– Meet the Staff –
Diane Hartley | President
Diane brings her passion for luxury marketing and more than 20 years of experience growing and leading businesses to her role as president of The Institute. Diane works with our staff, trainers, members, and strategic partners to enhance the experience of membership in The Institute. She is joining our team most recently from Travis Wolff, a Dallas based CPA and consulting firm focusing on high net worth individuals, where she was responsible for strategy and marketing. Prior to Travis Wolff, Diane served in numerous senior level management roles at The Dallas Morning News, including publisher of neighborsgo, the first local social media website in Dallas-Fort Worth and companion website for the print publication. She was also the sales leader responsible for launching F!D Luxe, the award-winning luxury magazine. Prior to her tenure at The Dallas Morning News, Diane held general management and sales management positions at a number of companies in telecom, media, and publishing. Diane is active in a number of non-profits, most notably Junior Achievement of Dallas, where she sits on the Board of Directors.
Blake Henneberry | Senior Manager, Operations
Blake is a proponent of rich member experiences and understands the value of delivering quality service. After nearly ten years of leading teams where attention to detail and focusing on customer needs was the center of operations, Blake brings that same passion for enriching people’s lives to his role at The Institute. He works with our staff to deliver on our promise to provide aspiring real estate professionals with the strategies, tools and resources they need to succeed in luxury residential real estate. In partnership with our experienced training team, Blake ensures our members maximize the value of their membership and go on to earn the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation. His previous experience includes managing client services and ticket sales operations at the Queensland Performing Arts Center in Brisbane and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Outside of the office, Blake exudes his passion for luxury through his involvement in the Dallas art scene, volunteering with the local non-profit Art Conspiracy and participating in the production of the short film Moving Cities Dallas, which highlights the intersection of art and commerce within the community.
Amanda Butterfield | Program Marketing Manager
Amanda is passionate about creating luxury events for our members, giving them opportunities for professional growth, peer-to-peer connection, and community development. She has more than 12 years experience producing and planning events, from full scale event execution to developing marketing strategies to building strategic partnerships. Like many of our members, Amanda has run her own small business working with clients around the country, including Google and WeddingWire. Previously, Amanda worked in the nonprofit sector, managing events for the Central Texas Food Bank and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where she was responsible for leading the annual gala. Outside of her work at The Institute, Amanda volunteers for KDH Dance, an Austin-based performing arts company that produces the Austin Dance Festival.
Jill Smith | Operations Specialist
Jill came to the Institute with extensive operations experience in the boutique luxury hotel and hospitality industry. In her role as Member Services Coordinator, Jill works with our members on telephone inquiries, webinars, and at times, in person at conferences and events like Leaders in Luxury. She is a self-professed “lifelong learner” and is constantly seeking ways to improve the membership experience with her new ideas for tools and resources. Jill is an avid cyclist and is a Certified Massage Therapist working with private clients.
Laura Saladino | Program Marketing Specialist
Laura’s experience working in non-profit organizations and customer service provides The Institute with valuable insights to assist and educate our members. Laura works with our partners and live training hosts to provide positive and enriching educational experiences for real estate professionals, ensuring that our members have the knowledge and resources necessary to succeed in the luxury market. Her previous roles include customer service with The Dallas Opera and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and she actively participates in the Dallas-Fort Worth theatre community.