Event Co-produced by NAIOP Corporate will attract Industry Professionals from Across the U.S.
Event Date: June 14, 2012
JERSEY CITY, N.J., Apr. 17, 2012 – I.Con-The Industrial Conference is slated for June 14-15, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Expected to attract industrial real estate professionals from across the country, the event is produced by NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, and held in partnership with NAIOP New Jersey and SIOR.
“As global markets continue to recover, how will increasing demand for consumer goods affect the logistics supply chain, the demand for industrial development and trends in current and future facilities?” said Thomas Bisacquino, President and CEO of the 15,000-member NAIOP. “These are just a few of the topics to be discussed in-depth at the only national conference for industrial real estate.”
“This will be the second time New Jersey has hosted this prestigious event,” said Michael G. McGuinness, CEO of NAIOP New Jersey, the leading commercial real estate association in the Garden State and, with more than 600 members, the third largest chapter of NAIOP Corporate. “I.con will explore emerging opportunities, trends and technology influencing industrial real estate, and will showcase the New Jersey market for a national audience.”
The event, beginning on Thursday, June 14, will include two tours of the New Jersey market, including a bus tour of the Port of New York and New Jersey, which generates $11.6 billion in personal income and $37.1 billion in business income annually. The DRT Data Center Tour will provide an inside look at the tri-state area’s burgeoning high-security data facility market.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been invited to address I.con, to share his views on the importance of real estate to his state and the nation. Also, a number of industry professionals from the metropolitan region will headline the two-day event’s panels and presentations, beginning with welcoming remarks on June 14 by Janice Stanton of Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group. Bisacquino and current SIOR President Geoff Kreusser will also welcome attendees to the event.
Other metropolitan region speakers will include John DiCola of KTR Capital Partners, who will moderate an opening day panel addressing the topic “The Intersection of Trade and Real Estate.” A subsequent panel titled “Industrial to Data Center—A Hot Trend” will be moderated by Jeffrey Hipschman of CBRE and include William Beck of Credit Suisse, Michael Bucheit of FiberMedia Group and Edward Russo of Russo Development.
The June 15 schedule will kick off with a program titled “Understanding and Navigating State Incentives.” Among panelists will be Jay Biggins of Princeton, N.J.-based Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, a corporate site selection advisory firm. Next, Anne Strauss-Wieder of A. Strauss, Inc. will head a panel addressing the question, “What are the Channel Masters Thinking about the Supply Chain?” Panelists include Michael J. Landsburg of NFI Real Estate and George Harry of Johnson & Johnson Sales & Logistics Company.
Next on the agenda is the topic, “Investment Strategies: Public vs. Private.” Mark G. Levy of Prologis-East Region will moderate a panel that will include Don Chase of KTR Capital Partners and Michael Hagan of Liberty Property Trust. A lunch presentation titled “Art of the Deal – ‘Shark Tank’,” pitting developer/operators vs. institutional equity “sharks,” will feature Rob Kossar of Jones Lang LaSalle and Alexander Taylor of Matrix Development Group.
I.con will conclude on June 15 with a Panama Canal Presentation by Bisacquino and past NAIOP chairman Bob Cutlip, who will share their experiences gained from a recent real estate tour of Panama. The Panama Canal expansion resonates in the New Jersey/New York region in the form of the project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to permit passage into the port by the larger vessels enabled by the canal’s expansion. Raising the Bayonne Bridge has been a key advocacy issue for NAIOP New Jersey and its members.
For more information or to register for I.con—The Industrial Conference, call (800) 666-6780, or visit < a href="http://www.naiop.org/icon12">www.naiop.org/icon12.