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Nate (Nathaniel on his driver’s license, Nathan to American Airlines) is a Nashville native and piping-hot stand-up comedian who loves the Vanderbilt Commodores. His father is a former clown turned world-class magician, and Nate has followed his funny footsteps into the entertainment business. Nate has appeared multiple times on Conan and Fallon while being one of the first comedians to perform on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He stars in a new Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid. He also has appeared on the Clean Cut Comedy Tour, at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Moontower, and has performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait multiple times.
Nate was mentioned in Rolling Stone by Marc Maron as a “comic who should be big” and in Esquire by Jim Gaffigan as “one of the top up and coming comics.” His first album, Yelled At By A Clown, reached number two on the Billboard Top Ten Comedy charts.
A 29-year real estate veteran, Darren Kittleson is a principal broker for Keller Williams, a former Association President (South Central Wisconsin), a member of the International Master Faculty for Keller Williams University and of the John Maxwell Coaching program, and much more.
A former broker, co-owner of a broker and multi-million dollar producer, Steve Kodad has conducted over 285 seminars and presentations since 2004 and has trained over 4,450 real estate agents, homeowners and home stagers. He has been featured many times in the media, on television and the radio. He was recently tapped as a Field Producer and Show Advisor for the program “Home Staging Pros.” His third book: “The Feng Shui Cure (for Home Sellers)” was published in 2016. When they’re not traveling the globe, Steve and his wife Gwen now call southwest Florida home.
Christine DeRosa, RCE, CAE, IOM, manages NRDS (National REALTORS® Database System), the Internet-based membership database accessed by the local, state and national associations for tracking member records and the REALTOR® Electronic Commerce network. She has been with NAR for over 30 years working in the technology area. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Sher Powers is a 2019 Division Vice President for Tennessee REALTORS®, representing the Middle grand division of the state. She is founder and owner of Urbane Residential Specialists, serving the Nashville area. Among other accolades, she is a former president of Greater Nashville REALTORS®. Read more details about Sher HERE.
A former Pan Am flight attendant, Janice Tisdale entered real estate in 1995 and has been a consistent top producer, repeatedly recognized as a Platinum Top 50 REALTOR® finalist and winner and a Five-Star Professional Real Estate Agent. She holds the Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate, REALTOR® Institute and Texas Affordable Housing Specialist designations.
Janice is passionately involved with the San Antonio Board of REALTORS®. She speaks, as she has since 2011, about safety at the monthly New Member Orientation and was recognized by SABOR for this dedication to both the Board and her fellow members. Janice serves as Ambassador for Sonterra Country Club and is a member of the Texas Tech Parent Association. Her past involvements include Junior Symphony League in Dallas and the Historical Society in Boca Raton, Florida.
Jessica Lynch is a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army and a former Prisoner of War. On March 23, 2003, she was injured and captured by Iraqi forces after her unit was ambushed in Iraq. She was rescued after nine days in captivity on April 1, 2003 by U.S. special operations forces. Jessica’s rescue was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.
Today, Jessica speaks about overcoming her obstacles and how perseverance helped her survive. She further explains that despite the most difficult circumstances – whatever they might be – a positive outlook and determination can truly help individuals live fulfilling lives and accomplish their goals.
Jessica has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-6 and a Master’s in Communication Studies. In 2014, she toured the U.S. promoting ‘Virtuous’, a faith-based movie by JC Films. She has released several faith-based films, including ‘One Church’.
Jessica has appeared on multiple national and local media outlets throughout the country. She has appeared on numerous magazine covers such as TIME and People. She has been named West Virginian of the Year as well as Glamour Woman of the Year.
Antoine is a recognized expert and strategist in digital marketing. He’s an award-winning marketing agency owner and a speaker at national & international conferences. He combines 18 years in marketing and 15 years in the hospitality industry.
His first job out of college was working for Gordon Ramsey in London at Le Gavroche. Antoine travels the world sharing his strategy and methodology to marketers and business owners. His goal is to improve lead generation and business growth via his proven marketing strategies.
His past clients include Office Depot, Unilever, The Sports Authority, Habitat For Humanity. Recent appearances include at CMC19, PRINT19, DigitalSummit19, AICPA19, MPISES19, Florida Restaurant Association, John L Scott Realty, CoachRealtors19 & Digitalium 2018 (Romania) and many others.
Abhi Golhar is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, consultant, coach, and media figure, whose experience encompasses print, podcasting, radio, and television appearances. Abhi is the Chief Investment Officer of Summit & Crowne, an Atlanta-based real estate investment firm and has a large presence in media. Read more details about him HERE.
J. Russell (Russ) Farrar has more than three decades of lobbying and governmental relations experience. As a co-founder and senior partner of Nashville-based law firm Farrar & Bates, he has successfully tried numerous civil rights and governmental tort liability cases. Since 2002, he has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the only nationally recognized attorney rating service. AV Preeminent® is the highest rating an attorney can obtain. Russ currently serves as general counsel and senior lobbyist for the 25,000-plus member Tennessee REALTORS®, and general counsel for Public Entity Partners, which insures more than 90 percent of Tennessee’s local governments. He also serves as chairman of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development TOSHA Review Commission. Russ previously served as assistant commissioner and chief legal counsel for the Tennessee Department of Labor and as director of the Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Codes. He is a frequent guest lecturer for the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and numerous realtor groups across the state. Additionally, Russ was a recipient of the 2018 William (Bill) Tune Award for Excellence in Real Estate Education from the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. The award is presented to individuals who represent the highest ideals of dedicated service and professionalism in Tennessee real estate education.
Addison Russell is an attorney and government relations specialist. She serves as assistant general counsel to Tennessee REALTORS®, and lobbies the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of Tennessee REALTORS®, local government entities and additional business groups. Prior to joining Ramsey, Farrar & Bates, Addison was legislative director for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. She also previously served as a research analyst for the Tennessee General Assembly’s Senate State and Local Government Committee.