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This is last year's Convention Speakers. 2018 Speakers will be updated in 2018.

Sandra Adomatis


Sandra K Adomatis is a real estate appraiser, instructor, author, and appraisal course developer. She is the author of “Residential Green Valuation Tools” published April 2014, by the Appraisal Institute. Sandra spearheaded the development of the Appraisal Institute Residential and Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendums.

Sandra’s valuation and green building knowledge is sought by many for consulting in the area of valuing energy efficiency and green building technology. Consulting clients include builders, governmental agencies, utility companies, and energy organizations. She is a national speaker on the valuation of green features at events such as GreenBuild, IBS, EEBA, ACI, The White House Conference Center, National Association of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders, and Appraisal Institute Conferences.

National columnists often quote Sandra on high performance topics of valuation. The New York Times interviewed her regarding her involvement in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study, “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes.”

Sandra Adomatis is sponsored by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporatoin.


Matthew Ezell is sponsored by Fidelity Title Agency and Mat-Su Title Agency.


Ted C. Jones is the Chief Economist – Senior Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Previously, he served as the first director of investor relations for Stewart Information Services Corporation NYSE-STC for 17 years, ending March 2014. Currently, Ted addresses the information needs of internal and external customers, conducts on-going research and supports economic and financial analysis for the company and its customers. Jones earned a PhD in finance with a minor in statistics and a master’s degree in land economics and real estate from Texas A&M University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.

Prior to joining Stewart he served as chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center, the nation’s largest publicly funded real estate research group. Before that, he authored and taught the valuation and appraisal section of the Bachelor of Commerce in Valuation and Property Management at Lincoln College, University of Canterbury near Christchurch, New Zealand. An internationally recognized real estate expert, Ted has completed appraisals and property analysis in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Ted C. Jones’ recognized specialty is applied real estate research. Ted has completed numerous mass-appraisal assignments, including more than $3 billion of income producing property owned by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, retail properties, hotels, motels, offices, commercial land, multifamily housing, residences and numerous other special use properties. He completed a study on the impact of the Resolution Trust Corporation on real estate values and testified before the Oversight Board. Expert witness testimony has included analysis and evaluation of a solid rocket missile and carbon fiber plant, hydro, gas and coal-fired electric utilities and co-generation plants, an internal pipe coating plant in Scotland servicing the North Sea oil and gas production, and arguments on the treatment of deferred income taxes in the valuation of regulated public utilities. He has consulted The Boeing Company on property valuation issues relating to ad valorem property taxes at Boeing’s diverse aerospace and aircraft manufacturing plants in Washington.

An accomplished speaker, he typically gives more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year. Representative real estate groups addressed include the National Association of REALTORS®, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, Fannie Mae®, the American Land Title Association®, The Housing Round Table, Association of University Real Estate Officials, New Zealand Property Management Institute, Employees Relocation Council, GMAC Real Estate, Prudential Real Estate Associates, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, the American Bar Association®, the Association of Real Estate Law Licensing Officials and the National Conference on Unit Value Standards.

He is a past member of the board of directors of the National, Texas and Houston Association of REALTORS® and served as chairman of the board of the Houston Association in 2004.

Dr. Ted Jones is sponsored by Stewart Title of the Kenai Peninsula.

Nobu Hata


Realtor, Social Media Manager, and Public Speaker in Chicago, Illinois

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An industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the real estate industry having implemented and adapted various new school techniques to multiple successful real estate businesses. Now NAR's Director of Member Engagement, Nobu brings insight and context of agent, brokerage and association issues up the national pipeline and delivers value-added information down in-person and online. / 312.329.8279


Wes Keller is the Chief Title Officer for First American Title Insurance Company (Alaska). He moved to Ketchikan, Alaska with his family in 1983. He finished his last 2 years of high school and then attended college at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks studying Business and Engineering. In 1991 he went to work for a title company in Ketchikan, and still believes the reason he got the job was that when asked what “drafting tape” was and where some could be purchased, he knew both.

Over the last 26 years, he has worked in all areas of a title company, from posting the plants, recording, escrow closing, title examination and managing departments and branches. Part of role as Chief Title Officer is to design and implement internal education for other employees within the company as it pertains to all aspects of title examination, policy issuance, risk avoidance, claims and customer relations. He has developed many internal training classes on Title Insurance, Estates and Probates, Authority Issues, Mechanic’s Liens and New Construction, Highways and Right-of-Ways, PLOs and Section Land, Trusts, Foreclosure Options, Legal Descriptions, Transfer on Death Deeds, Title Insurance Claims, Condominiums, UCIOA and HPRA, Leasehold Estates and many more.

He is a certified instructor with the Real Estate Commission for the State of Alaska and has given numerous presentations to Realtor Estate Licensees. He has also instructed classes for the Alaska Land Title Association and the Alaska State Home Building Association. He is actively involved with the Anchorage Home Builders Association, the Alaska State Home Building and the National Association of Home Builders.

He lives in Anchorage with his beautiful wife and three young children. You can reach him at or (907) 786-9579.


Dale Price is the Escrow Operations Manager for First American Title where she has been employed for the last 21 years. She has held her Real Estate Broker’s License since 1978.


PeggyAnn McConnochie has had her real estate license since 1982. She is a Past-President of the Alaska Association of REALTORS® and served as the Vice President of Committees twice for the National Association of REALTORS®.

PeggyAnn is a broker and has worked in residential, property management and commercial real estate.

PeggyAnn was named a DSA (Distinguished Service Award winner) by NAR several years ago. She started teaching real estate courses in 1996 and now not only teaches in Alaska but, in the Lower 48 and abroad.

In January of this year, PeggyAnn was awarded the DREI — Distinguished Real Estate Instructor — by the Real Estate Educators Association.

She lives in Juneau with her husband and loves to travel…thank goodness!


Suellen Appellof has been an Alaskan for over 40 years, and lives in the Mat Su Valley, in Sutton. She has been a REALTOR® for 10 years and has been approved as an Instructor by the Alaska Real Estate Commission since 2013. She is an instructor for GRI (the Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation) classes, and for the National Association of REALTORS®, "Real Estate Safety Matters" Course.

She develops and instructs for both Elective and Designated Continuing Education subjects. Her educational mantra is "If you know better, you can do better."


Denny Wood was raised on a farm in southern Illinois. Married his wife Melody in 1973 and raised 3 children Josh, Jason and Nicole, who are now married and have given Denny and Melody 8 grandchildren. Denny joined the US Air Force in 1974 as a Forward Air Controller, Airborne Paratrooper (Tactical Air Control Party, TACP) Denny has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since April, 1978 from a PCS move with the Air Force. Attained his real estate license in 1983 and purchased ERA GoldPanner Realty with 3 partners.

He left the partnership to work with Johnson Investments, a land developer and commercial broker, a year later. In 1986 took over Priority One Investments as Broker in Charge, then in 1989 opened his own office, Home Realty. In 1992
Home Realty merged with 2001 Realty which merged with Jack White Real Estate in 1995. A year after the merger, Denny move to Vista Real Estate and opened his Real Estate School, to teach pre license, post license
and continuing education classes in real estate. Became the sales manager for Prudential Vista Real Estate with about 180 licensees and $400M in Sales. 4 months later, Prudential Vista purchased Jack White Real Estate in 1999 and by 2009, grew to about 320 licensees and $1.1 Billion in sales. In 2009 Denny resigned as sales manager to go back to sales and
running the Real Estate School,, LLC. During this time, Denny also held a General Contractor’s License with Residential Endorsement as President of Arctic Mountain Development. In August of 2010, Denny moved to Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group and holds the position of Consultant to the Broker and continues to operate, LLC and sell homes in and around Anchorage.

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4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

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