Speakers

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  • Matthew Ahrens

    Matthew Ahrens

    Executive Vice President, Acquisitions
    Rising Realty Partners

    Matt Ahrens is an executive vice president at Rising Realty Partners, a vertically integrated, full service real estate investment firm headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. The firm focuses on acquiring and executing opportunistic investments in Western U.S. markets on behalf of institutional investor clients. As head of acquisitions at Rising, Ahrens has acquired approximately six million square feet of value-add office investments with a capitalized value of $1.7 billion.

  • 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.

  • Ambrish Baisiwala

    Ambrish Baisiwala

    CEO
    Portman Holdings, LLC

    Ambrish Baisiwala is the Chairman and CEO of Portman Holdings, a commercial real estate developer headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He brings over 26 years of global business experience to his role at Portman, with a focus on corporate strategy and property development. He holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School in Australia. He is active in the community and participates on the boards of Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta Police Foundation, Leadership Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline Partnership.

  • 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.

  • Bill Baumgardner

    Bill Baumgardner

    Executive Vice President, Development
    VanTrust Real Estate, LLC

    At VanTrust, Bill Baumgardner heads up the Dallas office and is responsible for leading the development of office, industrial and mixed-use projects in Texas and surrounding states.

  • 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.

  • Janet Buck

    Janet Buck

    Senior Managing Director
    First Republic Bank

    Janet Buck is a senior managing director at First Republic Bank, leading the Orange County and San Diego business banking teams. She has extensive experience structuring customized commercial real estate lending solutions in the California market. Prior to joining First Republic, Buck held leadership positions at both Wells Fargo and Bank of the West. Additionally, she founded an industry award-winning software service company, Xporta, Inc., and co-founded a boutique consulting firm, Emergent Success, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Chase

    Jessica Chase

    Manager, Analytics
    Columbia Property Trust

    Jessica Chase is a part of the asset management team with Columbia Property Trust, an owner, operator and developer of Class-A office space in gateway U.S. markets. Working with the West Coast asset management team, she also helps guide portfolio-wide strategy towards technologies and innovation that enhance operations and the tenant experience. With 14 years of experience in the industry, her background includes multifamily and office product types, revenue management, and real estate technology.

  • Lana Cook

    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.

  • Dale Dekker

    Dale Dekker, AIA, AICP

    Principal/Architect
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd.

    Dale Dekker, AIA, AICP, is an original founder of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S), an architecture and design firm with offices in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

  • 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.

  • David Egan

    David Egan

    Senior Director, Global Head of Industrial Research
    CBRE

    David Egan is the Global Head of Industrial and Logistics Research for CBRE. He focuses primarily on expanding the Global Industrial Research team’s insight generation and market intelligence to help guide real estate strategies, identify risks and validate decision-making, and serves as the CBRE spokesperson on the industrial real estate environment. Egan has developed and owned the industrial thought leadership agenda and has been responsible for the production of major reports touching topics crucial to the industry including e-commerce, ports and logistics, and technology trends.

  • 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

    Head of 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.

  • Deanne Erpelding

    Deanne Erpelding, CID, IIDA, LEED AP

    Principal
    NELSON

    Deanne Erpelding is a principal at NELSON experienced in the performance of full scope interior design, workplace strategy and project management for corporate clients. She consistently demonstrates the ability to influence, motivate and inspire collaborative teams to seek strategic solutions that meet the business goals and enhance user experience. Her leadership, commitment and dedication have enabled her to build long-lasting relationships with clients and the design community.

  • Doug Fagan

    Doug Fagan

    President and CFO
    Partner Colorado Credit Union

    Doug Fagan 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.

  • Greg Gill

    Greg Gill, SIOR, CCIM

    President
    Lee & Associates

    Gregory Gill has over 50 years of commercial real estate experience. He joined Lee & Associates in October 2009 to lead the Los Angeles/Long Beach Office. Prior to joining Lee & Associates, Gill spent 30 years with Matlow-Kennedy Commercial Real Estate, serving as Chairman/CEO/Principal. Gill’s experience and superior expertise in the office, industrial and investment markets allows him to bring great quality and value to his clients.

  • 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.

  • Charlie Hobey

    Charlie Hobey

    Managing Director – Product and Operations
    EQ Office

    Charlie Hobey serves as managing director–product and operations for EQ Office. He is responsible for all facets of property management, engineering, construction and product development for 50 office properties comprising approximately 23 million square feet of office space across the United States. Hobey supervises approximately 100 product design and operations professionals. He is a member of EQ Office’s senior leadership team responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s business strategy. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

  • 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.

  • Cary Hutchings

    Cary Hutchings

    Director, Economic Development
    BNSF Railway

    As Director for the BNSF Railway, Cary Hutchings supports business expansion and new business location on the BNSF system. He manages large, complex projects as well as leads a team responsible for the colocation activities of intermodal customers and a team responsible for port business development. Prior to the BNSF, Hutchings worked as an economic development specialist at Jones Lang LaSalle. He has also served in a variety of economic and business development positions at the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (Indiana Department of Commerce). He has completed projects totaling over $1.1 billion in investment and creating over 20,000 jobs. He volunteers with the Special Olympics and various food bank/mission-based charities.

  • 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.

  • Farrah Khimji

    Farrah Khimji, MBA, CPA, CA

    Founder & CEO
    Futura Funds

    Farrah Khimji's passion and purpose is to be an ambassador in the commercial real estate industry – one that advocates for progress, champions change and challenges the status quo to move the needle forward. She is the founder of Futura Funds, a venture capital firm that funds investments that promote diversity and innovation in the commercial real estate industry. She has over 15 years of finance, accounting and advisory experience, and is president-elect for Toronto CREW and treasurer and board director for NAIOP Greater Toronto. Khimji is passionate about fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace across the commercial real estate industry as a member of REALpac’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.

  • Matthew Klink

    Partner
    California Strategies

    Throughout his career, Matthew Klink has worked for numerous clients encompassing a range of industries and subjects, including automotive, cable, energy, fast-moving consumer goods, finance, healthcare/pharmaceutical, oil and natural gas, retail, shipping, sports and entertainment, telecommunications, water and other regulated and taxed industries. Additionally, Klink has worked on candidate and initiative campaigns at multiple levels of government, where he has performed a variety of roles that include general consulting, campaign management, media consulting, campaign spokesperson, direct mail design and production, and coalition building.

  • Audrey Koehn

    Audrey Koehn, ASID, LEED AP

    Global Interiors Leader | Principal
    DLR Group

    Audrey Koehn leads DLR Group’s interiors practice. She collaborates with leaders across DLR Group’s 30 locations to ensure interiors is elevating design within an integrated design process, and furthers the career development of design professionals in the interiors discipline. Koehn is a client-oriented interior designer with a passion for experiential space and responsive solutions. She has led design for several of DLR Group’s most high-profile workplace clients from the technology and financial industries.

  • Katherine Lau

    Katharine Lau

    Senior Director of Real Estate
    Industrious

    Katharine Lau is a Senior Director of Real Estate at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, she was Manager of Development at Equinox and helped expand the portfolio of new clubs. She also held positions at L&L Holding Company and PGIM Real Estate (previously Prudential Real Estate Investors).

  • Micah Mallace

    Micah Mallace

    Director Strategic Projects
    South Carolina Ports Authority

    Micah Mallace is the director of regional sales at the South Carolina Ports Authority. He is responsible for the port’s real estate portfolio and delivery of sustained, double market growth with a focus on recruitment of consumer goods distribution centers. This involves guiding companies through supply chain optimization studies, site location processes, transportation vendor selection and incentive negotiations. The South Carolina Ports Authority has been the fastest-growing major U.S. container port since 2009, almost doubling the U.S. port market’s growth rate.

  • 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.

  • Elan Matlovsky

    Élan Matlovsky

    Leasing Director
    SteelWave

    As leasing director, Élan Matlovsky spearheads marketing and leasing for SteelWave’s Los Angeles portfolio. During his 12 years with SteelWave, he has participated in the acquisition and disposition of over 3.5 million square feet of office product. His experience includes property management, asset management, lease negotiation and marketing.

  • Micheal McCrary

    Michael J. McCrary

    Managing Director
    JLL

    Mike McCrary co-leads JLL's Inland Empire Industrial team, which in the last three years has completed over 68 million square feet of transactions for a total value of over $3.3 billion. McCrary is an active member of JLL’s Executive Industrial Counsel and is consistently one of the top ten industrial brokers in the Southern California region. He specializes in institutional "big box" real estate. The Inland Empire Team’s focus is on industrial investments, sales, leasing, development and tenant representation.

  • Kristina Metzger

    Kristina Metzger

    Leader, CBRE Data Center Capital Markets
    CBRE

    Kristina Metzger serves as senior vice president and leader of CBRE’s Data Center Capital Markets team. The CBRE Data Center Capital Markets team combines data center real estate sales, advisory, financing and investment banking into a single, global offering. Metzger and her team provide investors with acquisition, disposition and debt and equity recapitalization strategies.

  • 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.

  • Katie Muphy

    Katie Murphy

    Partner
    Goodwin Procter LLP

    Katherine (Katie) Murphy, a partner in the firm’s real estate industry group and co-leader of its real estate transaction services practice, focuses her practice in the representation of landlords, tenants, lenders, investors and developers in commercial lease transactions. She is a LEED Green Associate and has extensive experience negotiating all aspects of lease transactions, including large-and small-scale leases for office, retail, industrial, laboratory, build-to-suit headquarters locations, medical office, biotech and data center space throughout the United States. She was awarded the prestigious Collaborating Professional of the Year Award (2012) by the Commercial Brokers Association of Massachusetts. She represents REITS, investors, developers and other owners of real estate as well as private equity companies and retailers in all varieties of lease transactions, including owners and tenants in buildings in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and California.

  • 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.

  • Robert O'Neill

    Robert E. O'Neill

    President
    Southgate Corporation

    Robert E. O’Neill is President of the Southgate Corporation, a comprehensive real estate development firm specializing in industrial and commercial properties.

  • Chris Pearson

    Chris Pearson

    Vice President, Development Planning
    Hudson Pacific Properties

    Chris Pearson is vice president of development and planning for Hudson Pacific Properties (HPP), a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment company headquartered in Los Angeles. HPP owns and operates more than 17 million square feet of state-of-the-art office and studio properties. Since joining HPP in 2013, his work as the company’s lead on pre-development and entitlements has been integral in the rapid growth of HPP on the West Coast, and securing high-profile anchor tenants including Fortune 500 and leading growth companies such as Netflix, Google, Square, Uber, NFL Enterprises and more.

  • Anthony Pricco

    Anthony Pricco

    Principal
    Bridge Development Partners

    Anthony Pricco, president/partner of Bridge Development Partners, joined Bridge in 2007 and is responsible for the company’s ongoing management and growth nationally. Prior to Bridge, he served as vice president for McShane Corporation. Pricco is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and Marketing. He received his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Pricco is a member of NAIOP and currently serves on the National Board of Directors in addition to his involvement with the Chicago Chapter, of which he was president in 2009.

  • Rafal Rak

    Rafal Rak

    Vice President, Portfolio Manager for Midwest and West Regions
    Digital Realty

    Rafal Rak is Vice President of Digital Realty and serves as the company’s Portfolio Manager for Midwest and West regions. In this capacity, he has overall responsibility for strategic planning, development, operations, leasing and financial performance of 48 buildings with 9.2 million rentable square feet. Digital Realty is a leading global data center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with 215 properties in 14 countries and 36 markets representing 34 million square feet in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Digital Realty is the 8th largest publicly-traded REITs in the U.S. with a market capitalization of approximately $27 billion, a member of the prestigious S&P 500 and has been recognized by the EPA as one of the top 100 largest buyers of renewable energy.

  • 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.

  • Steve Reents

    Steve Reents

    Managing Director, Investments
    BentallGreenOak

    Steve Reents is a Managing Director, Investments at BentallGreenOak (“BGO”). He leads a team at BGO that is responsible for executing on the firm’s investment strategies to identify, source and acquire commercial real estate in west coast markets. BGO’s focus is on acquiring core, core-plus and value-add office, industrial, residential and retail assets as well as providing equity for development. During this career, Reents has participated in over $4 billion of investment activities including acquisitions, development and dispositions.

  • George Rogers

    George Rogers

    Principal
    Skyline Capital Advisors, LLC

    George Rogers is principal of Skyline Capital Advisors, a Silicon Valley-based data center advisory firm. He currently serves as senior advisor to a $250 billion asset manager of their global data center group with the initial platform investment made in Europe in Q2 2019. Also, he is advising an infrastructure as a service (IAAS) company in their expansion in the U.S. and Europe. He is the former vice president of portfolio management for Digital Realty Trust, with responsibility for 6.5 million square feet of data center assets in seven markets.

  • Bryan Rosenberg

    Bryan Rosenberg

    Director
    Eastdil Secured, LLC

    Mr. Rosenberg is a Director in the Chicago office of Eastdil Secured with more than 10 years of experience in real estate and finance. His primary focus is on equity sales of commercial properties in the Midwest. Throughout his career, Mr. Rosenberg has been involved in more than $6 billion of transactions.

  • Amy Sands

    Amy Sands

    Managing Director
    JLL

    Amy Sands leads JLL’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.

  • Kim Snyder

    Kim Snyder

    President, Western Region
    Prologis

    Kim Snyder is president of Prologis' West Region, responsible for all activities including development, acquisitions and operations for Prologis. Key markets included in this region are San Francisco, Seattle, Central Valley, Southern California, the Inland Empire, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

  • 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

    Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Executive Director of 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.

  • Philip Storch

    Philip Storch

    Senior Director, Project Management Services
    WashREIT

    Philip Storch joined WashREIT in 2006 as project manager on the construction team. He assumed management of the project management team in 2014 overseeing tenant interiors, capital and repositioning projects the company executes. His experience extends across all stages of the construction process. Prior to joining WashREIT, he was a project manager with a local general contractor managing renovation projects in the residential and commercial sectors. He received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from George Mason University. He is a LEED Green Associate and an active member of NAIOP Northern Virginia.

  • Karen Strack

    Karen Strack

    SVP Tenant Coordination & Lease Documentation
    Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

    Karen Strack is the senior vice president for Tenant Coordination and Lease Documentation at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. This dual department creates synergy in delivering with the leasing team, creating a culture of mutual objectives and goals. Prior to joining URW seven years ago, Strack's background in retail has benefitted her tenants, understanding their needs to drive operational efficiencies and gain share of consumer wallet.

  • 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
    Urbanlime 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.

  • Steffen Turoff

    Steffen Turoff

    Principal and Director of Parking & Mobility Planning, Policy and Financials, Pacific Region
    Walker Consultants

    As a principal and the Director of Planning, Policy and Financial Studies for the Pacific Region, Steffen Turoff oversees Walker’s parking and mobility planning, financial, technology and operations-related studies for the firm’s public- and private-sector clients served by Walker’s Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco and Seattle offices. Turoff is also a planning and policy resource for Walker’s consultants and clients across the country, the Middle East and Asia when requested. Prior to joining Walker, he worked in real estate development in downtown Los Angeles.

  • Mitch Vainshtein

    Mitch Vainshtein

    Director
    Tishman Speyer

    Mitch Vainshtein leads ZO., Tishman Speyer’s platform for tenant amenities and experience. In this role, he has led the global expansion of ZO. to 35 Tishman Speyer properties across the United States and Europe. His prior experience includes working in venture capital at Insight Partners, a leading VC and growth equity fund in New York with over $20 billion in AUM. His experience includes partnering with portfolio company executive teams to scale their business quickly, and due diligence on prospective investments including seven closed transactions. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

  • 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.

  • Philip Wilson

    Philip Wilson

    Office Managing Partner
    Marcum LLP

    Philip Wilson is the office managing partner of Marcum’s Costa Mesa, California, office and is the leader of the firm’s national Tax Controversy group. Wilson has more than 30 years of CPA and business advisory experience, including experience as an IRS revenue agent. He focuses on helping individuals and companies resolve tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, representing all types of businesses as well as high net worth individuals. He has substantial experience in the real estate area, including tax structuring for commercial and residential developers, and has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries.

  • Shannon Woodcock

    Shannon Woodcock

    Managing Director - Workplace Strategy
    Savills

    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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