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A Conversation with Jordan Tarver took place April 11, 2024

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A lead editor at Forbes, global bestselling author and change expert Jordan Tarver transformed over 30,000 lives through his book, amassed more than 200,000 devoted followers, and garnered over 60 million views online. Jordan is on a mission to empower people and organizations to unlock exponential growth and expansive possibilities. He will speak about the power of resilience and how it shapes future success.

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A Conversation with Richard Bitner took place February 27, 2024

A lifelong entrepreneur, Richard Bitner has become an expert in the mortgage and publishing industries. A founder of the real estate website HousingWire, and author of three books, Richard has run and operated seven companies, and appeared on CNN, Fox and Bloomberg. He will discuss mentorship, turning ideas into business plans, and the entrepreneurial mindset.


richard bitner smilingRichard Bitner is a lifelong entrepreneur, having owned and operated seven companies since 2000. With over 30 years of experience in the mortgage lending and publishing industries, he has become a leading authority on the housing and mortgage markets, having appeared on a wide range of media platforms including CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, Larry King Live, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

From 2000 to 2005, he was the President of Kellner Mortgage Investments, a nationwide wholesale mortgage lender. He sold his interest in the company two years before the housing crisis, believing that a significant market correction was on the horizon. In 2007, he was a founding partner at HousingWire, a financial trade media and publishing company. He spent 9 years building it into the “go-to” resource for mortgage and housing industry news until its sale in 2016. Since then he has served as a mortgage industry expert, testifying in trials related to the lending industry. He is also the chief strategy officer for MTG services, a mortgage consultancy.

In 2008 he published his book, Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider’s Tale of Greed, Fraud & Ignorance, which was named a top 10 business book in China that same year. In 2010, he provided expert testimony in Washington DC to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in an effort to discuss the root causes of the housing crisis.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in communications from Cornell University. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.



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