Final Panelists Added to NYU Schack's Annual Capital Markets in Real Estate Conference

James D. Kuhn and Barry Sternlicht Go One-on-One During Afternoon Address

NEW YORK, November 11, 2011 – The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate has announced its final group of elite real estate leaders to the roster of speakers at its 44th Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate ( at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York on November 17. The theme of this year’s almost-sold-out Conference is “The Velocity of Reward and Risk in the Age of Social Networking: The Express Lane to a Recovery in the Global Real Estate Capital Markets.”

James D. Kuhn, president of Newmark Knight Frank, will lead the afternoon address titled, “One-On-One: A Practitioner’s View of Opportunities For Real Estate Investment in Capital Markets.” He will be joined by Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, who has structured more than 400 investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion over the past 20 years. Kuhn is the chair of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board and has taught since 1978. In his illustrious career he has served as advisor, broker, or principal in transactions that are valued at more than $3 billion and that represent 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate..

The mid-morning panel will be “Permanent Capital and Structured Finance: The Search for Public and Private Capital.” Moderator Robert S. Blumenthal, managing director of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., will be joined by Cia Buckley, partner of Dune Real Estate Partners; Ethan Penner, president of CBRE Capital Partners; Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty LLC; Richard B. Saltzman, president of Colony Capital, LLC; Ralph Rosenberg, managing director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; and Wendy A. Silverstein, executive vice president and co-head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets at Vornado Realty Trust.

The “Equity and Sovereign Investment Panel” will follow, moderated by Jeffrey A. Barclay, managing director at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Additional panelists include Peter Ballon, vice president and head of Real Estate Investments – Americas at Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board; Peter Madden, director of Americas real estate at APG Asset Management US Inc.; Yvonne Nelson, executive director of real estate and ETI at New York City Controller’s Office; and Andrew Trickett, senior vice president at Oxford Property Group.

These sessions add to the star-studded conference of panels previously announced, with speakers including Michael D. Fascitelli, president, chief executive officer, and trustee, Vornado Realty Trust; Marc Holliday, chief executive officer, SL Green Realty; William Mack, founder and chairman, AREA Property Managers; Stephen Ross, chairman, chief executive officer, and founder, Related Companies; William C. Rudin, chief executive officer & vice chairman, Rudin Management Company, Inc.; and Larry A. Silverstein, president and chief executive officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Registration for the Conference is now open. To view the complete agenda or to register for the Conference, visit

Please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson ( or 212-992-3618) if you have any questions regarding the upcoming conference.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate ( was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack is home to graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll almost 800 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe. In addition, each year approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally.

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