Racism in Real Estate | How You Can Make a Difference
Marki Lemons Ryhal, Brian Copeland, Dave Jones and Anne Jones
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Join our diverse panel of industry leaders who after having received myriad questions from colleagues asking, “What can we do to stop racism in real estate?” have written articles, hosted webinars and initiated in-person conversations with co-workers about the uncomfortable subject of racism in real estate.
We will reflect on the challenges …
Tacoma agent Dave Jones, “I have been approached with a gun by law enforcement, experienced countless micro-aggressions, and been mistaken for security (in his building) more times than I want to count.”
Paraphrasing Brian Copeland’s post, “this isn’t a fair housing class … This is a humanity webinar, where we question ourselves, reflect and then do something!”
And Marki Lemons Ryhal said, “ A true leader is intentional on being inclusive when you represent diverse organizations. Leadership needs to be a reflection of the organization’s members when it comes to race.”
“We need to have a serious talk about some of the underlying issues that we continue to ignore.” – Brian Copland
Brian Copeland is the 2019 Vice President for Association Affairs for the National Association of REALTORS®, and is founder and CEO of Doorbell Real Estate in Nashville, TN. He runs the Nashville And Beyond Team, alongside his brother, Brad, sister-in-law, Molly and a dear friend from his music industry days, Belinda. Brian was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. In 2014, he was named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America.
Brian founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1500 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. 2019 marks the tenth annual event. Brian is one of Facebook’s Global Community Leadership Circle leaders and has represented Facebook at conferences in Los Angeles and New York City.
Brian’s roots are in East Tennessee where he grew up in Clinton. His mom, dad, and brother all recently moved to Nashville to be closer as a family, but they were a Southern Gospel singing group from as far back as he can remember. The family toured the hills of East Tennessee with a guitar, piano, and four-part harmony. He later went to Carson-Newman University, where he started more formal training in music and communications. He completed his master’s degree at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the late’90s, Brian accepted a job in Nashville’s music industry to later transition into the real estate field in 2005.
Brian says he loves being a REALTOR® because it’s one of the truest portals into community service and gratitude. As a board member Metro Nashville’s Farmers Market Commission, he is a true advocate for neighborhood issues and his city’s infrastructure. He and his spouse, Greg, founded one of the only food pantries in North Nashville, feeding more than 175 families each month. In 2014, the pantry won the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award. They live on a farm in Madison with their two children, Micah (7) and Esther (4).
In 2017 Marki was Guest Editor of REALTOR® Magazine, March/April edition. As a REALTOR® with EXIT, Marki has earned the REALTOR® Achievement Award and The President’s Award from the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.
By consistently offering sound industry analysis and professional guidance, Marki’s expertise has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Agent Magazine, Forbes, REALTOR® Magazine and has also been included on CBS News Chicago and CNBC.
In 2010, Marki was named the Illinois Real Estate Educator of the Year. Marki began her career in education in 1993 and currently works as a speaker and coach, teaching social media and technology classes for the National Association of REALTORS®, REBAC, REBI, University of Chicago-Polsky Center, Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, and REALOGY. Marki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Chicago State University a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and over fifty real estate related licenses, certifications, an designation.With over 25 years of marketing experience, Marki Lemons-Ryhal a fifth generation entrepreneur has established herself as an award-winning social media speaker and course author. In a market where change is the only constant factor, Marki has used her dynamic, professional attitude and vast experience to become one of the top speakers in the country relying on content from one of the several real estate continuing education classes she has authored.
A lifelong South Sound resident, Anne was raised in Gig Harbor, graduated from the University of Puget Sound (go Loggers!) and continues to make the Tacoma area her home. Prior to entering real estate in 2008, Anne worked in new construction alongside her parents, Pete & Kathy Crase. Their emphasis on honesty, quality and customer service has kept them building homes for nearly 40 years, and was the foundation upon which Anne built her own business.
As a former educator and high school principal, Dave takes a service-minded and socially responsible approach to running and operating Windermere Abode with his wife, Anne Jones. He is also a filmmaker, podcaster, community mentor, hiphop scene junkie, loves all things tech, and a lifelong hoopaholic.
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