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 8 that we think brokers should check out in 2020.
April 29-May 2 | Indian Wells, CA (TransACT 360)
October 22-24 | Boston, MA (CREate 360)
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. For 2020, SIOR has rebranded the conferences and instead of "Spring" and "Fall," they will be called "TransACT 360" and "CREate 360." During the former, attendees will acquire tactical deal-making skills to be able to conduct business right away. During the latter, attendees will hear from high-profile speakers and engage in strategic discussions about the industrial and office real estate landscape.
2. ICSC RECon
May 17-19 | 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 largest global gathering of retail real estate professionals. At RECon 2020, attendees will engage in three days of deal making, hear perspectives from industry experts and key note speakers, partake in professional development/career-building opportunities, and more .
September 15-17 | Fairmont Austin, Austin, TX
The CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Convention and Marketplace brings together more than 1,200 commercial real estate leaders annually for deal making, networking, industry education, and leadership development. Attend this event to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the CRE industry. Speakers and schedule of events TBA.
October 6-8 | Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) hosts this annual conference where attendees are challenged to think of new ways to conduct business, build relationships, and make deals. 2019 attendees said that it's a unique opportunity to talk to your competition as colleagues and share information with each other. The event will feature networking, tours, speakers, and more.
October 18-21 | Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
Real estate finance professionals can attend this annual gathering to learn from industry innovators and experts. Hundreds of exhibitors will be present, giving you hands-on access to the latest products and services. Plus, receive insights and strategies for success from MBA advocates so you can grow your business.
October 25-28 | Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
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 theme for next year is all about how relationships are fundamental to creating digital and physical integration at work, connecting people, place, and technology.
November 13-16 | New Orleans, LA
Approximately 20,000 sales agents, associate brokers, broker-owners, and real estate office staff attend this annual event. Though they all come from a wide variety of real estate backgrounds, they are all successful in their marketplace. The National Association of REALTORS® is accepting speaker proposal submissions until December 10, 2019.
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. In 2019 they covered hot topics like crowdfunding and big data. Though 2020's dates and location are yet to be announced, this is an industry event you won’t want to miss. We'll be sure to update this post once more information is released.
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