Leaders' Perspectives

A four-part webinar program about what is at stake in terms of innovation in the U.S.A. and around the world

We are proud to launch a Spring-Summer monthly webinar program of U.S.-moderated and hosted session featuring industry leaders addressing how an innovative mindset can help overcome current challenges, the future of PropTech, changes in the development landscape, how retail can leverage technology to succeed and more.

The Changing Face of Commercial Real Estate: Top National U.S. Real Estate Leaders React to Changing Market Dynamics

Meet the speakers

Nick Romito

CEO and Co-Founder

VTS

Adam L. Stanley

Global CIO

Cushman & Wakefield

Jay Neveloff - Moderator

Partner and Chair, Real Estate

Kramer Levin

Nick Romito

CEO and Co-Founder, VTS

Nick Romito is the CEO and co-founder of VTS, commercial real estate's leading leasing, marketing, and asset management platform. Under Nick’s leadership, the proptech unicorn just launched VTS Market, the CRE industry’s first integrated online marketing platform that enables landlords & their agency teams to market and lease their available space remotely for the first time. VTS manages more than 12 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial assets across 35 countries by more than 700 landlords and brokerage firms which includes CBRE, Blackstone, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, Boston Properties & JLL.

Prior to VTS, Nick was a tenant rep & landlord broker at Murray Hill Properties (now MHP Real Estate Services). From there he went on to oversee a 3-million square-foot office and retail portfolio at AM Properties before co-founding VTS in 2012.

Nick has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and was recently named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and under his stewardship, VTS was named to the Forbes’ Cloud 100. Nick is a regular speaker at conferences around the world, including RealComm and ULI. He is actively involved with STOKED, a community of mentors helping underserved youth reach their full potential through action sports. 

Adam L. Stanley

Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer,  Cushman & Wakefield

Adam L. Stanley provides strategic and operational direction for Cushman & Wakefield’s client facing and colleague technology systems and infrastructure across all business lines and markets. As Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer, and a member of the Global Managing Board, he advocates for the best solutions for the best clients, supported by the best talent.

Drawing on his more than 20 years of industry experience, Adam is a change agent with proven success driving growth, performance, talent retention and innovation. He's been honored as one of Chicago Tech 50, Infoworld Premier 100 Leader, Huffington Post’s Most Social CIOs, and the InfoWorld CTO 25.

Prior to joining the firm, Adam served as Technology and Security Services Director for Aviva PLC, a FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 insurer and asset manager and the world's sixth largest insurer. Adam’s numerous global and U.S. leadership roles have also included serving as the Global Chief Technology Officer of Aon, a global provider of risk management, insurance, and reinsurance brokerage. He spent nearly 10 years with Deloitte Consulting.

Adam has served on the board of directors of GATX Corporation since 2019. He is active in the startup PropTech community and serves as mentor or advisor to multiple accelerators while serving on the Board of Directors of CEC/1871, one of America’s top incubators. He is deeply involved in the civic and charitable community and in addition to Board roles, provides pro-bono technology, operations, and organizational strategy advisory services to non-profit organizations.

Jay A. Neveloff

Partner, Chair, Real Estate, Kramer Levin - Moderator

Jay A. Neveloff advises a broad range of clients involved with the development, ownership and financing of real estate projects, including high-profile mixed-use, commercial, retail, and residential projects in New York City and throughout the country. A nationally recognized transactional lawyer, Jay represents institutional and private equity funds, as well as other investors, in joint ventures, in the acquisition and sale of property, including portfolios of properties, and in connection with a broad variety of developments. He also represents major international funds and financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, loan restructurings and workouts.

Jay’s most notable transactions include high-profile projects in New York City, such as the Waldorf Astoria, representing the owner in several aspects; Disney-ABC, representing the company in the sale of its primary New York City campus and in the relocation of its New York headquarters to a 1.2-million-square-foot complex with office and studio space being developed in Tribeca; CIM in the development of 432 Park Avenue, multiple parties involved in the development and financing of Central Park Tower; and Time Warner Center, representing Related-Apollo in the $1.7 billion development of the premier mixed-use complex in Columbus Circle. 

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The Role of Tech and Innovation for Today's Top Brokers

It is time to focus on the role of tech and innovation for today’s top brokers through a dynamic panel discussion covering an array of topics. From innovation strategies to adaptation to the so-called new normal and the intersection between human expertise and data

Meet the speakers

Kathleen Cahill

Head of Global Innovation

Cushman & Wakefield

Shimon Shkury

Founder and President

Ariel Property Advisors

Ravi Patel

Managing Director

Newmark Knigh Frank

Duke Long - Moderator

Founder

The Duke Long Agency

Duke Long

Founder, The Duke Long Agency

Duke Long, a 20-plus year veteran of commercial real estate, named one of the “Top 5 Most Influential Real Estate Tech People.” Long has invested in, advised and helped grow many of the latest technology companies focused on commercial real estate. He is an advisor and mentor for the NAR Reach Program and MetaProp Real Estate Technology Accelerators. As a popular speaker, he has presented at industry events hosted by many well-known companies and associations, including CBRE, JLL, Colliers International, The International Council of Shopping Centers and CoreNet among others.

Kathleen Cahill

Head of Global Innovation, Cushman & Wakefield


Kathleen Cahill is the Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Innovation Hub. In her role, Kathleen advises Cushman & Wakefield service lines on emerging technology solutions and trends that can help drive organic growth, operational efficiencies and strategic transformation.

The Global Innovation Hub is responsible for launching new technology partnerships, driving thought leadership and managing Cushman & Wakefield’s strategic partnerships with leading real estate tech VCs, Fifth Wall and Metaprop.

Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, she spent five years working at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a strategy and business consultant analyst for their multifamily, commercial and construction lending businesses. She has been named to CSQ’s NextGen 10 in 2018 for Real Estate and Finance and is the co-founder of the women’s focused real estate technology industry group, Pomegranate.    

Shimon Shkury

Founder and President, Ariel Property Advisors

Shimon Shkury is the Founder and President of Ariel Property Advisors. As President he oversees all investment sales, capital services and research initiatives that the company undertakes. Mr. Shkury also co-manages Arlington Equity Group, an international debt and equity platform which has a focus on Joint Venture Equity and Debt Advisory. Arlington specializes in advising clients through the bond issuance process in Israel.

Since 2002, Mr. Shkury has advised private clients, institutions, operators, equity providers and lenders on pricing, positioning and selling assets throughout New York City. This experience has enabled Mr. Shkury to emerge as an expert within the various asset classes, city, state and federal regulatory agreements and market indicators.

Mr. Shkury is frequently sought out as a resource for the industry, being featured in the Commercial Observer, The Wall Street Journal, NY Observer, New York Post and many other industry publications. In 2009, he was recognized by Real Estate New York as one of the “40 under 40” in the industry.

Ravi Patel

Managing Director - Strategy and Product Management, Newmark Knight Frank


Ravi currently runs all app development for NGKF. He joins NGKF from the advertising technology ecosystem where he sold and built products for clients such as Unilever, Nestle, P&G, Ford, among others. His experience in product management over the past decade spans the advertising and real estate sector. He has helped to lead the productization efforts for two startups that grew from $5M ARR to $100M+ ARR. At NGKF, he is focused on productizing the next set of applications to help business unit efficiencies and automation.

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Space-as-a-Service: Setting the Right Priorities

The coronavirus pandemic could prove to be a ‘great accelerator’ for the take-up of the flexible office space sector and the future of real estate technology. A panel of leading experts met online to discuss how innovation is likely to help the industry overcome its current trials, and the potential direction for the future of real estate technology. 

Meet the speakers

Ryan Simonetti

CEO & Co-Founder

Convene

Dr. Amol Sarva

CEO and Co-Founder

Knotel

Georgia Collins

EVP Global Client Solutions

Hana

Charlie Hobey

Managing Director - Product and Operations

EQ Office

Minta Kay - Moderator

Partner and Chair

Goodwin - Real Estate Industry Group

Minta Kay

Partner and Chair - Real Estate Industry group, Goodwin

Minta Kay is a Partner in and Chair of Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry group and a member of its Real Estate Joint Ventures, Real Estate Finance and Hospitality & Leisure practices.

For more than 28 years, Ms. Kay has represented institutional investors, tax-exempts, real estate funds and owner/operators in connection with all aspects of their real estate investment transactions. She regularly advises clients on joint venture formation and restructuring, senior and junior debt origination, acquisition and restructuring, portfolio transactions, development transactions, and property sales and acquisitions.

Minta is also a leader in Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, which is focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across the two practice areas. As a key member of the PropTech Steering Committee, Minta is responsible for driving strategy across the two groups to effectively support clients involved in the emerging subsector. 

Dr. Amol Sarva

CEO and Co-Founder, Knotel

Amol Sarva is the CEO and Co-Founder of Knotel, the world’s leading flexible workspace platform. Founded in 2016, Knotel is now in 200+ locations with over 4 million square feet across four continents. Knotel matches, tailors and manages space for global enterprises.

Prior to starting Knotel, Sarva co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience and built a building in New York called East of East. He earned his bachelor’s from Columbia University and doctorate from Stanford in cognitive science. Now, he is paying it forth to his undergraduate alma mater by teaching courses about the ideas, process, frameworks, and context of startups and entrepreneurship. Sarva is also a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.

Ryan Simonetti

CEO and Co-Founder, Convene

Ryan co-founded Convene in 2009 with the intention of disrupting the commercial real estate industry and transforming the workplace experience by capitalizing on converging trends in real estate, technology, and hospitality. His vision - to infuse hotel-style services into meetings, events and flexible office spaces - has been Convene’s guiding force for the last 11 years, during which they have expanded to 32 locations across the US and UK. 

His professional career began as a real estate banking analyst in the global real estate group at Lehman Brothers, where he focused on the structuring and securitization of commercial mortgage-backed securities. Following Lehman Brothers, Ryan joined Gramercy Capital Corp. as a vice president where he was responsible for the restructuring of a billion dollar loan portfolio including $600 million of hospitality related real estate investments. 

Georgia Collins

EVP Global Client Solutions, Hana

Georgia oversees Hana’s client solutions team. She is focused on understanding and translating the unique needs of our enterprise clients to ensure maximum alignment with our product and investment strategies. In collaboration with Hana’s Investment Team, Georgia also works with owners to ensure Hana’s units fully integrate with their building management and tenant experience objectives.

Georgia has nearly 20 years of experience in workplace design and strategy, commercial real estate and urban planning. Immediately prior to joining Hana, Georgia led Host, CBRE’s tenant and workplace experience services platform. She has also held numerous senior leadership roles across workplace design and planning including Executive Manager Director for CBRE’s Workplace consulting team and Manager Director for DEGW North America.

Charlie Hobey

Managing Director – Product and Operations, EQ Office

Charlie Hobey is a seasoned real estate executive with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate, strategic consulting, and operations fields. He is responsible for all facets of property management, engineering, construction and product development for 50 office properties comprising approximately 23 million square feet of office space across the United States. He supervises approximately 100 product design and operations professionals.

Prior to serving as EQ Office’s Managing Director – Product and Operations, Mr. Hobey was EQ Office’s Sr. Vice President – Operations.  In this role, he led due diligence activities for office portfolio acquisitions and dispositions with approximate total value of $4 billion across 10 million square feet. 

He has also served as Vice President – Corporate Strategy and prior to joining EQ Office in 2004 he was a Manager at Bain & Company, Inc. where he advised clients on supply chain operations, procurement, operations excellence, merger integration, business unit strategy and channel strategy.

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How Innovation Will Enable the Real Estate of the Future

An extraordinary panel discussion around disruptive trends in real estate and the specific demands placed on property companies by the pandemic that are likely to have a short and long–term influence on how real estate tech is called upon to solve industry problems. 

Meet the speakers

Toby Moskovits

President and Founder

Heritage Equity Partners

Michael Phillips

Principal and President

Jamestown

Winston Fisher

Partner

Fisher Brothers

Aaron Block - Moderator

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

MetaProp

Aaron Block

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MetaProp - Moderator

Aaron Block is a best selling author, speaker, entrepreneur and investor focused on the intersection of real estate and technology.

He co-founded and serves as Managing Partner of MetaProp, the New York-based venture capital firm focused on the PropTech industry. Founded in 2015, MetaProp’s investment team has invested in 120+ technology companies across the real estate value chain. Previously, Aaron served as Chairman of Chicago-based BayRu, LLC, and Cushman & Wakefield.

Toby Moskovits

President and Founder, Heritage Equity Partners

Toby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region.

The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods. In addition to the two-million square feet of commercial and residential properties, the firm and its partners already completed.  Heritage currently has a number of major projects in various stages of development: 25 Kent Avenue, an innovative light industrial and office development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, targeting tech, creative, and maker tenants; a 190-unit residential rental development at 564 St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; a 100,000-square-foot light industrial and office project at 215 Moore Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Michael Phillips

Principal and President, Jamestown

Michael Phillips is a Principal and the President of Jamestown, overseeing the development of the company’s real estate projects globally. During his tenure, Jamestown has grown its portfolio in key US markets and expanded its investment footprint to South America and Europe, more than tripling the firm’s assets under management. The firm also launched Jamestown Invest, its first direct-to-consumer fund. Mr. Phillips is the driving force behind the company’s adaptive reuse projects including Chelsea Market in New York City, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Industry City in Brooklyn, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and ability to build unique, iconic urban centers. 

Winston Fisher

Partner, Fisher Brothers

Winston C. Fisher directs the company’s financing/investing activities, property acquisitions and dispositions, and oversees all new development initiatives. With experience across a broad range of transactions, Mr. Fisher leads all financial analysis, due diligence, project capitalization efforts and joint-venture partnerships for new and distressed real estate projects.

His active participation in the company’s development projects includes serving as CEO of AREA15, a first-of-its-kind experiential and interactive retail, dining and nightlife complex. In addition, he manages the Fisher Brothers investment portfolio, including asset allocation, risk management and investment manager selection and holds the position of Chairman of Lionheart Strategic Management, which provides financing on transitional assets.

Prior to joining Fisher Brothers in the Spring of 2000, Mr. Fisher worked as an analyst at JP Morgan Chase. After successfully completing his tenure at Chase, he joined Heller Financial working in Private Equity Acquisitions Finance and Asset-backed transactions in 1999. 

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Looking for more? Join us at Propel by MIPIM – NYC on December 8-11, 2020 for more in depth discussions and networking with leaders and innovators of the real estate & tech industries.

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