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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Thursday, October 12, 2017
Don’t miss the preeminent conference for commercial real estate – where deals, connections and trends come together.
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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noon - 5 p.m.
Open only to Chapter Executives.
noon - 2:45 p.m.
Open only to the members of the Executive Committee.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Open only to members of the Fundraising Committee for the NAIOP Research Foundation.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Open only to members of the Research Committee for the NAIOP Research Foundation.
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open only to Trustees for the NAIOP Research Foundation.
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Open only to members and guests of the Foundation Governors.
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Separate fee and registration required. Discounted registration available for conference attendees.
This course is designed to provide entry level to experienced professionals with the technical skills necessary to analyze the financial feasibility of real estate investment opportunities. Valuation techniques such as direct capitalization and discounted cash flow analysis are introduced first, followed by an examination of debt financing’s impact on real estate investments. A case study will be provided for group work.
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8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Open only to members of the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors.
9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - noon
All conference attendees and NAIOP members are invited to join us as we thank 2017 Chairman Jonathan Tratt, Principal, Tratt Properties, LLC, for his exceptional service and leadership and welcome the 2018 Executive Committee led by 2018 Chairman James Neyer, Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development, Al Neyer LLC.
Tours are an additional fee of $50 and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Select your tour as you complete your conference registration.
One if By Land, Two if By Rail
Bus tour. VIP registration, invitation only. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.
Chicago Riverwalk and Architectural Boat Tour
Boat, walking tour. Walkers will depart from hotel at 2 p.m. Tour sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Chicago’s Industrial Revolution: Movies, Food and Beer
(Limited space remains – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability)
Bus, walking tour. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.
The Rise of Urbanization
Bus, walking tour. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.
A New Life for the Old Chicago Main Post Office
Fulton Market District
Bus, walking tour. Tour sponsored by FCL Builders.
noon - 3 p.m.
Open only to Research Foundation Governors and members of the Industry Trends Task Force.
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
First Time Attendee Session sponsored by CenterPoint Properties
New to NAIOP or the fall conference? Join us to hear agenda highlights and connect with fellow conference attendees.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Create new partnerships, strengthen existing ones and visit with sponsors and exhibitors who can help you to achieve your business goals.
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Open only to members and guests of the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors and past NAIOP Chairmen.
This black-tie gala honors the distinguished men and women who have spearheaded NAIOP’s accomplishments and evolution over the past 50 years, as well as the visionaries who will continue to lead the association to future success.
6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Open only to NAIOP Distinguished Fellows.
Breakfast will be served.
7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Jonathan Gray, Blackstone Group
Mark Eppli, Ph.D., Marquette University
Get a global investor’s perspective as industry titan Jonathan Gray sits down with Dr. Mark Eppli in this insightful one-on-one interview about strategy, risk and reward. Gray has helped Blackstone build the world’s largest real estate platform with $102 billion in investor capital under management since joining the firm in 1992. Blackstone is a leader in innovative development and astute investment, most recently announcing a $500 million investment in a major modernization of Chicago’s Willis Tower just two years after buying the U.S.’s second-largest building for a reported $1.3 billion. Blackstone is the largest alternative investment firm globally with over $360 billion in assets under management.
During this breakfast, NAIOP is pleased to honor the recipients of the Developing Leaders Award. The award is presented to commercial real estate professionals, 35 years of age and under, for their exemplary achievements and outstanding professional accomplishments in the industry.
Please also join us in recognizing the recipients of this year’s NAIOP Diversity CRE Scholarship. The scholarship benefits students pursuing careers in CRE with priority given to those from demographics that are traditionally under-represented in commercial real estate.
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Networking Break sponsored by CenterPoint Properties
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
How the world works, lives and plays will be transformed during the next decade as previously fantastic technologies like autonomous vehicles, smart cities and augmented reality become mainstream. Our experts will identify which tech developments are fads – and which are poised to disrupt CRE and life as we know it long term. The panel will also define which segments of CRE must adopt technology to stay profitable.
Are renters facing an affordability crisis? How can commercial real estate better balance market rate and affordable development? Our experts will discuss the current cycle of multifamily housing and what to expect for the future supply. They will also examine the operational differences between Class A, Class B and Class C properties.
As the workplace evolves, owners, investors and developers are seeking ways to maximize the value of office real estate, whether that means transforming existing office space from single-tenant to multitenant; expanding or repurposing urban and suburban office sites into multifamily or medical space; or enhancing office space with value-add improvements. Why is this happening faster in the city than in the suburbs? What do owners and investors in suburban office space need to know?
Explore the world of ports and how they are connected and dive into the role and capabilities of railroads in connecting seaports and inland ports. Discover best practices for building a smooth and efficient supply chain that operates between seaports, railroads and business parks. This session will also analyze the differences between international and domestic intermodal traffic.
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Analyze the shifting landscape of capital markets and how to position your business for success. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, our panel will discuss the latest changes in capital markets, the impact of new federal regulations, and what active players in the markets are looking for – or trying to avoid. And, perhaps most critically, they will explore where we are headed next.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family owned or controlled. Examine the special considerations, advantages and drawbacks of a family-owned business, including how these types of businesses can compete with larger competitors, the keys to a successful transition between generations and the role of non-family members.
The development of unused parcels of land within urban or suburban areas can revitalize communities, infusing them with new vitality and expanding the scope of available goods and services. This session will address the challenges and opportunities or renovating or repurposing historic and older structures with a focus on successful infill case studies from L.A. to Atlanta.
10:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Getting it Financed: Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Blockchain is altering the financial landscape for commercial real estate transactions. This technology – a digitized, distributed ledger that immutably records and shares information – can reduce costs, improve efficiency, increase security and provide superior access to real-time data for property leasing and management processes. Examine the where, when and why of blockchain and how it’s revolutionizing commercial real estate.
Getting it Built: Smart Construction
Explore the innovative technology transforming the construction process as usual, from design to concept. Our tech expert will examine ways to optimize construction projects using cutting-edge solutions to reduce time and costs while improving quality.
Building Operations: Hyperconnected Buildings
Tenants now expect highly connected buildings – the faster the better – the same way they would expect electricity or any other standard utility. Examine how building owners and developers can adapt older buildings with the latest technology – sometimes called the “fourth utility” – and build new ones with connectivity in mind.
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Michio Kaku, Ph.D., Theoretical Physicist, Professor, Author and Futurist
One of the most renowned minds in modern science will share his visionary outlook of the future in this captivating keynote. Dr. Michio Kaku will explore how emerging developments in science and technology are poised to disrupt our daily lives – and our world.
Cheers to the extraordinary 50 years that have come before for our association – may the best be yet to come! Join us as we raise a glass of champagne to honor the remarkable leaders who have made NAIOP what it is today, and look ahead to new opportunities for our businesses, our association, our industry and our world.
Presented by Prologis, Inc.
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Getting it Financed: Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding has emerged as a viable source of financing – under certain conditions. Investigate the ins and outs of crowdfunding in commercial real estate, including what types of projects are good candidates for crowdfunding, the components of a successful campaign, and the various types of crowdfunding platforms.
The Future of CRE Trading: Rethinking Investment Sales
Technology is transforming every aspect of the buying and selling process, and when it comes to commercial real estate, the stakes are high. With global commercial real estate investment activity expected to reach $700 billion in 2017, according to research from JLL, the value of commission, title and supportive fees are significant. Explore the technology changing the art of the trade and how you can use it to your advantage.
Building Operations: The Rise of Data-driven Project Management
The $8 trillion global real estate operations and construction community has only just begun to harness the power of data-driven technology to optimize capital planning and execution. Explore how insight into cost and vendor data is changing the game for owners – lowering project costs, speeding up project delivery, increasing revenue and enabling decisions to be made that are grounded in data.
In core markets, the only remaining developable land is often environmentally impacted and infill. Brownfield redevelopment, which started primarily as an industrial redevelopment phenomenon, has expanded in recent years to encompass retail, office and multifamily. This type of redevelopment offers the potential for high risks and higher rewards.
Companies are turning to swifter alternatives to the traditional supply chain to remain competitive in a world where customers demand quicker and quicker delivery – not just same-day but within hours of clicking “order.” This session will focus on the characteristics and operations of last mile/urban distribution centers and the opportunities for developers.
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.
National Forums members only.
Forum members are invited to continue the captivating conversation about the dynamic forces shaping our world with keynote Dr. Michio Kaku in this exclusive town hall-style Q & A session.
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Time is money and businesses can save both by making the best possible use of technology in commercial real estate transactions. This panel of experts will examine how investment firms can use technology to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of real estate transactions from start to finish.
Students will have an opportunity to hear career insights and important lessons learned from industry leaders in CRE.
Refine your skills in negotiating joint venture agreements to your business’ advantage, from establishing the initial partnership to defining an exit strategy for all parties. Topics discussed will include preferred returns, promoted interests, fees and legal and risk factors.
Stay three steps ahead by learning about the next evolution of sustainable practices that are better for the environment and for your bottom line, from solar and storage to smart building features that can be used to not only save energy but improve efficiency.
The rising popularity of flexible workspaces is disrupting business as usual; the U.S. co-working industry has now reached 27 million square feet, according to JLL research. Examine the evolution of the flexible office model and get an inside look at industry data – including profitability per square foot and management models. Case studies will showcase how asset owners are partnering with operators to integrate flexible options into their buildings.
4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Identifying and adopting new technology can be a daunting task for any organization. Learn best practices for successfully determining what’s right for your organization and critical success factors to ensure user adoption and investment ROI. Successfully adopted tech solutions can improve efficiency, safeguard cybersecurity and enhance overall productivity increasing the value of your business.
Across the globe, bold, iconic architectural visions are coming to life through creative building skins and structures. Our experts will explore case studies that showcase the use of computational design, advances in material technologies, creative manufacturing processes, and resolute collaboration in creating these cutting-edge building facades. Among these is cross-laminated timber and other types of structural timber that have emerged as a new and real alternative to building tall structures using concrete and steel. The panel will discuss current and future codes, carbon footprints and economic drivers of this beautiful, renewable and economical material.
In the makeup of the U.S. population, what defines millennials and how does this generation compare to those that came before? Seven years into the economic recovery, are millennials economically better off and more mobile than earlier generations of young adults? This research expert will dive into the patterns and predilections of demographics and economics and why that matters for CRE.
Discuss federal legislative and regulatory changes that affect CRE. Tax reform could impact Section 1031 like-kind exchanges, continued deductibility of interest payments for real estate financing, and immediate expensing of real estate assets. Capital and credit availability, new infrastructure proposals, and a major redirection in the U.S.’s approach to federal regulation will also be evaluated. Learn the issues that can affect your business, and how to protect your bottom line in the face of a new political and legislative landscape.
By invitation only.
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Chicago’s famed Crystal Gardens at the iconic Navy Pier will provide a stunning backdrop to continue the celebration of 50 years of NAIOP. This one-acre botanical garden beneath the arched ceiling of a six-story glass atrium offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline and Lake Michigan.
Reception sponsored by CenterPoint Properties
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Open only to members and guests of the National Forums.
6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open only to Forum Chairs and Vice Chairs.
George Friedman, Ph.D., Geopolitical Expert, Author and International Affairs Strategist, Founder of Stratfor and Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures
In his fascinating presentation on global affairs, Dr. George Friedman, one of the world’s foremost experts on geopolitics, will share his insights into the key trends that he believes NAIOP members should be watching. This thought-provoking session will help you gain a better understanding of the rise and fall of global players and how these events will affect your world.
Join us to recognize the Developer of the Year, NAIOP’s highest honor bestowed annually on one development company that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in commercial real estate.
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Julie Benezet, Author, Former Amazon.com Executive, Founder and Managing Principal, Business Growth Consulting, LLC
Leadership means convincing others to step into the unknown – without a guarantee of success – in the pursuit of something better. One of the most challenging aspects of leading is navigating the discomfort of pursuing new, untested ideas, made even more difficult by the intense pace of our hyper-connected world. Drawing from her experiences as Amazon’s first real estate executive, Benezet will address how to navigate the uncertainty of the new and how to grow in the process.
11 a.m. - 11 a.m.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions
Rising Realty Partners
Matthew 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 operating real estate investments in the core markets of Coastal California on behalf of our institutional investor clients. As head of acquisitions, Ahrens has led the acquisition of 5 million square feet of office investments with a capitalized value of $1.5 billion.
Author, Former Amazon.com Executive, Founder and Managing Principal
Business Growth Consulting, LLC
Julie Benezet has devoted her professional life to building companies, real estate and careers. She currently works as an executive consultant, coach and teacher, following 25 years in business and law. She taught leadership to executives at Harvard for 10 years and founded The Journey of Not Knowing®, a leadership development program that teaches its executives how to navigate the new. She speaks and writes extensively on leadership.
Her book, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None, received a 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal from the Independent Book Publishers Association and the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal for Business & Economics. The audio book will be released on October 31, 2017.
Benezet spent four years as a member of the Amazon.com leadership team that brought the company from the early steep ramp-up phase to its emergence as an established business. As its Vice President, Corporate Resources and Director of Global Real Estate, she is credited with leading the delivery of over 7,000,000 square feet worldwide with the supporting corporate infrastructure in just two years. Before joining Amazon.com, she built and raised capital for businesses and real estate representing a broad range of industries of diverse sizes, from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. Benezet practiced law in New York and Seattle.
Bill Bennett has been a principal real estate investor over the past 10 years, has developed over 40 office and apartment projects, and owns 2.5mm sf of property. He is a faculty member in the Kellogg School of Management’s Real Estate Program in his ninth year of teaching MBA courses and is a two-time honoree of the Deans Impact Teaching Award.
Thomas J. Bisacquino
President and CEO
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 18,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.
Executive Vice President of Property Management
The Habitat Company LLC
As Executive Vice President of Property Management, Sheila Byrne directs the operational functions and processes for over 25,000 units. She oversees Habitat's various business lines that span across five states and include market rate, affordable, condominium, public housing, and 390,217 sq. ft. of commercial space. Byrne plays an active role in investor relations, communicating strategic recommendations with the goal of increasing and maximizing value for The Habitat Company’s partners.
Jim Calvin, CPA
Deloitte Tax LLP
Jim Calvin has more than 30 years of experience specializing in financial transactions, compensation planning, wealth transfer, insurance products, corporate, partnership, and international taxation. He has been with Deloitte member firms in Boston, New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Calvin joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 1995. He is the author of the forthcoming Bloomberg BNA Portfolio, “Taxation of Cryptocurrencies;” and the author of the RIA/WGL treatise, “Regulated Investment Companies.”
Director, Economic Development
Darrell Coffey is responsible for leading BNSF Railway’s Economic Development Strategic Programs. In his role, Coffey is responsible for the strategic development and marketing strategies for all BNSF’s logistics parks, logistics centers, transloads and site certification as well as relationships with the development and real estate communities. He is also responsible for developing and coordinating BNSF’s strategic land purchases and contractor relationships for the Economic Development team.
Managing Director, Center for REALTOR® Technology
National Association of REALTORS®
Chad Curry is Managing Director for CRT Labs at the National Association of REALTORS. His group is focused on the impact of emerging technologies on real estate. They are focused on educating members, advocating for the proper use of various technologies and innovating where there are gaps. Currently, they are working on projects in the areas of the internet of things, blockchain, renewable energy, community gardening, and building materials sciences. Curry and his team are currently building their own indoor environmental quality sensor for commercial and residential applications.
Todd Davis, Esq.
Hemisphere Development LLC
Todd Davis, Esq. is the Chief Executive Officer of Hemisphere Development LLC and Hemisphere Brownfield Consulting LLC. Davis focuses his work on all aspects of redeveloping contaminated property and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. In this role, he has actively acquired numerous sites for Hemisphere’s portfolio and provided strategic advice in hundreds of transactions, including a number of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated brownfield redevelopments. He has been widely published in treatises, periodicals and newspapers. He is the principal author of an extensive 1,100-page treatise on redeveloping brownfield sites nationally, published by the American Bar Association (ABA). Davis was selected by the ABA to respond to media inquiries involving brownfields. He lectures often on topics related to the brownfield industry.
Dale Dekker, AIA, AICP
Principal / Architect
Dale Dekker AIA, AICP, is an original founder of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S), an architecture and design firm that employs more than 170 people in offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM; Amarillo, TX; and Phoenix, AZ. D/P/S has been recognized locally as the 36th largest private sector business in Albuquerque and is nationally ranked as #130 in Architectural Record’s top architectural firms. Dekker has extensive experience in architecture and planning projects that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. He has contributed to high tech, one-of-a-kind research facilities for Sandia National Labs, award-winning school designs across the Southwest, and large-scale master plans, such as the UNM Master Plan Update.
In addition to enhancing communities and quality of life through the built environment, Dekker also participates on a variety of boards and commissions dedicated to economic development, education, sustainability, and of particular interest to him, water and its use in the urban landscape. To support these endeavors, he has served as a member of the Customer Advisory Committee of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and as a member of the working group that has developed the Rio Grande Water Fund a Comprehensive Plan for Wildfire and Water Source Protection, an effort spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, as well as an Executive Committee member of Albuquerque Economic Development, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, a National Board Member of NAIOP, and the Past-District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute. He was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to the State of New Mexico Workforce Solutions Workforce Development Board. He currently serves on the NAIOP Board of Governors, the Business Development Committee and the Industry Trends Task Force.
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, Institutional Properties
Daniel Deuter joined CBRE’s Capital Markets - Institutional Properties in 2012. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, he specializes in office investment sales throughout the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. He has 20 years of commercial real estate experience as both a principal investor and an advisor to institutional owners. Throughout his career, he has been directly involved in over $8.0 billion of commercial real estate transactions.
Maryellen Dolan, CRE
Director Portfolio and Asset Management, Director Sustainability
National Real Estate Advisors LLC
Maryellen Dolan is a Director at National Real Estate Advisors, a leading investment management firm, specializing in build-to-core — developing and owning large-scale, urban commercial and multifamily projects for its institutional client accounts. National constructs investment portfolios of modern property assets — apartment, office, mixed-use, industrial, data center and hotel — with design features, technological enhancements and amenities that can drive high tenant demand and create value for investors. The firm is a subsidiary of the National Electrical Benefit Fund, a major US pension fund with more than $12.9 billion in assets under management. She manages a segment of National’s portfolio of joint venture equity investments, and she leads National’s sustainability efforts.
Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate
Dr. Mark Eppli has 25 years of academic and administrative leadership experience, including a three year term as Interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University. Currently he is professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette. He is widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation, and is coauthor of two books.
Director of Federal Affairs
In his role as Director of Federal Affairs with NAIOP, Alex Ford is tasked with helping develop and implement the association’s federal agenda, specifically in the areas of tax issues, environment and energy policy, and federal regulations important to commercial real estate. Prior to joining NAIOP, Alex worked in the federal relations department at the American Institute of Architects, where he covered a wide range of issues including energy tax incentives, federal procurement law, and infrastructure spending.
Founder and Managing Partner
Constance Freedman is the founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport Program, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services. She has invested in more than 50 companies and helped bring them to market by partnering 300+ executives and corporations focused on using innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on company boards, past and present, including DocuSign, Updater, UrbanBound and TaskEasy.
Conor Commercial Real Estate
David Friedman is President of Conor Commercial Real Estate, the development arm of The McShane Companies where he serves on its Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Reporting to James A. McShane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, he leads this national development company with offices in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Irvine. Prior to joining Conor Commercial, he was a Managing Director the real estate group of Ares Management, a leading global alternative asset management company.
George Friedman, Ph.D.
Geopolitical Expert, Author and International Affairs Strategist, Founder of Stratfor and Founder and Chairman
George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs. He is the Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication dedicated to explaining and forecasting the course of global events. Previously, Friedman was Chairman of Stratfor, the private intelligence firm. Friedman resigned from Stratfor in May 2015 to focus on his passion of writing for the general public. Friedman is a New York Times bestselling author.
Richard Fry, Ph.D.
Pew Research Center
Richard Fry, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on school and college enrollment in the United States, as well as the returns to education in the labor market and marriage market, and its connection to household economic well-being such as net worth. His analyses are largely empirical, as he has extensive expertise analyzing U.S. Census Bureau and other federal data collections. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2002, Fry was a senior economist at the Educational Testing Service.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Granite Properties, Inc.
As president and Chief Operating Officer for Granite Properties, Greg Fuller oversees strategy and direction for the firm through senior level managers in all corporate functions in the investment, development, management, and leasing of a portfolio of office buildings throughout the southern United States.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Principal
Jim Grauley serves as president, Chief Operating Officer and principal of the Columbia group of companies, managing operations of development, finance, asset management and corporate business operations. Since joining Columbia in 2008, he has led the successful development of over 2,000 housing units and led a strong team to build award-winning projects and strong development pipeline, while spearheading the company’s continuing leadership in sustainable development, including numerous LEED and EarthCraft certified projects and neighborhoods. He has more than 20 years of experience in successful urban development or redevelopment, through affordable, mixed-income and market rate housing that has created or redeveloped over 15,000 housing units of a variety of types in U.S. cities, primarily in the Southeast.
Global Head of Real Estate and Member of the Board of Directors
Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Jonathan Gray has helped build the largest real estate platform in the world with $102 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone’s portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Eli Green is a Partner with Parkside Partners and is primarily responsible for identifying new development and investment opportunities, as well as capitalizing and leasing the company’s projects. He has over 18 years of diverse real estate experience including investment and development, capital structuring, asset management, leasing and sales. Over his career, Green has been involved in over $1 billion of transactions totaling approximately 13 million square feet across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest as both a principal and a broker.
Managing Director, Principal Capital Markets
As Managing Director, Principal Capital Markets for Transwestern, Ashley Grigsby is responsible for leading and executing lending and financial placement for projects across different product types in various regions. She is also responsible for developing and maintaining the firm’s commercial lending relationships. She brings 20 years of commercial lending experience with various regional and national banks.
CEO and Founder
Mara Hauser, an interior designer by trade, has been bringing her unique and innovative visions to workplaces nationwide for more than 30 years. Her experience in designing workspaces for collaboration and productivity — as well as a love affair with entrepreneurship and innovation — made co-working a natural evolution. In 2015, she launched 25N Coworking, a collection of shared workspaces uniquely designed for community engagement in suburban contexts — an experimental movement that has positioned Hauser as a thought leader in a niche that serves coworkers outside of traditional urban markets.
Vice President of Sales/Principal
A 28-year veteran of the industry, Fred Johanns joined FCL Builders as a superintendent and was quickly promoted to senior superintendent, project manager, vice president and ultimately became a principal of the company in January 2015. His responsibilities include supervision of project design in conjunction with the clients’ needs, and he always brings a determined focus on Value Engineering. Johanns also coordinates Sales and Estimating activities for project proposals to ensure that each project receives equal attention, regardless of the size of the project.
As Portfolio Manager for Stiles, Kyle Jones is responsible for Stiles Property Fund (“SPF”) and Stiles Fund Management. SPF is a discretionary private equity investment vehicle that acquires and repositions office and retail assets. Jones is the founder of Stiles Fund Management, and he is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the business.
Michio Kaku, Ph.D.
Theoretical Physicist, Professor, Author and Futurist
Dr. Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete, and is known for using the latest science research to predict trends affecting business, medicine, finance and our way of life. He has written three New York Times best-sellers. He appears regularly on national and international TV, and hosts numerous science TV and radio programs. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York where he has been a professor for almost 30 years. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well. His goal is the complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.
Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist
JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airport and Global Infrastructure
Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. In this role, he executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. Dr. Kemmsies is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. His professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.
Managing Director, Commercial Division
As the head of the Broker Channel, Yan Khamish is expanding Ten-X’s engagement with the top commercial brokerage firms, industry associations and technology partners. He brings a strong CRE skill set that encompasses acquisitions, disposition, debt structuring, leasing, portfolio management, equity and overall capital markets strategy, developed during a career encompassing over 20 years in commercial real estate. Previously, he served as senior vice president of Fortress Investment Group where he managed a diverse commercial real estate, infrastructure and transportation portfolio valued at $3.5 billion.
Chris Kosonen has been actively involved in the commercial real estate finance industry for over 10 years. As a Managing Director at JP Morgan, Mr. Kosonen is responsible for the origination, underwriting, closing, and structuring of debt investments (first mortgage and subordinate debt) secured by commercial real estate for CMBS and the firm’s balance sheet. Prior to joining JP Morgan, he was a vice president at Starwood Capital Group and was responsible for the origination and acquisition of debt investments, including first mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity investments for Starwood Property Trust, Inc., which is a publicly traded mortgage REIT that is externally managed and advised by Starwood Capital Group.
Managing Director, Capital Deployment, West Region
Dan Letter is responsible for all capital deployment activities within the Northwest Region for Prologis, Inc. His responsibilities include sourcing and oversight of development and acquisition opportunities throughout the region (Northern California, Seattle-Tacoma, Denver, Reno and Portland). Letter joined a predecessor company, AMB Property Corp., in 2004 as Development Manager and was later promoted to Vice President, Development. In these roles, he helped source and oversee development transactions in the Midwest, Texas, Pacific Northwest, and Northern California. In all capacities, Letter has been responsible for the entitlement of over 2,000 acres of land, involved in the development of over 10 million square feet, and acquisitions of over $1 billion.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
As Senior Vice President of Business Development for Boingo’s DAS, Offload and Wholesale businesses, Doug Lodder oversees the strategy and development of Wi-Fi and DAS networks for Boingo’s new and existing venue partnerships in the commercial real estate sector and other verticals, as well as the monetization of those networks through innovative partnerships with wireless carriers (DAS, Offload) and wholesale partners (American Express, MasterCard). His teams are responsible for generating nearly half of Boingo’s revenue. He has nearly a decade of experience in managing telecommunications infrastructure in large-scale, high growth environments.
Lake Washington Partners
Jordan Lott is president of Lake Washington Partners, a privately owned commercial real estate company with a focus on long-term portfolio investments and nationwide development projects. Specializing in large-scale industrial facilities as well as Class A office space, Lake Washington Partners has properties in 8 states totaling over 7 million square feet.
Vice President, Research Services
Marcus & Millichap
Jay Lybik has over 20 years of real estate research experience and is a results-driven market research professional with expertise in both real estate brokerage and ownership research. He believes in innovative uses of data to explain today’s complex interactions of economics, demographics and real estate. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Lybik served as vice president of market research with Equity Residential for 17 years. He launched the market research department at Equity Residential in 1999 and through the creation of a detailed market index he helped guided EQR’s consolidation from 37 states and over 50 metros to six core coastal markets.
Clarius Partners, LLC
Kevin Matzke is the co-founder and managing principal of Clarius Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based developer of infill and suburban industrial, office and medical projects in Illinois, Arizona, California, Utah, Pennsylvania and South Carolina with overall development budgets of over $950 million. Prior to Clarius, he worked for Hines Interests, Catellus, Prologis, Inc. and Higgins Development partners.
Barbara Schaefer McDuffie
Managing Director, Business Development
Baker Tilly | NAIOP Northern Virginia
Barbara Schaefer McDuffie is the managing director of business development for Baker Tilly in the Northeast Region providing consulting and advisory services to their clients' real estate portfolios. She is a past chairman of NAIOP Northern Virginia, a three year board member of NAIOP Corporate and currently serves as chair of the Trustees for NAIOP's Governor's Research Foundation.
CEO and Founding Principal
Brownfield Management Associates, LLC
Adam Meek is CEO and founding principal of Brownfield Management Associates, LLC (BMA), an environmental, real estate and IT consulting company that helps organizations unlock maximum value from their non-performing real estate assets. In preparing and executing value recovery strategies for BMA clients, he works closely with corporate executives, managers and counsel to identify and capture opportunities to achieve financial, operational and risk-management goals.
Recognizing the game-changing value of technology to enhance outcomes for clients private- and public-sector clients, he co-founded Drawbridge Solutions, LLC, a technology platform that utilizes data analytics, GIS mapping, and project management to assist owners of environmentally impacted and/or underutilized real estate assets to monetize dormant assets, mitigate long-term potential liabilities, enhance corporate balance sheets, grow earnings. For public sector clients, Drawbridge helps communities (e.g., local governments) develop and execute specialized strategies to identify, evaluate and prioritize properties for strategic and catalytic redevelopment.
Dirk Mosis III
Executive Managing Director
USAA Real Estate Company
Dirk Mosis joined USAA Real Estate Company in 2000. He is Executive Managing Director of the company's Office Development Program, overseeing the company's office development, as well as focusing on value add commercial real estate assets through the Alkhabeer joint venture, Admiral Capital Real Estate and Crimson Real Estate Funds.
Technology Consulting Partner
Jason Muhlstein, Partner in Technology Consulting, leads Wipfli's Business Intelligence Practice. He focuses primarily on business intelligence (BI) and customer relationship management (CRM), leveraging best practices to improve profitability and customer experience. His areas of expertise include vision, people, process and technology as they relate to aligning technology to practical business use cases to improve performance.
He frequently publishes articles, blogs and whitepapers related to technology solutions and how organizations should approach implementing and optimizing solutions. In his 20 years of consulting, Muhlstein has worked with clients across a wide range of organizational structures and industries including construction, commercial real estate development and property management.
Founding Partner and Former CEO
Mike Mullen is an industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience. He was a founding partner and CEO of CenterPoint Properties. He is a former board member and senior advisor to IndCor Properties, a Blackstone portfolio company, and a former board member of Rouse Properties. His current activities include Chairman of TradePoint Atlantic, Chairman of Talos Capital, Board member of L3 Capital and Senior Advisor to Redwood Capital Investments, GEM Realty Capital and Hilco Global. Over his career, he has participated in over $15 billion of real estate transactions.
Courtland Development, L.C.
Jon Napper is CEO of Courtland Development. He has over 20 million square feet of warehouse/distribution experience and 35 years of real estate development experience in the Dallas, Texas area.
Sara Neff, MBA, LEED AP, WELL AP
Senior Vice President, Sustainability
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sara Neff is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. In her first four years, she took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 real estate company across all asset classes on sustainability in North America by GRESB, an honor they have now won three times in a row. Since 2010, she has overseen all sustainability initiatives at Kilroy such as the implementation of all energy and water efficiency projects, recycling and green cleaning, LEED certifications, green leasing, and the greening of building standards. She chairs the Board of Directors of USGBC Los Angeles, and is a member of the USGBC National Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors of Young Professionals in Energy Los Angeles.
Peter O’Brien is the Director of Business Development for Honest Buildings. He specializes in working with real estate owners to create operational efficiencies through technology. O’Brien has been with Honest Buildings almost since its inception and he's excited to be part of the continuous growth of CRE tech.
Jay Parsons is a Vice President for Research Products & Analytics at RealPage, Inc., the parent company of leading apartment data firms Axiometrics and MPF Research. Parsons has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and on CNBC, and has written extensively on multifamily and commercial real estate for publications including GlobeSt, Multifamily Executive, the Mortgage Bankers Association, American Banker, Units and Multihousing Pro.
George Pincus Esq.
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
George Pincus is a transactional real estate lawyer with almost 30 years of experience. His practice includes the structuring and documentation of joint venture deals between developers and sponsors and private equity investors. He also has extensive experience in purchase and sale, real estate finance and leasing transactions. Pincus has been an active member of NAIOP for over 20 years and is a regular speaker at NAIOP education events.
Chief Commercial Officer
Georgia Ports Authority
Clifford Pyron is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the Georgia Ports Authority's business development, and trade development activities. His principal accountability is to develop all commercial activities in order to sustain long-term growth and market share leadership; this includes all sales, marketing, economic development and agency relations activities. He has over 35 years of experience in liner shipping, logistics and port sector of the maritime industry.
Vishu Ramanathan is CEO of Buildout, the leading end-to-end marketing software for commercial real estate. He founded the company in 2010 with fellow software developer Jason Tillery. With a background in software development, Ramanathan specializes in bridging complex business problems with people and technology to form a solution. Before founding Buildout, Ramanathan spent 10 years with Business Logic, now Next Capital and worked as an independent software developer in industries with sophisticated problems such as finance, logistics and trade regulation.
The Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG)
David Ransburg, a senior consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group, has a rare combination of expertise in both business and psychology. He brings strong relationship skills, deep business knowledge, and broad-based experience in executive assessment, coaching, and group facilitation to his family enterprise engagements. Ransburg recently co-authored the book Human Resources in the Family Business: Maximizing the Power of Your People.
Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP, BD+C; ENV SP
Vice President, Sustainability
Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Vice President Sustainability at Prologis is responsible for developing and implementing a global sustainability strategy for the company. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, tracks progress and reports results for corporate operations and the global portfolio. She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability planning and reporting in the U.S. and in Latin America.
CEO and Co-Founder
Nick Romito is the founder and CEO of VTS, the fastest-growing technology platform in the history of commercial real estate. VTS’ leasing and asset management platform manages over 5.5B square feet globally, with clients including Blackstone, Boston Properties, Tishman Speyer, JLL, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield. Romito has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has spoken at Harvard Business School’s renowned Technology Cyberposium and the Empire Startups NY FinTech Conference.
Bryan Rosenberg is a Director in the Chicago office of HFF with more than eight years of experience in real estate and finance. His primary focus is office investment sales in the Midwest U.S. Throughout his career, he has been involved in more than $6 billion in transactions. Prior to joining HFF, he worked in asset management of an office and industrial portfolio totaling three million square feet.
Joining the industry has been a lifelong ambition, and a family tradition. Caitlin Russell is the second generation and oldest daughter of Jim Russell, who founded Russell in 1983. Russell is a commercial contractor and developer headquartered in Iowa. With 10 years in the industry starting as a construction project engineer, her experience has landed her in a vice president role of the real estate development area of Russell's business.
Global Workspace Association
Jamie Russo is passionate about the consumerization of the workplace and the positive impact this is having on the wellbeing of anyone that gets to choose where they work. She founded two co-working spaces under the brand Enerspace in Chicago and Palo Alto and is now the Executive Director of the Global Workspace Association. Her podcast, “Everything Coworking,” keeps listeners up to date on shared workspace trends and how-to’s.
Senior Director, Business Development
Swisslog Logistics, Inc.
With more than 15 years of successful experience as a supply chain executive, David Schwebel leads the Swisslog business development team in their efforts to identify qualified business opportunities and support the development of strategic initiatives. He works closely with other worldwide Swisslog department heads to deliver the outstanding results that Swisslog clients have come to expect over the more then 100-year history of the company.
Managing Director/Head of CRE Syndications
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Ricardo Simon is a Managing Director with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and leads the syndication efforts for commercial real estate and REITs. Before joining SunTrust in 2014, he worked for more than 10 years at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York in varying roles within CRE and for 4 years with Prudential Capital Group in San Francisco originating privately placed debt.
Keith Stauber, SIOR
Managing Director, Industrial Services
Keith Stauber, SIOR, is a Managing Director with JLL where he is focused on leading new business efforts and expanding strategic client relationships including as a senior leader with JLL’s Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure (PAGI) team as well as a certified member of JLL’s Supply Chain and Logistics Consulting team. He assists corporations and investors/owners with the development and implementation of their real estate strategies including the acquisition, disposition and development of facilities in Chicago as well as in the United States and internationally.
He has more than 25 years of experience in acquisitions, leasing, investment sales and build-to-suit development having completed numerous physically and financially large and complex projects. Prior to joining JLL, he was Senior Regional Director of First Industrial Realty Trust’s Midwest region where he oversaw all aspects of a 10 million square foot portfolio and in addition completed 2.8 million square feet of build-to-suits across the Midwest and Southeast. He joined First Industrial in 2006 from Colliers International (formerly Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler), where he was one of the top industrial brokers for many years.
Sandy Stevens has over 35 years’ experience in the environmental field. During her time at RPS, she has assisted various clients in evaluating potential real estate transactions, as well as developing and managing contaminated real estate assets. Before joining RPS, she held the position of Associate Vice-President - Environmental Services for Catellus Development Corporation, a San Francisco Bay Area real estate developer. In this position, she directed all environmental activities for the company, including compliance with environmental laws and regulations, the regulatory approval process, due diligence requirements for potential acquisitions and dispositions, oversight and management of environmental engineering contractors and consultants, remediation of contaminated properties – both owned and acquired – and community outreach and education.
Aquiles F. Suarez
Vice President for Government Affairs
Aquiles Suarez is the vice president for government affairs for NAIOP and is responsible for overseeing the association’s advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local level. Prior to joining NAIOP, he served as a director of government and industry relations at Fannie Mae.
Cushman & Wakefield
Michael Tenteris is a member of Cushman and Wakefield’s Industrial Advisory Group, specializing in industrial investment sales throughout the Midwest. During his 17-year career, he has completed transactions exceeding 110 million square feet with an aggregate value in excess of $5 billion. Based in Chicago and responsible for executing transaction across nine Midwestern markets, his wide-ranging experience allows for best-in-class service to owners of industrial assets.
Trammell Crow Company
Aaron Thielhorn serves as a Managing Director for Trammell Crow Company where he oversees the firm’s office and healthcare development and investment initiatives in the Houston region. Additionally, he supports the Austin business unit by providing strategy and execution assistance for the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment, a 1.8 million-square-foot urban mixed-use project. During his tenure at TCC, he has been directly responsible for the execution of 4.8 million square feet of office building projects valued at $1.9 billion.
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.
Tratt Properties, LLC
Jonathan Tratt is the principal for Tratt Properties, LLC, a development and investment company based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been a member of NAIOP since 2001 and is a member of the Board of Directors, a NAIOP-PAC Trustee and a member of the E-Commerce II Forum. He is the 2017 NAIOP Chairman.
Cameron Trefry, LEED AP BD+C
Cameron Trefry is the principal for Ware Malcomb Chicago, an award-winning international design firm. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s Midwest region and is recently recognized as an emerging industrial leader by Globe Street’s Real Estate Forum. A licensed architect, Trefry's professional portfolio includes Martignetti Companies, Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Edward Don, IMD Vertiport and Preferred Freezer.
Jeffrey Vaglio, Ph.D., PE, AIA
Vice President - Advanced Technology Studio
Jeffrey Vaglio is an engineer, architect, and researcher who focuses on the design and performance of advanced building enclosure technologies. He is currently the vice president of the Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) of Enclos, a leading national specialty facade contractor – the Studio is its dedicated think-tank with the mission of investigating and realizing the future of façade engineering and project delivery strategies. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Southern California where he was an Oakley Fellow.
Steve White, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Steve White is a principal and the Washington, D.C., studio director of Fentress Architects, a Denver-based design firm actively engaged in civic and commercial projects around the globe. He has more than 20 years’ experience designing buildings in Washington, D.C., nationally and internationally. His clients include the National Gallery of Art, Beijing BCSOMC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Boston Properties, among others. He is a National Peer for the GSA National Register of Peer Professionals and was the 2015 President of the D.C. Chapter of the AIA. Fentress Architects has been a leader in structural innovation since the design of the Denver International Airport over 20 years ago. He began working on mass timber projects over a year ago; the firm has integrated mass timber into sustainable projects such as the RDU Terminal and currently for projects in design in Seattle, Denver and Washington, D.C.
CenterPoint is focused on the development, redevelopment, acquisition and management of industrial property and transportation infrastructure that enhances business and government supply chain efficiency. The company invests in major coastal and inland port logistics markets anchoring North America's principal freight lanes.
Cushman & Wakefield is the world's largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm. Founded in 1917, it has approximately 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. The firm represents a diverse customer base ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. It offers a complete range of services within five primary disciplines: Transaction Services, Capital Markets, Corporate Occupier & Investor Services, Consulting Services, and Valuation & Advisory.
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of March 31, 2017, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 678 million square feet (63 million square meters) in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern distribution facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,200 customers across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment.
Real estate firms need a banking partner with extensive products and services, a strong capital base, and the ability to fund their needs through economic cycles. Our team is your trusted adviser, helping developers, REITs, private equity funds and institutionally sponsored firms achieve their goals.
Conor Commercial Real Estate, a member of The McShane Companies, is headquartered in Chicago with regional offices in Phoenix, Irvine and Houston. The firm is active on a national basis in the development of master-planned industrial and office parks, medical office developments, multi-family properties and build-to-suit projects for lease or purchase.
CRG is a leading North American real estate developer headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in Chicago, Sacramento, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Northern New Jersey. The CRG team has developed more than 5,000 acres of land and delivered over 160 million square feet of commercial, industrial, multi-family and institutional assets exceeding $9 billion in value. CRG is the real estate service subsidiary of Clayco.
FCL Builders is one of the nation’s top leaders in the design and construction of industrial warehousing, cold storage and food processing facilities. With teams strategically located in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Baltimore, developers and owners continually rely on FCL’s commitment to professional service, safety and customer satisfaction.
Founded in 1948, Majestic Realty Co is the oldest and largest privately owned real estate developers in the country, providing a full range of development services from the initial land acquisition, entitlement, development and property management.
Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap (NYSE:MMI) is a leading commercial real estate brokerage firm focusing exclusively on investment sales, financing, research, and advisory services, with more than 1,600 investment professionals in offices throughout the United States and Canada. The firm has perfected a powerful property marketing system that integrates broker specialization by property type and market area; the industry’s most comprehensive investment research; a long-standing culture of information sharing; relationships with the largest pool of qualified investors; and state-of-the-art technology matching buyers and sellers.
USAA Real Estate, with over $18 billion in assets under management, provides co-investment, acquisition, build-to-suit and development services for corporate and institutional investors and arranges commercial mortgage loans on behalf of affiliates. The portfolio consists of office, medical office, industrial/logistics, multifamily, retail and hotel properties. USAA Real Estate is a subsidiary of USAA, a leading financial services company, serving military families since 1922.
Wipfli ranks among the top 20 CPA and business consulting firms in the nation, providing insights and solutions to over 7,300 construction and real estate companies to help them meet their goals and stay profitable. For more information, visit wipfli.com.
Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 1,700 real estate professionals in 66 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting.
Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with more than 16,300 professionals operating out of 502 offices in 67 countries. Colliers delivers a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research.
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. JLL has more than 200 corporate offices, operates in 75 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 53,000. For further information, visit www.jll.com.
NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated CRE brokerage firms. NAI Global has 375+ offices located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, with 6,700+ local market professionals, managing over 380 million SF of property.
Newmark Knight Frank is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms. With more than 16,300 professionals operating from nearly 420 offices, we provide a fully integrated platform of services to tenants, owners, investors and developers of office, industrial and all property types.
The Rockefeller Group is a global property owner, developer and investment manager focused on office and industrial assets in major cities, port markets and inland distribution hubs. The company and its subsidiaries operate from nine offices in the U.S. and London.
Trammell Crow Company, founded in 1948, is one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in commercial real estate. The Company has developed or acquired nearly 2,600 buildings valued at nearly $60 billion and over 540 million square feet. TCC has professionals in 16 major cities throughout the United States and serves the users of and investors in, office, industrial, retail, healthcare, multi-family and mixed use projects.
Ware Malcomb is an international, award-winning design firm offering architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, and branding services to corporate and commercial real estate clients. The firm specializes in industrial distribution, office, retail, healthcare, science and technology, restaurant and auto projects.
Marquette University’s Center for Real Estate provides the industry with innovative, effective and ethical decision-makers through experiential learning, quality research and community outreach. The program is ranked among the top 10 commercial real estate programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Altus Group Limited is a leading provider of independent advisory services, software, and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry. Our businesses, Altus Analytics and Altus Expert Services, reflect decades of experience, a range of expertise, and technology-enabled capabilities. Our solutions empower clients to analyze, gain market insight and recognize value on their real estate investments.
As you pursue bold real estate visions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch provides comprehensive industry expertise to help you achieve the full potential of your business. Wherever your ambition takes you, build a lasting relationship with one of the world’s leading financial institutions.
Bohler Engineering provides site civil engineering and consulting services for land development projects. We integrate multiple disciplines of civil engineering to simplify the development process and provide our clients the information they need to make smart decisions.
Ductilcrete™ Technologies, provides, concrete slab systems utilized to create extraordinarily, durable floors and pavements that remain flat and level with virtually no curl. Our slabs have increased load capacities with reduced profiles, eliminating the need for additional reinforcing, all at cost competitive pricing. Up to 75% fewer joints translates into much lower lifetime maintenance costs. We provide all of our customers with the industry’s most generous warranty.
Serendipity Labs delivers upscale, hospitality-based workplace experiences that serve as an extension for businesses and a home base for independent professionals. We offer coworking, private offices, workstations, and team rooms, with enterprise class technology and a secure infrastructure.
Ten-X, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, empowers consumers, investors and real estate brokers with unprecedented levels of flexibility, control, simplicity, and the convenience of transacting properties completely online – whenever they want and from wherever they are.
Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Management, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Research and Sustainability services, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 180 offices in 37 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate.
WeWork is a platform for creators. We provide beautiful workspace, an inspiring community and meaningful business services to tens of thousands of members around the world. From startups and freelancers to small businesses and large corporations, our community is united by a desire for our members to create meaningful work and lead meaningful lives—to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York City in 2010, WeWork is a privately held company with over 2000 employees.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 regional and local partners to advance and maximize opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Visit www.inwisconsin.com to learn more.
Baker Tilly is the full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with you and your business through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. We speak your language and identify with your goals to consistently deliver solutions that are just right for you. Experienced professionals who know you and your world, Baker Tilly brings skill, integrity and energy to every client relationship.
BKD works with real estate investors, developers, brokers, agencies and owner associations. Whether you operate an agency, own a single piece of rental property, or vast commercial holdings in several states, our team has expertise and experience to help accomplish your goals.
BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies which operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and in three Canadian provinces and transports consumer goods, agricultural products, coal and industrial goods.
Clark Construction Group is one of the most experienced and respected construction firms in the United States. For over a century, we have been transforming the ideas and visions of our clients into award-winning projects.
Clarion Partners manages more than $40 billion in high-quality commercial real estate in private equity and debt strategies across the risk return spectrum. The Firm invests in the Americas and portfolios are generally well-diversified by property type and geography. With offices in the U.S., Latin America and the U.K., Clarion seeks to generate superior investment returns and create value for its institutional clients.
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. We help reinforce public trust in our capital markets and inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence.
Duke Realty is a vertically integrated commercial real estate provider offering a wide spectrum of services including ownership, leasing, management, development and construction of industrial, medical office and office buildings. Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE) owns and manages more than 154.6 million square feet of high-quality bulk industrial, suburban office, and medical office properties located in more than 22 top-tier markets nationwide.
Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America. We combine superior tools, resources and outstanding market intelligence to meet the specialized needs of our diverse client group inclusive of industrial, office, retail investment and appraisal.
Liberty Property Trust is one of the nation’s leading owners, managers, and developers of superior industrial and office properties. Liberty has provided cutting-edge real estate solutions, expert property management, and high-performance space for more than 40 years, and currently owns and manages a portfolio of 105 million square feet.
Miner Facility Services is North America’s premier provider of warehouse solutions and services. Miner Facility Services provides full warehouse design, installation and service within clients facilities. Specializing in racking, loading dock and door safety systems, forklifts and much more, Miner provides full life cycle asset management to lower overall operational cost.
The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the commercial and residential real estate industries.
Powers Brown Architecture is a professional services firm practicing architecture, interior design and urban design. The firm, with offices across the country, has built a reputation for specialized design and technical superiority, producing award-winning work and gaining recognition from local, regional and national organizations.
Touchstone is a Seattle-based developer with more than 30 years of experience developing commercial real estate with a particular focus on technology, office and hotel projects. Touchstone is currently completing nearly 2 million square feet of development across 10 projects.
Tratt Properties, LLC, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a dedicated and experienced real estate and financial team engaged in the acquisition and development of institutional grade logistics properties in key markets throughout the United States. We are focused on delivering flexible and scalable global supply chain real estate solutions that go beyond basic transportation, warehousing and distribution.
As the #1 digital media amenity in North America, Captivate is highly valued by tenants who engage with customized, relevant content and actionable information via a network of 12,000 elevator and multipurpose displays in premier office buildings.
Carbon Lighthouse is on a mission to stop climate change by making it easy and profitable for building owners to eliminate carbon emissions caused by wasted energy. The company’s unique approach to efficiency production goes deep into buildings to uncover and continuously correct hidden inefficiencies that add up to meaningful financial value and carbon elimination that lasts. Since 2010, Carbon Lighthouse has worked in more than 500 commercial real estate, educational, hospitality and industrial buildings nationwide.
CommissionTrac is the #1 cloud commission-accounting platform for commercial real estate brokerages - instantly capturing, accounting and reporting on all things commissions. SharedSpace Atlanta offers coworking memberships and collaborative office spaces that help businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs network, hustle, and succeed.
Design Be Art is a reputable and experienced architectural scale model maker with the combination of our fine, delicate hand craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, strict quality standards, and the world class project planning and production capability.
Designer Sign Systems is a full-service custom interior and exterior signage company. We design, manufacture and install products including dimensional letters, ADA/Code signage, donor plaques, directories, exterior post and panel and monument signs, illuminated channel letters, digital signs and wayfinding.
Envoy Net Lease Partners provides short-term, high-leverage construction and bridge loans and joint venture equity for single-tenant, net leased properties located nationwide between $1 million to $7 million in size. Watch our video at envoynnn.com/video.
Founded in 1907, Eppstein Uhen Architects’ staff is passionate about bringing fresh ideas to complex problems. With our unique design skills, knowledge depth, and client-centered attitude, we partner with you to create designs that elevates your staff within their spaces.
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully-integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. With a 65-million-square-foot portfolio across the nation’s top markets, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers and other industrial facilities.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa. Together with 21 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 5,700 business members, The Partnership drives economic growth and careers through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration.
Honest Buildings is the leading intuitive, data-driven project management and procurement platform built for commercial real estate owners and managers. Industry leaders like Brookfield, Vornado, Beacon Capital Partners, Invesco and Parkway Properties use Honest Buildings to streamline project management processes, increase revenue through faster project delivery, reduce project costs and increase efficiencies on projects portfolio-wide.
Investor Management Services, LLC is a member of the QuietStream Financial family of commercial real estate services and technology companies. Investor Management Services offers cutting-edge software that helps commercial real estate owners attract, engage and manage their investors and projects. The platform features investor dashboards, document management, investor communications, electronic document execution and live customer service with more features and enhancements on the way.
Menard is a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor offering expertise on ground improvement for sites with poor soil. We combine value engineering and innovative techniques to deliver practical, sustainable solutions that can be attractive alternatives to deep (pile) foundations. Solutions that are faster, less expensive and less complicated.
National Car Charging is one of the largest electric vehicle-charging equipment distributors in the U.S. with the widest portfolio in the industry. We can help you identify the perfect solution for your property and make sure your EV charging project is easy and successful.
New Day Underwriting Managers LLC is a specialty intermediary serving retail insurance brokers and their clients by delivering optimal risk management solutions in the areas of environmental liability and construction-related professional liability for all industry types.
Pasco Economic Development Council is the lead organization in Pasco County servicing businesses relocating and expanding in north Tampa Bay focusing on site and building selection, labor market analysis, expedited permitting, regulatory assistance, workforce recruitment and training.
PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC is a national design + build firm specializing in industrial, medical, commercial and adaptive re-use projects. We handle tenant improvements and large-scale new construction projects, providing due diligence, full construction and out-sourced design services.
ROOFLIFTERS is an innovative company that rejuvenates older buildings by raising their existing roofs for vertical expansion. Increasing the value of commercial properties across North America for over 25 years. ROOFLIFTERS, efficient, fast, and affordable.
RPS provides environmental, engineering and science solutions across the globe. We offer a comprehensive range of consulting services and technology solutions to support our clients working in the built and natural environment.
Space Technology Inc. LIFTS THE EXISTING ROOF of an industrial building, intact, to two or three times its original height. Converts obsolete, low-clearance buildings into valuable, high-cube assets. Free estimates, nationwide.
United Renderworks provides real estate professionals with top-quality renderings, animations, and virtual environments to help visualize the potential of any property. United Renderworks has quickly become one of the most popular options for architects, real estate professionals, builders and developers throughout North America.
VTS is the leasing and asset management platform for commercial real estate, enabling the world’s top landlords and brokers to increase revenue, improve productivity and reduce risk across their portfolios. In November 2016, VTS and Hightower merged, bringing owners, investors and brokers from around the globe together on one platform. With over 5 billion square feet under management, VTS is the driving force behind the industry’s shift toward real-time data. For more information, visit vts.com.
Founded in 1965, Walker is an international consulting firm uniquely qualified to develop innovative solutions to a wide variety of parking challenges. Services include market analysis, feasibility studies, management consulting, parking master planning and site analysis, parking garage design and restoration engineering.
For 25 years, our professionals have created and implemented sustainable, cost-effective transportation solutions for commercial, residential, governmental, and institutional developments across the United States. Wells + Associates’ mission is focused on designing and implementing multimodal transportation plans to create better, more forward-thinking places and networks.
Wonderful Real Estate is a professional real estate development and property management company owned by The Wonderful Company. We develop, manage and invest in a diversified portfolio of real estate, including Wonderful Industrial Park, a 1,625-acre, fully entitled Class A logistics park located in Shafter, California.
Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, California, and serves clients worldwide. For more information, visit www.yardi.com.
Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 140 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can’t reach.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is the leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, and create.
Balfour Beatty US is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, CMAR and design-build services for public and private sector clients. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, the company is the US subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY).
Clarius Partners, LLC is a commercial real estate investment and development management company headquartered in Chicago with over $950 million and approximately 8 million square feet of land, office, and industrial development projects completed or under management in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California and South Carolina.
HFF operates out of 22 offices nationwide and is a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry.
Kimley-Horn is a full-service consulting engineering firm with over 80 offices nationwide offering a range of services to our private and public sector clients. Our land development services include office, commercial, retail, industrial, mixed-use, mission critical facilities, residential, sports/recreation facilities, K-12, higher education, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed-use projects.
KSS Architects is an award-wining architectural design firm with offices in Princeton, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our clients are leaders in their fields, representing the best in business, industry, education, development, culture, and community. KSS has a staff of near 60 dedicated professionals, passionate about creating stimulating environments that cultivate positive, meaningful and lasting change.
Lehigh Valley is the 68th largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a $34.3 billion GDP that is larger than that of 104 nations, and is located 60 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City.
Molto Properties is a privately held real estate investment and management company specializing in the acquisition and development of industrial properties in the Chicagoland and Midwest areas. Molto has built a strong team of professionals with extensive backgrounds in operating, acquiring and developing industrial real estate, enabling them to pursue a broad investment strategy.
Oltmans Construction Co. has been the premier concrete tilt-up general contractor in the industry since 1932 and currently provides commercial construction services in the Western United States, specializing in concrete tilt-up distribution warehouses, major business parks and corporate office complexes.
Sitex Group, LLC is a fully integrated private equity firm that specializes in industrial real estate investment and development. Our core objective is to acquire, redevelop and develop industrial real estate located in core markets across the United States.
Talos Capital is a best-in-class national industrial real estate investment firm headquartered in Chicago with regional offices in California and New Jersey. Each and every Talos investment must stand on its own merit and be insulated from idiosyncratic market risk. Our mission is to maximize return for investors while providing unsurpassed service to our tenants.
Team Northeast Ohio (NEO) is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs and helping businesses thrive. We serve as the JobsOhio affiliate working with Northeast Ohio's economic development partners.
Venture One is a real estate private equity fund manager, developer and operating company specializing in the industrial property sector. Venture One owns over 5.3 million square feet and controls over 1,100 acres of land in the greater Chicagoland area.
Wangard Partners is a full-service commercial real estate company committed to excellence in development, investment brokerage and management, syndication as well as property and asset management.
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