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To honor those making headlines for their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, RISMedia has announced its first-annual Power Broker Newsmaker Awards, to be presented during an invitation-only Reception & Dinner taking place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. RISMedia has scheduled the inaugural Power Broker Newsmaker Awards Reception & Dinner to coincide with the same date as its Annual Power Broker Forum discussion panel, being held earlier that same day, during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

RISMedia’s inaugural Power Broker Newsmakers Reception & Dinner will host more than 125 of the nation’s leading brokers and real estate executives to honor the recipients of RISMedia’s 2018 Newsmaker Awards­­, to be announced that evening.

According to John Featherston, President & CEO of RISMedia, “RISMedia’s Power Broker Newsmaker Awards will be recognizing and honoring the industry’s real newsmakers, the people who are positively affecting our industry and the millions of consumers we serve. Our industry promotes and provides consumers with a pathway to responsible homeownership. Over the past three plus decades, RISMedia has covered, chronicled and celebrated the professionals making news in real estate, and we are honored to be formalizing these honors starting with the first-annual RISMedia Power Broker Newsmaker Awards, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.”

Designed specifically for a select group of broker/owners, brand executives and real estate service leaders, the Power Broker Newsmakers Reception & Dinner is by exclusive invitation only. Many of the industry’s elite have already reserved their spot, including: Dana Strandmo, COO, HomeServices of America; Howard Hanna III, Principal, Howard Hanna Real Estate; Todd Hetherington, CEO, Century 21 New Millennium; Jeff Sposito, President, J Rockcliff Realtors; Dorothy Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Ron Croushore, Owner/CEO at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty; Barbara Wolcott, Principal, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; Sue Cartun, COO, Keller Williams Realty Services Arizona and Scott MacDonald, President, RE/MAX Gateway.

If you would like more information or to attend, please email Cindi Gallucci, director of Client Services and Events Management at

Earlier on May 17th, RISMedia will be hosting its annual Power Broker Forum discussion panel during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. The Forum, “Adapt, Compete, Win: How to Wow Customers—and Agents—in a Changing Real Estate World,” will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C.

In this session, our panel of top brokers will share strategies for:

  • Competing with new business models and new competitors
  • Modernizing your brokerage to drive efficiency and effectiveness
  • Defining and illuminating your value proposition to attract and retain productive agents
  • Exceeding the expectations of agents and consumers alike

Co-Moderator: John Featherston, Founder, President & CEO, RISMedia

Co-Moderator: Joseph Rand, Chief Creative Officer, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty

Helen Hanna Casey, CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Rei Mesa, President, Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Florida Realty

Stay tuned to for updates on additional panelists.

Save the Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum
Adapt, Compete, Win: How to Wow Customers—and Agents—in a Changing Real Estate World

Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Marriott Wardman Park

*Open to all full and day NAR Conference attendees

RISMedia’s Power Broker Newsmakers Reception & Dinner

Held at the National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
8:00 p.m. – Dinner/Award Presentations

*By invitation only! Contact for more information on attendance.

For more information visit