RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the NAR REALTOR Party Convention & Trade Expo (formerly NAR Midyear)
May 15, 2014
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1
Power Broker Strategies for Increasing Productivity and Profit
RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the NAR REALTOR Party Convention & Trade Expo (formerly NAR Midyear) will assemble of panel of leading brokers to discuss strategies for enhancing productivity and profitability by better identifying the wants and needs of today’s agents and consumers. From recruiting and training to deploying the right technology, the Power Broker Forum will reveal how today’s top brokers are enhancing the agent and customer experience in today’s new real estate environment.
John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia
John Featherston is president and chief executive officer of RISMedia, Inc. Since 1980, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information, has been servicing more than 250,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most productive and successful agents, brokers and related service professionals. RISMedia has been providing the industry with news, trends and business development strategies through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine; its leading website, RISMedia.com; and its renowned networking and educational events. RISMedia’s private Power Broker events, including the CEO Exchange – held each September in New York City – and the Power Broker Forum, Reception and Dinner – held each year in conjunction with the REALTORS® Conference & Expo – are two of the most sought-after events for brokerage owners and other industry executives. RISMedia’s extensive library of customizable, licensed content, along with its other business-building services, has established the company as one of the strongest industry allies for residential real estate professionals.
Gary Scott, President, Long & Foster Real Estate
Gary Scott is president of Long & Foster Brokerage, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., part of The Long & Foster Companies, which also includes: Prosperity Mortgage Company; Walker Jackson Mortgage Corporation; Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Long & Foster Settlement Services. Scott entered the real estate business in 1986 in Delaware with B. Gary Scott REALTORS®. He currently oversees Long & Foster’s more than 11,000 sales associates in seven Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia.
Scott MacDonald, President, RE/MAX Gateway
As president of RE/MAX Gateway, Scott MacDonald has built a solid reputation for creating a company that focuses its attention on its agents. The company’s philosophy is based on creating an environment that fosters the sharing of ideas so that everyone succeeds. Since opening RE/MAX Gateway in 2001, MacDonald has expanded the operation to four successful offices in Northern Virginia with 123 agents. MacDonald is also active in developing programs to help agents outside of his company succeed. He and his partners developed the Home Pricing Wizard and Broker Success Kit, which are receiving great success in the market.
Todd Hetherington, CEO, NM Management/CENTURY 21 New Millennium
Todd A. Hetherington is CEO of NM Management, Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based company whose core services organizations provide a complete range of real estate sales and service support to clients in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. NM Management includes CENTURY 21® New Millennium, 1st County Mortgage Services, Bay County Title and Escrow, and Proactive Property Management. Having completed active duty military service in 1990, Hetherington started a residential real estate company focused on providing relocation support to families at the various military installations in the National Capitol area. He joined the CENTURY 21 franchise in 1994, and in 1998, he merged with other local CENTURY 21 brokers forming CENTURY 21 New Millennium.
Ron Croushore, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty
CEO and Owner of Pittsburgh’s Prudential Preferred Realty, Ron Croushore is a lifetime native of the Pittsburgh area, with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Since 1991, Croushore has pioneered the most advanced tools in the industry to create solutions for his customers’ home selling and buying needs in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to his experience in property development and home building, Croushore has held offices in West Penn Multi-List and the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has received national recognition for being ranked in the top 20 of all Prudential Real Estate companies.
Ken Baris, President of Jordan Baris Realtors
Ken Baris, president of Jordan Baris Realtors® in New Jersey, is among the real estate industry’s most prolific and dynamic leaders. He is the proud recipient of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 2012 Presidents Award for Service and 2010 Transaction of the Year for outstanding client experience. Baris is also past president of the NY Metro Group of LeadingRE, a member of the CRB Board of Directors, Zillow Broker Advisory Board, Mobile Real Estate ID Board, and board and Executive Committee member of eLumindata Inc. Frequently in the media and a popular speaker, Baris is often featured in national publications and conventions. An innovator, Baris created Top Presenter, winner of the NAR Software of the Year when launched and is heralded for his creative approach and his easy and humorous style. Baris is particularly proud of and greatly enjoys working on a daily basis with his father, Jordan Baris, who founded their company in 1952 and remains highly engaged and excited with its growth.