MEREDA’s Annual Real Estate Spring Conference: “The Office of the Future & the Future is Now”

Spring Conference PicToday, 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.

Panelists Include:

Dean Strombom, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Principal, Gensler, Houston, TX
Sven Govaars, MCR, SLCR, Strategist, Houston,
Kathy Shafer, Sr. Director, Worldwide Facilities, IDEXX
Paul Larkins, Director, Corporate Planning and Construction, Unum
Brett Austin, President, Kepware Technologies

About the Event:

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

12:00 – 1:00: Registration | Exhibits
1:00 – 5:00 Program
5:00 – 6:00 Networking Reception

Registering For This Event:

Registration Fees (per person): Members: $85.00*

Non-Members: $105.00*
Non-Profit Rate: $55.00
Students: FREE*

Municipal Officials & Employees: FREE**
Legislators & Agency Employees:  FREE**

Your RSVP is requested by May 11, 2016. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after May 11th.

* Member and Non-Member prices increase by $15 after May 11th

** MEREDA is pleased to provide subsidized admission for students and municipal officials. Call MEREDA at (207) 874-0801 for details.

Visit for more information and to register.

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

This MEREDA Event is Sponsored by NBT Bank,  Verrill Dana, Commercial Properties Management, Mainebiz, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc., Pierce Atwood LLP, Office Resources, AAA Energy Service, PDT Architects, ReVision Energy & Gawron Turgeon Architects.

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