Introducing Our Expert Panelists for The Summit

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The MLS Summit™ is just one month away, and today we’re excited to introduce our expert panelists and agenda for the event. Here they are:

Agent Panel


Ernie Carswell

Douglas Elliman

Ernie Carswell sits at the helm of Ernie Carswell and Partners, a team of 15 residential real estate professionals with an excellent reputation and known results. Agents and staff provide superior service and consultation to clients from the business community and entertainment industry, as well as artists, foreign dignitaries, top attorneys and professional athletes. Ernie has been awarded many accolades for sales achievement and set high price records in various neighborhoods during his 25-year career in Los Angeles. Discretion and strategic skill are his hallmark traits.

joycereyes-01Joyce Rey

Coldwell Banker

With more than 3 billion in career sales, Joyce Rey is one of the most respected names in luxury real estate. As the leader of an award-winning team, her name has appeared on “best of” lists for real estate production and industry influence, including “The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People” (LABJ), “Top 20 Luxury Brokers in L.A. County” by (TRD LA) and “Top 10 Real Estate Power Players” (Haute Living).


Jerel Taylor – Moderator

Sotheby’s International Realty

After 14 years of experience in the escrow industry, Jerel Taylor made an effortless and successful transition into the real estate industry in 2012. Since then, he has established a reputation as a top-producing agent and selfless contributor in the industry. Throughout his career, he has served on various committees as a director for The MLS™ and the California Association of REALTORS®. Most recently, Jerel became the President-Elect for the Malibu Association of REALTORS®.

Broker Panel


Raphael Barragan

CEO, Engel & Volkers Beverly Hills, LA, Santa Monica & West Hollywood

Raphael Barragán is a globally respected real estate broker who has earned a reputation for providing exceptional results to his clients through first class service. Raphael serves as the CEO for Engel & Völkers Los Angeles, Engel & Völkers Beverly Hills, Engel & Völkers Santa Monica, and  Engel & Völkers West Hollywood, serving neighborhoods from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean and beyond.

As an expert in the luxury real estate market, Raphael has developed a solid reputation representing buyers, sellers and developers throughout the world. Through his strategic and comprehensive marketing plans, his listings have been seen in local and international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Robb Report and International New York Times to name a few.


John Closson

Regional VP, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California

Few real estate professionals know Pacific Palisades as well as John Closson, a branch manager in the lovely coastal community. John, who also serves as Vice President & Regional Manager for Berkshire Hathaway – Los Angeles, grew up, attended schools, and still lives in the Palisades today. “My family has been in entrenched in the real estate business for years,” he says. “My sister is a real estate attorney, my mother was an agent, my dad taught construction, my brother is an architect, and my other sister is a property manager. Every one of us is somehow in the real estate business.” A broker since 1991, John brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as manager. He draws on his experience to make certain his sales associates throughout the region have the finest tools and resources available to deliver the highest level of customer service.

peterhernandez-01.pngPeter Hernandez

President of Brokerage, Douglas Elliman California

Founder of Teles Properties, Peter Hernandez knows how to build a business empire from the ground up. After 10 years of growth and success, Teles Properties was acquired by Douglas Elliman, and Hernandez was named President of Brokerage for Douglas Elliman California. He is an accomplished leader in marketing, brokerage, recruitment, with over 45 years of experience in the industry. His expertise can be heard on his daily real estate podcast, “The Morning Drive”.


Nick Segal

President, Pacific Union International Los Angeles

A nationally-renowned executive, prized speaker and celebrated innovator, Nick Segal has had immeasurable impact over his three decades in real estate. After growing DBL REALTORS® from 12 to 650 agents (leading to an acquisition by Sotheby’s in 2004), Nick founded Partners Trust, yet another wildly successful team that was acquired by Pacific Union International after achieving more than $11 billion in sales in only eight years. As CEO of Partners Trust, Nick received both the REALTOR® of the Year and William May Garland Awards.


Beth Styne

Regional VP, Coldwell Banker Los Angeles

Beth Styne has overseen the sale of the nation’s most coveted properties, including properties from A. Quincy Jones, Frank Gehry, and Le Belvedere, “America’s Most Expensive Home” according to Forbes in 2010. She leads some of the nation’s highest ranked agents and has amassed a loyal following of A-list celebrity clients. Beth’s superior professionalism, market knowledge, and negotiation skills have allowed her to close over $1 billion in sales throughout her 37-year career.


The MLS Summit 2018 is just under a month away, and seats are filling quickly. Grab your tickets for this power-packed day while you can! Register at

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