Keynote Speakers

Phil Hansen

Referred to by his fans as “the Artist for the People,” Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator—at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. His work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discovery Channel, Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray ShowGlamour and many more. His work is sought-after by many influential clients including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda and the Rockefeller Foundation.

For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, he discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.  His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. Now, Phil’s ability to draw parallels to the business setting has won him followers among industry and business leaders, leading to invitations to speak at the TED2013 conference, Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table.  He’s the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials and he’s the founder of Goodbye-Art Academy, providing high quality and free art education videos to teachers and students everywhere.

Gino Blefari

Chief Executive Officer, HomeServices of America

Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Gino Blefari is the chief executive officer for HomeServices of America, the country’s largest residential real estate brokerage company based on transactions. He is also chairman of HSoA’s real estate brokerage network operations including HSF Affiliates LLC and brokerage networks Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate.

Blefari joined the HomeServices of America family from Silicon Valley, CA-based Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., which he founded in 2002 and through mid-2014 served as its president and CEO. Under Blefari’s direction, Intero became one of the fastest organically growing companies in the history of real estate.

With Blefari’s guidance, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has accelerated network growth and achieved franchise sales records.

Blefari in 2019 was named No. 14 on the Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful people in residential real estate; and was named to RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers Real Estate Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Mike Ferry Organization’s Leadership Hall of Fame and has been named the Italian American Businessman of the Year, among other honors.

With his passion for mentoring, Blefari continues to share his cornerstones of success with fellow real estate professionals and companies.

Chris Stuart

Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Chris Stuart was appointed CEO of both HSF Affiliates LLC and CEO Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in January 2019. Previously, he was COO for HSF Affiliates LLC overseeing Franchise Sales, Marketing and Technology among other work groups and responsibilities.

Stuart joined HSF Affiliates in 2015 and assumed leadership of Franchise Sales a year later. In 2017, he was named senior vice president of Business Development and Operations and by 2018 he oversaw the daily operations of most departments. Prior to 2015, Stuart was part of the executive leadership team at Intero Real Estate Services in Silicon Valley. At Intero, he was chartered with growing and managing Intero’s franchise company and was involved in various corporate initiatives including technology strategy, leadership development and training, agent recruitment and more.

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