Steve Berkowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Move, Inc.
Steve has served as the chief executive officer of Move, Inc., operator of Realtor.com since January 2009 and as one of its directors since June 2008. Previously, he served as senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft Corporation. There, Mr. Berkowitz was responsible for running the Online Business group, which includes MSN.com, MSNTV and MSN Internet Access programming, and others.
Steve Brown, NAR 2014 President
Steve has held NAR leadership positions since 2005. Most recently, he served as the 2012 First Vice President. Before that, he was the Large Brokerages Liaison in 2010, Vice President of Committees in 2009, and Public Policy National Liaison in 2008. He was on the REALTOR® Political Action Committee Board of Trustees, he chaired the Legislative Forum, and in 2005, he was the regional vice president for Region VI, serving Ohio and Michigan.
Russ Cofano, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, Move, Inc.
Russ serves as Senior Vice President of Industry Relations for Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®. In this role, Russ leads industry relations efforts with the real estate industry, the broader technology community, and the media. Russ has over 25 years of real estate-related business management, technology and legal experience including as Chief Executive Officer for the Missouri REALTORS®
Helen Hanna Casey, President, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
With more than 35 years in the real estate business and as President of the 4th largest real estate company in the United States, Helen is an energetic dynamo with endless energy and enthusiasm who leads over 5,700 sales associates and employees in 170 offices across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. Instrumental in the growth of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, her passion for the real estate business and improving the real estate process for the client is legendary in the industry.
Karen France, Vice President, Training & Program
Karen will be focused on building partnerships with local and state Associations and MLSs to expand training and communication programs designed to support RPR to NAR’s one million members across the country. Prior to her employment with REBR, Karen served as Director of Governmental Relations for 17 years for KAR where she worked as the lobbyist for the association on legislative and regulatory matters.
Jerry Giovaniello, NAR Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist
Jerry manages the association’s government affairs staff of approximately 40 people in Washington, D.C. He also serves as NAR’s lobbyist for members of Congress from California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and Oregon. Before joining NAR in 1981, Giovaniello was chief of staff for two members of Congress from California -- Rep. Jerry Pettis, R-Calif., 1972-1976, and Rep. Jim Lloyd, D-Calif., 1976-1981. During those nine years, Giovaniello taught political science for the Washington, D.C. Semester Program of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, Calif. Prior to his Capitol Hill experience, Giovaniello was a policy analyst and writer for National Journal, a weekly magazine covering the federal government and public policy issues.
Tim Grooms, Counsel to the Arkansas Association of REALTORS®
Mr. Grooms is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC. He represents banks, health care managers, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other clients in a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Grooms has substantial experience in real estate and general commercial lending transactions and has been frequently involved in matters of eminent domain. He serves as counsel to numerous banking and real estate industry groups, including the Arkansas REALTORS® Association.
Doug Hinderer, NAR Senior Vice President, Human Resources & AE & Leadership Development
Doug has 34 years of experience in Human Resources and has been with the Association for the past 23 years. Prior to joining NAR, he held a number of HR positions in the for-profit sector. Doug has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, and has done extensive graduate work in the area of Organizational Communication. In 1995, he earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resources Management. This certification is awarded after completing a thorough course of study and passing a comprehensive exam. In 2010, he earned his REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designation.
Katie Johnson, NAR Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Katie joined NAR in 2007 and was appointed as general counsel in 2014. As general counsel, she is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law. She also is responsible for defending the association against legal challenges and initiating litigation to protect and preserve association assets and policies as necessary. Prior to becoming general counsel, Katie focused on software and data licensing, trademark protection, contract drafting and review, data security and privacy, brokerage risk management, and providing legal advice to NAR’s technology initiatives including RPR and RAMCO. Katie is currently pursuing a master’s degree for Information Technology and Privacy Law
Hugh Kelly, Ph.D., Chair, Counselors of Real Estate
Hugh F. Kelly, a clinical professor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, has been named the 2014 chair of the Board of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), an international membership organization for the most trusted advisors in real estate. Kelly specializes in development of economic and market forecasts, portfolio strategy, and is widely known for his research on 24-hour cities and commercial real estate investment performance. He heads his own consulting practice, Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics, which serves national and international real estate investment and services firms, governmental organizations, law firms, and not-for-profit agencies.
Mark Lesswing, NAR Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and started programming robots just out of college. In 1988, he began working with object-oriented programming, and in 1992 he launched a consultancy. He has worked for large database vendors such as Sybase (as a startup) and Oracle, and spent a summer in Europe setting up operations for a vendor. For three years prior to joining NAR, Mark was involved in corporate turnarounds. He is a speaker at major trade conferences, and is listed in the International Who's Who of Information Technology and the National Register of Who's Who in Executive and Professions
Elizabeth Mendenhall, Chief Executive Officer, RE/MAX Boone Realty
Elizabeth is currently serving as Region 9 Regional Vice President of the National Association of REALTORS® and has served most recently as NAR’s 2012 Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, 2011 Vice President & Liaison to Committees and as the 2010 Missouri Association President.
Richard Mendenhall, NAR 2001 President
Richard a fifth-generation real estate professional and REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri, was NAR 2001 President. Service to the industry has been a constant in Richard Mendenhall’s career. He is a past-president and has served on several committees of both the Columbia Board of REALTORS® and Missouri Association of REALTORS®.
Robert J. O’Neill, Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Robert is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. In his line of work, instant, critical decision-making is an absolute necessity for success, and he has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’ His mantra is “never quit,” and O’Neill believes this is the single most important factor in determining success.
Ron Peltier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officers, HomeServices of America, Inc.
Ron is chairman and chief executive officer of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the nation's second-largest full-service residential real estate brokerage firm. With his keen insight and experience in virtually all aspects of the residential real estate industry, Peltier has helped build HomeServices into a national presence, expanding the company to provide integrated real estate services including mortgage, title and homeowners insurance, among other home related services.
Alex Perriello, President and Chief Executive Officer, Realogy Franchise Group
Alex has served as president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group since April 2004. The Group is the largest franchisor of residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices in the world. Perriello oversees the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA® and Sotheby’s International Realty® real estate brands, which combined have approximately 13,600 franchised and company-owned offices and 247,000 brokers and sales associates doing business in 104 countries around the world. In addition, Perriello is responsible for the Franchise Group’s shared support services, including domestic and international franchise sales, administration, finance, business development, information technology, learning and human resources.
Ron Phipps, NAR 2011 President
Ron from Warwick, R.I., a REALTOR® for over 30 years, is principal broker of Phipps Realty Inc. in Warwick, R.I., specializing in residential brokerage. At the national level, Phipps served as president-elect in 2010 and as first vice president in 2009. He has been a national director since 2000. He was a 2006 presidential liaison for Housing and Diversity. In 2004, Ron was the presidential liaison for Information, Education and Conventions. Phipps’ accomplishments include Operation Home Delivery, NAR’s and Habitat International’s joint venture to build 54 homes in the Gulf region for Katrina victims.
Chris Polychron, NAR 2015 President
Chris, a REALTOR® for 25 years, is an executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, specializing in residential brokerage. He served on numerous national committees, including the REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee and the REALTOR® Political Involvement Committee. He served as the first Member Mobilization Chair in 2008 and as liaison in 2011. Polychron was president of the Arkansas REALTORS® Association in 2003. He was also Arkansas’ REALTOR® of the Year in 1996. At the local level, Polychron was president of the Hot Springs Board of REALTORS® in 1996.
Dale Stinton, NAR Chief Executive Officer
Dale a 31 year veteran of NAR, took over the reins on November 1, 2005. He served as acting CEO and executive vice president in 1996 and became CFO/CIO in 1998. Stinton was awarded Stephan Swanepoel’s 2009 Trendsetter of the Year, Inman’s 2010 Innovator of the Year, and was included in CEO Update’s inaugural list of top Association CEOs. In recognizing Stinton, they wrote that he “earned his place on the list by uniting a diverse organization and reacting well ahead of the slumping housing market with programs, education, and online resources—including the multi-million dollar campaign 'Right Tools, Right Now,' the ‘Real Estate Today’ Radio Show, the Consumer Real Estate Site ‘HouseLogic’, and the industry-changing Realtors Property Resource (RPR).”
Stefan Swanepoel, Industry Consultant
Stefan is widely recognized as the leading visionary on real estate trends — especially business strategies, technology, social media and mobile. He has given over 900 talks in nine countries and 46 states to over 600,000 people and has penned more than 24 books and reports including the annual Swanepoel TRENDS Report. His business fable Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life was featured on 18 best sellers lists including The New York Times and Wall Street.
Amy Walter, National Editor of The Cook Political Report
Over the past 14 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the national editor of The Cook Political Report and the former political director of ABC News. Her work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters in a political arena.
Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research
Lawrence oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. USA Today in 2008 listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country and he has been named among the Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by INMAN News over the past several years.