My first question is, why didn’t more of our chapter members attend the conference? In fact, we’re so curious about this that we’d love to hear from you. In October, a few of the local members attended CRE.Converge, which is the National NAIOP Conference. This year the conference brought 1,300 commercial real estate leaders together in Washington, D.C. Personally, we got a lot out of the conference and were surprised that more Southern Nevada members weren’t in attendance. The conference itself is quick, it spans about 2 days in total and has a combination of keynote speakers, project tours and breakout sessions. We really enjoyed the breakout sessions because we were able to pick from a couple of different topics each session depending on our areas of interest. We made some great contacts and enjoyed meeting NAIOP members from all over the country. The conference agenda also allows time for networking and meeting new people.

Additionally, Cassie was very interested to learn more about the National FORUMS that are an integral part of the NAIOP platform. There are Limited Forums open to NAIOP members with requisite experience who are employed by a company or organization whose primary business is the development, ownership, management of, or investment in industrial, office or mixed-use real estate. There are General Forums open to all NAIOP members with requisite experience and there are Developing Leaders Forums which provide commercial real estate industry professionals (35 years of age and under and with at least four years of related commercial real estate industry experience) the unique opportunity to advance their careers by gaining insights from and networking with seasoned commercial real estate professionals and peers over a two-year period. For more information on joining a Forum, please click here.

Overall, the conference covered everything from office, industrial and retail to Amazon HQ2 to new technologies to trends. There was something for everyone!

Here’s a sample of the breakout sessions from the conference:

  • A Strategic Approach to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • First Mile: Ports and Inland Ports Impact on Distribution
  • Creating Personalized Experiences with Big Data and Smart Buildings
  • Blurring the Retail Line
  • Trains, Planes and Automobiles: An Infrastructure Discussion
  • The Outlook for Capital Markets
  • Views on Economic Indicators
  • How Amazon Has Changed the Way EDCs Think and Act
  • Providing Office as a Service
  • Trends and Transformations in Office and Industrial Design
  • Climate Resilience Adaptations and Strategies
  • Mall Doctors: Filling Vacant Retail Space with Medical Office

We’re already looking forward to next year’s national conference in Los Angeles, California. Save the date from Monday, October 14th, 2019 – Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at JW Marriott LA Live. Check the website for the latest information at

Cassie Catania-Hsu, Managing Director
702-369-4921 |

Shawn Danoski, CEO
DC Building Group
Office: 702-434-9991 |