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CRE.Insights: Industrial Supply Chain 2019

CRE Insights: Industrial Supply Chain

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Where: Miami, Florida

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Ports operate as key gateways in the first mile of the industrial supply chain. Moving goods from the first mile to a consumer’s doorstep is an enormous task that includes transportation, warehousing and other distribution activities. Take a deep dive into the changing logistics chain in this special one-day conference at PortMiami. Examine cutting-edge approaches to port development, temperature-controlled storage and urban industrial with forward-thinking industrial leaders.


This conference has been approved for two CES Learning Units by the American Institute of Architects. In order to receive credit, please sign in at the Registration desk to log your attendance.

Event Details


Tuesday, February 19

Registration Open

Time: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Preferred Freezer Tour

Time: 7:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Stay cool on this bus tour of one of the most interesting cold storage facilities that Miami has to offer. Attendees will visit Preferred Freezer Services in Medley, Florida. Learn about the various tenant requirements for manufacturing, packaging, storage and final delivery, and leave with an understanding of the complexity of refrigerated storage facilities to better inform your investment and business decisions.

There is no additional cost for this tour, however registration for the tour is required. Limited to 50 participants. Select the tour when you complete registration or follow this step-by-step video tutorial to add a tour to your existing registration.

Tour: Industrial Railway

Time: 9:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Lunch included

Come away from this railway tour with a strong overview of Miami’s industrial market and a deeper understanding of why South Florida is a cold chain leader; CBRE estimates that the South Florida market comprises an estimated 13 million to 15 million square feet of cold storage space. Travel by historic rail car from PortMiami through Downtown Miami, passing the new Miami Central Station. You will pass the Wynwood district in Miami’s urban core, once an industrial area and now a thriving creative community. Next, the tour will continue by the primarily industrial neighborhood of Allapattah, home to Miami’s largest open-air food distribution center. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway yard, which features liquid natural gas operations at its facility, adjoins the South Florida Logistics Center, and is located next to Miami International Airport.

There is no additional cost for this tour, however registration for the tour is required. Limited to 20 participants. Note that this tour timing overlaps with the other tours. Select the tour when you complete registration or follow this step-by-step video tutorial to add a tour to your existing registration.

PortMiami and Miami River Tour and Lunch

Time: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Experience the bustling mixed-use commercial real estate surrounding the Miami River, featuring international shipping terminals, rail lines and the Miami International Airport. View PortMiami from the water as a port representative shares information about current port operations and what’s coming next for this global gateway to Latin America, Europe and beyond. Florida has designated this river a “Strategic Intermodal System” eligible for significant funding to implement the recommendations in the Florida Department of Transportation’s recently completed Miami River Freight Improvement Plan. Enjoy lunch on the boat while you make new connections with other conference attendees.

There is no additional cost for this tour, however registration for the tour is required. Limited to 140 participants. Select the tour when you complete registration or follow this step-by-step video tutorial to add a tour to your existing registration.

Welcome Remarks

Time: 2:50 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO, NAIOP
Michael Finney, President and CEO, The Miami-Dade Beacon Council

First Mile: Development In and Around PortMiami

Time: 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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Millions of square feet are under development in South Florida and the region is poised to boom over the next 10 years. However, land and construction costs remain high and finding viable sites for development is becoming difficult. Our panel of experts will examine market conditions and site selection in and around PortMiami, from an influx of food- and produce-related tenants necessitating specific temperature-control requirements to the dramatic growth in size of big-box warehouses. Gain insights into the challenges, risks and tenant needs driving development and what’s coming next for development along Miami’s first mile.

PJ Charlton, Senior Vice President, Investments, CenterPoint Properties

Jason Bennett, Managing Director, Customer Led Development, Prologis
Eric Olafson, Director, Global Trade & Business Development, PortMiami
Ernesto Rodriguez, Chief, Aviation Marketing & Air Service Development, Marketing Division, Miami International Airport
Chris Sutton, SIOR, President, Flager Global Logistics

Challenges of Developing Temperature-controlled Environments

Time: 3:55 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

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The increasing popularity of e-grocery delivery and services like Hello Fresh are changing demand for food fulfillment in urban areas. Temperature-controlled environments require specific design specifications and advanced technology to keep fresh food moving efficiently along the supply chain. Learn about how to capitalize on new opportunities in temperature-controlled environments from our experts.

Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB, Partner, KSS Architects
Todd Klumok, EVP, Business Development & Planning, Preferred Freezer Services

Designing and Developing Urban Industrial

Time: 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Multistory industrial is taking off in land-constrained urban areas from Seattle to New York City as retailers keep up with the dramatic growth of e-commerce and the challenges of last-mile delivery. Examine the unique design elements and infrastructure requirements of multistory urban warehouses and distribution centers. Find out what obstacles could stand in the way of getting permits for urban locations and discover the varied uses and tenant demands within multistory industrial.

Michael Bennett, Principal, Ware Malcomb
Kathy Craft-Reich, Principal, NELSON formerly Craft Architects

Networking Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Jason Bennett

Michael Bennett, LEED AP

PJ Charlton

Kathy Craft-Reich

Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB

Todd Klumok

Eric Olafson

Ernesto Rodriguez

Chris Sutton




Advance registration is now closed. Registration will be available onsite on Tuesday.

Registration Fees

Fee Type Standard USD Standard CAD
Member $295 $388
Nonmember $395 $520


All registrations processed online receive an automatic order confirmation and receipt. If you register via fax, mail, or phone, a receipt must be requested by contacting

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations received after January 28, 2019, will be charged a fee of $75 per attendee. You may send a substitute in your place without a penalty. Nonmembers substituting for a member will pay the fee difference. Cancellations received after February 11, 2019, will forfeit the registration fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Special events (tours) are nonrefundable. Cancellation notices should be sent to or faxed to 703-904-7003.



Venue and Travel

Venue and Travel

Event Venue

PortMiami – Terminal D
1435 N. Cruise Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

PortMiami Map 

Getting to PortMiami

PortMiami is easily accessible by car or taxi. Once on-port, follow signs to Terminal D.


Parking is available at Garage D, located across the street from the Terminal D entrance. Parking for conference attendees will be complimentary.

Public Transit by Trolley

The City of Miami's Coral Way Route stops at the Port every 15 to 20 minutes Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Miami Trolley stop signs are easily identifiable by the round palm tree logo. Please make a note of the destinations at each stop:

  • PortMiami North stop: Terminal B, Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E, Terminal F, Terminal G, Terminal H, Port Miami Administrative Building, Port Miami Garage
  • For real-time travel information, please visit the Miami Trolley website.


  • Miami International Airport (MIA) is located 9 miles from PortMiami by car.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located 30 miles from PortMiami by car.

Nearby Hotels

While there is no official hotel block, several hotels are located in close proximity to PortMiami, the site of the conference.

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

Kimpton EPIC
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
Reservations: 866-760-3742
Hotel: 305-424-5226

Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131-2197

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132

Local Partners

Local Partners

Miami River Commission


Miami River Commission

Miami-Dade Beacon Council



Miami-Dade Beacon Council


NAIOP South Florida


NAIOP South Florida