Safe & Sold: Meet our industry experts

Welcome to Safe & Sold™, the series dedicated to agent safety, presented by FOREWARN®. We’ve gathered experts across the real estate industry including agents, association leaders, and safety advocates to speak about their experiences and share best practices for prioritizing agent safety. Get to know our experts below:

Carl Carter, Jr., REALTOR® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation

Carl is a REALTOR® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. He launched his foundation following the tragic loss of his mom, REALTOR® Beverly Carter, in 2014 at the hands of a couple posing as buyers. Carl is an influential advocate for agent safety, and he strives to honor his mother’s legacy by spreading awareness and the message of safety. Through his foundation, his goal is to get every real estate agent home safe every day.

Dale Zahn, CEO, West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®

Dale has more than 32 years experience as a REALTOR® Association CEO and more than 18 years experience as a REALTOR®. He is a recognized speaker and trainer of professional standards and association leadership, a member of the Bud Smith Leadership Society, Second Tier National RPAC Hall of Fame inductee, current member of the Ottawa County Groundwater Commission, and former National Chairman of the RCE (REALTOR® Association Certified Executive) Board of the National Association of REALTORS®. Dale is proud to be the first Heart of Safety Award recipient from the Beverly Carter Foundation, a Lakeshore Fair Housing award recipient, and a Distinguished Service Award recipient from Michigan Environmental Health Association.

Anna Paduhovich, Owner, The Anna Paduhovich Team, Keller Williams LLC

Anna leads the #1 Keller Williams team in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth. Hers is a family-run business that includes her husband, daughter, and best friend. With more than 17 years of experience, Anna has built a strong reputation of proven excellence and helped 225 families find their dream home last year. Anna has been recognized as one of the top agents in her city by the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association, and ranked #17 of over 9,000 agents in 2022. She’s also honored to be one of Keller Williams’ top 100 producers world-wide.

Debbie Ashbrook, CEO, Central Panhandle Association of REALTORS®

Debbie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Panhandle Association of REALTORS®. She’s an accomplished industry professional with roles ranging from sales, leadership, recruiting, education, professional speaking, business owner and association work. Debbie is also deeply involved in her community, serving on the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, United Way Board of Directors, and as a Mentor with Bay District Schools.

Ann Akridge, Relocation Director, Roberts Brothers, Inc.

Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and real estate industry expertise with more than 40 years of experience. She’s had an expansive career as a top-10 agent, Qualifying Broker/Manager, Instructor, and now Director of Relocation. Ann is well-known for building relationships with global third-party companies representing businesses located in the Mobile Bay region.

We’re excited to share each expert’s perspective on agent safety. Stay tuned for the next episode of Safe & Sold, presented by FOREWARN!