TULSA, OK—Leaders of all associations seem to struggle toachieve a difficult balance: that of launching far-seeing goalswhile serving for only a year. It was a challenge faced by theexecutives of SIOR when GlobeSt.com conducted anexclusive video interview at the group'sSpring World Conference earlier thisyear.

Six months have passed since that interview and the SIORFall World Conference is set for Nashville October 23 to25, which promises to be a record breaker in terms of attendance.SIOR reports that five weeks out, more than 640 industry leadersfrom around the world have signed up, putting it on track to beatthe 1,000 registrants who attended the group's previous recordholder, the 2005 World Conference in Chicago.

In the weeks leading up to Nashville, AngelaWest, who will take the reins as president of theassociation at that time, sat down for another interview, this timewith reports of great progress on this major issue for so manygroups. West is also a vice president of the local office ofCBRE.

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John Salustri

John Salustri has covered the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years. He was the founding editor of GlobeSt.com, and is a four-time recipient of the Excellence in Journalism award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.