While the annual recognition of real estate’s “who’s who” carries a longstanding tradition of being a gathering place for the industry’s top performing brokers, this year’s gala event held a larger significance, as we dove back into live events after a period of uncertainty, loss and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The atmosphere was lively with a sense of renewed hope and resilience as we celebrated not only our 2021 Power Brokers, but those who ranked in 2020 as well and RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, officially inducting the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
John Featherston, RISMedia founder, president and CEO, kicked things off at the dinner following a picturesque cocktail reception on the terrace of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, overlooking the city’s mountainscape and sunset-painted marina.
“A lot has happened since we were all together last. It has been a trying time, but as an industry, we should be proud of what we have done to keep our business thriving and to serve our communities in a way we haven’t had to serve them in the past,” said Featherston. “We were real estate professionals. We were counselors. We were neighbors. You deserve a round of applause for a job well done. Thank you and welcome to our 25th Power Broker Reception and Dinner.”
Audience members also heard from the National Association of REALTORS’® Cindy Ariosa, 2021 liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, who introduced the incoming Broker Relations Liaison Chris Kelly.
During the gala, as is tradition, we granted several awards, with the industry’s leading organizations helping us to recognize individuals who have made significant strides in their careers and communities.
Dermot Buffini, CEO of Buffini & Company, presented the Real Estate Leadership Award, sponsored by Buffini & Company—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—to JB Goodwin, CEO of JB Goodwin REALTORS®.
“In our company, we try to talk about leadership at every level and talk about how we deal with people one home at a time,” said Goodwin. “We really get involved in the community but we do it belly to belly, nose to nose, one buyer at a time.”