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NKF Symposium Charts Tech’s Impact on Chicago CRE

NKF recently hosted a symposium on the revolution of technology and labor in Chicago real estate. “CRE has transformed to involve even more automation, mobile computing, the Cloud, AI and machine learning, and it’s important to discuss how these changes are affecting us now, while also looking ahead to the future,” said EVP Roy Abernathy, who presented the keynote.

Held at 151 N. Franklin St. for NKF’s current clients, the event focused on how changes in technology and labor is shaping the real estate market. Following the keynote, Abernathy then moderated a panel of NKF’s Chicago leaders, including Vice Chairmen Bob Chodos and Debbie Corson, Executive Managing Directors Ben Greazel, Geoffrey Kasselman and Bill Rolander, and Senior Managing Director Brad Lindquist.

The panel discussed topics such as shifts in labor and workforce training, and the impact of AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) on the industry.

Pictured: 151 N. Franklin St.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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