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CRE.Converge 2017

CRE.Converge

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Event URL: www.naiop.org/converge17

Don’t miss the preeminent conference for commercial real estate – where deals, connections and trends come together.

Colliers International

Event Details

Agenda

Monday, October 9

Registration Open

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Chapter Executives Meeting

Time: noon - 5 p.m.

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Open only to Chapter Executives.

Executive Committee Meeting

Time: noon - 2:45 p.m.

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Open only to the members of the Executive Committee.

Foundation Fundraising Committee

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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Open only to members of the Fundraising Committee for the NAIOP Research Foundation.

Foundation Research Committee

Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Open only to members of the Research Committee for the NAIOP Research Foundation.

Research Foundation Trustees Meeting

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Open only to Trustees for the NAIOP Research Foundation.

Foundation Governors Reception and Dinner

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Open only to members and guests of the Foundation Governors.

Tuesday, October 10

Registration Open

Time: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Corporate Committees and Subcommittees

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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Pre-conference Course: Real Estate Investment Analysis

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Separate fee and registration required. Discounted registration available for conference attendees.

This course is designed to provide entry level to experienced professionals with the technical skills necessary to analyze the financial feasibility of real estate investment opportunities. Valuation techniques such as direct capitalization and discounted cash flow analysis are introduced first, followed by an examination of debt financing’s impact on real estate investments. A case study will be provided for group work.

Instructor: 

  • Walt Clements, President, Clements Realty Advisors

Please see the Course tab for additional information.

New Corporate Board Orientation

Time: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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Open only to members of the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors.

Corporate Board of Directors

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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Open only to members of the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors.

NAIOP Annual Meeting and Passing of the Gavel

Time: 11:45 a.m. - noon

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All conference attendees and NAIOP members are invited to join us as we thank 2017 Chairman Jonathan Tratt, Principal, Tratt Properties, LLC, for his exceptional service and leadership and welcome the 2018 Executive Committee led by 2018 Chairman James Neyer, Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development, Al Neyer LLC.

Project Tours

Time: noon - 5 p.m.

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Tours are an additional fee of $50 and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Select your tour as you complete your conference registration.

12-5 p.m.

One if By Land, Two if By Rail

Bus tour. VIP registration, invitation only. Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

2-5 p.m.

Chicago’s Industrial Revolution: Movies, Food and Beer

Bus, walking tour. Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

2:15-4:45 p.m.

The Rise of Urbanization

Bus, walking tour. Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

A New Life for the Old Chicago Main Post Office

Bus, walking tour. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.

Fulton Market District

Bus, walking tour. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Chicago Riverwalk and Architectural Boat Tour

Boat, walking tour. Tour sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.


Joint Governors and Industry Trends Meeting

Time: noon - 3 p.m.

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Open only to Research Foundation Governors and members of the Industry Trends Task Force.

Chapter Presidents and President-elects

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Lunch will be provided.

First Time Attendee Session

Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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New to NAIOP or the fall conference? Join us to hear agenda highlights and connect with fellow conference attendees.

Opening Welcome Reception

Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Create new partnerships, strengthen existing ones and visit with sponsors and exhibitors who can help you to achieve your business goals. 

Exhibits Open

Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors and Past Chairmans' Reception and Dinner

Time: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Open only to members and guests of the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors and past NAIOP Chairmen.

This black-tie gala honors the distinguished men and women who have spearheaded NAIOP’s accomplishments and evolution over the past 50 years, as well as the visionaries who will continue to lead the association to future success.

Wednesday, October 11

Registration Open

Time: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Distinguished Fellows

Time: 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

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Open only to NAIOP Distinguished Fellows.
Breakfast will be served.

Breakfast Keynote General Session | Making Bold Investments in a Global Economy

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate and Member of the Board of Directors, Blackstone Group

Mark J. Eppli

Mark Eppli, Ph.D., Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate, Marquette University

Get a global investor’s perspective as industry titan Jonathan Gray sits down with Dr. Mark Eppli in this insightful one-on-one interview about strategy, risk and reward. Gray has helped Blackstone build the world’s largest real estate platform with $102 billion in investor capital under management since joining the firm in 1992. Blackstone is a leader in innovative development and astute investment, most recently announcing a $500 million investment in a major modernization of Chicago’s Willis Tower just two years after buying the U.S.’s second-largest building for a reported $1.3 billion. Blackstone is the largest alternative investment firm globally with over $360 billion in assets under management.

During this lunch, NAIOP is pleased to honor the recipients of the Developing Leaders Award. The award is presented to commercial real estate professionals, 35 years of age and under, for their exemplary achievements and outstanding professional accomplishments in the industry.

Please also join us in recognizing the recipients of this year’s NAIOP Diversity CRE Scholarship. The scholarship benefits students pursuing careers in CRE with priority given to those from demographics that are traditionally under-represented in commercial real estate.

Networking Break

Time: 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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Concurrent Session: Multifamily Housing Development Trends

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

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Are renters facing an affordability crisis? How can commercial real estate better balance market rate and affordable development? Our experts will discuss the current cycle of multifamily housing and what to expect for the future supply. They will also examine the operational differences between Class A, Class B and Class C properties.

Moderator:

  • Jay Lybik, Vice President, Research Services, Marcus & Millichap

Panelists:

  • Sheila Byrne, Executive Vice President, The Habitat Company LLC
  • Jim Grauley, President, Chief Operating Officer and Principal, Columbia Residential
  • Jay Parsons, Vice President, RealPage
Concurrent Session: Extending the Life of Aging Office Assets

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

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As the workplace evolves, owners, investors and developers are seeking ways to maximize the value of office real estate, whether that means transforming existing office space from single-tenant to multitenant; expanding or repurposing suburban office sites into multifamily or medical space; or enhancing office space with value-add improvements. This session will examine office real estate development from all angles and investigate the availability of tax incentives to offset these investment costs.

Moderator:

  • Cameron Trefry, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Ware Malcomb

Panelists:

  • Daniel Deuter, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc.
  • Bryan Rosenberg, Associate Director, HFF 
  • Aaron Thielhorn, Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
Concurrent Session: Ports and Intermodal Development: Critical Links in the Supply Chain

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

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Explore the world of ports and how they are connected and dive into the role and capabilities of railroads in connecting seaports and inland ports. Discover best practices for building a smooth and efficient supply chain that operates between seaports, railroads and business parks. This session will also analyze the differences between international and domestic intermodal traffic.

Moderator:

  • Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL

Panelists:

  • Darrell Coffey, ‎Director Economic Development, BNSF Railway
  • Mike Mullen, Founding Partner and Former CEO, CenterPoint Properties
  • Clifford Pyron, Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Gene Seroka, Executive Director, The Port of Los Angeles
Conversation Corners

Time: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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Concurrent Session: Capital Markets Perspectives

Time: 10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

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Analyze the shifting landscape of capital markets and how to position your business for success. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, our panel will discuss the latest changes in capital markets, the impact of new federal regulations, and what active players in the markets are looking for – or trying to avoid. And, perhaps most critically, they will explore where we are headed next.

Moderator:

  • Ashley Grigsby, Managing Director, Transwestern Development Company

Panelists:

  • David Friedman, President, Conor Commercial Real Estate
  • Chris Kosonen, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan
  • Ricardo Simon, Managing Director/Head of CRE Syndications, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Concurrent Session: Leveraging the Power of a Family-owned Business

Time: 10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family owned or controlled. Examine the special considerations, advantages and drawbacks of a family-owned business, including how these types of businesses can compete with larger competitors, the keys to a successful transition between generations and the role of non-family members.

Moderator:

  • David Ransburg Jr., Senior Consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG)

Panelists:

  • Jordan Lott, President, Lake Washington Partners
  • Caitlin Russell, Director, Russell
  • Jason Ting, Principal, Ting Realty
Concurrent Session: Strategic Approaches to Infill Development

Time: 10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

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The development of unused parcels of land within urban or suburban areas can revitalize communities, infusing them with new vitality and expanding the scope of available goods and services. This session will address the challenges and opportunities or renovating or repurposing historic and older structures with a focus on successful infill case studies from L.A. to Atlanta.

Moderator:

  • Jon Napper, CEO, Courtland Group, LLC

Panelists:

  • Greg Fuller, President and Chief Operating Officer, Granite Properties, Inc.
  • Eli Green, Partner, Parkside Partners
  • Daniel Letter, Managing Director, Capital Deployment, West Region, Prologis, Inc.
Conversation Corners

Time: 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Keynote Luncheon General Session | Radical Change: Scientific and Technological Drivers Reshaping the Universe

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku, Ph.D., Theoretical Physicist, Professor, Author and Futurist

One of the most renowned minds in modern science will share his visionary outlook of the future in this captivating keynote. Dr. Michio Kaku will explore how emerging developments in science and technology are poised to disrupt our daily lives – and our world.

Cheers to the extraordinary 50 years that have come before for our association – may the best be yet to come! Join us as we raise a glass of champagne to honor the remarkable leaders who have made NAIOP what it is today, and look ahead to new opportunities for our businesses, our association, our industry and our world.

Presented by Prologis, Inc.

Networking Break

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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Concurrent Session: The Risks and Rewards of Brownfield Development

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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In core markets, the only remaining developable land is often environmentally impacted and infill. Brownfield redevelopment, which started primarily as an industrial redevelopment phenomenon, has expanded in recent years to encompass retail, office and multifamily. This type of redevelopment offers the potential for high risks and higher rewards.

Moderator:

  • Kevin Dean Matzke, Managing Principal, Clarius Partners, LLC

Panelists:

  • Todd Davis, CEO, Hemisphere Development LLC
  • Adam Meek, CEO and Founding Principal, Brownfield Management Associates, LLC
  • Sandy Stevens, Principal, RPS
Concurrent Session: The Accelerating Pace of Last Mile Delivery

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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Companies are turning to swifter alternatives to the traditional supply chain to remain competitive in a world where customers demand quicker and quicker delivery – not just same-day but within hours of clicking “order.” This session will focus on the characteristics and operations of last mile/urban distribution centers and the opportunities for developers.

Moderator:

  • Keith Stauber, SIOR, Managing Director, JLL

Panelists:

  • Sean Barbour, Senior Director, Supply Chain, Walgreen Co.
  • David Schwebel, Senior Director, Business Development, Swisslog Logistics, Inc.
Concurrent Session: The New Development Frontier in Cuba

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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A thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba has opened new opportunities for U.S. business in Cuba. Our expert panel will offer guidance on how U.S. companies can navigate this new terrain and find success doing business in this island nation.

Moderator:

  • Cynthia Thomas, President, TriDimension Strategies, LLC

Panelists:

  • Robert Muse, Attorney, Law Offices of Robert L. Muse
  • Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
Conversation Corners

Time: 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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National Forums Exclusive | Exploring the Future with Dr. Michio Kaku

Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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National Forums members only.

National Forums members will enjoy exclusive access to Dr. Michio Kaku in this special session. Expand your understanding of the dynamic forces shaping our world with one of the most fascinating and insightful scientists in the modern era.

Networking Break

Time: 3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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Direct Connect with CRE Industry Leaders

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Students will have an opportunity to hear career insights and important lessons learned from industry leaders in CRE.

Concurrent Sessions: The Ins and Outs of Joint Venture Partnerships

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Refine your skills in negotiating joint venture agreements to your business’ advantage, from establishing the initial partnership to defining an exit strategy for all parties. Topics discussed will include preferred returns, promoted interests, fees and legal and risk factors.

Moderator:

  • George A. Pincus, Esq., Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

Panelists:

  • Kyle Jones, Portfolio Manager, Stiles Corporation
  • Dirk Mosis III, Executive Managing Director, USAA Real Estate Company
Concurrent Session: Sustainability: The Next Generation

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Stay three steps ahead by learning about the next evolution of sustainable practices that are better for the environment and for your bottom line, from solar and storage to smart building features that can be used to not only save energy but improve efficiency.

Moderator:

  • Dale Dekker, AIA, AICP, Principal/Architect, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Panelists:

  • Maryellen Dolan, Director, Portfolio and Asset Management and Director, Sustainability, National Real Estate Advisors, LLC
  • Sara Neff, MBA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
  • Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP, BD+C; ENV SP, Vice President, Sustainability, Prologis, Inc.
Concurrent Session: Trends and Innovations in Building Construction

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Explore new possibilities and current trends in construction including the technologies used in creating high-performance buildings. Our experts will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mass timber, how it differs from heavy timber and why it’s considered “carbon negative.”

Moderator:

  • Barbara Schaefer McDuffie, Managing Director, Baker Tilly

Panelists:

  • Jeffrey Vaglio, Ph.D., PE, AIA, Vice President - Advanced Technology Studio, Enclos Corp
  • Steve White, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Fentress Architects
Concurrent Session: Piecing Together the Population Puzzle

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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In the makeup of the U.S. population, what defines millennials and how does this generation compare to those that came before? Seven years into the economic recovery, are millennials economically better off and more mobile than earlier generations of young adults? This research expert will dive into the patterns and predilections of demographics and economics and why that matters for CRE.

Speaker:

  • Richard Fry, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
Concurrent Session: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges in 2017

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Discuss federal legislative and regulatory changes that affect CRE. Tax reform could impact Section 1031 like-kind exchanges, continued deductibility of interest payments for real estate financing, and immediate expensing of real estate assets. Capital and credit availability, new infrastructure proposals, and a major redirection in the U.S.’s approach to federal regulation will also be evaluated. Learn the issues that can affect your business, and how to protect your bottom line in the face of a new political and legislative landscape.

Speakers:

  • Alex Ford, Director of Federal Affairs, NAIOP
  • Aquiles Suarez, Vice President for Government Affairs, NAIOP 
Developing Leaders Award Winners Session

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Conversation Corners

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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NAIOP 50th Anniversary Celebration

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Chicago’s famed Crystal Gardens at the iconic Navy Pier will provide a stunning backdrop to continue the celebration of 50 years of NAIOP. This one-acre botanical garden beneath the arched ceiling of a six-story glass atrium offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline and Lake Michigan.

Reception sponsored by CenterPoint Properties

National Forums Dinners

Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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Open only to members and guests of the National Forums.

Thursday, October 12

Registration Open

Time: 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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National Forums Leadership Meeting

Time: 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

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Open only to Forum Chairs and Vice Chairs.

Breakfast Keynote General Session | Geopolitical Trends You Need to Watch

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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George Friedman

George Friedman, Ph.D., Geopolitical Expert, Author and International Affairs Strategist, Founder of Stratfor and Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures

In his fascinating presentation on global affairs, Dr. George Friedman, one of the world’s foremost experts on geopolitics, will share his insights into the key trends that he believes NAIOP members should be watching. This thought-provoking session will help you gain a better understanding of the rise and fall of global players and how these events will affect your world.

Join us to recognize the Developer of the Year, NAIOP’s highest honor bestowed annually on one development company that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in commercial real estate.

National Forums Meetings

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Keynote General Session | Navigating the New: Leading and Succeeding in the 21st Century

Time: 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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Julie Benezet

Julie Benezet, Author, Former Amazon.com Executive, Founder and Managing Principal, Business Growth Consulting, LLC

Leadership means convincing others to step into the unknown – without a guarantee of success – in the pursuit of something better. One of the most challenging aspects of leading is navigating the discomfort of pursuing new, untested ideas, made even more difficult by the intense pace of our hyper-connected world. Drawing from her experiences as Amazon’s first real estate executive, Benezet will address how to navigate the uncertainty of the new and how to grow in the process.

Conference Concludes

Time: 11 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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National Forums Advisory Committee Meeting

Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Sponsors

Committee

Thanks to the CRE.Converge 2017 Planning Committee:

Greg Fuller, Committee Chair
President and COO
Granite Properties, Inc.

Susan Bergdoll
Vice President, Leasing
Duke Realty Corporation

John Cohoat
Director of Development
Browning Investments, Inc.

Janet Davis
Senior Vice President
Brandywine Realty Trust

Rich Gottlieb
President and COO
Keystone Property Group

Bob Gude
Vice President
NorthPoint Development

Grady Hamilton
Principal
Trammell Crow Company

Kirk King
Senior Director, Industrial/Logistics Development
USAA Real Estate Company

Jay Lybik
Vice President, Research Services
Marcus & Millichap

Kevin Matzke
Managing Principal
Clarius Partners, LLC

Molly McShane
Chief Investment Officer
Conor Commercial Real Estate

Pete Mitchell
Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager
SunTrust Bank

Jon Napper
CEO
Courtland Group, LLC

Fred Regnery
Vice President
Colliers International

Barbara Schaefer McDuffie
Managing Director
Baker Tilly

Sara Shank
Managing Director
Beacon Capital Partners

Keith Stauber
Regional Managing Director
JLL

Cameron Trefry
Principal
Ware Malcomb

Cynthia McSherry
Executive Director
NAIOP Chicago

Abbie Olson
Program Manager
NAIOP Chicago

Course

Pre-conference Course: Real Estate Investment Analysis

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Course instructor:
Walt Clements, President, Clements Realty Advisors

Additional fee; registration required.

This course is designed to provide entry level to experienced professionals with the technical skills necessary to analyze the financial feasibility of real estate investment opportunities. Valuation techniques such as direct capitalization and discounted cash flow analysis are introduced first, followed by an examination of debt financing’s impact on real estate investments. A case study will be provided for group work.

Course Modules and Learning Objectives

Module 1: Real Estate Valuation Using Direct Capitalization

  • Develop an operating statement
  • Define net operating income
  • Introduce capitalization rates
  • Calculate capitalization rates using market extraction
  • Differentiate capitalization rates from total yield
  • Examine historic capitalization rates 

Module 2: Real Estate Valuation Using Discount Cash Flow Analysis

  • Estimate a property’s cash flows from operations over a holding period
  • Use a terminal capitalization rate to estimate proceeds from the sale of a property
  • Review time value of money concepts
  • Define and calculate net present value (NPV)
  • Define and calculate unlevered internal rate of return (IRR)

Module 3: Introduction to Debt Financing

  • Identify sources of commercial mortgage financing
  • Discuss different types of mortgages
  • Review mortgage terminology
  • Examine the relationship between leverage and risk
  • Calculate loan payments and loan balance

Module 4: Levered Real Estate Investments

  • Incorporate debt financing into a pro forma
  • Discuss the concept of positive leverage
  • Calculate before tax cash flow and before tax equity reversion
  • Calculate a levered internal rate of return (IRR)
  • Estimate an appropriate levered discount rate using a leverage ratio

Payment for a NAIOP online course entitles access for one person only to the course and all materials.

Course Tuition

CRE.Converge Attendee

  • Member Conference Attendee: $195
  • Nonmember Conference Attendee: $295
  • Local Member: $125

Course-only (non-conference) Attendee

  • Member Non-Conference: $325
  • Nonmember Non-Conference: $425

How to Register

Confirmation

All registrations processed online receive an automatic order confirmation and receipt. If you register via fax, mail, or phone, a receipt must be requested by contacting education@naiop.org.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations of course registrations received after September 18, 2017, will be charged a fee of $50 per attendee. You may send a substitute in your place without a penalty. Non-members substituting for a member will pay the fee difference. Cancellations received after October 2, 2017, will forfeit the registration fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Cancellation/substitution notices should be emailed (education@naiop.org) or faxed (703-904-7003).

Tours

Tuesday, October 10

Tours are an additional fee of $50 and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Select your tour as you complete your conference registration.

12-5 p.m.

One if By Land, Two if By Rail

Get a unique perspective of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC) through an exclusive tour. Located 40 miles from Chicago in suburban Joliet and Elwood, Illinois, this is North America’s largest master-planned inland port. Situated on more than 6,500 acres, the Intermodal Center is strategically positioned at the epicenter of the region’s immense transportation infrastructure, with both rail and interstate access adjacent to the site. CIC is home to over 15 million square feet of warehouse space for 45 different tenants including Home Depot, IKEA, Samsung and Wal-Mart. Bus tour. VIP registration, invitation only.

Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

2-5 p.m.

Chicago’s Industrial Revolution: Movies, Food and Beer

Enjoy a taste of innovative industrial redevelopment in two of Chicago's up-and-coming neighborhoods. This unique tour will start at Clarius Partners' Pilsen Park Chicago, a 25-acre ground-up redevelopment of a former truck terminal and container storage facility. Clarius is completing a 227,000-square-foot, 60-foot clear height frozen foods warehouse and a 156,000–square-foot multi-tenant food distribution warehouse. The tour then moves to North Lawndale, home of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the groundbreaking redevelopment of a former 52-acre, 1.45 million-square-foot Ryerson Steel metal processing facility. Productions filmed at Cinespace's studios include “Chicago Fire,”, “Empire” and “Transformers.” Finish the tour in style with a beer tasting and tour of craft brewery Lagunitas Chicago. Bus, walking tour.    

Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

2:15-4:45 p.m.

The Rise of Urbanization

New apartment buildings are on the rise in urban markets, creating new spaces for millennials and baby boomers alike to live closer to the city center. Join us as we tour two of the Chicago’s newest luxury residential rental buildings, both located in the heart of downtown. Our tour guides will share how these projects weathered the economic downturn to become two successful additions to the Chicago skyline and the multifamily market. Get inspired for your own future developments by the floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop pools, private movie screening rooms, amenities and fitness centers. Bus, walking tour.

Thanks to tour sponsor FCL Builders.

A New Life for the Old Chicago Main Post Office

The Old Chicago Main Post Office was built in 1921 and was used as a postal facility until 1997. Vacant since, this 2.5 million-square-foot facility on a 20-acre parcel has turned into a well-storied site with numerous owners and developers unsuccessfully attempting redevelopment. However, its future looks promising at long last, with a $500 million historic renovation in process, including new offices, a rooftop park and a connection to Chicago’s Riverwalk. Join us for a hard-hat tour of the nation’s former “mail-order capital.” Bus, walking tour.

Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.

Fulton Market District

Join us for a tour of Chicago’s hottest new neighborhood: the Fulton Market District. Chicago’s original food marketplace, Fulton Market District is being transformed into Chicago’s most desirable live-work-play neighborhood. Capitalizing on the development of the new Morgan train station, developers are converting former meat-packing warehouses into some of the most desirable office space in the city – drawing companies such as Google, McDonald’s and Dyson.. Multifamily developments are also on the rise in the district, with demand spurred by job growth. Nearby Randolph Street, meanwhile, is attracting restaurant icons including Stephanie Izard, Graham Elliot and Charlie Trotter. Bus, walking tour.

Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Chicago Riverwalk and Architectural Boat Tour

This tour starts and ends at Chicago’s newest waterfront development, the Chicago Riverwalk, which features amazing views, top-rated restaurants and what will be Chicago’s newest Apple store. Experience the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, a can’t-miss for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. During the 90-minute boat cruise, docents will share insights on more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Learn how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years.  Boat, walking tour.

Tour sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Registration

Registration Fees

Register online

Early Bird Deadline: September 8, 2017

Member Type Early Standard
Member $975 $1,195
DL Member $795 $845
Nonmember  $1,295  $1,545
Local Chapter $845 $945
Chapter President/President-elect $495 $495
Director Emeritus $495 $495
Addtional Sponsor $595 $595
University Faculty $495 $495
Spouse $495 $495
Student $195 $195

Students: To register, please contact the NAIOP Education Department at 800-666-6780 or fill out the PDF form. Please email (membership@naiop.org) or fax (703-904-7003) a copy of your current Student ID. Registration cannot be processed without proof of current enrollment.

*Local Chapters to receive discount: NAIOP Chicago, NAIOP Indiana, NAIOP Wisconsin.


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Registration Form 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations of full conference registrants received after September 18, 2017, will be charged a fee of $100 per attendee. Cancellation fee for the pre-conference education course is $50. Substitutions are permitted. Nonmembers substituting for a member will pay the fee difference. Cancellations received after October 2, 2017, will forfeit the registration fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Special events (tours) are nonrefundable. Cancellation notices should be sent via fax to the NAIOP Education Department at 703-904-7003 or emailed to education@naiop.org .

Hotel/Travel

Hotel and Travel Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601
+1-312-565-1234

Hotel Reservations

Book a reservation in NAIOP’s room block at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

  • The Hyatt Regency Chicago is offering a special rate of $274 single/double, exclusive of taxes. The discounted rate will be offered until Friday, September 15, 2017, or until the room block has been filled, whichever occurs first.
  • To book a room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, call the hotel at 312-565-1234 or call the Hyatt toll-free reservations number at 1-888-421-1442. You may also book online using NAIOP’s direct booking website. Ask for the special NAIOP CRE.Converge rate of $274 single/double, exclusive of taxes. The rate will be extended for three days before and after the room block dates (October 6-16), subject to availability.
  • A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Should a guest cancel a reservation, deposits will be refunded for rooms cancelled more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Name changes to room reservations may be made up to one days prior to arrival at no additional charge.

Transportation, Maps and Directions

To learn more about transportation options to and from the Hyatt Regency Chicago, visit the hotel’s website.

Parking

Valet parking is available at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for $65 per night, with unlimited in-and-out privileges. Additional nearby parking garages include:

  • Park Millennium Garage (221 North Stetson Avenue): $36 per 12-24 hours with hourly parking also available.
  • Millennium Park (5 South Columbus Drive): $31 per 8-24 hours with hourly parking also available.

Weather and What to Pack

Business attire is recommended for speakers and conference attendees. Average October temperatures in Chicago range from a daytime high of 66 degrees to an evening low of 47 degrees. Bring a sweater or jacket as temperatures in the meeting rooms may vary.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

NAIOP sponsorship plans provide you with a unique opportunity to build your brand and influence key power players in commercial real estate.

Download the sponsorship flier 

Who Attends CRE.Converge?

See the Why Attend tab for demographic information on the 1,400+ commercial real estate power players from across North America who attend CRE.Converge.

Who Sponsors CRE.Converge?

See the Sponsors tab for the top industrial companies who will be represented at CRE.Converge 2017, and view the list of over 100 companies who sponsored NAIOP’s CRE.Converge (formerly CREC) in 2016.

Sponsor Feedback

96% of the 108 sponsoring/exhibiting companies say they had a good experience at CREC 2016.

94% of attendees in 2016 said CREC is as good as or better than other commercial real estate conferences they attend.

“If you could get the best of the best in one place at one time for your business, would you make the effort to attend? That is exactly what this conference is. Priceless.”
- John McDermott, Capital Partners | SVN

“NAIOP’s Annual Development Conference is a must attend for me and I always put it in my calendar a year ahead to make sure I am there.”
- Jonathan Tratt, Tratt Properties, LLC

Sponsor Investment

Level # of Registrations Included Benefits Exhibit Space Conference Program Ad Investment
Premier Ten One exclusive sponsor premium item PLUS all platinum benefits Yes Yes $20,000
Platinum Four One exclusive sponsor premium item OR co-sponsor two events, sessions or receptions Yes Yes $15,995
Gold Three Co-sponsor two events, sessions or receptions Yes No $9,998
Silver Two Co-sponsor one event, session or reception Yes No $8,995
Exhibit Only Two One Networking Showcase exhibit space Yes No $3,995
Supporting Sponsor Two Limited logo recognition; shared materials table No No $2,295

Request a full sponsorship prospectus and learn what sponsorship opportunities are currently available by contacting Christopher Ware via email or call 703-904-7100, ext. 127.

Why Attend

Why Attend

The premier industry event connecting developers, owners, investors, brokers and more, consistently attracts approximately 1,400+ attendees from across North America.

Who Attends CRE.Converge?

  • 60% Developers, owners, investors, asset managers
  • 12% Brokers
  • 9% Architects, engineers, contractors and related fields
  • 8% Economic development agencies, public officials, technology companies, title companies, academic community
  • 6% Attorneys, accountants and related fields
  • 4% Financiers
  • 45% Executive level (president, CEO, partner, other C-level)
  • 54% Senior level (Vice president, director, etc.)

Past attendees agree – CRE.Converge is worth your time and investment.

“CREC16 reinforced my view that NAIOP's conferences are the gold standard in commercial real estate events. By involving speakers from across the continent, the sessions offer a more engaged and informed view of the major changes happening in our industry than locally focused events.”
- Alex Thomson, Canada ICI Capital Corporation

“CREC16 met and exceeded my expectations...great people, ideas and networking opportunities. The program content was not only focused on the best practices of "today", but also provided great insights into the future, that will help keep myself and company ahead of the curve.”
- Dale R. Dekker, AIA, AICP, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Ltd.

“[CREC16] provided, in one place at one time, access to leading edge programming about the present and future state of the commercial real estate industry. From personalized site visits to innovative projects to access to thought leaders in industry trends, hour for hour, dollar for dollar, NAIOP 2016 provided an excellent return on investment. I found many useful ideas and tools that are directly applicable to my work.”
- Harlan Stafford, NC State University

“The networking opportunities and the exposure to the wealth of knowledge of the speakers, attendees and National Forum members make the decision to attend the annual conference a no-brainer!”
- Mark Ray, Ray Fogg Corporate Properties

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