Bisnow: Puget Sound Office Summit 2019

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Bisnow: Puget Sound Office Summit 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:30am to 10:30am


Has Seattle CRE reached its peak? Not if developers such as Onni Group and Urban Visions have anything to say about it? The former, once interested in residential towers at the site of the Seattle Times Building have no filed paperwork and proposed office towers on the site while the latter, led by Greg Smith, recently received permit approval for their 1,200,000 million square foot office project adjacent to Pioneer Square and Chinatown. On the tenant front, while is true that no name in Seattle is bigger than Amazon (see their Sphere Complex) which remains the case despite the HQ2 dust having settled other notable brands from Seattls decorated tech history are making waves with office space updates. In Bellevue, T-Mobile is proceeding with their office expansion and renovation while to the west on the waterfront, Expedis new HQ (which will house 5,000 employees) continues to take shape. Join Bisnow as we bring together the regios notable tenants, investors, and developers to discuss the current state of office investment and development across Seattle and the future of the office itself.

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Michael Harold Director, Public Affairs WeWork
Michael is a veteran Capitol Hill operative, seasoned communications professional, and public policy wonk. He currently leads WeWork's Public Affairs team across the Pacific US + CAN and is focused on storytelling, social impact, government affairs, and strategic partnerships. He is a former Legislative Director for a senior member of Congress, having focused on international trade, foreign policy and defense-related issues. Under Michael, Rep Blumenauer secured the second highest "Legislative Effectiveness" score in the House, illustrating a keen ability to not only craft policy but successfully drive bills through the legislative process. He is proudest of the opportunity to help revise and reform the Iraq and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa programs, and help craft the Water for the World Act, boosting the US's capacity to provide greater access to clean water and sanitation and mitigate transboundary water conflict. He hails from Portland, OR, got stuck in DC and Boston for the better part of a decade, and now proudly calls Seattle home. Michael obtained his bachelors from American University and his masters from Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, graduating magna cum laude, former and latter. When not (We)working, you'll find Michael with his two young daughters and wife seeking adventure both far and near.
Ben McGrann Senior Director Pacific Project Management
Throughout his 15+ years of project management, Ben has delivered over $700 M in new construction, tenant improvements and program based portfolio management. Ben has worked with a range of project types which include technology, healthcare, office, retail, banking, and cafes. Ben builds trust with clients, customers, and vendor partnerships by focusing on Service, Trust, Integrity, Honesty, and Leadership. Ben and his teams have created over $50 M in value for his clients from savings concentrated initiatives through value engineering, competitive bidding, and alternative methods of project/program delivery. Ben's experiences range from large new construction of $150 M, to full building 300,000 square feet tenant improvements, and program based life cycle refresh programs for Caf? and Audio Visual conference rooms. Additionally, Ben is a leader in developing and leading highly effective teams for account based project and program delivery. He takes time to understand our clients' goals and builds programs and teams to support the successful delivery with measurable results and performance based reporting Recently, Ben led a team of 80 project managers across the Americas supporting a large technology retailer in Seattle. His team supported Special Projects ranging from $10K to $10M and an overall yearly program budget of $75 M. The team additionally supported system furniture, building operations launch and moves. His team created a rhythm of business for supporting ongoing project delivery, oversight on budget and cost management, and the creation of process documentation to ensure efficient and effective of a wide range of projects.
Michael Christ CEO Seco Development
As the owner and sole proprietor of SECO Development, Michael's experience stretches over three decades; he has been purchasing and building real estate since 1980. SECO Development has been recognized as one of the most successful mixed-use development companies in the Seattle and Puget Sound region with over 38 years as a significant landowner in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Renton. As a principal in SECO Development, Michael is intimately involved in all aspects of development and is personally in charge of acquisitions and dispositions. He is involved in design, marketing, and financing while maintaining strong relationships with the cities in which he builds. Michael has a unique ability to identify opportunities and formulate a vision that is consistent with municipalities, local neighborhoods, and financial institutions. With Michael's direction, ability to identify good sites, and work closely with communities, SECO Development has vested entitlements in record time and created economically viable and profitable developments resulting in vibrant communities in the Puget Sound. View Profile
Patrick Gilligan EVP Lincoln Property
Since joining Lincoln Property Company in 2006, he has been directly involved in the acquisition, management, leasing, and disposition of over 3.2 million sq. ft. of office and industrial properties throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, valued at more than $1.2 Billion. In addition, he has been directly involved in over 500,000 sq. ft. of lease transactions, and has personally overseen more than $30 Million of tenant improvement and building renovation projects. Prior to joining Lincoln, Patrick worked as an onsite project manager for a 2100 acre high-end residential development in Santa Barbara County. Patrick holds a B.S in Psychology with an emphasis in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He is an active outdoorsman, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Guardsmen; a San Francisco charitable organization that sends at-risk youth to Summer camps.
Brett Conway Senior Project Manager Mackenzie Architecture
Brett Conway has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and interior designer focusing in the industrial, corporate, financial, and retail sectors. Some of the projects in the Seattle area Brett has played a significant role include Prologis Georgetown Crossroads, the first modern multi-story logistics center in the United States; Square One, an 80,000 SF warehouse and three-story corporate office; DCG One, a 120,000 SF facility with offices and printing operation, and Exotic Metals, a 126,500 SF facility with manufacturing, corporate offices, and research and development. For the last 15 years, he has strengthened his expertise in project fulfillment, including design leadership, and project execution. At Mackenzie, Brett is focused on delivering exceptional client service and brings proficiency in entitlements and due diligence; conceptual design leadership and visuals; meeting budgets and schedules; construction management; and community involvement and presentations. While working primarily in the Puget Sound region he also brings a diverse design perspective and experience.
Peter Hau Vice President Corporate Services Swinerton
A 25 year veteran in the commercial design and construction field, Peter Hau co-manages Swinerton's Corporate Services group and is responsible for over 90 corporate client relationships across Swinerton's 18 offices. Peter is a demonstrated industry leader with focus on consistent delivery, operational excellence and overall client satisfaction-overseeing over $400 million of office tenant improvement and renovation projects per year. His experience includes the successful delivery of complex multi-regional office expansion and renovation programs, retail rollouts, and industrial projects for major corporate clients in the technology, retail, hospitality and financial services sectors. Peter's role affords him a broad and strategic view of corporate real estate and commercial office trends across multiple US markets. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cal Paly, San Luis Obispo and the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff Harmer Partner, Seattle Investment & Development Schnitzer West
Jeff leads the development and investment team in Seattle and is responsible for acquisition and development opportunities in the Seattle office and industrial markets. Jeff joined Schnitzer West in 2005, playing a key role in the development, leasing and management of The Bravern, a 1.6 million SF multi-use development in Bellevue, Washington and most recently led the investment, development and disposition of more than 650,000 SF in Class A commercial property in Seattle and Bellevue. Prior to joining Schnitzer West, Jeff owned a residential and commercial excavation and concrete company. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis in real estate and finance, and a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University.
Brett Lipman Managing Partner & CEO Preylock Real Estate Holdings
Brett is a Managing Partner the CEO at Preylock Real Estate Holdings, where he oversees all aspects of the business. Prior to founding Preylock Brett was most recently the Portfolio Manager and a Partner at RMA, a real estate private equity fund with over $1 billion under management. There, he was responsible for portfolio management, asset management and sourcing direct real estate investment opportunities. Brett has significant experience and a deep understanding of multiple real estate product types including office, industrial, hotels, retail and multifamily. Prior to joining RMA, Brett worked for JP Morgan, most recently on the Global Real Assets ("GRA") platform, one of the largest institutional real estate investors in the world with over $65 billion dollars in real estate assets under management. While working on the GRA platform he worked on the West Coast Acquisitions team where he underwrote and closed a broad spectrum of real estate transactions which included varying product types, geographies and risk profiles. Brett began his career at JP Morgan in the Investment Banking Division where he provided strategic advice to large corporations and private equity funds. In addition to his roles at JP Morgan, Brett has held positions at Ernst & Young, where he worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions consultant and at Highbridge Capital Management, where he helped build out a mezzanine and private equity platform. Preylock Overview Preylock Real Estate Holdings ("Preylock") is an owner, operator and developer of commercial and residential real estate primarily located on the west coast We utilize a relative value approach to real estate investing, identifying unique investment opportunities in highly targeted, supply constrained markets We seek to acquire assets that trade at a discount to replacement cost and/or comparable assets in neighboring sub-markets Preylock is currently focused on the acquisition of value-add and core plus office buildings located in major West Coast sub-markets To date Preylock's portfolio consists of office assets located in Southern California and Silicon Valley and Seattle consisting of approximately $1.2 billion in asset value and almost 2.8million square feet net rentable real estate.
Sondra Wenger Managing Director, Investments CIM Group
Investments of CIM Group. Ms. Wenger has management responsibility for broker relations, and also sources real estate investments across CIM Group's platforms. Prior to joining CIM in 2009, Ms. Wenger had an extensive career in real estate investments at firms such as Arden Realty under General Electric in the Western United States, Equity Office Properties, and MacFarlane Partners. Earlier in her career she was a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Wenger earned a B.S. degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting, graduating with honors from the University of California Riverside. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the Executive Board for the Urban Mixed Use Development Council (Gold Flight), and is a mentor for the young leader partnership program.
Camilla Watson Associate Principal ZGF
Camilla Watson, IIDA, is an Associate Principal at ZGF Architects with experience on projects for corporate and healthcare clients. Camilla is dedicated to the integration of architecture and interior design and creating healthy environments that respond to the human experience. She has worked extensively with clients such as Microsoft, The Boeing Company, and Amazon to design spaces that respond to their office culture. Camilla received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Harrington College of Design and her Master of Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.


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