UNIVERSITY SESSION SPEAKERS

Looking to grow your skillset AND your business in 2017? Look no further! Our sought-after experts, savvy insiders and dynamic up-and-comers are just waiting for YOU to arrive in Phoenix.


LUCIO BERNAL

A Realtor in California for the past 18 years, Lucio Bernal launched his career as a Brokerage Partner in Seattle. In 1993 Lucio moved to Los Angeles where he was part of a very successful team in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Beverly Hills office. Lucio now resides in Palm Springs representing buyers and sellers throughout the Coachella Valley and is the 2017 President for the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors. This past September, Lucio became an official trainer for The Institute of Luxury Home Market.

ERIC M. BLUMBERG

Eric M. Blumberg has served as President, Chief Technology Officer and Strategist since the inception of Smarter Agent. Eric created one of the first mobile location-based applications in the United States. Over a decade ago his Smarter Agent apps were used by companies such as Qualcomm, Sprint and Navteq to showcase the future power of mobile location-based services. This work became the basis for the evolutionary digital process, interoperability and R&D behind Smarter Agent’s revolutionary mobile platform. Eric continues to be one of the most knowledgeable mobile app experts in the field. A frequent industry speaker, Eric modestly shares that his Smarter Agent products and technology team have been recognized by CTIA, Dow Jones, NAR and many others, and they’ve been named to both the AlwaysOn Top 100 Mobile Company and Top 250 Global Innovators lists.

RIK BRESCIA

Rik Brescia has been educating real estate agents and brokers alike for over 15 years.  His knowledge and love of technology is always tethered to the fact that “tech” does not take the place of personal relationships.  Rik has created a work environment for his agents and followers where technology and sales knowledge work in tandem to create a much easier and more successful career path. In addition to instructing on a local and State level, Rik was also a highly-rated speaker at the Nashville and Las Vegas Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Conventions.

BRIAN BUFFINI

Brian Buffini was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, immigrating to San Diego, California in 1986 where he became the classic American rags-to-riches story. Discovering real estate, Brian quickly became one of the nation’s top real estate agents working a non-traditional methodology based on building long-term relationships with clients. In 1996, he founded Buffini & Company, which has to-date trained over three million business professionals in 37 countries.

JON CHEPLAK

Bringing over 29 years of practical, applied real estate experience – first as a successful agent and later as an executive who led a multi-office, tri-state real estate company – Jon has spent the last 13 years as a speaker, coach and strategic leadership consultant working with various teams and agents throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada. Jon is the CEO and Creator of a highly effective human resource management software system for real estate companies and has authored numerous real estate publications.

ALLAN DALTON

Allan Dalton is the former president and CEO of Realtor.com and the President and Co-Founder of TownAdvisor.com. Dalton has 30+ years of leadership experience, including: serving as the co-owner of a 32-office firm, being the EVP of Coldwell Banker New England and being the EVP of NRT National. Allan is a leading keynote speaker, one of NAR’s 25 most influential thought leaders, a former Boston Celtics draft choice, and author of two industry best-sellers. Dalton continues to pioneer the creation of innovative and effective marketing systems for Real Estate professionals and companies, such as NRT, ERA Coldwell Banker, Century 21, and Better Homes and Gardens.

DEBBIE DeGROTE

Debbie DeGrote began her real estate career at the age of 18 and by 22, was personally closing nearly 160 homes per year. In 1999, after almost two decades of frontline selling, Debbie became a full-time coach and has worked with some of the most elite agents and companies across North America. Three years ago, Debbie was compelled to open her own customized coaching company and her clients and coaches are now considered by many to be the heaviest hitters in the nation.

MATTHEW FERRARA

Matthew Ferrara has been helping individuals and organizations connect the dots between industry, technology, creativity and growth for more than 25 years. Speaking to a select group of real estate leadership teams, salespeople, marketing and technology professionals around the world each year, Matthew inspires others to unlock their potential and achieve important goals. As a speaker, writer and photographer, Matthew’s work focuses on creative techniques and new ways of delivering the finest experiences for consumers and professionals alike.

DEBBIE GALLANT

Real estate has been Debbie’s passion since 1980 and she has been involved with all facets of real estate from property management, new construction sales and to Director of Operations for a building company with over 100 homes per year. As VP of Real Estate Sales with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty, she works closely with the management team on the day to day real estate operations and provide educational training and coaching. Debbie is experienced in all markets and loves to share her passion regarding real estate. Her top goals are to assist buyers and sellers in making the best decisions, and help agents improve their overall performance.

JARED JAMES

Dubbed by many as the “WHY GUY” – Jared James is obsessed with people: why they do what they do and ultimately how to get them to change their behavior going forward. In his previous career as a realtor, Jared built one of the largest and fastest growing teams in the country, was inducted into the Hall of Fame with the world’s largest real estate company and wrote a best-selling book for his publisher…all before the age of 28. In addition to the training Jared does for his virtual coaching students and others, he regularly contributes to industry publications like REALTOR magazine and RISMedia and was even recently named one of the 25 most influential people in the real estate industry today by the popular site “Klout.”

JOHN MAYFIELD

An active broker since 1981, John Mayfield has taught pre and post license real estate courses since 1988. John earned the ABR®, ABRM, CRB, CIPS, e-PRO®, GRI and SRS designations throughout his career. He has been a featured speaker at the National Association of REALTORS® conventions and taught in the Technology Resource Center for NAR. Extraordinarily prolific, John has authored eight books and created the “5-Minutes Series for Real Estate Agents,” Cengage Learning, with over 25,000 copies sold. He also co-authored “21 Mistakes Real Estate Brokers Make and How to Avoid Them”. Additionally, John served as a contributing editor to REALTOR® Magazine Online, is active with the REALTORS® Association, and served as the 2010 President for the CRB Council of Real Estate Brokers and Managers. John has recently become active training and assisting European real estate brokers and managers, and spends part of the year living in France, involved with international real estate relations.

SETH PRICE

Seth Price is on a mission to transform the way you think about personal branding to accelerate your business. Author of the “The Road to Recognition”, Seth also hosts The Craft of Marketing and Marketing Genius podcasts, mentors startups, is the VP of Industry Relations at Placester and continues to contribute to Huffington Post, Inman News and MarketingProfs.

KYLE RANK

Kyle Rank is known in the real estate industry as a proven innovator and forward thinker.  Over the past 15 years, he’s continued to share his expertise through teaching and training agents on a local and national level.  Kyle brings his passion for technology into the office – where he and his agents use mobile tools, applications and video to conduct business at a higher level.  Happy to return, Kyle was also a guest speaker at the 2014 & 2015 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Conventions.

TRAVIS ROBERTSON

Travis Robertson is CEO and Founder of Robertson Coaching International, one of the fastest growing real estate coaching and training companies in North America. Named one of the Top 25 Real Estate Coaches in 2016 by Inman, Travis has trained tens of thousands of real estate professionals across the globe on high-performance marketing, business development and team building. Travis is recognized as one of the leading experts on recruiting and retention strategies for this new era of real estate.

AMY SCHMITTAUER

Amy is the producer of Savvy Sexy Social, a YouTube series dedicated to helping you lift your day so you can love your life. This proactive lifestyle channel boasts a thriving community made up of viewers from 179 countries, with more than 3 million views. A co-founder and video marketing consultant at Aftermarq, Amy has helped clients discover brand awareness through video blog content and is writing her first book on the topic. An internationally-acclaimed public speaker and “edutainer”, Amy has enlightened audiences the world over – from her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, all the way to the Philippines – while continuing to achieve high marks at the world’s most influential marketing events, such as Social Media Marketing World and Hubspot’s Inbound.

TERRI SJODIN

As the Principal and Founder of Sjodin Communications – a public speaking, sales training and consulting firm based in Newport Beach, CA – Terry is the author of “Small Message, Big Impact”, which hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists. Penguin Random House released her brand new book, “Scrappy” on August 23, 2016. For over 20 years Terri has served as a speaker and consultant to an impressive list of corporations, associations, academic conferences, CEO’s and Members of the U.S. Congress. She is a high-content speaker and her style is fresh, sassy and practical. Terri is considered one of the most sought-after speakers in the country.

CHRIS SMITH

Chris Smith is a USA Today bestselling author and the co-founder of Curaytor, a social media, digital marketing and sales coaching company that helps businesses grow faster. In less than three years, he used the blueprint in his book, “The Conversion Code”, to grow Curaytor to over $5 million in annual, recurring revenue. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc. and by many other publications. Prior, Chris worked for two billionaires, a near billion dollar publicly traded company and a startup that was acquired for $108 million. His first book, “Peoplework”, raised over $73,000 on Kickstarter and has more than 50,000 copies in circulation. Chris is a highly sought after keynote speaker and a perennial on the most influential people in the real estate industry lists.

CRYSTAL WASHINGTON

When powerful companies want their teams to take action in the social media world, they bring in expert Crystal Washington, who has worked with Google, Microsoft and GE (just to name a few), all over the globe. Crystal is perhaps best known for her ability to take complex web and social media topics and distill them into easily digestible bites for everyday people and small business owners. Crystal owns CWM Enterprises, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y’s to Baby Boomers to strategically use social media. As a recognized authority in this area, she has appeared in many top-ranked industry magazines and authored the super-successful book, “The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business.”

DENNIS WALSH

Dennis Walsh, real estate’s leading authority in all areas of new home sales, has inspired more than 150,00 professionals to greater success. Dennis is the author of the Certified New Home Specialist™(CNHS) and Residential Construction Certified™ (RCC) courses, as well as the book Real Estate’s Best Kept Secret.

TERRY WATSON

Have you ever known someone who consciously or subconsciously sabotaged his or her business or personal life? As the founder and president of a thriving consulting firm, Terry has traveled the globe providing “Aha!” moments and ridiculously effective and easily implementable strategies to stop this from happening. In short, Terry gives you the tools you need to get out of your own way while making you laugh till you snort in the process. Not only a nationally renowned and diversified facilitator, Terry is also an experienced and educated real estate sales professional. The youngest person ever to be inducted into the Accredited Buyer Representative Hall of Fame (ABR), Terry is one of a select few people in the world to hold the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor title.