I attended a meeting of the Midwest Chapter last week where we heard from CRE Chairman Jim Lee that The Counselors had made significant progress in the implementation of its most recent strategic plan.
First, with some encouragement by CRE staff, Counselors have enthusiastically identified new prospective Counselors whose membership would enhance our organization. Great work, Counselors, and please keep those suggestions coming. This effort will be critical toward achieving our goal of significantly growing the ranks of qualified CREs by the year 2020.
Second, a new web site is under development and a social media framework (e.g., LinkedIn and Twitter) has been established to improve CRE brand awareness and appeal. More than 1/3 of our members have already expressed their preference for an External Affairs Sector. These sectors will identify Counselors of like interest for the creation of on-line communities to share information and ideas. If you have not yet selected a sector, please do so.
Lastly, there are several very timely and exciting meetings this year. The first is the Spring Symposium, sponsored by CRE, RICS and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate on the highly selective Stanford Campus. The program and speakers are exceptional – and include rare opportunities to tour the headquarters of traditionally off-limits Google, LinkedIn, and Adobe, please read more about it in this newsletter, and sign up to attend for the incredible inclusive registration fee of $950 (meals, transportation, etc.). The fall meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., just before the Presidential election, so the timing will be perfect to get the D.C. perspective on U.S. presidential candidates, policies and implications.
The chapter meeting included a presentation of the CRE Top Ten list by Noah Shlaes and Peter Burley, which was brief, yet insightful. If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend one of these presentations, please try to do so, either in person or via webinar. The Top Ten presentation is an exceptional synthesis of Counselor experience, insight and wisdom – definitely worth your while.
The Midwest chapter meeting was a success on all fronts – the room was full, the content was excellent and we had time to catch up with Counselors we might not see regularly. In addition, Counselors invited several prospective members, allowing them to get a good sense of what CRE is all about and for us to get to know them. Thanks to the Midwest Chapter leadership and the speakers for their time and effort. Chapters are another excellent source for Counselor education and camaraderie – please take advantage of them.
Rick Tannenbaum, CRE
2016 Editor in Chief