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RISMedia Power Broker Events 2014

New Orleans, La.

Friday, November 7, 2014

RISMedia’s 19th Annual Power Broker Forum

Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience
Top brokers will discuss strategies for enhancing the consumer experience while increasing productivity and profitability.The Power Broker Forum is open to all full- and day-conference attendees of the 2014 REALTORS Conference & Expo.

Friday, November 7, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 pm
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
Room 208
New Orleans, La.


John Featherston
President & CEO


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Sherry Chris
President & CEO
Better Homes and
Gardens Real Estate
Lennox Scott,
Chairman and CEO
John L. Scott Real Estate
Harold Crye
Crye-Leike REALTORS®
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Glenn “Chip” Gardner
Special Initiatives Director
Matt Widdows
Dan Kruse
Century 21 Affiliated


Sherry Chris is President & CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, and has more than 30 years of real estate experience. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles within notable U.S. brokerages. She joined Realogy in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Well-known for her innovative thinking, Chris is a frequently sought-after speaker and often featured by national media outlets such as FOX Business and CNBC. Chris serves on the advisory boards for realtor.com® and Zillow and has been part of a number boards, including Trulia and Google Real Estate. She is the vice chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, and vice chair of the Real Estate Services Advisory Board at NAR. Chris has received multiple awards, including honors from the Women Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal and the 2010 Stevie Award for Best Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Harold Crye co-founded Crye-Leike, REALTORS® in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977 at the age of 31 after only a few years of being a licensed real estate broker. The company quickly grew and continues to expand with a network of more than 3,000 licensed sale associates and more than 113 corporate and franchise offices located throughout the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma. The real estate brokerage was the fifth largest in the country by closed transaction sides last year, according to RISMedia’s Power Broker Report. Today, Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. Crye has served as chairman of the board of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and for the Realty Alliance. In 2009, he received the Master Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of Entrepreneurs.

As vice president of special initiatives at GARDNER, REALTORS, Glenn “Chip” Gardner is in charge of the identification, prioritization and execution of the company’s key projects. Actively involved in the company’s day-to-day operations, Gardner represents the fourth generation of Gardners to work in the family’s real estate business, which was established in 1943 by his great grandmother, New Orleans real estate icon, Gertrude Gardner. His first initiative after returning home in May 2011 was to lead the company back to its independent heritage and membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Gardner is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Broker in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Dan Kruse is president of Century 21 Affiliated, where he oversees operations for 63 offices and more than 1,300 sales agents throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Century 21 Affiliated, the largest Century 21 Company worldwide, now grosses more than $1.5 billion in sales volume annually and 10,000+ annual closed transactions. Kruse earned his degree in Real Estate/Business Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2002. Prior to graduation, he began his career with Century 21 Affiliated, obtaining his Wisconsin real estate license in 2000 and learning the basics of real estate sales. Kruse became a Team Leader for Century 21 Affiliated in 2003 and a regional Team Leader overseeing five offices in 2005. In 2007, he became Corporate Vice President for all CENTURY 21 Affiliated, overseeing 25 locations, 225 agents, and 15 local Team Leaders. Kruse currently serves on the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association Board of Directors as well as the President’s Advisory Council for Century 21 International.

J. Lennox Scott is the Chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, one of the largest regional real estate companies in the nation, with over 100 offices and 2,600 agents throughout the Pacific Northwest. He became company president and CEO in 1980, transitioning to Chairman and CEO in 2002. Scott is the third generation to run the family business, which was founded by his grandfather in 1931. Scott has earned widespread national recognition, including three nods as one of the 25 most influential people in real estate by REALTOR® Magazine. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the World President Organization, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. He also holds a Certified Residential Broker (CRB) designation and a business degree from the University of Washington. Scott is actively involved in the John L. Scott Foundation, which supports local Children’s Hospitals and children’s healthcare throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Matt Widdows is the CEO and founder of HomeSmart International and HomeSmart Phoenix. After several years in the real estate industry and a background in software for the medical industry, Widdows founded HomeSmart in 2000 as a new concept real brokerage in the Metropolitan Phoenix market, based on the principle of providing high value and service at a low cost to agents. Over the course of the next decade he grew the Arizona-based brokerage from two agents to nearly 5,000 agents. Based on his personal experience as a real estate broker, Widdows created proprietary systems and technology platforms for franchisees and then launched the HomeSmart concept into an international franchising company in 2010. HomeSmart is built around technology that provides franchisees and agents alike with cutting-edge tools, a high energy culture and efficiencies that enable them to spend more time focusing on clients and the profitability. Widdows’ goal is to replicate the success of the HomeSmart brokerage in Arizona in other major markets across North America.

RISMedia’s 19th Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner*

Honoring the Top 500 Brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey

New Orleans Marriott – Grand Ballroom
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m. followed by the dinner at 8 p.m.

*The Power Broker Reception & Dinner is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent to all qualified attendees.

RISMedia’s Power Broker Reception & Dinner, now in its 19th year, is an exclusive, invitation-only event honoring the Top 500 brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey, published in April.

Special Presentation by famed journalist Bob Woodward
Sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans

Woodward_Bob_PROMOPICThis year’s Power Broker Dinner will feature a special presentation – sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans – from guest speaker, Bob Woodward, investigative journalist for the Washington Post and prolific non-fiction author. During RISMedia’s Power Broker Dinner, Woodward will provide an insider’s look on the current political environment in Washington, D.C., and the conflict in the Middle East.

Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward was the lead reporter for The Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” Woodward has authored or co-authored 17 books, all of which have been national non-fiction best sellers, including his recount of the Watergate investigation, “All the President’s Men,” co-authored with Bernstein, and later turned into a 1976 film starring Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Woodward’s most recent book, “The Price of Politics” (September 2012), is based on 18 months of reporting and is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition.

The following awards will also be presented during the Power Broker Dinner:

RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award Sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans
RISMedia’s ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award Sponsored by RE/MAX
RISMedia’s Real Estate Leadership Award Sponsored by Buffini & Company
RISMedia’s Tech Titan Award Sponsored by Dell

To view photos from RISMedia’s 2013 Power Broker Reception & Dinner in San Francisco, please click here.

Check back soon for speaker announcements and additional information!

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