February 7, 2018


Station 3


Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

Nothing Slows Down Houston!

Take a look at Houston’s thriving industrial market and evolving retail space. Where is the capital coming from, what is it chasing and why are the private equity, institutional investors, and international funds keen on the market?

Join Houston’s most active owners, investors, developers, brokers & lenders in an afternoon of panels, networking and cocktails.

Connect Houston
February 7th, 2018 at Station 3


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Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

To Be Announced

Featured Speakers

Brad Simpkins

TH Real Estate

Senior Director, Southeast Investments

Brad Simpkins is a Senior Director

Curtis D. Spencer

IMS Worldwide, Inc.


Mr. Spencer is the President of IMS Worldwide, Inc.

David Luther

Marcus & Millichap

First Vice President / District Manager

David Luther is a

Jane A Powell, P.E.

Partner Engineering & Science, Inc.

Project Manager

Jane Powell is a Registered Professional Engineer specializing

Justin Tunnell

Lee & Associates

Senior Director

Justin Tunnell attended Texas State University and graduated

Kevin Westra

Northwestern Mutual Real Estate

Regional Director - Central Region

Kevin Westra is the Regional

Paul H. Layne

The Howard Hughes Corporation

President – Central Region

Paul H. Layne is President, Central

Ron Miller


Managing Director, Acquisitions

Bio to follow

Spence Sowa

Clarion Partners

Senior Vice President

Bio to follow

Steve Azar


CFA | Vice President

Steve Azar is a member of

Steve Pumper


Exec Managing Partner, Executive Leadership

Steve serves as executive managing

Thomas Wittenberg

The Signorelli Company

Executive Vice President Health & Life Science Division

Thomas is

Outlook Keynote

Multifamily Investment

Laurie Baker

Camden Property Trust

Senior Vice President
Fund and Asset Management

Laurie Baker is

Doug Banerjee


Managing Director

Doug Banerjee is a Senior Director of Investment

Carrington Brown

USAA Real Estate Company

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Texas/Colorado Region

Tony Ferrell

The Bascom Group

Vice President
Portfolio Operations

Mr. Ferrell is responsible for the

Gary Goodman

Passco Companies

Senior Vice President

Gary Goodman has over 30 years

Development, Design and Construction

Hugh Cobb

Alpha – Barnes Real Estate Services


Hugh A. Cobb is a Principal and Owner of

Shravan Parsi

Napa Ventures

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Shravan Parsi is an entrepreneur and an

Al Silva

Marcus & Millichap

Senior Managing Director

Al began his career in multifamily

Matt Wideman

ARA, A Newmark Company

Transaction Manager

Matt Wideman joined ARA, A Newmark Company in

Tertiary Markets

Greg Coutant

StreetLights Residential

Director of Development

As director of development for StreetLights Residential,

Greg Faulkner

Humphreys and Partners Architects


Greg Faulkner, AIA, NCARB, is the President and a

Rob McConnell

Ventures Development Group


Rob McConnell serves as Principal of Ventures Development Group,

Laird Sparks


Managing Director

Mr. Sparks joined Greystar in 1998, and

Matthew Stone

Seneca Investments

President and
Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Stone serves as the

Fireside Chat with Fannie and Freddie

Conference Schedule / Know the Details

To Be Announced

1:00pm – 1:30pm:

Registration and Networking

1:30pm – 1:35pm:

Opening Remarks

1:35pm – 2:25pm:

Gauging the Climate: Capital Looking to Houston

With the influx of private equity, institutional investors, and international funds, there are large-dollar players in the Houston market looking to take advantage of value-add properties. Who are these financiers and how are deals getting done?

2:30pm – 3:00pm:

The Devil in the Details: Small Clues that Signal Big Problems in Your Portfolio

You can’t stop a hurricane, but you can prepare for one. If you could predict how the buildings in your portfolio would respond in a storm event, you could take measures to reinforce structural weaknesses and drastically improve the resiliency of your portfolio. Structural forensics expert Jane Powell, PE, will discuss the small “tells” that may indicate vulnerability in the structure of a building, and how to train your on-site staff to recognize and report them. With real-world examples from before and after Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Powell will demonstrate practical ways to protect the value of your portfolio.

3:00pm – 3:25pm:

Networking Break

3:25pm – 4:10pm:

At the Intersection of Retail & Industrial

E-commerce, logistics and distribution centers are fueling the intersection of Houston’s industrial and retail markets. What factors are playing a role in where these product types are going? How does Houston measure up with e-commerce giants like Amazon putting distribution facilities in the city? Expert panelists where discuss where the opportunities lie and where the market is headed.

4:15pm – 5:00pm:

Taking the Temperature of Houston: New Development or Asset Absorption Across Property Types

What types of projects are coming to fruition in Houston? Who is developing them, and what are their leasing strategies? What property types are seeing absorption of pre-existing assets? Expert panelists will examine the post-Harvey market conditions that are causing the food groups to be at different stages in the cycle and what this means for rent growth, the development pipeline, and more.

5:00pm – 6:30pm:

Cocktail Reception

Event Sponsors / Industry Standouts

To Be Announced




AIR Commercial Real Estate Association - Cocktail Sponsor




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