Interest Groups*

Taking Place Sunday from 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Business Impacts Interest Group:*
IBM TRIRIGA Enables Organizations to Reduce Real Estate and Facility Operations Costs

Jeff Fara, IBM TRIRIGA Brand Sales Executive, IBM; Renee Gibbon, IBM TRIRIGA Client Technical Professional

CFO's and financial executives increasingly view an organization's real estate portfolio as a strategic asset. The IBM TRIRIGA software solution provides the critical tools and technologies necessary to manage the entire real estate and asset lifecycle for improved operational, financial and environmental performance. TRIRIGA brings together the disciplines of real estate, construction/project management, space management, facility and asset maintenance operations, and energy management.

Distribution Interest Group:* Location Strategies for Addressing Geo-political & Labor-Market Challenges

Rene Buck, CEO, BCI Global

Steve Beall, Manager, Corporate Real Estate, Lennox Intl.; Peggy Blais, Manager, Corporate Real Estate & Facilities, Akzo Nobel; Roger Nesti, Director, International Real Estate, Kellogg Company

Great products and growing sales are no longer the main drivers for companies’ manufacturing and supply chain footprints and related locations decisions. Corporations in all industries must cope in their locational strategies with external challenges: geopolitical developments (i.e., trade tariffs), inadequate labor pools and regulatory challenges in growing markets.

Manufacturing Interest Group:* Smart Buildings: Technologies to Improve Workplace Performance and Experience

Amy Erixon, Principal, Managing Director, Avison Young

The past 20 years have ushered in significantly increased demands from the workplace. From managing energy costs and sources to ensuring digital cybersecurity, technical specifications have increased as quickly as business models are evolving, often in response to new technologies. Demographic trends, including both aging and younger workers, require businesses to be more flexible, healthy and responsive to employees. This session will review what it means to be a "Smart Building" and showcase innovative solutions to enhancing workplace performance and experience, particularly those innovations with highest potential to make job easier and more rewarding. 

* For Corporate Active Members only. 

Portfolio Management Interest Group:* The Benefits of Location Analytics in Corporate Real Estate Operations

RDaniel J. Boudreau, Jr., GISP Geospatial Systems Lead and Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental

Location-based analytics and geospatial technology (think: mapping on steroids) are transforming many core business practices. This presentation will cover the varied role of geospatial technology as a location-based information management platform for managing assets.





Taking Place Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Technology and the Disintermediation of Commercial Real Estate

Jason Tolliver, Americas Head of Logistics & Industrial Research, Cushman & Wakefield

Over the past decade, the rapid advancement of technology has made commercial real estate (CRE) market data more readily available. In the coming years, technological advancements in machine learning, super applications, and the continued evolution of third-party CRE data platforms promise to change the way in which real estate executives obtain, view and validate market information. In this session, we’ll examine how the increasingly information-rich CRE marketplace will affect corporate outsourcing arrangements with real estate companies, and potential of disintermediation of modern commercial brokerage.


Tuesday Morning Topical Workshops

T1 – T4 will run concurrently from 10:40 – 11:25 a.m.; T5 – T8 will run concurrently from 11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.





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T1 Workshop: This is a Great Incentives Package … Now What? Methods for Ensuring Negotiated Incentives are Realized

Annie Baxter, Vice President, Advisory & Transactions Services, CBRE; Chris Schastok, First Vice President, Advisory & Transactions Services, CBRE; AJ Magner, Executive Vice President, CBRE; Jim Eckert, Global Real Estate Solutions, Owens Corning

In the excitement of finalizing a location decision, the followup can get lost in the shuffle. Join this session to understand compliance strategies that ensure your company doesn’t leave money on the table.


T2 Workshop: Industrial Facility Management, Partnering to Drive Efficiency and Quality

Blake Layda, International Dir., JLL; Kenneth Koupal, Managing Dir., JLL; Trevor Ragsdale, Senior Managing Dir., JLL; Mark Eichkorn, Vice Pres. Facilities, Penske

This session will cover how to partner, deploy and measure success of FM across industrial locations. Strategies for success and results to be shared. 



T3 Workshop: Build-to-Suit Development Options

Jason Wery, Managing Principal Project Mgmt., Cresa; Kelly Branch, VP Project Management, Cresa; Corey Ragole, Construction Manager, Smithfield Foods

This session addresses how tight real estate markets coupled with well-defined, sometimes specialized, occupancy needs have made Build-to-Suit projects for industrial properties more important than ever and a larger portion of overall activity. Most frequently, CREs will negotiate with developers for Build-To-Suit projects, but the market is dynamic and other approaches, such as direct contracting methods and direct financial arrangements, are increasingly being used. We will explore and discuss different options and the paths to success for each one.


T4 Workshop: How to Benefit from Rail Service in Key Markets

Cary Hutchings, Director, Economic Development, BNSF Railway; Rich Werner, President & CEO, Upstate Colorado Econ. Dev. Corp.; Jeff Seymour, Exec. VP, Econ. Dev., Oklahoma City Chamber; Eric R. Nieukirk, Corporate Real Estate & Economic Development Mgr., Catepillar Inc. 

Location and timing are key to any project’s success. Learn how locating your business close to rail will save you both time and money.



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T5 Workshop: For CRE, When is a Phase-1 ESA Appropriate? When Not? How to Decide

Aaron Christensen, Project Manager and Geological Engineer, Burns & McDonnell; Cary Hutchings, Director, Economic Development, BNSF Railway; Samantha Turner, Senior Real Estate Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company; Doug F. McReynolds, PMP, Director Environmental Project Controls & Real Estate, BNSF Railway Company

When the company is preparing to sell a surplus facility that potentially has environmental issues, a step in the process is to have a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment conducted for that property. But when in the process the study should be done and who should pay can have different answers depending on who you ask in the company. This program will offer a method for organizing and making these important decisions.



T6 Workshop: Positioning the U.S.'s First Multi-story Warehouse to Serve Fast Expanding Next-day Retail Delivery

Richard (“Rick”) Kolpa, Senior Vice President and Seattle Market Officer, Prologis

The program will present a case study of the innovative Georgetown Crossroads project, a three-floor 590,000 SF (54,000 SQM) industrial warehouse minutes from downtown Seattle. The first of its kind in the U.S., the building will feature truck ramps leading to loading docks on the second level and a third floor, served via forklift accessible freight elevators, for lighter-scale warehouse operations. The third floor is designed as "maker's space," suitable for light manufacturing. 



T7 Workshop: What Can Amazon’s Recent Experience Teach Us About Doing Site Selection Better?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight

With Amazon’s unpresented announcement pulling their HQ2 project from New York City, the future of site selection and government incentives may experience major changes and disruptions across all industry sectors going forward. This session aims to shed light on some of the factors that led to this decision and how companies can rethink their process to avoid the same pitfalls.



T8 Workshop: The Permitting Process: How to Organize to Minimize Time and Cost - Program Cancelled

Dan Pierson, Director of Global Facilities, AirMI, Nike; Mike Clifford, Mortenson

Using a recent manufacturing project as a case study, this program will cover a look at different permits and the related process. Learn about different types of permits, the documentation required for applications, coordinating efforts within a larger team, and working with local jurisdictions to make the process as smooth as possible.