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Stop Go Pivot

Fri, Mar 26, 2021    10am


The annual conference of the Master of Science in Real Estate Development at Columbia GSAPP. In this two-day conference on March 25 and 26, industry leaders and prominent scholars came together to review the progress and performance of urban development of the first couple of decades of the 21st century.

What are the property types emerging? Who are the developers of this new century? Where is capital coming from? How is real estate development impacting urban communities? How do we improve our development practice? How do we create environments to accommodate the changing formats of urban living? What capital formulations will be more stable and more rewarding? What are the contributions we can make to a better urban environment for all?

This conference is co-chaired by distinguished alumni Adam Feil ’06 MSRED, Director, Elysian Investments and Ed Adler, ’88 MBA, Co-Founder Partner, Silver Eagle Advisory Group.


Thursday, March 25th

Where are we today? How will the U.S. economic recovery and presidential election inform strategy, sector positioning, development trends and investment theses throughout the next cycle?

Joe Zidle, Managing Director & Chief Investment Strategist, Private Wealth Solutions Group, Blackstone
Dr. Richard Barkham, Executive Director & Global Chief Economist, CBRE

moderated by Patrice Derrington, Holliday Professor of Real Estate & Director, Real Estate Program, Columbia University GSAPP

What’s getting built, what’s not, what should be, and how to get it done to today’s sideways world.

Andrew Holm, Partner, Ares Management
Kevin Cullinan, Managing Director, Head of Investments, Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies
Craig Cogut, Partner, Pegasus Capital Partners
Phillip Gesue, ’96 MSRED, Chief Development Officer, Strategic Capital

moderated by John Jacobsson, Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, Related Companies

DISRUPTURE 12:00-12:45 PM
Volatility breeds creativity, efficiency and opportunity. Out of the GFC, the sharing economy blossomed, functionality lines blurred, everything became “SMART” and moral capitalism evolved (amongst many others). What trends will cease, which shall form and which shall accelerate out of the Great Lockdown?

Thomas Hennessy, Co-CEO, Proptech Investment Corporation II & Managing Partner, Real Estate Strategies, Hennessy Capital
Noah Greenburger, CEO & Founder of Merge Entertainment
Ryan Simonetti, Co-Founder & CEO, Convene

moderated by Zach Aarons, ’13 MBA, Co-Founder, Meta Prop NYC

Friday, March 26th

FOREBEAR & A PRAYER 10:00-10:45 AM
What are the opportunities now, and over next 24-36 months as distress builds, workouts reign supreme, sponsors/assets remain impaired, and dry powder is at record levels.

Bob Ricci, Senior Managing Director, LoneStar America
Matt Borstein, Partner, Oak Hill Advisors
Robert Verrone, Principal Owner & Founder, Ironhound Management Company, LLC

moderated by Ed Adler, Co-Founding Partner, Silver Eagle Advisory Group

URBAN RESET 11:00-11:45 AM
How do communities work to reposition and emerge successful in a post Covid landscape? City/ Developer dynamic. Evolution is ongoing, though is this a hard reset? How do next 1 - 3 - 5 years play out?

Ernst Valery, ’04 MSRED, Co-Managing Member, SAA|EVI Development
Cecily King, ’15 MSRED, Founder, Kipling Development
Cecilia Kushner, Executive Vice President, Neighborhood Strategies, NYCEDC

moderated by Kate Ascher, Millstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia University


Michael Fascitelli, Founder, MDF Capital
Amy Price, President, BentallGreenOak
Richard J. Stockton, CEO & President, Braemar Hotels & Resorts
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

moderated by Amir Korangy, Founder & Publisher, The Real Deal


March 25, 2021

The annual conference of the MSRED program brings together industry leaders and prominent scholars to review the progress and performance of urban development of the first couple of decades of the 21st century.

Details here.