Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) recently held its fifth annual National Industrial Strength Connections Summit at the Loews Chicago Hotel.
The three-day event brought together more than 300 brokers, affiliates, speakers and sponsors from across the country to network, learn and collaborate on an array of compelling topics, including the future of industrial real estate, the state of the U.S. logistics market, national market perspectives and trends, best-practices and cross-selling opportunities.
Keynote speakers included Rick Blasgen, chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Don DeLoach, chief executive officer of InfoBright.
The general consensus from this year’s event was that the overall state of the U.S. industrial market remains strong. Other key takeaways were that the internet and digital worlds are driving every facet of the business world; E-commerce will be a significant market driver for the next decade; and that construction prices are on the rise.