CRE® Specialty Interest Groups

CRE Specialty Interest Groups are interactive Business Forums providing Counselors invaluable opportunities to regularly collaborate, exchange information, offer perspective, and pose questions to CREs of similar specialty in an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.

Asset and Property Management

An interactive discussion of asset and property management issues. What are we up against?  What are the possibilities and concerns that characterize today's marketplace and how do we address them? 

Viggers, John

John Viggers, CRE
Regional Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield Iowa Commercial Advisors

Rajewski, Robert

Bob Rajewski, CRE
Professor of Practice, Undergraduate Program Director - Temple University/Partner in PGain LLC

Counselors in the Classroom

This Interest Group will actively explore opportunities and initiatives Counselors of Real Estate might pursue to contribute to the academic community in ways that particularly resonate with today's real estate professors and students.

Kinn, William

Bill Kinn, CRE
Partner, Kinn Real Estate LLC

Pelletier, Brett

Brett Pelletier, CRE
Chief Operating Officer, Kirk & Company: Real Estate Counselors


Borrowers are seeking debt restructure. Funds in distressed arenas are actively raising money. Where is future capital going to come from? What is the situation if you're a borrower or lender today and down the road?

Fink, Thomas NEW 2020

Tom Fink, CRE
Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Trepp, LLC  

Curtin, Tom

Tom Curtin, CRE
Managing Director- Real Estate, State Street Global Advisors

Housing and Social Services

Will COVID-19 alter the rebirth of urban living which had been underway? Multifamily housing fundamentals are strong. Will that change? What will be the impact on senior housing? Student housing?

Weinberg, Brad

Brad Weinberg, CRE
Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP

Betancourt, Kim

Kim Betancourt, CRE
Director of Economics and Multifamily Research, Fannie Mae


Counselors play an important role advising on public sector infrastructure projects, designing solutions for complex problems, and often assembling public private partnerships on everything from roads to utilities to structures and more. How are these deals coming together? What is state-of-the-art? How do we overcome the unique challenges of these projects?

Amoils, Judith

Judith Amoils, CRE
President, Thinking Strategy: New Paradigms, Inc.

Crawford, Korin

Korin Crawford, CRE
Executive Vice President, Griffin|Swinerton

Leasing: Tenant Rep and General

CREs create solutions, especially in adverse situations. How are market participants reacting to market disruptions?
Pontiff, Valerie

Valerie Pontiff, CRE
Managing Partner, Mohr Partners

Moore, Martin

Martin Moore, CRE
Senior Vice President, CBRE

Legal and Insurance

So much has happened so quickly in today's convoluted and uncertain world that it is difficult to fully analyze and digest the vast number of issues relating to property rights and individual liberties that surface on a daily basis. Let's Talk.

Phillips, Joanne

Joanne Phillips, Esq., CRE
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Lewis Leslee

Leslee Lewis, JD., CRE
Managing Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC   

Prop Tech and Technology

An ongoing discussion of the foundational role of technology in real estate: transacting deals, making decisions, and operational risk management.
Shircliff, Tom NEW 2020

Tom Shircliff, CRE 
Co-Founder and Principal, Intelligent Buildings, LLC

Louziotis, Demetrios

Demetrios Louziotis, Jr., CRE
Partner, Pavonis Group

SALT: State and Local Taxes

The impact of the global pandemic has impacted many property values but how will that translate into SALT property tax assessments and appeals? Taxing jurisdictions delayed the inevitable in 2020, refusing to recognize and address the impact of the pandemic as it occurred after the majority January 1 lien date. Now, property owners have experienced and documented, the significant impact of the pandemic on real property values. Join us as we explore the fundamentals of property tax, the impact of data and emerging assumptions for 2021 and into the recovery.
Jones, Todd NEW 2018

Todd Jones, CRE
Principal, RealAdvice

Sheehan_Anne Joyner_ NEW 2019

Anne Joyner Sheehan, CRE
Chief Executive Officer, Real Property Tax Advisors


In this unusual time, how do you appraise commercial real estate properties? A new set of assumptions have emerged - and uncertainties abound. What will be the (new) normal now and in the future?

Bouchard, Donald

Don Bouchard, CRE
Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company

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