A Note From President Gervase...

Friends & Colleagues, 

Welcome to 2022 and the opportunity to make your mark as an LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance leader. As an Alliance VIP, I invite you to join me in Orlando on February 22-24 at the Alliance Leadership Summit where we will collaborate and innovate the path forward for this fine organization through the exchange of ideas and best practices. 

Please make it a priority to attend this important meeting. I promise you will come away inspired and invigorated with leadership insights and tips to take your local chapter to the next level. If you haven’t made plans to join us, please take action now.

The task before us now is to leverage and build on the massive success the Alliance enjoyed in Year One.  Chapter development and membership growth is the key to our expansion this year. As an Alliance leader, you are central to our ability to meet our goals and advance our mission to create a world free of housing discrimination. 

My goal is to empower you to help lead the way forward. Together, we have the potential to be transformative catalysts for change. Imagine all that we can do. We can educate our community on how to buy a home or invest in rental properties. Or mastermind with our members through chapter programming that helps them raise their game and deliver better service to LGBTQ buyers.  

John Maxwell, renowned leadership expert, once said: “Leadership is Influence, nothing more, nothing less.”  I am personally committed to delivering the resources necessary to support your growth and success.  You raised your hand to be an Alliance leader because you are called to do something more for others. Let’s do something remarkable together. Let’s be unstoppable.  Let’s give back in a way that incites buzz and attracts followers. Are you game?

See you in Orlando,

Dave Gervase

2022 Alliance National President & Chairman


The Leadership Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort

Featured Speakers

Ryan Weyandt

Chief Executive Officer, The Alliance

As CEO of the Alliance, Ryan has a unique value proposition on the balance between ROI, Advocacy, and philanthropy versus membership engagement and motivating volunteers to find their passion. Ryan will share his vision for the Membership Program of the Alliance and challenge our leaders to be audacious in 2022.

Dave Gervase

2022 National President, The Alliance

Dave’s dynamic leadership experience ranging from leading Keller Williams’ Rainbow Network, to being a top performing agent, and piloting various non-profit organizations has given him perspective into how we, as humans, interact and function successfully with a multitude of personality styles and individuals. As 2022 President of the Alliance Dave will take us on a journey through the DISC profile and examine how we interact and engage to maximize our potential in 2022 and beyond.

Mary Mancera

SVP, Industry Relations

The Alliance’s very own “Golden Girl”, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations Mary Mancera, will be joining us in Orlando to dive into all things partnership, sponsorship, industry relations, and how to position yourself to most successfully engage and work with the organizations the Alliance has working agreements with.

David Siroty

VP, PR + Communications, The Alliance

With over 35 years of communications and PR practical experience, David knows the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when it comes to reputation and optics. His passions for sports broadcasting and fair housing have given David a rich blend of experience which he is excited to share with our leaders in Orlando. David will direct sessions on communication best practices, being media-ready, aligning your councils and chapters with the National communication strategies, and how to most effectively communicate to your members.

Alex Cruz

Director, Member Services + Education, The Alliance

An experienced leader in managing small-to-midsized organizations, Alex brings first hand knowledge in building and sustaining successful non-profit, member-run, chapters, working with members effectively, and guiding others in achieving their goals for their organizations. Alex will spend time with our leaders in Orlando discussing the basics of chapter management, how to get a stale chapter off the ground, and facilitate a deep-dive best practices and brain storming session amongst all of our leaders. You won’t want to miss this.

Anita Blue

Author/Speaker and 2022 National VP, The Alliance

Anita Blue is a thirty-four-year air force veteran, mother, wife, businesswoman, an active member of her community, and published author. She has held many leadership positions in the military and as a civilian, adding to her extensive life experience in this arena. She desires to continue to be a servant leader to people throughout the world. She is highly motivated by seeing others achieving their goals and dreams through their commitment, courage, clarity, passion, and humility. Challenges will come, but she believes that whoever stays the course will eventually win the race of this thing called Life, with love in their hearts and joy in their souls.

Shaun Rawls

Author, Speaker

Shaun Rawls is the Founder and CEO of Rawls Consulting, a progressive, growth minded organization that invests in people, businesses and all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Rawls is a highly sought after national speaker and author of his book, “Living an “F-it-less” Life.”

F-it-less meets you at that place in life when you are ready to throw your hands up, give in, give up and say, “F-it!,” In his book, Rawls offers new meaning and purpose to the term and mindset, “F-it!” by giving the reader a breakthrough transformational process to take action over giving up or giving in. Through learning to reframe and align the heart and mind, the reader will be empowered to make the tough decisions needed live their most intentional and rewarding life.

Tim Hur

2022 National President, AREAA

Tim Hur, 37, who is the Managing Broker and President of Point Honors and Associates, REALTORS, a boutique real estate firm located in Metro Atlanta, is the second youngest, and first openly LGBTQ leader of the national group. 

Hur’s rise to lead AREAA follows career-long involvement in national, regional and local real estate organizations. He previously served as AREAA’s National Treasurer and Secretary, as well as chapter president for AREAA Atlanta in 2013 and 2014. In addition, he was named the 2018 National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Chair for Diversity, where he worked closely with NAR’s Fred Underwood, NAR’s recently retired Director of Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. He served three consecutive years in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as NAR’s Liaison for South Korea. Hur has also been active in the Atlanta Association of Realtors.

Special Guest

To Be Announced.


Agenda to be sent to invited attendees.

Day Session agenda to be sent to Officers and Directors. 

All attendees are welcome to join in the following events on the 23rd:

5:00p ET

  • Cocktail Hour (Business Casual)

6:00p ET

  • Welcome Reception & Dinner (Business Casual)


8:00a ET

  • Breakfast

9:00a ET

  • Welcome

9:15a ET

  • General Session Resumes – DISC Profile Activity with Executive Leadership Team

10:15a ET

  • The Importance of Partnerships with Mary Mancera

11:00a ET

  • Break

11:15a ET

  • Special Guest Speaker (TBA)

12:00p ET

  • Lunch & Networking

12:45p ET

  • Session Resumes – Special Guest Speaker (TBA)

1:30p ET

  • The A’s, B’s, and C’s of Media Training and Effective Communication with David Siroty

2:15p ET

  • Chapter Basics with Alex Cruz and Anita Blue

3:30p ET

  • Chapter Development Thinktank

5:00p ET

  • Dismiss

6:00p ET

  • Evening Reception (potentially off-site)

Summit COVID-19 Policy

Attendance to this event requires compliance with all City, County, State, and CDC COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the event.  Additionally, Hilton or the host property and/or the Alliance may implement organizational requirements which may supersede any local regulations (or lack thereof) given the private status of the host organization and optional attendance of the event.  Attendees must comply with regulations in order to participate.  Unless specifically notified otherwise, all attendees will be required to produce proof of full vaccination or negative PCR test results within 24 hours of the start of the event.  Masks must be worn indoors at all times unless actively eating or drinking.  Any attendee who feels sick or even slightly off should not attend the events and could be required to quarantine, at their expense, in accordance to CDC guidelines.  Questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]