2015 Conference Highlights

Over 350 rising real estate leaders came together in the Second Annual Real Estate Weekly Young Leaders’ Forum on June 4. Focused on the next generation in New York real estate, shining the spotlight on leaders and innovators under the age of 40, the Forum highlighted emerging players in a series of in depth panels on the latest developments across the industry.

This year’s theme, “Defining the Future,” provided insight to trends and access to trendsetters in panels featuring thought leaders in areas ranging from development to marketing to finance, and everything in between.

Keynote Presenters:

James Patchett

James Patchett
Chief of Staff to Alicia Glen
New York City Mayor’s Office

Helena Durst

Helena Durst
Chief Administrative Officer
The Durst Organization

David Neil

David Neil
Chief Leasing Administrative
& Legal Services Officer
The Durst Organization

Featured Speakers:

Abraham Hidary

Abraham Hidary
Hidrock Realty

Michael Rudin

Michael Rudin
Vice President
Rudin Management

Sam Sidhu

Sam Sidhu
Megalith Capital

Bryan Woo

Bryan Woo
Director – Acquisitions
YoungWoo & Associates

Highlights of 2015:

  • Attendees heard how the next generation of real estate leaders — from established firms to start ups — were transforming the industry.
  • Attendees networked with over 350 real estate players, from up-and-comers to veterans, at the largest young leadership gathering in the New York real estate industry.
  • Attendees gained insights into the latest technological and design innovations, and how they are shaking up all aspects of the industry, from construction through management.
  • Attendees heard from over 40 top-level executives who were making an impact on the New York Real Estate scene in areas such as financing, development, design, government and more.
  • Attendees found opportunities to connect with potential mentors and future colleagues within their industry through interactive networking sessions like onsite speed networking and a VIP cocktail reception.

Advisory Board:

  • Harry Dublinsky, Managing Director, EisnerAmper
  • Leslie Himmel, Co-Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties
  • Rosemary Scanlon, Dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

Confirmed Speakers Included:

  • Scott Aiese Managing Director  Cushman & Wakefield
  • Tal Bar-Or Managing Director  Meridian Capital
  • Jay Black Director – Sustainability  SL Green Realty
  • Seth Brown Founder & Principal  Aspen Equities
  • Sam Charney Principal  Charney Construction and Development
  • Helena Durst Chief Administrative Officer  The Durst Organization
  • Holly Dutton Reporter  Real Estate Weekly
  • Drew Fletcher Executive Vice President  Greystone Bassuk Group
  • Abraham Hidary Chief Executive Officer  Hidrock Realty
  • Joseph Jemal Principal  Jemstone Group
  • Steven Kassin Managing Partner  Infinity Group
  • Jeffrey Krantz Managing Director  Halstead Property Development Marketing
  • Kai-Yan Lee Managing Director & Chief U.S. Representative  Vanke Holdings
  • Ari LeFauve Managing Director  TOWN Residential
  • Anthony LoPresti Senior Director  Avison Young
  • Dan Marks VP – Investment Sales & Leasing  TerraCRG
  • Mark Mascia President & CEO  Mascia Development
  • Nicholas Melillo Counsel  BakerHostetler
  • Julia Miller Sales & Leasing Manager  TOWN Residential
  • David Neil Chief Leasing Administrative & Legal Services Officer  The Durst Organization
  • Alison Novak VIP & Director – Fund Investments  Hudson Companies
  • Tobias Oriwol Project Developer  Monadnock Development
  • Dan Orlando Reporter  Real Estate Weekly
  • James Patchett Chief of Staff to Alicia Glen  New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Keith Rennard Audit Director  Citrin Cooperman
  • Edward Rishty Partner  Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Andrew Rosen VP – Development  Related Companies
  • Michael Rudin Vice President  Rudin Management
  • Gabriel Shiff EVP – Finance  Roseland
  • Sam Sidhu Chief Executive Officer  Megalith Capital Management
  • Ethan Silverstein Senior Director  Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jeffrey Simpson CEO – Property Development  Greystone
  • Juda Srour Co-Founder & President  Jay Suites
  • Michael Tortorici VP – Investment Sales  Ariel Property Advisors
  • David van der Leer Executive Director  Van Alen Institute
  • Will Watkins Senior Director – Finance  GFI Realty Services
  • Colleen Wenke VP – Asset Management Construction & Development,  Taconic Investment Partners
  • Bryan Woo Director – Acquisitions  YoungWoo & Associates

Conference Agenda Included:

  • Morning Keynote  The Future of the City
  • Special Presentation  Insider Tips for Staying Ahead of the Trends & At the Top of the Pack
  • Shaping the Future  High Profile Projects & Portfolios
  • Financial Futures  Trends in Debt, Equity & Crowdfunding
  • Inventing the Future  Pioneering Innovation & Design
  • The Future is Here  Emerging Neighborhoods & Hot Spots
  • Bright Futures  A Brokers Round Table
  • The Future is Ours  The Next Generation of New York Real Estate
  • Challenging the Future  Coming Into Our Own