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New York City and real estate are practically synonymous, and this is THE place to be if you work in the industry. It’s an exciting time to be a real estate professional because technological developments and new sustainability demands are changing the way buildings are bought and sold. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stay up-to-date on industry trends and network with other professionals to serve your clients in the best way possible.
In this article, we’ll highlight the top 10 real estate events taking place in NYC this year, including details of each conference and the keynote speakers.
The Sixth Annual Greater New York Healthcare Real Estate Summit – January 31, 2017
This conference is coming up quickly, so don’t delay registering to secure your spot. The Greater New York Healthcare Real Estate Summit is an opportunity to meet with developers, innovators, and tenants in the Tri-State Area and nationally and discuss the present and future of healthcare real estate. It takes place on January 31 at the Yale Club of New York and is a full-day conference that includes breakfast, lunch, and networking opportunities.
There will be 40 speakers and eight hours of informational panels and networking, making this the most comprehensive healthcare real estate event of the year. One featured speaker will be Nancy Johnson, who is a transportation professional who has made improvements for airports, marine ports, rail transit systems, tunnels, bridges, and more. She is also an expert in emergency response. Joe Bolano has over 31 years of experience in capital projects and facility management and has been specializing in the latest buildings innovations for healthcare delivery. With the aging U.S. population and the uncertainty of healthcare in America today, this is an important commercial real estate market worth learning more about. It is expected that around 35 percent of attendees will be investors, owners, and developers, 20 percent will be architects and engineers, and 20 percent will be tenants/end-users and their consultants.
City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit – February 3-4, 2017
Another conference happening soon is the City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit on February 3-4, which is organized by 92nd Street Y. Along with Hundred Stories, this organization is hosting a two-day conference for developers, interior designers, and architects to gather together and explore new trends and ideas for the NYC landscape. It’s taking place at 1395 Lexington Avenue in New York City and is considerably more affordable than many of the other conferences on this list.
Conference sessions begin at 4pm on February 3rd and then continue on for full days on the 4th and 5th. Topics addressed include creating new and authentic neighborhoods, reimagining NYC landmarks, feng shui, wellness, sustainability, suburban markets, and much more. Dozens of speakers will be sharing their expertise and experiences in these sessions including Jeffrey Beers (founder and CEO of Jeffrey Beers International), Spencer Bailey (editorial director for Surface Media and editor in chief of Surface magazine), and Robert Vecsler (president of residential development at Silverstein Properties, Inc.).
Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable – February 7, 2017
This year’s Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable is organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society and taking place on February 7. These are quarterly events that bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities and to learn about news in the borough. The February 7th event will look at the Red Hook neighborhood and feature a Q&A session with the founder of the Red Hook Initiative, Jill Eisenhard. She helped develop a model for social change and youth development, and the organization employs over 125 local residents today.
Other expert speakers will be Chris Ward, chief executive at AECOM Metro New York, and developer Marshall Sohne. Ward will discuss the potential development of Red Hook and Sunset Park, and Sohne will talk about his experience with developing passing housing structures that reduce the carbon footprint of buildings in the neighborhood. The location of this event is 128 Pierrepont Street, and the roundtable session runs from noon to 2pm. Real estate professionals working in Brooklyn can purchase an individual ticket for the event or for the 2017 series of four events.
6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate – February 23, 2017
Sustainability is the name of the game in so many industries today, including residential and commercial real estate. The NYU School of Professional Studies is hosting the 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate called Sustainability at a Crossroads. It’ll be at the NYU Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South in NYC on February 23 from 8:45am to 4:45pm. This conference will focus on the political context of sustainability in the new presidential administration and bring industry leaders together to discuss challenges and solutions for sustainability in this new era.
Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, the Larry & Klara Silverstein chair in real estate development and investment and Associate Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate will offer the welcome and introduction along with Stuart Brodsky. Brodsky is the clinical assistant professor and director of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment. Check the event website to learn who the keynote address will be delivered by in the near future. Panels will cover topics like the industry’s sustainability resilience, innovations in environmental and social governance, and navigating industry programs. Networking and coffee breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
Pension Real Estate Association 2017 Spring Conference – February 23-24, 2017
The PREA Spring Conference will take place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on February 23-24. The theme of this conference is “Investment Implications of Political Change,” and most of the event takes place on the first day. These are the topics of the day one sessions: The Political Landscape — The New Administration, The New Administration and Real Estate, Risk On or Risk Off? Two Leading Economists Share Their Views, Global Capital Flows and the Investment Landscape, Allocations in Today’s Market, and New York City Development.
Financial writer Michael Lewis will be the keynote dinner speaker who will talk about his new book, The Undoing Project. The book is about the collaborative relationship between two psychologists that led to a Nobel Prize. Each session has its own speakers, who are leaders in their field, and moderators. On the 23rd, attendees can join breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception as well. On the 24th, attendees can listen to a program recap from the conference co-chairs and attend the seventh session with a closing breakfast. Conference co-chairs are Susan Meaney (managing director of Makena Capital Management), Ralph Rosenberg (member of Global Head of Real Estate, KKR & Co.), and Stuart Shiff (chief executive officer of DivcoWest). There will also be intimate workshops that are part of the Salon Series that touch on the real estate perspectives of snowbird culture and private school admissions.
3rd Annual DisruptCRE NYC – March 30, 2017
Technology plays a role in pretty much any industry you can think of these days, and real estate is certainly no exception. The 3rd Annual DisruptCRE event is a national technology and commercial real estate conference taking place on March 30 in New York City’s “Silicon Alley.” The event location is 180 Maiden Lane on the 29th floor, and it runs from noon to 6pm on the 30th. Mariel Ebrahimi, the DisruptCRE CEO and conference host, shared, “This is not your typical conference; this is about a vision. DisruptCRE panelists will delve into current technological trends, map out future innovations and predict how they will reshape the real estate landscape for decades to come.”
Attendees will start their afternoon with registration and a networking lunch, and then they will listen to opening remarks and keynote speakers who are leaders in the industry. Check DisruptCRE’s website closer to the event date for updates on who the speakers, moderators, and panelists will be. There will also be panels on the topics of the state of CRE Tech from an executive’s point of view, building tech, and tech tools. A cocktail hour will be held after these sessions to help tech companies and real estate professionals connect with each other.
15th RealShare Net Lease Conference – April 5-6, 2017
RealShare Net Lease is another New York event worth attending this year. This is a conference that is focused on new finance and investment trends, as well as national net lease market conditions. It will take place April 5-6 at the JW Marriott Essex House in NYC. Presented by GlobeSt.com, this conference aims to bring together the most experienced and influential real estate professionals in the net lease sector. It’s also an opportunity to gain insights about the market and prepare your real estate business for what’s ahead.
On April 5th, a cocktail reception will be held, and then the 6th is a full day for conference attendees. It begins with a networking breakfast, opening remarks, a keynote address, and a town hall meeting about the state of the industry. Panel topics include Capital Markets: The Impact of Global Economies in 2017, Build-to-Suit: A How-to Guide on Working with the Tenant & Developer, Potential Challenges Ahead for 1031 Exchanges, and Sales-Leasebacks: Still a Compelling Strategy for Corporate Tenants and Net Lease Investors. A list of past attendees can be viewed on the event website, and check back on the site for information on keynote and other expert speakers.
For a comprehensive examination of the trends and developments in the REIT industry and researched predictions of where real estate values may be headed, don’t miss the 21st Annual REIT Symposium: Navigating the REIT and Real Estate Cycles event on April 6. It’s put on by the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate and will take place 2 East 61st Street in New York City.
This is an annual event, and last year’s keynote speaker was Sam Zell, the prolific real estate investor and chairman of Equity Group Investments. Check the NYC School of Professional Studies website closer to the event date to learn more about this year’s speakers. Typically, the event brings in leading CEOs, bankers, investors, and professional in the real estate and REIT industries. You can expect to learn about trends in REIT buyouts, consolidation, REIT spin-offs, expansions, and the impacts of activists.
On June 12-13, consider attending the Non-Traded REIT & Retail Alternative Investment Symposium at New York Hilton Midtown at 1335 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. This event is widely attended by broker dealers, financial advisory firms, financial planners, and non-traded REITs. But many real estate professionals attend this conference as well to gain insights about this industry. Past attendees have included Resource Real Estate, Inc., Duff & Phelps Real Estate Advisory Group, First Capital Real Estate Investments, and others.
This is an important conference to attend because of the new Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule that goes into effect in April and the continuing need to adapt to the FINRA pricing rules for illiquid investments. Industry leaders will meet at this conference to discuss these and other crucial issues. The event is organized by IMN, which is a global organizer of institutional finance & investment conferences. Check back on IMN’s website closer to the conference date to learn more about the agenda and speakers. If you stay at the event’s vibrant Midtown Manhattan hotel, you’ll be surrounded by top NYC attractions like Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
SIBOR Global Real Estate Summit – September 14, 2017
Another one of the most important real estate events for the year that is taking place in New York City is the SIBOR Global Real Estate Summit. Since this event is still a few months away, more details about it will be coming soon. However, we have heard that it will take place on September 14 and build off of the success of the 2016 event. Brokers, investors, owners, legal experts, technology experts, financiers typically attend this conference to learn about the biggest issues impacting the global real estate market today.
Last year’s opening speaker was Barry Hersh of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate. Key issues discussed in 2016 were financial issues in global transactions, learning the differences between foreign and domestic markets, being prepared for millennial buyers, and opportunities in the Staten Island market. Check this event’s website again in the summer to learn more about this year’s agenda and speakers. The venue is set to be the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn.
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