TheCABAboard of directors has announced that it has entered into an agreement withInternational Business Forum.IBF will produce and manage CABA's CONNECT 2005 Intelligent Building Conference - building development, strategic partnering and private equity investing for emerging technologies. The event will be held June 28, 2005 in Anaheim, CA.

This conference will provide market intelligence and business contacts focusing on the impact that new technology innovations are having on the $37.7 billion dollar worldwide building control systems industry. The focus of CONNECT 2005 will be to bring together venture capitalists, funding sources, new business development, strategic product managers, institutional investors, chief technology officers, corporate engineers, and strategic corporate planning executives with growth technology companies.

Attendees will hear cutting-edge information on: how Fortune 500 companies are viewing technology innovations and applications for the large/commercial intelligent and integrated buildings market; why venture capitalists and corporate investors are investing in growth areas of integrated building systems and communications; commanding the value of intellectual property in strategic alliances; and strategic partnering and alliances for business development.

With the inclusion of the CONNECT Conference, IBF will also be able to feature numerous large building industry stakeholders who will discuss and identify key issues facing the sector with respect to integrated systems and intelligent building technologies. "As continuing host of CONNECT 2005, CABA will ensure that critical issues are presented and discussed among key industry stakeholders," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president and CEO. "It is CABA's intention to attract industry leaders who encourage the development and promotion of integrated systems and automation in large buildings."

Under the terms of the agreement, CABA will retain full ownership of the conference. CABA also announced that it has selected the site for CONNECT 2005. The event will be held in conjunction with the Realcomm 2005 conference also being held June 25-28, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

CABA's CONNECT Conference will also be located along side the North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and the Office Building Show presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, also being held June 25-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Access to both the Realcomm and BOMA exhibition floors will be free for CONNECT attendees, and discounts will be made available to attend the Realcomm sessions.

"People are simply out of time," said Jim Young, CEO and producer, Realcomm. "Now, more than ever, we need to learn at an accelerated pace and strategic networking is critical. We just can't expect people to go to fifteen conferences each year. We are trying to listen to the industry. The concept of bringing a number of conferences into the same city at the same time will make it easier for our professionals to participate. We are happy that CABA and BOMA will join us in this milestone event and help us to build on the concept of a Commercial Real Estate Week." For more information, visit,, or