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Bricks and Banter Event Enjoyed by a Diverse Group of CRE Professionals

On the evening of May 1st, the historic Ritchie Mill buzzed with energy and enthusiasm as the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee hosted "Bricks & Banter: Real Estate Revelations." This gathering brought together a diverse group of commercial real estate professionals, from seasoned veterans to students and emerging leaders, all eager to learn from the featured speakers, Laura Bradley and Leigh Melnychuk.


Laura Bradley, from Qualico Properties, delivered an inspiring talk on resilience in the face of challenges. She shared compelling anecdotes from her career journey, emphasizing the pivotal role of overcoming adversity in achieving industry success. Her stories resonated deeply, showcasing the virtues of persistence and courage in real estate.


Leigh Melnychuk, from Genstar Developments, complemented Laura's narratives by highlighting the critical elements of due diligence and open-mindedness to feedback. His expert insights into meticulous research and the acceptance of constructive criticism equipped attendees with actionable strategies for professional growth and awareness.


The evening's schedule included a fireside chat moderated by Developing Leaders Committee member, Armaan Sunner, and extended networking sessions, fostering dynamic interactions and deep connections among participants. The venue, Ritchie Mill, with its historical charm and modern adaptation, served as the perfect backdrop for an event dedicated to merging past insights with future aspirations.


Special thanks are extended to REMAX Commercial Capital for their support in hosting us at Ritchie Mill and to Ever Red Developments for their sponsorship. The event's success, demonstrated by high attendance and enriching exchanges, emphasized the strong demand for quality networking opportunities within our industry and the value placed on insights shared by established leaders.


Author: Jayden Armstrong, Business Development Manager with Atkinson Construction, NAIOP Edmonton Developing Leader Committee Member

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