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Speakers

In 2018, the line-up of speakers for the Harcourts North American National Conference is truly incredible! Hear from a variety of successful business people, sales agents, and motivational speakers.


Read more about them below.

MARCH 19TH – 20TH 2018

CORONADO ISLAND MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, CALIFORNIA

Mike Green

Managing Director, Harcourts International

Mike has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is the former owner of Harcourts franchise, Mike Green Real Estate Ltd (Auckland). With nine offices and over 150 people, the operation achieved No 1 Harcourts Franchise for New Zealand for four consecutive years. Moving to Queensland, Australia in 1997, Mike and Irene Green were responsible for the establishment and growth of Harcourts’ Australian arm. Taking over as Managing Director of Harcourts International in December 1999, Mike then became responsible for the overall operation and direction of Harcourts’ group of companies, growing the organisation to now encompass over 10,000 people operating in 9 countries.

David Horsager

Global Trust Expert

David Horsager is CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute where the mission is to develop trusted leaders and organizations and the hope is to make a dent in the global trust crisis. David is the national bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™ and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. He has taken the platform on 6 continents and advised everyone from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and our own US congress…ON TRUST!

Sadhana Smiles

CEO, Harcourts Victoria, Australia

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of People Power did you have them @ hello. In 2013, she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman.

In 2016, she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia by Westpac Awards and rated by the Finn Review. In 2012, she bought Walk a Mile to her organisation which is now a national event raising funds for White Ribbon and making a statement that violence against women is not OK. She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced.

She sees herself as a corporate activist, a change maker who makes things happen. Sadhana’s goal is to have an impact on ensuring that the colour and gender of leadership and of our workplaces reflects the communities we live in.

Steve Caradoc-Davies

Business Owner, Harcourts Platinum, South Africa

Steve began his real estate career in 1990 as an agent and became a business owner in 1997.  He’s grown his business from a small team of 5 to over 50 team members today.  Specializing in residential and development sales, his office, Harcourts Platinum, has a market share of over 30% and has featured as the Number 1 office in Harcourts South Africa for the last 3 years.  He has also serves as a director of Harcourts South Africa and was inducted in the Harcourts South Africa Hall of Fame in 2015.

Karen Jacobsen

The GPS Girl

At the age of seven in small town Australia, Karen Jacobsen saw Olivia Newton-John on television and knew what she wanted to do with her life.  She wanted to become a professional singer and move to America.

Today, Karen is an award-winning Singer and Songwriter, with musical career highlights including: sharing the stage with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross, singing the national anthem at major sporting events including 80, 000 people at Giants Stadium for a New York Jets game, and at Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium for an Australia Vs South Africa TriNations International Rugby Game for a crowd of 52, 000. 

Unexpectedly, it was her speaking voice and being known as The GPS Girl® that has brought “Aussie Karen” a unique pop culture status. She is heard in over a billion GPS devices around the world giving directions

Perhaps her speaking voice has given you directions in your car or iPhone as the Australian voice of “Siri”.  Mackay born and New York based, from that one voice-over booking Karen created her brand The GPS Girl®, giving directions for life and business and showing how “Recalculating” drives performance.

A TEDx speaker, Karen has appeared on the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine, was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People and Harry Connick Jr called her “hypnotic” on his national US talk show.

Karen’s voice is in demand in the studio as a Voice-Over artist recording customized voice systems and advertising campaigns, and as a speaker for Corporate events.

Karen has written two books; The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future, and Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success.

Ben Brady

Director of Auctions, Harcourts Auctions

When we say Ben is the leading auctioneer in the country, we aren’t joking. Before transferring to California, Ben was calling more auctions than any other auctioneer in the country, selling more than $4 billion’s worth of property over the past five years.

Jesse Salas

Agent, Harcourts Avanti Real Estate

Jesse is a Southern California native, graduated from California State University Fullerton and attended California Western School of Law in Downtown San Diego. He has extensive knowledge in loan origination/financing and understands the subtle nuances of real estate trends. As a marketing specialist he has been able to plant himself as one of the top listings specialists in the county. He prides himself in marketing and exposing your home to as many qualified buyers as possible. His focus for buyers is EDUCATION. This is a BIG decision, being educated will allow his buyers to make the best decision for themselves and their families.

Chad Widtfeldt & Justin Green

Agents, Harcourts Prime Properties Monarch Beach

Justin Green
Justin Green is an Orange County native; raised in Dana Point and currently residing in Laguna Niguel. After attending Dana Hills High School, he played tennis and studied at Azusa Pacific University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s in Education. His knowledge of finance and numbers, coupled with a vast knowledge of the entire south Orange County area has contributed to his success in real estate. When Justin isn’t spending time working with clients you can find him playing tennis or spending time with his family. Justin knows the local area better than anyone! With his real estate expertise, local market knowledge, and unrivaled work ethic, he’s ready to assist with your real estate needs.

Chad Widtfeldt
Chad Widtfeldt joins the international Harcourt’s family after being an owner of Regency Real Estate Brokers. He brings 12 years of residential real estate sales experience in south Orange County and has participated in over $670,000,000 in sales. Chad grew up in Orange County and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife Laura, daughter Peyton & their 3 golden retrievers. Chad’s success in the industry has come from his passion for the business and unmatched determination to help each client achieve their real estate goals. No matter how big or small your real estate needs, Chad is ready to serve you at the highest level.

Sherry Grewal

Agent, Harcourts North Vancouver

Sherry Grewal is a full time professional realtor that has recently joined the Harcourts team. She brings with her great enthusiasm and passion to provide clients with professional and effectual real estate experiences and service. Born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia, Sherry had pursued a career in Nursing and worked as a nurse at the University of British Columbia Hospital and later began teaching nursing students at Sprott Shaw College as a nursing instructor. Sherry’s ability to teach mature students and deliver pertinent information with clarity and ease created an opportunity for her to be an integral part of a team which pioneered the current online patient incident reporting system used throughout the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Sherry’s role in delivering and teaching the online material to the staff and management at Lions Gate Hospital initiated her interest in the community of North Vancouver. With the specialized combination of her nursing and teaching background and having met people from a variety of ethnicities all with unique needs, Sherry is bringing genuine and empathetic care for the interests of her clients. Her ability to work well under high pressure situations will provide her clients with a sense of security and comfort during their real estate endeavors. Being a life long learner with a growing pulse on real estate market trends, Sherry looks forward to expanding and sharing her knowledge with all of her valued clients. Fluent in both written and spoken Punjabi, and carrying an optimistic attitude where no problem is unsolvable, Sherry is able to provide unparalleled service to her clients to optimize the outcome of all their real estate needs.

John McClung

Agent, Harcourts Real Estate Network Group

Reliability. Experience. Personal attention. Together they’re the key ingredients of an earned reputation that comes only one way. Through hard work and results for satisfied customers.

No question about it. The buying/selling of the right home today can be a complicated process. You’ll need experience and market savvy on your side. John McClung is the name to remember. In more than 19 years of Portland regional home sales, John McClung has shaped a reputation for service excellence by helping individuals and families find exactly what they want at the right price.

It all goes to experience, top negotiating skills and dedication to the customer. John knows the Pacific Northwest. He’s a native Oregonian, a family man and a student of the market; he’s able to anticipate and recognize trends for customers. Whether you’re selling or buying, what this means for you is accurate, valuable advice to help you make the best decision.

The real estate buying and selling process is more complicated today than ever. John’s success is in no small way due to the stable of top quality professionals that he works with daily. From the most knowledgeable mortgage professionals, home inspectors, etc., to reliable, competitive contractors, John knows how to protect you and your investment.

From service quality to sales track record, John McClung is on top of the Portland real estate market. John McClung. The name stands for the finest attention to homebuyer and homeseller needs available today.

Garth Makowski

Business Owner, Harcourts – Property People

Garth Makowski is consistently one of Australia’s top performing Real Estate professionals. Garth has won the coveted number 1 Australian listing agent of the year award 4 times in the past 7 years. Garth will show you how to embrace his award winning philosophies and mindset. He will share with you valuable systems and processes that will keep you ahead of your competition in 2018.

Christian Castner

Broker/Owner, Harcourts Luxury Estates

Why Christian? Not only does he answer his phone (which is rare in this business)! He has 20 years of experience in real estate as well as being the #1 Luxury Auction Listing Agent is the NATION 2 years in a row 2015 and 2016!

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