Top Experts to Gather at Bush Library to Discuss Real Estate in 21st Century

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, MyPillow®’s Mike Lindell and Bonton Farms’ Daron Babcock Headline April 27 Event on ‘NeoRetroism’

DALLAS--()--Top experts across political, business, economic, design, real estate and urban planning sectors will present innovative solutions for developing real estate in the 21st century at the Global Conference on NeoRetroism (GCON), to be held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 27.

Specifically, the group will explore NeoRetroism, which advocates the re-creation of old world characteristics in modern-day real-estate development, as a foundational element to fostering American urban revitalization, as well as delve into the potential of building villages to promote the transfer of wisdom in varying parts of cities and municipalities.

“NeoRetroism is the big idea shaping the 21st century and necessary to create stronger, more viable and sustainable communities,” said conference organizer Jeffory D. Blackard, CEO and president of Blackard Global, who pioneered this concept at Adriatica Village in McKinney, Texas.

The eight-hour summit will feature 12 speakers and 16 subjects, including building sustainable environments, improving the inner cities of America, maximizing return on investment and utilization of real estate for the next 20 years.

Republic of Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will address the topic, “The Origin of a Village,” and former Sen. Rick Santorum will specifically speak about the fragmentation of society, and the community benefits of the village concept to re-knit the fabric of America through public-private partnerships.

The program will also feature a leading financial expert addressing spatial utilization trends for the global economy and top urban planners unveiling forward-leaning approaches to planning and zoning.

“We are gathering the prominent experts in related fields, including top economists, engineers, educators, authorities on real estate and faith and civic leaders,” Blackard said. “Each will address potential for applying the village concept from their respective areas of expertise.”

Other notable speakers include:

  • Brian Adams, head of global planning and development of CallisonRTKL;
  • Michael J. Lindell, MyPillow® business mogul and president of The Lindell Foundation;
  • Kevin Batchelor, senior managing director of the Southwest region at Hines;
  • Paul Wasserman, director of real estate asset management at KKR & Co.;
  • Daron Babcock, creator of Bonton Farms in South Dallas;
  • Drexell Owusu, managing director of Civitas Capital Group;
  • Christian Glauser-Benz, vice president of development at the Dream Hotel Group and Leman Capital partner;
  • Karen Harris, managing director of The Macro Trends Group at Bain & Co.;
  • Austin Kimson, senior economist of The Macro Trends Group at Bain & Co.;
  • Scott Polikov, principal of Gateway Planning; and
  • Monica Fink, AADP-certified Holistic Health Practitioner.

Approximately 360 national and international leaders are expected to attend this interactive event to discuss solutions to overcome the problem of zoning that has segregated and isolated individuals into socio-economic homogeneity.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27. A limited number of general seats are available for $50. Other seats are available for $150 and VIP registration is $350.

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for Global Conference on NeoRetroism
Steve Yount, 972-267-1111


for Global Conference on NeoRetroism
Steve Yount, 972-267-1111