Speaker Bios

Christina Chow  Georgia REALTORS®  Senior Director of Legal Affairs

 

 

Christina Chow has been with the Georgia REALTORS® (GAR) since September 2014. She is responsible for overseeing the statewide professional standards program and manages the updates to the GAR contract forms each year. Christina conducts trainings on topics including risk management, fiduciary responsibility, and the Code of Ethics across the state and serves as the staff liaison for numerous committees and groups. She has earned the National Association of REALTORS® C2EX endorsement as well as the REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designation. 

 

 

 

Leslie Frazier Virginia REALTORS® Senior Vice President of Community and Industry Relations

 

 

Before coming on board to Virginia REALTORS®, Leslie worked for two Virginia governors, applying her skills and passion to an array of policy initiatives. It was her early endeavors on political campaigns where she garnered a foundation in community organizing. This background makes her a perfect fit for her role with Virginia REALTORS®. In this position, Leslie focuses on issues impacting fair housing and real property policy. She is the primary point of contact for state and national organizations who influence these issues. In addition, Leslie creates and leads the association’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

 

 

 

Mark Given

 

Mark Given is the founder of the Trust Based Philosophy and the Trust Based Academy serving companies, organizations, leaders, sales and service teams, colleges, and universities to dramatically improve their results in building, maintaining, and repairing TRUST. He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of 8 books and is recognized worldwide as a Relationship Expert.

 

 

 

Zan Monroe

 

Zan Monroe has studied success and leadership for 40 years. He is a speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. At just 16 years of age, he started his first business and began his first corporation at the age of 21. Zan is the CEO of the Longleaf Pine REALTORS® Association and The Monroe Company, Inc. He has published two bestselling books: Stories of Uncle Adrian and 7 Lessons for Success. Currently, he is writing his next book titled Building Leaders. 

 

 

 

Laura M. Murray, Virginia REALTORS® General Counsel

 

 

Laura started working at Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®(NVAR) as a legal intern the summer between her second and third year of law school. After graduation, she accepted a full-time position as an attorney at NVAR. Three years later, an opportunity opened up at Virginia REALTORS® that would allow her to use the Regulatory Law Certificate she had earned in law school, so she applied and was hired! Just over three years and three promotions later, she was made General Counsel when Jim Hopper decided to retire. 

 

 

 

 

Robin Spensieri, Virginia REALTORS® Vice President of Communications & Media Relations

 

 

In her role with the association, Robin is able to utilize her background in journalism, her education from both Berry College and Virginia Commonwealth University, and her time with the Virginia Department of Education. For Virginia REALTORS®, she develops content for both print and digital platforms. She also directs our association’s media relations, edits our content, and works strategically to make the association’s communications more impactful for members.

 

 

 

Sasha Tripp

 

Sasha Tripp is a residential REALTOR® in Charlottesville, VA, and the principal broker and owner of Story House Real Estate. Sasha also speaks and teaches internationally as a CRS Annual Sell-A-Bration speaker, webinar instructor, and she coaches agents at state and local association conferences nationwide. Her experience and knowledge that she gathers from the other best real estate agents in the industry provide her company with invaluable marketing expertise, fresh ideas, and puts them on the leading edge of technology and marketing strategy.

 

 

 

Matt Troiani

 

Matt Troiani is a Senior Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at the National Association of REALTORS® with over sixteen years of experience representing associations and corporations in the residential and commercial real estate and finance sectors. Prior to joining NAR, Matt served as Vice President of Professional Development and Chief Counsel at the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, where he oversaw the Education and Professional Services teams and provided legal guidance on the Association’s governance and day-to-day operations. Matt administered a Legal Hotline and served as staff liaison to the Standard Forms Committee, Nominating Committee, Attorney Roundtable, Real Estate Finance & Settlements Forum, and Commercial Council. 

Matt lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Christina, and their son Jack. Matt earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he served as a staff member of The Business Lawyer, the Official ABA Section of Business Law, and as an associate editor for The Journal of Business and Technology Law. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, during which time he studied abroad in London and taught English and coached soccer at a summer camp in France. In his spare time, Matt enjoys coaching soccer, traveling, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and teaching.   

 

 

 

 Cynthia Walsh

 

Cynthia Walsh is the CEO of the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR). She began her career in Boston, MA working in technology and continuing for the next 11 years in both the banking and insurance industries. Cynthia has been with BCAR since 2005 and earned her Certified Association Executive and REALTOR® Association Certified Executive designation as well as various other certifications. She has been actively involved in the National Association of REALTORS® and the North Carolina REALTORS® serving on committees, mentoring, and lending a hand whenever asked.