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Sold-out crowd fills Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel for 12th CIP Industrial Summit

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The Industrial Summits held each year by Chicago Industrial Properties always attract a crowd. And this year's event -- the 12th annual, held at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel on April 7 -- was no exception.

The Industrial Summits held each year by Chicago Industrial Properties always attract a crowd. And this year's event -- the 12th annual, held at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel on April 7 -- was no exception.

This isn't a surprise: The conference featured the biggest industrial names in the industry, pros such as John Coleman, executive vice president of Transwestern; John Morris, executive managing director and head of industrial for the Americas for Cushman & Wakefield; Elise Couston, senior managing director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; and Alissa Adler, principle with Podolksy|Circle CORFAC International.

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The state of the market panel was a big draw. Crowds flocked to hear panelists (from left to right) John Morris, Cushman & Wakefield; Neal Driscoll, Liberty Property Trust; Elise Couston, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Jim McShane, Conor Commercial; Steve Groetsema, Bridge Development; and Andy Roach, DCT Industrial. John Coleman with Transwestern moderated the panel.

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The Investing in Industrial Real Estate panel was another highlight of the event. Moderated by Alissa Adler with Podolsky|Circle CORFAC International, the panel featured Mark Goode, Venture One Real Estate; Jerry Rotunno, Associated Bank; Jim Clewlow, CenterPoint Properties; and Michael Micka, Holladay Properties.

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The summit, of course, provided plenty of networking opportunities, too. Industrial pros took advantage of this, meeting with their fellow sector specialists after the panels wrapped.