Blog October 26, 2021

Celebrating real estate visionaries at MRI Ascend Cleveland 2021

By Emily Wells

For the first time in two years, MRI Software’s clients, partners and staff gathered in person for MRI Ascend Cleveland, the company’s users conference in North America. After nearly 20 months of virtual meetings, travel limitations and uncertainty, real estate industry visionaries came together in Cleveland to celebrate the history of PropTech and pave the way for its future.

Coming together in The Land where it all started

In honor of MRI’s 50th anniversary, the conference was held in MRI’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where Fred Goodman and his brother founded the company in 1971. Much has changed since the early days of MRI, but Fred has been at the heart of it all from day one. We’re proud to serve clients that have been with us since the beginning – like Goldberg Companies and IRG Realty Advisors – and clients who have partnered with MRI and benefitted from our shared vision of innovation in the real estate industry. In their honor, we recognized several clients and announced the Partner of the Year at the RE:Visionary Awards. See all the award winners here.

An AI-first approach to PropTech

Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since the ‘70s, and today’s computing power makes it possible for the real estate industry to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) like never before. Attendees at this year’s conference saw firsthand how MRI is putting AI at the core of its open and connected approach to software and the significant benefits that the technology has to offer around automation, time savings, operational efficiency and productivity.

MRI’s Ecosystem of visionary partners

One of the best parts of MRI Ascend is the presence and support of MRI Software’s suite of partners and clients, which enables an open and connected ecosystem of software and innovation. Getting together with our partners this year in the MRI Partner Ecosystem was extra special after a year where we’ve all been sitting at home on laptops.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to those who sponsored the conference, like our good friends at AvidXchange, Nexus Systems, and many others.

Cleveland rocks

2021 marks a special year for MRI, and we couldn’t have been prouder to host our clients and partners in our hometown. Today, MRI is a global technology provider with a presence across North America, EMEA and the APAC regions, but Cleveland is where it all began. It’s still the foundation of our values and our culture – even after 50 years.

As we celebrate the history of PropTech, we’re still looking to the future to deliver the most advanced solutions for our clients, which includes setting our sights on next year’s North American users conference – MRI Ascend New Orleans! The conference will run from October 23 – 26, 2022. Keep an eye on the MRI Ascend website for updates.

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