Stacey Moncrieff is vice president of business-to-business communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. She has been with the association for more 20 years, starting as an associate editor with Real Estate Today magazine, where she covered sales and finance topics. In addition to serving as editor in chief of REALTOR® Magazine and REALTOR® Association Executive magazine, Stacey now oversees NAR’s Web site, REALTOR.org, and its social media and manages a variety of e-communications for REALTORS® and REALTOR® association executive. In 2006, she edited the association’s centennial book, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®: 100 Years in Celebration of the American Dream (Wiley Publishing, 2007). Through two real estate purchases and one sale, she has experienced the great value of working with a REALTOR®. It’s her mission to return that value with useful, informative communications. Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Online Editor Brian Summerfield writes and edits for the REALTOR® Magazine Web site. Along with the Speaking of Real Estate blog, he edits REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily Industry News and Business Tips e-newsletters, and its online columnists and contributors. Prior to joining REALTOR® magazine in 2009, Brian served as the managing editor for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Additionally, he worked with U.S. Navy Captain William R. Anderson on The Ice Diaries, a book detailing his expeditions under the Arctic icecap as skipper of the U.S.S. Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, and also contributed to The Cubs Fan’s Guide to Happiness, a self-help manual for baseball’s last “cursed” team. Brian graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in history.
Erica Christoffer is a senior editor and has been with the magazine since June 2008—first as a student while earning her master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on public policy reporting from Columbia College in Chicago. A Minneapolis native, Erica has a background as a newspaper reporter, and also has a bachelor’s degree in art history from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. In 2010, Erica traveled to the Gulf Coast in the midst of the BP oil spill to experience first-hand what REALTORS® in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other Gulf Coast states were experiencing. Today she covers sales and marketing for the magazine and Web site, produces videos, helps manage the magazine’s technology needs, edits the Young Professionals Network blog, YPN Lounge, the YPN e-newsletter, and REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily Industry News e-newsletter.
Managing Editor Wendy Cole joined REALTOR® magazine in June 2007 after more than 20 years as a reporter and writer for TIME magazine in New York and Chicago. Having specialized in finding and telling Midwestern stories with national resonance, she is now excited about developing articles to help real estate practitioners implement smart selling and marketing strategies. She loves writing about people, and sharing the wisdom gained from their successes and missteps. The challenges of today’s housing market, she believes, make the need for astute and inspiring insights all the more critical. Expect her to tackle your professional concerns using solid reporting, shrewd analysis, and a generous helping of humor. Wendy has a history degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Robert Freedman is the National Association of REALTORS® manager of multimedia communications and has been with the magazine for more than a decade, covering both government news and brokerage management topics. He developed the magazine’s first book, Broker to Broker: Management Lessons from America’s Most Successful Real Estate Companies. His most recent book is How to Make Real Money in Second Life (McGraw-Hill, 2007), a look at how organizations are leveraging virtual reality technology for marketing and business development. Rob is a past president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors and previously worked at Affordable Housing Finance magazine and the Housing & Development Reporter. He has a master’s degree in humanities from Marymount University.
Nobu Hata is the National Association of REALTORS® director of digital engagement. An industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the real estate industry, having implemented and adapted various new-school techniques to his successful brick and mortar business in Minneapolis, Minn., for Edina Realty until July 2012. A speaker, instructor, and volunteer member leader since 2009 (NAR YPN, Communications, Equal Opportunity/Diversity, Strategic Planning Committees), Nobu’s skill-set brings insight and context to NAR of agent, brokerage, and association issues. He delivers value-added information to REALTORS®, both in-person and through the digital domain. Connect with Nobu online at about.me/nobuhata or @nobuhata.
Katherine Tarbox was formerly a senior editor with REALTOR® magazine. She is a freelance writer and the author of the international best-selling book A Girl’s Life (Dutton, 2000) and has made hundreds of media appearances including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN. She was named by Ms. Magazine as a “Women to Watch” and holds a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and communications from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Contributing Editor Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a former editor and Web producer with the magazine. Today, from her home near Palm Springs, Calif., she continues to be a valuable member of the REALTOR® Magazine team, covering home and design topics in print and online. In addition, Melissa produces the magazine’s Daily News, scanning newspaper stories from around the country to select and summarize the 5-7 stories that are more significant. Before joining REALTOR® magazine in 2006, Melissa taught a journalism class at Northwestern University and wrote for several publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Monitor on Psychology, People magazine, and Inside Business magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree, also in journalism, from Grand Valley State University.
Todd Carpenter was formerly director of digital engagement for The National Association of REALTORS®. He’s been a real estate and mortgage professional since 1992 and an industry blogger since January 2005. Named by Inman News as one of Real Estate’s Most Influential Leaders in 2010 and Influential Online in 2009, 2008 and 2007, he’s an industry pioneer in leveraging the social web. Todd speaks at real estate technology events across North America, and is an organizer of several grassroots un-conferences focused on Web2.0 ideas including Real Estate WordCamp, RE BarCamp, and unassociated.org. Today, he is manager of industry engagement at Trulia.