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RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum: Expand Your Horizons, Boost Business

Understanding and Capturing Emerging-Market Business

During RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, a panel of leading brokers and experts will chart the course of real estate’s future, pinpointing the emerging markets that are changing the face of real estate. Panelists will offer in-depth insight into understanding and working with the Hispanic, Asian, LGBT markets and more, including how to create the right infrastructure and marketing to effectively meet the needs of these markets.


John FeatherstonJohn 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 ScottGary Scott, President of Real Estate Brokerage, Long & Foster Inc.
Gary Scott is the president of Real Estate Brokerage for Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest privately held residential real estate company in the United States. His territories include Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, the Eastern Shore areas of Maryland, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and the Southwest areas of Virginia. Long & Foster Real Estate is part of The Long & Foster Companies, which also includes Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC, Long & Foster Settlement Services, and Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc. Scott oversees thousands of Long & Foster’s professional sales associates, and is committed to ensuring that Long & Foster maintains its position as the market leader and continues its reputation as a real estate company committed to its agents and their customers. He is also committed to continuing to provide Long & Foster sales associates with the latest tools and technologies to keep ahead of the industry.


joe-nery1Joseph Nery, President, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
Joseph Nery is the 2016 president of NAHREP and one of the members of Nery & Richardson LLC. His practice is focused in four areas: real estate, corporate and business law, estate planning and commercial and civil litigation. Nery represents individuals and companies in litigation matters such as foreclosure prosecution, consumer protection, breach of contract and landlord/tenant disputes. Nery served as president of the Chicago chapter of the NAHREP from 2009 -2011. He has served as a national board member of NAHREP since 2012 and was elected 2015 NAHREP president elect. Nery has also served as a board member of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association since 2008. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as business formation and development, establishment of estate plans, short sales, foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, collections enforcement and the purchase and sale of a home. He is regularly featured on legal and business segments for Univision and Telemundo Chicago.

Jeff-headshotJeff Berger, Founder & CEO, The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)
Jeff Berger is the founder and CEO of NAGLREP and a REALTOR in Jupiter, Fla.  He is a dedicated advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and in May of 2007, with a vision of advocacy and business, he founded NAGLREP, a 501(c)(3) non profit advocating for homeownership within the LGBT community. The 1,000+ members of NAGLREP share a LGBT-friendly REALTOR referral network, in addition to providing services to over 75,000 LGBT and non-LGBT homebuyers and sellers visiting its website each month. The NAGLREP referral network also includes mortgage professionals, appraisers, home inspectors, title agents, insurance agents, commercial agents, trainers, educators, etc. Berger studied marketing at Boston University School of Management. Prior to his career in real estate and marketing, he worked in the financial services industry as a stockbroker in lower Manhattan during the 1990s.

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