ULI: PARTNER EVENT – RICS Summit of the Americas 2015

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ULI: PARTNER EVENT – RICS Summit of the Americas 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (All day) to Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)


RICS Summit of the Americas is the ultimate ‘must-attend’ event for professionals involved in property and construction. This important industry event will be held April 22 to 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, one of the largest global ports and distribution centers, and an international business hub, facing the key Asia Pacific markets.

RICS Summit of the Americas offers the premier opportunity for professionals to connect with a significant network of industry leaders. This year the Summit will be more international, with more industry leaders and more social and networking time.

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Organizer / Producer



ProducerPhyllis AlzamoraCall (949) 973-0041
SponsorshipLory PatersonCall (212) 477-7400


THE RICS SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS is the conference which brings together leaders and best practices from across the full range of property and construction professions, from capital markets to tax assessment, quantity surveying to facilities management, institutional investment to development, and real estate, business and personal property valuation.

Why is this important? You will network with clients, service providers and peers from across the Americas and beyond, who all have a role in influencing and shaping your industry. The 4 different workshop tracks ensure this is not just another single-topic conference. They allow you to acquire new knowledge and learn from different case studies that will positively impact your business.



Registration Opens

Welcome Reception


Registration and Breakfast

Keynote 1: Welcome and introduction to the Summit.

Moderator: John Hughes, Chair of the Americas, RICS

Keynote 2: Government, the Economy and the Industry
Opening address: Political leader [tba], followed by a leading economist. Both will deliver the macro context of economic and societal trends for the rest of the Summit.

Moderator: John Hughes, Chair of the Americas, RICS

Networking Break


Concurrent Workshops 1

Cross-border Deals
Are there inherent issues and complexities affecting cross border deals, wherever you are in the world? A veteran line up of capital markets, corporate real estate leads and developers will compare notes, examine best practice principles, and using case studies, discuss ways to navigate through complexities.

Moderator: Peter Smith, Partner, EY

California’s Tax Law: Best Practice?
A leading panel of tax consultants and clients will discuss the current state and financial impact of California's Proposition 13, which changed the way Californians tax real property (enacted in late 1970s). The Panel will  also compare the Californian system with other jurisdictions and debate whether there are trends impacting tax advisory and litigation in North America.

Moderator: Tim Gifford, Vice President Capital Markets, CBRE

Global Project Controls
This session explores how the diverse skill set of the Quantity Surveyor is applied in the realm of project controls, and how these skills can be used to add value to construction projects, by not only capturing historic data, but using that data to predict trends and manage uncertainty to achieve a positive outcome. The panelists will discuss integrating controls to manage cost schedule and risk, the processes, tools and reporting they use.

Moderator: Chris Williams, Vice President, Gleeds USA

The Future of the Tech Workplace Campus
It is well known that key global tech companies have blazed a trail in modeling 21st century workplaces. Leading workplace professionals will discuss the evolution of the work campuses of some of these companies, what makes them cutting edge, and the impact the workplace environment has had on both operational efficiencies and staff engagement.

Moderator: Carl Muhlstein, Managing Director, JLL

Lunch and 20 minute Power Keynote: A Life In Ruins

John Fidler, RIBA, Intl. Assoc AIA, FRICS former Conservation Director of English Heritage, and resident wit, brings his unique brand of humor to the topic of preservation. In a humorous and oft-times nostalgic review of a professional career spanning more than three decades, John Fidler will entertain delegates with an up-beat and entertaining ride past the fascinating people, places and problems he experienced in the name of building conservation around the world. The illustrated talk will feature amusing anecdotes from contacts with the British royal family; advice on ways to infiltrate the British media; guidance on methods to do without structural engineers; explanations of why history tends to repeat itself; and stunning imagery of the sex life of the Deathwatch beetle!

Speaker: John Fidler, Founder, John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc.

Networking Break

Concurrent Workshops 2

Mexico as California’s Industrial Economic Partner
Mexico has an intertwined relationship with the United States. As the 15th largest economy in the world and a gateway to Spanish speaking Latin America from the North, Mexico is a key partner to the U.S economy, and specifically California. The international panel will discuss the role of today's Mexico as a producing hinterland for California and a home of world class industrial investments and logistics.

Moderator: Oscar J. Franck Terrazas, Managing Director, IRValuation De México, Inc.

Real Estate Lending: What does the client want?
Much of the industry discussion on best practice valuation has historically been between service providers. In line with RICS' mandate, delegates will hear directly from some of the key clients of the profession; the lenders. Chief appraisers will outline the things they want to see from a client's perspective, what keeps them up at night, and how the profession can more effectively deliver the goods.
Moderator: Michael Scheaffer, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Mitigating Risks in Construction Finance 
This session will be a tour d'horizon of a number of North American markets. Panelists from lenders and project monitors will discuss ways of mitigating risks in development finance for lenders, outlining ways in which RICS has supported the Canadian development finance sector and responded to bank requests. The workshop will then focus on the Caribbean market, discussing where Caribbean lenders got their fingers burned, what actions they are taking now, and when they see the loosening up of Caribbean development finance.

Moderator: Chris Docherty, Director, CIBC FirstCaribbean

Technology Changes Everything
Building Information Modeling standardization and uptake; are we seeing a tipping point? A panel of technical experts, users and clients will talk about the revolution in BIM technology, and the continued cost savings and value drivers supporting its uptake in both construction and operations. What are the further technological developments on on the horizon and where will the industry be in 5 years time? These are some of the questions the speakers will seek to address.

Moderator: Chris Gray, Director, Mollenhauer Group

Networking Break

Concurrent Workshops 3

Corporate Management of Global Real Estate
The acquisition, disposal and management of real estate as the second highest line item on many corporate balance sheets is a high level function, supporting the strategy and operational efficiency of the organization. Leading real estate advisers and heads will discuss examples of driving cost savings and value drivers of their work, and debate ways of supporting and promoting the potential for truly strategic real estate advice at the C-Suite level in businesses and governments.

Moderator: Ann Gray, Principal, GRAY Advisers

Delivering Complex Projects
How can project delivery be kept on track and what can clients do to mitigate risks when issues do arise? A panel of project managers, their clients and claims experts will discuss the delivery of iconic and complex initiatives, dream projects and some nightmare scenarios. Case studies will be subjected to post mortem analysis; what could have been done to keep the project on track and how could the client have achieved successful outcomes.

Building Energy Management and Control
Investment risk control relies on performance information making a building Energy Management & Information System [EMIS] key to rate of return calculations for efficiency upgrades. This session will review current tools for monitoring, reporting, analyzing and controlling commercial buildings covering integration with BIM, cost avoidance, risk reduction, resiliency and the occupant experience.  Case studies and real world lessons will be provided by a system vendor, portfolio owner/operator and industry sector consultant who will discuss what is working, challenges and what advances are coming.

Moderator: James Finlay, Principal, Finlay Consulting Group

Hospitality Values
Delegates will leave for an offsite tour to a landmark Los Angeles hotel, where a panel of leading hospitality valuers, both in house and service providers, will talk through how the building was valued, measurement of potential was calculated, and the processes by which the final value was ascertained. The panel will answer questions and compare the hotel valuation with other iconic hospitality valuation projects.

Moderator: Scott Biethan, Senior Managing Director, CBRE

Evening Reception


Registration and Breakfast

Keynote 3: Institutional Investment: Portfolio Trends
A panel of some of the world's biggest real estate investors will discuss their portfolio trends, opportunities and barriers to entry in North America and beyond. Each panelist will present their investment strategy, discuss ways the profession can effectively deliver services to these key clients, and talk about the impact of the new International Property Measurement Standards for Offices on the current and future work.

Moderator: Martin Brühl, SVP, RICS and Head of International Investment, Union GmbH

Keynote 4: The Development of Disneyworld Shanghai
Professor Liang Shiyi will give delegates an intriguing glimpse into the development of Disneyland Shanghai, the 6th Disneyland to be developed. Looking at the application of technology in the construction process, the audience will learn about the ways tech development, and specifically BIM, is changing the way development is delivered.

Key Speaker: Professor Liang Shiyi, Vice Secretary General of Shanghai Engineering Consulting Trade Association

Networking Break

Concurrent Workshops 4

Social Media: Projecting Your Brand
How do you build your personal and business profiles on social media? Is this something only communications professionals and ghost writers can achieve, or can the typical senior professional drive the brand building? And how do you measure  and forecast real commercial return on investment on time and resources spent? This session will attempt to answer these questions.

The Value of PPP
Public private partnerships as an infrastructure financing model, has experienced varying degrees of uptake around the world, with Canada, UK and Australia perhaps the most advanced adopters. But what about the U.S? While a number of states have enacted enabling legislation for PPP, politics and perception have played a part in restricting their use in many jurisdictions. This panel of PPP practitioners and government officials will explore how the industry can help politicians measure and promote the value of PPP projects to the public.

Moderator: Chris Guthkelch, Project Director, Skanska USA 

Asset Management
If an owner could drive 10 - 15% cost savings from across their portfolio without impacting its performance for the occupier is this possible? Are their best practices and common approaches to achieving this target? This is the central issue a panel of owners, managers and advisers will attempt to discuss in a lively debate covering private and public sectors.
Moderator: Scott McMillan, Division Chief - Facilities, International Monetary Fund

The Valuation of Going Concern Properties
Fair market value of assets and businesses interests has been a controversial topic in North America over the past few years, with professionals, organizations and regulators debating the most accurate and reliable way to ascertain a correct level. A panel of experts will engage in a vigorous discussion of the different approaches; while delegates may not leave with one model supported by all, they will have gained insight into all the positions and understand evolving trends.

Moderator: Jim Andrews, Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources

Lunch and 20 minute Power Keynote: INDIANA JONES GOES G.I.S. – Mapping global crises from Haiti to London to Ebola 
Joel Myhre will deliver a tour d'horizon of some the most complex and interesting roles an RICS geospatial specialist can do. Measurement, technology and mapping applied to key world events and initiatives, delegates will appreciate a different side of the profession in this 20 minute 'power keynote'. 

Speaker: Joel K. Myhre, Principal Consultant, Nordic Geospatial Consulting

Networking Break

Concurrent Workshops 5 

Global Art Appraisal
Worldwide luxury goods spending has grown into an asset class that annually realizes billions of dollars within the market. The Panel will discuss how the value of art and other luxury goods, such as automobiles and jewelry, have propelled the Americas to surpass China as a luxury goods growth leader.

Buildings of the Future: 2015
Smart buildings, technology, an increasingly agile professional sector and the primacy of data are all ingredients which are transforming government and commercial building portfolios. A panel of leading government clients from federal agencies and departments will discuss their experiences, as well as to issue a call to action for delegates and the wider profession. Come and hear from the super users in the industry for facilities, property and project managers. 

Moderator: Larry Melton, Founder, The Building People 

Constructing the Future: 2015 
Leaders of international project management and cost consultancy firms will discuss trends and opportunities affecting the sector, from promoting value proposition to clients, demonstrating the value of independent consultants to mitigating risk and training the leaders of the future. Our construction leaders will give delegates an idea of the current and future drivers of the industry.

Valuing the Future: 2015
Valuation leaders from international firms will discuss some of the key trends shaping the sector. From data and metrics to professional indemnity insurance and the promulgation of international valuation and measurement standards, hear from the market movers and decision makers shaping and leading the sector. The session will begin with a short presentation on new industry guidance on Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Moderator: Dave Bunton, President, The Appraisal Foundation (U.S.)

Closing Presentation: The Future of the Profession

Following 3 years of consultation and events, RICS will launch its global report on industry futures. To accompany this launch a panel of economists, business leaders and professional leaders will discuss some of the key opportunities and trends shaping the future of the profession, from technology to education and training, leadership and multidisciplinary skills. Delegates will receive a hard copy of the report, and have the opportunity to participate in Q+A.

Moderator: Neil Shah, Managing Director Americas, RICS


Tony Alfonso Senior Managing Director BDO Consulting
Tony Alfonso is a Senior Managing Director in BDO Consulting, leading the firm’s National Valuation Services practice with more than 20 years of financial services experience, including extensive valuation and transactional experience. Mr. Alfonso is knowledgeable in valuing the intellectual property of companies in various industry sectors, including software and technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, and gaming. He has valued patent portfolios, trade names, developed technology, in-process research and development, industrial designs, drug compounds, and software. Mr. Alfonso has also testified as an expert witness in several jurisdictions and is frequently quoted in industry trade publications and major media outlets. Prior to joining BDO, he worked for Houlihan Lokey providing valuation services on tax and financial reporting matters and worked as a Managing Director with KPMG in its economic and valuation services practice. Additionally, he has worked in corporate finance with a regional investment bank and as an institutional equity trader with a major international bank. View Profile
Susan Allen Senior Vice President Mortgage Analytics, CoreLogic
Susan Allen is senior vice president of Mortgage Analytics for CoreLogic. She is responsible for managing product solutions, developing industry leading risk products and consulting with clients to improve lending and servicing decisions. Susan previously served as chief collateral officer for JP Morgan Chase. In this role, she was responsible for generating, purchasing and evaluating property valuations and establishing, monitoring and defending risk policies. She served on committees overseeing operations risk, credit risk and compliance risk, and in 2009, assisted with the integration of WaMu’s collateral risk operations and policies into JP Morgan Chase. Susan previously held a similar collateral risk position with General Motors Acceptance Corporation, where she tested and deployed AVM and mortgage fraud solutions and managed valuations departments, which included modelers, analysts and appraisers. Prior to that, she served as senior risk manager for U.S. Bank, managing credit card fraud, anti-money laundering solutions, deposit account fraud and internet fraud. While at U.S. Bank, she successfully leveraged models, technology and operations to significantly reduce fraud losses and increase approvals. Named as a 2014 HousingWire Woman of Influence in Housing, Susan has more than twenty years of experience as a risk and operations executive. She frequently speaks on behalf of CoreLogic at banking conferences and regularly publishes articles regarding the latest developments in risk management analytics. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA in international economics from Indiana University.
James Andrews Managing Director Integra Realty Resources
James Andrews FRICS, MAI, CRE, ASA, CVA has been actively engaged in valuation and consulting for more than 27 years; with the first ten years in the southeastern United States and the last 17 in the Caribbean. Based in the Cayman Islands, James co-founded Andrews Key Ltd. in 2007 which became the Caribbean office of Integra Realty Resources in 2012. He expanded the IRR Caribbean presence to include active offices in the US Virgin Islands and the Bahamas in 2013. Mr. Andrews specializes in the valuation of hotel resorts and other going concern properties such as marinas, golf courses and restaurants; as well as other business interests. He earned his MAI designation in 1992, became an RICS member in 2005 and a fellow in 2008. He has served on the steering committee which created the RICS Cayman Chapter as well as the RICS Americas Valuation Standards Board. View Profile
Sandy Apgar Owner Apgar & Company
Sandy Apgar is an international authority on housing, real estate and infrastructure. He advises senior executives and boards on strategy and operations in large, complex urban projects and designs and manages public-private partnerships. A Senior Counselor on Real Estate to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he has counseled more than 150 companies, institutions, governments and not-for-profits on some 500 portfolios and projects in 12 countries with an aggregate value over $500 billion. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, where he oversaw the Army's global real estate portfolio and pioneered the award-winning military housing privatization program known as RCI (Residential Communities Initiative). He has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Oxford and is an "Eminent Fellow" of the Royal View Profile
James Arrow Risk Management Consultant Shell International, Projects and Technology
James Arrow is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has more than 20 years Project Controls experience on projects ranging from infrastructure to energy. Beginning his career as a QS in the UK, the majority of his experience has been in an international setting working in countries that include Australia, Japan, Singapore, Canada and Venezuela. James played a significant role developing the AACE International Decision & Risk Management body of knowledge along with their associated DRMP certification. James remains an active member of the AACE DRMP committee and was recently nominated as AACE’s ICEC (International Cost Engineering Council) representative. James lives with his wife and daughter in Houston Texas where he currently works as an independent Risk Management consultant for Shell International, Projects and Technology division.
James B. Balocki Chief Executive Officer and Director, Services and Installations Office of the Chief of Army Reserves, Fort Bragg, NC
Mr. James B. Balocki was selected to the Senior Executive Service in July 2009. He is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Director, Services and Installations, Office of the Chief of Army Reserves, Fort Bragg, NC. He exercises oversight for the command’s 12,000 civilian employees and manages acquisition, information technology, installation operations and services, environmental and military construction support for the 215,000-strong command. Previously he served as Chief, Interagency and International Services Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for engineering, scientific and technical support to foreign governments; combatant commands and embassies; federal, state and local government agencies; and national and international non-governmental organizations. Before this he served as Director, Joint Programs Integration Office, Headquarters, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in Kabul, responsible for the $14 billion U.S. and NATO construction programs to establish Afghan National Army and Police forces. He also coordinated efforts of the Department of Defense, State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Government of Afghanistan to achieve strategic security and development goals. In his first senior executive assignment, Mr. Balocki served as the Chief, Environmental Community of Practice, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., where he oversaw $2 billion of environmental programs worldwide supporting the EPA, Army, Air Force and Defense Department.
Mike Bendewald Senior Associate Rocky Mountain Institute
Mike Bendewald is a Senior Associate on RMI’s Buildings Team. He leverages his practical understanding of energy efficient, smart, and healthy buildings to enhance real estate analysis and decision-making techniques. He currently leads the market delivery of the RMI practice guide on valuing energy efficiency and sustainability retrofits. As part of this effort, Michael develops strategic partnerships and projects with trade associations, real estate product and service companies, and real estate owners and occupiers. Michael has degrees in philosophy and engineering from Saint John’s University (MN) and University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively. View Profile
Adriana Berrocal Managing Director BValue Consulting
With over two decades of consulting and technical experience including Valuation Services, Transaction Support and Corporate Finance, Adriana has led hundreds of projects in more than twenty countries, including the supervision of large, complex multidiscipline engagements regarding businesses (as a going concern or assets’ based), real property, machinery and equipment, and intangible assets. Prior to establishing BValue, Adriana collaborated with various international consulting firms and government entities. Her experience includes a wide variety of industries and numerous purposes: mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, governance, commercial / shareholders disputes, compliance with International, Mexican, American, and Brazilian financial reporting standards, among other. Valued intangibles including: intellectual property, customer lists, trademarks and trade names, favorable contracts, non-competition and employment agreements, goodwill. Adriana was the first professional in Latin America to attain the Intangible Asset Specialty Designation under the auspices of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She is also Accredited Senior Member of the ASA in Business Valuation, and served as registered appraiser for the (Mexican) National Banking and Securities Commission in the fields of Real Property and Machinery & Equipment. Adriana is appointed member of the Appraisal Practices Board of The Appraisal Foundation. This Board is responsible for identifying and issuing an opinion on valuation methods and techniques, for all specialties in the United States. She is a frequent speaker, author and professor on Valuation, Financial Reporting, Intangibles, and Corporate Governance in national and international venues.
Scott F. Biethan Senior Managing Director CBRE
Scott F. Biethan, FRICS, MAI is the Senior Managing Director of the Pacific Northwest Region of CBRE. He has over 25 years of professional experience in real estate, with an emphasis in hospitality properties. His appraisal and consulting assignments have included vacant land, air rights, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial complexes, commercial properties, universities, residential properties, hotels, resort properties/golf courses, utilities and investment properties throughout the United States. He has performed valuations of proposed, partially completed, renovated and existing structures. He has been qualified as an expert witness in condemnation matters in the State of Washington and California, and has been extensively involved in bankruptcy litigation and equity cases. He has served as arbiter in numerous real estate matters, including ground rent redetermination and space lease renewal rent determination. He has acted as a guest speaker before real estate, banking, hospitality and other organizations throughout the United States. He was the team leader on a study of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the largest dry-docking facility in the Americas. He was also the team leader on an analysis of the NOAA marine facility in Seattle, a large pier and upland facility used for the moorage and work on the NOAA fleet. He has been involved in the appraisal of the real estate portfolios of The Boeing Company, Microsoft and the Puget Sound area Equity office buildings. Mr. Biethan is the Industry Leader of the CBRE Hospitality & Gaming Group. He oversees the consulting and appraisal activities of the Hospitality & Gaming Group. He has been involved in hotel, gaming and resort properties throughout the world, and has presented numerous hospitality-related conferences and events. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Biethan was the Managing Director of the Valuation Advisory Services Group at Cushman & Wakefield of Washington, Inc. View Profile
Martin Brühl Head of International Investment Management Union Investment Real Estate
Martin Brühl is Head of International Investment Management at Union Investment Real Estate, a major German open-ended fund provider. In his role, he is in charge of property acquisitions and disposals in Asia, the Americas and the UK. Martin’s background is in valuation and capital markets advisory and during most of his professional life he has worked for international consultancy firms, notably Cushman & Wakefield. Martin Brühl took office as RICS President Elect at Governing Council on 1 July 2014. View Profile
Viktor Bullain Regional Manager, Integrated Building Solutions Turner Construction
Viktor Bullain is a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and Lean Construction management expert with over 17 years of experience in integrating workflows and technology for both design and construction. He received his MA in Architecture from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After graduation he joined Graphisoft R&D as a software product designer, and participated in the development of the first Building Information Modeling (BIM) software platform for architects called ArchiCAD. Viktor moved to the Silicon Valley and became the Product Manager for the North American market in 2001. He recognized the opportunity for extending the use of BIM for construction and co-founded Vico Software in 2007. Vico software pioneered a fully integrated BIM process with estimating and scheduling, called 5D BIM. In 2009 Viktor joined Turner Construction where he is responsible for overseeing Project Controls, Lean Construction and BIM implementation in the South West Region representing over $1.5 B in project volume. Viktor established the first Regional Integrated Building Solutions department within Turner construction with the goal of integrating business processes for more efficient project delivery. His team and their collective knowledge enabled Turner to drastically improve communication and collaboration, eliminate change orders while enhancing quality and compressing construction project schedule. Turner achieved the #1 ranking in Building Design & Construction magazine’s 2012 and 2013 Giants 300 BIM Report based on BIM Project Revenue. Viktor was named as “Top 20 under 40” by Engineering News Record California for his leadership in implementing new technology and his contribution to educating the community. He is currently MBA candidate at the USC Marshall School of Business class of 2016.
David Bunton President The Appraisal Foundation
Mr. Bunton has served as the senior staff member of The Appraisal Foundation since May of 1990. As President, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. Prior to joining The Appraisal Foundation, he served as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for the Federal Asset Disposition Association. He also previously served as a legislative assistant in the United States Senate for eight years and was a Congressional Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives for four years. Mr. Bunton holds a BA degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Bunton recently received a certificate in the Leadership Series for Non-Profit CEOs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education.
Will Burton Director of Project Controls Gleeds USA
Will Burton is Director of Project Controls for Gleeds USA operations and has more than 10 years of experience in providing project controls solutions for clients in the United States and abroad. Since joining Gleeds in the United States, Will has established and implemented a multi-million dollar project controls program for one of the country’s largest natural gas distributors. He is also in the process of establishing a project controls program for a major natural gas distributor in the state of Illinois, driving the recent launch of a new Gleeds office in Chicago. In addition to his expertise within the energy, petrochemical and oil and gas sectors; Will has experience working on large-scale construction projects within the areas of scheduling, cost and risk management. He is currently providing schedule oversight on the new $400 million grandstand reconstruction for the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Will earned his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.
Naren Chande Senior Executive Vice President Altus Group
Naren Chande joined Altus Group in 2000 and is the Senior Executive Vice President who co-leads the Cost Business Unit of Altus Group in North America. With over four decades of industry experience in Canada and abroad, Mr. Chande provides advisory services to government agencies, lenders, and building owners on large-scale projects. Notably, he led the Altus team, mandated by Infrastructure Ontario, in conducting a risk matrix used for value-for-money benchmarking for public sector projects.
Christopher Coldoff Principal Gensler
CHRISTOPHER COLDOFF, IIDA, CID, LEED AP brings 22 years of experience to the design of innovative workplace environments. A Principal and Studio Leader in Gensler’s Los Angeles office, Chris is particularly adept at translating a client’s vision into unique and effective spaces that align with operational and organizational goals. Committed to advancing the profession, Chris is a member and past President of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. His work has received numerous awards, and he is a frequent contributor to publications and local industry discussions on the subject of workplace strategy and innovation. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago. His varied client list includes Beckman Coulter, Amgen, Ares Management, NBC Universal, Microsoft and Gibson Dunn.
Ryan M. Colker Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor National Institute of Building Sciences
Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Sustainable Building Industry Council. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he contributed to the development of a robust government affairs program. While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and contributed to the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. Previously, Colker served as the Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of natural resource professional and scientific organizations. A graduate of the George Washington University Law School with a Juris Doctor, Colker is a licensed member of the Maryland Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.
Casey Craig Architecture + Design Manager KNOLL
As Knoll's Architecture and Design Manager, CASEY CRAIG is responsible for interfacing with the A&D sector communicating Knoll’s latest research on workplace trends. Prior to joining Knoll, Casey worked as a Senior Consultant within CBRE’s Workplace Strategy Practice where she specialized in analytical problem solving, change management, and strategic leadership development. She was actively involved in the development of the new workplace strategy for CBRE’s Downtown Los Angeles office and played an integral role in assessing the current workplace and implementing a change management plan. In addition to the CBRE’s Workplace 360 project, Casey has since developed the digitization platform and strategy that CBRE is using to roll out to all of its 360 projects. Casey has provided support in the development and presentation of workplace strategies for various clients including AECOM, SEMPRA, Cisco, SAFE, Kinecta and Grocery Outlet.
Jason Dallara Director - Office of Real Estate Acquisitions and Disposals, Overseas Building Operations U.S. Department of State
Mr. Dallara, an attorney and CPA, has been involved with the real estate industry for his entire career. For the last 15 years, he has worked with the U.S. Department of State assisting with the management of 20,000+ U.S. Embassy and Consulate properties in over 250 cities worldwide. In 2013, Mr. Dallara was selected to be the Director of the Office of Real Estate Acquisitions and Disposals, which is responsible for all purchases and sales of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and other diplomatic properties overseas. These responsibilities include all site acquisitions for new Embassies as well as Asset Management activities. Mr. Dallara manages 150+ transactions in over 75 countries with a transaction value of $2 billion. In prior roles with the State Department, Mr. Dallara served as Chief Strategist for Planning and Real Estate and led efforts such as the London Embassy business case relocation, the Radio Free Europe headquarters project in Prague, and briefings on public-private-partnerships. Mr. Dallara also served as Director of the Office of Master Planning and Evaluations which led planning and real estate evaluation efforts. In this role, he created the Master Planning Division, reinvented new Embassy site selection, and achieved recognition for the Directorate with national awards in the categories of Asset Management, Public Projects, Master Plans, and Best Practices. Prior to his role in government, Mr. Dallara was a senior real estate attorney at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia and a juris doctorate from Emory University.
Martin Darley Project Services Manager Chevron
Martin Darley FRICS CCP has a 35 year career in Project Control and served on RICS Americas Board (2002-2006), and as RICS licensed APC trainer for the Americas. Prior to relocation to the US in 2001 he was Regional Director of Faithful & Gould (UK) and served RICS at regional level. Martin holds Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and a Chartered Project Manager, qualifications and studied at College of Estate Management, Reading. He holds diploma in Business Excellence from Newcastle College and is a Certified Value Manager from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has participated in JIPs (Joint Industry Projects) including “Whole life-cycle costing for Oil & Gas”, and co-authored “Value Enhancing Practices for Small Projects” , published by ECI (European Construction Institute). Prior to joining Chevron he was a Director of Turner & Townsend USA he was responsible for development of consultancy services for the Energy industry. Martin is the Cost Engineering and Project Services Manager for Chevron’s Project Resource Company and responsible for Project Controls on their $10bn Rosebank development. He is the President of AACE International, and lives and works in Texas.
Alistair Dearie Partner BTYGroup
Alistair has 16 years of experience in cost management and project monitoring services for both the public and private sector in North America and Europe. As a partner of a leading North American cost consultancy, Alistair has overseen the firm's tremendous growth in Western Canada and the United States. He serves on the RICS Board for Canada and contributed to RICS's recent publication for Guidance Notes for Project Monitoring Services. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. View Profile
Chris Docherty Director of the Property Sector Division (PSD), Credit Risk CIBC First Caribbean International Bank
Chris is the Director of the Property Sector Division (PSD), Credit Risk, at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, based at Head Office in Barbados, with a regional remit over all seventeen countries where the Bank carries out business. Chris has overall responsibility for writing and upholding the Bank’s Valuation and Construction Loan Policies, formulating processes, seminars, and providing education and training throughout the Business in instructing and analyzing external consultancy reports related to real estate property and construction loans. Chris maintains and monitors the Bank’s panel of external consultants, and is responsible for the review of all high value instructions and received valuation reports as well as the review of all high value development analyses, and their subsequent monitoring as construction loan facilities. Chris also has involvement in the analysis of non-performing loans related to real estate, in terms of provisioning, considering customer proposals, and analyzing cost estimates and sales values and absorption forecasts. A former Director of BCQS, and now living on his fourth island, Chris has been Caribbean based for over ten years, having spent the formative years of his career at both EC Harris and Turner and Townsend, London, UK. Chris is a graduate of Kingston University, UK, and a Fellow of the RICS.
Johnny Dunford Corporate Real Estate Director BNP Paribas
Johnny Dunford is Director Corporate Real Estate at BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. JD is based in London and works with corporate occupiers to optimise their property portfolios and in particular ensure the property delivers the best solution to fit the business needs. BNP Paribas Real Estate have the ability to deliver a range of services including strategy and analysis of portfolios, transaction management of disposals and acquisitions and occupier management involving day to day running of the portfolio. Clients are large and diverse including public sector and private sector operations across a broad range of sectors include Aviva, Parliamentary Estates, IBM, Post Office and others. Previous to BNP Paribas Real Estate JD was Global Commercial Property Director at RICS where he lead on the Strategic Facilities Management initiative and International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS). Earlier roles include Head of Property at Douglas Bay Capital a private equity house involved in opco – propco transactions and a Director and Managing Director at DTZ where he was active across UK and Europe. Johnny Dunford is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was educated at the UK universities of Cranfield, Reading and Liverpool.
John Fidler President John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc
John Fidler is a British-licensed architect and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with two postgraduate qualifications in building conservation and over 35 years of specialized experience concerned with the condition assessment, repair and welfare of historic buildings, monuments and archaeological sites across the world. He is a prodigious author and entertaining speaker. Based in Los Angeles since 2006 when he was elected a Getty Scholar, Fidler now runs his own international consulting business, John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc., with current projects including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House in Hollywood and the project management of a marine survey of RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. He was formerly the Conservation Director of English Heritage in London where he was responsible technical policy development, research, advice, standard-setting, training and outreach, and for the upkeep of 420 historic sites of national importance including ruined abbeys and castles, furnished palaces, and the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall.
James Finlay Partner Finlay Consulting Group / PDCWeb
James Finlay is Founding Partner with a practice focused on appraisal management and review for small commercial, owner-user and high-performance “green” commercial real estate, including properties with solar photovoltaic arrays and other on-site power systems. Other areas of concentration are due diligence risk analysis for bonds backed by pools of energy efficiency, solar PV, PACE and On-Bill loans. James' commercial real estate experience covers over 25 years including brokerage, project development, fee appraisals and most recently (for almost 15 years) as a commercial appraisal manager/ reviewer with Wells Fargo Bank. This included (from 2006 to mid-2014) being the principal appraisal/valuation representative on the Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs team. He is a frequent speaker on appraisal, finance, due diligence and investment risk regarding high-performance, LEED, Energy Star designed commercial/investment property. James holds a B.A, studies in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at the University of Kentucky, is a General Certified Appraiser, and has a CA Real Estate Sales license, Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors [RICS]. View Profile
Oscar J. Frank Terrazas Managing Director IRValuation De México, Inc.
After 11 years as Managing Director of Integra Realty Resources of Mexico, Mr. Franck Terrazas became founding partner and Managing Director of International Realty Valuation (IRV) and its affiliated IRV De Mexico. Dedicated to consultancy and valuation of commercial real estate under international standards of USPAP and RICS, he is responsible for all operations in Mexico and Latin America and strategic international projects, having executed assignments in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize and Russia. He studied architecture at UNAM, and was dedicated to architectural design and construction in Mexico for nearly a decade. Mr. Franck received the designation Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in April 2010 and subsequently the designation of RICS Registered Valuer. IRV's customers include leading companies trading at Mexico's Stock Exchange (BMV), providing advice and valuation under international standards. Mr. Franck has provided studies and valuation services to VESTA, one of Mexico's most prominent industrial developers, including projects such as the Vesta Douki Seisan Park, hosting Nissan's providers in Aguascalientes and the renowned Queretaro Aerospace Park. The IRV group has branch offices in California, Florida, Mexico City, the Caribbean, Tokyo, Moscow, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Nicaragua. Mr. Franck is a member and Vice-President of ProMexico's Entrepreneurial Counseling Board in California. He is a prolific writer on economic issues and the real estate sector for several international publications, including Inmobiliare Magazine, for which he is associate editor.
Tim Gifford Senior Vice President CBRE Global Capital Markets
Tim Gifford is a Senior Vice President with CBRE Global Capital Markets, focusing on complex cross-border investment advisory services throughout Latin America. Mr. Gifford advises institutional investors on: mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and financing of commercial real throughout Latin America. Working closely with CBRE office locations throughout Latin America, he provides clients seamless capital markets advisory service. Mr. Gifford has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate and investment banking business in various Latin American and Caribbean markets. Mr. Gifford has diverse range of experience advising institutional investors on the complete range of asset classes including: office, retail, industrial, hotel/tourism, and residential. Mr. Gifford has advised clients on over USD $5 billion in commercial property investments in the region, including some of the most significant cross-border transactions. Most recently Mr. Gifford advised on the disposition of the largest single tenant office sale in Mexico and the largest office portfolio disposition in Chile. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Gifford held executive positions with various firms in the region, having acted in the capacity of principal, developer, consultant, appraiser, and financier. View Profile
Alfredo Giorgana Director of Strategic Valuation JLL Mexico
Alfredo Giorgana is a Civil Engineer who graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and in addition, holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Giorgana attained the Accredited Senior Appraiser Designation from the American Society of Appraisers as well as the MRICS designation from the Royal Institutution of Chartered Surveyors, the Certificate in Finance from the Institute of Public Accountants and the designations of Appraiser in Real Property and Appraiser in Business Valuation from the Civil Engineering College of Mexico. Recently Alfredo received the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. Alfredo Giorgana is currently the Director of Strategic Valuation of JLL Mexico and from 1995 to 2011 he was President of Ingeniería y Avalúos, S.A. de C.V.and has accumulated more than 20 years experience in the execution of real property appraisals and investment feasibility studies. In addition, he is also a professional real estate advisor for several major construction and brokerage firms throughout Mexico. In the academic area, Alfredo has been instructor in the areas of “Structural Analysis” and “Planning” at the Universidad Anáhuac, Campus León and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Since 1998, Mr. Giorgana has been an accredited instructor for the American Society of Appraisers for the Real Property RP-201 and RP-202 courses. He is also instructor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México where he is teaching “Valuation” as part of the special program (Seminar) “Real Property Investment Strategies” created by this institution.
Brian Glanville Senior Managing Director Integra Realty Resources
Brian Glanville has been in the real estate appraisal profession in Oregon since 1976 and earned the MAI designation in 1982. In the 1980's, Brian was the Regional Manager for Coldwell Banker Valuation Services, now CBRE. Brian is certified in both Oregon and Washington and has developed an expertise in the appraisal of hotels, high rise office buildings, and complex valuation assignments. He has experience as an expert witness in condemnation, property tax, and civil cases and has had a report submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Glanville has become an authority in the real property profession on fair value issues for financial reporting for publicly held corporations. He has taught seminars on the subject and assisted in developing a paper for the IVSC, in consultation with the International Federation of Accountants, on the use of an expert by auditors. Brian is the Senior Managing Director of the Portland office of Integra Realty Resources. View Profile
Dr. Noah Goldstein, LEED AP Buildings Innovation Program Leader Navigant
Dr. Noah Goldstein, LEED AP, leads Navigant Research’s Buildings Innovation program, with a focus on energy efficiency, building energy management, and applied sustainability. His recent market research includes Zero Energy Buildings, Energy Management in Commercial Buildings, and corporate strategy. Goldstein directs research in industrial energy management, lighting innovations, and energy efficient building systems. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Goldstein was a member of the engineering directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he led research on energy systems informatics and energy efficiency as well as led sustainability compliance for the DOE site. Dr. Goldstein sits on the Continental Automated Buildings Association board and the University of California at Merced’s School of Engineering External Advisory Board. Goldstein holds a BA in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA and PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. View Profile
Ann Gray, FAIA, FRICS Principal GRAY Real Estate Advisors
Ann Gray, FAIA, FRICS is both a licensed architect and real estate broker. As principal at GRAY Real Estate Advisors she consults to property owners, brokers, and land use attorneys on entitlements, development, and positioning to optimize values of complex properties. Prior to forming her company, Ann was Studio Architect at Paramount Pictures for 8 years where she oversaw approximately $250 million in planning, new construction, and remodeling of corporate and production facilities. Prior to her work at Paramount, Ann was Vice President of Real Estate Development at Indivest. Ann is a frequent lecturer and juror at universities such as USC, UCLA, and Harvard Graduate School of Design and serves on the Board of Advisors to the Woodbury University School of Architecture. She is the founder and publisher of FORM magazine, the AEC industry publication in Southern California. She has degrees in Math and Architecture both from UCLA. Ann chairs the Southern California chapter of RICS. View Profile
Ferdinando Guerra Economist Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Ferdinando Guerra joined the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in April 2009 as an Associate Economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research. In his current capacity as an Associate Economist at the LAEDC, Mr. Guerra prepares the international sections of LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and is a primary contributor to the annual International Trade Trends report. He was the principal author of LAEDC’s recently released country reports, Growing Together: China and Los Angeles County and Growing Together: Japan and Los Angeles County. In addition, he compiles the on-line “Business Scan” and contributes regularly to the Kyser Center’s online weekly “e-EDGE”. Mr. Guerra also teaches Economics and Political Science part-time at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Prior to joining LAEDC, Mr. Guerra served as an Economist for David Taussig & Associates, an economic consulting firm, preparing fiscal and economic impact reports for private sector clients and public agencies. He also has worked in the financial services industry, for Morgan Stanley and on Wall Street with the American Stock Exchange. Previously, Mr. Guerra had been an Associate Economist with Standard & Poor’s DRI in Washington D.C., focusing on the energy and chemical industries, international inflation and special client reports. Mr. Guerra earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Mr. Guerra is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).
James Kavanagh Director, Land Group RICS
James Kavanagh BSc (Hons) MRICS C.Geog is a Chartered Land Surveyor & Chartered Geographer. James studied Survey & Mapping at DIT Dublin, Ireland and University of East London. He has worked on some of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe, including Canary Wharf and Broadgate - London and spent several years mapping Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East whilst working for the United Nations. James has broad experience of surveying in many countries around the world, including Ireland, UK, Belgium, the Seychelles, Palestine, Philippines, Syria, and Egypt. James is currently global Director of Land, within the Professional Groups and Forums department of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is the author of numerous surveying and mapping journal articles, has presented professional and technical papers at global conferences (most recently FIG KL2014) and regularly lectures on professional practice. James is also the co-author of several industry standard professional guidance notes and specifications. He has also instigated the use of ‘global virtual e-communities’ within RICS revolutionising member interaction and collaboration. RICS Land Group contains the global professional practices areas of Environment, Geomatics, Minerals & Waste Management, Rural and Planning & Development and contains over 16,000 members.
J. Douglas Koelemay Director Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnership
J. Douglas Koelemay is the director of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3). In this post, Koelemay is responsible for leading the statewide program that delivers projects under the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995 (or PPTA). Koelemay most recently served as vice president for community relations at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). He also was managing director at Qorvis Communications and executive vice president and chief policy officer at Williams Mullins Strategies. Koelemay was appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in 2006. He represented Northern Virginia on the CTB until 2012. While a CTB member, he focused on transportation strategy, corridors of statewide significance and multimodal planning for U.S. 29, Route 606, Dulles International Airport and the Tysons Corner area. Koelemay also served as vice president for public affairs for the Northern Virginia Technology Council. In 1993, he wrote “Financing the Future: Report of the Commission to Promote Investment in America’s Infrastructure,” regarding the status of infrastructure funding in the 1991 federal transportation authorization (the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, or ISTEA). Koelemay received his bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana. He attended the masters program at the University of South Carolina’s Institute of International Politics. He also was a foreign-service officer with the U.S. Department of State and a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. The OTP3 works in coordination with the transportation secretary and Virginia’s seven transportation agencies. It focuses on developing public-private projects across all modes of transportation.
James Kruse Senior Managing Director CBRE
James Kruse is a Senior Managing Director with CBRE, Inc. and leads the firm’s Investor Services division throughout Southern California. He is accountable for CBRE’s top institutional clients, partnering with service line leaders and local market experts to maximize their real estate value, orchestrate CBRE resources on their behalf and ensure consistent, high-quality service for their regional assets. Mr. Kruse also leads CBRE’s Beverly Hills Office, overseeing the strategic growth and performance of the firm’s West Los Angeles region. He is responsible for the professional development and continued success of regional professionals across all CBRE service lines; and under his leadership, they have improved and expanded client service delivery, resulting in increased regional revenue and market share. Mr. Kruse has held a number of strategic leadership positions with CBRE, including the role of Chairman for the firm’s National Agency Office Advisory Council, comprised of the top-performing landlord representation professionals in the U.S. He also leads the Greater L.A.-Orange County Region’s Office Agency Advisory Practice—all focused on enhancing CBRE’s service excellence for ownership clients. View Profile
John Colt Landreth Principal Plaza Property Advisors, Inc.
Mr. Landreth has over forty (40) years of experience in the commercial and industrial real estate business. Mr. Landreth is the President of Plaza Property Advisors, Inc. ('PPA') which is a Chicago-based real estate consulting firm operating both nationally and internationally. A hallmark of PPA is the integration of real estate finance and capital structure expertise with property acquisition both leasehold and freehold. A product of this integration is The Wholesale Build-To-Suit Technique which we created in the mid 1980's and has been successfully deployed to the benefit of many corporate clients. A major focus of PPA is real estate due diligence consulting for our private equity clients. Mr. Landreth has served as an expert witness in the areas of land use and valuation for both financial and municipal institutions. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), SIOR, and he served on the board of the MIT Center for Real Estate from 1996-2002. View Profile
Elias Laniado Regional Director Vesta Baja California
Elias Laniado is currently the Regional Director for Vesta Baja California, founded in 2005, Elias is responsible for the operation of La Mesa Industrial Park and business growth in the region, which includes acquiring, developing and promoting industrial properties. Elias is active in several industry associations in promoting economic development in Baja California. Prior to the formation of Vesta Baja California, Elias was Managing Director of Grupo La Mesa, developer of La Mesa Industrial Park, Industrial Park and Alepo Nordika Construction, founded in 1987 by Elias Laniado. During 1972 to 1987 he worked to support the maquiladora industry in the region, involved in the installation of industrial plants in El Salvador and Costa Rica. He is Chairman of the Board of Tijuana Economic Development, AC (DEITAC) a private organization which promotes industrial investment in the city. He is currently Director of the agency. He was also appointed in 2005 by the Government of California - United States, as Executive Director of the California Business Forum - Mexico in Tijuana. This was an appointment by the Lieutenant Governor of California, Mr. Cruz M. Bustamante, to promote trade in the region He is member of the National Chamber of Industry and Transformation of Tijuana (CANACINTRA) and Tijuana Development Council (TDC). In 1972 Elias Laniado graduated as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, taking graduate courses in engineering at San Diego State University. Elias Laniado was appointed Honorary Consul of Norway for the states of Baja California and Sonora in 1990, an honorary position. He was President of the Consular Corps Accredited in Baja California.
Matthew F. Lavin The Worthe Real Estate Group, Inc.
Matthew F. Lavin joined The Worthe Real Estate Group, Inc. in 2006. Mr. Lavin is responsible for the origination analysis of new investment opportunities, managing the financing process, and overseeing the design and development process for the properties. He also manages the leasing and asset management for the company-owned portfolio of office, retail and apartment buildings. Mr. Lavin brings more than 10 years of real estate investment, financing, and asset management to the firm. Prior to joining The Worthe Real Estate Group, Inc., he worked for The Farrar Group, a company that specializes in raising and securing private equity financing for entertainment-related investments. Mr. Lavin has taken that strength and has maintained a network of high profile entertainment tenants including Walt Disney Company, MTV, Lionsgate, Technicolor, Warner Brothers, FremantleMedia, Viacom, NBC Universal and Clear Channel. Mr. Lavin is an active mentor for students at UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently sits on the Office of Development Council. Mr. Lavin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. View Profile
Susan Brustien Macgregor-Scott Managing Director and Global Head of Transactions Citigroup
Susan Brustien Macgregor-Scott is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Transactions for Citigroup where she oversees over 2,000 active transactions in a portfolio of 76 million square. For over 25 years she has managed the global corporate real estate portfolios in pre-eminent financial services organizations through negotiation, oversight and execution of transactions in over 100 countries. Ms. Macgregor-Scott has overseen and negotiated leases with over $4.0 billion in value as well as sales of over $2.5 billion. Her financial structuring and management of public/private partnerships have yielded innovative benefits such as sales at twice market values, tax free repatriation of sales proceeds, rezoning, tripartite development agreements and $900 million in P&L savings. She has lead teams to develop headquarters buildings on four continents, managed departments of over 300 people and budgets of over $1.0 billion. Ms. Macgregor-Scott began her career as a research economist for the US Department of Treasury and Harvard Business School. She has been based in London and Los Angeles during different points in her career and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband. She has served on the boards of Ellerbe Becket (an international architectural practice), WX New York (woman leaders in the NY real estate market) and MIPIM (global jury for judging European property developments). Susan earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Brandeis University, studied at University College London and the London School of Economics and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jules “Jay” Marling CEO and Managing Principal Capright
Jules “Jay” Marling, CEO and Managing Principal of Capright, has been active in the real estate industry since 1993. Capright provides independent third-party real estate valuation, consulting, and due diligence services to institutional clients throughout the US and Latin America. In addition, Capright has developed numerous proprietary databases and technology platforms that improve business intelligence and market transparency in the commercial real estate industry. Throughout his career, Jay has personally completed or supervised valuation assignments encompassing more than 10,000 assets throughout the United States. These assignments, which involve virtually all types of commercial real estate, have been prepared for institutional clients including pension funds, trusts, corporations, lenders, and legal counsel. Jay currently oversees several large valuation and consulting engagements throughout Latin America. Fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish, Jay and his team of multi-lingual/multi-cultural experts have pioneered the modern valuation process and IVS/IFRS compliance for real estate funds with assets in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama. In addition to valuation and due diligence services, Jay and the Capright team also provide clients with consulting expertise in feasibility, property tax appeal, condominium conversion, re-development planning, and litigation support.
Bruce Mcara Chief Executive Officer Turner & Townsend
Bruce has spent 25 years working in the construction industry. He joined Turner & Townsend in 1990 and has served as a member of the Management Board since 2007. Over the years he has worked on a wide array of projects and in a diversity of roles. As examples he was project manager for the restoration of the only working Georgian Theatre in the UK, Project Director for the expansion of the National Railway Museum in York, UK and developed Turner & Townsend's proprietary system of construction cost management. Throughout his career he has taken great pride in succeeding for his clients, acting with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity at all times. Bruce is equally at ease communicating technically complex and difficult issues to the most senior members of organisations to coaching and supervising the most junior trainees or unskilled workers. A fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Bruce has most recently served in the role of CEO of Turner & Townsend's business across North America, which in nearly three years of his stewardship has more than doubled in size and gained an enviable client list. View Profile
Thomas B. McDonnell President, Valuation & Advisory Services, Americas CBRE
Thomas B. McDonnell, MAI, FRICS, CCIM, is the President, of CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services’ Americas region. His extensive experience in commercial real estate spans 20 years with over 16 years specifically focused on the analysis and valuation of commercial real estate. As President, Mr. McDonnell is responsible for more than 500 professionals in more than 80 offices within the Americas. He has successfully worked with some of CBRE’s most prestigious clients, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, RBS Greenwich Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Since 1991, Mr. McDonnell has been engaged in the preparation of real estate appraisals, rent and market studies of a wide variety of property types including office, retail, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use, land, self-storage, automobile dealerships, mobile home parks, net leased investments, hotel/motel, parking garages and various special purpose properties. Prior to being appointed President, Mr. McDonnell was Senior Managing Director of the North Central Region.​​​​​ View Profile
Scott McMillan Division Chief, Facilities Management International Monetary Fund
Scott is an experienced Senior Executive with extensive experience in a Real Estate and Facilities Management environment gained during the last 18 years, having fulfilled Operational and Consultancy roles in the delivery of integrated management solutions for clients in the public and private sector. Clients have included, British Airways, Northern Ireland Prison Service, London Borough of Croydon, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Rolls Royce, Capital One, American Express, Motorola and Bank of America. In his role at the IMF, Scott embraces the challenge of excellence in service delivery in a dynamic, evolving organization—developing and delivering leading-edge services, systems, and infrastructure to support the Fund’s base, which is over 4 million sq.ft in DC, and oversees Real Estate initiatives in 103 of the 188 member countries.
Nizar Melehani Public Private Partnerships Program Manager California Department of Transportation
Nizar Melehani, PE began his career with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in 1985 in District 10 (Stockton) and has served in various assignments in District 10, Division of Engineering Services (Structures, Design and Construction) and HQ. During his Division of Engineering Services (Structures, Design and Construction) assignment, Nizar was the Chief, Structure Specifications Branch, Office of Structure Office Engineer, responsible for the delivery of projects in the Northern and Central Regions and District 4 (Bay Area). In 2009, Nizar took on a new assignment as Technical Lead for the newly created Public-Private Partnership Program. In 2013, Nizar accepted his current assignment as the Program Manager (acting), Public-Private Partnership Program. Nizar has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, California State University, Sacramento, December 1982, and is Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
Lawrence Melton CEO and President The Building People, LLC
Lawrence Melton is the CEO and President of The Building People, LLC. With over 20 years of Federal Executive Service, Lawrence established the company in 2012, and found early success in its global reach to drive greater efficiency, investment, and performance for their clients. The Building People, LLC provides full lifecycle real estate and facilities management solutions that maximize technology while setting new benchmarks. With practice areas in Real Estate Services, Facilities Management, Energy & Sustainability, Project Management Services, and Information Technology, The Building People LLC offers its clients program management and strategy solutions, integration and innovation management, and operational support and service.
Casey Merrill Managing Director - Southern California, Valuation & Advisory Services Colliers International
Casey Merrill is the Managing Director of Southern California for Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services. After a long and successful football career in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, Mr. Merrill started his appraisal career in 1987. He previously worked for Wells Fargo Bank and has performed valuations and consulting services on a wide variety of property types and property rights. He has served as a leader and manager for more than 20 years. Mr. Merrill has valuation expertise in a variety of assignments including mortgage lending, condemnation (right-of-way), going concerns, life estates, land leases, sandwich leaseholds, minority and fractional ownership interest, valuation of Tribal and Allotted Land on Indian Reservations, estate and probate appraisal. Mr. Merrill was the Chief Appraiser for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from 2001 to 2005 under a Federal 638 Contract. Examples of assignments include: the Port of Los Angeles; U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles; Two California Plaza, Los Angeles; U.S. Bank Center, Phoenix; Hadley Date Orchards, Inc.; Indian Wells Tennis Garden; Palm Springs Art Museum; NAFTA Highway (State Highway 86); Ontario Mills Mall; Westfield Palm Desert Shopping Mall; Q-West Tower, Phoenix; Skechers Warehouse, Moreno Valley; Hanesbrands West Coast Distribution Center, Perris. Mr. Merrill has testified as an Expert Witness in the following jurisdictions: Superior Courts of Riverside County and San Bernardino County, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and the Riverside County Assessment Appeals Board. View Profile
James Moran Executive Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of the Valuation & Advisory Group Cushman & Wakefield
James Moran joined Cushman & Wakefield of Connecticut, Inc. in December 2001 as Managing Director. Currently, he is an Executive Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of the Valuation & Advisory group. In this role, Jim collaborates with country heads in defining the strategic direction of the group. In addition, Jim pursues acquisition and strategic alliance opportunities across the globe. He is also the Chair of the Business Practices Committee and oversees Governance matters. Mr. Moran entered the real estate business in 1976. Employed from 1976 to 1979 as a real estate sales person/broker in the Westchester County, New York market and expanded services to include property management and appraisal. He joined Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in June 1979 as an Appraisal Analyst in the Appraisal, Architectural and Engineering Department of the bank. In 1981, Mr. Moran was elected an officer of the bank and managed valuation assignments related to construction lending activities on a national basis. In August 1982, he joined BA Appraisals, Inc., a BankAmerica subsidiary, as Vice President in the New York office and was promoted to Manager in 1984. In June 1986, Mr. Moran formed Moran & Associates, Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting company in Stamford, Connecticut, and served as its President through 2001. Moran & Associates, Inc. provided commercial valuation services to a broad range of institutional and private investors, owners, and developers, primarily in the broader Connecticut markets and the Westchester County/Hudson Valley areas of New York. View Profile
Carl Muhlstein Managing Director JLL
CARL MUHLSTEIN is a Managing Director based in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Downtown Los Angeles office. Active in Los Angeles commercial real estate for more than 25 years, Carl’s background includes all forms of tenant, landlord, and investment related assignments with a special emphasis on the entertainment industry, creative office and workplace strategies. Carl has served in senior positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Cushman Realty Corporation, Insignia/ESG Capital Advisors and Tishman Speyer Properties. A graduate of Cal State Northridge, Carl is a Los Angeles native. Local activities and memberships include board and advisory roles for five Mayoral administrations, ULI, California Infill Builders Association and LACRA. He served as a public board member of the American Institute of Architects of Greater Los Angeles and chair of the BOMA Political Action Committee. He chairs the Citizen Oversight Committee for the Los Angeles Prop F Fire Facilities Bond advising on 18 fire stations, a regional training facility and an Air Ops facility to serve both the fire and police departments. He also assisted Public Counsel and Planned Parenthood to secure regional headquarters and is an adviser in AIA’s effort to develop a Center for Architecture in Los Angeles. Carl is a past recipient of the IBD’s Caliber Award for Broker of the Year and recipient of the JLL 2013 Broker Culture Award.
Joel K. Myhre GIS Manager NetHope Ebola Response Program
Joel K. Myhre is a geospatial consultant with two decades of public policy, a capacity building experience across the infrastructure, sustainability and disaster response verticals. Currently serving as the GIS Manager for the Ebola Response Program of NetHope (a non profit consortium of 42 leading humanitarian organizations ), he recently completed a consultancy crafting the Ebola response GIS strategy for the World Health Organization's Strategic Health Operations Centre in Geneva, SWITZ. He has worked with a broad swath of US Law Enforcement, Counter-terrorism, and Disaster Response entities, in addition to UN and NGO consultancies throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Mr. Myhre's geospatial endeavors have included Membership in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), co-founder of the California Homeland Security GIS Working Group (HTTR), GEOINT subject matter expert for the LA FBI's WMD effort and GIS advisor for the ad hoc WHO Advisory Group on Mass Gatherings. Before crafting the enterprise GEOINT concept of operations for the largest Intelligence Fusion Center in the US , encompassing seven California Counties and 15+ million citizens, Mr. Myhre collaborated with the prescient LA Terrorism Early Warning Group with ongoing analyses vis a vis Cartel spatial dynamics. Since that time, he has lectured at UCLA, USC, and the RAND Corporation, and contributed to the State of California's strategic counter-terrorism & transnational crime analysis efforts. Recent endeavors have focused on global public health alerting and response, port security, and use of satellite / mobile / UAV data sources for crisis response (UNOSAT - United Nations Institute for Training and Research).
Dr. Alexia Nalewaik Principal Consultant QS Requin Corporation
Dr. Alexia Nalewaik is Principal Consultant of QS Requin Corporation. She is a program controls director and quantity surveyor with over 20 years of risk assessment, owner representation, and cost management experience. Her research and consulting services focus on audit, performance, governance, and strategy for projects, programs, and organizations. Alexia is a member of the RICS Americas Governing Board, and Chair of the International Cost Engineering Council.
Sandra Paret Senior Vice President HOK
SANDRA PARÉT, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP is Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Accounts at HOK with over 30 years of experience in corporate architecture and interior design. She leads HOK’s Strategic Accounts (SA) practice, which is dedicated specifically to accommodating the requirements of companies whose operations span multiple geographies and multiple projects. Her portfolio includes managing long-term engagements for many of the world’s most recognized global institutions. An innovator in the area of efficient project delivery, Sandra is re-defining the way companies work with architecture firms through her focus on detailed process mapping, rigorous standard setting and process replicability, while maintaining design excellence. As a Director of HOK’s SA practice, Sandra’s goal today is to institute seamless collaboration across consulting disciplines and across global markets. She is licensed to practice architecture in 31 states. View Profile
Gerardo R. Ramírez Barba National Director, Corporate Industrial Services JLL Mexico
Gerardo R. Ramírez Barba has been National Director for JLL Mexico’s corporate industrial services since September 2010. Originally studying civil engineering in Mexico City, Mr. Ramírez Barba spent nearly 20 years in senior roles across the Mexican construction industry before moving into acquisition and development of industrial and office real estate, creating investment opportunities from the US into Mexico. Mr. Ramírez Barba is a member of NAIOP, ULI, CCIM and is a member of the Mexican Civil Engineers Association (CICM).
Leanne Read Senior Project Controls Specialist ARCADIS US
Leanne is a Senior Project Controls Specialist at ARCADIS US she is currently working for a large Pharmaceutical client in Philadelphia as the Global Project Controls Lead for their Capital Projects Program. Leanne graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2003 with a BSc HONS in Quantity Surveying and started work at AYH Plc as a graduate surveyor. Leanne qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2007, the same year ARCADIS acquired AYH. She has construction experience in interior fit out and new build projects but has worked exclusively within the project controls field since 2009. She spent 2 years working in Brussels developing a strategic portfolio program which lead to her involvement with her current Client. Leanne moved to Philadelphia in 2010 to implement the system she helped design and to train the delivery teams. Today her role has evolved to include oversight of program controls at both the US and UK sites. Leanne is an avid traveler and has been to 5 of the 7 continents, just South America and Antarctica to go!
Heather Reichardt Director, Property Tax Marriott International
Heather Reichardt, MRICS, is a director with Marriott’s Property Tax department. She provides real estate tax management services to many of Marriott’s domestic hotels throughout the US. Her areas of responsibility include analyzing existing hotel assessments for tax appeal potential, filing tax appeals and presenting in front of local assessors and boards of equalization. Additionally, she provides analysis regarding the property tax impacts for future hotel developments. Prior to joining Marriott International, Heather worked for both the hospitality consulting firm, Pannell Kerr Foerster, and national mortgage lender, Green Park Financial, providing real estate appraisal and feasibility analysis. Heather has presented at numerous property tax related events including those of IPT (Institute for Professionals in Taxation) and IPTI (International Property Tax Institute). She is a volunteer with the IAAO Associate Member committee. Her undergraduate degree is in Real Estate and Urban Development from American University and her graduate degree is in Institutional Real Estate Investment from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Heather serves on the Montgomery County, Maryland Commission for Women and chairs the Mid-Atlantic chapter of RICS.
Darren Seary Regional Manager Fulcrum
Darren Seary MRICS is a Regional Manager with Fulcrum, a leading construction and real estate consulting firm with offices throughout the US. Mr. Seary has almost 20 years of experience identifying and managing risk for both public and private entities such as major lending institutions, equity investors and public agencies, including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and HUD. Mr. Seary holds both an RICS-accredited Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) and the MRICS designation in Building Surveying, which he has utilized to develop a specialization throughout the US in completing and managing numerous Property Condition Assessments. Mr. Seary also performs and manages Work-Out Support Services, Cost-To-Complete Analyses, Construction Project Management Services, Plan and Cost Reviews, Construction Observation Services, Project Rehabilitation Reviews, and Peer Reviews for a wide variety of properties and clients both based in the US and internationally. Darren is based in Southern California and manages Fulcrum’s West Coast operations.
Neil Shah Managing Director, Americas RICS
As Managing Director of the Americas since 2012, Neil is responsible for managing RICS’ presence in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Neil has held senior leadership roles and led entrepreneurial initiatives at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in a broad range of industries, such as IPT (now FM Maintenance), Cirqit, Partsearch Technologies and NorthMarq Real Estate Services. Neil started his career at Pratt & Whitney, a provider of aircraft engines and services, where he held positions in sales, customer services and program management. Over the course of his career, Neil has been a speaker at many industry events focusing on real estate services and facilities management. Neil holds an MBA from Emory University, a BSc in aerospace engineering / BA in economics from Boston University and an MS in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Professor Liang Shiyi Senior Consultant Shanghai Engineering Consulting Trade Association
Professor Liang Shiyi is Chairman of RICS China board, PMP, Director of Science & Technology Committee of China Construction Supervision Association, Honored Director of Shanghai Design Review Committee, and Senior Consultant of Shanghai Engineering Consulting Trade Association.
Darrell Smith Director of Worldwide Energy and Buildings Technology Microsoft
Darrell Smith is the Director of Worldwide Energy and Buildings Technology for Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities group. Darrell oversees the energy strategy, programs and reporting for Microsoft’s RE portfolio consisting of 30 Million square feet and 560 Sites around the world. A key program Darrell is focused on is applying technology against “bid data” to drive energy efficiency at City scale. Darrell has 17 years of industry experience in Facility Management, Data Center Operations, Energy Management, and Manufacturing Engineering.
Christopher P. Soffe President and CEO Gleeds Americas
Christopher P. Soffe FRICS, FCIOB, MCIArb., MCMI, CEnv. is the President and CEO of Gleeds Americas and serves as a Regional Director on Gleeds’ International Board. He is currently principal in charge of Gleeds’ service provision for the new $400 million grandstand reconstruction for the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Since his appointment as President in 1991, Chris has been responsible for the company’s North American and Caribbean operations. He was instrumental in bringing Gleeds to the USA and has since successfully positioned the company to deliver “Commercially Driven Program Management” to the US market. Chris has worked on a diverse range of projects – notables include the restoration of Blenheim Palace, the re-building of Chaucer’s 14th century Alms Houses, the 9/11 World Trade Center insurance claim, and a 7,000-seat Baptist church that won the 2005 national CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) Excellence in Program Management Award for the entire USA. Chris has overseen the state-of-the-art Cancer Research Center for Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta that received the CMAA South Atlantic Project Achievement Award for 2006. The firm has also completed the $217 million Medical Education Commons and College of Dental Medicine programs at GRU, as well as a $112 million program for the rapidly expanding campus at Kennesaw State University. Chris and his wife, Kathy, live in Atlanta. They have three grown children – the two eldest work in Atlanta and the youngest daughter recently graduated from Georgia Regents University in Augusta. Chris enjoys golf and squash and is an avid follower of sports.
Juan Carlos Ulloa Executive Managing Director Cushman & Wakefield Mexico
With more than 18 years of experience in Corporate Real Estate, Juan Carlos has been directly responsible for working with national and international corporations to deliver their real estate needs in the Region. In 1996, Juan Carlos joined Cushman & Wakefield and subsequently built a leading team based in Mexico City. He is currently overseeing the work of more than 10 professionals covering from the US Border to the Panama Canal. Juan Carlos is a Fellow of the RICS. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), of the Appraisal Institute (AI) and of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He holds a bachelors degree in Architecture with a Masters specialization in Business and Construction Management (MBA) at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Related studies include USPAP Standards, Hotel & Mixed-Use properties valuation, Legal and Tax for Real Estate properties, Real Estate Investment and Investment Analysis with the Appraisal Institute and with the ITAM. He is currently a Certified Real Estate Professional (PIC). He and his team have appraised the most relevant and recognized assets in the Region, including the tallest office building in Latin America, the largest retail portfolio, the most valuable industrial portfolio, and the most exclusive resort community within Mexico, on behalf of a large platform of Institutional Clients. He lives in Mexico City, is married and is a father of two.
Timothy M. Walsh President Gaw Capital USA, LLC
Timothy M. Walsh is currently the President and of Gaw Capital USA, LLC, a Los Angeles, CA based real estate firm. Prior to Gaw, Mr. Walsh was the Director (chief investment officer) for the State of New Jersey pension fund from August 2010 through August 2013. At New Jersey, he was the chief fiduciary for the approximately $75 billion New Jersey pension fund as well as approximately $15 billion in money markets funds, deferred compensation plans and college savings plans. Prior to joining the State of New Jersey, he was the chief investment officer managing the $8 billion Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund. Before joining the Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund, he was head of investor relations for a global macro hedge fund, and a vice president and senior trader in fixed income securities, foreign currencies, and options for several large money center banks in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Walsh founded an investment advisory firm, Walsh Financial Services that provided wealth management services for individuals, private trusts and corporate clients. Tim graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1989 with a master’s degree in business administration.
Brian Ward President, Capital Markets and Investment Services Colliers International
Brian Ward serves as the President, Capital Markets and Investment Services for Colliers International, overseeing all investment and financing services for Canada, Latin America and the United States. Brian also holds a global capital markets coordination role with his colleagues in EMEA and APAC. The Capital Markets; Investment Services business includes buy and sell side investment sales, as well as debt and equity placements for all major asset classes, including office, industrial, retail, multifamily and hotels, as well as those practice groups organized around investment sales, including student housing, senior housing, net lease, transit oriented development, golf courses and the like. Brian has spent the bulk of his career on the institutional investment management side of the business, previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Residential, and its predecessor fund Orion Residential, which were affiliated entities of Starwood Capital, Big Rock Partners; DB Zwirn ;Co. Brian has overseen the origination, structuring and investment of more than $3.50BB USD of principal equity with real estate clients transacting globally. Brian has substantial experience with all manner of complex domestic and international debt and equity structures, particularly global capital flows and investment strategies. Brian is a member of the ULI and is on the Board of Directors for the National Multi Housing Council; he is a real estate attorney and has served on the Washington, D.C. staff of Senator Henry Jackson. View Profile
Greg Watkins Chief Executive Watkins Cerny Architects & Planners, Inc. and Carbon Consultants, Inc.
Greg is CEO of both WATKINS CERNY ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS, INC. and CARBON CONSULTANTS, INC. He has worked on projects in Mexico for over 25 years designing resorts, seaports, mixed use, and renewable energy projects. He co-sponsored the first Carbon Credit conference in Mexico City in 2008 with ex-US Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, and continues to pursue large scale energy conservation, renewable energy and carbon finance projects in Mexico and California. Current projects include Ensenada Central Park & Ensenada International Airport, Ensenada Marina Village, Rosarito Media Center & theme park, & Cibola del Mar University/teaching hospital and housing project, and Ahome County pay forward energy savings project. View Profile
Chris Williams Executive Vice President Gleeds
Chris Williams is Executive Vice President, a shareholder and member of the board of directors for Gleeds USA. As well as having board level responsibility for the strategic direction of the USA business, Chris has responsibility for the Atlanta and Chicago offices, overseeing the technical service provision in addition to human resources, marketing and business development. Chris has been with Gleeds since 1994 and became a member of RICS in 1998. In 2001, he relocated from London to Atlanta to integrate a company that Gleeds had acquired into the global business. Chris has led the company into the area of project controls in the energy sector. He oversees teams in Atlanta and Chicago for the management of two major infrastructure programs. A fellow of the RICS, Chris has served on the board of directors, providing APC assessments and participating in a working group responsible for accrediting the first US universities with construction programs. Chris continues to serve as a guest speaker for Georgia Tech’s construction bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Chris is also an avid supporter of STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) programs and presents to local elementary schools in an effort to raise awareness for workplace careers in the construction industry.
L. Deane Wilson Managing Partner The Blackwell Group
L. Deane Wilson, MA, ASA is the Managing Partner for The Blackwell Group, a real estate appraisal firm in California. Mr. Wilson has instructed formal real estate appraisal courses for the American Society of Appraisers in Eastern Europe (Ljubljana, Slovenia) sponsored by the Agency for the Privatization of the Republic of Slovenia, in conjunction with the World Bank. His current area of practice is appraisal review, with an emphasis on reviewing going concern appraisals. Mr. Wilson has been involved with this topic dating back to the 1970’s when he was a Vice President in banking originating SBA loans. He has been appraising going concern property types since the 1980’s and has taught Going Concern Valuation for over a decade to government agencies, assessors, and appraisers, and for appraisal organizations such as the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute. Mr. Wilson is the author of the book Going Concern Valuation for Real Estate Appraisers, Lenders, Assessors, and Eminent Domain Professionals. He graduated from BIOLA University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, and has a Special Major Master’s Degree from California State University, Sacramento in Land Use Ethics.





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