Duckworth is in her third year as the Crimson Tide’s head coach. In 2014-15, Duckworth became the first in league history to lead a team to an SEC gymnastics championship as a first-year head coach. Under her direction, the Tide also extended its on-going streak of top-four NCAA finishes to seven, by far the best in the nation. The Tide also won its NCAA-best 30th regional title under her direction.
As a gymnast at Alabama, the former Dana Dobransky earned eight All-America accolades and finished her career in 1993 by winning her second consecutive NCAA balance beam title with a perfect 10.0. She was named NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Alabama in 1993.
As a student, Duckworth was a three-year Scholastic All-American and a two-time CoSIDA at-large Academic All-American, an award that spans several sports. She was inducted into Mortar Board as an undergraduate and earned both an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship, utilizing them to attend graduate school at Alabama and obtain her master’s of business administration in 1998.
After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Duckworth moved up the corporate ladder quickly at AMX Corporation, a high tech firm based in Dallas. She finished her tenure there as manager of AMX’s training programs. After receiving her master’s degree, Duckworth served as director of marketing for a Trussville-based automotive company followed by a stint as Vice President of Corporate Solutions for a Birmingham company before returning to Tuscaloosa for a highly successful run with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Duckworth’s return to Tuscaloosa also saw her start a family. She and her husband Joe, a Tuscaloosa native, married in 2000. The couple has a daughter Camryn born in 2004 and a son Jace born in 2006.
FlashImpression: How to Maximize Networking, Messaging & Client Presentations
Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, Director of Public Speaking, is an expert in the areas of public speaking, professionalism and impression management as well as leadership and team dynamics. She is the director of the public speaking program at UA and provides staff development programs for UA’s College of Continuing Studies and seminars for individuals and managerial groups in the private sector. Chilcutt has a doctorate in mass communication and a M.A. in public relations and advertising.
Technology FlashPoint Moderator
ACRE Director of Education, Marketing & Communications
From Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Cherie graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences – Consumer Affairs (cum laude) and an M.S. in Human Environmental Sciences – Interactive Technology. Cherie currently works as the Director of Education, Marketing & Communications at the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). Prior to joining ACRE, Cherie worked with her husband David at Crimson Homes, which publishes a monthly real estate magazine covering Tuscaloosa and Bibb Counties and provides real estate photography, video, and social media marketing services. Prior to Crimson Homes, Cherie was a marketing communications professional for over 20 years.
Cherie is currently serving on the NAR Professional Development committee and as the chair of the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS® Education Committee. She also serves on the Boy Scouts of America national Design & Development Panel and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America Black Warrior Council as the public relations chair of the River District Committee and as a Personal Management merit badge instructor.
A self-professed tech geek, Cherie is recognized by the Alabama Real Estate Commission as a CE instructor. She is a GRI technology instructor for the Alabama Association of REALTORS® and also teaches the ABR®, e-PRO® and Green designations.
Technology FlashPoint: The Future is Now (Panel Discussion)
Glenn is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty (LakeHomes.com), one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country. The company operates using a unique, highly-virtual yet full-service brokerage model, now licensed in sixteen states (and rapidly growing into additional states). Lake Homes Realty was ranked #927 on the 2017 Inc. 5000. Glenn also serves as the company's lead real estate market analyst, leveraging his experience with data and his hundreds of face-to-face meeting with real estate professionals across the country. His recent national speaking engagements include the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conference, Inman Connect, and Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Conferences. Prior to Lake Homes Realty, Glenn founded and led Forte' Incorporated, a custom software and data systems firm. Harvard University, Auburn University, Birmingham Business Journal, Dell, Microsoft, and a host of others have recognized his teams for excellence in technical innovation and marketing success. Glenn earned a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Auburn University, where he now serves as an Industrial Adviser to the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Glenn and his wife, Lake Home Realty's COO Doris Phillips live in Hoover.
Growing up in small-town Arkansas as the oldest of four children, with a widowed mom, Emmy Martin Sorrells learned at an early age that hard work is important and that education is one of the things that you cannot have taken away from you. She carried these lessons with her when obtaining her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from Auburn and the University of West Alabama and then in her work in the banking, engineering and pulp and paper industries. Back in 2000, Emmy finally found her way to working with preschoolers, which she claims overlaps perfectly with her work in Real Estate (but not for the reasons you might think!): "Imagination is the ability to turn anything into a rocket ship, or an animal, or a best friend. Or to see the hidden potential in a fixer-upper or on a large white wall in your unfinished basement," she explains. Also, "Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. Spending time at home, laughing, eating, creating memories is the best gift you can give your family. I want to help you find a HOME, not just a house." She has earned her ABR and SRES designations is working towards her GRI. She was also recently named to the inaugural Dotloop® Top 10 Most Tech-Savvy Agents worldwide.
The Jason Will Real Estate Team is headquartered in Fairhope, AL and serves the entire Alabama Gulf Coast from Mobile to Orange Beach. They have closed over $60 million in sales this year, which ranks them as the #1 team in production for their local MLS and in the Real Trends top 15 in the State of Alabama. The secret to their success starts with the high level of service they are able to offer their clients as a highly leveraged real estate team, with 5 home buyer advocates and 2 home selling experts. They employ a very comprehensive online lead generation strategy, mobile technology that inspires sign calls on their listings and consistent referrals from their ever expanding sphere of influence and growing database of past clients. Commitment to their sellers include: Sold in 90 Days or Less Marketing Plan, High Definition Photography & Video and Consistent Communication Updates, to include: Weekly Phone Calls, Consistent Showing Feedback and Weekly Marketing Email Updates.
Mandy joined the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC) in 2013 and presently serves as the Commission’s General Counsel. As General Counsel, she handles all legal matters presented to the Commission, including consumer inquiries, complaints, and court proceedings on behalf of the Commission. Before receiving her Juris Doctor from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Ala., Mandy received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Auburn University. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked as attorney and hearing officer for the Alabama Department of Labor, specializing in unemployment disputes. Mandy resides in Montgomery with her daughter and enjoys spending time with her family on Lake Martin and at Auburn athletic events, playing board games and watching Jeopardy.
Impact of Rising House Prices on Home Buyers & Sellers
NAR Managing Director, Survey Research & Communications
Jessica Lautz is the Managing Director of Survey Research and Communications. Jessica started at NAR in 2007. The core of her research focuses on demographic trends for both NAR members and housing consumers, and issues such as: how housing preferences shift in an ever-changing marketplace, the consistent trends of consumers for the desire to own a home, consumers search to find a real estate agent, and generational trends.
She writes annual studies including the Member Profile, the Commercial Member Profile, the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, the Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, the Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences, Remodeling Impact, HOME Survey and the Profile of Real Estate Firms. Jessica discusses the results of these studies in blog articles, Twitter chats, webinars, as well as in major media outlets and keynote presentations.
Jessica is a graduate of the American University Master’s of Public Policy Program and has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law and Justice from Central Washington University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University. Her thesis is: "Is the Dream Still Alive? Tracking Homeownership Amid Changing Economic and Demographic Conditions".
The State of Residential Real Estate & Future Outlook
KC Conway / Stuart Norton
ACRE Director of Real Estate & Corporate Engagement / ACRE Research Coordinator
K.C. Conway is the Director of Research and Corporate Engagement at the Alabama Center for Real Estate housed with the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and also currently serves as CCIM’s Chief Economist. He is a proud graduate of Emory University. Professionally, he has amassed more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate as an appraiser, lender, credit officer and economist. He is recognized as a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). Conway is also a prolific speaker, addressing more than 750 industry, regulatory and academic bodies in the last decade. Throughout his career, Conway has been recognized for accurately forecasting real estate trends and changing market conditions across the United States.At the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Conway manages the research division’s market trends publications and creates new organic and collaborative research initiatives while also serving as its ambassador to corporate real estate entities.
Stuart Norton serves as ACRE's research coordinator where he manages the center's residential market research, producing monthly, quarterly and yearly sales reports on 26 residential markets across the state, monthly new construction reports that track new construction building permits and housing starts, and the center's Alabama housing affordability index. He graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a B.A., and earned his master of arts from the University of Alabama Birmingham.