Expanding Knowledge 2018

Keynote speaker delivers a powerful message

Gayle Aertker delivering NRTA 2018 keynote addressKeynote speaker Gayle Aertker, Executive Vice President of Store Development for Burlington Stores, delivered a powerful message to attendees.

"Our retail industry has had an uncertain and difficult story as well over the past several years, yet our retail story can have a 'happily ever after' ending if we are willing and prepared to do the heavy lifting required to keep it alive. We play an important role in our retailer’s epic story. We are the 'guardians,' serving to protect and secure profitability through 'best in class' real estate, legal, financial, facility and lease administration programs."

Thanks to all who attended!

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This year's Expanding Knowledge Conference, held at the Houston Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX attracted over four hundred real estate professionals from physical fitness facilities, medical practices, banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, universities, and retailers, among others. In spite of their very diverse natures and needs, all have one thing in common: their responsibilities include retail or commercial lease management.
If your career is tied to the job of managing your company's square footage, this conference is for you. For more details, get the brochure and start planning to attend the 2019 conference now!

Highlights and Hot Topics included:

  • Changing Face of Retail/Office - an interactive panel with industry leaders
  • Industry Keynote Speaker
  • 'Office Hours' one-on-one discussions
  • Armed Intruder
  • How to Present to the C-Suite


  • Blockchain
  • Cannabis Stores and Leases
  • Office Lease Traps
  • Interactive discussions on Robotics, ADA Compliance, Leadership
  • Small-sized tenant issues such as Catastrophic Events, FASB, Insurance, Global Lease Administration

NRTA Developing Leaders Poolside Kickoff

The NRTA Developing Leaders group hosted a poolside kickoff at this year’s conference in Houston on Tuesday, October 2nd. It was hosted by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a Nashville, TN law firm.
For more information about the group, which is designed for members who are 35 years or younger or have less than 3 years of experience in the industry, check out their LinkedIn group.

Need help to justify your attendance for 2019? 

NRTA's Curriculum Committee members developed a new tool to help you justify your attendance through evaluating the potential Return on Investment (ROI) of attending next year's conference! A simple ROI Calculator helps tie a value to the benefit generated by NRTA conference attendance and allows your employer to see the net return to your company’s bottom line. Go ahead, do your own math! Help your employer with making this go/no-go decision. Simply download, complete, and present.

In addition to the quantifiable ROI, this education forum offers valuable opportunities to network with your peers in retail and corporate real estate and to keep up with the latest trends and best practices in the profession. Be sure to visit our Getting Approval page for more suggestions.

Make A Difference

This year's Expanding Knowledge Conference once again featured a community outreach day on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Our volunteers worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston at two different locations. 

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