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Leading brokers from around the nation will gather next week in New Orleans to be the guests of honor at RISMedia’s 19th Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner, being held on Friday, Nov. 7, during the annual NAR convention.

RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner is an exclusive, by-invitation-only event honoring the Top 500 brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey, published the previous April. The evening of honors includes a cocktail reception followed by the dinner, an awards ceremony and is capped by a celebrity guest appearance. For sponsorship information or attendance inquiries, please contact Randi Vannucchi at

Woodward_Bob_PROMOPICThis year, famed investigative journalist for the Washington Post and prolific non-fiction author, Bob Woodward, will serve as the special guest speaker at the Power Broker Dinner. Woodward’s presentation is sponsored by the event’s Diamond-level sponsor, Bank of America Home Loans.

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 the late 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.

During the 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.

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 and presented by Tim Owens, Retail Sales Executive
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 and presented by Jack Kreider, VP Region Development
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 and presented by Brian Buffini, Chairman & Founder
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 and presented by Michael Ceparano, Business Development Senior Consultant
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
Quicken Loans
Realty Executives International LLC
Realtors Property Resource®

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

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