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|2014 Annual Meeting Highlights|
David M. Harrison 2014 ARES Program Chair
The 2014 ARES Annual Meeting on Coronado Island (San Diego), California was another overwhelming success. Once again, we set a new all-time attendance record, with over 300 papers and panel presentations across 79 conference sessions. Another marker of success, despite having a record 9 concurrent sessions in each time slot, average attendance per session increased 30% from last year. Thus, not only are we growing the size of the discipline, but we’re doing so while maintaining a quality product offering that is of interest to a broad base of ARES constituents.
One driving force behind our continued growth has been the presence and participation of our International Sister Society members. Eamonn D’arcy did a fantastic job of marketing our program around the world, and ARES reaped the benefits of a diverse audience including literally dozens of participants from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa (special thanks to Dr. Martey and our friends from Ghana), and Latin America. For the second year in a row, Tyler Yang (with the assistance of Peng Liu and Liang Peng) organized a series of sessions jointly sponsored by the Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) which were presented in Mandarin Chinese.
As always, the success of a program as broad and diverse as ARES produces every year requires the hard work and collaboration of many key participants. I would like to thank a few of those who provided critical support and assistance throughout the year. First, Mike Seiler, last year’s Program Chair was a tremendous mentor, and Bill Hardin, this year’s Vice Program Chair provided tremendous support. Art Schwartz and Mindy Yarling worked overtime to ensure the hotel provided quality amenities and first class receptions (I’m looking forward to more fish tacos when we return to San Diego in 2019), while Elaine Worzala and Mike Highfield put together the largest, and best, doctoral consortium in ARES history. Finally, I’d like to personally thank three ladies who worked diligently behind the scenes and don’t get anywhere near the credit they deserve in making both ARES and our annual meetings so successful – Diane Quarles, Evelyn Gosnell, and Cathy Lynn. Their help with member services (and registration), the conference database, and print/marketing services have been invaluable. I look forward to seeing everyone in Florida next spring!
All the best,
David M. Harrison
2014 ARES Program Chair
See you in Sanibel