Sherry Chris is president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation. Sherry has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including, significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. Sherry serves on the advisory boards for Realtor.com and Zillow and has been part of a number of industry and technology-related advisory boards, including Trulia and Google Real Estate. In addition, she is the vice chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together and vice chair of the real estate services advisory board at NAR.
Wendy has leveraged her passion for real estate, technology and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. Since joining Carrington Real Estate Services in 2012 as Executive Vice President/Head of Global Operations the company has grown significantly and is today one the of top 100 brokerages in the United States. She was recognized in 2016 by the Swanepoel Power 200 as one of the Top 20 Trendsetters in the residential real estate industry. She is a contributor to Inman News, a Location Scout writer for Market Watch and frequently speaks about leveraging technology and branding to grow your business. You can follow Wendy on Twitter @brandwendy or email.
Meredith Low is publisher of Modern Luxury Hawaii, Hawaii Insider’s Guide and Ala Moana Shopping Magazine, and leads the Hawaii market for Modern Luxury magazines. In her role, Meredith is responsible for the branding, sales, marketing, events and distribution of Modern Luxury publications in Hawaii.
Modern Luxury Hawaii is the preeminent luxury lifestyle publication in Hawaii, acting as the local authority on topics such as high-end retail, dining hot spots, design trends and Hawaii’s top tastemakers and personalities.
Beth Whitehead is the chief administrative officer and executive vice president of American Savings Bank (ASB). Beth oversees a wide range of functions including Human Resources, Learning and Development, Community Advancement, Communications, Public Relations, Government Affairs, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Security. Additionally, Beth is overseeing the planning and construction of ASB’s new campus.
Beth is responsible for the employee experience, and ASB has been recognized nationally by American Banker and Fortune Magazine; and locally by Hawaii Business Magazine for its outstanding workplace culture.
Kelly Hoen has over 22 years of experience in leading hotels in Hawaii. In her current role as General Manager of The MODERN HONOLULU, she is leading the team to build a new stylish lifestyle brand that defies convention. She leads all aspects, to include Sales and Marketing, Operations, Team Member engagement, and community relations. Prior to her current role, she was General Manager at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort where she led its team through an $80 million renovation and rebranding of the hotel. Her leadership transformed the iconic hotel into a world‐class resort generating over $70 million per year.
Scott Creel is Senior Marketing Manager, General Growth Properties of Ala Moana Center. Ala Moana Center (AMC) is the largest shopping center in the State of Hawaii and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. With 340 stores and restaurants, Ala Moana Center achieves an estimated 48 million shopping visitations per year with sales exceeding $1 billion annually, and is General Growth Properties flagship shopping center among its 120 properties nationwide. Leading Ala Moana Center’s consumer marketing efforts is Scott Creel, senior marketing manager, who along with his dedicated local team and with support from some of Hawaii’s top advertising and public relations agencies helps increase AMC’s pre- and post-arrival brand awareness to a worldwide customer audience including the important Asian markets of Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, as well as Oceania and the Hawaii resident.
Jed Carlson is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on technology and marketing, and is the CEO of Adwerx. Previous ventures include SmartPrint, a division of AmeriDisc Inc, and ReverbNation, the music-marketing platform with 3.5 million users. Jed is obsessed with taking on the digital challenges that face small businesses, and building scalable, simple and affordable products to solve them. He has an MBA from Duke University and lives in Durham with his wife and three children.
Jeff Hyland is a real estate expert, architectural historian, author, and the co-founder and President of Hilton & Hyland. Growing up in Little Holmby, the iconic area between UCLA and Beverly Hills, Hyland discovered his passion for real estate and architectural design at an early age. As the son of a writer father and artist mother, he also spent much of his youth in and around Beverly Hills, where he bore witness to the growth that defines the city today.
Serving as Managing Director of The Agency Development Group, Andy brings with him over 13 years of residential strategic sales and luxury real estate marketing experience. He is widely recognized in the industry for his leadership ability, market knowledge, and creative expertise, establishing long-lasting partnerships with real estate developers and producing proven sales and marketing strategies.
Prior to his role at The Agency, Andy served as Vice President of Sales at The Mark Company, and Vice President of Residential Sales and Marketing at The Howard Hughes Corporation, where he spearheaded the sales and marketing division of Ward Village, a 60-acre master-planned community in Honolulu.
Nick Vanderboom is Senior Vice President, Development, leading all development activities for the company's Hawaii assets, including Ward Village. In this role, Nick touches all facets of the development process, including entitlements, community relations, leasing, marketing, design and construction. He is also active with corporate initiatives and works with senior management on development, strategic planning and communications.
Chad Roffers is an entrepreneur who has overseen the successful sale of more than $1 billion in real estate worldwide. As the managing director and chairman of international luxury real estate company Concierge Auctions, Roffers draws on his background in online advertising, negotiation and real estate sales to manage the selection and marketing of auction properties spanning the globe. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in political science, Roffers served as the director of business development at US WEST, while simultaneously pursuing his MBA at the University of Denver.
With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Paul created the Luxury Portfolio program, which he continues to lead as president. He also oversees Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, serving as COO. Paul began his career marketing office towers and later joined a top residential firm becoming Marketing Director for a major franchise. Today, he is an industry speaker on topics like raising the bar for branding, synergies with the resort market and the luxury market. Among his many distinctions, he was named to the 2016 Swanepoel, ranked on Inman’s Most Influential list.
Since 1971, Chris Webster has integrated numerous successful activities as an international real estate broker, developer, consultant, art dealer, and entrepreneur, all of which have continually yielded accolades and respect from clients and colleagues alike. He founded his estate brokerage in 1976 that subsequently became Sotheby’s International Realty's exclusive affiliate for New Mexico and Mexico, was recognized as the affiliate of the year in 1992, and in 1998, Chris sold his Santa Fe brokerage to Sotheby’s Holdings as their first ever acquisition of an affiliate company. Similarly, Chris was invited to be the exclusive broker member of The Estates Club | Leading Estates of the World. In 2015, he acquired this preeminent global publishing company, founded in 1969, and is now its Publisher. “For me, it’s all about relationships. To facilitate my clients' realization of their goals and dreams, making the ordinary extraordinary, the great greater, and the world better as a result - is the pinnacle of my professional pursuit and passion."
Earl Lee became the Co-President and Kailua branch manager for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hawaii Realty in March of 2016. Earl in December 2014 retired from his position as CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, which he held since 2012. HSF Affiliates LLC, operates the real estate brokerage networks of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesSM, Prudential Real Estate, and Real Living Real Estate. He also served as president of Prudential Real Estate.
Earl led the Prudential Real Estate network for most of the past decade, first as president of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates from 2000 to 2006, and as president of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services from 2008 through 2011. He oversaw Prudential Relocation for five years in addition to these assignments.
Scott Higashi is the second President & CEO of Locations and currently oversees the overall strategy and operations of the company, notably the firm’s core brokerage operations, and institutional and developer client account relationships.
A versatile business professional, his career experience includes leadership roles in both operations and sales at Colliers Monroe Friedlander, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Hawaii Cruises. Scott’s dynamic skill set and history of driving forward thinking programs has made him an irreplaceable leader at Locations.
Karl Heyer IV is the managing member of Heyer & Associates. Karl has been actively involved in real estate development for more than 25 years. His experience includes new business development, project feasibility, new product sales and marketing, with a specialization in high-rise luxury real estate sales and marketing in Honolulu. His knowledge of inventory, economic conditions, and historical perspective combine for a unique understanding of the marketplace and the forces driving it.
Karl’s expertise lies in his ability to convey comprehensive financial and sales strategies to developers by offering guidance from pre-development by assisting in feasibility studies and market analyses. From his distinguished development experience with successful projects he is able to provide financial models, and marketing insights, into site selection, design concepts, buyer profiling, and pricing.