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|2015 Meeting Highlights|
ARES continued its well-known and well-regarded ARES Annual Meeting in Ft. Myers. Rumor has it that we had record turnout! We had 78 sessions, including panels and doctoral sessions, with almost 270 papers. It was an exciting event with top tier research, a great venue, and 600 or so thought leaders in real estate. These leaders came from every continent save Antarctica!
The program was kicked off with the annual ARES “Critical Issues” program on Wednesday. Thank you to Steve Pyhrr and Ron Troup for making this happen. The “Critical Issues” program provides a forum for academic and industry leaders to discuss current topics and share opportunities for collaboration and knowledge transfer.
As we should all know, the ARES Meeting is really a team effort. ARES has a strong support team involved with planning, marketing, registration, and all the tasks required that happen before the actual meeting. By the time most attendees make it to the venue (and I already have reservations for Denver), hundreds and hundreds of hours have been invested by the ARES team involved in putting on this event. As I noted in a letter last fall, “ARES provides and organizes breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and provides a great number of services” which attendees and ARES members should not take for granted. For example, we had more than 350 people attend the Awards Luncheon on Thursday and it went off perfectly! That is due to the efforts of many.
Specific thanks go to Dave Harrison and Mike Seiler. They worked hard to make sure that I did not drop the ball, or at least made me pick it up, when it was dropped. It is easy to follow previous Program Chairs who hosted great events. In addition, I have to thank Mike Highfield for his insights and wisdom in making choices. Many times the choice is not obvious. I also look forward to being in Denver this Spring for a great event. I have a couple of papers to submit and have the dates on my calendar.
The actual program benefited from the efforts of Tom Geurts, Suzanne Cannon and a group of educators focused on the educational issues that confront us all. While we may like and appreciate research, most all of us have positions where high quality teaching is a must. Our nine (9) sessions and panels on education were excellent. Every Program Chair benefits from the efforts of Elaine Worzala who has worked hard to continue our unique Doctoral Program. The doctoral students doing research in real estate are the future of the discipline. Getting and keeping them engaged at ARES is an imperative.
Art and Mindy made it happen with the Marriott staff. What can I say, great event planning and much fun by all! The weather was great as well! Tom Springer and Diane Quarles provided support at every step. Thanks for making the event run smoothly! Think technology, posters, programs and awards. Think collecting registration information and fees from global participants.
Melissa Miller, Diane Quarles, Evelyn Gosnell, and Cathy Coleman kept the process moving forward. My email in-box seems empty without their reminders of deadlines, goals and objectives. In all sincerity, this team made thinks happen! Isabel Lopez and Krystal Saleta at Florida International University, provided support at Florida International. Susan Thrall made sure we got the message out with our Newsletters.
Rest assured that the ARES team will be working to make our next Meeting in Denver a great success followed by many more successes. I look forward with great anticipation!
All the best!
William G. Hardin III, Ph.D., FRICS,