Main Program Speakers
Actor, Philanthropist, Author & Keynote Speaker
Samuel Johnson is chief flagbearer at Love Your Sister and has been gracing Australian tv, stage and film for well beyond two decades now.
Most importantly, Samuel Johnson is Connie Johnson’s little brother. After his big sister Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer Samuel made Connie the promise of a lifetime. To ride his unicycle around the entire country for her in an effort to remind every young mum in the land to be breast aware. Samuel kept his promise. He spent a whole year atop a unicycle vowing to do whatever it takes to remind young mums to check their boobs.
Besides being a goose on a unicycle, Samuel begrudgingly bears the title of Chief Flagbearer here at Love Your Sister. He shirks at the idea of being a spokesperson, let alone a flagbearer, but LYS needs a voice and he accepts this. Connie was too sick to blow the trumpet as often as needed so Samuel became the guy at the front. But, in a way, Samuel’s the guy behind it all too. Samuel built Love Your Sister while Connie was sick with gmail and a mobile phone. He hustles really hard and is constantly obsessing about how to improve Love Your Sister.
Practice Director, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Centre
A global leader with over 15 years of luxury experience as a human resources executive and hospitality operations expert; Neha is a certified behavioral analyst with an insatiable desire for continuous improvement. With a unique blend of juxtaposed qualities, Neha is bold, empathetic and meticulous serving as a catalyst to any enterprise seeking organizational transformation.
As a Practice Director with The Ritz Carlton Leadership Center, Neha facilitates the discovery of long term solutions for organizations to sustain their success Neha brings her diverse experiences, time-tested methodologies and empirical knowledge to every interaction and successfully guides organizations to introspection and meaningful change. Neha challenges practices that are ripe for innovation and builds strategies that result in increased leadership engagement, team performance and elevated customer service solutions.
During her tenure with Marriott International The Ritz Carlton, Neha held various roles, swiftly progressing in her career and contributing to the company across 9 locations in the United
States and the Caribbean region. Some of Neha’s notable achievements include:
Trusted advisor through organizational brand transformations, directly leading the culture change project for a workforce of over 1 500 employees market change champion during the Starwood acquisition
Chief appointed executive member and pioneer of change management workforce procedures, emerging as the leading resort operation in the continental US Marriott portfolio.
Multi award winning leader for teambuilding, defining quality audit processes, community mentor, career coach and development of executive leadership programs
Neha studied the art of hospitality at The Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland. Set in the birthplace of hospitality inspired by the ethos of the industry pioneer - Cesar Ritz; Neha became enthralled by the craftsmanship of service and set out on a wanderlust of her own to find innovative experiences, seek out challenges and become a servant leader of the industry. Outside of work, Neha is an epicure at heart, enjoys music, philosophy and travelling.
Josh Phegan is the internationally renowned go-to speaker, trainer and coach for high-performance real estate agents and agencies. He is the number one preferred trainer for Australia's top 100 agents and top 50 women in real estate. He personally coaches some of the who's who in the real estate industry, both new, emerging, and high-performance agents, with his number 1 sales agent writing over $20.5m fees, 250+ transactions, and $1.1 billion in sales. In 2023 he is set to perform in 200 events face to face and virtually in the US, UK, UAE, New Zealand, and Australia. He works with leading real estate agencies at both training and boardroom levels. He hosts industry-leading events such as the Real Estate Blueprint and is the producer behind the High-Performance podcast with Alexander Phillips. Dynamic, captivating, and fast-paced.
Leading Expert in Trust & Authority
Julie Masters has spent a career decoding influence. As a leading authority in the speaking world she has earned a reputation for launching and advising some of the worlds most respected thought leaders.
Co-founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency across the USA and Australia, she is now the Founder and CEO of Influence Nation, working with business leaders and organisations to become the voice of authority in their space.
Clients include industry leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, speakers, best-selling authors and media personalities – the voices of which have reached millions of people globally through speaking, publishing and digital channels.
Julie also hosts the iTunes Top 100 podcast Inside Influence, interviewing global thought leaders on the tools and strategies to owning your voice and using it to drive an industry, a conversation, a movement or a nation.
Having won numerous communications industry awards across the USA, Australia and Europe, Julie now regularly advises CEO’s, entrepreneurs and executive teams on how to stand out in their marketplace by turning their expertise into real influence.
Tim Jack Adams
Speaker I Coach I Inspirer
Tim is a thought leader and speaker in Wellness.
The industry has created an overarching framework for Well-being that enables leaders, teams, and organisations to thrive sustainably. Tim has worked with the Australian Defence Force, Red Bull, Olympians and many of Australia’s top companies. Tim is a sought-after keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and expert advisor on wellness for corporations in the Asia Pacific region.
Real estate expert & trainer
James Tostevin is a world class operator with an intrinsic passion for property. In the past five years, James has ranked as one of the top three performers in Australia. With a phenomenal track record of more than three decades in the industry, James brings an unmatched level of enthusiasm and commitment to his position at Marshall White as a Director and Auctioneer. James prides himself on peerless commitment to exceptional client service, assisted by his team of extremely dedicated individuals. They execute their work with exacting attention to detail, striving to achieve outstanding outcomes for clients which consistently exceed their expectations.
James’ commitment to mentoring the next generation of real estate agents extends beyond his immediate team. His reputation for visionary thinking means his training sessions and seminars throughout Australasia are in high demand. He shares insights plus the systems and processes that have underscored his esteemed career.
James is father to six children and a grandfather of four. Having grown up in Balwyn and Balwyn North and lived in Surrey Hills, Malvern, Malvern East, Hawthorn and Hawthorn East for years, James maintains an impeccable knowledge of Boroondara, Whitehorse and Stonnington. Aside from his career James loves to spend time with his family, watching all sports, especially football, playing tennis and relaxing down at the beach.
McGrath Sales Agent
QLD's #1 agent 2021 & 2022 (REB), awarded #1 Top Residential Agent QLD, REA (realestate.com.au) and named brisbanehomeprices.com, Agent of the Year, for five consecutive years, Alex Jordan achieves such accolades with his distinctive ability to maximise the perceived value of a property. Leading a team of specialists, Alex draws on insight into each facet of the selling process. In 23+ years in the real estate market, he's honed acumen in construction, zoning and design, and how each contributes to a property's optimal appeal. With presentation core to Alex's formula, agile negotiation and strong buyer relationships complement strategic property styling and latest marketing tech. With their shared value for powerful branding, Alex has strong ties with the McGrath network. Achieving outstanding results for homeowners in Brisbane's Inner West, Alex's commitment to this community is evident in his support to a school at its heart, St Peters Lutheran College.
Harcourts Prime Properties - San Diego
Meet Jesse Salas, the managing partner of multiple Harcourts Prime Properties offices in La Jolla, Solana Beach & Carlsbad. Including the recently opened Temecula office. He is a top-performing REALTOR, ranked in the top 1% of all REALTORS in San Diego County in 2022 and awarded the prestigious REAL PRODUCERS Award for Top Agent Production in the same year.
Jesse is not only an expert in selling properties but also a sought-after speaker. He has been featured on ESPN's The Weekend Warrior and Dr. Klapper on 710AM Los Angeles and has spoken at a Tom Ferry Real Estate 8x event in La Jolla. He's also a regular guest and top REALTOR on FOX 5 San Diego's Lifestyles, with over 6,000,000 collective views.
At Harcourts, Jesse is committed to providing exceptional service to his clients and real estate agents.
Harcourts Coastal Agent
Tolemy is a celebrated real estate specialist at Harcourts Coastals Broadbeach office and is happy to rise to the sales challenges across the beachside suburbs, specialising in the sought-after areas of Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach. He is an experienced and licensed sales agent who brings passion, efficiency and diplomacy to helping his valued clients reach all of their property goals.
He actively sought out the real estate profession and has worked in the local area for more than a decade. His genuine enjoyment comes from the many friends made and diverse group of people met, affording him the opportunity to sell some extraordinary coastal properties and develop a nationwide client database.
Tolemy is well known among his colleagues as a skilled communicator with an eagerness to please clients and understand the impact of their transition. His lengthy career has left him widely recognised for a number of performance awards including several area record prices and auction listing awards. He has proven results in the art of negotiation and leaves his clients assured that they have received the best price possible. He has achieved an 85% auction success rate over his 14-year real estate career and has been acknowledged as the Number 1 salesperson for beachfront apartment sales in Surfers Paradise.
Harcourts Connections Agent
When an energetic young woman leaves behind a promising career in law to build an even more promising one in real estate, you know she’s got what it takes to achieve results. Megan Alexander purchased her first property at the age of 18 and was instantly drawn to real estate for its dynamic, ever-changing landscape and its importance in people’s lives.
Megan is in increasing demand thanks to enthusiastic word of mouth referrals, and she aims to always exceed client expectations. Today, her reputation for dedication, performance and ambition is rapidly attracting attention with herself receiving the Harcourts’ Rising Star award (awarded to the agent who made the most Gross Commission within the first 18 months as an agent) and is the youngest agent in History to achieve the prestigious ‘Titanium Award’, which is the highest recognised award in the Harcourts network.
Megan’s clients find her astute, knowledgeable and professional. She is driven by ‘the thrill of the sale’ but works hard from beginning to end to ensure the entire process and transaction run smoothly. The end result is always happy vendors who have been intelligently guided to the achievement of their goals.
Director, Matusik Property Insights Pty Ltd
Michael Matusik is a leader in residential market analysis and urban investigations in Australia. He is one of Australia’s foremost property experts and is considered a thought leader in the Australian housing industry. A 33-year industry veteran, Michael provides a voice of reason within the industry. Michael’s weekly blog post – The Matusik Missive - is considered, by many, a must-read. The Matusik Missive bridges the gap between spruik and reality. Michael heads Matusik Property Insights, which he established in 1998. His property advisory firm provides market analysis, project advice, and support services for select residential properties.
Managing Director, Harcourts International
Mike Green has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate industry. Joining the industry in sales in Parnell, Auckland at 19 years old, as well as sales, Mike has managed company owned offices, grown his own franchise and held senior corporate roles as well as now being a 50% owner and Managing Director of Harcourts International.
He is the former owner of Harcourts franchise, Mike Green Real Estate Ltd (Auckland). With nine offices and over 150 people, the operation achieved No 1 Harcourts Franchise for Harcourts New Zealand for four consecutive years.
Moving to Queensland, Australia in 1997, Mike and Irene Green were responsible for the establishment and growth of Harcourts’ Australian arm. Taking over as Managing Director of Harcourts International in December 1999, Mike then became responsible for the overall operation and direction of Harcourts’ group of companies.
In 2000 the Group had a total of 105 offices across New Zealand and Queensland, Mike has led the group over the last 23 years, growing the organization to now encompass over 900 offices operating in ten countries with more than 10,000 people. Harcourts is number 1 in New Zealand, number 2 in Australia and number 3 in South Africa and completed in excess of $50 billion in sales volume in the last financial year.
CEO, Harcourts International
Steve began his real estate career in 1990 as an agent and became a business owner in 1997. He’s grown his business from a small team of 5 to over 50 team members today. Specializing in residential and development sales, his office, Harcourts Platinum, has a market share of over 30% and has featured as the Number 1 office in Harcourts South Africa for the last 3 years. He has also serves as a director of Harcourts South Africa and was inducted in the Harcourts South Africa Hall of Fame in 2015. Steve Caradoc-Davies is currently the Harcourts Internal CEO.
CEO, Harcourts Australia
For the past 18 months Adrian Knowles has been the leader and the CEO of Harcourts Australia, a renowned real estate agency operating at the forefront of the industry. With over two decades of experience, Adrian has showcased his expertise and passion for helping leaders and individuals to achieve their ambition. In recent times his strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in the growth and success of Harcourts Australia, as the company expands its operations and delivers outstanding results through its network for clients. Adrian's commitment to excellence and innovation has fostered a values-based culture of professionalism, integrity, and exceptional customer experience.
Before assuming the role of CEO, Adrian held various senior positions within the real estate industry, amassing a wealth of knowledge and expertise along the way. His extensive experience has earned him the trust of the network and colleagues alike, as he consistently provides valuable insights and guidance.
With his unwavering dedication, extensive experience, and learning leader focus, Adrian Knowles continues to steer Harcourts Australia towards new heights. His strategic approach and commitment to delivering exceptional value to his team, business partners and clients solidify the company's position as a leader in the real estate industry. Adrian's ongoing pursuit of excellence and his unwavering focus on customer experience ensure that Harcourts Australia remains at the forefront of the real estate landscape, providing top-notch services and helping businesses and individuals achieve market leadership.
Head of Auctions, Harcourts Australia
Throughout his three years as a property sales consultant, alongside a senior agent at Harcourts Solutions, Christian developed a strong passion and belief for the auction process. Wanting to use his passion and skills to help his clients have a greater future through property, Christian pursued a career in auctioneering.
Christian competed in the 2017 Harcourts Auctioneer competition and was awarded the Australian Novice Auctioneer of the year.
Now, driven by a desire for absolute excellence, paired with his dynamic personality and work ethic, Christian consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients.
With a strong belief in giving back to the community and helping people in need, Christian conducts many charity auctions every year and partakes in successful fundraising events.