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Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members. Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun appears often as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and is a regular guest columnist on the Forbes website. Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.



Marki Lemons

With 25 years of marketing experience, Marki Lemons-Ryhal a fifth generation entrepreneur, third generation restaurateur and first generation infopreneur has established herself as an award winning social media speaker and course author. In a market where change is the only constant factor, Marki’s has used her dynamic, professional attitude and vast experience to become one of the top speakers in the country relying on content from one of the fifteen classes she has authored. By consistently offering sound industry analysis and professional guidance, Marki’s expertise has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Agent Magazine, Forbes, REALTOR® Magazine and has also been included on CBS News Chicago and CNBC. In 2010 Marki was named the Illinois Real Estate Educator of the Year. Marki began her career in education in 1993 and currently works as a speaker and coach, teaching social media and technology classes for the National Association of REALTORS®, CHASE, Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, REALOGY, and Chicago City Colleges. Marki resides in Bronzeville with her husband Stephen and their two sons Skyler and Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Chicago State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University.


Brad Ward

Brad has been with Michigan Realtors® since 2001 and is a lobbyist for the association involved in all legislative issues at the state level. He is the principal staff person for the Public Policy Committee and  RPAC trustees. Brad completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and received his law degree from Wayne State University. He formerly served as a Legislative Aide to Representative Nancy Cassis.


Brian Westrin

Brian Westrin is Director of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for the Michigan Realtors®. He helps facilitate both the Public Policy Committee & Legal Action Committee. He regularly presents on legal and policy issues, often working directly with local associations on emerging concerns. Brian is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Michigan State University College of Law.


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