Keynote Speakers

  • Walter Bond
    Walter Bond
    Convention Speaker
    • No One Can Stop You But You
    When former NBA player and best-selling author Walter Bond steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5” and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because the stage is where he feels at home. As a nationally recognized public speaker, Bond commands the stage. He makes the entire audience, whether it’s a small board room or a large conference venue, feel seen. People walk out of Bond’s keynotes changed, motivated and inspired. His principles are simple but powerful; his delivery is smooth; and he combines humor, tough love and experience in a way that changes people. Bond travels the country speaking, coaching, teaching and inspiring companies across a wide range of industries. At any given time, you can find Bond leading a mastermind class, offering one-on-one professional development, hosting book talks, and coaching hungry business leaders and entrepreneurs toward success. While many know Bond as a former NBA player, more and more people know him as a passionate and motivated speaker, author and business coach with one goal: to help people see their full potential.
  • Kim Becking
    Kim Becking
    Convention Speaker
    • Resign as General Manager of the Universe: Stress Busters and Resilience Boosters to Refresh, Refocus and Refuel YOURSELF!
    Keynote speaker, leadership expert and best-selling author Kim Becking helps others conquer change, boost resilience and build a “Momentum Mindset” to accelerate success. As an attorney, entrepreneur, communications strategist and self-touted “recovering” political consultant, Becking has conquered the ever-changing and tough worlds of business, government and politics. She’s also conquered breast cancer and other life challenges. Becking’s expertise on resilience and thriving in the midst of change has been featured in People Magazine, SELF Magazine, The New York Times and USA Today. She’s also been featured on Good Morning America as well as Lifetime television. Becking provides practical tools and strategies to effectively manage change, reduce overwhelm and bounce forward. Audiences leave Becking’s keynotes ready to put her relatable lessons and solutions into immediate actions to become the best versions of themselves.

Workshop Instructors and Panelists

  • Sean Allen
    Sean Allen
    Speaking on:
    • Broker Track: Blind Spots
    • Focus on the Fundamentals of Business - Real Estate is Contact Sport
    Sean Allen is a business, executive and performance coach for Focal Point Coaching, and he specializes in leadership, management, operations, sales and recruiting. As a coach, Allen has fostered a powerful culture of personal growth, responsibility and accountability. Allen believes that your business and life will grow to the extent that you're willing to grow; if you want to be different, you must choose to be better.

    After serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy, then a career in healthcare, Allen transitioned into real estate in 2004. He built a successful real estate team in California, founded a real estate school, and grew his leadership coaching practice. Allen has over 6,000 hours of experience of one-on-one coaching and more than 10,000 hours of group coaching and teaching.
  • Rebecca Brand
    Rebecca Brand
    Speaking on:
    • Control Your Business in Any Market
    Becky Brand believes the right support and education, along with a culture of abundance, makes a difference in an agent’s success. After leaving a career in retail, she joined Shorewest REALTORS® in 1996 and took a brief break from sales to help Shorewest open a technology lab in 1999. By 2000, Brand was back in sales and transitioned into management in 2002. Brand has experienced many different markets and knows what’s needed to flourish, no matter the economic climate. She is proud to be only the third manager of the Shorewest’s Lake Country office in over 50 years.
  • Chris J DeVincentis
    Chris J DeVincentis
    Speaking on:
    • Broker Session Panel Moderator: Ensure Agent Success
    Chris DeVincentis has worked as a REALTOR® in the Walworth County/Geneva Lakes marketplace for 30 years. He is a past member as well as a future 2021 member of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association board of directors. Chris is also currently the president of the Lakes Area REALTORS® Association. After two years in real estate, Chris acquired a RE/MAX franchise in late 1991 where he successfully built a five-person team selling an average of 100 transaction sides per year for 16 years. For the last 10 years, he worked with Keefe Real Estate based in Lake Geneva as a managing broker, VP of operations and an agent trainer of Keefe's 80-agent operation. Today, he is the president and broker-owner of Legendary Real Estate Services & Legendary Coaching.
  • Andrea Diss-Torrance
    Andrea Diss-Torrance
    Speaking on:
    • Ensuring Tree-mendous Value for Buyers and Sellers
    Andrea Diss-Torrance has been a forest health specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) since 1992. She is currently the Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator focusing on management of non-native pests including spongy moth and emerald ash borer. She has an Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and a masters from the University of Michigan focused on plant-insect interactions.
  • Dan Elzer
    Dan Elzer
    Speaking on:
    • Broker Track: Growth and Profitability in Today's Market
    • Broker Track: Seven Areas of Leadership
    • The Listing Inventory Myth
    • Understanding Your Business Model
    Internationally acclaimed speaker, trainer and consultant Dan Elzer has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is known for being direct and skilled at cutting through the noise and challenges of any market, and he uses an energetic and dynamic delivery to offer practical solutions audiences can implement immediately. Elzer has created and delivered powerful skills-based programs for leaders and sales associates in organizations of all sizes, including many national and international real estate brands. Professionals everywhere use Elzer’s programs to grow their business, increase their income and improve their work-life balance so they can enjoy new levels of success.
  • Briana Frank
    Briana Frank
    Speaking on:
    • Ensuring Tree-mendous Value for Buyers and Sellers
  • Chandra Hall
    Chandra Hall
    Speaking on:
    • Critical Rules, Reforms and New Realities
    • CRS Course: Succession Planning: Building, Valuing and Selling Your Business
    • Master Multiple Offers
    • Seed. Lead. List. Repeat.
    Chandra Hall is a third-generation REALTOR® and the broker-owner of a real estate company in Colorado Springs, CO. Since 1997, Hall has served residential real estate buyers and sellers in addition to working in land development and homebuilding. Starting college at age 16, Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business in 1995 and her MBA in 2000. As a certified CRS instructor and a certified Master Ninja instructor, she has presented in every state in the nation. Hall's mission is to facilitate awareness and change by providing top insights and guidance to companies and individuals who are committed to peak performance.
  • Paul G Kent
    Paul G Kent
    Speaking on:
    • Owning Waterfront Property: Riparian Rights Issues
    Paul Kent is the senior partner with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP in Madison. His practice focuses on environmental regulatory matters with a particular emphasis on water issues including shorelands, wetlands and riparian rights. Kent has co-taught the environmental law course at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 1989 and has authored several publications, including Wisconsin Water Law in the 21st Century and On the Waterfront: New Shoreland Zoning Laws.
  • Cori Lamont
    Cori Lamont
    Speaking on:
    • Bespoke Legal Hotline Live
    • The Roller Coaster of the Inspection Contingency
    Cori Lamont is the senior director of legal and public affairs for the WRA. Lamont serves as the primary contact for members and firms regarding brokerage regulatory and licensing issues, and also serves as the liaison between the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and the WRA. Lamont is actively involved in the development and enactment of state laws, policies and forms affecting the real estate industry. Lamont regularly presents seminars and training to real estate licensees and also serves as a contributing author for Wisconsin Real Estate Magazine. She collaborates with REALTOR® boards on forms and practice issues, serves on the Real Estate Contractual Forms Advisory Council and the Wisconsin Information Land Council, and has been a speaker for events at Marquette University Law School and the State Bar of Wisconsin. Lamont received her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University. She was named the WRA’s “Instructor of the Year” in 2005 and 2013.
  • John LeTourneau
    John LeTourneau
    Speaking on:
    • Building Your Business with Data
    • Bulletproof Your Business to Survive the Market Shift
    • Investment Real Estate Straight Talk
    John LeTourneau has been a full-time commercial broker since 2005 and specializes in investment real estate. He leads a five-person commercial team in the Chicago suburbs that actively works with buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants. LeTourneau is also currently the division leader of industry engagement & investment opportunities for Keller Williams Realty International, co-leading 2,200 KW Commercial agents. Throughout his career, LeTourneau has always believed in giving back to the real estate community. He is the president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, the 7th largest REALTOR® association in the United States, as well as a member of the board of directors for both the National Association of REALTORS® and Illinois REALTORS®. LeTourneau is also the Illinois REALTORS®’ liaison to the Irish Consulate in Chicago, state legislative contact for state Sen. John Curran, and a member of various committees for his local, state and national REALTOR® associations. He speaks across the U.S, Canada and Europe on a wide range of real estate topics and is a tireless advocate for raising the bar in the real estate industry.
  • Patricia Lindquist
    Patricia Lindquist
    Speaking on:
    • Ensuring Tree-mendous Value for Buyers and Sellers
    Patricia Lindquist has been an urban forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) since 2019. She is currently the Urban Forestry Coordinator for North Central Wisconsin and is based out of Wausau. Prior to joining the DNR, she worked for Madison-area nonprofits for several years, including the Urban Tree Alliance and Community Groundworks. She has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from UW-Madison.
  • Jennifer Lindsley
    Jennifer Lindsley
    Speaking on:
    • Bespoke Legal Hotline Live
    • The Roller Coaster of the Inspection Contingency
    Jennifer Lindsley is the Director of Training for the WRA. She participates as an attorney on the WRA Legal Hotline and serves as a subject matter expert on both a state and national level developing licensing exams. Her responsibilities include drafting education materials, developing pre-licensing and continuing education (CE) resources, and teaching WRA pre-license and CE courses. Lindsley received her B.A. from Portland State University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a member of the Preliminary Review Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation. In 2014 and 2020, Lindsley was named the "WRA Instructor of the Year."
  • Kelly Lockwood Primus
    Kelly Lockwood Primus
    Speaking on:
    • Broker Track: Winning the War for Talent - Current State vs. Future Reality
    • Make the Most of Mentoring
    Kelly Lockwood Primus is the CEO of Leading NOW, a global advisor to organizations seeking to change mindsets, behaviors and cultures to be inclusive for all. As an expert on inclusive leadership development and gender dynamics, Lockwood Primus understands the challenges women and diverse talent face in their careers. She has worked with CEOs, CHROs and executive leadership from Fortune 10, 500 and Global 1000 companies around the world to identify barriers and develop solutions to help organizations change behaviors and company culture. As a sought-after speaker on leadership development as well as diversity and inclusion topics, Lockwood Primus shares her knowledge on how those areas intersect with her expertise as a businessperson, by guest blogging and appearing on business and leadership podcasts.
  • Daniel L Ludwig
    Daniel L Ludwig
    Speaking on:
    • Control Your Business in Any Market
    Dan Ludwig has been in the real estate business for 27 years and is currently a broker/owner of the Shorewest REALTORS® franchise offices located in Green Bay, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay. Ludwig specializes in coaching and training agents, helping them differentiate from others, becoming unforgettable and proactive in their servicing activities, and treating every contact as an opportunity for referrals and not just another client.
  • Break Out! Sessions - October 3
    Break Out! Sessions - October 3
    Speaking on:
    • A Bright Idea
    • Back of the Napkin
    • Can You Dunk Like Walter Bond
    • Fly Away
    • Light Up You're a-Ha Bulb
    • The Solution Room
    Keeping the energy from opening session going with an hour of networking and a chance to think outside the box with other professionals. These interactive sessions are perfect spaces to share ideas and meet your peers from around the state. Not only will you leave with new business tactics, but you'll make valuable contacts!
  • Break Out! Sessions - October 4
    Break Out! Sessions - October 4
    Speaking on:
    • A Bright Idea
    • Can You Dunk Like Walter Bond
    • Desert Island
    • Fly Away
    • Light Up You're a-Ha Blub
    • Survivor-Keep Your Torch Lit
    Keeping the energy from opening session going with an hour of networking and a chance to think outside the box with other professionals. These interactive sessions are perfect spaces to share ideas and meet your peers from around the state. Not only will you leave with new business tactics, but you'll make valuable contacts!
  • Ifoma Pierre
    Ifoma Pierre
    Speaking on:
    • Offer Accepted! How to Work Successfully with Buyers in a Hot Seller's Market
    • S.O.S.: How to Survive Overwhelming Social Media
    • TECHniques to Boost Your Productivity
    As a licensed and long-established real estate associate broker, Ifoma Pierre boasts more than 15 years of experience in the sale and acquisition of prime residential properties within Queens, New York. Because of his thirst for knowledge and education, Pierre created a coaching program called G.E.M., a complete training system designed for real estate agents' success through mastering the art of sales, marketing, branding and advanced social media lead generation strategies. Pierre is also a corporate trainer for EXIT Realty International and holds several designations, including the ABR, GRI, MCNE, SRS, PSA, ePRO, CBR and ITI. He has earned the prestigious John Maxwell Certified Speaker Trainer & Coach designation.
  • Sarah Pinnell
    Sarah Pinnell
    Speaking on:
    • Easiest Marketing Calendar Ever
    • Instagram for Real Estate
    Sarah Pinnell is the marketing manager and social media expert for The Paperless Agent, a WRA exclusive partner company that offers products and services to help REALTORS® succeed with marketing. Pinnell spends most of her time running social media accounts for top agents in the market. When she’s not running social media, you can find her guest speaking and training real estate professionals on the best practices for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and LinkedIn.
  • Mark S Porter
    Mark S Porter
    Speaking on:
    • Boost Your Brand with Video
    • Top Tech Tools for REALTORS®
    Mark Porter has been a real estate agent, investor, broker, trainer, author, keynote speaker and professional coach for more than two decades. Porter has made his career out of helping agents develop their businesses by learning to manage shifting markets to better serve their clients. Thousands of real estate professionals have attended Porter’s education courses since the tough Wisconsin market of the early 1990s. Porter’s efforts have contributed to the successes of the largest and most prestigious designations — the CRS an GRI — in real estate industry history. Porter has been a featured speaker for numerous industry organizations and conventions, including Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Prudential, RE/MAX, the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Hewlett Packard, Pocket Real Estate, Kodak, the National Association of REALTORS® and the Council of Residential Specialists.
  • Sam Powell
    Sam Powell
    Speaking on:
    • PMN Course: Cultivating Confidence with Powerful Presentations
    A real estate professional since 2002, Sam Powell is passionate about making the industry better through educating consumers and giving back to the community through volunteer work. Powell works as a truly mobile and paperless agent at Chicago-based Dream Town Realty with the "Ask for Sam Team." Dream Town Realty complements the Ask for Sam Team's not-so-inner "geek" and also supports the growth of the "geek" for the benefit of the team, the company and the industry.

    Powell is an active member of the professional standards committee for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Additionally, Powell served as the 2016 president for the Women's Council of REALTORS® Illinois chapter as well as the 2014 president of the Women's Council of REALTORS® Chicago chapter. Powell's other volunteer work includes managing gameday operations for the women's semi-professional tackle football team, the Chicago Force, as well as working with her wife Jen to collect and donate left-behind real estate items for their very successful building drive.
  • Jonathan M Sayas
    Jonathan M Sayas
    Speaking on:
    • CE Course 4: Wisconsin Risk Reduction Through Professionalism
    • CE Course 6: Wisconsin Real Estate Transactions
    Jonathan M. Sayas is currently the Wisconsin State Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, a part of Stewart Information Services Corp. Stewart Title is a leading provider of real estate services, including global residential and commercial title insurance as well as various escrow and settlement services. Jonathan previously practiced law as a second-generation partner at Sayas, Schmuki, Rondini & Plum, S.C.

    Jonathan also is a regular instructor for the WRA, the Wisconsin Land Title Association (WLTA), and is a member of the DSPS' Wisconsin Real Estate Forms Advisory Committee. In 2016, he was awarded the designation of Wisconsin Land Title Professional by the WLTA. Jonathan received his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University in Indiana and his undergraduate degree in general business from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
  • Jacob Sheets
    Jacob Sheets
    Speaking on:
    • Panel Moderator: "5 Under 5"
  • Liz Sturrock
    Liz Sturrock
    Speaking on:
    • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in Real Estate
    Liz Sturrock is the Chief of MLS and Innovation for the 60,000-member MIAMI REALTORS, the largest local Realtor association in the nation. She is enhancing Miami's leading-edge member services offerings and technology department, resulting in expanded opportunities for member success and profitability. Sturrock is a proven technology and software leader with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Liz recently served as Interim CEO of Remine. She was previously the Executive Director for RAMCO, a comprehensive membership data solution serving the changing needs of REALTOR organizations, and the VP of Technology for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest trade group in the U.S. She is a noted expert, speaker, and mentor on technology. She has received national recognition, including most recently being named one of three "IT Security Leaders to Know" by BizTech Magazine. Sturrock has served as a mentor for NAR's REACH program, the No. 1 accelerator in real estate, for the past four years and was instrumental in Miami being named as one of only four pilot REACH labs in the nation.
  • Richard D Thompson
    Richard D Thompson
    Speaking on:
    • Home Inspector Discussion
    Ric Thompson is the owner of ACE Home Inspections serving the greater NE Wisconsin area and has been the President of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors since May, 2019. Since opening the doors to ACE Home inspections in September of 2016, Ric has conducted over 2500 inspections throughout NE Wisconsin.
  • Tamara E Towns-Pozorski
    Tamara E Towns-Pozorski
    Speaking on:
    • Panel Moderator: Social Media and Tech Tips for Success
    Tamara Towns-Pozorski is a Realtor® that specializes in helping her clients buy and sell properties in SouthEastern Wisconsin. Growing up in Wisconsin and raising her family here allows her to appreciate all this area has to offer! She and her husband love living here. They've built their forever home in the Kettle Moraine with their two sons. The diversity of lifestyles exemplified through southeastern WI homes is something she cherishes. From the rural countryside farmhouse to the bustling city condo and everything in-between, there is an abundance of possibilities! She became a licensed Real Estate Broker in 2012, and started working with Benefit Realty in 2013. She has over $80 million in total career sales. Tamara has an associates degree in Real Estate from WCTC (Waukesha County Technical College), and an undergraduate degree from UW-Milwaukee. Tamara holds many designations, including GRI, SFR, ABR and CRS. She is very involved with helping to educate and improve Realtors®, by helping the leadership of the Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) and is the 2022 President of the Wisconsin RRC.
  • Joshua Walitt
    Joshua Walitt
    Speaking on:
    • Transforming Your Sales Comparison Approach
    Joshua Walitt is the principal consultant for Walitt Solutions. He provides short- and long-term consulting services related to compliance, valuation, education, review and investigations. With over 20 years of experience, Walitt's skill set includes appraisal, banking, regulations, policy, training, licensing, audit and enforcement. He writes for industry publications and speaks at events such as the Appraisal Institute's Annual Conference, Appraisal Summit and Expo, Valuation Expo, Appraiser's Conference and Trade Show, Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials, and other client and industry conferences. Walitt designs seminars and continuing education courses for online and classroom delivery.

    Walitt holds the SRA and AI-RRS designations with the Appraisal Institute, is a member of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA), holds a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate, is an AQB-certified USPAP instructor, is an Appraisal Institute-approved instructor, and served on the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

  • Sara Whitley
    Sara Whitley
    Speaking on:
    • Panel Moderator: Success Stories of Top Producers
    Green Bay native and lifelong Wisconsin resident Sara Whitley has dedicated more than 14 years of her life to learn the ins and outs of residential mortgage lending. While she enjoys traveling with her family, Sara has spent the last few years as an avid runner, completing at least six 5K races a year and recently finished her first half marathon. As a banking professional, Sara has helped assist customers with affordable housing and guided customers to services that best meet their needs. She was recognized by the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association as a Rising Star in 2016.
  • Debbie Yost
    Debbie Yost
    Speaking on:
    • Close the Sale But Not the Relationship
    • DISC Behavioral Styles and the Platinum Rule
    • Elevate Your Brand from Salesperson to Community Supporter with Events
    Debbie Yost is the designated broker and co-owner of RE/MAX Casa Grande, team leader of the award-winning Yost Realty Group and 42-year industry veteran. Her team consistently closes 300 residential real estate transactions each year while managing 125 upscale single-family rentals. A national CRS instructor, Yost is also a life and business coach certified by the International Coaching Federation, and is one of the few credentialed real estate business coaches who works in and on her real estate business daily as well as having a private coaching practice. Yost and the Yost Realty Group have earned many industry awards over the years, including the 2018 RIS Media Trendsetter Award, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, RE/MAX Top 100 U.S. Teams, and the Wall Street Journal/Real Trends Top 250 U.S. Teams for 11consecutive years. In addition to being an active local community participant, Yost served as the 2018 chair of the Arizona Regional MLS with 40,000 REALTOR® members as well as the state forms and risk reduction committees. She is a frequent speaker at national and local conventions about the business of real estate and life balance and works privately with real estate brokers, teams and firms to increase their profitability, effectiveness and organizational culture. Yost is a usui reiki master and a certified Feng Shui real estate professional. Yost and her husband/business partner Joe live and work in Arizona.
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