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REjournals set to host 17th annual Real Estate Forecast Conference

REjournals set to host 17th annual Real Estate Forecast Conference,ph1
Speakers at REjournals’ 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference include, from left to right, Danny Nikitas of Avison Young, Molly McShane of The McShane Companies, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and Vicki Noonan of Cushman & Wakefield.

REjournals is busy assembling speakers, panels and sponsors for the 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference being held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Working with the hot topics and trends currently being experienced in the commercial real estate industry, the conference organizers are assembling a celebrated roster of speakers and planning sessions that will be most meaningful for today’s commercial real estate industry.

One of the first to be secured for the event was Fritz Kaegi, who earlier this week was sworn in as the new Cook County Assessor. Kaegi, who has promised to shake things up at the Assessors office, will be interviewed by Kent Swanson—an executive with Riverside Investment Development and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Civic Federation—in a 20-25-minute, one-on-one session.

Additionally, in response to the unparalleled level of activity taking place along the banks of the Chicago River, from Chinatown to the split to the North Branch to the mouth of Lake Michigan, the organizers are promoting a panel, “The River Runs Through It.” Headlining that panel will be Vicki Noonan, Cushman & Wakefield; Alan Lev, Belgravia; Anna Simpson, Sterling Bay; Murray McQueen, Tribune Real Estate Services and Tony Scacco, Riverside Investment.

One of the perennial favorites of the Forecast event is the State of The Market panel, adeptly moderated for the last five years by Danny Nikitas, Avison Young. Confirmed speakers on that panel include Rand Diamond, GlenStar; Jeff Berta, Structured Development; Molly McShane, The McShane Companies; Jim Pape, TCF Commercial Bank and Dave Burden, Colliers International.

The final of the general session offerings that are part of the 17th annual event that typically attracts in excess of 850 people is a Technology panel that will be moderated by Duke Long and include Matthew Gelb, WIPFLi; Tim Swanson, Skender; Keith Pelatowski, One Spot Tech; Prasan Kale, Rise Buildings and Kevin Shtofman, Deloitte US.

As is customary, the event begins at 7 am with registration, continental breakfast and the ability to network with an expected 850-plus real estate professionals and as many as 75 sponsors.The Forecast conference concludes with concurrent breakout sessions covering the office, industrial, retail, investment, multifamily and property management sectors.

Confirmed speakers for the breakout sessions include Elizabeth Gracie, O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes; Christine Torres, WiredScore; Scott Delano, Wright Heerema Architects; Ivan Baker, North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.; Dan Benassi, SIOR; John Murphy, PNC Bank; Art Rendak, Inland Mortgage Captal, LLC; Ryan Nelson, Foresite Realty Partners, LLC; Steven Weinstock, Marcus & Millichap; Sonny Ginsberg, Ginsberg Jacobs LLC; Jim Hanson, Avison Young; Susan Tjarksen, Cushman & Wakefield; David Bradley, Marcus & Millichap; Don Stewart, The Inland Real Estate Group, LLC; Mark Niehus, Connectivity Wireless Solutions; Daniel Rosenberg, Cohen Financial; Larry Kilduff, JLL and Kevin Hynes, O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes.

Registration for the event is $99 and can be completed at