Momentum 2017: Featured Speakers

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Momentum 2017 featured some amazing guest speakers, from tech gurus and category busting industry experts, to Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) updates in marketing, media partnerships and artful storytelling.

GeekWire   |   Tech Talk

GeekWire co-founder Jonathan Sposato inspired the crowd with a tech talk that covered industry trends and forecasts, his commitment to a growth mindset, and standing for values that resonate with others. He described Seattle’s rapid growth, calling it a once-in-a-lifetime moment we should be proud to witness, and highlighted the ways in which cognitive technologies and blockchain will continue to shape our lives.

  Sposato discusses the importance of standing up for something at RSIR’s 2017 Momentum event.

Sposato discusses the importance of standing up for something at RSIR’s 2017 Momentum event.

Industry Experts  |  Category Busters

The industry experts panel brought together industry leaders that are breaking the norms and busting categories within their respective industries. Moderated by Dean Jones, President & CEO of RSIR, and Emory Thomas Jr., Publisher of Puget Sound Business Journal, the panel covered a range of topics, from real estate development and retail to the creation of community through living spaces and events.

The distinguished panel members included Craig Kinzer, Partner, Kinzer Partners; Dwayne J. Clark, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Aegis Living; Erik Anderson, CEO & Chairman, Topgolf Entertainment Group and Founder & CEO, WestRiver Group; Liz Dunn, Owner, Dunn + Hobbes LLC; and Diane Najm, CEO & Founder, PhotoPad. Each panelist was asked to describe their path to success and what they’re doing to innovate the industry.

In Seattle real estate development trends, Dunn noted her work on small scale development projects and her use of events to drive foot traffic to the project’s retail spaces, while Kinzer described the impact of the tech industry on the area and the clamber to acquire land along Seattle’s light rail amidst growing traffic concerns.

An overarching theme seemed to be the ways in which people crave community and interaction within our increasingly digitized world. To be sure, Clark’s commitment to high-level senior care through touchpoints and shared spaces; Najm’s engagement of users in memory and sharing through the PhotoPad app; and Anderson’s ability to tap the millennial market in creating a more social golfing experience at Topgolf, each address this need.

As moderator Emory Thomas Jr., who spoke about the power of asking questions, reflected, “It was truly impressive. I loved the energy of the people in the room…the ideas that were flowing…the attitudes I witnessed. I stayed for the super-agent session and it was tremendous. I wrote lots of notes, and frankly wished many on my team could have been there. Inspiring.”

  The Industry Experts panel covered a number of topics in a theme that surrounded the notion of community in a digitized world.

The Industry Experts panel covered a number of topics in a theme that surrounded the notion of community in a digitized world.

“The invited speakers and coordinated panels provided an informative and binding experience at Momentum,” mused RSIR broker Boni Buscemi. “It was amazing to experience the leadership of a phenomenal group and to learn from industry experts to grow both myself and my business.”

RSIR  |  Brand Evolution & Exclusive Initiatives

Momentum offered RSIR nation the opportunity to learn more about the firm’s unique initiatives and discover what’s coming in 2018.

Ryan Hodgson, CEO of Ryanintheus and 20th most retweeted marketer in the world, gave a sneak preview of the work he’s conducting with the leadership team to evolve the RSIR brand; Jon Mendoza, Co-Owner of Neutrino, Inc. announced exciting updates as the firm prepares to launch the new RSIR.com; and Michael Wall, Classified Account Executive at Puget Sound Business Journal provided an update of RSIR and PSBJ’s exclusive real estate partnership through the “Home of the Day” platform.

Looking at 2017 year-to-date figures, Wall said that “Home of the Day” accounts for 4% of the site’s total traffic, generating 100,000 unique visitors and over 1 million gallery page views. He revealed that Bellevue Penthouse, listed by RSIR broker Eddie Chang, was their most successful feature of the year, receiving over 15,000 page views over the course of the month that it appeared on the website.

  Bellevue Penthouse, currently offered at $5 million, garnered unprecedented exposure in its Puget Sound Business Journal feature.

Bellevue Penthouse, currently offered at $5 million, garnered unprecedented exposure in its Puget Sound Business Journal feature.

As RSIR broker Barry Bergner said of the day’s events, “no other company is doing this for their brokers. I can’t imagine the amount of time and effort it took to make the event happen, and the tools I took away were truly invaluable. I am proud of be a part of RSIR and look forward to what the next year brings.”

Finally, Mark Parrott, Owner of Ghost Media LLC, described the art of storytelling through videography. He touched on his personal journey into film making and even shared a few fun videos he’s been working on with the RSIR team:

“Team RSIR absolutely rocks,” added Vicki Jackson, RSIR broker. “I am so glad I attended the event. It was the perfect mixture of business and fun!”

Sean Nielsen