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50th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 8-11, 2016 - Harrah's Hotel.

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NAREE's 2016 Spring Conference Held at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel June 8-11

Harrah's New Orleans Hotel is the headquarters of NAREE's 2016 Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference. This posh 26-story hotel was awarded Four-Diamonds by AAA and features 450 "oversized" rooms -- some overlooking the Mississippi River. A self-contained Caesars destination with excellent meeting space, Harrah's is located in front of the lively Warehouse District, across from the Mississippi River boardwalk and a few blocks from the French Quarter. The adjacent casino houses a John Besh restaurant and the Masquerade nightclub as well as myriad other dining and coffee options.
Preview Plans for Real Estate Industry Speakers and NAREE University Speakers 
NAREE's June Conference in New Orleans will celebrate 50 years of successfully blending news making sessions with, trends tours and professional development panels under one roof. 
NAREE President Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News; Vice President Michelle Jarboe, Plain Dealer; Dion Haynes, Washington Post and Past Presidents Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News and Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report have been working on news-making con- tent and professional development ideas. Look for panels on:
• Affordable Housing
• Adaptive Reuse
• International Investors in the US
During NAREE’s spring conference in New Orleans, NAREE will offer a series of journalist-filled panel discussions designed to help manage the workload and promote it. 
NAREE University programming will link journalists with a series of experts and hard-working peers. Editors, newspaper writers, bloggers and Instagrammers, will  leave with new ideas, implements and inspiration.
This year’s sessions include:
Managing – and Benefiting from – Social Media: A look at ways to hone the journalist's online presence. Find out about what works, what doesn’t and how real-life metrics compare to expectations.
Five Online Tools You Can Use, from Data to Documents:
A primer on interesting, and often free, programs that can help  add more oomph to a story. A must-attend for journalists who find themselves playing reporter, photographer, data analyst, graphic artist and search-engine optimization specialist, all in one.
Facebook as a Storytelling Mechanism: A deeper dive into the big gorilla of social-media sites. NAREE university experts will discuss how media organizations are using Facebook, what makes a story “share-able” and why you need to pay attention to the site’s ever- changing features and algorithms.
Enterprise Reporting in a Digital World: A discussion about how to make time for projects, from features that take a few weeks to months-long investigations, and how to position them for success in a click-focused world.
The Anatomy of Award-Winning Stories: A visit with the professionals who produced some of the year’s standout real estate journalism. 

...for printer-friendly 2016 NEW ORLEANS Conference Planner/Agenda (pdf)  FINAL EDITION


NAREE’s 50th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference Planner/Agenda*

Harrah's Hotel, New Orleans June 8-11, 2016

*(Updated 4-20-16; download the above pdf for final and detailed information)

Wednesday • June 8         

8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Registration and Meet the Press Sign-up

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM  Welcome Breakfast 

8:30 AM NAREE University: Facebook Storytelling

9:20 AM The Big Easy: Resilience in a French Quarter Culture

10:15 AM Top 10 Issues Facing Real Estate

10:50 AM Resilient Cities 

11:55 AM NAREE University Lunch: Social Media 

1:15 PM New Design Trends: Creative Office Space

2:15 PM New Generation Homes

3:10 PM Today’s Hotels

4:05 PM Find & Flip: Single-Family Investing

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Opening Reception  

8:00 PM to10:00 PM  - President’s Suite


Thursday • June 9

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast 

8:05 AM NAREE University: Online Tools 

9:00 AM Home Building Outlook

10:00: AM The Adaptive Re-use of Historic Properties

11:00 AM Economic Symposium: Threats to Commercial Realty

11:30 AM Real Estate Topics

12:00 PM NAREE University Lunch: New Media Species

1:05 PM Disruptive Real Estate Issues and Technology

2:10 PM Vacation Homes and Resort Trends

3:05 PM Mixed-Use Development

4:00 PM Realty Hot Spots

5:00 PM to 6 PM Throwback Thursday Reception

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Historic Properties

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM - NAREE President’s Suite 


Friday • June 10

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Breakfast  

8:05 AM NAREE University Breakfast: Enterprise Reporting 

8:55 AM Affordable Shelter

9:55 AM The New Renters

10:30 AM Mid-Year Economic Forecast

12:00 PM to 12:55 PM NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Luncheon

1:10 PM Beyond Green: Net Zero

2:05 PM Mortgages & Millennials

3:00 PM Luxury Real Estate

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM  NAREE’s Meet the Press 

5:15 PM to 6:15 PM NAREE's 87th Anniversary Reception

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  66th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception.  

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Apres Awards President’s Suite


Saturday • June 11

8:30 AM NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review 

9:15 to 9:45 AM General Membership Meeting 

10:00 AM Conference Ends

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NAREE Miami 2015 Conference Agenda - Updated  6/20/2015
Wednesday • June 24           
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM  Green Room. Boardroom. Moderator/speaker ready room.  
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM   Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up. Bayfront Foyer, first floor. 
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM   Cyber Café (NAREE’s Press Room). Sevilla Room, first floor. Computer-charging station with robust coffee. (Post a story, meet media colleagues/industry experts and peruse the press kits.) 
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM   Zen Tea Room. Crandon Room.  A buzz-free space for reporters on tough deadlines. Shhhhh! 
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM  Social Media Lounge, Bayfront Foyer. Stop by for tutorials and tips to supercharge your social media empire. 
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM    Welcome Breakfast. Bayfront Ballroom A and B.   
NAREE President Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman and Mary Doyle-Kimball, NAREE executive director.   
8:45 AM to 9:35 AM    NAREE University: Real Estate Editor/Reporter Exchange, Print & Digital Coverage. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal; Dion Haynes, Washington Post; Ilyce Glink,  ThinkGlink.com and Michael Gerrity, World Property Journal. Moderator: Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News. 
9:40 AM to 10:10 AM    Top 10 Issues Facing Residential and Commercial Real Estate. Bayfront Ballroom A and B.  
Opening Speaker: Noah D. Shlaes, chairman, Counselors of Real Estate.  
Moderator:  Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post. 
10:15 AM to 11:05 AM    Global  Urban Design Trends & Challenges. Bayfront Ballroom A and B.  
Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica; Jose Gelabert-Navia, Perkins + Will  and Marianne Cusato, designer and author. Moderator: Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 
11:10 AM to Noon    Is It Still Smart to Invest in Single Family? Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Allan Weiss, CEO, Weiss Residential Research; Dan Ganguly, CEO, HomeUnion; David Hicks, co-president, HomeVestors and Tom O'Grady, CEO, Pro Teck Valuation Services.   Moderator: Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  
Noon to 1:00 PM    NAREE University + Lunch: Social Media as News Media.  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Teresa Mears, Miami on the Cheap. Moderator: Michelle Jarboe McFee, The Plain Dealer.  
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM    Global Hospitality Update: New Environments and Lighter Footprints. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Mark Woodworth, president, PKF Hospitality Research; Mark Ellert, CEO, Guy Harvey Outpost and George Heaton, president, Heaton Companies. 
Moderator: Robyn Friedman, freelance writer, Wall Street Journal. 
1:55 PM to 2:45 PM    Luxury Real Estate. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Jay Parker, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate-Florida; Katrina Campins, founder, The Campins Co.; Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, Coldwell Banker and Judy Green, president and CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Moderator: Stefanos Chen, Wall Street Journal - Mansion. 
2:50 PM to 3:40 PM    Commercial Finance Update. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Brian Stoffers, global president, CBRE Capital Markets; Russell Frahm, vice president, Mesa West Capital; and Daniel Miller, president, Fundrise. 
Moderator: Paul Rosta, Commercial Property Executive. 
3:45 PM to 4:35 PM    Mortgage Availability for Millennials and Other First-Time Buyers. Ballroom A and B. 
David H. Stevens, CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association; Franklin Codel, executive vice president, Wells Fargo and Jonathan Smoke,  Realtor.comModerator: Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal.
4:40 PM to 5:10 PM   Moving Into a New World of Real Estate. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Ryan O'Hara, CEO, Move Inc. Moderator:  Brenda Richardson, Chicago Tribune
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM    Opening Reception. Bayfront Ballroom Welcome: A. Javier Betancourt, Miami Downtown Development Authority. 
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM   Sky Gallery Reception. One Thousand Museum Sales Gallery (11th Street and Biscayne Boulevard). Join the NAREE group aboard the Metromover traveling north to preview the Perez Art Museum Miami's view of Biscayne Bay on the terrace. Then continue to the reception in the Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum sales gallery across the street. This 60-story luxury condo is the architect's first building in the Western Hemisphere. Opening remarks: Chris Lepine, Zaha Hadid Architects. 
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM    President’s Suite. Tropical Currents.  
Thursday • June 25
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Green Room. Boardroom. Moderator/speaker ready room.  
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up. Bayfront Foyer, first floor. 
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Cyber Café (NAREE’s Press Room). Sevilla Room, first floor. Computer-charging station with robust coffee. (Post a story, meet a media colleague/industry expert, and peruse the press kits.) 
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Zen Tea Room. Crandon Room. A buzz-free space for reporters on tough deadlines. Shhhh! 
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Social Media Lounge, Bayfront Foyer. Stop by for tutorials and tips to supercharge your social media empire. 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM   Breakfast   
8:15 AM to 8:45 AM   NAREE University: Your Social Media Presence. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; and Donna Howell, Investors Business Daily. Moderator: Valerie Kellogg, Newsday. 
8:50 AM to 9:35 AM    Vacation Homes & Resort Development. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Chris Cain, author, “Your ‘Made in the USA ’ Vacation Home"; John Klemish, The Greenbrier Sporting Club; Jon Gray, HomeAway; and Phillip Day, IMI. Moderator: Candy Evans,  CandysDirt.com . 
9:40 AM to 10:10 AM    The Economics of New Home Buying in America. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. Nela Richardson, chief economist, Redfin and Selma Hepp, chief economist, Trulia. Moderator: Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal.
10:15 AM to 11:15 AM    Online Real Estate Forum: Business and Tech Trends. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Errol Samuelson, chief industry development officer, Zillow; David Mele, CEO,  Homes.com; Brandon Ridenour, CTO, HomeAdvisor; Eric Eckardt, vice president,  Owners.com; and Luke Glass,  Realtor.com. Moderator: Donna Howell, Investors Business Daily. 
11:20 AM to 11:50 AM   Challenges in America Cities: Development Insights. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Keynote Speaker:  R. Donahue "Don" Peebles, founder and chairman, The Peebles Corporation. Introduction: Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman. Moderator: J. Scott Trubey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
11:50 AM to 12:55 PM    NAREE University Lunch Lab.  New Media Species: Growing Regional and Global Real Estate Platforms. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. Polyana da Costa, ABUV Media; Jay McKenzie, New Home Source; and Michael Walsh, The Real Reporter.  Moderator: Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report. 
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM    New Dimensions for Master Planning. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Andy Carmody, Crescent Communities; Jackie Doak, Camana Bay; and David Cobb, Metrostudy. Moderator: Elizabeth Razzi, Urban Land magazine. 
1:55 PM to 2:25 PM   Condo Market Intel. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Peter Zalewski, Condo Vultures. Moderator: Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal. 
2:25- 2:40 PM Breaking News Break. 
2:40 PM   NAREE University’s Mobile Lab: The Cranes on the Horizon/Luxury Retail.
Board Miami's Metromover to  loop around to  Brickell City Centre and beyond (south of the hotel). 
Welcome remarks and Q & A with Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties , developer of  Brickell City Centre, an urban mixed-use development of 5.4 million square feet on three city blocks, comprising a hotel, office towers, retail, a wellness center and residential towers on nine acres. 
5:15 PM   The Fine Art of High-Rise Condo Development: A  Keynote Conversation with  Jorge M. Perez, The Related Group.  Penthouse, 444 Brickell Ave. Moderators: Daniel Taub and John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg News. 
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM   NAREE President’s Suite. Latin Infusion. 
Friday • June 26
7:00 AM to 3:00 PM  Green Room. Boardroom. Moderator/speaker ready room.  
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Registration and NAREE’s Meet the Press Sign-up. Bayfront Foyer, first floor. 
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Cyber Café (NAREE’s Press Room). Sevilla Room, first floor. Computer-charging station with robust coffee. (Post a story, meet a media colleague/industry expert, and peruse the press kits.) 
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Zen Tea Room. Crandon Room. A buzz-free space for reporters on tough deadlines. Shhhh! 
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Social Media Lounge, Bayfront Foyer. Stop by for tutorials and tips to supercharge your social media empire. 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM   Breakfast   
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM   NAREE University Awards Day Breakfast +  Tools to Up Your  Digital Game. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Al Lewis, South Florida Business Journal; Kim Miller, Palm Beach Post; and Holden Lewis,  Bankrate.com. Moderator: Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel. 
8:50 AM to 10:00 AM     Mid-Year Economic Forecast. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. Chief economists Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors, existing home sales; David Crowe; National Association of Home Builders, new homes; Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic, mortgage market; Jeffrey Havsy, CBRE Group (Americas), commercial and capital markets; and Stan Humphries, Zillow, rental market. 
Moderator: Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News. 
10:05 AM to 10:55 AM   Boomer Decisions: Aging in Place, Finding Affordable Urban & Senior Communities. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Richard Hutchinson, co-founder, Discovery Senior Living; Joe Weisenburger, VP seniors housing, Health Care REIT and Martha Pelaez, founder, Florida Health Networks. Moderators: Dion Haynes, Washington Post and Matt Valley, Seniors Housing Business. 
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM  Reinventing the Hotel, The Next Chapter. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Keynote Speaker: Ian Schrager, The Ian Schrager Co. Moderator: Lois Weiss, New York Post columnist. 
11:35 AM to 12:05 PM   Capturing Big Data from the MLS.  Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
David Charron, CEO, RealEstate Business Intelligence. Moderator: Ilyce Glink, Think Glink. 
12:05 PM to 1:15 PM   NAREE's Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards and Presidents’ Luncheon. Sevilla Room. 
Awards Address: Brad Inman, founder, Inman News .
1:20 PM to 2:15 PM    Foreign Buyers and Investors. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Teresa King Kinney, CEO, Miami Association of Realtors; Frank Malpica, ERA; Edgardo Defortuna, Fortune International Group and Ronald R. Fieldstone Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Moderator s: John Gittelsohn and Patrick Gower, Bloomberg News.  
2:20 PM to 3:10 PM   Affordable Housing. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac; Rob Chrane, Down Payment Resources and Marietta Rodriguez, NeighborWorks America. Moderator: Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg News. 
3:15 PM to 3:45 PM  Transforming American Skylines: Chinese Developers at the Forefront. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Keynote Speaker: I-Fei Chang, Greenland US Holdings. Moderator: Nadja Brandt, Bloomberg News. 
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM    NAREE’s Meet the Press. Brickell Room. 
Event Chair: Sue Doerfler, Arizona Republic. 
Three-minute, one-on-one meetings with more than 40 of the nation's leading real estate journalists covering residential and commercial real estate, including home design, green building and real estate business and mortgage lending. Journalists: Al Barbarino, Real Estate Capital; Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report; Rich Bockmann, The Real Deal; Andrea Brambila, Inman News; Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Candace Carlisle, Dallas Business Journal; Stefanos Chen, Wall Street Journal - Mansion; Katherine Clarke, New York Daily News; Jeff Collins, Orange County Register; Daniel DiClerico, Consumer Reports; Candy Evans, WFAA-TV,  SecondShelters.com; Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle; June Fletcher, Naples Daily News; Robyn Friedman, freelance, Wall Street Journal; Patricia Garcia, New Home Source; Michael Gerrity, World Property Journal;John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg News; Ilyce Glink, News Talk 750WSB and Think Glink; Ken Harney,  Washington Post Writers Group; Dion Haynes, Washington Post;  Audrey Hoffer, freelance writer, Washington Post; Donna Howell, Investors Business Daily; Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal; Valerie Kellogg, Newsday; Michele Lerner, freelance, Washington Post, and New Home Source; Michelle Jarboe McFee, The Plain Dealer;  Camilla McLaughlin, freelance, Unique Homes; Teresa Mears, Living On The Cheap and freelance, U.S. News & World Report; Nicholas Nehamas, Miami Herald; Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman; Heather Ogilvie, Fair Housing Coach; Elizabeth Razzi, Urban Land; Brenda Richardson, Chicago Tribune; Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Julie Satow, freelance, New York Times; Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel; Lew Sichelman, HousingScene; Anna Spiewak, Commercial Property Executive; Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post; Daniel Taub, Bloomberg; Amber Taufen, Inman News; Matt Valley, Seniors Housing Business-France Media; J. Scott Trubey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Sarah Kleiner  Varble, The Virginian-Pilot; Lois Weiss, New York Post columnist;  Teke Wiggin, Inman News; and others to come. 
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM  NAREE's 86th Anniversary Reception. Bayfront B. Welcome: Louis R. Montello, Regalia Beach Developers. 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM     65th Annual NAREE Journalism Competition Awards Presentation and Reception.  Bayfront A  
NAREE Past President Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times. 
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM  Apres Awards President’s Suite. Miami Beach Preview. 
Saturday • June 27
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM    Cyber Café open. Godfrey Room. 
7:30 AM  First Airport Shuttle heads west to MIA. 
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM   NAREE University Breakfast: Saturday Morning Review. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
Moderator: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register. 
9:15 to 9:45 AM   General Membership Meeting. Bayfront Ballroom A and B. 
NAREE President Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman. 
9:30 AM   Second Airport Shuttle heads west to MIA. 
10:00 AM   All Aboard – Meet in front of main entrance to InterContinental for NAREE’s Saturday Sojourn to Miami Beach. 
First stop:  The Ritz-Carlton Residences, 4701 Meridian Ave. Ophir Sternberg, CEO of Lionheart Capital.   
Second stop:  1 Hotel South Beach (on the ocean at 20th and Collins). Camille Douglas, managing director, LeFrak. 
1:30 PM   Motor Coach  Drop-Off at InterContinental Hotel, with immediate departure to MIA.
2:15 PM  Final Airport Shuttle to MIA completes its stop at the airport.   Conference Ends.


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