19th Annual NIC Conference In September To Host Penny Pritzker and Ben Stein As Keynote Speakers

Penny Pritzker, CEO of Pritzker Realty Group and founder of Classic Residence by Hyatt, and Ben Stein, well-known economist and humorist, will deliver the keynote addresses at the 19th Annual NIC Conference, as announced today by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). Recognized as the industry’s top deal making event, it brings together seniors housing and care providers, financiers and developers, with portfolios ranging from international and national to regional and community-based portfolios.  This year’s conference will return to the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Ill., on September 23-25, 2009. The theme will be: "Succeeding in a Capital-Constrained Environment: Emerging Stronger, Smarter, Better."  On Thursday morning, September 24, Penny Pritzker will address attendees at the opening plenary session and Ben Stein will be the featured speaker at the networking luncheon.  The conference will enable attendees to network through out the event and will provide sessions on financing topics and operating performance issues, as well = as demonstrations on how to use NIC MAP data.

“In a market where fewer deals are getting done and capital is difficult to access, opportunities for networking become even more important," said Robert G. Kramer, president of NIC. "In addition, access to reliable data takes on greater significance. Our conference provides dedicated opportunities to connect capital with providers looking to refinance, expand, develop or renovate properties. Attendees will get the latest data results from NIC MAP’s expansion into the top 100 metro markets and advice from peers on how to best operate in this constrained environment."

Attendance for the 19th Annual NIC Conference is limited to the first 1,600 registrants and space tends to fill up by mid-summer. Registration fees range from $1,000 (for operators with 1-10 properties) to $1,750. After August 6, 2009, registration fees will increase by $200.

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