Wednesday, September 25

Registration available during Welcome Reception.

VIP Reception

Invitation Only

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6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Registration
11th Floor Roof Deck, One Two Pru, 180 North Stetson, Chicago
Please note that a photo ID is required for check in.

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Thursday, September 26

 All Thursday sessions are scheduled to take place at The Mid-America Club, 200 East Randolph Drive, 80th Floor

Please note that a photo ID is required for check in to the AON Building.

Registration continues until 12 noon.

8:00 AM-3:30 PM

Relax and Recharge Lounge
Frank Lloyd Wright 1 & 2

Attendees are invited to charge their phones, meet up with colleagues, or enjoy a beverage while taking in a fantastic view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

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8:00 AM-3:30 PM

Refreshment Station

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7:30 AM-8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast and Registration

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8:30 AM-9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker
Jimmy Hinton, Senior Managing Director, Investments & Analytics, Transwestern

Late Cycle Playbook and A Look Ahead to the 2020 Markets

Jimmy Hinton, Senior Managing Director at Transwestern, will share his thoughts on late-cycle investing and will provide an overview of the commercial real estate markets in 2020.

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9:45 AM-10:45 AM

The New O-Zone Layer: Opportunity Zones and Their Impact On CRE

Beginning in December 2017, when Opportunity Zones were added to the tax code, a new frenzy of real estate investment ensued.  This panel discusses the mechanics of, and nuances with, Opportunity Zone investment in the U.S.

Panel Members:

Duane Lund, CEO, NAI Legacy
Will Murphy, Managing Partner, CEDARst Companies                                            
Mark Stern, Managing Partner, Real Estate, Cresset Partners

Brian Davis, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

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10:45 AM-11:10 AM

Networking Break

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AM-12:15 PM

Capital Providers: What Inning are We in?

With CRE capital remaining competitive and ready to deploy, the current economic cycle forges ahead, and cautious optimism prevails.  This panel of industry experts will share their insights from the perspective of both debt and equity providers, as to where we are in the cycle.

Panel Members:  
Barrie Bloom, Senior Vice President, GEM Realty Capital, Inc.
Karen Case, President, US Commercial Real Estate, CIBC Bank USA
Candice King, Senior Director Capital Markets, WeWork
Chris Kosonen, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan
Collin McKenna, Vice President, Acquisitions, Golub & Company

  Alexis Block Doneson, Executive Director, .P. Morgan Asset Management Global Alternatives

12:30 PM-2:10 PM


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Keynote Speaker 

Austan Goolsbee, Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and
Member of President Obama's Cabinet; Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Booth School of Business

A New Economic Reality and the Challenges and Opportunities
that Lie Ahead

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Innovative Trends for Today’s Real Estate Investor
With consumer habits and demands changing faster than ever, today's real estate investor needs to understand current & future trends. Join this panel to learn about innovation in the multi-family, retail, industrial and other real estate sectors.

Panel Members:
Alex Antolino, Development Director, Brookfield Properties | Mixed-Use Development
Michael Majestic, Partner, Willard Retail

Britt Zaffir, CEO, Kin

Moderator:  Daniel Sherman, Associate, outlier Realty Capital


3:15 PM - 4:15 PM  

  Late Cycle Investing

The US is in the longest economic expansion during the past 40 years.  Do you hold, fold, or raise your wager on commercial real estate?  Where will you invest for the short term and the long term?  What product types do you buy or sell? Learn what our panelists and their firms are doing now and use that knowledge to your advantage.

Panel Members:
Timothy Ellsworth, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Transactions for the Americas, RREEF Management LLC
Mary Ludgin, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director and Director of Global Investment Research, HEITMAN
Laurie Smith, Chief Investment Officer - Middle Market Equity, Blue Vista Capital Management, LLC 
Eteri Zaslavsky, CCIM, Managing Director, Next Realty, LLC  

Moderator: Matthew D. Lawton, Executive Managing Director, Executive Committee Member, JLL Capital Markets, Americas

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4:15 PM-5:15 PM

Closing Networking Reception
Library Room

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Trends Conference Planning Committee
  Alexis Block (BBA 2003), Deutsche Bank
*Jaime Fink (MS 1997), HFF 
  Cody Langeness (BBA, 2006), Red Stone Partners 
  Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011), Lee & Associates
  Jim Roemer (BBA 1987), CIBC Bank USA 
  Daniel Sherman, outlier Realty Capital
*Michael Zelin (BBA 2001), Cushman & Wakefield

*Committee Co-Chairs