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Dan Sandri 1
Acting Department of Real Estate Commissioner

Dan Sandri

Deanne Rymarowicz 2
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Associate Legal Counsel

Deanne Rymarowicz

Jeff Smetana 3
Director of Compliance/Assistant General Counsel, California Regional MLS

Jeff Smetana

Lori Namazi 4
Broker/Consultant

Lori Namazi

Tony Capitelli
TIGAR CEO

Tony Capitelli

Spencer Hoo 5
REALTOR(R)

Spencer Hoo

James Free 6
TIGAR President

James Free

Paul Herrera
TIGAR Government Affairs Director

Paul Herrera

Rob Fehlman 7
Attorney/Broker

Rob Fehlman

Karyn Boenker 8
Public Policy Manager - SunRun

Karyn Boenker

Acting Department of Real Estate Commissioner

Dan Sandri

Dan Sandri is the Acting Real Estate Commissioner and Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Real Estate.  Dan was designated as the Acting Real Estate Commissioner of the Department of Real Estate effective July 10, 2018 and was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy Commissioner by Governor Edmund G. Brown on November 17, 2016.  He has worked for the Department of Real Estate (and former Bureau of Real Estate) for over 31 years.  Prior to his appointment, Dan was the Chief Auditor of the Department/Bureau for 6 years.  Dan began his career with the Department of Real Estate in 1988 as a new Auditor I hire.  As an auditor, he completed hundreds of audits of subdividers and real estate brokers involved in all real estate-related activities.  From 1994 – 2010, he was the Supervising Auditor in charge of Northern California Audits, supervising the Audit activities of the Oakland, Sacramento, and Fresno district offices of the DRE.

Dan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay (formerly California State University, Hayward). 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Associate Legal Counsel

Deanne Rymarowicz

Deanne M. Rymarowicz is NAR Associate Counsel. Before joining NAR, she was General Counsel for the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® for 8 years, and has also served as counsel for the Nevada Real Estate Division. She has an extensive background in transactional and administrative law, focusing on corporate, insurance and mining law. In her spare time, she loves traveling, baking and shopping at Home Goods.

Director of Compliance/Assistant General Counsel, California Regional MLS

Jeff Smetana

Jeff has been a practicing real estate and business litigator and trial attorney since 2014, representing multiple realtor and homeowner associations as well as brokers, serving with several prestigious Inland Empire law firms and the City Attorney’s office for Corona. Prior to his legal career, Jeff was a real estate sales and loan agent for 12 years. He also has a decade of experience in construction as a former building contractor and is currently an adjunct professor of real estate law at California Baptist University in Riverside. At CRMLS, Jeff oversees the Compliance and Data Licensing departments, and provides in-house legal counsel.

Broker/Consultant

Lori Namazi

From Executive to Entrepreneur, Lori has been a proud REALTOR®, dedicated advocate and leader in the industry for nearly 20 years. She broke through the glass ceiling when she became the first female Corporate Executive and Broker of Record of over 1,850 agents at First Team Real Estate, an independently owned and operated firm.

Lori is passionate about reforming the industry’s image and elevating the level of professionalism with which brokerages operate. She launched Namazi Real Estate Resources to fill an obvious gap in the industry: providing resources, solutions and training to a growing number of licensees who are not aligned with a large brokerage, and who can’t afford to offer these services in-house.

The suite of companies she launched in early 2019 under her corporation includes Laurel Real Estate Resources – a real estate brokerage with her business partner, Lisa Dunn, and Laurel Property Management – a Property Management division with business partner Bridget Salampessy. 

Having successfully climbed the ladder in both the real estate and hospitality industries, Lori has the ability to examine the impact of business decisions from all vantage points within an organization. She believes in being a hands-on leader that gives back to the industry by serving on numerous Boards of Directors and teaching real estate courses at Norco College.

Lori is currently the Chair of the Orange County REALTORS®  Education Committee and a member of the Independent Broker Alliance.  She was recently elected to the Board of Directors and was subsequently elected as 2020 President-Elect.  She was recently appointed as the 2020 Chair of Professional Development for the California Association of REALTORS® and she is also a proud WomanUp! WaveMaker.

Lori Namazi 9
TIGAR CEO

Tony Capitelli

Tony Capitelli received his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Concordia University Irvine, where he served as Student Body President.

Tony Capitelli has over 10 years of experience in the area of public policy. Prior to serving a CEO of the Inland Gateway Association of REALTORS, Tony was the Government Affairs Director for the Orange County Association of REALTORS, and Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives. Tony also taught as a law professor at Trinity Law School.

Tony lives in Brea, CA with his beautiful wife, and two boys.

REALTOR(R)

Spencer Hoo

TIGAR President

James Free

TIGAR Government Affairs Director

Paul Herrera

Paul Herrera serves as the Government Affairs Director for The Inland Gateway Association of REALTORS® and two other REALTOR® organizations spanning much of Southern California’s Inland Empire. Combined, these associations represent more than 11,000 real estate professionals over 31 cities, two counties and a population base of 3.6 million residents.

In six years of work in the “REALTOR® Party”, Paul has been centrally involved in issues as large as threats to the housing finance industry and wide-ranging property rights issues to local sign ordinances, vacation rental rules and business licenses.

Following 8 years as an award-winning journalist in Florida and California, Paul became communications director for the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency. Five years later, in 2011, Paul began work as Government Affairs Director for REALTOR® organizations in the Inland Empire.

Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Attorney/Broker

Rob Fehlman

Public Policy Manager - SunRun

Karyn Boenker

Karyn Boenker is a Public Policy Manager at Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation’s leading residential solar, storage and energy services company. She focuses on western states, storage technology, soft cost reduction, and low/moderate-income programs. Karyn holds a B.S. from Arizona State University and an M.S. from the University of Washington, where she studied global climate change science and policy.