November 6 & 7, 2014The FSU Real Estate Network’s 20th Annual

real estate trends conference


DRAFT PROGRAM - Subject to change (updated 10/30/14)

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THURSDAY, November 6, 2014

Thursday student events will be held at the University Center Building C - 3300 - Miller Hall.

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Pre-Conference Student Events

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.    Networking Keys (student-only forum)

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.    “If I Were 21” Student/Mentor Roundtable and Q&A (students and confirmed panelists only)
Designed specifically for students of the FSU Real Estate Program to discuss career opportunities and strategies with a selected panel.
Panelists: Jason Archer, Prudential Mortgage Capital Company; Beth Azor, Azor Advisory Services, Inc.; Jamie Barati, Cite Partners; Tom Bartelmo, The Kislak Organization; David Beshears, Beshears & Associates; Audley Bosch, Cushman & Wakefield; Jason Bowen, CNL Commercial Real Estate; Michael Cale, Voya Investment Management; Natalie Champion, Simon Property Group; Michael Cheezem, JMC Communities; Bryan Cohen, Cohen Commercial Realty, Inc.; Scott Davis, Dougherty Funding, LLC; Manny de Zarraga, HFF; Douglas Dieck, Ryan  Companies US, Inc.; Martin Engelmann, Tropical Realty Appraisal Services; Rocco Ferrera, Stiles; David Gabbai, The Shopping Center Group, LLC; Kevin Hayes, Pinellas County Florida Property Appraiser; Livingston Hessam, Walker & Dunlop; Nichole Katulich, Equity One Inc.; William Lloyd, R.K.M. Development Corp.; Jonathan Matson, Aberdeen Asset Management; Shawn McIntyre, North American Properties; Frank Nardozza, REH Capital Partners; Brice Pelfrey, Beck Property Company; Brian Smith, Cushman & Wakefield; Russell Smith, Lennar Homes, LLC; Imran Thobani, Ryan, LLC; Lee Weaver, NorthMarq Capital, LLC
Moderated by John Crossman, President, Crossman & Company

4:00 - 5:45 p.m.    Seminole Real Estate Speed Connections (open to all employers and recruiters)  Please note this event is NOW FULL
Are you looking to recruit outstanding talent? Jointly hosted with the FSU Career Center and the College of Business Internships and Career Services, this session is organized for prospective employers to briefly meet with our students for Q&A. This event will be located in University Center Building C - 3300 - Miller Hall.


THURSDAY, November 6, 2014

Thursday events will be held at the University Center Club.

Conference Events

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.    Conference Registration and Reception

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.     Dinner & Conference Opening featuring Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, journalist, and radio and TV personality
Presiding: Larry Richey, Sr. Managing Director, Florida Market Leader, Cushman & Wakefield, Tampa, FL

9:30 – 11:30 p.m.    Cocktail and Jazz Reception (non-student event)
Sponsored by: Tropical Realty Appraisal Services; Moore Bowman & Rix, P.A. - Eminent Domain & Property Rights Lawyers; and Franklin Street

FRIDAY MORNING, November 7, 2014

Note: All Friday events will be held at the FSU Turnbull Conference Center.

Click here for map/directions to the FSU Turnbull Conference Center.

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.   Continental Breakfast     (2nd Floor Atrium)

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.    Opening Remarks and Announcements      (2nd Floor Auditorium, overflow to Rm 214)
Presiding, Kevin Collins, Managing Director, Head of Commercial Mortgage Credit, Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
Welcome, Will Butler, President, REI-Real Estate InSync, Tallahassee, Florida (Chair, Real Estate Center Executive Board)

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.   Real Talks: Ideas that Inform, Challenge and Inspire     (2nd Floor Auditorium, overflow to Rm 214)

  • K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jonathan Last, Senior Writer, The Weekly Standard, and author of "What to Expect When No One's Expecting", Washington, D.C.
  • Dana Telsey, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group, New York, New York

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.    Strategies for Beyond Tomorrow     (2nd Floor Auditorium, overflow to Rm 214)
A candid discussion of market conditions, short- and long-term strategies, and opportunities.

  • Ron Kravit, Head of Real Estate Investing, Managing Member of Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, LLC and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management, New York, New York
  • Guest Moderator: Deirdre Bolton, Anchor, "Risk & Reward," FOX Business Network, New York, New York

(Session sponsored by The Kislak Family Foundation, Inc.)

10:15 – 11:10 a.m.    Hot Topics I (concurrent breakout sessions 1, 2 & 3)

1.  Retail Wars     (2nd Floor Auditorium)
This session discusses how shopping center owners and retailers are battling the e-commerce revolution for the consumer.

  • Ivy Greaner, Executive Vice President, Lennar Commercial Investments, Miami, Florida
  • Jami Passer, Managing Director, Edens, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Abby Pemberton, Social Media Manager, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Lakeland, Florida
  • Guest Moderator: Todd Comunale, Senior Business Consultant-Real Estate, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Lakeland, Florida

(Session organized by Bridgid O’Connor, Publix Super Markets, Inc.; John Priede, Brixmor Property Group; and Katie Trott, CNL Commercial Real Estate)

2.  Single Family Housing Rentals as an Asset Class     (1st Floor - Rm 103)
The emerging institutional asset class: SFH rentals- A discussion of the flow of capital seeking to single-family home rentals.

  • Gavin Kleinknecht, Managing Director, Sylvan Road Capital, Duluth, Georgia
  • David Seaman, Partner, FSR-Financial Instruments, Structured Products & RE, PwC, New York, New York
  • Dallas Tanner, Chief Investment Officer, Invitation Homes, LP, Dallas, Texas

(Session organized by Carlo Bruno, PwC; Acie Holt, Sylvan Road Capital, LLC; and Mark Metheny, Lennar Homes, LLC)

3.  Shaping Competitive Cities: 1     (2nd Floor - Rm 214)
Targeted investment in infrastructure is central to positioning a city for growth and development.  A major mixed-use development is featured that highlights the complex negotiations that take place among the wide range of public and private stakeholders.  

  • Collin Barr, President, North Region, Ryan Companies, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Guest Moderator: Reggie Bouthillier, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

(Session organized by the ULI North Florida Capital Region Leadership Team)

11:20 a.m – 12:15 p.m.  
   Hot Topics II (concurrent breakout sessions 4, 5, 6 & 7)

4.  State of the Capital Markets     (1st Floor - Rm 103, overflow to Rm 101)
Leading real estate investors candidly discuss market conditions and opportunities across the capital stack.

  • Charles Davis, Managing Director, MetLife Real Estate Investors, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Keith Honig, Managing Director, Head of Commercial Mortgage Lending, AIG Investments, Los Angeles, California
  • Harris Trifon, Portfolio Manager, Western Asset Management, Pasadena, California

(Session organized by Kevin Collins, Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc.; Jeff Kinney, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, LLC; and Alison Williams, Walker & Dunlop)

5.  Urban Redevelopment     (2nd Floor Auditorium)
This session provides a look at how land constraints in urban infill areas are spurring redevelopment and leading to P3 opportunities.

  • David Heiden, Managing Partner, W Financial Fund, LP, New York, New York
  • Charles Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
  • Alan Kleber, Managing Principal, Cresa South Florida, Miami, Florida

(Session organized by Ashley Brown, Clarion Partners; Alan Kleber, Cresa South Florida; and Marc Shuster, Berger Singerman)

6.  Gambling on Florida     (2nd Floor - Rm 205)
All eyes on the political landscape while discussing how gaming potentially affects tourism, the real estate market, and the local economy.

  • Nick Iarossi, Founding Member, Capital City Consulting, LLC, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Michael Soll, President, The Innovation Group, Winter Park, Florida

(Session organized by Brian DePotter, FirstPointe Advisors, LLC; Mike Shalley, Popp Hutcheson PLLC; and Chris Starkey, Integra Realty Resources - Orlando)

7.  Shaping Competitive Cities: 2     (2nd Floor - Rm 214)
Highlighting the critical role of public investment in shaping development, the session provides an update on Tallahassee's new arena district development.

  • Kyle Clark, Vice President, Finance & Administration, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Kevin Graham, Executive Director, FSU Real Estate Foundation, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Guest Moderator: Will Butler, President, REI-Real Estate InSync, Tallahassee, Florida

(Session organized by the ULI North Florida Capital Region Leadership Team)

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.    Lunch with Closing Speaker      (1st Floor Dining Room, and Rm 114)
Anthony Graziano, Senior Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources - Miami/Palm Beach, FL
Presiding: Chris Starkey, Senior Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources, Orlando, Florida

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.      Insider’s Tour of Athletic Facilities (Gold and Garnet Sponsors only)

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.    “Downtown GetDown” at Adams Street Commons
Adams Street Commons is located between Park and Jefferson on Adams Street. Proceeds benefit the Big Bend United Way.

SATURDAY, November 8, 2014

Florida State University Homecoming Football Game, FSU vs. Virginia
Doak Campbell Stadium Tallahassee, Florida / Time: 6:30 p.m.

Football Tickets - Tickets for the FSU/Virginia football game (Homecoming Weekend) on Saturday, November 8, 2014, may be obtained from the FSU Athletic Ticket Office, 850.644.1830, or at