Expert Speakers

Knowledge & Expertise

Gain exclusive knowledge and information from an elite line-up of expert speakers whom will share their secrets to success on a wide range of hot industry topics. Be inspired and motivated by success stories from leading land real estate professionals and participate directly in discussions.

Trae Gray

Trae Gray

Founder, LandownerFirm.com

Trae Gray founded LandownerFirm.com in 2006 with the vision of creating a nationally recognized law firm devoted to Natural Resource Law. From ranching in southern Oklahoma to working in Texas, Wyoming, and Alabama to attending Oklahoma State University, Trae’s life has been devoted to the natural resource arena. He is listed in The Top Trial Lawyers in America as a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – something that is achieved by less than 1% of U.S. lawyers.

Timothy Grooms

Timothy Grooms

Founder, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Grooms is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC. He represents banks, health care managers, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other clients in a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Grooms has substantial experience in real estate and general commercial lending transactions and has been frequently involved in matters of eminent domain. He serves as counsel to numerous banking and real estate industry groups, including the Arkansas Community Bankers, Arkansas Rural Rental Housing Association, Arkansas REALTORS® Association (including numerous local REALTOR® boards), and the state chapter of the Building and Office Management Association (BOMA).

Nobu Hata

Nobu Hata

Director of Member Engagement, NAR

Nobu Hata is now the Director of Member Engagement for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). He is a former Minnesota REALTOR®, educator and association volunteer leader. Nobu is an expert in real estate sales, technology and new media. His mission is to bring value added information to NAR members, brokers and associations - online and off - as well as bring their insight back to NAR. Nobu has article featured in RLI’s Terra Firma publication as well as presented as an expert speaker at past land conferences.

Caleb McDow, RLI Member

Caleb McDow, RLI Member

Land Specialist, Crosby and Associates

Caleb holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate (MSRE) from the University of Florida and currently works in agricultural land sales in Florida. Caleb is involved actively involved in RLI as a member of the Future Leaders Committee and as a liaison for the Military Transition Program. Prior to his real estate career, Caleb spent nine years in the US Navy and continues to serve in the US Navy Reserve. He is also a guest contributor to various industry blogs, including the RLI Blog.

Jim Miller, Esq.

Jim Miller, Esq.

Senior VP, Western Operations Exchange Counsel

Jim is the Senior Vice President of Western Operations Exchange Counsel and Assistant General Counsel. He joined IPX1031® in 2003 after six years as a mortgage banker in Arizona and after fourteen years of practicing real estate law in the state of New York. He is also a frequent lecturer to real estate brokers and agents on the subject of 1031 Exchanges. Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from The Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law.

Russell Riggs

Russell Riggs

Senior Regulatory Representative, NAR

Russell W. Riggs is the Government Affairs Liaison for NAR’s Resort Committee and the Senior Regulatory Representative for NAR. For over 15 years, Russell has engaged Congress and federal regulatory agencies, such as the EPA and FEMA, on issues impacting the resort real estate community, as well as issues related to property rights, the environment, natural resources, energy, land use and insurance. Russell has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University, and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Russell resides in Falls Church, VA with his wife and two children.