Convention Speakers

Convention Speakers

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Pamela Barnum

Pamela Barnum

A former undercover police officer and federal prosecutor, Pamela Barnum uses her decades of experience to help people crack the code on building trust and improving professional relationships. Years spent undercover and in a courtroom helped her perfect techniques. Barnum has spoken in front of audiences ranging from 50 to 12,000 in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her recent TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust” was viewed more than 200,000 times in the first six months.

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Christian Bear

Christian Bear

At age 19, Christian Bear became one of the youngest full-time deputy sheriffs in Florida. While still working in law enforcement, he learned the real estate business, and in his first year as a Realtor, he became a million-dollar producer. After retiring from law enforcement at age 30, Bear opened his own independent real estate office. He has grown his team to over 100 agents throughout the nation and personally produces over $30 million a year in sales. Bear has combined his two passions by creating a program to train agents and brokers in best practices for on-the-job safety.

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Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with the mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships and compete in extraordinary ways. Bennett travels the world speaking to tens of thousands of people, transforming the lives, careers and business practices of leaders from some of the most recognizable brands in the world, such as Coca-Cola, Subway, Blue Cross Blue Shield and RE/MAX. Bennett’s best-selling books - Partnership is the New Leadership, The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact, and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities, including MIT, as a modern version of How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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Ryan Broyles

Ryan Broyles

Ryan Broyles had one of the greatest receiving careers in NCAA football history. Born and bred in Oklahoma in the 1990s, Broyles was a standout track-and-field athlete as well as football star. He went on to pursue a collegiate football career at the University of Oklahoma, where, during his senior year, he broke the all-time FBS career reception record. Broyles was also a two-time consensus All-American at OU and a second-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions. It was during his start with the NFL that Broyles was introduced to financial literacy and fell in love with numbers - and the hidden possibilities that most of us miss. He made headlines while in the NFL for living off of $60,000 per year even though his contracts were in the millions. Careful budgeting and wise investment strategies kept the financial stress off when he left the NFL after three years and began pursuing a career in real estate development.

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Karin Carr

Karin Carr

Karin Carr, a Realtor since 2005, began uploading videos to YouTube in 2017 after relocating to a new city as a way to help her become known in her new market. Carr’s business exploded, and within two years she had formed a team that now generates more than 80% of its closings from YouTube. She was named the No. 1 BombBomb Real Estate Video Influencer in 2019 in the Consumer Education category and speaks all over the country about her love of all things YouTube. She's also is the Amazon best-selling author of YouTube for Real Estate Agents.

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Ricky Carruth

Ricky Carruth

With 20 years in real estate, Ricky Carruth made a million dollars before he was 23 and then lost it all when the real estate bubble burst. By 2014, he was closing 100 deals a year as a single agent and became the No. 1 agent in Alabama. In 2017, he wrote two books and started coaching agents for free. He still closes 100 deals a year and speaks all over the world to agents sharing his advice.

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Meredith Caruso

Meredith Caruso

Meredith Caruso is Associate General Counsel at Florida Realtors®. Meredith started with Florida Realtors® overseeing the Real Estate Recovery Fund after the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast. She now oversees all forms production for Florida Realtors® members and writes articles for the Legal Newsletter and the Florida Realtors Magazine. Meredith is also the legal liaison for the Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund. Meredith is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and Stetson University College of Law located in St. Petersburg, Florida and a member of the Florida Bar.

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Boris Cherniak

Boris Cherniak

Boris Cherniak is an award-winning entertainer, a motivational speaker, a comedy hypnotist and a TEDx speaker. He's a regular on Maury, where he helps people with unusual fears and phobias. He's also appeared on The Robert Irvine Show, The Howie Mandel Show, The Vegas Show, Comics, The Casino and at Just for Laughs Festival and Boston Comedy Festival. Cherniak has entertained troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait and inspired attendees at the Global Women Leaders Summit in Dubai.

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Kiernan Conway

Kiernan Conway

Economist and futurist KC Conway, CCIM, CRE, MAI, is the co-founder of Red Shoe Economics, LLC, an independent economic forecasting and consulting providing organic research initiatives, reporting and insights on the impact of economics within the commercial real estate industry. Conway is a nationally recognized industry thought leader in macroeconomics, valuations, ports and logistics, banking regulation, real estate finance, MSA-level market monitoring, environmental risk management, housing economics and tax appeals. Conway has more than 30 years of experience as a lender, credit officer, appraiser, instructor, and economist, and is recognized for accurately forecasting real estate trends. With credentials from the CCIM Institute, Counselors of Real Estate and the Appraisal Institute, Conway currently serves as Chief Economist of the CCIM Institute and as an Independent Director for Monmouth REIT MNR.

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Katey Dallosto

Katey Dallosto

Professional speaker and author of Fortune Cookie Leadership, Katey Dallosto combines her personal, revealing and fun style with a little tough love to help you garner more sales and build great teams. Over her career, Dallosto has helped dozens of companies across the country develop profitable relationships by teaching them how to focus on accountability. She's an active member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Contra Costa Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the Bay East Association of Realtors.

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Randall Dean

Randall Dean

Randy Dean, The E-mail Sanity Expert®, is a professional speaker and expert on time and email management, effective organization and the related use of technology. For more than 25 years, Dean has been leading programs for corporate, university and association audiences. His highly entertaining programs leave audiences with immediately usable strategies and skills on how to better manage their time, email, inputs, apps and technology.

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Diane  Disbrow

Diane Disbrow

Diane Disbrow has been a Realtor in New Jersey for over 39 years, helping manage an independent real estate company for 33 years. She has been active on the Professional Standards Committees at the local, state and national level for many years and served as chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee twice. Her extensive knowledge allowed her to launch a successful career as a real estate instructor and lecturer, presenting numerous educational programs for NAR and various local and state associations across the country.

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Kevin Evans

Kevin Evans

Using innovative, out-of-the box ideas, Realtor Kevin Evans has built a successful real estate team in Northeast Florida. His forward thinking about prospecting has made him a top producer year after year.

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Jason Fox

Jason Fox

Jason Fox has been in the real estate industry in many facets for 15 years. During that time he has helped develop a startup CRM business, partnered with an industry leader to create his first website-sales business and a marketing manager for a large title and escrow company. He also founded Jason Fox real estate marketing, taught real estate clock-hour classes and became an award-winning real estate broker. He has developed websites for hundreds of real estate brokers, brokerages, teams and vendors all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. His blog has won many awards and continues to be one of the most-read real estate marketing blogs on the internet.

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Richard Fryer

Richard Fryer

"As a licensed real estate broker and instructor for over 40 years, Richard Fryer has taught hundreds of thousands of students and is a recognized expert on topics affecting today’s real estate industry. Fryer, a past president of National Real Estate Educators Association, teaches a wide array of REBAC courses for the NAR designations. He was appointed to the Florida Real Estate Commission in December 2013 and currently serves as the chairman. He has been recognized as Educator of the Year multiple times by his local association and Florida Realtors, has held every elected office at the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, was named 2003 Realtor of the Year, was awarded the Walter Rose Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Additionally, he has chaired numerous committees at Florida Realtors and has served on several NAR committees, including as chair of the NAR Professional Development Committee. "

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Jorge Guerra

Jorge Guerra

Born in the boom and raised in the crash, Jorge L. Guerra Jr. has been recognized as a forward-thinking real estate expert when it comes to digital marketing, serving as a keynote speaker at a number of high-profil national and international industry events. Guerra delivers a fast-paced snapshot with a blend of humorous anecdotes and solid selling principles that reflects the accelerated industry in which we work and live today.

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John Iannarelli

John Iannarelli

John Iannarelli served for more than 20 years as an FBI special agent focusing on cybercrime investigations, including the Sony hack. For his work he has been recognized with the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science. As a speaker and national news contributor, "FBI John" shares actionable information to keep people and businesses safe in both the physical and cyber worlds.

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Fitz Koehler

Fitz Koehler

Fitz Koehler is bossy, bubbly, noisy, energetic — and a total pro at inspiring people to do better and be better. The TV personality, sports host, and author of My Noisy Cancer Comeback is one of the most prominent and compelling fitness innovators and race announcers in America. She has appeared on national media outlets and worked as a speaker and spokesperson for corporations such as Disney, Tropicana, Oakley and Office Depot.

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Clark LaBlond

Clark LaBlond

"Clark LaBlond, general manager of residential real esatate at a Jacksonville-based brokerage, brings over 25 years of real estate experience to his interactive and engaging sessions. He's also active in his local board as well as in Florida Realtors and NAR, where he serves as a director for his local board. "

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Judy LaDeur

Judy LaDeur

Judy LaDeur has committed the past 30 years to training, coaching and supporting real estate brokers around the world. She was voted one of the 25 most-influential women in real estate leadership and is considered to be one of the top experts in the world of recruiting and retention.

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Michael LaFido

Michael LaFido

Michael LaFido, a real estate consultant and top-producing Realtor with over 20 years of experience, has been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business and highlighted in Forbes and FOX News Chicago Business Hour for his marketing techniques. He's the author of Luxury Listing Specialist, Outside The Box, and Marketing Luxury, and his industry peers consider his methods “the new standard” for marketing luxury homes.

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Allyson Lewis

Allyson Lewis

Time-management expert Allyson Lewis, whose books have sold more than 130,000 copies, works with companies and entrepreneurs sharing groundbreaking strategies that revolutionize corporate profitability, engagement and happiness. Lewis understands that people want life to matter, and they want to work with commitment, clarity, conviction, determination and excitement. Her passion is reigniting productivity and purpose in the workplace.

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Joel Maxson

Joel Maxson

Joel Maxson manages the Florida Realtors Legal Hotline and provides legal updates and training to members throughout the state. He received his law degree from the University of Florida. His first law job was as a judge advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps, and he worked as a transactional real estate attorney for a national firm before finding his home at Florida Realtors.

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Gonzalo Mejia

Gonzalo Mejia

Gonzalo Mejia started his real estate career in 2004 in Pensacola and moved to Jacksonville in 2009, where he currently leads a successful multilingual real estate team. He has over 25 years of experience teaching different topics and has been a real estate license instructor since 2013.

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Brad O'Connor

Brad O'Connor

As the chief economist for Florida Realtors, Dr. O’Connor leads the association’s research department and oversees the production of its widely cited housing market statistics, as well as numerous other economic research projects. His commentary on Florida’s real estate markets regularly appears in major daily newspapers around the state and is regularly featured in national media publications.

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Larry Oxenham

Larry Oxenham

Larry Oxenham is one of America’s top asset-protection experts, having helped thousands of professionals achieve financial peace of mind by teaching them how to properly structure their assets for lawsuit protection and tax reduction. He has written and co-written several articles and books on the subject including The Asset Protection Bible and How to Achieve Financial Peace of Mind through Asset Protection. His career has been credited with helping thousands of people save millions of dollars.

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Clint Pardoe

Clint Pardoe

Clint Pardoe has taught public speaking at the university level, coached high-earning entrepreneurs, and has been a keynote speaker at various real estate events and conferences. For over a decade, Pardoe was a popular speech communication instructor at community, state, and private colleges in Northern California. This, combined with being a highly trained business coach, led him to write The 4 Secrets to College Life Success: How to Thrive in Your Life During and After College. Based upon his book, Pardoe has spoken at local, regional, and national college events in order to support college students in living more successful academic, personal, and professional lives. In addition, Clint has also spoken at major corporations such as Apple and made a significant impact coaching people in the real estate industry.

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Chelsea Peitz

Chelsea Peitz

Chelsea Peitz, national director of social sales for Fidelity National Financial, is a nationally recognized real estate keynote speaker who teaches sales professionals how to leverage social media to build a powerful personal brand and develop content that generates leads. She's a national social-selling coach and speaker for top title insurance sales executives nationwide. A 21-year real estate industry veteran who became a licensed agent in 2001 B.F. (before Facebook) and who did business the “old fashioned” way for over a decade, she now teachers others how to merge old-school strategies with new-school technology. Peitz is author of Talking in Pictures, about how camera-first social platforms have changed how we build a personal brand, and What to Post, a No. 1 best-seller in six categories.

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Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert. As the president and founder of The Center for Employee Retention, Pulver has transformed how corporations such as Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial.” For over a decade, he has been a self-motivated entrepreneur who is well versed in business startup, leadership, sales management, management training and helping teams grow multi-million-dollar accounts. He uses that experience to create teachable relationship and business strategies based on trust, service, support, connection and consistent follow-through.

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Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan began his speaking career in 2000 when he started teaching a course in personal development in his local prison system. The inmates' overwhelmingly positive response inspired him to take his message to the public. Ryan's empowering and uplifting message has inspired tens of thousands of people all over the country. He's the author of four books including his best-selling Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up, which has inspired thousands of readers to live their best lives now. Ryan has the unique ability to turn profound, life-changing concepts into easily understood solutions.

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Joey Sale

Joey Sale

"Joey Sale, Director of Local Association Services for Florida Realtors, has been with Florida Realtors since April 2021. Prior to joining Florida Realtors, she worked in compliance and marketing at REcolorado, an MLS located in Denver, Colorado. She received her Master of Studies in Law, with an emphasis in Ethics & Compliance from the University of Colorado Law School. She and her fiancé Austin live in Orlando and are busy exploring everything the state has to offer. "

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Chester Santos

Chester Santos

U.S. Memory Champion, Chester Santos - "The International Man of Memory" - is widely regarded to be the world's leading memory-skills expert. He has been featured in/on Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, FOX, CNN, ABC, PBS and NBC. He has helped millions of people worldwide to realize the business benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind. Santos has shared his skills and learning techniques with thousands of people worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, national associations and prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley and Harvard.

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Patricia Sherman

Patricia Sherman

Patricia Sherman is an active sales associate and multi-million-dollar producer for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Fleming Island. A member in the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Sherman served in the Navy, where she taught several military courses including Military Rights, Women in the Navy Workshop, and Navy Rights and Responsibilities. In addition to her broker's license and real estate instructor's license, she also holds a CRS, GREEN, GRI, SRES, CSP, E-Pro, SFR, FMS, LMC, MRP and AHWD designations. Sherman is an active member of her board’s education committee and was named the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors' Educator of the Year for 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2017. She also teaches American Heart Association CPR, BLS, and First Aid Responder courses.

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Marcia Tabak

Marcia Tabak

In her role as Florida Realtors Deputy Legal Counsel, Marcia Tabak often addresses issues that Realtors face regarding legal risks, contract creation and interpretation, regulatory issues, and professional standards. She is most interested in helping Realtors stay current on legal issues impacting the real estate industry.

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David Wachsmuth

David Wachsmuth

David Wachsmuth is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance at McGill University, and one of the world’s leading experts on the impacts of short-term rentals on housing markets in the United States and around the world. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and dozens of other leading media outlets.

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Juana Watkins

Juana Watkins

Juana Carstarphen Watkins serves as Vice President of Law and Policy and General Counsel of Florida Realtors. A native of Pensacola, Fla., and a graduate of Florida A&M University and Florida State University College of Law, moved to Central Florida in 1999, where she began her career in law. Watkins discovered a love for the real estate industry after joining the Division of Real Estate in 2001 as a senior attorney. Over the next 16 years, she served as chief attorney and deputy director of the agency before being appointed director by Gov. Rick Scott and serving seven years. One of the highlight of her career has been an appointment on the Federal Advisory Committee of The Appraisal Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress. When not working, Watkins promotes autism awareness and enjoys spending time with her family.

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