On Wednesday, April 4, the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR) is presenting the 2012 Commercial Expo and Living Legend’s Speaker Series from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Galleria Hotel in the 3rd floor Galleria Ballroom.   Since 1983, this annual event has provided a face-to-face venue for commercial brokers, developers and related service firms to share real-time information about transactions and development in the marketplace.

“The 2012 Expo will feature a presentation by Gerald D. Hines, which will be a fantastic continuation for this, the second of our Living Legends Speaker Series,” said Jeff G. Peden, president of the Houston/Gulf Coast Coast SIOR chapter.  “This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the true legends in our industry.”

Billed as Houston’s premier commercial real estate networking event, opportunities abound for participants to network with a wide variety of key real estate development/marketing teams. Registration is from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the keynote speaker.  The expo and networking continue until 8 p.m.  Cost is $50 per person, with 10-ticket bundles being offered for $350.  For additional information, contact Michelle Martin at 713-830-2184, or register online at  www.siorhouston.com/expo.


Gerald D. Hines, Founder and Chairman, Hines

Gerald D. Hines grew a one-man operation into one of the largest and most respected real estate investment, development and management firms in the world.  Since its inception in 1957, Hines has developed or acquired more than 1,015 projects in 245 cities globally and 18 countries, representing more than 340 million square feet of commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial projects.

The Hines firm controls assets valued at approximately $23.4 billion and partners with major institutional investors as well as individual inventors through the Hines REIT.

Mr. Hines is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has received the Urban Land Institute’s J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.  An industry pioneer in aesthetics and sustainability, Mr. Hines has championed and supported real estate architecture and urban planning programs at Harvard, Yale and Rice universities; the College of Architecture at the University of Houston is named in his honor.