VCU Real Estate Trends Conference (RETC)

The annual VCU Real Estate Trends Conference (RETC) attracts real estate professionals from various industry sectors such as law, finance, construction, development, brokerage and appraisal, and it provides the opportunity to look into the future of real estate, to share their expertise, and to make and strengthen professional relationships and friendships.

Thank you to the 100+ sponsors and 1,800+ registrants of the 2023 Real Estate Trends Conference. Please save the date of October 10, 2024, for next year’s conference.  We are excited to announce that the conference will be hosted at a new location, the Henrico Sports and Event Center.


Sponsor registration will be opening soon! Get your name in early for maximum exposure. 

2024 Speakers 

Keynote Speaker:

Coming soon!


Real Estate Keynote Speaker:
Willy Walker, Chairman & CEO, Walker & Dunlop

Willy Walker

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and, in its first ten years as a public company, has seen its shares appreciate over 800%. The firm was also #17 on Fortune’s 2017 list of “Fastest Growing Public Companies” and has been named a Best Workplace for eight of the last eleven years by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Mr. Walker received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and was named “Financier of the Year” in 2017 and 2020 by Commercial Property Executive.

Mr. Walker received his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. Mr. Walker serves on the board of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He formerly served on the boards of St. Albans School, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Children’s National Medical Center. Mr. Walker is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Walker is an avid runner, skier, and cyclist and has run the Boston Marathon in 2:36.

Past Speakers

2023 Conference Committee