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Guest Speakers

Brian Birdy, CPM®, MPM®, RMP®

President Brian Birdy, MPM® RMP®, served for 15 years in the United States Air Force before starting in property management. In 2000, he earned his Texas Real Estate License and went to work in the family business at Birdy Properties, CRMC®. In 2004, he received his Texas Real Estate Broker License and bought the company from his father. PMI Birdy Properties has specialized in property management for over 39 years. Brian has taken the company from a one-man office with 75 properties to a business of over 20 employees that manages over 1600 properties. In addition to his NARPM® designations, he has received the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation from IREM®. He is an approved Property Management Instructor for the States of Texas, Florida, Utah, and Washington as well as NARPM®. Brian holds a Real Estate Broker license in Texas, Missouri, and Washington.

Darren Hunter

Darren Hunter from darrenhunter.com and inspiredgrowthtraining.com based in Adelaide South Australia is a national and international property management trainer, expert and leading industry authority in fees and overcoming fee discounting.

As a full time property management consultant and trainer now for over 12 years, Darren has previously worked as the state (network) property manager with one of Australia’s most respected real estate brands - recruiting, training, implementing policies and procedures and managing 28 property managers in 18 regional offices over South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 2006 he wrote the national property management policies and procedures for the third largest PM company in Australia.

Darren presents seminars around Australia ranging in topics from; new business and fee justification scripts and dialogue, rent control and time management strategies, rent roll value and income maximization, market fee updates, inspections, tenant selection, recruitment and correct interview technique plus many more 'hot topic' property management training sessions.

Darren's Facebook page also has the largest following (over 18,500 fans) of any property management company or identity in Australia and New Zealand!

Darren was also an invited speaker at the Florida Association of Residential Property Managers (FARPM) in Florida in 2009 and again in 2010.

Darren was also the keynote speaker with the NARPM Atlanta Chapter in September 2011. 

He also presented for the NARPM Texas Chapter in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2014, speaking on time and stress management keys to property managers and business owners.

Darren returned to Texas and spoke to agents in San Antonio and Houston in November 2015, the NARPM Virginia state conference in 2017, and delivered to the NARPM Orlando- Florida chapter in 2018 together with Deniz Yusuf. Darren's contribution to knowledge around the globe

Darren is a recognized expert nationally and internationally and has contributed various articles to printed and online publications including the 'Property Management Journal' (AUS), 'The Residential Property Manager' (AUS), 'Leased' (AUS) as well as 'PM2' (NZ), 'Florida Association of Residential Property Managers' Magazine (USA) and the 'Canada Apartment Manager' Magazine (Canada).

Deniz Yusuf

Deniz from bdmcoach.com.au and inspiredgrowthtraining.com is from Nowra on the South Coast of NSW Australia just a few hours’ drive south of Sydney.

He was a fruiterer for most of his working life after he left high school. One lesson he learnt on the job is “There are no emails in fruit!”

If a new coffee shop opened, Deniz had to call them or go and visit them to get the business. It is this mindset that has made him a successful coach in the BDM space.

Deniz believes the real estate industry can be operated on the same concept. It’s all about asking for the business and knowing what experience you can give your clients. He says real estate is not just about collecting rent and charging a fee, but about what services and products you can provide your clients and how much money you can save them if they use you or your services. Deniz enjoyed being an agent and now loves showing others how they can succeed too.

Deniz’s claim to fame as a Business Development Manager came when he personally signed up 900 doors over 4 years in a residential town of 30,000 people. Quite an achievement!

Further he took out the LPMA (Leading Property Managers of Australia) BDM of the Year Award for 2 years in succession in 2012 and 2013. Again, quite an achievement.

Further, Deniz’s coaching clients sign up approximately 300 doors per month collectively, by following and implementing his strategies.

Deniz now consults, trains, mentors and key-note presents to agents across Australia, New Zealand and the United States, through Inspired Growth Training and BDM Coach. Deniz finds training agents to achieve the best possible outcome they can is very rewarding.

“Seeing them achieve their goals or win awards they never thought they could inspires me to be an even better Coach. My goal is your future, as I inspire, I get inspired”. 

Deniz excels at assessing real estate teams and finding the ‘blockage’ in an office that may be stopping them from achieving the new business numbers they desire. He says most of the time offices can be so close to getting it right, and it’s just a matter of tweaking a thing or two. After it is fixed, it is then about continued consulting and mentoring so they can become the best in their field.

Deniz also presented for NARPM San Antonio and also the PM Grow Summit in Florida in January 2017 and was highly rated as one of the best speakers at this event, and also delivered together with Darren Hunter at the NARPM Orlando Chapter in February 2018.

His focus is now growing other people’s rent rolls, and mentoring agents to become market leaders in their area.

Marc Cunningham

Marc grew up in the real estate world and spent many years pulling weeds, painting walls, showing properties, and collecting rents for Grace Property Management & Real Estate, the company his father founded in 1978. Today, from a platform of managing over 700 rental properties and with 17 team members, Grace Management helps people buy, sell, invest, flip, collect rents, evict, and have fun doing it!

A popular and dynamic speaker on the topics of property management, real estate, and business leadership; Marc helps people across the country improve their lives – by improving their business.

John Bradford

John Bradford is the CEO & founder of two start-up companies…Park Avenue Properties is a residential management firm located in Charlotte, NC, and manages 1,500 rentals in 3 states and 5 cities. He started the company after working 14 years in corporate America for both ExxonMobil and IBM. He also founded PetScreening.com which is used by professional property managers for better due diligence and making more informed policy decisions when dealing with household pets and service/companion animals. John is serving his second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives and serves as the Majority Deputy Whip as well as Chairman of two House Committees. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has 4 children. In his spare time, he loves to fish, camp and travel with his family.

Brad Larsen

Brad Larsen is the owner of RentWerx in San Antonio, Texas and Host of the Property Management Mastermind Podcast show. After serving on active duty in the Army as an officer in the Infantry, Brad left the military as a Captain in 2002 and moved to San Antonio to pursue his interests in real estate starting as a licensed Realtor selling homes. In 2012, Brad and his team began managing homes with the intentions of growing one of the largest companies in Texas. In less than 7 years, they have achieved organic growth to over 1,000+ homes under management.

Eric Wetherington, MPM®, RMP®

Eric is the current NARPM Board of Directors Treasurer is the Director and Broker-in-Charge of Carolina One Property Management in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 2009, Eric and his team quickly grew the company to manage over 1,200 doors while seeking innovative ways to provide exceptional service to their clients and tenants

Kellie Tollifson

Kellie Tollifson is a small business owner, property manager and sought-after speaker. Kellie began her 23 year career in Property Management as a landlord managing her own investment properties. She has grown to become owner of T-Square Properties, which manages over 450 doors and 50 Homeowner Associations. Kellie shares her expertise in the small business community and property management industry with audiences across the country. Kellie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University and is a past President of the King County Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®). She has served on several NARPM® committees including Strategic Planning, Member Services and the NW Regional Vice President. Kellie is currently serving as the NARPM® 2018 Treasurer. Kellie is also a Certified Continuing Education Real Estate Instructor for the State of Washington. Kellie also enjoys working out, exploring the Northwest and spending time with loved ones. She lives just outside Seattle in Woodinville, Washington, with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Jennifer Stoop

Jennifer joined Park Avenue Properties as a Property Manager in June 2007. After helping the firm grow their property management business, Jennifer was promoted to Sales Manager of the Property Management Division in 2008, in 2011 she was promoted to Regional Sales Manager and in 2013, Jennifer was promoted to Vice President of Park Avenue Properties. In 2014, Jennifer was promoted to Senior Vice President with direct oversight of all areas of the firm’s business.

Jennifer was awarded the “Top Woman in Business” award in 2012. Jennifer has served in leadership roles for NARPM having served on the Charlotte Regional Board as Treasurer, Vice President and three terms as President. She currently serves on multiple NARPM National committees including, Professional Development of which she is currently Vice Chair, Government Affairs and Designation Committee as well as serving as a NARPM Designation Mentor. Jennifer serves on the NC Association of Realtors Board of Governors and she also Co-Chairs the education committee of NC Association of Realtors Property Management Division. Jennifer is also serving on multiple committees for the Charlotte Realtor Association including the Housing Opportunity Foundation, Government Affairs Committee and Professional Standards.

Besides serving in several areas related to the industry, Jennifer is also very active in serving within her community. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Lotta Foundation (a non-profit organization providing meals, coats and toys for the less fortunate) and is currently the Chair of the Cause Committee for the Lotta Foundation. She is also a member of the North Meck Rotary Club and the Executive Women of Lake Norman.  Jennifer has received her Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation, is a candidate to receive her Master Property Manager (MPM) designation and is also a graduate of Leadership Lake Norman.

Andrew Propst

Andrew Propst has over 19 years of experience both in residential and commercial real estate management. Currently Andy is the CEO of HomeRiver Group (the parent company of HomeRiver Boise) and a Business Developer for Park Place, a Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®), in Boise, Idaho. Andrew has illustrated throughout his career his resolute commitment to delivering first-class results for clients, as well as consistently improving efficiencies and operations across his companies. Industry knowledge and a keen focus on technology has been a major priority for Andy. He has obtained four of the leading industry designations: Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), Master Property Manager ® (MPM®) Residential Management Professional ® (RMP®), both from the National Association of Residential Property Managers ® NARPM®, and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM®) from the CCIM Institute.

Volunteerism has been a major focus and joy for Andy, from service on the National Board of Directors of NARPM® for six years as a Regional Vice President, to National Treasurer, National President-Elect, and then his election as President of The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®) in 2015. Currently, Andy serves as Past President for NARPM® and continues to offer ongoing counsel and insight to the Board of Directors of NARPM®, using his extensive knowledge and experience within the industry. Andy has also had the privilege of serving on other local and national real estate boards.

Andy also took a recent swing at Hollywood. As the Associate Producer of the Saratov Approach, Andy helped fund, write, promote, and deliver a national theatrical release of a full-length motion imageture that won multiple awards and returned an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) to its investors of more than 1000%. The feature was based on the true story of Andy and his missionary companion, Travis R. Tuttle, and their dramatic experience of being kidnapped and held for ransom by the Russian Mafia in March of 1998. Andy also wrote and help produce, The Story Behind The Saratov Approach: A Fireside Event in 2013, which is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix, along with the “Saratov Approach.”

As well as his commitment to his business interests and wide real estate pursuits, Andy’s family is #1 in his life. Married to his beautiful wife, Shonda Propst, for 17 years, Andy and Shonda adopted their first son, Samuel Propst, in 2008. Further, the Propst family welcomed another new addition with their adoption of Brooklyn in 2011. Originally from Oregon and now proud to call Idaho home, Andy is also bilingual, being a fluent speaker of Russian, alongside English.

Andrew Propst

Dates: September 19-21, 2018