Speakers

Our Speakers

Jon Acuff

Author

Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his newest release, Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. He’s an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world including: FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia, and Comedy Central. His large and highly engaged social media following includes nearly 300,000 Twitter followers, more than 187,000 Facebook followers, more than 125,000 Instagram followers, and more than 90,000 email subscribers who look to him for his unique blend of humor, honesty, and hope. He lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Scott Carney

Author

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney’s work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. What Doesn’t Kill Us was a New York Times bestseller; other books include The Wedge, The Red Market and The Enlightenment Trap. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. He has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi. He attended Kenyon College and has a masters degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Denver, CO.

Greg McKeown

Author/CEO of McKeown Inc.

Greg McKeown’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people and teams break through to the next level—and others don’t.

The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success.

McKeown is the CEO of McKeown Inc. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

His writing has appeared or been covered by The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.

McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR, NBC, FOX, and as a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Show. Entrepreneur voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.

Matthew Ferrara

Philosopher, Speaker, Photographer

“I always wanted to be a chemist.”

But like all good stories, mine has a twist – including the day I sat next to a business woman in my college who turned to me and said: “Wow, you can talk an awful lot! You should be a speaker!” So I pursued a degree in philosophy, had an adventure on talk radio and took a leap into entrepreneurship that turned into a thirty year career. With the help of generous mentors, my adventures have been many: Building an international training firm, launching a help desk and telecom company, delivering management consulting to global sales organizations and pioneering early efforts in online marketing and learning. Ultimately, those experiences have helped me seek out opportunities to contribute to friends and clients who strive to be amongst the best in their industries worldwide.

Annie Murphy Paul

Author

Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, Slate, Time magazine, and The Best American Science Writing, among many other publications. She is the author of Origins, reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review and selected by that publication as a “Notable Book,” and The Cult of Personality, hailed by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker as a “fascinating new book.”

She has held the Bernard Schwartz Fellowship and the Future Tense Fellowship at New America; currently, she is a fellow in New America’s Learning Sciences Exchange. She has also received the Spencer Education Reporting Fellowship and the Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship. Paul has spoken to audiences around the world about learning and cognition; her TED Talk has been viewed by more than 2.6 million people. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has served as a lecturer at Yale University and as a senior advisor at the Yale University Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Joseph McClendon III

Doctor of Neuropsychology

Joseph McClendon III is a Doctor of Neuropsychology and one of the most sought after Ultimate Performance Specialists in the industry.

His unique brand of Tell, Show, Do teaching and coaching creates rapid personal change that effectively moves people to take more consistent action and go Further Faster with their personal and business achievements.

Joseph holds several certifications in the neurosciences arena. He taught at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for seven years and is frequently called upon to lecture at other higher learning institutions like Harvard University and many Fortune 500 companies in the United States as well as across Europe and Australia.

Joseph has delivered hundreds of workshops, coaching sessions, keynote addresses, seminars and training programs, and one-on-one therapeutic interventions and has presented to well over 3 million people around the globe. His remarkable ability to go straight to the core of the challenge and effect rapid change makes him a unique commodity in business, health and wellness, and personal improvement.

In 1986, Joseph met and teamed up with best-selling author and speaker Anthony Robbins. After mastering the technology, he became extremely proficient in assisting people to overcome the fears, phobias, and emotional challenges that hindered their lives and progress. From there, he went on to design a dynamic line of human change technology products and services.

Jeff Turner

Entrepreneur in Residence

Jeff Turner specializes in helping technology startups understand and navigate the North American real estate market. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics at the intersection of technology trends and human behavior.

As founder & CEO, Jeff led the digital pre-media firm, J.J. Grace, onto Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies. He has served as a Founder, President, or CEO of multiple real estate technology companies, including the Australia-based RealSatisfied, acquired by Placester in 2016, and Immoviewer, a world leader in virtual tours founded in Potsdam, Germany.

Currently, Jeff is an Entrepreneur In Residence for Second Century Ventures and the NAR REACH accelerator, a co-founder of the recently launched REALTOR® Association Management Platform, Tangilla, and serves as an advisor to multiple real estate technology startups.

Valerie Garcia

National Speaker

Valerie is truly passionate about helping others embrace change. As an international Real Estate speaker and consultant, she is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry. 

Valerie has had the privilege of working with Real Estate brands such as RE/MAX, Century 21, Royal LePage, and others in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and has spent over 19 years educating and teaching Real Estate professionals. 

David McRaney

Author

David began a blog writing about the psychology of reasoning in 2009. That blog became an internationally bestselling book published by Penguin in 2011, now available in 18 languages. His second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, released in July of 2013, and his third book, How Minds Change, all about the surprising science of belief, opinion, and persuasion, will be released by Penguin in 2021.

David currently hosts a bi-weekly, top-100 podcast about human judgment and decision-making, and routinely gives lectures on the topics he covers in his books, blog, and podcast. He is also a special consultant for the FBI focused on bias, misinformation, and conspiratorial thinking. In 2015, David appeared as himself in a national ad campaign for Reebok which he co-wrote. His writing has also been featured in campaigns for Heineken, Duck Tape, and others. He is currently working on a documentary about IQ and genius and a television show about how to better predict the psychological impact of technological disruption.

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

I’m an internet linguist: I analyze the language of the internet, for the people of the internet.

I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, a pop linguistics book about internet language which is now available in paperback! See reviews and other media about Because Internet here or a longer description and online ordering links here. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any places where I might be doing future Because Internet events, you can sign up for my monthly email newsletter.

I’m the Resident Linguist at WIRED, where I write a column about internet language, and I was formerly the Resident Linguist at The Toast. Here’s a longer list of my short-form writing.

I’m the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. Buzzfeed describes the show as “joyously nerdy” and others have said it’s “like I’m listening in on a conversation between two of my most interesting friends” — I’d suggest starting with our episode on When nothing means something.

John Daly

Ultra-Luxury Home Builder and Consultant
Working With Billionaires – Creating Trust & Credibility Where There Is None

John Daly is known within the construction industry as the most accomplished builder of ultra-high-end custom homes in Southern California and beyond. A living legend, John has delivered more homes over one hundred million dollars than any other project executive. His resume includes the Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows, an authentic French Country manor, a Moroccan mansion in Montecito, a stunning architectural concrete house built to display over one billion dollars in art in Malibu, and the remodel of the 4 Seasons Hotel on Central Park in New York City. He is currently overseeing the restoration and remodel of the former Playboy Mansion.

Building these iconic homes requires a truly rare combination of technical knowledge and adept personnel management. The complexity of each project pushes engineering to its limits. Only the best consultants managed by the best builders can successfully deliver to completion the designs of world-class interior designers and architects such as Tadao Ando, I.M.Pei, Gensler, and Peter Marino. John’s resume attests that he is at the top and forefront of his field.

John has managed hundreds of people at a time on site, dealt directly with the most demanding clients, and operated under timelines that were impossible for others all while resourcing the rarest of finish elements from around the world.

It is this Level 5 leadership that John brings to his projects. John creates a sense of community, teamwork, and respectful recognition of each member’s gifts and talents. This forges a conducive atmosphere of pleasant, coordinated comradery even under the most difficult circumstances. His belief in positive, encouraging leadership lends itself to supporting people’s strengths and mitigating their shortcomings. As a result, a unique environment of synchronized and harmonic teamwork spreads out over all the subcontractors working on a project.

With a plethora of entertaining stories of behind the scenes where money seems to have no end, John will discuss:

  • Psychology of working for billionaires. Fundamental Philosophy – You don’t say, “No”. The dichotomy of unlimited budgets versus strict financial accountability. Building trust with clients who don’t trust anyone.
  • The elements in home construction that distinguish a $30M budget from a $150M – $200M budget (and it isn’t about size, it’s about quality and ingenuity). Learn how to distinguish the levels of luxury construction.
  • Leadership and management principles that have given him the success to produce flawless, extraordinary homes – working under a tolerance of 1/16th inch.
  • Why there is an absolute necessity for a construction consultant for properties over $20M. It’s a rarified atmosphere – a handful of truly knowledgeable players, but millions at stake. There are few people who can speak to changes or builds in construction over $20M. Many of these homeowners will look to do some form of modification. John and his team can build enormous credibility between client and agent by discussing possibilities and understanding potential additional costs.

Additional Speakers

Philip A. White Jr.

President and CEO – Sotheby’s International Realty

Philip A. White, Jr., a global real estate veteran, is president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty where he oversees the company’s affiliate network and company-owned brokerages. Under White’s leadership, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand announced that its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved a record $114 billion in global sales volume in 2019, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand.

Since his appointment to president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC in February 2013, White has cultivated the growth of the global brand to more than 70 countries and territories with approximately 1,000 offices and more than 23,000 sales associates.

In early 2019, White added president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. to his title, taking on the responsibility of managing the brand’s company-owned brokerage business in addition to his role as president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, where he oversees the global brand’s operations, business growth, servicing platform, membership sales process and relationship with the Sotheby’s auction house.

Prior to his appointment to chief operating officer, White spent 12 years with NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, leading one of the company’s most productive offices.

After forming his own independent real estate brokerage in Atlanta in the late 1980s, Philip White Properties, Inc., an affiliate of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, he sold the firm to the predecessor of NRT in 1992.

From 1980 to 1988, White held several positions within the Sotheby’s International Realty network. As senior vice president and regional manager for the southeast United States, he was responsible for developing a network of affiliated brokers, as well as listing and marketing properties in cooperation with the brokers. He also held management positions at brokerages in both New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.

White received his bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Susan Yannaccone

President and CEO Realogy Franchise Group

Sue Yannaccone became president and chief executive officer of Realogy Franchise Group in November 2020. She is responsible for managing leading real estate franchise brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Corcoran®, ERA® and Sotheby’s International Realty®, as well as the management of both Corcoran and Sotheby’s International Realty company-owned businesses. Combined, Yannaccone oversees over 16,000 worldwide offices and over 220,000 brokers and independent sales associates doing business in 115 countries and territories worldwide.

Yannaccone is recognized for her nearly two decades of deep expertise in franchise management and real estate brokerage operations. Since March 2018, she served as Regional Executive Vice President of the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest regions of Coldwell Banker Realty. Prior to that, Yannaccone joined ERA as its Chief Operating Officer in July 2015 before moving to its President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2016.

A strong believer in accountability and authenticity, Yannaccone possesses a keen understanding of the residential real estate industry and has extensive experience leading organizations through transformational change. Prior to her years at Realogy, Yannaccone held a significant position as Senior Vice President of network services for HSF Affiliates, responsible for all affiliate-facing servicing for the real estate brokerage networks Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate. She was also Vice President of Operations for Real Living from 2010 to 2012.

A leading influencer in the real estate industry’s most notable rankings, Yannaccone has been regularly recognized in the Swanepoel Power 200 – including its Top 40 Women Executives – as well as RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, Inman Influencers and HousingWire’s Women of Influence. In 2016, she was named a Female Executive of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and highlighted as a “Woman Worth Watching” by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.

A graduate of Clemson University, she began her career in commercial real estate before assuming roles with residential real estate firm GMAC HomeServices and Brookfield Residential Property Services in Canada.

A. Bradley Nelson

Chief Marketing Officer – Sotheby’s International Realty

A. Bradley Nelson serves as chief marketing officer at Sotheby’s International Realty, where he supports the brand’s affiliated agents and companies by developing and delivering industry-leading marketing, product and technology offerings. Nelson is also responsible for managing the relationship between Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s auction house, which provides sellers privileged access to the qualified clients of Sotheby’s through a global marketing partnership.

Previously, Nelson was senior vice president of marketing for the firm’s company-owned brokerage for five years where he led an internal marketing agency comprised of 50 specialists supporting more than 2,000 agents in 12 U.S. markets.

Prior to that, Nelson was head of marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates in Washington, DC, Miami, FL and Naples, FL. He began his career with marketing roles in the real estate development industry at Baldwin Park Development Co. and East West Partners.

Nelson attended the College of Business at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., where he concentrated in marketing and international business.

John Passerini

Global VP Interactive Marketing – Sotheby’s International Realty

John Passerini is the global vice president of interactive marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, bringing more than 25 years of experience in real estate digital marketing and technology to the brand. In his role, Passerini is responsible for strategizing, creating and managing all digital marketing solutions, including the brand’s web and mobile platforms, customer relationship management, search engine marketing efforts, global media advertising partnerships, and more.

The initiatives and platforms developed by the interactive marketing team are designed to create brand awareness and enhance business growth in markets around the globe. Under Passerini’s leadership, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand launched many firsts for the real estate industry, including the introduction of virtual reality. Additionally, the brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, has become the leading luxury real estate website globally.

Previously, Passerini served as the brand’s IT director from April 2004 to April 2006. Passerini has served on several Realogy marketing and technology committees and is one of the founding members of the RealogyFWD Innovation Summit. He currently resides in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Wendy Purvey

President & Chief Operating Officer
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the largest Sotheby’s International Realty franchises in the brand’s global network, is proud to announce that industry veteran Wendy Purvey has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer with the responsibility for leading the overall growth strategy and business operation for the company.

Purvey has been with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty for the past year in the role of Chief Strategy Officer, where she worked alongside CEO Brian Arrington to restructure the company’s internal operations and reposition it for continued growth in the industry. In her new role, Purvey is responsible for curating strategic plans to support the company’s growth initiatives, including qualitative organic market share growth in existing markets. Purvey will also focus on agent retention, competitive analysis, lead generation, networking, marketing, and technology, with her primary goal helping agents increase their sales productivity.

“Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s strategy and direction have never been more compelling,” says Purvey. “With the changes in leadership we are poised to emerge stronger by creating an environment where our agents and employees thrive with the agility and innovation to compete on a level above all others,” says Purvey.

A strategic and performance-focused executive, Purvey has years of expertise as an innovative, energetic leader in real estate marketing and business development across many brands, including franchise and company-owned firms. She has earned a reputation for delivering marketing strategies that have helped drive new business growth. As Chief Marketing Officer for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for 12 years, Purvey directed the creation, development, and implementation for all marketing, digital and print advertising, social media content, and public relations for its network of international franchisees. During her tenure, she was integral in the brand’s positioning as the global leader in residential real estate and the network’s rapid growth into 70 countries with now nearly 1,000 offices generating over $100 billion in annual sales volume.

Rick Edler

Chief Executive Officer, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

As Co-owner and Chief Executive Officer, Rick Edler is focused on Vista Sotheby’s International Realty’s vision of delivering a world-class brokerage experience built on the foundation of leadership, integrity, and service. With a wealth of experience in the industry and the resources of the global network of Sotheby’s International Realty, Edler provides the framework and direction for his company’s continued growth and success as a leader in the South Bay luxury real estate market.

Prior to his role as co-owner and CEO of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Edler was ranked one of the United States’ top Realtors. In a sales career that spanned nearly 25 years, Edler delivered over $1 billion in sales. His success comes from his honest approach, professionalism, and creativity. He is highly respected in the real estate community for his ability to build solid working relationships across the industry.

Edler believes in giving back to the industry that has afforded him such opportunity and is active in several professional organizations. He currently serves as (founder?) of the Sotheby’s International Realty West Coast Alliance, where he brings together leaders in real estate to share best practices and promote networking opportunities. He is co-founder of AgentBridge, the world’s largest network of elite agents, a member of the National Association of Realtors, and has served as President of the Palos Verdes Board of Realtors. Additionally, Edler sits on the Marymount California University Board of Trustees and Premier Business Bank Board of Advisors.

Stacy Jones

Chief Peace Officer for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Stacy Jones has elevated the real estate marketing industry with inspired consumer-focused branding, product placements, high profile cross-promotions. With more than 20 years of consumer marketing experience; including numerous advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, Stacy’s passion is to create and position products that consumers prefer. Stacy has become widely respected as a driver for many of the region’s most noted real estate marketing solutions.

Shen Schulz

Broker Associate with Sotheby’s International Realty

As a lifelong resident of Malibu and licensed California Real Estate Broker since 2001, Shen Schulz leads the way among Malibu and California coastal city realtors by offering clients true local knowledge and insight on the luxury residential real estate market. Having grown up in Malibu and with over 21 years of real estate success, his unsurpassed negotiation and communication skills have brought his many clients great success and happiness. Recognized by his professionalism and integrity, Shen is a premier choice and client favorite for local home buyers and sellers.

Shen has consistently been awarded as being in the top 1/2% of all realtors among the Sotheby’s International Realty and Realogy Brokerage Group network of more than 50,000 realtors worldwide.

Shen’s mantra is that “no one truly wins unless everyone wins,” which exemplifies his spirit of collaboration. This quality, along with his acumen and entrepreneurship have earned him a reputation for being a bold and aggressive businessman with a laser focus on numbers, negotiation and the bottom line.

Shen is synonymous with luxury, high-end real estate in Malibu, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Calabasas and Agoura Hills. His knowledge of those communities gives his clients a supreme advantage when buying or selling their properties.

Ryan Secrist

National real estate leader, coach, trainer and luxury homes expert

With a long-time background in real estate, Ryan has earned many accolades ranging from Rookie of the Year, being consistently placed in the top percentile of producing agents, and running top producing teams and award winning companies.

In 2009 Secrist managed a real estate office in Scottsdale, AZ, leading his team in an increase of sales volume 482% over three years. He soon became an owner and leader of real estate offices in Southern California.

In the Los Angeles area, he led over 500 real estate professionals. His “can do” spirit, positive attitude and passion for creating environments where people can achieve their goals influenced many to align with one of his companies.

Ryan has grown many individual agents to production in the 100 million to 200 million dollar production levels through his coaching and consulting practices. Additionally, he has launched hundreds of agents into the business and supported them in taking over market share.

Ryan previously was the Vice President for LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and leads productivity training (Ninja Selling) for many companies across the Sotheby’s International Realty network.

Ryan serves as a national real estate trainer, has been featured on industry training videos for many organizations including the California Association of REALTORS, and has served as a industry coach.

Currently, Ryan resides in Danville, CA with his wife and three children. He enjoys off-the-grid backpacking, fitness, city life, and travel.

Valerie Hamaker

Licensed Therapist

Valerie Hamaker is a licensed therapist, business owner, educator, wellness consultant, and corporate psychologist. She works with those seeking deeper fulfillment in their professional and personal realms as sees over and over again that when this is achieved, work-life and home-life flow becomes intuitive and both are more fulfilling. Valerie is Co-Founder of RYSE [a coaching and consulting practice] with Ryan Secrist and focuses on the vital importance of inner wholeness and it’s correlation to professional success. Valerie has been married for 23 years and has 4 children. She loves playing in the lake with them.

Thomas Wright

President, Responsible Broker, Real Estate Professional for Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty, Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty and Desert Sotheby’s International Realty

Thomas Wright owns and is the president and principal broker Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. Since stepping in as the managing partner in 2008, the company has become the top brokerage in the Park City resort community and the leading brokerage in Utah. Together, with his business partner, Thomas also owns and operates Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty which serves Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada; Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty in Las Vegas; Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Palm Springs; and LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado. The combined company is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate in the world, based on sold dollar volume, with 850 sales and 175 support staff associates. In 2020, the combined companies will close over $9 billion in transaction volume.  To achieve this market position, Thomas has brought his relentless work ethic, creative thinking and vision, and an invaluable understanding of the real estate brokerage industry. Thomas is inspired by those he works with and is very quick to credit the success of his incredibly talented team of approximately 850 sales associates and incomparable administrative staff of about 200 talented individuals, and the support of the remarkable Sotheby’s International Realty brand. Born and raised in Utah, Thomas attended Quince Orchard High School in the greater Washington, D.C. area. After graduating, he spent two years in Eastern Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned to the States, Thomas’s overseas experience inspired him to learn more about Ukraine and Russia and its culture. He graduated from the University of Utah with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Russian and Marketing. Through his experiences and education, Thomas has grown to appreciate cultural and perspective differences, confirming that good idea and people come from all walks of life. This is a philosophy he extends to the communities and organizations he now serves, including each of the agents that represent Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.

With all of his responsibilities, Thomas considers the most important to be his family. He currently resides in Salt Lake City with his wife, Caroline, and their four children. His greatest joys are being the resident breakfast chef and attending the many dance recitals and sporting events his kids are a part of. Thomas also enjoys golfing, fishing, volunteering in his local community, and the more recent adventure of running for Governor in the State of Utah during a global pandemic.

Jessica Canning

Real Estate Professional- Sotheby’s International Realty

With nearly ten years of experience as Global Research Director of Venture Capital and Private Equity for Dow Jones, Jessica recently joined the team and will apply her innovative technology strengths to bring our business to a new level for our buyers and sellers. Jessica’s primary focus will be as a Buyer’s Specialist and leading the Canning Property Group’s web expansion efforts.

Having grown up in Pebble Beach, she has an intimate connection with all of the experiences this area has to offer. While attending Stevenson school, she was part of the 1998 CCS Championship basketball team and was the captain of the Volleyball team. Even more important, her education at Stevenson developed a deep passion for photography and literature that continues today.

Jessica graduated from Santa Clara University in 2002 with a degree in Economics.

Gregg Lynn

Team Sotheby’s International Realty

Providing Exceptional Client Service and Real Estate Representation

Gregg Lynn’s ability to draw team members from the highest ranks of real estate specialists is chief among the reasons he has earned the reputation as industry leader to his peers and trusted advisor to his clients. With Gregg’s hands-on involvement, members of his Team consistently deliver the highest caliber of service and results expected by San Francisco’s most discerning buyers and sellers of its best real estate. With Gregg actively engaged in every transaction, he, his full-time Realtor associates and marketing team ensure a white-glove, concierge-level of service for each client – at every price point.

Knowledge. Collaboration. Connections.

A partnership with the Gregg Lynn Team offers buyers and sellers unparalleled access, insight, and value. A deep understanding of San Francisco’s individually unique neighborhoods – and the nuances of transacting within each – transcends having their collective finger on the pulse of local real estate. The Team’s local and regional marketing leadership, combined with the global reach of Sotheby’s International Realty — the most successful global brokerage with $112B in annual sales, are shaping the industry gold standard, to the benefit of the Team’s clients.

Momentum is the force behind the most successful real estate transactions, which is why unmatched accessibility is a cornerstone of the Gregg Lynn Team’s client partnerships. Clients benefit from a built-in network of top tier agents focused and available to lead all qualified buyer tours, and to strategize and negotiate when momentum is most critical.

Through Leadership, Success

In addition to utilizing their individual expertise, every member of the Gregg Lynn Team shares two prevailing goals: to support the Team’s distinguished clientele by providing superior 24/7 accessibility , and to deliver optimum return on clients’ investment.

Anthony Urcinoli

Director, Global Servicing & Brand Engagement
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Anthony Urcinoli serves as Director, Global Servicing and Brand Engagement for Sotheby’s International Realty. Since joining the brand in 2013, Urcinoli has worked with affiliates from around the network to drive brand awareness, growth and profitability. Through the years, Urcinoli has transitioned over 25 brokerages into the Sotheby’s International Realty network, assisted with numerous mergers and acquisitions, and delivered countless brand ‘value proposition’ presentations to agents to help with retention and recruiting. He is passionate, highly motivated, and skilled at collaborating to best position the brand in the industry. Urcinoli also launched the brand’s official LBTGQ+ affinity group, Pride Connect, in 2019.

Michael Dreyfus

Broker, Founder, The Dreyfus Group
Principal, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Michael Dreyfus has had over 30 years of repeated success in residential real estate. He currently ranks as one of the leading sales agents in the Silicon Valley/Peninsula area and has regular appearances on the Wall Street Journal/Real Trend’s list of America’s Top 250 Agents as well as the Bay Area top 10 list.

His recent sales have been often and varied, including some of the highest sales recorded in Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton. In addition, he has represented sellers and buyers in high-end transactions throughout California, most recently representing ranches and vineyards in Northern California and an estate in Montecito.

Michael is an owner and the top sales agent for Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty with 550 agents in 27 offices across the California Bay Area. He is an industry thought leader and has been interviewed on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, ABC News and Fortune/CNN/Money regarding market trends and events. He is a regular speaker on agent panels for Sotheby’s International Realty offices and luxury real estate groups.

Michael is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Attorney-at-law. He is a member of the National and California Association of Realtors. He was among the first agents certified by Sotheby’s International Realty as a China Global Advisor. He is active in the community and is a long-time financial supporter of local schools and charities.

Ryan MacLaughlin

Island Sotheby’s International Realty Principal Broker, Owner

Ryan is a third-generation realtor, who has been selling Real Estate in Hawaii since 2003. Working for a family of top producers, he contributes his success as a leading agent in Hawaii to the fact that he has been trained by the best!

Growing up on the island of Maui, Ryan is a born and raised local, kama’aina, who extends from a mix of Native Hawaiian, Scottish and Irish ancestry. After graduating from Seabury Hall, Ryan left Maui and set forth to Honolulu where he graduated with a B.A. in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii.

Ryan’s professional career extends into the non-profit world, where he is a member of The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Friends of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Ryan contributes as a Director for the Seabury Hall Alumni Association where he focuses his time to further the development of the School.

Any free time that Ryan has, he spends in the water. He is an avid surfer, enjoys swimming, fishing, diving, beach volleyball, and loves to play golf. Though he has lived in Hawaii his whole life, Ryan has had the privilege to travel around the world. “I love traveling and seeing all that the world has to offer. It is something I have been very blessed to be able to do, but in doing so, it has only further deepened my love for the islands,” says Ryan.

Ryan’s integrity prevails in the energy and tenacity he uses to get the job done in the best manner and with his client’s best interest in mind at all times. Ryan can make anyone he speaks to feel immediately at ease, allowing them to conduct business in a comfortable manner. Ryan subscribes to “Kuleana, Pono, Aloha”…. A responsibility to conduct business in a righteous manner, but out of sheer love.

Brad S. Kimmelman

Broker Associate, Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, The Homanity Team, Russ Lyon, Sotheby’s International Realty

Raised in Westchester County, New York, It was clear that I was entrepreneurial and driven from the start! As a child, I turned my love of music and theater into a business. I studied acting with a coach in Manhattan at the age of 10 and by 12 I went out and got myself an agent. I booked the first national commercial I auditioned for and a featured role in a movie by 16. One of my first jobs was delivering singing telegrams for a company in Scarsdale, NY. Creativity is in my blood, as I was born into a show business family.

My father is a successful animation director & cartoonist who was one of the creators of “Schoolhouse Rock!”. My mother was a high fashion photographer back in the 1950’s for the #1 modeling agency in NYC, Harry Conover Modeling.

I went to Boston University majoring in Film, paying my way through as a singing waiter on the “Spirit of Boston”, a dinner yacht in Boston Harbor. After graduation I became a broadcast producer at Grey Advertising on Madison Avenue in New York City & started my own record company, “Zuma Records”.

After many years in advertising, I craved to do something more meaningful and moved to Connecticut to start selling real estate. Within two years I became a top producing agent at the #1 boutique brokerage in town from 2001-2009. In 2009 I was recruited by Sotheby’s International Realty as a brokerage manager in Southport CT and then, Scarsdale NY which I enjoyed for ten years. After training, mentoring and coaching hundreds of real estate agents, I decided to go back into sales for myself and moved permanently to my second home in Scottsdale, AZ and joined Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. It was the best decision I have ever made!

My fast success in the Valley of the Sun is largely due to my 13 years with the Sotheby’s brand and the strong relationships I have built here. I quickly became a “go to broker” within the Sotheby’s network for referral business from other colleagues, clients and friends. I am happily married with a rescue Dalmatian/Pointer mix named Charlie. In the unlikely event I am not working diligently for my clients, I enjoy tennis, hiking, cooking and traveling. I still sing in the shower, much to the dismay of my family. To get to know me better, please visit www.bradkimmelman.com where you can see my video bio.

Jack Miller

President T3 Sixty

Jack is responsible for the overall management and financial health of T3 Sixty. He previously served as T3 Sixty’s chief technology officer and lead of T3 Fellows, a division of T3 Sixty. He has two decades of real estate industry experience with management roles in franchising, franchise ownership and brokerage. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Jack worked in multiple technology startup companies including as a partner and investor. He is a consistent contributor to the Swanepoel Trends Report, as well as various white papers and abstracts on technology. Jack has a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas.

Breck Overall

Global Real Estate Consultant, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

After working in the hospitality business for more than a decade, Breck relocated to Tahoe and started his real estate journey in 2011. In 2017, he teamed up with top producer Jeff Hamilton and they have become a record-setting pair in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities within California and Nevada at Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty. Years spent working in resort management and hospitality have enabled Breck to see the big picture when helping his clients find their ideal property.

Passionate and sincere, Breck goes above and beyond for each of his clients, delivering unparalleled service to every person he works with, whether a client, associate, or peer. A Luxury Real Estate and Exceptional Agent Network member, Breck’s reputation for excellence precedes him and reflects well on his integrity and values.

With more than 20 years of sales experience under his belt, Breck has established himself as an innovative marketer and an ethical leader in real estate for Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty. The team previously set the record for the highest lakefront sale in California ($28 million) to date. Since joining forces, Overall & Hamilton Group has sold over $500M together and have been recognized as Tahoe’s top-producing team. Their group specializes in marketing second-home and vacation properties throughout Tahoe’s various Nevada and California communities.

Whether you’re buying or selling, Breck has the tools to help you and genuinely enjoys the entire process. He leverages his decades of sales experience in marketing and selling to ensure his clients are getting the highest and best deal on their property sales. At the same time, he excels at assisting his clients in finding the right property and winning the purchase on the buying side.

Breck sets himself apart from his competitors by being authentic and honest with his clients. He asks the hard questions and listens closely to each person’s individual needs. Well-respected and liked by the brokerage community, Breck has cultivated a network of contacts that include his colleagues and competing brokers.

Introducing people to the beautiful, spacious terrain of the area is a significant perk for Breck. He spends a considerable amount of his time participating in the endless recreational activities available in the region. From the annual Alcatraz open-water swimming competition to snow skiing, mountain biking, surfing, and paddleboarding, Breck regularly takes advantage of the outdoor landscape.

He is also tremendously passionate about his community and gets involved in whatever way he can. Breck is currently the President of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Health System Foundation, a fundraising committee member for the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and a member of Home for a Home—an organization that helps build homes for people in need in Guatemala.

Breck also values time spent with his wife Susie and their children, Annika and Ridge. They’re raising their kids to be active outdoor enthusiasts while instilling in them the values of respect for the environment and other people.

Nicole Truszkowski

Broker Associate Sotheby’s International Realty

Nicole Truskowski’s real estate career began as the founder and broker of a successful boutique real estate firm in the Central Valley of California. Today she is a consistent top-producing broker who is passionate about providing a service to her clients anchored by integrity. She has offered decades of expert insight, access, and value.

Specializing in luxury real estate sales for a quarter century, Nicole’s impressive portfolio focuses on estates in Carmel-by-the Sea, Pebble Beach, and the surrounding Monterey Peninsula of California. Nicole accomplishes her outstanding annual sales volume using an impressive global network of high-end clients, top-producing brokers and CEOs of leading world companies.

Nicole has numerous accolades: recognized by Inman News as one of the nation’s top tech-savvy agents, invited to serve on the executive advisory board for Leaders in Luxury, named as a top agent by Wall Street Journal/Real Trends, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at luxury real estate conferences across the nation. Nicole’s most recent endeavor is leading a team that creates unique luxury homes on the Monterey Peninsula from the ground up.

Eric Iantorno

Pacific Sotheby’s International

Eric Iantorno is a highly-regarded and award-winning Realtor specializing in selling luxury real estate in San Diego’s best neighborhoods. Born and raised in San Diego, Eric grew in Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe, where he attended Torrey Pines High School. He currently lives in Encinitas with his beautiful wife Heather and two sons Ryder and Rocket. A member at Del Mar Country Club, Eric is a scratch golfer and continues to enjoy golf as a business and networking tool. His passion for golf landed him at the University of Arizona as a student-athlete where he was a member of the #1 ranked Men’s Golf Team.

A licensed real estate broker, Eric is recognized as the top luxury agent at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2018, The Wall Street Journal recognized Eric as the #41 ranked realtor in the United States, out of 2,000,000 active agents. In 2019, Eric was honored as one of the top 5 luxury realtor in San Diego. Eric’s eye for advertising, ability to target out of area buyers, along with his direct connections to global media partners sets him apart from his competition and helps land his clients specialized placements in today’s best publications.

In addition to helping friends and family take advantage of great real estate opportunities, Eric helps coach his kids sports teams and always tries to give back as a board member for the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club and an honorary committee member for the SOF Support Foundation, in support of the Navy Seals and their fellow warriors.

Eric Lavey

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor

Rated one of the top 100 real estate professionals in the United States, top 40 agents in California, top 10 individual agents in Beverly Hills, and ranked the number 1 agent in Los Angeles within Sotheby’s International Realty, Eric Lavey continues to deliver record shattering results, while simultaneously reinventing and redefining the client experience. Eric offers a personal blend of extensive market knowledge and design prowess when serving elite clientele in one of the most sought-after cities in the world. His passion for design and architecture, combined with a deliberate boutique and hand-crafted approach have secured his reputation as the agent for those who seek trust, competency, and discretion. This reputation transcends into the listings he represents, resulting in debuting some of the most compelling, famed, and bespoke architecture in Los Angeles.

Because of his achievements and reputation among his peers, Eric was hand selected to represent Los Angeles within Sotheby’s International Realty, known as Market Leaders – a select group of the top 50 agents across North America. He has also been named among Hollywood’s Top 30 Real Estate agents by The Hollywood Reporter, the Showbiz Real Estate Elite List by Variety, and the Top Residential Real Estate Agents in L.A. County in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Eric offers clientele a level of unwavering commitment and authenticity. He places himself in his client’s shoes to manage expectations, minimize stress, and ensure a positive, collaborative outcome that at minimum achieves his client’s goals. He has long been acclimated to servicing elite and high net worth individuals, and the extensive staff and teams that accompany them.

Extending his pulse beyond Los Angeles, Eric is acknowledged as a top-producing agent in the greater Palm Springs area, where he owns a second home and holds more than 15 years of real estate experience. This organic expansion of knowledge to areas outside of Los Angeles qualifies him to deliver services beyond the traditional, including relocation services, luxury leasing, providing invaluable insight on various price points, education on sub-markets, school districts, and architectural styles.

This foundation was created in his earlier career at leading Hollywood talent agencies, William Morris and UTA, where he honed his ability to negotiate favorable, creative deals strategically and tactfully for his clientele. In the rare moments that real estate sleeps, Eric can be found playing doubles with friends before creating and enjoying unique cocktails, which he enjoys sharing with clients, colleagues, and friends on Instagram. He has become a source of expertise and entertainment for his clients, many of whom become lifelong friends, often joining him and his wife, Jennifer, for dinners and tastings at his residences in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Alexander Ciullo

San Diego, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Lights, Camera, Closed… Meet Alexander Ciullo of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. This Power Player is no stranger to the limelight.

Alexander, a globally successful touring and recording musician who opened for hard rock bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe, turned his passion for playing guitar in front of huge audiences into a passion for helping people buy, sell and invest in real estate. In addition to his exceptional negotiation skills and knowledgeable analysis of property values; Ciullo is energetic, passionate and hardworking—all with a sense of humor.

Alexander has curated an investment portfolio valued at over $187 million. In addition to the luxury residential, international land and commercial opportunities represented, he has secured 5 upcoming development projects, bringing 85 new properties to market when completed. The most exclusive development, One Air Ranch Estates, will encompass private airplane hangars on large residential estates with private access to their exclusive runway for the biggest jet-setters in Southern California.

Rachel Schindler

Seattle, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The essence of Rachel Schindler’s success distills to integrity, acumen and sound advisement. She’s as intuitive as she is analytical, drawing upon seventeen-plus years of industry expertise to represent clients and homes with ease. Rachel is a much-needed voice of reason in the market, whether consulting investors, first time homebuyers and developers or assisting with relocation. Rachel is a cutting-edge marketer and tough negotiator, with just the right blend of percipience, analytics, and rock-and-roll. A consistent “Five-Star Professional Agent,” and part of the top 10 small team on Real Trends for Washington State, Rachel enjoys challenging herself and finding new paths for growth. Now licensed in Washington, California and Nevada she is looking to help clients as an essential resource for homes, 2nd homes and investments.

When not in the office, Rachel is found hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest, spending time with her family, traveling or taking a Pilates class. She is deeply committed to helping local youth and is actively involved in both Summer Search and Treehouse.

Maria Vitale

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Maria specializes in residential real estate and is a multiple award-winning Realtor with over 15 years of experience. She speaks 3 languages and has 2 degrees from CU Boulder. She is recognized nationally as being one of the Top Producing Brokers. Vitale has earned recognition throughout the industry from multiple real estate agencies, the Denver Metro Association of Realtors and International training seminars and magazines for her leadership and strong negotiation abilities. Her testimonials say it all as she is a 7-time recipient of the 5 Star Award from 5280 Magazine. She also won the Primo Awards Business of the Year accolade and inducted into the Colorado Italian-American Hall of Fame. Maria has been named one of the top Realtors in her office for several consecutive years.

Whether you are a seller, first-time buyer, or an investor, Maria is a Realtor with the energy and determination to help you obtain your real estate goals. As the top seller in her area for over 15 years, Maria has both the experience and passion to know that an honest approach is the best approach for serving each client’s personal needs. Straightforward and enthusiastic about protecting her clients first and foremost, Maria is the best choice as your trusted real estate advisor. Maria’s main goal is to help her clients gain wealth. Her experience as a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) helps clients navigate today’s extremely demanding market, without sacrificing great customer service to achieve the best results.

She has an impeccable reputation in the industry for accomplishing the goals and meeting the needs of her buyers, sellers and investors. Maria’s extensive career provides her clients with a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on. She genuinely cares about her clients’ real estate and life goals. Realizing this is usually their largest investment, Maria takes into consideration each client’s unique preferences and needs. She displays the knowledge, integrity and motivation to protect her clients through every aspect of their transaction.

Maria’s describes her faith in God as the token to her success and feels blessed to be doing what she feels called to do. Maria’s true joy comes from her two boys and enjoys the laughter and support of her family.