SentriLock and RISMedia & the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®'s 2009 Leadership Conference Drive Industry Toward Market Recovery

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More than 1,000 real estate professionals attend company's most powerful -- and inspiring -- event yet

SentriLock was proud to have John L. Heithaus, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, speak during RISMedia & the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®'s 2009 Leadership Conference, on September 9-10 in New York City.

Heithaus participated in two powerful and informative sessions titled, "Changing Your Marketing for the Changed Market" and "How Companies Can Be Profitable or Perish - Consolidation and Cost-Effective Ideas from Leading Brokers".

In the midst of a difficult real estate market and struggling economy, approximately 1,000 real estate professionals enthusiastically attended the conference. An impressive showing of Top 5 Members, brokers, economists, leading industry icons and dedicated agents gathered to exchange strategies for surviving today's market and preparing for prosperity again in the near future.

Held at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, the Leadership Conference featured nearly 90 expert speakers over the course of 20 educational sessions. The theme of the Conference, "Preparing for Tomorrow…Today" was reflected in the variety of subject matter presented at the conference, such as working with distressed properties, mastering new social media marketing, getting buyers off the fence, and listing and repricing properties.

"The high level of attendance, combined with the palpable level of enthusiasm and energy at the Conference, reminds me that it is these top real estate professionals who will lead our industry out of its current slump," said RISMedia President & CEO and Top 5 Co-founder & Chairman John Featherston. "We are still in difficult times, but there are signs of recovery dotting the landscape and the optimism, talent and thought leadership displayed by the esteemed speakers and attendees at our Conference gives me extreme confidence in the full recovery of the real estate market."

For detailed recaps on Conference sessions and Top 5 Member news from the Conference, please stay tuned to RISMedia.com and Top5inRealEstate.com.

For more information on RISMedia & the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®'s 2009 Leadership Conference, please contact Stephanie Andre.

RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, has been providing the industry with news, trends and business development strategies for nearly 30 years through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine, its leading website, RISMedia.com, and its renowned networking and educational events. RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® is a membership network of leading real estate professionals providing leading real estate information to consumers. To qualify for membership in the Top 5 in Real Estate Network, agents must meet specific criteria in five key categories: experience; results; education; information technology; and commitment to community.

About SentriLock

SentriLock is majority owned by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. The company's REALTOR® NXT Electronic Lockbox System will serve your organization well into the future with its reliable and secure technology and its outstanding customer service, rated tops in the industry for the past three years by two independent market research studies. SentriLock serves the true needs of the REALTORS® who rely on them every day to provide secure, easy and reportable access to every listing they manage. The SentriLock System currently has more than 500,000 lockboxes in use by 250,000 Agents from over 210 different Boards, Associations and MLS's in the United States and Canada. SentriLock's Award-Winning Customer Care Team provides world-class support 7 days a week, exclusively from its facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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