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Terri Sjodin
Tuesday Luncheon, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Terri Sjodin is one of America's most highly sought after female speakers.. Author of the national bestselling book, Small Message, Big Impact, Terri has appeared on The Today Show, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNBC. Her approach is fresh, real-world, and her style is relatable and practical.

captain chesley "sully" SUllenberger
Wednesday Luncheon, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is a former US Airlines pilot, who successfully landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River, saving all 155 people aboard. He's also a NY Times bestselling author of Highest Duty, based on his life experiences and what has become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

Dr. Hubertus von Grünberg Leslie Appleton-Young
Thursday Luncheon, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Leslie is Vice President and Chief Economist for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, and oversees the analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends. She is closely involved in the association's strategic planning efforts.

Rick Palacios Jr.
Smart Investing Tips, Tues., 9:45 a.m. and Thurs., 9:45 a.m.

Rick is Director of Research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an independent research provider and consulting firm focused on the housing industry. With more than 10 years of experience in residential real estate and economic research, Rick oversees all research pertaining to the single-family for sale/rent, multifamily and building product sectors.

bernice Ross
REALTOR® Fundamentals, Tues.,10 a.m.

Nationally syndicated columnist, author, speaker, and consultant, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with 30 years of real estate sales experience. During her tenure as Executive Director of Training for the 4,000-agent Jon Douglas Company, they had the highest production per agent in the United States. With over 1,000 published articles to her credit and four real estate books, Inman News called Bernice “America’s top real estate coach.” Bernice’s new and experienced agent online training programs are now available through CAR and are the quickest ways for agents to create a highly profitable real estate business and to have a great life.

Matt Alhmann
What's Next for Social?, Tues.,10:45 a.m. and Thurs., 10:45 a.m.

Matt is one of the best social media strategists in the business. He has developed the most comprehensive Facebook curriculum and his teachings are proven to yield fantastic results. Referred to by 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.

Bruce Norris
Top Concerns for REALTORS®, Tues., 10:45 a.m.

Bruce Norris is an active investor, hard money lender, and real estate educator with over 30 years of experience. Bruce has been involved in over 2,000 real estate transactions as a buyer, seller, builder, and money partner. Bruce is best known for his long-term market timing trends including his "California Comeback" report in 1997 predicting California's real estate boom and his January 2006 release, "The California Crash," predicting the foreclosure meltdown. His reports have made and saved California investors millions over the past decade. Bruce speaks and debates nationally as well as hosts an award-winning real estate radio show where he interviews world-renowned economists, government leaders, association presidents, and local experts.  Bruce also hosts the series, I Survived Real Estate, which has raised over $430,000 for charity since the event launched in 2008.

Alex Wang
Negotiating Across Generations, Tues., 2:45 p.m.

Alex has been practicing real estate in the Bay Area since 1999. Embracing his role as a Real Estate Evangelist, he strives to move the industry towards a model of smaller business with stronger fidelity to clients, while combining focused negotiation, innovative technology and reliable real estate practices.

Alex is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He has travelled to many different regions of the world, including a recent trip to South Africa to teach foundational business principles to local real estate agents. This exposure to diverse cultures has helped him better understand and serve his clients who are often foreign-born and western educated. Alex is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley, and recently completed the Influence and Negotiation Strategies Program at Stanford University.

Mike Simonsen
Marketing Success Strategies, Wed., 9 a.m.

Michael Simonsen is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Altos Research. A true data geek, he founded Altos Research to commercialize technology he initially built for his personal need to track the value of his oversized Silicon Valley mortgage after the NASDAQ bubble burst of 2002. He has since grown the company to be the premier vendor of real-time housing and rental market analytics. Clients include the largest investment firms, banks, GSEs, and thousands of real estate agents around the country.

Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in analytical software to Altos. He was previously vice president of product management at Nevis Networks, where he has a patent pending for applied network cryptography. He is currently on the board of directors for the Entrepreneur’s Organization in San Francisco. 


Stephen Pacinelli
Unprecedented Insights: Unlocking the Power Agent Workflow, Sponsored by realtor.com® Wed., 9 a.m.

Stephen Pacinelli's passion for technology started in the 80's with his first computer, a Commodore ‘64.  This passion for digital tools drove him to seek a job in technology right out of college, where he landed at Top Producer® Systems, teaching real estate agents the power of business automation.  He is now the VP of Events for Move, Inc., and the Co-Founder of Tech Savvy Agent, www.techsavvyagent.com.  

Stephen has been a featured speaker at hundreds of industry events, state and association shows and individual offices all around the country.  His ability to break down complex topics and his insights on consumer behavior and social media strategies make him a leader in these quickly changing times.

Raj Qsar
Perspectives in Marketing: Success Two Ways, Wed., 10:30 a.m.

Raj Qsar is just a guy with a dream & on a mission. As a National & International Speaker, Raj has traveled the world educating Real Estate Professionals on the value of Technology & Social Media.  As a recent speaker at some of the most prestigious real estate conferences across the country Raj continues to make his mark in today’s ever changing market.

Raj Qsar & Jeremy Lehman, The Boutique Real Estate Group’s CTO have both been recognized as Inman News Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders for their work & dedication to raising the bar in the Real Estate industry. Also, Raj Qsar has been nominated for the 2014 Inman News Innovator Awards as The Most Innovative Real Estate Agent.  Furthermore, their #GoodbyeHello video was named Top 20 Real Estate Videos in the USA in 2013.

Jacob L. Swodeck
Your 60-second Elevator Pitch, Wed., 1:45 p.m.

Jacob Swodeck occupies a unique niche in the real estate field. He is a nationally known real estate educator who has trained over 30,000 agents in lead generation, geographic farming, social media, short sales and other topics. In addition to delivering keynote presentations, he prepares industry updates for large national agent-networks, has co-hosted a weekly radio show called “Real Estate Straight Talk”, has conducted webinars for the National Association of Realtors, and is a coach with M.A.P.S., a national coaching company. Most recently, Jacob Swodeck accepted the role as the lead coach / trainer for the Relveant Agent network powered by Social Networx Inc.

Brian Brubaker
Managing Your Commercial Cash Flow, Wed., 2:45 p.m..

Brian Brubaker operates the BRUBAKER Group of Keller Williams Realty in Los Angeles, California, providing commercial real estate investment brokerage and business development services. More than two decades in business management and development underscore his extensive experience, including the position of Regional Vice President for one of the world’s largest construction and heavy building materials companies, and his own business development consultancy.

Supporting Brian’s skills and knowledge is his firsthand understanding of the real estate industry. Brian is a degreed engineer and is licensed by the California BRE. His passion is investment acquisitions of commercial real estate and business opportunities.

Chris Stafford
Reach Your Target Audience, Wed., 2:45 p.m. & Thurs. 9:45 a.m.

Christopher Stafford, the author of two books, including “Massive Abundance” and “Creating Your Unstoppable Dream Business”, and the host of “The MAX Show” showcasing badass Realtors and entrepreneurs, is a Top Producing San Francisco Broker, recovering C.P.A., successful serial entrepreneur, creator, marketer, slightly warped raconteur, sometimes ungraceful and generally a fun guy to be around.

Catherine carr
Exceed Your Presentation Potential, Thurs.,10:30 a.m.

Catherine Carr is VP of Marketing and Chief Inspiration Officer of Haiku Deck, a breakthrough mobile-friendly presentation tool based on visual communication. For the past three years, she has guided the brand identity and built a passionate, grassroots global community around the award-winning app, available for free for iPad and on the web. Her mission is to inspire business leaders, real estate professionals, and creative communicators from all disciplines to set their story free with Haiku Deck, hailed as “the Instagram of Pitch Decks” by Mashable and named App of the Year by Geekwire. Check out her story in Haiku Deck form here.






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