Protect and Serve: More than 600 real estate owners, managers, and builders converged on the Bellagio in Las Vegas this week for the 2009 Multifamily Executive Conference, co-located for the second year with the 2009 Developer Conference.
Kick Off: Multifamily Executive Editorial Director John McManus introduced the opening keynote of the 2009 Developer Conference.
Demographics is Destiny: USC professor Dowell Myers offered an optimistic look at the demand for apartment living between 2010 and 2030.
Learning Curve: More than two dozen educational breakout sessions offered the attendees the opportunity for quality peer-to-peer education.
On the Floor: More than 30 exhibitors and dozens of sponsors showcased their products and services to a crowd that was surprisingly optimistic, despite the current state of the economy.
Meet and Greet: Through interactive receptions, coffee breaks, and cocktail hours, attendees were able to network and meet other owners and property managers from across the country.
Looking Ahead: During the 2009 Developer Conference breakout sessions, builders and development experts offered strategies to help get the ravaged land development industry back on its feet by 2020.
Cutting Costs: Eric Bolton, CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based REIT Mid-America Apartment Communities, led a panel on managing operational expenses.
Little Things: Ed Wolff, chief administrative officer for Pinnacle, an American Management Services Co., and Paolo Pedrazzoli, head of Sirius Property Management, offered a number of small, yet proven ways to manage budgets and find extra savings.
A Big Deal: An extremely engaged audience spent a good portion of its time discussing renter’s insurance as a requirement for new leases, as well as how such a requirement might help reduce property insurance costs.