Derek Dickow Presents:


Building powerful connections in Commercial Real Estate

Derek Dickow Presents:


Building powerful connections in Commercial Real Estate


Thursday, June 22, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend Street | Birmingham, Michigan


Thursday, June 22, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend Street | Birmingham, Michigan


Commercial real estate isn’t about buildings and land. It’s about people.

Success in Commercial Real Estate requires human connection. It’s more than just discussions about buildings and land — it’s also about people. That’s why we bring key members of the industry together to share information and insights and to experience mutually beneficial networking opportunities. Building powerful connections is what happens at our Power Connections events.

Across the region, industry leaders in CRE consider this the can’t-miss date of the year. This year’s event has been reimagined, retooled, and reinvented to bring even more value to professionals in commercial real estate. It will spark connections that change careers, industries and lives.

In this one-day immersive event, you’ll hear exclusive insights into the latest market conditions driving the region’s CRE landscape. You’ll hear from innovators, trendsetters, and newsmakers — crucial next-gen intelligence that will help you build your business and grow your network.

Attend POWER CONNECTIONS: Building Powerful Connections in Commercial Real Estate, and you’ll experience:

• A day of connecting with the smartest people in the industry
• Engaging panel discussions with actionable advice
• The newest and best strategies to build your business
• Insight into the latest market trends
• The region’s largest 1:1 speed networking event
• Social and networking opportunities to help you connect with more than 300 professionals from across the CRE ecosystem
• A tradeshow that features exhibits from an array of established and up-and-coming businesses

This event is where ideas are nurtured, relationships are built, and careers are made. New connections. Lasting Impact. Are you in?

*Please note: Agenda, timeline, and speakers may change at any time.

Register now for the largest Commercial Real Estate-focused networking event in the region!

Thursday, June 22nd at 8 am








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Click on a speaker below to learn more about them.

Dr. Ammar W. Alkhafaji

Principal, W Investors Group

Dennis S. Bernard

Founder, President of Bernard Financial Group

Sam Beznos

CEO, Beztak Companies

Ron Boji

CEO, Boji Group

David Z. Cohen

President & CEO, ARCO

Derek Dickow

Event Host, Power Connector

Jared Friedman

Managing Director, Friedman Real Estate

Saab Grewal

Director, Asset Management, Singh Development

Charles Gleeson, II

President & CEO,
C.E. Gleeson Constructors, Inc.

Andy Gutman

President, Farbman Group

Kevin Johnson

President & CEO, DEGC

Emily D’Agostini Kunath

Principal, D’Agostini Companies

R.J. King

Editor, DBusiness Magazine

Kevin Kovachevich

Founder, District Capital

Richard Karp

President, Karp and Associates

Adam M. Lutz

Managing Principal, Q10 Lutz Financial Services

Lori Mullins MEDC

Vice President, Economic Incentives

Rudy Patros

CEO, Securatech

Gideon Pfeffer

CEO & Managing Partner, GSH

Kirk Pinho

Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Krystol Rappuhn

Executive Vice President, Beanstalk Real Estate Solutions

Steve Schimpke

Director of Client & Real Estate Strategy, Cunningham-Limp

Angela Thomas

Co-Founder, AERES Real Estate

Mark Winter

President & Founding Partner, Identity

Stephen Burke

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Rair Capital

Fadi Nassar

President, Nassar Companies


“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

“The most valuable aspect of this event is connecting with people you would not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with. In these days and times, it is very difficult to get in a confined space and learn of new opportunities, new possibilities … and this networking event provides that for us, and for that I am very grateful.”

Kevin Johnson
President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

“I would recommend anybody in the real estate business that wants to network and get a full appreciation of a diverse group of speakers to attend this event next year.”

Howard Luckoff
Co-founder & General Counsel, Essex Title

“I found the event very well done. It was a great group of leaders in the real estate industry, and I thought that the topics of discussion were solid. I certainly left with a lot of great information and met a lot of good people.”

Ron Goldstone
Executive Vice President, NAI Farbman

​​Power Connections in Commercial Real Estate

June 22, 2023 @ The Townsend Hotel

8:oo a.m.  Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m Keynote: How to Build Power Connections
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 1:1 Speed Networking
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: Multi-Family
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Panel 2: Mixed Use
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Afternoon Program Begins
1:00 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. Fireside Chat with Ron Boji
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Panel 3: Retail
2:15 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.  Afternoon Break: Snacks Provided
2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Panel 4: Industrial
3:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Break
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m Panel 5: Office
4:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

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