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Today’s real estate market is burgeoning with opportunity. From the promise of the millennial generation to the power of the diversity market, it’s a good time to be in real estate. But the future is also murky. Lingering economic uncertainty and change in Washington stand to stymie our momentum going forward. During RISMedia’s 21st Annual Power Broker Forum, a panel of leading brokers will discuss strategies for building and sustaining business no matter what curve balls the market throws us.

RISMedia will host this year’s Power Broker Forum on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Orlando Convention Center, Valencia Room W415A, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. The Forum, “Seizing the Day, Winning the Future,” will feature the following industry leaders on the panel:


Featherston_John_85x100John Featherston, President & CEO, RISMedia. Featherston founded RISMedia, Inc. in 1980, which services nearly 400,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most successful agents, brokers and related service professionals through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine, its leading website,, renowned networking and educational events, social media content, mobile delivery systems, marketing, relationships and partnerships.

Mesa_ReiRei Mesa, President, Florida Real Estate Services; President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Mesa is responsible for managing all aspects of the company including strategic growth, new business development, profit and loss, and acquisitions. He has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and currently serves as a National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Director.


craig_beggins_85x100Craig Beggins, President/CEO, CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises. Beggins began selling real estate in 1986, and became a broker after graduating from college. CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises was formed in 1991 as Symphony Realty until it affiliated with CENTURY 21 in 1992. Today, the firm has 13 offices with approximately 400 sales associates, and was ranked No. 14 in the world for CENTURY 21; it will approach 3,000 closed transactions in 2016.

robin_dickson_85x100Robin Dickson, Executive Vice President, J. Rockcliff Realtors. J. Rockcliff Realtors is located in the East Bay area of San Francisco with six offices and 500 agents, and a 2015 sales volume of $2.9 billion. In real estate since the mid-’80s, today, Dickson oversees marketing, advertising, technology, training, staff, etc. for J. Rockcliff, in addition to managing the firm’s Danville office with 135 agents.

marti_hampton_85x100Marti Hampton, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX One Realty. Hampton joined RE/MAX in 1995 as the top agent in North Carolina. In 2000, she purchased her own RE/MAX franchise and became one of the top 10 Teams in the U.S for RE/MAX. Since 2005, The Marti Hampton Team has consistently ranked in the top 5 U.S Teams for RE/MAX, and in 2012, was ranked the Top Team in the U.S. for RE/MAX and No. 3 in the world for RE/MAX.

matt_widdows_85x100Matt Widdows, Founder & CEO, HomeSmart International. After several years in the real estate industry and a previous background in the medical software industry, Widdows founded HomeSmart in 2000 as a technology-forward real estate brokerage in the Metro Phoenix area. Over the next 16 years, Widdows grew the brokerage from two agents to more than 11,000 nationwide, currently operating in 17 states and 55 markets. The firm is on track to reach its goal of 100,000 agents by 2021.

petegalbrathheadshotPete Galbraith is President of Coldwell Banker Select Tulsa and Oklahoma City. In his role, he is President of the largest real estate company in the state of Oklahoma with 14 offices in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets. Galbraith is president of sales at Coldwell Banker Select Tulsa/OKC. He serves on the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission and is a former president of Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Services.

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum is open to all full-and day-conference attendees.

Power Broker Reception & Dinner

terry_jones_printLater on Friday, RISMedia will host its annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner—an exclusive, invitation-only event honoring the Top 500 brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey, published the previous April. The event, being held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, includes a cocktail reception followed by the dinner and an awards ceremony, and will be capped off by special guest speaker Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and Kayak. For more information on attending, please contact Randi Vannucchi,

Presented by RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate Magazine, and Platinum Sponsors Quicken Loans and Xome, the 21st Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner is an annual gathering of real estate’s most powerful individuals. The dinner honors the nation’s leading brokers who ranked among the Top Residential Brokerage Leaders in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey. The event’s Master Level Sponsors are: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; Buffini & Company; CENTURY 21; Clareity; ERA Real Estate;; National Association of REALTORS®;; RE/MAX. Host Level Sponsors are: American Home Shield; HSA Home Warranty; Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; Pillar To Post Home Inspectors; Real Estate Webmasters; Realtors Property Resource; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Zillow Group. Event Level sponsors are: Buyside; David Knox Productions Inc.; Dell; Delta Media Group; HMS Home Warranty; Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies; MRE – Win Local; National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP); zipLogix.

For more information, visit our event page.