Most brokers know that networking is critical to finding prospects and growing their client list. Attending industry events is one of the best ways to network with a lot of people in a short amount of time. Some brokers may be hesitant to spend time away from the office, but that’s a mistake. Conferences are one of the best ways to network with people you might not otherwise meet in your local market.
Beyond that, they often feature 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 10 that we think are worth attending in 2018.
March - December
Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York
CRE // Tech is the leading global community focused on emerging and innovative technologies in the commercial real estate space. The 2017 events in San Francisco and New York had record-breaking attendance, and in 2018 they’ll be expanding to six events across North America (Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York).
April 11-14 | Fairmont Austin, Austin, TX (Spring)
October 11-13 | Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO (Fall)
SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) members meet each spring and fall to increase their professionalism and enhance their business networks. The meetings include sophisticated educational programming, for which real estate continuing education credit is granted in many states, and they provide a variety of business and social opportunities.
3. ICSC RECon
May 20-23 | Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
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.
June 23-26 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center & Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX
The 2018 BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, and boasts a full schedule of new educational content, the latest technology and innovative solutions, and prime networking time.
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 the one industry event you cannot miss.
October 8-11 | Boston, MA
The ULI Fall Meeting attracts more than 6,500 attendees annually. It is the only event that brings together leaders from EVERY sector of the real estate development industry in one place.
October 12-17 | John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA
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.
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 17-19 | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, CA
At the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Convention and Marketplace, attendees come together to expand their network, get 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 1,000+ commercial real estate professionals from all over the world to network.
10. Bisnow Events
Multiple dates across 25+ cities (search by city or topic)
Bisnow is mostly known as a source for the latest commercial real estate news, but they also put on regional and national events across the entire country with top-notch panels and speakers. Topics include State of Market, Healthcare, Capital Markets, Office, Retail, and more.
Which conferences will you be attending in 2018? Please list any other great CRE conferences we may have missed in the comments!