Update from 2012 CREW Convention 10/24 – 10/27

The famous Hilton Chicago on Miracle Mile was the spot where more than 950 attendees gathered recently for the annual CREW Network Convention. The Hilton Chicago is the largest total meeting and event space of any Chicago hotel (see Grand Ballroom pictured during one of the Networking Lunch programs). The event kicked off with meetings and tours of Chicago on Wednesday, October 24 and the day ended with a well-attended Network Marketplace & Welcome Reception. Thursday and Friday featured keynote speakers were Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing and professor at Columbia Business School, and Jim Collins, author of numerous books including the best-seller, Good to Great. The theme of the convention was Choices. Every day we make choices that impact our careers, families and communities. As with anything, knowledge gives us the power to make informed choices.

A highlight of the convention is always the CREW Network Foundation Silent Auction & Reception. Patricia Faulkner, SVP, Client Development with NAI Global, this year chaired the Auction & Special Events Committee, which coordinated the Silent Auction and Jade Mountain V  acation give away. (Many thanks to all of the NAI Members who purchase tickets during the Fall Leadership Meeting!). Patricia toasted and welcomed attendees to the silent auction (pictured above with Gail Ayers, Ph.D., CREW Network CEO). The committee raised more than $72,000 for The Foundation through their efforts. The proceeds will go to The Foundation Scholarship Program.

Other NAI attendees included Jolie Schooler, NAI REOC Austin, as well as Barbara Hokel, NAI Ruhl & Ruhl, West Des Moines, who this year successfully formed the CREW Iowa Chapter.

Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. The 8,000 members represent nearly every discipline within the industry and are located in 76 major markets across North America.

Report from Expo Real 2012

Expo Real was a resounding success for NAI Global.  From pre-arranged meetings with existing clients and prospects, to developing relationships with new contacts, it was always busy at the NAI Global stand.

EXPO REAL 2012 finished on a high note.

Participating were approximately 1,700 exhibitors. EXPO REAL 2012 also reported a rise in the number of participants in this 15th International Trade Fair for Commercial Property and Investment – to a total of 38,000, up by 1,000 on 2011.

EXPO REAL is all about meeting contacts; not just across Europe but globally too.   It’s also a great place to spend quality time with our European colleagues.

The market in Germany and its neighboring countries in Central Europe proved to be a particular attraction.  Visitors to NAI Global’s stand, from the host country and around the world, were particularly interested in its investment services capability alongside strategic property consultancy and brokerage services.   Environmental sustainability was also a hot topic, with energy efficiency a key driver for occupiers, investors and developers alike.

NAI Attends IMN Chicago Oct 9 - Oct 10

NAI Update from IMN (Chicago)

NAI Global’s membership were represented by Executive Vice President, Rhyne Brown and Senior Vice President, Tim Buss of the NAI Global Special Asset Solutions team at the Information Management Network (IMN) meeting in Chicago on October 9 – 10.  The event – Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets – Executive Conference on Real Estate Workouts was attended by over 350 real estate professionals representing Banks, Federal Agencies, Attorneys, Special Servicers and industry service providers.  Tim Buss moderated a panel discussion on current macroeconomic issues affecting commercial real estate.  In addition to NAI Global a strong contingent from NAI Farbman attended, including Andy Farbman, Todd Szymcak, and Michael Kalil.  The general feeling of the attendees is we are about half way through the repositioning of the severely distressed commercial real estate cycle in the United States. Most see 2013 as a year of slow economic recovery with a wary eye on Europe and increased federal regulations taking effect resulting from new regulations stemming from the Dodd-Frank amendments.  Special recognition and appreciation is extended to NAI Farbman for hosting a dinner for over twenty attendees, including five members of the C-III Asset Services group based in their Chicago office as well as attendees from Wells Fargo, US Bank and others.  Rhyne, Tim and the NAI Special Assets Solution Group see ongoing opportunities for the network in 2013 to help the United States in its economic recovery.

NAI Attends IMN Chicago Oct 9 - Oct 10

NAI Global Expands Into the Northeastern Caribbean with NAI Puerto Rico

NAI Global, the premier managed network of commercial real estate firms and one of the largest real estate services providers worldwide, announces its expansion of coverage into the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, with the addition of NAI Puerto Rico.

Headquartered in San Juan, NAI Puerto Rico is a full-service commercial firm offering a complete range of real estate services including tenant representation, marketing research, location consulting, project management, lease renewals/restructures and acquisitions/dispositions

NAI Puerto Rico was founded by Hector J. Aponte SIOR, an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Hector has completed a wide array of major real estate transactions in Puerto Rico, for private and government clients such as Bayer, Sanofi, Publicis, ConAgra Foods, WPP, CSA Group, Marsh & McLennan, Starbucks Coffee, U.S. Army, IRS, and the EPA.

“By joining NAI, we are expanding our capabilities and resources to many international markets; this will definitely boost our services and will keep us on top,” said NAI Business Director, Mr. Hector J. Aponte. “NAI gives us new technology, tools, shared resources, marketing, and access to over 350 offices worldwide, which will enable us to develop new opportunities for clients looking for extensive representation or international resources.”

“This is a key market for us, especially for our corporate and investor clients seeking to take advantage of the commonwealth’s attractive tax policies,” said NAI Global President, Jeffrey Finn. “With Hector and his team at NAI Puerto Rico, we now have some of the best real estate experts in that region to serve our clients. I am excited about our new partnership and look forward to working together in the coming months and years.”

NAI Global is among the largest commercial real estate services organizations in the world, comprising 5,000+ professionals in 55 countries in more than 350 offices. NAI advisors such as NAI Puerto Rico work in tandem with its global management team to ensure clients strategically optimize their real estate assets. NAI offices complete over $45 billion in combined transactions annually and manage over 300 million square feet of commercial space.

NAI Puerto Rico is located at Ponce de Leon Avenue #1072, San Juan 00928

About NAI Global

NAI Global’s extensive services include corporate real estate services, brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com. Follow us on Twitter (@NAIGlobal) and Facebook.

NAI Global Expands Into the Greater Calgary Area with NAI Advent

NAI Global, the premier managed network of commercial real estate firms and one of the largest real estate services providers worldwide, announced today its expansion of coverage into the Calgary province of Alberta, Canada, with the addition of NAI Advent.

Headquartered in Calgary, NAI Advent is a full-service commercial firm offering a complete range of real estate services including buying and selling, leasing, development, group investment and property management services. NAI Advent was co-founded by Garry Bobke, Sid Smith and Luke Stiles, all industry veterans with extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry.

“NAI Global is a tremendous commercial real estate organization with a global platform that will allow us to broaden our services and enhance our ability to provide world-class service to our clients,” said NAI Advent Business Director, Sid Smith CCIM. “We are excited about our affiliation with NAI and the opportunity it provides to partner with other firms to enhance our client services regionally and globally.”

“We are proud to have Sid and his team embrace and build the NAI brand across the Greater Calgary Area,” said NAI Global Executive Vice President, David Blanchard. “Our business continues its upward trajectory. Calgary is a critical Canadian market for us. We are excited and confident that NAI Advent’s extensive local knowledge, relationships, commitment quality and results will greatly benefit our corporate and investor clientele.”

NAI Global is among the largest commercial real estate services organizations in the world, comprising 5,000+ professionals in 55 countries in more than 350 offices. NAI advisors such as NAI Advent work in tandem with its global management team to ensure clients strategically optimize their real estate assets. NAI offices complete over $45 billion in combined transactions annually and manage over 300 million square feet of commercial space.

NAI Advent is located at 833 34th Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Y9 Canada

About NAI Global

NAI Global’s extensive services include corporate real estate services, brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com. Follow us on Twitter (@NAIGlobal) and Facebook.