April 21, 2018

2012 YPN Advisory Subcommittee

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2012 YPN Advisory Subcommittee

Meet the advisory board for this year's Young Professionals Network.


Nobu Hata, e-PRO
Edina Realty

Minneapolis, Minn.

Nobu Hata is an instructor and 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 and national level through involvement, education and instruction. A new media and tech geek, Hata was a 2010 Minnesota and Minneapolis REALTOR® of the Year nominee, serves on NAR's Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity and Communications Committee and is an active YPN Lounge blogger.

Vice Chair

Rob Mehta, ABR, CIPS
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Plymouth, Minn.

Rob Mehta is a native of the Twin Cities and has been in the real estate industry since 1997. He is currently sales manager for Coldwell Banker Burnet just outside of Minneapolis. Prior to joining the Coldwell Banker organization, Mehta was the founder and owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Group and spent a decade with the RE/MAX organization in both sales and management. He was also involved in the co-founding of a real estate company in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006. Mehta is a is a graduate of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® Compass Academy and of the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy. He has served as a continuing education instructor for the National Association of REALTORS®, the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, and Blue University at Coldwell Banker. Rob previously served as president of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, and is currently chair of MAR's Government Affairs Committee. He serves on NAR's Board of Directors and on the CIPS Advisory and Risk Management Committees, and is the President’s Liaison to Technology and Business Issues.

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Copeland, CRS
Village Real Estate Services

Nashville, Tenn.

Brian Copeland consistently sells in the top 1 percent of his Nashville market where he was the 2005 Rookie of the Year. He founded and leads REBarcamp Nashville, and was named the 2010 NAR Technology Spotlight Advocate Award winner. Copeland is a Golden R President’s Circle RPAC contributor and serves as his local RPAC chair. Additionally, Copeland is on Tennessee’s Governmental Affairs Committee as well as NAR’s Cultural Diversity Committee. He has worked on NAR’s Professional Standards committee and the Federal Technology Issues Advisory. He’s on the Executive Committee for the Council of Residential Specialists and is the emcee of their national convention, Sell-a-bration. Copeland is a nationally recognized blogger and speaks at over 40 national and state conferences each year from Hawaii to Nova Scotia. On the YPN front, Copeland as helped form four Tennessee YPN chapters and continues to serve on his local advisory. He’s appeared on multiple HGTV and TLC series and serves as a real estate news commentator.

Advisory Board Members

Spring Bengtzen
Keller Williams
Eden, Utah

Spring Bengtzen is branch broker for Keller Williams in Eden, Utah, where she has distinguished herself as the go-to expert in the resort and second home market in Northern Utah. Bengtzen has an extensive background in new construction, development and marketing of master plan communities. Bengtzen showed initiative and a strong work ethic from the very beginning of her career as a real estate professional. As part of a team and as an individual, she has sold more than $100 million in real estate properties in her seven-year career. Bengtzen attributes part of her success to treating her clients like friends and family members. These qualities and accomplishments are the things that made it possible for her to be recognized as one of REALTOR® Magazines 30 under 30 class of 2010. She is a Sterling R – RPAC contributor and is the co-founder of her local YPN network.

Matt Case
Coldwell Banker Schmidt
Traverse City, Mich.

Matt Case is a 14-year veteran of the real estate industry and has served local, state and national associations in various roles. Case co-founded the YPN Michigan network and is a member of the NAR Leadership Academy class of 2011. He is passionate about the development of the next generation of great REALTORS®. As vice president of Business Development for Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Case leads recruiting efforts for the third largest Coldwell Banker Affiliate in the nation.  Case loves technology, leverages the power of social networks, and is taller in real life.

Tiffany Curry, ABR
Prudential Gary Greene, REALTORS®

Houston, Texas

Tiffany Curry is a multi-million-dollar producing, first-generation REALTOR® who specializes in corporate relocation and residential home sales. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and has studied graduate-level broadcasting and journalism. Curry serves on the Houston Association of REALTORS®’ (HAR) Board of Directors, and chaired the Nextgen REALTOR® YPN Group (2010 YPN Chapter of the Year). She has been featured in the Houston Business Journal multiple times and was also recently selected as one of HAR's 2010 NRG "20 under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate." Tiffany has served on the 2009 and 2010 HAR TREPAC Advisory Group where in 2010, over $600,000 in member contributions were raised in support of TREPAC/RPAC. In her spare time, Tiffany assists under privileged youth learning to prepare for life after high school using what she learned in college as VP of public relations for Toastmasters International. She has served on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Board of Director.

Heather Elias
Century 21 Redwood Realty
Ashburn, Virginia

Heather Elias is a career real estate professional and training director at Century 21 Redwood Realty in Ashburn, Virginia. Her blog about Loudoun County,, has garnered her national acclaim and generated 75 percent of her business in the last four years. Elias is a sought after presenter and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country, including Inman Connect, NAR's Annual Conference & Expo and Midyear conferences, Real Estate Tech South, and BlogWorld. In addition to the YPN Advisory Committee, Elias serves on NAR's Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction and Communications Committees, and chairs the Virginia Association of REALTORS®' Information Management Committee. Outside of real estate, Elias is mom to four amazing children, and coaches her oldest daughter's travel softball team.

Lorieal Green, MBA, ABR, CDPE, HUD Certified Counselor
Keller Williams Cityside

Atlanta, Ga.

In 2002, Lorieal Green received an MBA with a concentration in sales and marketing. By the end of 2004, Lorieal's first year in real estate, she was awarded Rookie of the Year. Green lead her office for two consecutive years as the top producing individual agent and was the eighth highest producing agent in metropolitan Atlanta with Coldwell Banker. In 2007, she obtained a broker license in the state of Georgia and was honored by REALTOR® Magazine as a 30 Under 30. In 2009, Green affiliated with Keller Williams and is a member of the Associate Leadership Council (A.L.C.). She is a life member of the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® Million Dollar Club and served as a director of the Atlanta Board in 2011. Lorieal is also on NAR's Housing Advisory Board and Diversity Committee. She resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and son.

Kerri Hartnett, PMN, GRI, Earth Advantage Certified Broker
Keller Williams Realty Portland Central
Portland, Oregon

Kerri is a third generation REALTOR® with over nine years of personal experience in the business.  As a technology trainer andprincipal broker licensed with Keller Williams Realty, Hartnett has proved to be invaluable resource to her colleagues in Portland and around the country.  She has served in several leadership positions throughout her local real estate community, including 2010 chapter president for the Greater Portland Area Women’s Council of REALTORS®, serving on the Board of Directors at the Oregon Association of REALTORS® since 2010, and is a founding member of the Oregon REALTORS® Young Professionals Network, serving as the current chair.  In addition, Hartnett is serving on the Federal Housing Policy Committee for a second term, and on the National Women’s Council of Realtors® Professional Development Committee.  Hartnett was featured on HGTV’s “My First Place” in 2010, and has sustained as a top-producing agent working with buyers, sellers, and investors in the Portland area.  She is passionate about helping people to reach their dreams and offers her clients the highest customer service experience possible.

Bobbi Howe, CRS
RE/MAX Professionals of St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Mo.

Bobbi Howe is a second-generation REALTOR® who first started helping her mother sell real estate when she was 8 years old. Howe officially received her real estate license when she turned 18 and even spent time working as an escrow agent for a title insurance company before coming back to real estate full time. Howe is the vice presidentpresident-elect of the St Joseph (Mo.) Regional Association of REALTORS®, chair of the Missouri Association of REALTORS® CENTER Committee, and is serving on the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) Trends Assessment Team. 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.

Keith Kanemoto
Prudential Rocky Mountain REALTORS®

Longmont, Colo.

Keith Kanemoto is a second generation commercial REALTOR® and shareholder in Prudential Rocky Mountain REALTORS® in Longmont, Colo. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in finance and real estate in 1999. Since joining the business, he has served as president of the Longmont Association of REALTORS®, director for the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (seven years), Northeast District Vice President for CAR, co-founder and chairperson of the CYPN Young Professionals Network, and chair of the Longmont Area Economic Council. He was one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2005, and Boulder County Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2010. Kanemoto is a graduate of the NAR 2011 Leadership Academy class and serves on NAR's Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee.

Michael Oppler, GREEN, e-PRO
Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty
Fort Lee, N.J.

Michael Oppler, a Sterling R – RPAC contributor, is vice president of Career Development and a sales associate with Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty in Northern New Jersey. He serves and chairs various committees at the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS®, is a founding member of the EBCBOR YPN network, as well as the NJAR YPN chair. Additionally, he has served nationally on the NAR Communication Committee and will be a member this year of the RPAC Major Investor Council.

Lauren Mitrick, ABR, CNE, ADPR
Newman Realty


Lauren Mitrick grew up in Chicago in a real estate family and started her career leasing residential units over seven years ago. Today, Mitrick specializes in residential and commercial sales, as well as leasing. In 2010, Mitrick was selected as one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 from young professionals across the country. Chicago Agent Magazine named Mitrick as one of their "Who's Who in Chicago Real Estate" in 2008 and again in 2010. Lauren was the youngest president to serve the Chicago chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® in 2009, and under her direction, the chapter received the Silver Excellence Award. She continues to serve the real estate community by volunteering on numerous committees for the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and joined their board of directors in the fall of 2010. Mitrick has earned her ABR, CNE, and ADPR designations and holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Illinois where she graduated with honors and distinction.

Matt Phipps
Phipps Realty
Providence, Rhode Island

Matt Phipps is a fourth generation real estate practitioner from Providence, Rhode Island. Licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Matt was recognized as one of REALTOR® Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2008. He was appointed the chair of NAR’s Communications Committee in 2009 and had also served as a member of Research, Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, and Strategic Planning committees.  Phipps co-founded the RI YPN group and has been a national YPN member since its inception.  After earning a degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C., he applied his media knowledge and skills as the creator/producer/host of Providence’s ABC6/RI News Channels’ “Real Estate Minute,” and is the producer/creator of Fox Providence/The Rhode Show’s “House Talk.” He has been featured or quoted in several local and national publications including The Washington Post, The Real Deal (NYC), USA Today, Real Estate Times, The Providence Journal. Taking lessons from a decade of experience, Phipps has spent the last few years earning his stripes as a local teacher, creating courses for Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®, and serving as a national speaker (Orlando, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago).

Tamara Suminski, GRI, ABR, ASP, e-PRO
Keller Williams Beach Cities Realty
Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Tamara Suminski is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Beach Cities Realty in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She was raised among a family of real estate investors, and received her bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University - George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. As a young professional, Suminski is a leader in the industry and pioneering the latest real estate technologies. Suminski donates a portion of all her earnings to the Children's Miracle Network and volunteers countless hours to the South Bay Association of REALTORS® as a member of the Government Affairs Committee and chair of SBAOR YPN. In 2010, Suminski was awarded "REALTOR® of the Year," just two years after being awarded "Rookie of the Year" for her involvement at the association and professionalism in the industry. She also serves as a state director for the California Association of REALTORS®, vice-chair of the C.A.R. YPN and a Legislative Liaison. As a former hotelier, Suminski is dedicated to perfecting the real estate experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of service. 

Brandi Pearl Thompson, ABR, CRS, GEI
RE/MAX Properties North
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Brandi Pearl Thompson has been licensed for six years and has worked at RE/MAX Properties North in Chattanooga, Tenn. She has a degree in education and before going selling real estate she owned a small business. Combining these to talents has allowed her to work with buyers and sellers educating them on the market.

Robert Wiebusch
NP Dodge Real Estate

Omaha, Neb.

Robert Wiebusch is vice president of operations for NP Dodge Real Estate. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis on real estate and land use economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Wiebusch also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998 to 2002. Wiebusch was highlighted in REALTOR® Magazine as a member of the 30 Under 30 Class of 2009, and was the first REALTOR® from Nebraska to receive this honor. He was also chosen to be part of the 2010-11 Leadership Omaha class. Leadership Omaha is a 10-month study of community issues, designed to develop effective leaders who will strengthen and transform the community. Wiebusch serves on various young professional and charitable boards in the Omaha community.

Association Executive Representative

Mark Epstein
Chief Operations Officer, Citrus Valley Association of REALTOR®
Greater Los Angeles Area

Mark Epstein is the Chief Operations Officer of the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® – Glendora, Calif. He began his venture into the field of association management in September of 2002. Epstein is also 2012 chair of the NAR Association Executive Young Professionals Network, the NAR REALTORS® Association Executive Committee, and also serves as an advisor to the California Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network. In addition to his association work, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s Southern California Tri-County Chapter.

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