Ed Ryland, president and CEO of ARVO,  along with The Greater Southeast Management District, Metro Houston Small Business Development Center and The Old Spanish Trail Community Partnership in association with the Institute for Inner City Commercial Real Estate Development, will host Debunking the Myth III 2011, “Positioning Your Business for the Economic Recovery,” a commercial real estate and economic development conference.

Debunking the Myth III 2011, is the city’s only gathering of real estate experts, investors, developers, community stakeholders, and public policy makers focusing on seizing opportunities in underserved urban markets by addressing perceptions and removing barriers to commercial development while providing the opportunity to network and make deals. The conference will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture and Design.

This prestigious conference will assemble an array of commercial real estate experts, investors, developers, community stakeholders, and public policy makers. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts involved in the day-to-day operations of commercial real estate.

What makes this conference worth attending?

It is Houston’s unique citywide forum where real estate experts, investors, developers, community stakeholders, and public policy makers converge to present compelling strategies for seizing opportunities in underserved and underinvested urban markets. Participants will emerge with valuable tools and resources that will competitively poise them for future success and growth. Believing in the importance of “seeding our future,” the conference will offer opportunities for college students and others interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate or urban planning to network with the real estate elite.

Why is the message of economic recovery so important right now?

Most businesses and individuals recognize the economic challenges we face, but we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and do nothing. We must be actively involved in looking for creative innovative solutions. Many opportunities are discovered during very challenging times. This is a great time for the businesses, the community and our government to work together. The conference is taking a positive approach and providing a platform where we can position ourselves for the economic recovery.

Who are some of the notable investors and realtors serving as panelists?

Jesse Thompson, business economist at the Houston Branch of Federal Reserve; Steve Bentham, McDonald’s; Sherman Lewis III, The Lewis Group; Suzzane Anderson, director of Leasing Midway Companies; Robert F. Stott, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Texas Medical Center; John Antel, senior vice chancellor provost for academic affairs, University of Houston; and Bill McDade of CBRE to name a few.

For more information please visit: www.greatersoutheastonline.com

Alexandria Green

Writer, Photographer, Pop Culture Connoisseur.

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