Virtual National Land Conference 2021 | Speakers

Gain exclusive knowledge and insights from an elite line-up of National Land Conference speakers who 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.

More speakers will be announced soon!

Amber Hurdle | Keynote Speaker


Amber Hurdle helps professionals connect the combined value of personal brands, employer brands and business brands to achieve bottom line results. She personally understands what it takes to accelerate success as a former teen mom who evolved into a powerhouse business woman, having worked with international celebrities and Fortune 100 companies alike. She was recently recognized among the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Nashville Business Journal, by the The Nashville Area Chamber’s Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELA) as the winner in the Business Services category, and by Global Gurus for being among the top 30 brand professionals for 2020. Amber Hurdle Consulting’s clients include large brands such as FedEx Ground, Marriott Hotels, and Stella & Dot, as well as small businesses who want to play big, all which lead to its A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

As a professional speaker, talent optimization certified consultant, author, app developer and podcast host, Amber is also committed to her community and profession. She serves on the board of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, acted as co-chair of the City of Lebanon’s West Side Park Task Force, and serves on the board of her local National Speakers Association chapter, to name a few volunteer interests. Whether her content-rich experiences energize leadership to boldly live their organization’s culture and next-level their employee engagement or empowers entrepreneurs to think strategically, Amber’s straight shooting “velvet machete” and warm personality never fail to motivate professionals to up their game in business and in life.

Session Info

Velvet Machete Leadership: Define & Position Your Personal Brand to Become a Driving Force of Influence

Your personal brand is a snapshot of who you authentically are as an individual, revealing what you uniquely offer the world. It helps people quickly identify with you, enabling you to attract key people into your life; and it provides an immediate perception that puts you top of mind for specific opportunities that can benefit your career, the people you lead, and the organization you work for. So it is mission critical that what people are saying about you when you are not in the room is in alignment with your leadership goals.

It can be incredibly difficult to discover and articulate your super powers, especially if you are routinely reflecting on your “weaknesses.” That’s why in this interactive virtual keynote, globally recognized branding expert, Amber Hurdle, shows you how to use your own “breadcrumbs” and a little “bubble wrap” to build a personal brand that people will love and respect.

Of course, when you are a self-aware leader, you can see and harvest the greatness in others, too, creating a ripple effect — making you an even more powerful driving force in business and in life.

Participants will leave with:

  • The ability to define, position and deliver their distinct value
  • Confidence that comes with understanding their personal brand and its impact on engagement, cooperation, and the bottom line
  • A formula to inventory and build upon their body of accomplishments
  • Strategies to overcome perceived weaknesses
  • The ability to motivate and inspire others to work towards a common vision that captivates their attention, commitment, and discretionary effort.

If you want to become a driving force in business and life by simply doubling down on your unique personality, talents, and experience, this program is for you!

Billy Van Pelt | Breakout Speaker

American Farmland Trust


Billy Van Pelt works with major donors throughout the Southeast, presents at conferences and meetings of allied organizations; and secures partnerships and sponsorships to increase AFT’s visibility across the region. Before joining AFT, he ran his own government relations firm. During this time, he served as the founding CEO of Woodford Forward, a land use advocacy organization.  As a landscape architect, he worked in both the private and public sectors, including over a decade as the director of a farmland protection program in Lexington, Kentucky, where he conserved 28,000 acres.  He grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Woodford County, Kentucky. Billy earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Transylvania University, a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Midway University.

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Joe Michaletz & Mike O’Toole | Breakout Speakers

Discipline Advisors

About Joe Michaletz

Joe Michaletz, President & CEO, has 32 years of expertise in the financial service industry. He founded Discipline Advisors, Inc., an SEC registered investment advisory firm, in March of 2006, to manage his clients’ investments, using his unique process to maximize risk-adjusted returns. Because Joe is a strong believer in diversification, he has expanded the firm’s service offerings to include private equity and private real estate alternatives. Along with advising clients and implementing investment strategies, Joe is involved with the investment committee and actively participates in the due diligence process, particularly with alternative investment products. As an entrepreneur by nature, Joe is passionate about advocating for his clients’ financial well-being. He is continuously seeking opportunities to add value to clients of DAI.

Joe is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, graduating with honors, and currently holds Series 7, 63, 66 and 24 licenses. Joe was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA). He also serves on the Board of Directors of First National Bank Minnesota and is a past board member of Leave a Legacy Mankato Area. Joe and his wife support many local charities including Mayo Clinic Health System Andreas Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program and the Mankato Family YMCA.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys hunting, fishing and hobbies that involve sports and the great outdoors. He is a private pilot which allows him to fly to client meetings across the United States.

About Mike O’Toole

Mike O’Toole, Relationship Manager, has 14 years of real estate and investment securities experience, 10 years of which he was with a securitized real estate and DST sponsor. Mike advises clients with investment planning with a focus in real estate, 1031 exchanges and other financial planning and estate needs. Mike has a strong knowledge base and experience with the process of underwriting, developing and syndicating commercial real estate offerings.

Mike is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship and currently holds Series 7 and 66 licenses. He is a licensed real estate broker and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) with advanced coursework in financial and market analysis and extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. Mike is also a member of the Alternative Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) and frequently speaks or sits on panels at national conferences. Mike volunteers with the Courage Kenny Ski and Snowboard program and has volunteered for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys boating, snowboarding, hunting, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling and anything outdoors.

Greg Glosson | Breakout Speaker

Perk Seminars


Greg Glosson has been a licensed REALTOR® in Memphis, TN since 1996. He is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri.  Greg was President of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors® in 2014 and has served as a Trustee of both the MAAR Benevolent Fund and the MAAR Education Foundation.  He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 2018 by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.  In 2019 he was awarded Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation and Tennessee Realtors.  He serves as the 2020 President of the TN Residential Real Estate Council and is a Division Vice-President of Tennessee Realtors.