October 23, 2019


New York


Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

Diving Deep into Opportunity Zones

Undeniably, there has been a tremendous amount of hype, speculation, and misinformation surrounding Opportunity Zones since the first zones were designated in 2019. On October 23, Connect Opportunity Zones promises to shed some much-needed light on the nation’s most talked about investment strategy. Is the program living up to its original promise in terms of the amount of capital being raised and how is that capital actually being deployed? Hear directly from industry leaders, major stakeholders, government officials, and others as they weigh in on CRE’s hottest topic.

Two Events, One Venue, Greater Value

This year, Connect Opportunity Zones will be co-located with Connect National Investment & Finance for a full day of CRE insight.

To register for both events at a discounted rate, fill out the Connect Opportunity Zones + Connect National Investment & Finance ticket during the registration process.

Click here for Connect National Investment & Finance

Connect Opportunity Zones

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

9:30am – 1:00pm


Location: New York


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2019 Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

To Be Announced

Featured Speakers

Adrian Franco, Ph.D.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Officer & Director of Community Development Finance (CoDeFi)

Adrian Franco

Brett M. Johnson

Fortuitous Partners

Founder and Partner

Mr. Johnson is a Founder and Partner

Christopher L Daly

Synergy Alternative Capital


Christopher Daly is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Kowalski

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Counselor to the Secretary

Daniel Kowalski currently serves as a

Judi Kende

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Vice President & New York Market Leader

Judi Kende is

Lance Growth

Growth 1031

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Lance Growth is the Chief

Ron Beit

RBH Group, LLC, and RBH Management, LLC

CEO, Founding Partner

Ron Beit is the CEO and founding

1:00pm – 1:20pm: Special Presentation: What’s Next!? What’s Happening in Washington and Sacramento and What It Means for Your Business


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.

1:20pm – 2:00pm: Buy, Build, Sell, or Hold: Investment & Development Insights


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

2:15pm – 3:05pm: Industry Leaders: A View from the Top


Regional President, Brokerage Southern California
President, SIOR Global

Robert G.

Barry S. Altshuler

Equity Residential

Executive Vice President - Investments

Barry S. Altshuler has been

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

3:20pm – 3:50pm: Opportunity Zones: Rock, Paper, Scissors.


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 Perrier has been with CBRE for 30

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

9:30am - 9:55am:

Registration & Networking

9:55am - 10:00pm:

Opening Remarks

10:00am - 10:40am:

Capital Raising and Investment Strategies

The recent large amount of capital pouring into opportunity zone funds has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of funds, creating a more competitive market. Discover how investors, funds, family offices, investments banks, and others are raising capital to invest in opportunity zones and where that capital is being deployed.

10:40am - 10:55am:

Networking Break

10:55am - 11:35am:

Doing Good: Social Impact Investing and Community Building

As opportunity zones were originally designed to stimulate economic development in underserved communities, it seems fitting to evaluate whether they will be able to deliver on that promise. Likewise, social impact investing continues to gain momentum as a preferred vehicle for funding opportunity zone projects like affordable housing, community reinvestment, and overall economic development. Hear from the people doing the projects on the elements at work and what creates success.

11:35am - 12:15pm:

Alternative Investments Through Opportunity Zones

Discover how opportunity zones have become a vehicle to finance non-traditional investments such as sports & entertainment, the cannabis industry, energy and more.

12:15pm – 1:00pm:

Keynote Lunch Presentation

This event is co-located with our afternoon conference, Connect National Investment & Finance. To register for both events and attend the full day, select the second ticket option below and receive a discounted rate.

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