Industrial Real Estate:
What Does the Future Hold?

Kansas City, Missouri 
2-6 October 2021

Program Highlights

With a focus on core corporate real estate business practice areas, IAMC programming blends targeted professional development with world-class knowledge sharing.


Attention Corporate Members

 Make plans to attend the special corporate-member-only sessions the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, including Research Roundtable and Interest Groups: Distribution; Business Impacts; Portfolio Management; or Manufacturing.

To participate, you may have to arrive on Saturday.



Workshops & Knowledge Sharing

With a focus on core corporate real estate business practice areas, workshop sessions blend targeted professional development with world-class knowledge sharing. Join us for:

  • IAMC Info Exchange, table discussions between corporates, economic developers and service providers
  • Peer-to-Peer sessions, including a corporate active member-only facilitated discussion
  • And, Get Some Help, a moderated and interactive member-to-member Q&A

Additionally, programs covering the following core CRE topics are actively being planned: C-Suite issues; Construction Management; Facilities Management; Global Operations; Lease Administration; Outsourcing Models and Strategies; Site Selection; Surplus Property Disposition; Technology Applications; and Transactions Management.


Keynote speakers will tie it all together inspiring and informing with big pictures views.

Opening Keynote Address

American Business 2.0

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Kevin O’Leary
Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

When the great Covid Pandemic of 2020 hit the world, it altered the American business landscape. While many businesses like restaurants, airlines, and shared workplaces (think WeWork) went out of business or were reduced drastically, online businesses like Zoom, Adobe, and Shopify flourished. Meanwhile, changes that were happening slowly in the workplace, such as remote work, flexible schedules, and online retailing, accelerated rapidly and became the norm. In this talk on the future of business, Kevin O’Leary will share other changes that are happening so you and your company can be prepared for American Business 2.0.



Tuesday Morning Keynote Address

UN-HACKABLE: Blockbuster Cybersecurity for the Industrial Real Estate Industry

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John Sileo
Cyber Security Expert, Author of Privacy Means Profit

Hackers don’t just adapt to change; they bank on it. Has your mindset evolved? The rapid expansion of remote workforces, cloud jacking, the Internet of Things, ransomware gangs, supply chain attacks, social engineering and disinformation campaigns have altered the way we must defend our organizational data, privacy and profits. A faulty adage asserts that humans are your weakest link, and left unaddressed, that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cybersecurity doesn’t grow from shinier tools, but from the powerful intersection between humans and technology. In UN-HACKABLE, John will leverage potent lessons learned from losing his business and wealth to cybercrime, wrongly facing jailtime and ultimately, how to turn all three to your advantage.


Monday Afternoon Keynote Address

Megatrends Defining the Future of Commercial Real Estate


Jason Tolliver
Americas Logistics & Industrial Investor Lead • United States, Cushman & Wakefield

Commercial real estate is undergoing a profound transformation. The past decade for industrial real estate has featured more change than the previous century, and the full effects of this are just beginning. Climate change and sustainability initiatives, the exponential growth of e-commerce and its impact on industrial and retail property, the rapid rise of the digital economy, the maturation of globalization amid an ever evolving geo-political backdrop, the constant threat of technology disruption, and, most recently, the global pandemic have fundamentally shifted the costs of doing business for corporate real estate executives. Industrial occupancy costs have never been higher, market conditions tighter, or site selection more complex. With more than a billion square feet of additional industrial demand expected in the next five years alone, navigating a tight market with little margin for error will remain a challenge. Jason will share his perspective on the emerging technologies that will empower corporate real estate executives to find growth through location and innovation, and his thoughts on the real estate strategies that will be used to build resilient, sustainable and futureproof supply chains and real estate operations.

Closing Keynote Address

Master Your World: Today’s Game Plan for Maximum Profits, Peak Productivity, and Top Communication

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Mary Kelly
Ph.D., US Navy Ret.

We hear the word leadership a lot around the office. But, do we understand what it means to be a leader – regardless of our job title or our place on the ladder? Leadership isn’t just a plan for the supervisors and CEOs. Leadership is a set of principles that affects every employee, every team member, and every consumer. Leadership is what differentiates the ordinary from the amazing.

Would you like to know if your employees are searching LinkedIn for their next job? Or, if your boss has your back at the board meeting? Dr. Mary Kelly has some surprising insight into these questions as she guides you through a session that is a true investment in yourself and your career.