Amy Somerville is Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Engagement with RE/MAX LLC. She began her RE/MAX career in 2003 as a Sales Associate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she eventually led a top-producing sales team. In 2008, she moved to Denver and joined RE/MAX LLC as a Franchise Development Consultant. Three years later, Amy shifted her focus from operations to education, and has led the way in developing training through RE/MAX University.
Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to help people unlearn some dangerous lessons about leadership. As the founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, he has helped top organizations around the world increase their leadership capacity. As a speaker, Drew has delivered keynotes to more than 250,000 people across five continents. His TED talk "Everyday Leadership" was voted one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time.
Matt van Winkle is Founder and CEO of RE/MAX Northwest, which is home to 375 agents across 10 offices in Washington State. Matt made his first entrepreneurial move when he decided to pursue real estate in lieu of a traditional law career. After several years as an independent broker, he opened his first RE/MAX office at Green Lake in the summer of 2011. Matt and his team are constantly trying to improve, experimenting in new ways to serve clients, while staying on the cutting edge of technology.
Gabriella Makar (RE/MAX Elite, Edmonton, AB) was born in Italy and her family moved to Canada when she was 10 years old. She joined the real estate industry a decade ago and has remained with the RE/MAX brand throughout her entire career. Gabriella recently completed a virtual transaction with a buyer from California, and on this episode, she chats about that process.
Scott Stratten and his wife, Alison, are co-authors of 6 best-selling business books, podcast co-hosts and co-owners of UnMarketing Inc. They have worked with businesses like PepsiCo, IBM, Cirque du Soleil and Microsoft to help them focus less on marketing and focus more on engaging. Their latest book, The Jackass Whisperer, is a rallying cry for everyone tired of people who use speakerphones in open-plan offices, and is a definitive guide for how to deal with the worst people on Earth.
Jesse Peters (RE/MAX Executives, Winnipeg, MB) is known as Mr. Social Savvy. With a background in creative advertising and marketing, Jesse has become an industry thought-leader when it comes to utilizing the power of video and social media. Since becoming a licensed REALTOR® in 2012, Jesse has led several video bootcamps to help educate agents on how they can build their business through video. Aside from being named a BombBomb video influencer on multiple occasions, Jesse has inspired many sales associates with his enthusiasm and infectious personality.
Valerie Garcia is a speaker, consultant and encourager who works with entrepreneurs and businesses to help them improve, grow and overcome fear. In her 20+ year career, Valerie has gained a wealth of experience in leadership, teaching, training, writing and public speaking. She uses that experience to help her clients change their business, communicate better with their customers and become happier people. On this episode, Valerie shares findings from her recent, COVID-19-edition webinar, Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Dan Desilets (RE/MAX First, Calgary, AB) recently worked with buyers from B.C. and helped them purchase their Calgary home entirely through video and virtual techniques. Dan didn't actually meet the clients in person until possession day. He joined Wade Paterson on this episode to talk about how he did this virtual transaction from start to finish.
Justin Havre (RE/MAX First, Calgary, AB) is team leader of Justin Havre & Associates. He began his career in the high-tech industry, but switched to real estate in 2005 and has built an incredibly successful career. In 2019, Justin Havre & Associates was the #1 RE/MAX team in Canada for production and the #5 RE/MAX team in the world for production. On this episode, Justin talks about the importance of staying positive during this global pandemic.
Curtus Collins (RE/MAX Crown Real Estate, Regina, SK) is our Southern Saskatchewan ambassador for the Young Leaders Network and a representative on RE/MAX of Western Canada's Group Advertising Committee. He has earned the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and, in 2017, he was awarded with the Crown Service Award. In the winter, Curtus enjoys snowmobiling in British Columbia.
Kim Knutson is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Western Canada's newest office: RE/MAX North of 60 Realty in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Kim has been working as a REALTOR® since September 2015, and has received several national awards. She plans to create a supportive — and zen — office environment where her agents can thrive.
Marie Sheppy is Manager of Corporate Affairs with RE/MAX of Western Canada. She has been with the regional head office for 19 years, and what she is perhaps best known for is her passion and hard work behind RE/MAX of Western Canada’s community care program, which includes fundraising and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. When Marie is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Ethan and Ella, and her three animals: Pishi, Molly and Kitty.
Terry Compton (RE/MAX Kelowna) is a top-producing sales associate with an extensive background in home improvement, interior design and kitchen design. Terry has earned the RE/MAX Hall of Fame career award relatively quickly, and reached Chairman’s Club status in 2017. When she’s not busy helping her clients, Terry loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, as well as traveling and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying strong and active in the community.
Scott Ziegler (RE/MAX Saskatoon) has been with his brokerage for nearly 15 years. He started his career off strong, winning Rookie of the Year in 2006. Half of Scott’s business comes from repeat and referral business and the other half comes from working with FSBOs (For Sale By Owner). Scott is an early adopter of technology, and utilizes video and even podcasting to communicate to his audience. Scott has also earned the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award. As referenced in the episode, you can contact Scott by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hal Elrod is one of the highest-rated keynote speakers in North America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence, and author of one of the highest rated, best-selling books in the world: The Miracle Morning. At the age of 20, Hal was hit head-on by a drunk driver traveling 70 miles per hour. His heart stopped for six minutes, he broke 11 bones, and eventually woke from a coma to be told by doctors he would never walk again. Not only did Hal walk, he went on to run a 52-mile ultra-marathon and become a hall-of-fame business achiever by the age of 30. Then, in November 2016, Hal nearly died again. His kidneys, lungs and heart were on the verge of failing, which led to his being diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. Despite all of the challenges Hal has experienced, he is one of the most positive and inspirational individuals in the world, sharing a message that has helped many others overcome their own personal challenges.
Sean Gillis (RE/MAX Grand Prairie) was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He has been in real estate for more than a decade and has built his career on referrals and repeat business. Sean was a Titan Club Award winner in 2018 and received the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Career Award in 2017.
Wade Paterson, host of The RE/MAX Hustle Podcast, shares a quick year-end recap and says a huge "thank you" to listeners of the podcast. If this is your first time listening to an episode, we’d strongly suggest you go and check out one of the previous episodes as well, because this is much shorter and much different than the others.
Johnny Earle (aka Johnny Cupcakes) is an award-winning entrepreneur and brand hysteria expert who founded the world’s first tee-shirt bakery. Johnny was the keynote speaker at the RE/MAX of Western Canada ACTIVATE conference in Banff this past October, and he is known for helping others develop blueprints for creating brand loyalty and memorable experiences. He is also a self-proclaimed prankster who has been quoted as saying: “I enjoy bringing out the kid in everyone. Not in the sense of getting loads of people pregnant, but, you know, making people feel happy.”
Swish Goswami is a 22-year-old serial entrepreneur, three-time TEDx speaker and UN Youth Ambassador. He is founder and CEO of Trufan, an audience management platform that helps brands and influencers grow their social community, distribute viral content and sell directly to their top fans. Trufan has raised more than $1 million to date and is backed by several NBA players, media executives and Canadian venture firms. Swish has been published in more than 100 national and international publications and has been recognized as Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and won the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership Award.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is a Quentin Tarantino movie that was released this year, but it might also be the perfect title to describe Michele Cummins' (RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Mission, B.C.) upbringing. Her parents were the quintessential Hollywood couple and her grandfather helped pioneer MGM Studios during a career that spanned over five decades. Michele is an actress, but that has taken a backseat to her incredibly successful RE/MAX career. In 2017, Michele received the Diamond Club Award and she has continues to be one of our top individual residential producers in Western Canada. In her spare time, Michele enjoys driving her Knight Rider replica car.
Keith Roy (RE/MAX Select Realty, Vancouver B.C.) and his team have been selling homes for more than a decade and have landed a spot in the Team Diamond Club category in recent years. Keith is a frequent face in the Vancouver media on matters relating to the local and national real estate market, and he is no stranger to podcasting as he hosted more than 70 episodes of The UnReal Estate Show. On top of the countless industry awards Keith has received, he was also awarded with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. In his spare time, he collects Monopoly Boards and enjoys boating, skiing and traveling with his soul mate, Stephanie.
Jane Johnston (RE/MAX Camosun, Victoria, B.C.) grew up in a very close-knit community in downtown Toronto; her real estate team — the Briar Hill Group — is named after one of the streets in the neighbourhood she grew up in. This is one example of the fact community comes first for Jane. Since she began her real estate career in 2006, Jane has earned several real estate awards, including consistent Chairman's Club Awards, RE/MAX Hall of Fame, the MLS Special Gold Medal Award and the MLS President's Award. She also hosts the Vancouver Island Time podcast and enjoys rowing and speed skating.
Adam Contos is the CEO of RE/MAX. Following a successful career in law enforcement, Adam came to the RE/MAX organization in 2003 as an independent contractor presenting a safety training program he created specifically for real estate professionals. In 2004, he joined RE/MAX full-time as a Senior Franchise Development Consultant for the RE/MAX Mountain States Region. He was named Region Vice President the following year. Today, Adam is responsible for providing strategic direction on all aspects of major RE/MAX corporate decisions, operations and resources of the company.
Elton Ash (Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada) makes his second appearance on The RE/MAX Hustle Podcast to chat about findings from the recently-released 2019 RE/MAX Cannabis Survey.
Michael Thorne (RE/MAX Lifestyles Realty, Langley, BC) has had a lifelong relationship with real estate. Both of his parents were agents and he started working at a real estate office when he was 15 years old before obtaining his license at the age of 19. Throughout his entire career, Michael has been incredibly innovative. In 2018, BombBomb named Michael the most influential community content creator in real estate, while Inman credited him as a finalist for their real estate innovator award.
Anita Sharma Turner (RE/MAX Associates, Winnipeg, MB) has woven herself into the fabric of her community. In 2012, Anita was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Women’s Business Owners of Manitoba. She has teamed up with friends, family and colleagues to raise thousands of dollars for CancerCare Manitoba, Muscular Dystrophy, Children’s Miracle Network and, most recently, the CEO sleepout in support of End Homelessness in Winnipeg. For Anita and her family, living their best life is about love, compassion, kindness and making a difference in the world.
Prior to embarking on his real estate career, Brandon Grass (RE/MAX Kelowna) was founder and CEO of a national full-service restaurant cleaning company that serviced clients such as Cactus Club, Joeys and Earls. In 2016, Brandon began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker Horizon in Kelowna and decided to transition to RE/MAX in March of this year and has already entered the 100% club. Aside from work, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids and two French Bulldogs.
Zach Terlier (RE/MAX Real Estate (Central), Calgary, AB) grew up in a family of real estate professionals. At the age of 19, Zach purchased his first home and he has had an interest in the real estate industry ever since. His motto is, “Doing it right the first time, every time,” and his Twitter bio describes him as the “Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky REALTOR®.” Zach is also our Southern Alberta Ambassador for the RE/MAX Young Leaders Network.
Christina Ho (RE/MAX Crest Realty, Richmond, B.C.) has been involved in the real estate business for three decades, and has specifically been with RE/MAX for 20 years. She is a long-time supporter of RE/MAX conferences, and recently attended Sales Associate Orientation in Kelowna for a refresher of the tools and services RE/MAX has to offer. When she’s not busy helping her clients, Christina enjoys travelling and ballroom dancing.
Brent MacIntosh (RE/MAX River City, Edmonton, AB) is team leader of The MacIntosh Group, and has been a full-time real estate agent since 1998. In every single year since 2004, Brent has been in the top 5% of real estate agents in Edmonton. His mission statement is to exceed expectations with professional, efficient real estate service, and to leave a lasting impression to ensure every client knows how important they are to him.
Noel Nissen is the Sr. Professional Development Consultant with RE/MAX of Western Canada. Noel has been with the regional office for more than 13 years, and recently transitioned from Manager of IT Services to the newly created role of Sr. Professional Development Consultant. Noel’s passion for training and helping others, combined with his knowledge and expertise on existing RE/MAX tools, makes this adjustment a perfect fit. When he’s away from the office, Noel enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with family.
Brendan Stoneman moved to Kelowna in 1990 from the small farming community of Arborfield, Saskatchewan and has been a full-time licensed REALTOR® with RE/MAX Kelowna since 2006. During his successful career in real estate, Brendan has reached the Chairman’s Club Level and earned the RE/MAX Hall of Fame career award. Prior to selling real estate, Brendan played in the band Run The Red Light, and shared the stage with several Canadian artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Nickelback, Bif Naked and The Tea Party. Although he still is passionate about music, Brendan’s main focus these days is on marketing and selling properties, as well as spending time with his wife and three children.
Joel Davoren, co-owner of RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand, leads a team that brings on new business owners and consults with existing franchise owners and sales associates, empowering them to achieve business mastery and increase profitability. When Joel is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, as well as cycling.
Shawn Kanungo is an entrepreneur, disruption strategist and keynote speaker. He has been recognized globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years working at Deloitte. He is a practitioner who has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. Shawn has adopted the concepts of voice technology, behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to help create world-class client experiences.
Deborah Moore is owner and manager of the RE/MAX offices in Summerland, Penticton and Osoyoos, B.C. Deborah was RE/MAX of Western Canada’s Multi-Office Broker/Owner of the Year in 2016, and she has given back significantly to the industry throughout her 30-year real estate career. She is currently an instructor with the BC Real Estate Association and serves as a director for the South Okanagan Real Estate Board. When she’s away from the office, Deborah enjoys traveling, entertaining and wine tasting.
Roy Anderson is an Executive Director with RE/MAX of Western Canada and has been in the RE/MAX system for 32 years. Roy oversees the entire Member Services Department, which includes all RE/MAX of Western Canada franchise relations and events. When he’s away from the office, Roy enjoys spending time with his four children, and has been involved with coaching and mentoring local high school football players in Kelowna and the Lower Mainland for many years. He is also a proud supporter of the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks.
On this special episode, Wade Paterson — host of The RE/MAX Hustle Podcast — reviews some of the podcast highlights from the first half of 2019. He discusses why the podcast was launched, what you can expect in the future and, of course, some of the best RE/MAX Hustle tips from the past 6 months.
Jennifer Berry (RE/MAX Crest Realty, Vancouver, B.C.) grew up in beautiful North Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Economics and a Certificate in Executive Marketing. She has been a real estate advisor for HGTV shows such as Property Brothers and Worst to First. Jen has shared her marketing knowledge by volunteering as Vancouver Chair on the RE/MAX of Western Canada Group Advertising Committee. She’s also a member of the RE/MAX of Western Canada Technology Committee and an Ambassador of the recently formed Young Leaders Network.
Colin Krieg (RE/MAX Kelowna) has been surrounded by real estate his entire life. He works closely with his parents, Wolf and Julie, as part of The Krieg Family real estate team. In 2006, at the time of receiving his real estate license, Colin was the youngest REALTOR in B.C. Since then, he has earned many RE/MAX awards and even spoken at the RE/MAX R4 Conference in Las Vegas. When he’s not helping buyers and sellers, Colin enjoys photography, videography, cycling and boating.
Mike Reagan, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Global Growth and Development with RE/MAX LLC, was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined RE/MAX as a director in 1990. His first years with the network were spent transforming the annual RE/MAX Convention into a premier, world-class event. In 2009, Mike began leading the RE/MAX Commercial network, where his direction became the driving force behind the division’s dramatic expansion in membership. Mike’s energy has also helped establish RE/MAX as a leading contributor to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Today, Mike leads global development for RE/MAX World Headquarters. He is an avid golfer and painter, and he enjoys restoring classic cars.
Juli Wenger (RE/MAX River City, Edmonton) is our Northern Alberta Ambassador for the RE/MAX Young Leaders Network; she runs the "Sold Edmonton Real Estate Group," also known as: "Sold YEG." Juli is passionate about empowering and inspiring people with the goal of creating positive change in the world. Born and raised on the prairies, she is a self-proclaimed wine snob, foodie and total goofball.
Scott Predenchuk, a commercial RE/MAX real estate agent in Regina, Saskatchewan, has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. His commitment has led to involvement serving as past chairman and director for the Regina Commercial Real Estate Division, co-founder of the Regina RE/MAX Commercial Group, and member of the Regina Commercial Listing Service since its inception. Scott is a ten-time Top 5 Canadian and World Commercial Team award winner and a two-time #1 World Team award winner for RE/MAX Commercial.
Melanie Galea (RE/MAX La Biche Realty) is a RE/MAX Hall of Fame agent who services the Fort McMurray area. She has grown her business by leveraging the power of video and, in 2017, BombBomb ranked Melanie #4 in the industry when it comes to top listing video influencers. Melanie has also discovered ways of leveraging her video content, claiming that a single live video can actually be broken into 20 pieces of additional supplementary content.
Mark Thiessen is a commercial agent with RE/MAX Professionals in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mark has spent his entire 30-year career exclusively in the commercial real estate industry. He is active in all aspects of commercial real estate including: Investment sales, acquisition and leasing in office, retail, industrial, multi-residential properties, land and consulting. He has authored Winnipeg REALTORS® “Offer to Lease” and he has co-authored the Manitoba Real Estate Association’s “Offer to Purchase,” which has been widely accepted without revisions since 2005. Each of the past three years, Mark has landed in the Top 5 of Western Canada RE/MAX Commercial Associates.
Kingsley Ma is a Director with RE/MAX of Western Canada and works within the Member Services department. Prior to joining RE/MAX in 2017, Kingsley was a Franchise Sales and Development Director with Century 21 for nearly 13 years. Within his LinkedIn bio, he explains that his purpose is: to give real estate professionals the best chance to be successful.
Rhonda Navratil (RE/MAX River City, Edmonton, AB) sold with RE/MAX in Winnipeg from 1987 to 2001 before moving to Edmonton. Since then, she has focused in on Geo Farming, and has become the dominant REALTOR® in the neighbourhood where she lives. Using the slogan, "She Sells Summerside," Rhonda has built a multi-layered marketing approach, which has proven to be very successful. She is a RE/MAX Chairman's Club award winner.
There are currently more than 120,000 Sales Associates globally in the RE/MAX network. Sixty-eight of those active individuals have earned the title of Luminary of Distinction. The most coveted RE/MAX career award recognizes agents who have earned over $20 million during a RE/MAX career of at least 20 years. Big John Peterson of RE/MAX Realty Professionals in Calgary, Alberta, is one of those 68, and has built a career around consistent results for his clients.
Since 1991, real estate has been Tony Joe's (RE/MAX Camosun Oak Bay) main focus. He is team leader of the Prime Real Estate Team and is known as an innovator in the field for leading the way in technology, community involvement and customer experience. Tony is past president of the Victoria Real Estate Board, host of The Whole Home Show on CFAX 1070 and chairs numerous other committees.
Léo Bruneau of RE/MAX All Points Realty in Coquitlam, BC, was born and raised in the French neighbourhood of Maillardville. Léo had strong family and community values instilled at a very young age. As a result of his involvement in the community, he has received many awards, including the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Children’s Miracle Network Volunteer Award for raising more than $100,000.
Travis Hawryluk (RE/MAX Real Estate Edmonton) was raised just outside Spruce Grove, Alberta, and grew up in a real estate family. His dad, Roger, helped him gain a quick understanding of the business and since then, Travis has consistently improved his skillset and elevated his production levels.
Taylor Hack (RE/MAX River City, Edmonton AB) joined RE/MAX in 2013 and it only took him three years to go from real estate newbie to top 5% of the Greater Edmonton Area marketplace. He’s been featured as a Young Gun by Real Estate Professional Magazine and recently his team, Hack & Co, hit the milestone of 500 homes sold since 2013.
Ted Cawkwell (RE/MAX Saskatoon) began his working career early in life on a family grain farm near Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan. From owning a grain farming operation at age 23 to building one of the world’s most remote and luxurious fly-in fishing resorts in 2004, Ted has had a diverse and layered career. About seven-and-a-half years ago, Ted joined RE/MAX and has quickly risen to diamond club status. He is one of our top commercial agents in Western Canada.
Tamara Stone is a lifelong resident of Kelowna, B.C. She grew up in a real estate family and became licensed in 1995. Today, Tamara and her sister, Shannon, lead the Stone Sisters Group, which has been a RE/MAX Diamond Club Team over the past few years.
RE/MAX of Western Canada Executive Vice President Elton Ash reflects on his 35 years with the RE/MAX organization. He explains why RE/MAX affiliates are often quick to share their knowledge with the network and speaks about some of the disruption currently happening in our industry.