UNITE Speakers

October 6-7, 2021    St. Cloud, MN

photo of DavidDavid Arbit

David is the director of Research and Economics at Minneapolis Area Realtors®. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Housing and Economic Development from the University of Minnesota. He has undergraduate degrees in Urban Geography and Political Science from Macalester College. Past posts include the City of Minneapolis Economic Development Agency, the Family Housing Fund, the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. David is frequently sought after by local media and publishes a variety of blogs, white papers, and reports.

photo of SeanSean Carpenter

Sean Carpenter founded Sean Speaks in 2018, and his most popular sessions focus on creating memorable customer experiences, maximizing social and digital media, and business planning. Recognized by Inman News as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate, Sean was named as one of the "Top 20 Most Influential People in Social Media for the real estate industry" by The Swanepoel Report for the third year in a row. Sean recently received the Joseph McKinnon Award from the Columbus Realtors® as their 2017 Instructor of the Year.


photo of CarlCarl Carter, Jr.

Carl Carter, Jr., is a Realtor® and the founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, Realtor® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of two clients in 2014. Since his mother's passing, Carl has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. He also has a Master's and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of AR in Little Rock, AR. Carl is a Certified Franklin Covey Facilitator, a DDI Certified Facilitator, and an Achieve Global Educator.




photo of TommyTommy Choi

Tommy Choi co-founded the Weinberg Choi Residential team in 2007 with his business partner Josh Weinberg, and they celebrated the opening of their own Keller Williams brokerage in 2017. The Weinberg Choi Residential team is consistently ranked in the top 10 real estate teams in Chicago, putting them in the Top 1% of Chicago Association of Realtors®’ top producers. Tommy is the first Korean American president for the Chicago Association of Realtors, and he is currently the vice president of Association Affairs for the National Association of Realtors®.


photo of ValerieValerie Garcia

As an international real estate speaker and consultant, Valerie is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry. Valerie runs her own speaking & consulting firm, working with companies to organize events, provide education, and improve their marketing. Named an Inman Top 100 Influencer, Valerie is considered to be a key voice in the real estate industry.


photo of ShayShay Hata

Shay Hata is an Ivy League grad and residential Realtor® in Chicago, IL with Berkshire Hathaway. After moving to Chicago from Minnesota, within three years she was averaging $30M a year in real estate. She now has a small team of her own, and they are on track to do more than $60M in business in 2021. In 2020 Shay’s husband, Nobu Hata, became CEO of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors® so Shay now splits time between Denver and Chicago. Shay donates a portion of each commission to local animal rescue groups and local schools.



photo of JohnJohn Kriesel

In 2006 John Kriesel was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. After getting to the hospital, he technically died three times and was shocked back to life. He survived through four hospitals, 35 surgeries, and months of recovery. John lost both legs and suffered numerous other major injuries. He was told he wasn’t supposed to survive and that he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Yet he walked out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center after nine months. Working with author Jim Kosmo, Kriesel released his story in “STILL STANDING: The Story of SSG John Kriesel,” winner of eight national book awards.


photo of VictorVictor Lund

Victor Lund is one of the founders of WAV Group, a strategic planning firm that empowers brokers, franchises, capital markets, and the technology firms that serve them for more than 20 years. His specialty is guiding the development of focused operating modes that support fluid strategic plans by companies experiencing change. Lund focuses on innovation strategy, authoring growth designs, and is known for supporting companies who aspire to lead their industry segment at an enterprise scale. Lund has been recognized by Swanepoel Top 200 leaders in Real Estate, Inman New Top 100 Leaders, and RIS Media most influential Newsmakers.

photo of JohnJohn Mosey

John Mosey has been president of Northstar MLS since 2002, serving more than 13,500 members in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Previously he had spent two years as president of real estate appointment scheduling firm Calinetics Corp and 25 years at Moore Data Management Services where he was vice president of sales and marketing. In 2013, Mosey became a founding board member of REDPLAN Inc, a new non-profit organization created to protect the intellectual property rights of multiple listing services and brokerages.



photo of TreyTrey Scott

Coach Trey Scott's passion, experience, and knowledge are reflected in his 11 years of real estate sales and leadership experience with Keller Williams Realty. Coach Trey has 7 years of productivity coaching and business coaching experience including becoming the first Productivity Coach in his US KW Region. He has experience as Director of Productivity Coaching for multiple Keller Williams market centers, Independent Business Coach for top producing agents and real estate teams, 10 years of experience as a Real Estate Trainer, and served on the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council and  Market Center Leadership.


photo of RichelleRichelle Taylor

Richelle Taylor is a residential real estate veteran with 18 years combined experience as an agent, administrator, and loan originator. She is the founding president of the Twin Cities National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on housing as well as the Minnesota Association of Realtors®' Government Affairs Committee. Richelle served as the St. Paul Area Association Realtors®' Diversity Chair for 2017 and remains on the committee today.




photo of JeffJeff Turner

Jeff Turner specializes in helping technology startups understand and navigate the complexities of the North American real estate market. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics at the intersection of technology trends and human behavior. Currently, Jeff is in the midst of building a new Real Estate Association Management platform called Tangilla, is Entrepreneur In Residence for Second Century Ventures, leads strategy at immoviewer, and is an advisor to multiple real estate technology startups.