The 6th annual RealInsight New York Construction & Development Forum (NYCD) is a premium conference that brought together the New York Tri-State area’s senior development and construction executives to translate key challenges into profitable opportunities, as well as explore emerging trends influencing and disrupting the industry. Now in its sixth year, this event consistently gathers hundreds of the region’s leading developers, contractors, architects and other industry professionals for a day of networking, idea sharing and deal-making.  

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Keynote Fireside Chat - Douglaston Development
Audience
Development Panel
Networking

Speaking Inquiries:

Ryan Slack
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Registration Questions:

Claudia Gutwirth
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Sponsorship & Exhibiting:

Amber Collins
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Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Levine

Jeffrey Levine
Founder & Chairman
Douglaston Development

2020 Speakers
Greg Altshuler

Greg Altshuler
Principal
Colonnade Group

Richard Browne

Richard Browne
Partner
Sterling Project Development

Juliet Cullen-Cheung

Juliet Cullen-Cheung
President
Steiner NYC

Bruce Eichner

Bruce Eichner
Chairman
Continuum Company

Sally Gilliland

Sally Gilliland
Principal
Hudson Companies

Carolyn Grossman Meagher

Carolyn Grossman Meagher
Director of Regional Planning
NYC Department of City Planning

Elan Hakimian

Elan Hakimian
Principal
Certes Partners

Miriam Harris

Miriam Harris
Executive Vice President
Trinity Place Holdings

Daren Hornig

Daren Hornig
Managing Partner
Hornig Capital Partners

Ericka Keller

Ericka Keller
Chief Executive Officer
Brisa Builders

Simon Koster

Simon Koster
Head Of Development – US
The Collective

David Kronman

David Kronman
President & Partner
Cape Advisors

Cecilia Kushner

Cecilia Kushner
EVP – Planning
NYC EDC

Melanie La Rocca

Melanie La Rocca
Commissioner
NYC Department of Buildings

Holly Leicht

Holly Leicht
Executive Vice President
Empire State Development

Benjamin Levine

Benjamin Levine
EVP – Finance & Acquisitions
Douglaston Development

Adam Piekarski

Adam Piekarski
Managing Director
MSD Partners

Sean Reimer

Sean Reimer
Principal – Investments
Square Mile Capital

Jessica Sherman

Jessica Sherman
Associate Vice President
Douglaston Development

Michael Stoler

Michael Stoler
President
New York Real Estate TV

Tom Wright

Tom Wright
President & CEO
Regional Plan Association

Maurizio Anglani

Maurizio Anglani
Attorney
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll
& Bertolotti

Sonia Bain

Sonia Bain
Partner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Peter Canty

Peter Canty
Attorney & Partner
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll
& Bertolotti

Marc Couture

Marc Couture
Senior Solutions Development Engineer
Ecosystem

Mike D'Onofrio

Mike D’Onofrio
Managing Director
Engineered Tax Services

Joe Deal

Joe Deal
Principal
Bohler Engineering

Joseph DiTizio

Joe DiTizio
Account Executive – Energy
& Sustainability
EBI Consulting

Drew Fletcher

Drew Fletcher
President
Greystone

Robert LiMandri

Robert LiMandri
Senior Principal
Vidaris

Jonathan Ninnis

Jonathan Ninnis
Principal & President
OC Construction Management

David Pfeffer

David Pfeffer
Partner
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Paul Rahimian

Paul Rahimian
Chief Executive Officer
Parkview Financial

Stuart Rosen

Stuart Rosen
Special Construction Counsel
Proskauer

Abe Schlisselfeld

Abe Schlisselfeld
Partner
Marks Paneth

2020 Speakers
  • Greg Altshuler, Principal, Colonnade Group
  • Richard Browne, Partner, Sterling Project Development
  • Juliet Cullen-Cheung, President, Steiner NYC
  • Bruce Eichner, Chairman, Continuum Company
  • Sally Gilliland, Principal, Hudson Companies
  • Carolyn Grossman Meagher, Director of Regional Planning, NYC Department of City Planning
  • Elan Hakimian, Principal, Certes Partners
  • Miriam Harris, Executive Vice President, Trinity Place Holdings
  • Daren Hornig, Managing Partner, Hornig Capital Partners
  • Ericka Keller, CEO, Brisa Builders
  • Simon Koster, Head Of Development – US, The Collective
  • David Kronman, President & Partner, Cape Advisors
  • Cecilia Kushner, EVP – Planning, NYC EDC
  • Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings
  • Holly Leicht, Executive Vice President, Empire State Development
  • Benjamin Levine, EVP – Finance & Acquisitions, Douglaston Development
  • Adam Piekarski, Managing Director, MSD Partners
  • Sean Reimer, Principal – Investments, Square Mile Capital
  • Jessica Sherman, Associate Vice President, Douglaston Development
  • Michael Stoler, President, New York Real Estate TV
  • Tom Wright, President & CEO, Regional Plan Association
  • Maurizio Anglani, Attorney, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Peter Canty, Attorney & Partner, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Sonia Bain, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Mike D’Onofrio, Managing Director, Engineered Tax Services
  • Joe Deal, Principal, Bohler Engineering
  • Joe DiTizio, Account Executive – Energy & Sustainability, EBI Consulting
  • Drew Fletcher, President, Greystone
  • Robert LiMandri, Senior Principal, Vidaris
  • Jonathan Ninnis, Principal & President, OC Construction Management
  • David Pfeffer, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
  • Paul Rahimian, Chief Executive Officer, Parkview Financial
  • Stuart Rosen, Special Construction Counsel, Proskauer
  • Abe Schlisselfeld, Partner, Marks Paneth
Featured Participants

Sarah Ashcroft

Rockefeller Group

Kate Bicknell

Oxford Properties Group

Sam Charney

Charney Construction
& Development

Andy Cohen

BRP Companies

Brian Collins

Silverstein Properties

Jed Lowry

Landsea Homes

Maria Masi

Brookfield

Mac McCarty

Alloy LLC

Michael Meyer

F&T Group

Craig Nassi

BCN Development

Martin Piazzola

AvalonBay Communities

Richard Resnick

Project Risk Consultants

Jessica Rothman

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll
& Bertolotti

Mark Stagg

Stagg Group

Jeffrey Yachmetz

Dilmon

Featured Participants
  • Sarah Ashcroft, Northeast Region, Rockefeller Group
  • Kate Bicknell, Oxford Properties Group
  • David Blumenfeld, Blumenfeld Development Group
  • Sam Charney, Charney Construction and Development
  • Andy Cohen, BRP Companies
  • Brian Collins, Silverstein Properties
  • Jed Lowry, Landsea Homes
  • Maria Masi, Brookfield
  • Mac McCarty, Alloy LLC
  • Michael Meyer, F&T Group
  • Martin Piazzola, AvalonBay Communities
  • Richard Resnick, Project Risk Consultants
  • Jessica Rothman, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Mark Stagg, Stagg Group
  • Jeffrey Yachmetz, Dilmon
Who Speaks

Speakers at the RealInsight New York Construction & Development Forum are senior executives, such as top developers, contractors, architects and other industry professionals from the greater New York City region, as well as a curated selection of industry leaders from organizations that impact construction and design.

Past speakers include:

Melissa Burch

Melissa Burch
Executive General Manager
Lendlease Development

Tommy Craig

Tommy Craig
Senior Managing Director
Hines

Marc Holliday

Marc Holliday
Chief Executive Officer
SL Green Realty

Richard Kalikow

N. Richard Kalikow
Chairman & CEO
Gamma Real Estate

Scott Rechler

Scott Rechler
CEO & Chairman
RXR Realty

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan F.P. Rose
President
Jonathan Rose Companies

Larry Silverstein

Larry Silverstein
Chairman
Silverstein Properties

Maria Torres-Springer

Maria Torres-Springer
Commmissioner
NYC HPD

Steve Witkoff

Steve Witkoff
Chairman & CEO
Witkoff

  • Scott Alper, President & CIO, Witkoff
  • Eric Brody, Principal & COO, Wonder Works Construction
  • Ali Chaudhry, Chief Development Officer, AECOM
  • Michael Evans, President, Moynihan Station Development
  • John Fish, Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk Construction Company
  • Matthew Frank, SVP – Development, HCP
  • Thomas Graham, President – New York Metro Division, Landsea Homes
  • Peter Guthrie, Head of Design & Construction, DDG
  • John Gilbert, COO & EVP, Rudin Management Company
  • Miriam Harris, Executive Vice President, Trinity Place Holdings
  • Sarah Hawkins, Senior Managing Director, Hines
  • Kevin Hoo, Founder & Managing Partner, Cove Property Group
  • Jon Kalikow, President, Gamma Real Estate
  • Simon Koster, Principal, JDS Development Group
  • Janno Lieber, Chief Development Officer, MTA
  • David Linehan, Development Manager, Lotus Equity Group
  • Michael Maturo, President & CFO, RXR Realty
  • Emmett McCann, Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Joe McMillan, CEO & Chairman, DDG
  • Mary Murphy, Director – Regional Development, Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Clare Newman, CEO , Trust for Governors Island
  • Gregg Popkin, President, RFR Realty
  • Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty
  • Frank Sciame, Jr., CEO & Chairman, Sciame Construction
  • Robert Schiffer, Managing Director, SL Green
  • Carlo Scissura, President & CEO, New York Building Congress
  • Stewart Steeves, CEO, LaGuardia Gateway Partners
  • Simon Wasserberger, Senior Vice President, Equity Office
  • Phil Watkins, Principal, Megalith Capital Management
  • Stephen Winter, Senior Vice President, Related
  • Michael Witek, EVP – Construction, Naftali Group
  • Lauren Witkoff, EVP – Sales & Marketing, Witkoff
Attending Companies (partial list)

The RealInsight Construction & Development Forum brings together the industry’s most knowledgeable and influential experts for a day of networking, idea sharing and deal-making.

  • 3L & Company
  • AECOM
  • Agime Group
  • AJEA
  • Akerman
  • Alliant insurance Services
  • Alloy Development
  • Anthony Equities Group
  • Ariel Property Advisors
  • AvalonBay Communities
  • BCN Development
  • Blumenfeld Development Group
  • Brisa Builders Development
  • BRP Companies
  • Buligo Capital
  • Camber Property Group
  • Cape Advisors
  • Capital Investment & Development
  • Cassone Leasing
  • Cauldwell Wingate Company
  • Certes Partners
  • Charney Construction & Development
  • Colonnade Group
  • Conner Strong & Buckelew
  • Continuum Company
  • DDG
  • Deborah Bradley Construction
  • Douglaston Development
  • EliteCAD Designs
  • Empire State Development Corporation
  • F&T Group
  • Gemdale USA
  • Helm Equities
  • Hornig Capital Partners
  • Hudson Companies
  • Hunter Roberts Construction Group
  • L+M Development Partners
  • Landsea Homes
  • Meltzer/Mandl Architects
  • Minrav Development
  • MSD Partners
  • New York Real Estate TV
  • NYC Department of Buildings
  • NYC Department of City Planning
  • NYCEDC
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • Pennoni
  • Regional Plan Association
  • Relevance International
  • Rockefeller Group
  • Sage Realty
  • Schimenti Construction
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Skyline Windows
  • Slate Property Group
  • SnyNewtown
  • Somerset Development
  • Square Mile Capital
  • Stagg Group
  • Steiner NYC
  • Sterling Project Development
  • Structural Technologies
  • Taconic Investment Partners
  • Talisen Capital Partners
  • The Collective
  • Time Square Development
  • Trinity Place Holdings
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Widewaters Group
  • WSP USA
Agenda

7:30 AM

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 AM

Track B ‐ Tax Free Forever: New Info just released about Opportunity Zones and Tax Policy Changes

Join this workshop to get the latest updates and changes to Qualified Opportunity Zones recently released out of Washington DC. Changes open up new avenues of value creation, real estate deal structuring, advanced tax credit and incentive strategies that go to the bottom line

Workshop Leader:

  • Mike D’Onofrio, Managing Director, Engineered Tax Services

8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

8:50 AM

Keynote Fireside Chat: Douglaston Development

Keynote Interviewer:

  • Michael Stoler, President, New York Real Estate TV

Keynotes:

  • Jeffrey Levine, Chairman, Douglaston Development
  • Benjamin Levine, EVP, Douglaston Development
  • Jessica Sherman, AVP, Douglaston Development

9:25 AM

The Geography of Jobs: a Regional Economic Snapshot

Presented by:

  • Carolyn Grossman Meagher, Director of Regional Planning, NYC Department of City Planning

9:50 AM

Track A ‐ Developing for the Future in an Era of Change & Uncertainty

Developers are increasingly challenged to find affordable, available spaces. Increased construction costs, regulations, length of time from start to finish, and market imbalances plague developers across the Northeast. This panel, comprising leaders representing tens-of-millions of square feet under development, addresses current activity and the future pipeline of office, residential, and industrial development and how they are growing despite underlying challenges.

During this panel, we will discuss:

  • Soaring Costs: How is the industry responding to rising costs that are impacting development, and what impacts are we seeing with tariffs?
  • Opportunities & Challenges: What opportunities and challenges are present in new development versus re-development; and urban core versus suburbs?
  • Growth Areas: Which areas are primed for the most growth in 2020?
  • Community Focus: What are developers doing to ensure projects provide livability and functionality in a way that strengthens the fabric of the community?

Moderator:

  • David Pfeffer, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Panelists:

  • Richard Browne, Partner, Sterling Project Development
  • Juliet Cullen-Cheung, President, Steiner NYC
  • Joe Deal, Principal, Bohler Engineering
  • Bruce Eichner, Chairman, Continuum Company
  • David Kronman, President & Partner, Cape Advisors
  • Jonathan Ninnis, Principal & CEO, OC Construction Management

9:50 AM

Track B ‐ Lien In: Exploring the Significance and Intricacies of Mechanics’ Liens

Contractors, suppliers, property owners, construction lenders, and other parties to a project could encounter several lien-related issues when working on New York construction jobs. During this workshop, Ingram attorneys Peter M. Canty and Maurizio Anglani will walk attendees through some of these issues step by step, and offer insights on the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved with mechanic’s liens.

Workshop Presenters:

  • Maurizio Anglani, Partner, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Peter Canty, Partner, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti

10:30 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM

Track A ‐ The Path to High-Yield Re-Development Opportunities in New York & the Northeast

Investors continue to hunt for high-yielding opportunities, with value-added renovations performing well in this real estate cycle. But as the pool of attractive assets shrinks, investors must be more careful as they assess potential deals. The challenge is finding properties that have not already been renovated. With that in mind, where are the Tri-State’s most active value-add players acquiring assets, and how are they responding to today’s top challenges?

During this panel, we will discuss:

  • Acquiring Assets: Where are the Tri-State’s most active value-add players acquiring assets? What are their biggest challenges in today’s market?
  • Finding Deals: What are the keys, and challenges, to finding deals in today’s market?
  • Finding Properties in Submarkets: How can you best find properties in submarkets that have not already
    been renovated?
  • Assessing the Market: How are you assessing the market for value-add opportunities? And what does 2020
    & beyond look like for you and your team?

Moderator:

  • Stuart Rosen, Special Construction Counsel, Proskauer

Panelists:

  • Greg Altshuler, Principal, Colonnade Group
  • Marc Couture, Senior Solutions Development Engineer, Ecosystem
  • Daren Hornig, Managing Partner, Hornig Capital Partners
  • Ericka Keller, Chief Executive Officer, Brisa Builders

11:00 AM

Track B ‐ Future-Proofing New York: Regional Infrastructure Initiatives Impacting Desirability, Livability & Functionality

With livability and functionality a key focus in today’s market, real estate leaders must navigate regional infrastructure initiatives that impact desirability, livability, and functionality among other things. How do we move into the future when we are relying on structures that were created more than 100 years ago, and what is the best path forward in 2020 and beyond?

During this panel, we will discuss:

  • Infrastructure Improvements: Which infrastructure improvements would most significantly impact your projects?
  • Future-Proofing Transportation: With subways already at 100% capacity, what can we do to future proof transportation in the city?
  • Navigating the Red Tape: Wrangling for years on simple things like stairs.
  • Aging Infrastructure: How do we finance and update infrastructure responsibly in a way that considers the community and the future.

Moderator:

  • Joe DiTizio, Account Executive – Energy & Sustainability, EBI Consulting

Panelists:

  • Cecilia Kushner, EVP – Planning, NYC EDC
  • Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
  • Holly Leicht, Executive Vice President, Empire State Development
  • Tom Wright, President & CEO, Regional Plan Association

11:45 AM

Track A ‐ Buildings of the Future: Innovation in Design & Construction

Market dynamics are forcing a sea change in design and construction, as construction costs continue to rise and acquisition pricing remains stubbornly high. Meanwhile, climate change and new regulations related to building emissions are further putting demands upon how new and re-developed buildings will be designed and built. Creative developers are discovering new and innovative ways to deliver properties designed for the next 40 years.

During this panel, we will discuss:

  • Co-living: How do the design and construction of buildings designed for co-living differ from traditional multifamily?
  • Affordability: How are developers changing their designs and construction plans to bring down costs? How is the evolving skyline of NYC reshaping neighborhoods and impacting communities?
  • Climate Change: As capital partners and government put pressure on developers to incorporate climate change into their projects, how are developers responding?
  • Trends & Challenges: What are the just-now-emerging trends and challenges that will be addressed next?

Moderator:

  • Abe Schlisselfeld, Partner, Marks Paneth

Panelists:

  • Sally Gilliland, Principal, Hudson Companies
  • Elan Hakimian, Principal, Certes Partners
  • Miriam Harris, Executive Vice President, Trinity Place Holdings
  • Simon Koster, Head Of Development – US, The Collective
  • Robert LiMandri, Senior Principal, Vidaris

11:45 AM

Track B ‐ Money Matters: Construction Investment & Finance for New Build & Re-Development Projects

In the face of a record bull market over the course of a decade, today’s market could soon enter a recession with many predicting it will happen in the next five years and many expecting it to happen as soon as this year. As we close in on the longest economic expansion this country has ever witnessed, many equity investors have money ready to invest, but they are taking a slow-and-steady approach to ensure they don’t overcommit as market conditions change. In the face of such challenges, how do developers, owners and investors get the necessary capital in a timely fashion?

During this panel, we will discuss:

  • Pinpointing Attractive Deals: What deals are most attractive to equity investors, and how can you best
    pinpoint them?
  • Top Projects: Who are today’s active investors and what types of projects are they investing in? Where are they putting their money?
  • Tax Incentives: How can you take advantage of changing tax incentives?
  • Financing Strategies: How can you get the most out of your financing strategies?

Moderator:

  • Sonia Bain, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Panelists:

  • Drew Fletcher, President, Greystone Capital Advisors
  • Adam Piekarski, Managing Director, MSD Partners
  • Paul Rahimian, Chief Executive Officer, Parkview Financial
  • Sean Reimer, Principal – Investments, Square Mile Capital

12:25 PM

Networking Lunch

Special Invitation-Only Roundtable

Conference registration does not automatically qualify you to participate in a roundtable; separate registration is required.
If you are interested in participating, contact Claudia Gutwirth at claudia@greenpearlevents.com.

11:00 AM

Peer-to-Peer Development Leaders Roundtable

Agenda

7:30 AM

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 AM

Track B ‐ Tax Free Forever: New Info just released about Opportunity Zones and Tax Policy Changes

8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

8:50 AM

Keynote Fireside Chat: Jeffrey Levine, Founder & Chairman, Douglaston Development

9:25 AM

The Geography of Jobs: a Regional Economic Snapshot

9:50 AM

Track A – Developing for the Future in an Era of Change & Uncertainty

9:50 AM

Track B – Lien In: Exploring the Significance and Intricacies of Mechanics’ Liens

10:30 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM

Track A ‐ The Path to High-Yield Re-Development Opportunities in New York & the Northeast

11:00 AM

Track B ‐ Future-Proofing New York: Regional Infrastructure Initiatives Impacting Desirability, Livability & Functionality

11:45 AM

Track A ‐ Buildings of the Future: Innovation in Design & Construction

11:45 AM

Track B ‐ Money Matters: Construction Investment & Finance for New Build & Re-Development Projects

12:25 PM

Networking Lunch

Special Invitation-Only Roundtable

Conference registration does not automatically qualify you to participate in a roundtable; separate registration is required.
If you are interested in participating, contact Claudia Gutwirth at claudia@greenpearlevents.com.

11:00 AM

Peer-to-Peer Development Leaders Roundtable

2020 Sponsors
Akerman
Aon
Bohler Engineering
EBI Consulting
Ecosave
Ecosystem
Fleur Elise
Greystone
Ingram
Marks Paneth
OC Construction Management
ParkPlus
Parkview Financial
Partner
Pliteq
Proskauer
Robinson & Cole
Tarter Krinsky Drogin
Vidaris
2020 Venue

The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
40th Floor
250 Greenwich Street
New York City

Map & Directions

New York Academy of Sciences
250 Greenwich St.
New York City

About the Venue

NYASA

For 200 years‐since 1817‐the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community.

Throughout its history, the Academy’s Membership has featured thinkers and innovators from all walks of life, including U.S. Presidents Jefferson and Monroe, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Margaret Mead, and many more. Today, the Academy numbers over 20,000 Members in 100+ countries, with a President’s Council that includes 30 Nobel Laureates, and a distinguished Board of Governors comprised of leaders from business, academia, and philanthropy.

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Claudia Gutwirth
(646) 862-6125
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Amber Collins
(646) 783-3940
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