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ARES now enters a new generation of leadership. While we have lost significant institutional knowledge in our leadership transition, we stand on the shoulders of those that have come before us and are stronger collectively than ever before.  

Our membership is now more diverse in terms of fields of study and practice, and opportunity spreads out before us. For example, academic and practitioner goals are finally aligning in such a manner to produce and disseminate knowledge that directly impacts peoples’ lives. AACSB’s impact, engagement, and innovation, along with Carnegie’s community engagement standards, are turning the focus of academics to what really matters – providing folks with better information and practices so they can make better and more informed economic decisions. 

In the general public, it is difficult to say “real estate” without turning heads. Our discipline is ready-made for this new environment of impact, engagement, and innovation. Our time is now.  We can make the world in which we live a better place and have a lot of fun doing it.

As with past Presidents, I have a few broad goals.  In no certain order of importance, they are:

  • Promote efforts to make ARES the recognized center of real estate expertise in the world.
  • Promote efforts to establish additional revenue streams for ARES so as to diversify away from our dependence on membership dues and conference attendance.
  • Promote efforts to trend the ARES Board and Executive Committee toward policy development and oversight and away from operational matters.
  • Promote efforts to trend the ARES Executive Director toward operations and away from policy development and oversight.

I have counted my gray hairs as of today and will recount next June 30th. I love you all and look forward to all that we will accomplish.



Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D.

ARES President

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To research and promote education in real estate, improve communication and exchange of information in real estate and allied matters among college/university faculty and practicing professionals, and facilitate the association of academic, practicing professional, and research persons in the area of real estate.

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