Enhance your practice by gaining a well-rounded knowledge of the industry in which you participate. Trends in real estate development, both public and private, change rapidly. For a fuller understanding of the forces that govern your bottom line attend the RICS Summit of the Americas. Leading-edge speakers and exciting themes in a historic Los Angeles venue make this conference a compelling opportunity.
As Chair of this event, I’m excited that we’re pulling together the biggest, most exciting Summit of the Americas so far, in one of the most dynamic, diverse and international cities in the Americas. Here are just a few of the many exciting speakers the conference will feature:
- David Simon, Executive Vice President, Kilroy Realty, the largest property owner in Hollywood, who recently signed creative office entrepreneurs NeueHouse to a single-tenant lease of the historic CBS headquarters. (Participating in “Future of the Tech Workplace Campus)
- Susan MacGregor-Scott, Global Head of Transactions for Citibank Realty Services, who this year oversaw the largest single office transaction ever undertaken in Hong Kong when Citi bought a new $700 million tower block in the Kowloon district. (Participating in “Corporate Management of Global Real Estate”)
- Joel Myhre, President, Nordic Geospatial, who specializes in applying advanced mapping technologies to global disasters and homeland security initiatives. Most recently, he has been serving as a consultant to the World Health Organization on the spread of Ebola and the effectiveness of countermeasures to this menace. (Power Keynote: “Indiana Jones Goes G.I.S. – Mapping global crises from Haiti to London to Ebola”)
- Carl Muhlstein, Managing Director, JLL, who brought Viacom and Google to L.A. this year in massive, highly competitive negotiations in the creative tech sector. (Moderating “The Future of the Tech Workplace Campus”)
Fully 40 percent of goods entering the U.S. go through the Port of Los Angeles, and the city is a social and financial hub connecting Asia, Mexico, Central and South America. LA’s position as a crossroads of commerce and culture will be the story arc of the 2015 Summit. At the macro level, RICS will make Los Angeles a “laboratory” of sorts during the Summit – both in and outside the formal sessions – for studying urban issues in a global context.
L.A. currently is undergoing a massive infrastructure investment in bridges, mass transit, airport and port facilities. A transformational shifting of development dollars to the downtown area – including thousands of new and converted residential units, the tallest new building west of the Mississippi, and a major expansion of retail, restaurant and other amenities – supports an expanding population. In this context, the 2015 conference will offer enhanced off-site tours of hotels, developments, and historic properties.
And last – but certainly far from least – LA 2015 will offer wonderful opportunities to network with professionals from across the professional spectrum from many continents. I hope to see you in L.A. in April! And if you sign up by February 13, you can get all that the Summit has to offer at the early-bird rate. I hope to see you there.
Ann Gray, FAIA, FRICS
Chair, 2015 RICS Summit of the Americas