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Sara Lipnitz
2018 Michigan Realtors® President

Sara Lipnitz, Associate Broker, SFR, PMN, has been involved in the real-estate industry for over 25 years; first in the com-mercial market, and for the past 15 years in residential sales. She is a top producing Realtor® in the Birmingham/Oakland County marketplace. Sara currently holds the following positions: National Association of Realtors®, RPAC Major Investor Council Representative to WCR, NAR Meeting & Convention Committee and Federal Political Coordinator. Sara serves on the following committees for the Michigan Realtors®: RPAC Trustees, Budget & Finance Committee, Appraisal Man-agement Committee and the Personnel Committee. Locally, Sara sits on RPAC committee and Professional Standards Committee for the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors®. Past positions include: Michigan Realtors® Public Policy Committee,  Local Chapter President for WCR Birmingham-Bloomfield Chapter, WCR Michigan Ways & Means Committee Chair; GMAR Grievance Committee, GMAR Diversity Committee, GMAR Nominating Committee and GMAR RPAC Commit-tee. Sara is a graduate of the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Leadership Academy, was named the 2012 Realtor® of the Year for GMAR, 2015 Member of the Year for WCR and a Golden R President Circle member with RPAC. She is also the founding member of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Realtor® Network, established in 2006. Sara is also involved with several local charities such as CARE HOUSE, The Humane Society, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Session: Welcome to Achieve!

Robert Campau
CEO, Michigan Realtors®

Robert Campau, Esq. is a veteran lobbyist who joined Michigan Realtors® in February of 1996. He serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Michigan Realtors®, he was Director of Environmental Affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association. He received a BA in communications from Michigan State University and Jurist Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  

Session: Going the Distance For You

Valerie Garcia

Valerie is truly passionate about helping others embrace change. As an international Real Estate speaker and consultant, she is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry. 

 Valerie has had the privilege of working with Real Estate brands such as RE/MAX, Century 21, Royal LePage, and others in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and has spent over 17 years educating and teaching Real Estate professionals. In her previous role as Director of Training for RE/MAX INTEGRA, she created and delivered education initiatives for tens of thousands of associates across North America. Named as both an Inman Top 100 Influencer, as well as a Top 20 Social Influencer on the Swanepoel Power 200, Valerie is considered to be a key voice in the Real Estate industry.  

Session: Real Estate in the Real World

Jarrod Haning

As an award-winning speaker, Jarrod Haning trains companies in the psychology of music. When you know how music creates inspiration in you, then you know how to create inspiration in other people. By revealing the subconscious mechanism that drives our emotional response to music and language, Jarrod is able to give his audiences some very unique tools for increasing their income and influence.

His background as a classically trained musician has equipped him with a unique set of leadership tools that you can use to create a business and life that works for you. He is the principal violist for the South Carolina Philharmonic and has been called the “Seth Godin of music” and the “golden boy for music.” With performing experience in 14 professional orchestras and over 20,000 hours of practice, he is able to deliver some powerful secrets on performance, productivity, and persuasion. As an expert in music, he has helped doctors, lawyers, Realtors®, and more to impact their world with breakthrough results.

Some people don’t know this but when you are creating music, you are using more of your brain than any other activity. This is well documented with MRI scans. Similarly, a breakthrough in your business will first occur through a breakthrough in your thinking. This is why Jarrod leans on the data from the Nobel Nominated MindScanTM when working with his coaching clients.

Session: Trying Harder Won't Get You There - MindScan Workshop

Chris Lambert

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.

Session: Life Remodeled

Cheryl Ronk

Cheryl Ronk is President of the Michigan Society of Association Executives.  MSAE services over 1,800 members, resulting in it being one of the largest associations of its type in the nation. 

Cheryl represents the association sector on legislative initiatives at federal and state levels, and has successfully lobbied for needed modifications in the State of Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act. 

She has been a Certified Association Executive for 24 years, a Fellow of ASAE for 16 years and Certified Meeting Professional for 14 years.  Cheryl is one of two Michigan executives to receive the distinguished designation of ASAE Fellow, which is presented to innovative association leaders. 

Currently, MSAE creates more CAEs than any other entity. This past year thirty percent of the CAEs had assistance directly from MSAE.

Session: How We Lead Matters: The Habits of Highly Effective Boards

Jody Urquhart

Jody has been presenting her keynote addresses around the world for over 10 years. She is passionate about spreading the message of fun, and meaningful work. Annually she is a guest lecture at over 40 organizations and associations, and is a top motivational speaker.

Jody is author of the book All Work & No SAY and writes a syndicated column called the Joy of Work, which is published in over 40 magazines and trade journals. Her mission is to help motivate company employees to derive more meaning and satisfaction from their work.

Session: This Would Be Funny If It Wasn't Happening To Me!

Lesley Walker

Lesley Walker has been with NAR since May 2010. Lesley focuses her work on matters including the Americans with Disabilities Act, fair housing issues, NAR Constitution and Bylaws, Risk Management Issues Committee and general contract negotiation matters. Prior to joining NAR, Lesley's experience has focused on general corporate matters and financial services regulation, and includes three years at the North American Securities Administrators Association in Washington, D.C., where her work focused on securities regulation, corporate law, and association legal work. She received her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, and is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a B.S. and a B.A. Lesley is admitted to the state bar of Pennsylvania and is admitted as in-house counsel to the state bar of Illinois.

Session: Legal Update: Managing Your Risks in 2018

Brad Ward

Brad has been with Michigan Realtors® since 2001 and is a lobbyist for the association involved in all legislative issues at the state level. He is the principal staff person for the Public Policy Committee and  RPAC trustees. Brad completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and received his law degree from Wayne State University. He formerly served as a Legislative Aide to Representative Nancy Cassis.

Session: Legislative Update

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