Networking is still a very essential component to being successful in the commercial real estate industry.
As our own VP of Marketing likes to say, “commercial real estate is a handshake business.”
Commercial real estate conferences, conventions, and other events are your platform to network and build your base of connections with the industry’s top professionals.
In 2020, the calendar is packed with events, covering a broad range of topics relevant to brokers, lenders, investors, solar pros, roofers, and more.
Commercial Real Estate Conferences
This comprehensive guide covers the top commercial real estate conferences of 2020—including whether or not you’ll find Reonomy there (be sure to stop by and say hello).
Bisnow Commercial Real Estate Events
Bisnow is not only a trusted source for commercial real estate news but also a major producer of industry-specific events across the United States—too many to list out here, to be quite frank.
Each event features engaging speakers and thought-provoking panels.
Panel topics across 2020 events will cover trends in the multifamily, healthcare, industrial, office, investment sectors, and much, much more.
- Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Forum
January 22-24, 2020 | Laguna Beach, CA
- Multifamily Property Management & Operations
March 5-6, 2020 | Dallas, TX
- Real Estate Family Office
May 4-5, 2020 | Dana Point, CA
- Middle Market Multifamily (Northwest)
June 15-16, 2020 | Seattle, WA
IMN (Information Management Network) is a preeminent organizer of commercial real estate forums around the United States.
Event themes range from topics such as Middle Market Multifamily in the Midwest, to Real Estate Office & Private Wealth Management, Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, and more.
IMN events typically feature speakers and panelists that are highly-vetted industry leaders, facilitating an environment for productive and powerful networking opportunities.
CRE Finance Council Conference
- January Conference
January 13-15, 2020 | Miami, FL
- June Annual Conference
June 8-10, 2020 | New York, NY
Every year, the CRE Finance Council hosts two major conferences that cover a variety of topics facing the industry. Last year, panel discussions focused on subjects ranging from fiscal policy to changing consumer trends.
ICSC Retail Conferences
ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) hosts large regional conferences that provide educational sessions and networking opportunities for commercial real estate professionals who specialize in the retail space.
Check out this page for smaller local events happening throughout North America!
Multifamily Forums Sponsored by Marcus and Millichap
- Multifamily Forum Houston
February 5, 2020 | Houston, TX
- Multifamily Forum Southeast
March 19, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
- Multifamily Forum Southern California
June 4, 2020 | Los Angeles, CA
The Marcus & Millichap / IPA Multifamily Forums are annual get togethers for apartment industry experts, who gather to share their thoughts on the latest market trends for the local area.
This year’s forums take place in Houston, Atlanta (covering the Southeast Region), and Los Angeles (covering Southern California).
CORFAC Commercial Real Estate Conferences
- Spring Conference
March 4-7, 2020 | Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Fall Summit
September 23-26, 2020 | Seattle, WA
CORFAC’s commercial real estate conferences offer four days of networking and educational opportunities for industry brokers.
From deal making to advice on the latest tech resources, CORFAC offer a series of informative talks from big names in the industry.
- Spring Conference
March 4-5, 2020 | Beverly Hills, CA
- 30th Annual Institutional Investor Conference
September 30 – October 2, 2020 | Boston, MA
PREA’s (Pension Real Estate Association) annual conference brings together leaders in the commercial real estate professionals and features high-quality panels that address emerging the latest trends affecting pension funds, such as blockchain and big data.
- I.CON Spring 2020
April 2-3, 2020 | Huntington Beach, CA
- I.CON Summer 2020
June 4-5, 2020 | Jersey City, NJ
- CRE.Converge 2020
October 6-8, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV
The NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) hold several events for commercial real estate professionals throughout the year.
One of their largest events, CRE.Converge, is attended by over 1,500 commercial real estate professionals and provides engaging programming from industry leaders.
In addition, NAIOP’s I.CON events are the largest national events for industrial real estate professionals, welcoming over 700+ industrial real estate professionals to discuss the latest industry trends and technologies.
SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) hosts two bi-annual conferences that connect top brokers, agents, and professionals in commercial real estate for three days of relationship-building, educational workshops (redeemable for real estate continuing education credit in some states), and social opportunities.
As a place where deals get done, TransACT 360 provides tactical intelligence and plenty of opportunities to put the new skills and knowledge you acquire to work immediately.
CREate360 offers a high-level view of the industrial and office real estate landscape. The event provides high-profile speakers and focuses on strategic discussion.
The ULI (Urban Land Institute) Fall and Spring Meetings draw in thousands commercial real estate professionals every year and features content, tours, and networking events for developers, investors, architects, planners, brokers, academics, attorneys, and policymakers alike.
This event is unique in that nearly every sector of the commercial real estate industry is represented, making your attendance all the more worthwhile.
MBA’s Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference
- Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference
February 3-6, 2020 | New Orleans, LA
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s IMB Conference prides itself on being the largest annual event for the IMB community.
The 2020 IMB conference welcomes national industry leaders, who will be discussing pressing industry issues, such as the latest technological advances, mergers and acquisitions, and changes in regulations.
MBA’s CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo
- CREF 2020
February 9-12 | San Diego, CA
The Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo brings together more than 3,000 leading commercial and multifamily real estate finance professionals.
To encourage young professionals to attend the conference, professionals age 35 years or younger are offered a special, flat registration rate of $399 for CREF 2020 (see the “mPact Price” on their pricing page).
MBA Technology Solutions Conference & Expo
- March 29 – April 1, 2020 | Los Angeles, CA
MBA’s Technology Solutions Conference & Expo 2020 focuses on technology solutions for the mortgage and commercial real estate finance industries.
The conference and expo features targeted concurrent session tracks, general sessions, a technology showcase and Q&As with thought leaders in the industry.
MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference
- May 17-20, 2020 | New Orleans, LA
MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference delivers energizing peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
At this event, attendees can hone their insights on the predominant 2020 economic market trends, engage with the latest technologies fueling the evolution of the field, and tap into the minds of expert strategists in the industry.
MBA’s National Secondary Market Conference & Expo
- May 17-20, 2020 | New York, NY
MBA’s National Secondary Market Conference & Expo host break-out sessions and talks from experts and key industry officials to help inform attendees conception of the current potentials and challenges of the industry in 2020.
Along with enriching talks, the event also offers attendees the prime opportunity to network and strengthen their connections in the field.
MBA Annual Conference
- October 18-21, 2020 | Chicago, IL
MBA’s Annual Convention & Expo, America’s largest event for real estate finance professionals, hosts an eclectic range of general sessions, talks, and networking events for mortgage lending professionals.
From detailed discussions on strategy to expert insights on market trends, the conference delivers for attendees at every level of their career.
The International Roofing Expo
- February 4-6, 2020 | Dallas, TX
The International Roofing Expo provides a platform for the latest in innovative equipment, services, technologies, and thought leadership in the commercial and residential roofing industry.
The educational conference provides attendees with over 40 workshops, as well as exposure to products from over 500 brands.
In addition, the show floor offers visitors the chance to interact with a diverse set of manufacturers and suppliers.
Win the Storm
- February 20-22, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV
Win the storm (WTS) welcomes over 2500 roofing and storm restoration professionals every year to the WTS buzz in Las Vegas. WTS stake their claim as the #1 annual conference trade show for companies, contractors, and entrepreneurs in the roofing and storm restoration sector.
WTS provide attendees with the chance to lean from specialists in the industry, who offer-up actionable advice on how to scale your business.
Real Estate Women’s Forum
- February 27, 2020 | New York, NY
The Real Estate Women’s Forum is an annual gathering for women in the commercial real estate sector.
The conference celebrates the achievements of investors, developers, owners and operators of investment real estate.
Each expert offers insights on areas such as industry leadership, the latest innovations and trends, and up-and-coming technologies.
New York Construction & Development Forum (NYCD)
- February 27, 2020 | New York, NY
The 6th annual RealInsight New York Construction & Development Forum (NYCD), held in New York, offers the latest insights from leaders in the construction and development industry.
This year’s event covers topics such as, “Developing for the Future in an Era of Change & Uncertainty,” and, “The State of Development, Building & Construction Financing in 2020 & Beyond.”
National Land Conference
- March 29 – April 1, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
The National Land Conference provides land real estate agents and professionals with the opportunity to scale their business though networking and partnerships with leading providers and professionals in the industry.
Members who joined RLI in 2019 or 2020 will automatically save 25% on their NLC20 full conference registration.
NAI Global Annual Leadership Summit
- March 2-4, 2020 | Houston, TX
The NAI Global Annual Leadership Summit brings together 7,000 NAI real estate professionals from over 400 offices worldwide.
The summit allows attendees of NAI to network, share business ideas and strategy, and hear from the President of the firm on his current ambitions for the company.
SVN Annual Conference
- March 3-5, 2020 | Palm Springs, FL
The SVN Annual Conference welcomes SVN brokers for rapport-building activities, including golfing and horseback riding, and informative, motivational speeches from company leaders.
The SVN conference helps attending brokers to strengthen their rapport with other SVN professionals and celebrates the company’s dedication to “leadership, integrity, and teamwork” in business.
Brooklyn Real Estate Summit
- March 12, 2020 | New York, NY
The Brooklyn Real Estate Summit gathers Brooklyn’s investors, owners, developers, and operators to discuss the high-points and challenges of the Brooklyn real estate market.
This year, the summit will include a renewed focus on multifamily residential, “Brooklyn North” (Long Island City) and much more.
NERCA 2020 Convention & Trade Show
- March 17-19, 2020 | Atlantic City, NJ
The North East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA) Convention & Trade Show, one of the biggest roofing conventions in the country, draws over 2000 roofing professionals from across the northeast.
The conventional exhibits the latest in roofing equipment and materials, providing a platform for learning from other industry specialists and connecting with potential customers.
- April 22-23, 2020 | Austin, TX
CREtech is a leading source for all things tech in the commercial real estate space.
Since launching their event’s two-city series in 2017, CREtech has grown to include Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
CREtech’s events are stacked with top-notch panelists and allow for fun, yet productive networking opportunities in a casual atmosphere.
Real Estate Equity Forum
- May 7, 2020 | New York, NY
The 7th annual Real Estate Equity Forum East welcomes private capital and family offices, institutional investors and fund managers, direct lenders, and debt funds along with operating and development partners working at both the fund level and deal level.
Invite-only, the conference focuses on four exclusive peer-to-peer roundtables, in which the key industry challenges of the moment are discussed.
Only Brooklyn Real Estate Conference
- May 6, 2020 | Brooklyn, NY
The Only Brooklyn Real Estate Conference prides itself on welcoming over 500 Brooklyn real estate professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the Brooklyn market.
Here, Brooklyn real estate professionals have the chance to network and sit in on talks from key players in the Brooklyn real estate market.
MIT World Real Estate Forum
- May 18-19, 2020 | Cambridge, MA
The MIT World Real Estate Forum brings together over 400 industry pioneers, MIT faculty, and alumni to discuss the future of global real estate.
The MIT World Real Estate delivers edge sessions, in which MIT faculty and researchers share the latest in cutting-edge research on the real estate landscape.
The edge sessions are complemented by thought-provoking presentations and panels in which global industry thought leaders discuss current and future trends of real estate.
- June 3-4, 2020 | Miami, FL
Attended by thousands of professionals every year, RealComm brings together industry leaders in the commercial real estate sector to debate and discuss emerging technologies and innovations impacting the industry.
In the past, RealComm panel discussions have tackled subjects such as tech strategy, data science, robotic process automation, and more!
BOMA International Conference & Expo
- June 27-30, 2020 | Philadelphia, PA
BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) organizes an annual conference packed with engaging workshops about innovative technologies as well as educational tracks about a range of topics from Creating Asset Value to High-Performance Buildings.
Appraisal Institute Annual Conference
- August 3-5, 2020 | Orlando, FL
The Appraisal Institute is an international organization that engages in education and advocacy for real estate appraisers, and their Annual Conference provides ample networking time and exciting breakout sessions on a variety of topics ranging from commercial historical preservation to commercial real estate sustainability.
If your event is missing from this list, let us know. And if you’re attending any of the above, be sure to stop by and say hello to the Reonomy team!
AI in Finance Summit
- September 10-11, 2020 | New York, NY
The AI in Finance Summit, voted #1 Best Artificial Intelligence Conference for Business Leaders in 2019, welcomes over 600 guests and 90 expert speakers for 2020.
The summit focuses on the latest in AI & machine learning tools and techniques, welcoming keynote speakers from academia and industry.
NAI Global Annual Convention
- September 14-16, 2020 | New Orleans, LA
The NAI Global Annual Convention, the NAI’s largest event, provides attendees with the opportunity to network and present their brand to a wide audience. Exhibit spaces at the convention are only $5,000.
Global staff are also on-hand to help you form new connections and strengthen existing relationships.
Solar Power International
- September 14-17, 2020 | Anaheim, CA
The Solar Power International, presented by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), covers the latest in trends, technologies, and services in the solar industry.
This event is part of the Solar Power Events series, which holds many events across the nation each year.
CREW Network Convention and Marketplace
- September 15-17, 2020 | Austin, TX
Comprised of over 1,000 members, CREW Network is a premier networking organization for women working in commercial real estate.
Their annual CREW Network Convention and Marketplace provides a series of enlightening seminars, professional development opportunities, and features an impressive lineup of speakers.
CCIM Global Conference
- October 27-31 | Chicago, IL
The CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute is a professional network for commercial real estate professionals that seeks to arrange opportunities for its members via educational programming.
The Institute also provides recognition for those who have demonstrated their excellence in the industry through the conferment of the CCIM designation, a certification granted to real estate leaders who have completed high-level coursework in financial and market analysis.
Every year, the Institute’s conference brings together commercial real estate professionals, CCIM members or not, to exchange ideas around topics such as crowdfunding, big data, and technology.
CoreNet Global Summit
- October 25-28, 2020 | Washington D.C.
CoreNet Global Summit attracts nearly 3,000 attendees from the corporate real estate sector and features over 200 speakers and 100 breakout educational sessions, providing ample opportunities to network and develop your industry knowledge.
Counselors of Real Estate Annual Convention
- November 8-11, 2020 | Vancouver, BC
The Counselors of Real Estate Annual Convention gathers leading property professionals, including principals of real estate, legal, and accounting firms, government officials, and academics, to discuss the latest in real estate trends forecasts.
A global event, the convention has previously been held in Montreal, Charleston, Nashville and Washington, DC.