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December 7-8, 2017 speakers.

2016 Speakers were the following:

Tripp Anderson

Tripp Anderson, ABR, CBR, DREI, GRI, ITI, RCC, received his license while still a student at Georgia State University where he majored in real estate. Later he pursued his Master’s of Business Administration degree in Management. He worked for the GREC serving as its Education Advisor. Next, he served as the Director of the Georgia Institute of Real Estate where he still teaches pre-license, post-license, and continuing education courses. Tripp has been a broker of over 1,000 closed transactions. He is active with his Board, as well as GAR for which he teaches around the state. Most recently, he has started coaching agents to help them achieve life balance and take their careers to the next level. He is also active with the Real Estate Educators Association on both the state and national levels.


Joi Bostic

Since Joi Bostic was a little girl, everyone around her would probably say that she would grow up to teach others. Although she would hold classes with her stuffed animals, she resisted and protested against a career as a teacher. Her formal education had her on track to enter corporate America in the area of marketing management. However, after college, Joi finally followed her “true calling” and entered the classroom in 1988. Since then, she has taught college credit courses, traveled the country delivering workshops and seminars and designed hundreds of courses and workshops. Joi’s goal in instructing is to ensure that learning takes place in an enjoyable safe environment and each student walks away with an understanding of the material.  


Ann Cyphers

Ann, President of Cyphers Brokerage Associates, Inc., has been extremely active in the Atlanta commercial real estate scene for many years. Prior to forming her own company, she was Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle, with responsibilities that included training, new business development and the marketing and leasing of Monarch Center for Lendlease and Securities Centre for TA Associates. Ann is a graduate of Georgia State University. 


Len Elder
  An acclaimed national instructor, Len Elder serves as our Senior Instructor and Curriculum Developer, bringing decades of successful real estate training and strategies to the classroom of Superior School’s Raleigh campus. 

Len comes to North Carolina from Tucson, Arizona, where he was co-owner and course architect of a national real estate training and coaching company focused on personal and professional development. He was also a senior instructor at the Hogan School of Real Estate for nearly a decade. The author of several development and leadership publications, Len leads instructor development workshops across the country and has earned one of the top certifications in the industry, Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) with the Real Estate Educators Association. He is a regular speaker and presenter at conferences and conventions for the National Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association, the Arizona Association of REALTORS®, and the REEA.

A great communicator who makes real estate education fun and engaging, Len delivers in several areas: as a nationally certified instructor for licensing and continuing education, as a strategist helping to keep the Superior curriculum on the leading edge, and as a trainer for other instructors. His commitment to excellence and passion for the business will inspire anyone ready to put their real estate career into high gear.

Kay Evans
Licensed in 1978 in Lafayette, LA after leaving her high school teaching position, Kay has been active in real estate brokerage and education as well as owning her own company in Louisiana.

In search of a more dynamic real estate market with a diversified economy and additional educational opportunities, Kay relocated to Atlanta where she has been managing broker of several real estate offices.  She was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Power Brokers and named to “Who’s Who in Real Estate” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for multiple years.  

She has served as Educational Director of two prominent real estate schools in Georgia, revised a textbook and served as the primary instructor. Kay  assisted Bob Jones in founding the GREEA chapter where she served as chapter president in its second year.  A career highlight for Kay was being selected as the Real Estate Educator of the Year for the National Real Estate Educators Association.   

In 1999, Kay partnered with Bob Kilinski to open Keller Williams Realty in the Southeast Region, growing it currently to over 9,500 associates in 57 offices. She continues to teach real estate classes as a member of their Master Faculty.

Kay and her husband of 57 years, Glen, make their primary home on the Gulf Coast of Alabama while retaining a residence in Atlanta.  They have a son and a daughter and 5 granddaughters.


Wade Gaddy 
  Wade Gaddy is a certified appraiser and the founder of the Atlanta Institute of Real Estate. He has been associated with real estate education since 1972. He is the author of several real estate texts and has served on the continuing education faculties of four Georgia universities. Wade was selected as the 2004 Instructor of the Year by the GAR Partners in Education program.  Wade is on the faculty of the South Carolina Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI). His textbook, Real Estate Fundamentals, is utilized by real estate schools throughout the country. Wade was recently designated a Certified Instructor of the Uniform Standards Of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This prestigious designation is issued by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation in Washington, DC.  

 Tom Gillett
  Tom Gillett, REALTOR® Emeritus, has been a mainstay in real estate and appraisal training and education for over twenty years.  Having worked as a salesperson, broker, and appraiser for over 40 years in 5 decades, Tom has harnessed that experience and now focuses his efforts in education.  Tom is President of The Tom Gillette Company, Inc, and oversees its subsidiaries, the Institute of Real Estate Training and Gillette Real Estate Education.  

Currently, Tom makes over 200 presentations per year in varied real estate subjects and has authored for companies such as Applied Measurement Professionals, The Psychology Corporation, Thomson-Computaught, Cengage Publishing, Thomson South-Western, the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and pens ongoing articles for REALTOR® Online Magazine.  Tom has authored the real estate career manual “Breakaway To Success” and with Charles Jacobus, co-authored the textbook “Georgia Real Estate:  An Introduction To The Profession.”  His commitment to education has been recognized by the Georgia Association of REALTORS® as he has three times (2003, 2012, and 2013) been the recipient of the Georgia Instructor of the Year award.  Additionally, Tom was honored to receive the Distinguished Career award from the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association and named Captain of Industry by his local Board of REALTORS®.


Joe Kennedy
  Joe Kennedy, ASR, ABR, C-CREC, CBR, has been involved in real estate education since 1977. During his real estate career, he has served as director of several of Georgia's prominent real estate education providers. Joe is a Past President of the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association, as well as the Region 5 Past President of the National Real Estate Educators Association. He remains active in both his real estate practice and in education and firmly believes, "One must be active in the industry to become not only an effective educator, but an effective mentor." Joe holds numerous professional designations and is the founder of the Accredited Seller Representative (ASR) designation.

Frank Mears
  Frank Mears, ABR, CDPE, CRB, CNE, CSP, GRI, SFR, SRS, SRES, entered the real estate profession as a sales associate in 1977, obtained his broker license in 1984 and has sold real estate in Georgia, South Carolina, and California as well as managed offices in Georgia and California.  
Frank also serves on the Georgia Real Estate Commissions Education Advisory Council and was named “2002 Instructor of the Year” by the Georgia Association of REALTORS®.      
In 2005, Frank was inducted into the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Buyers Agency Councils “Hall of Fame” for his contributions to buyer representation on a state and national level. In 2007, Frank was named "Educator of the Year" by the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association. Frank has earned the "Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)" designation conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation.

 Dr. Debbie Phillips
  Debbie Phillips is an entrepreneur and management professional with more than 25 years of experience specializing in the real estate industry. Before forming her own company The Quadrillion, an international consulting firm in 1997, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President for two national real estate firms. 

In addition to her private consulting, Debbie is currently serving as Executive Director for the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation and is the lead instructor for the organization’s college programs in Residential Property Management. Dr. Phillips has consulted multi-family developers/owners and operators on ways to drive employee engagement and customer satisfaction. She has also been instrumental in developing performance models, training platforms and branding campaigns for top tier organizations. Debbie serves on various boards related to housing and workforce development including career awareness in real estate management.

Debbie completed her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, where her research focused on Resident Satisfaction and Employee Engagement. Her current research focuses in the areas of talent management, generational preferences and work force development initiatives. Debbie also holds a Master of Science degree in Housing & Consumer Economics, with an emphasis in Seniors Housing, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Journalism, both from the University of Georgia.