Real Estate Symposium 2021

2021 Real Estate Symposium

The 14th Annual Real Estate Symposium, an exclusive Columbia Business School alumni-only educational forum will be presented virtually on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Event registration will open in October.  In the meantime, stay connected to others in the Columbia Business Real Estate alumni community through CBS RE!   

Additional speakers will be announced soon.  Please email [email protected] with questions.

2021 Schedule of Events

Time Session
10:30–10:35 a.m. Welcome Remarks
10:40–11:30 a.m. Panel: International Investment Opportunities
11:35 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Spotlight Presentation: Risk and Impact of the Climate Crisis on Real Estate

Radley Horton, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia Business School

12:00–12:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

12:15–1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO and Chairperson, Gensler

1:05-1:55 p.m. 

Panel: The Impact of Technology and Consumer Behavior on Real Estate

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, WeWork

2:45–2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:00-3:30 p.m. Virtual Networking!

Christina Gaw

Christina Gaw 
Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets & Co-Chair of Alternative Investments
Gaw Capital Partners

Biography
Christina is a Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets and Co-Chair of Alternative Investments. She works closely with limited partners relating to capital raising and new product developments. Gaw Capital is a real estate private equity firm and has raised six commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund, a growth equity fund and provides services for separate account direct investments globally. The firm has over USD$ 30.7 billion in AUM as of Q1 2021. She also serves as Executive Director of Pioneer Global Group (0224.HK) and Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Finance and General Committee and the Sustainability Committee of CLP Holdings Limited (0002.HK).
 
Ms. Gaw was named Global PERE’s Rainmaker 30 and awarded “Business Women of the Year Awards” by CEO Today Global Awards in 2019, and named as one of the Top 10 PERE’s Women of Influence in 2021.
Prior to joining Gaw Capital, Christina had an investment banking career with Goldman Sachs and UBS as Managing Director for over 15 years, with responsibilities as Head of Asia Equities Distribution and as Head of APAC Capital Introduction team within Prime Brokerage. She has deep experience in covering some of the largest institutional investors globally.
 
Christina is also active in community and educational sector capacity work in Hong Kong. She is currently an honorary advisor of Hong Kong PropTech Association, a board member of InspiringHK Sports Foundation and an advisor of Teach for Hong Kong, Time Auction, finance committee member and board member of Hong Kong International School, board member of Stellart International School of Arts, executive committee vice chairwoman of St. Paul’s Co-educational College Alumni Association, corporate member of the Cheltenham Ladies College UK, school supervisor for TWGHs S. C. Gaw Memorial College and the council member of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She has also served as the board member of The Women’s Foundation for over 10 years from 2009 to 2019 and the board treasurer of The Hong Kong Ballet Group from 2010 to 2017.
 
Christina received her B.S in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, California.

Jamie Hodari

Jamie Hodari
CEO
Industrious

Biography
Jamie Hodari is the CEO and Co-founder of Industrious, the largest premium workplace provider in the U.S. Under his leadership, Industrious has grown to over 95 locations across more than 50 cities, achieving the best unit economics in the industry, and pioneering the evolution to landlord partnerships over traditional leases. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was CEO of Kepler, a hedge fund analyst at Birch Run Capital, a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, and a reporter for the Times of India. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University

Radley Horton

Radley Horton
Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Biography
Radley Horton is a Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. He is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Science Center, and is a PI on an NSF-funded Climate Change Education Partnership Project. Radley has been a Co-leader in the development of a global research agenda in support of the United Nations Environmental Program’s Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (PROVIA) initiative. He serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, and frequently appears on national and international television, radio, and in print. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.

Diane Hoskins

Diane Hoskins
Co-CEO, Chairperson
Gensler

Biography
Diane Hoskins is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs. As both an MIT-trained architect and holding an MBA from the Andersen School at UCLA, Diane’s career has spanned Architecture, Design, Real Estate, and Business. Diane has broad responsibility in running the firm’s day-to-day operations, which span 6,000+ employees networked across 50 offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is Chair of Gensler's Board of Directors.
 
As an outspoken advocate for sustainable design, climate action, and net zero buildings, Diane has led her firm's strategy to reduce the devastating impact of the built environment on climate change through its Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3) initiative. In 2019, Diane was the firm's spokesperson of the design industry at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, where she announced Gensler’s commitment to 100% net zero by 2030. In addition, Diane personally leads the development of Gensler’s Climate Action through Design, an annual sustainability report dedicated to understanding the environmental impact of Gensler projects around the globe. As a member of the Boston Properties Board of Directors, Diane chairs the Sustainability Committee, leading the sustainability strategy of the largest office REIT in the United States.  She has been featured prominently as a speaker on sustainability on the international stage in Stockholm, Sweeden at the International Women’s Forum’s World Cornerstone Conference, the Wall Street Journal Future of Cities series, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Climate Week NYC, and the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
 
Diane has championed Gensler’s focus on diversity, inclusivity, equity, and justice in the design professions, which has been featured in Wall Street Journal and other media publications. As a response to the social unrest of 2020, Diane led the development of Gensler's Strategies to Fight Racism, a five-part comprehensive plan to impact the diversity and inclusiveness of the firm, the profession, and the community. Diane also serves on the Inclusive Growth Initiative of the Greater Washington Partnership, a team of top business leaders across Washington, DC, committed to leading the change.
In addition to her responsibilities to the firm, Diane has initiated state-of-the-art management strategies in service of the firm's 3,000 clients in more than 120 countries. Diane focuses on innovative design strategies that positively impact client performance; she has championed the firm's reach beyond architectural services to provide a broad, comprehensive platform of design and strategic services to clients around the globe.
 
A true innovator, Diane founded the Gensler Research Institute with a focus on sustainability, cities, workplace, human experience, and the newly launched Equitable Design pillar.  The Gensler Research Institute fuels new advances in architecture and design, using exploration and transdisciplinary collaboration to place design in the context of more significant business and social issues. The knowledge and insights discovered through Gensler's research have created new and unexpected solutions to the pressing issues faced by Gensler's clients and communities, helping the firm further its mission of creating a better world through the power of design.
 
Diane serves as a member of many industry associations, including the CEO councils for the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, and Forbes.  Diane is a Global Governing Trustee and a Global Board of Directors member for the Urban Land Institute. Previously, she served as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Cities and Urbanization as well as the Real Estate Industry Action Group.

Sandeep Mathrani

Sandeep Mathrani 
CEO
WeWork

Biography
Sandeep Mathrani has served as WeWork’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of WeWork’s board of directors since February 2020. Mr. Mathrani most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Properties’ Retail Group and Vice-Chairman of Brookfield Properties. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of GGP Inc. for eight years, during which the company was recapitalized in November 2010, experienced eight years of growth, and in August 2018 was sold to Brookfield Property Partners. Prior to joining GGP in 2010, Mr. Mathrani was President of Retail for Vornado Realty Trust, where he oversaw the firm’s U.S. retail real estate division and operations in India comprised principally of office properties. During his tenure, he was responsible for stabilizing and growing the portfolio. Before that, he spent eight years as Executive Vice President at Forest City Ratner, where he was tasked with starting and growing a new platform of retail properties across the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Mathrani currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., and also serves on the Management Committee of WeWork Capital Advisors LL. Previously, Mr. Mathrani served as a member of the board of directors of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and was the 2019 Chair of NAREIT.  Sandeep also served on the executive board and the board of trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Mr. Mathrani earned a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Engineering and a Master of Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Atif Qadir

Atif Qadir '12 (Moderator)
Founder & CEO
REDIST

Biography
Atif Z. Qadir founded REDIST, a venture-backed fintech company focused on real estate incentives, and Amanat Properties, a development company focusing on the renovation of historic real estate in New Jersey. Previously, he was at Extell Development, where he was an Associate on the acquisitions and development teams for deals across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was at Turner Construction and at Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He also is the host of “American Building” a new podcast he produces with Michael Graves Architecture & Design, and frequently speaks on real estate and entrepreneurship at universities and industry organizations. Atif serves as a city planning commissioner in Hoboken, where he also lives. He is on the boards of The Hudson School and the Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center. Atif received his bachelor's degrees in architecture and in urban planning from MIT and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Ross Smotrich

Ross Smotrich '83 (Moderator)
Managing Principal
RE Strategic Advisors

Biography
Ross Smotrich is a real estate finance thought leader with expertise in public equity, corporate strategy, industry fundamentals and capital markets. A trusted advisor with broad perspective at the intersection of public and private real estate, Ross is well regarded for his transaction experience, the quality of his published research, and the depth of his investor and management insight. An analytical thinker, he is able to leverage his extensive network and relationships to develop new business opportunities.  

Cycle-tested and a proven change agent, Ross brings diverse geographic and property type experience in domestic and global real estate markets. Among the most experienced REIT analysts on the Street, he has been an influential participant in the growth and evolution of the publicly traded real estate securities industry. Actively involved in the REIT IPO boom, subsequent sector consolidation and maturation, Ross has deep stock issuance and strategic advisory experience. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of RE Strategic Advisors, LLC focused on providing strategic consulting, investment and advisory services to organizations operating at the intersection of the public (listed) and private real estate markets. 

Most recently, Ross served as a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Barclays, where he led the research team responsible for covering the real estate investment trust (REIT) and real estate securities industries. He has actively covered the majority of the S&P 500 property stocks, been ranked in the Institutional Investor All-America research poll 9 times and was twice named in The Wall Street Journal All-Star Analysts Survey. 

Prior to joining Barclays, Ross rebuilt and led the REIT research business at Bear Stearns. He moved his team to Lehman Brothers in June 2008, shortly before its acquisition by Barclays. Ross began his real estate career at Chemical Bank, where he worked in lending, investment banking and finally, ran a workout / restructuring team. Notable transactions include the restructure of Simon Properties and Trammell Crow, which resulted in initial public offerings. Following Chemical Bank, Ross transitioned into sell-side research as a senior equity analyst at Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Smotrich is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School (Real Estate Equity Securities Analysis) and serves on its MBA Real Estate Advisory Board. Ross recently joined the Hodes Weill Advisory Board. Additionally, he is member of the Urban Land Institute (Multi-Family Council), NAREIT (Real Estate Investment Advisory Council), and Columbia’s Real Estate Circle. He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in finance and real estate from Columbia University. 

Julie Brenton

Julie Brenton '89  (Co-Chair)
Head of Investor Relations, Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee
Dune Real Estate Partners 

Biography
Ms. Julie Brenton brings over 25 years of experience in the real estate investment management industry to the investor relations function at Dune, where she is responsible for investor relations, business development and communications with current and prospective investors and consultants.

Prior to joining Dune in 2014, Ms. Brenton was a Managing Director at Ranieri Real Estate Partners overseeing the firm’s capital raising and investor services functions since the firm’s inception in 2010.  Prior to joining RREP, Ms. Brenton held positions within the real estate investment industry including business development and investor relations roles at Olympus Real Estate Partners, Guggenheim Partners and O’Connor Group/JP Morgan Investment Management and investment positions at AT&T Investment Management.

Ms. Brenton is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, serving for a decade as the Chair of the PREA Quarterly Committee and currently serving on the New Programs Committee. She is a Board Member and Chair of the Investment Committee of The Brenton Arboretum and former Trustee and Investment Committee Member of The Taft School.  Ms. Brenton received her M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia University Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College.

Lisa Cations '17

Lisa Cations '17 
Senior Director
Industrious

Biography
Lisa is a Senior Director of Enterprise Sales at Industrious, a leading flex office operator. In her role Lisa is dealing with corporate clients helping them find solutions that meet their changing occupational needs.

Lisa is a seasoned real estate professional with 15+ years of international experience working with global enterprise and investor clients. She has extensive commercial real estate strategy, portfolio and transaction management track record with the top global occupier clients, including Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Coca Cola, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Lisa is a globally recognised industry expert and influencer with publications on WeWork and the flex sector. She is a visiting lecturer on the topics of proptech, flex and agile workplace and the future of the office sector.

Lisa has MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School, MRICS and MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading. Lisa is passionate about hospitality and making a difference to people's wellbeing through built environment.

Gideon Gil '00

Gideon Gil ’00
Executive Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Biography
Role & Responsibilities
Gideon Gil serves as an Executive Managing Director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group focused on raising debt and equity for client properties and development projects throughout New York City, and the Eastern Seaboard.  Mr. Gil has been an advisor to or a principal investor in over $20.0 billion of commercial real estate transactions throughout his career.  Mr. Gil joined C&W in 2012.

Work Experience
Mr. Gil began his real estate career at Clarion Partners, working in the Acquisitions and Development Group rising to the level of Vice President.  From 2004 through 2008, Mr. Gil was a Portfolio Manager and Lead Originator at RCG Longview (now CenterSquare), a private equity fund focused on high-yield debt positions in commercial real estate.  Mr. Gil was a Managing Principal at Madison Realty Capital from 2008 through 2010 focused on purchasing distressed debt from financial institutions and originating high-yielding mortgage loans.  In 2010, Mr. Gil co-founded Columbia River Capital Advisors (“CRCA”) an advisor to Family Office clients and advised on the investment of over $100 million of equity into opportunistic debt and equity investments in commercial real estate.

Education, Memberships & Awards
Mr. Gil holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a member of The Advisory Board of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School and a co-Chair of the REBNY Finance Committee.

Nancy Lashine

Nancy Lashine '81 
Founder, Managing Partner
Park Madison Partners

Biography
Ms. Lashine is the Founder and Managing Partner of Park Madison Partners, a real estate capital markets firm. The firm is a leading advisor to investment management firms and operators and provides capital placement services from institutional investors. The firm has placed over $18 billion of equity from a wide range of global investors for its clients in funds, programmatic investments, portfolio recapitalizations and separate accounts. Park Madison is headquartered in New York City and is a FINRA regulated broker dealer.

Ms. Lashine has over 35 years of real estate and investment marketing experience. Prior to forming Park Madison Partners, Ms. Lashine was a strategic consultant advising leading institutional real estate investment managers on product development and the implementation of institutional marketing initiatives. Ms. Lashine was an early member of The O'Connor Group and began her finance career at  LF Rothschild, Unterberg and Towbin.

Ms. Lashine earned her MBA at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a BFA, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve in Dance Theatre. She serves on several Boards including the Columbia MBA Real Estate Advisory Board, the Gibney Dance Center Board, and is a past board member of the Pension Real Estate Association. She is a member of ULI and WX (Executive Women in Real Estate).

Ines Leung

Ines Leung '07
Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations
Sundance Bay

Biography
Ines Leung is the Head of Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Sundance Bay.  Ms. Leung has over 20 years of real estate–specific transactional and capital-raising experience. Before Sundance Bay, Leung consulted for multiple U.S. and Chinese private equity and real estate clients while living abroad in Beijing. Prior to this, Leung served as a director of investor relations at GE Capital Real Estate, where she covered U.S. and Canadian institutional investors, responsible for all aspects of third-party capital raising, investment strategy, and product development for the global investment management platform. Her background also includes a variety of business development, fundraising, advisory and investment sales positions at Credit Suisse, Rockwood Real Estate Advisors and Cushman & Wakefield.  Ms. Leung holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.

Chris Mayer

Christopher Mayer
Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Professor for Real Estate
Columbia Business School

Biography
Christopher Mayer is the Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate at Columbia Business School. His research explores a variety of topics in real estate and financial markets, including housing cycles, mortgage markets, debt securitization, and commercial real estate valuation. Dr. Mayer is also CEO of Longbridge Financial, an innovative reverse mortgage company focused on delivering responsible home equity products to older Americans to help finance retirement. Professor Mayer serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Director of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, and a member of the Academic Advisory Boards for Standard and Poor's and the Housing Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Mayer is active in the media and advising policymakers, testifying six times before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, writing a paper for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and authoring numerous op-ed articles in major publications. Dr. Mayer previously served as Senior Vice Dean at Columbia Business School and held positions at The Wharton School, the University of Michigan, Harvard Business School, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  He earned a BS in Math and Economics from the University of Rochester with highest honors and a PhD in Economics from MIT.

Justine Murphy

Justine Murphy '21
Acquisitions Associate
Schulte Hospitality Group

Biography
Justine Murphy is an Acquisitions Associate at Schulte Hospitality Group, a professional hotel management and development company managing over 150 hotels across 37 states and the UK .  Prior to attending business school, Justine worked in healthcare investment banking with a focus on hospitals and healthcare systems at Hammond Hanlon Camp (now a subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank) and Morgan Keegan (nka Raymond James). She received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in real estate from Columbia Business School.

Mark Portner

Mark Portner '99 
Executive Vice President, Capital Formation
Shorenstein

Biography
Mark Portner joined Shorenstein in 1999. As Executive Vice President of Capital Formation, he leads the company’s equity capital raising activities and oversees and manages the company’s market positioning.  Mr. Portner previously served as the Managing Director of Investments Group East overseeing the Eastern United States Investment Group which includes Capital Transactions, Asset Management, Leasing, and Development.  Mr. Portner participates in the strategic direction of the company as a member of its executive committee and in the company’s investment activities as a member of its investment committee.

Mr. Portner is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Prior to joining Shorenstein, Mr. Portner was a vice president at Carey Winston Company in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in the disposition of distressed loans.

Mr. Portner graduated from University of Richmond with a B.S., and from Columbia University with an M.B.A.

Atif Qadir

Atif Qadir '14
Founder & CEO
Amanat Properties, REDIST

Biography
Atif Z. Qadir founded REDIST, a venture-backed fintech company focused on real estate incentives, and Amanat Properties, a development company focusing on the renovation of historic real estate in New Jersey. Previously, he was at Extell Development, where he was an Associate on the acquisitions and development teams for deals across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was at Turner Construction and at Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He also is the host of “American Building” a new podcast he produces with Michael Graves Architecture & Design, and frequently speaks on real estate and entrepreneurship at universities and industry organizations. Atif serves as a city planning commissioner in Hoboken, where he also lives. He is on the boards of The Hudson School and the Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center. Atif received his bachelor's degrees in architecture and in urban planning from MIT and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

David Sherman '82

David Sherman ’82
Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Investment Committee, BGO Strategic Capital Partners
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Biography
Mr. Sherman is Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Investment Committee at BGO Strategic Capital Partners (formerly Metropolitan Real Estate), a real estate investment management business that he co-founded in 2002 and of which he served as President through 2018. (Metropolitan became part of the Investment Solutions Division of The Carlyle Group in 2013 and was acquired by BentallGreenOak in 2021). In addition, Mr. Sherman is Co-Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Sherman has more than 35 years of real estate investment, finance and analytical experience.

Previously Mr. Sherman held positions in real estate finance, investment banking, research, consulting, and strategic planning at D. Sherman & Company, Smith Barney, The Harlan Company, First Boston, and Paine Webber. Over the years, Mr. Sherman has published numerous articles in periodicals including American Banker, PREA Quarterly, Shopping Center Business, and National Real Estate Investor.

Mr. Sherman received an A.B. in Mathematical Economics (magna cum laude) from Brown University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Ross Smotrich

Ross Smotrich '83 (Co-Chair)
Managing Principal
RE Strategic Advisors 

Biography
Ross Smotrich is a real estate finance thought leader with expertise in public equity, corporate strategy, industry fundamentals and capital markets. A trusted advisor with broad perspective at the intersection of public and private real estate, Ross is well regarded for his transaction experience, the quality of his published research, and the depth of his investor and management insight. An analytical thinker, he is able to leverage his extensive network and relationships to develop new business opportunities.  

Cycle-tested and a proven change agent, Ross brings diverse geographic and property type experience in domestic and global real estate markets. Among the most experienced REIT analysts on the Street, he has been an influential participant in the growth and evolution of the publicly traded real estate securities industry. Actively involved in the REIT IPO boom, subsequent sector consolidation and maturation, Ross has deep stock issuance and strategic advisory experience. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of RE Strategic Advisors, LLC focused on providing strategic consulting, investment and advisory services to organizations operating at the intersection of the public (listed) and private real estate markets. 

Most recently, Ross served as a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Barclays, where he led the research team responsible for covering the real estate investment trust (REIT) and real estate securities industries. He has actively covered the majority of the S&P 500 property stocks, been ranked in the Institutional Investor All-America research poll 9 times and was twice named in The Wall Street Journal All-Star Analysts Survey. 

Prior to joining Barclays, Ross rebuilt and led the REIT research business at Bear Stearns. He moved his team to Lehman Brothers in June 2008, shortly before its acquisition by Barclays. Ross began his real estate career at Chemical Bank, where he worked in lending, investment banking and finally, ran a workout / restructuring team. Notable transactions include the restructure of Simon Properties and Trammell Crow, which resulted in initial public offerings. Following Chemical Bank, Ross transitioned into sell-side research as a senior equity analyst at Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Smotrich is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School (Real Estate Equity Securities Analysis) and serves on its MBA Real Estate Advisory Board. Ross recently joined the Hodes Weill Advisory Board. Additionally, he is member of the Urban Land Institute (Multi-Family Council), NAREIT (Real Estate Investment Advisory Council), and Columbia’s Real Estate Circle. He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in finance and real estate from Columbia University. 

Walter Stackler

Walter Stackler '94 
Managing Partner
Shelter Rock Capital Group

Biography
Walter Stackler has over 27 years of real estate related experience, including over 20 years focused on capital raising for funds and joint ventures sponsored by private investment firms, real estate operating companies and public REITs. Investors in these vehicles have included public and corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments, insurance companies, commercial banks, family offices and other institutional and accredited investors. Prior to founding Shelter Rock, he was a Managing Director and co-founder of Greenhill’s Real Estate Capital Advisory group where he led project management and origination. Walter was previously a Managing Director, Co-Head and a founding member of the Credit Suisse Real Estate Private Fund Group (“REPFG”), which he joined in 2000 at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) prior to its merger with Credit Suisse. Prior to the formation of REPFG in 2000, he was with DLJ’s Commercial Mortgage Group where he focused on the origination, underwriting and structuring of multi-family and commercial mortgages. Earlier in his career, Walter was with the Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group where he specialized in distressed debt valuation, feasibility studies and strategic planning.

Walter holds a BS from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kristin Svenningsen

Kristin Svenningsen
Managing Director
Columbia Business School

Biography
Kristin Svenningsen is the Managing Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate. Prior to her appointment at Columbia Business School in 2014, Kristin spent several years working in commercial real estate for SL Green Realty Corp (SLG), focusing primarily on tenant and building operations, managing all occupied and unoccupied office space for the SL Green wholly owned subsidiary, Emerge212 Boutique Office space; supervising expansion and development of new Emerge212 Centers, and overseeing 200+ tenant relationships across a myriad of industries.  While still at SL Green, she was able to redirect her focus to marketing and sales; building brand recognition, generating new business opportunities and leasing over 150,000 sq. ft. of office space, comprised over 250 individual offices.  Concurrently, Kristin received her M.A. in Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned a duel B.A. in Mass Communication and Theatre from Towson University, and in the years prior to her career in real estate, worked in the entertainment industry as a casting professional for Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatre (Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage Theatre) as well as Network Television (Showtime and The CW).

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