Schedule of Events

The 2018 Spring World Conference schedule is still being finalized. This page will be updated as schedule details are finalized.

* = closed meeting / by invitation only
$ = additional funds needed
(CE) = continuing education credits

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
8 a.m.-12 noon SIOR Board of Directors Meeting*
9:45-11:45 a.m.
SIOR Foundation Executive Committee*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nominating Committee*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open
12 noon-1 p.m. Conference Committee
Communications & Branding Committee
Membership Standards & Admissions Committee*
Professional Standards Committee*
Technology Committee
1-5 p.m. Exhibitor Move-In
1:15-2:15 p.m. Faculty Member Group
International Member Group
Office Member Group
Past Presidents' Committee
1:15-4:15 p.m. SIOR Foundation Board of Trustees*
1:15-5:15 p.m. Chapter Leadership Council*
2:30-3:30 p.m. Investment Member Group
Non-Dues Revenue Committee
Tenant Rep Member Group
Young Professionals' Member Group
3:45-4:45 p.m. IBG Member Group
Industrial Member Group
Legacy Member Group
Womens'/Diversity Member Group
5-6 p.m. Industrial Member Group Dutch Treat Happy Hour
5:30-7:30 p.m. Bank of America Leadership Reception*
Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

8-10 p.m. Optional Event: Young Professionals Evening Out ($)
Sponsored by Panattoni Development Co.

Join SIOR Young Professionals and Panattoni Development Co. for an evening out at Moonshine Grill, where they take you back to a simpler time, greeting guests like family, serving up great food and interesting cocktails. This signature YP event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and full open bar. This event has limited space so be sure to sign up early!

Thursday, April 12. 2018
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration open
8 a.m.-12 noon Spouse/Significant Other Tour: Austin Art Crawl ($)
8-10 a.m. Member Coalition Council*
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Opening General Session: Mega-Trends: Technology, Cities, and the Map of the Future
Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Speaker: Parag Khanna

Ubiquitous technology and urbanization are the two irrefutable mega-trends of the 21st century. Together they are remapping the world towards a hyper-connected matrix of densely populated city clusters and ultra-modern special economic zones (SEZs) that represent the new foundations of a global network economy and society. Elaborating on bold forecasts from his pioneering book Hybrid Reality: Thriving int he Emerging Human-Technology Civilization, Dr. Khanna will provide unmatched clarity into the future.

Parag Khanna is the world's leading geo-strategist and the next generation voice on the future of global affairs. He is currently a senior fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School in Signapore and director of Hybrid Realty, a global advisory firm. His latest books include Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State and Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open & Lunch 
11:45 a.m.- 1:15 p.m. Investment Member Group Luncheon: Office and Industrial Investing in the Austin/Texas Markets
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Moderated by Mike Kennedy, SIOR, the discussion at this panel discussion and luncheon will focus on the Texas investment market. Mike will be joined by three area real estate investors: Michael Stone (The Stone Group), Jeremy Smitheal (Riverside Resources), and Carrington Brown (USAA). They will provide an overview of the Austin market and an outlook for how this market will perform in 2018 and beyond. Additional topics discussed will be: panelists investing criteria, how to buy smart in an expensive market, acquisition and financing strategies, and making the decision to sell.
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. New Member Orientation & Luncheon*
Sponsored by Dermody Properties

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Performance, Oversight, & Monitoring Committee*
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Planning & Program Development Committee*
1:30-2:30 p.m. Education Session: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Effects on the Office Experience

Imagine that it is Sunday, and you need to go into the office. On your cell phone, you use an app to turn on the HVAC system to ready for your arrival. As you arrive in your car, the building cameras detect you via facial recognition. Security is notified and the elevator arrives at the garage lobby. Facial recognition or biometric scanners on the elevator then allow you to access your floor and office suite.

This presentation will break down these technologies, the implementation, and costs. The panel will include a parking operations professional, a security technician, an HVAC systems guru, and a leading office developer.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Education Session: Economic Forecast for Commercial Real Estate Investments

Ted Jones, Chief Economist with Stewart Title, will provide an economic update/forecast for commercial real estate investors and help identify opportunities and risks as they relate to different types of commercial real estate investments in the coming economy.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Education Session: The Digital Transformation of the Industrial Broker

Attend this session and learn all you need to face disruption head on and come out ahead. This is a forum to hear the best from the Industrial Member Group and your SIOR colleagues. We’ll include CRMs, analytics, VR, programming, AI, peer-to-peer and many fun applications. All tools you can use today to make more deals. Most importantly we'll discuss what we can do together to insure the future rests in our own hands.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Education Session: IBG Presents Creating Cultures of Excellence
Sponsored by Kidder Mathews and OneCorp


What are the cultural differences between mediocre teams and winning teams, whether they are in sports or business? In this speech, Darren Woodson (5 time Pro Bowl safety and 3 time NFL Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys) describes what leaders must embrace in order to build a culture of excellence within their teams. Learn how to embrace change, competition, and confrontation within your organization.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors
3:45-4:45 p.m. Education Session: Brokerage 2020

What are the trends and tools that the CRE Tech industry is rolling out to help CRE brokers become more effective and efficient? In this session, you will learn how CRE technology companies are using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, massive searchable databases, analytics, and other technologies to assist the brokerage industry.
3:45-4:45 p.m. Education Session: Investment Property Market

This session will prepare you for today's and tomorrow's investment opportunities. Bring your property brochures and "haves" and "wants" to this always popular, interactive, and fast-paced session.
3:45-4:45 p.m. Education Session: Secrets to Identifying and Winning Highly Profitable Tenant Rep Assignments

Tenant Representation and Corporate Services is a proactive business model that when correctly implemented can result in profitable repeat business from corporate clients ranging from local and regional, to national opportunities. We will be discussing some unique strategies to differentiate yourself from your competition that will allow you to build a profitable portfolio. In today's world of technology, it's easier to find out information about our prospects, but harder to reach them.

Our goal is to assist SIORs in developing a written definition of their ideal client by identifying underlying commonalities in their clients that they are best suited to work with. Next, we will discuss strategies to win clients through unique ideas on how to research, email, mail and call in a world where getting through is tougher than ever. Making contact and focusing on benefits to the client are keys to our success. You will leave with strategies and tactics that you can implement immediately into your business to start winning new clients.
5-6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Crawl & Reception
6:15-7:15 p.m. New Member & Young Professional Reception*
6:15-7:15 p.m.
SIOR President's VIP Reception*
6:15-7:15 p.m. SIOR Women's Happy Hour
7:30-10:30 p.m. Independent Broker Group (IBG) Dinner ($) 
Sponsored by Kidder Mathews and Onecorp


Ticket: $100

The IBG Dinner is open only to independent brokers who are not affiliated with a national/global firm or network.

Join fellow SIOR independent brokers for the SIOR IBG Dinner at Max's Wine Dive, where they are passionate about food and wine. Max's pride's itself on bringing gourmet comfort food made from the highest-quality local ingredients in an exciting and unique atmosphere. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as this event will sell out.

7:30-10:30 p.m. Office Broker Dinner ($)
Sponsored by KDC

Ticket: $100

Join SIOR Office Designees and KDC Real Estate for the always-popular Office Dinner at Bob's Steak and Chop House. 
Friday, April 13, 2018
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration Open
8-9:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open & Breakfast with Exhibitors
8-9 a.m. Legacy Circle Breakfast*
9:30-11 a.m.

Friday General Session featuring Michael Litt
Sponsored by the SIOR Foundation

Speaker: Michael Litt
A self-proclaimed "Opportunistic Investor" and former partner at FrontPoint Partners, LLC (the company in which the movie "The Big Short" was based on), Michael Litt will speak about the collapse of the financial system in 2008, its effects on real estate, and what that means going forward. Fore more information, click here

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Bull 'n' Beer Reception & Exhibitor Raffle
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Optional Event: Behind the Scenes Live Music Tour ($)

12:30-3:30 p.m. Optional Event: Behind the Scenes at Circuit of the Americas ($)
1-5 p.m. Optional Event: Hill Country Sampler ($)
1-5:15 p.m. Optional Event: Austin BBQ & Brew ($)
6-7 p.m. Brokerage Firm & Network Receptions
7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday Night Party: Keep Austin Weird
Sponsored by Panattoni Development Co.

Austin, TX, is one of the funkiest, quirkiest, weirdest cities in the United States so let's celebrate Austin's uniqueness with a Keep Austin Weird party. Join your fellow SIORs at The Fairmont for a closing night party and experience the weirdness of Austin, TX with heavy hors d'oeuvres, full open bar, and lots of entertainment.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
8-9 a.m. Governance Committee*
8-9 a.m. Regional Directors Meeting*
9-9:15 a.m.
Closing General Session: Plated Breakfast and Opening Remarks
9:15-10 a.m. Closing General Session: IAMC White Paper Presentation
10-11 a.m.
Closing General Session: Economic Update & Market Forecast (CE)
Speakers: Mark Dotzour, PhD & Ted Jones, PhD

Join Dr. Mark Dotzour as he provides an economic update and discusses the current state of the economy in his outlook for 2018. Dr. Dotzour will share his views on the commercial real estate market and what the industry can do to take advantage of today's opportunities.

Following his remarks, Dr. Dotzour will be joined on stage by Dr. Ted Jones, Chief Economist at Stuart Title for some discussion and Q&A on the current state of the real estate market and their views of the future.
11 a.m.-12 noon
Closing General Session: Bitcoin 101: An Introduction to Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and the Future of Transactions
Speaker: Brian Forde

The future of finance, government, insurance, media and entertainment, travel, healthcare, education, the sharing economy, and many more sectors will all be impacted by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, yet this technology remains highly misunderstood. In his signature talk on bitcoin, Brian Forde will educate you on how bitcoin works, dispel popular misnomers, and provide real life examples about how it's being used throughout the world. He'll also provide insights on the strengths and waknesses of this technology to prepare leaders for experimenting with bitcoin in their organizations.

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is currently the director of digital currency at the MIT Media Lab.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CE Exams & Formalities (CE)

Nevada licensees must appear and complete an evaluation.

Texas licensees must appear and sign a roster.

If you are from any of these states and you fail to complete the final steps, noted above, you will not be awarded CE credit.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. SIOR Board of Directors Business Meeting

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