Oct 10-12, 2022
Chicago, Illinois


About CRE.Converge

CRE.Converge - Deals. Connections. Trends.

Date: Monday, October 10, 2022 - Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

There's no better opportunity for you to touch base with your peers and seize the opportunities you'll find at our fall conference.

Online registration is closed. If you would still like to register for the conference or a tour or special event, please visit the NAIOP registration desk on site in the Chicago Ballroom foyer – 5th Floor.

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Day 1 Agenda

Sunday, October 9, 2022
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Day 2 Agenda

Monday, October 10, 2022
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Day 3 Agenda

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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Day 4 Agenda

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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Marci Rossell
Expert Economic Forecaster; Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-host of SQUAWK BOX

Marci Rossell is a world-renowned economist and financial expert who speaks candidly on the nexus of economics, politics, culture, and the media. She honed her animated style serving as Chief Economist for CNBC, where she became a household name and a must-watch source of financial news. The former co-host of the well-known “pre-market” morning news and talk show Squawk Box, Rossell takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families, and careers.

Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Rossell served as corporate economist and investment spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. Her success in the private sector led to her economic commentary being revered and ultimately her appointments on nationally syndicated talk shows. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte & Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Rossell began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002.

Keynote presented by Prologis.

Marci Rossell

Mike Steep

Mike Steep
Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities; Former SVP of Global Business Operations, PARC Xerox

Drawing on 30 years of experience driving innovation and leading operations at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Mike Steep shares strategies on how to leverage emerging technology into bottom line business opportunities. Throughout his career, Mike has worked in the presence of industry legends including David Packard, Bill Gates, and Satya Nadella, witnessing first-hand some of the greatest breakthroughs and transformations within organizations and entire industries.

Author of the critically acclaimed book First Light of Day: A Cautionary Tale of Our Future, Steep is the founder and executive director of Stanford’s Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities. In this role, he has built a bridge between Stanford’s disruptive technologies labs and 30 corporate partners – including Amazon, Cushman & Wakefield, Hitachi, and Visa – to create new opportunities for innovation and monetization.

Mike is the former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC, where he worked with CEO’s and R&D executives from companies including BMW, Google, P&G, L’Oreal, and Air Bus to transform technology disruption of their industries into new lines of business. He has had an exceptional career with more than two decades of global operating experience at companies including HP, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and PARC’s world-renowned innovation center. Steep earned his MBA from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Adjunct Professor of Digital Business at Imperial College London and has served on several Smart Cities Boards including the City of London, advising commercial clients on the impact of emerging technology in their industries.

Keynote co-presented by Silver Sponsors.

Keith Ferrazzi
Bestselling Author
Founder and Chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight

Keith Ferrazzi radically transforms teams by offering leaders the inspiration and the road map to catapult their organizations forward, make up for lost time, embrace new realities, and win new frontiers. His newest bestseller, “Competing in the New World of Work,” offers a bold new vision for what the organization of the future looks like – digital, distributed, inclusive, resilient, empathic – and the emerging best leadership practices that will redefine success in the ever-evolving world of work. Based on an ambitious global research initiative involving thousands of executives, innovators, and change-makers who have redefined their strategies, business models, organizational systems, and even their cultures, Ferrazzi documents the workplace innovations that emerged during the pandemic and shows leaders how to shape their organizations and practices to remain competitive in a new, post-pandemic context.

The author of “Who’s Got Your Back,” “Never Eat Alone,” and “Leading Without Authority,” he’s also an entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, and an executive team coach to some of the most prominent organizations in the world. He’s a thought leader and frequent contributor to publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Ferrazzi has been at the forefront of remote team transitions since his published research appeared in Harvard Business Review.

In his speeches, he examines how the pandemic forced us to shed antiquated ways of doing business and make bold leaps into the future of work and reveals the emerging best practices of thousands of C-suite executives on how to remain competitive and impactful in a post-pandemic world. You’ll leave inspired and ready to catapult your organization forward, embrace new realities, and discover new frontiers.

Keynote presented by Newmark.

Keith Ferrazzi

Special Event and Tours

Select from nine different project tours giving you an up-close look at Chicago.

- Explore Historic Pullman Park
- Oracle Industries Innovation Lab
- On the Cutting Edge: Bystronic Experience Center
- A Taste of Innovation at Fulton Market [Sold Out]
- Bringing New Life to the North Side: Lincoln Yards and the Salt Shed [Sold Out]
- Creative Site Acquisition: From Subdivision to Industrial Site
- Redeveloping an Icon: Tribune Tower and the Magnificent Mile
- Large-scale Redevelopments: The Old Post Office and Willis Tower [Sold Out]
- Celebrate Chicago's Iconic Architecture on the Chicago River [Sold Out]

Add these events to your conference registration to make the most of your time at CRE.Converge. We encourage you to register for the project tour of your choice before it reaches capacity!

Special Event and Tours Details


Online registration is closed. If you would still like to register for the conference or a tour or special event, please visit the NAIOP registration desk on site in the Chicago Ballroom foyer – 5th Floor.

Member Type Onsite
Member $1,395
Developing Leader Member $1,095
Nonmember $1,795

Prices listed are in USD.

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DL Social at SPIN Pingpong

Monday, October 10
7-9 p.m.
SPIN Pingpong

Work on your backhand serve and meet other Developing Leaders during an exclusive event on the first night of the conference. You’ll make lasting connections while you enjoy food and drinks that fuel you to pong the night away. Master your topspin and network with your peers as you compete and connect!

Presented by LJB, Inc.

NAIOP Gives Back: U.S. Hunger

U.S. Hunger

Monday, Oct. 10, 4-5 p.m.
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

NAIOP is kicking off CRE.Converge 2022 with a fun, high-energy and hands-on meal packing event. Join your colleagues, friends and new connections as we pack 20,000 meals for people struggling with food insecurity in partnership with U.S. Hunger. Attendees will form teams of 10, work side by side to assemble healthy meals, battle other teams in fun challenges, all in support of the local community.

Are you ready to make a difference? Join us!

Presented by HILCO Redevelopment Partners.

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