GRAR RE BarCamp 2012

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bar Divani - Downtown Grand Rapids

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Our 3rd Annual RE BarCamp is coming back to Downtown Grand Rapids this fall! Please join us at Bar Divani on Thursday, September 20, to network, share and discuss with fellow colleagues while learning about the latest about using social media and technology to boost your business.

Got a cool tip or gadget of your own? Come ready to share! This is NOT a sit-down conference, and you can leave the suits and ties at home, too- a t-shirt, your favorite jeans and comfy sneakers are welcome at this casual social media and technology conference!

Cost to attend is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch!

REGISTER ONLINE or contact the Knowledge Services Department at (616) 940-8238.

There is absolutely NO FEE to attend this unique event, thanks to our VERY GENEROUS SPONSORS:


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Featured Discussion Leaders

Katrina Alexander-Cole

Katrina Alexander

VanDyk Mortgage Corporation

Katrina Alexander-Cole graduated from Davenport University and is now a Corporate PR/Marketing Director focusing on nationwide marketing, public relations and advertising for 300+ employees and multiple branch locations. Katrina focuses on overall communication, marketing, social media, sales, development and organization. Katrina has direct experience with real estate, mortgage procedures and all aspects of origination, processing, marketing, social media, public relations, business development, personal coaching and management. Katrina is always interested in expanding her knowledge and experience in areas of business and finance as well as training, personal/business development and public speaking. Katrina has a true passion for working with others to grow and expand their business and achieving the goals they set out for.

On a personal level, Katrina grew up in Lowell, MI and now lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Scott Cole. Scott is a Interventionist Teacher at East Kentwood High School working with students on levels of Math.

Walethia Aquil

Discussion Leader - Walethia Aquil

International Author, Speaker, Philanthropist & Etiquette Coach

Walethia Aquil, CEO of Grace and Charm and the creator of the Grace and Charm Success System, is a dynamo with a fiery personality and has been responsible for jump starting new business business ventures. Her mission is to "equip entrepreneurs with the skill, training and information necessary to ensure that their personal and professional image does not distract from the productiveness of the their professional efforts."

She has helped thousand to boost their confidence, improve their bottom lines, business and personal relationships via television, radio, seminars and personal coaching, and delivers her well-researched principles and insight with a unique signature of quality that makes her presentations unforgettable and life changing.

Walethia has received the following national and international recognition:

  • Influencer Nomination in the Guru category as a Small Business Influencer
  • Names as one of 40 Most Influential Women by the National Association of Women on the Rise
  • Named as one the 10 Most Intriguing Women by the National Association of Women on The Rise
  • One of the 10 Blogs to Watch in 2011
  • Named as an Exceptional Person by Exceptional People Magazine

Walethia has authored:

  • Women Who Win: Business Etiquette That Leads to Triumph in Life and Business
  • Sister to Sister: A Guide for African American Girls
  • Madam CEO: How to Think and Act Like a Chief Executive Officer

Walethia's motto is "Personal development is a process, not a project."

Lola Audu

Lola Audu - C.I. Event

Audu Real Estate, Inc.

Lola grew up in West Africa, in the cities of Lagos, and Jos. These two locales were about as different as any two places on the earth. The contrast of the steamy, chaotic, commerce driven city of Lagos where her family resided was a 180 degree opposite to the small educational community with quaint little homes, dormitories and scenic gardens of her boarding school experience in the small village just outside of Jos.

The juxtaposition of these two environments were critical in shaping a manner of thinking and relating which incorporates and finds meaning in elements which are seemingly contradictory. The ability to think 'outside the box' has been a valuable tool in her professional career as a REALTOR®.

Lola has been involved in the real estate community in West Michigan for more than 15 years. As one of the early adopters of social media in Michigan, she wrote and taught the coursework in Social Media and Blogging that was certified for Continuing Education in the State of Michigan in 2007. To facilitate the training of business professionals in the areas of social media and technology, Blogging Seminars was launched in the same year.

Through her blogs, teaching and speaking, she actively engages her peers and members of her community in thoughtful discussion. Lola is available to speak on various topics related to new media and relationship marketing. As a real estate broker, Audu Real Estate utilizes a mix of traditional and new media including blogs and social media to effectively market client properties. Lola is actively involved in her local REALTOR® association and currently serves as the President of the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®.

In addition to her love of real estate and technology, she is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and loves music and conversation with an interesting and eclectic group of friends.

Mike Bowler, Sr.

Discussion Leader - Mike Bowler

Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood (Lansing, MI)

Mike Bowler, Sr.. has been in the real estate business (Lansing, MI) for the past 34 years. During that time he's educated and consulted hundreds of REALTORS®. Mike is a former owner; broker of Coldwell Banker Bowler Real Estate and is currently an Associate Broker for Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood in Lansing Michigan, who bought his company in 2001. He also owns his own company PRETEC (Professional Resources, E-Business, Technology, Education, & Consulting) and is also a an avid fan of social media in the workplace, Mike was named in 2009's Top 25 Most Connected Real Estate Professionals by PROXIO and selected by Inman News as one of the 50 Most Influential Online agents.

Scott Hudspeth

Discussion Leader - Scott Hudspeth

Mortgage Loan Specialist; Chief Marketing Strategist

Passion, Integrity, Confidence and Experience would best describe Scott Hudspeth and his professional success that has fueled his career for 20 years. Scott is a veteran in the mortgage loan industry and has served more than 1,000 agents for over a decade. An in-depth perspective in the loan business, infused with internet marketing strategies allows Scott to provide successful client services in an otherwise declining industry.

Scott implements innovative new marketing strategies using the internet, social media, and client networking. He is currently the Chief Marketing Strategist for the very successful Mortgage Marketing and Real Estate This network of industry professional's research, share, and implement an incredible collection of effective marketing strategies. Additionally, Scott is co-founder of Follow My - an automated database marketing resource on the web for loan officers and real estate agents. Scott is challenged daily to provide cutting edge strategies that keep his clients and industry thriving.

Scott is a nationally known mortgage and real estate coach. His love for helping people with new systems, strategies and ideas that tie in social media and technology are invested in internet sites like and Scott's philosophy is that "success breeds success and we are at our best when we are helping others to succeed." Scott has over 50 internet blog sites dedicated to the mortgage and real estate industries.

Scott has a gift for connecting with an audience and he uses this talent through professional training, speaking, and consulting. His many business endeavors provide a national platform for sharing knowledge, teaching and mentoring industry associates, clients, and aspiring professionals. In addition to onsite speaking engagements, Scott enjoys using video marketing techniques and webinars to share and educate the public.

Jonathon Mast

Jonathon Mast

Blue Rooster Group

Jonathan is an Internet Strategist with Blue Rooster Group. In this role, Jonathan leads a team providing all aspects of internet strategy and marketing, including website design, blogging best practices, online marketing and social media engagement.

Before founding Blue Rooster Group in 2010, Jonathan worked for over 18 years for a diverse range of organizations, including two small business start-ups, an international IT service business and a division of the federal government.

Drawing on several years experience in sales, marketing and training, Jonathan now focuses on developing internet strategies for clients and assisting businesses and organizations with the formation and execution of their online engagement, marketing and social media strategies.

Jonathan is available for private consultations and can be reached at 616-929-0790 or by email at

Jeremy Mullens

Jeremy Mullens

Marketing Manager - The Steve Volkers Group

Jeremy Mullens is an alumnus of Kendall College of Art and Design specializing in all things visual. Says Jeremy, " I love what I do. I excel in website production, videography, photography and illustration. I believe that learning is the key to growth, passions are the door to success and risks are what set people apart. I enjoy being a "Jack of All Trades" when it comes to visual communications; it's all about learning more, consuming information and providing the best possible out come for my clients. Let's pretend "the box" never existed; it's a new world, let's mold it together."

Jeremy is currently employed as Marketing Manager at The Steve Volkers Group, an award winning real estate team located in Grand Rapids.

Amanda Oboza

Amanda Oboza

Communications Coordinator, Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®

Amanda Oboza has been the communications coordinator with the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® since March 2011 where she facilitates all social media, the eNewsletter and instructs technology classes at GLAR. She graduated from Central Michigan University in August 2010 with a bachelor's degree in public relations and journalism. She is very in tune with using the Web and technology to accomplish business objectives. Although new to the real estate industry, Oboza has experience executing social media strategies for utilities, non-profits, retail, online media publications, heating and cooling and entertainment.

Justin Razmus

Justin Razmus

616 Realty

Justin Razmus has been involved in technology and entrepreneurship since 1995, when he was hired at age 16 by his first client to build a website for their company. He has been a business owner most of his life, starting several successful companies over the years, and doing plenty of consulting work for other businesses.

He began selling real estate in 2006 as a licensed REALTOR®, and continued until 2009, closing over 120 transactions in that short amount of time. During that same time period Justin also started Razmus Ventures Inc, which purchased rental properties and also flipped homes. The demand for these homes to be repaired also led to opening a construction and project management company, which rehabbed over 80 houses and small apartment buildings in only 2 years.

Justin's passion has always been the technology and marketing side of the business, so the transition to opening 616 Media was a natural one. This current company handles all types of marketing for a wide variety of clients, including website design, print marketing, video production, and social media.

Jacqueline Smart

Jacqueline Smart

World Source Tech, LLC

Jacqueline M. Smart is the Michigan District Manager for Business Development and Web Coach at World Source Tech, LLC. Jacqueline specializes in facilitating small business web design projects, social media 101 training with a variety of user levels, online and traditional customer service operations, CRM discipline and training, and web based sales.

Jacqueline brings robust experience to World Source Tech from a sales and service perspective with several years of consulting with small business clients. Jacqueline is known for her "down to earth" ability to translate real world talk from 'non techie' clients into complex functional websites that bring business image and ideas to fruition. Smart is accomplished at delivering measurable sales results based on her unique understanding of each businesses process, markets, and needs of her clients.

Jacqueline is a member of several online communities and local traditional networking groups. She is the Membership Director for Grand Rapids Lions Club, participates in BNI, and is an active member of Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

World Source Tech, LLC is known for creating websites that sell with Raving Fans Customer Service and Measurable Results. Jacqueline leads this process for the Michigan market in our local Grand Rapids, Michigan office.

Steve Volkers

Steve Volkers

Keller Williams - The Steve Volkers Group

A Realtor® for Keller Williams Realty, Steve has been working in real estate for five years. He specializes in the sales of downtown condos, and is currently the Realtor® for three condo projects including Hillmount, Sierrafield, and Celadon New Town.

The nice thing about Steve, he is genuine and easy going. The first time you meet him you will know that he is sincere in helping you, along with enjoying a laugh or two!

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

CEO - World Source Tech, LLC

Michael J. Weitzman is managing director and CEO of World Source Tech, LLC. Weitzman brings 10 years of experience developing and deploying websites, web applications, database applications, search engine optimization and search engine marketing plans, in addition to traditional and on-line marketing plans to increase web based sales and lead generation for small, medium, and large businesses around the world.

Michael has degrees in Management Information Systems and Marketing from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan and has worked for a variety of companies from small to large and even Fortune 500 in the Management Info Systems and / or marketing role.

His company, World Source Tech is known for delivering measurable results and raving fans 24/7 customer service coupled and world class Joomla! web design, custom application development and small business web design.