– Meet the Staff –

Jennifer Dixson Hoff | Head of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

As interim head of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Jennifer serves as the driving force behind luxury real estate education and continues her leadership in the real estate profession. Since January of 2021, she has served in several leading roles at Colibri Real Estate, the parent organization of ‘The Institute, focusing her efforts on helping people to achieve more and thrive in their real estate career. Her passion in these roles has been centered on supporting agents, aspiring agents, and brokers to advance their careers and practice at the top of their license.

Before joining Colibri, Jennifer served as the SVP of Alternative Learning at Strategic Education, Inc.(SEI) and as SVP of Portfolio Strategy at SEI, leading a $1 billion portfolio of product offerings to build and maintain world-class, student-centric academic programs, advancing the careers of adult students.

Previously, Jennifer spent over 15 years in the retail industry at Target.com, Coach Leatherware, and Dayton Hudson Department stores. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Financial Management and a Master of Science in Leadership.

Jennifer is passionate about developing the next generation of women in leadership. She has devoted her time and energy both inside and outside of her professional career in this area. Her board service has concentrated on the learning readiness of children to ensure they are equipped to succeed in school and college, regardless of their financial means.

Jennifer is also a member of the Fast Company Executive Board, a professional organization of executives defining the future of business. She earned the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Award, has appeared in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets, and has spoken at numerous real estate conferences, including RISMedia's CEO Exchange and the National Association of Realtors Annual Conference.

Amanda Butterfield | Director of Partnerships

Amanda is a lifelong learner who brings her professional development passion to The Institute. She has worked with hundreds of brand leaders, brokers, real estate schools, and real estate associations from across the globe to bring The Institute's best-in-class luxury training and designation to real estate professionals. Amanda was formerly a luxury event planner for corporate and nonprofit clients, focused on producing high-end experiences that leave a lasting impression.

Dedicated to serving her community, she’s previously worked with nonprofits in Austin, New York City, and Cleveland, including: Dress for Success, GiveCamp, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Central Texas Food Bank, The Austin Dance Festival, and several others.

Laura Saladino | Training Program Manager

Laura’s experience working in non-profit organizations and customer service provides The Institute with valuable insights to assist and educate our members. Laura works with our partners and live training hosts to provide positive and enriching educational experiences for real estate professionals, ensuring that our members have the knowledge and resources necessary to succeed in the luxury market. Her previous roles include customer service with The Dallas Opera and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and she actively participates in the Dallas-Fort Worth theatre community.

Jill Smith | Business Operations Manager

Jill came to the Institute with extensive operations experience in the hospitality industry and professional development industry. In her role, Jill oversees product development, project management, Member communications, sales, and technology teams. Jill collaborates with cross-functional teams and strategic partners to develop tools, resources, and offerings that enhance the membership experience. Jill is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.

Jory Kirkendoll | Lead Member Success Specialist

Jory has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry providing data analysis, revenue strategy, and operations support. He applies his passion for data and customer service by improving The Institute's processes and member services. In his free time, Jory enjoys kayaking, fishing, gardening, and is a freelance artist who works in both classic and digital media.