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Join over 150 global real estate leaders at the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel to learn about the current state of the global real estate markets. As the real estate industry - and the world around us - continues its rapid evolution, you’ll hear from industry thought leaders and visionaries on how to navigate the global real estate landscape and where to find the global market opportunities. Panel sessions and case studies will bring to life the challenges of and agility needed when doing business in global markets. Returning to New York for its 6th year, the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to partner with Toll Brothers to host this premier industry forum.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long and honored tradition of excellence in education and research in the discipline of real estate and urban land economics. Through events like this conference, the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate is setting the standard for real estate in the new millennium.

Thank you to our planning committee, event sponsors, speakers, board members, alumni, students, and other invited guests for another successful event!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration
The Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th Street
8:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast 
Co-sponsored by Annaly and Societe Generale
The Four Seasons Hotel
Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:45 a.m.

Welcome  & Introductory Remarks

Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

8:45-9:15 a.m. 

The Big Picture: Global Trends in Real Estate

Robert White, CRE, FRICS; Founder & President, Real Capital Analytics, Inc.


Session 1: Global Capital Flows: How to Navigate an Increasingly Complex Investment World
Sponsored by Real Capital Analytics
Investors are faced with increasingly complex geopolitical issues as they seek to create and implement their global real estate investment strategies for 2017 and beyond. How will Brexit affect the property markets of the UK and Europe?  How will the results of the 2016 elections in the United States – and the 2017 elections in France and Germany – impact the flow of capital? What is likely to happen to capital flows from China and the sovereign wealth funds of the Middle East? Our expert panelists will answer these questions and share their insights on how to find and take advantage of the best investment opportunities around the world.

Bradley Olsen, President, Atlantic Partners, Ltd.

Pierre Bergevin
, Managing Partner, Brookfield Financial
Lucy Fletcher
, Managing Director, International Capital Group and Americas Capital Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Robert Perry, Principal/Executive Managing Director, CBRE Global Investors
Matthew Scholl, Executive Director, Head of Investment Management Americas, Union Investment Real Estate GmbH 

10:15–10:45 a.m.  Networking Break 
Sponsored by US Bank

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Session 2: How Technology is Reshaping Global Real Estate
Sponsored by Amherst Capital Management
Technological innovation is radically changing how and where people choose to work, live and play on a global scale, essentially forcing us to rethink the built environment--and our place in it. The impact of technology on real estate was brought home in January with the world's first 3D-printed apartment building in China. Over the next 10 years, experts say it will completely disrupt commercial real estate. How will these new technologies impact commercial real estate and construction practices? How can you strategically respond to these trends and disruptive technologies? This session will explore some of the hottest emerging technologies that will reshape the commercial real estate industry in coming years.

Moderator: Zach Aarons, Co-Founder & Advisor, MetaProp NYC

Panelists: Noah Isaacs, Co-Founder, Bowery Real Estate Systems
Alex Rangel, CEO, Ravti
Brandon Weber​, CEO and Founder, Hightower

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Session 3: The Affordable Housing Challenge: Global Trends and Success Stories
Sponsored by Ackman Ziff
According to the McKinsey Global Housing Institute, "an estimated 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are financially stretched by housing costs. The benefits of improved housing have tremendous multiplier effects, ranging from improved sanitation and health, job creation, reduced poverty, more stability and creation of household wealth and national GDP growth.” While the problem is vast, this panel will focus on how to address the various elements of affordable housing creation, consider the tools available throughout the housing supply chain and examine examples of successes in the U.S. and abroad.

Moderator: Frederick Cooper
, Senior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor Relations, Toll Brothers

Preston Mendenhall, Head of Corporate Affairs, Rendeavour
Ron Moelis, CEO & Founding Partner, L+M Development Partners
Roberto Moreno, Co-Founder & President CEO, Amarilo Holdings

12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
Co-Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group and Mayer Brown

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Session 4: CEO Keynote Conversation: A View from the Top
Sponsored by Eastdil Secured
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2016? What does the future hold for global real estate investment and development? What do industry leaders say about the outlook for global real estate, metro areas, finance and capital markets, and other real estate issues? Leading voices in the global real estate industry will share their perspectives and predictions about what business leaders need to address as the future unfolds.

Moderator: David Thalhamer, Senior Managing Director, Ferguson Partners, Ltd.

Scott Brown, Global Head of Real Estate, Barings Real Estate Advisers
Kevin Faxon, Managing Director & Head of Real Estate, Americas, J.P. Morgan
Sonny Kalsi, Founder & Partner, GreenOak Real Estate
Jay Mantz, President, Rialto Capital Management

2:45-3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Timothy Riddiough, Professor and Academic Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
3:00-4:00 p.m.      Informal Networking Reception
The Four Seasons Hotel TY Bar

2016 Speakers

Zach AaronsZach AaronsBiographyCo-FounderMetaProp NYCProject ManagerMillennium Partners
Pierre BergevinPierre BergevinBiographyManaging PartnerBrookfield Financial
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-MadisonChairman, Managing PrincipalBrennan Investment Group
Scott BrownScott BrownBiographyGlobal Head of Real EstateBarings Real Estate Advisers
Frederick CooperFrederick CooperBiographySenior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor RelationsToll Brothers, Inc.
Kevin FaxonKevin FaxonBiographyManaging Director and Head of Real Estate, AmericasJ.P. Morgan
Lucy FletcherLucy FletcherBiographyManaging Director, International Capital Group and Americas Capital Markets Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Noah IsaacsNoah IsaacsBiographyCo-FounderBowery Real Estate Systems
Sonny KalsiSonny KalsiBiographyFounder and PartnerGreenOak Real Estate
Jay MantzJay MantzBiographyPresidentRialto Capital Management
Preston MendenhallPreston MendenhallBiographyHead of Corporate AffairsRendeavour
Ron MoelisRon MoelisBiographyCEO & Founding PartnerL+M Development Partners
Roberto MorenoRoberto MorenoBiographyCo-Founder & President CEO Amarilo Holdings
Brad OlsenBradley OlsenBiographyPresidentAtlantic Partners, Ltd.
Brad OlsenRobert PerryBiographyPrincipal/Executive Managing DirectorCBRE Global Investors
Brad OlsenAlex RangelBiographyCEORavti
Tim RiddioughTimothy RiddioughBiographyProfessor and Academic DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Matt SchollMatthew SchollBiographyExecutive Director, Head of Investment Management AmericasUnion Investment Real Estate GmbH
photo placeholderDavid ThalhamerBiographySenior Managing DirectorFerguson Partners, Ltd.
Brandon WeberBrandon WeberBiographyCEO and FounderHightower
Robert WhiteRobert WhiteBiographyFounder and PresidentReal Capital Analytics


Sponsorship opportunities

If you are interested in any of the sponsorship packages, please complete the sponsor form and return it to us by Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Sponsorship payments can also be made online via this secure payment link. (Please enter 01 for the Reservation Number.)

As a sponsor, you will receive extensive brand outreach to our audience of global leaders throughout the marketing campaign and at the conference. We leverage multiple media outlets including media partnerships, press releases, social media, web, and email to publicize the event. 

New Premium Sponsor Options for 2016!

Our new premium options are designed to give your organization the maximum visibility to our exclusive audience of global real estate leaders and include unique benefits:

  • The option to present introductory remarks at the conference.
  • Priority seating with keynote speakers and VIP guests.
  • Recognition as a featured sponsor in a special spotlight article in the Graaskamp newsletter and press release to national media outlets.
  • Multiple complimentary registrations to the conference and our exclusive board dinner both held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Sponsors at all levels receive:

  • Visibility and exposure to global real Estate leaders
  • Direct access to an exclusive global business community
  • Create and nurture new business partnerships
  • Inspiring knowledge and expertise for you and your clients
  • Competitive edge
  • Support real estate education at all levels by being affiliated with the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, which the leader in global real estate education
  • Your success is our success!

Who Attends?

The 2015 conference featured a sell-out crowd with more than 200 real estate leaders in attendance at the New York Stock Exchange. We are expecting 150+ global real estate leaders to join us at this year's exclusive event at the Four Seasons.

They represent:

  • Presidents/CEOs of Global Real Estate Companies
  • Global Real Estate Developers
  • Investment Analysts and Strategists
  • Global Real Estate Asset Managers
  • Global Finance Professionals
  • REIT Managers

Sponsor Levels

Premium Level Opportunities 

  • Platinum (1 opportunity):  $25,000
  • Gold (1 opportunity):  $15,000
  • Silver (1 opportunity): $10,000

Program and Networking Opportunities

We can also customize a sponsorship package to fit your needs and budget. Non-profit sponsorship options are available.

Click here for a detailed sponsor packet. Click here to make a secure sponsorship payment online. (Please enter 01 for the Reservation Number.)

For More Information

To request additional information, please contact Lee Gottschalk at or 608-265-2032, or Kate Hawley at or 608-263-3459.

Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Wisconsin School of Business
4440 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Fax: 608-265-4823

Location and Lodging

Program Location

All events will take place at the Four Seasons, 57 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Click here for directions.

Hotel Accommodations

The Graaskamp Center does not have a room block at the Four Seasons for this event. Conference guests are welcome to arrange their own accommodations at the Four Seasons, or there are a number of alternative lodging options in Midtown, including:

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
790 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
212-581-7000 ‎|

Park Central Hotel
870 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
212-247-8000 ‎|

Sheraton Times Square
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
212-581-10009 ‎|

Hyatt Times Square
135 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
646-364-1234 |

Conference Photos

Launch Conference Photo Gallery

Dinner & Keynote Photos

Launch Conference Photo Gallery

Featured Speakers

Scott Brown
Scott Brown
Global Head of Real Estate, Barings Real Estate Advisers
Jay Mantz Jay Mantz
President, Rialto Capital Management

Conference Sponsors

James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Toll Brothers
Atlantic Partners

 Ackman Ziff  Ferguson Partners
 Societe Generale  US Bank
 Annaly  Real Capital Analytics
 Amherst  Eastdil
 Dentons  Mayer Brown