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We here at Michigan Realtors® believe that true learning comes from engaging and supportive teachers who can bring unique perspectives and solutions to your problems. That's why The Convention speakers are industry experts at the forefront of their field, selected just for you.

Keynote Speakers

Col Nicole Malachowski

Grand Assembly Keynote

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you'd be wrong. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole's distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her unable to speak or walk for ten months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent. Nicole's empowers people with three key beliefs: failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great; sometimes you need to yield to overcome; and her personal mantra - "nobody wants to lead a scripted life."

Rashmi Airan

Rise & Refocus Keynote

Rashmi Airan is a keynote speaker and consultant determined to create organizational cultures focused on integrity, authenticity, and accountability. Rashmi instills audiences with the energy and understanding to create the safe space that will allow us to engage in courageous conversations in all aspects of our lives. She will create a strategy for any organization to address reputational risk issues as they arise. Rashmi utilizes her own experiences to share her human performance methodology, technique and mindset that will catalyze leadership, growth and stability in all organizations.


Carl Carter

Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story
Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story - REPEAT

Carl Carter, Jr., is a Realtor® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mother, Realtor® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of two clients in 2014. Since his mother's passing, Carl has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. He has a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of AR in Little Rock, AR, and is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service.

Marc Cunningham

8 Business Essentials for Every Real Estate Professional
Is it Time to Offer Property Management to Your Clients?

Marc grew up in the real estate world and spent many years pulling weeds, painting walls, showing properties, and collecting rents for Grace Property Management, the company his father founded in 1978.

Today, from a platform of managing over 900 rental properties with 20 team members, Grace Management helps people buy, sell, invest, flip, collect rent, evict, and have fun doing it!

If you are more impressed with initials after a name - Marc is the President of Grace Property Management & Real Estate, holds a degree in Real Estate & Finance, has taught CE classes in over 20 states, has been featured in multiple national real estate publications, hold multiple designations, and was just named the 2018 national property manager of the year by Think Realty.

Marc lives in Loveland, CO, where he lives his failed childhood sports dreams through his children.

Lynn Drake

Commercial Real Estate Basics
Understanding Leasing Financials

Lynn Drake's status is well known in the industry: She's the commercial realtor focused on maintaining "true north" for her corporate clients. It's a reputation built on twenty years of commercial real estate experience and expertise in corporate and institutional workplace design, planning, and project implementation.

Lynn became a commercial realtor in 2001 after 15 years in corporate real estate, during which she initially managed and leased industrial real estate across North America for Central Transport, then directed real estate and facilities for 1,000 Kelly Services branches in the United States and Canada. Lynn has successfully completed over 2,500 real estate transactions, ranging from small business tenant leases to the sale and purchase of industrial complexes.

Lynn has been a strong supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and served as a City of Troy Planning Commissioner. She was featured on Florine Mark's "Remarkable Women" show and received Crain's Detroit Business 2007 Real Estate Excellence Award. She joined ITRA in 2010. In 2014, she was honored by GLWBC as an Outstanding Achiever for Oakland County. In 2015, Lynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News and honored for her leadership by SE Girl Scouts of America.

In 2017, Lynn published “Do You Speak Lease, Finding And Negotiating Your Own Commercial Space”, a 170-page guide is a “must read” for those who need to lease office, industrial or retail space, and those who have been frustrated by the process of finding a commercial space.

Lynn Drake Speaker Video

Travis Everette

Contracts for the Win: Negotiation and Contract Tools for Success
Does Your Business Have Bounce? Connecting & Closing in a Changing Market
Buyers with Power: Winning Strategies for Qualification, Inspections and Closing

Business strategist and educator, Travis Everette (DREI) is actively involved at almost every conceivable level in the real estate field. Having founded a thriving real estate brokerage of over 120 agents as well as a highly successful real estate school, his experience in the field and his dynamic mentoring skills are the centerpiece of his presentation style. Awarded many times over for sales and office growth, named North Carolina Real Estate Educator of the Year, and supported by legions of professionals who seek his guidance, Travis will deliver courses that pack a punch. His philosophy is quite simple... help students break through their barriers through inspired defiance. He provides relatable content with a memorable energy and insightful observations on real life solutions to every day challenges. Students should be prepared to laugh, to learn, and to love their business as they leave with actionable strategic tools. Travis will focus his boundless energy the intent of helping attendees get out of their own way of achieving success.

Travis Everette Speaker Video

Jim Gillespie

Power Prospecting for Commercial Brokers
Becoming a Master at Getting Commercial Real Estate Listings

Jim Gillespie has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, and he is the founder and creator of coaching for the commercial real estate industry. He’s been a successful agent and manager, and he’s been President of three different commercial real estate companies, including the AIR Commercial Real Estate Association, the predominant association for commercial real estate brokers in Southern California.

In addition to his background in commercial real estate, he’s a Master Practitioner and Trainer in the fields of Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming, and he holds a Ph.D. degree in the field of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Jim has been published in, interviewed by, and/or written about in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Money Magazine, Realty Times, Broker Agent News, where he’s been recognized as being their Editorial Contributor of the Year, The California Real Estate Journal, First for Women Magazine, Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine, and the SIOR Professional Report.

In addition, Jim has published the Amazon #1 bestselling book titled, "Commercial Real Estate Power Brokers: Interviews with the Best in the Business".

Since 1998 Jim has focused full-time on coaching and training commercial real estate agents, and his more than 400 articles and 70 videos he’s published within our industry have now been read and watched by tens of thousands of commercial brokers.

Jim Gillespie Speaker Video

Abhi Golhar

Build Your Influencer Brand
How to Launch Your Podcast in 3 Hours or Less
Hard Money Lending & You

Abhi Golhar is a media host, educator, and sought-after speaker with a large national following and wealth of resources to share in the RE investment industry. He has built and manages a sizeable, profitable investment portfolio across the Southeast US, with expertise in benchmark markets.

Chris Janzer

Michigan School/Parent Dashboard

Chris Janzer is the Assistant Director in the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) and leads the Accountability Unit within the Michigan Department of Education. He oversees Michigan’s K-12 accountability systems. Chris joined MDE in October, 2008 as an accountability analyst. In 2015-17, he carried out the implementation of a new accountability system under Michigan’s federally approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. He is currently working on enhancing the Parent Dashboard on MI School Data to ensure its continued success. Previously, he was the data analyst for Howell Public Schools where his responsibilities included state and federal reporting.

Chris Lambert

Knowledge Session
YPN Perspective

Chris Lambert thought seeking a marketing degree while living the frat life at Indiana University might lead him to law school and later to a career as a real estate developer. Boy, was he off! During his junior year, a spiritual awakening led to Bible studies replacing beer bongs. Then a call to Fuller and Gordon-Conwell seminaries, where he earned his MDiv and doctorate in preaching. For seven months in 2007, he and his wife helped a Liberian village raise needed resources for a well, farm animals and a new school building. That experience cemented his passion for community development. Upon returning to the U.S., he founded a church called Ekklesia. In 2010, he started Life Remodeled, loosely based on the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” After three years of projects centered on building houses from the ground up in six days that were deeded to deserving families, Lambert partnered with the Detroit Public Schools to refocus Life Remodeled’s efforts on under-resourced high schools and their surrounding neighborhoods, evolving into a transformative citywide community rebuilding initiative. In the last four summers, Life Remodeled has mobilized more than 40,000 volunteers from business, community and church organizations to set the groundwork for sustainable change in four Detroit neighborhoods, each focused on bettering public education and creating safe passages for attending students. Maybe that development career wasn’t so far off after all.

Jeremias Maneiro

Samurai Social Media
V.I.P Video Immersion Program
Samurai Social Media - REPEAT
Google Sweet!

Jeremias is a tech-savvy millennial who speaks from the heart and specializes in helping everyone improve their techxpertise regardless of skill level or generational differences. He engages his audiences with high energy, comedic performances that are infused with relative stories from his real-life experiences as a real estate practitioner of almost 14 years. He provides a fresh perspective with a no fluff, authentic style of delivery. He has been training business people for over 16 years to overcome their fears and start crushing their goals. His speaking career began 28 years ago when he was the ring announcer for his third grade elementary school circus.

Jeremias Maneiro Speaker Video

Gregg Nathanson

Gregg A. Nathanson is an experienced real estate attorney and licensed real estate broker. He graduated from the University of Michigan and the New York University School of Law. Gregg specializes in real estate, environmental, corporate, finance, contracts and business law. He served as development editor and chapter author for a book on Michigan real estate for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has authored dozens of law related articles. Gregg is a seasoned speaker and has spoken for many organizations including the State Bar of Michigan, The International Council of Shopping Centers, Michigan Land Title Association, CCIM, and the Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CBOR and chairs it Forms Committee and Programs and Education Committee. In 2013 Gregg was named a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate’ by The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine; in 2016 he was named one of Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit in by dbusiness in the fields of real estate, environmental law and business law; and in 2019 Gregg was selected as the 2019 Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers magazine. He has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2006 as one of the 5% best attorneys in Michigan.

Greg Peters

Influence, Education, and Profit: Creating Connections with Success
Beyond Hello and a Handshake: Making Your Network Pay Off

Greg Peters coaches individuals, trains staff, and presents to associations and other groups on the topic of developing their skills and systems to build better connections and stronger networks. He is the author of the acclaimed blog, “The Reluctant Networker” at www.thereluctantnetworker.com. He contributes a weekly networking tip to the Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider program on 1290AM WLBY in Ann Arbor. He also has a weekly column in AnnArbor.com. Greg built and maintained a thriving Web development business over the course of fifteen years using the networking skills he learned and refined during that time. A computer programmer by training, he was the original reluctant networker. Through study, practice, and lots of trial and error, he has been able to transform himself into a true networking professional — a transformation he would like to help all entrepreneurs make.

Margo Rosenthal

The Nuts and Bolts of 1031 Exchanges
1031 Exchanges and Opportunities
The Nuts and Bolts of 1031 Exchanges - REPEAT

Margo Rosenthal is an IPX1031 Account Executive and an attorney licensed to practice in Michigan. She is a frequent speaker on 1031 Exchanges, having done seminars for ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education), Homeward Bound Series, continuing education for CPAs and for groups of attorneys and brokers in the Michigan metropolitan area. Margo has also published a chapter on Title Insurance for the Michigan Residential Real Estate Transaction Book published by ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education). After graduating with high honors from Wayne State University, Margo received her Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law.

Janine Stange

Be Uncommon
Breaking Cycles of Procrastination

In her motivational speaking, Janine identifies the pitfalls that keep goals hidden in plain sight and shares ‘life-hacks’ to avoid them. Ultimately Janine helps others uncover their own unique life mission and be inspired to follow it. Her stories are comical – and touching, Janine will ultimately challenge each audience member to: “Do what they can, with what they have, from where they are,” with their lives, careers, and relationships.

Within The Law Team

Within The Law

Join Michigan Realtors® legal counsel for current issues affecting the industry so you can protect yourself and build your business.

  • Gail A. Anderson, Esq., McClelland & Anderson LLP
  • David E. Pierson, Esq., McClelland & Anderson LLP
  • Brian Westrin, Esq., Michigan Realtors®
  • Becky Gean, Esq., Michigan Realtors®

Dale Zahn

Professional Courtesies: How Do YOU Want To Be Remembered?

Dale Zahn has 42 years of experience in the real estate industry: 17 as a Realtor® and 25 as an Association Executive for the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors®. He holds numerous professional designations including Realtor® Certified Executive (RCE), Graduate Duke University Association Management Certificate Program, and was inducted into the Dr. Almon R. “Bud” Smith Leadership Society in May, 2014. He is a Certified Professional Standards Administrator and twice State Chairman of Professional Standards in Illinois. Dale has been a member of National Association of Realtors® Pro Standards Committee for many years and is also a trained mediator.

Dale holds a Bachelors degree from St. Joseph’s College, in Indiana, is former radio broadcaster and has lived in Holland, Michigan since 2000 with his wife LaVonne.

Special Guests

John Smaby

NAR President

A.J. Frye

President, Ohio Realtors®

Hagan Stone

Chair, Commitment to Excellence Committee, Tennessee Realtors®

Nancy Lane

21-22 NAR Treasurer Candidate, Mississippi Realtors®

David McKey

21-22 NAR Treasurer Candidate, Louisiana Realtors®

Carol Griffith

NAR RVP, Region 6

Norman Morris

CEO, Louisiana Realtors®

Greg Hrabcak

2020 NAR RVP, Region 6

Paul Scott

Distinguised Service Award