– Leaders in Luxury Speakers –

Leaders in Luxury 2017

Matthew Ferrara | Speaker & Author

Master of Ceremonies, "The Six Thinking Hats" Philosophy

Philosopher. Efficiency expert. Renaissance man. Few words can describe Matthew and his impact on helping sales professionals use technology and adapt their thinking to increase their effectiveness. Our Master of Ceremonies will guide you through the revolutionary concept of "The Six Thinking Hats" which will enable you to analyze decision-making processes from multiple perspectives and create an action plan.

Crawford Brock | CEO, Stanley Korshak

Presenter: Adapting to Changes in the Luxury Market

Serving as owner and CEO of luxury retailer Stanley Korshak for more than 30 years, Crawford is a luxury sales expert, with keen knowledge and insight on adapting to trends in the luxury landscape. Crawford's philosophy of excellence evolved from the late Stanley Marcus, the retail oracle who transformed Neiman Marcus from an obscure Dallas gem into an international fashion nameplate. The Stanley Korshak team pampers customers with lavish service and a selection of the best and highest quality merchandise in the world.

Winston Chesterfield | Director of Custom Research, Wealth-X

Presenter: The Evolution of Luxury

Winston is a Director at Wealth-X, the wealth intelligence specialists. He consults a wide range of clients across the wealth-focused luxury sector, from automotive to aviation, via real estate, yachts and luxury goods, providing research and intelligence, thought leadership and advisory services. As Wealth-X’s senior in-house sector expert, he is regularly quoted in the media discussing the luxury goods sector. His recent clients include Boodles, De Beers, Camper & Nicholson, Porsche, Christie’s, Aman Resorts, Grosvenor, Belmond, American Express and Patek Phillippe.

Maverick Commins | CEO, Supreme Auctions

Emcee: Marketing Awards Gala

As chairman and CEO of Supreme Auctions, Maverick has affiliated his firm with luxury brokerages to offer his proprietary accelerated marketing program to their agents and brokers around the globe. Maverick is a licensed realtor, professional auctioneer, and magician who will entertain and delight the attendees of Leaders in Luxury while recognizing the outstanding achievements of the Marketing Award winners at the Awards Gala.

Monica Egert Smith | Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas

Panelist: Philanthropy & Community Engagement

Monica serves Communities Foundation of Texas as the foundation’s Chief Relationship Officer. As CRO, she leads a team who are on the front lines of cultivating new donor relationships, stewarding existing donor relationships, and communicating the CFT story. During Monica’s tenure with CFT, she previously served as Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy, where she served as a philanthropic advisor to CFT donors and fund holders on a variety of community needs and interest areas. In her free time, she volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations including the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.

Rick Goodwin | Publisher, Unique Homes

Emcee: Marketing Awards Gala

As brand manager and publisher for Unique Homes magazine, Rick oversees one of the leading names in luxury real estate publishing and works with the top professionals in the field, including many Leaders in Luxury attendees. Challenged with keeping a brand relevant that is more than 40 years old, Rick has keen insights on evolving marketing techniques for the changing luxury landscape. With his wisdom and humor, he will entertain us at the Awards Gala along with co-emcee Maverick Commins.

Jennie Heal | Vice President, Supreme Auctions

Panelist: Philanthropy & Community Engagement

With more than 15 years of international sales and marketing, Jennie brings her experience to every aspect of the Luxury Auction business. As the Vice President of Supreme Auctions, Jennie meticulously manages the individual marketing campaigns for each of the luxury properties sold. Her versatility includes communicating, building and maintaining relationships with potential partners and client development both in the U.S. and worldwide. As an auctioneer, Jennie has worked with are The Phoenix Zoo, The Governors, The Wellness Community, St. Jude’s Hospital, The Desert Foothills Land Trust and others. She is passionate about her work and thoroughly enjoys being able to help non-profits raise funds that will enable them to provide their services and help others.

Tracy Merzi | Publisher, Dallas Business Journal

Moderator: Philanthropy & Community Engagement

Tracy Merzi has been with American City Business Journals for more than 20 years in various sales and marketing positions at the Pittsburgh Business Times and Washington Business Journal. Tracy currently serves as the Market President and Publisher for the Dallas Business Journal. She serves on various boards in the community including being Past Chairman of Junior Achievement, The Dallas Women’s Foundation Board, and several business industry association boards.

Kofi Nartey | Director of Sports & Entertainment Division, Compass Global

Presenter: Sellebrity: How to Build a Successful Sports & Entertainment Based Business

Kofi is a nationally recognized real estate expert in the sports and entertainment niche. He has been a correspondent on celebrity and luxury real estate for more than 100 national television and print media outlets; he was a regularly featured agent on HGTV’s Selling LA, has consulted numerous companies on their sports and entertainment divisions, and is the Founder and CEO of The Sports & Entertainment Society.

Leaders in Luxury 2017