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Art of the Deal Starts with Artist Phil Hansen
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Have you ever seen a “painting” made entirely of bacon – of Donald Trump, no less? How about a portrait of a serial killer made from 11,792 pointillized pictures of the 48 women he murdered? Or Michael Jackson painted with dancing feet?
If you would like to see these marvels, we need to introduce you to artist Phil Hansen. He began to experiment with alternative methods of creating art after he suffered permanent nerve damage in his arm and a tremor in his hand from his obsessive use of pointillism as art.
He was devastated, dropped out of art school, then a neurologist suggested he “embrace the shake.”
And embrace he did.
As a speaker for Speaking.com, he was asked, “What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?”
He replied, “I want people to leave with a better understanding of how they can succeed no matter what roadblocks, challenges, or problems stand in front of them. I hope my story reflects that when we rethink our beliefs about limitations, there are many ways to get to where we want to go.”
His inspirational TED talk does just that.
And now, he is but one of the reasons to attend the 29th annual CRE Summit on April 6. He will deliver the Inspirational Keynote Address this year, at 9:30 a.m.

Phil Hansen may have slowed down his pointillism work, but not his meticulous attention to the tiniest detail.

Hansen will be preceded by an opening panel featuring David Brown, Great Omaha Chamber president; James Blackledge, CEO, Mutual of Omaha; Dana Bradford, chairman of the Great Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and Tim Burke, President and CEO of Omaha Public Power District. That will be followed by TED Talk by Cydney Franklin of 75 North.
The Commercial Real Estate meeting, created by Real Estate Attorney Jerry Slusky of Smith Slusky Law, is now presented in partnership with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Upwards of 1,000 people are expected to attend the all-day summit at the Century Link Center in Omaha.
Other speakers and panelists, including Pat Haverty, vice president, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; and Hank Bounds PhD, president of the University of Nebraska.
In the afternoon, participants will hear from Bill Moos, director of athletics at the University of Nebraska, as he discusses what it takes to build a winning team and the exciting changes coming to Nebraska!
Morning breakout sessions will include: Residential and Multi Family; Autonomous Vehicles: The Future of Parking – At the Intersection of Real Estate and Tech; Lincoln’s South Bypass – a Catalyst of Opportunity; and Collaboration in Predevelopment and Preconstruction.
Afternoon breakouts include: New Tax Rules are a Gain for You; Institute of Real Estate Management; Chamber Economic Development Strategy; The Future of Appraisal; and ABCs of Unique Title Situations and 1031 Exchanges.
Hal Daub of Husch Blackwell and a Nebraska Regent, will moderate a panel on Focused Strategy for Economic Development. And an afternoon TED Talk will feature a Q&A with Jay Lund on the Omaha Streetcar.
There’s truly something for everyone.
As in years past, a staple of the CRE Summit will be its Hall of Fame Induction, Deal of the Year, and Development of the Year awards at the luncheon. Also celebrating its second year is the Summit Award, in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. The Summit award represents a company or entity that has made a positive impact on their community in 2017.
The honorees’ names will be announced in the very near future.
Founder Jerry Slusky said, “The CRE Summit is an opportunity for professional networking and continuing education credits. At the conclusion of the summit, attendees will have a better idea of how to move forward seamlessly into the future of a flourishing and ever-changing commercial landscape.”
Visit the website at www.attendCRESummit.com for a full list of the current topics and speakers on board this year.
For more information on registration, contact planitomaha at 402-333-3062 or email CRESummit@planitomaha.com.

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