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Glenn S. Phillips – Speaker Information

Glenn S. Phillips

Glenn S. Phillips, CEO
Lake Homes Realty

Speaking Topics

CEO Glenn S. Phillips is available to speak on a number of topics, including (but not limited to) the topics listed below.

NOTE: If you don’t see the exact topic you find interesting, call us at (205) 985-2991 and let’s discuss. We have a wealth of unique business and real estate information and data.

Likely Audiences: business management, business associations and chambers of commerce, real estate management and brokers, Realtor® associations, entrepreneurs, start-up management, business advisors, business students, and any group with interests in high-growth businesses and/or real estate.


Want the Secrets of Your Industry? Drive 60,000 Miles to have 400 Conversations

  • In building one of the fastest growing companies in the country (#927 on the 2017 Inc. 5000), CEO Glenn Phillips hit the road.
  • Traveling 60,000 miles by car (plus more by plane), Glenn has met with more than 400 real estate agents across 16 states in both small private meetings and one-on-one meetings. (And this does not begin to include the hundreds of hours of telephone conversations.)
  • These multi-hour meetings provide amazing insight beyond what can be learned from surveys and data-mining.
  • Hear the lessons learned, the surprises found, and what it takes to build a high-growth business in the ever-merging world of tech and people.


The Future of Real Estate: Insight from the CEO of One of the Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerages in the Country

  • In real estate, is the future Zillow … or it it an evolution of brick-and-mortar brokerages?
  • With all the knowledge available online now, why has For-Sale-By-Owner not yet increased market share?
  • What is the future of reduced-commission brokerages and flat-fee brokerages (and why have they not become more dominant)?
  • There are more than 1.3 million Realtors®, yet most earn less than under-paid school teachers. Why? And is this viable in the future?
  • With the merging of traditional real estate and data-based websites, how can home buyers and sellers be prepared to avoid fooling themselves (or being fooled by others)?


Why the Internet Has Not Killed Off Real Estate Agents

  • Today you can find and buy groceries, books, clothes, and almost any other item online. In some cases, the old brick-and-mortar business, such as travel agents and video rentals, have ceased to exist.
  • In other instances, the traditional retailers are rapidly loosing market share to the online companies, be it Amazon or the millions of small online specialty stores.
  • Contrary to the trend of business moving to online tools, there were more than 200,000 more real estate agents in 2017 over 2015.
    • Why is this?
    • Is this good for real estate?
    • Is this good for the home buyers and sellers?
    • What does the future hold?
  • Learn the rarely discussed (but very real) reasons why real estate professionals have been insulated from a “tech takeover.”
    • And learn how we built a rapidly growing, multi-state business while embracing this reality.

How to Build a Growing Company when Leadership Sleeps Together

  • Lake Homes Realty is one of the fastest growing companies in the country (#927 on the 2017 Inc. 5000).
  • The management team driving this growth is CEO Glenn Phillips and COO Doris Phillips, also known as Mr. and Mrs. Phillips.
  • Their lessons are not just for spouses in business, but valuable to any partnership of business leadership, be it managing a company, growing a real estate team, or creating a new start-up.
    • 1 + 1 = 3  (or 5 or 10)
    • Divide and Conquer
    • Stay in Your Lane
    • Conflict Navigation
    • Jointly Managing Staff
    • Resolving Differences of Opinions
    • Mindfulness is Required
    • The Unique Relationship Blessings (for those who will notice them)
    • Avoiding Relationship Burn-Out
    • Reinventing Yourselves (and Your Business)


The Future of Multiple Listing Services – Lessons Learned by Joining 80 MLSs in 5 Years

  • Most brokerages only join their one (or two) local MLSs. And it is a one-time event that, for many brokerages, took place years ago.
    • This means these brokerages are essentially blind to trends, application problems, or how one MLS’s service compares to another.
  • Lake Homes Realty has exploded onto the real estate scene. Now licensed in 18 states as a full-service brokerage, the company has also joined 80 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) in just over five years.
  • Tracking both human service and technical capabilities, Lake Homes Realty has a very unique insight into the trends, challenges, and obstacles facing MLSs, brokerages, consumers, and the entire real estate industry.


“The State” of Real Estate

  • As proven by the most recent real state bubble and bust, real estate as a market impacts us all, either directly or indirectly.
  • Learn:
    • Where are the active real estate markets in this country?
    • Where are these markets headed?
    • What are leading and trailing markets, and how do they influence each other?
    • Is there another real estate boom or bust coming?
    • What should home buyers and home sellers be aware of in the near future?




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Glenn S. Phillips – Speaker Bio  (Shorter Version)

Glenn S. Phillips is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty (, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country and ranked #927 on the 2017 Inc. 5000.

The company operates a unique, highly-virtual yet full-service brokerage, now licensed in 18 states (and rapidly growing across the country).

Glenn graduated from Auburn University in Computer Engineering.  He and his wife, Lake Home Realty’s COO Doris Phillips, live in Hoover, Alabama.


Glenn S. Phillips –  Speaker Bio  (Longer Version)

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Glenn S. Phillips appreciates a good pun and dark chocolate. He occasionally plays a really ugly tuba, complete with a bullet hole.

Glenn is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty (, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country.

Often incorrectly labeled “an online brokerage,” the company operates using a unique, highly-virtual yet full-service brokerage model. The company is a licensed real estate brokerage in 18 states (and rapidly growing across the country). Lake Homes Realty was ranked #927 on the 2017 Inc. 5000.

Glenn also serves as the company’s lead real estate market analyst, leveraging his experience with data and his hundreds of face-to-face meeting with real estate professionals across the country.

Various media outlets quote Glenn from time-to-time. This includes The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report,,,, ABC News Now, Psychology Today, Entrepreneur, Trulia, MSN, and Fortune Small Business.

Glenn enjoys public speaking, which he believes is appropriate since his wife Doris says, “He has lots of words.”​

His national speaking engagements include the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conference, Inman Connect, and Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Conferences.

Glenn is an author of the book, “Nerd to English: Your Everyday Guide to Translating Your Business, Your Messages, and Your Life.”

Prior to Lake Homes Realty, Glenn founded and led Forte’ Incorporated, a custom software and data systems firm. The firm was recognized as Microsoft International Partner of the Year in Data Management Systems.

Harvard University, Auburn University, Birmingham Business Journal, Dell, Microsoft, and a host of others have recognized his teams for excellence in technical innovation and marketing success.

Glenn earned a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Auburn University, and now serves as an Entrepreneurship Adviser to Auburn’s College of Business.

Glenn and his wife, Lake Home Realty’s COO Doris Phillips, live in Hoover, Alabama with two rescue dogs and the half-tailed cat he found on the side of the road near their office.


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