The meetings presented a series of provocative program sessions as real estate sets its sights to higher levels.


Birmingham, Michigan – May 5, 2013 – Robert J. Pliska, CRE, Managing Director, of SPERRY Van Ness / Property Investment Associates, LLC, a commercial and investment real estate advisor located in the Detroit metropolitan and Michigan markets attended the Counselors of Real Estate of the National Association of Realtors Mid Year meetings in New York City held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel from April 28, 2013 ot May 1, 2013. Speakers included Larry Silverstein who discussed his $10 billion redevelopment of the World Trade Center, the Phoenix of the 21st Century and Faith Hope Consolo, Manhattan’s “Queen of Retail” who discussed the transitioning in the retail market.  Other speakers included, Glen Rufano, CEO of Cushman and Wakefield, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno of New Jersey, Jeff Jacobson, CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle, Robert White, Founder & President of Real Capital Analytics, Rick Kinnard, VP of Walmart Stores, Inc, James Kughn, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and Keith Cheatham, SVP, NBCUniversal among many others.

Featured Sessions

Featured sessions included reviewing the state of the real estate market, emerging markets, economic point-counterpoint, big data-the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, what’s in store for retailers, capitalizing on the housing market crash, investing in single family homes and commercial real estate, new money for commercial real estate, corporate real estate, and connecting lawyers and associates.    There were opportunities at the session to take a walking tour of New York’s High Line and attend various social events and networking activities.  A special session included the Counselors of Real Estate identifying the top ten issues affecting real estate which will be finalized and presented to the press in the upcoming months.

About SPERRY Van Ness Property Investment Associates, LLC

SPERRY Van Ness/Property Investment Associates (SVNPIA) is one of SPERRY Van Ness International’s locations that operates in the Detroit and Michigan market.  As a SPERRY Van Ness office, the firm is connected to 175 locations nationally and internationally. With headquarters in Birmingham, Michigan (a Detroit suburb), SVNPIA is involved in all areas of commercial and investment real estate including sales, leasing, financing, property management, consulting, auctioning and accelerated marketing of all product types – office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hotels, mobile home parks, self storage and land. The office coordinates with all other national and international offices to provide the best service to all its many clients.

SVNPIA enjoys the benefits of having their properties marketed nationwide via real time syndication to major listing sites, social media and email campaigns and SPERRY Van Ness International’s (SVNIC’s) weekly national sales calls – a program that allows local associates to bring their properties to a national audience. Since 1987, SVNIC has focused on a mission of putting clients first while supporting each of its independently owned and operated local offices. SVNPIA’s Managing Director, Robert J. Pliska, CRE, CPA is a Counselor of Real Estate of the National Association of Realtors and his highly connected on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as “rpliska” with thousands of followers

About SPERRY Van Ness International Corporation

SPERRY Van Ness International Corporation, a commercial real estate brokerage franchisor, is one of commercial real estate’s most recognizable brands, based on the annual Lipsey Survey. The SPERRY Van Ness organization includes more than 175 locations in 36 markets. With headquarters in Irvine Calif., SPERRY Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Associates provide brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing and auction services. SPERRY Van Ness associates represent clients in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality, marina and land transactions. All SPERRY Van Ness offices are independently owned and operated. For more information, go to www.svn.com.


SPERRY Van Ness / Property Investment Associates, LLC