NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Host 22nd Annual REIT Symposium
 
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NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Host 22nd Annual REIT Symposium

April 6 Event to Feature Prominent Industry Leaders Including Blackstone's Jonathan D. Gray, Boston Properties' Owen Thomas, Equity Group's Sam Zell, and More than 40 Others Who Will Discuss "REITs in the New World Order"

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NEW YORK, March 20, 2017—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate REIT Center will host the 22nd Annual REIT Symposium at The Pierre in New York City on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The full-day conference, titled "REITs in the New World Order," will bring together the industry's most prominent decision-makers for a critical examination of the forces that are shaping the REIT sector at this unprecedented time for the American economy and business environment.

Approaching equity market capitalization of $1 trillion, the listed REIT sector in the United States has grown five-fold since the financial crisis, supported by acquisition and consolidation as well as expansion into new property sectors. Outside the United States, more than 30 countries now have REIT frameworks in place. While the industry's momentum appears undiminished, it is confronted with cyclical and structural challenges that may disrupt the business model while opening new avenues for growth.

The keynote speaker this year is Owen Thomas, chief executive officer of Boston Properties. The program also features one-on-one conversations with Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group, and Jonathan D. Gray, global head of real estate at Blackstone, as well as in-depth panel discussions with more than 40 of the industry's leading CEOs, bankers, lawyers, analysts, and investors. More than 500 industry professionals attend the Symposium each year.

"Following a protracted period of exceptional growth, the REIT sector faces emerging challenges from an uncertain policy and political environment, as well as questions about our location in the real estate cycle," said Sam Chandan, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment, and associate dean of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. "The REIT Symposium is host to an extraordinary array of the industry's leadership. We expect that our audience will benefit tremendously from their insights at this critical juncture for the sector."

To register for the NYUSPS Schack REIT Symposium, please visit sps.nyu.edu/reit.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the Conference, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

FULL PANEL LIST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair In Real Estate Development and Investment, and Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Robin Panovka,  Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Keynote

  • Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Properties

Consolidation, Globalization, Disruption – The View from 30,000 Feet

  • Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ventas
  • Thomas A. Grier, Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan Securities [Moderator]
  • Ronald L. Havner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Public Storage
  • Michael Kirby, Chairman and Director of Research, Green Street Advisors
  • Matthew J. Lustig, Head of Investment Banking, North America, and Head of Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging, Lazard
  • Martin E. "Hap" Stein, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Regency Centers

Beyond Bricks vs. Clicks – Adapting to New Technologies and Consumer Preferences

  • Jeffrey D. Horowitz, Global Head of Real Estate, Gaming, & Lodging Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch [Moderator]
  • Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Empire State Realty Trust
  • Joel S. Marcus, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities
  • Sandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer, General Growth Properties
  • David J. Neithercut, President and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Residential
  • James D. Taiclet, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, American Tower Corporation

 A Conversation with Sam Zell

  • Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments
  • Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz [Moderator]

Deconstructing the Markets – Hidden Opportunities and Pitfalls

  • James B. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Realty
  • Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Chatham Lodging Trust
  • Chaim Katzman, Chairman of the Board, Gazit-Globe
  • Guy A. Metcalfe, Managing Director and Global Chairman of Real Estate, Morgan Stanley [Moderator]
  • Glenn Rufrano, Chief Executive Officer, VEREIT
  • P. Sheridan "Schecky" Schechner, Managing Director, Cohead of Americas Real Estate Banking, Barclays

Lunch Conversation

  • Jonathan D. Gray, Global Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
  • James D. Kuhn, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and Chairman, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board [Lunch Welcome]
  • Barry Vinocur, Editor, REIT Wrap [Moderator]

Investor Roundtable

  • Michael L. Ashner, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Winthrop Capital Partners
  • Theodore R. Bigman, Managing Director and Head of Global Listed Real Assets Investing, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Jon Cheigh, Executive Vice President, Cohen & Steers
  • Mary Hogan Preusse, Managing Director, Cohead of Americas Real Estate, APG Asset Management US
  • Jeffrey Pierce, Managing Partner, Snow Park Capital Partners
  • Sherry L. Rexroad, Managing Director and CoGlobal Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock

Strategies for Unlocking Value: Creative Structures and Solutions

  • Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair In Real Estate Development and Investment, and Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate [Moderator]
  • Gordon F. Dugan, Chief Executive Officer, Gramercy Property Trust
  • Jackson Hsieh, President and Chief Operating Officer, Spirit Realty Capital
  • Andrew J. Jonas, '76 Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • William Lenehan, Chief Executive Officer, Four Corners Property Trust
  • Craig Macnab, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Retail Properties
  • Jeffrey S. Olson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge Properties
  • Benjamin Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer, Seritage Growth Properties

Doing Deals in Volatile Markets

  • Michael Bilerman, Head of Real Estate and Lodging Team, Citi [Moderator]
  • H. Eric Bolton, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-America Apartment Communities
  • Louis G. Conforti, Chief Executive Officer, Washington Prime Group
  • Raymond J. Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Care Capital Properties
  • Nelson Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Property Trust
  • Mark S. Ordan, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Care Properties
  • Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers

The Last Word: What's Ahead for the REIT Sector

  • Kenneth F. Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Acadia Realty Trust
  • Alan L. Felder, Managing Director and Head of Americas Real Estate, Lodging & Leisure, UBS
  • Conor C. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty Corporation
  • William P. Hankowsky, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Property Trust
  • Paul Ingrassia, Vice Chairman, Real Estate and Lodging, Citi [Moderator]
  • Diana M. Laing, Chief Financial Officer, American Homes 4 Rent
  • Mitchell E. Rudin, Chief Executive Officer, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Nearly 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world's leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute's graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute's executive education, Diploma, and Career Advancement courses each year.

An anchor of real estate academia's engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute's faculty members, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit sps.nyu.edu/schack.

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