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The American Real Estate Society (ARES) is a community of scholars and practitioners working together to create and disseminate knowledge related to real estate, property, and the built environment. ARES organizes an annual meeting with global participation, publishes six journals over a wide variety of real-estate-related subject areas, and formally recognizes contributions of researchers who enhance policy and business decision-making in the field of real estate.
Recognizing that quantification of research output is of greater importance than in the past, ARES leadership has spent the past year focused on moving ARES forward in knowledge transmission. Some examples include (1) an improved journal website, (2) introduction of an automated submission system for many of our journals, and (3) efforts to ensure that our journals are compatible with the newest article tracking and citation monitoring programs. In addition, volunteers in our organization are actively working to enhance the ARES website and our membership database architecture to provide a better user experience.
While all of these changes positively position ARES for the next decade in information dissemination, our organization is in a period of leadership transition and must remain focused and nimble. To that end, I plan to spend my year as President focused on three major areas, recognizing that many interconnected issues:
I recognize this is an ambitious and wide-ranging list, but I think there are synergies in these topics. Nonetheless, we will need your help. Please be prepared to contribute to ARES by (1) completing surveys when you get them, (2) volunteering for committees to examine issues, (3) being willing to step up your involvement to a leadership role in the organization, (4) promoting ARES to your colleagues, and (5) thinking outside the box.
Finally, I hope you will make plans to join us for our 2018 annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. Our Vice President and Program Chair, Dr. Sofia Dermisi at the University of Washington, along with our new Meeting Planners, Bennie and Louise Waller at Longwood University, will be providing you with information on how to submit research papers and participate in our 34th Annual Meeting. Please take advantage of this opportunity. The venue is a true tropical paradise, and the location is accessible for both domestic and international scholars and practitioners.
Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the leadership of this outstanding organization. It is an honor to follow President Hardin, a mentor who first introduced me to ARES, and I look forward to working with you more closely this year as we continue to advance the mission of ARES in 2017-2018. I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and general comments. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael J. Highfield, Ph.D., CFA, CTP
David M. Harrison featured in ARES Newsletter March 2017 on page 7 is a Former ARES President 2015-16. David serves on the ARES Board; he has won 12 ARES manuscript prizes and received the 2007 ARES Kinnard Young Scholar award.Read more about our ARES featured member...
contributed by Chris Manning