Speakers

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  • Julian Alvarez

    Commissioner Julian Alvarez

    Commissioner Representing Labor
    Texas Workforce Commission

    As Labor Commissioner, Julian Alvarez III represents the interests of more than 14 million Texas workers with respect to Texas Workforce Commission services and ensures that their concerns are considered in all Commission actions. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Alvarez served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance regional economic development and employment opportunities. He also served as the Texas Regional Director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson advising on legislative and policy issues related to South Texas.

  • Liz Berthelette

    Liz Berthelette, CRE

    Director of Research
    Newmark

    Liz Berthelette is a seasoned commercial real estate researcher and economist with 16 years of experience providing insights on the Greater Boston market and beyond. In addition to producing reliable data and market analyses, she author’s the firm’s quarterly market reports as well as white papers, blog posts and guest columns on relevant trends and happenings in the commercial real estate universe. She is often quoted by local, regional and national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Banker & Tradesmen, the Boston Business Journal and MultiHousing News.

  • Robb Calhoun

    Robb Calhoun, CFA

    Head of Research and Strategy, CRE Finance
    AIG

    Robert Calhoun is head of research and strategy for AIG’s commercial real estate finance group. He is responsible for the creation of proprietary market and macroeconomic research to drive investment decisions and direction for the firm’s real estate lending activities. Prior to joining AIG, he was a managing director in CoStar’s market analytics group, where he helped manage a team of analysts covering over 200 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Previously, he was director of research at Annaly Capital Management, the largest mortgage real estate investment trust in the country. Calhoun has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in economics, both from Clemson University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • Jill Didier

    Jill Didier

    Vice President, Milwaukee Business Development
    Miron Construction Co., Inc.

    Jill Didier is the vice president for Milwaukee business development at Miron Construction. In her current role, Didier leads the development, growth and advancement of Miron’s sales in the greater Milwaukee market while encouraging innovation and enhancing the company’s strategic vision. She is responsible for relationship development, project proposals and client retention as Miron expands its southeastern Wisconsin operations. Didier’s background includes data analytics, workforce and economic development, marketing and government relations and has served as both Wauwatosa alderwoman and Wauwatosa mayor. She was also with the SAS Institute, where she helped government entities utilize data analytics to drive policy and budget-making decisions. Didier helped to further economic development for Milwaukee County as the county’s economic development coordinator. Didier graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in communication. She is an active community volunteer, serving on the Marquette University’s Industry Advisory Construction Board, Employ Milwaukee’s Construction Industry Advisory Board, NAIOP Wisconsin’s Board of Directors as well as their Public Policy Committee and is an associate board member for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. She volunteers and supports many causes including Sharp Literacy. She enjoys spending time with her two adult children and her two dogs Millie and George! April 2019, Didier embarked on a personal journey to battle advanced breast cancer. Now besides her current roles and responsibilities, she tries to light the path for others with a cancer diagnosis.

  • Keara Fanning

    Keara Fanning

    Senior Director, ESG
    Link Logistics Real Estate

    Keara Fanning is the senior director of ESG at Link Logistics Real Estate, which is the largest operator of industrial real estate operating solely in the U.S with over 400 million square feet under ownership. Fanning oversees Link’s ESG program, including investor and annual reporting, sustainable development programs, health and wellness and social impact. She works to help achieve the company’s ambitious environmental sustainability goals, including carbon neutral operations by 2025, by delivering efficiency programs throughout the portfolio. Prior to joining Link, Fanning helped develop the ESG strategy for a large investor’s multifamily and retail portfolios and has over ten years of sustainability consulting experience.

  • Rielle Green

    Rielle Green, LEED O+M AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador

    Director of ESG
    Acadia Realty Trust

    Rielle Green brings over 10 years of experience to her role at Acadia Realty Trust as director of ESG. Starting her career at the University of California, Green created a program to reduce campus emissions, energy, water and waste. She then joined the San Francisco Department of the Environment, working on an energy disclosure policy in the commercial real estate sector. Following that, she joined CBRE where Green worked across a national portfolio creating and implementing programs around energy and water conservation, conducting internal and investor reports including GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), building out a climate risk review process and overseeing LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, WELL® and Fitwel® certifications. Now at Acadia, Green is furthering her experience through targeting the retail sector and building a program with a focus on data management, reporting and goal setting, health and wellbeing, and climate risk evaluation.

  • Siobhan Harold Fink

    Siobhan Harold Fink

    Vice President, Workspace Consulting
    Pacific Program Management

  • Bart Johnson

    Bart Johnson

    President and CRE Market Head
    Wintrust Bank

    Bart Johnson is president at Wintrust Bank and serves as the commercial real estate market head for Wintrust Financial. He joined Wintrust Bank in 2011 and led the launching of the Wintrust Commercial Real Estate line of business. Today, he works with the bankers across all Wintrust charters in the management of the company’s $7 billion investment real estate loan portfolio. Johnson and his Wintrust peers are financing projects across the country, supporting their clients’ growth and diversification efforts.

  • F.E. Kalb, Jr.

    F.E. "Skip" Kalb, Jr.

    Principal
    Skip Kalb Strategies, LLC

    F.E. ‘Skip’ Kalb, Jr. is retired from BSNF Railroads and is now president of SDK Enterprises out of Azle, Texas. He has been a member of NAIOP since 2005.

  • Farrah Khimji

    Farrah Khimji, MBA, CPA, CA

    Founder and CEO
    Futura Funds

    As the founder of Futura Funds, Farrah Khimji works with both technology start-ups and corporate clients to develop strategies and next practices on how best to integrate technology and innovation into the commercial real estate industry using a collaborative approach. Having worked in the industry in an investment, development, finance and private equity capacity for many years, to now working closely with innovative technology companies, Khimji understands both parties and strives to find ways to collaborate and move forward together.

  • Clark Lindsay

    Clark Lindsay

    Chief Executive Officer
    Pacific Program Management Group LLC

    Clark Lindsay is Pacific Program Management’s Chief Executive Officer and founder. Working from a philosophy that successful real estate programs are rooted in people-centric workplaces, he drives PPM’s corporate strategy, provides creative direction for business development, leads growth initiatives and the evolution of the client service platform, and inspires a culture aimed at realizing the potential of every employee. PPM is a commercial real estate program and project management firm headquartered in Seattle with teams deployed across North America. Founded in 2009, the company creates opportunity for businesses to minimize real estate risk and maximize the productivity of its people through a personalized and programmatic approach to strategy, capital project management, and the transition of the workspace.

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Senior Vice President, Director of ESG and Corporate Operations
    LXP Industrial Trust

    Leslie Moore is a senior vice president and serves as the director of ESG and Corporate Operations at LXP Industrial Trust. She joined the firm in 2007 and previously served as vice president of asset management. Moore graduated from Texas A&M University.

  • Matt Moroney

    President and Chief Operating Officer
    Wangard Partners, Inc.

    Matt Moroney oversees all aspects of Wangard Partners and has an integral role in the regulatory, environmental, and project-approval aspects of the business. He also assists Stewart Wangard in the execution of key company and project level initiatives. As former executive director of the Metropolitan Builders Association, Moroney skillfully led highly independent and successful homebuilders to work as a team to accomplish industry-shared goals. He later was asked by Governor Scott Walker to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Subsequently, Moroney served as deputy chief of staff for Governor Walker until he was selected as the strategic economic initiatives director for the state of Wisconsin. In this role, he coordinated government activities for the largest economic development project in the state’s history. Moroney is an active community member and holds positions on several organizations’ board of directors, including Citizens Bank, Waukesha Business Alliance, and La Casa Esperenza Foundation. He also serves on the NAIOP Corporate public policy committee.

  • Craig Robinson

    Craig Robinson

    Chief Growth Officer
    Industrious

    Craig Robinson is an experienced chief executive, division president and board director for global commercial real estate, outsourcing and tech-enabled service companies. He has led business units within both large global public companies and private growth businesses. Prior to joining Industrious, he built and led Powered by We, a hyper-growth business unit at WeWork that provided real estate development, technology and management services to clients globally. Robinson was previously the CEO of Global Corporate Services at Newmark where he led all sales, operations and platform investments. Prior to Newmark, he was president of Colliers International Group Inc., U.S. Region, where he was responsible for over $1 billion in annual revenue and 5,600 real estate professionals.

  • Jennifer Rosenberg

    Jennifer Rosenberg

    Development Director
    Keystone Property Group

    From concept to completion, Jennifer Rosenberg is the driving force behind several of Keystone’s signature developments, including The Curtis in Philadelphia and Hotel West & Main in Conshohocken. She is involved in all aspects of her projects – from defining the vision to budgeting to construction management – and she does it all by staying on task, being organized and agile, relying on strategic and creative thinking to tackle those inevitable glitches that arise during the development process. Rosenberg is a George Washington University graduate and holds an MBA from Temple’s Fox School of Business. A skier since age two, her happy place is Colorado with the fam.

  • Marci Rossell

    Marci Rossell

    Expert Economic Forecaster
    Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-host of SQUAWK BOX

    Marci Rossell is a world-renowned economist and financial expert who speaks candidly on the nexus of economics, politics, culture, and the media. She honed her animated style serving as Chief Economist for CNBC, where she became a household name and a must-watch source of financial news. The former co-host of the well-known “pre-market” morning news and talk show Squawk Box, Rossell takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families, and careers.

    Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Rossell served as corporate economist and investment spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. Her success in the private sector led to her economic commentary being revered and ultimately her appointments on nationally syndicated talk shows. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte & Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Rossell began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002.

  • Adam Roth

    Adam Roth, CCIM, SIOR

    Executive Vice President
    NAI Hiffman

    Adam Roth is an executive vice president at NAI Hiffman and specializes in industrial real estate including land assemblage and development, building sales and tenant representation. As a director of NAI Global Logistics, Roth focuses on providing real estate and supply chain solutions to distribution and warehouse companies throughout the world on matters including corporate relocation, site search analysis, build-to-suit alternatives, acquisition, disposition and leasing services.

  • Carolyn Salzer

    Carolyn Salzer

    Director, Head of Americas Logistics & Industrial Research
    Cushman & Wakefield

    Carolyn Salzer is the director and head of industrial research for the Americas working with the logistics and industrial services group as well as a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Research Think Tank. She leads the team and contributes to the coordination and production of local, regional, national and corporate research analyses. She oversees quarterly reporting, statistical production, and forecasting for 80 markets within the Americas. Within this role, Salzer collects and analyzes statistics from all industrial markets tracked by Cushman & Wakefield to educate clients and the firm’s 840 industrial professionals on current research trends and tools.

  • Lindy Schrik

    Lindy Schrik

    Director of ESG
    CenterPoint Properties

    Lindy Schrik leads CenterPoint Properties’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategic initiatives and sustainability efforts. She has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years as a real estate tax associate, design coordinator and property manager. Schrik has held her IL Managing Broker’s License since 2004 and earned her LEED AP certification in 2010. Her efforts have helped CenterPoint earn LEED certification for several buildings throughout the U.S. Schrik is an accounting graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served on the BOMA Suburban Chicago board since 2020 and the BOMA International Industrial Committee since 2018.

  • Peter Schultz

    Peter Schultz

    Executive Vice President – East Region
    First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

    With more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience, Peter Schultz is responsible for leading the investment initiatives and portfolio operations for First Industrial’s east region. As executive vice president, Schultz manages the region's portfolio, guides its team of experts, and directs the proper execution of all leasing, development, acquisition and disposition activities primarily throughout the eastern U.S. He also is a member of First Industrial’s management committee, which drives the overall strategy of the company.

  • Mike Steep

    Mike Steep

    Executive Director
    Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities; Former SVP of Global Business Operations, PARC Xerox

    Drawing on 30 years of experience driving innovation and leading operations at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Mike Steep shares strategies on how to leverage emerging technology into bottom line business opportunities. Throughout his career, Mike has worked in the presence of industry legends including David Packard, Bill Gates, and Satya Nadella, witnessing first-hand some of the greatest breakthroughs and transformations within organizations and entire industries.

    Author of the critically acclaimed book First Light of Day: A Cautionary Tale of Our Future, Steep is the founder and executive director of Stanford’s Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities. In this role, he has built a bridge between Stanford’s disruptive technologies labs and 30 corporate partners – including Amazon, Cushman & Wakefield, Hitachi, and Visa – to create new opportunities for innovation and monetization.

    Mike is the former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC, where he worked with CEO’s and R&D executives from companies including BMW, Google, P&G, L’Oreal, and Air Bus to transform technology disruption of their industries into new lines of business. He has had an exceptional career with more than two decades of global operating experience at companies including HP, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and PARC’s world-renowned innovation center. Steep earned his MBA from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Adjunct Professor of Digital Business at Imperial College London and has served on several Smart Cities Boards including the City of London, advising commercial clients on the impact of emerging technology in their industries.

  • Breana Wheeler

    Breana Wheeler

    Director of Operations
    BREEAM USA

    Breana Wheeler became BRE's director of operations in the U.S. in June 2016, launching BREEAM USA in the U.S. market. BREEAM is the world’s first green building rating system and today is the most widely used program worldwide with over 2.2 million registered buildings and over 560,000 certifications. Wheeler organizes and oversees the daily operations of the business in the U.S., including the development and maintenance of the BREEAM USA technical standards. Prior to joining BRE, Wheeler worked for ten years as an internal advisor on environmental and sustainability risk management for large, multinational corporations and was based in London.

  • Mark Wheeler

    Mark Wheeler

    Director Strategy, Supply Chain Execution
    Zebra Technologies

    Mark Wheeler is responsible for Zebra’s warehouse and supply chain solutions global strategy. He collaborates closely with customers’ supply chain operations teams, solution partners, and Zebra’s product development teams to align emerging technology solutions with customer needs. Wheeler has held numerous positions in supply chain execution throughout his 30-year career, including strategic consulting, automated warehouse design and build and complex systems integration. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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