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Leslie Appleton-YoungLeslie Appleton-Young

Senior Vice President & Chief Economist
California Association of REALTORS®

Leslie Appleton-Young directs the activities of the Association's Member Information Team. She oversees analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, broker relations, and membership development activities. She is also closely involved in the Association's strategic planning efforts and is a well-known speaker in California’s real estate community. She served on the State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors and in 2017 was recognized as a Woman of Influence by HousingWire, a prestigious honor to high-achieving women across the U.S. housing economy. Leslie is also cofounder along with C.A.R. Vice President Sara Sutachan of WomanUp!®, the national initiative to support woman in brokerage.

Leslie earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

C.A.R. is a statewide trade organization with more than 200,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.

Session Info
Topic To Be Announced
2:30 pm | Habitat Theatre


Ana JohnsonAna Johnson

Agent Trainer - Homesnap

Ana is an Agent Trainer who has developed and delivered professional training to thousands of agents, focusing on client collaboration and productivity needs. She facilitates training that uses state of the art technology to produce a positive, professional, productive and open learning environment that promotes an engaged attendance.

Session Info
Homesnap Helps You Sell
1:00 pm | FMLS Theatre


Scott LockhartScott Lockhart

CEO - Showcase IDX

Scott Lockhart is the CEO of Showcase IDX, a leading provider of IDX Search Technology to the real estate industry, based in Inman Park. For a time over a decade ago, he was Chief Technology Officer at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. He is passionate about making the process of connecting real people (not “leads”) with the right agent and home, and believes that technology can improve the value proposition that agents can bring to the buying and selling process, not replace it. Scott is originally from Australia and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Session Info
Digital Privacy: What It Is and What It Means For Agents
12:00 pm | FMLS Theatre


Jay MeyersJay Meyers

Leader of Client Account Services-Training - CoreLogic Real Estate Solutions

Jay has 18 years of experience in the Real Estate technology training industry. He has taught at many different organizations throughout North America, and has extensive experience in classroom training, online delivery, and content development. He specializes in creating an environment that allows for the practical application of technical skills to the real world. In his current role Jay oversees a team of tenured, respected industry professionals that train users on a wide variety of products from CoreLogic. Jay lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and two teenage boys.

Session Info
Matrix 360: The Leading MLS System Just Got Better
11:00 am | FMLS Theatre


Blaine PalmerBlaine Palmer - Moderator

Real Estate Professional in Atlanta, Georgia

Blaine is a consistent top-tier producer in sales volume and transactions. As a Life Member of the Atlanta REALTORS ® Association Top Producers, he celebrates more than $20 million in sales annually and was most recently awarded the prestigious Phoenix Award for 10 years of qualifying as an Atlanta REALTORS ® Top Producers. Blaine was featured as one of Atlanta’s top 10 luxury agents in the 2014 and 2017 "Best of Atlanta" issue of the Atlantan magazine, recognized in The Men's Book Top 10 Modern Men of Atlanta in 2016 for philanthropy and featured as the cover story in Top Agent magazine in January of 2017. Most recently, he was recognized as a distinguished professional by The Expert Network as one of the Top 3 % of REALTORS ® in the United States.

Session Info
ARA Top Producers Panel: Blaine Palmer | Shanna Bradley | Hasan Pasha
2:30 pm | Habitat Theatre


Todd RennerTodd Renner

Supervisory Special Agent; Assistant Legal Attache at Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Todd Renner is an Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in London, responsible for leading complex international cyber intrusion investigations. In this role, ALAT Renner leads FBI collaborative efforts with United Kingdom authorities and industry partners to successfully execute the Pursue, Prevent, Protect, and Prepare strategy.

Prior to his assignment in London, Special Agent Renner was a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division Technical Operations Unit, developing and initiating sophisticated exploitation opportunities for the U.S. Government. SA Renner also served as a Case Agent and SWAT operator in multiple field offices in the United States.

Session Info
FBI - Atlanta: Business Email Compromise
12:15 pm | ARA Theatre

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Liccette ShumakerLiccette Shumaker

Sr. Stakeholder Liaison, Atlanta, GA | Communication & Liaison - Internal Revenue Service

Mrs. Shumaker leads partnerships for the IRS in Georgia with tax professional and industry organizations to provide tax education and information to their members. In addition, she develops and coordinates IRS activities for multilingual small business organizations. She worked as a Revenue Agent for several years before becoming a Stakeholder Liaison.

Session Info
The IRS
11:15 am | ARA Theatre


Gary Van ZuidenGary Van Zuiden

Senior Product Training Specialist - ShowingTime

Greg Van Zuiden is thrilled to have joined the ShowingTime team in November of 2016, bringing with him three years of experience in real estate technology. His previous roles in the space include tech support, sales, training, and product management. As a music major, outside of work Greg can be found playing keyboards in a local Chicago rock band.

Session Info
ShowingTime Essentials for FMLS Agents: InfoSparks and ShowingTime for the MLS
2:00 pm | FMLS Theatre


Shantha WetterhanShantha Wetterhan

Certified Social Media Strategist & Branding Exper, Owner - Competitive Edge

As a high in-demand trainer and speaker, Shantha Wetterhan started her corporate career in sales roles, and eventually earned promotions into marketing and digital strategy positions for a global organization. During this time, Shantha recognized and leveraged the benefits of social media and personal branding long before it became the standard that it is today. She has since cultivated a successful business formed in 2015—Competitive Edge Social Media Marketing Management—catering to professionals and entrepreneurs who not only strive for personal development growth, but also seek to find their own voice through online marketing strategies and branding. In addition to her hands-on experience, Shantha’s firm earned the Best of Atlanta in Social Media Marketing award from Thumbtack.com in 2015 and 2016. She formerly served as Communications Director for the Women Council of Realtors. As social media trainer for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and host of the nationally syndicated podcast show, Branding with Purpose, Shantha has the unique ability of connecting with her audience while presenting valuable, relevant and engaging content.

Shantha earned her degree in Mass Communication with specialization in Journalism and minor in Political Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. She earned her certification in Digital Marketing Strategy from Kennesaw State University in 2014. Shantha is known for her enthusiasm, desire to serve, her creative training techniques, and passion for learning. She is devoted to providing her clients and audiences with the most current information, tools, and confidence to easily implement their own effective social media plans and personal branding techniques.

Session Info
Personal Branding Techniques for Real Estate Professional: Get Seen, Be Trusted, and Stay Top of Mind
10:30 pm | Habitat Theatre

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