Omaha Commercial Real Estate Summit to Cope with Changing Industry | Local business news

The world of commercial real estate is changing day by day with rising interest rates, supply chain delays and the redesign of modern office space.

Industry professionals will gather for the annual Commercial Real Estate Summit on August 26 to discuss the company’s progress.

The one-day event, in its 33rd year, is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees to the CHI Health Center. Organizers have seen a resurgence of interest in the event.

“Since the Great Recession, we’ve had nothing but bullish years in commercial real estate,” said event founder Jerry Slusky. “But with these headwinds, I think this is the most significant summit we’ve had in 10 years.”

Topics for this year’s workshops include: the changing economy; adapt to a hybrid workspace; the impact of rising interest rates; the changing world of retail; and manage labor shortages and supply chain delays.

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“It’s 50% education, 50% networking,” Slusky said.

A handful of awards will be handed out at the event, including Deal of the Year and Development of the Year.

Omaha’s deal of the year is Blackstone Plaza. For Lincoln, the award will go to Bryan Health for Cancer Center Partners.

Development of the year will go to The Farnam Hotel in Omaha and Lied Place in Lincoln.

Additionally, four individuals will be recognized for their impact on the local commercial real estate scene: Brenda Dooley, Vice President of Facilities at First National Bank of Omaha; Curt Hofer, owner and president of Curt Hofer & Associates; Kevin Rhodes, President of Greenleaf Properties; and Mark Westergard, civil engineering and project manager at E&A Consulting Group.

Summit tickets are still available. To register or for more information, visit

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