RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2016

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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W e just returned from one of our most successful events ever. RISMedia's 21 st Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner, held last month in conjunction with the annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo, welcomed a crowd of more than 500 top brokers, industry leaders and service partner executives—a group that comes together each year to recognize outstanding achievement and celebrate the collective success of our industry (see our recap on page 62). This year, however, was more special than most, thanks to the captivating and motivating insights of our guest speaker, Terry Jones (left). Beginning his career as a travel agent, then spending 24 years at American Airlines and becoming CIO of its SABRE division, Terry went on to become a founder of Travelocity.com and later became part of the founding team of Kayak.com. Today, he is the chairman of WayBlazer and managing principal of ON, Inc., a consultancy he founded to help companies transition to the digital economy. Given Terry's journey, it's easy to understand why his talk resonated so deeply with our Power Broker audience, who travel that same path of reconciling a relationship-based business with a rapid propulsion into the tech era. "In real innovation, being comfortable isn't good. You have to be uncomfortable," Terry says. "You don't necessarily need to know how to do it; you just need to know that you have to do it." As Terry explained, what made us successful in the past is not what's necessarily going to make us successful in the future. We need to realize that disruption and innovation are really two sides of the same coin—it's our approach to it that will determine on which side the coin lands. I couldn't think of a better message to end the year with, one that's at the core of RISMedia's culture as we constantly strive to shake things up (aka, "disrupt") and evolve. On behalf of the RISMedia team, we extend our deepest gratitude to our event sponsors, our broker, agent and service provider partners, and most of all, our loyal readers. We wish you all a joyous holiday season and a healthy, successful 2017. John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Not Afraid to Change Celebrating Success, Honoring Leaders at 21st Annual Changing More Than Just a Home Innovation primes Pillar To Home Inspectors ® for future Dan Steward, CEO, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®

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