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Woodward_Bob_PROMOPICFamed investigative journalist for the Washington Post and prolific non-fiction author Bob Woodward will serve as the special guest speaker at RISMedia’s upcoming Power Broker Dinner on Nov. 7 in New Orleans. Woodward’s presentation is sponsored by the event’s Diamond-level sponsor, Bank of America Home Loans.

Responsible for crucial contributions that led to the Washington Post receiving two Pulitzer Prizes—one in 1973 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and one in 2002 for its coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks—Woodward has received nearly every major American journalism award, including the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency.

Woodward is perhaps best known for serving with Carl Bernstein as lead reporters on Watergate. Woodward and Bernstein were assigned to report on the June 17, 1972 burglary of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in a Washington, D.C., office building called Watergate. Their work, under editor Benjamin C. Bradlee, was the first to report on political “dirty tricks” used by the Nixon re-election committee. Their book about the scandal, “All the President’s Men,” became a No. 1 bestseller and was later turned into a movie. The 1976 film, starring Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein, transformed the reporters into celebrities and inspired a wave of interest in investigative journalism.

Woodward has been reporting for the Washington Post since 1971 and currently serves as its associate editor. Additionally, he has authored 17 best-selling, non-fiction books, the most recent of which, “The Price of Politics,” is based on 18 months of reporting that examined how President Obama and Republican and Democratic leaders attempted to restore the American economy and the government’s fiscal condition.

During RISMedia’s 19th Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner, taking place on Nov. 7 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, Woodward will provide an insider’s look on the current political environment in Washington, D.C., and the conflict in the Middle East.

RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner is an exclusive, invitation-only event honoring the Top 500 brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey, published this past April. The event will also be highlighted by the presentation of the following industry awards:

RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award Sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans
The National Homeownership Award is bestowed upon a member of the real estate community who continuously demonstrates extraordinary contributions toward increasing homeownership and building better communities.

RISMedia’s ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award
Sponsored by RE/MAX
The On the Shoulders of Giants Award was created to recognize those individuals whose efforts, works, deeds and character exemplify superior achievements in and for the real estate industry, yet whose efforts often go unnoticed.

RISMedia’s Real Estate Leadership Award
Sponsored by Buffini & Company
The Real Estate Leadership Award is designed to honor an industry visionary who embraces innovation and exercises resilience to blaze new paths to success for real estate professionals and consumers alike.

RISMedia’s Tech Titan Award
Sponsored by Dell
The Tech Titan Award is presented to brokerage leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to adapt and integrate new and innovative tools and services within their organization to improve and enhance the overall consumer experience.

Earlier that day, RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum will take place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This year’s Forum, “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience,” will be moderated by RISMedia President & CEO John Featherston and will feature the following broker panelists:

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

During the panel, 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.

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

Diamond Level
Bank of America Home Loans

Platinum Level

Master Level
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Buffini & Company
ERA Real Estate
National Association of REALTORS®
Prudential Real Estate®

Host Level
HomeSmart International
HSA Home Warranty
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Mobile Real Estate
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors
Realtors Property Resource®
Realty Executives International LLC

Event Level
American Home Shield
Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies
Real Estate Digital
Rental Roost
The Real Estate Book

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