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Columbia University Business School Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate

Special Edition

2019 Real Estate Symposium
2019 Real Estate Sympoisum Highlights  

The 12th Annual Real Estate Symposium took place on December 11, 2019 at the Princeton Club of New York. Hosted by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the Real Estate Circle, the alumni-only educational forum presented a wide range of discussion topics from public REITs and retail to virtual kitchens, clean energy technology to investment strategies, and navigating the longest cycle. Thank you to all who participated—we were delighted to see over 220 alumni in attendance, spanning more than 40 graduation years! A special thank you to Louis D’Avanzo ’91 and Robert Stern ’88, Co-Chairs, and the 2019 Steering Committee for their leadership of this marquee event.


Photos from the event are available here, and videos of selected sessions are available to alumni in the CBS Real Estate Alumni Community.

Opening Discussion on Retail and Public REITs
Kenneth Bernstein & Jim Sullivan '89  

The retail real estate industry witnessed significant changes and transformation over the last several years. The 2019 Real Estate Symposium kicked off with an opening discussion between prominent industry leaders Kenneth Bernstein, President and CEO of Acadia Realty Trust and Jim Sullivan ’89, President of Green Street Advisors.

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Short Take: Virtual Kitchens: Strategic Partnerships and the Impact on Commercial Real Estate
Jim Collins  

Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United, explained the market dynamics that have led to the rise of virtual kitchens—restaurants where all food is prepared for take-out delivery or pickup by customers—and provided insights into Kitchen United’s approach to serving this growing need in the marketplace.

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Breakout Panel: PropTech in the Era of Climate Change: How the Built Environment Must Innovate to Maintain Sustainability and Resiliency
PropTech  

Zach Aarons ’13 of MetaProp lead a panel that examined the intersection of energy, property and sustainability from different perspectives. Panelists included Robyn Beavers of Blueprint Power, Anthony Fiore of NYC Division of Energy, Jonathan Flaherty ’07 of Tishman Speyer, and Katherine Zamsky ’14 of Carbon Ventures.

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Breakout Panel: Co-Living and Beyond: Changing the Residential Paradigm
Co-Living  

Raphael Sidelsky ’99 of W5 Group moderated a panel focused on the attractive opportunities that co-living and short-term rentals provide to renters, travelers and investors within the multifamily and hospitality space. Panelists included Jason Epstein of Sonder, Britt Zaffir of Kin, and Andy Levin of Ollie.

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Breakout Panel: Investment Strategies for 2020: Navigating the Longest Cycle
Investment Strategies  

Ronald Dickerman ’87 of Madison International Realty moderated a panel that brought together experts in global real estate to discuss current investment trends. Panelists included Lisa Kaufman ’92 of Lasalle Investment, Tom Shapiro of GTIS Partners, and Peter Sotoloff of Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies.

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Keynote Fireside Chat with Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO of RXR
Scott Rechler & David Sherman '82  

The closing keynote was an enlightening conversation between Scott Rechler, Chairman and CEO at RXR and David Sherman ’82, Co-Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate. Topics included virtual kitchens, development of multi-property parks, retail’s battle for survival, technology and community engagement, and social impact.

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CBS Real Estate Alumni Community  

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Save the Date

May 14, 2020

Real Estate Alumni Reception

The 2020 Real Estate Alumni Reception will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Princeton of New York. Registration will open in early spring.

NEW: Executive Eduction

March 3-5, 2020

Real Estate as an Asset and a Business

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 session taught by Columbia Business School’s top real estate faculty. More information.

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