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It's no secret that real estate agents and brokers are some of the most engaging professionals out there. To be able to do the job that they do and work the schedule that many of them work, you need to have a positive mindset and be able to make connections with people from all walks of life. To be successful in that regard, you need to be willing to be honest and...

Pablo Marvel, chief marketing officer for Brown Harris Stevens, has modernized the brand image and the firm's entire marketing strategy. In 2020, he used virtual tour guides and contactless show sheets to help agents show properties despite COVID-19 restrictions.  Marvel also designed and managed the buildout of MAIA, an internal platform that digitized all company...

For 2021, RISMedia recognized nearly 300 industry members as Real Estate Newsmakers—individuals who have made headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the residential real estate industry, and their efforts to positively impact real estate professionals and the consumers and communities they serve. Within the 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers, RISMedia...

Ruth Johnson is CEO of Homes for Heroes, a privately held, family-owned company that was created after 9/11 to support those who serve our country. It has built a network of more than 3,500 real estate professionals who have given back more than $65 million to 38,000-plus heroes. Johnson has been active in the real estate industry for more than 40 years as a REALTOR®,...

International best-selling author and keynote speaker, Marki Lemons-Ryhal, preaches the importance of utilizing video on social media for success in the real estate industry. From live Q&As to pre-recorded videos offering educational information, she offers information on free tools and marketing tips that any agent, whether fresh to the business or a seasoned...

Lucy Edwards has worked in the video and photo industry for real estate professionals for over 20 years. Inspiration for her career hit during a routine visit to the Catskills to visit her parents. She and her husband came across an old Victorian house they wanted to renovate into a Bed & Breakfast. While the project didn't pan out, Edwards credits her successful...

Long Doan decided at age 13 that he was lucky. After fleeing Vietnam in the early '80s, Doan found himself in a Malaysian refugee camp nicknamed Hell Island, with a 50/50 chance of survival. During one emotional night at the camp, Doan found his "why" and decided that he would view himself as lucky in life from that point forward. Fast forward to 2009, when Doan...

Earlier this month, RISMedia announced the 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers and, for the fourth consecutive year, its 2021 Newsmakers Hall of Fame—a select group within RISMedia’s annual Newsmaker honorees, which celebrates icons in the industry for their long-standing and/or exemplary service. Join us in celebrating the 2021 Hall of Fame Newsmakers:

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Real estate is an industry that attracts—and welcomes—people from every walk of life. No matter where you are in your life, or your particular career trajectory, real estate maintains a certain draw for many people in the U.S. This is certainly true for former MLB player and Yankees World Series Champion Jim Bruske. Bruske began his real estate career in 2013,...

Sherri Johnson was raised by entrepreneurs, growing up in a family-owned business where her parents taught her the importance of hard work and perseverance. As she shifted into a career in real estate, she became a top-producing agent and manager, utilizing her skills to coach real estate professionals and help them grow in their businesses. From building her successful...