NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Announces Morning Line-Up for 19th Annual REIT Symposium

Jonathan D. Gray of Blackstone, Conference keynote speaker, is joined by industry leaders for discussion of issues affecting REIT industry


New York, NY – March 12, 2014 – The REIT Center at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) has announced its morning program, packed with industry heavyweights, for its 19th Annual REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) Symposium. The full-day conference, this year titled “One Trillion and Counting,” will tackle current issues in the REIT industry and will be headlined by keynote speaker Jonathan D. Gray, global head of Real Estate at Blackstone.

NYU Schack’s REIT Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at The Pierre in Manhattan. The forum brings together the industry’s top leaders who will offer their keen insights and engage in provocative discussions about issues facing the REIT market.

Adam O. Emmerich
of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz will make opening remarks, while James D. Kuhn, chairman of the NYU Schack Advisory Board and president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will welcome attendees. This year’s Visionary Award will be presented by NYU Schack Divisional Dean Rosemary Scanlon.

The Symposium will feature eight panels over the course of the day focusing on a range of important market trends, particularly the industry’s explosive growth, which has now topped $1 trillion in enterprise value. The Conference also will feature a one-on-one conversation with David Simon, chairman and chief executive officer, Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest REIT.

“We are excited to have such a high-powered group of industry leaders attend this year’s Conference and offer their valuable insight and perspective on important developments in the REIT industry,” said Rosemary Scanlon. “This is a dynamic time for the REIT market, which is rapidly expanding and opening up new territory for investors. Conference participants will hear from experts to learn what’s next on the horizon for companies and investors.”

The Symposium’s morning panels include:

  • Consolidation on the Fast Track- Is $1 Trillion of Enterprise Value Just the Beginning of a New Expansionist REIT Era? Trends in REITs and Real Estate M&A. Moderated by Michael J. Graziano, partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co., panelists include: Debra A. Cafaro, chairman and chief executive officer, Ventas, Inc.; Ronald L. Havner, Jr., chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Public Storage, Inc.; Michael F. Kirby, chairman and director of research, Green Street Advisors; and David J. Neithercut, president and chief executive officer, Equity Residential.
  • Strategy at the Mid-Cycle - Acquisitions, Development, Internal Growth, Selling Assets, Buying Back Stock, Doing Nothing? Moderated by Michael J.  Bilerman, managing director and global head of Real Estate and Lodging Team, Citi, panelists include: Joseph F. Coradino, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust; David B. Henry, president and chief executive officer, Kimco Realty Corporation; Matthew J. Lustig, managing partner of North America Investment Banking and head of Real Estate, Lazard Ltd.; Joel S. Marcus, chairman, chief executive officer, and founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; and Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer, General Growth Properties, Inc.
  • REITmagination-New Entrants, New Products, New Structure, New Ideas is moderated by Jeffrey D. Horowitz, global head of Real Estate, Gaming, and Lodging, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Panelists include: Michael A. Carroll, chief executive officer, Brixmor Property Group, Inc.; Michael F. Foust, chief executive officer and director, Digital Realty Trust, Inc.; Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, chief executive officer, and president, Empire State Realty Trust; and Nicholas S. Schorsch, chairman and chief executive officer, American Realty Capital, Inc.
  • A Conversation with David Simon, chairman and chief executive officer of Simon Property Group will be moderated by Robin Panovka, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

To register for the event, please visit scps.nyu.edu/reit.  If you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at 212-992-3618 or jessica.watson@nyu.edu.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) 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 offers graduate degrees—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries, with over 3,000 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new B.S. Degree in Real Estate.

Each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute’s certificate programs, noncredit courses, intensives, 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 is home to 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 academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU‑SCPS), which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit offerings.

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