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2018 Midyear Meetings – Chicago

Date & Time April 29, 2018 - May 1, 2018
Venue LondonHouse Chicago 85 E Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago , IL 60601 United States

Schedule of Events

New Format!

† Ticketed event  * Closed event

NOTE: Times, topics, and committee meeting schedule subject to change.

Saturday, April 28


CRE Foundation Strategic Planning Meeting*

Sunday, April 29


CRE Foundation Strategic Planning Meeting*


Welcome Reception†


Monday, April 30


Ethics Committee Meeting*


Membership Development and Chapter Activities Committees – Joint Meeting


Opening Breakfast


Welcome Address

Joseph Nahas, Jr., CRE, 2018 Chair of the Board

Opening Keynote

Introduction: Michael MaRous, CRE, President, MaRous & Company

Speaker: David Reifman, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development, the City of Chicago 


General Session #1

TOPIC: The Exponential Future of Everything

Speaker: Geoffrey Kasselman, Industrial Specialist, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Moderator: KC Conway, CRE, Director of Research & Corporate Engagement, Culverhouse College of Commerce – Alabama Center for Real Estate


Networking Break


General Session #2

TOPIC: A Regional Market Review – The Live-Work-Play Neighborhoods

Speakers: James Postweiler, Managing Director, JLL, and Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research, NAR

Moderator: Joseph Neverauskas, CRE, Senior Vice President, Equus Capital Partners, LTD. 


Welcome Luncheon

Introduction of New Members and the James Felt Creative Counseling Award

Julie Melander, CRE, 2019 Chair of the Board


Past Chair’s Luncheon*


General Session #3

TOPIC: 2018/2019 Top Ten Real Estate Issues

Speakers: Deborah Cloutier, CRE, President, RE Tech; William Kinn, CRE, Partner, Kinn Real Estate Counselors, LLC; Andrew Warren, CRE, Director, Real Estate Research, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moderator: Hugh Kelly, Ph.D., CRE, Special Advisor, Fordham University Real Estate Institute At Lincoln Center


Networking Break


General Session #4

Choose from 2 concurrent sessions.

TOPIC A: Intermodal Issues Affecting Real Estate

Speaker: James Martell, CEO, Logistics Property Company

Others TBD

Moderator: Michael MaRous, CRE, President, MaRous & Company

TOPIC B: Data Disruption: It’s All Data, It’s just Data

BIG & Little Data: A look at where we are and where we might be…

Speakers: Susanne Cannon, Ph.D., CRE, Managing Principal, Cannon-Affiliates and Karl Heitman, CEO, Founder & President, Heitman Architects


Evening Reception

Chicago River Cruise Reception

Docent: Mary Ludgin, Managing Director and Director of Global Investment Research, Heitman


Chair’s Hospitality

CRE’s own Sound Counsel band will play!

Tuesday, May 1


Budget & Finance Committee *


Business Issues Breakfast Forums

Choose from 3 Business Issues Forums based on The Counselors of Real Estate’s 2018/2019 Top Ten Commercial Real Estate Issues

  • CECL: Current Expected Credit Loss
    • Discussion Leader: Thomas Fink, CRE, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Trepp, LLC
  • Impact of the New Tax Act
    • Discussion Leader: Terri Johnson, CRE, Managing Partner, Capstan Tax Strategies; Others TBD
  • Using Technology in the Court Room or Boardroom: Part II
    • Discussion Leaders: Anthony DellaPelle, Esq., CRE, Shareholder/Partner, McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & DellaPelle, P.C.; Michael MaRous, CRE, President, MaRous & Company; and Michael Ryan, Esq., CRE, Ryan and Ryan


Networking Break


Development Tour(s)

Choose from 1 of 2 Development Tours.

Note: Development tours are included in the price of CRE registration. The tours are ticketed for spouses.

Sterling Bay-Fulton Market-Google Offices†

Tour Guides: John Gavin, Principle, Sterling Bay; Joseph Neverauskas, CRE, Senior Vice President, Equus Capital Partners 

Based in Chicago, Sterling Bay is the next generation of real estate — developers, investors, builders, innovators. It reinvents buildings and helps companies enhance their brands.   Recently, it has added another piece to the land puzzle it’s putting together along the North Branch of the Chicago River, in another step toward realizing its vision of a 70-acre mixed-use campus along the river.  Sterling spearheads renovation of Fulton Market, Chicago’s hottest neighborhood and the newest live-work–play area.  It is also home to Google’s newest offices.

On this Tour, participants will be transported to the Fulton Market area and get a behind-the-scenes look at the development of this area, including the Google Offices.

Behind the Scenes at The LondonHouse and Apple†

Tour Guide(s): John Rutledge, Founder, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC; Zeller Realty Group

Tour participants will enjoy a behind the scenes look at the development of both the LondonHouse Hotel, as we’ll as the new Apple Store.  A hotel-real estate entrepreneur and private equity investor, John Rutledge, will discuss Oxford’s Magnificent Mile developments.   You will get a behind-the-scenes look at how this historic building underwent a comprehensive redevelopment; the transformation of this architecturally stunning property created a 452 room high-design, luxury lifestyle hotel.

Then, the developer and owner of the new Apple Store will give you a history of the site and story of its development – thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated and a boon to the city’s riverfront.   After the presentation or at your leisure you can take a stroll through the store.


Member Luncheon


Executive Committee Meeting*


Board of Directors


Chair’s Farewell