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Dr. Bruggeman (Ph.D Michigan State U. / Ecological Economics) founded Ecological Services and Markets, an Asheville-based consulting firm, in 2009 to better value natural assets to support sustainable economies. Dr. Bruggeman’s work has centered on developing market-based strategies for mitigating the effects of habitat loss and adapting to climate change. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Banking Association. Prior to completing his PhD, he worked as an Ecotoxicologist supporting Superfund and Brownfield re-development. Dr. Bruggeman is also a licensed REALTOR® with National Land Realty.

An attorney, real estate educator, nerd and occasional stay-at-home mom, Trista started her legal career in the Statehouse, as Assistant Legal Counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves. A desire to develop courtroom skills led her to the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Kansas as an Assistant District Attorney. Her love of politics was my reason for joining the REALTOR® family as Government Affairs Director and Legal Counsel for a local association. It was there that I saw a need for educational opportunities that focus on the regulation of the real estate industry, presented in a manner that everyone could relate to. She now travels the country providing excellent education to real estate licensees.

As a real estate educator, broker and 20-year veteran of the real estate and mortgage industry, Cheryl Knowlton is obsessed with helping real estate agents become more relevant in today’s marketplace through harnessing the power of engaging education. As a record breaking recruiter, licensed broker, real estate sales and mortgage expert, Cheryl specializes in enthusiastically empowering real estate excellence by consistently delivering highly engaging and relevant content.

As the CEO and Chief Energy Officer of Dynamite Productions, a global real estate training company, Cheryl’s programming ensures that real estate licensees, designated brokers and mortgage professionals leave with the practical tools they need to hit the ground running and experience explosive growth and success in their careers. In addition to holding the highly coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Designation and the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) Designation, she also holds 15 NAR Designations and Certifications and can teach 12 of them. Cheryl also designed and built a Utah real estate pre-licensing school from the ground up.

Cheryl has traveled to 27 different states to speak for state and local associations throughout the country, including having taught at Triple Play three times. As of 2019, she is now enthusiastically bringing Instructor Development and mandatory content development to states all across the country to assist other educators in raising the bar in their own back yards. Enthusiastically dedicated to raising the bar of professionalism in real estate, as well as personal development, Cheryl carries this high-octane vibe into the classroom and all of her online video content. She loves teaching the many courses she has authored nationally, as well as NAR designation courses, incorporating fun into the programming to ensure students participate in learning through a variety of modalities. Cheryl genuinely loves the real estate industry and gets completely “lit up” about the moving the needle and taking the real estate industry to the next level through professional real estate education.

Cheryl has been a proud member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) since 2010, where she serves on the NSA Mountain West Chapter Board of Directors. She has also been a member of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) since 2010, where she earned her Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) designation in 2014. Dedicated to keeping in touch with the pulse of real estate, she’s actively involved in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® locally and regionally.

Cheryl is also author of the book Burning the Hamster Wheel: Stress Management Strategies for Today’s Real Estate Professional, which can be found on Amazon and Kindle.


In 2017, Dr. Rick Rigsby delivered one of the most passionate speeches ever heard.  Over 200 MILLION people worldwide viewed it in a video that went viral. Dr. Rick is President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications. The former award-winning journalist followed a television career with graduate school—and two decades as a college professor, most of those years at Texas A&M University, where he also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team.

Dr. Rick’s dynamic presentations motivate, empower and inspire worldwide—from Africa and Asia, to the Americas, Europe and Canada. Named twice as an outstanding professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M, Dr. Rick has numerous publications.  His first non-academic book—Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout—is a USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller.

Terry goes by the nickname “The AHA Guy” because it’s his goal to give your audiences ideas they’ve never heard before… and that will drastically change the way they do business in the future.

As a CSP, Terry has been designated one of the world’s top speaking professionals. (Only 10% of the speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation hold this title – fewer than 600 worldwide.) His 20+ years of experience serving thousands of clients has made him a consummate professional in the world of wannabe speakers.

Terry’s style is bold, funny, and wildly entertaining – while still delivering real world lessons that resonate with your audience and solve real problems for his clients.

If your attendees aren’t often overheard in the halls saying, “I can’t believe I didn’t know that” or “I haven’t laughed this hard in years” or “I am so glad I was here”, Terry was not your speaker.