Speakers

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  • Saleem Ahmad

    Saleem Ahmad

    CEO
    Jrop Inc.

    Saleem Ahmad has been active in Canada's entrepreneurial community since 2008. His strong understanding of technology trends led him to found Jrop, whose mission is to help properties adapt to driverless cars and offer mobility access as an amenity. Ahmad is primarily tasked with expanding the service portfolio of the company and identifying new innovation opportunities.

  • Thomas Allen

    Thomas Allen

    Project Director
    Partners by Design

    Thomas Allen is a real estate development professional and architect at Partner by Design (PBD) and Centered RCG. He has over 15 years of diverse experience in design and construction project management of commercial office, corporate interiors and institutional facilities in Chicago and Atlanta. Allen is a recipient of the 2019 Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, a Project REAP Alumni, a 2018 NAREIM Fellow and a recipient of the 2018 NAIOP/Prologis Inclusion in CRE Scholarship.

  • Rivka Altman

    Rivka Altman

    Director, Portfolio Management
    Invesco Real Estate

    Rivka Altman is a director and the associate portfolio manager for Invesco Real Estate’s opportunistic strategies and debt fund since 2015. From 2012-2015, she was with the firm’s acquisition team. Previously, Altman has worked with JLL as member of both the office and retail investment sales teams and the corporate retail solutions group and Genesis Real Estate Group, a national multi-family developer.

  • Michael Azose

    Mike Azose

    President and COO
    Azose Commercial Properties

    For Michael Azose, family, the city of Seattle and the real estate market have always been priorities and passions throughout his life. Azose takes enormous pride in the ability to combine his interests and serve as president and COO of Azose Commercial Properties, Inc. alongside his father, Dave Azose. Azose shares his expertise and insight in several areas of commercial real estate including leasing, sales and consulting for office, industrial, retail and self-storage properties. From industrial parks and commercial office spaces to syndications and retail stores, Azose's experience runs the gamut throughout the great Northwest.

  • Laurence Bastien

    Laurence Bastien

    Senior Director, Real Estate Investment
    PSP Investments

    Laurence Bastien is senior director, real estate investments at the Public Sector Pension Board (PSP Investments). She is responsible for investing in logistics in the U.S. and Canada, and office buildings across Canada. She also oversees the management of a large land position in Toronto. Prior to joining PSP Investments, Bastien held various positions in corporate credit and structure credit at La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. PSP Investments has C$158.9 billion net assets under management as at September 30, 2018, with CAD$23B of net assets in the real estate portfolio.

  • Todd Bateman

    Todd Bateman

    Data Center Solutions Agency Practice Leader
    CBRE

    Todd Bateman leads the Data Center Solutions (DCS) efforts to service and advise owners and operators of data centers and other mission critical real estate. As the leader of the DCS’s Agency Practice for North America, Bateman is able to bring CBRE’s market knowledge and intellectual capital to this asset class. As a member of the DCS executive committee, he implements new policies while providing clear direction for the group’s ongoing team efforts.

  • Blake Bearden

    Blake Bearden

    Regional Director
    Bastian Solutions

    Blake Bearden is a regional director with Bastian Solutions and works out of their Los Angeles area office. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in human factors engineering and earned an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Bearden has experience with automation across a range of industries including 3PL, retail distribution, manufacturing, food and beverage, and e-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment.

  • Thomas Bisacquino

    Thomas J. Bisacquino

    President and CEO
    NAIOP

    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.

  • John Cadenhead

    John Cadenhead, AIA

    Director of Design
    Powers Brown Architecture

    John Cadenhead, AIA, is director of design at Powers Brown Architecture in Houston, Texas. For the past 16 years, Cadenhead has performed lead design roles in several award-winning projects including the Roy Kelly Mulitmodal Terminal and Parking Garage, and recently, the Intermarine Terminal at the Houston Ship Channel. Cadenhead believes that all great projects develop from a close inspection of what is unique about each site, program and certainly the client and what they wish to achieve.

  • Casey Lawrence

    Larry Casey

    President and Chief Operating Officer
    Donahue Schriber Realty Group

    Lawrence Casey is president and COO of Southern California-based Donahue Schriber, a fully integrated, privately held real estate investment trust operating on the West Coast. The company owns and/or operates an 11 million-square-foot portfolio of 60 neighborhood, community and power shopping centers. Casey received his BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Daniel Ceniceros

    Daniel Ceniceros

    President
    Connect Media

    Daniel Ceniceros is the president and founder of Connect Media. He has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate technology, media and events. Ceniceros' focus is on creating digital and experiential avenues for news delivery, data and analytics, and marketing for commercial real estate owners, developers, investors and brokers. He has pioneered the way that commercial real estate executives consume information and networks with a strong focus on maximizing time for clients, readers and conference attendees.

  • Lana Cook

    Business Development Manage
    Prefab Logic

    Lana Cook has been in the commercial modular building industry for 28 years. She began her career with ATCO Structures which was subsequently acquired by GE Capital. As a major projects manager for GE, Cook specialized in medical facilities, casino operations buildings and multistory modular construction as a turn-key modular general contractor. She was the vice president of Tell Manufacturing’s modular division for nearly a decade, providing specifically tailored materials for commercial modular builders. More recently, Cook was in business development in Southern California for Guerdon Enterprises, focusing on multi-family, hospitality projects, student housing and assisted living. She is currently the business development manager for Prefab Logic, providing modular consulting and construction management services for developers building multifamily and hospitality projects using modular construction. Cook is a native of Southern California and received her LEED AP in 2008 and her Juris Doctorate in 2016.

  • Chris Copenhaver

    Chris Copenhaver, SIOR

    Co-lead, Food & Beverage Advisory Practice
    Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia, Inc.

    Chris Copenhaver is a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Industrial & Logistics Service Line and co-lead of the company's Food & Beverage Advisory Group specializing in representing owners and occupiers of industrial real estate with a concentration in food production and refrigerated distribution centers. Copenhaver leverages Cushman & Wakefield’s real estate services platform and the Food & Beverage Advisory Team to execute client requirements throughout the state of Georgia, the Southeast and the U.S. in primary and secondary markets. Copenhaver focuses on technical and complex requirements and is experienced in working in a vast number of industrial industries such as food and beverage; bulk automated distribution; electronics, plastics and pharmaceutical production; corporate regional administrative and headquarters operations.

  • Lucia Diana

    Lucia Diana

    Strategic National Transaction Projects
    Verizon

    Lucia Diana is with the Verizon Global Real Estate Group (GRE) promoting the Group’s strategic initiatives, focusing on the monetization of Verizon’s real estate assets. Diana is considered a thought leader with the inception of the GRE Coworking Initiative and the Flexible Office Solutions (FOS) program. Through FOS, Verizon can now routinely redeploy employees out of traditional market leased locations and into locations with flexible term operators. Diana believes that by combining business and social trends and an “outside the box” mindset, real estate can be showcased in a unique way.

  • Patrick Dinon

    Pat Dinon

    Senior Manager of Projects
    South Carolina Ports Authority

    Pat Dinon joined Maersk/SeaLand after graduating from college. He was later recruited by Chinese state-owned Sinotrans Container Lines as president for North America. After 8 years and a seamless shut down, he transitioned to a new position created by Georgia Governor Sunny Purdue as director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Ports Authority for the Western Region. After retiring for a year, Dinon joined the SCPA (Port of Charleston) and finally as a result of numerous successful projects, became somewhat of a Southeast Gateway supply chain and economic development expert living in Southern California.

  • Sean Doordan

    Sean Doordan

    Senior Vice President, Leasing & Acquisitions
    St. John Properties, Inc.

    Sean Doordan has more than 14 years of experience with St. John Properties in the commercial real estate industry. He supervises the company’s leasing, acquisitions, marketing and interior design departments. Furthermore, he is responsible for the Partner-In-Training program which facilitates the growth and training of future internal partners. Doordan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He also earned a Master of Health Administration from The George Washington University.

  • Juan Dorado

    Juan Dorado, AIA

    Architect/Project Manager
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd.

    Juan Dorado has worked in the field of architecture since 2008 with projects throughout Southeast New Mexico, Oklahoma and Nevada. He has a wide variety of experience with design in educational facilities, commercial offices, industrial offices/shops, ecclesiastical and municipal government fields. Since he has worked for firms in rural communities and metro areas, Dorado brings unique experience working with all types of developer-driven projects and construction budgets. He is on the board of the NAIOP Developing Leaders for NAIOP New Mexico and is a driven and outgoing individual who cares immensely about his community. His goal every day is to provide high level service to his clients through common sense design and responsive business practices.

  • Jason England

    Jason England

    Director of Leasing and Marketing
    Argent Group

    Jason England has specialized in the development of commercial real estate for over a decade. Project types include office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality. Building and managing several million square feet of Class A space has provided invaluable experience in how to succeed in today’s leasing environment.

  • Amy Erixon

    Amy Erixon, MCP

    Principal and Managing Director, Global Investment Management
    Avison Young

    Amy Erixon is an industry expert in real estate technology, greening strategies and smart cities. She leads Avison Young’s Global Investment Management practice, which is active across all major and select speciality property types in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Avison Young, she was CEO of IGRI, a full-service development and investment firm that built the first LEED-certified projects across Canada in the mid 2000s. With more than 35 years of industry experience, she has acquired, developed and repositioned portfolios valued in excess of $9 billion, and completed large-scale rezoning and development projects in numerous North American cities. Erixon serves as an educational counsellor for MIT and sits on the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is a member of Avison Young’s Executive Committee. A graduate of MIT in city planning and real estate development, she is an active speaker, blogger and publisher of topical reports and white papers. Follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter @ErixonAmy, and YouTube. Her blog can be found at blog.avisonyoung.com.

  • Doug Fagan

    Doug Fagan

    President and CFO
    Partner Colorado Credit Union

    Doug Fargan has worked in the credit union industry for over 32 years in institutions ranging from $150 million in assets up to $3 billion in assets. He currently serves as the president and CFO at Partner Colorado Credit Union where he is responsible for most of the operations of the credit union, including all facets of lending. With PCCU in the cannabis banking business, Fagan is now endeavoring to grow a highly scrutinized (by regulators) area of cannabis banking, lending directly to cannabis-related businesses.

  • Jack Fersko

    Jack Fersko, Esq.

    Partner
    Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

    Jack Fersko co-chairs the real estate department and chairs the Cannabis Practice Group at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. His practice focuses on industrial and commercial real estate acquisition, financing, disposition and leasing, including ground leasing, solar development and the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated urban sites. During the past several years, Fersko has been involved with the multiple legal issues that arise in connection with the application for a cannabis operation license, and related real estate, financing and operational issues.

  • Rick Frimmer

    Rick Frimmer, JD, CPA

    Managing Director
    EisnerAmper LLP

    Rick Frimmer is a managing director in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, and team leader of the Municipal Financial Advisory Group, with over 35 years of experience in providing legal, financial advisory and strategic advice in restructurings of municipal and corporate debt, as well as equity. He has represented virtually every high yield bond fund, all the major corporate trustees, and many private hedge funds. Frimmer is also the team leader of EisnerAmper’s National Cannabis Group. The National Cannabis Group consists of specialists in tax, entity formation, regulation and compliance, banking and risk management. The Group operates nationally and advises clients from coast to coast with particular emphasis in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Frimmer has 17 years of experience as a tax attorney and over 30 years of experience as a litigator. He advises cannabis clients on all aspects of the businesses, from growing to sales.

  • Richard Fry

    Richard Fry, Ph.D.

    Senior Researcher
    Pew Research Center

    Rick Fry is a demographic economist, with expertise in the analysis of established U.S. household and economic data sets. He pursues an empirical research agenda on trends in wealth and economic well-being, living arrangements and housing demand, and generational differences. Fry is a recognized expert on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve. Reflecting the mission of the Pew Research Center, he identifies important economic and demographic trends and communicates their import for general audiences. At the Pew Research Center, Fry has recently led research investigations on several prominent topics. Fry has documented the nation’s uneven wealth recovery from the Great Recession and co-authored analyses of the racial and ethnic wealth gaps. Fry has also been a leading contributor to understanding the living arrangements, educational attainment and economic characteristics of Millennials. Fry also published the Center’s first analysis of the demographics of the emerging Generation Z.

  • Daniel Gehman

    Daniel Gehman, AIA

    Principal in Charge of Architecture
    Humphreys & Partners Architects, LLP

    As principal in charge of architecture at Humphreys & Partners, Daniel Gehman leads all architectural operations including design, production, construction administration and architectural process and planning. Gehman has a passion for people, teamwork, collaboration, leads by example and loves to mentor and coach. He has successfully built teams, led studios, won several awards, spoken at various industry conferences, written for trade publications, taught architecture at the university level and continuously strives for design excellence. For over ten years he was an adjunct professor in the USC Master of Real Estate Development program, where he taught housing types and trends to future developers and financiers.

  • Lauren Gilchrist

    Lauren Gilchrist

    Senior Vice President of Research
    JLL

    Lauren Gilchrist is Senior Vice President of Research at JLL, where she directs the Philadelphia Research platform. Prior to joining JLL, Lauren served as Research Manager at the Center City District in Philadelphia, the downtown’s business improvement district. Lauren holds and MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University. She is a regular lecturer and commentator on commercial real estate, demography, and the economy, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and across the media in Philadelphia.

  • Reva Goujon

    Reva Goujon

    Vice President of Global Analysis
    Stratfor

    Reva Goujon joined Stratfor in 2004 and leads a team of analysts around the world. She plays an integral role in applying a forward-looking, strategic lens to Stratfor's coverage of global events. She also regularly delivers speeches to corporate and political audiences in the United States and abroad. Her consultations with strategy teams of companies across the globe cover a range industries, including energy, finance, defense, technology, commercial real estate and agriculture. She is known for her ability to watch the map move and explain how powerful underlying forces, from demographics to technology, are reshaping the global order.

  • Jerry Guerrero

    Jerry Guerrero

    Director - Diversity and Inclusion
    Hines

    Jerry Guerrero is the director of Diversity & Inclusion at Hines. Prior to joining Hines, Guerrero held a number of roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2006 to 2017, including Houston Market Diversity Leader and management consultant in the Human Capital Services and Technology practices. He also previously worked at JPMorgan Chase and KPMG in a variety of finance and accounting roles. Guerrero earned a BBA in Finance at the University of Houston, Main Campus, and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

  • Gregory Healy

    Gregory Healy

    Executive Managing Director, Supply Chain and Logistics
    Colliers International

    Colliers has invested in developing an internal consulting practice to support its clients as they determine their supply chain strategy. Gregg Healy leads this group. Healy is a graduate of UCLA and has an MBA from the University of Michigan. Having lived and worked in both Asia and Europe, Healy has a unique global supply chain background. Prior to joining Colliers, he served as vice president at Honda Logistics for over 10 years as well as owned his own 3PL and supply chain consulting firm.

  • Jamie Hodari

    Jamie Hodari

    CEO and Co-founder
    Industrious

    Jamie Hodari is the CEO and co-founder of Industrious, the largest premium flexible workspace provider in the U.S. Prior to Industrious, Hodari was the CEO and co-founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university that Scientific American called a “daring global experiment” to bring “top-tier instruction to the neediest parts of the planet.” He previously ran the education non-profit Generation Rwanda, analyzed investments at the hedge fund Birch Run Capital and was a project finance lawyer at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. He started his career as a journalist at the Times of India. Hodari lives in Brooklyn but will travel as far as necessary for Szechuan food or good standup comedy. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

  • Joe'Mar Hooper

    Joe'Mar Hooper

    Wisconsin Market Leader
    CommonBond Communities

    Joe’Mar Hooper is the Wisconsin Market Leader for CommonBond Communities, one of the largest non-profit providers of affordable housing with services in the upper Midwest. In this role, he works to create new opportunities for CommonBond to expand and grow its real estate and resident services presence throughout the state. He oversees real estate business development, fundraising, partnership development and organizational visibility as the lead staff in Wisconsin. In his previous role, he created and directed the Department of Business, Community, and Family Partnerships for Milwaukee Public Schools. Over the past 14 years, Hooper has held leadership roles in various sectors of government in Wisconsin including the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin focusing on policy, finance, economic and community development, and operational leadership. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UW-Milwaukee.

  • Andrea Shek Jang

    Andrea Jang

    Head of Growth, Americas
    JLL Spark

    Andrea Jang leads Growth for the Americas at JLL Spark, a $100M strategic Global Venture Fund focused on investing in proptech for the commercial real estate sector. Previously, Jang was senior vice president, Corporate Development at JLL, responsible for driving revenue growth through corporate acquisitions in capital markets, brokerage, and property management for JLL Americas. She has held previous roles focused on business development and client relationship management with key institutional real estate investors. Jang holds her MS in Real Estate from the Cornell Hotel School, her MBA from the Ivey Business School, and her BS Econ from the Wharton School.

  • Maureen Joyce

    Maureen Joyce

    Director
    AEW Capital Management, LP

    Maureen Joyce is a director of the firm and senior portfolio manager for AEW Value Investors Funds and value-add separate accounts, overseeing portfolios. Joyce also serves as director of asset management for AEW’s Direct Investment Group and is chair of AEW’s ESG Steering Committee. Joyce created the Technology Council at AEW and is also a member of the firm’s Investment and Risk Management Committee.

  • Farrah Khimji

    Farrah Khimji, MBA, CPA, CA

    Principal, Real Estate Practice
    Grant Thornton LLP

    As a principal in the Grant Thornton real estate practice, Farrah Khimji leverages over 13 years of finance, accounting and advisory experience to help business owners in the real estate industry make strategic financial decisions to reach their company goals. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Khimji gained industry experience from both a large institutional owner, manager and developer (Oxford Properties), and private equity fund experience from Forgestone Capital where she was responsible for the accounting and finance functions for a significant portfolio of commercial real estate assets across Canada. In addition to her work at Grant Thornton, she is active in the commercial real estate community as president-elect for Toronto CREW and treasurer and board director for NAIOP Greater Toronto. Khimji is passionate about fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace both at Grant Thornton, where she sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Executive committee and across the commercial real estate industry as a member of REALpac’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.

  • Ho-Seok Kim

    Ho-Seok Kim

    Head of Busan Port Authority - U.S. Office
    Busan Port Authority

    Ho-Seok Kim has been working at the Busan Port Authority (BPA) for over 15 years as one of the founding members. He graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), earned a master's degree in International Transport at Cardiff University in the UK, and is currently enrolled in the doctoral course at global port governance in the graduate school of KMOU. Kim has served in several key positions, including in the international cooperation section, as an convoy to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and as Chief Secretary to the President and CEO of BPA.

  • Michael Knott

    Michael Knott, CFA

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    EQ Office

    Michael Knott is Chief Financial Officer of EQ Office, a large real estate firm focused on serving customer needs and creating spaces for greatness so companies can attract, retain and inspire talent. EQ Office, formerly Equity Office Properties, serves as Blackstone’s U.S. office investment and operating platform. Knott brings intellectual curiosity, rigor and financial acumen, as well as experience across multiple real estate asset types following a nearly 20-year career in commercial real estate, REIT research, and investment banking. Prior to joining EQ in July 2018, Knott spent 16 years at Green Street Advisors, an influential research firm. There he covered a number of property sectors over his tenure, including office, industrial, lab space, data centers, health care, self-storage, and lodging, as well as leading the firm’s REIT research effort.

  • LIam Leonard

    Liam Leonard

    President
    DML Capital

    Liam Leonard is the CEO of DML Capital, a small balance residential and commercial lender on the West Coast. His primary area of responsibility is to expand the capital base and scale the company. He joined DML in 2017, after working for several Fortune 100 companies in marketing, sales and general management. Leonard holds a BS in Economics from Yale University as well as an MBA from UCLA Anderson with a concentration in Finance and an Advanced International Management Certificate in Global Management.

  • Scott Marshall

    Scott Marshall

    President and Chief Development Officer, Hana
    CBRE

    Scott Marshall serves as Chief Development Officer and president for Hana, a new flexible space offering designed to meet the needs of enterprise and high growth occupiers. Operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBRE, Hana’s core offering is a plug-and-play flexible office solution that features occupier team suites (Hana Team), meeting and conference space (Hana Meet) and coworking space (Hana Share). Marshall has more than 15 years of executive experience in commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Bradley University and is actively involved in industry and community organizations, including being a current member of the Society of Industrial and Office Properties (SIOR) and a past member of the board of directors for NAIOP Chicago.

  • Bahram Motamedian

    Bahram Motamedian

    Chief Strategy Officer
    USAA Real Estate

    Bahram Motamedian serves as Chief Strategy Officer and executive managing director of portfolio management of USAA Real Estate Company. He is a member of the firm's investment and executive committees and is responsible for investments made on behalf of and by USAA’s balance sheet. Motamedian is also responsible for evaluating and initiating new investment strategies and vehicles as well as overseeing separately managed accounts.

  • Lindsay Murphy

    Lindsay Murphy

    Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Growth
    NELSON

    As senior vice president of global strategy and growth, Lindsay Murphy helps set the company’s strategic direction while identifying opportunities for growth. She brings extensive design experience in multiple sectors including corporate workplace, tenant/landlord, industrial, healthcare and national accounts. Her passion for delivering thoughtful, impactful design solutions that align with clients’ business strategies fuels her efforts in successfully fulfilling her company-wide roles and responsibilities. With a focus on integrated service delivery, Murphy continues to knit connections between NELSON’s diverse practice areas and service lines to ensure that clients benefit from cross-sector influence and a holistic approach.

  • Rick Myers

    Rick Myers

    President
    Thomas & Mack Development Group

    Rick Myers is president of the Thomas & Mack Development Group, a commercial development company with projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The Thomas & Mack Companies are the developer and owner of over 50 office, industrial and retail properties in Southern Nevada. In addition to his duties with the Thomas & Mack Development Group, Myers is a past president and director of NAIOP Southern Nevada. He remains an active member of the NAIOP National Forums, and participant in industry organizations.

  • Hessam Nadji

    Hessam Nadji

    President and CEO
    Marcus & Millichap

    Hessam Nadji is president and Chief Executive Officer of Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services. He joined Marcus & Millichap in 1996 as vice president of Research and Advisory Services and positioned the firm as a leading provider of market trends, analyses and expertise. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership roles including overseeing the firm’s national specialty brokerage divisions and helping to prepare and execute Marcus & Millichap’s IPO in 2013 as Chief Strategy Officer. Nadji was named president and CEO in April 2016.

  • Yong Nam

    Yong Nam

    President
    HPA, Inc.

    Yong Nam is president of HPA, Inc., the most prolific architectural firm in the U.S. He joined the firm in 1993 as a project architect and rose to become partner and president in 2008. Under his direction, HPA designed over 40 million square feet of facilities in the calendar year 2018. The unique productivity of the architectural teams at HPA, which has less than 40 employees, is a result of Nam’s wide-ranging experience and operational knowledge in structuring a dynamic studio environment to effectively manage the largest scale projects in the industry. He has been involved in all phases of architectural services: master planning, inventory building design, build-to-suit building design, facilities programming, and project management. Yong received both Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Contrary to persistent rumors, he did not play on their football team. Yong maintains professional affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, the NCARB, NAIOP, and CSI. After designing and building a house in Orange County that he and his children live in, he has studiously avoided residential commissions.

  • Elizabeth Paden

    Elizabeth Paden, OAA, AIA

    Vice President
    Beacon Capital Partners

    Elizabeth Paden is a vice president at Beacon Capital Partners where she manages portfolio design strategy – collaborating on asset management, construction, acquisitions, and external proptech and creative consultant initiatives. Prior to joining Beacon, Paden worked as an architect in Canada, Norway, and the U.S., designing notable cultural projects focused on sustainability and digital innovation. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT Sloan. She is a licensed architect (AIA, OAA), a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, and is a Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners laureate.

  • Jeremy Reding

    Jeremy Reding, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

    Principal
    DLR Group

    Jeremy Reding is an innovative, holistic designer and architect who cares about both the big picture and intricate details of each and every project, whether he’s working with Google, a government client, or a local entrepreneur. As a workplace futurist, Reding imagines future workplace methodologies, including the resilient office, mixed reality, and mobile offices (autonomous cars are the next conference room). He believes that as location becomes less important thanks to the resolution of virtual reality, more emphasis will be placed on visceral experiences within the office. Jeremy is already seeing this in his daily work- he provides this design and thought leadership across DLR Group’s 29 locations to create award-winning, technology-enhanced, and employee-centered workplaces for public and private clients.

  • Amy Sands

    Amy Sands

    Senior Director
    HFF

    Amy Sands leads HFF’s Retail Investment Advisory practice for Chicago and the Midwest. She specializes in the disposition and re-capitalization of investment real estate as well as multi-market portfolios through direct sales and structured transactions. Throughout her career, Sands and her team have completed in excess of $6.5 billion in transactions.

  • John Schwab

    John Schwab, CPA

    Partner, Leader of Construction and Real Estate Industry Practice
    Wipfli LLP

    John Schwab is a partner at Wipfli and serves as the industry leader for the firm’s construction and real estate practice. For the last 26 years, Schwab has been providing strategic services to a full range of construction and real estate organizations with operations ranging from small specialty subcontractors to national real estate organizations. He is widely respected by his industry peers and clients for his dedicated focus on providing them with straightforward, honest and thorough information upon which they can rely. Schwab is also an active NAIOP board member and recently became a NAIOP Research Foundation Governor.

  • Michael Schwartzman

    Mike Schwartzman

    Principal
    DevelUp Inc.

    Drawing on decades of diversified commercial real estate experience, Michael Schwartzman founded DevelUp Inc. in 2018 to provide development management consulting services and assist property owners navigate the myriad of tasks required to implement ground-up development projects from concept through completion. His completed work portfolio encompasses over 4,500 residential units and $1.5 billion of mixed-use projects that combine retail, office and residential; Type I, III and V multifamily - rental and condo; commercial office and retail; modular construction and luxury single family homes. DevelUp Inc. also pursues projects for its own account if potential deals ever pencil out given current market conditions, rent levels and construction costs.

  • Rob Sechrist

    Rob Sechrist

    President
    Pelorus Equity Group

    Rob is the president of Pelorus Equity Group and co-manager of the Pelorus Fund (a cannabis-focused CRE debt fund) with more than eighteen years of experience in the real estate finance industry. Since the formation of Pelorus in 2010 he has raised more than $200 million in secured real estate transactions. Sechrist's primary role at Pelorus Equity Group is the development of strategic alliances with both private and institutional investors, formation of equity partnerships, coordinating of the company’s growth into new markets. He also oversees the direction of the marketing programs to borrowers, brokers and investors.

  • Ryan Spurston

    Ryan Spruston, AIA

    Design Director
    Gensler

    Ryan Spruston is a design director at Gensler, an integrated architecture, design and consulting firm. An accomplished architect and designer, Spruston has led design efforts on some of the most significant development projects in Southern California, including major new ground up development, adaptive reuse projects and major renovations of existing buildings.

  • Mark Stapp

    Mark Stapp, PhD

    Director, Real Estate Programs, W. P. Carey School of Business
    Arizona State University

    Dr. Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Director of Real Estate Programs in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has also serves as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In November 2011, Stapp was named a Distinguished Fellow of NAIOP. He Stapp has over 40 years experience planning, designing, developing, investing in and advising about real estate.

  • Earnest Sweat

    Earnest Sweat

    Director, Prologis Ventures
    Prologis

    Earnest Sweat serves as an investment manager at Prologis Ventures. He has a combined 10 years of experience in the real estate and technology industries. Sweat currently focuses on the technical and business model due diligence of investment opportunities. Prior to joining Prologis, he gained portfolio management, venture deal analysis, and business development expertise in stints as an investor-in-residence at Backstage Capital and an entrepreneurial engineer at Camelback Ventures. He is an alum of Columbia University and the Kellogg School of Management.

  • Jinger Tapia

    Jinger Tapia

    Principal, Design
    Ware Malcomb

    Jinger Tapia is principal, design at Ware Malcomb, a leading international design firm providing architecture, planning, interior design, branding and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. She is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience and is an extremely talented designer commended for her ability to effectively bring creative resolution to any sort of design challenge. Tapia has been instrumental in building and transforming Ware Malcomb’s Design Group into an international studio. She was selected by Bisnow as a 2018 Power Woman in Real Estate.

  • Jason Ting

    Jason Ting

    Owner
    Ting Realty

    Jason Ting is co-founder of Ting Financial Group, a niche private equity real estate investment firm, and principal of Ting Realty, a full service real estate development, management and brokerage company. His direct responsibilities include acquisitions and dispositions, property management and leasing, domestic and foreign client relations, and new business formation. Ting blogs about his work and personal life journeys via JasTing.com, and is actively involved in his local community church leading personal finance workshops.

  • Lorena Tomb

    Lorena Tomb

    CEO and Founder
    Urban Lime Real Estate

    Lorena Tomb is an accomplished real estate broker serving clients in retail, hospitality, creative office and investment sales. Formerly a top producer in her role of vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle in Southern California, she formed URBANLIME Real Estate, a boutique consulting and brokerage firm based out of Downtown Los Angeles specializing in investment sales and leasing of urban properties in the Los Angeles area. Over the years, Tomb has developed a strong network of national and independent retailers, fashion, creative and tech companies and has established solid relationships with regional and institutional landlords that have resulted in successful transactions ranging from retail, industrial and office leasing to investment and owner-user sales.

  • Jennifer Viriato

    Jennifer Viriato

    Senior Real Estate Analyst
    Kamehameha Schools

    Jennifer Conway Viriato pursues real estate investment at Kamehameha Schools with an eye on the technologies that are changing our world. Her research at the MIT Center for Real Estate on artificial intelligence and machine learning has enabled her to become fluent in the applications of these transformative technologies in real estate today. Through her ongoing research she is helping to build awareness in the industry of the innovations that are available today and soon to come, while also connecting the dots between innovators and real estate investors.

  • Alex Vouvalides

    Alexander Vouvalides

    Chief Investment Officer
    Hudson Pacific Properties

    Alex Vouvalides is Chief Investment Officer of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP), a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust. He currently oversees the company’s acquisition and disposition activities, as well as participating in property financings. He was formerly senior vice president of acquisitions and, prior to that, vice president, asset management. He joined the company’s predecessor, Hudson Capital, LLC, in 2009, where he primarily focused on acquisitions and investments. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. Vouvalides graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

  • Holly Warnick

    Holly Warnick

    Senior Director – Global Account Operations
    CBRE

    Holly Warnick is a senior director of global operations within CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business. As a partner to Microsoft’s real estate group, she leads a global team of over 80 professionals across multiple lines of business. Warnick has held a leadership role on the national board for the CBRE LGBTQ & Allies Employee Resource Group for the past four years. Under her direct leadership, the group grew from less than 100 members to over 500 in just three years, driving significant conversations around diversity, inclusion and belonging companywide.

  • Scott Watson

    Scott Watson

    Partner, Leasing and Marketing
    Crown Realty Partners

    Scott Watson leads the leasing group at Crown Realty Partners for existing properties, future repositioning and acquisitions underwriting. He was previously a senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle and a vice president at Colliers before joining Crown.

  • Shannon Woodcock

    Shannon Woodcock

    Managing Director - Workplace Strategy
    Savills Studley

    A member of the Downtown Los Angeles office since 2018, Shannon Woodcock is the managing director of workplace strategy across Southern California, including Downtown L.A., West L.A., Orange County and San Diego. In her role, she partners with brokerage and project management teams to add value in a variety of ways. While brokers use expertise to find sites aligned with a client’s essential real estate needs, Woodcock acts as a client advocate by providing guidance on aspects of workplace planning to promote the client’s business plan and required workstyles. Using data collection and end-user engagements, she specializes in uncovering the needs of clients that are often difficult to identify using the client’s internal resources.

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