At the CoreNet Global Summit, Brussels, 21-22 September 2009
With recovery beckoning on the horizon, forward thinking organizations are looking for opportunities. Entitled 'Positioning for the Turnaround and Beyond', the CoreNet Global Summit, held in Brussels' well-appointed Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, addressed how corporate real estate can lead the way in the post-recession world. Keynote speakers included Norbert Walter, Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank.
By Bernd Struben, Senior Editor REP (Real Estate Publishers)
Attendance at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel beat expectations.
Marinus Dijkman (President and Founder of REP) and I traveled down to the historic city of Brussels from Den Haag together, battling rush hour traffic and a broken car radio en route. Of course the trip was well worth our while as CoreNet managed to put together yet another stellar summit. Despite the fact that members have averaged expenditure cuts of 5-30%, as stated by retiring CEO of CoreNet Global, Prentice Knight, attendance was barely down from a year ago and the conference rooms were tightly packed. CoreNet also provided an excellent networking dinner at De Warande, an exclusive venue a short bus ride from the hotel.
FLTR: Barry Varcoe, Director, Group Property, Royal Bank of Scotland; Prentice Knight, CEO, CoreNet Global; Norbert Walter, Chief E