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Dear ARES members, 

In 2019, we just completed our 35th annual meeting as a vibrant organization thanks to the masterful stewardship of leaders committed to the advancement of real estate knowledge, education and outreach. We celebrate their success in engaging both the academic and practitioner communities to establishinterdisciplinary and global real estate research and education.  The immense effort and determination of our past leaders to bring together diverse real estate expertise into a cohesive and communicative worldwide organization has provided a solid foundation.


As the baton is passed to the 2019-2020 leadership team, we will strive to make further advancements as ARES begins a new decade.  By continually asking ourselves why we do what we do, we will ensure we are focused on relevancy. By asking how we best serve our members and our communities, we will engage new members and partners and better serve our dedicated current membership. By communicating our research and our expertise to the industry, the public and academia, we will expand our influence.  


With vision toward the long-term trajectory of the organization and how relevancy, engagement and influence can be achieved, my objectives as President are:

  • Promote the research published in ARES journals in the most effective and impactful way by coordinating with the ARES Director of Publications, the Executive Director and other experts to expedite the dissemination of our work through various channels and resources.
  • Promote the interdisciplinary and global outreach of the organization by exploring new partnerships and opportunities in both the academic and practitioner communities.
  • Promote the effective use of technology in marketing our organization’s message and benefits.
  • Promote the establishment of useful resources for research and engagement at various career stages.


Becoming the organization we are today was not easy.  The next decade will be even more complicated and complex. Those of you who know me, are no doubt aware that my heritage is Greek.  Ares was one of the 12 Olympians.  He was the God of War, and while not the most popular or admirable God in ancient Greece, he was a fierce and committed fighter.  I am honored to serve as your President, and I promise you that I will fight as hard as Ares to ensure that ARES continues to be the organizational home of the brightest minds in real estate research and education as well as open to new ideas and innovations in advancing our field.



Dr. Sofia Dermisi

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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