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Business Forum & Grand Prix of Real Estate Award Ceremony 

Network, Celebrate & Learn

Welcome to Chicago! Below please find all the information you need for the two-day FIABCI-USA Forum and Grand Prix Awards.

Tuesday October 31

Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel | 540 North Michigan Avenue

  • 9:30 am – 5:45 pm – FIABCI-USA Registration Desk | 3rd floor outside the Kane Room
  • 10:15 am - Lobby of the Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel | Tour Participants Assemble
  • 10:30 am - Depart hotel for tour of 1871 Chicago Technology Incubator
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - 1871 Chicago Technology Incubator at the Merchandise Mart Chicago    1871 Web Site

Thank You to Name Tag Sponsor

Nicole Beauchamp, Member of the FIABCI-USA Board of Directors &  Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 

Engel & Völkers New York Real Estate, LLC


FIABCI USA Board and Committee Meetings 

  • 1 pm - Executive Committee Meeting (closed) - DuPage Room 
  • 2 pm - Board of Directors Meeting (closed) - Kane Room 
  • 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm  - Committee Meetings (Current Committee members) - Kane Room 
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - "Masked Fete" Welcome Reception | Renelle on the River Showroom | 405 North Wabash Avenue | Thank You to our Sponsor and Host The Belgravia Group!

Thank You "Masked Fete" Welcome Reception Sponsor & Host 


 The Belgravia Group

Dinner on your own in the River North Neighborhood: For Information and a restaurant guide please link to: Choose Chicago River North Guide


Wednesday November 1

The InterContinental Chicago | Avenue West Ballroom | 505 N Michigan Ave


Thank You Breakfast Breads & Coffee/Tea Sponsors 


The Chicago Association of REALTORS

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS

Marsha Collins-Mroz, My Global Partner in Real Estate  

Mary Murray, Attorney At Law 

Joanna Pranica, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation 


  • 8:30 am - Coffee Service & Continental Breakfast
  •  9 am - FIABCI-USA General Meeting | Open to All Members
  •  10 am - 12:00 Leadership & Governance Training | Adorna Carroll, President of Dynamic Directions, Inc.
  •  12:00 pm – 12:45 pm - Lunch on your own 2016_Walking_Restaurant_List.pdf


Panel Presentations


1:00 pm - 1:55 pm | Art of the Auction Panel Discussion

Moderated by Sheldon Good, The Good Realty Group | FIABCI WORLD President 1996-97 and Past National President CCIM Sheldon Good bio


Panelists include: 


2:00 pm - 2:55 pm | How the Tech Industry is Influencing Commercial Real Estate

Moderated by Robin Webb, CCIM, Managing Director, NAI Realvest & 2017 International President of CCIM Institute Robin_Webb_for_Presentations.pdf


Panelists include:


3:00 pm - 3:55 pm | Sharing Best Practices: Leveraging FIABCI Membership for Exponential Growth

Moderated by Kellee Buhler, FIABCI New York/Northeast President and Licensed Associate Broker, COMPASS




Thank You to Speaker Gift Sponsor 


Nancy Suvarnamani, CIPS, FIABCI-USA Treasurer 2017/2018 and Broker/Owner, Century 21 SGR 




Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards High Tea

The Drake Hotel | 140 E Walton Place


4:15 pm - Gathering  

4:20 pm - High Tea &

4:45 pm - Grand Prix of Real Estate Award Ceremony Commences

  •  Barbara Schmerzler, FIABCI-USA President-Elect  2017-2018 & Owner/Broker, U.S. Homefinders, Inc.


2017 Grand Prix of Real Estate Award Entrants

  •  The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida | Preservation Category
  •  Brown Jordan Flagship Store, Miami, Florida | Commercial Category
  •  Flex Homes - MANAWA at Mehana, Kapolei, Hawaii | Residential Low Rise Category
  •  Haleola'ili'ainapono (A Living Building Challenge Project), Honolulu, Hawaii | Environmental Category
  •  Manhattanville Campus, Columbia University, New York, NY | Master Plan Category
  •  Waiea, Honolulu, Hawaii | Residential High Rise Luxury Category



The 2017 panel of judges includes:

  •  Emre Arolat, Emre Arolat Architecture, Istanbul, London & New York, Visiting Faculty at Yale, Fall 2017
  •  Lisa Gomez, Chief Operating Officer + Partner, L+M Development Partners, New York, NY
  •  Karrie McCampbell, BOMA Fellow, CPM®, Sr. Vice President, Regional Operations Central Region, Asset Services, Dallas, TX 

Thank You Grand Prix of Real Estate Sponsors 


FIABCI-USA Members Mia-Lan Trinh & Eugenia Foxworth

Marsha Collins-Mroz, Chicago/Midwest Local Council President