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Tom Biegler

Tom Biegler Tom has worked with countless clients in the area of Real Estate financing for over 15 years, and is a nationally recognized top mortgage originator. His primary focus has always been working for and with homebuyers, and the real estate investor / developer community. Tom is a firm believer in educating every client, whether REALTOR® or Buyer, to the fullest extent possible throughout each and every transaction. He has a background in education and has taught Mortgage Financing to new and seasoned agents for over 10 years. He has served on multiple Education Committees for GCAAR, FCAR, as well as other groups that work to further the Real Estate agent's level of success through training and development. Currently he is serving on the GCAAR Sub-Committee focusing on continuing education curriculum.

Over Tom's lending career, he has and continues to work in the following areas of Real Estate lending: Conventional loans, Non-Conforming Jumbo financing, Government loans, new construction and development projects, as well as commercial financing. He serves as a preferred lender for several local mid to large scale developers. He has built his business on investing in the businesses of others. Tom enjoys helping new as well as seasoned industry partners grow their business to higher levels of success. Integrating the many years of experience in the industry, along with strategies to succeed in news ways in an ever changing industry, Tom uses each opportunity to educate as a way to grow and develop each relationship he has in this business.

Lisa Bosse, Esq.

Lisa Bosse, Esq.Lisa Bosse is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. As Managing Attorney of Capitol Title's Rockville Office, Lisa conducts closings, and reviews contracts and title abstracts while providing advice and counsel to real estate agents, buyers and sellers. Lisa is a member of the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) and currently serves on its Public Policy committee. She also conducts numerous training classes and continuing education seminars for both GCAAR and individual real estate offices. Lisa is licensed to practice law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the Maryland Land Title Association.

Thom Brockett

Thom Brockett Licensed as a broker in Maryland, DC, and Virginia since 1988, Thom Brockett is a second generation REALTOR® affiliated with the Potomac / Cabin John office of Long & Foster. Thom has been a Managing Broker for Long & Foster, Weichert, and WC & AN Miller, and the Training Director for Long & Foster's Montgomery County Regional and DC Regional Training Centers. Thom is a GRI, SHS, Senior Instructor for GCAAR, Advance Open Water SCUBA instructor, Integrity© Business Coach, Buffini & Company Mentor, and served on the Buffini & Company Advisory Board for the 100 Days to Greatness® program. Thom is a past member of the Grievance Committee, a current member of the Contract and Clause and Education Committees and is in his second year as a member of the GCAAR Board of Directors.

Prior to real estate, Thom was the Manager of Training Principles and Design and the Associate Marketing Director for an international training and consulting firm.

Thom lives in Potomac with his wife, Jennifer. Together, they peacefully coexist with their children Adam and Taylor; basset hound, Buster; Bruiser the Pug; two turtles; Daisy the Dynamic Parakeet; Garcia the Hateful Conure, and a fish.

Carol Calomiris

Carol Calomiris Carol manages RGS Title, LLC (RGS) with over 20 years of closing experience and legal expertise. She attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Duke University in 1989, and completed her Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center in 1992, graduating on the Dean's List and receiving the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award for her work in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Carol began her career in real estate law in 1993 when she opened her law firm, Calomiris & Calomiris PA, which provides a wide range of legal services to the real estate community. She is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland State and District of Columbia Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Land Title Associations. In addition to conducting residential and commercial settlements for RGS, Carol is on the Public Policy Committee and co-chairs the TOPA Task Force for DCAR. She also teaches continuing education classes for real estate professionals in Maryland and DC.

Mary Chieppa

Mary Chieppa Mary Chieppa, Associate Broker GRI is currently an instructor for Maryland, DC and Virginia Continuing Education classes, GRI, ABR & MRP designation courses. She was previously the Education Manager for the NRT MidAtlantic Region of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and Delaware. She recently celebrated her 30-year anniversary in Real Estate. She acted as Corporate Trainer for her company for over 25 years teaching the Pre-licensing course, Continuing Education classes, Agent Training Modules, Production-based Workshops and Exam Prep classes throughout Maryland, Virginia and DC. Specialty topics include contracts, agency, test taking, fair housing and ethics violations, consultations and presentations, pricing and preparing for the market and business planning. Outside of the classroom, she is happiest with a paintbrush in hand on behalf of her special event decorating company or spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Josh Crockett

josh_crockett Josh Crockett is VP of Sales at Super. He has extensive experience in the home warranty industry - he was brought on as the first Account Executive for OneGuard Home Warranties and then became Division VP.

He was born and raised in Arizona. His education led him to Utah and Texas - he received a business management degree from BYU and an MBA from University of Texas. And his upbringing and father's influence led him to be a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. He and his wife now live in Austin with their five sons - all Dodgers fans, of course.

Christopher B. Darby, Esq.

Chris Darby Christopher B. Darby is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC and a principal in the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). Prior to founding Counselors, Darby served as a settlement attorney, office manager and the Director of DC Operations for Universal Settlements.

A native of the Washington area, Chris entered into the title business in 1998 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations and enjoys regularly teaching continuing real estate education courses for local REALTORS®. Chris is also an active member of the local real estate community with service to and membership in DC Land Title Association, and the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) where he has served on the Contract and Clause Committee since 2001. Chris was honored by GCAAR as its 2007 Affiliate of the Year for his service to the real estate community. He specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions and the resolution of contract issues.

Christina Daves

Christina Daves Christina Daves has trained thousands of real estate agents across the country about getting highly visible and becoming THE go-to agent in their community. She uses a combination of social media and publicity, using them together for maximum exposure. Agents leave this training armed for success! Christina will inspire you by sharing her own entrepreneurial journey and ultimate accomplishments. She offers real stories on how to reach goals using simple, yet proven, tactics that have catapulted her businesses, and helped a host of other agents achieve success.

Christina's energy is infectious and her passion and perseverance ignite the audience with actionable lessons they can incorporate into their real estate business that very day. She is the best selling author of PR for AnyoneTM: 100+ Affordable Ways to Easily Create Buzz for Your Business, and also hosts a regular segment on Good Morning Washington.

Richard Day

Richard Day Richard Day is Vice President of Renovation Lending with PrimeLending.

  • Mortgage Banker since 1987.
  • Closing Renovation loans since 1991.
  • 100% dedicated to renovation lending since 2003.
  • One of the top renovation producers in the country for over a decade.
  • Works with non-profits and various government agencies to educate and nurture activities that will help save homes and revitalize older neighborhoods.
Dan Deist

Dan Deist Dan Deist is the President of Top To Bottom Services, a home inspection company based in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to starting his own business, Dan was the Vice President and Director of Operations for Fiserv Securities, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He is a Business Management graduate from the University of Maryland University College, and is currently a registered business mentor for their Business Graduate program. Dan finds fulfillment as a business coach for the Millionaire Inspector Community (MIC) where he is helping other companies grow million dollar firms.

Dan started his home inspection company, Top To Bottom Services, in 2004 out of his Gaithersburg, Maryland home. Over the last 14 years, he has grown his business and added new services, expanding this once "one-man operation" to nearly 40 employees. Dan's close friends jokingly refer to him as a "Serial Entrepreneur"; Dan also owns a mold and odor franchise through Green Home Solutions and Real Estate SignTraker, a real estate sign installation business which has installed more than 36,000 signs. A few years ago Dan also started licensing his proprietary sign management software, SignTraker Technologies, to users throughout the United States and Canada, to manage their sign business.

Dan is happily married to his wife, Mariken, since 1993. They have two boys, Harrison and Chase, and enjoy camping, outdoor activities and traveling.

Melinda Estridge

Melinda Estridge Melinda Estridge has always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Just a little over 30 years ago that same passion led her to pursue the practice of real estate. Working tirelessly to assist buyers in finding their dream homes – and in helping homeowners sell their properties for top dollar, Melinda has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the top REALTORS® not only in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area - but nationwide as well!

Bob Evans

Bob Evans Bob Evans is Vice President of Industry Relations for Realtor.com. In his role on the Realtor.com Industry Relations team, Bob works with local REALTOR® associations, State Associations and MLSs to further strengthen Realtor.com's relationship with the industry and ensure that Realtor.com continues to deliver unparalleled service that directly speaks to the needs of MLSs, associations and their members.

Suzanne Feinstein, Esq.

Suzanne Feinstein Suzanne Feinstein has been a Settlement Attorney for over 20 years and with RGS Title since 2006. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. Prior to Law School, Suzanne earned her B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies from Boston University graduating magna cum laude.

In addition to conducting settlements, preparing contracts and other legal work, Suzanne has served on the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) Public Policy and Forms Committees. She is a member of the Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Associations.

Alix Fequiere

Alix Fequiere is a Sales Director at Landy Insurance Agency. Alix has over 15 years experience handling claims for large insurance companies, most recently Real Estate Professionals and Real Estate Appraisers Liability for Great American Insurance. Alix's extensive claims handling experience has proven to be a huge asset to clients as he is able to draw on real life cases that he has handled directly and can speak to the mindset of the insurance company. From policy inception all the way through to retirement, his client hand-holding approach is one of Alix's attributes that separates him from the rest. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Alix now resides in Philadelphia with his wife and 3 boys.

Eric Garrett

Eric was the first employee at Home Land Environmental, formerly known as Home Land Septic Consulting. He is an accomplished real estate inspection professional specializing in septic evaluations, well yields, and water quality testing. He is a proven leader, responsible for Home Land's team of Environmental Inspectors.

Eric has thorough knowledge of the real estate transaction process, as well as septic and well regulations in Maryland, and environmental constituents. He is a licensed Apprentice Pump Installer through MDE's State Board of Well Drillers and an Educational Instructor for Continuing Education electives. Eric grew up in Southern Maryland and currently resides in Western Howard County. Born and raised here, he loves our proximity to the mountains, ocean, lakes, small sleepy towns and larger metropolitan areas. He is an active member of the Howard County Association of REALTORS®. He sits on the board of the Education Committee where he works closely with real estate agents planning charitable and marketing events. Eric won Affiliate of the Year through HCAR for 2017. He also serves as Vice President of Maryland Onsite Wastewater Professional Association (MOWPA) where he is the voice for the real estate community. His highest career achievement to date has been building and developing a successful team to provide the best possible experience for clients.

Brandon Green

Brandon Green Brandon Green is the co-founder and managing partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties, a network of seven market centers in and around Washington, DC. Brandon is also a partner at MG Residential, a nationally ranked sales team responsible for $130 million in volume in 2016. He is a proud member of the Executive Leadership Team of The Menkiti Group, which is an integrated real estate services firm committed to enhancing the fabric of life in America's neighborhoods through strategic development, management, and sales of residential and commercial property.

Dana Hollish Hill

Dana Hollish Hill Dana has connected hundreds of people and families with great homes. As a full time real estate professional since 2001, she has the skills to advise you on strategy, protect your interests, preserve your confidentiality and bargain hard on your behalf. In 2015 she started the Hollish Hill Group, a referral-based real estate business built on a commitment to Honesty, Integrity, and Service that Cannot be Better.

The Hollish Hill Group, a team of accomplished real estate professionals who focus on Sellers, Buyers and Delivering Results, is part of the Keller Williams Capital Properties Brokerage, where Dana serves as an Associate Broker and is on the Agent Leadership Council. She also teaches real estate classes at Keller Williams and for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®, and serves as the Chair of GCAAR's Education Committee.

William V. Horan (Bill)

Bill is the president of Realty Exchange Corporation, a family-owned qualified intermediary for 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, which was founded in 1990. An officer of Realty Exchange Corporation since its inception and its president since 2009, he has successfully guided thousands of clients across the country in structuring and implementing their exchanges.

Bill is a graduate of George Mason University and holds the prestigious Certified Exchange Specialist® designation from the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA). Also a past President of FEA, he currently serves on its board and is actively involved with its government affairs committee, which monitors federal and state activity impacting 1031 exchanges. As an approved continuing education instructor in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and DC, Bill has taught thousands of real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, and investors how to effectively complete 1031 exchanges.

Tara Furges Houston

Tara Furges Houston Tara Furges Houston is the Founder and CEO of Houston Consulting Group & Associates, LLC, a consulting practice with a mission of helping others build their legacies. She practices real estate with EXP Realty as the current Associate Broker (Former State Managing Broker) in DC and Maryland; and as the Compliance Broker in Virginia. Alongside her husband, Michael, she serves as a Regional Leader and ambassador for the brokerage. Tara and Michael train, lead, and coach their personal agent group of over 65 REALTORS® (spanning six different states) to build successful real estate businesses. As a result of Tara's leadership, EXP has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two years here in the DC Metro and has been named as one of the "Top Places to Work in the DC Metro" by The Washington Post for two years in a row!

Tara has co-authored two books - The Confident Woman (chapter titled "Eagles Don't Need Parachutes") and Overcoming the Good Little Girl Syndrome (chapter titled "Saying No without Guilt"). Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Tara served as an educator for over 20 years in roles such as Teacher, Principal, and College Professor. She has a documented success of using creative teaching methods to ensure participants leave her classes and workshops energized and empowered with knowledge.

Vimal Kapoor

Vimal Kapoor Vimal Kapoor is president and principal at The Building Inspector of America. He has over 35 years of engineering, architecture, and home inspection experience. As an expert in residential construction, he takes a multi-disciplinary approach to performing home inspections and investigating building failures. He specializes in performing Indoor Air Quality evaluations for clients with Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illness. He serves as an on-going continuing education instructor at GCAAR and NVAR. His classes are engaging, informative, and draw from his real world experience as a home inspector. Vimal is the past president of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and has testified as an expert witness on residential construction and mold contamination in buildings.

Brian Leibowitz

Brian is a licensed REALTOR® with over 14 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry with over 800 transactions closed. Brian is a Baltimore native and truly enjoys coaching REALTORS® on the full capabilities of Remine.

Marc Malakoff

Marc Malakoff Marc opened his real estate practice in 1987 and incorporated the practice under the name Lakeforest Title in 2002. On October 1, 2016 he merged his practice with Lakeside Title Company.

Marc is a well-respected Title Attorney with a wealth of experience. He has closed over 25,000 residential and commercial transactions over a period of 29 years. Marc is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Marc is admitted to the Bar Associations of Maryland and District of Columbia. He has been invited to lecture on numerous occasions in Washington DC and Maryland on behalf of HUD, on such matters as settlement procedures and RESPA. Mr. Malakoff has been involved in REO Transactions with many different lenders.

Bridget McGee

Bridget McGee With more than 18 years in the mortgage business, Bridget McGee saw clients, REALTORS® and fellow loan originators working really hard and still struggling financially. Bridget was always fascinated by energy work, studying various energy modalities for over 25 years including Law of Attraction, meditations, visualizations, and emotional freedom technique. She saw improvement in many areas of her life, including her marriage, using these techniques personally. Though she shared with close family and friends, she always kept her "woo woo" side separate from her "real job." She knew that there had to be a way to integrate both sides of what she loved!

Bridget McGee, known as the the Maryland Mortgage Mama, finally got tired of the roller coaster income, getting rid of debt only to see it creep back up, working all the time and not getting paid her worth. She wanted to know why she and so many heart-centered professionals struggled financially. In early 2015, she become one of Margaret Lynch's Rockstars on a Mission and became a certified Tapping Into Wealth Coach. In less than 2 years she has not only doubled her personal income and increased her short and long term savings significantly, she has eliminated over $20K in personal revolving debt. She is on track to double again this year! She loves to share what she has learned and has helped many clients and friends break through blocks to increase income, lower stress, release fears, increase productivity and bring in more fun!

Bridget has always had a personal goal to come from a place of contribution. She teaches continuing education and personal development classes to Real Estate agents and groups all over the state of Maryland. Though many of the classes are focused on mortgages and getting mortgage ready, her favorite classes to teach help the attendees to set and achieve outrageous goals!

Aaron McKinley

Aaron McKinley Aaron McKinley is the Sr. Business Development Manager for Pavaso and has been a licensed REALTOR® across multiple states for over 17 years. She is a GRI® and has held her ABR® and SRS® designation over the years, and served as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. She and her husband created a software company consisting of consulting and developing technology for many industries, which has advanced her knowledge of real estate and the industry itself. This has motivated her to emphasize the importance of using technology to operate efficiently as a real estate professional. Aaron sees the benefit in always being properly educated on the market and its trends, which has led her to constantly work to be a trusted and knowledgeable advisor to her clients. She is dedicated to her role of sharing information with you on how to remain the leader in your market with a TRUE Digital Close.

Jill Pogach Michaels, Esq.

Jill Pogach Michaels Jill Pogach Michaels, the managing partner and founder of The Law Offices of Jill Pogach Michaels and Michaels Title and Escrow, began her legal career as a litigator for one of the region's most prestigious law firms, Saul Ewing. She graduated with Honors from The George Washington School of Law in DC. Ms. Michaels is licensed to practice law in Maryland, DC, and the US District Court of Maryland. The Law Offices now has several attorneys and staff fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. In June 2007, the firm pioneered the practice of loss mitigation for homeowners and has successfully negotiated countless short sales throughout the DC Metropolitan region. The firm continues to have tremendous success obtaining loan modifications, motions to stay and other foreclosure defense, bankruptcy as well as residential and commercial contract disputes. Michaels Title & Escrow conducts residential and commercial settlements in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

In 2015, Ms. Michaels received the Client Distinction Award and in 2013, Ms. Michaels received an award for being one of the Top Lawyers in Maryland for highest in ethical standards and professional excellence. She is a proud member and active participant in the Greater Capital Area (GCAAR) and Prince George's County (PGCAR) Associations of REALTORS®. Ms. Michaels was named GCAAR Affiliate of the Year for her valuable teaching, training and dedication. She has served on the GCAAR and PGCAR Education Committees, and the Contracts and Clauses Committees, whose role is to draft and revise the contracts for real estate agents in Maryland and DC. She is also on the Property Management Committee for GCAAR. Ms. Michaels instructs hundreds of REALTORS® on The Maryland and NAR Code of Ethics and conducts orientation for GCAAR new members.

Mason Miller

Mason Miller has been involved with technology and software development since 1983, with clients such as NVAR, GCAAR, Apple, Filemaker, Inc, Verizon/Bell Atlantic, Dreamworks among others. Mason is internationally recognized as an expert in emerging web technologies and teaches a number of web development titles for Learning Tree International, four to six weeks per year. His students come from corporate America and the US Government. His lectures happen in places like DC, New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Stockholm, Toronto and Ottawa.

John Nalls, Esq.

John Nalls, Esq. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, John G. Nalls, Esquire is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC as well as the Law Firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). He is also the Managing Attorney of the Counselors Title Friendship Heights Office. Immediately prior to founding Counselors, John was a principal in the Law Firm of Ridgway, Griffin, Kestner, Smyth, Stanton and Nalls, Chartered and served as Attorney Manager for the Bethesda office of Universal Settlements, a position he held since September of 2001. During that time, John managed one of Universal's most successful offices and established solid relationships with real estate professionals in one of the most competitive markets in the city by providing quality continuing education and exceptional legal support.

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Robert L. Pettis, Jr.

Robert L. (Bob) Pettis, Jr. Robert L. Pettis, Jr. (Bob) has been a certified real estate instructor in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for over ten years teaching numerous professional continuing education courses, many of which he personally developed. He is an Associate Broker with Long and Foster Real Estate, and has over 30 years of residential brokerage experience. Bob teaches New Member Orientation and Continuing Education courses for GCAAR, and is a member of the Maryland Real Estate Educators Association (MREEA).

Bob is also a licensed structural engineer in four states. His qualifications and experience as a licensed structural engineer are invaluable in representing clients and working with students, with issues related to the practice of real estate including residential design and construction, contracts, agency, disclosure, and inspection. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Maryland REALTORS®, and Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR), and holds NAR's Accredited Buyer's Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, and GREEN professional designations. He has received numerous sales awards, including GCAAR Top Producer Award, and is a member of Long and Foster's Hall of Fame.

Bob holds a degree in Architectural Engineering, and Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Structural Engineering from Northeastern University.

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Brent Robbins

Brent is a licensed REALTOR® with over 11 years of experience in the real estate and mortgage industry. When Brent isn't flying across the country to train REALTORS® on the Remine platform, he is in his home town of Washington DC spending time with his two young children.

Randy Rothstein

Randy, a Washington, DC native and former REALTOR®, opened Paragon Title in the spring of 1981. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1972, and his J.D. from Southwestern University in 1979. Randy is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. His area of practice has always been Real Estate Settlements.

When he is not conducting closings, Randy is constantly involved in the education of our Real Estate Community, regularly giving seminars to REALTORS®, and participating on the Contract and Clause Committee for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS© (GCAAR). Randy has been recognized for his service to the community and the real estate industry, by being presented with the Affiliate of the Year and Treasured Years of Service Awards by GCAAR.

Tim Sessing, Esq.

Timothy Sessing is a founding partner of Adams, Morris & Sessing. He attended the George Washington School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1996. He is admitted into practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Federal Courts of Maryland and District of Columbia; and a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and Frederick County Maryland. Mr. Sessing was born and raised in the state of Minnesota and currently resides in Montgomery County. Mr. Sessing primarily focuses on the following practice areas: Bankruptcy, Creditor Issues, Probate, Estate Planning, Wills, Short Sale Negotiations, Loss Mitigation, and Business Law.

Jenn Sherwood

Jenn Sherwood is the Managing Director of Green Home Solutions of Maryland, LLC, an indoor air quality and mold remediation company based in Montgomery County, Maryland that has been serving customers in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia area since 2014. Prior to joining Green Home Solutions of Maryland, Jenn was the Director of Operations of SIS, LLC, a home inspection company based out of Central Connecticut that performed over one million dollars in gross revenue annually.

Originally from Connecticut, Jenn completed her undergraduate studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. After college, a desire to be closer to her family led Jenn to move back East, where she took a job with a software company. Ultimately Jenn opted to go back to school and completed her Master's degree at the University of Connecticut, after which time she started her tenure with SIS. Jenn currently resides in Montgomery County. She is an avid reader, and in her free time enjoys mountain biking, playing music, and hiking with her dog Kane.

P. Joy Siegel, Esq.

P. Joy Siegel, Esq. Joy has conducted over 15,000 real estate settlements throughout the course of her career and brings that experience to work with her every single day. This level of experience makes unraveling tricky title matters or resolving potentially sticky situations second nature. It is Joy's priority to make sure all parties have an excellent settlement experience, and the reason why buyers and sellers request her again and again. Second only to handling settlements, Joy's love is being a real estate continuing education instructor. Teaching dozens of classes per year, her goal has always been to make the toughest required classes the most enjoyable.

Joy has worked with the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® Contracts and Forms Committee for over 10 years, and was named the GCAAR Affiliate of the Year for 2014. A native Washingtonian, Joy received her JD from American University and is a real estate attorney for the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as a licensed title agent in Virginia.

Sarah Slotnick

Sarah Slotnick Sarah Slotnick joined Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in 2016 and assumed the role of Regional Marketing Director for the Mid-Atlantic region in 2018. Sarah specializes in branding and marketing and prides herself on thinking about the big picture while ensuring those she works with have all the marketing tools they need to elevate their individual business models. She truly believes that successful marketing and communication provide the foundation for lasting business relationships. When not working, Sarah enjoys exploring all that D.C. has to offer and spending time with her friends, family and labradoodle.

Colleen Smyth, Esq.

Colleen Smyth, Esq. Colleen Smyth, Esquire is a founding member of Counselors Title LLC and a principal with the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). She is also the Managing Attorney of the Counselors Title Kentlands Office. Colleen is a member of the Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Associations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Maryland in 1990 and went on to obtain her law degree from The Catholic University of America in 1993.

Colleen is a long time resident of Montgomery and Frederick Counties and has been involved in real estate transactions since 1988. Colleen was a former principal and member of the Senior Management Team of Universal Title, and of Ridgway, Griffin, Kestner and Smyth, Chartered and was with Universal from 1993 until September, 2007. She is experienced in all aspects of the residential real estate transaction and enjoys teaching continuing real estate education courses for local REALTORS®.

Marty Stanton

Marty Stanton With more than 20 years of experience as a mortgage banker and title attorney, Marty began his legal career with Ridgway and Griffin in Rockville, Maryland. Rising to the rank of partner and subsequent co-owner of the firm's title company, Universal Settlements, LLC, he conducted thousands of settlements. His contribution to Universal was instrumental in the firm's growth and eventual sale to First American Title Insurance Company, where Marty assumed the role of Regional Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Direct Operations Manager. Marty brought his dedication and experience to KVS Title, LLC, where he focuses his time on conducting residential and commercial real estate settlements. Marty teaches continuing education courses for real estate and mortgage professionals. He is a member of the American, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bar associations. He is also an affiliate member of the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®.

Sandra Y. Stewart

Sandra Y. Stewart Sandra Stewart is a native Washingtonian and graduate from The Catholic University of America with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Sandra is a trusted professional that has managed a successful career in real estate and program management for over 25 years. She is a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and licensed to provide real estate services in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Sandra is currently affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as the Branch Vice President of their Arlington Regional Sales Office located in Arlington, Virginia. She currently serves on the GCAAR Education Committee and teaches New Member Orientation and Continuing Education courses for the association.

Grace Swersey

Grace Swersey A native to the DC Metro Area, Grace has an affinity for meeting new people and an unquenchable desire to leave this world a better place. The official title for her day job is "Marketing Associate," which is really code for "relationship-builder." On behalf of New World Title and Escrow, she has the amazing opportunity to continuously connect with real estate professionals through hosting happy hours, classes, broker's opens, teaching marketing classes and any other type of event that could be of service to others. She is currently an active member of GCAAR (Member of the 2018 YPN Committee and Member of the Women's Council of REALTORS®) and NVAR (2018 Technology Advisory Committee), and holds her Virginia Notary License.

Nicholas Vlissides

Nicholas Vlissides is an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia for the last 28 years. He received a juris doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, and is a licensed title producer/agent in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. As a litigator earlier in his legal career, Nicholas has argued many cases in federal and state court and is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits. He is the founder and current President and Chief Underwriting Counsel of New World Title & Escrow, a real estate settlement company and title insurance agency providing closing services in DC, Maryland and Virginia. He has lectured extensively to real estate agents and attorneys on real estate law matters.

Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler Kevin Wheeler grew up in the junk removal business. At 16 years old, he joined his brother Collin as 123JUNK's first employee. He worked on and off the trucks through high school and college. Shortly after graduating from Radford University, Kevin decided to accept a business development role with the company doing what he enjoys the most, interacting with people and cultivating relationships. Kevin is active in GCAAR's Young Professionals Network (YPN), GCAAR Cares, YPN Cares, the Women's Council of REALTORS®, and was a co-recipient of GCAAR's 2017 Affiliate of the Year winner.

Brian Willingham

Brian Willingham Brian Willingham has been in the mortgage industry for over 15 years. For most of that time he has been a mortgage banker, but Brian has also worked different areas, including construction lending and mortgage modifications. Brian's expertise is working with customers to find the best program to fit their financial situation and goals, taking the time to find out what is important in the short and long term for each customer individually. He takes pride in providing the highest levels of communication and customer service for every individual while still offering highly competitive interest rates. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maryland and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, and currently lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Ana, and their children, Grace and Thomas.

Nate Winston

Nate Winston In the ten years that Nate Winston has been with SentriLock, he has seen the company transform from its infancy stage to the multinational corporation it is today. Beginning with the company as a level one support technician, Nate has worked his way up through the ranks, and now serves as a Customer Relationship Manager, including working with clients in Europe.

Chanin Wisler

Chanin Wisler Chanin Wisler is a licensed loan officer in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Chanin has lived in the MD / DC Metro area her whole life, and knows the local market well. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and son, and is a University of Maryland Alumni. Even before she became a loan officer in 2002, she was a Real Estate Investor, owning property in both Maryland and Virginia. Chanin's experience and knowledge of the process will help guide you throughout your home buying experience. Her understanding of lender programs and guidelines, and her relationships with underwriters ensures that her clients have a great experience closing their loans on-time and with ease. She prides herself on communicating with borrowers and their REALTORS®, sending loan updates throughout the process and being available to answer any questions her clients may have.

Below is our listing of REALTOR Fest Sponsors and Exhibitors
Thank you Sponsors!

PLATINUM
Super Home Maintenance and Repair Subscription
GOLD
Fidelity Bank Mortgage
MRIS a Bright MLS
Wells Fargo
SILVER
Citibank financial services company
Counselors Title
DotLoop
EagleBank
Embrace Home Loans
ListingsToGo
MaxSalePrice.com
Paragon Title & Escrow Company
Pavaso
RGS Title
BRONZE
Bank of America Home Loans
BB&T Mortgage
Capitol Title
The Columbia Bank
Compass Real Estate
Contactually
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
First Savings Mortgage Corporation
Greenway Funding Group, Inc.
Home Warranty of America
Landy Insurance
MBO Settlements
McLean Mortgage Corporation
Movement Mortgage
Navy Federal Credit Union
New World Title & Escrow
Preferred Staging, LLC
RE/MAX
Samson Properties
Sprint
SunTrust Mortgage
United Nations Federal Credit Union
U.S. Inspect
Village Settlements, Inc.
Your Home Now Mortgage
EXHIBITOR
Able Moving & Storage, Inc.
Aestar LLC Settlements
Agent Photos Online
Classic Settlements
Eco City Junk
EXIT Mid-Atlantic
Express Title Company
GPN Title
Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services
Sustainable Energy Systems
Title Town Settlements
Yuck Old Paint


123Junk     ♦     1-800-GOT-JUNK?     ♦     2-10 Home Buyers Warranty®     ♦     Ace Relocation Systems, Inc.
Adams, Morris & Sessing Attorneys at Law     ♦     America's Preferred Home Warranty, Inc.     ♦     Apex Home Loans           AquaGuard Waterproofing Corporation     ♦     Bader Marketing and Design     ♦     Capital Area REALTORS® Federal Credit Union
Cardinal Financial Company     ♦     Centralized Showing Service     ♦     Columbia Property Management     ♦     Congressional Insurance Associates           Corridor Mortgage Group     ♦     CORT     ♦     DC Office of Human Rights     ♦     District Title     ♦     Donofrio & Associates, LLC     ♦     EasiLoans           Eastern Savings Bank     ♦     Eastern Title & Settlement     ♦     Edward Jones Investing     ♦     Enovative Technologies, LLC           EstateMAX and Other People's Stuff     ♦     Exacta Maryland Surveyors     ♦     eXp Realty     ♦     Fairfax Realty     ♦     Fidelity Direct Mortgage           Finance of America Mortgage     ♦     First American Home Warranty     ♦     First Washington Mortgage     ♦     Floormax     ♦     Freedom Boat Club           Green Home Solutions     ♦     HD Bros     ♦     HMS Home Warranty     ♦     Home Land Environmental     ♦     Homes.com     ♦     Homespire Mortgage           Home Staging by Vivian     ♦     Home Team Title     ♦     HomeVisit     ♦     HTI Home Inspections     ♦     J. Hilburn Custom Menswear           JK Moving Services     ♦     John Marshall Bank     ♦     Keller Williams Capital Properties     ♦     Kemp Home Inspections, LLC           Lakeside Title Company     ♦     The Law Office of Jill Pogach Michaels     ♦     Long & Foster Real Estate     ♦     LUXbnb DC           Magnets USA & Lifelong Gifts     ♦     Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development     ♦     Michaels Title & Escrow           Mike's Locksmith & Security     ♦     Monarch Title, Inc.     ♦     Mortgage Link Inc.     ♦     Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc.     ♦     MVB Mortgage           Old Line Bank     ♦     Old Republic Home Protection     ♦     Picture Perfect, LLC     ♦     Pillar to Post Home Inspectors     ♦     Pinnacle Settlements           PNC Bank     ♦     PrimeLending     ♦     Prime Property Inspectors | The Building Inspector of America     ♦     Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC           ProTec Inspection Services     ♦     Real Estate Video Company     ♦     realtor.com     ♦     Realty Exchange Corporation     ♦     Realty Title     ♦     Remine           Residential Real Estate Council (RRC)     ♦     RICOH Tours     ♦     Roberts Radon, LLC     ♦     Sachs Realty     ♦     Sage Title Group     ♦     Sandy Spring Bank           SentriLock     ♦     Settlement Ink | Real Estate Title & Escrow Services     ♦     ShowingTime
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.     ♦     SignTraker     ♦     Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Strategic Gifting / DC Metro Real Producers     ♦     SWISCO.com     ♦     TD Bank     ♦     TenantReports.com     ♦     Top to Bottom Services, LLC           TORCHx by web.com     ♦     Town & Country Movers, Inc.     ♦     TruPlace     ♦     United Bank of Connecticut     ♦     Von Paris Moving & Storage           Wise Moves     ♦     WolfNet Technologies     ♦     Women's Council of REALTORS®, Greater Capital Area

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