• Dave Aschenbrand

    Vice President, Cold Storage
    Bridge Industrial

    Dave Aschenbrand joined Bridge in 2021 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Bridge’s cold storage platform. He serves as a liaison between cold storage users and Bridge’s market officers. He has held multiple business development and leadership roles throughout his career. He leverages experience in material handling systems integration, over-the-road North American third-party logistics, and temperature-controlled warehousing/transportation across all of Bridge’s markets.

  • Ankit Bhatt

    Vice President, Investments
    Oxford Properties

    Ankit Bhatt oversees Oxford’s U.S. Industrial investment business and is responsible for strategy, acquisitions, dispositions and portfolio management. He has led Oxford’s entry into the U.S. logistics space since 2018; today, it is an approximately $7.0 billion business focused on big-box industrial development (via 50% ownership in IDI Logistics), direct-drive national light industrial platform and a significant investment in cold storage (via Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest cold storage operator). He also serves on the board of IDI Logistics.

    Prior to joining Oxford in 2013, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions investment banking group at CIBC Capital Markets where he was involved in over $20 billion of cross-border transactions. He began his career at KPMG in the real estate transaction advisory group. He completed the general management program at the Wharton Business School.

  • William Casey

    General Manager
    Pinnacle Real Estate-Gordon Food Service Real Estate

    Bill Casey is the general manager- managing director for Pinnacle Real Estate Inc. Pinnacle Real Estate Inc is an unlisted real estate investment trust that handles all the real estate, construction and development services for Gordon Food Service.  Bill is head of site selection and negotiation for all Cold Storage, Industrial, Retail and Office locations on behalf of Gordon Food Service and their respective Specialty Companies across North America.  As General Manager Bill works directly with the c-suite and presidents of each operating business unit to identify and secure the appropriate locations on behalf of the business.

  • KC Conway, CCIM, CRE, MAI

    Commercial Real Estate Economist and Futurist

    Economist and Futurist Kiernan “KC” Conway, CCIM, CRE, MAI, is the mind trust behind Red Shoe Economics, LLC, an independent economic forecasting and consulting firm furthering his mission as “The Red Shoe Economist” by providing organic research initiatives, reporting and insights on the impact of economics within the commercial real estate industry. With more than 30 years’ experience as a lender, credit officer, appraiser, instructor and economist, Conway is recognized for accurately forecasting real estate trends and ever-changing influences on markets across the United States. With credentials from the CCIM Institute, Counselors of Real Estate and the Appraisal Institute, he currently serves as chief economist of the CCIM Institute and as an independent director for Monmouth REIT MNR. He has been published in many national and regional newspapers and journals with frequent contributions to radio and television programming.

  • Chris Copenhaver, SIOR

    Senior Director
    Cushman & Wakefield

    Chris Copenhaver is a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s industrial and logistics service line and co-lead of the company's food and beverage advisory group, specializing in representing owners and occupiers of industrial real estate with a concentration in food production and refrigerated distribution centers. He leverages Cushman & Wakefield’s real estate services platform and the food and beverage advisory team to execute client requirements throughout the U.S. in primary and secondary markets.

  • Josh Cronan

    Vice President
    ARCO Design/Build

    Josh Cronan began his construction career in 2005 and has been with ARCO since 2012. Upon successfully designing and constructing several complex cold storage warehouse and pharmaceutical projects, he was promoted to director of operations to lead ARCO’s cold storage and life science division. In 2020 he was promoted to vice president. A civil engineer, he has a unique understanding of his customers’ business and is able to apply design concepts to maximize the efficiency of their operation.

  • Chris Cummings

    OnPace Cold

    Since the beginning of his career with Colliers International in 2005, Chris Cummings has completed over 10,000,000 square feet of industrial real estate transactions nationwide. He specializes in facilities that include refrigerated warehousing, freezer and cooler distribution, food processing and dry food distribution facilities. His expertise in coordinating all technical experts, vendors and consultants involved in the real estate process has earned him longterm, multimarket assignments with leading food organizations.

  • Marc Duval

    Managing Director
    JLL Capital Markets

    Marc is a managing director in the New Jersey office of JLL Capital Markets, Americas. He joins JLL as part of the HFF acquisition and has more than 14 years of experience in commercial real estate. Marc specializes in industrial investment advisory throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and cold storage equity and sales nationally.

  • Vince Free

    President and CEO
    FREEZ Construction, LLC

    Vince Free founded FREEZ Construction in 2019 and is the current past-chair of the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA). With 18 years of experience in the cold storage construction space, he worked his way through the industry as a high-speed door supplier, design build general contractor, and a thermal construction expert.

  • Matt Hirsch

    Primus Builders, Inc.

    As president of Primus Builders, Matt Hirsch leads with a sense of vitality and collaboration that encourages innovation and team building. This approach has led to advances in automation, artificial intelligence and sustainable design and construction practices that set Primus apart from its competitors. His commitment to the industry and outstanding customer service earned him a spot on ENR Southeast’s list of the Top 20 Under 40, a compilation of the industry’s rising stars under the age of 40, as well as Building Design + Construction’s list of the Top 40 Under 40.

  • Todd Jessup

    President of FLEXSPACE and Co-founder of FlexCold

    In 2015, Todd Jessup started FLEXSPACE with the intention of revolutionizing the approach to industrial storage density and inventory management. Today, FLEXSPACE high-density storage solutions are at work across North America in industries such as 3PLs, aerospace, cold storage distribution, food and beverage distribution, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

  • Michael Jones, AIA

    Primus Design Services, LLC.

    Michael Jones, AIA, has dedicated his career to providing design solutions to cold storage design-build projects. As president of Primus Design Services, he is involved in every aspect of the design process, from preliminary design and programming to construction administration and field observations. He has led the growth of Primus Design Services beyond architecture to include structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; sustainability program management; and the implementation of Revit, Assemble, Navisworks and other Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

  • Rick Kingery

    Senior Vice President
    Colliers International

    Rick Kingery leads Colliers’ Food & Beverage Practice Group, drawing on billions of dollars of transactional experience as a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most recognized brands. Due to the specificity of food manufacturing and cold distribution, he leverages his experience and drive to stay on the cutting edge of the industry to deliver deeper client engagement and better real estate outcomes for Colliers’ clients.

  • Josh Lewis

    Chief Operating Officer
    RL Cold

    Josh Lewis serves as partner and chief operating officer at RL Cold. Over the last 2 years at RL Cold, he has successfully deployed over $600 million dollars in cold storage projects. He is an avid supporter of 4KenyasKids, a nonprofit focused on the support of comprehensive care to orphans and other vulnerable kids in Kenya.

  • Kate Lyle, NCARB

    Director, Industrial Cold & Food
    Ware Malcomb

    As a licensed architect, Kate Lyle brings over 18 years of architectural experience to the Ware Malcomb team specializing in complex project types including cold storage, food processing and manufacturing. A sought-after thought leader, she has authored many articles, including co-authoring Best Practices in Cold Storage Facility Development for NAIOP. She has also contributed to multiple publications, e-books, blogs and podcasts related to cold buildings, and has spoken on the topic of cold buildings at numerous regional and national conferences.

  • Jeff Manno

    Co-Founder/Managing Partner

    Jeff Manno has spent his entire career in institutional real estate with extensive owner/operator experience in both the U.S. and Europe with Greystar Real Estate Partners and Inland American Real Estate Trust. He has been involved in over $8 billion of transactions across the full spectrum of structures and asset classes with substantial asset management and platform development experience which has laid the foundation for FlexCold’s entrance into the cold storage/3PL industry.

  • Michael McGinnis, Jr., P.E.

    Innovative Refrigeration Systems, Inc.

    Michael McGinnis, Jr., P.E., has enjoyed over 40 years of experience in the service, engineering and construction of all aspects of industrial cold storage, cold distribution and food processing refrigerated facilities. As founder and president of Innovative Refrigeration System, he has been directly responsible for overseeing over $1.5 billion of design build refrigeration systems from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada for the past 30 years.

  • Juan Camilo Meisel

    Founder and CEO

    Juan Camilo Meisel is founder and CEO of Grip. He was part of the early team at ButcherBox and head of the logistics department for 6 years; he helped the company scale from $0 to $600 million in annual revenue. He founded Grip in 2022. It is the first platform fully focused on transforming the supply chain for direct-to-consumer perishable products. Grip was named South Florida’s 2023 Startup of the Year. 

  • William Nelson

    Principal, Cold Storage Investing

    William Nelson is a principal based in BentallGreenOak’s Los Angeles office and is the deputy portfolio manager for the U.S. Cold Storage Fund. His responsibilities include formulating investment strategy, sourcing, and structuring investments in the cold storage sector. In addition to his investing responsibilities, he is also responsible for portfolio analysis and construction, operational support and asset management oversight.

  • Blair O’Connor

    Senior Director of Real Estate
    Wonder Group, Inc.

    Blair O’Connor spent the beginning of his career in the turbulent world of the financial capital markets, where risk evaluation and planning was key to his success. He was always involved in residential real estate development which made his transition into the commercial real estate asset class a seamless process. His latest venture is with Wonder Group, Inc, a tech setup in the food service space, as senior director of real estate. He heads up Wonder’s real estate team in sourcing and acquiring assets ranging from large food production sites, freezer/cooler properties and retail outlets, as the company grows out regionally and nationally.

  • Chris Porter

    Executive Director
    PGIM Real Estate Finance

    Chris Porter is an executive director at PGIM Real Estate and national manager of agribusiness for the company’s agricultural finance group. Based in the Denver metro area, Porter is responsible for overseeing agribusiness originations by driving strategy and production goals across the platform. He grew up a part of a multigenerational family farming operation in Central Kansas. His lending career has spanned over 30 years at institutions such as Farm Credit, Wells Fargo, Huntington Bank, MetLife and now PGIM Real Estate.

  • Anthony Rinaldi

    Founder and Managing Principal
    Saxum Real Estate

    As founder and managing principal of Saxum, Anthony Rinaldi oversees all aspects of the firm's strategic initiatives and operations, including investment strategy, acquisitions, capital raising, leasing, development and the execution and management of the firm's portfolio. Since Saxum's inception in 2014, Rinaldi has led the firm through explosive growth to become one of the fastest-growing real estate private equity firms in the country. With a team of nearly 40 professionals, multiple offices, a portfolio of 8 million square feet and over $2.0B of assets under management, Saxum continues to be at the forefront of multiple investment strategies. Rinaldi is widely recognized as a thought leader in the industry, has served on multiple boards and received numerous awards highlighting his contributions to the industry.

  • Kevin Rivest

    Managing Partner, Head of U.S. Cold Storage

    Kevin Rivest is a managing partner at BentallGreenOak based in Washington, D.C. In addition to his leadership role with the BGO cold storage team, he also holds a leadership role on the U.S. investments team and serves on BGO’s U.S. management committee. He is ideally suited as the portfolio manager for the BGO U.S. Cold Storage Fund given his deep investment track record in logistics (both dry and cold storage), development, and experience with portfolio construction and management on behalf of multiple BGO investment vehicles.

  • JD Schwefler

    Head of Site Selection and Design Solutions
    Arcadia Cold Storage

    JD Schwefler has been the head of site selection and design solutions for Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics since its founding in 2021. Prior to joining Arcadia, he held leadership positions with the largest cold storage companies in the 3PL industry where he was recognized for his outstanding contributions. Over the past 20+ years, he has led various functional groups including business development, strategic market development, real estate management and marketing.

  • Cory Singer

    Vice President of Business Development
    FCL Builders

    Cory Singer leads the business development and growth strategies for FCL Builders nationally. With over 20 years focused on strategic planning and business development for general contractors, architectural and engineering firms, Singer’s efforts since joining FCL builders in 2011 have assisted the company in entering the Dallas/Fort Worth, Southeast, West and desert Southwest markets. As vice president of business development and pre-construction, Singer 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 it a 97% customer retention rate.

  • Dean Soll

    Manufacturer’s Rep
    Open Concepts

    Dean Soll is a partner at Open Concepts, a manufacturers rep firm for the low-temp construction industry. Prior to Open Concepts, he co-founded TrueCore, an insulated metal panel manufacturer, now a part of the Nucor Insulated Panel Group. Prior to the formation of TrueCore, he founded SubZero Constructors, a leading nationwide design-build mechanical and insulation contractor serving the cold storage and food processing industries. He is a current MBA candidate at Clemson University.

  • David Sours

    Senior Vice President, National Food Facilities Group

    David Sours has been a leading member in CBRE’s Food Facilities Group for the past 20+ years and has dedicated his real estate career to the occupiers, developers and investors in cold storage, food manufacturing and food distribution. He and his team were champions of the very first large speculatively developed freezer, and his team continues to be the most prolific brokerage team in the cold storage segment. Having completed over 450 food building transactions in 45 states and six other countries, Sours and his team counsel many global companies in the nuanced cold storage and food manufacturing and distribution industries.

  • Matt Wassel

    Saxum Real Estate

    Matthew Wassel is a principal at Saxum Real Estate, overseeing the firm’s leasing platform across assets classes, with a particular focus on cold storage. He is instrumental in developing investment strategies and managing project execution, risk mitigation and asset management functions throughout the deal process. Prior to joining Saxum, Wassel was a key member on a market-leading leasing team at CBRE, where he advised institutional landlords and corporate occupiers across their portfolios. In his career, he has transacted over 10 million square feet of leases ranging across various asset classes, including office, retail, industrial and mixed-use.

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