CRE Summit Celebrates 30th Year 3/25/19 03/25/19 12:26:52 PM
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CRE Summit Celebrates 30th Year
By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record
The metropolitan area’s commercial real estate professionals will gather early next month to network, learn and plan together how to best foster growth in the region.
The CRE Summit will take over the CHI Health Center Omaha convention center on Friday, April 5, for an all-day convention on all things commercial real estate, including local trends in data centers, retail, coworking and real estate law.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the summit, which was founded by JerrySlusky as the Commercial Real Estate Workshop. Slusky sought to transform the commercial real estate sector in Omaha, and the summit has grown alongside Omaha’s development over the past decades.
With the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce joining as a partner about five years ago, the summit now draws about a thousand attendees, primarily from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. College students in Omaha and Lincoln also participate.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that 30 years of getting pretty much the entire commercial real estate community of professionals together, once a year, has resulted in a significant contribution to the growth and success of Omaha, Lincolnand the entire region,” said Slusky, who still chairs the CRE Summit and practices real estate law as a partner in Smith Slusky Law LLP.
Slusky said that impact will continue with this year’s keynote presentation by Seth Mattison, an expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. Mattison is a co-author of “The War at Work,” which explores the modern workforce and the effects of disruption on the “unwritten rules” that govern traditional top-down organizations.
Slusky described Mattison as potentially the “most significant” speaker in the history of the summit. He said Mattison will discuss how to attract and retain highly skilled workers in the metro area, a key priority as Omaha competes to land new major employers.
“He’s going to get up and talk about it from more of areally hands-on approach,” Slusky said.Dealmakers EarnSpecial RecognitionFive members will be induct-ed into the CRE Summit Hall of Fame this year, along with awards for the Deal of the Year and the Development of the Year for Omaha and Lincoln. The recogni-tions will be made at the noon lun-cheon at the event.Joining the Hall of Fame will be Hal Daub, senior council at Husch Blackwell LLP; Pat McNeil, CEO of McNeil Co.; Roger Morrissey, vice president of Realcorp. Inc.; Allan Murow, senior partner and principal of N&M Brokerage Services LLC; and Jay Noddle of Noddle Cos.The Deal of the Year award will go to Barry Zoob and Chris Mensinger, both of Colliers International, and Ryan Ellis of PJ Morgan Co. They worked on Flywheel’s lease of more than 66,000 square feet at the Ashton Building in Millwork Commons.“The project transforms an entire blighted neighborhood and gives Omaha the square footage and en-vironment to attract the tech com-panies and talent that often eludes our city as well as adding to the culture of a community,” according to a media release about the winning project.The Development of the Year in Omaha will go to Todd Heistand and NuStyle Development for the redevelopment of the former Creighton University Medical Center facility into a $110 million multifamily residential project that spans nearly 1 million square feet. The project includes 15,000 square feet of retail space, a 600-foot pe-destrian bridge across the freeway and the 732-unit Atlas Apartments, the largest single-structure apart-ment project in Nebraska.“This is a transformational project for Creighton, the Gifford Park neighborhood, and the city as a whole,” according to a media re-lease. “With these units being so close to campus, Creighton will now be able to demolish outdated residential halls to make room for new capital building projects and initiatives upwards of $100 million that will help the school attract new students and faculty.”The Development of the Year in Lincoln will go to Craig Geis and Boyd Batterman of BIC Construction for the redevelopment of the Schwarz Paper Building. An addition to the historic 1890 structure at Eighth and O streets added balconies overlooking the Haymarket district. The $6 million investment kept historical elements while transforming the property into a modern space.“The upper three floors of the building were converted to 13 lux-ury condominiums, and the main floor was converted to commer-cial offices,” according to a release about the project. “Exposed brick and exposed original columns and beams accent each of the condos. The new ductwork, conduit and piping was left exposed to create the historic lifestyle.”For more information on the CRE Summit, including a complete agenda and registration informa-tion, visit www.attendcresummit.com. Registrations will be taken the day of the event.