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RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

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Save the Date! for RISMedia’s 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange

The 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange will be held on Sept. 12-13, 2017 at the Harvard Club in New York City. For information about attending the event please contact Randi Vannucchi at randiv@rismedia.com. Details coming soon on this year’s schedule of events! Here’s a look at last year’s events:

CEO_Harvard_HallRISMedia’s 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange

September 13 & 14, 2016

Harvard Club of New York City

35 W 44th St; New York, N.Y.

Seizing the Day, Winning the Future

Today’s real estate market is burgeoning with opportunity. From the promise of the millennial generation to the power of the diversity market, it’s a good time to be in real estate. But the future is also murky. Lingering economic uncertainty and impending change in Washington stand to stymie our momentum going forward. RISMedia’s 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange will uncover strategies for focusing on the present while planning for what lay ahead, so that brokers can maximize current market opportunities and build a strong business plan for the future. The CEO Exchange is an invitation-only event sponsored by the industry’s leading brokerage firms and service providers. Visit this page for forthcoming details on our 2016 agenda and speakers. Contact Randi Vannucchi, randiv@rismedia.com to reserve your spot at special pricing.

View our 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange Speaker Profiles here.


RISMedia’s 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange Agenda*

Seizing the Day, Winning the Future

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Harvard Hall

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


The State of the Real Estate Union
Keynote Speaker:
Alex Perriello, President & CEO, Realogy Franchise Group

2:30 p.m.
The State of Real Estate: From Macro to Micro
In this session, we drill down from the national state of the housing market to what brokers are experiencing in key regions of the country. Find out the challenges and opportunities in their specific markets, what they’ve done differently in the past year to keep pace with change, and where they see their markets heading in the next six months.

John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia

Candace Adams, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties
OB Jacobi, President, Windermere Real Estate
Jeff Detwiler, President & COO, The Long & Foster Companies
Richard “Rick” Haase, President, Latter & Blum Inc.
Maryann Vitale Alles, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties


3:45 p.m.
The Evolution of the Real Estate Model: What’s Working and Why
From concept companies that have abandoned the traditional brokerage business model to veteran brokers who have successfully evolved their firms to meet changing market demands, get a look under the hood at some of the organizations that are taking a different approach to succeeding in real estate.

Jon Coile, President & CEO, Champion Realty, Inc.

Leonard Steinberg, President, Compass
Chris Lim, Founder & CEO, Climb Real Estate
Dean deTonnancourt, Broker/Owner, HomeSmart Professionals
John Vatistas, Founder & CEO, Launch Real Estate
Vince Leisey, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate

4:45 p.m.
Day 1 Closing Remarks & Insights

John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia
Ed Krafchow, Chairman of the Board, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie

5:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
North & Biddle
Sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate and Quicken Loans

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Harvard Hall

7:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by ERA Real Estate

The Independent Contractor Issue: Updates for Brokers
Keynote Speaker:
Katie Johnson, General Counsel, National Association of REALTORS

Changing of the Guard: A Q & A with ERA’s New Top Gun, Susan Yannaccone
John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia
Susan Yannaccone, CEO & President, ERA Real Estate

9:00 a.m.
Day 2 Opening Address: Success Strategies for Today, Smart Planning for Tomorrow
Keynote Speaker:
Gino Blefari, CEO, HSF Affiliates

9:45 a.m.
Achieving Agent Buy-in: Communication Strategies for Uniting Your Sales Force
From products and services to culture and technology, getting independent contractors on the same page can be a tall order. In this session, learn communication and motivational strategies that facilitate agent adoption of your company culture, and resources and technology to give your firm a consistent voice and success rate in the market.

Joseph Rand, General Counsel and Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty

Todd Hetherington, CEO, NM Management; CENTURY 21 New Millennium
Helen Hanna Casey, President & CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Paul Wells, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX of Barrington
Michael Mahon, President, HER Realtors

10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Training and Coaching: Finding the Right Formula for you Firm
According to RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey, today’s leading brokers are investing the most resources in training and coaching. In this session, brokers will break down their training strategy—from hiring outside coaches to developing in-house programs—and share how they measure ROI, and how it plays a role in their recruiting and retention strategies.

Jose Perez, Partner & Executive Vice President, Proxio

Rick Cunningham, Owner, Keller Williams Santa Monica
Gary Rabon, President & CEO, Coldwell Banker Advantage
Whitney Finn-LaCosta, Principal, EVP, General Sales Manager, Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc.
Geoffrey Bray, Co-owner/Broker, Engel & Volkers Minneapolis
Stephanie Bellanova, Owner/Partner, ERA Central Realty Group

12:00 p.m.
Upstream Update: Where We Stand, What’s Ahead
The mission to create a platform for more effective management of broker data has made important strides in recent months, including the installation of a CEO to lead the charge at Upstream. Hear from the newly appointed Upstream CEO and broker board members who will share important updates regarding where the project stands now and what we can expect in the near future.

John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia

Alex Lange, CEO, UpstreamRE
Mark McLaughlin, CEO, Pacific Union International
Cary Sylvester, Vice President, Industry Development, Keller Williams Realty International

12:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by SmartZip

Avi Gupta, President & CEO, SmartZip

1:45 p.m.
Special Presentation: How the Presidential Election Will Impact Your Business
Keynote Speaker:
Ken Trepeta, President & Executive Director, The Real Estate Services Providers Council Inc. (RESPRO)

2:15 p.m.
The Future of Homeownership: What Will Sway the Odds?

Research shows that homeownership continues to be a top goal for most Americans, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into more business for brokers. In this special session, find out what headwinds stand to hamper increased homeownership—like low inventory and economic uncertainty—and what tailwinds stand to help it along—like millennials and key demographic groups.

Pat Riley, President & CEO, Allen Tate Companies

Pam O’Connor, President & CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
David Howell, Executive Vice President, CIO, McEnearney Associates Inc.
Diane Ramirez, Chairman & CEO, Halstead Property

2:45 p.m.
Closing Reception
PH41 - Living Area - EastRISMedia’s Ultimate Power Broker Open House: Experience Unparalleled Luxury at UN Plaza Penthouse!
Sponsored by 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: the Duplex Penthouse at 50 United Nations Plaza, listed at a cool $70 million.

Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects Foster + Partners and delivered by New York’s legendary Zeckendorf Development and Global Holdings, the Duplex Penthouse occupies the 42nd and 43rd floors of the luxury high-rise building located in Midtown on East 46th St. This one-of-a-kind home combines over 9,700 square feet of interior living space with two extraordinary outdoor spaces: a large terrace situated off the main 73-foot living area; and a 30-plus foot outdoor swimming pool and ipe wood pool deck, which link the master bedroom sitting room to a large entertainment lounge featuring a gas fireplace and catering kitchen.

PH41 - Living Area 1A two-story bay window provides cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline, which becomes the backdrop to an interconnecting stainless steel floating staircase joining the top floors. Deep bay windows of floor-to-ceiling glass and soaring 12’8″ ceilings provide panoramic views of the East River and Manhattan skyline, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, the United Nations and beyond.

In addition to the main master bedroom suite, which occupies half of the 43rd floor, there are three additional master bedrooms, two staff rooms and seven-and-half-baths. 

The large windowed kitchen is appointed with the finest appliances and is suitable for large-scale entertaining.

CEO_2016_OH_Master_BathProviding an extraordinary level of privacy, security and beauty, access to 50 United Nations Plaza is via a gated entry which opens onto a sweeping motor court, within a landscaped enclave designed by M. Paul Friedberg and Partners.

The full-time staff of doormen, concierge and a Resident Manager stand ready to assist the next owners while valets park vehicles underground. A temple to luxurious wellness, the black marble-clad health and fitness center features a 75-foot swimming pool – the most glamorous in New York. A state of the art gym complements the exclusive spa, sauna and steam rooms.

3:00 pm.
Transportation departs to Open House

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Transportation departs from Open House to The Roosevelt Hotel

*Agenda subject to change; check this page for ongoing updates