NLC20 Expert Speakers

Unprecedented Industry Expertise

Gain exclusive knowledge and insights from an elite line-up of expert 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.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour

Presentation Topic: Economics + The Land Industry

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour is a real estate economist who served for 18 years as Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. He has given more than 1,500 presentations to more than 275,000 people and has written over 90 articles for magazines and journals. His research findings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine and Business Week. After earning his PhD in finance and real estate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987, Dotzour was a tenured professor of real estate and finance at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas for 10 years. Prior to his academic career, he was President of Gleneagles Development, Inc., which was a residential land development firm in Wichita.

Delaney Howell

Delaney Howell

Presentation Topic: Ag Economy

Delaney Howell is the host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market television program.

She is the founder of AgCulture Media LLC, which specializes in video production for technologically savvy agricultural companies and co-launched a daily agriculture news podcast, Ag News Daily. She is also a freelance reporter for “This Week in Agribusiness”, and Your Ag Network, and is a member of various organizations including the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) organization.

Howell grew up on a family farm in Southeast Iowa. Today, her father and oldest brother run a finish feedlot cattle operation, farm corn and soybeans, and her mom has a hobby chicken farm. Delaney holds a Bachelor‘s of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and minors in Broadcasting and International Studies from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master’s in Agricultural Communications through Texas Tech University. With a passion for agriculture, she has traveled the world, now totaling 20 countries.

Break Out & General Session Speakers

Russell Riggs, NAR

Russell Riggs, NAR

Presentation Topic: DC Update from The Hill

Russell Riggs is a Senior Policy Representative with the National Association of Realtors in Washington, DC. For the past 23 years, Russell has advocated on behalf of Realtors on energy, environment, property rights, immigration and natural resource issues before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

Russell also serves as the Advocacy Liaison to the Realtors Land Institute, NAR‘s Global and Business Affairs Group and NAR’s Resort and Second Home Group.

Prior to his position with NAR, Russell held positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Council of State Governments, the National Governors Association and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Russell holds a Bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Masters Degrees from Tufts University and New York University.

He resides with his family in Falls Church, VA.