Oct. 24 & 25, 2019The FSU Real Estate Center’s 25th Annual

real estate trends conference


PROGRAM DRAFT - Subject to change (updated 8/15/19)

PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS - Thursday, October 24, 2019

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Networking Keys (student-only forum - UCC Building B, 4th Floor)
This session is designed to help students prepare for the conference.

  • Organized by John Crossman, Crossman & Company, Orlando, Fla.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  “If I Were 21” Student/Mentor Roundtable (students and invited panelists only - UCC Building B, 4th Floor)
Students of the FSU Real Estate Program discuss career options and opportunities with a select panel of executives. Panelists TBA.

  • Moderated by John Crossman, Crossman & Company, Orlando, Fla.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Speed Connections (UCC Building B, 4th Floor)
Jointly hosted by the FSU Career Center, this session enables prospective employers to briefly meet with real estate students for recruitment. Space is limited to sponsors of the TRENDS Conference who have requested and reserved space at this session.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Thursday, October 24, 2019

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  ULI Urban Project Hop
Join ULI North Florida’s Capital Region Council for a mobile tour of innovative projects that have attracted national attention. The tour concludes at the conference site, just prior to the opening reception. A separate registration and fee is required. See northflorida.uli.org for more information.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration and Opening Reception (UCC Building B, 6th Floor Terrace)
We encourage you to arrive early! This rooftop event promotes social networking among leading industry professionals while overlooking Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. The reception is held on the 6th floor terrace of the Champions Club.

Sponsored by NAI TALCOR, Stearns Weaver Miller, and Beshears & Associates.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  TRENDS25 Celebration (UCC Building B, 3rd Floor Ballroom)
Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the TRENDS Conference with a “Coming Home to FSU” theme featuring Southern delicacies and gourmet food stations, champagne, signature cocktails and special entertainment by the Bushmen (with Professor Stacy Sirmans on keyboard) and a special appearance by FSU alumna and Grammy Award winner, Rita Coolidge. You will want to “come home” to this exclusive event! This is a separately ticketed event.

  • Presiding: Donna Abood, Avison Young, Miami, Fla. (Executive Board Chair)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Friday, October 25, 2019

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

7:30 a.m.  Registration Open

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.  Opening Remarks

  • Presiding: Chris Marino, Florida State Board of Administration, Tallahassee, Fla. (Conference Chair)

8:10 - 8:50 a.m.  Embrace the Transformation
A discussion of the intensive redevelopment of retail sites into vibrant retail and mixed-use environments. A look at the unique challenges and the potential for opportunistic returns involved in the retail segment.

  • Benjamin Schall, Seritage Growth Properties, New York, N.Y.

8:50 - 9:00 a.m.  Break

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.  Rapid Fire
A quick-paced discussion of the macro-level conditions affecting today's markets.

  • Peter Collins, Forge Capital Partners, Tampa, Fla.
  • Mark Rose, Avison Young, Toronto, Ont.
  • Maury Tognarelli, Heitman, Chicago, Ill.
  • Ashbel "Ash" Williams Jr., Florida State Board of Administration, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Moderator: Wesley LePatner, Blackstone, New York, N.Y.

*The conference thanks Centennial Management Corp. for its sponsorship of this session.

9:50 - 10:00 a.m.  Break

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Strategies for Beyond Tomorrow
A one-on-one conversation with David Rubenstein.

  • David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Moderator: Ashbel "Ash" Williams Jr., Florida State Board of Administration, Tallahassee, Fla.

*The conference thanks The Kislak Family Foundation, Inc., for its sponsorship of this session.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Hot Topics (concurrent sessions)

Session A.  Opportunity Zones
A discussion of the operating framework, impact and potential windfalls available to low-income communities and investors alike.

  • Kevin MulhallCreek Lane Capital, Chicago, Ill.
  • Paul Tanner, Las Olas Capital Advisors, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Michael Tillman, PTM Partners, Miami, Fla.
  • Moderator: Michael BrunoMcDermott Will and Emery, LLP, Miami, Fla.

Session B.  Blazing New Trails: The Impact of Legalized Marijuana on Real Estate
A discussion of the rising effects of the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of legalized marijuana on real property markets.

  • Nicole "Nikki" Fried, Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Holly Bell, Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Jim McKee, Foley & Lardner LLP, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • James Whitcomb, Surterra Holdings, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Moderator: Erin Efstathion, Boca Raton, Fla.

Session C.  Emerging Concepts in Residential Real Estate
A discussion of the key changes in demand, preferences and practices affecting the single and multifamily residential property segments.

  • Josh Hartmann, NexMetro Communities, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bruce McNeilage, Kinloch Partners, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Brad Wolfe, 908 Group, Tampa, Fla.
  • Moderator: Lesley Deutch, John Burns Real Estate Consulting Group, Boca Raton, Fla.

Session D.  Creating Vibrant Downtowns and Urban Districts
A discussion of the ideas, critical components and opportunities for investment in creating vibrant urban centers.

  • Chuck TaylorMadison Marquette, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Mayor Knox White, City of Greenville, Greenville, S.C.
  • Moderator: Reggie Bouthillier, Stearns Weaver Miller, Tallahassee, Fla.

*The conference thanks the ULI Capital Region Leadership Council for its sponsorship of this session.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch with Featured Speaker

  • Dan Quayle, Cerberus Global Investments, LLC, New York, N.Y.
  • Presiding: Chris Marino, Florida State Board of Administration, Tallahassee, Fla. (Conference Chair)

*The conference thanks SROA Capital for its sponsorship of this session.



Friday, October 25, 2019

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.  The Friday Night Block Party at CollegeTown
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  The Downtown GetDown at Adams Street Commons

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Syracuse vs FSU Football Game, Doak Campbell Stadium – Time TBA
Football Tickets - Single game tickets may be purchased from the FSU Athletic Ticket Office, 850.644.1830, or at Seminoles.com.