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CEOB&WRISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange

‘Building Sustainable Success’

September 16 & 17, 2015

The Yale Club – New York, N.Y.

For most brokers across the country, business is better – for some, a lot better. But how long will this bullish environment last? Are you riding the market’s current rising tide only to be left stranded when it inevitably recedes? RISMedia’s 2015 Real Estate CEO Exchange will take a realistic look at the current and future state of the real estate brokerage business, and reveal strategies for building sustainable success – success that is controlled by you, not market fluctuations. Hear from industry experts and your leading Power Broker peers who will share high-level insights and proven tactics for securing long-term viability.

The CEO Exchange is sponsored by the industry’s leading brokerage firms and service providers.

Stay tuned for more details and update to our 2015 agenda and speakers.


RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange

‘Building Sustainable Success’

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Wednesday, Sept. 16

1:30 p.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia


Here Today, Ready for Tomorrow: Blueprints for Sustainable Success
Securing long-term success for your real estate firm means courting new ideas, new business models and new partnerships. RISMedia President & CEO John Featherston kicks off the 2015 CEO Exchange by sharing the strategies of three Power Brokers who embraced change in order to meet the needs of an evolving industry and consumer. Hear first-hand how these leaders broke the mold to build a future.

John Featherston

Jeff Detwiler, President & COO, Long & Foster Companies
Dottie Herman, President & CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Mark Stark, CEO & Owner, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties & Arizona Properties

2:30 p.m.
The Fate of Data Control
From the ongoing portal power-play to uprisings surrounding a broker MLS model, what lies ahead for real estate data is uncertain. In this important session, leaders from the MLS, Association, Data and Brokerage arenas hash out what solution will ultimately be best for brokers, agents and real estate consumers.

John Featherston
Craig Cheatham, President & CEO, The Realty Alliance

David Charron, President & CEO, MRIS
Dale Ross, CEO, Realtors Property Resource
Bob Hale, President & CEO, Houston Association of Realtors
Tom Hosack, CEO & President, Northwood Realty Services
Victor Lund, Founding Partner, WAV Group; CEO, RE Technology


3:45 p.m.
Turning Data into Dollars: Broker Strategies for Leveraging Online Leads
As the portal saga continues to unfold, brokers must rise above the fray and remain agile in their strategies for maximizing data. This panel of top brokers share their strategies for generating, cultivating and closing online leads, no matter what lies ahead in the online marketing arena.

John Featherston
Jose Perez, Executive Vice President, Sales, Proxio


Candace Adams, President & CEO, BHHS New England
Marty Rueter, President, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates
Jon Coile, CEO & President, Champion Realty, Inc.
Michael Mahon, President, HER Realtors
Anthony Hitt, CEO, Engel & Volkers North America

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Insights
John Featherston
Ed Krafchow, Chairman of the Board, Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate

5:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Thursday, Sept. 17

8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Buyside

Buyside Data: The Secret Weapon to Grow 2016 GCI 
Virtually every brokerage fails to fully leverage its buyer database, a $1 billion-asset worth millions in incremental GCI growth. This 15-minute overview will help you learn the five immediate steps your organization can take to capture, match and predict the specific buyer leads that yield higher GCI. Learn best practices for how to centralize and leverage your buyer database to generate new listings, win more competitive listing presentations and match buyers in real time to your in-house listings.

Keynote Speaker:
Charles Williams, CEO/Founder, Buyside

8:20 a.m.
The Safety Challenge
The latest guidelines and strategies for protecting your business and your agents

Keynote Speaker:
Charles Oppler, NAR Vice President, Broker/Owner, Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

9:00 a.m.
Leveraging Mortgage & Title Opportunities: Regulatory Compliance & Current Opportunities
RESPRO President and Executive Director, Ken Trepeta, provides an up-to-date assessment of current mortgage-related regulations and legislation, and what it means for real estate brokers and their consumers. This presentation will then be followed by strategies for leveraging mortgage relationships within today’s guidelines so that mortgage remains a viable revenue source for real estate brokerage.

Keynote Speaker:
Ken Trepeta, President and Executive Director, The Real Estate Services Providers Council Inc. (RESPRO)

Dave Garland, Manager, Rainmakers Group

Chris Lim, Founder & CEO, Climb Real Estate Group
Paul Wells, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX of Barrington


10:15 a.m.
The Art of Growth: From Recruiting to Roll-ins
Growth in today’s recovering yet challenged real estate market requires careful analysis of your firm’s culture and your local markets. In this session, brokers share strategies for a variety of ways to grow successfully, including: recruiting, retention, organic expansion, roll-ins, and mergers and acquisitions.

Joe Rand, Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Mike Schlott, President, Randall Family of Companies
Jeff Sposito, President & Founder, J. Rockcliff Realtors
Dan Elsea, President – Brokerage, Real Estate One
Sheryl Chinowth, CEO & Co-founder, Chinowth & Cohen
Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO, HUNT Real Estate ERA

11:15 a.m.
Special Presentation: Lessons in Leadership
Paul Charron, chairman of the board for the Campbell Soup Company and other large firms, will discuss how true leaders must step outside of their own businesses in order to grow sustainable, successful companies. From looking to giants like IBM and GM for new ideas – instead of your competitors – to finding new ways to see old things, Charron will provide important insights into reinventing yourself and your firm for long-term viability.

Keynote Speaker:
Paul Charron, Chairman of the Board, Campbell Soup Company

Immediately Following
Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.
The CEO Exchange Super Session: Sustainable Success Starts Now!
RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange will finish out Day 2 with a blockbuster line-up of presenters covering all facets of what it takes to start building sustainable success on a daily basis. The session will begin with tactics for increasing agent productivity from acclaimed real estate coaching leader Dermot Buffini, followed by a superstar line-up of some of real estate’s most powerful leaders who will share in-the-trenches strategies for: leadership and motivation; effective recruiting and retention; smart technology decisions; operational efficiencies and expansion; reading and staying in step with the market; unearthing new revenue streams, and more. The CEO Exchange Super Session will close with a look at creating sustainable success in our incomparable host city, New York.

Keynote Speaker:
Dermot Buffini, CEO, Buffini & Company

John Featherston
Dermot Buffini

Sherry Chris, President & CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Diane Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Halstead Property
Fafie Moore, Broker/Owner, Realty Executives Nevada
Gretchen Pearson, President & Owner Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties
Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®

16W19_12BC_liv2Closing Reception
RISMedia’s Ultimate Power Broker Open House Experience
Sponsored by Halstead Property, a member of Luxury Portfolio International®

2:45 p.m.
Welcome & Remarks
Diane Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Halstead Property


Join us to cap off the Real Estate CEO Exchange at a very special Closing Reception highlighted by a private tour of one of New York City’s most exclusive listings!

Flatiron’s Finest Penthouse
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron district, where Chelsea, Gramercy and Union Square convene, Jade Condominium is a 14-story residential building, which originally opened in 2006 with 57 pre-war condo apartments. The building was named after Jade Jagger, the only child of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and his former wife Bianca Jagger.

This triple mint renovation of 16 West 19th Street, coming on the market in early September, is a 3,894-sq.-ft. penthouse duplex, which features 4 bedrooms (including a solarium), 4.5 bathrooms, an extra-large, loft-style living room, an open-plan dining room, and a private-planted rooftop garden on the top floor. With northern, eastern, and southern exposures, breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower, and dramatic 15-foot ceilings throughout, this  home is the finest condominium penthouse offering to date. With a focus on detail, this magnificent home features is a ventless fireplace, a floating oak staircase, walnut ash colored wood floors, custom doors imported from Italy, custom automated lighting, central heating and air conditioning, electric shades and sheer window treatments, as well as a Bosch washer/dryer.

The open chef’s kitchen by Poliform combines passion for elegant design with a love of food and family in the “connoisseur’s kitchen,” called the Matrix. State-of-the-art Miele appliances include a full hood range, second oven, a micro speed oven, coffee and cappuccino maker, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and wine refrigerator. The master bathroom features Nella Vetrina’s ‘The Egg’ bathtub and luxury vanities, handcrafted in Italian glass with integrated sink and basin in white resin. All of the bathrooms throughout the penthouse are by Nella Vetrina, designed with slick tiles and marble. The master bedroom incorporates a state of the art walk-in closet by Poliform, with no doors, sides or vertical divisions. This linear look is achieved through the use of suspended, cantilevered elements supported by wall panels.

The upstairs solarium features stunning views of the Empire State building, limestone floors, a custom entertaining bar complete with a custom refrigerator and it’s own full luxurious bathroom. The serene and bright planted private rooftop garden faces north, has occasional seating, lounges and dining space and doubles as your private spa-style escape from the bustle of Manhattan.

The building also has a rooftop terrace, spa, and 24-hour doorman.  Pets welcome.

Don’t miss this unparalleled New York City experience! Transportation to the Open House will be provided.

3:00 pm.
Transportation departs from the Roosevelt Hotel

5:30 p.m.
Depart from Open House; transportation back to Roosevelt Hotel will be provided

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