NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate 48th Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate to Focus on “Urban Cool”

Real Estate Leaders Marty Burger, Kenneth A. Himmel, Jared Kushner, Harry Macklowe, Stephen M. Ross, William C. Rudin, Ian Schrager, Larry Silverstein, and Others to Explore Evolving Real Estate Demands of the Creative Economy


Harvey Spevak, CEO of Equinox and Executive Chairman of SoulCycle, to Give Keynote Address on the Intersection of Health, Wellness, and Real Estate

NEW YORK, November 2, 2015 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) will host the 48th Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate, titled “Capital Markets Discovers Urban Cool: Real Estate Through the Lens of the Creative Economy,” on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at The Pierre.

The Conference will focus on the changes occurring in the real estate markets to accommodate the demands of those individuals and businesses that are finding greater reason than ever before to ground their lives and their livelihoods in dynamic urban settings. Thanks to the creative class appeal, amenities, and “urban cool” factor of cities, start-up ventures and many well-established companies are shifting back to their urban core and are dramatically transforming the real estate landscape, requiring innovative and flexible office, residential, shared, retail, and hospitality space and experiences.

“This important industry event provides real estate leaders and key innovators with highly relevant and timely content that serves to bring top industry experts together to discuss new and emerging real estate markets,” asserted Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. “We are deeply appreciative of the efforts by our many industry partners who assisted in putting this conference together, especially for their financial support in the form of sponsorships that enable us to develop the innovative academic programming for which the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate is renowned.”

Among the panel discussions on the agenda for this year, the Conference will present its annual We Are the Golden Apple panel, featuring New York City real estate giants Harry Macklowe, founder and chairman, Macklowe Properties; Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder, Related Companies; William C. Rudin, vice chairman and chief executive officer, Rudin Management Company, Inc.; and Larry A. Silverstein, chairman and president, Silverstein Properties, Inc. This panel will be moderated by Conference Chair Robert S. Blumenthal, vice chairman and managing director, Americas Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

In addition, five panels will cover diverse topics in real estate capital markets including global capital flows, the new epicenter of New York City, drivers of real estate private equity, urban “high street” retail wars, and “urban cool.” Among the high-profile panelists are Jeff Blau, chief executive officer, Related Companies; Marty Burger, chief executive officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.; Ric Clark, senior managing partner and chief executive officer, Brookfield Property Partners; Kenneth A. Himmel, president and chief executive officer, Related Urban, Related Companies; Jared Kushner, chief executive officer, Kushner Companies; and Ian Schrager, founder and chairman, Ian Schrager Company. The Conference also will feature a keynote address titled, “Healthy Cities, Healthy Markets: The Intersection of Health, Wellness, and Real Estate,” by Harvey Spevak, chief executive officer, Equinox, and executive chairman, SoulCycle. Spevak will be introduced by Wendy Silverstein, former executive vice president co-head of acquisitions & capital markets, Vornado Realty Trust.

This year’s Conference is chaired by Robert S. Blumenthal and co-chaired by Jeff Blau, chief executive officer, Related Companies; Michael Franco, chief investment officer, Vornado Realty Trust; and Tyler Henritze, senior managing director and co-head of US Acquisitions, Blackstone.

To register and to view the complete conference agenda, please visit sps.nyu.edu/capital.


Global Capital Flows: From the Decision Makers in the Real Estate Financing Markets

  • Matt Borstein, Managing Director and Head of Commercial Real Estate North America, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (Moderator)
  • Mark Finerman, President, LoanCore Capital, LLC; Chief Executive Officer, Jefferies LoanCore LLC
  • James E. Flaum, Managing Director and Global Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending, Morgan Stanley
  • Greta Guggenheim, Chief Executive Officer, TPG Capital (as of January 2016)
  • Anthony Orso, Co-chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Cantor Commercial Real Estate Company, L.P.

Morning Keynote Panel: Midtown, Downtown, and Brooklyn: Where is the New Epicenter of New York City?

  • James D. Kuhn, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (Moderator)
  • Jeff Blau, Chief Executive Officer, Related Companies—Hudson Yards
  • Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc. —World Trade Center and 30 Park Place
  • Ric Clark, Senior Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Property Partners—Brookfield Place and Manhattan West
  • Jared Kushner, Chief Executive Officer, Kushner Companies—Dumbo Heights and the Puck Building

Drivers of Real Estate Private Equity

  • Tyler Henritze, Senior Managing Director, Co-head of US Acquisitions, Blackstone (Moderator)
  • Paul Galiano, Senior Managing Director and Co-head of Acquisitions, Dispositions, Capital Markets, Joint-Venture Transactions, Tishman Speyer
  • Lauren Hochfelder Silverman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Khaled W. Kudsi, Senior Managing Director, Northwood Investors LLC
  • Brandon Shorenstein, Managing Director, Shorenstein Properties LLC
  • Sush Torgalkar, Chief Operating Officer, Westbrook Partners

Urban “High Street” Retail Wars

  • Michael Franco, Chief Investment Officer, Vornado Realty Trust (Moderator)
  • Haim Chera, Principal, Crown Acquisitions Inc.
  • Kenneth A. Himmel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Related Urban, Related Companies
  • Richard Johnson, Head of Real Estate - Americas, Kering
  • Laura Pomerantz, Vice Chairman, Head of Strategic Accounts, Cushman & Wakefield

Luncheon Panel: We Are the Golden Apple: The Mount Rushmore of New York City Real Estate

  • Robert S. Blumenthal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Americas Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (Moderator)
  • Harry Macklowe, Founder and Chairman, Macklowe Properties
  • Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder, Related Companies
  • William C. Rudin, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rudin Management Company, Inc.
  • Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman and President, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Afternoon Keynote Introduction

  • Wendy Silverstein, Former Executive Vice President, Co-head of Acquisitions & Capital Markets, Vornado Realty Trust

Keynote: Healthy Cities, Healthy Markets: The Intersection of Health, Wellness, and Real Estate

  • Harvey Spevak, Chief Executive Officer, Equinox; Executive Chairman, SoulCycle

Real Estate Capital Markets Discovers Urban Cool

  • Mahmood J. Khimji, Principal, Highgate Holdings Inc. (Moderator)
  • Joshua Abram, Founder and Co-chief Executive Officer, NeueHouse, LLC
  • Ian Schrager, Founder and Chairman, Ian Schrager Company
  • Noah Tepperberg, Co-owner, Tao/Strategic Group
  • Andrew Zobler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sydell Group

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.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, the Schack Institute of Real Estate offers graduate degrees—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS 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 3,500 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new undergraduate degree—the BS in Real Estate.

Each year, approximately 3,500 working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s diploma programs, career advanced 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 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. The Schack Institute of Real Estate is one of several academic divisions within the School of Professional Studies, which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and Professional Pathways offerings.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.