Celebrating the Past:
Embracing the Futue

Detroit, Michigan 
22-26 October 2022

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 23, 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

Roping Up: The No Barriers Mindset

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Erik Weihenmayer
World-Class Blind Adventurer

Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a “No Barriers Life,” describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve – in Erik’s words, to “climb” while others “camp.”

Erik describes the key components for shattering barriers and pioneering possibilities, which start with a powerful “Vision” to guide us and a “Reach into the darkness.” By relentlessly innovating new systems and approaches along the way, we “Pioneer” our way to solutions. As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never experience.

Erik calls this “Alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold. “With an alchemist,” he says, “you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they'll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.”

This journey cannot happen alone. By building a great “Rope Team” that shares our vision we become stronger. The gifts we earn along our journey represent our personal “Summits,” but it is only when we share these gifts with others that we “Elevate” our communities as well as ourselves.

Erik will take audiences on a journey to discover the tools and insights to develop what he calls the “No Barriers Mindset” – the elements it takes for individuals, teams, and organizations to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for nearly impossible goals.


Monday Afternoon Keynote Address

C-Suite Spotlight - Meet the Moment: Transforming Your Portfolio to Create Fresh Value


Tod Lickerman, CEO, Cresa (L)
Greg Schementi, President, Cresa (R)

We are living through a uniquely transformational period, with multiple factors contributing to ongoing uncertainty. Occupiers across different supply chains are reacting to negative pressures in different ways, addressing space and labor constraints to reduce cost and risk, but also using these rapidly changing times to seize competitive advantages. A challenging time for sure, but also a unique opportunity to remake your physical footprint to meet the needs of today and the future, while creating fresh value for customers.

Gathering information from numerous data sources/ whitepapers, industry experts and corporate real estate executives, Tod Lickerman and Greg Schementi will clarify key major trends, while dialing into examples of near, mid and long-term actions that occupiers are considering now. Delivering the information from a non-conflicted occupier perspective, they will discuss how to leverage this moment to thoughtfully transform your portfolio to enable optimal future outcomes.


Tuesday Morning Keynote Address

No Assembly Required: The Future of Global Manufacturing

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Peter Zeihan
Geopolitical Strategist

After a 6-Forum break, IAMC Favorite Peter Zeihan returns to explore the future of global manufacturing.

The world of manufacturing is an endlessly specialized venture, with most manufacturers sourcing components from scores of facilities across a dozen or more countries. But what if the ability to sail components from site to site became compromised? What if capital availability proves insufficient to update industrial bases as technology evolves? What if intermediate and end markets become less desirable – or less accessible?

All that and more is about to happen, which signals the end of manufacturing as we know it. The successful manufacturers of the future will be those who can command access to raw materials, capital, labor and markets – all in the same location.


Closing Keynote Address

Ubuntu: Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live and Lead

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Shola Richards
Author of Go Together

In his highly-inspiring keynote, Shola will introduce the transformative concept of Ubuntu (pronounced, "oo-BOON-too") which translates to "I am, because we are." The Ubuntu philosophy, along with three powerful questions, will provide participants with actionable strategies to transform their work culture, amplify team civility, and inspire themselves and others to consistently bring their best to their work.

Participants will leave with:

  • The three key questions that they need to ask themselves to increase the likelihood of civil, engaged, and productive work culture.
  • The answers to the most common objections to beginning the important (and challenging) work of positively transforming their work culture.
  • The self-awareness to become mindful of how their words, actions, and behaviors affect others.