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2018 Real Estate Symposium
2018 Real Estate Sympoisum Highlights  

The 11th Annual Real Estate Symposium took place on December 12, 2018 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 breakout discussion topics from blockchain to millennial housing and thinking beyond the cycle. We were delighted to see over 240 alumni in attendance, spanning more than 50 graduation years—thank you to all who participated! A special thank you to Gentry Ashmore Hoit ’90 and Louis D’Avanzo ’91, Co-Chairs, and the 2018 Steering Committee for their leadership of this marquee event. View photos from the event.

Keynote Conversation
Kathleen McCarthy of Blackstone & Sonny Kalsi of GreenOak
McCarthy & Kalsi  

The discussion covered a wide range of issues, including the current state of the real estate market. McCarthy said that economic growth continues to provide reasons for optimism despite the length of the current expansionary period, and Kalsi added that a slowdown may be coming, though it is not yet showing in economic indicators and that he thinks it may never hit the technical definition of a recession. Read the full report.

Short Presentation
Making Blockchain Real—Charting a Course to Generating Business Value
Tim Grant  

In this presentation, Tim Grant, Founder & CEO of DrumG Financial Technologies demystified blockchain technology and offered digestible insight on the tech’s use as a business solution. Grant began by informing the audience that we are in the beginnings of a fourth industrial revolution that he defined as the “confluence of emerging technologies.” Grant stated that blockchain is going to help form the foundation of the next-generation financial services infrastructure. Read the full report.

Breakout Panel
Data, Profits, and Pitfalls: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Workforce/Millennial Housing
Workforce Housing  

Ryan Harvey ’16 of the Ashforth Company leveraged the expertise of panelists working within the acquisitions, development, and investment sales functions in the multifamily space for a discussion looking at workforce housing, predominately in New York City. Panlests included Tyrone Barnes, Taconic Investment Partners, Isaac Henderson, L+M Development Partners, and Daniel Parker, Hodges Ward Elliott. Read the full report.

Breakout Panel
The Intersection of Real Estate & Technology: How Will Real Estate and the Buildable Environment be Different in 2028 and Beyond?
Real Estate Technology  

Simon Ziff of Ackman Ziff Real Estate led an engaging panel on the ways technology is transforming real estate and the built environment. The group covered diverse topics including the applications of big data, the impact of disruptors such as WeWork and Airbnb, and more. Panelists included Brad Greiwe, Fifth Wall, Tyler Henritze, Blackstone, and Ayesha Menon, Sidewalk Labs. Read the full report.

Breakout Panel
Global Capital Flows: Thinking Beyond the Cycle
Global Capital Flows  

David Hodes of Hodes Weill & Associates, moderated a panel of four experts on global real estate to discuss the ongoing trends they see within the industry during the late stages of the current cycle. Panelists included Steven Hason, APG Asset Management, Stuart Rothstein, Apollo Global Management, and Alan Supple ’99, JP Morgan Asset Management. Read the full report.

Closing Fireside Chat
Chris Hughes, Laura Hines & Tommy Craig ’82 of Hines
Chris Hughes, Laura Hines & Tommy Craig '82  

The closing conversation with three executives from Hines gave the audience a sense of what Hines is and has always been at its core: a family business. Laura Hines, a Managing Director at Hines opened with the story of how her grandfather started the company in Houston nearly 60 years ago. Read the full report.

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