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Today’s workplace looks and performs very differently than even a decade ago. On Monday, June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., five leaders in the real estate, architecture and technology fields will explore the continuing evolution of America’s “office” as part of the Every Building Conference & Expo, presented by BOMA International and BUILDINGS, June 24 to 26 in Seattle.

During the highly anticipated Monday morning General Session, “Real Estate 2020: The Shape of Things to Come,” the panelists, moderated by award-winning editor John Salustri of GlobeSt.com and ALM, will discuss how the needs of corporate end-users are changing; how ongoing technological advancements impact — for better or worse — the interaction of people and places; what will define high-performance space; and in a post-terrorist world, what is the outlook for protection of our people and our places.

Panelists will include:

· Ronald W. Cook, AVP, support and international real estate, AT&T, Dallas;

· Gordon Feller, director, Urban Innovations Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, Calif.;

· Andrew R. Friedman, managing director, Capital Transactions, Shorenstein, San Francisco;

· Karen H. Thomas, AIA, managing director, Gensler, Seattle.

Salustri has covered the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years and is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Journalism award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

“The commercial real estate industry has long served as a mirror to our country’s general health,” said Boyd R. Zoccola, BOMA International Chair and executive vice president of Hokanson Companies Inc. “It is critical to understand workplace trends, recognize the current and future needs of tenants, and be able to proactively position our building portfolios to meet the demands of our tenants.

This panel — with representatives from varying sectors and viewpoints of the industry — will provide an eye-opening look into how work force needs are changing, how new technologies are changing the way we manage our properties, what tenants will need in our properties and how these factors will demand ever more sweeping changes to what many have long thought of as, simply, ‘the office.’”

The 2012 Every Building Conference and Expo, scheduled for June 24 to 26 in Seattle, is the commercial real estate industry’s premier professional event. This collaborative meeting of the industry’s best minds includes nearly 50 sessions across five education tracks on everything from creating and sustaining high performance buildings, to maximizing asset and portfolio performance, and high performance leadership. More than 450 exhibits will help attendees find solutions to operational challenges and strategies to enhance asset performance.

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