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CARLSBAD, CA, January 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Realcomm Conference Group, LLC, a global leader in providing technology education and networking opportunities for the commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate industry and producer of IBcon, the Smart, Connected, High Performance Intelligent Buildings conference, announced today that industry leaders Larry Melton of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)/Public Buildings Service, Scott Morey of General Growth Properties (GGP) and Darrell Smith of Microsoft will co-chair the IBcon 2013 Advisory Council. The council, comprised of some of the foremost authorities on the intelligent buildings topic, will help to shape the content and direction of the second annual conference, which will be held June 11-13 in Orlando, FL.
"We are very excited that Larry, Scott and Darrell have agreed to co-chair the IBcon 2013 Advisory Council," said Jim Young, co-founder and CEO of Realcomm. "Their combined experience and expertise will ensure that the technology and automation topics presented at the conference represent the best and most practical solutions for the current challenges faced by the commercial, corporate and government real estate industry."
Larry Melton is presently Assistant Commissioner, Office of Facilities Management & Services Programs for GSA/PBS. With an owned and leased portfolio totaling over 360 million square feet, he is responsible for the oversight of the Offices of Smart & Sustainable Buildings and Tenant Services. These offices deliver world class facility operations, energy, environment and sustainability programs, mobile workplace solutions, small projects and reimbursable services, as well manage the entire building occupant experience through amenities and services. Among his current priorities is the implementation of a Smart Buildings strategy designed to improve performance and services across GSA's portfolio for over one million tenants by increasing utilization and operating with greater efficiency.
"I am grateful to co-chair this advisory council that gathers the visionaries that are leading the innovation of the real estate industry in real time," commented Melton. "Along with this, I am proud that government has been a leader in this transformation at scale and that we can share this experience with and learn from other IBcon attendees."
Darrell Smith is the Director of Facilities & Energy for Microsoft's Real Estate and Facilities division and oversees its 15 million square foot headquarters campus in Redmond, WA. He also manages Microsoft's Global Center of Excellence for Energy and Sustainability, where he is accountable for setting the strategic direction across its overall portfolio.
"I am very excited to be part of this year's event as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council. This will allow me to help advance smart building adoption and foster collaboration with the best and the brightest companies, vendors and thought leaders in industry," said Smith. "IBcon is the conference that fosters that environment."
Scott Morey as CIO/CTO for GGP, a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States and Brazil, is responsible for streamlining the organization's operating model. He brings more than two decades of global real estate, technology and operational experience including managing multi-billion dollar real estate positions across different countries and the integration of various company acquisitions.
"The blending of technology into physical space to create unique experiences and operating models is a rapidly emerging area," Morey added. "IBcon provides a forum to learn and move forward together as an industry and something I am thrilled to be a part of."
IBcon's 2013 conference theme, Embracing the Real Estate Technology REvolution - REdefining REal Estate Operations through Technology, Automation & Innovation, symbolizes the tremendous speed technology is permeating into every department and major process in today's real estate organization. This continued rate of adoption and redefinition of business processes will revolutionize the real estate operating model and dramatically redefine how commercial real estate will be owned, operated and used for the next 100 years.
For more information, visit www.realcomm.com/ibcon-2013.
About Realcomm Conference Group
Realcomm Conference Group, LLC is the leading research and educational institution that produces annual conferences and expositions on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings strategies for executives in commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate. Realcomm was founded in 1999 with the goal of bringing industry leaders together each year to discuss, demonstrate and debate the latest innovations that impact the industry. Today, in addition to the annual conferences, Realcomm conducts webinars, workshops and other strategic services to educate industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management and operations.
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