U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to Deliver Keynote at NAREE


Statesman and Real Estate Veteran to Offer Industry Insight

ATLANTA – May 16, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will deliver the keynote speech at the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 47th Annual Journalism Conference, set for June 5-8 in downtown Atlanta. Isakson, who has served in the Senate since 2005, will speak to the group Friday, June 7 at the Hilton Atlanta at 8:45 AM.

NAREE is the only association for journalists and communications professionals covering residential and commercial real estate. The conference will bring leading editors, writers, columnists and bloggers from around the country to hear industry trends on home sales, mortgages and finance, new urban mixed-use development and green building. Sen. Isakson served as president of Northside Realty in Georgia for two decades and has sponsored several real estate-related pieces of legislation.

“Senator Isakson’s first-hand knowledge of the real estate industry coupled with the legislation he sponsored – including the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers – makes him a natural fit for NAREE’s audience of real estate journalists,” said Mary Doyle-Kimball, NAREE executive director.

NAREE President Kris Hudson, Wall Street Journal, will open the conference on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m. Vice President Daniel Taub, Bloomberg News, will moderate a multifamily panel on June 6. NAREE Board Director Matt Valley, France Media is NAREE’s Atlanta Conference Chair. Freelancers and staff reporters and editors from Reuters, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Post, Consumer Reports, Dallas Morning News, Inman News, MSN Real Estate, AOL, Orlando Sentinel, Charlotte Observer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others are registered for NAREE’s conference.

More than 20 company presidents, chief executive officers and partners from leading real estate-related firms will appear. “The amount of information this conference offers is incredible,” said Kris Hudson. “When writing about real estate, one has to cover several facets of the industry and the NAREE Journalism Conference touches on them all.”

Senator Isakson, who began his business career in the real estate industry, has used his real estate experience to work on legislative solutions for the mortgage and financial woes caused during the recent crash, aimed at reducing the number of foreclosed homes.

Prior to his congressional career and during his 22 years as company president, Senator Isakson built Northside Realty into the largest independent real estate brokerage company in the Southeast.

Senator Isakson will speak to NAREE journalists in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown Friday, June 7 at 8:45 a.m. For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.naree.org.

Conference Hotel
NAREE’s room block at the Hilton Atlanta downtown is expiring soon. Call 1-800-hiltons or visit www.hilton.com to make your reservation today. Ask for NAREE’s $119 rate.

Celebrating 84 years of service to journalists—covering residential, commercial and financial real estate, home and urban design, and green building—NAREE helps members advance their careers as editors, staff writers columnists, freelancers, bloggers and authors. Founded in 1929, the organization has 650 members nationwide. NAREE’s conference will also offer workshops on digital media and tours of three new urban developments.

NAREE: Mary Doyle-Kimball: 561-391-3599
Senator Isakson’s Press Secretary: Lauren Culbertson: 202-224-3643
The Wilbert Group Atlanta: Tony Wilbert: 404-405-3656

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