Speakers

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  • Wade Achenbach

    Wade Achenbach

    Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management
    Kite Realty Group

    Wade Achenbach serves as executive vice president of portfolio management with Kite Realty Group Trust. Previously, he served as the senior vice president of capital markets and corporate treasurer since 2012, and in various other roles within the finance department since 2004. Achenbach is currently responsible for overseeing portfolio management, asset management and acquisition/dispositions. While at Kite, he has completed over $8 billion in capital markets transactions and worked on over 4 million square feet of retail development and redevelopment in several states. Prior to joining Kite, Achenbach was in the mergers and acquisitions group at Plexus Corp., a publicly traded global contract electronics manufacturing company based in Wisconsin. Prior to Plexus, he worked in the investment banking group at A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, Missouri, as a generalist working on a variety of mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions.

  • John Adams

    John Adams, AIA, LEED AP

    SW Regional Managing Principal
    Gensler

    As an architect and planner, John Adams is a recognized researcher and leader in the future of high-performance office buildings, creative office space and sustainable mixed use environments. He is the co-regional managing principal for Gensler's Southwest region. He serves on Gensler’s board of directors, the board of the L.A. Headquarters Association and is involved with NAIOP, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Urban Land Institute.

  • David Allred

    David Allred

    President
    The Douglas Allred Company

    Since joining the family business in 1987, Dave Allred has specialized in developing and marketing commercial and industrial properties in California, Arizona and Texas. As president, he oversees a wide range of day-to-day operations and processes, from site acquisition and commercial development to project financing, leasing and marketing. In addition, he holds real estate licenses in both California and Arizona. He brings together a highly specialized team for each project, resulting in a high level of involvement with city economic development teams and various industry leaders. Allred has built a reputation for bringing challenging projects and transactions to fruition with his unwavering problem-solving and negotiating skills.

  • Marc Badain

    Marc Badain

    President
    Las Vegas Raiders

    Marc Badain is in his 30th year with the Raiders and his sixth as team president. Badain, who was named to his current post by Owner Mark Davis on Jan. 16, 2015, oversees the entirety of the club’s business operations. Badain started with the Raiders as a training camp intern in 1991 before joining the football staff full time as an administrative assistant to the coaching staff the following year. He joined the organization’s finance department in 1995, and was named chief financial officer in 2004. Badain served as team president in an interim capacity from 2013-14. He received his MBA from University of California’s Walter A. Haas School of Business. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biletnikoff Foundation, Gridiron Greats, Opportunity Village and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).

  • Kevin Bender

    Kevin Bender

    Managing Director and IPS Transaction Practice Lead, SW Region
    JLL

    Kevin Bender serves as a managing director and team leader for Integrated Portfolio Management (IPS) in Southern California. He exclusively represents tenants in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial office properties, and has successfully completed over 5,000,000 square feet of office lease transactions throughout his 23-year career. Bender has deep expertise in the Los Angeles and Orange County, California office markets, and market-leading experience representing Fortune 500 companies and top services firms in high-profile headquarters assignments and complex occupier transactions. Bender has consistently ranked among the top Southern California tenant representation professionals. He is also skilled at multimarket portfolio management and helps to ensure companies optimize their national real estate portfolio.

  • Thomas Bisacquino

    Thomas J. Bisacquino

    President and CEO
    NAIOP

    Thomas J. Bisacquino has served as the association's chief executive officer since 1991. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the association. He directs NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff is responsible for serving more than 19,000 members who are involved with the development, ownership, and investment of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties throughout North America.

  • Joshua Boren

    Joshua Boren

    Director, Business Development
    RCLCO Real Estate Advisors

    Joshua Boren is the director of business development and marketing strategy at RCLCO, a real estate consulting firm that provides strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning and development. He leads the growth of the firm’s real estate advisory services nationwide across three primary areas of focus: real estate economics and market research; management consulting and strategic planning; and institutional investment advisory services. Boren previously ran business development for a number of the world’s leading stadium and arena architectural firms and is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in real estate and entrepreneurship.

  • Donna Brazile

    Donna Brazile

    Veteran Political Strategist

    Donna Brazile is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Brazile has been a contributor to ABC News, CNN and Fox News, and has worked on every presidential campaign since 1976. In 2000, she became the first African American to serve as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, D.C. She is also a best-selling author and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. Brazile has spent a lifetime working for progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of all people in a society that is fair and equitable.

  • Kate Bryden

    Kate Bryden, LEED® AP BD+C

    Senior Vice President Development
    MRP Industrial

    Kate Bryden is the vice president of development for MRP Industrial in Baltimore, Maryland, and has overseen the development of nearly 4 million square feet of industrial, flex, office and retail projects. Bryden is primarily responsible for acquisition support, due diligence, entitlement procurement, and also overseeing the design and construction of projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to joining MRP Industrial, she was the principal of AMK Partners, a certified woman-owned business that provided third party owner’s representation and development management of light industrial projects for private and institutional developers.

  • Kerry Bubloz

    Kerry Bubolz

    President
    Vegas Golden Knights

    As president of the Vegas Golden Knights, Bubolz oversees all business aspects of the franchise. He is entering his second season with the Golden Knights after leading the organization to a tremendously successful first campaign. He has instilled a commitment to community outreach and service in the franchise throughout the organization's various charitable initiatives. Prior to joining the Golden Knights, Bubolz spent 13 years with the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers. In Bubolz's time with the Cavaliers, the team won the Eastern Conference Championship three times and won the NBA championship in 2016.

  • Dan Buck

    Dan Buck

    Managing Partner
    Big Sports Properties, LLC

    Big Sports Properties, LLC, is in the midst of transforming the $20 billion youth sports world, which is the fastest-growing sector of the American tourism industry. Dan Buck is managing partner of BSP, a Missouri-based real estate development and sports operations company. BSP is currently remaking one of the largest vacant mall properties in America (formerly the St. Louis Mills Mall) into a massive sports, entertainment, amusement and hospitality campus. This $60 million public-private partnership will be the first of many former retail sites the company plans to convert, while giving youth sports families a remarkable, first-class experience for athletic competition and family entertainment.

  • Jason Chmura

    Jason Chmura, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate
    KSS Architects

    Jason Chmura is a senior associate and team leader at KSS Architects, based out of the New York City office. He has been a practicing architect for 13 years with a wide range pf project type experience. Significant work includes Royal Mills in West Warwick, Rhode Island; the East Conservatory Plaza at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; and Express Newark at the former Hahne & Co department store in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Rene Circ

    Rene Circ

    Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
    GID Industrial

    Rene Circ leads GID’s industrial platform strategy and development. Circ brings 25 years of industrial market experience across North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked at brokerage companies, Insignia/ESG and Grubb & Ellis, a public REIT, First Industrial Realty Trust, and an advisory firm, PPR/CoStar.

  • Jim Clewlow

    James N. Clewlow

    Chief Investment Officer/Executive Vice President
    CenterPoint Properties

    Jim Clewlow is the Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President of CenterPoint Properties. He has been with the Company since 1997 and has worked in an acquisition, leasing and development capacity. Clewlow lead the joint venture CenterPoint started with CalPERS in 1999 (CalPERS acquired the Company in 2006). He was appointed to lead acquisitions for the Company in 2003, appointed CIO in 2005. He served as president of NAIOP Chicago in 2012.

  • Christopher Coes

    Christopher Coes

    Vice President of Land Use and Development
    LOCUS | Smart Growth America

    Christopher Coes oversees Smart Growth America’s real estate programs including LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, the Form Based Codes Institute and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America. He has led LOCUS and Smart Growth America’s national and regional public policy and advocacy efforts on a range of issues including securing over $20 billion in transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing in the recent federal transportation legislation, FAST Act. In 2014, Coes launched the Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative which has assisted local communities to develop place-based, market-driven strategies aimed at encouraging economic growth while ensuring accessibility and social equity in great walkable urban places. In addition, he has facilitated numerous deal-making opportunities that have produced over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals.

  • Gerald Crump

    Gerald Crump

    Senior Vice President, Director of Leasing – Central Region
    Weingarten Realty

    Gerald Crump is the senior vice president, director of leasing, Central Region, for Weingarten Realty. His current responsibilities include over 8.4 million square feet comprising more than 58 neighborhood and community retail shopping centers in Weingarten’s Central Region.

  • John Drachman

    John Drachman

    Co-Founder
    Waterford Property Company

    John Drachman is responsible for Waterford Property Company’s commercial division and capital raising activities. Since starting his predecessor firm, Stillwater Investment Group, in 2014, Drachman has acquired and been a partner in over $750 million of office, retail, and apartment assets in Southern California. To acquire these assets, he has created and developed joint venture partnerships with high net-worth private investors, family offices and institutional equity funds while leveraging his strong relationships within the brokerage community to source opportunities.

  • Terry Feehan

    Terry Feehan

    Vice President and Program Director
    Northrop Grumman

    Terry Feehan is vice president and program director for Northrop Grumman and located in Chandler, Arizona. He leads major acquisition programs providing missile defense to protect the United States against attacks from rogue nations. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2016, he completed 31 years in the United States Air Force, culminating in him attaining the rank of major general. During his career, he commanded six diverse organizations ranging from training to the Nuclear Weapons Center and also served as a weapons system program and portfolio manager. He completed his career as the director of strategic plans and requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, where he was responsible for developing the strategy, doctrine and policy for the Air Force’s space and cyberspace operations.

  • Mike Fitzpatrick

    Michael Fitzpatrick

    Partner
    Baker Tilly US, LLC

    Michael Fitzpatrick is a partner of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., and has been with the firm since 2000. He chiefly works within the firm’s wholly-owned FINRA-member broker-dealer subsidiary, Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, where he specializes in structuring and offering Opportunity Zone private placement investments. Fitzpatrick is also an expert on New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) where he consults with community development clients in the areas of applying for NMTC and monetizing them to make socially motivated investments. He is currently serving a second term on the Board of Partners of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and is the past board chair of Agrace Hospice, Inc.

  • Steve Forbes

    Steve Forbes

    Chairman and Editor-in Chief
    Forbes Media

    Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, he offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.

  • Chuck Graefen

    Chuck Graefen

    Senior Director, Distribution Support
    KeHE Distributors

    Chuck Graefen has 34 years of experience in the grocery and drug industry in not only warehouse distribution and supply chain, but also retail operations. He works for KeHE Distributors, which supplies over 30,000 stores nationwide with a variety of natural, organic and specialty items, as well as a growing number of fresh and frozen everyday items. He has previously worked for Walgreens, Kroger, Supervalu, Albertsons and Jewel-Osco.

  • Rob Griffin

    Rob Griffin

    US Head of Capital Markets
    Newmark

    Rob Griffin has been a leader in the U.S. capital markets industry for the past 38 years. He joined Newmark in 2015 as U.S. head of capital markets and president of the New England area. He leads a capital markets team offering multiple specialties, including the marketing and sale of office, industrial, retail, medical, life science and multifamily assets. Griffin also works closely with Newmark’s Boston-based leasing teams on many of their complex, high-profile assignments. He chairs the Boston Children’s Hospital Board Trust Board and is a founding chairman of Champions for Children’s, a multi-million-dollar fundraiser for the hospital which has evolved into the hospital’s top annual fundraising event. He is also involved in many Catholic charities and a member of the executive board of advisors for the Ron Burton Training Village.

  • Jud Hannigan

    Jud Hannigan

    Chief Executive Officer
    Allied Esports

    With more than 15 years of global consulting, marketing and executive experience, Jud Hannigan is now at the forefront of the booming esports industry. Jud is a co-founder and CEO of Allied Esports, a leading developer of esports properties and content, and a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ: AESE). The company’s portfolio includes venues, production studios and 18-wheel semi-truck mobile arenas that serve as competition battlegrounds and content generation hubs through either direct operation or as part of the Allied Esports Property Network, the first affiliate program available to partners looking to open new esports facilities around the world. Allied Esports’ flagship location, HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, opened in March 2018 to rave reviews and was home to one of the industry’s first competitive Fortnite events – Ninja Vegas ’18 – starring streaming sensation Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The globally recognized, state-of-the-art venue has hosted some of the biggest names in gaming and a wide variety of esports entertainment events, including League of Legends All-Star, the Capcom Cup, the NHL Gaming World Championship and NBA 2K’s “THE TURN.” The arena’s nightly tournament programming has become the foundation for Las Vegas’ growing esports community.

  • George Hasenecz

    George Hasenecz

    Senior Vice President, Investments
    Brandywine Realty Trust

    George Hasenecz is the senior vice president, investments, of Brandywine Realty Trust. Since 2009, he has been responsible for the company's portfolio management and investment activities as Brandywine has shifted its portfolio to focus on CBD and town center office properties as well as mixed-use projects in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Previously, Hasenecz served as Brandywine's Vice President of Investments and Director of Acquisitions from 2000 to 2006. He also worked at Prologis as vice president, capital deployment, from 2006 to 2008, where he oversaw development and investments for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions. Prior to his previous tenure at Brandywine, Hasenecz served as vice president, acquisitions, with Keystone Property Trust where he oversaw the sale of Keystone’s office portfolio as the company transitioned to a pure-play industrial REIT.

  • Drew Hess

    Drew Hess

    Regional Senior Vice President
    Duke Realty

    In his role as regional senior vice president for Duke Realty, Drew Hess is responsible for overseeing the company’s existing properties in Northern California and Seattle and growing its portfolio in these markets through new development and investment opportunities. A 20-year commercial real estate veteran, Hess joined Duke Realty after serving as regional director and market leader for another national REIT, responsible for expanding its portfolio in the Bay Area, Central Valley and Seattle. His experience also includes working for three other large companies with real estate investments in the western U.S. During his tenure with these companies, he led more than $3.6 billion in transactions.

  • Jill Homan

    Jill Homan, LEED AP

    President
    Javelin 19 Investments

    Jill Homan is president of Javelin 19 Investments, a Washington, D.C.,-based real estate development, investment and advisory firm focused on the Opportunity Zone ("OZ") incentive. She has more than 15 years' experience in real estate development totaling almost $500 million in capitalization. Homan is co-developing projects in OZs and has successfully raised and closed OZ capital. She has applied her knowledge of emerging communities and expertise in policy and real estate to advise investors and family offices on the OZ incentive. She earned MBA and MPP degrees from Duke University, focusing on finance and authoring a thesis on urban revitalization.

  • Ben Horning

    Benjamin Horning

    Director of Development
    Dedeaux Properties

    Benjamin Horning is responsible for overseeing Dedeaux Properties’ development of industrial property in Southern California. Horning has overseen over 3 Million square feet and $500 million of infill industrial development throughout Southern California, with a strong emphasis on transportation- and logistics-focused facilities.

  • Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy

    Vice President of Real Estate
    Bret Russell, Inc.

    Mike Kennedy has over 25 years in commercial real estate including accounting, brokerage, development, and as a retailer. He began his career working as a portfolio property accountant for JMB Institutional Realty, a large pension fund advisor based in Chicago. Transitioning to become a retail real estate broker in the Detroit office for CBRE, he focused on tenant representation. He was awarded “National Rookie of the Year, Retail Specialty” for being the top performer in the country ranked by revenue generated. After eight years of brokerage, Kennedy worked for a CVS/Caremark pharmacy Big 6 developer, The Velmeir Companies. He personally worked on the development of over 113 CVS stores and 35 JPMorgan Chase bank branches. After 12 years with Velmeir, he joined Lidl US, LLC, an international grocer in 27 countries, to facilitate their expansion program in the U.S. Kennedy managed their acquisitions and development of over 71 stores in Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Early in 2018, he joined Bret Russell, Inc. as vice president of real estate; he manages the new multi-family and self-storage business segments. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business from the University of Michigan.

  • Aaron Ketner

    Aaron Ketner

    Director of Sustainability/Building Performance Specialist
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

    As director of sustainability and building performance specialist at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Aaron Ketner’s work focuses on building performance analysis, green building features, BIM technology, smart building solutions, technology and design integration, and digital twin asset management – with design specialties in sustainability, resiliency, high performance buildings, on-site solar PV array impact packages, and health and wellness in the built environment.

  • Leslie Lanne

    Leslie Lanne

    Managing Director
    JLL

    Leslie Lanne is a managing director at JLL, specializing in institutional landlord and tenant representation in the sale and leasing of industrial real estate in northern and central New Jersey, the outer boroughs of New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, as well as for select clientele throughout major U.S. industrial markets. She currently handles over 4.5 million square feet of agency leasing in the New York/outer boroughs and is a subject matter expert when it comes to the New York region and what clients and owners alike are looking for. She is also the lead for JLL’s Urban Infill practice. Lanne has extensive experience and history with institutional investor/owners and has been involved with over 100 million square feet of transactions with ecommerce, distribution and warehousing tenants. Her 19 years of experience across real estate verticals, in multiple regions and markets enable her to help JLL’s clients achieve unparalleled results.

  • William Lu

    William Lu

    Senior Vice President
    CenterPoint Properties

    William Lu is currently the senior vice president of development for CenterPoint Properties. He is responsible for developing and executing CenterPoint’s development strategy throughout the West Region focusing on the Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle markets. He has more than 17 years of real estate industry experience, including developing over 8.6 million square feet of industrial.

  • Rob Marek

    Rob Marek

    Vice President
    E-Z Riser Roof Raising

    Rob Marek is the vice president of E-Z Riser Roof Raising and directs all sales and marketing efforts. E-Z Riser is a patented construction technology to lift an existing roof to a new clear height. Roof raising projects have revolutionized the renovation and reuse of outdated commercial buildings for warehousing, retail “destination” uses, manufacturing, athletics, self-storage and more.

  • Andrew McCoy

    Andrew P. McCoy, Ph.D.

    Director
    Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech

    Andrew P. McCoy, Ph.D. is Beliveau Professor in the Department of Building Construction, director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research and associate director of the Myers Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He is the primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including green construction practices, building technologies, affordable housing and safety practices across the construction supply chain. He has over 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, including 8.5 years of fieldwork and 4.5 years of managing a design-build firm that maintained a Class-A Virginia contractor license and employed licensed architects.

  • Patrick McGrath

    Patrick McGrath

    Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Head of Client Technologies
    Savills Studley

    As Chief Information Officer and Head of Client Technologies, Patrick McGrath is leading and executing a digital transformation of the Savills real estate services platform. He works across departments to deploy best-in-class systems to integrate and capture key data flows that give the Savills brokerage teams the edge they need to compete in the rapidly changing real estate industry. Among his responsibilities is the continued development of the firm’s customer-facing global data visualization and analytics platform: Knowledge Cubed. He has extensive training in economics, technology, corporate finance, corporate valuation and quantitative analysis. McGrath specializes in financial transactions, developing robust statistical forecasts and models, as well as distilling meaningful trends from large data sets. He received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.

  • Will McIntosh

    Will McIntosh, Ph.D.

    Global Head of Research
    USAA Real Estate

    In his role as global head of research for USAA Real Estate, Will McIntosh, Ph.D., is responsible for assisting with the development of commercial real estate investment strategy and managing in-house global research with the objective of informing and enhancing the real estate investment process. McIntosh comes to USAA Real Estate with more than 30 years of experience in real estate. He was previously Head of Global Research for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's (ADIA's) Real Estate Department where he was responsible for helping develop ADIA's global real estate investment strategy and building and leading a real estate research platform. Prior to joining ADIA, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of Fund Evaluation Group (FEG), and was responsible for investment strategy and manager analysis. Prior to joining FEG, McIntosh was professor of finance and dean of the College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He has also served in leadership positions with several of the largest investment managers including ING Real Estate, AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp., and Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI). He got his start in the commercial real estate industry in the Investment Properties Group of Arthur Rubloff & Company of Ohio.

  • Jose McNeil

    Jose McNeill

    CEO
    McNeil Real Estate Services

    Jose McNeill is currently a partner in numerous development and investment projects in Northern California, developing around 750,000 square feet of Industrial projects. He also provides his expertise to many private investment companies and individuals on the full range of real estate decisions and operations. He previously served as a portfolio manager for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). He was responsible for the industrial real estate portfolio which encompassed more than 110 million square feet and had a market value of more than $18 billion across the United States and ultimately into Mexico, Canada and Europe. His successes included privatization of two REITs, Cabot Industrial Trust $2.2 billion and CenterPoint Properties $5 billion. In addition, he oversaw CalPERS investments in numerous co-mingled funds.

  • Brian Mirakian

    Brian Mirakian

    Brand Activation Director, Senior Principal
    Populous

    Brian Mirakian is a senior principal at Populous and leads the practice’s esports project initiatives for the Americas. Through a core focus on future forward innovation, next-gen consumerism, and connective strategy in the entertainment and hospitality industries, he creates opportunities for engagement by linking people to immersive user experiences on all levels, design mediums and interactive technologies. He is currently leading the effort for the groundbreaking Fusion Arena, home to the Blizzard Overwatch Philadelphia Fusion and the first purpose-built esports arena venue of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. He was the project director the largest esports venue in North America, the Esports Stadium Arlington. His award-winning work has garnered international acclaim in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, and has helped create transformative design solutions for his clients, having collaborated with nearly every professional team, some of the world’s leading advertising agencies, the Olympic Games, the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball, and top brands including Adidas, Comcast, Activision Blizzard and Tencent.

  • John Morris

    John Morris

    Executive Managing Director, Americas Industrial & Logistics and Retail Leader
    CBRE

    John Morris, a commercial real estate veteran with more than 30 years of executive management experience, leads CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics and Retail divisions as Americas leader and executive managing director. In this role, he oversees more than 1,600 professionals in the Americas who collectively were responsible for more than $83 billion of transactions in 2019.

  • Randi Nolan

    Randi Nolan

    Executive Vice President, Global Transformation
    Global Brands Group

    As Global Brands Group’s executive vice president of global transformation, Randi Nolan leads an enterprise-wide program tasked with identifying and launching significant revenue and EBITDA growth opportunities. A key initiative she and her team are working on is developing a content and community-based market place, where initial focus is in the adaptive clothing and products space to provide easy to wear options for persons with disabilities.

  • William O'Donnell

    William O'Donnell

    Managing Partner
    Prologis Ventures

    William O’Donnell leads Prologis Ventures, the innovation platform and venture capital arm of Prologis. With over 22 years of experience in both real estate and technology he heads this new group’s efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. O’Donnell joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. In addition, he has private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, debt structuring and disposition. O’Donnell also has acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to joining AMB, he was director of acquisition solutions at Acxiom Impact, a leading digital marketing company, and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners.

  • MIchael O'Mara

    Michael O’Mara

    Senior Vice President Capital Markets
    Avison Young

    Michael O’Mara serves as a senior vice president of capital markets for Avison Young, focused on CRE investments, acquisitions, disposition and 1031 exchange work on a national basis. He is a member of LOCUS | Smart Growth America in Boston, Massachusetts, working with regional and national economic development agencies, sponsors, and Opportunity Zone funds to help spur economic development and social impact investments.

  • Jonathon Oudthone

    Jonathon Oudthone

    President
    Esports Stadium Arlington

    Jonathon Oudthone has over 11 years of experience working directly in esports, with experience in event and broadcast production. From grassroots to the big stage, he has seen and developed all aspects of the industry and is most recently known for leading the design and development of North America's largest dedicated esports facility, Esports Stadium Arlington – a $10 million project which was built in partnership with the City of Arlington, Texas. After working with brands such as the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming to build out their live events verticals, Oudthone now serves as president of Esports Venues LLC, a company that focuses on the design, development and sustainability of esports dedicated venues and infrastructure.

  • Angela Palmer

    Angela Palmer

    Design Technology Specialist
    Gensler

    Angela Palmer, Assoc. AIA, is a design technology specialist at Gensler Houston. She graduated from the University of Houston College of Architecture in 2012 and practiced architecture and design for the following seven years. Her passion for design, technology and learning drives her in everything she does and motivated her to move into a technologist role at Gensler. She is a lead ambassador for digital technologies including VR, computational design, fabrication and 3-D modeling. With this position, she supports teams in need and teaches and encourages those in her office to implement smarter strategies on projects.

  • Rob Paratte

    Robert Paratte

    Executive Vice President, Leasing & Business Development
    Kilroy Realty Corporation

    Robert Paratte is responsible for Kilroy Realty Corporation’s leasing and business development activities from Seattle to San Diego. Across a two-decade plus career in commercial real estate, he has held leadership roles in a variety of disciplines, including leasing, property acquisitions, development and property management. He joined Kilroy after seven years at Tishman Speyer where he was managing director for global leasing and business development. Paratte was responsible for maintaining and building relationships with corporate real estate executives across the country and around the world. In addition, he was instrumental in securing some of the largest lease transactions in the firm’s development projects. Prior to Tishman Speyer, he was a partner at San Francisco-based William Wilson and Associates. Paratte was named the San Francisco Business Times Deal Maker of the Year in 2002. He holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

  • Nicholas Pell

    Nicholas Pell

    President and Chief Investment Officer
    Link Industrial Properties

    Nick Pell is president and Chief Investment Officer of Link Industrial Properties. Formed in 2019, Link Industrial Properties is Blackstone's U.S. industrial real estate operating platform, operating a portfolio of approximately 400 million square feet across the U.S. Prior to the formation of Link Industrial, Pell served as Chief Investment Officer at Gramercy Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT which Blackstone acquired in October of 2018 for $7.6 billion. Previously, he was a director in the investment department at W. P. Carey & Co. Prior to joining W.P. Carey, Pell was a director of business development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and an analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Brian Pieracci

    Brian Pieracci

    Managing Director
    North American Private Equity Acquisitions

    Brian Pieracci is a partner at Heitman and leads the North American private equity real estate acquisitions group. He has been involved in over $12 billion of transactions across the country with respect to a variety of property types including office, industrial, medical office and self-storage properties and a variety of investment structures (e.g., development joint ventures, investment joint ventures, mezzanine financing, and 100% free and clear acquisitions).

  • Al Pontius

    Alan Pontius

    Senior Vice President, National Director, Office & Industrial Divisions
    Marcus & Millichap

    As executive leader of Marcus & Millichap’s office and industrial business segments, Al Pontius is primarily responsible for directing the firm’s strategy and growth in these sectors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s senior executive team responsible for design and execution of firm-wide strategies and initiatives.

  • Matt Powers

    Matthew Powers

    Executive Vice President, Retail & E-Commerce Distribution
    JLL

    Prior to joining JLL in 2016, Matt R. Powers, CCIM, served as director of Walmart’s non-retail real estate portfolio and led the development of the initial e-commerce distribution network for Walmart.com. During his career with Walmart, Powers oversaw the retail giant’s 148 million square feet industrial and office portfolio and led acquisitions of over 20 million square feet. He brings and array of knowledge from his previous career and offers subject-matter expertise in real estate valuations, asset and property management, retail, office and industrial acquisitions and dispositions, business and economic incentives, site selection and project management.

  • Brian Sandoval

    Brian Sandoval

    President
    University of Nevada, Reno

    Former Governor Brian Sandoval was the 29th governor of Nevada, serving two terms from 2011 to 2019. Prior to becoming governor, he served as U.S. District Court judge for the District of Nevada, being appointed the state’s first Hispanic federal judge. He also served as Nevada’s attorney general, was a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, and he served two terms as an assemblyman in the state Legislature. He will begin his tenure as the University of Nevada, Reno President in early October 2020.

  • Barrie Scardina

    Barrie Scardina

    Executive Managing Director & Head of Retail Services, Americas
    Cushman & Wakefield

    Barrie Scardina is the executive managing director and head of retail services, Americas, at Cushman & Wakefield. She is responsible for building retail client relationships and deepening the firm’s retail expertise, including expanding retailer tenant representation strategies and agency leasing opportunities. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Scardina spent three decades leading vital retail initiatives across a variety of world-class organizations including Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, The Children’s Place and Tory Burch.

  • Colin Shaughnessy

    Colin Shaughnessy

    Executive Vice President and Director of US Leasing
    Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

    Colin Shaughnessy first joined Westfield in 2002 and has served in a variety of leadership positions within the organization’s leasing and center management/operations divisions. As executive vice president and director of US Leasing, he is responsible for overseeing all leasing activities throughout the company’s U.S. portfolio of 30+ shopping centers, including such flagship assets as Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga & The Village in Los Angeles; Westfield Valley Fair in Silicon Valley; Westfield UTC in San Diego; Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey; Westfield World Trade Center in New York City; Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, Maryland; and Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Illinois.

  • Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith

    Executive Managing Director
    Cushman & Wakefield

    As Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, Kevin Smith is responsible for growing the asset services business in the Northeast Region. Currently, his team is responsible for the property management of approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, and the asset management of over $1 billion of office assets in the U.S.

  • Cameron Trefry

    Cameron M. Trefry, RA, LEED AP

    Principal
    Ware Malcomb

    Cameron Trefry, RA, LEED AP, is principal for Ware Malcomb’s Oak Brook, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices. He is responsible for leading the team, as well as business development, client relationships and overseeing high-profile commercial projects. As a recognized expert in the commercial real estate industry, Trefry has served as a speaker, panelist and moderator for conferences such as Chicago Industrial Properties’ Transportation and Logistics Conference, NAIOP I.CON Impact Projects Conference, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Industrial Strength Connections Summit.

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