Top-notch speakers. Tailored for multifamily.
For more than 20 years, international speaker and coach Pete Smith has helped individuals, teams and organizations improve their leadership and gain personal development. His experience, concepts, and tools have helped organizations boost their leadership effectiveness, elevate engagement at all levels, transform company cultures, and consistently perform at high levels.
Pete is the Co-Founder and Owner of Matter More Coffee, a coffee shop located in Hamp-stead, NC. Owning two businesses, SmithImpact and Matter More Coffee, Pete’s content is both practical and inspirational. He is a speaker who doesn’t just Talk the Talk but actually Walks the Walk.
Angel Davila began working as a porter 14+ years ago after returning from a deployment in the United States Marine Corps, and is now the National Maintenance Trainer at Monarch Investment & Management Group; a Colorado based company that operates in 22 states. Mr. Davila is a former Austin Apartment Association Board of Directors/AAA Education Foundation board member, was awarded as the 2019 CAMT of The Year by the National Apartment Association and was also the 2018 Texas Apartment Association Maintenance Professional of the year. Mr. Davila is an; NAAEI Advanced Instructor Graduate, AAA Leadership Lyceum Graduate, NAAEI Leadership Experience Graduate, 2020 NAA Diversity Leadership Program, CAMT, CAPS, CAM, NAAEI Faculty, CPO, NAAEI William Wollinger Scholarship recipient, AAA Solt Scholarship recipient, and a TAA Next Gen Scholarship recipient. Angel Davila has instructed for several organizations including: Goodwill Career & Technical Academy, Austin Community College, Austin Apartment Association, Texas Apartment Association, Property Management Association of West Michigan, Bay Area Apartment Association, Refrigeration Services Engineering Society, ESCO Institute & the North American Technician Excellence.
Rick Ellis, CPM has been deep into the apartment business for over 39 years…. (Wow!) Starting as an onsite assistant manager and leasing professional, Rick directed a fast growing apartment portfolio from two properties in the Dallas area to over 6000 units in three states. In 1985, he founded ELLIS Consulting Group in Irving, Texas. Now the name ELLIS has become synonymous with the finest market consulting, training, and contract leasing to the multi-family industry.
Rick also excels in property management through his management company, ELLIS HomeSource. This company specializes in “off-site” management handling a sizable portfolio of single-family homes, duplexes, and condominiums throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Rich George is the owner and managing director of NOI Coach, a business coaching, consulting and training firm based in Michigan. A successful business person and published author with more than 25 years of experience, Rich brings a no-nonsense approach to strategic planning and a passion for employee development and culture building.
Rich’s background includes the management of over two billion dollars of real-estate assets, and over 50 million dollars of capital re-investment strategies. Rich has been involved with successful acquisitions, dispositions, merger facilitation, and repositions. Key to his portfolio is the management of highly distressed properties, including those in court receivership.
Rich attended Wayne State University and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. He has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the industry serving in many different rolls within the National Apartment Association and is a current member of the NAAEI Faculty as well as the MHLI Faculty. Rich was recognized as one of the first graduates of the Leadership Lyceum and has received the honor of the CAPS, CDPM, CDUHM, ARM, and the CHPE designations.
Stephanie Graves is a multifamily professional with more than 25 years of real estate experience. Her experience on and off property is extensive as she has served in positions including Director of Business Development, Vice President of Training and Marketing as well as Senior Vice President of Operations for a portfolio of over 30,000 units in 8 states throughout the country. She is the founder of Q10 Property Advisors, a group of industry professionals that advice and educate multifamily professionals throughout the country.
Stephanie serves as the Vice President-At-Large for the Houston Apartment Association (HAA), has served on the Board of Directors for over 5 years, and graduated from HA and TAA Leadership Lyceum programs.
She is a sought-after speaker for the apartment industry nationwide; speaking for TAA and the National Apartment Associations (NAA) conferences on multiple occasions. Stephanie has a bachelor’s in communication from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), Certified Apartment Supervisor (CAPS) Designations and Independent Rental Owner Professional (IROP) through NAA and is recognized as a NAA Education Faculty member. Stephanie is a frequent contributor to industry magazines and blogs and spends her free time traveling with her family.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Multifamily industry, Mark offers passion, knowledge, and commitment to excellence. He’s have been a trainer, speaker and motivator for the better part of his career. Mark has had the privilege to speak at FAA, GAA, AAA, GAAF and multiple management companies across the country. His experience spans across many platforms and areas of interest and he believes in making each day count. Your team should also live & breathe that commitment.
Kara Rice has spent more than 25 years in the multifamily industry in roles ranging from Leasing Consultant to CIO, with an emphasis on employee development. In 2019, she joined a team of innovators to launch Swift Bunny, where she serves as Chief Communications Officer. Previously, she co-founded Grace Hill where she oversaw the company’s eLearning curriculum and helped create a work culture renowned for innovation, enthusiasm, and camaraderie.
Kara is passionate about education, team performance, career satisfaction, and employee motivation. She is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and has taught numerous NAA designation courses including CAM and NALP. She is also a licensed Florida real estate sales associate and owner of rental property.
Lori Snider is a leading multifamily marketing, learning and experience expert, currently serving as head of Learning and Team Experience for RedPeak, providing strategic educational and recruitment direction for the entire company, and overseeing all facets of the team member experience. In her 30 years of multifamily experience, Lori spent 15 years running her own successful company as an educator, platform speaker and experience management consultant. She has leased apartments, worked as a marketing director, launched a rental publication, co-founded a boutique marketing and design firm, and executed marketing strategies for a myriad of product types throughout the country.
Lori is an acclaimed industry expert on sales and service trends, and a recognized and frequent national conference presenter (NAA, MFE etc) whose presentations are lively, relevant and full of laughter. Lori is an idea instigator and creativity cultivator who fuses imagination with reality to deliver unorthodox and bold results.