Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”

Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum: “Adapting to Changing Markets”

  • Riezl Baker
  • 10/24/23


Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group
Contact: Kerry Minster

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(GREENSBORO, GA) October 21, 2023 – LEAD Lake Oconee is thrilled to announce its second leadership forum, scheduled for November 8, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., hosted at the office of Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group. This forum promises to be a remarkable event, featuring accomplished leaders from diverse fields who have successfully navigated the ever-evolving landscape of changing markets.

In today's dynamic business environment, the theme, "Adapting to Changing Markets," is both timely and relevant. Our distinguished panelists, representing a spectrum of industries, share a common thread: they have weathered various market cycles and challenges. This forum provides a unique opportunity for attendees to glean invaluable insights into how these leaders adapted and displayed resilience during turbulent times.

Expect to gain an inside perspective on the secrets to thriving in adversity and crafting strategies for success. Our esteemed leaders will share their experiences and wisdom from their respective fields, including building business models that can withstand economic fluctuations, surviving storms, and the critical role of sustainability in long-term business success.

The featured panelists for this event are:

- Betsy Peck: Former COO of one of the largest global real estate firms, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

- Patti Wilmot: Former Vice President of Domino’s Pizza.

- Dr. Ninfa Saunders: Former CEO and President of Navicent Health.

- Jane Hutterly: Former Vice President of SC Johnson.

- Riezl Baker: Realtor for 22 years and Founding Principal of Luxury Lake Oconee

Laura O'Brien, long-time Executive Director of The Atlanta Shoe Market, one of the world's largest retail shows, will also be joining the group. Laura will provide a unique perspective on navigating the cycles in the retail world, managing vendors from around the globe, and the impact of geopolitical events on global markets.

Topics to be explored during the forum include lessons from businesses that thrive by embracing change; understanding economic cycles; talent acquisition and retention strategies in a changing market.

LEAD Lake Oconee was established with a vision to provide a platform for leadership, where community members can learn from experts and from each other on topics that profoundly impact their professional and personal lives.

Riezl Baker, Co-Founder of LEAD Lake Oconee, emphasized the significance of this event, stating, "This is a forum you would not want to miss. We have assembled a group of incredibly successful executives who will share their experiences and strategies for not just surviving but thriving when markets undergo change."

The event is open to the public and free of charge; however, reservations are required due to limited space. To reserve your seat, please call 706-347-2625 or 706-818-8651.


About Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group: Luxury Lake Oconee is a full-service real estate group of professional, knowledgeable, and experienced REALTORS® committed to helping clients navigate any size transaction in residential and commercial real estate. The firm, founded by Ted and Riezl Baker in 2020, consistently seeks to raise the bar in customer satisfaction. The brokerage has received numerous awards including “Experts in Vacation and Second Homes” by The Atlantan, “Leading Luxury Real Estate Professional,” by Modern Luxury, and is affiliated with The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. In 2022, the firm closed over $186 million in real estate. For more information, contact Ted Baker, Managing Broker, at (706) 340-5554.


Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Lead Lake Oconee to Host Second Leadership Forum:  “Adapting to Changing Markets”
Riezl Baker

Riezl Baker

Realtor® | Founding Principal

About The Author

Riezl Baker is an award-winning real estate agent with 22 years of real estate experience at Lake Oconee, Georgia. A resident since 1997, she is well-known for her business accomplishments and extensive community involvement. In 2020, she and her husband Ted co-founded Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group to combine their over 40 years of experience in the Lake Oconee market and with a mission to provide the highest level of service to clients.
In 2022, Riezl closed over $131 million in sales and was recognized as “Top Luxury Real Estate Leader'' by The Atlantan magazine and “Real Estate Newsmaker & Achiever'' by RIS Media. She was recognized as a 2021 Top Producer after closing over 70 transactions totaling $115 million and was awarded the Crystal Phoenix Award by the Lake Country Board of REALTORS®. 
She is passionate about her community and has been involved on a leadership level for many different organizations. She is the Past Chairman of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Board and was part of the original founding Board that steered the opening of the hospital in 2013. She co-chaired the successful 2023 Heart & Soul Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee which raised over $450,000 for the local hospital. In 2010, she and her husband co-founded the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival to benefit local education, which has evolved into a three-day destination event at The Ritz-Carlton. An advocate for the arts, Riezl is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS). She was the President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors® in 2016. The Atlantan magazine awarded her "Expert in Second and Vacation Homes" for 2020 and 2021. She was recognized as a "2021 Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leader" and was also nominated as "Best Bilingual" and "Best Community Impact" in Georgia.
Riezl holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and joined the Hyatt Hotels as a Corporate Management Trainee. She worked for the company for seven years in Operations Management and Hospitality Sales in Houston and Atlanta. She served as a Board Director for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Breakout, Georgia MPI's monthly publication that is distributed to thousands of members.
As the Director of Athens (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riezl developed strategic plans to attract conventions to the city. In 2000, she obtained her real estate license and worked for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties where she was a top producer for 20 years. 
Riezl is a public speaker and has spoken at several national real estate conferences and webinars. She was an invited speaker at a National Empowerment Conference in Las Vegas in 2022 where she spoke about “Successful Entrepreneurship in America.” She was also featured in a 2022 episode of Fox Business Network’s prime-time real estate show Mansion Global. 
She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have two children, Stuart, who is a junior at Yale University, and Remi, who attends Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.

Community Footprints

  • Co-Founder, LEAD Lake Oconee
  • Board Member, Oconee Performing Arts Society.
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Past Chairman, St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, 2017-2019.
  • Past President, Lake Country Board of REALTORS®, 2016.
  • Co-Founder, Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.
  • Three-Year Chair, Heart and Soul Gala Benefit, Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee.
  • Co-Chair, Heart and Soul Benefit Gala, 2022

Work With Riezl

A consistent top producer in the Lake Oconee area, Riezl has been recognized with numerous awards for her business accomplishments and community involvement. Contact Riezl today if you are thinking of selling or buying, or both.

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