Deals, Connections and Trends at CRE.Converge 2017 (

Jonathan Tratt

Jonathan Tratt, Principal of Tratt Properties LLC and 2017 NAIOP Chairman

The latest news and trends in CRE from all sectors of the industry will be at the forefront for attendees of NAIOP’s CRE.Converge 2017 conference in Chicago October 10-12, which also celebrates the association’s 50th anniversary, NAIOP’s 2017 chairman Jonathan Tratt tells We sat down with Tratt, a 30-year veteran of the CRE industry and a NAIOP member since 2001, who is also principal of Tratt Properties LLC in Phoenix, to discuss what’s new and exciting at this year’s fall conference and the value of NAIOP membership. What can attendees expect at CRE.Converge 2017?

Tratt: NAIOP’s fall conference always delivers the latest news and trends in CRE that will resonate with CRE professionals from all sectors of the industry—and this year is no exception. Educational sessions will delve into hot topics including capital markets, the last mile, infill development and more; attendees also have the opportunity to take exclusive project tours of cutting-edge developments in Chicago.

We are pleased to present an outstanding slate of keynote speakers—the best in business, geopolitics and innovation—at CRE.Converge 2017: acclaimed physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku; Jon Gray of Blackstone Group with Dr. Mark Eppli of Marquette University; international affairs specialist Dr. George Friedman of Geopolitical Futures; and former real estate executive Julie Benezet.

We are especially looking forward to a new, special set of sessions this year exploring the latest trends and innovations in CRE technology. Tech experts and CRE practitioners will share best practices and insights into the latest CRE tech—practical information that attendees can take home to their businesses—in either panel format or as short, quick-paced info sessions. Why do you believe this conference is a can’t-miss event?

Tratt: This is the greatest annual opportunity to connect with other power players in commercial real estate. More than 1,500 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference in Chicago. Attendees come from across North America and include developers, brokers, owners, investors, architects and engineers. I always add this conference to my calendar at least a year in advance.

In addition, 40% of conference attendees reported that they made or started a deal on-site, so if you don’t come to CRE.Converge, you run the risk of missing the deal.

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