Convention Speakers



Craig Zablocki

Think Big, Act Big

Author and Speaker Craig Zablocki has encouraged and inspired thousands of people with his unique blend of humor and authenticity. He has spoken to over a million people internationally and in all 50 states.

Craig is the “Un-Learning” expert. His cutting-edge programs incorporate practical tools to loosen up, become more creative, and live in the moment.  Craig brings over 20 years of speaking, consulting, and training experience to his programs.

Craig has authored Improv 101, Unleash Your Creative Spirit and written many articles for major publications. He has appeared on countless radio and television programs, including National Public Radio.

Evan Abbot

Generations: Working Together

Evan Abbott is the Director of Organizational Development and Learning with Mountain States Employers Council.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver.   In addition, he also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.  In his 16 years at MSEC Evan has lead professional workshops on a variety of topics including Incivility at Work, Generations in the Workplace, Motivation and Engagement, 21st Century Teams, Change/Transition management, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as well as various topics related to Leadership & Supervisory skills.  He consults with members of MSEC about issues related to training, organizational development and strategic management.  In addition, Evan teaches courses in Research Methods, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior in the College of Professional Studies at Regis University.


Diane Evans

Managing Change: Major Issues Facing the Industry and the Opportunities That Exist

Diane Evans has served the title insurance industry for more than three decades. She joined Denver, Colorado-based Land Title Guarantee Company in 1981 and currently serves as vice president.

A member of the American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Board of Governors and 20 14- 15 president , Diane also is a member of ALTA’s Government Affairs committee, State Regulatory Advisory Committee, NAIC Committee and Agents Executive Section. Additionally, she has served as chair of ALTA’s Abstracters and Title Insurance Agents Section Executive Committee.

Diane has been active in the title industry in Colorado as well. She served as president of the Land Title Association of Colorado in 2001, served on its Board of Directors from 1992-2002 and continues to serve on its legislative committee. She has served on the Colorado Secretary of State E-Recording Panel, a member of the Producers Council of the Colorado Division of Insurance and the Colorado Division of Insurance Title Advisory Panel. She has served as chair of the State Board of Land Commissioners and on the Colorado State University System’s Board of Governors.

Active in her home town of Castle Rock, Diane has served on various steering committees. She was named the 2002 Business Person of the Year by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, serving twice as its past president. She continues to serve on the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, an organization that she helped found, and on the Town Manager’s Advisory Council.

She and her husband, Roger, live near Kiowa, Colo. They have three children and two granddaughters.

Dr. Cynthia McGovern

How to Leverage Best Practices and CFPB Compliance to Grow Your Business

Dr. Cindy (as her clients call her) has dedicated her career to helping people and organizations achieve results in the areas of the sales, marketing, leadership, and change management.

After spending time as a marketing director for a commercial real estate company, college professor teaching courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Pre-Law Evidence and Argumentation among many others), and sales and management consultant, Cynthia set out to start her own company with Orange Leaf Consulting. She realized that the one thing that all organizations have in common is change. If leaders can recognize change for what it is, an opportunity, then they can create a competitive advantage.

Cynthia holds her masters in communications, and her doctorate degree in Organizational Communication (Emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Ethics). Through her academic experience and her years of business consulting, she has developed an amazing understanding of how to affect behavioral change throughout all levels of an organization.
For years, Dr. Cynthia McGovern has built entire sales programs from the ground up. Whether it be fine-tuning existing sales programs, rolling out national sales programs or fine tuning e-level sales plans, Dr. Cindy helped both executives and sales people alike create sustainable movement and incredible revenue growth!

Cynthia has a vast experience in working with organizations to create the change they need to be more successful. Much of her expertise is in the sales arena. When a company’s growth is stalling, they call on “Dr Cindy”! She has a breadth of knowledge in various industries and can help leaders to strategize for growth, plan for the changes, get buy in and implement the needed behaviors to get results.

She combines her passion for teaching and coaching to create a unique partnership opportunity for her clients where they get to co-create their destiny. She does not come in, guns-a blazing, and tell people what they are going to do. Instead, she listens to their fears, challenges, successes and works with them to create a replicable sales process that they can implement long after she is gone.

Cynthia believes that the key to real and lasting change is that everyone needs to know what their role is in the change. She often says, ‘you’re all in the same boat, you might as well row together’! She gets everyone in the organization thinking about the change in the right way, acting their part and achieving results.

Cynthia still spends the majority of her time working side by side with her clients to achieve results. Whether it be through coaching, training, conducting assessments or recruiting the right people for her clients, Cynthia is committed to achieving results! Cynthia has built an impressive list of clients across various industries including real estate, insurance, medical, legal, publishing, asset management, pharmaceutical and finance.

Joe Neguse

Executive Director of DORA

Joe Neguse is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (“DORA”). Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Mr. Neguse to the Cabinet effective June 1, 2015.

Prior to joining DORA, Mr. Neguse practiced law at the state’s largest law firm. As a litigator, he successfully represented clients in employment, commercial, and regulatory matters of all types, including Fortune 500 companies and businesses large and small across the country, and served as trial counsel in both state and federal court. He was selected for inclusion in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list and the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2015, and received the University of Colorado Law School’s Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award in 2012.

In November 2008, while still enrolled in law school, Mr. Neguse was elected by the voters of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District to serve on the CU Board of Regents. He is only the second African-American to be elected Regent in Colorado history, and served a six-year term on the Board (which oversees the University of Colorado System, the third largest employer in the state with an operating budget of $3.4 billion). As a CU Regent, he served two terms as Chair of the Regent Audit Committee, and also served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Prior to his election as Regent, he was appointed by the Boulder City Council to serve as a Commissioner on the Boulder Housing Authority, and also worked at the Colorado General Assembly. Mr. Neguse has been widely recognized for his community service, including receiving the Arches of Hope Community Service Award in 2012 and the Colorado Black Roundtable Community Service Award in 2014.

Mr. Neguse holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Colorado where he graduated summa cum laude and also served as student body president. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School, where he served as class president. He currently lives with his fiancée, Andrea, in Broomfield.

Don Booher

President, Colorado Escrow & Title

TRID Panel Moderator

Don has a diverse background consisting of Lending Banking and Title Insurance.  This diversity allows him to give insights to the entire Real Estate process.  His understanding of the needs from Realtors, Lenders and Banks allowed Colorado Escrow & Title to design a process that makes all aspects of the transaction run smoothly. 

Don has experience in REO, Bank Auction, Short sale, Commercial, Refinance and residential resale.  Don’s Common sense approaches have helped Real-estate and mortgage professionals gain insight into the understanding of market pressures and allowed them the ability to use this knowledge for increased market share. Don and Colorado Escrow & Title have reached out with many educational initiatives that help Real Estate and Mortgage professionals remain compliant and profitable in a rapidly changing Real-estate environment.  Don believes in continuing education for his self and all member of his team. This keeps him abreast of market news, trends, and regulations. This also offers opportunity to assist clients with the new regulations, and put his team in the position to lead, not follow.


David DeElena

Coldwell Banker (CAR)

Born in Mesa, Arizona
Grew up in Northwest Arkansas
Graduated with Associates Degree in Computer Science 1983 from
Mountain States Technical Institute: Phoenix, Arizona
Worked in Retail Management with Thrifty Drug Stores (1984-1989)
Worked in Retail Management with Wal-Mart Stores (1990-1999)
Obtained Real Estate license 2001
Served as President Aurora Association of Realtors (2008)
Served as Colorado Association of Realtors Director (2010-2014)
Recognized as Aurora Association Realtor of the Year 2014
Married (2012) with 2 stepchildren
Enjoy riding my horse and Harley motorcycle
International Presidents Circle recognition for Production 2014


Rushelle Hathoot

Land Title Guarantee

Rushelle Hathoot has been actively involved with the title industry since 1989. In 2004, she joined the Colorado owned and operated company, Land Title Guarantee Company. She currently serves as Vice President and Director of Closing Operations.

Hathoot is passionate about building relationships with her fellow employees, industry partners, clients and outside vendors. Throughout her career in the title industry, she has worked in almost every position from title to closing before delving into management. This has enabled Hathoot to better serve the needs of the Colorado community with her vast knowledge of how the real estate transaction transpires from contract to closing.

She is actively involved with several associations including the Land Title Association of Colorado and the Colorado County Clerks Association. She enjoys providing feedback and training for organizations across Colorado.

A Colorado Native, Hathoot enjoys taking part in all the activities that Colorado has to offer with her husband Tom and her two children.


Kim Woodcock

The Mortgage Company

  • I have been in the mortgage industry since 1991….so 24 really, really, long years – actually worked in title for the first 2 years.
  • I have done pretty much every mortgage job you can name.  I have underwritten, managed operations, and been an account executive. 
  • I spent most of my career at larger banks like Wachovia.  I have been at The Mortgage Company since 2009 where I am the Compliance and Risk Officer.
  • The Mortgage Company is locally owned and has been in business since 1996.
  • I have working on the TRID rule for about a year and a half.
  • I like trivia, but the only things I know are mortgages, music, and movies.


Terry K. Jones, CMB, CML

Co-Chair, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Colorado Mortage Lenders Association
Member, State Legislative and Regulatory Committee, Mortgage Bankers Association
Vice President, Cherry Creek Mortgage Company

Terry began his career in Mortgage Banking in 1969 after his service in the Navy and rose to the position of President and Chairman of the Board of his former company, Moore Mortgage Company.  In 1991 he co-founded Premier Mortgage Group, LLC where he served as General Manager as the company grew to employ over 125 people.   Along the way he has held positions as a Loan Officer, Production Manager, Underwriter, Secondary Marketing Manager, and overall Corporate Finance Manager as well as primary responsibility for the general strategic direction of the company.  Premier Mortgage Group merged with Cherry Creek Mortgage Co, Inc. in August of 2006. 

A former President of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) and the recipient of several industry awards, Terry remains actively involved in industry groups and advisory boards. He is currently serving the industry as a member of the Board of Governors of CMLA and Co-Chair of CMLA’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee where he oversees CMLA’s legislative and regulatory policy.  He was recently invited to Washington to testify before a subcommittee of Congress and frequently testifies before committees of the Colorado General Assembly and the Board of Mortgage Loan Originators. Terry holds the designation of Certified Mortgage Banker - Residential (CMB) the highest professional designation for the real estate finance industry awarded by the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Certified Mortgage Lender (CML) from the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association.

Noelle Lovato

President, Guardian Title Agency, LLC

Noelle Lovato is President of Guardian Title Agency, LLC, a division of Title Resource Group and Realogy Corporation. Noelle has been associated with the real estate industry for 22 years working in residential real estate before entering into the title industry in 1996. Throughout her career, Noelle has worked in all facets of title and closing with roles in both client servicing and operations which has provided a well-rounded depth of knowledge and experience.

In her role today, Noelle leads the business in operational design, compliancy and strategic initiatives. She strives to cultivate partnerships between realtors, lenders and title professionals and is dedicated to client development through communication and collaboration.

Noelle is active in the real estate community and is involved in associations including Land Title Association of Colorado and RESPRO. She is passionate about servicing others and participates with local charitable organizations. 



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