Join us – and your fellow Top Guns – at the 2023 Rise Conference to get your engines running and ready to soar in the coming year. Teamwork, confidence, and holding formation together will prepare us for any obstacles we encounter along the way!

Join us at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, TX!

Reserve your room by January 31, 2023!

We recommend traveling in on Feb. 20 and out on Feb. 23 to get the most out of your time with us at iGo RISE Conference 2023 – Top Guns!

Travel & Stay

Hotel Info

  • Royal Sonesta Hotel & Galleria – Houston
  • 2222 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
  • (713) 627 – 7600
  • Book Rooms ›

Airport Transport

  • Taxi
  • Rental Car
  • Uber/Lyft
  • Bus Line 082 (from IAH)

Local Airports

  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • George Bush International Airport (IAH)
  • We recommend traveling in on Feb. 20 and out on Feb. 23 to get the most out of your time with us at iGo RISE Conference 2023 – Top Guns!

Local Food

  • ARA Restaurant (Inside Royal Sonesta)
  • Sage Restaurant
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Sushi on Post Oak
  • Velvet Taco






Sponsor Set Up

Discovery A

6:00pm – 8:00pm


Discovery Foyer





Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

Discovery A + Foyer

Main Stage Presentations


Welcome! | Dan Deist

Discovery Ballroom


Top Guns: The Best of the Best | Blaise Ingrisano

What does it take to be the best of the best? Hint: It’s Not The Plane, It’s The Pilot. Platinum Coach Blaise Ingrisano, The Master of Mettle himself, will impart his vision to the stage about leadership through times of turbulence. In the last year, many of us have traveled through a dark valley. How are we showing up?  How are we defining ourselves? Are we coming off the gas?  Blaise’s spirited message will give you the tools and the power to attack each moment, so that you can build a legacy.

Discovery Ballroom


iGo Update: Jetting into the Future with iGo | John Russell & Celeste Starchild

We’re no longer just looking into the future. We are now bringing that future vision to life. In our mission to empower the inspection community, we have been working hard to provide you with new and better service options, innovative ways to provide your clients with a world class experience, and a direct path to building more value within your company. We have never been more excited about sharing what’s on the horizon to uplift each of you in your business. Do not miss this update from the iGo Leadership team at Rise!

Discovery Ballroom


Better Your Best Finalists | Derek & Jessica Ballard, Dave Adams, Reed Rogers & Stephen Rager

It’s time for our Top Guns to show us what they’re made of. Better Your Best contest finalists share what they did to reach new heights in 2022 – and we need your help choosing the winner!

Discovery Ballroom



Discovery Ballroom


H.I. Ladies Lunch: Grow Yourself and Others to Grow the Business | Susan Bentley

Personal growth is the secret to team growth. Learn how to build your own personal growth plan and how to help support your team members to build theirs. When people grow in character and skills, everything they touch improves. Let’s grow together!


Breakout Sessions


Profitable Leadership: How to Instill Your Team with an Ownership Mentality While Maintaining Accountability | Wes Mast

Growing and building a leadership team is one of the greatest joys while also creating real opportunity pain. How and where do we trust our team to make decisions? Big or small – decisions create momentum. Let’s talk leadership, ownership mentality and profitability!

Champions III


Tech Breakout: How to Maximize Profits and Market Share in a Downturn | Christian Adams

Christian Adams of Repair Pricer discusses proven and pioneering tools and methods you can use to take market share and increase profits in a changing real estate landscape. Learn how to adapt your business to meet the shifting needs of consumers and agents as the real estate market turns towards a new normal.

Champions V


Sponsor Break

Discovery A


Cleared for Take-off: How to Get Your First 300 Inspections | John Tyler

Fire it up! Getting your first 300 inspections while laying the groundwork for 3,000. Plus, discover best growth ROI marketing and what systems new (and seasoned) companies need.

Champions III


Maximizing the Impact of HomeBinder | Andrew Fox

Andrew Fox of Brickkicker (Chicago HQ) will both provide a (re)introduction to HomeBinder as well as how he and his team launched HomeBinder to maximize the impact to their business. The presentation will include a key number of action steps to take with both clients and agents.

Champions V


Pre-Gala Reception

Grab a drink, mingle, and pick your seat.

Discovery B

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Awards Gala & Dinner

Discovery B

9:00pm – 12:00am

Platinum Lounge

Champions Prefunction


8:00am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open Discovery A + Foyer
9:00am Meet Bob Hale, CEO of HAR and the Ultimate Maverick | Celeste Starchild & Bob Hale Bob Hale is a celebrated leader known for breaking boundaries of what it means to be a local real estate association. This is a unique opportunity to hear from a leader who thought outside the box, shot for the moon, and made a lasting mark on his industry. Discovery Ballroom
9:30am Flight School to Top Gun | Harmony Brown The road from zero all the way to $9.2 million – and what you can learn from others’ setbacks and triumphs. Discovery Ballroom
9:45am Winning the Dog Fight: Recession Proofing Your Business | Dan Deist & John Tyler You don’t know what tomorrow will look like, so it’s important to start generating revenue right now. Discover foolproof ways to generate – and even maximize – revenue from both new and existing customers. Discovery Ballroom
10:45am Highway Through the Danger Zone: Cashflow, Covering the Nut & Preparing for the Unknown | Molly Shoemaker & Will Russell If you’re like most businesses, the last few months completely changed the trajectory of your growth. Molly Shoemaker and Will Russell of RTC Accounting help you determine your breakeven point, offer tips for stabilizing your business and recover, and show you the best way to grow your business in the new market environment. Discovery Ballroom
11:45am Expanding the Vision: Double Your Fee in 2023 | Peter Hopkins Ancillary services for home inspectors. The ins and outs of performing ancillary services and how this can help you navigate a changing economy in 2023! Discovery Ballroom
11:55am Sponsor Break Discovery A
12:25am Jump Start A New Service with Property Management Inspections | Celeste Starchild & Jeremy Humphrey As investor buyers now make up about 20% of the market and many are in the business of renting out single family homes, there are increased opportunities to meet demand for rental turn inspections. Celeste Starchild and Jeremy Humphrey bring the knowledge gained through iGo Network for you to go after this opportunity, complete with the toolkit you need to take home and get started today. Discovery Ballroom
12:45pm Three Killer Insights in Three Key Functions: Marketing, Operations & Inspection Management | Jonathan Giner, Susan Bentley, Jeff Donaldson & Dave Adams This session is guaranteed to give you something you can bring home to your team from Houston. Get out your pen and paper to take notes while you listen in to the wisdom of Jonathan Giner on Marketing, Susan Bentley on office management and operations, and Jeff Donaldson/Dave Adams on Inspector Management. Discovery Ballroom
1:15pm Lunch Discovery Foyer
2:00pm H.I. Ladies Headshots Champions III
2:15pm Visit with Sponsors Discovery A
2:45pm Winning a Fight is Not Just About Surviving – Thrive, Not Just Survive | John Tyler Winning the fight – don’t settle on winning. Aim to thrive! What tools the community provides for you to break out from the pack. And why leaning on community is so important. Discovery Ballroom
3:05pm 2021 Better Your Best Winner Update | Mark Wahl Mark Wahl shares updates since winning the Better Your Best contest and what’s working now. Discovery Ballroom
3:15pm 2022 Better Your Best Winner Announcement | Dan Deist Discovery Ballroom
3:20pm Closing Comments | Dan Deist Discovery Ballroom
3:30pm Sponsor Teardown Discovery A

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a rooms block reserved at our conference location, The Royal Sonesta – Houston. You can make reservations HERE. Please be sure to make all reservations by Jan. 31, 2023 to secure your spot, and iGo’s negotiated room rates. 

William P. Bush Airport (HOU) is a hub for Southwest Airlines., but see our Hotel & Travel page for more information on airports, travel options and more! 

See our Agenda Page for a full schedule of sessions and speakers! We will be adding more specifics in the coming month.

The Awards Gala & Dinner will be at 7pm on Feb. 21. Check our schedule for more information on social events!

We invite everyone to dress in semi-formal, or formal attire, whatever that means to you!

Thank you to our sponsors!

“It takes a lot more than just fancy flying”

– Charlie, Top Gun

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