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O.CON '15: The Office Conference

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Where: Houston, Texas

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Wednesday, June 24

Project Tour: The Old Nabisco Factory

Time: 8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Discover this vivid redevelopment of an 80,000 square foot former Nabisco Factory. Built in 1947 and adapted to office space in 2007, it now houses primarily auxiliary healthcare services for hospitals. Learn about the transformation from historic factory to modern office space, which features were preserved or changed, and lessons learned in the conversion process for the building. Meet in the main lobby of the hotel. Bus boards at 8:15 a.m., departs at 8:30 a.m., and returns at 11:45 a.m.

Ticketed event; $50 fee. Limited to 50 people. Visit the registration desk for tickets and availability.

Project Tour: Energy Center Three, Four and Five

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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Experience the vitality, contemporary design and functionality of a modern office while touring the 1.6 million square foot multi-phase Class AA office campus in Houston’s bustling energy corridor. Energy Center Three, Four and Five feature high-performance glass curtain walls and metal panels, energy-efficient elements to meet LEED Gold certification and maximum space planning flexibility. Get insight into the accommodations made for in-demand amenities such as double height lobbies, fitness centers, conference centers, dining facilities and outdoor green space. Meet in the main lobby of the hotel. Bus boards at 8:45 a.m., departs at 9 a.m., and returns at 11:45 a.m.

Ticketed event; $50 fee. Limited to 40 people. Visit the registration desk for tickets and availability.
Closed-toe shoes are required for this tour.

Project Tour: The Historic Texaco Building

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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Find out how adaptive reuse/conversion turned the historic Texaco Office Building into a modern luxury multifamily development. As you tour the building, examine historic facades, the building’s light rail and tunnel connections, building additions, and infill spaces for future retail. The conversation will range from a discussion of basement usage in old buildings to reusing the existing historic fabric to the financial incentives offered by the city. Meet in the main lobby of the hotel. Bus boards at 8:45 a.m., departs at 9 a.m., and returns at 11:45 a.m.

Ticketed event: $50 fee. Limited to 30 people. Visit the registration desk for tickets and availability.

Opening Luncheon and Welcome Remarks

Time: noon - 1:45 p.m.

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Welcome Remarks:

  • Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO, NAIOP
  • Steve Martin, NAIOP Chairman and Managing Principal, SDM Partners

Capital Markets Outlook: A Global Perspective

Explore the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2015. Capital users and providers from across the globe will engage in a provocative conversation about where the money is coming from and how it is being used. What do industry leaders say about the outlook for U.S. real estate property sectors, metro areas, finance and capital markets, and other real estate issues?


  • Marc David Renard, Vice Chairman and Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield


  • Sean Bannon, Managing Director-Head of U.S. Real Estate, Zurich Alternative Asset Management, LLC
  • Collete English Dixon, Principal, Transactions, Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • T. Gregory Kraus, Managing Director, Director of North American Acquisitions, Invesco Real Estate
  • Al Pontius, National Director, Commercial Property Groups, Marcus & Millichap
Networking Break

Time: 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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Expand your professional network with other industry professionals from across North America.

Before and After: Transforming Existing Buildings for Office Use and Office Buildings for Creative Uses

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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Delve into the challenges and rewards of both reinventing old, obsolete office buildings for alternative uses as well as repurposing abandoned factories and warehouses for use as modern, innovative offices. Hear from a group of developers with national experience in both realms of adaptive reuse.


  • Michael Wyatt, Managing Director, CORE Real Estate, LLC


  • William Katter, Executive Vice President, United Properties
Taking the Leap into Spec Office Development

Time: 3:05 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

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When is the ideal time to start a spec office building? Are there lessons to be learned from those who have experienced the transition between pre-lease and spec development? Each market is different and we have markets where spec development is well underway as well as markets where spec office development is just now being considered. Learn from those who have faced these challenges and created new opportunities.


  • Carleton Riser, President, TW Development Company, Transwestern Development Company


  • Gregory P. Fuller, Chief Operating Officer, Granite Properties, Inc.
  • Dirk P.D. Mosis III, Executive Managing Director, USAA Real Estate Company
  • Adam Saphier, President, Central Operations and Capital Markets, Trammell Crow Company
Networking Break

Time: 4:05 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Strengthen business connections and make new partnerships.

High-Tech Tools and Systems Revolutionizing Office Real Estate

Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

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Technology has impacted the office real estate sector in unprecedented ways. Innovations in operations, leasing and marketing have changed how landlords, brokers and tenants do business. A panel of the leading technology companies will present their products and how they are shaking up the industry. Stay ahead of these changes and be part of the innovation.


  • Joe Powers, Founding Partner/Managing Principal, Powers Brown Architecture


  • Bill "Shoes" DelGrego, Executive Director, ExteNet Systems, Inc.
  • David Eisenberg, Founder and CEO, Floored
  • Alex Newmann, Vice President of Sales, PivotDesk
  • Shannon Smith, CEO, Abundant Power
  • Brandon Weber, CEO and Founder, Hightower

Time: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

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Mix and mingle with O.CON attendees immediately after the close of the last session.

A Night Out in Houston

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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NAIOP Houston and Stream are hosting an amazing reception on the tenth floor of the new BBVA Compass Plaza building. Enjoy cocktails and lite fare as you take in 360 degree views of most of Houston's major business districts and nearby landmarks. The event is complimentary for all registered attendees and spouses. Shuttle services to and from the event hotel will be available throughout the evening. Thanks to NAIOP Houston and Stream for hosting this event!

Thursday, June 25

Continental Breakfast

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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Journey to the Center of America: Office Markets Beyond the Core

Time: 8 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

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Real estate players sometimes forget that there is a world beyond New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It can be difficult and expensive to stay connected with the many secondary American markets with unique stories to tell. But you won’t need to buy a plane ticket – our panelists will take you on a tour beyond the tier-one markets to discover what unique developments are underway, what industries are driving office demand and which investors are taking the plunge beyond the core. This interactive session will encourage audience participation through interactive polling, live quiz questions and more.


  • James Douglas Cook, National Director of Analytics, Xceligent, Inc.


  • Ernest Brown, Properties Group – Managing Director, Kennedy Wilson
  • Scott Madsen, SIOR, Principal, Capacity Commercial Group
  • Ned Purtell, SIOR, Partner, RFP Commercial
How are Corporate Users Changing Office Space Utilization?

Time: 9 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

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Hear from a multi-disciplined panel of experts on how use of office space by large corporate users continues to evolve. Which strategies have worked – or not? How have younger workforce demographics changed their thinking? How do these strategies change how corporate users evaluate alternative spaces? What must a developer or owner of office buildings consider in terms of parking requirements, HVAC utilization, power requirements and bathrooms? Our panel will include representatives from major corporate user real estate departments, interior design and corporate user representation.


  • Rick Collins, President/SouthWest, Ryan Companies US, Inc.


  • Emily Allen, Director/Licensed Interior Designer, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
  • Restor Johnson, Vice President-Real Estate Services, UnitedHealth Group
  • Mark O'Donnell, Executive Vice President and Co-Brand Manager, Savills Studley
Networking Break

Time: 9:55 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Trends and Opportunities in Alternative Property Classes: MOB, Life Science, and Data Centers

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

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Creative tech office is not the only game in town when it comes to opportunity in this real estate cycle. Evolving technology, shifting user requirements and increasing demand for healthcare services present new challenges and opportunities within the world of medical office buildings, life science and data center space. Typically considered "niche" or specialty real estate, more and more these asset classes are making their way into the mainstream and attracting broad based investor demand. In this session, we will hear from leaders within each of these sectors about the latest trends affecting tenant demand as well as investment and development opportunity.


  • Eli Gilbert, Vice President of Research, JLL


  • Clete Casper, Director of Real Estate, Sabey Corporation
  • Davis Griffin, Principal, Trammell Crow Company
The Best Office Market in America

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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What city has the Best Office Market in America? A distinguished panel of Commercial Office Property professionals will debate why their city is on top. Hear these respected Landlord Agency Representatives discuss important topics such as:

  • current new developments underway
  • current occupancy rates and rent growth
  • why new development makes sense right now
  • construction cost trends
  • tightening labor forces and many others.

San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, New York City and Boston have been selected as some of the hottest markets in the country and this lively session is sure to ignite great discussions on why each one is leading all others in the expansion of Class A office product. Be sure to attend this session to find out which city truly has the Best Office Market in America!


  • Michael Scheurich, President and CEO, Arch-Con Corporation


  • Meade Boutwell, Senior Vice President, CBRE
  • Chip Colvill, President and CEO, Colvill Office Properties
  • Dave Magee, Senior Director, Managing Broker | Washington Region, Commerce Real Estate Solutions



Emily Allen

Sean Bannon

Thomas J. Bisacquino

Mitch Bonanno

Meade Boutwell

Ernest Brown, IV

Rick Collins

Chip Colvill

James Cook

Bill “Shoes” DelGrego

Collete English Dixon

David Eisenberg

Greg Fuller

Eli Gilbert

Davis Griffin

Mark Hansen

Restor Johnson

William Katter

T. Gregory Kraus

Scott Madsen

Dave Magee

Steven D. Martin

Dirk Mosis III

Alex Newmann

Mark O'Donnell

Alan Pontius

Joe Powers, AIA

Ned Purtell

Marc Renard

Carleton Riser

John Sabey

Adam Saphier

Michael Scheurich

Shannon Smith

Brandon Weber

Michael Wyatt



JW Marriott Houston Galleria
5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

Setting the standard for exceptional accommodations and amenities, the JW Marriott Houston is just steps from one of the most famous shopping districts in the world, and only minutes from attractions such as Minute Maid Park. Enjoy the convenience of a Houston Galleria hotel within easy walking distance to more than 200 exclusive stores, fine-dining, and entertainment.

The JW Marriott Houston is offering a special rate of $189 single/double, exclusive of taxes. The discounted rate will be offered until Tuesday, June 2, 2015, or until the room block has been filled, whichever occurs first.

  • To book a room at the JW Marriott Houston, call 888-236-2427 or call the hotel directly at 713-961-15000.
  • Ask for the NAIOP rate of $189. The rate will be extended for three days before and after the blocked dates, subject to availability (June 19-28, 2015).
  • A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. All deposits for individual room reservations are fully refundable if a room is cancelled three working days prior to arrival date and a cancellation number is obtained. Personal checks, money orders, or a valid credit card number and expiration date will be needed for the deposit. Name changes to room reservations may be made up to one (1) day prior to arrival at no charge.

Transportation Services
There are two airports that serve Houston. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William Hobby Airport (HOU). The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport – IAH
Distance from hotel: 27 miles
SuperShuttle fee: $25 USD (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: $65 USD (one way)

William P Hobby Airport – HOU

Distance from hotel: 16 miles
SuperShuttle fee: $25 USD (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: $55 USD (one way)


  • On-site parking: $8.66 USD hourly; $20 USD daily
  • Valet parking: $30 USD daily
  • Off-site parking: $8.66 USD hourly; $20 USD daily
  • Daytime valet parking for non-overnight guests: $18 USD

Weather and What to Pack
Average June temperatures in Houston range from an average high of 90 degrees to a low of 74 degrees.

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations of full conference registrants received after May 25, 2015, will be charged a fee of $100 per attendee. You may send a substitute in your place without a penalty. Non-members substituting for a member will pay the fee difference. Cancellations received after June 15, 2015, will forfeit the registration fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Special events (tours) are non-refundable. Cancellation/substitution notices should be faxed to the NAIOP Education Department at (703) 904-7003.


Advanced registration for O.CON ’15 is closed. Join us and register onsite at the JW Marriott Houston.


Premier | $12,000
Exclusive sponsorship of one of the following:

  • Conference WiFi access
  • Badge Lanyards
  • Badge Sponsorship
  • Conference Bags
  • Hotel Keycards

In addition, you’ll receive:

  • Six conference registrations
  • Co-Sponsorship of Networking Cocktail Reception. Includes special signage with logo recognition
  • Top billing on signage throughout conference, including in education sessions
  • Opportunity to introduce one session
  • Full page color advertisement in the printed conference agenda with preferred placement
  • Logo and company description in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo and company description on the conference website
  • Company logo on notepads used at all sessions
  • Tabletop exhibit in premium location

Platinum | $10,000

  • Four conference registrations
  • Co-Sponsorship of Networking Cocktail Reception.
  • Includes special signage with logo recognition
  • Full page color advertisement in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo recognition on signage throughout conference, including in education sessions
  • Logo and company description in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo and company description on the conference website
  • Company logo on notepads used at all sessions
  • Tabletop exhibit in premium location

Gold | $5,000

  • Three conference registrations
  • Signage throughout conference, including in education sessions
  • Logo and company description in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo and company description on the conference website
  • Company logo on notepads used at all sessions
  • Tabletop exhibit

Silver | $4,000

  • Two conference registrations
  • Logo recognition on signage in conference common areas only
  • Logo in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo and company description on conference website
  • Tabletop exhibit

Supporting Sponsorship | $1,995

  • Two conference registrations
  • Limited logo recognition on signage and in the printed conference agenda
  • Logo and company description on conference website
  • Opportunity to place a brochure on a shared materials table (one per sponsor)

For more information, contact Christopher Ware at or call 703-904-7100.


Special thanks to the O.CON '15 Planning Committee.

Al Pontius, Committee Chairman
Senior Vice President / Managing Director
Marcus & Millichap
San Francisco, California
NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area

Rick Collins
President, SouthWest
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona
NAIOP Arizona

James Cook
National Director of Analytics
Xceligent, Inc.
Independence, Missouri
NAIOP Indiana

Lori Hill
Seattle, Washington
NAIOP Washington State

Bill Lawrence
Senior Vice President, Development
Denver, Colorado
NAIOP Colorado

Dirk Mosis III
Executive Managing Director
USAA Real Estate Company
San Antonio, Texas
NAIOP Houston

Joe Powers
Powers Brown Architecture
Houston, Texas
NAIOP Houston

Marc Renard
Executive Director
Cushman & Wakefield
Los Angeles, California

Michael Scheurich
Arch-Con Corporation
Houston, Texas
NAIOP Houston

Sara Shank
Senior Vice President
Beacon Capital Partners
Boston, Massachusetts
NAIOP Massachusetts

Rusty Tamlyn
Senior Managing Director
Houston, Texas
NAIOP Houston

Aaron Thielhorn
Trammell Crow Company
Houston, Texas
NAIOP Houston