Winter 2017: Special Edition: Commercial Recap from the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Commercial highlights from the commercial forums and meetings, with recaps on research, education, and the networking reception.

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2017 Commercial Real Estate Research Advisory Board Chair Mike Vachani, ABR, CIPS, started the meeting with an emphasis on the importance of members updating their NRDS member profile with the correct field of business, in order to have accurate information about NAR’s commercial membership and to capture better, more comprehensive data.
After observing a moment of silence in remembrance of the passing of industry veteran Wayne D’Amico, CCIM, Chair Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, CIPS, CRE, GRI, led the Commercial Leadership Forum in an intriguing look at the commercial real estate ecosystem.
Featured speaker Carl Carter Jr. discussed REALTOR® safety during the Property Management Forum, telling the story of his mother Beverly, who was tragically murdered. Carter Jr.’s presentation serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of property managers remaining vigilant about personal safety practices in the daily course of onsite business.
NAR expanded the Commercial Marketplace in 2017, providing a more engaging space for commercial members attending the conference. NAR’s Commercial Services team and Xceligent™ anchored the space, interacting with attendees to convey benefits, share key information, answer questions, and conduct live CommercialSearch™ demos.
The Groundbreaking Women in Commercial Real Estate panel spotlighted three leading Chicago commercial practitioners. Jimena Sayavedra of Paine Wetzel, Rosemary Swierk of Direct Steel and Construction, and Ashley Donat of Bridge International, touched on the professional and the personal in equal measure.
Putting up a slide of the classic 1985 film Back to the Future, Levison highlighted the uphill battle against time: “It’s not going to take another hundred years for technology to be drastically different from today than today’s technology is from the earliest commercial real estate technology.”
This year’s Commercial Caffeinated Networking Breakfast was perhaps the touchstone event for commercial attendees. Accompanying the eggs, coffee, and networking were speakers bringing thought-provoking looks at the notions of “conscious capitalism,” industry gender balance, and diversity.
The task of building a brokerage business that lasts is all about recruiting and fostering new talent. The ‘hows and wheres’ for the task were covered in this session, moderated by Emily Line, RPR® VP of Commercial Services, and Jean Maday, NAR Director of Commercial Real Estate Development and Services.


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