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December 2, 2011

Insights breakfast is all about fundamentals

By TRICIA DEERING
CBA

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The Commercial Brokers Association is proud to host the 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Insights breakfast for the commercial real estate community.

Insights is co-hosted by the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and Foster Pepper PLLC. It brings together experts from different external sources to review their impact on the commercial real estate sector in the near and mid-term.

This year's speakers — Blake Eagle, Jerry Yudelson and Rob McKenna — are experts in three areas fundamental to commercial real estate: research, sustainability and government.

Eagle founded the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, a Chicago-based nonprofit commercial real estate industry association focused on collecting, processing, validating and publishing investment performance information. Prior to that, he was the Thomas G. Eastman Chairman of the Center for Real Estate at MIT. From 1971 to 1993, he headed up the real estate consulting group at Frank Russell Co.

Yudelson — aka “the godfather of green” — is the author of 12 books on green buildings, water conservation and green development. His “Greening Existing Buildings” was published in 2009 and has become the must-have reference for converting existing buildings from standard to LEED-certified status. He is one of the original LEED trainers for the U.S. Green Building Council and a former USGBC board member.

McKenna is Washington State Attorney General and a candidate for governor. As the state's chief legal officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to the state agencies, the governor and Legislature. He has been an attorney since 1988, beginning his career in the Bellevue office of Perkins Coie, where he practiced business and regulatory law.

CBA was formed by the commercial real estate brokerage community in 1977 to create a vehicle for member brokers to share information about available commercial properties with each other. It has more than 4,000 members and a staff that researches approximately 17,000 properties that are for sale or have space for lease.

The association provides a comprehensive database of information on commercial real estate, with access to information on available properties, recent sales and market performance statistics. CBA members are able to provide their customers and clients with complete and accurate information about the commercial real estate marketplace.

Tricia Deering is president and CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association.


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