Welcome to the 25th Annual FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference!

The conference is organized to highlight the emerging trends and conditions facing the real estate industry. Conference sessions discuss conditions affecting national, regional and local markets. Our goal is to host a world-class forum that informs, challenges and inspires! 

Among the more than 50 invited speakers, panelists, and moderators, this year’s speaker line-up includes:

  • David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group
  • Dan Quayle, Chairman, Cerberus Global Investments, LLC and former Vice President of the United States
  • Peter Collins, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Forge Capital Partners
  • Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Wesley LePatner, Global COO, Core+ and BREIT, Blackstone
  • Mark Rose, CEO, Avison Young and Chairman, Avison Young (Canada)
  • Benjamin Schall, President and CEO, Seritage Growth Properties
  • Maury Tognarelli, CEO, Heitman
  • Ashbel "Ash" Williams Jr., Executive Director and CIO, Florida State Board of Administration

Thank you to more than 100 sponsors and program partners for supporting the conference.

To view the conference program, click here.

Thursday, October 24: The 2019 conference opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on the rooftop terrace at the University Center Club, followed by TRENDS25 Celebration (a separately ticketed event) from 7 to 9 p.m. in the UCC ballroom. TRENDS25 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the TRENDS Conference with a "Coming Home to FSU" theme featuring gourmet food stations, Southern delicacies, champagne, signature cocktails and entertainment by The Bushmen (with Professor Stacy Sirmans on keyboard) and a special appearance by FSU alumna and Grammy Award winner, Rita Coolidge. With plenty of great food, drink, and entertainment, you will want to "come home" to this exclusive networking event!

The reception on the terrace from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. is open to all registered guests. The TRENDS25 Celebration, in the third floor ballroom from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., is a special, separately ticketed event within the conference registration site.

Friday, October 25: The day's sessions are focused on issues affecting real estate investment, finance and business decisions. The plenary sessions look at the macro-level conditions affecting today’s markets, while the concurrent sessions examine opportunity zones, the impact of legalized marijuana on real estate, concepts and conditions in residential markets (multifamily and single family), and initiatives to create active downtown and urban districts. Friday’s sessions are at the Turnbull Conference Center.

Saturday, October 26: Syracuse vs. Florida State Football Game, Doak Campbell Stadium (time to be determined). Single game tickets may be purchased from the FSU Athletic Ticket Office, (850) 644-1830, or at

Attending will be institutional and private equity investors, advisors, lenders, asset managers, corporate users, developers, attorneys, brokers, appraisers and policy makers. Plus, we reserve space for 130 of our real estate students. We expect a sell-out crowd of more than 700 to join us.

The 25th Annual FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference is organized by the FSU Real Estate Center's Conference Committee. The Center works to extend the traditional classroom for students enrolled at FSU in one of the nation’s preeminent real estate programs.

  • When

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Friday Conference Location

  • Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
    555 W. Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32306

Thursday Conference Location
FSU Champions Club
FSU Doak Campbell Stadium,
University Center, Building B,
Tallahassee, FL 32306

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