April 17, 2018




Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

Navigating A Sea of Change:

New York At A Crossroads

After years of unprecedented growth and soaring land prices, New York City is at a crossroads. Is the market headed towards a downturn? Or is the climate ripe for acquisitions and consolidation? Yet amid this uncertainty, submarkets in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island are becoming new hot spots. Mega-projects on the Far West Side have caused an undeniable shift in the market, and in response, Midtown East has been rezoned, leading to new development activity. And the radical rethinking of the modern office continues to reach new heights.

The most active players provide invaluable insights into navigating New York’s constantly changing market.

Connect New York

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


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Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

Featured Speakers


Francesca L., co-founder, and CEO of hOM. Nominated for

Fred Cerullo

Grand Central Partnership


Fred Cerullo is President/CEO of the Grand Central Partnership

Laura Y. Rapaport

L&L Holding Company

Managing Director

Laura Yablon Rapaport is a Managing Director at

Lauren Wolf

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Vice President

Lauren Wolf is a Vice President in the

Lee Hoffman

Heat Watch


Bio to follow

Marc Wieder

Anchin, Block & Anchin

CPA – Partner

Marc Wieder, CPA, is an accounting and

Melissa Burch


Executive General Manager

Melissa Burch serves as Executive General Manager

Philip Russo

MetaProp NYC

Founding Partner

A 16-year veteran of commercial real estate communications,

Econ Versus The Street: One-on-One with Chris Ludeman, CBRE & Jim Costello, RCA

Jim Costello

Real Capital Analytics

Senior Vice President

Jim Costello has worked in the CRE

Global President
Capital Markets

Mr. Ludeman is Global President of

Who, What, Where: The Ins & Outs of Attracting and Retaining Retail Tenants


Faith Hope Consolo

Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Chairman The Retail Group

Faith Hope Consolo, the “Queen of Retail”,

Adam Saper


Managing Partner and CFO

Adam Saper spent childhood summers in

Jack deVilliers

Regency Centers

V.P. – Investments

Jack deVilliers heads up the Northeast division

Vice President, Principal

Jared Epstein is the Vice President and

Matthew A. Seigel

Thor Retail Advisors

Executive Vice President

Matthew A. Seigel is Executive Vice President

Michael H. McNaughton

Westfield World Trade Center

Senior Vice President, US Development

McNaughton serves as SVP of

Shaping the Skyline: Insights from Industry Leaders


Ronald S. Kornreich

Akerman LLP


Ron Kornreich is a partner in the New York

Bruce E. Mosler

Cushman & Wakefield

Chairman Global Brokerage

Bruce E. Mosler is Chairman of Global

Michael Cohen

Colliers International

Tri-State Region

Mr. Cohen is President of the Tri-State

Spencer Garfield

Fortress Investment Group

Managing Director

Spencer Garfield is a Managing Director at Fortress

Jeffrey Simpson

Greystone Development


Mr. Simpson oversees Greystone’s real estate development team and

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:


1:30pm – 1:35pm:

Opening Remarks

1:35pm – 2:20pm:

Boroughs on Fire: The Development Boom Outside Manhattan

While activity in Manhattan may be at a lull, the outer boroughs are currently experiencing explosive growth with a record number of development projects in the pipeline. Today Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island are taking center stage. Hear about groundbreaking new developments, learn what factors are fueling growth in these submarkets, and more.

2:20pm – 2:30pm:

Special Presentation on New Tax Laws

2:30pm – 2:45pm:

Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm:

Reinventing The Modern Office

Major players in the office market are now rushing to embrace radical, new strategies such as co-working space that have proven to generate 50% more in revenue than traditional models. Faced with increased competition, there is a pressing need to update and modernize existing office inventory to attract and retain tenants. Brokers, designers, and owners will discuss the radical rethinking of the modern office and analyze important office trends like health & wellness, amenitization, sustainability, and more.

3:30pm – 4:15pm:

East vs West: A Seismic Shift in Manhattan

With the arrival of mega-developments on the Far West Side like Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, and Moynihan Station, there has been a dramatic shift in market activity (office, retail, and residential) from Midtown Manhattan to the Far West. Such a move has not been without repercussions. In response, a major rezoning effort of Midtown East is currently underway that allows for extensive building updates, increased density, the creation of public space, and major transportation improvements. Join us as leading experts examine the far-reaching impact of the recent migration to the Far West and subsequent responses in Midtown East.

4:15pm – 4:30pm:

Networking Break

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Tipping Point or Boiling Point: Gauging the Market

After years of unprecedented growth, real estate in New York has reached a critical juncture. Is the market headed for a downturn due to an oversupply of office and residential products? Or is this climate ripe for acquisitions and consolidation? Where are we in the cycle? Industry leaders tackle the uncertain state of the market and debate its nebulous future.

5:15pm – 5:30pm:

Awards Presentation

5:30pm – 6:30pm:

Cocktail Reception

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