EisnerAmper: The 3rd annual Real Estate Private Equity Summit West

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EisnerAmper: The 3rd annual Real Estate Private Equity Summit West

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:30pm


With over $237B in global capital raised–and yet undeployed–for real estate investments as of the end of 2016, the market for real estate deals has become highly imbalanced. An overall lack of deal supply to meet the voracious appetite for real assets creates a complex situation that keeps costs high, returns low and complicates deal structuring. Yet, many say that the fundamentals driving real estate values are as strong as ever. Are high asset prices the new norm? Where are the best deals to be found? Where should you place your capital, and how conservative or aggressive should you be?

The 3rd annual EisnerAmper Real Estate Private Equity Summit West brings together equity partners and operating partners to create an in-person marketplace for real estate investing, capital raising and deal making. The curated sessions address the major issues affecting the real estate private equity market today, and the networking allows capital sources and sponsors to meet and source deals and investment capital. Over 300 are expected on April 27, 2017 in San Francisco.

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Organizer / Producer



SponsorshipAdam KolankoCall (646) 783-3955
RegistrationScott MillikenCall (646) 862-6136


Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 AM

Registration, Networking Breakfast & Exhibit Area Opens

8:25 AM

Opening Remarks

8:30 AM

Morning Keynote: Uncertainty and Fundamentals Driving Capital Decisions

9:15 AM

What’s Next: State of the Market with an Eye towards the Future

With one foot in the present and one foot in the future, a substantive discussion to create understanding of the current capital supply and appetite among equity investors for U.S. real estate deals, digging into the who, what, where of real estate private equity activity today; highlighting challenges and obstacles as well as opportunities and emerging trends. Where is the balance of power today between capital partners and operating partners, and how are underwriting standards changing to enable or hinder deals.

  • Awash with Cash: How the imbalance between capital and deals will play out over the next year
  • Darling of the Industry: Sectors likely to emerge as the go-to for capital
  • Danger ahead: Product types vulnerable to a sudden downturn in performance
  • Alt Dot Assets: If not real estate, where investors are looking to deploy capital
  • Thinking Global: How current political trends will affect global capital flows

9:55 AM


Chasing Yield: Value Add & Repositioning Opportunities in a Picked Over Market

This panel runs on the assumption that new development is likely to decrease over the next few years and that real estate opportunities in re-development will likely eclipse new projects, especially as major cultural and demographic shifts (working from anywhere, sharing economy / driverless cars, rise of e-commerce, etc.) render many existing properties less marketable. How do investors today evaluate these opportunities; what are the inherent risks and challenges?

  • Shifting Gears: Upgrading existing buildings as an alternative for development oriented capital
  • Wheat vs. Chaff: Identifying true value-add opportunities with significant upside
  • Beating the Competition: Evaluating investors’ appetite for redevelopment deals today
  • In the Weeds: Which improvement projects make the most sense today

10:35 AM

Networking Break

11:05 AM

Dry Powder: Fundraising & Capital Sourcing in a Cash Rich, Deal Poor Environment

This panel focuses in the activity in fundraising today, including an understanding of who is currently investing into new funds, as well as what is working not working. A discussion of the resurgence of excess “dry powder” (interpreted here to mean capital recently raised, not yet allocated to investments, with the implication that there is no clear avenue to profitably invest the cash). Fund formation, investor sourcing and relations are a key focus.

  • Return vs. Preservation: How can we expect expectations to change in the near future
  • Stepping Up: Which capital sources are most active today in both new equity and debt
  • Soft Circle: Challenges and solutions in raising new funds today
  • Timing the Market: Changing terms for new funds and deals today

11:35 PM

Multifamily Spotlight: Outlook for Apartment Investment and Development

There is no question that multifamily has been the darling of the industry since the last downturn. However, the cracks are starting to show. The apartments panel will deal largely with investors’ appetite for multifamily today, to shed light on where the best returns are to be found today in multifamily investments, comparing and contrasting key variables such as location, demographics, product choices, investment vehicles (debt vs. equity), development vs. acquisition, as well as major drivers that create the potential for opportunistic upside, above and beyond standard cap rates.

  • Fundamentally Speaking: Underlying economic drivers of apartment demand and values
  • Apartment-omics: Today’s cap rates and tomorrow’s risk factors for new multifamily investment
  • Feeling Entitled: New development activity in multifamily and condos on the West Coast
  • Staying Active: Opportunities and challenges in multifamily investment today

12:05 PM

Deal Structuring Masterclass: Navigating the Shifting Power Balance between GPs and LPs Today

This session will deal largely with the arrangements between capital partners and operating partners when putting together a deal (i.e. an equity investment / JV, etc.). The structure and terms of equity partners coming together are complex and ever changing, as the market dynamics shift the balance of power between those who hold the capital and those who find and create the opportunities. How are terms changing in terms of who benefits and under what circumstances? How are downside provisions changing?

  • See Saw: The power balance between capital partners and operating partners
  • Track Changes: How deal terms are changing in light of current conditions
  • BATNA: Understanding your alternatives and options, and those of your JV partner
  • Sharing Risk: Offering more upside to your LPs for less downside exposure

12:35 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM
Lunch Workshop

New Trump Administration Updates: Federal, State and Local Energy & Specialty Tax Incentives

The presentation is designed to provide New Trump Administration Updates to Federal, State and Local Energy & Specialty Tax Incentives and provide clarity to the design, qualification and certification process to maximize maximizing results and cost savings on Purchases, Renovations, Improvements and New Construction projects. During this presentation, you will be able to understand how to capture and best utilize Cost Segregation, Energy Tax Credits (like 179D for commercial buildings and 45L tax credits for residential and multi-family projects) on a local and national scale.

  • New Trump Administration Tax and Energy Incentives Updates for the property owner, developer, investor, finance and broker communities.
  • Overview of available Energy Tax Credits and recently extended 179D, 45L and R&D Federal and State credits available for the design of energy-efficient buildings.
  • Recognize Opportunities and capture benefits for Property Owners, Investors, Architects, Engineers, CPA’s, Real Estate Attorneys, Energy Consultants and Contractors.
  • Understand how these new tax laws and related strategies available can become an additional value-added service to your clients, as well as a revenue stream for your firm.
  • Additional related benefits and tax strategies including Cost Segregation, Property Tax Appeals, Energy Audits and related savings.

1:30 PM

The Big Game: Cal-Stanford Development Showdown

1:35 PM

Future of the Bay Area: Large Employers and Developers Meet the Elephant in the Room

Presented by the Bay Area Council, this key session brings together top employers and large developers to address emerging issues that threaten the Bay Area and California economies. Issues to be discussed include: housing affordability, jobs and economic outlook, immigration, infrastructure and transportation, as well as barriers to providing more of the right kind of real estate.

  • Barriers to Entry: Housing affordability crisis in focus
  • 3-Hour Commute: Opportunities to alleviate congestion
  • Trumpnado: Understanding the upsides and downsides of the new administration
  • Job, Jobs, Jobs: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

2:05 PM

Cocktail Reception & Networking


Michael Covarrubias Chairman & CEO TMG
Michael Covarrubias joined TMG in 1988; he oversees all of the company's operations and has directed the company since 1995. Prior to TMG: Mr. Covarrubias' professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank's Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center. View Profile
Kevin Ratner President Forest City Residential West
Kevin L. Ratner is President of Forest City Residential West, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City is an owner, developer and manager of a diverse portfolio of premier real estate located throughout the nation, with approximately $10.9 billion in total assets. View Profile
Jim Wunderman President & CEO Bay Area Council
Jim Wunderman is President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a CEO-led public policy and advocacy organization formed in 1945 that works to make the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, and sustainable region in the world. Since becoming CEO in 2004, Wunderman has honed the Council's regionalist approach to advocacy in key areas that impact the Bay Area's economy and competitiveness, including: business climate, housing, transportation, workforce, water, energy, communications, education, gender equity and cyber security. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 100 movers and shakers in California politics.
Jeff Brown Director - Real Assets BlackRock
Jeff Brown, Director, is a member of the Investment Management team within BlackRock's Real Estate Equity Group. Mr. Brown is responsible for all aspects of the Firm's transaction activity throughout the Western United States including acquisitions and dispositions of investments on behalf of various accounts of the Firm. View Profile
Jerome Fink Co-Managing Partner The Bascom Group
Jerome A. Fink is a co-founder & Managing Partner of The Bascom Group, LLC. Bascom has completed over $12.0 billion in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions since 1996 including more than 300 multifamily properties and 80,000 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom's subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Southern California Industrial Fund, Rushmore Properties, Bascom Portfolio Advisors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, MHF RM Holdings, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partner Ventures, and the Realm Group. Bascom's subsidiaries also include Premier Business Centers, the largest privately held executive suite company in the U.S. View Profile
Dara Friedman Senior Vice President Bentall Kennedy
Jay Glaubach Managing Director - Los Angeles Ares Real Estate Group
Mr. Glaubach is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate equity and is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Real Estate Opportunity Funds. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Glaubach was a Managing Director, head of the firm's west coast office, and a member of the Investment Committee at DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing and executing opportunistic real estate investments in the multifamily, hospitality, office, retail and industrial spaces. Previously, Mr. Glaubach worked at ING Barings in its New York, London and Frankfurt offices, where he focused on investment banking. Mr. Glaubach has served as an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at the University of Southern California. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Montage Hotels & Resorts. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tom Hoban CEO & Co- Founder Coast Real Estate Services
Tom co-founded Coast Real Estate Services in 1987 along with his brother, Shawn Hoban, President. Over the past three decades, their leadership has grown The Coast Group of Companies into a multi-billion dollar property management, facility services, and investment platform servicing mixed-use, commercial and multi-family properties. Awards they and their companies have earned include The Washington Family Business of the Year Award, The Puget Sound Business Journal Top 40 under 40 and Notre Dame alumni of the year. View Profile
Noah Hochman Senior Managing Director - Capital Markets TruAmerica Multifamily
Mr. Noah Hochman is the Senior Managing Director of Capital Markets for TruAmerica Multifamily and brings 17 years of real estate investment and private equity experience to his role. Mr. Hochman is responsible for sourcing equity capital, investor relations and debt strategy across the portfolio and oversees joint venture structuring and partnerships. Mr. Hochman is also a member of the firm's Investment Committee. View Profile
Paul Kaseburg Chief Investment Officer MG Properties Group
Paul joined MG Properties Group in 2010 and is responsible for the firm's acquisition, disposition, and capital markets activities. At MG, he has been involved with the purchase of approximately 12,000 units totaling $1.7 billion in total consideration. Paul has 17 years of experience in real estate private equity investment, capital markets, and corporate M&A. Prior to joining MG, he held various roles in commercial real estate debt and equity acquisitions, development, and financing. He has a background in corporate M&A and venture capital investing at Northrop Grumman (NOC). Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. View Profile
John Protopappas President & CEO Madison Park Financial
Mr. Protopappas developed his first live/work project in 1985 and has developed and managed over sixty commercial and residential projects during the past twenty-eight years. During that time, Mr. Protopappas transformed many neglected properties by turning them into mixed-use live/work spaces. These projects, such as the historic Tribune Tower, Telegraph Lofts at the site of the former Sears Roebuck store in Oakland and the Bakery Lofts at the site of the former Remar Bakery in Emeryville, are representative of his innovative approach to revitalizing urban neighborhoods through mixed-use projects. The projects' continued popularity and profitability attest to the success of Mr. Protopappas' approach. View Profile
Dennis Randall Managing Director Insight Realty Company
As Managing Director, Dennis Randall is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing Insight's office/R&D platform consisting of investment, renovation and ground-up developments as well as asset management operations. View Profile
Preston Sargent President & CEO Bailard Real Estate Fund
Preston is an Executive Vice President at Bailard and the President and CEO of the Fund. Preston brings 33 years' experience in the real estate investment management business. Prior to Bailard, he was an Executive Vice President and Principal at Kennedy Associates (now Bentall Kennedy) where he was a member of the firm's Executive and Investment committees and Portfolio Manager of Kennedy's $8BN Open End Diversified Core Equity fund. Before Kennedy, Sargent was a Vice President and Regional Team Leader at GE Investments where he bought, managed, and sold over $2BN in assets across all property types. He has held positions in acquisitions, asset management and debt workout at Aetna Realty Investors, William Blair Realty and LaSalle Partners. Preston is active in the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). He has been a frequent speaker, moderator and panelist at industry conferences, a guest lecturer at graduate programs of Columbia University and the University of Washington, and a regular judge at University of Texas Graduate School's annual National Real Estate Challenge. Preston holds a JD Degree from Case Western Reserve University and a BA Degree from Colorado College.
Clare Shinnerl Associate Vice Chancellor UCSF
Dr. Clare Shinnerl is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Life Services at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Eric Silverman Founder & Managing Partner Eastham Capital
Mr. Silverman is a Founder and Managing Partner of Eastham Capital, a private real estate investment business based in Boca Raton, FL. Eastham Capital launched its first fund in 2007, and its fifth fund in 2017. Eastham Capital invests in multifamily properties sourced and managed by a diverse network of local and regional real estate owners and operators who have established successful track records of acquisition, renovation, management and disposition of distressed real estate assets. We strive to achieve superior-risk adjusted returns for our investors through the revitalization of distressed residential real estate. WE FIX PROPERTIES, NOT NEIGHBORHOODS View Profile
Percy Vaz Chief Executive Officer AMCAL
Mr. Vaz has three decades of experience in single- and multi-family developments, construction, property management and real estate investment. After founding AMCAL in 1978, Mr. Vaz transformed the company into one of the industry's leading builders by developing $750,000,000 in residential and mixed-use products throughout California. Mr. Vaz is on the Board of Directors for the California Housing Consortium, an organization dedicated to advancing affordable housing and community development issues throughout California. He is also a member of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), and the California Redevelopment Association. A recognized leader in the affordable housing industry, He has been invited to speak about urban redevelopment for several forums, including the Urban Land Institute, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, National Housing Conference, BIA, the University of Southern California and SCANPH.
Dennis Williams Managing Director Northmarq
Dennis has been a mortgage banker with Northmarq (formerly Trowbridge, Kieselhorst) since 1988. He served as president of the Bay Area Mortgage Association (BAMA) from 1997-98, and as President of the SF Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) in 1995 and 2002. Dennis has acted as a guest speaker at multiple presentations to the MBA, BAMA, NAIOP, ULI, U.C. Berkeley, Stanfors MBA Program, AICPA and Northmarq. He currently lectures at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, where he has taught an MBA course, Real Estate Development, since 2004. Dennis received his MBA from Tuck at Dartmouth in 1988 and his AB from U.C. Berkeley in 1984. View Profile
Michael D'Onofrio Managing Director Engineered Tax Services
Michael has a strong background in the energy industry. Prior to joining Engineered Tax Services as a Director focused on Green Energy Tax Benefits for clients, Michael was a Partner at Treasure Coast Capital Partners, specializing in renewable energy and real estate development and he was also the founder & COO at NewGen Technologies And ReFuel America. Michael is committed to educating the accounting, financial advisor, building designer and real estate investor communities on engineered accounting services and the related tax benefits of these services. He is a regular public speaker on a national level regarding cost segregation studies, green construction and the emerging energy tax programs. View Profile
Kevin Maloy Executive Managing Director Beecher Carlson
Kevin Maloy is an Executive Managing Director of Beecher Carlson. He specializes in providing pre-closing insurance and Employee Benefits solutions, aggregated insurance platforms and transactional risk solutions to large and middle market private equity firms, infrastructure funds, alternative asset managers and corporate clients. Maloy previously lead a North American team for a larger broker and founded and led the national Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Crystal and Company. Maloy has more than 17 years of private equity diligence experience and has led or participated in more than 3,000 diligence transactions. He is a recognized industry leader in providing transactional risk solutions and risk management solutions that bring financial value. Maloy earned his Bachelor of Communications and Media from Fordham University in New York City.
Michael Mandel Co-Founder & CEO CompStak
Michael is Co-Founder & CEO of CompStak, a platform for crowdsourcing commercial real estate information. He's passionate about making commercial real estate information available and transparent and leads a team of 26 people that is changing the way CRE works. A 500 Startups alum, he has been named 30 Under 30 in Real Estate New York and National Rookie of the Year by Grubb & Ellis. He graduated Babson College in 2005 and was a founding member of the world's first live-in business incubator, the e-tower. View Profile
Paul Niewiadomski Partner Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski
Mr. Niewiadomski is Chair of his firm's Real Estate and Business Group. He concentrates on commercial real estate matters, including a substantial amount of work related to the structuring, formation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures and other investment vehicles. He has represented both sponsors and institutional equity providers in connection with real estate investment and development projects. View Profile
Paul Rahimian Chief Executive Officer Parkview Financial
Paul Rahimian is a third generation developer and general contractor that has developed over $350MM in commercial and residential projects throughout Southern California, including retail strip centers, condominium projects, apartment buildings, custom homes, office buildings, horizontal land development, and mixed use projects. Paul has also worked in the capacity of a General Contractor, building major governmental projects, including colleges, schools, police departments, jail houses, community centers, and hospitals. As a construction lender, Paul has the vision of a developer and works with the borrower and contractor as a team to help the project be successful. View Profile
Todd Hankin Partner EisnerAmper
Todd S. Hankin is the Partner-in-Charge of the Audit and Assurance Practice in California. Todd sees clients challenged by today's complex regulatory environment and accounting and financial reporting requirements. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, his contribution to helping clients includes bringing a fresh perspective and creative approach to problem-solving that includes challenging assumptions and making timely observations and recommendations. Todd specializes in financial services, working closely with clients including hedge, private equity and real estate funds, registered investment advisors and commercial and consumer finance and leasing companies. View Profile
Lisa Knee Partner EisnerAmper
Lisa Knee is a Tax Partner with over 20 years of experience advising and serving families and owners of closely held businesses. Her expertise ranges across a variety of industries including hotel, real estate, financial services, aviation and restaurant sectors. She has advised leading real estate owners, operators and developers on acquisitions, re-financings, like-kind exchanges, joint venture arrangements and structuring rehabilitation tax credits. She has also served as an advisor to numerous hotel and hospitality clients and world-renowned restaurants groups. View Profile
John Williamson Partner EisnerAmper
John M. Williamson is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Western Region and a member of the Financial Services Group. With over 35 years of public accounting experience, he has an extensive accounting, auditing and tax background serving clients in the securities area. He specializes in working with investment partnerships, broker-dealers, offshore funds and registered investment advisors, and assists investment partnerships in structuring their limited partnership agreements and offering memoranda. John serves on the firm's Executive Committee. View Profile
Michael Morris Director EisnerAmper
Michael Morris is a Director of Business Development, specializing in accounting, tax, and consulting services across a broad range of industries including financial services, real estate, and family offices. Mike is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in investment and development strategies; markets and competitive trends analysis and planning; acquisition, divestiture and joint venture analysis and planning; domestic and international business negotiations; management leadership and mentoring; and relationship management and team building. He formerly served in leadership positions for a number of private equity and investment bank entities, as well as helping FedEx build its platform for 22 years. View Profile
Charles Weinstein Chief Executive Officer EisnerAmper
Charles Weinstein is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of EisnerAmper LLP. Prior to the formation of EisnerAmper LLP, he was Managing Partner of Eisner LLP. The 2010 combination of Eisner LLP and Amper, Politziner & Mattia was recognized asDeal of the Yea by the Association for Corporate Growth. In 2012, Charly directed the merger of San Francisco-based accounting firm Harb, Levy & Weiland into EisnerAmper. Charly has more than 25 years of audit, merger and acquisition, public and private financing and industry consolidation experience. He has served companies in a variety of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, health sciences, manufacturing, distribution and travel. View Profile
Kenneth Weissenberg Leader, National Real Estate Practice Group EisnerAmper
Kenneth Weissenberg is a Tax Partner and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Services Group. His extensive experience encompasses all aspects of the real estate industry, ranging from developing tax saving strategies for owning and operating property to structuring and negotiating complex sales, acquisitions, and financing transactions. Ken has been involved in over $50 billion of real estate transactions over the last 30 years. View Profile
Carla Boragno Head of Facilities Genentech
With more than 25+ years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, procurement, IT and M&A integration, Carla Boragno brings unique insight and expertise to her role as Vice President of Site Services at Genentech. Carla has been with Genentech for over 30 years and currently leads Genentech's corporate real estate portfolio, physical infrastructure, and workplace services for the South San Francisco campus. The campus spans over 180 acres and over 5 million square feet of space, supporting 10,000+ employees.
David Bitner Head of Americas Capital Markets Research Cushman & Wakefield
David Bitner is Head of Americas Capital Markets Research at Cushman & Wakefield. His research focuses on how macroeconomic trends, real estate fundamentals and dynamics in the broader capital markets interact to shape commercial real estate risks and opportunities for investors. David works closely with Cushman & Wakefield capital markets professionals and clients to further the firm's goal of promoting thought leadership within the commercial real estate niche. David's responsibilities include producing capital markets thought leadership content, and directing a program of market presentations, written analysis, surveys, forecasts, and data collection that will support the capital markets business and advance the strategic plan in Americas Research.
Diane Olmstead Chief Investment Officer Bridge Housing Corporation
Diane Olmstead is the Chief Investment Officer at Bridge Housing Corporation. Ms. Olmstead is responsible for balance sheet structure and management, capital formation, bridge lending through its Community Development Financial Institution and philanthropy. Prior to Bridge Housing, Ms. Olmstead was Co-CEO of W3 Partners from 2009-2016 where she oversaw W3's acquisitions, financing activities, fundraising and client relations. Prior to W3 Partners, Ms. Olmstead was a principal at CIM Group from 2005 to 2009, where she headed acquisitions and development in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest and was a voting member of the Investment Committee. Prior to CIM Group, from 2000 to 2005, Ms. Olmstead was an Executive VP of iStar and responsible for all activities in iStar's Western Region, including origination of structured finance transactions and acquisitions of triple net leases. From 1983 to 2000, Ms. Olmstead worked in positions of asset management, lending, acquisitions and equity raising with Arthur Andersen LLP, USF&G Corporation, Cigna Corporation and Aetna, Inc. Ms. Olmstead received an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a BA in English/Education from SUNY at Buffalo. She serves on the board of Extra Space Management NYSE:EXR, and Synedgen, Inc (I private biotech company). and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of UC Berkeley. View Profile
Glenn Shannon Vice Chairman Shorenstein
Glenn Shannon joined Shorenstein in 1994. After spending seven years heading the company's New York office, he relocated to San Francisco to assume the role of president. He became vice chairman in 2016 and participates in the strategic direction of the company as a member of its executive committee and in the company's investment activities as a member of its investment committee. In addition, Mr. Shannon serves as president of DWS Management Company LLC, a management company that supports and advises the Shorenstein family with respect to its overall business activities. View Profile
Matt Regan SVP - Government Relations Bay Area Council
Matt Regan is the Bay Area Council's Senior Vice President of Public Policy whose responsibilities include promoting the Council's legislative and political agendas at the local, state and federal levels. Matt has lead responsibility for the Council's federal, state and local government relations work and oversees a four-person team focused on Housing & land Use, 21st century energy and communications infrastructure and water policy. Matt has over 15 years experience working in the political arena and prior to joining the Bay Area Council Matt worked as a contract lobbyist, an in house Government Affairs specialist for a large bank, a State Assembly legislative aide and a field organizer for several high profile elections across the Bay Area.
Paul Odland Founder & Managing Partner Belveron Real Estate Partners
As Managing Partner, Mr. Odland provides executive leadership and direction to the firm, ultimately answering to our investors. Paul is involved in all strategic decision-making, including raising equity investment capital, sourcing investment transactions, and making investment decisions. Prior to forming Belveron Partners, he was the President and CEO of Concierge Asset Management, along with previous experience at Bridge Partners. Mr. Odland holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and has completed real estate continuing education at Harvard University. He resides in Belvedere, CA with his wife and two children. Paul is also involved in various local community boards, non-profits and charities. View Profile
Peter O'Brien Director - Business Development Honest Buildings
Peter O'Brien is the Director of Business Development for Honest Buildings. He specializes in working with real estate owners owners to create operational efficiencies through technology. Peter has been with Honest Buildings almost since its inception and he's excited to be part of the continuous growth of CRE tech.
Robert Gray Partner Rockwood Capital
Mr. Gray, based in San Francisco, is a Partner and one of the founders of Rockwood. Mr. Gray has 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Mr. Gray serves on various portfolio management and investment committees as well as on Rockwood's Investment Strategy and Research committee (as chairman) and Human Capital Committee.
Steve O'Connell Managing Director - Investment Grosvenor Americas
Steve O'Connell is Managing Director, Investment for Grosvenor Americas and oversees the Investment and Co-Investment activities throughout the USA and Canada. Steve joined Grosvenor in 2011 and led Grosvenor's Development team in San Francisco before being appointed Managing Director. He holds a B.Eng. degree from McGill University and an MBA from the UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business. Steve chairs Grosvenor's International Liaison Group, is a UC Berkeley Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board member and is a member of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) National Mixed Use Development Council.
Yat-Pang Au CEO & Founder Veritas
Yat?Pang Au is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Veritas Investments Inc., one of the largest owner operators of apartments in San Francisco with several thousands of units and over $1 billion in assets under management. Prior to founding Veritas in 2007, Mr. Au served as the Chief Executive Officer of AEC Alarms and held various executive positions at technology and services firms. He also has been a longtime private investor in apartment and retail properties located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Au is committed to transforming San Francisco's housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods by providing innovative amenities and building eco friendly, vibrant communities. Veritas is a vertically?integrated multifamily investment manager and provides a full?range of operational, management and leasing services through its wholly?owned affiliates Green Tree Property Management and Rent SF Now. View Profile

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