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UPWARD EVENT - NASHVILLE    October 18th - 20th, 2021
We had such a great time in Nashville! Amazing Keynote Speakers Brian Moran & Clint Pulver Phenomenal guest speakers and panelist | Fantastic Sponsors | Surprise trip to the Country Music Hall of fame | We even got to write our own Upward Song!

Upward Nashville Event Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

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Clint Pulver

Keynote Speaker, Author, Musician, Emmy Award Winner

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert.

He’s also fun, dynamic, entertaining – and the no-stress speaker clients love to work with.

A Professional Drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015. 

In September 2020, The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, awarded Clint his very own golden statue for storyboarding, casting and directing the video Clint Pulver: You're Not a Problem. He's also appeared on America's Got Talent and in feature films with Jack Black (School of Rock) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). Business Q Magazine featured Clint as one of their "Top 40 Under 40" as a premiere Corporate Keynote Speaker. 

Known as the Leading Authority on Retention, Clint helps organizations retain, engage, and inspire their team members from the front desk to the board rooms and everyone in between. He expertly helps audiences navigate generational complexities, communication challenges, leadership missteps, and culture cues. 


As the president and founder of The Center for Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”. For over a decade, he has been a self-motivated Entrepreneur who is well versed in business start-up, leadership, sales management, management training, and helping teams grow multi-million-dollar accounts. He uses that experience to create teachable relationship and business strategies based on trust, service, support, connection, and consistent follow-through.


Brian Moran

CEO & Founder Strategic Breakthroughs

Brian is the leading authority on leadership, execution and productivity.


As CEO and Founder of The Execution Company, Brian is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive, who has developed a well-versed business perspective from his vast experience in consumer products, healthcare, foodservice, automotive, transportation and professional services sectors.


Brian, is the co-author of the New York Times Best Seller The 12 Week Year, a program developed to empower individuals and companies to achieve more in 12 weeks than what others accomplish in 12 months.


The 12 Week Year philosophy and training program has been implemented world-wide with industry-leading companies including Allstate, BBVA, Mass Mutual, Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide, Paycor & Papa Johns.


Prior to launching The Execution Company, Brian held leadership positions with PepsiCo, UPS, Senn Delaney Management Consultants and National Automotive Corporation.  Coupling his corporate experience with his entrepreneurial drive, Brian also co-founded Bio-Inc.,  a health services provider specializing in wellness and medical surveillance performing on-site medical testing 


Brian authored Periodization, and is a featured in business journals and periodicals. 

A trusted strategic advisor and visionary Brian volunteers his time to mentor promising entrepreneurs to refine, implement and execute their business plans.


Ryan Butler

Ryan Butler

DC Metro Area

Managing Partner Coalition Property Group

It was in 2011, when he bought his first home, that Ryan first fell in love with real estate. Little did he know this purchase would not only be an investment in the traditional sense of home buying; it would also be a path to a new career. Ryan gained experience renovating and flipping houses, and it wasn’t long before he decided to do even more in real estate. Originally from the Mississippi Delta, Ryan followed his military family through Germany and around the world before earning a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Georgetown University, where he also played football. Eventually, Ryan would go on to found his own IT consulting company, and use his entrepreneurial knowledge to further his Real Estate ventures. When not working, Ryan enjoys a variety of sports and hobbies, including, yoga, latin dance, and martial arts (wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu). Ryan believes that home ownership is a path to wealth and security. He takes extreme joy in being a real estate professional because he gets the best of both worlds: he helps clients invest in a home and a future they love, all while providing the same love and security to his new family.

Harrison Beacher

Harrison Beacher

DC Metro Area

Managing Partner Coalition Property Group

Harrison has worked as a full-time realtor since graduating from Georgetown University. Born in Augusta, Georgia, with family in Alabama, Harrison’s family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, when he was in elementary school, making him a Washingtonian. Harrison was honored by the National Association of Realtors® and included in Realtor® Magazine’s 30 under 30 Class of 2016. Harrison was appointed to the 2017-2019 board of directors for both the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), and the DC Association of Realtors (DCAR). The National Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network appointed Harrison to their national advisory board as the RPAC participation chair for the 2019-2020 term. As of Jan 2019 - Harrison was named VP of Next Gen for his brokerage - Keller Williams Capital Properties, with the purpose of cultivating a group of new community leaders in the DC area real estate market, and facilitating networking, professional and personal development amongst that group. Harrison is a sought-after national speaker on the subjects of millennials and mindset, real estate marketing, young professionals, real estate sales maximization, networking, and social media optimization.

Keith James


DC Metro Area

Managing Partner Coalition Property Group

Bold. Daring. Charismatic. Keith James is the true essence of a go-getter, achieving success decades before his time. Born in Northern Mississippi, Keith spent his youth traveling around the United States playing in AAU basketball tournaments weekend after weekend. After graduating from high school, Keith attended Tuskegee University, earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Keith has met with some of the most successful men in real estate, obtaining bits of knowledge from mentorship along the way. The excitement of his first home purchase was a major investment he made at the age of 23 and he turned it into an income generating property. That purchase led to another purchase... and it was too late; Keith caught the real estate investor bug! Keith’s passion in life is to be the bridge to help people get to where they want to go. He enjoys spending time with his family, eating at the best restaurants (Ask about his list) and traveling the world.

Special Guests

Leann Harris

Leann Harris

Portland, OR

General Manager| Regional Director | Team leader | Coach & consultant | Investor

In 2019 Leann was named the Women of Influence with the Portland Business Journal.  One of the most prestigious awards in the Portland arena. Leann is the general manager for the Keller Williams in Phoenix, and the Regional Director for the Northwest  and Texas regions for United Home Group. In addition to coaching, consulting and growing a high producing teams, Leann is also the team leader of the largest single real estate office in Oregon. In the past four years, under her direction, the Keller Williams offices have sold over $6 billion dollars in real estate. She has also recruited well over 900 agents for her organization.  


Leann is well versed in national Real Estate Team Expansion. She led the successful real estate team The Kristan Cole Network into 27 locations. She managed operations implementing systems and procedures and wrote the onboarding manual for new agents. 


Leann is an inspirational instructor who brings great insight as well as practical application to her classes.  She also has a vast background in real estate; at age 22 she invested in her first real estate property, at age 25 she became a business owner, at age 30 she purchased her first commercial property in downtown Portland. Leann has 27 years of experience in business development ranging from title and escrow work to mergers and acquisitions of multi million dollar oil reclamation companies. 


When Leann is not coaching, recruiting, teaching or team building, she enjoys watching her real estate investments grow on the Airbnb platform and the stock market.  She loves the chase of crypto currency and is an avid reader. In 2017 Leann founded her own non-profit Lifeline For Hope. LL4H supports mental health and raises awareness for suicide prevention. This is her legacy. 

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Kathrin Rein

Maimi, FL

Top Producer | Investor | Best Selling Author

Kathrin is a top real estate agent in South Florida and has been the #1 solo agent with KW in the state of Florida for 2 years in a row.


She uses her income to invest in real estate. Kathrin and her family own a portfolio of properties including residential, commercial and vacation rental properties.


Having arrived in the US with only $750 in her pocket, she was able to learn through hard work and sacrifice the power of owning real estate. Her initial instincts paid off and she feels that the gift of being good with numbers and the knowledge she has acquired over the years by investing herself is something she would like to pass on to others. Her biggest passion in real estate is to teach others how to use the vehicle of real estate to grow their wealth.


Kathrin is part of Gary Keller’s Top 100 Individual Agent Mastermind and has been featured as a speaker many times on panels for virtual selling, solo agent tips, wealth building and creating passive income.


Kathrin is also a best selling author. Her book ‘Wie hast du das gemacht? How did you do it?’ was a number one bestseller on German Amazon. She is currently working on two more books: One about mindset and a second one on how to start a successful AirBnB business!

To be notified about her upcoming book releases, please send an email to subject: Book release


Kathrin is also a proud mother of two children (Leonardo and Joesefine) , whom she loves to spend time with in the mountains of Georgia when not working in Miami.


Kaleena Schumacher

Overland Park, KS

Top Producer | Luxury Specialist | Army Veteran

Owner and lead agent of Schumacher Group Keller Williams Realty
Partners, located in Overland Park, KS. Kaleena is a proud wife, mother, and United States
Army Veteran. Kaleena is a Luxury home specialist, as well as an American Warrior Real
Estate Professional, and a Certified Home Partners of America Specialist. Kaleena also
specializes professional athlete relocation.

Kaleena started her sales career as a United States Army Recruiter, then headed into
Insurance Sales. She loved taking care of clients so much and was very intrigued by the
Real Estate Industry she became licensed. She is currently in the top 1% of Kansas City
area REALTOR® and in the top 1% of America’s top 100. She has received numerous
awards to include the Double Gold award with Keller Williams, Certificate of Recognition for
Best SP/OP% in groups 2018, the American Institute of Real Estate Agents 10 Best Real
Estate Agents 2018 and 2019, and the Zillow Buyer’s Award.

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