John Featherston is the Founder, President & CEO of RISMedia, now celebrating its 40th year. Since 1980, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information, has been servicing more than 500,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most productive and successful agents, brokers and related service professionals. RISMedia provides the industry with news, trends and business development strategies through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine; its leading website, RISMedia.com; its award-winning blog, Housecall; and its renowned networking and educational events, including RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum, Reception & Dinner, and RISMedia's Real Estate Newsmakers Reception & Dinner. Through RISMedia’s content programs, including ACE, REsource and Pop-a-Note, real estate professionals share thousands of articles, infographics and videos each day created by RISMedia editors and contributors, helping them influence hundreds of thousands of consumers as they consider buying and/or selling a home. A frequent speaker at industry events, Featherston was awarded the 2015 RE/MAX ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Award, recognizing his longtime support of the real estate industry.