2015 Keynote Speakers and Guest Speakers


Sept 14 HeadshotRossi – Everyone talks about change but no one changes the talk.
ROSSI DOES –  and has from his blistering start of 10 listings in his
first two weeks and 86 closings in his  first 12 months in real estate,
to his Future Paced presentations from every US State to  Belize,
Singapore to Prague and Amsterdam. Never satisfied with the
status quo, he  constantly updates his presentations at the speed
of information to masterfully reframe  the real estate industry of
the evolving consumer’s needs, trending market demands, and  fresh technology
resources.   Now he’s spinning real estate education into the future with
‘Class in the Round’! Because  ‘the Edutainer’ knows that people don’t buy
what you do, they buy WHY you do it. And YOU  are his WHY.
Others say, “He’s an imaginative humorist, investigative optimist, and peripheral visionary.”
He says, “We are all genius unrecognized by self.”Check out this YouTube video of Rossi’s “Authentic Self” presentation.Rossi will be teaching Wednesday, September 30th from 9:30 am – 12:30pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Rossi is sponsored by Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, LLC and Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC.

Maura Neill - photo (2)Maura Neill – Maura Neill, ABR, CRS, CDPE, e-PRO, MRP, MA, REALTOR® is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura previously taught at The Florida State University, University of Phoenix, and Gwinnett County Public Schools (in the Metro Atlanta area). She is an active agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis, and considers education – both clients and other real estate agents – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®.Maura is a social media and technology devotee and an active real estate speaker and instructor on subjects such as real estate technology, building your business via social media, customer service and client retention. She has spoken for various conferences, such as RETSO, Inman Agent Reboot, Inman Connect, Council of Residential Specialists’ Sell-A-Bration, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®, for state and local associations in Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as the Guam Association of REALTORS®, RE/MAX, ERA, and Crye-Leike. Maura is active with the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. An active voice for the real estate industry, Maura was chosen to be a facilitator for NAR’s “REthink the Future” project in 2012-13. In addition, she’s a NAR-approved e-PRO® instructor and is the lead instructor and subject matter expert for NAR’s newest certification, the Military Relocation Professional (MRP).

Maura is also the Founder and Host of Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Things To Do, a hyper-local online travel resource and magazine for newcomers and natives, for which she had a spot on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and the founder of Trick or Treat for the Troops, which is now in its eighth year and sends dozens of care packages to U.S. Servicemen and -women who are deployed and away from their families during the holiday season. A lover of all things Atlanta, Maura lives in Johns Creek, Georgia, with her husband Ben, their Beagles Charlie, Jarvis, and Maddy, and one cat who wishes to remain anonymous.

Maura will be teaching Friday, October 2nd from 9:00am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Her presentation is sponsored by Stewart Title of the Kenai Peninsula and Kachemak Bay Title Agency.

maude morseMaude Morse – Maude will be teaching a brand new course designed specifically for the 2015 AAR Convention.  Maude’s class is entitled “Mortgage Loans and Beyond: The New Frontier.”  This class is designated for 2 ECE credits.

Maude will be teaching on Thursday, October 1st, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Her presentation is sponsored by First National Bank Alaska.

ABatesAnita Bates – Anita will be teaching “Landlord Tenant Act: Basics for all Licensees” on Saturday morning, October 3rd, from 8 am – 10 am.  This class is designated for 2 DCE credit hours.
PeggyAnn2PeggyAnn McConnochie – PeggyAnn is teaching “Current Alaska Real Estate Legal & Ethical Issues” on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10 am – 12:00 pm.  This class is designated for 2 DCE credit hours.
cheryl costa FATCOCheryl Costa – Cheryl is with First American Title and they have a special class approved for this convention entitled “Consumer Protection: TRID.”  Cheryl’s class is on Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  This class is designated form 2 DCE credit hours.
suellen appellofSuellen Appellof – Suellen’s class is entitled “Contracts & Real Estate License Law” and will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  This class is designed for 2 DCE credit hours.


REALTORS® Vision Insurance

NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team is pleased to announce the introduction of a new offering which expands the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace platform, under the Association’s REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

Vision insurance has long been one of our most requested member benefits. REALTORS® Vision Insurance is designed exclusively for members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and their families. There are two guaranteed-issue group plans from which to choose: a PPO option and a non-PPO option. Both provide great, competitive rates and include annual eye exam benefits and savings on frames, lenses, and contact lenses.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance is underwritten and administered by Ameritas Group and SASid, Inc., the same trusted companies responsible for NAR’s successful and long-term group dental plan, REALTORS® Dental Insurance.

If you haven’t explored REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace lately, I encourage you to do so and to remind your members of this important resource. REALTORS® Vision Insurance rounds out the platform of robust insurance and wellness products available through the Marketplace. Here, members will find a private major medical health insurance exchange, dental insurance, supplementary health plans, short term health insurance, a telemedicine service plan, a prescription drug discount card, and now an excellent choice for vision insurance. The Marketplace makes plan enrollment easy, and benefit specialists are available via phone to answer all questions. Personal consultations are complimentary.

Please find below a fact sheet outlining the details of this new offer. For questions about REALTORS® Vision Insurance or the REALTOR Benefits® Program, please call me at extension 8269 or contact a member of the REALTOR Benefits® Program team listed in the “NAR Contact Information” section of the fact sheet.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance

Fact Sheet

 What:  NAR announces the addition of a new offering to REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

 Launch Date:  November 13, 2015

 Who Is Eligible:  NAR members and their families. REALTOR® Association staff with a NRDS ID and their families. See the website for state and territory availability.

 There is an option for Brokers and REALTOR® Associations who are interested in setting up a List-Billing option for their employees.  Please contact SASid directly at 877-267-3752 to learn more.

 REALTORS® Vision Insurance Benefits and Highlights

There are two plans from which to choose: the Premier PPO Vision Plan and the Freedom Vision Plan.

Premier PPO Vision Plan

  • Plans begin at $12.70 per month, with a one-time $10 enrollment fee
  • Group member benefits on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses
  • Plan has a preferred network: EyeMed Select; seeing in-network eye-care professionals can reduce out-of-pocket costs
  • EyeMed Select network includes 42,000+ providers at over 19,000 locations nationwide, including LensCrafters, Target Optical, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, and JCPenney Optical
  • Discounts on LASIK or PRK procedures at US Laser Network participating providers


Freedom Vision Plan (non-PPO)

  • Plans begin at $14.06 per month, with a one-time $10 enrollment fee
  • Group member benefits on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses
  • This is a non-PPO plan: you have the freedom to visit the eye-care professional of your choice
  • Enjoy an additional 15% discount off of eyewear frames and lenses at Walmart Vision Centers
  • Coupons, promotional discounts, and negotiated prices can also be used with this plan
  • How it works: you pay your eye-care provider at time of service, and then submit a claim form and receipt to Ameritas Group, the underwriter, for reimbursement. Calendar year maximum is $200.Visit the REALTORS® Vision Insurance website for complete plan details, exclusions, and restrictions.

About Ameritas

REALTORS® Vision Insurance is underwritten by Ameritas Group, a division of Ameritas Life Insurance Company, the long-term underwriter for NAR’s popular dental insurance program, REALTORS® Dental Insurance. Ameritas is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

 About SASid, Inc.

The administrator for REALTORS® Vision Insurance is SASid, Inc. (Smart and Simple Insurance Development), the long-term and trusted NAR partner responsible for creating and managing REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, which houses NAR’s insurance and wellness solutions, including:

  • Members Health Insurance Exchange
  • SMART Short Term Medical
  • REALTORS® Dental
  • Members TeleHealth
  • Accident Deductible Protection
  • REALTORS® Core Health
  • Drug Card America

Since 2009, REALTORS® nationwide have put their trust in SASid to help them navigate and enroll in the right insurance plans for themselves and their families. SASid develops technologies and online insurance products from top insurance carriers and nationwide distribution networks.

 To Learn More 

 NAR Contact Information

Anne Cadigan, Strategic Alliances Account Manager



Kristin Maurelia, Managing Director, Strategic Alliances



 Ken Burlington, Vice President, Strategic Alliances



We’ve narrowed down the details into a few key points for easy sharing.

 Note: information is valid as of November 2015 and approved for use through 12/31/2015. If interested in sharing this information past 12/31/2015, please contact NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team at 1-800-NAR-5233.

 New offer! The National Association of REALTORS® announces the addition of a new insurance plan which expands the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace platform under the Association’s REALTOR Benefits® Program: REALTORS® Vision Insurance.

NAR members and their families are eligible, and there are two plans from which to choose. Both plans offer group member benefits for annual eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses.

  1. Premier PPO Vision Plan has a preferred network of providers, with plans beginning at $12.70.
  2. Freedom Vision Plan (non-PPO) allows you to choose any provider, with plans beginning at $14.06.

 Visit Realtor.org/VisionInsurance to learn more.  

The REALTOR Benefits® Program is the official member benefits program of the National Association of REALTORS®, connecting members with discounts and special offers on products and services just for REALTORS®. Current partner listing and offer details can be found at REALTOR.org/RealtorBenefits. Follow us on Facebook.

Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763