Annual Convention & Expo


Leigh Brown
The Art of Being You (keynote)
7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate (3 elective hours)

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Passion + Energy + Experience = Real Estate Rock Star. Yes, that is Leigh Brown! When she walks into the room there is a spring to her step and a sparkle in her eye, but be prepared… She will definitely knock your socks off with her no-holds-barred approach to her presentations. Groups around the globe, ranging from 10 to 1,200, have been blown away by her presentations on topics ranging from “Improving Client Care and Retention”, to the “7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate”, to “Igniting the Passion-Finding”. Leigh began her career in real estate in 2000 and quickly rose to the top of her game. In 2003 Leigh started her own RE/MAX franchise and it was then that her passion ignited. Since 2007 she has been recognized by RE/MAX as Platinum, Chairman and Diamond Club. In 2010, Leigh was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, in 2011 she received the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement award and in 2013 she was named the North Carolina CRS of the Year.

Her top-producing team excels at what they do and in 2014 they were named to the Top 200 list of Real Estate Teams by the Wall Street Journal/Real Trends and also to the list of RE/MAX Top 100 Worldwide. In addition to excelling as a inspirational speaker and a “tried and true, in the trenches” REALTOR®, Leigh also gives of her time to multiple charitable organizations. She has served as a Board Member and Board Director for Habitat for Humanity (Cabarrus County), she consistently volunteers for Meals on Wheels and she is an elder and Sunday school teacher at her church.

Jackie Leavenworth
Negotiations: The Games People Play (3 law hours)
It's a Price War to the Door (3 elective hours)

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Jackie Leavenworth’s humorous, engaging style delivers distinct and unique strategies taken from over 30 years of award-winning success as a top producer, a manager of a large real estate brokerage and an in-demand international presenter. Coach Jackie brings skill enhancements and dialogues to life with insights from her extensive training in DISC behavioral patterns and her spot-on observations about people and communication.

Jackie is from the Cleveland, Ohio area and was licensed in 1984. She quickly became her company's top producer and was constantly asked to share the secrets of her success. In 1988, still selling real estate, Jackie began developing and delivering many courses for the Ohio Association of Realtors®, local boards and real estate companies as well as teaching the GRI and ABR designations.In addition to Jackie's successful sales career, she also managed an office for a large regional firm in Ohio and became the Education Director for Smythe, Cramer Co. In that role, Jackie designed, developed and delivered timely topics to more than 1,000 agents.


Juanita McDowell
Tighten it Up! Data Security, Privacy and Safety in the Digital Age (3 law hours)
Gadgets and Gizmos
(3 elective hours)

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Juanita began her real estate career as a Loan Officer. In less than a year she built a 30 million dollar team with one processor and one assistant. In 2009, she decided to add agent training to her marketing strategy and not long after, the demand for her training escalated. In March 2010, Juanita sold her origination pipeline to another Loan Officer and became a full-time trainer and speaker. Today, her real estate school trains over a thousand agents a year in the area of technology, marketing, mortgage education, and social media.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Juanita is family oriented. She has been married to her college sweetheart for over 21 years. She has three real cool and “tech savvy” sons who love to work on tech projects for InMotion Seminar Group.

Jeff Ratanapool
Understanding the New Loan Estimate (3 law hours)
Jeff Ratanapool is president of Century Mortgage Company where he has closed loans totaling over $800 million since 1987. He has been a GRI instructor for over 10 years and a continuing education instructor for some of the largest local associations in Kentucky.


Mark Given
Ninja Selling III (3 elective hours, CRS and GRI elective credit)

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Mark is a regularly requested as a keynote speaker and trainer for private companies, national, regional, and state conventions. In the real estate industry, Mark is a Senior Instructor for The Council of Residential Specialists, Ninja Selling, REBAC® (ABR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES), NAR Green, and is a GRI Instructor for many states. Mark has authored a number of national real estate courses and recently authored the CRS 1 day “Going Green” course. 

As a full time REALTOR® in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Mark has twice served as President of the Roanoke Valley Lake Gaston Board of REALTORS® and was selected as their REALTOR® of the year in 2006. He served three years as a Dean for the NC Real Estate Education Foundation (NCREEF) and was in the 2004 class of LeadershipNCAR. Mark currently serves the National Association of REALTORS® on their Professional Development Committee, will be the NC CRS President in 2013, and recently completed a three year term as a member of the NCAR Finance Committee.

Before his real estate career, Mark spent 20 years as CEO of a multi-state retail sales and rental company and was a frequent trainer at regional and national conventions on sales and marketing techniques and providing exceptional customer service.

 Jason VaughnJason Vaughn
Third Party Relationships: Avoiding the Bear Trap
Jason is a lawyer with Vaughn & Smith, PLLC in Louisville who recently served as the instructor for KAR’s professional standards training. His reviews came back overwhelmingly positive with attendees saying he worked through and clarified common issues they didn’t realize were ethics violations but also violations of the law.

By focusing on real estate litigation, the firm has managed to create a practice niche that had previously never been filled. Many firms have offered litigation services to clients with real estate related issues, but only Vaughn & Smith, PLLC has specifically trained its litigation attorneys for this exact purpose. The attorneys at Vaughn & Smith, PLLC constantly monitor the real estate industry as a whole, as well as any and all changes in the law that may affect it. They have intimate knowledge of commercial and residential real estate transactions and can utilize this base of knowledge when representing their client's interests.

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