News NAIOP Conference To Focus on Relationships, Education

Why the Commercial Real Estate Conference 2015 is a can't-miss event.

September 01, 2015

Steve Martin

Steve Martin, 2015 NAIOP Chairman

NAIOP’s upcoming Commercial Real Estate Conference will give attendees a medium to create relationships, meet new people and learn something new, chairman Steve Martin, managing principal of SDM Partners in Atlanta, tells

As the organization gears up for the conference in Toronto on October 13-15, spoke exclusively with Martin about the event.

The interview, in part, reads: Why was Toronto chosen for this event, and why is it interesting to hold the conference there?

Martin: [...] Toronto is a wonderful city. It’s the fifth-largest city in North America. We will have several project tours for urban-type developments that attendees can attend, where they will be able to ask questions and get ideas to take back to their respective markets. Real estate is a very tangible thing—you can see it. I’ve spent the year going all over the place and meeting people, which I like doing—it’s an amazing experience for me. What else should our readers know about this conference?

Martin: I tell people my business is about people and relationships. All of our conferences give people a medium to create relationships, meet new people and learn something new. In today’s time of email and texting, which can be a crude way of communicating, it’s important to build face-to-face relationships, and at these conferences you can do that.

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