Joel Epstein is the author of The Little Book on Big Ego, as well as the founder and CEO of Friction Factor, Inc. Through Friction Factor, Joel holds training, sales, management, and leadership seminars and workshops for diverse corporations throughout the United States. Joel has been speaking and holding these career and life changing events for over 14 years. In this capacity, he has learned that controlling ego - yours and others - is the foundation for a successful life, both personal and professional.
Joel has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S. and Canada discussing ego, including nationally on CNN, Fox, Access Hollywood, NBC, ABC, CW, Sirius Satellite Radio, ABC Radio Network and USA Radio Network
Katey is a national trainer, business coach and sales consultant, with over 25 years of business, sales and leadership experience. Her areas of expertise include: lead generation, relationship building, productivity training, personality profiling, recruiting, sales training, public speaking and business planning.
Over her career, Katey has been responsible for developing profitable relationships by empowering her partners through growth and understanding. Katey utilizes a fun and engaging style of training to achieve the desired results for her clients with an emphasis on accountability.
Katey is an active member of Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), Contra Costa Association of Realtors (CCAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR) and the Bay East Association of Realtors. Katey also founded, and was the first President, of CCAR’s chapter of the Young Professional’s Network. Katey prides herself on her ability to connect people to people and people to opportunities.
Jennifer Du Plessis,
Jennifer, CMPS, CME, CDLP is the Principal and CEO of Kinetic Spark Consulting. With over 30 years of experience in mortgage lending, Jennifer has been named in the Top 200 Loan Originators in the US over 5 times and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and on Good Morning America, XM Radio and Federal News Radio. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Kirney Group, Inc., a commercial lending firm and Black Fox Investments, LLC a real estate management company.
Kinetic Spark Consulting, LLC evolved from Jen’s desire to help others in her industry, as well as real estate agents, small business owners and Executives by offering and developing educational training, consulting and coaching. Jen is a highly sought after speaker as a member of the National Speakers Association and is the host of Mortgage Lending Mastery podcast, and she has helped numerous clients achieve their personal, professional and management goals. In every interview, Jen shares strategies for success she has applied in reaching her professional goals every year, while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Michael J. Maher
Michael designed a system, the (7L) System, based around a philosophy of generosity. He, and those who have implemented the system, have found that a business based on generosity leads to reciprocity in the form of referrals, help, and good will far beyond anything they could ever imagine. As Michael says, “It’s a living worth living. It’s a living worth loving.” After sharing this philosophy and system in the International Bestseller (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals, Michael with no plans for speaking, coaching, or training was instantly inundated with requests to teach the system. Now thousands upon thousands of professionals see him speak, attend his events, and go through this trainings every year.
Mike is a keynote speaker, masterminder, coach & course creator and is the Founder & CEO of Appreciative Intelligence Inc., where he leads organizations and communities through his whole-system summits and leadership programs.
Mike is the author of the #1 Best Selling book Closer Than You Think: Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution.
Mike teaches individuals, as well as entire systems of people in a company or community how to create the foundation and the framework to develop new configurations of strengths, talents, wisdom, experiences, and perspectives that render their weaknesses irrelevant.
Inspired by the abundance of research and breakthroughs in Systems Thinking, Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, Design Thinking, Neuroscience, and Biomimicry, and guided by the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Cycle and Positive Core Mapping, Mike teaches how to create a flourishing cycle of inquiry and innovation in all aspects of your organization, your community, or just simply, in yourself.
Kristin is the Founder and Managing Director of Cultural Outreach Solutions, specializing in helping companies in the mortgage industry better reach and serve multicultural and Millennial homebuyers. Her expertise is in multicultural marketing, Millennial homeownership, and compliance with diversity regulations in the Dodd-Frank.
Kristin is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the industry and has written for numerous publications. In addition to her business, she consults with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Consulting Services, and she is the co-author of the MBA’s Section 342 Compliance Essentials Toolkit.
Kristin started her career in the mortgage industry and later worked as a social worker both locally and abroad, training providers on culturally competent practice. Prior to starting her own business, she consulted with former McKinsey consultants at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth to develop international social enterprises.
Gibran is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the CMPS Institute, a national organization that has trained, coached and certified over 8,000 of the nation's top financial and housing professionals since 2005. He’s also the founder and CEO of Relationship Planner, LLC, a CRM and technology platform. Gibran is the creator, author and lead instructor of Relationship Influencer, a learning experience focused on helping executives, leaders and influencers unlock the hidden value in their relationships. Gibran is a life-long student of human nature and human relationships. His primary focus is helping people transcend their challenges and improve their relationships.
Gibran is a lifelong entrepreneur. At 16 years old he entered law school, and at 20 years old, he started his own mortgage planning firm. The business quickly became one of the highest volume private mortgage companies in Michigan, with additional licenses in Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts. In 2005, Gibran became the Chairman and CEO of the CMPS Institute. Through his involvement in CMPS, Gibran empowers banks, credit unions and mortgage companies to increase sales and improve their customer experience. Gibran frequently teaches continuing education courses for CPAs, Certified Financial Planners, attorneys, real estate agents, and mortgage lending professionals. He’s regularly quoted as a financial and housing expert in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, MarketWatch, Business Week and the Washington Post and has been featured on Fox and ABC News.
Gary has spent his entire professional life developing sales and training programs that work. With over 35 years in sales and management, Gary has assembled a wealth of knowledge and experiences in sales tactics, behaviors, and achievements. Learning through observation, experience, training, and old-fashioned trial-and-error, Gary has learned what makes salespeople successful in nearly any industry.
An energetic go-getter at his core, Gary built his career from the ground up, starting as a loan originator at Citibank where he quickly climbed the ranks to branch manager and regional manager over the mortgage division. Later, as a regional manager with Norwest Mortgage, Gary oversaw the development of seven new offices–from planning to building to managing. For nearly two decades, Gary served as part owner and Vice President over Retail Sales of Republic Mortgage, one of the leading home loan organizations in the western United States.
Gary grew up in Sacramento, California where he developed an intense passion for music and played the drums beginning at age eight. Gary and his wife Stefani are the proud parents of three kids and grandparents of twelve and are die-hard San Francisco Giants fans.