Real Estate Symposium

2018 Real Estate Symposium

The 11th annual Real Estate Symposium, an exclusive Columbia Business School alumni-only educational forum will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Princeton Club of New York.

Registration is no longer open for this event.

Please email pmc@gsb.columbia.edu with questions.

2018 Schedule of Events

Time Event
11:45 a.m. Check-in / Registration Opens
Second floor foyer
12:00–1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
Alexander Hamilton Room, second floor
1:00–2:00 p.m. 

Opening Keynote Conversation
James Madison Room, second floor

Kathleen McCarthy
Kathleen McCarthy

Global Co-Head of Real Estate
Blackstone 

Biography
Kathleen McCarthy is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone has the largest real estate platform in the world with $120 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is the industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the US, Europe and Asia.

Ms. McCarthy most recently served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate where she was responsible for its day-to-day operations with a particular focus on its investors, capital raising and business development efforts across new investment products. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Vice President focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Ms. McCarthy received a BA with Distinction from Yale University.

Ms. McCarthy serves on the Board of City Harvest, which exists to end hunger in New York City through food rescue and distribution, education and other practical, innovative solutions. In 2017, Ms. McCarthy was honored for her work to support Reading Partners New York, a not-for-profit that provides one-on-one volunteer tutoring to help students master foundational reading skills by grade four.
 

Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi
Founder & Partner
GreenOak

Biography
Sonny Kalsi is a Founder and Partner of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients.  Formed in 2010, GreenOak Real Estate is a highly focused global platform with an experienced and cohesive senior team that possesses a long and successful track record investing in and managing real estate. The firm has nine offices globally including New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul with dedicated teams that possess local knowledge, experience and extensive networks in each market. Since inception, GreenOak has raised approximately $8 billion of equity to invest in targeted strategies and assets and acquired approximately $11bn of real estate assets globally. Sonny was previously the Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business and President of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until early 2009. At its peak, the MSREI platform had approximately $100 billion of AUM in 33 countries.  From 1997 through 2006, Sonny and his team led the formation of Morgan Stanley’s property business in Asia and built the leading real estate platform in the region. Sonny was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a former member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents.   He also serves on the board of several organizations including:  The Spence School, Teaching Matters, PowHERful Foundation, Room to Read, AHRC New York City Foundation, and the Asia Society.  He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the Real Estate Master’s Program.    
2:00–2:20 p.m.

Short Presentation:
Making Blockchain Real—Charting a Course to Generating Business Value

James Madison Room, second floor

Tim Grant

Tim Grant
Founder & CEO
DrumG Financial Technologies

Biography
Tim Grant is the Founder and CEO of DrumG Financial Technologies, a product company and operator of distributed ledger/blockchain technology applications for the global financial services industry. DrumG is
blockchain platform agnostic and focuses on delivering demonstrable business value.

Prior to this Tim was CEO of the R3 Lab and Research Center which is focused on bringing global financial institutions, established and startup technology companies, regulators and central banks together in a unique virtual and physical environment where new distributed ledger technologies and methodologies could be researched, evaluated and accelerated towards production. As part of this mandate Tim was also
responsible for sales, sales engineering/pre-sales, investor relations and client relationship management for all R3 products and services.

Prior to joining R3 Tim was a Managing Director at UBS O'Connor, a $6bn multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was Head of Quantitative Research, Head of Technology and was involved in investing in financial
technology. Before this Tim was a Managing Director at Benchmark Solutions, a Warburg Pincus backed fintech startup. Prior to that Tim was a Managing Director at UBS AG in various positions including
reporting directly to the Group Executive Board during the global financial crisis as well as running the UBS Delta Americas portfolio solutions business within UBS Investment Bank.

Tim has a MA in Materials Science and Metallurgy (First Class) from the Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Financial Engineering (Distinction) from the Birkbeck College at the University of London.
2:20–2:45 p.m.  Coffee Break
Fourth floor foyer
2:45–3:45 p.m.

Breakout Panel:
Data, Profits, and Pitfalls: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Workforce/Millennial Housing
Low/Butler/John Jay Room, fourth floor

Moderator: 

Ryan Harvey ’16, The Ashforth Company
Mr. Harvey is Senior Vice President – Investments and is focused on the Company’s investments and its overall investment strategy.

Prior to joining Ashforth, Mr. Harvey served as Deputy Associate Counsel at The White House in Washington, DC. Mr. Harvey began his legal career at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and later moved to Nashville, TN, where he served as a clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Nashville and was an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

Mr. Harvey received his B.A. with Honors in History at Brown University and his J.D./M.A. in Legal History at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He received his M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School Executive Program. Mr. Harvey serves as Treasurer and CFO of the Foundation for Society, Law and Art in South Africa. He is a member of the Connecticut State Bar.

Panelists:

Tyrone Barnes, Taconic Investment Partners
Tyrone joined Taconic in 2017 and is responsible for the acquisition of affordable housing assets. He was previously the acquisitions senior manager at the Related Companies, where he was part of the acquisitions and development teams that purchased more than 2,000 luxury development units in New York and 16,000 units nationally. Prior to that, he held senior Portfolio and Asset Management positions with Winn Residential and MMC, respectively. Tyrone earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Colgate University and a Masters in Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Isaac Henderson, L+M Development Partners
Isaac Henderson is a Development Director at L+M Development Partners. Isaac has over fifteen years of development experience,has been involved in the development of over 2,000 units of mixed-income housing, and has extensive experience working with federal, state and city affordable housing programs including Low-Income and New Market Tax Credits (LIHTC), tax exempt bonds and public subsidies. Currently, Isaac is managing the Essex Crossing Project, a nine-site, 2 million-square-foot development in New York City’s Lower East side that will include over 1,000 units of mixed-income housing, retail, office and community facility space. The project is expected to be built over ten years. Prior to joining L+M in 2012, Isaac spent six years as a project manager at CPC Resources in New York. Before CPC Resources, Isaac worked for six years at BRIDGE Housing Corporation as a project manager developing affordable housing. Isaac holds a BA in economics from Grinnell College and a MA in city planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Daniel Parker, Hodges Ward Elliott
Daniel Parker is a Managing Director on the Hodges Ward Elliott (“HWE”) New York commercial investment sales team.  Mr. Parker has spent over a decade working in both principal and advisory roles in the New York City commercial real estate market.  Prior to joining HWE, Mr. Parker was a Vice President at The Related Companies, where he led a management team overseeing a 2,700 unit multifamily portfolio in New York City.  Prior to working for Related, Mr. Parker worked in the Savills Studley Capital Transactions Group, working on a team that closed in excess of $2.2 billion in commercial real estate transactions including residential, office, retail and land. Mr. Parker started his real estate career working as a multifamily asset manager, overseeing 45 rent-regulated properties with 1,600 apartments and 78 retail spaces located in New York City for Prana Investments.
 
In addition to New York City office, retail and land transactions, Mr. Parker brokers multifamily properties in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.  Mr. Parker has represented institutional clients that include Related, Rockpoint, Carlyle, KBS, Westbrook and Normandy, as well as a number of private families and investors.
 
Mr. Parker recently brokered the sale of a $71 million workforce housing portfolio on behalf of Related to a partnership between Taconic Investment Partners and Clarion Partners. Other notable multifamily sales include the record-breaking $140 million sale of a 38 walk-up properties with nearly 1,000 units in the Bronx, 316 Bergen in Brooklyn, the Madison Belvedere at 10 East 29th Street in Manhattan, 442 Lorimer, 184 Havemeyer, 164 Havemeyer, the leasehold at 300 East 46th Street, and 111 Kent Avenue. 
 
In 2005, the New York City Teaching Fellows program selected Mr. Parker for a one year public school assignment as a full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Washington Heights at PS 5.  From 2001-2003, Mr. Parker lived in Mexico City, where he offered service through his church and became fluent in Spanish.  Mr. Parker is an Eagle Scout and remains an avid photographer, camper and hiker. He regularly spends time with his family at Candlewood Lake in New Milford, CT to enjoy the outdoors and water sports.

Mr. Parker received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
2:45–3:45 p.m.

Breakout Panel:
The Intersection of Real Estate & Technology:
How Will Real Estate and the Buildable Environment be Different in 2028 and Beyond?

McCosh/Dickinson Room, fourth floor

Moderator:

Simon Ziff, Ackman Ziff Real Estate
Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the arrangement of $50+ billion of debt, mezzanine, and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while simultaneously solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. He engineered the firm’s collaborative culture – a magnet for financial talent – and directed Ackman-Ziff’s evolution as an industry thought-leader with over 60 professionals on the team.

Simon received a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He has been recognized on multiple occasions by Penn State, NYU, and the Real Estate Board of New York, including being awarded REBNY’s first “Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year” Award”, receiving the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award six times, and winning the prestigious Louis Smadbeck award.

Simon has also been active in leadership roles of many not-for-profit organizations.

Panelists: 

Brad Greiwe, Fifth Wall
Brad Greiwe is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, a venture fund focused on technology for the Built World backed by the largest owners & operators of real estate, hospitality, and retail environments in the world.

Prior to Fifth Wall, Brad was the Co-Founder and CTO of Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), the largest owner & operator of single family rental properties in the US backed by The Blackstone Group.

Brad started his career at UBS Investment Bank in the real estate, lodging & leisure group. He then worked in real estate private equity at Tishman Speyer and Starwood Capital. Brad is from Cincinnati, OH, lives in San Francisco, CA and graduated from Harvard University where he received his BA in economics.
Tyler Henritze, Blackstone
Tyler Henritze is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Head of US Acquisitions. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Henritze has been involved in approximately $100 billion of real estate investments across all property types. Notable transactions include the acquisition of Gramercy Capital, International Market Center, GE Capital’s real estate business, Strategic Hotels, Motel 6, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Extended Stay America, Equity Office Properties and CarrAmerica. Mr. Henritze currently serves as a board member of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and is a former board member of Hilton Worldwide, Park Hotels and La Quinta.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Henritze worked at Merrill Lynch, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking group.

Mr. Henritze received a BS in Commerce from The McIntire School at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction. He also helped found and serves on the investment community board of CityYear New York.
Ayesha Menon, Sidewalk Labs
Ayesha is a Director of Real Estate Investments at Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs is an Alphabet company that imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges. In this role, Ayesha focuses on the firm's real estate investment strategy including land acquisition, capital formation and development partnerships. Additionally, Ayesha focuses on technology transactions and partnerships that have the potentially to dramatically improve the way we design, develop, manufacture and operate buildings and the broader districts they sit within.

From 2008 - 2018, Ayesha was a real estate investor with Wheelock Street Capital. Wheelock is an investment firm that manages a series of closed end funds that seek to generate opportunistic and value added returns through making control investments in real estate assets and related businesses. In her capacity as a Principal at the firm, Ayesha was responsible for all aspects of the investment cycle, on both direct investments and those with joint venture partners, including sourcing, structuring, negotiating, acquiring, asset managing and divesting investments. Her areas of specific focus included large, multi-cyclical land transactions, home building, condo development, retail investments, and affordable housing. 

Prior to working at Wheelock, Ayesha was an investor at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm that focused at the time on investments in services-based businesses in growing sectors of the economy. Ayesha began her career as an analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs, where she completed over $8bn worth of real estate buy side and sell side advisory work, including equity capital raises, leveraged buyout advisory, mortgage financing, CMBS securitization work, and large asset sale services. 

Ayesha received her MBA from Stanford University, her BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and grew up in London, England.
2:45–3:45 p.m.

Breakout Panel: 
Global Capital Flows: Thinking Beyond the Cycle
Prospect/Triangle Room, fourth floor

Moderator:

David Hodes, Hodes Weill & Associates
David Hodes is a Founder and Co‐Managing Partner of Hodes Weill & Associates, a global real estate advisory boutique with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. He is member of the firm’s
Operating Committee and sits on the Investment Committee for Tunbridge Partners, an affiliate focused on investing in asset and fund management businesses. David has built a 40 year career in institutional real estate, advising many of the largest global real estate investment managers and institutional investors with regard to their businesses, investment programs and portfolios. Previously, David coheaded
the Real Estate Investments Group at Credit Suisse, where he and Doug Weill oversaw global real estate investment businesses that comprised over $40 billion of AUM on behalf of institutional and HNW party investors. He has also managed business units at other companies including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Morgan Stanley and The Yarmouth Group. David has been a prominent writer and speaker at industry forums on institutional real estate throughout his career, including the Urban Land Institute, NCREIF, NAREIT, the NYU and the Columbia Real Estate Centers, INREV, ANREV and the Pension Real Estate Association, where he has also served on the Board. He is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia University as well as at his alma mater, Brandeis University, where he co‐chairs the Board of Overseers for the Brandeis International Business School.

Panelists:

Steven Hason, APG Asset Management
Steven Hason is Managing Director and Head of Americas Real Estate & Infrastructure for APG Asset Management US Inc.  Based in APG’s New York office, Mr. Hason oversees services relating to real estate and infrastructure investments in North and South America, which includes listed investments, direct investments, fund participations, joint ventures, and other private portfolio equity investments.  He serves on the Executive Board of APG Asset Management US.  Prior to joining APG in 2005, Mr. Hason held senior investment banking roles at Salomon Brothers Inc and CIBC World Markets where he acquired vast experience managing client relationships and originating, structuring, and executing transactions across a broad range of products. As an active member of the institutional investment community, Mr. Hason currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), member of the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and on the Board of Directors of both The Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE).  He is also a past Chairman of AFIRE. Mr. Hason is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.
Stuart Rothstein, Apollo
Mr. Rothstein is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Apollo’s global real estate business. Mr. Rothstein is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the group as well as strategic planning and new business development. He also is the CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI), a publicly traded real estate investment trust managed by an affiliate of Apollo. Prior to joining Apollo in 2009, Mr. Rothstein was a Co-Managing Partner of Four Corners Properties, a privately held real estate investment company. Previously, he was employed by KKR Financial Advisors, RBC Capital Markets and the Related Capital Company. Mr. Rothstein began his career at Spieker Properties, an office REIT subsequently acquired by Equity Office Properties, and held various senior finance positions prior to being named CFO in 1999. Mr. Rothstein graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.​​​​​
Alan Supple ’99, JP Morgan
Alan Supple is Managing Director and is Head of Global Real Estate Securities in JP Morgan Asset Management’s International Equity Group, based in New York, responsible for all global real estate securities strategies.  Before joining the firm in 2016, he was employed for 8 years at BNY Mellon Asset Management in London where he built and led a team responsible for the European portion of global real estate securities strategies.  Prior to this, he held senior positions in corporate finance and acquisitions at Shurgard Self Storage in Belgium and New Plan Excel Realty Trust in New York, and from 1999 to 2003 was a real estate investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney in New York.  Prior to his real estate experience, Alan was an environmental consultant, advising a variety of government and private sector clients on environmental liabilities.  Alan holds a BA in Geology from Oxford University, an MS in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
3:45–4:00 p.m.  Coffee Break
James Madison Room, second floor
4:00–5:00 p.m.

Closing Fireside Chat
James Madison Room, second floor

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
Senior Managing Director & CEO of Capital Markets
Hines

Biography
Mr. Hughes joined Hines in 1986 and is CEO of the Capital Markets group and CEO of Hines’ East Region.

EDUCATION and LICENSES
Bachelor of Arts, History, Southern Methodist University
Registered representative of Hines Securities, Inc., a broker-dealer affiliate of Hines, and holds FINRA Series 22 and Series 63 licenses.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Christopher Hughes is CEO of the Capital Markets group and CEO of Hines’ East Region. He is a member  of the firm’s Executive, Steering, Strategy and global Investment Committees. He is responsible for all institutional capital raising activities globally, including structuring of commingled funds and joint ventures.

A​​​​s head of the East Region, Hughes oversees all development, acquisitions and operations activity in the Eastern United States. His past experience includes serving as a development officer in Hines’ Washington, DC office.
 

Laura Hines

Laura Hines
Managing Director
Hines

Biography
Ms. Hines joined Hines in 2012 and was responsible for project management of land acquisitions and developments in the Midwest and Southeast Regions, including analyzing acquisition and new business opportunities, developing financial and budget models, assessing market research, evaluating mixed-use development opportunities and assisting with institutional fund raising. Since 2017, she has worked in the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, focused on several firm-wide initiatives that have helped to refine investment strategy and acquisition efforts.

Prior to joining Hines, she worked for Sotheby’s in New York, where she helped develop and implement standardized auction processes and oversaw daily management of departmental auctions and client relationships for high-net-worth clients. She also interned at Eastdil Secured where she was responsible for underwriting, analysis, market research and the development of offering memorandums for a variety of asset types across geographies.


 

Tommy Craig '86

Tommy Craig '82
Senior Managing Director
Hines

Biography
Mr. Craig is a senior managing director and has been the regional officer and partner responsible for Hines' New York Tri-State office since 1996. His responsibilities as senior project officer include managing the development, redevelopment, acquisition, construction, modification and/or interior fit-out on projects. Since joining Hines in 1982, Mr. Craig has been involved in a variety of development projects and transactions aggregating approximately 21 million square feet. He has been directly responsible for project development and transactions valued in excess of $15 billion (value at completion) during this period.

CURRENT ACTIVITY
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 12 buildings in the Trinity/Norges/Hines portfolio of 6 million-square-feet in Hudson Square, lower Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of new seniors housing, Sunrise East 56, with over 150 units.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development management of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a $3 billion, 1.6 MSF project in which Hines is a joint venture partner.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 53W53, the Museum of Modern Art West site at 53 West 53rd Street.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 7 Bryant Park, a 470,000 SF office building across from Bryant Park.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the 1.2 MSF acquisition and subsequent disposition of 600 Lexington Avenue (2010), as well as 499 Park Avenue and 425 Lexington Avenue (2013), acquired through Hines' Core Office Fund, a partnership between Hines and Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.) Inc.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the renewal of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s 595,000 SF lease at 425 Lexington Avenue.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the disposition of 750 Seventh Avenue, a 34-story, 600,000 SF Manhattan office tower to Fosterlane Management Corp., for $485M.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of One Jackson Square, an 11-story, 51,000 NSF, 36-unit luxury residential condominium project in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of the Royal Bank of Scotland building, a 500,000 GSF project in downtown Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $87.5 M acquisition of 33 Benedict Place, Greenwich, CT from Unilever Home.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 100 East Fifty Third Street, a development management assignment for RFR Properties involving air-rights transfer from the landmarked Seagram building, comprising 332,000 SF of residential use.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for redevelopment of 2000 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, NY, a 1.1 MSF project for Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 30 Hudson, a 1.5 MSF build-to-suit project for Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Responsible, as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 745 Seventh Avenue, a 1 MSF building for Morgan Stanley. Upon completion and sale to Lehman Brothers, responsible for base building modifications and interior fit-out of the project upon their acquisition of the project.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development and sale-lease back financing of the UBS Warburg Center, a 1.6 MSF project in Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $150M acquisition of 750 Seventh Avenue from Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $50M acquisition and releasing of 55 Railroad and Two Soundview, in Greenwich, CT.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $250M restructuring of 31 West 52nd Street, Deutsche Bank's North American Headquarters in Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Project Officer in Hines' role as advisor, in the sale of Deutsche Bank's $600M first mortgage interest in Worldwide Plaza to Blackstone Realty Advisors.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the redevelopment and property management activities at 1585 Broadway, a 1.3 MSF office building in midtown.
  • Responsible as Project Officer to a group of eight international banks led by Swiss Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal, in the management and disposition of the 1585 Broadway project, resulting in a successful workout of the project for $176 M.
  • Responsible as Project Manager for development of 225 High Ridge Road, a 230,000 SF building in Stamford, CT.
  • Chairman of the NOP Advisory Committee CalPERS Fund (2002-2004).
EDUCATION
Tommy received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his MBA from Columbia University.
 
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS/AWARDS
  • Mr. Craig served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Development at the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School from 2010 through 2015, as well as a guest lecturer at New York University. He was a recipient of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) Award in 2012 and 2007, and of the Police Athletic League Award in 2009.
  • Former member, Urban Land Institute (ULI).
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, Phipps Houses, New York City’s largest non-profit developer of affordable housing.
  • Member, Citizens Budget Commission.
  • Member of the Vestry and Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT.
 
PERSONAL  
My wife Kim and I divide our time between New York City and Connecticut. Kim works for the Center of Arts Education, a nonprofit organization that is an advocate for art in public schools. We have three children, two are grown, out of college and working in New York City. Our youngest will be a sophomore at Kenyon College, in Ohio.
5:00–6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Alexander Hamilton Room, second floor

Opening Keynote Speakers

Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy
Global Co-Head of Real Estate
Blackstone

Biography
Kathleen McCarthy is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone has the largest real estate platform in the world with $120 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone Real Estate is the industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across the US, Europe and Asia.

Ms. McCarthy most recently served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate where she was responsible for its day-to-day operations with a particular focus on its investors, capital raising and business development efforts across new investment products. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Vice President focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Ms. McCarthy received a BA with Distinction from Yale University.

Ms. McCarthy serves on the Board of City Harvest, which exists to end hunger in New York City through food rescue and distribution, education and other practical, innovative solutions. In 2017, Ms. McCarthy was honored for her work to support Reading Partners New York, a not-for-profit that provides one-on-one volunteer tutoring to help students master foundational reading skills by grade four.

Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi
Founder & Partner
GreenOak

Biography
Sonny Kalsi is a Founder and Partner of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients.  Formed in 2010, GreenOak Real Estate is a highly focused global platform with an experienced and cohesive senior team that possesses a long and successful track record investing in and managing real estate. The firm has nine offices globally including New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul with dedicated teams that possess local knowledge, experience and extensive networks in each market. Since inception, GreenOak has raised approximately $8 billion of equity to invest in targeted strategies and assets and acquired approximately $11bn of real estate assets globally. Sonny was previously the Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business and President of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until early 2009. At its peak, the MSREI platform had approximately $100 billion of AUM in 33 countries.  From 1997 through 2006, Sonny and his team led the formation of Morgan Stanley’s property business in Asia and built the leading real estate platform in the region. Sonny was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a former member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents.   He also serves on the board of several organizations including:  The Spence School, Teaching Matters, PowHERful Foundation, Room to Read, AHRC New York City Foundation, and the Asia Society.  He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the Real Estate Master’s Program.   

Closing Session

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes  
Senior Managing Director & CEO of Capital Markets Group
Hines

Biography
Mr. Hughes joined Hines in 1986 and is CEO of the Capital Markets group and CEO of Hines’ East Region.

EDUCATION and LICENSES
Bachelor of Arts, History, Southern Methodist University
Registered representative of Hines Securities, Inc., a broker-dealer affiliate of Hines, and holds FINRA Series 22 and Series
63 licenses.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Christopher Hughes is CEO of the Capital Markets group and CEO of Hines’ East Region. He is a member of the firm’s
Executive, Steering, Strategy and global Investment Committees. He is responsible for all institutional capital raising
activities globally, including structuring of commingled funds and joint ventures.

As head of the East Region, Hughes oversees all development, acquisitions and operations activity in the Eastern United
States. His past experience includes serving as a development officer in Hines’Washington, DC office.

Laura Hines

Laura Hines 
Managing Director
Hines

Biography
Ms. Hines joined Hines in 2012 and was responsible for project management of land acquisitions and developments in the Midwest and Southeast Regions, including analyzing acquisition and new business opportunities, developing financial and budget models, assessing market research, evaluating mixed-use development opportunities and assisting with institutional fund raising. Since 2017, she has worked in the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, focused on several firm-wide initiatives that have helped to refine investment strategy and acquisition efforts.

Prior to joining Hines, she worked for Sotheby’s in New York, where she helped develop and implement standardized auction processes and oversaw daily management of departmental auctions and client relationships for high-net-worth clients. She also interned at Eastdil Secured where she was responsible for underwriting, analysis, market research and the development of offering memorandums for a variety of asset types across geographies.

Tommy Craig '82

Tommy Craig  ’82
Senior Managing Director
Hines 

Biography
Mr. Craig is a senior managing director and has been the regional officer and partner responsible for Hines' New York Tri-State office since 1996. His responsibilities as senior project officer include managing the development, redevelopment, acquisition, construction, modification and/or interior fit-out on projects. Since joining Hines in 1982, Mr. Craig has been involved in a variety of development projects and transactions aggregating approximately 21 million square feet. He has been directly responsible for project development and transactions valued in excess of $15 billion (value at completion) during this period.

CURRENT ACTIVITY
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 12 buildings in the Trinity/Norges/Hines portfolio of 6 million-square-feet in Hudson Square, lower Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of new seniors housing, Sunrise East 56, with over 150 units.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development management of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a $3 billion, 1.6 MSF project in which Hines is a joint venture partner.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 53W53, the Museum of Modern Art West site at 53 West 53rd Street.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 7 Bryant Park, a 470,000 SF office building across from Bryant Park.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the 1.2 MSF acquisition and subsequent disposition of 600 Lexington Avenue (2010), as well as 499 Park Avenue and 425 Lexington Avenue (2013), acquired through Hines' Core Office Fund, a partnership between Hines and Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.) Inc.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the renewal of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s 595,000 SF lease at 425 Lexington Avenue.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the disposition of 750 Seventh Avenue, a 34-story, 600,000 SF Manhattan office tower to Fosterlane Management Corp., for $485M.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of One Jackson Square, an 11-story, 51,000 NSF, 36-unit luxury residential condominium project in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of the Royal Bank of Scotland building, a 500,000 GSF project in downtown Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $87.5 M acquisition of 33 Benedict Place, Greenwich, CT from Unilever Home.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 100 East Fifty Third Street, a development management assignment for RFR Properties involving air-rights transfer from the landmarked Seagram building, comprising 332,000 SF of residential use.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for redevelopment of 2000 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, NY, a 1.1 MSF project for Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 30 Hudson, a 1.5 MSF build-to-suit project for Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Responsible, as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 745 Seventh Avenue, a 1 MSF building for Morgan Stanley. Upon completion and sale to Lehman Brothers, responsible for base building modifications and interior fit-out of the project upon their acquisition of the project.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development and sale-lease back financing of the UBS Warburg Center, a 1.6 MSF project in Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $150M acquisition of 750 Seventh Avenue from Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $50M acquisition and releasing of 55 Railroad and Two Soundview, in Greenwich, CT.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $250M restructuring of 31 West 52nd Street, Deutsche Bank's North American Headquarters in Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Project Officer in Hines' role as advisor, in the sale of Deutsche Bank's $600M first mortgage interest in Worldwide Plaza to Blackstone Realty Advisors.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the redevelopment and property management activities at 1585 Broadway, a 1.3 MSF office building in midtown.
  • Responsible as Project Officer to a group of eight international banks led by Swiss Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal, in the management and disposition of the 1585 Broadway project, resulting in a successful workout of the project for $176 M.
  • Responsible as Project Manager for development of 225 High Ridge Road, a 230,000 SF building in Stamford, CT.
  • Chairman of the NOP Advisory Committee CalPERS Fund (2002-2004).
EDUCATION
Tommy received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his MBA from Columbia University.
 
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS/AWARDS
  • Mr. Craig served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Development at the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School from 2010 through 2015, as well as a guest lecturer at New York University. He was a recipient of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) Award in 2012 and 2007, and of the Police Athletic League Award in 2009.
  • Former member, Urban Land Institute (ULI).
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, Phipps Houses, New York City’s largest non-profit developer of affordable housing.
  • Member, Citizens Budget Commission.
  • Member of the Vestry and Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT.
 
PERSONAL  
My wife Kim and I divide our time between New York City and Connecticut. Kim works for the Center of Arts Education, a nonprofit organization that is an advocate for art in public schools. We have three children, two are grown, out of college and working in New York City. Our youngest will be a sophomore at Kenyon College, in Ohio.

Feature Presentation

Tim Grant

Tim Grant
Founder & CEO
DrumG Financial Technologies

Biography
Tim Grant is the Founder and CEO of DrumG Financial Technologies, a product company and operator of distributed ledger/blockchain technology applications for the global financial services industry. DrumG is a blockchain platform agnostic and focuses on delivering demonstrable business value.

Prior to this Tim was CEO of the R3 Lab and Research Center which is focused on bringing global financial institutions, established and startup technology companies, regulators and central banks together in a unique virtual and physical environment where new distributed ledger technologies and methodologies could be researched, evaluated and accelerated towards production. As part of this mandate Tim was also responsible for sales, sales engineering/pre-sales, investor relations and client relationship management for all R3 products and services.

Prior to joining R3 Tim was a Managing Director at UBS O'Connor, a $6bn multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was Head of Quantitative Research, Head of Technology and was involved in investing in financial technology. Before this Tim was a Managing Director at Benchmark Solutions, a Warburg Pincus backed fintech startup. Prior to that Tim was a Managing Director at UBS AG in various positions including reporting directly to the Group Executive Board during the global financial crisis as well as running the UBS Delta Americas portfolio solutions business within UBS Investment Bank.

Tim has a MA in Materials Science and Metallurgy (First Class) from the Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Financial Engineering (Distinction) from the Birkbeck College at the University of London.

Panelists and Moderators

Brad Greiwe

Tyrone Barnes
Vice President
Taconic Investment Partners

Biography
Tyrone joined Taconic in 2017 and is responsible for the acquisition of affordable housing assets. He was previously the acquisitions senior manager at the Related Companies, where he was part of the acquisitions and development teams that purchased more than 2,000 luxury development units in New York and 16,000 units nationally. Prior to that, he held senior Portfolio and Asset Management positions with Winn Residential and MMC, respectively. Tyrone earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Colgate University and a Masters in Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Brad Greiwe

Brad Greiwe
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
FifthWall

Biography
Brad Greiwe is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, a venture fund focused on technology for the Built World backed by the largest owners & operators of real estate, hospitality, and retail environments in the world.

Prior to Fifth Wall, Brad was the Co-Founder and CTO of Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), the largest owner & operator of single family rental properties in the US backed by The Blackstone Group.

Brad started his career at UBS Investment Bank in the real estate, lodging & leisure group. He then worked in real estate private equity at Tishman Speyer and Starwood Capital. Brad is from Cincinnati, OH, lives in San Francisco, CA and graduated from Harvard University where he received his BA in economics.

Ryan Harvey '16

Ryan Harvey ’16
Senior Vice President
The Ashforth Company

Biography
Mr. Harvey is Senior Vice President – Investments and is focused on the Company’s investments and its overall investment strategy.

Prior to joining Ashforth, Mr. Harvey served as Deputy Associate Counsel at The White House in Washington, DC. Mr. Harvey began his legal career at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and later moved to Nashville, TN, where he served as a clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Nashville and was an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

Mr. Harvey received his B.A. with Honors in History at Brown University and his J.D./M.A. in Legal History at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He received his M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School Executive Program. Mr. Harvey serves as Treasurer and CFO of the Foundation for Society, Law and Art in South Africa. He is a member of the Connecticut State Bar.

Steven Hason

Steven Hason
Managing Director, Head Americas Real Estate & Infrastructure
APG

Biography
Steven Hason is Managing Director and Head of Americas Real Estate & Infrastructure for APG Asset Management US Inc.  Based in APG’s New York office, Mr. Hason oversees services relating to real estate and infrastructure investments in North and South America, which includes listed investments, direct investments, fund participations, joint ventures, and other private portfolio equity investments.  He serves on the Executive Board of APG Asset Management US.  Prior to joining APG in 2005, Mr. Hason held senior investment banking roles at Salomon Brothers Inc and CIBC World Markets where he acquired vast experience managing client relationships and originating, structuring, and executing transactions across a broad range of products. As an active member of the institutional investment community, Mr. Hason currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), member of the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and on the Board of Directors of both The Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE).  He is also a past Chairman of AFIRE. Mr. Hason is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.

Isaac Henderson

Isaac Henderson
Development Director, Essex Crossing
L+M Development Partners

Biography
Isaac Henderson is a Development Director at L+M Development Partners. Isaac has over fifteen years of development experience,has been involved in the development of over 2,000 units of mixed-income housing, and has extensive experience working with federal, state and city affordable housing programs including Low-Income and New Market Tax Credits (LIHTC), tax exempt bonds and public subsidies. Currently, Isaac is managing the Essex Crossing Project, a nine-site, 2 million-square-foot development in New York City’s Lower East side that will include over 1,000 units of mixed-income housing, retail, office and community facility space. The project is expected to be built over ten years. Prior to joining L+M in 2012, Isaac spent six years as a project manager at CPC Resources in New York. Before CPC Resources, Isaac worked for six years at BRIDGE Housing Corporation as a project manager developing affordable housing. Isaac holds a BA in economics from Grinnell College and a MA in city planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Tyler Henritze

Tyler Henritze
Senior Managing Director, Head of US Acquisitions
Blackstone

Biography
Tyler Henritze is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate group and the Head of US Acquisitions. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Mr. Henritze has been involved in approximately $100 billion of real estate investments across all property types. Notable transactions include the acquisition of Gramercy Capital, International Market Center, GE Capital’s real estate business, Strategic Hotels, Motel 6, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Extended Stay America, Equity Office Properties and CarrAmerica. Mr. Henritze currently serves as a board member of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and is a former board member of Hilton Worldwide, Park Hotels and La Quinta.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Henritze worked at Merrill Lynch, where he was an Analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking group.

Mr. Henritze received a BS in Commerce from The McIntire School at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction. He also helped found and serves on the investment community board of CityYear New York.

David Hodes

David Hodes 
Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Hodes Weill & Associates

Biography
David Hodes is a Founder and Co‐Managing Partner of Hodes Weill & Associates, a global real estate advisory boutique with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. He is member of the firm’s Operating Committee and sits on the Investment Committee for Tunbridge Partners, an affiliate focused on investing in asset and fund management businesses. David has built a 40 year career in institutional real estate, advising many of the largest global real estate investment managers and institutional investors with regard to their businesses, investment programs and portfolios. Previously, David coheaded the Real Estate Investments Group at Credit Suisse, where he and Doug Weill oversaw global real estate investment businesses that comprised over $40 billion of AUM on behalf of institutional and HNW party investors. He has also managed business units at other companies including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Morgan Stanley and The Yarmouth Group. David has been a prominent writer and speaker at industry forums on institutional real estate throughout his career, including the Urban Land Institute, NCREIF, NAREIT, the NYU and the Columbia Real Estate Centers, INREV, ANREV and the Pension Real Estate Association, where he has also served on the Board. He is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia University as well as at his alma mater, Brandeis University, where he co‐chairs the Board of Overseers for the Brandeis International Business School.

Ayesha Menon

Ayesha Menon
Director of Real Estate Investments
Sidewalk Labs

Biography
Ayesha is a Director of Real Estate Investments at Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs is an Alphabet company that imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges. In this role, Ayesha focuses on the firm's real estate investment strategy including land acquisition, capital formation and development partnerships. Additionally, Ayesha focuses on technology transactions and partnerships that have the potentially to dramatically improve the way we design, develop, manufacture and operate buildings and the broader districts they sit within.

From 2008 - 2018, Ayesha was a real estate investor with Wheelock Street Capital. Wheelock is an investment firm that manages a series of closed end funds that seek to generate opportunistic and value added returns through making control investments in real estate assets and related businesses. In her capacity as a Principal at the firm, Ayesha was responsible for all aspects of the investment cycle, on both direct investments and those with joint venture partners, including sourcing, structuring, negotiating, acquiring, asset managing and divesting investments. Her areas of specific focus included large, multi-cyclical land transactions, home building, condo development, retail investments, and affordable housing. 

Prior to working at Wheelock, Ayesha was an investor at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm that focused at the time on investments in services-based businesses in growing sectors of the economy. Ayesha began her career as an analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs, where she completed over $8bn worth of real estate buy side and sell side advisory work, including equity capital raises, leveraged buyout advisory, mortgage financing, CMBS securitization work, and large asset sale services. 

Ayesha received her MBA from Stanford University, her BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and grew up in London, England.

Daniel Parker

Daniel Parker
Managing Director
Hodges Ward Elliott

Biography
Daniel Parker is a Managing Director on the Hodges Ward Elliott (“HWE”) New York commercial investment sales team.  Mr. Parker has spent over a decade working in both principal and advisory roles in the New York City commercial real estate market.  Prior to joining HWE, Mr. Parker was a Vice President at The Related Companies, where he led a management team overseeing a 2,700 unit multifamily portfolio in New York City.  Prior to working for Related, Mr. Parker worked in the Savills Studley Capital Transactions Group, working on a team that closed in excess of $2.2 billion in commercial real estate transactions including residential, office, retail and land. Mr. Parker started his real estate career working as a multifamily asset manager, overseeing 45 rent-regulated properties with 1,600 apartments and 78 retail spaces located in New York City for Prana Investments.
 
In addition to New York City office, retail and land transactions, Mr. Parker brokers multifamily properties in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.  Mr. Parker has represented institutional clients that include Related, Rockpoint, Carlyle, KBS, Westbrook and Normandy, as well as a number of private families and investors.
 
Mr. Parker recently brokered the sale of a $71 million workforce housing portfolio on behalf of Related to a partnership between Taconic Investment Partners and Clarion Partners. Other notable multifamily sales include the record-breaking $140 million sale of a 38 walk-up properties with nearly 1,000 units in the Bronx, 316 Bergen in Brooklyn, the Madison Belvedere at 10 East 29th Street in Manhattan, 442 Lorimer, 184 Havemeyer, 164 Havemeyer, the leasehold at 300 East 46th Street, and 111 Kent Avenue. 
 
In 2005, the New York City Teaching Fellows program selected Mr. Parker for a one year public school assignment as a full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Washington Heights at PS 5.  From 2001-2003, Mr. Parker lived in Mexico City, where he offered service through his church and became fluent in Spanish.  Mr. Parker is an Eagle Scout and remains an avid photographer, camper and hiker. He regularly spends time with his family at Candlewood Lake in New Milford, CT to enjoy the outdoors and water sports.

Mr. Parker received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Stuart Rothstein

Stuart Rothstein
Chief Operating Officer
Apollo

Biography
Mr. Rothstein is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Apollo’s global real estate business. Mr. Rothstein is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the group as well as strategic planning and new business development. He also is the CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI), a publicly traded real estate investment trust managed by an affiliate of Apollo. Prior to joining Apollo in 2009, Mr. Rothstein was a Co-Managing Partner of Four Corners Properties, a privately held real estate investment company. Previously, he was employed by KKR Financial Advisors, RBC Capital Markets and the Related Capital Company. Mr. Rothstein began his career at Spieker Properties, an office REIT subsequently acquired by Equity Office Properties, and held various senior finance positions prior to being named CFO in 1999. Mr. Rothstein graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Alan Supple ’99

Alan Supple ’99
Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate Securities
JP Morgan

Biography
Alan Supple is Managing Director and is Head of Global Real Estate Securities in JP Morgan Asset Management’s International Equity Group, based in New York, responsible for all global real estate securities strategies.  Before joining the firm in 2016, he was employed for 8 years at BNY Mellon Asset Management in London where he built and led a team responsible for the European portion of global real estate securities strategies.  Prior to this, he held senior positions in corporate finance and acquisitions at Shurgard Self Storage in Belgium and New Plan Excel Realty Trust in New York, and from 1999 to 2003 was a real estate investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney in New York.  Prior to his real estate experience, Alan was an environmental consultant, advising a variety of government and private sector clients on environmental liabilities.  Alan holds a BA in Geology from Oxford University, an MS in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Simon Ziff

Simon Ziff
President
Ackman Ziff Real Estate

Biography
Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the arrangement of $50+ billion of debt, mezzanine, and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while simultaneously solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. He engineered the firm’s collaborative culture – a magnet for financial talent – and directed Ackman-Ziff’s evolution as an industry thought-leader with over 60 professionals on the team.

Simon received a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He has been recognized on multiple occasions by Penn State, NYU, and the Real Estate Board of New York, including being awarded REBNY’s first “Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year” Award”, receiving the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award six times, and winning the prestigious Louis Smadbeck award.

Simon has also been active in leadership roles of many not-for-profit organizations.

2018 Steering Committee

Anna Coatsworth '01

Anna Coatsworth ’01
Founder & Managing Partner
AJEA Real Estate Advisory

Biography
Anna Coatsworth is founder and managing partner of AJEA Real Estate Advisory, where she provides advisory services mainly to investors of small-scale multi-family and residential real estate properties in the New York City area.

Previously, after obtaining her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2001, she spent eight years as a management consultant at Capgemini, where she worked with Fortune 100 clients in the Financial Services industry to maximize operational efficiencies. Prior to business school, Anna was a Senior Marketing Associate in Equity Research at Santander Investment Securities, where she also published articles in Emerging Markets research reports on market-moving political events. She has served as Special Assistant to the President of the Council of the Americas, and as Editorial Assistant at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition to her MBA from Columbia, Anna holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in International Relations from New York University. Originally from Chicago, where she was a professional ballet dancer, Anna is a member of the Board of Directors of Tom Gold Dance and Chair of the Columbia Business School Women’s Circle. She is also a member of the Board of Directors in the co-op she shares with her husband and two children and is a licensed real estate broker in New York.

Tommy Craig '82

Tommy Craig ’82
Senior Managing Director
Hines

Biography
Mr. Craig is a senior managing director and has been the regional officer and partner responsible for Hines' New York Tri-State office since 1996. His responsibilities as senior project officer include managing the development, redevelopment, acquisition, construction, modification and/or interior fit-out on projects. Since joining Hines in 1982, Mr. Craig has been involved in a variety of development projects and transactions aggregating approximately 21 million square feet. He has been directly responsible for project development and transactions valued in excess of $15 billion (value at completion) during this period.

CURRENT ACTIVITY
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 12 buildings in the Trinity/Norges/Hines portfolio of 6 million-square-feet in Hudson Square, lower Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of new seniors housing, Sunrise East 56, with over 150 units.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development management of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a $3 billion, 1.6 MSF project in which Hines is a joint venture partner.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 53W53, the Museum of Modern Art West site at 53 West 53rd Street.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of 7 Bryant Park, a 470,000 SF office building across from Bryant Park.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the 1.2 MSF acquisition and subsequent disposition of 600 Lexington Avenue (2010), as well as 499 Park Avenue and 425 Lexington Avenue (2013), acquired through Hines' Core Office Fund, a partnership between Hines and Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.) Inc.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the renewal of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s 595,000 SF lease at 425 Lexington Avenue.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the disposition of 750 Seventh Avenue, a 34-story, 600,000 SF Manhattan office tower to Fosterlane Management Corp., for $485M.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for development of One Jackson Square, an 11-story, 51,000 NSF, 36-unit luxury residential condominium project in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of the Royal Bank of Scotland building, a 500,000 GSF project in downtown Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $87.5 M acquisition of 33 Benedict Place, Greenwich, CT from Unilever Home.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for 100 East Fifty Third Street, a development management assignment for RFR Properties involving air-rights transfer from the landmarked Seagram building, comprising 332,000 SF of residential use.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for redevelopment of 2000 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, NY, a 1.1 MSF project for Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 30 Hudson, a 1.5 MSF build-to-suit project for Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Responsible, as Senior Project Officer for managing development of 745 Seventh Avenue, a 1 MSF building for Morgan Stanley. Upon completion and sale to Lehman Brothers, responsible for base building modifications and interior fit-out of the project upon their acquisition of the project.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for managing development and sale-lease back financing of the UBS Warburg Center, a 1.6 MSF project in Stamford, CT.
  • Responsible as Senior Project Officer for the $150M acquisition of 750 Seventh Avenue from Morgan Stanley.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $50M acquisition and releasing of 55 Railroad and Two Soundview, in Greenwich, CT.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the $250M restructuring of 31 West 52nd Street, Deutsche Bank's North American Headquarters in Manhattan.
  • Responsible as Project Officer in Hines' role as advisor, in the sale of Deutsche Bank's $600M first mortgage interest in Worldwide Plaza to Blackstone Realty Advisors.
  • Responsible as Project Officer for the redevelopment and property management activities at 1585 Broadway, a 1.3 MSF office building in midtown.
  • Responsible as Project Officer to a group of eight international banks led by Swiss Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal, in the management and disposition of the 1585 Broadway project, resulting in a successful workout of the project for $176 M.
  • Responsible as Project Manager for development of 225 High Ridge Road, a 230,000 SF building in Stamford, CT.
  • Chairman of the NOP Advisory Committee CalPERS Fund (2002-2004).
EDUCATION
Tommy received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his MBA from Columbia University.
 
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS/AWARDS
  • Mr. Craig served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Development at the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School from 2010 through 2015, as well as a guest lecturer at New York University. He was a recipient of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) Award in 2012 and 2007, and of the Police Athletic League Award in 2009.
  • Former member, Urban Land Institute (ULI).
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, Phipps Houses, New York City’s largest non-profit developer of affordable housing.
  • Member, Citizens Budget Commission.
  • Member of the Vestry and Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT.
 
PERSONAL  
My wife Kim and I divide our time between New York City and Connecticut. Kim works for the Center of Arts Education, a nonprofit organization that is an advocate for art in public schools. We have three children, two are grown, out of college and working in New York City. Our youngest will be a sophomore at Kenyon College, in Ohio.

Louis D'Avanzo '91

Louis D’Avanzo ’91 (co-chair)
Vice Chairman, Managing Principal, Manhattan
Cushman & Wakefield

Biography
Professional Expertise
Louis D’Avanzo brings over 27 years of experience to Cushman & Wakefield. Based in the firm’s Midtown Manhattan office, Mr. D’Avanzo has been one of the firm’s leading brokerage professionals and is currently managing principal of the office.

Mr. D’Avanzo began his career with Cushman & Wakefield in 1991, and he has since advised many of the world’s most prestigious companies on their real estate occupancy requirements worldwide. With a primary focus on New York City, he has completed transactions on behalf of clients throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Clients Served
A partial list of clients he has acted on behalf of include: AT&T; AXA; Gartner, Inc.; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Hearst Corporation; Hudson’s Bay Company, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC); M&T Bank; Moelis & Company; National Football League; Stifel Financial Corp, and Union Investment.

Professional Affiliations
Mr. D’Avanzo most recently served as Chairman of New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global and remains on the board as an advisor.
Mr. D'Avanzo is a member of The Real Estate Circle of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School.

Community Leadership
Mr. D’Avanzo is active in civic and non-profit communities, including serving as a trustee of the Franklin Lakes Education Foundation.
Education

He received his BA in Economics from Boston College and his MBA in Real Estate/Corporate Finance from Columbia Business School.

Edward Gormbley '09

Edward Gormbley ’09
Managing Partner
Workforce Partners

Biography
Edward is an entrepreneur with big-company skills and a start-up spirit. He started two companies before graduating from college. He
then spent a decade in the fertile training ground of General Electric as a corporate finance professional and private equity investor, from which 3i (a FTSE-100 company) recruited him to be the CFO of its North American division. His experiences span numerous industries
and over ten countries. He has held leadership positions as a manager with direct reports and as a board member with less formal influence. A consummate relationship builder with strong ties to his community, Edward currently serves on the Boston University Alumni Council, actively mentors graduates from his high school and college, & recently assisted in a private equity course at Columbia Business
School.

An early entrepreneur, Edward started his 1st business, a lawn-mowing and yacht cleaning service, as a teenager. He used the proceeds from the business to finance his tuition in prep school and college. Edward made the transition from landscaping to high-tech with a website he co-founded from his dorm room. The site, BUbooks.com, created a market for students to buy and sell their used textbooks. The site was later sold.

At GE, Edward learned finance and accounting rigor that professionalized his entrepreneurial intuition. Within three years of starting as a finance analyst in a chemical plant, he was appointed finance manager for a $45MM P&L with 215 employees globally. He then graduated to GE’s internal consulting and auditing group, where he ultimately managed 21 people across 3 continents in engagements that ranged widely from auditing the securitization of mortgage backed securities to investigating a $3MM embezzlement with the FBI to creating the Transition Services Agreements (TSAs) for a $725MM corporate disposition.

Edward combined his functional expertise in corporate finance with his intuitive entrepreneurial insight as a private equity investor in GE Equity. In that role he sourced, underwrote, negotiated, and managed minority equity investments. These included such bespoke situations as a $500MM PIK preferred instrument in a chemical LBO and a $25MM debt-for-equity-restructuring in a logistics firm. He eventually concentrated his focus on the midmarket energy sector. There he closed deals in the Oil & Gas and Renewable sectors while serving on the board of directors for company that provided safety equipment and training to various industrial companies.

As CFO and Corporate Vice-President for 3i North America, Edward applied his unique mix of minority investing experiences and operational finance skills to source/underwrite deals while optimizing the firm’s back-office operations. On the deal side, he led the underwriting of a $1B CLO and sourced the pre-eminent SmartGrid transaction from his personal network. On the finance side, he used the principles of LEAN 6 sigma and SOX404 to improve organizational efficiency while cutting costs from 2.25% of AUM to 1.5%. In addition, he led the subsidiary to profitability and through its first successful 3rd party audit in a decade.

Since leaving 3i, Edward has further demonstrated his ability to work across asset classes by starting Workforce Partners LLC, a real estate investment and management firm. His empirical investment approach uncovers neglected properties at attractive prices and his process oriented management runs them with strictly monitored controls that deliver recurring returns with low volatility. The result is a risk/return profile that far exceeds the Sharpe Ratio available from the NACREIF and NAREIT indices.

Edward earned his MBA from Columbia Business School’s Executive Program and his B.A., magna cum laude, in Sociology and Education from Boston University’s interdisciplinary University Professor’s Program. He is currently a twice selected member of Boston University’s Alumni Council and has funded scholarships there and at his Jesuit high school, Fairfield Prep, for students with economic need. In his free time he enjoys teaching Tae Kwon Do, sailing with his wife, cycling, reading (particularly behavioral economics), and working on his house.

Gentry Hoit '90

Gentry Hoit ’90 (co-chair)
Principal
GAH Real Estate

Biography
Gentry Ashmore Hoit joined GreenOak Real Estate, a global real estate private equity investment and advisory firm, in April 2016 to help build the company’s business. GreenOak is a value investor investing in mid-market assets in gateway cities around the world through separate private equity funds in the US, Asia, and Europe.  Based in New York, Gentry helped to capitalize funds and co-investments, evaluate and launch new business strategies and further build GreenOak’s brand.  Covering investors in the US and Middle East, she worked closely with the GreenOak European team to market and raise their second value-add fund of €655MM, investing predominantly in Spain and Italy and with the US team to market their third value add fund of $1.55B.  She project managed the firm’s new initiative in India seeking to raise $300-500MM. 
 
Other Experience 
Previously Gentry was a Partner of Park Madison Partners (2012-2016), a boutique real estate advisory firm. She led the firm’s Capital Advisory practice, which included direct equity investments comprised of individual deals, co-investments, joint ventures and separate accounts and worked with the Park Madison team in the fund raising and manager due diligence side of the business.  She evaluated over 100 managers and strategies in her time at the firm.

Prior to joining Park Madison Partners, Gentry was a Partner at Atlantic Assets Group (2006-2012), a private investment company dedicated to mixed-use and residential investment and redevelopment in Brooklyn, New York. AAG’s projects were located in urban infill and transit oriented areas. Gentry worked with the partners to formulate corporate strategy for the firm. She led capital transactions: acquisitions, dispositions and financings. She oversaw all investor participation in deals: raising equity, finalizing structures and negotiating terms and documentation. In addition, she ran lender reporting and compliance and oversaw execution of all retail leasing.

Gentry was a Senior Partner at Rubenstein Partners (while also running Atlantic Assets Group 2009-2010), a private real estate investment fund focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of office properties in the Eastern Time Zone. She advised them on New York and Florida office acquisitions and helped build relationships with strategic operating partners.

Gentry served as Managing Director of Shorenstein Company, LLC (1993-2006). She was with Shorenstein at the inception of their investment management business through seven funds (Funds I-VII) which totaled $2.2 billion and achieved net IRRs at the fund level from 9-24%. While at Shorenstein, Gentry was responsible for running east coast acquisitions for the firm’s Capital Transactions Group and served as a member of the Executive Committee. She led the team to purchase office properties across the nation specializing in Midwest and East Coast markets. She acquired approximately 16 million sf of office properties valued at nearly $4.0 billion and raised over $1.8 billion in debt financing.

Prior to Shorenstein, Gentry worked for Hines as Assistant Project Manager (1990-1993) where she coordinated planning, approvals and construction of a $100 million complex for Bristol Myers Squibb Company in Princeton, NJ. After graduating from college she joined PaineWebber Incorporated (1986-1988) where she participated in more than $3 billion of financings and worked on initial public offerings of 6 closed-end bond funds.

Education
Georgetown University – BA – History/Computer Science – 1986
Columbia University – MBA – Real Estate and Finance – 1990
Series 7, 24, 63 Licenses
Professional Interests and Activities
  • Full member of Urban Land Institute.  Vice Chairman of UDMUC Blue Product Council and former Chairman.  Past member of ULI NY District Council Executive Committee and former Co-Chair of Programming Committee.
  • Member of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate).  Former mentor.
  • Member of the Columbia Business School Real Estate Advisory Board and Columbia Business School Real Estate Circle. Former Chairman of Marketing and Communications Committee.
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ. Former Member of its Finance and Audit Committees and past Chairman of its Real Estate Committee.
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees of The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey.  Former Member of its Finance and Buildings & Grounds Committees.
  • Former Member of the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council.
  • Former Member of the Real Estate Board of New York.
  • Licensed real estate sales person in Georgia since 1985.
  • Past Trustee of George F. Baker Scholarship Program Georgetown University and past Co-Chairman of the Board.
  • Guest lecturer and case author for Columbia Graduate School of Business. Guest lecturer at Yale University and University of Pennsylvania.

Aaron Kazam '15

Aaron Kazam ’15
Director, Acquisitions and Pre-Development
Tishman Speyer

Biography
Aaron Kazam is responsible for pre-development of Tishman Speyer’s Hudson Yards properties, including The Spiral, an iconic 2.8 million square foot office development anchored by Pfizer. Mr. Kazam also analyzes industry innovations related to building design and delivery, and conducts feasibility analyses, due diligence, and underwriting for new acquisitions. In the past three years at Tishman Speyer, he completed more than $3.0 billion of debt and EB-5 financings for assets in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Mr. Kazam also helped lead the formation and initial development of Zo, Tishman Speyer’s office amenity program. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, he worked in the mixed-use development group at Related Companies, as a construction project manager at Artimus, and as an architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Mr. Kazam received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he was Co-President of the Real Estate Association and received scholarships from the Real Estate Circle, ICSC, and PREA.

Tom Ortinau '09

Tom Ortinau ’09
Head of Acquisitions
GFP Real Estate

Biography
Tom Ortinau is the Head of Acquisitions at GFP Real Estate where he leads the firm’s investment efforts.  At GFP, Tom has sourced and closed 10 transactions comprising over $1 billion.  Tom also handles leasing, asset management and development activities for GFP’s projects.  Sponsored by the Gural family, the firm currently owns and manages 72 properties comprising over 16 million square feet in New York City.
 
Prior to GFP Real Estate, Tom was a member of the US Transactions Group at PGIM Real Estate. As such, he was involved in Northeast Acquisitions and Development activities for the firm’s US funds.  At PGIM, Tom was involved in 34 entity and property-level investments comprising over $5.5 billion via common equity, preferred equity and mezzanine debt positions both on a direct basis and through joint ventures. 

Tom began his career at WSP Group, a leading design and construction firm in New York.  At WSP, Tom worked on the design and construction of approximately 50 properties in New York including The Hearst Building, The New York Times Building, The Plaza Hotel, 184 Kent and Atlantic Yards.

Tom holds a BSE from the University of Kansas, an MS from New York University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University.

Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer
Paul Milstein Professor for Real Estate
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center 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. 

David Sherman '82

David Sherman ’82
Co-Founder, Managing Director, Metropolitan Real Estate
Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Biography
David M. Sherman is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Metropolitan and Chairman of Metropolitan’s investment committee. Mr. Sherman has more than 30 years of real estate finance and analytical experience. In 2000, Mr. Sherman founded D. Sherman & Company, Inc., an advisory firm focused on strategic issues and transactions in the real estate securities industry.

Previously, Mr. Sherman was Managing Director of Salomon Smith Barney’s REIT research team, which covered more than 60 stocks and supported the firm’s $15 billion of REIT offering activity. At Smith Barney, Mr. Sherman created a new approach to evaluate global real estate securities and initiated global coverage of the sector. The team received recognition from Institutional Investor Magazine in 1998 and 1999. Mr. Sherman also held other positions in real estate finance, investment banking, and strategic planning at Smith Barney, The Harlan Company, First Boston, and Paine Webber, including acting as the Chief Financial Officer of Paine Webber Properties.

In addition, Mr. Sherman is the Co-Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration and the former Chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Institute Committee. Previously, Mr. Sherman was an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Finance at Columbia Business School for seven years. 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 served as a panelist for Institutional Limited Partners Association for its first member educational webcast on private equity real estate. Mr. Sherman currently serves as an independent director on the board of Brookfield Residential Properties.

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 '83

Ross Smotrich ’83
Managing Director & Senior Research Analyst, Equity Research, Americas
Barclays

Biography
Ross L. Smotrich joined Barclays in September 2008 and is currently a managing director and senior research analyst responsible for the US real estate investment trust (REIT) and real estate securities sectors. Previously, Mr. Smotrich joined Lehman Brothers in June 2008 after 10 years as a senior managing director at Bear Stearns and four years as a senior equity analyst at Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Smotrich has ranked in Institutional Investor’s “All-America Research Team” survey nine times and has twice been named to The Wall Street Journal’s “All-Star Analysts” survey (earnings forecasting). Before moving to sell-side research, Ross was a real estate banker for Chemical Bank doing lending, investment banking, and workout.

Mr. Smotrich earned an MBA from Columbia University in Finance/Real Estate and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History/International Economics.

Robert Stern '88

Robert Stern ’88
Founder & Managing Partner
Castle Hill Investors

Biography
Robert Stern, Founder and Managing Partner of Castle Hill Investors, has a 30-year real estate background, encompassing finance, investments, portfolio and asset management, workouts, development and general management. He has invested in all property types throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Castle Hill serves along the continuum between a real estate operating company and an investment management firm. Investing alongside local and product based "operators", Castle Hill connects capital to real estate in ways that bridge the capital/operator divide — providing investors access to deal flow and an asset management capability that limited partners often lack, a fiduciary overlay that may not exist at the operator level, and industry, capital markets and business skills to augment those of its operating partners - thereby delivering a true value proposition to all constituents.

Previously, Mr. Stern was a Managing Partner of Perry Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. At Perry, he was co-founder and Managing Partner of Perry Real Estate Partners, a global real estate private equity vehicle designed to make equity investments in real estate assets, portfolios and operating companies, purchase discounted notes and sub/non-performing debt and securities, and provide mezzanine and bridge financing. Prior to that, Mr. Stern served as a Managing Director of Blackacre Capital Management, the real estate arm of Cerberus Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar private investment management firm. Earlier, he was Director of Asset Services at BDG, Ltd., a privately held, Long Island based commercial real estate firm, where he was responsible for the Asset Management division. Before that, he was associated with Kemper Corporation where he served as a Director and Senior Asset Manager in Chicago, and Barcelona, Spain, with responsibility for the financing, management, administration and disposition of real estate investments, as well as a real estate development business unit. Over his career, Mr. Stern has invested in and financed several billion dollars of real estate assets and companies globally.

Mr. Stern has been a member of the Board of Directors for several privately held real estate companies. He currently serves on the Management Committee of GHC Housing, one of the five largest affordable housing companies in the U.S, and on the Investment Committee of Peninsula Investments Group, a Latin America investment fund focused on workforce and middle class housing development. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, a founding member of Columbia University's Business School Real Estate Circle, and an Advisory Board member of The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia University. Mr. Stern holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Kristin Svenningsen

Kristin Svenningsen
Managing Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate 
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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2018 NIC Fall Conference: A Firsthand Account →


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REA Tours Panorama with LIVWRK →


November 8, 2018

REA Tours Uptown House Harlem →


October 15, 2018

Real Estate Association Elects 2018–2019 AVPs →


October 3, 2018

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with the 2018-2019 REA Co-Presidents →


September 24, 2018

Faculty Interview Series: Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh→


September 17, 2018

Real Conversations: 10 Questions With Gillian Dudeck ’19 →


August 21, 2018

Turning an Independent Study into a Building: Australia House →


August 6, 2018

Welcome New Members of the Real Estate Circle →


August 2, 2018

Welcome Professor Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh →


July 6, 2018

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Development: Science Speaks Directly to Business →


June 13, 2018

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Kenny Thompson ’19 →


May 29, 2018

2018 WX Scholarships Awarded to Three Columbia MBA Students →


May 11, 2018

Faculty Interview Series: Michelle Felman →


May 9, 2018

REA Tours Essex  Crossing with L+M Development →

REA Tours Industry City with Jamestown and Belvedere Capital →


May 8, 2018

Real Estate Association Elects 2018-2019 VPs →

REA Students Explore Miami's Hot Market →

Columia Business School Hosts 4th Annual Real Estate Technology and Entrepreneurship Panel →


April 23, 2018

From the Underground Metro to the World's 2nd Tallest Building, REA Students Learn About Chinese Real Estate →


April 17, 2018

Columbia Business School Women's Week Event: Leadership and Impact of Women in Real Estate →


April 5, 2018

Making Meaningful Connections at the 9th Annual Career Forum →

Spring 2018 NIC Conference: A Firsthand Account →


March 1, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Interview Series: David Neithercut ’82 →


February 21, 2018

Introducing New Members of the Real Estate Circle →


January 29, 2018

Beverly Hills Retail Proposal Wins the 2017 Alexander Bodini Foundation Prize Real Estate Project Class Competition →


January 16, 2018

2017 Real Estate Symposium Report: Keynote Address →

2017 Real Estate Symposium Report: Feature Presentation on Global Real Estate, Europe and London →

2017 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: Global Institutional Real Estate →

2017 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: The Innovative Practices and Tools Affecting a Revolution in Design and Construction Methods →

2017 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: The Changing Landscape of Retail →

2017 Real Estate Symposium Report: Closing Fireside Chat →


December 19, 2017

Columbia Business School Hosts Real Estate Career Panel Focused on Debt Markets →

Columbia Business School Hosts 6th Annual Workshlop on Negotiatin Real Estate Joint Ventures →

Real Estate Association "Treks" to San Francisco →


December 7, 2017

REA Tours SL Green's One Vanderbil →t

Columbia Business School Real Estate Students Earn First Place at the 2017 UT Austin National Real Estate Challenge →


November 30, 2017

Eric Schaffer ’18 Wins YM/WREA Scholarship →


November 14, 2017

REA Tours the World Trade Center with Silverstein Properties →

2017 NIC Conference: A Firsthand Account →


October 18, 2017

Faculty Interview Series: Gil Menna →


October 17, 2017

Real Estate Association Elects 2017-2018 AVPs →


October 10, 2017

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Jonny Cohen ’18 →


September 25, 2017

Distinguished Alumni Interview Series: Philippe Visser ’04 →


September 5, 2017

Meet the Eight Startups Joining MetaProp NYC's Real Estate Accelerator →


August 1, 2017

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Jenny Rae La Roux ’18 →


June 27, 2017

Annual WX Scholarships and WX Summer Internship Grant Awarded to Three Columbia MBA Students →


June 12, 2017

REA Students Enjoy Warm, Sunny Trek in Our Nation's Capital →


Jun 12, 2017

MetaProp Pre-Accelerator Columbia University →


June 2, 2017

Columbia Business School Team Seeks to Transform Military Housing →


May 17, 2017

REA Tours South Street Seaport with Howard Hughes Corporation →


May 12, 2017

Real Estate Association Elects 2017-2018 VPs →


May 11, 2017

2017 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception →


May 8, 2017

It's Time for [South] Africa: A Firsthand Account of the 2017 REA Chazen Study Tour →


April 21, 2017

Columbia Business School Hosts Real Estate Family Business Panel →


April 19, 2017

Paul Milstien Center for Real Estate Hosts 3rd Annual Real Estate Technology & Entrepreneurship Panel →


April 19, 2017

A Productive Morning of Relationship Building at the 8th Annual Real Estate Career Forum →


April 18, 2017

REA Tours WeWork Headquarters →


March 21, 2017

Columbia Business School Students Earn First Place at the 2017 UNC Real Estate Development Challenge →


February 21, 2017

2017 Real Estate Capital Markets Conference Recap →


February 2, 2017

Distinguished Alumni Interview Series: Andrea Olshan ’04 →


February 1, 2017

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Nicole Atoyan ’17 →


February 1, 2017

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Daniel Liu ’17 →


January 31, 2017

Welcome New Members of the Real Estate Circle! →


January 27, 2017

2016 Real Estate Symposium Report: Opening Keynote Address →

2016 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: The Future of Investing in Cities →

2016 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: Shadow Banking - The Growth of Alternative Lending →

2016 Real Estate Symposium Panel Report: Investing Globally in Economic and Political Uncertainty →

2016 Real Estate Symposium Report: Closing Discussion on Retail →


January 10, 2017

Faculty Interview Series: Rachel Diller ’99 →


January 10, 2017

Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment Wins the Alexander Bodini Foundation Prize Real Estate Project Class Competition →


December 22, 2016

REA Tours 50 West Street with Time Equities and the Albanese Organization →


December 5, 2016

REA Tours Flushing Commons with AECOM and F&T Group →


December 5, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action! Real Estate Students Trek to Los Angeles →


November 29, 2016

Columbia Business School Hosts 5th Annual Workshop on Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures →


November 29, 2016

Real Estate Students Take Third Place in the 2016 Annual National Real Estate Challenge →


October 28, 2016

Real Estate Association Elects 2016-17 AVPs →


October 20, 2016

Real Conversations: 10 Questions with Sophie Haas ’17 →


September 29, 2016

David Sherman ’82 Appointed Co-Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate →


September 29, 2016

Real Estate Tech Unbundled →


September 1, 2016

Students Tour the World Trade Center with Silverstein Properties →


August 8, 2016

Faculty Interview Series: Brian Lancaster →


August 5, 2016

Professor Christopher J. Mayer Appointed Co-Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate →


July 26, 2016

Daniel Liu ’17 & Alec Maghami ’17 Awarded PREA Scholarships →


July 26, 2016

Real Estate Students Tour the Empire State Building →


June 21, 2016

REA Students Trek to South Beach for a Sunny Market Overview →


May 13, 2016

REA Tours Two Ironstate Development Jersey City Towers →


May 11, 2016

2016 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception →


May 11, 2016

Real Estate Association Elects 2016-2017 VPs →


May 10, 2016

REA Visits Floored, Inc. →


May 2, 2016

Columbia Business School Hosts Second Annual Real Estate Technology Panel →


Distinguished Alumni Voices

Distinguished Alumni Voices