Date: 11//2013

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SIOR Holds Fall World Conference in Chicago, Installs New Officers

November 2013—WASHINGTON, DC— The Society of Industrial and Office REALTORs® (SIOR) recently held its 2013 Fall World Conference in Chicago, IL. More than 850 industry professionals were in attendance, representing 15 countries.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in excellent educational sessions covering a range of commercial real estate topics. Keynote speakers included: Governor Tom Ridge, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and the First Secretary of Homeland Security; Prologis speaker and bestselling author, Sally Hogshead; and renowned real estate economist, Dr. Ted Jones, Chief Economist at Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Included in the conference events were stand out networking opportunities: the Panattoni Party, the CenterPoint After Hours Party, and the DCT Industrial Bull 'n' Beer Reception and Exhibitor Raffle.

Shortly before the conference, Mike Hillis, SIOR, CCIM, Las Vegas, NV, assumed office as 2013-2014 SIOR President, and Angela West, SIOR, MCR, Tulsa, OK, became President-Elect, and will assume the presidency in late 2014. Allen Gump, SIOR, Dallas, TX, took office as SIOR's Vice President.

The following Regional Directors were also inducted into SIOR’s Board of Directors: Canada Regional Director – Kevin Beaudry, SIOR, Mississauga, ON; Great Lakes Regional Director – Bryan Poynter, SIOR, CCIM, Indianapolis, IN; Northeast Regional Director – Tom Farrelly, SIOR, Manchester, NH; South Regional Director – Mark Byers, SIOR, Birmingham, AL; and as West Regional Director – Robert Thornburgh, SIOR, CCIM, CPM, Los Angeles, CA. In addition, Nim Frazer, SIOR, Montgomery, AL, will begin serving a two-year term as Membership Council Director.

SIOR World Conferences are held every fall and spring, and have long been considered the most important events of the year among industry leaders. These conferences are designed to help attendees build strong relationships with other SIOR, industry colleagues, and exhibitors, while enhancing their knowledge of the latest trends.

-About SIOR-

 SIOR is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation, based on achievement, knowledge, accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for SIOR. Today, there are more than 3,000 members in 630 cities in 34 countries. For more information, visit

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS (SIOR, is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation. Individuals who earn their SIOR designation adhere to the highest levels of accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for the SIOR designation. Today, there are more than 3,000 SIOR members in 630 cities in 34 countries.

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