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FIABCI-USA Grand Prix and Business Forum

Join FIABCI-USA for our Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards and Business Forum prior to the NAR Conference & Expo in Chicago. If you need a hotel room in Chicago, the following are NAR approved hotels with rooms still available: The London House, Palomar Hotel Chicago, the Renaissance Chicago, The Langham Chicago, The James Hotel.

10/31/2017 to 11/1/2017
When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Kate Mini

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The 2017 FIABCI-USA Business Forum and Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards

Network, Celebrate & Learn

Click to Register $175 includes Welcome Party and Grand Prix Tea.

Conference Hotel - Marriott Magnificence Mile

If you need a hotel room in Chicago, the following are NAR approved hotels with rooms still available:  The London House, Palomar Hotel Chicago, the Renaissance Chicago, The Langham Chicago, The James Hotel.  

Held in Chicago during the two days preceding NAR's Annual meeting -  come meet your fellow FIABCI members from around the world and enjoy exclusive events - including a special Masked Fete Welcome Reception - along with tours of residential developments, and the unique opportunity to hear renowned speakers present on such topics as leadership, auctioning high end properties, the continuing growth of the technology sector and its effect on real estate, plus more! Finally, celebrate as FIABCI's Grand Prix of Real Estate awards are presented to this year's winners during High Tea at the historic Drake Hotel

Chicago, a Midwestern gem, is a global city and a thriving international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Known for it's unique architecture ( some of the tallest buildings in the hemisphere are here) and popularity, having  last year hosted over 54 million visitors from around the world, Chicago is one of the most favored cities in the US for real estate purchases by foreign nationals.

Tuesday October 31

10:15 am  - Meet in the lobby of the Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel to leave at 10:30 for tour of 1871 Chicago Technology Incubator (Option Social)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - 1871 Chicago Technology Incubator at the Merchandise Mart Chicago 

FIABCI USA Board and Committee Meetings | Marriott Magnificent Mile | 540 N Michigan Avenue

1 pm Executive Committee Meeting (closed)

2 pm Board of Directors Meeting (closed)

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Committee Meetings (closed - current Committee members only)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm "Masked Fete" Welcome Reception - Thank You to our Sponsor and Host The Belgravia Group! Details below.

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

Please join us for a seasonal celebration to welcome you to Chicago.  The FIABCI-USA "Masked Fete Welcome Reception" is sponsored by the Belgravia Group. Our party will be held at the fabulous Renelle on the River Showroom at 405 North Wabash Avenue. 


Renelle on the River Showroom at 405 North Wabash Avenue.


Wednesday November 1

The InterContinental Chicago | 505 N Michigan Ave

9 am FIABCI-USA General Meeting | Open to All Members

10 am - 12:00 Leadership & Governance Training | Adorna Carroll, President of Dynamic Directions, Inc. | Open to All Attendees

Noon - Lunch on your own

Panel Presentations - Open to All Attendees 

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

Moderated by Sheldon Good, The Good Realty Group |

Panelists include: 

  • Liam Hogan, Hogan Estates, Dublin, Ireland 
  • Maria Babaev, Broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York 
  • Gordon J. Greene, CCIM, AARE, Manager, Accelerated Marketing, Hanna Commercial Real Estate/Chartwell Real Estate Auctions

2:00 pm - 2:55 pm | Technology Update: Technology as a Driver of Modern Office Usage

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

Panelists include:

  • Tom Alexander, COO, 1871 Chicago Technology Incubator 
  • David P. Ellerman, CCIM, CIPS, Managing Broker/Owner, Sperry CGA-Ellerman Brokerage
  • Andy Velkme, CIPS, Senior Broker, Caton Commercial Real Estate  Group

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


  • Farook Mahmood, FIABCI WORLD President 
  • Susan Greenfield, FIABCI-USA President 2017-2018 & Licensed Associate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens
  • Vanessa Saunders, Principal Broker, CEO, Global Property Systems Real Estate, White Plains, NY
  • Guest Speaker: Paul Boomsma, President, Luxury Portfolio, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World 

Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards High Tea

Gathering at 4:00 pm 

Presentation will begin at 4:30 pm during a formal High Tea at the Drake Hotel 140 E Walton Place (Ticketed event - space is limited.)

For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, colorful, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel, serving tea for nearly a century in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, is the quintessential Magnificent Mile afternoon tea experience. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here! Click to Register.