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Robert Van Winkle Keynote

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally as Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, extreme athlete, and home improvement TV personality. His 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts. After surviving a suicide attempt, Ice was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle. While his later, less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had a loyal underground following. His latest album WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus was released in August 2011.

A successful real estate entrepreneur and a remodeling expert, Vanilla Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network in 2009. He published a book called Vanilla Ice Project—Real Estate Guide about succeeding in the real estate market. Vanilla loves to include the latest in state-of-the-art technology in his new houses and showcases them regularly on the show.