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2019 Speakers and Presenters



Kenya Burrell-VanWormer

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Kenya Burrell-VanWormer is a distinguished real estate professional with nearly 20 years (or nearly two decades) in the industry. Her experience ranges from new home construction, sales and marketing, to management, with clients from around the world, thanks to the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation she earned in 2006. Kenya served as 2018 chair of the 39,000-member Houston Association of REALTORS®. Since 2017, Kenya has been Affordable Lending Relationship Manager with JPMorgan Chase in Houston.



Marci James, Director of Social Outreach, Realtor.com

Marci James photoAdventure seeker🌲, lifelong learner 📚, problem solver 🤔, challenge taker 🚀. Marci's 20+ years of work in the real estate industry have been driven by her desire to empower REALTORS@ with the tools, information, skills, and confidence they need to flourish and succeed.

As the Director of Social Outreach, Marci manages a team that oversees social media and digital outreach for all realtor.com® brands. She has been named to Inman’s Top 100 Industry Influencers and to Swanepoel Power 200 Top 20 Social Influencers.

Karel Murray

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Business Strategist/Consultant and Author Karel Murray engages others with a proactive perspective, humor and relevant, timely information that inspires accountability for achieving results. Karel combines her human resource management background with her business, community and association leadership experiences to provide a prospective that not only informs and educates, but provides practical suggestions mixed with a healthy dose of humor. Clients soon discover that they are learning how to be innovative and more open minded when it comes to problem solving, communication and leadership. An accomplished writer and humorist, Karel is the author of four books and featured in four more.

Bernice L. Ross, Ph.D and CEO RealEstateCoach.com

Bernice L. Ross photoBernice L. Ross, the CEO and President of BrokerageUP!, Inc. and RealEstateCoach.com, is an international author, speaker, and trainer. Bernice couples her expertise as a Professor Emeritus of Psychology with over 30 years of real estate sales and leadership experience. With over 1,000 published articles and four best-selling real estate books to her credit, Inman News called Bernice, “America’s Top Real Estate Coach” and also named her to their top 150 list of real estate influencers for 2017. (http://www.inman.com/influencers-2017/?cpage=6).

During her tenure as Executive Director of Training, Bernice’s new and experienced agent training programs led the 4,000 agent Jon Douglas Company to become the top producing company per agent in the United States. Her training programs continue to be the most comprehensive and cutting edge real estate sales training available today and are currently being used by the Alabama, California, Iowa, and Texas Association of Realtors to train new agents.