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Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 6.9.22 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan

Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 6.9.22 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan


Derek Dickow is famous for his networking events, and this one proved to be another successful opportunity to connect key members of the commercial real estate industry. Derek assembled an array of experienced professionals to provide key insights into the commercial real estate industry, including keynotes from industry experts and four panels on industry trends. The event included the largest 1:1 speed networking event in the region, and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception that allowed for ample networking opportunities.

Thanks to presenting sponsor DRYmedic and dozens of other supportive sponsors, Power Connections was a smashing success, with over 300 people there to network, listen to knowledgeable panels of experts, and discuss the future of the state’s commercial real estate industry.


Joey Agree

President & CEO, Agree Realty Corp.

Dennis Bernard

Founder and President, Bernard Financial Group

Charles Gleeson II

C.E. Gleeson Constructors, Inc

Kevin Johnson

President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Kevin Kovachevich

Founder, District Capital

Dr. Ammar

W. Alkhafaji

Principal, W Investors Group

Ron Boji

President & CEO, Boji Group

Ron Goldstone

Executive Vice President, NAI Farbman

Douglas E. Kelin

Partner, Honigman LLP

Emily D’Agostini


Attorney & Principal, D’Agostini Companies

Rudy Patros

Owner & President, Securatech

Duane Barbat

Partner, The Barbat Organization Inc.

Derek Dickow

Event Host, Power Connector

Rob Graham

SVP, Commercial Banker, Farmers & Merchants State Bank

Mario Kiezi

President, MKiezi Investments, LLC.

Howard Luckoff

Co-Founder, Essex Title

Kirk Pinho

Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Aaron E. Bass

Partner, Honigman LLP

Kevin Dietz

Host, WJR-AM Radio

Saab Grewal

Director of Asset Management, Singh Development

Dan Kilberg

Area Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Gallagher

Quentin Messer, Jr.

ECEO, President & Chair, MEDC

Randy Wertheimer

CEO & President, Hunter Pasteur

Diane Batayeh

CEO, Village Green

Michael Ferlito

Partner, Ferlito Group

Dalen Hanna

Managing Partner, D. Hanna & Co., LLC

R.J. King

Editor, DBusiness

Fadi Nassar

President & CEO, Nassar Companies


Thanks to the incredible generosity of the attendees and sponsors, we were able to donate over $80,000 to The Children’s Foundation, which advocates for the health of children in Michigan through research, education, programs, and other initiatives.

“We are so grateful to Derek Dickow, his team and the generous attendees for this impactful donation,” said Lawrence J. Burns, Foundation President and CEO. “It will help advance the health and safety of children in our state and beyond.”


“I am beyond thankful that Derek held this networking event; I gained tremendous knowledge from industry leaders and people alike. I met many people that I am now pleased to call friends. I recommend Derek’s event to anyone in the industry or looking to break into the industry! I look forward to attending more!”
Petar Elieff
Associate, ICONIC Real Estate

“Derek is first class all the way. He knows his stuff and wants everyone he meets to succeed. He is an excellent speaker, and his events are packed full of beneficial information!”
Joey Smith
President, U&S Companies

“This was my first time going to the Power Connections Event. I not only benefited from participating as a speaker but also as an attendee. Derek has mastered the art of putting together a well-attended, professionally executed, and informational event. I will definitely return.”
Emily D’Agostini Kunath
Attorney, D’Agostini Companies

“Derek performs at a top tier level. He’s proven that with all the events he’s hosted. He’s proven that with all the people he brings together through his mastered talent of being a power connector. I highly recommend Derek, not only for his connections, but for his extraordinary willingness to give, with his whole heart, in order to help someone achieve their goals.”
Andrew Attisha
Property Manager, AY Property Management

“WOW! What an incredible day! I absolutely loved the Speed Networking, as always, though the panel of retail, office, mixed use and multi-use with many of the industry titans was truly awesome. Such an incredible day overall! Kudos for organizing such an awesome event.”
Sara Faircloth
Business Development Consultant, Interior Environments

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