jennice is a past member of the National Association of Real Property Managers (NARPM) and has successfully completed several courses from the Institute of Real estate Management. Jennice's vision is to build and expand a successful Property Management company while maintaining quality service and integrity. Jennice Doty is the Operating Principal and part owner of two Keller Williams Market Centers in Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona. Jennice has been a part of Keller Williams for 15 years. Jennice has worked with other Keller Williams agents across the United States and Canada as a member of the Commercial Leadership Council (CLC) for the past several years to develop KW Commercial Policies internationally. Jennice is Co-Chairman of the Commercial Committee at the Southeast Valley Board of Realtors in Arizona. She is very active in supporting local charity events in her community Jennice has been involved in the purchase office buildings as an investment for herself and business partner. Jennice’s background and main focus is Commercial Property Management. TCT Property Services, LLC manages 35 Commercial properties. The Property Management Company manages over 1000 residential homes.
Ryan Edwards
Safe Realty & Property Management
Ryan Edwards, Broker/Owner of Safe Realty in Santa Ana California, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University of Fullerton. Ryan brings extensive knowledge of the default industry and with nearly seven years of previous mortgage lending background, he adds a detailed understanding of real estate financing. Edwards incorporates several web-based tools to manage, market and streamline his business to create a dynamic efficiency model. He prides himself on being able to clearly communicate every step of the way to deliver accurate and timely information every time. This would be extremely difficult without staying up to date with new technologies and tools. “Our company has set a standard of achieving nothing less than excellence through pure hard work and upholding the highest level of integrity. Maintaining these values has proven time and time again to be the foundation of our success.” In addition to running a successful real estate brokerage, Ryan has served as a Board of Director for AREAA Orange County Chapter for nearly the last 3 years. Ryan is currently the Vice President of the Orange County Chapter and is dedicated the organizations mission of Sustainable Homeownership.
Robert Fragoso
Executive Vice President
Anchor Loans
Robert Fragoso is the Executive Vice President of Anchor Loans, a private financier for real estate investors based in Cerritos, CA. Robert’s experience in real estate spans over 20 years. He has been pivotal in the funding of over $1.3 Billion to private investors and has overseen the purchase of over 1,300 properties in the past 2 ½ years. While analyzing over 5,000 properties a year, Anchor Loans prides itself on the ability to spot the formation of new trends prior to their publication by media, and assisting its clients in this ever evolving market. Anchor Loans has strategically positioned itself in this marketplace through its proprietary software by spotting trends before they have formed. Currently Anchor acts as the acquisition arm for one of the largest hedge funds in the country and is quickly being recognized by the marketplace as the go to entity on many facets in this real estate market. Agents are quickly recognizing the speed and efficiency by which Anchor Loans can buy properties at close to market value for cash flow purposes. Anchor has been successful in helping investors grow faster through mentorship style investing, and sourcing of fix and flip properties.
Abel Fregoso
Wells Fargo
Abel Fregoso, Jr. has been in the Mortgage Industry for 28 years. The last 18 years he has been with the three “Ws”: World/Wachovia/Wells Fargo. During this time, Abel has held Senior Management positions in lending as a Division Manager which required oversight of the Origination, Underwriting, Loan Processing, Appraisal and all Loan Fulfillment Departments. Abel holds a degree in Finance from San Diego State University. He was born in Mexico City and naturalized to an American Citizen in the fall of 2002. Abel lives in San Diego with his wife Marti and daughter Arianna. Currently, Abel is in the Default Liquidation Department as a Vice President and National Field Short Sale Manager. Before his promotion to National Manager, Abel was the Regional REO Manager for Premier Asset Services.
Glenda Gabriel
Neighborhood Lending Executive
Bank of America
Glenda Gabriel is the Neighborhood Lending executive for Bank of America and is responsible for identifying opportunities to drive successful homeownership among low-to moderate-income borrowers, underserved communities, and multicultural borrowers across the economic spectrum. Gabriel is also accountable for transforming the company’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) mortgage commitment into a strategy designed to increase demand, market share and consumer education. Bank of America has been recognized with seven consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the CRA exam since 1993. Gabriel earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Arianna Gallegos
Diamond Bay Realty & Property Management
Starting her real estate career in 2002, Arianna has dedicated herself to building outstanding real estate teams and to making a difference in her native San Francisco East Bay community. As one of the leading real estate recruiters in the Bay Area, she worked to build top real estate teams who share her commitment to exceptional customer experience and strong integrity. Previously, she also served as the Senior Sales Executive of the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square and managed a Better Homes and Garden Mason McDuffie real estate office in El Cerrito. Arianna founded Diamond Bay Realty and Property Management to fulfill her desire to improve the real estate experience for both sellers and buyers, and to help protect and grow the real estate investments of her clients. Arianna has actively given back to her community and currently serves as the 2013 President Elect for the West Contra Costa Association of Realtors and as a Director, board member for the Young Professionals Network, and the Vice President for the Asian Real Estate Association of America Greater East Bay Chapter.
Frank Gerola
Director of Client Relations and Marketing
Frank Gerola joined Posted Properties.com as the Director of Client Relations and Marketing in 2009. Frank has an unwavering commitment to provide exceptional customer service and is passionate about helping clients in the real estate industry accomplish their goals. This passion and commitment, along with over a decade of real estate experience has helped to bolster the success of PostedProperties.com as the clear leader in the bidding service industry for trustee sales. PostedProperties.com is the premiere bidding service at trustee sales. Since the company’s inception in 2007 Posted Properties.com has helped hundreds of clients acquire over 9000 properties including single family homes, multi‐family complexes, vacant land, apartment buildings and retail centers. PostedProperties.com takes pride in providing innovative bidding services with their detailed auction list, up to minute drive reports, clear title, live auction results and customized bidding program. These services combined with exceptional customer support makes PostedProperties.com the true leader in their industry Service, Solutions, Success- PostedProperties.com
Bobby Ghisolfo
V.P. of Sales and Customer Relations
Vineyard Services
Bobby Ghisolfo is responsible for all day-to-day sales, marketing, and customer service related functions at Vineyard Services. Bobby has a background in banking, asset management, and REO transactions. Prior to joining Vineyard Services, he worked for 15 years at various banks, including World Savings, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and M&I Bank. While working as an Asset Manager for Wells Fargo, he controlled a portfolio of $30mm and 300 properties at any given time. At M&I Bank, his primary responsibility was to get the maximum amount of return on the different types of distressed properties within portfolio he managed. He has worked closely and aggressively to effectively price, repair, and sell these distressed properties with the top REO agents in the Arizona and Nevada markets. Bobby brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Vineyard Services and a “customer-first” attitude which creates the ability to exceed client expectations and develop partnering relationships.
Michael Gibson
Managing Director
Michael Gibson is the Managing Director of USAdvisors. He has a degree in Economics from Virginia Tech. His previous work experience was with Citicorp where he worked in the Capital Markets and Investment Banking divisions as a broker-dealer, securities, foreign exchange, derivatives, money market, credit & debt analyst and portfolio risk manager. His duties involved overseeing Citi's financial operations, structuring financial instruments and hedging bank and client risk and investments in emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In 2007 he established USAdvisors.org as an organization to assist foreign nationals with their EB-5 investment decisions.
Todd Gladis
Senior Vice President
Commercial Operations
Todd, an attorney by trade, has over nine-years experience conducting large scale online/live residential and commercial real estate auctions nationwide. He has presided over all operational/business development aspects of the auction business, from acquisitions, marketing, logistics, legal, compliance and customer service to include global platforms in Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Germany. Since 2009, he has run all Commercial Real Estate Online Operations. Todd also serves an active leadership role on Auction.com’s Community Involvement Committee spearheading the Company’s service and volunteer initiatives. Before joining Auction.com, Todd Gladis was associated with two Florida litigation law firms and high level government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of State. Additionally, Todd served eight years in the United States Army in the Quartermaster Corp and in the Judge Advocate General Corp. Todd achieved the rank of Captain. Todd received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.A. at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Wisconsin.
0Bill Gonzalez
Chief Acquisition Officer
REAL 360
Bill is the Chief Acquisition Officer for REAL 360, a national real estate investment firm specializing in acquiring, rehabilitating, managing and disposing of Single Family Residential assets. In this role Bill and his internal analyst team along with an extensive network of real estate agents, GSEs and other financial institutions, have access to thousands of distressed assets and have the ability to efficiently manage these assets throughout the United States. These assets are managed through a proven sophisticated online application with full reporting capabilities. This turn-key solution is managed by REAL 360 and is fully supported by a leading national title company. In addition, REAL 360 has the ability to fund the complete rehabilitation for its partnered clients or deliver turn-key cash flowing residential assets to its clients. In addition to his role in REAL 360, Bill is responsible for cultivating and managing national and international investor relationships that are interested in building medium to long-term cash flowing portfolios managed by REAL 360. Personally and under his management Bill has been involved in over 350 transactions over his career 8 year real estate career. As a real estate professional, Bill is passionate in creating exciting and innovative investment opportunities to REAL 360’s partners and clients.
Michael R. Good
Chief Executive Officer
Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC
Michael R. Good, a 35-year real estate industry veteran, has served as chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, since February 2004 and is responsible for the network’s strategic growth as a leading provider of luxury residential real estate services. During his tenure, Good has been instrumental in attracting more than 190 quality real estate firms, representing about 620 offices, from around the world to join the Sotheby's International Realty® network. Under his leadership, the brand has won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the last five years. It also was rated the most prestigious real estate company by high-net worth consumers in the Luxury Institute’s 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index survey, and in 2009 was ranked second on Franchise Times’ Fast 55 list, a ranking of the fastest growing franchises, published in the March 2009 issue. From 1997 to 2004, Good served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of NRT Incorporated, the largest residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States. In that role, he helped energize the company’s growth from 350 offices to more than 950 local operating offices in more than 30 major metropolitan areas across the nation. In his 35 years in real estate, Good has been a salesperson, manager, owner of a real estate brokerage company, president of a large regional company and was responsible for the development of real estate operations in Minnesota, Florida and the Southwest United States for another Realogy company, Coldwell Banker®. Prior to beginning his real estate career, Good spent six years as a teacher and high school and collegiate wrestling coach in Minnesota. Good earned his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, and his master's degree from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. In 1991, he was inducted into the Augsburg College Athletic Hall of Fame, Minneapolis, where he was a two-time All-American in wrestling. In 2011 he was honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with their “Outstanding American” award, which demonstrates wrestling's pride in those who have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life. He currently serves as chairman of the Augsburg College Board of Regents.
Ted Good
Lending Manager, West Region REO manager
Graduate from the University of Redlands, CA with a BS degree, Emphasis in Business Administration and Accounting - Reference Laboratory, Newbury Park, CA: Accountant for Clinical Laboratory - Litton Aero Products, Moorpark, CA: Sales Representative- Navigation Equipment to General Aviation - Ventura Realty Company, Ventura, CA - Commercial Property Management of 32 Properties, - Manager of two Restaurants - Banana Belt Cantina and Nona's Courtyard Café - Hotel Management - Bella Maggiore Inn - Kikai Construction Company, Kona, Hawaii - Project Engineer for Residential and Commercial Custom Construction - Alii Water Company, Kailua-Kona, HI - Owner Operator Residential and Private Label Bottled Water - Washington Mutual, Camarillo, CA - Loan Officer, President Club, Lending Manager - Chase, Santa Barbara, CA - Lending Manager, West Region REO manager - Member of NAHREP I have been in Ventura, CA since 1959. Married 20 years to my better half Cinamon. Proud Parent of two boys, Tyme 18 - heading off to College: University of Santa Cruz, and Fynn 16, Junior at Ventura High School
Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon began his career as a correspondent mortgage lender nearly ten years ago. In 2007, he joined Bank of America, where he not only maintains his top-producing origination business today, but also serves as the Home Loans Manager in Henderson, NV. Aaron has been in the top 5% of all mortgage loan officers at Bank of America every year with the bank. His branch is currently ranked as one of the top 10 in the nation in purchase units. He is very active in local charities and the real estate community and is known for hosting many workshops, seminars, and events.
Bob Hamrick
Chairman and CEO
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
To describe Bob Hamrick, people often use the following three words: Integrity. Charisma. Leadership. As Chairman and CEO of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty (CBPR), Hamrick brings these terms to life every day, leading one of the top producing real estate companies in the United States. He has become a spokesperson for the ever-changing real estate market in Las Vegas, often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and countless others. Bob is a leader in all senses of the word, and believes that success is a dish best served to share. It's that kind of character that enables him to lead by example and create an environment in which his associates can cultivate their own talents and constantly out-produce offices many times their size.
0Patrick Harvey
Region Asset Manager
Premier Asset Services
Region Asset Manager with Premier Asset Services covering Northern California and Nevada. 15 years of mortgage experience with the last 5 years spent managing REO for Wells Fargo throughout the western United States. I reside in San Jose with my office locate in Santa Clara, Ca.
Jose Hidalgo
Director of Financing & Loan Placement
Point Capital Partners
José Javier Hidalgo Prior to joining Point Capital, Mr. Hidalgo worked for Prospect Mortgage as the Executive Vice President/Managing Director for Prospect’s national homebuyer program. Prospect Mortgage is one of the nation’s largest independent residential retail lenders, producing approximately $9.0 billion per year in loan production. Mr. Hidalgo was responsible for all areas of loan production as well as production support areas such as operations, R.E.O., sales support, and marketing and sales growth in the South Atlantic Division. In addition to his role as EVP at Prospect, Mr. Hidalgo also served on the Prospect Executive Committee which manages the company’s national sales force of over 1,000 loan officers. Prior to working for Prospect Mortgage, Mr. Hidalgo was a divisional president at Indymac Bank and also served as Senior Vice President at Countrywide Financial. Mr. Hidalgo brings 16+ years of invaluable mortgage lending experience by working in all aspects of the mortgage business, from loan origination to managing entire divisions. His expertise lies in his hands-on knowledge of loan level detail as well as in growing business opportunities and making them profitable while simultaneously minimizing risk. Mr. Hidalgo graduated from MBA’s School of Mortgage Banking earning the Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP). This Specialist Designation recognizes the achievements of individuals in the real estate finance industry for their pursuit of educational excellence, high ethical standards, and commitment to professionalism.
Rodney Hood
VP, National Director, Multi-Cultural Partners
Rodney Hood is the National Director of Multi-Cultural Partnerships at Chase, a post he has held since September 2010. He is responsible for managing national partnerships that assist the bank in spurring mortgage loan production and bank cross-sell opportunities in ethnic communities. Prior to joining Chase, Mr. Hood was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). NCUA is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises 8,640 federal credit unions. Before joining NCUA, Mr. Hood also served in the Bush Administration at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Associate Administrator of the Rural Housing Service. In his position as Associate Administrator, Mr. Hood addressed the affordable housing needs of rural America and helped administer a $43 billion dollar mortgage portfolio comprised of single-family and multi-family loans. Before public service, Mr. Hood served as the Marketing Director and Group Sales Manager for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to joining N.C. Mutual, he was a National Director in the Emerging Markets Affordable Housing Group at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. While at Wells Fargo, he also served on the board of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. In recognition of his commitment to affordable housing, the Foundation recognized Mr. Hood as the inaugural recipient of the Dream Award. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hood worked for NationsBank (now Bank of America) as a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer and completed the Retail Financial Management Development Program at G.E. Capital Corporation. Named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in February 2008, Mr. Hood is a delegate to the group’s annual Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland. In addition, he was also named a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany and has served as a delegate on many of the organizations cultural exchange programs in Berlin and Munich. Recently, he was named one of the “40 Young Leaders Under the age of 40” by the Triangle Business Journal. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Hood holds a BA degree with Distinction in Business, Speech, and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves on the NAHREP Corporate Board of Governors and was recently appointed by the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives to serve as a trustee of the N.C. Museum of Art.
Gordon Hoppe
As Senior Vice President, Director of Sales, Gordon Hoppe is responsible for staffing, training, and mentoring the industry-leading sales force at Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. He entered Real Estate in 2002 with the former Prudential Long Island Realty/Douglas Elliman in East Hampton, NY where he earned that firms Chairman’s Award in his first year. Gordon joined Corcoran Group Real Estate in 2004 as Managing Director of the Sag Harbor, NY offices. In 2005 Gordon moved to the dual East End flagship Corcoran offices in East Hampton as Senior Managing Director. After successfully growing listings acquisition and sales on the East End, Gordon made a move back to Manhattan in late 2006 to join the new development side of real estate at Corcoran Sunshine as Vice President, Director of Sales and progressed to his current role of Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Operations. Prior to entering Real Estate, Gordon held senior positions in premium Home Furnishings Retail and spent 8 years with American Express in Client Management and Marketing where he was responsible for the Global relationship with industry giants, Wal-Mart, Target Corporation and Kmart. Gordon brings to Corcoran Sunshine his significant real estate knowledge, an exemplary record of sales growth, and the ability to both motivate and inspire those he works with. He and his team are responsible for on site staffing and training at all Corcoran Sunshine represented properties including both sales and administrative staff. They also oversee the operational aspects of the business including new site set ups and the development and launch of a new reporting and operating system. As a primary focus for the organization, Gordon develops the innovative training methods that keep Corcoran Sunshine’s sales force at the top of the industry. He and his team coordinate monthly roundtable discussions, topical seminars, leadership training, and quarterly summits that cultivate Corcoran Sunshine’s unique and proprietary sales strategies. Always an advocate for connecting with his community, Gordon launched and champions Corcoran Sunshine Cares, the internal charity task force that is operated and funded by the company’s 120+/- team members, supporting The Partnership for the Homeless, Miracle House, and Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center. Gordon also makes a point to personally support various worthwhile causes such as Animal Rescue of the Hamptons and sits on the Board of Housing Works. In his free time, Gordon enjoys evening gatherings on the beach near his weekend home in East Hampton, NY and time with family, friends and his black Miniature Schnauzer, Spencer.
Brian Hurley
President and Chief Operating Officer
New Vista Management
Brian Hurley is the president and chief operating officer of New Vista Asset Management, a premier asset management company delivering REO disposition services nationwide through a community-focused network of top-tier multicultural brokers. Prior to joining New Vista in September 2009, Hurley served as president of Stewart Title of California, overseeing all title, escrow and ancillary operations for Stewart Title Company in the nation’s largest real estate market. Hurley first joined the Stewart Title organization in 2002 following Stewart’s acquisition of a controlling interest in InterCity Capital Corporation, a specialized provider of escrow, title, loan servicing, portfolio management and consulting services. Hurley served as president, CEO and a principal of InterCity, leading strategy and operations for the company’s mortgage, brokerage and settlement units. A licensed California real estate broker and qualifying California escrow manager, Hurley graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and holds an MBA from Berkeley’s prestigious Haas School of Business.
Bill Imada
Founder, Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer
IW Group, Inc
Bill Imada is the founder, chairman and chief collaboration officer of IW Group, Inc., a marketing communications firm that specializes in the growing Asian-American markets. For more than 20 years, Bill and his firm have worked with some of the most prominent brands in the world, including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Farmers Insurance, McDonald’s USA, MetLife, Nissan North America, Verizon, Walmart Stores, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures and many others. Bill is active in the community and serves on seven community boards. He is also an active blogger and writes for Advertising Age, the leading international publication covering the advertising industry.
Tom Jacobson
US Attorney
When experience counts, people call on Tom Jacobson. For almost 40 years Tom has been practicing law and concentrating his practice on real estate and environmental issues. Tom has handled major litigation, such as the California desert Conservation case and the Newmark Superfund Site. He has participated in significant transactions involving large parcels of real property and been an advisor to developers on numerous projects. As part of his practice Tom has helped foreign investors set up business entities and meet all of the federal and local requirements to transact business in the United States. Tom has an affiliation agreement with the world renown Washington, D.C. based Patton Boggs firm and together they can address the full spectrum of issues relating to doing business in the United States. Tom has been very active in the Southern California community. Tom served for 28 years as the president of Orange Empire Railway Museum and currently serves as their Chairman of the Board. Tom has served as the president of the Valley Group, a community based group of business leaders. He has been the Lincoln Club president and serves on the several community boards, such as Happy Trails Children’s Foundation and the Utah Symphony. Tom has represented numerous real estate trade associations and multiple listing services, and participated in several activities sponsored by the California Association of REALTORS®. Tom has been honored on several occasions for his work, including being awarded the highest rating by his peers, the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. Tom received his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah. Tom is admitted to practice in California, Utah and Texas. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court and other federal courts. 湯姆-傑考伯森 , 联邦法院稅務律師 近四十年執業專注於房產及環保相關項目. 湯姆負責多項龐大事務; 包括加利福尼亞州沙漠保留地案件及紐瓦克超大基金地目. 他也參與多項地產開發, 是無數開發案的地產顧問. 協助外國人在美國設立公司, 附合地方, 州, 及联邦法規. 湯姆更和全球知名的華府派頓伯格斯公司合作, 確認國際級的項目在美國的經營發展. 湯姆在加利福尼亞州各社區十分活躍. 他曾任橘郡帝國鉄道博物院理事長達28年現任常任理事. 湯姆並且是商業領袖所組成的山谷團理事長, 林肯俱樂部理事長, 及多項兒童基金會, 猶他州交響樂團的理事. 湯姆代表多家地產協會及電腦联綫協會法律顧問, 並參與多項加州地產協會項目的咨詢. 湯姆多次榮獲法律專業項目馬丁德. 哈伯爾最高榮譽獎狀. 湯姆畢業於猶他州立大學法律博士學位. 經認可在加利福尼亞州, 猶他州, 及德克薩斯州執業. 湯姆並經認可出庭最高法庭, 美國稅務法庭, 及其他联邦法庭.
Ken Kellermann
My company specializes in maximizing ROI for investors. From large real estate funds to smaller individual portfolios, we have successfully produced returns for clients through the purchasing of Real Estate mortgage notes and trust deeds. My team has effectively managed hundreds of homes for clients performing all the various and critical tasks necessary. I was V.P. of Sales and Marketing for two large fortune 500 home building companies responsible for overseeing the sales and closing of 1000’s of homes per year. We also produce remarkable results managing REO properties for banks, corporations and outsourcers.
Wally Knipp
Owner and Managing Operator
Knipp Contracting, LLC
Wally Knipp is a seasoned leader in the constructions industry and current owner and managing operator for Knipp Contracting, LLC. As a leading General Contractor in Arizona and Nevada Knipp Contracting specializing in Custom homes, remodels and investment properties. Wally’s Extensive background in construction has focused on managing trade operations such as framing, concrete, plumbing, windows and HV/AC. His expertise includes trim carpentry and cabinet installation of over 350 residential communities. During his tenure in the construction industry Wally has worked along side top builders in Arizona, California and Nevada. President of the trade council for Shea Homes and was honored with the prestigious award of sub contractor of the year for Pulte home. An innovator with policies and procedures Wally implemented customer service and quality control department for construction operations, as well as managing on site estimating and CAD department activities. Wally has been building custom homes since 1992 and enjoys providing families with their dream home by building new construction and Remodel. Acting as an advisor to investment groups as well as individuals has saved investors money and time on purchasing properties and land.
Vladas Krivickas
Marketing Director
Vladas Krivickas is a marketing director with RealtyProx. He has been with the company since its inception; first serving as a consultant, later as a project manager. He was instrumental in launching ReatlyProx®, a short sale processing platform. His newest project with RealtyProx includes implementing a unified short sale and loan modification processing platform that will connect government agencies, non-profit organizations (HUD counseling agencies), homeowners, and lenders. Mr. Krivickas is also a founder and president of Intelligent Clout, Inc., a web development and online marketing company. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a MA degree in comparative literature.
Brian Krueger
Senior Vice President
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
With nearly 20 years of real estate industry experience, primarily in the marketing and sales of new residences, Brian Krueger brings a high level of energy and dedication daily that produces high performing teams. He has delivered more than $2 billion in sales primarily in high-density residential properties. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Services for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty (CBPR), Krueger's focus is on creating solutions centered around consumer events that increase customer retention and expand relationship revenue. As part of the executive team at CBPR, he leads the day-to-day operations of his division including Developer, Investment, Commercial and Market IQ Services which creates and maximizes seamless partnerships with developers, investors, financial institutions and other industry related groups. Krueger believes that the key to success is tapping into each team member’s potential through influential servant leadership. Krueger is also responsible for enhancing the awareness of the CBPR brand, driving innovation to constantly improve operational efficiencies, delivering industry-leading market intelligence, supporting new business initiatives and facilitating the acquisition and disposition of distressed residential and commercial real estate assets. Previously, Krueger was the President for The Ryness Company’s SW Region and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Intracorp Real Estate in Seattle, WA. A graduate of Washington State University, Krueger is passionate about personal development and the psychology of winning and aspires to help others achieve their professional and personal goals. He has garnered numerous designations in his career including the prestigious MIRM (Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing) and CSP (Certified Sales Professional) from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). He has also gained certifications from Franklin Covey enabling him to facilitate The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Krueger’s involvement in numerous organizations has included Vistage International, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, NAHB, Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, AREAA, NAHREP and All Pro Dad. Krueger is also on the local board of directors for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Nevada and Washington. Brian is married with two boys (13 and 11) and is active in the community coaching youth football and teaching students about leadership. He and his wife support numerous church, school and civic causes including Safe Nest, FCA, Goodwill, and Search.
Jor Law
Homeier & Law, P.C.
Jor Law is a co-founder of Homeier & Law, P.C. In addition to his regular practice of representing clients in M&A, finance, lending, licensing, securities, venture capital, and technology, Jor routinely advises on corporate/securities aspects of EB-5 transactions. In that capacity, Jor represents both investors and businesses seeking capital through EB-5, including through regional centers. Jor frequently presents at EB-5 industry events, including those held by immigration and bar associations. Jor received his J.D. from Columbia University and B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. From 2009 - 2011, Jor was recognized as one of “Southern California’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars”.
Earl Lee
Prudential Real Estate
Earl Lee is president for Prudential Real Estate, a member of the Brookfield Residential Property Services family of companies. Earl has led the Prudential Real Estate network for most of the past decade, first as president of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates from 2000 to 2006, and as president of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services from 2008 through 2011. He oversaw Prudential Relocation for a year and half between these assignments. Before joining Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Earl was senior vice president, principal broker and partner of Prudential Locations LLC located in Hawaii. Earl has served on the National Association of REALTORS’® Real Estate Advisory Board and its Executive Committee, and served as board member of Worldwide ERC®, the international association for relocation professionals. He has also served as national director for the Asian American Real Estate Association, the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Inman named Earl to its 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders list the past two years.
Dan Magder
Dan has 20 years experience in finance, economic policy, and corporate strategy. He recently formed Rock Creek Capital Group to focus on the REO-to-rental opportunity. Previously, he was Director of Investments for Lone Star Funds, a $30B private equity fund specializing in distressed debt. Dan previously worked as an investment banker and a Director of Corporate Development at Capital One. He has published papers on economics and business policy, and spoken at Harvard Business School, George Washington University School of Business, and industry conferences. He serves on the Board for DC Scholars, a public charter school in Washington DC. Dan has a BA from Yale and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Vinny MaNguyen
CEO and President
CEO and President of MICHAEL JAMES Real Estate and Chapter President of AREAA Greater East Bay. Board of Director for the Vietnamese Business Chamber of Commerce of California. He is also senior management and member of the advisory committee for 5 California Corporation including Red Dragon Holding, LLC., Golden Green Gecko, LLC., 168 South East Investment, LLC., Five Sisters Group LLC., and Angkor Reach Holdings LLC., specialized in flipping real estate, real estate investments and real estate development. Vinny is known for his many talents in business, communication, and public relation. Vinny’s field of work is also in disposition of default properties such as REOs, short sale and loan modifications. He is always one step ahead of the game by taking advantage of the cutting edge technology and the marketing tools available today to further his daily business. Vinny volunteer his time in educating and helping people in distressed, promote sustainable homeownership and help revive his communities which he now live in the San Francisco East Bay. Vinny has an Entrepreneurial Spirit about family, life, people and business. He is always moving forward in pursuit of his dream, one dream at a time.
Jay McKee
Vineyard Services
Jay McKee, COO of Colony American Homes, LLC, is responsible for the daily management of the Colony American Homes' EVP team and supporting the strategic business goals set forth by the organization. Prior to joining Colony American Homes, Mr. McKee was the Founder and CEO of Vineyard Services where he was responsible for building the executive and delivery team of one of the largest REO Services companies in the United States. In this role, Mr. McKee was able to secure relationships with large GSE organizations, national banks, and several private equity firms seeking to rehab REO properties. Mr. McKee has more than 16 years of experience in construction management, real estate development, and strategic sales for small start-uptechnology operations, consulting companies, and home builders. Before forming Vineyard Services, Mr. McKeeworked at Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group, Rare Medium, and Borland Software Corporation. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Arizona State University. Mr. McKee holds general contracting licenses in Arizona and California and also has inactive real estate licenses in Arizona and California.
Kamara McMullen
Assistant Vice President
Kamara McMullen is an Assistant Vice President with Citi. She started with the pre-foreclosure team and joined the short sale negotiations team in 2009. Kamara has been with Citi for six years, and has served as a short sale subject matter expert on several special projects. She regularly represents Citi at local and national real estate events.
Bubba Mills
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner
Corcoran Consulting & Coaching
Bubba is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner for Corcoran Consulting & Coaching. As the prior REO Operations Manager for Financial Asset Services, Bubba was an outspoken advocate of compassionate REO disposition and corporate responsibility. A frequent speaker at conferences, Bubba promotes best practices and the development of innovative ideas in REO/Asset Management. Bubba has managed the High Risk Loss Mitigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, REO, Wholesale and Retail Origination and Pool Sales Departments. Bubba currently serves on the AREAA Advisory Board and the NAHREP Chapter Board of Directors. Bubba is the exclusive Five Star Institutes REO Certification Instructor.
0Greg Murray
VP, Business Development Manager
Greg Murray joined Chase in 2011 to help lead the firm’s homeownership initiatives in the military and veteran community. In that capacity, he and his team worked to develop relationships with official military organizations, non-profit veteran support associations, and Chase business partners in order to raise the level of awareness around the special opportunities our company has created in the areas of employment, education, and homeownership. In May 2012 Greg assumed the role of East Region Business Development Manager, directing a team responsible for creating new organizational relationships which could foster expanded home purchase opportunities. In particular his Business Development Officers ensure that our partners can effectively serve their communities through the use of our specialty programs, such as those designed for Union members, Military/Veteran Families, and Low to Moderate Income customers. Greg holds a BS from the United States Naval Academy and an MS from the University of Denver. He served 8 years as a Flight Officer in the Navy’s F-14 aircraft and is a graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). Since leaving the service he has spent 20 years working for large financial firms in roles ranging from developing production systems to leading national sales organizations and has experience in both the retail and third party businesses.
Thai Hung Nguyen
Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist
Westgate Realty Group
Education is the key to make a difference. Nguyen achieved greatly from his real estate learning to become Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), and Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). Nguyen strongly believes that participation in the associations is essential for Realtors to advance their career effectively. Nguyen’s energy, work ethic, and dedication have been recognized by his involvements largely from local association of Northern Virginia (NVAR), to the state (VAR), and to national (NAR). He is very involved in various activities of leadership at AREAA DC Metro Chapter and AREAA National. Some of his involvements are: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR): - 2012 RPAC Chair - 2011 Convention Chair - 2011 & 2012 Board of Directors Member - 2010 & 2009 Vietnamese Realtor’s Forum Chair - 2006-2008 Community Outreach Committee Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR): - 2012 Information Management Committee - 2011 Professional Development Committee - 2011 Realtor’s Award Nominating Chair - 2010 Leadership Academy Graduate National Association of Realtors: - 2012 Diversity Committee Council of Residential Specialist (CRS) Virginia Chapter: - 2012 Treasurer - 2011 Education Committee Chair - 2010 Board of Directors Member AREAA: - 2012 Vice Chair of Public Policy Committee - 2012 Vice President, DC Metro Chapter - 2011-2012 AREAA EDGE Executive Committee Member - 2010-2011: Communication Committee Chair, DC Metro Chapter - 2010-2012: Board of Directors Member, DC Metro Chapter
0Stephany Oliveros
Managing Broker
CHI Properties
Ron Opfer
Director, Commercial Broker
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
Ron Opfer, CCIM, has been in commercial real estate in Las Vegas since 2001. Initially, Opfer’s focus was on office, industrial and retail developments. Opfer was responsible for land acquisition, property lease up and/or sales, and final disposition of the leased investment. Many of these commercial developments contained “end user” type units which qualified for SBA financing. More recently, Opfer heads up the Commercial Division at Coldwell Banker Premier Realty where his role is to list and sell commercial real estate for banks. Opfer representation includes banks such as: Wells Fargo, Ever Bank, Celtic Bank, Beal Bank, Level One Bank, First Security Bank of Fresno, Bank of Las Vegas, 1st Commerce bank, and many more. Opfer’s commercial practice has always included tenant/owner representation. Opfer has represented national credit tenants like Chevron, Marriot, Evos Healthy Fast Food, and U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt. In addition, Opfer represents many local businesses in retail, office and industrial. In 2008, Opfer was nominated for the SBA Financial Champion of the Year. In 2010, Opfer was one of four CCIM’s worldwide to receive a grant to develop a Distressed Analytical GIS based platform using ESRI. Opfer has resided in Las Vegas since 1979. During his spare time, Opfer can be found enjoying water sports with his family or working on the family cattle ranch in Oregon. Opfer is a Broker/Salesman and a CCIM Designee.
Alexander Perriello
President & Chief Executive Officer
Realogy Franchise Group
Alexander E. Perriello, III, has served as president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group since April 2004. The Group is the largest franchisor of residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices in the world. Perriello oversees the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA® and Sotheby’s International Realty® real estate brands, which combined have approximately 13,800 franchised and company-owned offices and 241,000 brokers and sales associates doing business in 103 countries around the world. In addition, Perriello is responsible for the Franchise Group’s shared support services, including domestic and international franchise sales, administration, finance, business development, information technology, learning and human resources, as well as for ONCOR International, an international commercial real estate referral network. With more than 30 years in the real estate industry, Perriello is widely recognized as a real estate industry leader and keen observer in the areas of policy and market trends. He serves on the National Association of REALTORS® Strategic Planning Committee, and was the NAR 2008 Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Perriello previously served as president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation from 1997 to 2004. During this time, he was acclaimed by REALTOR Magazine as “The Great Innovator” and one of its “25 Most Influential People in Real Estate.” Perriello’s visionary leadership continued to bring Coldwell Banker to the forefront of the real estate industry through groundbreaking initiatives as well as new business and service models. Perriello, who began his career as a sales associate, has worked in almost every facet of the real estate business. Perriello shares the entrepreneurial spirit of his affiliates as a one-time independent real estate broker and owner of a chain of retail stores. After joining Coldwell Banker in 1983, Perriello held management positions in product development, real estate services, marketing and operations. Perriello played an integral role in the restructuring and development of Coldwell Banker following its 1996 acquisition by Cendant (then HFS) and its relocation to Parsippany, N.J. Perriello has long been a distinguished industry leader and is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Inman News’ Real Estate Connect, RISMedia conferences and forums, and Real Trends’ Gathering of Eagles. He has also appeared as an industry expert on various news networks, including CNN, CNBC and FOX News. In addition, he has been widely quoted in real estate trade magazines as well as business and consumer publications, including USA Today, Fortune, Money and The Wall Street Journal. In 2006, Perriello co-authored the book, “Ten Traits for Top Performers – A Real Estate Professional’s Guide to a Winning Career.”
Andrew Preston
Portfolio Manager and Venture Partner
Point Capital Partners
As the Portfolio Manager for Point Capital Partners’ distressed real estate business, Mr. Preston oversees the deal sourcing, due diligence and negotiation, underwriting and acquisition, asset management, workout and disposition for real estate assets utilizing the underwriting teams he has hired and trained. Mr. Preston’s extensive experience spans thousands of assets and all aspects of distressed residential real estate, in most US geographic markets and all asset classes, including all types of non-performing loans, REO and the most recently added seller-financing and low-income strategies. Mr. Preston attended Bentley College in Waltham, MA from 1990 to 1994 and majored in Finance.
Raquel Quinet
Keller Williams Realty
At the age of 19, Raquel Quinet decided to get her license to purchase her first rental property and become a real estate investor. Her stellar career in the industry has allowed her to co-own real estate and mortgage companies, manage offices, operate a top producing real estate team closing more than 250 homes annually and become involved with the leadership team as a recruiter for Keller Williams Realty Professional Partners. In 2007, she decided to move from California to Arizona and become the CEO/Team Leader for KW where she assisted in helping almost 200 agents grow their business as well as the company. As a result of her commitment and leadership, the office sold more homes than any other brokerage and became the largest real estate office in the Southwest Phoenix Valley. After having her second child, she decided to leave management and form a dynamic sales team that specializes in residential sales handling equity sales, REOs, short sales, asset disposition, trustee sales acquisitions, flips and property management. Her drive and entrepreneurial spirit have resulted in many industry honors and awards including: #1 Sales Volume for her WEMAR MLS board, KW Southwest Region Top Individual by GCI & Top Individual Closed Units and was named by The Wall Street Journal/Real Trends Top 250 Real Estate Professionals List by Sales Transactions at #53. Most recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 5 Individual agents for Keller Williams Realty International and has been featured on AZ Fox News.
Tanya Reu
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Realogy Franchise Group & Realogy Corporate Services
Tanya Reu is the senior vice president of human resources for the Realogy Franchise Group and for all corporate services at Realogy Corporation. In this role, Reu leads the strategic development and implementation of human capital initiatives to align with overall business needs of the organization. Reu oversees all facets of the Human Resources function for Realogy’s shared services departments at both the corporate and Realogy Franchise Group levels. She also is responsible for the Human Resources function for each of Realogy’s world-renowned franchise brands: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate®, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA®, and Sotheby’s International Realty®. Reu’s responsibilities include enhancing business performance through sustainable talent acquisition, coaching and developing leadership teams, creating effective talent management systems, driving business results through effective workforce diversity efforts and leading employee engagement efforts. Prior to joining Realogy (formerly Cendant Corporation) in 2002, Reu held various human resources management positions in the technology and human resources consulting industries where she was responsible for human resources operations, business partnership functions and strategic recruitment. She also has previous business experience in the title and settlement services industry. Reu is a graduate of Rutgers College with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is the Chair for the Corporate Board of Governors for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and is a Board Director for the Asian Real Estate Association of America as well as for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Sussex, Inc.
John Reyes
Managing Director
Social Networx
John D. Reyes – Social NetworX John Reyes is the CEO and President of Social NetworX, a leading social media and tech training company for the real estate community. John and his team established his company to become an industry leader by and providing the very best trainings in the business. As a result Social NetworX has gained national recognition and has served as the official Social Media Training Organization for the California Association of REALTORS (Education) for 2011 - 2012. John has had the distinct honor to speak at various trade organizations including: • AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) National Conference (2011 & 2012) • Regional Women’s of Council REALTORS (regional and 2012 national conference) • NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) • Escrow Institute of California • Century 21 Top Agent Retreat 2012 John’s passionate about all business aspects. He’s honed his business skills by being fully immersed in the business world for more than a decade (12 years to be exact). He holds multiple sales records in various industries including: specialty retail; telecommunications; and real estate lending. More formally John graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Management and Human Resources with an emphasis in General Management from California Polytechnic State University Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).
Marco Roca
Senior Managing Director
Global Development for Realogy
Marco A. Roca is Senior Managing Director of Global Development for Realogy. Marco joined Realogy in April of 2011 and is responsible for the growth of Realogy’s five brands, Sotheby’s, Better Homes and Gardens, ERA, Caldwell Banker and Century 21 on a Global Basis. He also oversees the Global Franchise Sales Support Department and Direct Franchise Sales of Caldwell Banker in Canada. Prior to his current role with Realogy he spent seven years overseeing the development of Wyndham®, Tryp, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate Inn®, Microtel, Hawthorn, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge®, and Knights Inn®, internationally. Roca previously served Starwood Hotels and Resorts as vice president of development based in Atlanta and responsible for the company’s growth in Canada, the eastern United States and the Caribbean. From 1999 to 2004 he served The Simmons Company in Atlanta as vice president of global licensing, contract and international operations. From 1997 to 1999 he was a vice president of development for Starwood, based in Orlando, Fla. Roca served on the initial development team for US Franchise in San Antonio from 1995 to 1997. He served Holiday Inn Worldwide as vice president of operations and development for Latin America, based in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 1994 to 1995. From 1987 to 1994 he worked for Forte Hotels in Mexico City and Bogota Colombia as vice president and managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean. Roca began his career at the property level with Hilton Hotels Corp. in 1984. He earned his master’s degree in Business from USIU and a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from U of A in Mexico City.
Mia Semo
Agent Relationship Manager
Equator, LLC
A seasoned real estate veteran with extensive experience in default and traditional real estate, Mia Semo is presently serving as the Agent Relationship Manager for Equator LLC, the leading software provider of default servicing solutions for Lenders, Servicers, Vendors and Agents. In her present role, Mia oversees day to day operations of Equator’s Agent Development Team as well as influencing the development of new products and services for agents and consumers. Mia’s diversified background in the default industry combined with real estate sales experience enables her to help bring a balanced approach to Equator’s products to meet the complex needs of their clients. Her passion for the industry keeps her deeply involved in fostering and retaining relationships. Mia has extensive experience handling default real estate having held numerous senior roles with National Default Servicing, LLC and Homecomings Financial/GMAC. Having managed the distressed real estate world from so many different perspectives gives Mia the ability to bring comprehensive solutions for all parties to improve the process. Mia began her career practicing real estate in California with Coldwell Banker and Tarbell and was active in agent training and development. Presently she serves on the Board of Directors for REOMAC® and is Chairman of the Summit Committee.
Dan Shanyfelt
Broker / CEO
Miramar International - California
Dan T. Shanyfelt is the Broker / Owner of Miramar International Inc., the largest certified minority-owned brokerage in Bakersfield and Kern County (sales and agents) and the largest independent regional brokerage in the Southern San Joaquin Valley (units and volume) with five (5) office locations throughout Kern County. Miramar International focuses on providing sustainable homeownership opportunities to the multi-cultural community through the sale of distressed assets, both REO and traditional sales. Over the last four years, Shanyfelt has successfully closed 1,214 units. Shanyfelt has a full-time staff of 10 and 135 company/buyer agents speaking six different languages. Shanyfelt has managed assets for a multitude of clients and has extensive experience in FANNIE MAE, FREDDIE MAC, CHASE, WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, and HUD properties as a premier broker of outsourcing firms as well as supplier direct. In addition to being one of the top–3 sales agents in all of Bakersfield for volume over the last three years (2009, 2010, 2011), Shanyfelt is the founding President for the Bakersfield Chapter of NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) and serves on the AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) National Board of Directors as well as being the Editor-in-Chief of AREAA’s International Trade Journal – Asian Real Estate (ARE). Often a featured speaker on real estate operations, systems, and Broker Metrics in conferences and seminars throughout the country, Shanyfelt has been named as a top regional Broker in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2010 and 2012, Shanyfelt was honored with the prestigious AREAA “A” List Award - recognized nationally as a top performing Asian-American broker.
Rick Sharga
Executive Vice President
Carrington Mortgages
Executive Vice President, Carrington Mortgage Holdings, LLC. One of the country’s most frequently-quoted sources on foreclosure, mortgage and real estate trends, Rick has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, CBS, ABC World News, CNBC, FOX and NPR. Rick has briefed government organizations such as the Federal Reserve and Senate Banking Committee and corporations like JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Deutsche Bank on foreclosure trends, and done foreclosure training for leading real estate organizations such as Re/Max, Prudential and Keller Williams. Prior to joining Carrington, Rick spent 8 years at RealtyTrac, where he was a Senior Vice President, responsible for marketing, business development and data operations. The 2006 Stevie® Award Winner for Best Marketing Executive, Rick has more than 20 years’ experience developing corporate and product sales and marketing strategies for corporations such as DuPont, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba, JD Edwards, Cox Communications and Honeywell. Rick began his career with Foote, Cone & Belding, and also held executive positions with Ketchum Communications and McGraw-Hill. Rick is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the USFN, and a member of the Board of Directors of REOMAC. He is also President of the Technology Council of Southern California and on the Advisory Board of Default Servicing News. A black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Rick spends his spare time continuing his lifelong quest to find the perfect wine to compliment his BBQ'd baby back ribs.
Thomas Sullivan
Managing Director
Harvard Resources Asset Management LLC
As Managing Director of Harvard Resources Asset Management (HRAM) and, earlier, as founder of Adamsworth, Thomas Sullivan has been providing services for real estate investors since 1999. In addition, he has more than twenty years of experience in business strategy and operations management with large firms in the finance, insurance and technology sectors. Thomas specializes in acquisition, asset management and disposition of residential and multifamily non-performing notes (NPN) and REO assets. He holds a Certified Property Manager (“CPM”) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, and an MBA from Boston University.
Tamara Suminski
Keller Williams Beach Cities
Tamara Suminski, with Keller Williams Beach Cities in Hermosa Beach is a third generation REALTOR®. A former hotelier, Tamara was licensed in January 2005 and since then she has been dedicated to perfecting the real estate experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of service. In addition to being a consistent producer in her area, she donates a portion of her earnings to the Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and KW Cares. Tamara is a Dynamic Speaker/Trainer and she has taught classes to fellow REALTORS® on Technology, such as Video Marketing, Mobile Apps, iPad for REALTORS and Negotiation, Relationship Selling and Consumer Reviews.
Jacob Swodeck
Millenia Real Estate Services
Jacob Swodeck occupies a unique niche in the real estate field. He is a nationally known real estate educator who has trained over 20,000 agents in short sales and other topics. In addition to delivering keynote presentations, he prepares industry updates for large national agent-networks, conducts webinars for the National Association of Realtors, and coaches hundreds of Keller Williams agents through his Short Sale Inner Circle program through MAPS. Swodeck also personally conducts live training events, as well as seminars and webinars for major brands including Keller Williams, and trade groups such as the National Association of Realtors®. Jacob Swodeck is also an active Keller Williams agent, with over 1,100 short sales to his credit. He began his real estate career in 1998 with one of the west coast’s first Broker’s specializing in high-volume short sales. Besides providing a crash course in the default market, that experience convinced Swodeck that he could help troubled homeowners by educating them—and their agents—about the short sale process. As he puts it, “Since then I have focused all my energy and passion towards helping homeowners avoid foreclosure through the short sale process, as well as training other real estate professionals…” The result has been a burgeoning career as a speaker, as well as a hands-on trainer of default agents. When not traveling or preparing education content, Swodeck enjoys activities with his church, an occasional golf game, and spending time with his wife and son.
Scott Taylor
Property Management Firm SCV Leasing in Santa Clarita
Scott Taylor, A.K.A. America’s #1 Landlord Resource, is the author of The 15-Minute Landlord and a recognized expert in real estate investing. In addition to being a real estate author, lecturer, and trainer, he is also the co-owner of the property management firm SCV Leasing in Santa Clarita, California. He owns many rental properties in several states. Scott brings depth and clarity to owning and managing rental property through his writing, speaking, and teaching. He has a knack for describing complicated ideas in simple ways that makes learning fun and easy.
Michael Tchong
Founder & Change Agent
Social Revolution
Michael Tchong is founder of Social Revolution, a startup that aims to reshape America’s future by leveraging social media’s most promising technology, crowdsourcing. Michael’s public speaking career was launched during the internet boom after he founded ICONOCAST, an online marketing pioneer. He has entertained audiences worldwide, thrilling them with inspiring insights into marketing, lifestyle trends, social media and technology. A change management consultant, Michael educates and motivates attendees by exploring innovative solutions that leverage fast-moving trends. His transformational talks show how brands are adapting to emerging shifts in business and society, with a special focus on innovation and reinvention. Michael is the author of Social Engagement Marketing, an expert guide to the world of social media. His insightful analysis can be found at MichaelTchong.com. Michael’s latest start-up, Social Revolution (http://www.socialrevolution.co/), aims to reinvent America by crowdsourcing innovative solutions: https://www.socialrevolution.spigit.com/.
Tommy Thai
With over 20 years of experience, Tommy Thai is a seasoned real estate professional in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate and was awarded the CCIM designation. Tommy has been recognized as one of Coldwell Banker Commercial’s 2011 “Top Two”, a designation reserved for the elite top two percent of producers from among the almost 2,600 CBC sales professionals organization-wide. Tommy Thai has built a reputation among Real Estate Investors in the San Gabriel Valley based on firsthand knowledge, experience, and full service hands-on approach to transactions. He has been involved and successfully negotiated numerous sales and lease real estate transactions including apartment buildings, retail shopping centers, offices, industrial/warehouses, single family residences, hospitality, mixed-unit dwellings and others. He has negotiated real estate transactions for private individuals, group of investors, small and large companies and others. In addition to Real Estate Sales, he owns and manages several Multi-Family Dwellings. Aside from English, Tommy is also fluent in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Chao Tso, Fukien) and Vietnamese.
Gary Thomas
President Elect
National Association of Realtors
Gary Thomas, a REALTOR® in Orange County, Calif., is the 2012 President-Elect for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. NAR, The Voice for Real Estate®, is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million REALTORS® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. A second generation real estate professional, Thomas is the Broker/Owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, California. He has been in the business for more than 35 years and has served the industry in countless roles. At the national level, Thomas served as the NAR 2011 First Vice President and the 2009 Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs. In 2004, he served as regional vice president for Region XIII, covering California, Hawaii, and Guam. He has served on NAR’s Board of Directors since 1995. In that time, he has chaired numerous committees, including Federal Taxation, Research, Commercial Real Estate Research, the State Leadership Forum, and Business Issues. He also served on several Presidential Advisory Groups like the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Housing Opportunities Advisory Board, Insurance Task Force, Smart Growth, the MLS of the Future, and Gateway. In 2001, Thomas served as president of the California Association of REALTORS® and has sat on its Board of Directors since 1985. In 2004, he chaired CAR’s Nominating Committee as well as the Executive Committee in 2001, Regional Chairs in 2000, and Strategic Planning and Finance from 1998-1999. He has chaired several taskforces including the MLS Taskforce from 2005-2008 and the Lock Box Task Force from 2002-2003. He served as chairman of the board of Real Estate Business Services, a subsidiary of CAR from 2006-2008. His state peers named him “REALTOR® of the Year” in 2001. Active in his community, Thomas was named the 2001 March of Dimes Hero. He has a business management degree from Woodbury University and has been married to his wife, Frances, for 44 years. They have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.
James M. Tiegen
Vice President – Regional REO Sales Offices
Fannie Mae
Current Responsibilities: James M. Tiegen is Fannie Mae’s Vice President – Regional REO Sales offices. He is responsible for regional sales offices in Irvine, CA; Chicago, IL; and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Experience: Before joining Fannie Mae in March, 2009 he served for 25 years at Washington Mutual Bank where he held positions in REO, Special Credits Management, Corporate Real Estate, Default Management, Residential Quality Assurance, Corporate Risk Oversight, and Corporate Credit Review. Education: He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and a degree in International Business from Stichting Nijenrode, The Netherlands School of Business (now known as Nyenrode Business Universiteit).
Kendra Todd
The Kendra Todd Group
Kendra Todd is the consummate role model for professional women everywhere. As a nationally recognized real estate expert, TV personality, author and speaker, Kendra is undoubtedly one of the youngest and most diversely successful female entrepreneurs today. Her mission is to share with others the knowledge and mindset needed to become financially savvy, turn passion into prosperity, and lead truly rich lives. Kendra Todd is the first woman, as well as the youngest competitor to win the popular NBC show The Apprentice. During her tenure with Donald Trump, she was involved with the record-breaking sale of a $95 million dollar Palm Beach estate, the highest U.S. residential real estate transaction on record at the time. Currently, Kendra hosts the critically acclaimed HGTV series My House Is Worth What?, serves as a regular real estate contributor on Fox News, and runs of the most successful real estate groups in the nation, The Kendra Todd Group, with offices in Seattle, WA and Boca Raton, FL. (www.kendratoddgroup.com) The Kendra Todd Group is currently the #4 highest producing Keller Williams group worldwide, and #39 for sales and #49 for volume on the 2012 Wall Street Journal List of the Top 250 Real Estate Teams in the U.S. Kendra is also recipient of the prestigious Top 30 Under 30 Award, an honor given by REALTOR Magazine to recognize the top young brokers in the nation. Kendra serves as Global Ambassador for Operation Blessing International, and her company donates 10% of their gross revenue to Christian non-profit organizations faithfully serving those in need around the world. She also speaks on motivational topics at businesses, universities and leadership forums.
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Ann Trandai
Founder and Principal
Trandai Realty- Commercial Real Estate & Investment
Ann Trandai is the founder and principal of Trandai Realty, www.TrandaiRealty.com , a Commercial Real Estate and Investment brokerage in Chicago. She holds the CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation and the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of 15,000 professionals across North America who holds the CCIM designation. She is also a member of ICSC - International Council of Shopping Center- the premier global retail real estate community. She is a certified minority women business owner at Chicago MSDC. After receiving her bachelor and master degree in Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, she worked at Motorola in the Cellular Division for 14 years. Since moving from the corporate world into the Commercial Real Estate industry, she has invested and successfully attained the prestigious CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation within 10 months whereas her colleagues would take an average of 3 years to earn the same designation. With a Certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), she is also the first business women owner in the Chicago Asian American community to earn the CCIM designation. Ann is very involved in the Asian American and her local communities. She has spoken at 4 local realtor boards to promote CCIM education, and a speaker in the panel discussion at IAR Multicultural Seminar on ‘Understanding Asian Real Estate Market in United States’. For the last two years, she gave speeches at Asian Business Expo in Chicago and to several international delegations and colleges on "Opportunities to Invest in Real Estate in USA" and "Invest in Vietnam". Besides her achievements in her work, studies, involvement with several boards & public speaker, she is also a savvy investor of multi-family and office buildings. Her commercial real estate practice includes sale and leasing transactions of office, retail, shopping center, hotel, and industrial warehouse for her domestic and international clientele. For her foreign investors, her service includes consultation in investing in U.S real estate with guidance into residence with EB-5 & L1visa programs. What set her apart from her competition are her international network in Vietnam and China, her ability to analyze an investment greatest potential, her negotiation and analytical skills, her understanding of Eastern and Western cultures, and her compassion and dedication for her clients.
Rove Villaruel
Vice President/Credit Solutions Specialist/Global Commercial Bank
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Rove Villaruel joined Bank of America in 2010, and his current title is Vice President for Government Lending. Rove oversees SBA financing to small business clients in the Nevada and Utah market. Prior to joining Bank of America, he spent 6 years at Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego, CA as a Business Relationship Manager in the Business Banking Group. During his tenure he was a member of Wells Fargo Bank Asian Connection group. Rove’s prior career experience includes positions as an Underwriting Manager for Pacific Trust Bank and a commercial underwriter for California Bank & Trust. Rove received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix.
Robert Wasmund
Executive Vice President
Anchor Loans
Executive Vice President - Acquisitions Mr. Wasmund is responsible for managing the acquisition, development and disposition of all properties for the Anchor Homes office. Using his expertise in the trustee sale auction space, Anchor Homes has acquired and repositioned over 1,000 assets, totaling more than $200 million over the past three years. Mr. Wasmund is a pivotal source for originating, structuring and closing over a billion dollars in private money loans. Mr. Wasmund is instrumental in developing business and creating relationships to continue the growth and expansion of both Anchor Homes and Anchor Loans on the west coast. Mr. Wasmund attended the University of North Florida, is a graduate of U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, and served as a reactor operator for five years on the U.S.S. Enterprise. He also competes nationally as a semi-pro baseball player, winning 6 national titles between the years 2002-2011.
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Senior Vice President
First American Residential Management Services
Richard Williams serves as the senior vice president for First American Mortgages Services’ Residential Management Services group. Williams’ responsibilities include business development, strategic partnership, and growth. Williams previously held the position of vice president of default operations at Litton Loan Servicing which included REO management, foreclosure, bankruptcy, collateral management, property preservation, and valuations where he developed a proprietary valuation management system. Williams has held key management roles with FGB Realty Advisors, Inc, The Money Store, First Union, and First Horizon Management. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Bernard Wolfsdorf
Managing Partner
Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group
Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is Managing Partner of the top-rated Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group (www.wolfsdorf.com) a full-service 17 lawyer firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York providing global immigration visa services. He has been selected as “Global Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year for 2012” by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, for the third successive year. Best Lawyers in America selected Mr. Wolfsdorf as its “2012 Lawyer of the Year for Los Angeles.” The Martindale-Hubbell ratings have consistently given Mr. Wolfsdorf an “AV” Preeminent rating, the highest possible in ethics and competence. Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers describes him as “[o]ne of the hardest-working immigration lawyers around” and awarded him a “star” rating, an honor which only three attorneys in California were accorded. He has been recognized as one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers by Human Resource Executive magazine. Mr. Wolfsdorf can be reached at Bernard@Wolfsdorf.com
John Wong
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Mason McDuffie
John Yen Wong is the son of immigrants and graduated from Yale University in 1975 with a degree in Biology. He began his real estate career in 1981, and has been both a salesperson in and an owner of real estate companies. In 2003, Realtor Magazine named John as one the 25 most influential people in real estate. In 2006 the Asian Real Estate Association of America recognized him as the “Real Estate Person of the Year,” and in 2011, the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers inducted John into its “Hall of Leaders.” John is a Founding Chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association of America an organization focused on increasing sustainable home ownership among Asian Pacific Americans. For decades, John has worked with clients from across the globe and understands the intricacies and nuances associated with such transactions John understands the challenges faced by ethnic minorities in reaching home ownership and knows that the global nature of today’s real estate market can be a tool for stabilize communities to enhance sustainable home ownership. He is absolutely clear on the business opportunities for real estate professionals who address these challenges.
Mike Xenick
Managing Partner
LCG Capital Advisors
Mr. Xenick is a co-founder of LCG’s FINRA registered broker/dealer and manages the firm’s foreign investor practice, mergers and acquisitions advisory practice, as well as various strategic partnerships of the firm, including LCG’s South Florida/Latin American corporate advisory practice, and its institutional capital placements practice that is focused on the commercial real estate and natural resources sectors. Mr. Xenick brings over 20 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience to LCG. Before joining LCG in 2007, he was a Managing Director for five years at Atlantic American Capital Advisors, a Tampa-based investment bank, where he led many successful corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions across multiple industries including media/telecommunications, information technology, software, specialty finance, food and concessions, post-secondary education, manufacturing, business services and nutritional health products. Prior to joining Atlantic American, Mr. Xenick worked at Communications Equity Associates (CEA), a boutique global investment and merchant bank, where he served as a Vice President in CEA’s global investment banking practice for over eight years. After joining CEA in 1994, Mr. Xenick provided investment banking, private equity and strategic advisory services to CEA’s entertainment and new media clients in the U.S. and the Middle East, and was specifically responsible for the telecommunications, technology, Internet, and music industries, and successfully closed numerous middle-market private placements, corporate financing and merger and acquisition transactions within these industries. Before CEA, Mr. Xenick worked for four years as a senior auditor for the international public accounting firm of Ernst & Young. Practice Areas: • Private Placements • Funding of EB-5 Capital • Debt Placements • Mergers & Acquisition Advisory • Business Valuations • Transaction Due Diligence and Risk Management • Strategic Advisory Industry Expertise: • Commercial Real Estate • Healthcare • Natural Resources • Commercial & Industrial • Defense and Technology • Mr. Xenick graduated from the University of Florida where he received both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American and Florida Institutes of CPAs and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), where serves as a Director of the ACG’s Tampa Bay chapter. Mr. Xenick is LCG’s Chief Compliance Officer and holds Series 24, 7, 79 and 63 securities registrations.
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