2016 National/Alabama Commercial Real Estate Outlook & CRE Emerging Trends and Predictions
President & CEO
Christopher Lee brings with him over 30 years of experience within the real estate industry. Mr. Lee's background, which includes diversified experience in real estate development, land-use economics, strategic planning, investment analysis, workouts, mergers/acquisitions, compensation, finance, and performance benchmarking, enables him to contribute an interdisciplinary approach to the overall process of analyzing trends within the commercial real estate industry and guiding real estate organizations and project teams. Mr. Lee is a frequent contributor to national journals and a keynote speaker at conferences. He authored a 2012 book entitled Transformational Leadership in the New Age of Real Estate, as well as From Good to Great to Best-in-Class, A Real Estate Leaders's Guide to Optimal Performance.
Vice President, EDPA
"Enhancing Alabama's Attractiveness to the Tech Industry"
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is at the forefront for developing a non-manufacturing strategy to further diversify the state's economy. The growth and investment in automotive, aerospace and other industries are critical to Alabama, but the assets within those industries and throughout the state present other opportunities. One of those opportunities in Information Technology, specifically focused on software publishers and computer systems design.
Introducing the new "WELL" High-Performance Building Standard
WELL AP, LEED Project Reviewer, Certifications Department Manager, The Epsten Group
The WELL Building Standard® is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. WELL is third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which administers LEED certification and LEED professional credentialing.
Uncle Sam as a Business Partner
David C. Skinner, LLC
David Skinner, Alabama’s best-in-class commercial real estate instructor, will facilitate the afternoon session covering areas of finance, accounting, marketing and law that permeate today’s commercial real estate environment. Mr. Skinner received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his J.D. summa cum laude from The University of Alabama School of Law where he was in the top 1% of his class, was Order of the Coif and published in, and a member of, the Alabama Law Review. Mr. Skinner practices law full time, serves as a mediator, special master and expert witness in real property matters. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America ®, Super Lawyers in Alabama and Top Lawyers in Birmingham; his firm is one of only six Birmingham law firms listed in Best Law Firms® as a “Tier 1" real estate litigation law firm. He has authored numerous articles, pamphlets and books including Gambling with Remedies: Rent Acceleration in Alabama, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 275 (1993); Alabama Residential, Commercial & Mineral Lease Law, (Michie, 1997; Supp. Lexis Law Pub. 1998 & 1999). Mr. Skinner is the Lecturer of Real Property Law at the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) where he was an inaugural member of the Center’s Leadership Council and now serves as a Senior Member. Mr. Skinner has years of service on the Alabama Law Institute’s Real Estate Study Committee.
Building Your Brand – Becoming a Person of Influence
Debbie Phillips, Ph.D., CPM®
In today’s hyper competitive market, the most distinguishable asset is your personal brand. Companies are known more by the talent within the organization than a specific type of property or service that is provided by that company. This informative session will offer strategies for increasing market share, penetrating a target audience and enhancing your personal brand. Using your signature strengths and staying in your “genius zone” will accelerate your revenue, build your profitability and help you avoid the “brain drain” that can be costly in both tangible and intangible ways. Debbie will share a proven framework along with solutions that have created world-class organizations and allowed individuals to develop their “sweet-spot” that pays huge dividends both personally and professionally.
Dr. Phillips completed her Ph.D. from Georgia Techand holds a M.S. degree in Housing & Consumer Economics, with an emphasis in Seniors Housing and a B.S. degree in Consumer Journalism, both from the University of Georgia.