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FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference Meets High Expectations

The 2017 FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference, held Oct. 19th and 20th at Florida State University met high expectations once again, with a record number of attendees and a “sold out” crowd of nearly 700 that included more than 100 sponsors and program partners from across the country!

The conference opened with a reception, featuring Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden and Seminole greats, William Floyd and Corey Simon. Moderated by Keith Jones, they took part in a question and answer session that provided a nostalgic recap of the Bowden Dynasty.

Friday’s plenary and breakout sessions featured Dan Bass, Fortress Investment Group LLC; Scott Darling, American Realty Advisors; Robert Merck, MetLife, Inc.; Sarah Quinlan, Mastercard; Christine Romans, CNN, and a host of high-level panelists and moderators. The speakers brought to the event a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise necessary to discuss the emerging trends affecting our national, regional, and local market place.

The TRENDS conference speakers received rave reviews.  Robert Hayes of Gilbane Building Company wrote: “I cannot stop talking about the quality of the speakers and the breakout sessions.” The dedication and commitment of our conference committee, sponsors, alumni, and board members, ensures we host a world-class forum that informs, challenges, and inspires year after year.

Attendees included institutional and private equity investors, advisors, lenders, asset managers, corporate users, developers, attorneys, brokers, appraisers and policy makers, and are a major draw to attend the conference on their own merit.

In its effort to “extend the traditional classroom,” the Real Estate Center reserves space for 125 students to attend the conference. The real estate program at FSU is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent programs.

We thank the speakers, sponsors, organizers, attendees and students for another successful year at TRENDS!