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 Consulting


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!

Dr. Joe Outlaw | Keynote Speaker

Texas A&M University


Dr. Joe Outlaw is a Regents Fellow, Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.  He also serves as the Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University.  In this role, Dr. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy changes.  His extension education and applied research activities are focused on assessing the impacts of farm programs, risk management tools, renewable energy, and climate change legislation on U.S. agricultural operations.

Dr. Outlaw has received numerous awards in excellence for his policy education.  In 2015 he received the National Excellence in Extension award from the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA for excellence in leadership, scholarship and innovative programming.

Dr. Outlaw is originally from Devine, Texas.  He received his B.S (1987), M.S. (1988), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics.

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.

Session Info

Farms Under Threat: State of the States

American Farmland Trust’s new report demonstrates how developing farmland puts food security, the environment and our way of life in jeopardy. Millions of acres of America’s agricultural land were developed or converted to uses that threaten farming between 2001 and 2016, according to “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States,” a new report by American Farmland Trust. The report’s Agricultural Land Protection Scorecard is the first-ever state-by-state analysis of policies that respond to the development threats to farmland and ranchland, showing that every state can, and must, do more to protect their irreplaceable agricultural resources.

“The State of the States” report shows the extent, location, and quality of each state’s agricultural land and tracks how much of it has been converted in each state using the newest data and the most cutting-edge methods. The Agricultural Land Protection Scorecard analyzes six programs and policies that are key to securing a sufficient and suitable base of agricultural land in each state and highlights states’ efforts to retain agricultural land for future generations. It offers a breakthrough tool for accelerating state efforts to make sure farmland is available to produce food, support jobs and the economy, provide essential environmental services, and help mitigate and buffer the impacts of climate change.

Attendees will glean:

  • An overview of farmland conversion at the national and state levels;
  • A discussion of types of farmland fragmentation and conversion
  • A discussion of the tools for farmland protection.
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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.

Session Info

1031 Exchange, DST and Tax Strategies Update

In this session, you will hear from industry experts on 1031 exchanges and Delaware Statutory Trust (DSTs). They will cover unique strategies along with real world examples and case studies to arm you with the knowledge and expertise to help you educate clients on potential 1031 exchange options, tax strategies and estate planning tips. These ideas will help you get clients “off the fence” and list their properties for sale. The topics covered will provide you additional tools to deliver more value to your clients and get more referral. Some of these topics will include:

  • How the help landowners unlock value and cashflow in their properties without paying taxes or having to reinvest in active real estate ownership
  • How to defer capital gains taxes and pass assets through an estate with the potential for no taxes
  • How to pay off recourse loans and replace this debt with non-recourse debt
  • How to sell equipment, grain and other assets to avoid taxes due on the sale
  • An update on the 1031 exchange and other potential real estate tax reform with the new administration in Washington, DC

Greg Glosson | Breakout Speaker

Perk Seminars


Greg Glosson is the managing broker of Fast Track Realty in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and has been a licensed real estate professional specializing in residential properties since 1996. In addition to representing individuals and businesses in the disposition of real estate assets, he also is an award-winning real estate instructor providing courses in multiple locations across the US to help agents grow and develop their professional brand. Greg is happily married to his wife Beth, and they have two adult children, Kristin and Ryan.

Session Info

Negotiation: Getting to Agreement

Attendees in this session will learn strategies and techniques to better serve their clients and customers while negotiating purchase and sale agreements, contract contingencies, repair proposals and other agreements between Buyers and Sellers. Attendees will learn the importance of their role in transactions as the “gatekeepers” to Sellers and Buyers and the fiduciary duties Realtors owe to their clients. We will also discuss the need to shift our mindset from “us against them”, to a more collaborative approach in negotiating real estate transactions.

Nobu Hata | Breakout Speaker

Denver Metro Association of REALTORS


Nobu Hata is the CEO of the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®. A former top producing REALTOR, Nobu specializes in helping members, brokers and Association execs integrate new school techniques into their practice to reduce friction for members, buyers and sellers; increase productivity; and earn trust and business in a crazy real estate world.

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Zhuzh Up Your Marketing and Tech Game

Marketing and technology took massive steps forward during our time in quarantine. Learn what changed for the better (and worse), insight on what will last as the nation recovers, plus get tips and tricks to up your marketing, social media and technology game to future proof your business.

Attendees will glean:

  • Real estate customer insight and motivation
  • Tips to improve marketing and social media techniques
  • Tips to enhance technology integration in business.

Robert Frommer | Breakout Speaker

Institute for Justice


Robert Frommer serves as a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in August 2008 and litigates cases to promote economic liberty, protect free speech, and secure individuals’ rights to private property.

Robert is the head of the Institute for Justice’s National Street Vending Initiative, which fights to remove arbitrary and anti-competitive barriers that keep entrepreneurs from climbing the economic ladder. As part of that effort, Robert is lead counsel in LMP Services, Inc. v. City of Chicago and Pizza di Joey, LLC v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, two cases that challenge rules that block food trucks from operating within a certain distance of their brick-and-mortar competitors. Robert is also part of the Institute for Justice’s efforts to end civil forfeiture and is counsel on Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia and Harjo v. City of Albuquerque, two cases that challenge the pernicious profit incentive underlying those cities’ civil-forfeiture machines. Robert also litigates in the First Amendment realm, particularly with respect to commercial speech and cities’ attempts to prohibit signs based on what they depict. Robert’s views have been published in a number of print and on-line newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun .

Before joining IJ, Robert was an attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a former law clerk to Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Robert received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004.

Robert Frommer is a member of the DC and Virginia bars.

Session Info

Securing Our Right to be Secure: The Open Fields Doctrine

People love owning land out in the country comes to get away from it all. Big lots combined with few neighbors give people the privacy and security to hunt, fish, or farm in peace and solitude. But while owners can keep private people off their land using trespassing laws, in many states the government may search the vast majority of private lands whenever they wish, no matter how many locked fences and “No Trespassing” signs the owner might put out. This is due to a century-old legal rule called the “open fields” doctrine. This constitutional error weakens every American’s property rights, but disproportionately hurts rural landowners. In this breakout session, Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Robert Frommer will discuss the original legal mistakes that gave us the “open fields” doctrine, the current state of the law, and how IJ is working to roll back the doctrine in states across the Nation. These efforts include both lawsuits—such as our groundbreaking open-fields challenge in Tennessee—and model bills that legislatures can pass to better protect landowners in their state.

Attendees will glean:

  • How the open fields doctrine came about and its effect on Americans’ property and constitutional rights
  • How strategic litigation and legislative advocacy can roll back this doctrine
  • How rural landowners and those who represent them can help restore our right to be secure
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Kasey Mock | Breakout Speaker

KW Land


Kasey Mock has served as the director of KW Land at Keller Williams Realty International since its inception in 2014, leading the company from startup to a nationally recognized brand for top producers to build their careers. Motivated by growth and innovation, Kasey pairs a vast network of land professionals with KW’s leading technology to build land businesses worth owning, caressers worth having and lives with living.

Kasey holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Services and Development from Tarleton State University. He has worked with the Texas A&M Extension Service, founded a hunting and outfitting firm, hosts a podcast, and owns Mock Ranches, a premier farm and ranch real estate team in Texas.

Kasey is founding member and owner of the Land Broker CO-OP, a committee member with the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI), a founding member of Texas Real Estate Advocacy and Defense (TREAD) Coalition, founding member of the Driftwood Heritage Conservation Society and serves on the board for Safari Club International in Austin, TX.

Kasey lives in Driftwood, TX with his wife, Elizabeth and their two children, Maddox and Caroline.

Russell Riggs | Breakout Speaker

National Association of REALTORS®


Russell Riggs is a Senior Policy Representative with the National Association of Realtors in Washington, DC. For the past 24 years, Russell has advocated on behalf of Realtors on a variety of public policy issues, including energy, environment, land use, property rights, visas and natural resource issues before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

Russell 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 National Governors Association and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Master’s Degrees from Tufts University and New York University.

He resides with his family in Falls Church, VA.

Session Info

Inside the Beltway: DC Update

Despite political turmoil and a global pandemic, Washington, DC has been as busy as ever. As RLI’s inside-the-beltway staffer, Russell will provide participants with a political and policy update on issues that impact the land professional, including covid relief and stimulus legislation, possible tax changes, water quality regulation and administrative action by the new Biden administration.

Erica Stark | Breakout Speaker

National Hemp Association


Erica Stark is the Executive Director of the National Hemp Association and the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. She also serves as the co-chair of the Policy and Regulation Subcommittee of the PA Hemp Steering Committee which is the official advisory council to the PA Dept. of Agriculture. She has years of experience in hemp education and legislative advocacy, including testifying before Congress. Erica was instrumental in enacting legislation in Pennsylvania and is proud to have been managing permits and growing hemp in PA since 2017.

Session Info

Hemp – America’s Next Natural Resource

Industrial Hemp has been a growing industry since 2014 and became fully federally legal in 2018. Since that time acreage has expanded all across the country. This has caused an increase in interest in acquiring farmland and commercial properties to handle the processing. There is also great interest in using hemp as a phytoremediator to return marginalized property to health. This presentation will walk you through a basic understanding of hemp, what it is and what it is used for, the current legal and regulatory framework, the pitfalls to be aware of and the vast potential it holds for all sectors of the national economy from farming to manufacturing.

Tom Biederman | Breakout Speaker

Biederman Real Estate and Auctioneers


Tom Biederman has been selling farm real estate in Central Kentucky for over 40 years. Tom has primarily specialized in Horse farm properties and has listed, sold, and closed over $500,000,000 in farm properties over the last 20 years. Tom is also an Auctioneer with Fasig-Tipton Co. the oldest Thoroughbred Auction Company in the United States.

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Marketing & Selling Equine Properties

Jeff Martin | Breakout Speaker

Martin Family Farms


Jeff was raised on a grain farm in rural Mount Pulaski. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture economics and finance. Throughout the years, Jeff has had a deep devotion and commitment to the family farm, and the agriculture community.

Jeff has been involved in countless civic activities such as church, school, and various organizations. He has been deeply involved with The Chicago Farmers becoming the first ever “farmer” president to lead that organization. He has been a member of the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has won numerous awards including the Illinois Corn Growers Environmental Action Award, The No-till Farmer Innovator of the year, Top 25 legends of No till, and Outstanding Conservation Award from the Farm Service Agency.

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Soil Health

The motto of our farming operation is education, understanding ,and success. Jeff Martin’s presentation will give you an understanding of what soil health means and explain how you can return your soils to a proper balance of nutrients and microbes to maintain maximum profitability for your operation.

The nutritional value of our food today is not near what it should be. A healthy functional soil system will suppress diseases, retain all nutrients in the soil , provide plants and animals with essential nutrients, build soil structure, reduce water needs, increase water holding capacity, increase root depth and oxygen levels in the soil. To achieve these goals, education and understanding of a complete system is vital. The health of our plants, animals, humans, and the environment are at stake. We can all be a part of these by having a healthy functional soil system.