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Wade Achenbach serves as executive vice president of portfolio management with Kite Realty Group Trust. Previously, he served as the senior vice president of capital markets and corporate treasurer since 2012, and in various other roles within the finance department since 2004. Achenbach is currently responsible for overseeing portfolio management, asset management and acquisition/dispositions. While at Kite, he has completed over $8 billion in capital markets transactions and worked on over 4 million square feet of retail development and redevelopment in several states. Prior to joining Kite, Achenbach was in the mergers and acquisitions group at Plexus Corp., a publicly traded global contract electronics manufacturing company based in Wisconsin. Prior to Plexus, he worked in the investment banking group at A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, Missouri, as a generalist working on a variety of mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions.
As an architect and planner, John Adams is a recognized researcher and leader in the future of high-performance office buildings, creative office space and sustainable mixed use environments. He is the co-regional managing principal for Gensler's Southwest region. He serves on Gensler’s board of directors, the board of the L.A. Headquarters Association and is involved with NAIOP, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Urban Land Institute.
Marc Badain is in his 30th year with the Raiders and his sixth as team president. Badain, who was named to his current post by Owner Mark Davis on Jan. 16, 2015, oversees the entirety of the club’s business operations. Badain started with the Raiders as a training camp intern in 1991 before joining the football staff full time as an administrative assistant to the coaching staff the following year. He joined the organization’s finance department in 1995, and was named chief financial officer in 2004. Badain served as team president in an interim capacity from 2013-14. He received his MBA from University of California’s Walter A. Haas School of Business. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biletnikoff Foundation, Gridiron Greats, Opportunity Village and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).
Kevin Bender serves as a managing director and team leader for Integrated Portfolio Management (IPS) in Southern California. He exclusively represents tenants in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial office properties, and has successfully completed over 5,000,000 square feet of office lease transactions throughout his 23-year career. Bender has deep expertise in the Los Angeles and Orange County, California office markets, and market-leading experience representing Fortune 500 companies and top services firms in high-profile headquarters assignments and complex occupier transactions. Bender has consistently ranked among the top Southern California tenant representation professionals. He is also skilled at multimarket portfolio management and helps to ensure companies optimize their national real estate portfolio.
Thomas J. Bisacquino has served as the association's chief executive officer since 1991. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the association. He directs NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff is responsible for serving more than 19,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.
Donna Brazile is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Brazile has been a contributor to ABC News, CNN and Fox News, and has worked on every presidential campaign since 1976. In 2000, she became the first African American to serve as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, D.C. She is also a best-selling author and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. Brazile has spent a lifetime working for progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of all people in a society that is fair and equitable.
Kate Bryden is the vice president of development for MRP Industrial in Baltimore, Maryland, and has overseen the development of nearly 4 million square feet of industrial, flex, office and retail projects. Bryden is primarily responsible for acquisition support, due diligence, entitlement procurement, and also overseeing the design and construction of projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to joining MRP Industrial, she was the principal of AMK Partners, a certified woman-owned business that provided third party owner’s representation and development management of light industrial projects for private and institutional developers.
As president of the Vegas Golden Knights, Bubolz oversees all business aspects of the franchise. He is entering his second season with the Golden Knights after leading the organization to a tremendously successful first campaign. He has instilled a commitment to community outreach and service in the franchise throughout the organization's various charitable initiatives. Prior to joining the Golden Knights, Bubolz spent 13 years with the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers. In Bubolz's time with the Cavaliers, the team won the Eastern Conference Championship three times and won the NBA championship in 2016.
Jason Chmura is a senior associate and team leader at KSS Architects, based out of the New York City office. He has been a practicing architect for 13 years with a wide range pf project type experience. Significant work includes Royal Mills in West Warwick, Rhode Island; the East Conservatory Plaza at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; and Express Newark at the former Hahne & Co department store in Newark, New Jersey.
Rene Circ leads GID’s industrial platform strategy and development. Circ brings 25 years of industrial market experience across North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked at brokerage companies, Insignia/ESG and Grubb & Ellis, a public REIT, First Industrial Realty Trust, and an advisory firm, PPR/CoStar.
Jim Clewlow is the Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President of CenterPoint Properties. He has been with the Company since 1997 and has worked in an acquisition, leasing and development capacity. Clewlow lead the joint venture CenterPoint started with CalPERS in 1999 (CalPERS acquired the Company in 2006). He was appointed to lead acquisitions for the Company in 2003, appointed CIO in 2005. He served as president of NAIOP Chicago in 2012.
Christopher Coes oversees Smart Growth America’s real estate programs including LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, the Form Based Codes Institute and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America. He has led LOCUS and Smart Growth America’s national and regional public policy and advocacy efforts on a range of issues including securing over $20 billion in transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing in the recent federal transportation legislation, FAST Act. In 2014, Coes launched the Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative which has assisted local communities to develop place-based, market-driven strategies aimed at encouraging economic growth while ensuring accessibility and social equity in great walkable urban places. In addition, he has facilitated numerous deal-making opportunities that have produced over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals.
Gerald Crump is the senior vice president, director of leasing, Central Region, for Weingarten Realty. His current responsibilities include over 8.4 million square feet comprising more than 58 neighborhood and community retail shopping centers in Weingarten’s Central Region.
John Drachman is responsible for Waterford Property Company’s commercial division and capital raising activities. Since starting his predecessor firm, Stillwater Investment Group, in 2014, Drachman has acquired and been a partner in over $750 million of office, retail, and apartment assets in Southern California. To acquire these assets, he has created and developed joint venture partnerships with high net-worth private investors, family offices and institutional equity funds while leveraging his strong relationships within the brokerage community to source opportunities.
Michael Fitzpatrick is a partner of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., and has been with the firm since 2000. He chiefly works within the firm’s wholly-owned FINRA-member broker-dealer subsidiary, Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, where he specializes in structuring and offering Opportunity Zone private placement investments. Fitzpatrick is also an expert on New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) where he consults with community development clients in the areas of applying for NMTC and monetizing them to make socially motivated investments. He is currently serving a second term on the Board of Partners of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and is the past board chair of Agrace Hospice, Inc.
Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, he offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.
Chuck Graefen has 34 years of experience in the grocery and drug industry in not only warehouse distribution and supply chain, but also retail operations. He works for KeHE Distributors, which supplies over 30,000 stores nationwide with a variety of natural, organic and specialty items, as well as a growing number of fresh and frozen everyday items. He has previously worked for Walgreens, Kroger, Supervalu, Albertsons and Jewel-Osco.
Rob Griffin has been a leader in the U.S. capital markets industry for the past 38 years. He joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2015 as U.S. head of capital markets and president of the New England area. He leads a capital markets team offering multiple specialties, including the marketing and sale of office, industrial, retail, medical, life science and multifamily assets. Griffin also works closely with Newmark Knight Frank’s Boston-based leasing teams on many of their complex, high-profile assignments. He chairs the Boston Children’s Hospital Board Trust Board and is a founding chairman of Champions for Children’s, a multi-million-dollar fundraiser for the hospital which has evolved into the hospital’s top annual fundraising event. He is also involved in many Catholic charities and a member of the executive board of advisors for the Ron Burton Training Village.
George Hasenecz is the senior vice president, investments, of Brandywine Realty Trust. Since 2009, he has been responsible for the company's portfolio management and investment activities as Brandywine has shifted its portfolio to focus on CBD and town center office properties as well as mixed-use projects in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Previously, Hasenecz served as Brandywine's Vice President of Investments and Director of Acquisitions from 2000 to 2006.
He also worked at Prologis as vice president, capital deployment, from 2006 to 2008, where he oversaw development and investments for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions. Prior to his previous tenure at Brandywine, Hasenecz served as vice president, acquisitions, with Keystone Property Trust where he oversaw the sale of Keystone’s office portfolio as the company transitioned to a pure-play industrial REIT.
In his role as regional senior vice president for Duke Realty, Drew Hess is responsible for overseeing the company’s existing properties in Northern California and Seattle and growing its portfolio in these markets through new development and investment opportunities. A 20-year commercial real estate veteran, Hess joined Duke Realty after serving as regional director and market leader for another national REIT, responsible for expanding its portfolio in the Bay Area, Central Valley and Seattle. His experience also includes working for three other large companies with real estate investments in the western U.S. During his tenure with these companies, he led more than $3.6 billion in transactions.
Jill Homan is president of Javelin 19 Investments, a Washington, D.C.,-based real estate development, investment and advisory firm focused on the Opportunity Zone ("OZ") incentive. She has more than 15 years' experience in real estate development totaling almost $500 million in capitalization. Homan is co-developing projects in OZs and has successfully raised and closed OZ capital. She has applied her knowledge of emerging communities and expertise in policy and real estate to advise investors and family offices on the OZ incentive. She earned MBA and MPP degrees from Duke University, focusing on finance and authoring a thesis on urban revitalization.
Benjamin Horning is responsible for overseeing Dedeaux Properties’ development of industrial property in Southern California. Horning has overseen over 3 Million square feet and $500 million of infill industrial development throughout Southern California, with a strong emphasis on transportation- and logistics-focused facilities.
Mike Kennedy has over 25 years in commercial real estate including accounting, brokerage, development, and as a retailer. He began his career working as a portfolio property accountant for JMB Institutional Realty, a large pension fund advisor based in Chicago. Transitioning to become a retail real estate broker in the Detroit office for CBRE, he focused on tenant representation. He was awarded “National Rookie of the Year, Retail Specialty” for being the top performer in the country ranked by revenue generated. After eight years of brokerage, Kennedy worked for a CVS/Caremark pharmacy Big 6 developer, The Velmeir Companies. He personally worked on the development of over 113 CVS stores and 35 JPMorgan Chase bank branches. After 12 years with Velmeir, he joined Lidl US, LLC, an international grocer in 27 countries, to facilitate their expansion program in the U.S. Kennedy managed their acquisitions and development of over 71 stores in Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Early in 2018, he joined Bret Russell, Inc. as vice president of real estate; he manages the new multi-family and self-storage business segments. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business from the University of Michigan.
Leslie Lanne is a managing director at JLL, specializing in institutional landlord and tenant representation in the sale and leasing of industrial real estate in northern and central New Jersey, the outer boroughs of New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, as well as for select clientele throughout major U.S. industrial markets. She currently handles over 4.5 million square feet of agency leasing in the New York/outer boroughs and is a subject matter expert when it comes to the New York region and what clients and owners alike are looking for. She is also the lead for JLL’s Urban Infill practice. Lanne has extensive experience and history with institutional investor/owners and has been involved with over 100 million square feet of transactions with ecommerce, distribution and warehousing tenants. Her 19 years of experience across real estate verticals, in multiple regions and markets enable her to help JLL’s clients achieve unparalleled results.
William Lu is currently the senior vice president of development for CenterPoint Properties. He is responsible for developing and executing CenterPoint’s development strategy throughout the West Region focusing on the Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle markets. He has more than 17 years of real estate industry experience, including developing over 8.6 million square feet of industrial.
Rob Marek is the vice president of E-Z Riser Roof Raising and directs all sales and marketing efforts. E-Z Riser is a patented construction technology to lift an existing roof to a new clear height. Roof raising projects have revolutionized the renovation and reuse of outdated commercial buildings for warehousing, retail “destination” uses, manufacturing, athletics, self-storage and more.
Andrew P. McCoy, Ph.D. is Beliveau Professor in the Department of Building Construction, director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research and associate director of the Myers Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He is the primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including green construction practices, building technologies, affordable housing and safety practices across the construction supply chain. He has over 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, including 8.5 years of fieldwork and 4.5 years of managing a design-build firm that maintained a Class-A Virginia contractor license and employed licensed architects.
In his role as global head of research for USAA Real Estate, Will McIntosh, Ph.D., is responsible for assisting with the development of commercial real estate investment strategy and managing in-house global research with the objective of informing and enhancing the real estate investment process.
McIntosh comes to USAA Real Estate with more than 30 years of experience in real estate. He was previously Head of Global Research for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's (ADIA's) Real Estate Department where he was responsible for helping develop ADIA's global real estate investment strategy and building and leading a real estate research platform.
Prior to joining ADIA, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of Fund Evaluation Group (FEG), and was responsible for investment strategy and manager analysis. Prior to joining FEG, McIntosh was professor of finance and dean of the College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He has also served in leadership positions with several of the largest investment managers including ING Real Estate, AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp., and Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI). He got his start in the commercial real estate industry in the Investment Properties Group of Arthur Rubloff & Company of Ohio.
Jose McNeill is currently a partner in numerous development and investment projects in Northern California, developing around 750,000 square feet of Industrial projects. He also provides his expertise to many private investment companies and individuals on the full range of real estate decisions and operations. He previously served as a portfolio manager for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). He was responsible for the industrial real estate portfolio which encompassed more than 110 million square feet and had a market value of more than $18 billion across the United States and ultimately into Mexico, Canada and Europe. His successes included privatization of two REITs, Cabot Industrial Trust $2.2 billion and CenterPoint Properties $5 billion. In addition, he oversaw CalPERS investments in numerous co-mingled funds.
John Morris, a commercial real estate veteran with more than 30 years of executive management experience, leads CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics and Retail divisions as Americas leader and executive managing director. In this role, he oversees more than 1,600 professionals in the Americas who collectively were responsible for more than $83 billion of transactions in 2019.
Michael O’Mara serves as a senior vice president of capital markets for Avison Young, focused on CRE investments, acquisitions, disposition and 1031 exchange work on a national basis. He is a member of LOCUS | Smart Growth America in Boston, Massachusetts, working with regional and national economic development agencies, sponsors, and Opportunity Zone funds to help spur economic development and social impact investments.
Jonathon Oudthone has over 11 years of experience working directly in esports, with experience in event and broadcast production. From grassroots to the big stage, he has seen and developed all aspects of the industry and is most recently known for leading the design and development of North America's largest dedicated esports facility, Esports Stadium Arlington – a $10 million project which was built in partnership with the City of Arlington, Texas. After working with brands such as the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming to build out their live events verticals, Oudthone now serves as president of Esports Venues LLC, a company that focuses on the design, development and sustainability of esports dedicated venues and infrastructure.
Nick Pell is president and Chief Investment Officer of Link Industrial Properties. Formed in 2019, Link Industrial Properties is Blackstone's U.S. industrial real estate operating platform, operating a portfolio of approximately 400 million square feet across the U.S. Prior to the formation of Link Industrial, Pell served as Chief Investment Officer at Gramercy Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT which Blackstone acquired in October of 2018 for $7.6 billion. Previously, he was a director in the investment department at W. P. Carey & Co. Prior to joining W.P. Carey, Pell was a director of business development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and an analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brian Pieracci is a partner at Heitman and leads the North American private equity real estate acquisitions group. He has been involved in over $12 billion of transactions across the country with respect to a variety of property types including office, industrial, medical office and self-storage properties and a variety of investment structures (e.g., development joint ventures, investment joint ventures, mezzanine financing, and 100% free and clear acquisitions).
As executive leader of Marcus & Millichap’s office and industrial business segments, Al Pontius is primarily responsible for directing the firm’s strategy and growth in these sectors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s senior executive team responsible for design and execution of firm-wide strategies and initiatives.
Prior to joining JLL in 2016, Matt R. Powers, CCIM, served as director of Walmart’s non-retail real estate portfolio and led the development of the initial e-commerce distribution network for Walmart.com. During his career with Walmart, Powers oversaw the retail giant’s 148 million square feet industrial and office portfolio and led acquisitions of over 20 million square feet. He brings and array of knowledge from his previous career and offers subject-matter expertise in real estate valuations, asset and property management, retail, office and industrial acquisitions and dispositions, business and economic incentives, site selection and project management.
Barrie Scardina is the executive managing director and head of retail services, Americas, at Cushman & Wakefield. She is responsible for building retail client relationships and deepening the firm’s retail expertise, including expanding retailer tenant representation strategies and agency leasing opportunities. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Scardina spent three decades leading vital retail initiatives across a variety of world-class organizations including Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, The Children’s Place and Tory Burch.
Colin Shaughnessy first joined Westfield in 2002 and has served in a variety of leadership positions within the organization’s leasing and center management/operations divisions. As executive vice president and director of US Leasing, he is responsible for overseeing all leasing activities throughout the company’s U.S. portfolio of 30+ shopping centers, including such flagship assets as Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga & The Village in Los Angeles; Westfield Valley Fair in Silicon Valley; Westfield UTC in San Diego; Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey; Westfield World Trade Center in New York City; Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, Maryland; and Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Illinois.
As Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, Kevin Smith is responsible for growing the asset services business in the Northeast Region. Currently, his team is responsible for the property management of approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, and the asset management of over $1 billion of office assets in the U.S.
Cameron Trefry, RA, LEED AP, is principal for Ware Malcomb’s Oak Brook, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices. He is responsible for leading the team, as well as business development, client relationships and overseeing high-profile commercial projects. As a recognized expert in the commercial real estate industry, Trefry has served as a speaker, panelist and moderator for conferences such as Chicago Industrial Properties’ Transportation and Logistics Conference, NAIOP I.CON Impact Projects Conference, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Industrial Strength Connections Summit.