This Year’s Line Up

DAN DUFFY, CEO

Mr. Duffy led a buyout of United’s legacy 90 year old platform company, United Country Real Estate, in February 2006.   Since acquisition, Dan and his management team have established three complimentary businesses to gain leverage on the services and technology platform developed for the core business: United Auction Services, Enhanced Marketing Solutions and United Real Estate.

Prior to joining United, Dan spent nearly 20 years focused on serving clients in senior executive positions in the technology and services marketplaces.

Most recently Dan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft’s twice awarded “Global Partner of the Year” and largest North American Microsoft business solutions partner with over 20 offices serving 12,000 clients across the United States, the U.K. and select foreign markets.

Prior to his tenure in the technology product development and services market space, Dan served as the Chief Development and Financial Officer of the largest on-line business-to-business exchange serving the auction and brokerage market for industrial equipment and was a founding member of the Chicago practice of The Center for Strategic Transactions, a division of Ernst & Young LLP, providing strategic and corporate finance advisory services to Fortune 100 companies as well as high growth technology, product and services organizations across multiple industries.

Dan and his wife Chris have five boys and are active in various organizations in the Kansas City community and national conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited.  Mr. Duffy earned a B.B.A. from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

PETER GIESE – PRESIDENT

Over his past 20 years in the real estate industry, Peter Giese has expanded numerous start-up organizations into multi-million dollar companies.

He has also held senior leadership positions in a Fortune 500 company, directing strategies at both the national and local levels. Prior to joining United Real Estate, Giese was most recently with Cendant Corporation and Realogy, Inc., where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development.

In this role, Peter had full authority over the development of real estate brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and ERA across much of the United States. During his tenure with Cendant and Realogy, Peter led the division with the highest growth in new sales for six years in a row. Before he joined Cendant, Giese was part of the Senior Leadership of Homestore.com.

This start-up company built Realtor.com, a top-ranked real estate website. As the Vice President of National Sales for the Broker division, Giese led a national sales team through two mergers and grew his division’s annual revenue to more than $50 million in less than three years.

DAVID DICKEY, CTO

Most recently, Dave Dickey was Sr. Vice President Professional Services for ePartners. ePartners, the Microsoft 2005 Partner of the Year, specialized in delivering, integrating and customizing solutions tailored specifically for each client’s business needs.

The group has a concentration in Microsoft .Net programming, portal development services, systems integration, and a focus on ePartners’ core ERP and CRM product offerings. Prior to joining ePartners, Dickey was Director of Worldwide Professional Services at Pervasive Software where he led the services group in both North America and Europe.

The group focused on solving complex database problems and had a specific practice in replication and disaster recovery solutions.

Dickey has spent a number of years in the enterprise software space where he developed mission critical software for a wide range of businesses working with clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Office Depot, & Burlington Northern.

Dickey received his BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University, continuing education from Kellogg School of Management, and is a graduate of the Stagen Leadership Institute.

MEL ROBBINS, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur, Contributing Editor – Success Magazine , TEDx Phenom, CNN On-Air Commentator, Best Selling Author

Mel Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker who is trusted by global brands to design and deliver multi-media, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and business growth. Her TEDx Talk on “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 3 million views, and her book on the brain and productivity, “Stop Saying You’re Fine”, is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. She started her career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company. Mel has led multi-year coaching programs at: Johnson&Johnson, AG Edwards, Bear Stearns and Partners Healthcare. The media has tapped Mel to host award-winning shows for FOX, A&E, Cox Media Group and now CNN.

Mel is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers; her articles on human behavior drive tens of millions of page views for CNN.com. Mel has an extensive television résumé as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News. She was named America’s Outstanding News Talkshow Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards.

Mel is a speaker, tv personality and coach with the credibility and experience to deliver the goods for audiences of all shapes and sizes: men and women; small to massive; technical sales trainings to innovation summits. She will work with you to design an unforgettable, high energy and motivating event that reinforces brand and sponsor objectives, delivers fresh, actionable content and engages and entertains your attendees with music, original videos and interactive leadership exercises.

Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate. She and her husband of 18 years have three young kids. She lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.

BERNICE L. ROSS, Ph.D. & CEO of Real Estate Coach

Nationally syndicated columnist, author, trainer, and speaker, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with over 20 years of real estate sales experience. With two best selling real estate books to her credit, plus over 1,000 articles in publications such as Inman NewsThe Swanepoel Trends Report for 2015, Banker Tradesman, and numerous association and trade publications. Inman News called Bernice, “America’s top real estate coach” and included her on the 2016 list of “The 25 Best Real Estate Coaches in the Business.”

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