REvive Speakers 2021….

For the 9th year in a row, the lineup for the Real Estate REvive Virtual Conference on Aug. 5, 2021 is already shaping up to include a fantastic group of internationally-known speakers!

Event Host – Leigh Brown, Author/REALTOR®

Leigh Brown screen shotThe irrepressibly funny and wise Leigh Brown, a nationally-known speaker and author (“Outrageous Authenticity”; “The 7 Deadly Sins of Sales”), is known as a sassy Southern real estate broker who is extremely popular for her no-holds-barred approach to motivation.

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Leigh runs a successful real estate team in North Carolina, and is the founder/instructor of National Ethics Day. A Real Estate REvive Conference favorite, Leigh returns to host and motivate, as only she can!


Jessica Lautz, N.A.R. VP of Demographics & Behavioral Insights

Jessica-Lautz_881x585 CROPDr. Lautz will provide the 2021-22 market outlook at REvive. She received her Doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University. As Vice President of Demographics & Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®, she focuses on analyzing demographic trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through management of predictive analytics, surveys, focus groups and data analysis, Dr. Lautz presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. She also discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations. 

Dan Smith, Author-Influencer

Dan Smith Head Shot CROPDan Smith is the author of 3 books, including the #1 Best Seller “Failing Greatly, Your Guide to Achieving Success After Failure.” A top producing agent before selling his brokerage, Dan has been featured by major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, who in 2006 named him the #9 agent in the U.S. after closing 321 transactions. An international speaker, he delivered the keynote at the 2018 World Real Estate Congress in Dubai. He’s been recognized by the National Press Club in Washington D.C. as a Real Estate Newsmaker/Influencer, and is a contributing writer to Inman News. Dan is now a principle of a successful real estate brokerage in Orange County, CA (although he describes his role as “Captain of Culture and Success Coach”).      

Katie Johnson, N.A.R. General Counsel     

Katie Johnson ssKatie will talk about the latest legal issues and litigation confronting the National Association of REALTORS® and how the outcome could impact the way you do business. As General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer, Katie is responsible for seeing that NAR programs, policies, and activities comply with the law; defends the association against legal challenges, and initiates litigation to protect/preserve association assets and policies. As NAR’s Chief Member Experience Officer, she leads initiatives to enhance member engagement & satisfaction that elevate member success and professionalism.

Charlie Oppler, N.A.R. 2021 President     

Charlie Oppler NAR 2021 PresidentCharlie Oppler, a REALTOR® from Franklin Lakes, NJ, is the 2021 President of the National Association of REALTORS®. A REALTOR® since 1981, Charlie is the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with 15 offices in New Jersey. He has served on NAR’s Board of Directors numerous times since 2003, and has chaired the REALTOR® Party Coordinating and RPAC Trustees committees. Charlie has served on four of NAR’s Presidential Advisory Groups. He was NAR’s VP for Region 2 (NJ, New York, Pennsylvania) in 2005, and was president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® in 2004. At the local level, he’s a member of the Greater Bergen Board of REALTORS®.

Cal Inman, CEO of ClimateCheck 

Caleb-Inman-bw-web_200_200Cal is a Bay Area developer and lecturer at UC Berkeley, with a Masters in Real Estate Development and Design.

A graduate of USC with a focus on real estate finance, Cal started his career working with cutting edge developer Rick Holiday on adaptive reuse and ground-up multifamily projects. He started his own practice on 2008. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and young son. 

Maurice Taylor, Executive Broker at CBRPM Group

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Maurice is an Executive Broker at CBRPM Group, Principal Instructor at Vivid Real Estate Learning Center, the Immediate Past President of the Arkansas REALTORS® Association, and has spent the last 12 years as a councilmember for the city of North Little Rock, Arkansas.  A retired Army Master Sergeant who served in the military for 25 years, Maurice was named Realtor of the Year by the North Pulaski Board of REALTORS® in 2008, and is skilled in land development, acreage, real property, and new home sales, as well real estate education.  At REvive, Maurice and Leigh Brown will discuss the impact of REALTOR® advocacy and RPAC. 

Katie Lance, Social Marketing Expert

katie-lance-ssKatie is CEO and Co-Founder of Katie Lance Consulting and a nationally known keynote speaker. The author of the best-selling book #GetSocialSmart, she is the founder of the #GetSocialSmart Academy. Named one of the most 100 influential people in real estate by Inman News, she works with agents and brokers to achieve big results using social media without spending a lot of time or money. At REvive, she will share tips, tools and strategies for marketing yourself and your business in this post-crisis environment.


NFTs, Crypto, and Winning the Advantage in Real Estate

Jeff Turner, EIR/Founder

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. 

Mark Choey, Real Estate Brokerage Owner/Co-founder HighNote

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Mark is founder of HighNote (, a software platform for the residential real estate industry. His prior experience as a top producing real estate agent (#2 in condo sales in San Francisco), team leader, brokerage founder, computer engineering, design, and product gives him unique insights into what makes for great software for real estate. HighNote’s first product streamlines the “sales pitching” workflow for real estate agents, helping early users win more listings, offers and new buyers. As co-founder of Climb Real Estate, a brokerage known for its innovative business model and technology offerings, Mark led its business strategy and development all the way to acquisition by Realogy/NRT, the nation’s largest real estate brokerage in 2016.

Natalia Karayaneva, CEO of Propy

An award-winning real estate developer, software engineer, and a serial entrepreneur, Natalia’s extensive knowledge in international real estate and crypto-economics has propelled her as a frequent panelist and speaker at blockchain and Proptech events globally. As a real estate professional, Natalia was frustrated with how time-consuming and rife with fraud real estate transactions were. This is why she created a solution that makes it possible to manage all parts of the real estate deal in one platform.

Pocket Listing Smackdown – Debating Future of Policy

Robert Hahn, ‘The Notorious Rob’

Robert Hahn is the Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, a marketing, technology and strategy consultancy focusing on the real estate industry. A veteran of the online world since the pre-Netscape Internet, Rob got into the real estate industry at Realogy, overseeing the interactive marketing and technology for the commercial brand. A frequent speaker at industry events, he writes on transformation in the real estate industry as The Notorious R.O.B.

Sam DeBord, CEO RESO

Sam DeBord is CEO of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). He has served as President’s Liaison for MLS and Data Management with the National Association of REALTORS®, managing broker for Coldwell Banker Danforth. Sam began his career as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is a recognized real estate industry writer for publications including REALTOR® Magazine, Inman News, and the Axiom Business Books Award-Winning Swanepoel Trends Report.

Panel: Wall Street, Disruptors, and How They Affect You:

Drew Uher, Founder/CEO of Homelight

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate (Inman News) and recognized as a Tech Trendsetter in 2019 by HousingWire, Drew is the founder and CEO of HomeLight, a real estate technology platform. Under his leadership, HomeLight has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte, one of America’s Best Startups by Forbes, and a best place to work by both Inc. Magazine and the San Francisco Business Times. Previously, Drew co-founded Gameyola, a distribution and monetization platform for casual Flash games. He is a Venture Partner at 1984 Ventures, focusing on seed and early stage startups, and holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Guy Gal, CEO/Co-Founder of Side

Guy Gal (yes, that is his real name) is a tech entrepreneur, innovator, and angel investor. Guy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Side, a real estate technology company that transforms high-performing agents, teams and independent brokerages into successful businesses and boutique brands that are 100 percent agent-owned. Prior to Side, he founded 3 successful technology companies, and is an advisor to YCombinator top 100 companies. He also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Matrix Partners, one of the best venture capital tech funds in the world. Today, Guy is dedicated to transforming the best real estate agents into market-leading businesses. He believes that the future of real estate is local, boutique, and agent-owned.

Clelia Warburg Peters, President of Warburg Realty

An innovator, investor and operator working in the Real Estate industry, Clelia is a Venture Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, focusing primarily on Proptech investing, and serves as President of Warburg Realty, where she works closely with her father, CEO Frederick Warburg Peters. In 2015, Clelia co-founded MetaProp, an early stage venture fund focused exclusively on real estate technology. Before moving into real estate Clelia was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, is a member of ULI’s New York Advisory Committee, serves as co-chair of REBNY’S RLS Board of Directors. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Yale University.

Paul Levine, Sapphire Ventures Partner

Paul joined Sapphire Ventures in 2018 and leads investments in fintech, SMB/vertical SaaS, proptech, and marketplaces. He brings decades of experience as an operator and leader of high-growth organizations including Trulia, Zillow Group, Yahoo!, and E*TRADE. A board member at Restream and Side, he led Sapphire Ventures’ team investment in AvidXchange and Tonal, and is active with investments in Current and Podium. Prior to joining Sapphire, Paul helped lead Trulia’s transformation from a private company to its merger with Zillow Group.  He has been an investor and/or advisor to over 25 tech startups. Paul holds a bachelor’s in economics and English from Amherst College, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures

Named by Fortune as one of Venture Capital’s “most powerful female investment partners,” Patricia invests in technology-enabled consumer and business services and is an active champion of diversity in the VC and startup ecosystems. Beyond investing, she serves as a board member of the National Venture Capital Association and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


John Kobs, CEO/Founder of Apartment List

With a degree in finance from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) in hand, John Kobs moved to New York City to become an investment banking analyst. The Manhattan real estate market was cutthroat, and he gave himself two days to find a place to live, enduring bait-and-switch maneuvers that some brokers and landlords like to use on new residents. There must be a better way to rent in a big city. In 2011 he co-founded Apartment List, now a national rental marketplace connecting millions of landlords and renters. Kobs also co-founded Auto-List, Inc. (acquired by CarGurus in 2020), and was the founder & former CEO of Vertical Brands Labs, an incubator designed to help consumers find a home, buy a car, etc.

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