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ROSEMONT, IL-Members of the real estate community should be willing to blow the whistle on wrong-doing, as well as avoiding conflicts of interests themselves, says a Northwestern University professor of ethics and decision management. David M. Messick of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management held a seminar this week on his area of expertise for the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers.

“AIREB was founded on the basis that ethical conduct would prevail, and these guidelines are still the backbone of the organization today,” says 2002 AIREB president Gerard Keating.

Members were told trust in a business transaction requires integrity, benevolence and honesty. Messick adds ethical behavior includes looking after someone else’s interest rather than your own, rendering opinions in a professional manner and refraining from making unsolicited comments about competitors.

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