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From Site Selection magazine, January 2010

IAMC in 2010:
Look Forward To It

James Winter
James Winter
IAMC Chair

As I look back over 2009, many thoughts come to mind:

  • The decline and the continuing decline of the real estate markets;
  • The banking crisis, lending and refinancing restrictions;
  • The decline of and collapse of major manufacturing sectors, primarily automotive and related industries;
  • Buyer's market;
  • Anticipating the bottom of the market — some are still waiting;
  • Sellers, sellers, sellers instead of location, location, location;
  • Auctions becoming a primary tool to dispose of assets;
  • National healthcare policy/reform.

What do we do in times like these? Reach out to others for assistance. This comes in many forms — contacting a colleague for a referral or to brainstorm on solving a problem, or helping to find employment opportunities. This is also a time to help those less fortunate, whether that be through volunteering your time, donations or doing whatever it takes to show you care.

These and many other topics concern the members of IAMC — how does this organization assist with and, better yet, differ from other organizations? One of IAMC's greatest values is in its relationships. These relationships are built over time and are not only professional but personal — you can reach out and get help/assistance with almost anything you can imagine. There is no other organization that does so much to make certain that our members feel a sense of camaraderie and friendship — we know we can count on each other.

So what kind of year was it for IAMC? The Fall 2009 Professional Forum in

Minneapolis had the highest number of active participants ever! The Forum in Asheville , which occurred in the middle of the financial crisis in spring 2009, had more than 300 participants.

Deals will continue to be made and lost; projects will be developed, put on hold or terminated; healthcare reform will take years; but the relationships made through the IAMC connection will continue for a lifetime.

I'm looking forward to 2010 with optimism, patience, reflection and hope for a year of challenges and results that will improve the future of the planet.

I wish you and yours health, happiness and a prosperous New Year!

James Winter
IAMC Chair

From Site Selection magazine, January 2010

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