April 29, 2020


Upper Story by Charlie Palmer


Connect Media


CRE Industry Professionals

Influencers, Drivers, and the Potential for Transformation

From leasing momentum with continued growth in the tech sector, to outside buyers looking in for investment, activity in the outer boroughs, strong investment sales volume and more. What is driving NY commercial real estate in 2020? Industry experts share prominent trends and drivers shaping the industry.

Join us for an afternoon of informative panels, networking and cocktails.

Connect New York

Tuesday, April 29, 2020


Upper Story by Charlie Palmer

979 Third Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10022


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Event Speakers / Connect with Our All-Stars

To Be Announced

Featured Speakers

Jim Costello

Real Capital Analytics

Senior Vice President

Jim Costello has worked in the CRE

Jonathan Schwartz

Walker & Dunlop

Senior Managing Director

Jonathan Schwartz, Senior Managing Director, joined Walker

Chairman, Americas Research & Senior Economic Advisor

Spencer Levy is

Steve Pumper


Executive Managing Partner

Steve serves as executive managing partner of

1:25pm – 2:25pm: Capital Markets


Steve Pumper


Executive Managing Partner

Steve serves as executive managing partner of

Bob Henning

Northwestern Mutual


Bob Henning is a Director for Northwestern Mutual Real

Jeff Rader

Pacific Oak Capital

Executive Vice President

Jeff Rader currently serves as Executive Vice

Osama Ahmed

Brookfield Asset Management

Vice President

Osama is a Vice President at Brookfield Property

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Acquisitions – Central Region

2:45pm – 3:30pm: Multifamily


Senior Vice President

Aimee Morgan runs the regional multfamily operations

Doug Esteves

Parkview Financial

Senior Loan Originator

Doug Esteves serves as Senior Loan Originator

John Sloot

Hunt Real Estate Capital

Vice President

John Sloot is a Vice President for Hunt

Kelly Blaskowsky

Roscoe Property Management

Senior Vice President of Operations

Kelly joined RPM with over

Vice President, Operations

Roman Stephens serves as Vice President of

Swapnil Agarwal

Nitya Capital and Karya Property Management

CEO and Managing Partner

Swapnil is responsible for strategic planning,

3:50pm – 4:30pm: Industry Leaders


Patrick Duffy

Colliers International

President, Houston

Pat is the President of the Houston office

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President of CBRE’s Capital

Darrell L. Betts

Avison Young


Darrell L. Betts, CCIM is a Principal with the

David W. Hightower

Midway Companies

Executive Vice President, Development

David W. Hightower serves as executive

Jeff Stringer

Davis Commercial Development


For more than 24 years, Jeff has created and

Shane M. Williams

Port of Houston Authority

Director of Economic Development

Williams oversees the Port Authority’s Foreign

3:25pm – 4:10pm: Trends and Challenges in Live, Work, Play


Anne Torney



Anne is an architect who has made affordable multi-family

Director of Real Estate, West Coast

Amalia is a Director

Scott Bohrer

Browman Development Company

Director of Development

Scott is driven by a curiosity of

Kristina Chang

Westlake International


Kristina serves as the President of Westlake Realty, Westlake

Zac Shore

Panoramic Interests

Director of Development

Zac manages all aspects of development from

4:25pm – 5:10pm: Focusing on Opportunity Zones in the Bay Area


Kevin Wilson, CPA



Kevin Wilson is a partner in the Walnut Creek,

JP Walsh, CFA

Panoramic Interests

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, JP oversees all

Paul Monsen

George Smith Partners

Vice President

Mr. Monsen, rejoined George Smith Partners on Team


5:10pm – 5:30pm: Closing keynote with Lydia Tan, Managing Director of Real Estate, Oakland Athletics

Lydia Tan

Oakland Athletics

Managing Director of Real Estate

Lydia Tan is joining the

Tony Natsis

Allen Matkins

Chair of Global Real Estate Group

A name partner of

Conference Schedule / Know the Details

To Be Announced

12:45pm - 1:15pm:

Registration and Networking

1:15pm - 1:25pm:

Opening Remarks

1:25pm - 2:25pm:

Capital Markets

The recent Emerging Trends report from ULI ranked Houston among the magnets for capital. What asset classes are in vogue in 2020, and how are deals being financed? Are they taking on more risk to achieve target returns? And how do they factor in the fundamental changes in the industry that increase complexity and affect real estate management and valuation?

2:25pm - 2:45pm:

Networking Break

2:45pm - 3:30pm:


The Houston apartment sector is on the rise again as the city's economy diversifies and adds jobs, development moderates and investors gravitate to the Bayou City. Hear from the experts on where market fundamentals are headed, trends in development and why Houston was recently rated the nation's top "buy" market for multifamily assets.

3:30pm - 3:50pm:

Networking Break

3:50pm - 4:30pm:

Industry Leaders

Every new year brings new predictions. Who will win this year’s presidential race? Will the market be bullish or bearish? How will the Fed's rate cuts impact the commercial real estate market? Developers, owners and investors are now more than ever, focused on tenant experiences, climate change and city rejuvenation. Hear what our industry leaders have to say, particularly what's ahead for real estate in 2020.

4:30pm - 4:40pm:

Women in Real Estate & Next Generation Awards Presentation

4:40pm - 6:00pm:

Cocktail Reception

Event Sponsors / Industry Standouts

To Be Announced






Thorofare Capital - Cocktail Sponsor


Photo Booth


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