Judson Laipply

Judson Laipply M.Ed, CSP is an enigma wrapped in an anomaly contained inside a quandary. Combining comedy and content, laughter and learning, energy and engagement Judson gives his audiences both immediate joy and lasting impact. He’s been featured on the Today Show, Ellen, Oprah, GMA, and more. He is the world’s first YouTube Celebrity and his finale “The Evolution of Dance” has over a billion impressions. He’s been speaking and performing for over 20 years and has been all around the globe. He has published or been featured in 3 books and is currently writing his next. He is also an Ironman Triathlete, terrible singer, and reformed Kool-Aid eater.

Jessica Fern-Kirkland

Jessica Fern-Kirkland is a Senior Director of Training & Development for FPI, the 4th largest multifamily management company in the US and doubles as a dynamic national speaker, coach, and strategist focusing on leadership of self and fearless failure. Jessica has been seen on the National Apartment Association and Zillow conference stages, is a reputable keynote speaker, and most recently was featured on a national panel for Executive Women in Leadership with Grace Hill. Jessica has a series on Multifamily Leadership Studio that includes Legendary Leadership which earned her the nickname the Wolf of Leadership. Jessica is currently earning her bachelors degree in Psychology and serves as a Human Services Commissioner for the City of Covington.

Dan Firestone

Dan Firestone has served in the background screening industry for the past 31 years focused mainly on multi-family housing. Dan is the Senior Vice President and Director of Contemporary Information Corporation (CIC), a nationwide applicant screening company that has been providing residential, employment and business entities with quality background screening reports and other products and services since 1986. Dan is SAFC – II FCRA certified as well as a licensed private investigator. In addition he holds a CAS designate through the National Apartment Association.

Karen Gladney

Karen Gladney is the co-founder of Power Pro leasing and founder of POWER Apartment Leasing & Marketing, Inc..  In both roles, she believes strongly in operating with integrity, sharing knowledge and being passionate about what you do.

At Power Pro, she drives the company’s strategic initiatives, leads its marketing and client-touch programs, and is responsible for promoting the company’s vision.  Furthermore, her team helps guide POWER clients in reducing vacancy, increasing rents, and creating experiences to drive leases. 

Karen utilizes more than two decades of multifamily experience to proactively participate in and support the industry.  She is an honored inductee into the Apartment Association of Metro Denver’s Hall of Fame. 

Tana Lee Higginbotham

Tana Lee Higginbotham is Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Pierce Education Properties, located in San Diego, CA. Successful Executive Director with over twenty five years in business development, leadership, operational management, analytical and strategic decision maker for direct impact success in real estate, acquisitions and marketing environments.  A self-motivated, strategic thinker who creates dynamic long-term business results. Tana Lee has extensive student housing experience working for Pierce Education for over 10 with over 25 years in business leadership! 

Zach Howell

Zach carries a Psychology degree from Oregon State University. He is a nationally Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician, LEED GA, and Certified UPCS inspector carrying more than a 21 years of experience within the multifamily housing, development, and construction industries. Zach is a valued advocate for the multifamily housing sector, serving as Subject Matter Expert for the National Apartment Association, Training Director for The Apartment Maintenance Institute, and Community Education Faculty Member at Portland Community College. As the recipient of the Apartment Community Excellence “Oregonian Civic Award” his dedication and devotion to the multifamily industry is apparent. Zach is a highly respected and influential leader within the industry locally in the Northwest, but also garners national attention around the country with numerous published articles and ongoing training engagements at all levels of multifamily housing professionals.

Lori Klinka

Lori Klinka has used her skills as a business woman, speaker, trainer, speaking coach, educator, producer and actress to bring an entertaining and informative style to her presentations and workshops.  Her incorporation of her years at Second City and as an actress make her presentations come alive.

Lori recently presented at the National Apartment Association and Texas Apartment Association.  Lori is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and was voted “Member of the Year” in the Illinois chapter.  She has taught business communication skills to over 8,000 professionals and has a successful speaking coaching business. She teaches Speaking and Acting at Columbia College in Chicago. Lori is currently writing her third book. 

Mindy McCorkle

Mindy McCorkle has 30+ years of operations and leadership experience in restaurant operations and property management. She’s held just about every role in those industries, from front-line roles to executive positions, has served on numerous boards, and countless volunteer committees.  She has too many awards and accolades to list here, and she doesn’t really like to talk about them anyway.  

As the owner of Enhancement Talent Development, LLC, her mission is to enhance the talent and performance of clients’ teams through exceptional learning experiences and unique coaching strategies while motivating individuals to explore greater self-fulfillment, higher self-awareness, and transformational thinking. 

Chad Moulin

Chad Moulin has been in the field of property management for over 25 years.  Chad has earned his CAMT designation through NAA as well as being recognized many times over as a leader in property management maintenance. Starting out as a groundskeeper and working his way up through the ranks of property management Chad has held and excelled at many different positions. In 2012 Chad created Prop Ops: Property Operations Training and Consulting.  His goal is to bring a higher standard and more in-depth type of training to the world of property management through a maintenance perspective. 

Terri Norvell

Terri has traveled the U.S. coaching, mentoring, and inspiring business leaders and teams of all shapes and sizes. She assists in bridging the gap from playing business & life whack-a-mole to creating greater results with ease, happiness and peace of mind. She’s often called a: Strategic Sherpa, Trust Teacher, Magnetic Motivator, Mental Makeover Magician, Trusted Advisor.  Throughout her 25 years of executive leadership, she has served with the titles of President, Vice President, and General Manager with property management, construction and temporary housing organizations.  

Megan Orser

Smart Chick Megan, brought to you by Smart Apartment Solutions encompasses over twenty-one years of industry experience and three decades of generational perspective in the profession of apartment management; she is also your 2020 NAA Excel Award recipient for NALP of the Year! 
With a degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Michigan, this Smart Chick also carries accreditations such as the HCCP, NALP and is currently pursuing her Michigan Brokers license. 
Megan is the daughter of owner and Broker Smart Girl Dawn Ford, CPM, HCCP, AFT and together with her succession business partner and CFO Smart Guy Cal, they oversee operations for Smart Apartment Solutions, a service provider and Smart Moves LLC, their Property Management Company specializing in fee-managed Residential and Commercial properties. 

Katie Rigsby

A multi-family maven with over 20 years of multifamily experience, Katie Rigsby began her career as a leasing professional working her way through the ranks to become Senior Executive, fully responsible for a portfolio consisting of 3,000 units, hotels, shopping centers and nearly 200 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. 
Today, as the President of Katie Rigsby Inspires, LLC, Katie shares her experience and expertise as an industry consultant and keynote speaker. She contributes to the industry by writing for magazines such as Rent & Retain, by volunteering with her local apartment association and as a faculty member of the NAA Education Institute. An NALP, CAM and CAPS credential holder, Katie couples her industry education with years of experience to deliver an engaging, informative and inspirational learning experience with a side of humor. 

Rachel Sheerin

Rachel Sheerin is an award-winning keynote speaker and emcee. Rachel’s rocked stages for titans of industry across the world at annual conferences, summits and events with her signature blend of positive energy and authentic engagement. With her viral TEDx Talk on burnout, Rachel delivers audiences from fatigue to f*** yeah with truth, humor and a whole lotta love.