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AROUND TOWN: Events, seminars, meetings, talks

Pinnacle Awards
Feb. 23: BOMA New York will host its 2017 Pinnacle Awards Ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Chelsea Piers. This year, seventeen nominees are competing for 10 awards and the Grand Pinnacle—the “pinnacle of the Pinnacles”—which will be given to the building that achieves the highest score. To register for the event, purchase an advertisement/sponsorship, please contact Ami Shah at or at 212.239.3662.

Museum Conference
Feb. 25: Scott Newman, FAIA, will help keynote the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) conference, Building Museums Symposium 2017, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C., as part of the talk, “Transforming the Whitney.” The keynote panel brings together Newman and other experts from the project team. They’ll discuss why the renowned museum moved to a new neighborhood in Manhattan, how it developed new approaches for displaying art, and its unique urban interconnections and novel solutions for storm and flood protection. Newman will be joined by the co-panelists Larissa Gentile, project manager for the Whitney, as well as Andrew Thomann of Turner Construction.

YMBA Luncheon
March 2: Why have traditional equity firms set-up non-bank fund lending platforms? Is this the new paradigm, trend and/or pattern in the every evolving CRE market? The Young Mortgage Bankers Association will explore why these non-bank fund platforms are now more readily available than ever before with a panel that includes Starwood Property Trust’s Jeff Dybas, Alan Leavitt, Lane Capital Partners, Spencer Garfield, Fortress; Kathy Corton, Brickman/Hillcrest and Billy Jacobs, Fisher Brothers. Tal Bar-Or of Meridian Capital will moderate. At the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street from noon to 2 p.m. Members free.

March 2: The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) will host its annual Leadership Awards Gala honoring six firms and individuals from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street in New York City. Richard T. Anderson, president emeritus of the New York Building Congress will serve as the master of ceremonies. Honorees are Gregory A. Kelly, P.E. President and CEO, U.S. and Latin America, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; Raymond P. Daddazio, President, Thornton Tomasetti; Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design and Former Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and American Studies, Yale University; Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record; Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, President, AIA San Francisco. For more information or to register, please email Cynthia Kracauer at or (212) 577-1200.

B’nai B’rith Luncheon
March 3: Ian J Lewis, Director, BDO Consulting’s Technology Advisory Services, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon beginning at noon at the Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, Ivy Room. His topic will be “Making Your Business Cyber Secure.”An expert in cybersecurity, Lewis has over 15 years’ experience leading complex IT and business-facing initiatives. He has developed and implemented cyber risk assessment strategies involving infrastructure, applications and processes. Admission is $70 up to two days in advance and $80 at the door. Registration can be made online at, or by sending a check payable to B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit to Aracelis Kuilan, BDO, 100 Park Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017, email :, Telephone:(212) 885-7239.

NAIOP-NJ Symposium
March 3: NAIOP-NJ will host a Public Policy Symposium: Gubernatorial Candidates Forum at The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Speakers include Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Senator Ray Lesniak, Phil Murphy, Assemblyman John Wisniewski. For details go to www.

Speaker Series
March 7: The Business Council of Westchester will host “Reimagining Our Downtowns: The Residential Model” from 8 – 9:30 am at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown. Sponsored by KeyBank, the program will feature Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty; James Driscoll, Senior Vice President, LCOR, Inc; Anthony Vulpi, Development Associate, Mill Creek Residential Trust; Joseph Apicella, Managing Director, MacQuesten Development; Geoffrey Thompson, Partner, Thompson & Bender, will be the moderator. For more information contact John Ravitz at the Business Council at 914-948-2110 or visit

INM Finance Conference

March 14-15: The 7th Annual Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets Forum on Real Estate, C&I and SBA Loans will take place in Fort Lauderdale. The forum will cover the latest on credit, loan review and workouts for a range of assets that includes Real Estate, Agricultural Loans, C&I, and Equipment Lending. Speakers include Brian Bailey, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Jason Alpert, Wells Fargo and; Carolos Delgada, International Finance Bank. For details, go to

March 14-17: Global strategist Parag Khanna, an international relations expert and author, will keynote the 28th edition of the “world’s property market” to be held in Cannes, France. The annual real estate event gathers players from all sectors of the international property industry for four days of networking, learning and transaction through events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones. The conference is organized by Reed MIDEM, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions.

Fordham RE Institute
March 15: The Fordham Real Estate Institute at Lincoln Center will host a breakfast panel moderated by Michael Stoler from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the University’s Lincoln Center campus.
“Residential Real Estate: Trends and Forecasts,” will feature Jan Burman, The Engel Burman Group; Roy Chin, TD Bank; Steven Dubb, Beechwood Organization; Allen Goldman, SJP Residential Properties; Jeffrey Levine, Douglaston Development/Levine Builders; Laurent Morali, Kushner Companies; Kenneth Pasternak, KABR Group; Seth Pinsky, RXR Realty; Eran Polack, HAP Investment Developers; Benjamin Stacks, Capital One Bank; Joshua Zegen, Madison Realty Capital. The event will take place at Fordham Law School, Bateman Room 2-01B, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, 10023. Registration for the event is $75.00. To register, visit

AREPA Seminar

March 23: The Asian Real Estate Professional Association (AREPA) will host a speaker and networking event from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, 2 Park Avenue (Between 32nd and 33rd St), 14th Floor, New York, New York 10016. Mr. Gang Hu, President and CEO of Greenland USA will discuss his distinguished career in real estate and current real estate projects
Jane Weng Finance Director of Greenland Forest City Partners and Associate Finance Director of Greenland USA will also be speaking. Seating is limited and this event is expected to sell out. Tickets for the event $50.00. Free for 2017 AREPA Members. This Event is sponsored by Flushing Bank. For membership information and to purchase tickets, please go to

DisruptCRE Conference

March 30: The third annual premier industry conference DisruptCRE will highlight the latest tech products influencing both the built environment and the people that work with its industries. The conference begins with a Registration & Networking Lunch. Following the opening remarks, Keynote speakers who are at the forefront of the industry will share their ideas.
Three panels—the state of CRE Tech: Executives POV, Building Tech, and TechTools—will round out the educational programming. At the conclusion of the event, a cocktail hour will be available to all attendees. The conference will run from noon to 6 p.m. at MHP Real Estate Services and Clarion Partners’ 180 Maiden Lane on the 29th floor. For more information, please visit

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