If you scan the crowd at most commercial real estate events, you are likely to find a gaggle of upstarts, eager to hand you their business cards, but you may not actually see many firms’ decision-makers. Many of these leaders might have attended once, but now hang back to avoid the crush of small talk and service providers.
But one event keeps real estate’s founders coming back year after year.
Escape, a yearly retreat at the plush 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, brings together some of the most influential developers, owners and investors in the country for two days of dealmaking, reflection and relaxation. Curated small-group “tribe sessions” offer a chance for attendees to delve deeper into their business and personal development and to learn from their peers, forging tighter bonds than any other conference in real estate. Meanwhile, elegant meals and wine tastings are paired with group activities and talks featuring distinguished authors, psychologists and technologists.