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cherry trees along the Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson MemorialLeading Power Brokers from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 14th, to share strategies for capitalizing on key market opportunities during RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum, held during the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

This year’s Forum, “Seizing Key Market Opportunities,” will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Virginia Suite A from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the 14th. During this session, an elite panel of Power Brokers will discuss market trends and highlight the key opportunities for increasing business in today’s market. Brokers will share strategies for:

  • Training and preparing their agents to capitalize on these opportunities
  • Choosing the critical technology and marketing resources necessary to maximize market opportunities
  • How they keep their firms agile and flexible to evolve with the changing demands of the market and its consumers

The Power Broker Forum will be moderated by RISMedia President & CEO, John Featherston, and Russ Cofano, senior vice president of Industry Relations for Move, Inc. Broker panelists will be:

  • Jon Coile, CEO & President, Champion Realty, Inc.
  • Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
  • J. Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO, John L. Scott Real Estate
  • Thomas Skiffington, Broker/Partner, RE/MAX 440 and RE/MAX Central

The Forum is open to all REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo registrants, taking place May 11 – 16, 2015 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum: Seizing Key Market Opportunities



Featherston_John_85x100John 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,; 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.

Cofano_Russ_85x100Russ Cofano, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, Move, Inc. 
Russ Cofano is senior vice president of Industry Relations for Move, Inc., operator of®. In this role, Cofano leads industry relations efforts with the real estate industry, the broader technology community, and the media. He is also involved with formulating, creating and executing strategies that enable Move businesses to remain in high esteem within the real estate industry and with related leading companies and trade groups. Cofano has over 25 years of real estate-related business management, technology and legal experience, including serving as: CEO for the Missouri REALTORS®; vice president and general counsel of John L. Scott Real Estate; retained counsel and advisor to the Washington REALTORS®, the Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS® and MLSs across the country; CEO of beCentric, an early-stage real estate brokerage CRM platform; and senior counsel and business development advisor for Digimarc, an information-security technology company.


Coile_Jon_85x100Jon Coile, CEO & President, Champion Realty, Inc.
Jon Coile is the chief executive officer and president of Champion Realty, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and part of HomeServices of America, Inc. Champion is a multi-office regional brokerage based in Annapolis, Maryland with Mortgage, Title and Insurance company subsidiaries. Coile got into real estate in 1988 and became a multi-million dollar agent. In 1991, he became a partner in Champion Realty and held many positions in the company including Branch Office Manager, New Homes Director, IT Director, General Manager, and ultimately President and CEO. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of MRIS, the MLS provider for the Mid-Atlantic region; Secretary/Treasurer of The Realty Alliance; a member of the Move, Inc. Broker Advisory Board; a member of the NAR MLS Policy Committee; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of REALTORS®.

Docktor_Joan_85x100Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
Joan Docktor is the president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®. She embarked as a sales associate in 1986, achieved Rookie of the Year as a novice agent, and rose through the ranks. Docktor has been instrumental to the growth and profitability of the company, the largest brokerage in the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. With over 60 sales offices and over 4,000 sales associates, the company also offers relocation services, builder’s marketing, and land development. In partnership with The Trident Group, customers are able to experience a one-stop shopping experience with mortgage services, title and settlement services, and property and casualty insurance. Docktor is a Board of Directors member at The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and The Realty Alliance. She is Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of TREND Multiple Listing Service. Also, she is a member of The Forum for Executive Women and The Select Greater Philadelphia Advisory Committee. Joan was featured in Philadelphia Style magazine as one of the city’s nine most influential women.

Scott_Lennox_85x100J. Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO, John L. Scott Real Estate 
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.

Skiffington_Tom_85x100Thomas Skiffington, Broker/Partner, RE/MAX 440 and RE/MAX Central
Tom Skiffington, CRB, CRS, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, SRES, CLHMS, RECS, SRS, is the broker/partner of RE/MAX 440 and RE/MAX Central in Perkasie and Allentown, Penn., respectively. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® and is an active member of the REALTORS® National Marketing Institute® and the Residential Sales Council®. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® and past president and board member of the Bucks County Association of REALTORS®. Skiffington also serves as a senior instructor for FHA/VA financing and is a member of the RPAC President’s Circle. He has won numerous awards from RE/MAX LLC during his career, including No. 1 RE/MAX Agent of the Year for Pennsylvania and Delaware, and No. 1 Broker of the Year for North America.

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