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Real Estate Journalism Conference - 48th Annual

Houston, Texas, June 11 - 14, 2014

Houston 2014 Registration 


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(There are two Westin hotels at the Galleria; ask for ''Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria.'')
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(note that the available dates start on June 9, 2014, for early arrivals. Conference begins June 11, 2014)
Save the Date for NAREE Awards Day  
Friday, June 13, 2014, Houston
10:00 AM Keynote Speaker
11:45 AM Bruss Book Awards Luncheon 
  2:30 PM  The State of Real Estate Coverage
  3:45 PM NAREE's Meet the Press 
  6:15 PM 64th Annual Journalism Awards Presentation/Reception
Uptown Energy  Houston Conference Planner
TENTATIVE and SUBJECT to CHANGE AS of Thursday, June 5
48th Annual National Association of Real Estate Editors Conference
June 11-14, 2014 Westin Oaks at the Galleria, Houston, Texas 
Wednesday • June 11
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM  Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up - Grand Foyer, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM  Cyber Café - Consulate Room, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
8:30 AM  Welcome Breakfast - Consort Ballroom ll, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
NAREE Conference Chair Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport; NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News and NAREE Board Chair Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal.
8:35 AM - 9:10 AM  Welcome to H-Town - Consort Ballroom II Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle; Lynn Cook, Wall Street Journal and Shelby Hodge, CultureMap. Moderator: Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport.
9:15 AM - 9:55 AM  NAREE University: Radio - Behind the Mic and On the Air - Consort Ballroom II  Andrew Schneider, KUHF Public Radio; Houston Business Journal publisher John Beddow, BusinessMakers Radio Show and Shad Bogany, “Real Estate Corner” KWWJ 1360. Moderator: Brent Clanton, News92 FM.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Opening Speaker: Hugh F. Kelly, Chair, Counselors of Real Estate. Consort Ballroom II 
CRE Reports: Top 10 Issues Facing Residential and Commercial Real Estate.
10:35 AM - 11:25 AM  Vacation Homes 2014
- Consort Ballroom II  Natalie Binder, Telluride Rentals; Ben Jenkins, Land Advisors Resort Solutions and Matey Veissi, Veissi & Associates. Moderator: Laura Elder, Galveston County Daily News.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  NAREE University: Beyond Hashtagging at NAREE’s Tweet Up Lunch - Consort Ballroom II Erica Campbell Byrum, Homes.com; Coy Davidson, Colliers International and David Levitt, Bloomberg News. Moderator: Michelle Jarboe McFee, Plain Dealer.  
12:35 PM - 1:25 PM Shopping Centers Tomorrow: Clicks, Bricks & Sticks - Consort Ballroom II Christopher Volk, STORE Capital; Gerald Crump, Weingarten Realty Investors; Michael Lagazo, Sperry Van Ness and Naveen Jaggi, CBRE. Moderator: Donna Howell, Investor’s Business Daily.
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM  Healthy 21st Century Communities, By Design - Consort Ballroom II Rachel MacCleery, Urban Land Institute and Kinder Baumgardner, SWA Group. Moderator: Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
2:25 PM - 3:15 PM  The Latest in Luxe Housing - Consort Ballroom II  Frank Malpica, ERA; Martha Turner, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty and Nick Segal, Partners Trust. Moderator:  Mike Moffa, Unique Homes.
3:20 PM - 4:10 PM The Multifamily Boom - Consort Ballroom II Martin Fein, Fein Interests; IREM President Joseph Greenblatt, Sunrise Management and Mark Obrinsky, National Multifamily Housing Council. Moderator: Arielle Kass, Atlanta Journal Constitution.
4:15 PM - 4:55 PM  NAREE University: Freelancing Forum: What Editors Want from Freelancers and What Freelancers Want from Editors - Consort Ballroom II  Matt Hudgins, Freelance writer, New York Times and others; Marcie Geffner, California-based freelance writer/editor; Elizabeth Razzi, Editor, Urban Land magazine and Patricia Garcia, Editor, NewHomeSource. Moderator: Mary Umberger, Freelance columnist and writer, Chicago Tribune, NewHomeSource and others.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Opening Reception - Consort Ballroom I, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks Hotel
Introduction: NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News. Remarks: Chaille Ralph, Chair, Houston Association of Realtors. Official Welcome: Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
6:05 PM - 7:30 PM  Uptown/Up-Close Reception at WaterWall Place (One block from Westin)  Overview: John Breeding, Uptown Houston District and Kevin Batchelor, Hines. Introduction: NAREE Conference Chair Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport. Walk back to the hotel with colleagues via the WaterWall sculpture in the park.
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM  President’s Suite - 21st floor, Westin Oaks 
NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News. Enjoy a specialty spirits tasting with light bites while connecting with media colleagues at this lively networking tradition.
Thursday • June 12
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up - Grand Foyer, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Cyber Café - Consulate Room3rd floorWestin Oaks
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Thursday Breakfast - Texas-style Buffet. Grand Foyer
8:05 AM - 8:50 AM  Mining for Data Workshop - Consort Ballroom II 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
Steve Cook, Real Estate Economy Watch; David Crowe, National Association of Home Builders and Luis Torres, Texas A&M Real Estate Center. What data goes into myriad real estate reports bombarding reporters and how to drill down quickly for enterprise stories.
8:55 AM - 9:25 AM  Design Trends – The 21st Century Corporate Campus - Consort Ballroom II Hal B. Sharp, Gensler.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM  The Boom in Home Building  - Consort Ballroom II Brad Hunter, Metrostudy; John Johnson, David Weekley Homes and Will Holder, Trendmaker Homes. Moderator: Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AM  NAREE’s Commercial Real Estate Symposium - Consort Ballroom II, Matt Khourie, CBRE Global Investors; John Sikaitis, JLL - Jones Lang LaSalle; H.T. “Trey” Odom, Avera Cos.; Cassie Stinson, BoyarMiller and Chip Clarke, Transwestern. Moderator: Suzann Silverman, Commercial Property Executive.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Fireside Chat and Q & A  - Consort Ballroom II  Anthony Hsieh, CEO and founder, loanDepot with Moderator: Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News.
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM  NAREE University Lunch: The New Species of American Media - Consort Ballroom II Catie Dixon, Bisnow; Jay McKenzie, NewHomeSource; Clifford Pugh, CultureMap; Michael Walsh, The Real Reporter. Moderator: Matt Strozier, Wall Street Journal.
1:10 PM - 2:10 PM  Forum: The Future of Online Real Estate - Consort Ballroom II Errol Samuelson, Zillow; Bob Hale, Houston Association of Realtors; Eric Koenig, Hubzu. Andy Woolley, Homes.com; Lanny Baker, ZipRealty and Michael Kane from realtor.com. Moderator: Matt Carter, Inman News.
2:20 PM  All Aboard NAREE University’s Mobile Lab. Houston real estate trends tour: Luxury housing in River Oaks, Sustainable LEED Platinum custom home on the edge of The Heights; Downtown Houston highlights and Reception at a 102-year-old tower being transformed into a JW Marriott. Speakers: LaVerne Williams, Environment Associates; Al Ross, Al Ross Luxury Homes; Bill Franks, Pearl Hospitality; Laura Van Ness, Central Houston Inc. and Angie Bertinot, Houston Downtown Management District.
6:30 PM  Shuttles arrive back at Westin Oaks Hotel.
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM  NAREE President’s Suite - 21st floor, Westin Oaks
NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News. Special Guest: Houston Chronicle Assistant Business Editor Ronnie Crocker, author of "Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City."  Enjoy libations and light bites while connecting with media colleagues during this lively networking tradition.
Friday • June 13
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM  Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up - Grand Foyer, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Cyber Café  - Consulate Room 3rd floor, Westin Oaks   
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM  NAREE University Awards Day Breakfast: Covering Luxury Housing - Consort Ballroom II, 3rd floor, Westin Oaks
Candace Evans, Candy’s Dirt; Camilla McLaughlin, Unique Homes and Valerie Kellogg, Newsday. Moderator: Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times.
8:55 AM - 9:55 AM  Mid-Year Economic Forecast - Consort Ballroom II  Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors; Stan Humphries, Zillow; Mark Fleming, CoreLogic and Jed Kolko, Trulia. Moderator: Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Keynote Speaker - Consort Ballroom II  C. Hastings “Hasty” Johnson, Vice Chairman, Hines. Introduction: Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News.
10:35 AM - 11:30 AM  Affordability in an Era of Rising Homes Prices - Consort Ballroom II Tom O’Grady, ProTeck Valuation; Mary Lawler, Avenue CDC and Rob Chrane, Down Payment Resources. Moderator: Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg News.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon - The Roof, 21st floor, Westin Oaks
NAREE Past President Leigh Robinson, author/publisher, "Landlording." 
1:00 PM - 1:25 PM  Real Estate Market Trends - Consort Ballroom II Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President, Auction.com
1:30 PM - 2:25 PM  Investing in Single-Family - Consort Ballroom II Daren Blomquist; RealtyTrac; Jack McCabe, McCabe Research and Consulting; David Hicks, HomeVestors and Dan Ganguly, HomeUnion. Moderator: John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg News.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  NAREE University: The State of Real Estate Coverage - Consort Ballroom II Melissa C. Gillespie, Ocean Home magazine; Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Beth DeCarbo, Wall Street Journal Mansion; Matt Valley, France Media and Stuart Elliott, The Real Deal. Co-ModeratorsDion Haynes, Washington Post and Suzann Silverman, Commercial Property Executive.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM  NAREE’s Meet the Press – Westin Oaks, Consort Ballroom I. 
Chair: Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic. Three-minute one-on one, meetings with 40 of nation's leading real estate journalists covering residential and commercial real estate including home design and green building. Panelists as of May 29th: Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times; Ralph Bivins, RealtyNewsReport; Sam Black, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal; Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News; Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Matt Carter, Inman News; Gina Cervetti, Wall Street Journal This Morning; Jeff Collins, Orange County Register; Candy Evans and Joanna England, Candy's Dirt.com; Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle; June Fletcher, Naples Daily News; Patricia Garcia, NewHomesSource; John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg News; Ken Harney, Washington Post Writers Group and others; Dion Haynes, Washington Post; Carol Hazard, Richmond Times- Dispatch; Donna Howell, Investor's Business Daily; Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal; Arielle KassAtlanta Journal-Constitution; Valerie Kellogg, Newsday; David Levitt, Bloomberg News; Michelle Jarboe McFee, Plain Dealer; Camilla McLaughlin, Unique Homes and others; Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post; Mark Moffa, Unique Homes; Bryan Pope, Texas A&M Real Estate Center; Mike Ratliff, Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive;  Elizabeth Razzi, Urban Land; Jessica Rourk, Zillow blogJosh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Suzann Silverman, Commercial Property Executive; Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News; Mary Umberger, Freelance writer and columnist Chicago Tribune; Matt Valley, France Media; Lois Weiss, New York Post columnist and Teke Wiggin, Inman News. 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  NAREE's 85th Anniversary Reception. Westin Oaks Grand Foyer.  A celebratory toast to the members of the nation's only professional association of writers, editors, columnists, bloggers authors and communicators covering the broad field of real estate. Cocktails and a full array of delectable hors doeuvres and fun surprises. Houston Conference Chair and Past President Ralph Bivins.
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM  64th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception. The Roof, 21st Floor. Presiding leaders: Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News; Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal and Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Apres Awards President’s Suite - 21st Floor Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News. Enjoy libations and light bites while connecting with media colleagues during this lively networking tradition.
Saturday • June 14
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM  Cyber Café Open - Consulate Room
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review - Consort Ballroom II, A roundtable discussion and back stories with award winners of NAREE’s 64th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition. Co-Moderators: NAREE Board Chair Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal and NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News.
9:00 - 9:30 AM  General Membership Meeting - Consort Ballroom II. NAREE President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News.
9:45 AM  All Aboard for NAREE’s Saturday Sojourn
10:30 AM  Ahoy – Board Woodlands Tour Boat. Speaker: Tim Welbes, President, The Woodlands Development Co.
11:45 AM  East Shore Home Tour, The Woodlands
12:30 PM  Box Lunch and Exxon Mobil Campus Windshield Tour – The Nation’s Largest Construction Project
1:30 PM  Arrive at IAH Airport
2:00 PM  Arrive at Westin Oaks and Conference Concludes

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