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Industry leaders to focus on this issue at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum next month

RISMEDIA, Oct. 30, 2008-Industry leaders will take the stage Friday, Nov. 7 to offer real solutions to turning real estate consumer confidence around. Don’t miss RISMedia’s “The Power Broker Perspective: Restoring Real Estate Confidence,” being held from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando during the NAR annual convention.

The discussion will offer meaningful insights into today’s market and the economic crisis, how to work with the media, tips for understanding and working with the psyche of today’s real estate consumer, and ultimately, what real estate professionals need to do to be successful now in this tough economic times.

John Featherston, President and CEO of RISMedia; and John L. Scott Real Estate Chairman and CEO, J. Lennox Scott will facilitate the discussion with a panel of industry heavy hitters including:

– Doug Ayers, President & CEO, Koenig & Strey GMAC Real Estate
– Gino Blefari, Founder, President & CEO, Intero Real Estate
– Mike Brodie, Broker/Owner, Keller Williams Realty
– Tom Kunz, President & CEO, Century 21 Real Estate
– Rei Mesa, President & CEO, Prudential Florida Realty
– Kelli Todd, President & CEO, RE/MAX Marques Partners

All NAR day conference and full conference attendees are welcome to attend the 13th Annual Power Broker Forum. There is no additional fee or advanced registration for this event.

Spotlight on Speakers

Rei L. Mesa is the president of Florida Real Estate Services and president and COO of Prudential Florida Realty, a firm with approximately 2,000 real estate professionals that services 17 counties throughout Florida. Since its inception in 1999, the company has quickly become the 3rd largest residential real estate brokerage in Florida and is ranked the 32nd largest residential real estate firm in the nation based on sales volume. It is also the sixth largest brokerage in the nation among the Prudential Network brokers across North America. Florida Home Finance Group, an affiliate of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the # 1 Wells Fargo Joint Venture in Florida for both volume and units and the 10th largest Wells Fargo Joint Venture nationwide.

Kelli Todd is the president and CEO of RE/MAX Marques Partners. She began her real estate career in 1984, working for her father’s real estate company. He had two offices and 40 agents in the Southern Los Angeles area. Kelli managed the daily operations and staff while Bob recruited agents. By 1990, they grew the operation to several hundred agents and six offices. Despite the hard times in the early ’90s, the company continued to grow, as well as Bob and Kelli’s partnership, with a focus on providing a solid infrastructure for independent contractors to be in business ‘for themselves but not by themselves’ with seasoned staff, full-time legal support, cutting-edge tools and technology, and a strong brand name.

For more information on the event, click here or contact Stephanie Andre, managing editor of publications and events, at