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2024 EVENT SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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VINCE LEISEY | HOST

CEO/Inspirational Speaker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate

Vince Leisey

Vince Leisey, CEO and Inspirational Speaker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, leads an organization that is on the cutting edge of a shifting real estate industry. He encourages a culture that attracts all generations and has pioneered a “mega office” that people want to spend time in.

Some of Leisey’s accomplishments include:

  • Named Entrepreneur Magazines 2nd Best Top Company Culture in the USA in October 2018

  • Founder and host of Explosion Real Estate Conference, a conference of 200 top producing agents and brokers from around the country.

  • Founder of The REThink Council

  • Named Swanepoel Power 200 in 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the real estate industry’s most powerful and influential leaders and executives

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate closed 10,337 units and $3.8 billion in sales volume in 2023. Leisey’s Village Pointe Office consistently ranks as the number one office for units, in North America.

 

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MARK STARK | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Chairman of BHHS Arizona, California, and Nevada Properties

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Mark began his career in 1985 at the age of 21. As of November 2022, he will have been in the Real Estate Brokerage Business for 37 years.

He initially worked as a top-producing sales executive for 7 years at his firm. After this time, he was offered a training position while still selling real estate full-time. Just 8 months later, he accepted a full-time leadership position, taking over the lowest-performing office in the company.

Within 3 years, Mark had transformed the office into the most productive branch in the company. He was then promoted to General Manager, and 18 months later, he became a partner in the firm after one of the partners was bought out. At that time, the company had around 350 agents and was the market leader.

Over the next several years, Mark continued to grow the company, but he noticed that the industry was starting to change. In 2001, with valuable feedback from his agents, he transformed his company from a traditional real estate firm into a business service company. The new mission was to help sales executives grow their brokerage, which is now called a team in the industry, under the umbrella of Mark's firm. Whether it was a brokerage of one agent or 21 agents, Mark's team helped sales executives grow a healthy, productive, and profitable company.

In 2004, Mark purchased the remaining shares in his company, becoming the sole owner. Three years later, the real estate downturn presented Mark with his biggest business challenge to date. His mezzanine lender was attempting to take over the company, and the Las Vegas marketplace underwent significant changes, with the average sales price dropping from $425,000 to $125,000 in just a few months. Foreclosures and short sales reached an all-time high.

Fortunately, Mark's flexible business service model and support enabled his sales executives to quickly adapt and capture market share from their competitors. Mark won his case against his mezzanine lender, positioning him to go on a growth spree. He took over companies in his own marketplace and acquired or opened businesses in two other states, AZ and CA.

By 2011, Mark's firm was growing rapidly, earning him the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing companies in the real estate industry. As of 2020, Mark's firm had become the 19th most productive company globally for all brokerages everywhere.

In mid 2020, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Marks franchisor purchased his company. Which at that time was over 3,000 sales executives doing more than $9.5 Billion in sales volume and over $247M in closed commissions annually. 

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JIMMY BURGESS | SPEAKER/MODERATOR

Chief Growth Officer | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida

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Jimmy Burgess is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida located in Northwest Florida.

Over his 30-year career, with 25 years as an agent and team leader he has in excess of $500M in closed sales volume. He moved into an executive position five years ago and since that time the company has moved from 75 agents to over 270 agents today. During that time the company's annual sales volume grew from $600M to over $2.1B.

 

Jimmy Burgess has been recognized the last two years by Swanepoel as one of the 200 most influential and powerful people in real estate and he writes a weekly real estate business tip article for Inman news where he has been recognized as their most read contributing writer each of the last two years. He has a YouTube Channel with over 500 real estate business strategy videos, and he is the Cohost of the Real Estate AI Flash Podcast.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida closed 1,413 units and $1.4 billion in sales volume in 2023.

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SHERRI JOHNSON | MODERATOR

National Real Estate Coach

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Sherri Johnson is a dynamic, high energy expert in real estate agent, management and brokerage coaching and consulting. Her unique skill set includes not only being a top-producing agent (top 25 of 1,700), but also an incredibly successful manager, regional vice president and executive with a national top 3 independent broker. Sherri is strong and effective at turnaround and change while simultaneously accelerating results. She trained and coached thousands of agents from new agents from $0-$6+ million in their first year as well as grow agents’ sales over $10M, $20M and even over $50M in annual sales. She was awarded Top Office Top Region multiple times and Top Affiliated Services award for six consecutive years. Sherri was responsible for over 700 agents and managers with over $1.5 billion in annual sales. Her strategies increased revenue, market share, affiliated business, and profit. She transformed her region from lowest ranked to consistently the highest and most profitable. She coached her managers to generate over $1.2M in new revenue from new recruits in one year alone. Her drive and unmatched experience produce impactful and lasting results for organizations.

 

Passionate about life, Sherri is a grateful mother of two amazing children, as well as an avid half marathon runner. She holds a degree in Business Administration in Organizational Development from Heidelberg University and is a Certified Residential Broker. Her charitable activities include serving on the Boards of Directors for Recovery Resources and for the Circle of Strength Women in Recovery.

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