NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s executives, brokers and staff are back in the saddle after attending our annual NAI Florida Forum and NAI Florida Chapter Meeting which took place October 27-28, 2015 in the Treetop Ballroom of Miami’s Jungle Island. Although, the NAI Chapter Meeting offered a fantastic opportunity to collaborate and learn from our fellow NAI Global, NAI Latin America and NAI Florida members, I must admit this year’s Second Annual NAI Florida Forum stole the show.

The NAI Florida Forum is quickly becoming “the” annual economic event of South Florida. Dr. Charles Bohl, an associate professor and the director of the graduate program in Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U) at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, welcomed a packed house of local, national and international business leaders, as well as commercial real estate professionals. Dr. Bohl, who is also an accomplished author and current chair of ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council, focused on mixed-use development, placemaking and community building in Florida, the US and abroad.

Next, Al Lewis, of the South Florida Business Journal lead, our very own, local expert, and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Chairman Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM in an vibrant and insightful panel discussing the current state and future projections of the Latin America, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties’ real estate markets.

Following our vivacious panel, was my favorite part of the NAI Florida Forum (sorry, Neil), keynote speaker Dr. Peter Linneman. Dr. Linneman is the principal of Linneman Associates, the CEO and founder of American Land Fund and of KL Realty, and the chief economist of NAI Global. Within the first 30 seconds of his presentation, Dr. Linneman captured the audience with his fresh and perceptive take on how the current national economic trends and predicted future outcomes, affect our local markets today and tomorrow.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is very fortunate to have been a part of this dynamic industry event and we would like to thank all of those who helped make this event a success. A very heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors, fellow-event underwriters (NAI Global, NAI Miami and NAI Rauch Weaver Norfleet Kurtz & Co.), and most importantly, Jackie Larkin, NAI Miami’s marketing manager and her assistant extraordinaire, Elizabeth Calderin for all of their hard work in planning such a successful event. We’re looking forward to next year!