General Sessions and Breakouts

Monday, May 12

Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor

Title: Millennial City
Speaker: Dennis Walsh

Description: This keynote is about cities, young people and corporate real estate and how their future is bound up together. In the way that we envision and build and modify and retrofit the cities of the future, together we can unlock the mystery of whether we are, quite literally, going to make it or not.

Dennis observes that our great human migration to urban areas continues, and that city life is especially attractive to the youth of today. Thankfully the vitality and promise of the Millennial Generation and those who will follow is not lost on cities, which compete aggressively to attract them to live and work in metro areas.


Breakout Session #1
Title: Real Estate Jeopardy!
Room 207

Andrea Luburich, Rasmussen College, Sr. Manager of Real Estate Assets and Transactions
Joel Zeid, AJ Gallagher
Stephen Bauer, Cushman & Wakefield, Director of Transaction Management
Ty Simpson, Office Revolutions, Director of Business Development

Description: Play everyone’s favorite game show – with a CoreNet Global twist! Teams made up of Young Leaders in the audience will be divided into three groups represented by a Young Leader panelist. Topics will include Leasing, Workplace Strategy, Sustainability, Technology, and Facilities Management…

Breakout Session #2
Title: Where? Donde? Dove? Wo? Saan? Nali?
Room 208

Jason Hickey, Hickey & Associates, President
Jeff Troan, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Todd Clark, WMS Gaming
Kevin Dollhopf, HanesBrands
Juan Gallardo, Hickey & Associates (Former Colliers LatAm Lead), Principal

Description: Global portfolios are ever-changing. Location Strategies can be a daunting concept for corporate real estate decision makers. This panel will highlight areas of focus, best practices and potential pitfalls when considering international expansion. The panel will incorporate real-time data into the presentation including labor shifts in China, Government Aid in Europe, Impacts of Russian Foreign Policy and LatAm Dangers.

  • Understanding differences between U.S. and international site selection
  • Identifying and utilizing incentives for expansion
  • International training resources and incentives
  • Workforce Analytics - how to compare two different regions
  • Case studies will be included

Breakout Session #3
Title: Mobility Round Table
Room 209

Robyn Kaiser, American Express, Director- Workplace Enablement
End Users from each of the Great Lakes Region Chapters

Description: Workplace mobility is the most significant trend in business strategy that will dramatically impact real estate and workplace design. The trend is supported by the CoRE 2020 research and is either in operation or being explored by nearly every major enterprise in the U.S and around the world. Providing employees the flexibility to work where and when they need has major benefits to the organization.

While this trend is generally accepted throughout the industry, very few companies have fully realized the potential of mobility strategies. Most companies are in the early stages of implementation, and many would like to understand how other companies have achieved success. To that end, I propose moderating a roundtable of 4 panelists representing major corporations that have implemented mobility strategies at varying stages of implementation.

Breakout Session #4
Title: Dude, where's my office?

Room 211

Stephen Sendelbeck, KZF Design, Director Workplace Design Studio
Barbara Moore, MetLife, Director International Real Estate

Description: Demystifying your workplace strategy can be a major tool to align your strategy with your business goals. While many understand the value of creating a workplace strategy to drive your project, the process of creating a meaningful plan is as elusive to many as developing a sustainable strategy was before the development of LEED.

Effective workplace strategies are developed through analysis and dialogue to determine appropriate strategies that align with business goals, but this process requires the active involvement of a comprehensive internal team, the interpretation of a design consultant, and a great deal of effort to generate a meaningful strategy. What if there was a tool to develop an initial workplace strategy rooted in your business drivers that could be generated quickly and become the basis for more focused internal discussions?

This program will review a new tool that has been developed to craft a workplace strategy by answering an on-line questionnaire. The workplace strategies tool has been developed with input from CoreNet members who are senior real estate professionals in Fortune 100 companies in the Ohio/Kentucky region. The tool identifies internal drivers and external forces that are common to most organizations and allows you to prioritize these drivers and forces as they relate to your enterprise. With minimal effort on your part, you can generate a coherent workplace strategy that can be used as the starting point for more informed discussions before you ever begin the design of your new workplace.


Tuesday, May 13

​8:00-9:00am  - End User Breakfast
111 East Pearson - Regents Room, 16th Floor

Title: For Your Eyes Only…

Martin Clarke, Northern Trust, Senior Vice President – Corporate Services Group
Jonathan Bifro, Illinois Tool Works, Strategic Sourcing, Manager, Real Estate & Facilities
Hannah McMinn, Mesirow Financial, Project Manager

Description: Unique opportunity for End Users to engage with each other in a candid and open forum focused on stimulating great idea sharing and relationship development with peers.

Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor

Title: Moore’s Law’s of Real Estate

Speaker: Gunnar Branson, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, CEO

Description: The New Rules for Real Estate - “The three rules of real estate: Location, location, location” is one of the more overused clichés in our industry. And though it is useful to keep in mind, they might not be the only rules to consider right now. Real estate, like every other industry in this post recovery market, is facing tremendous change. New uses of real estate, new demographics, new capital and new technology are forcing real estate professionals to re-examine their assumptions, think through new approaches and find new opportunities.

With all this change, it may make sense to consider a new set of fundamental rules. In a talk that ranges from the impact of Moore’s Law on Office, Multi-Family and Retail, to the importance of “desire lines” when considering the long term risk adjusted return of any asset, Gunnar Branson will discuss three candidates for real estate fundamental rules: Density, Diversity & Shared Ownership.


Breakout Session #1
Title: Preserving History, (A CRE Story)
Room 207

Richard Green, JE Dunn Construction, Business Development
Elizabeth Rosin, Rosin Preservation, LLC, Owner
Robin Martinez, Martinez Madrigal & Machicao LLC, Partner
Christian Arnold, Clockwork, Founding Principal

Description: Vibrant city centers are magnets for young (and young-at-heart) professionals who seek an engaging and dynamic environment in which to work and live. Be they in large cities or small towns, clusters of commercial buildings illustrate the range of ages, sizes, architectural styles and functions that tell the unique story about that specific place. Older commercial buildings appeal to creative users seeking distinctive spaces, and they invigorate community by preserving our shared connections to local history. Historic tax credits have played a key role in extending the economic life of the older commercial buildings by providing a financing mechanism that balances economics with design. Using case studies that showcase a wide range of rehabilitated commercial buildings, this session will explore how historic tax credits work, the differences between state and federal credits, which buildings are eligible to use them, design issues related to historic rehabilitation, and key information for structuring a successful historic tax credit deal. Real world examples will illustrate how commercial businesses are rejuvenating urban city centers through historic building renovations. Participants will engage with these issues during a case study that examines a small/medium-sized business that owns, rehabilitates, and occupies a historic building.

Breakout Session #2
Title: #shoulduposthat – Social Media and CRE
Room 208

Margy Sweeney, Akrete Communications, Principal
Chris Pesek, JLL, Director of Integrated Facility Management
Dusty Duistermars, Qube Global Software
Andy Swindler, Astek Consulting, CEO

Description: Workplace strategy, facility management and even portfolio optimization are being impacted by social media, and innovations in our space are many times formed around these new communication channels. And yet many corporate real estate professionals remain skeptical about learning the basics of engagement.

In this presentation, our panel of experts working with social media and corporate real estate "in the field" will engage the audience in an interactive discussion about the strategic ties between corporate real estate strategy and social media. We will address not only 30,000-foot concepts—but also get into the “nitty gritty” of where CRE’s can start to engage in LinkedIn, Twitter and other channels – and how to begin to use “Apps” and mobile devices to drive business results.

    Breakout Session #3

    Title: Power to the People
    Room 209

    Colin Rohlfing, HOK, Sustainable Leader

    Nick Nosko, Humana, Environmental Sustainability Practice Leader

    Description: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development recently reported that user behavior could help reduce energy consumption by 20-30% in buildings. Organizations that leverage “people” power to reduce their environmental footprint are more aggressively reducing energy, water, material use and waste than they would with green operational or building design strategies alone. This session will highlight employee engagement strategies and case studies that utilized Community Based Social Marketing to bridge the gap between predicted savings and actual savings.

    • Understanding behavioral science and recent research on what REALLY causes people to green their behavior
    • Defining strategies for implementing green strategies across a diverse organization using the principles of Community Based Social Marketing
    • Examining strategies to leverage employees to create a green culture and brand

    Breakout Session #4

    Title: Data Center Efficiencies using Containment
    Room 211

    Jenny Hansen, WG Technologies
    Steven R Bornfield, Chatsworth Products, Senior Data Center Consultant
    Tom Songaila, United Airlines, Director - IT Critical Facilities and Data Center Engineering
    Michael Concialdi, WG Technologies

    Description: Containing a data center’s airflow is the simplest, greenest way to reduce cooling cost and create immediate energy savings sharpening the focus on airflow isolation with the latest innovations in Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) and Hot Aisle Containment (HAC). This program is on a case study of the United Airlines Chicago Data Center implementing HAC and their ROI.
    • Enhancing thermal performance that reduces energy costs and consumption
    • Support for equipment that continues to push the thermal envelope
    • Optimized cooling system efficiency

    Breakout Session #5

    Title: Industrial/Manufacturing Roundtable

    Room 205

    Bill Alexander, Harsco, VP Global Real Estate & FM
    Traci Buckingham, CBRE, Senior VP
    Debby Homic Hoge, General Motors Company, Global Director of Real Estate
    Jack Rosenberg, Colliers International, Principal
    Description: The Great Lakes Region is the heart of America’s industrial and manufacturing section. Join a panel discussion led by Debby Homic Hoge, Global Director of Real Estate – General Motors Company, in an interactive discussion reviewing the current strategies and trends facing today’s industrial/manufacturing user, including logistics, location strategy, and surplus property disposition. During this informative session, learn the perspectives of both users and owners on the latest issues affecting the industrial/manufacturing market.