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Heath Abramsohn is vice president and regional director for Rockefeller Group’s New Jersey/Pennsylvania region. He joined Rockefeller Group in 2005 and is responsible for project analysis, due diligence, financial/investment analysis, site selection, entitlements and project management for real estate acquisitions and development activities projects encompassing both speculative and build to suit opportunities for approximately four million square feet of investment-grade commercial assets within the Northeast. Abramsohn received his Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College with a major in Accounting and Economics. He received his Master in Science, Real Estate Development from New York University.
As Logistics & Industrial Lead, Americas, Tray Anderson provides strategic vision and leadership for the firm’s 840+ industrial brokerage professionals and eight industrial advisory groups in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Leveraging his expertise in total cost business case development, supply chain network modeling, third-party logistics, real estate, manufacturing and distribution operations; Anderson focuses on helping clients recognize the benefits of a fully-integrated, properly-executed real estate and supply chain strategy.
Thomas J. Bisacquino served for 33 years as NAIOP Inc. President and CEO retiring in June of 2022. He was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the association, headquartered in Northern Virginia. Mr. Bisacquino directed NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state, provincial and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff served more than 20,000 members who are the developers, investors, and owners of industrial, office, retail, and multi-family properties throughout North America.
Michael Brennan is a co-founder, chairman, and managing principal of Brennan Investment Group. He has orchestrated more than $14 billion in industrial real estate transactions in the course of his 33-year career. Prior to forming Brennan Investment Group, Brennan co-founded First Industrial Realty Trust in 1994, and served as president, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors until late 2008. Brennan currently serves as executive director of the University of Wisconsin’s James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, a program that is consistently ranked among the best real estate programs in the world. He also serves as a member of the board of the Technical Committee for FIBRA Macquarie, a publicly traded company and premier owner of Mexican industrial and retail real estate.
Harry G. Broadman, Ph.D., is partner and chair of the Emerging Markets Practice at Berkeley Research Group LLC, a global consultancy on six continents focused on international investment disputes and arbitration; cross-border trade policy and national security regulation; antitrust litigation; and corporate governance and corruption matters. He is also a professor at Johns Hopkins University; a faculty member and Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); a monthly global business columnist for Forbes and Gulf News, and frequent contributor to the Financial Times. Broadman is a former U.S. Assistant Trade Representative, Chief of Staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, Senior Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Private Equity Investment Executive, World Bank Official, RAND Corporation Staff Member, and Professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude in Economics and History from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
As leader of the Indianapolis Capital Markets and Investment team, Alex Cantu specializes in the disposition and acquisition of single-user and multi-tenant investment properties on behalf of institutional and private capital clients. He exclusively represented sellers of office, retail and industrial product, as well as advised select investors on acquisitions. Over his career, Cantu has executed nearly $1 billion in transactional volume.
Bethany Clark is the Senior Managing Director of Strategy & Operations for Cushman & Wakefield’s Industrial Services group for the Americas. She provides strategic and operational oversight for the Industrial service line at C&W, supporting the performance of the company’s nearly 840 brokerage professionals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Jim Clewlow is the Chief Investment Officer, executive vice president of CenterPoint Properties. He has been with the company since 1997 and has worked in an acquisition, leasing and development capacity. Clewlow lead the joint venture CenterPoint started with CalPERS in 1999 (CalPERS acquired the Company in 2006). He was appointed to lead acquisitions for the company in 2003 and appointed CIO in 2005. He served as president of NAIOP Chicago in 2012.
Michael Coppola is a founding Partner of Bluewater Property Group. Prior to Bluewater, Coppola served as vice president at LBA Realty, a real estate investment and management company focused on value add industrial acquisitions and development. He opened the LBA East Coast office in 2016 and was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of industrial assets in the New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania markets during his tenure. Coppola spent most of his industrial career at KTR Capital Partners where he served as vice president of investments overseeing the New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets. Coppola received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Carmen Dodaro joined FCL Builders in 1989 and worked his way up through the ranks from project manager to his current position as executive vice president and CEO. Dodaro oversees the management of day-to-day operations, company personnel, corporate finance, sales, strategic planning and business development. Additionally, he manages FCL’s team dedicated to the design and construction of cold storage, temperature controlled and process facilities throughout the U.S.
Dave Fazekas is Senior Managing Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer Industrial, Head of Eastern Region at Black Creek Group, a leading real estate investment management firm. In this role, he oversees the sourcing and execution of all industrial investments in the Eastern region of the United States. Fazekas has more than 20 years of real estate experience and since joining Black Creek Group in 2010 he has overseen over $4.3 billion of industrial investments totaling more than 63.5 million square feet.
As Global Head of Customer Led Solutions, Jeremy Giles has overall responsibility for Prologis' customer network. In this capacity he is responsible for developing, managing and executing Prologis' relationships with multi-market customers across the globe and formulating strategy to differentiate customer experience. In addition to his seventeen years with Prologis, Giles also has experience in the transportation, management consulting and merchant energy fields. He holds both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brandi Hanback is Executive Vice President, Deputy Head of Development and Head of FTZ, Trade & Logistics for Rockefeller Group. In this role, Hanback has a direct leadership role in overseeing the company’s national development platform, increasing activity in existing markets, and expanding into new markets. She also oversees the company’s longstanding Foreign Trade Zone division, which works directly with tenants and clients on a consulting basis as needed on complex international trade, logistics and customs matters. Rockefeller Group’s tenants and clients include large multinational manufacturers and distributors engaged in importing and exporting.
Bryan Jensen is a principal and vice president of business development with the St. Onge Company and leads their practice in retail and complex distribution design. He has 30 years of logistics and material handling distribution experience across several areas in physical distribution in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors.
As Executive Vice President and member of the Investment Committee, Larry Lance directs Everwest Real Estate Investors overall asset services, including development, asset management, and property management. He also leads joint venture partner relations and various portfolio management relationships as well as strategic planning for the current portfolio. During his 20 years with Everwest Larry has supervised the portfolio management of more than $3 billion of real estate investments.
Spencer Levy is the Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. He is the chief spokesman on real estate matters for CBRE in the Americas. He is regularly quoted in major business publications and frequently is a guest on business television, including Bloomberg, CNBC, PBS and Fox Business.
As a licensed architect, Kate brings over 15 years of architectural experience to the Ware Malcomb team, specializing in complex project types including cold storage, food processing and manufacturing. Kate is devoted to high-quality design and service, financial astuteness, and attention to detail. She has authored several articles related to cold building development and also spoke on numerous panels about cold buildings and trends in the sector.
Taylor Malfitano is Vice President of National Accounts at Link Industrial Properties. Formed in 2019, Link Industrial Properties is Blackstone's U.S. industrial real estate operating platform, operating a portfolio of approximately 400 million square feet across the U.S. Prior to the formation of Link Industrial Properties, Malfitano was Vice President of Investments at Gramercy Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT which Blackstone acquired in 2018 for $7.6 billion. Malfitano received a B.A. in English from Villanova University.
Nate Maniktala is a managing principal of BranchPattern, a consulting engineering and building science firm. He has served as an advising consultant to the Department of Energy’s Net-Zero Commercial Building Initiative, LEED for Warehouse Task Force, and WELL Industrial Advisory Board. Over the last 15 years, Maniktala has partnered with real estate developers and tenants to lead sustainability initiatives for more than 200 industrial projects across the world.
Brook Melchin is an acclaimed architect and artist with over 30 years of experience in commercial office, industrial, mixed-use, institutional, hospitality and residential projects. He is skilled at planning facilities that are realistic and cost-effective, and provide functional and responsive solutions to unique client requirements. Melchin is a big thinker, seeing the real, practical world as only a starting place for possibilities and deploying his enthusiasm for pushing design to the best it can be.
Craig Meyer is President of JLL Industrial for the Americas. He is responsible for the JLL business lines that service the industrial and logistics real estate asset class. Meyer serves on the firm's Brokerage Executive Committee and Market Strategy Committee. In addition, he is Chair of JLL's Global Industrial Board which sets global strategy for the firm’s three operating regions (Americas, EMEA, APAC). He was named International Director of the firm in 2012.
Bob Murray is a Senior Vice President with Alston Construction, one of ENR’s top 20 design-build construction firms in the country. He is a third-generation member of a construction family, with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. A native of New Jersey, Murray has spent most of his career shaping the state that he loves with significant contributions to many civic and charitable organizations.
Nick Pell is president and chief investment officer of Link Industrial Properties. Formed in 2019, Link Industrial Properties is Blackstone's U.S. industrial real estate operating platform, operating a portfolio of approximately 400 million square feet across the U.S. Prior to the formation of Link Industrial, Nick served as Chief Investment Officer at Gramercy Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT which Blackstone acquired in October of 2018 for $7.6 billion. Previously, he was a director in the investment department at W. P. Carey & Co. Prior to joining W.P. Carey, he was a director of business development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and an analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Barbara Perrier has been with CBRE for 33 years and is a leading investment broker specializing in industrial and land sales. Barbara is among the firm’s Colbert Coldwell Circle, an elite group that is comprised of the top 1% of producers in the entire company for 2020. Barbara and her team executed 112 deals in 2020 with a total transaction value in excess of $5.4 billion. Barbara is part of National Partners—a group of leading CBRE IG Professionals across the United States. The National Partners transacted 236 MSF, 291 transactions totaling $20 billion in 2020.
Scott Pertel is the Founder and President of Cold Summit Development. He most recently was a Senior Managing Director and San Francisco Office Co-Head at HFF, L.P. (NYSE: HF), a real estate capital markets intermediary. Over the course of his career, Pertel has focused his efforts within the cold storage industry, providing investment advisory, debt advisory and capital raising expertise for developers, owners and operators of refrigerated warehouses throughout the United States. He leads all aspects of the organization, from client relationships, community involvement, fundraising and philanthropic efforts to project delivery.
As executive leader of Marcus & Millichap’s office and industrial business segments, Al L. Pontius is primarily responsible for directing the firm’s strategy and growth in these sectors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s senior executive team responsible for design and execution of firm-wide strategies and initiatives.
As National Director of Colliers Industrial Services-USA, Pete Quinn’s role is to strengthen Colliers platform and to collaborate with other key service lines – Corporate Solutions, Investment Services, Occupier Services Groups, Logistics and Transportation Group – to deliver a deep bench of logistics and site selection strategies to industrial user-groups and participants in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries. Prior to Colliers, Quinn was a cofounder of Summit Realty Group, an affiliate of Cushman & Wakefield.
Shalini Ramesh brings her combined interests in building, environmental design and building physics to the Commercial team at IWBI. As a subject matter expert, she focuses on providing clear and comprehensive information to help clients meet the WELL Building Standard requirements. She also serves as the market lead for WELL in India along with leading the senior living and industrial sectors at IWBI. Prior to IWBI, Ramesh conducted research for the development of a building energy management tool including analyzing industry trends and refining key performance indicators. She also developed an integration sample for conducting parametric building energy/cost analysis. Ramesh earned her Ph.D. in Building Performance and Diagnostics from the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
As Regional Senior Vice President for the state of Florida, Stephanie Rodriguez is responsible for leading and directing the leasing, property management and marketing of Duke Realty’s growing industrial portfolios in Central and South Florida, as well as new development opportunities. In her previous role as vice president of leasing and development, she was responsible for leasing 8.5 million square feet of industrial properties in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Prior to her role in leasing, Rodriguez spent three years as vice president of asset management and customer service, responsible for the overall operation of the company's entire South Florida portfolio, including asset management, supervision of personnel, communication, and client retention functions. Prior to joining Duke Realty, Rodriguez was real estate manager and associate director for CB Richard Ellis and property manager for Trammell Crow, Glenborough Realty Trust, and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.
As Chief Operating Officer for Duke Realty, Steve Schnur has direct responsibility for all of Duke Realty’s real estate operations across the country. He oversees all real estate operating budgets as well as overhead, capital spending and corporate responsibility initiatives. Schnur is also in charge of the leasing and management of Duke Realty’s existing logistics portfolio and identifying and pursuing new development opportunities. He is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment, Internal Finance and Operating Committees.
Kevin Shannon, co-head, U.S. Capital Markets, leads a team of professionals that are focused on the disposition and acquisition of investment properties across the West Coast on behalf of both domestic and offshore investors. Since 1996, Shannon has sold and marketed more than $65 billion of office, industrial, self-storage, retail, land and mixed-use assets. His experience includes 100% fee simple, partial interest recapitalizations and joint venture transactions, and he has spent his career helping clients’ structure transactions to best meet their goals. Prior to joining NKF Capital Markets, Shannon was vice chairman and managing director with CBRE.
Cory Singer opens the line of communication to get investment-grade building projects done. With over 20 years focused on strategic planning and business development for general contractors and architecture & engineering firms, Cory’s efforts since joining FCL builders in 2011 have assisted the company in entering the Dallas/Ft Worth, Southeast, West and Desert Southwest markets. As vice president of business development & pre-construction, Cory is charged with coordinating the company’s business development, sales and pre-construction efforts to ensure FCL Builders grows and maintains the reputation that has earned a 97% customer retention rate.
Kim Snyder is President of Prologis’ West Region and is responsible for all regional activities including development, acquisitions and operations for Prologis. Key markets included in the West Region are Southern California, the Inland Empire, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Snyder is Vice Chair on the Government affairs committee for NAIOP and is a past president of the NAIOP Inland Empire Chapter.
David Sours is a leader of CBRE’s National Food Facilities Group based in Dallas, Texas. He is a seventeen-year industry leader serving the occupiers and owners of food distribution, manufacturing and cold storage assets. With over 400 food facility transactions across North America, Sours is proficient in all aspects of real estate transactions, including tenant representation, landlord representation, acquisitions, dispositions, build-to-suits, investment sales and sale leasebacks for both one-off transactions and portfolio sales within the Food Facilities niche practice.
Curtis Spencer is the President of IMS Worldwide, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas. He is a nationally regarded expert on matters related to logistics and intermodal shipping trends, ports, inland ports and rail-served logistics centers; the development and utilization of Foreign-Trade Zones for importers and exporters; and all aspects of customs issues and compliance, specifically those related to homeland security.
Jinger Tapia is Principal, Design at Ware Malcomb, a leading international design firm providing architecture, planning, interior design, branding, civil engineering and building measurement to commercial real estate and corporate clients. She is a licensed architect with over 22 years of experience and is recognized 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.
Kevin Welsh joined Newmark Capital Markets team in 2017 as an Executive Managing Director and is leading the expansion of the company’s capital markets platform in the Tri-State suburban market area. Kevin has over 25 years of experience and has transacted a number of record setting investment sales in his career. He has advised many of the top institutional investors in the country and has been involved in sales transactions and recapitalizations in excess of $6 billion over the last five years.