Conference Agenda

Early Bird Check-in: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Conference badges available for pick up from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Day One Thursday, March 14, 2019

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
7:30am – 8:30am
Continental Breakfast (International Ballroom, Lobby Level)
7:30am – 8:30am
New Members and First Time Attendees Breakfast
8:45am – 9:00am
Welcome/Opening Remarks by Conference Co-Chairs (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
9:00am – 9:45am
The Geopolitical Situation - Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
What explains the rise of anti-globalization sentiment, as exemplified by the Brexit vote and rise of populist movements in Europe? How has this development influenced geopolitics, from prospects for international trade agreements to the future of bilateral and multilateral security arrangements? How, as a result, might the coming years and decades differ from the postwar experience of rising global interconnectedness over the past 75 years? A leading foreign affairs expert, Ian Bremmer will address these and related questions.
9:45am – 10:45am
The U.S. Economic and Policy Outlook (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
Michael Levy, Chief Executive Officer, Crow Holdings
Considering the balance of encouraging and worrisome factors in the global economy: what is the ideal US monetary and fiscal policy approach? In a discussion with Michael Levy, of Crow Holdings, respected economist Kevin Hassett will take stock of what the most important economic indicators are telling us and how government leaders might respond.
11:00am – 12:00pm
The Investment Climate and Opportunities (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
What does the U.S. and global macroeconomic outlook discussed in the preceding sessions portend for property investors? A panel of industry leaders discuss the investment climate and highlight the most attractive investment opportunities today and the best way to access them - via the private or public market.

Moderator: Dave Bragg, Managing Director, Green Street Advisors

Eric Adler, Chairman, PGIM Real Estate and PGIM Real Estate Finance, CEO, PGIM Real Estate
Jase Auby, Deputy CIO, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Owen Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Boston Properties
12:15pm – 2:30pm
Lunch (International Ballroom, Lobby Level)
12:15pm – 2:30pm
Affinity Group Luncheon Program (appointed members only)
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Retail Innovation (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
This panel brings together a senior representative of one of the country’s most recognized upscale shopping centers, a major retailer and industry leader, a top retail strategist and innovative thinker and an immersive retail developer, investor and entrepreneur, all of whom have forged new directions in the retail property sector. They will share their insights and identify emerging trends and tenant needs. With those in mind, they will discuss the “new normal” in development and investments involving retail and how to approach underwriting, leasing, merchandising, design and operations.

Moderator: Victoria Snee, Chief Marketing Officer, Highland Park Village
Steve Dennis, President, Sageberry Consulting/Forbes Contributor
Mark Masinter, Managing Member, Open Realty Advisors
Valerie Richardson, Vice President of Real Estate, The Container Store
3:30pm – 4:30pm
How Cities & Developers Compete to Win (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
Whether participating in a major headquarters competition à la Amazon or maintaining the steady attraction and retention of businesses and talent, cities seek to perfect a formula that will get them to “yes” in a competitive landscape, nationally and globally, for office tenants. Which factors have long been critical in this process, and which have been taking on increasing importance in recent years, particularly in the tech sector and other growth industries? A headline office occupant, developer, tenant representative in the Dallas market and the Mayor of Dallas will share their perspectives.

Moderator: Steve Van Amburgh, Chairman & CEO, KDC

Mike Lafitte, Global Chief Executive Officer, Advisory Services, CBRE
Chris Nielsen, Executive Vice President Product Support & Chief Quality Officer, Toyota Motor North America
Mayor Mike Rawlings
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception (International Ballroom, Lobby Level)
6:30pm – 6:45pm
Doors for dinner program open at 6:30pm to begin seating for dinner
Doors will close promptly at 6:45pm (no entry after 6:45pm) (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
  • Conference badges must be worn at all times or no entry
  • no recording, personal photography or note-taking will be permitted during the dinner program
  • The only bags that will be allowed into the dinner program will be:
    Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
    Small clutch purses or bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5 x 6.5).
    An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dinner with President George W. Bush and Jon Meacham
Acclaimed presidential biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham will sit down for a conversation with the 43rd president of the United States and 46th governor of Texas on questions of leadership in the 21st century.
9:30pm - midnight
Rising Leaders Cocktails – Hosted by the Rising Leaders Committee

Day Two Friday, March 15, 2019

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Closing Breakfast Program with Nikki Haley (Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor)
Having recently stepped down as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has been a chief participant in the latest deliberations on questions of international diplomacy. She previously served as the 116th governor of South Carolina. Ambassador Haley will speak about her experiences in government service and leadership in one of her first appearances since leaving the State Department. PREA Vice Chair Christina Scarlato will then join her for an interactive discussion.

Howard Margolis, Conference Committee Chair, Clarion Partners
Amachie Ackah, Clay Cove Capital, LLC
Philip Belling, LBA Realty
Thomas Flexner, Citi
Alison Hawkins, Artemis Real Estate Partners
Matthew Holberton, Crow Holdings
Sonny Kalsi, GreenOak Real Estate
Steve LeBlanc, CapRidge Partners, LLC
Alisa Mall, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Robert Murray, Praedium Group
Clyde Robinson, ASB Real Estate Investments
Trina Sanders, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
Mark Shoberg, Stanford Management Company
Manoj Vasudevan, KAUST Investment Management Company

Other Events to Watch For

  • Women's Tea
  • Rising Leaders Conversation Series
  • ESG Reporting: GRESB Training at PREA