May 14, 2019


W Chicago City Center Hotel


Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

CRE Trends: Opportunities or Challenges?

Chicago’s most active players come together to discuss what matters most to your business. In the midst of the longest economic expansion cycle – 10 years of sustained growth, an abundance of mega projects shaping the city and suburbs and many changes with Opportunity Zones, mergers and more, what do you need to know to get ahead?

Join us for an afternoon of informative panels, networking and cocktails as the experts discuss these topics and more affecting developers, owners, investors, brokers and the overall commercial real estate industry players!

Connect Chicago

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Location: W Chicago City Center Hotel

172 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60603



Presented by:

Connect Media

Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

To Be Announced

Featured Speakers

Alan D. Lev

Belgravia Group

Chairman and Managing Broker

Alan D. Lev is the Chairman

Alissa Adler

Podolsky Circle CORFAC International

Managing Principal/Managing Broker

Alissa Adler brings more than 25 years

Collete English Dixon

Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University

Executive Director

Collete English Dixon has more than 30 years

John W. Rutledge

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

Founder, President & CEO

John is the Founder, President and

Joshua Messier

Hunt Real Estate Capital

Managing Director

Joshua Messier is a Managing Director with Hunt

Matt Fiascone

The Habitat Companies


President of The Habitat Company, Matt Fiascone has led

Tony Lindsay

North Wells Capital


Tony Lindsay has been involved in real estate for

Treasurer Kurt Summers

City of Chicago


Kurt Summers is Chicago’s 70th Treasurer, having taken office

1:55pm – 2:40pm: Megaprojects and their Lasting Impact


Jeff DeBoer

The Real Estate Roundtable

President & CEO

Jeff DeBoer has been at the forefront

Holly Neber

AEI Consultants


As CEO, Holly guides AEI’s culture and strategic plan.

2:40pm – 3:25pm: Turning Up the Heat: Chicago’s Trending Markets


Marc Renard

Cushman & Wakefield

Executive Vice Chairman

Marc D. Renard is Executive Vice Chairman

Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Bio to Follow

Jonathan Epstein

GreenOak Real Estate

Partner & Head of West Coast

Jonathan Epstein is a

Chris Rising

Rising Realty Partners


Christopher Rising manages the day-to-day business activities of Rising,

Russ Allegrette

Ocean West


Former President of Maguire Investments: responsible for the oversight

3:45pm – 4:30pm: Investors Brace for Headwinds


Regional President, Brokerage Southern California
President, SIOR Global

Robert G.

Dirk Aulabaugh

Green Street Advisors

Managing Director, Advisory & Consulting

Dirk Aulabaugh is part of

Hessam Nadji

Marcus & Millichap

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hessam Nadji is president and

Co-Founder & CEO

Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of

Shawn Mobley

Cushman & Wakefield

Chief Executive Officer, Americas

As Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Shawn

4:30pm – 5:15pm: Industrial 2.0: New Drivers, Shifting Demands and Advancing Technology   


Gary M. Tenzer

George Smith Partners


Mr. Tenzer is a Co-Founder of George Smith Partners.

Managing Director, Investments

Dan is a Managing Director on the

Erik C. Loomis

Cox Castle Nicholson


Erik C. Loomis is a tax partner in Cox

VP Portfolio Oversight

Mr. Bjorkman leads Portfolio Oversight for CIM's

3:50pm – 4:30pm: Can you Close?


James Han

Greenberg Glusker


James Han is a partner in the Greenberg Glusker

Geoff Arrobio

Walker & Dunlop

Senior Vice President | Capital Markets

Geoffrey Arrobio, senior vice

Jason Baker


Managing Director, Construction Real Estate

As Managing Director of CapitalSource’s

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Aussef is Chief Operating Officer of

Kevin Shannon

Newmark Knight Frank

Co-Head of U.S. Capital Markets

Kevin A. Shannon joined Newmark

4:30pm – 5:10pm: Los Angeles in Focus


Cody Cannon

Colliers International

Executive Managing Director

As executive managing director for Colliers International’s

Vice Chairman

Barbara Emmons Perrier has been with CBRE for

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

Dana is a Senior Vice

Parker Jones

John Hancock Real Estate

Director of Leasing West Coast

Bio to Follow

Lee Harris

Greystone & Co., Inc


Lee Harris is a Director with Greystone & Co.

Liane Takano

Related California Affordable

Director, Southern California Operations

As Director of Southern California Operations

Conference Schedule / Know the Details

To Be Announced

1:00pm – 1:30pm:

Registration and Networking

1:30pm – 1:35pm:

Opening Remarks

1:35pm – 1:55pm:

Keynote Address

1:55pm - 2:35pm:

Industry Leaders: Economic Outlook & A View from the Top

Industry experts share insights into the market and look ahead. How long can the current economic boom last and what are the implications of the labor market shortage? Where do the opportunities lie and what do you need to know to prepare for the challenges?

2:35pm – 2:50pm:

Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:30pm:

Mega Projects: Impact on Chicago’s Skyline and Submarkets

With more than $20B in its pipeline, Chicago is in the midst of a radical transformation that will have a lasting impact for years to come. Developers, investors, brokers and civic leaders share their perspectives of how these mega projects across all property types are affecting their current and future plans and shaping the market.

3:30pm – 3:45pm:

Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:25pm:

Opportunity Zones: Benefits, Risks & Your Business

Learn from the industry experts as they discuss the numerous questions and latest benefits and risks of Opportunity Zones as well as how the tax advantages work.

4:25pm - 5:00pm:

Mergers & Acquisitions: Are there more on the Horizon?

As more and more companies merge or consider merging, what does this consolidation mean for the commercial real estate industry overall? Panelists will discuss the challenges & opportunities regarding how these mergers & acquisitions affect company's investment strategy decisions given the current market conditions as well the impact of combining real estate assets, overlapping job roles, keeping up morale and more.

5:00pm – 5:15pm:

Awards Ceremony: Celebrating Today’s Top Brokers & Women in Real Estate

5:15pm – 6:30pm:

Cocktail Reception

Event Sponsors / Industry Standouts

To Be Announced






Marcus & Millichap - Cocktail Sponsor


Water Bottle

Networking Break



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