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RECA Exchange

Aug 23

Date: 8/23/2017

Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

JW Marriott
110 E 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701

The RECA Exchange is our premier half-day event that brings together hundreds of Austin's commercial real estate professionals to network and learn more about hot topic issues.

Registration is now closed and on-site registration is NOT available for this event. If you'd like to be added the waitlist, please email

Parking at the RECA Exchange: Valet parking is available for $15 at the JW Marriott, but it can become crowded quickly. We highly encourage you to consider self-parking at the nearby Austin Convention Center parking garage on Brazos St. for $8.



7:30 - 8 a.m. Registration

8 - 9 a.m. Opening Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Educational Breakout Sessions 1

CodeNext: What is Form-Based Code and Who's Doing it Right?
Form-based codes foster predictable built results and high-quality public areas by using physical form — rather than separation of uses – as the organizing principle. What are the benefits of form-based code? What are the challenges? Our panel of experts will share their experiences using form-based code in other cities what Austin can expect as we implement it more.

  • Brad Buchanan, Executive Director, City & County of Denver Community Planning & Development Department
  • John David Carson, Vice President of Development, Carson Properties
  • Mary Madden, Board of Directors, Form-Based Codes Institute
  • Melissa Neslund, RECA Chair-Elect, Armbrust & Brown, PLLC - Moderator

The Top Economic Trends to Watch
Want to know what’s going on in the local, national and global financial markets? How long will the ‘good times’ last in Austin? Our panel of local and national economic experts will dive into the data to share what’s powering the economy and preview what kind of threats we may face. They’ll also share opportunities they see in the commercial real estate sector and what could potentially derail our successful path in Austin.

  • Jeff Coddington, Senior Vice President, JLL
  • Robert Kramp, Director of Research & Analysis, CBRE
  • Bill Perotti, Chief Risk Officer, Frost Bank
  • Rachel Coulter, Senior Vice President, JLL - Moderator

Opportunity Austin: Our Economic Development Success Story
There are several reasons for Austin’s continued economic success, but there’s perhaps nothing more important than attracting key industries and leading businesses to our area. Our panel will share the inside story about what it takes to keep the momentum going to ensure Austin’s growth remains successful for years to come.

  • ​Gary Farmer, President, Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.
  • Mike Rollins, President & CEO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Nick Moulinet, RECA Board Chair, DPR Construction - Moderator

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Networking & Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Educational Breakout Sessions 2

Affordability and the CodeNext Opportunity
‘CodeNext’ and ‘affordability’ – they’re two things everyone in our industry is talking about. But as Austin re-writes its land development code, what does it really take to create affordability programs that work for both developers and the community? Our panel of experts will discuss how we can incentivize developers without sacrificing the public good, how Austin can build a successful density bonus program and what we can learn from Nashville’s affordability programs. 

  • Rebecca Giello, Assistant Director, City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development
  • Adriane Bond Harris, Senior Advisor for Affordable Housing, Nashville Mayor's Office
  • Erica Leak, Housing and Policy Manager, City of Austin
  • Scott Turner, Founder, Turner Residential
  • Phyllis Snodgrass, CEO, Austin Habitat for Humanity - Moderator​

The State of Austin's Workforce Economy
Skill and labor shortages are hitting the commercial real estate industry hard and uncertain immigration policy at the federal level is only adding to the worries. What’s going on in the labor market in Austin? Our panel will separate the fact from fiction and share their on-the-ground experience and potential solutions.

  • Chris Schreck, Director of Planning & Economic Development, Capital Area Council of Governments
  • Don Tracy, Director of Operations, Continuing Education Division, Austin Community College
  • Matt Williamson, Managing Director, The Beck Group
  • Rudy Garza, President & CEO, Garza EMC - Moderator

How Do We Preserve Austin as a Special Events Destination?
We all know Austin is a special place, but with our exponential growth in tourism and population, how do we preserve what makes Austin unique? Our panel of local leaders will share their successes, challenges and the lessons they’ve learned operating in such a unique environment.

  • Aaron Fox, General Manager, Lyft
  • Ashley Hodgini, Southeast Region Government Affairs Manager, HomeAway
  • Catlin Whitington, Senior Planner, SXSW
  • Jed Buie, President, Buie & Co. - Moderator

Noon - 1 p.m. Keynote Lunch
Luke Tate, Former Senior Policy Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council
Tate worked on the The White House Housing Development Toolkit, which details how often restrictive land-use policies of American cities, counties, and suburbs can create barriers and inhibit new housing development.



Individual Registration: $225 per member, $325 per nonmember
Includes open seating at the opening breakfast, access to the educational breakout sessions and open seating at the keynote lunch.

Group Registration for 10 Guests: $2,500
Includes open seating at the opening breakfast, access to the educational breakout sessions and a reserved table at the keynote lunch.

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