2010 YPN Advisory Board
2010 YPN Advisory Board
Wade Hanson, CLHMS, ABR®, GRI®, e-PRO
Hanson is an award-winning real estate broker, luxury property specialist and currently the regional development director for Weichert REALTORS® in the upper Midwest. With 10 years of experience in Minnesota real estate and also licensed in Wisconsin, Hanson has been recognized as one of the top producing real estate brokers in Minnesota. As a former owner/broker of a $55 million-plus producing real estate firm, Hanson understands the complexities involved in managing a successful real estate company. His expertise in luxury waterfront property sales, skill and sales production led him to be recognized by REALTOR® Magazine as one of 2004’s elite "30 Under 30." In 2006, Hanson represented REBAC by speaking at the National Association of REALTORS® conference and being a guest on their 2007 CD Buyer's Issues. Most recently, Hanson has been recognized for his efforts in starting the GenY-Kert program at Weichert REALTORS®, which is designed to attract young professionals into the Weichert organization.
Brian Copeland, CRS
Village Real Estate Services
Nashville REALTOR®-broker Brian Copeland is the Trends Assessment Team Leader for the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) and has been a speaker for the National Association of REALTORS® and at numerous state conventions. He is on NAR’s Professional Standards Committee and is a Sterling R RPAC contributor. He's appeared on numerous HGTV and TLC reality real estate shows. Brian consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of the Nashville market.
Immediate Past Chair
Shannon Williams King, ABR®, GRI®
Shannon Williams King founded TriBella Realty in Austin, Texas, and is co-founder of Schoolhouse Realty in San Diego, Calif. Williams King, 33, has received many awards and appointments, which attest to her success as a REALTOR®, and has overseen more than 1,000 transactions since becoming licensed in 2000. This year, Williams King is serving on the National Association of REALTORS® Executive Committee and is in her fourth term on NAR’s Strategic Planning Committee, which was an appointed position by the president of NAR to represent the perspective of consumers and REALTORS® under the age of 35. Also during 2010, Williams King is serving as vice chair for NAR’s Marketing Forum. She was a member of REALTOR® Magazine’s "30 Under 30" class of 2005. Since then, Williams King has become a nationwide speaker, traveling around the country and presenting at NAR conferences. She shares the tools, technologies, and marketing techniques with her peers that have helped her successfully sell real estate and balance her life on the road.
Advisory Board Members
Koki Adasi-Efuya, GRI®
Long & Foster Real Estate
Adasi-Efuya is a member of REALTOR® Magazine’s "30 Under 30" Class of 2008. He devotes a large portion of his time to helping the community. Adasi-Efuya is in his third term serving on the Community Service Committee for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and his second term as a board member for the YMCA's Youth & Family Services. As a full time REALTOR® for only three years, Koki has sold more than $10 million worth of real estate, mentors agents across the United States, and has become licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Amanda DiVito Parle, ABR®, CRS, CDPE, CLHMS, RE/MAX Platinum Club and Hall of Fame Award recipient
Arvada, Colo. (Serving the Denver Metro Area)
Event Sponsorship Chair
Amanda DiVito-Parle is a second generation REALTOR® who believes that serving the community is as important as serving her clients. She is currently in her second three year term as a director for the Jefferson County Association of REALTORS® in Colorado where she runs a successful real estate business, The DiVito Dream Makers. She was the 2006-07 president for the Builder-Realty Council of Metropolitan Denver (BRC) and is a member of REALTOR® Magazine's “30 Under 30” class of 2008. DiVito Parle recently co-founded the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (CYPN) and is thrilled to be a part of YPN. She is highly designated and loves to grow and change as the industry changes. Combining these efforts has allowed her to become a familiar face with her industry peers and a knowledgeable community leader as a real estate professional.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Darrin Friedman, is the branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Chevy Chase office in Washington, D.C. As a leader within the NRT-owned Coldwell Banker Residential Mid-Atlantic company, he has been recognized for creating a business-focused, innovation-first culture -- one which helped dramatically turn a long-time suffering office into a highly touted regional and national success. Friedman also is a contributor for REALTOR® Magazine and YPN Lounge and is on NAR’s Public Advocacy Advisory Group. In 2009 Friedman was nominated for NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology Spotlight Award as a visionary in the industry. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife and two children.
Nobu Hata, e-PRO
Nobu Hata is a sales associate for Edina Realty in Minneapolis, and is a founding member of the Minneapolis YPN group, the YoPros, which was the first YPN chapter established in the country. An industry veteran since 1996, Hata strives to make the real estate buying and selling "experience" better for his clients, and to make the new and old schools of real estate "play nice" at the association-level through involvement and instruction. Hata serves on NAR's Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee and is an active YPN Lounge blogger.
Rogers Healy & Associates
Rogers Healy founded Rogers Healy & Associates Residential Real Estate in 2006, after working with some of Dallas' most prestigious real estate firms. Maybe you've seen some of his T-shirts worn by Hollywood stars with the logo "Rogers Healy is my REALTOR®." Rogers started his career in real estate while he was a student at Southern Methodist University, and over the years he found that his untraditional approach to a traditional business helped him find success and enjoyment. Healy is a member of the 2009 class of "30 Under 30."
Coldwell Banker General Properties
St. Joseph, Mo.
Bobbi Howe is a second-generation REALTOR®. As the only child of a single parent, she has been helping her mother sell real estate since age 8. Howe officially received her real estate license upon graduating from high school and even spent time working as an escrow agent for a title insurance company. Twenty-three years after first being thrown in the world of real estate, she has a strong base of repeat clients, but still loves nothing more than handing keys to a first-time home buyer. Howe was a 2008 member of the Missouri Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy and co-founded the Missouri YPN Chapter in 2009. In her spare time, Howe enjoys running marathons and has recently become a Twitter addict.
Courtney Johnson Rose, GRI®
George E. Johnson Development Inc.
Courtney Johnson Rose is a native Houstonian who entered real estate in 2000. When she was 28 years old, Johnson Rose was selected by REALTOR® Magazine as one of the "30 under 30" for 2007. She was also awarded “Realtist of the Year” in 2007 by the Houston Real Estate Association and Salesperson of the Year in 2009. She received the President’s Award from the NAACP Ft. Bend Chapter in 2009. Johnson Rose has been honored by Rolling Out Magazine as one of Houston’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in Houston and she was featured on the January 2008 cover of Real Estate Executive Magazine. In addition, she was featured in the Houston Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Houston for 2009.” Johnson Rose attributes her knowledge and passion for real estate to the influence of her father, George Johnson, an African-American developer who started his company George E. Johnson Development Inc. in 1974. The company has since managed more than $1 billion in commercial real estate projects. Johnson Rose obtained her bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her master’s in community development from Prairie View A&M University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in urban planning. Johnson Rose is an adjunct professor of real estate for Prairie View A&M University and Texas Southern University. She is married to Teeba Rose and they have one son, Carter Rose.
Brio Realty and ActiveRain Corp.
Jonathan Washburn is a pioneer in online real estate as CEO of ActiveRain Corp., a social network for real estate professionals that he co-founded in 2006 with a high school buddy. ActiveRain.com was named Most Innovative Media Site by Inman News in 2007. Before ActiveRain, Washburn founded one of the first Internet brokerages, WhyNotOwn Real Estate. Soon after selling the business in 2004, Washburn founded Brio Realty Inc., an online and bricks-and-mortar brokerage. REALTOR® Magazine recognized Washburn as part of its 2008 "30 Under 30" class.
Aaron Wheeler, CLHMS, CRS
San Francisco and Las Vegas
Aaron Wheeler is the president and managing broker of Oakville Properties and president of Oakville Capital, a luxury mortgage brokerage licensed in California, Florida, and New York. He is also the founder/editor of LUXRETECH, a site dedicated to helping real estate professionals leverage technology for luxury home marketing, and president of RealAdTrack, a service that will allow real estate professionals to measure the effectiveness and ROI of their online and print advertising. Wheeler is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Million Dollar Guild member, and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). He is a member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and the FIABCI International Real Estate Federation. As a huge proponent of leveraging technology in real estate, Wheeler is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Wheeler has presented at the National Association of REALTORS®, LuxuryRealEstate.com spring and fall retreats, Leaders in Luxury, and The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing's Marketing Effectiveness/Third Day workshop.