Atlanta, GA (October 25, 2010) – Things are slowly improving in the commercial real estate market, said speakers at the recent InterFace Investments & Finance: What to Expect in 2011 Conference presented by France Publications and Morris, Manning & Martin. The conference, held Oct. 21 in Atlanta, attracted more than 300 real estate and finance executives from across the nation.
“This is a great new beginning for the industry as it pulls itself back together,” said Morris, Manning & Martin founding partner Sonny Morris. “It’s a tribute to the emerging recovery of the industry that there are so many of you here today looking forward to the future.”
The conference agenda included top-tier industry leaders, developers and bankers. Topics included debt and liquidity, the potential for equity capital to move off the sidelines, investing in distressed assets, the resumption of development and the outlook for 2011.
The keynote speaker was Peter Linneman, Ph.D., Principal of Linneman Associates and professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He pointed out that while there are many challenges ahead, that the industry will come back. “It’s not gonna disappear,” Linneman said.” There is a morning after.”
France Publications publisher Jerry France expressed optimism as well. “Things seem to be picking up,” France said. “We as a company see a little light at the end of the tunnel.”
Panelists represented companies such as Allstate Investment, Avenue Capital, Bank of America, Cantor Commercial Real Estate, CBRE, Cole Real Estate Investments, Coro Realty Advisors, Cousins Properties, Duke Realty, Eastdil Secured, Ernst & Young, Glass Ratner Advisory & Capital Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Lubert-Adler Group, Mountain Real Estate Group, Noble Investment Group, Regent Partners, Sealy & Co., Square Mile Capital, SunTrust Bank, The Brookdale Group, Trimont Real Estate Advisors, Wood Partners, and Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.
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