Applied Futurism; The Exponential Future of Everything; Converging Disruptive Technologies; Mobility & Autonomous Vehicles; Supply Chain of the Future; IoT/IIoT; Blockchain for RE; The Future of Energy; The Solar Economy; Artificial Intelligence/AI; 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing; Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS); Smart Buildings & Smart Cities; Cybersecurity; or an array of customized topics that cater to any audience or event.
Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP, is the CEO and Founder of Op2mize Energy, a strategic real estate consultancy and energy procurement firm. Previously, he served as Executive Managing Director at NKF where he led NKF’s National Industrial Practice Group from 2013-2017. Kasselmanalso served as the 2017 Global President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR). Currently he is the Chicago Regional Chair for the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE), and Governing Board Member for Sky Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, awareness and related resources.
Kasselman provides his clients, and the broader RE industry, with current market dynamics and near-future trends and vision, creating immense value opportunities and providing insights that drive near-term ROI. His unique purview combines, local, regional, national and global awareness and experience with emerging best practices in digital technology, innovation, sustainability, and energy efficiency. He focuses in the areas of e-commerce, omni-channel supply chain, mission critical, network optimization, and the future-proofing of any industry which is being disrupted or transformed. He has traveled the globe studying smart buildings and cities; provides mentoring to several PropTech startups; and sits on various advisory boards such as CRETech; Solar Skyrise; RealNex; and DisruptCRE.
Over the course of his 31-year career he has completed more than 1,000 transactions worth in excess of $1 billion. Current or recent clients include CAT, ASOS, Cummins, Petco, JB Hunt, Reyes Holdings, Assemblers/Skinny Pop, DWR/Herman Miller, Hussmann, Hydrofarm, Harlem Furniture, Gotham Greens, Heys Luggage, IDI, Prologis, and many others. Mr. Kasselman was recently honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as a member of their 2017 Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago list; was inducted as a member of the 2017 Midwest CRE Hall of Fame; was named a 2018 CoStar Power Broker (also in 2014, 2016 & 2017); and received NKF’s Outstanding Service Award for 2016, amongst other honors and distinctions.
In addition to his core RE and energy activities, Mr. Kasselman is an innovation-minded futurist and prominent global speaker on a variety of topics including economic trends, innovation, sustainability, e-commerce/supply chain, blockchain, and exponential technologies. Some of his recent Keynote speaking assignments have included various SIOR Global events; the University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's 23rd Annual Real Estate Conference; the State Bar of Michigan; National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board; Counselors of Real Estate (CRE); NCREIF; NAIOP; the Appraisal Institute; BISNOW’s National Industrial Conference; the Will County (IL) Center for Economic Development; annual company meetings for Ware Malcomb and Ashley Capital; and Knight Frank’s Global Cities launch event in Dublin, Ireland. Other recent speaking assignments have taken him to Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, the U.K.