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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:
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.
Dr. Bennie Waller is currently the Professor of Finance and Real Estate & Director of the Center for Financial Responsibility at College of Business and Economics, Longwood University, Farmville, VA. Dr. Waller's research and consulting are largely focused on principal-agent and housing externality issues in residential real estate. He is published in over 30 articles and has been cited in several top media outlets. Bennie serves as co-meeting planner for ARES.
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