Brokers know that prospecting, nurturing relationships, and networking are crucial for success in commercial real estate. One of the best (and most fun!) ways to network with a lot of people in a short amount of time is by attending industry events and conferences.
Conferences provide an opportunity to meet with people you might not otherwise meet in your local market. Beyond that, they often feature highly regarded industry speakers and continuing education sessions that keep you up to date on the latest trends and boost your industry knowledge. While there are many conferences to choose from, here are the top 10 that we think brokers should check out in 2019.
1. MIPIMMarch 12-15 | Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Vive la France! If you have time (and budget!) for an international trip in 2019, check out MIPIM--the world's leading property market. Established in 1990, MIPIM is a 4-day event where you can meet the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry. All asset classes are represented among the event’s 26,000 participants.
April 10-13 | Omni Shoreham, Washington, DC (Spring)
October 17-19 | Hilton Portland, Portland, OR (Fall)
The SIOR World Conferences have long been considered the most important events of the year for SIOR designees and others involved in the sale or lease of commercial real estate. In addition to providing timely educational programs, the conferences are designed to help attendees connect, build strong relationships, and facilitate business and deal generation with other SIORs and industry colleagues and exhibitors, all while enhancing their knowledge of the latest trends.
3. ICSC RECon
May 19-22 | Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
It’s on the list every year….and if you work in retail real estate, you need to be there every year! RECon is the world’s largest global gathering of retail real estate professionals. Join leading developers, owners, brokers, and retailers to conduct a year’s worth of business under one roof, in record time.
Realcomm provides networking and collaboration opportunities, while educating industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management and operations.
At the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Convention and Marketplace, attendees will expand their network, be inspired, and hear the latest on what’s happening in commercial real estate. In addition to a strong lineup of sessions, speakers and learning excursions, the convention also serves as a platform for 1,200+ commercial real estate professionals from all over the world to network.
October 13-16 | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, CA
CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute's annual global conference brings top commercial real estate professionals together to trade ideas that help shape the future of the industry. Covering hot topics like crowdfunding and big data, this is an industry event you won’t want to miss.
October 14-16 | JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
More than 1,500 attendees are expected to attend this year’s NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) conference. Attendees come from across North America and include developers, brokers, owners, investors, architects and engineers.
October 20-22 | Anaheim Convention Center, Orange County, CA
CoreNet Global Summit attracts 2,000 attendees working in the corporate real estate space. Every CoreNet Global Summit offers opportunities to network, learn and be recognized for your achievements. The event features case study presentations, interactive learning sessions, smaller interest group activities, executive development training and continuing education.
October 27-30 | Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
This is the largest gathering of real estate finance professionals in the country, featuring general sessions, breakouts, meetings and networking events for a variety of experience levels in mortgage banking. The convention features targeted breakout sessions covering policy priorities, business and technology solutions and market opportunities, as well as general sessions that provide the latest industry updates and analyses from leaders in real estate finance.
November 8-11 | San Francisco, CA
The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is the largest annual event for the most successful real estate professionals. Estimated attendance is about 20,000; attendees are sales agents, associate brokers, broker-owners and real estate office staff, and they represent a variety of different office sizes and business franchises.