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MEREDA's Annual Real Estate Spring Conference: "The Office of the Future & the Future is Now"

May 17, 2016 - 12:00PM
to 6:00PM

Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME

About the Event:

Today, rapid changes to work styles, expectations of younger generations, and accelerating technological advances are disrupting conventional notions of the office. Workers are abandoning the cubicle, first introduced 50 years ago, for "the new office," which requires less square footage than a decade ago, demands more open, flexible, and adaptable environments, and pays dividends on the bottom line. MEREDA is pleased to welcome two nationally renowned architects for a discussion about this tipping point, with real world examples of how place and technology work together to improve employee engagement, performance, and well-being. The conversation will be augmented by a panel of executives from three Maine companies that have embraced the tremendous business opportunity that comes with providing choice to today's enlightened worker. Attendees will learn how to put these ideas into action, deal with resistance to change, and measure the benefits of this new way of working. Additionally, attendees will learn about the reverberations for commercial real estate, the spaces we build, own, and lease and how the Maine market is changing as a result.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM - Registration | Exhibitors

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM - Introductory Remarks
Michael O’Reilly, MEREDA president 

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM - Keynote Presentations

Dean Strombom, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Principal, Gensler, Houston, TX
With a career spanning more than three decades and a portfolio of more than 40 million SF, Dean leads the planning and design of corporate campuses, commercial office buildings, workplace interiors, and mixed-use developments. A workplace performance specialist and frequent speaker at industry events across the country, Dean leverages his education in psychology, sociology, and architecture to offer strategic real estate and design insight. He actively participates in the Houston chapters of AIA, ULI and NAIOP and currently serves as President of the Houston Chapter of CoreNet.

Sven Govaars, MCR, SLCR, Strategist, Houston, TX
Sven helps organizations clarify their vision, understand strategic problems, and implement workable solutions. He generates insights for strategic decision-making and amplifies the strength of high profile teams—his solutions create sustainable workplace strategies and correlate design factors to space settings that positively impact the physical and emotional health of workers. Clients benefit from his ability to see what those within an organization may not: he objectively analyzes situations, identifies strategic problems, and engages collaboratively to develop solutions to solidify each organization’s workplace foundation.

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM - Scheduled Break
One-on-One with our Exhibitors

2:30 PM –2:50 PM - MEREDA Index | Board Member Recognition  

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM - 2015 Notable Project Awards  

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM - Panel Discussion
Panel of in-state experts share their insight and experiences

Panelists Include:
Kathy Shafer, Sr. Director, Worldwide Facilities, IDEXX
Paul Larkins, Director, Corporate Planning and Construction, Unum
Brett Austin, President, Kepware Technologies

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM - Moderated Q&A with Panelists and Keynote Speakers - Moderator: Bruce Jones, Creative Office Pavilion
A facilitated question and answer session with all of the day’s presenters, including questions from the audience.  

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM -Networking Reception

Continuing Education Credits:

This Course has been APPROVED for 3.0 Hours of Real Estate Broker, Appraiser, Architect & Legal Continuing Education Credits.

News About This Event:

05/18/2016   MEREDA Index dips after strong showing in previous reports   Article
05/17/2016   Maine real estate index inches toward pre-recession level   Article
05/17/2016   Lack of huge office-property sales causes dip in MEREDA Index   Article
05/17/2016   Maine Real Estate & Development Association Awards Top 6 Notable Projects of 2015   Release
05/17/2016   Employees 'win career lottery' at office of the future conference in Portland   Release
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Kathy Shafer, Sr. Director, Worldwide Facilities, IDEXX    
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Paul Larkins, Director, Corporate Planning and Construction, Unum    
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Brett Austin, President, Kepware Technologies    
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