With the holiday season in full swing, most brokers and firms are working on their 2017 budgets. That’s in addition to closing out the year and making holiday travel plans.
But don’t forget, the end of the year is also the perfect time to start thinking about which commercial real estate conferences to attend in 2017. Networking opportunities and continuing education are the main reasons to attend industry conferences, but it’s also a chance to let loose, enjoy a change of scenery, and have a bit of fun with peers you don’t often get to see face-to-face.
It’s advantageous to start planning your travel schedule now for next year’s conferences. By planning early, you’ll benefit from the early-bird registration rates, hotel discounts, and cheaper flights. We know time away from the office can be challenging, but these 10 CRE conferences are worth setting aside the time and budget for in 2017.
Sponsored by MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association)/CREF (Commercial Real Estate Finance)
February 19-22 | Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
MBA's CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2017 is a must-attend event, offering unrivaled access to leaders, CEOs and experts in the commercial/multifamily real estate finance industry who come together to discuss the latest trends and strategies to succeed in today's dynamic marketplace.
Sponsored by SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors)
April 26-29 | Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (Spring)
October 26-28 | Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL (Fall)
In addition to providing timely educational programs, these conferences are designed to help attendees connect, build strong relationships, and facilitate business and deal generation with other SIOR members and industry colleagues and exhibitors, all while enhancing their knowledge of the latest trends.
Sponsored by ULI (Urban Land Institute)
May 2-4 | Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA (Spring)
October 23-26 | Los Angeles, CA (Fall)
The ULI Spring Meeting is an exclusive, ULI members-only event bringing together top decision makers and industry experts from every sector of real estate. The fall gathering is open to ULI members and non-members and attracts over 6,000 attendees annually, with leaders from every sector of the real estate development industry.
Sponsored by ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)
May 21-24 | Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
With over 36,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors, ICSC RECon is the largest commercial real estate convention of the year. RECon is a must for anyone who works in the retail or retail-adjacent (think mixed-use) spaces. The networking opportunities presented during the dealmaking sessions and private Sin City parties alone are unparalleled industry experiences.
Sponsored by BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association)
June 24-27 | Music City Center, Nashville, TN
The BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo attracts an impressive audience of over 3,000 commercial real estate property professionals who come to the conference for the expertise, insights, and opportunities needed to stay ahead on industry trends and optimize the performance of commercial assets.
Sponsored by NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Parks)
October 10-12 | Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
This premier industry event—connecting developers, owners, investors, brokers and more—consistently attracts 1,200+ attendees from across North America. Educational, networking and social events are designed to help commercial real estate developers and their industry counterparts develop the skills, resources and connections they need to succeed in the industry.
Sponsored by the CCIM Institute
Oct. 15-16 | Toronto, Canada
CCIM Institute's annual conference brings top commercial real estate professionals together to trade ideas that help shape the future of the industry. CCIM Thrive covers hot topics like crowdfunding and big data, and assembles panels featuring some of the top commercial real estate professionals in the country.
Sponsored by the CREW Network
Oct. 25-28 | Houston, TX
At the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, you’ll expand your network, be inspired by some of the most insightful speakers today, and get an insider’s look at some of the most innovative commercial space in the world. In addition to the unparalleled networking and leadership education, this convention celebrates the collective and individual impact of women on the CRE industry.
Sponsored by CoreNet (Corporate Real Estate Network)
November 5-7 | Washington Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Navigate the ever-evolving world of corporate real estate through case study presentations, interactive learning sessions, executive development training and industry tours of the host city. This conference also has a big focus on the latest technologies corporations are employing to determine the best spatial decisions for their offices and its employees.
Multiple dates across 25+ cities (search by city or specialty)
This might be cheating a little, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Bisnow. While you might recognize Bisnow as a source for the latest commercial real estate news, they also put on events across the entire country with top-notch panels and speakers. These events often sell out, and are not that expensive to attend (though tickets are cheaper if purchased earlier rather than later). The best part is, with events taking place in over 25 cities, you likely won’t need a plane ticket or hotel room to attend one!