Our chapter began the year stronger than ever with over 1,000 members, a dedicated board with nearly 100 volunteers on various committees, and outstanding sponsor support. Every year we work towards raising the bar with exciting special events at dynamic venues, and with useful, thought provoking content to support effective corporate real estate leadership in our companies.
Behind the scenes we chart our course using data analytics. Our analytics tell us what programs and events our members attend by company, industry, and job classification, whether we are reaching our primary audience of corporate real estate executives, and where we have opportunities to enhance our value for members. We are fine tuning our offerings to have the right mix of “big events”, as well as focused learning and ideas sharing opportunities for smaller groups and members with special interests. This year we are also giving increased recognition to personal development opportunities that help our members succeed and our companies perform. For this reason Women’s Group and Young Leaders chairs have joined our Board.
With help from our Analytics Committee, the board selected several special focus themes which will be considered as we provide content for members. These include broad business and real estate trends, career development, CRE Organization, our city and our region, cutting edge technologies, urbanization, and workplace planning. We are lining up an outstanding speaker for our November “Big Speaker” Program, so please stay tuned. Our Chapter is also giving special attention to our synergies with New York’s outstanding universities such as NYU and Columbia. This is reflected in increased participation of faculty speakers, CRE Education and CoreNet membership for students, and use of university facilities. Finally, we will recognize the importance of awards recognition to CRE’s, service providers, and projects which exemplify our industry.
In closing, I want to give high praise and kudos to our special events committee for the terrific Annual Dinner we held in April on board the Intrepid. This is certainly the singular event of the year for all of us in the industry.