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AROUND TOWN: Upcoming events you should know about

PropTech Breakfast

Feb. 25: The Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) first educational and networking event, presented in conjunction with The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), is PropTech 2020: Modernizing Real Estate Operations and Management. It will take place from 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m. at the University’s Lincoln Center Campus. The breakfast event will kick-off with a keynote address from Sonu Panda, CEO of Prescriptive Data. A panel moderated by Fordham’s Serge Reda will include John Gilbert, COO/EVP, Rudin Management Company; Andrea Jang, COO, Ackman-Ziff; Laura Patel, Head of Strategic Accounts, Density, Inc. and;  Omri Stern, Founder & CEO, Jones. Registration for the event is $45. To register, visit

REBNY Commercial Crossfire
Feb. 26: A deep-dive into CRE finance in NYC and beyond focuses on how lenders/borrowers respond to changes impacting the office, multifamily and retail asset classes. Speakers include Besty Marshall, Bank of America; Zachary Bornstein, Olshan Properties. Moderator is Brian Cohen, Gouldston & Storrs. For information, email  Hayley Torswickat

Shawmut Design and Construction held its ninth annual Broken Resolutions party at Chef Thomas Keller’s TAK Room. Guests received an exclusive look at both the front and back of house in the new Shawmut-built restaurant located in Hudson Yards. Shawmut’s Les Hiscoe and Randy Shelly are pictured here with Chef Thomas Keller (center).

NYARM Seminar
Feb. 26: The New York Association of Realty Managers presents Frank DeLucia and Guy Gioino,  Hub Risk Services Division, on Contractual Risk Transfer. The speakers will focus on the placement of financial burden on the party closest to, and best able to, control the chances that loss will occur and, protect the building entity from becoming liable for claims stemming from work done by third party vendors. From 6:00  to 8 p.m. at Hub International Northeast Regional Headquarters, 5 Bryant Park, 4th Floor, NYC . Refreshments served. RSVP required .Free $0 to NYARM Members, Non-members $185 contact Margie Russell, at 212-216-0654 or email 

Andrew Merin

ULI-NJ Seminar
Feb. 27: The Northern New Jersey chapter of the Urban Land Institute Development 360 Program features a session hosted by Andrew Merin, Cushman & Wakefield, and Lynn deCastro, PGIM Real Estate, with Tom Trautner, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC and other  industry veterans sharing experiences and best practices with the next generation of commercial real estate leaders. From  8:30 to 11 a.m. at  the offices of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi  PC, One Boland Drive, West Orange. Contact Dan Johnson, at or call 908-895-0785.

BOMA-NY Pinnacle Awards
Feb. 27: The BOMA NY Pinnacle Awards will be presented at a gala event at Pier Sixty from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The annual event is in its 49th year and considered the Oscars of the CRE industry. Owners  including SL Green, Brookfield, Related and Durst, as well as managers from CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield and JLL, compete for the most prestigious honors recognizing quality in buildings and rewarding excellence in building management. Contact: Ami Shah, Director of Membership & Special Events:

NY Build Expo 2020
Mar 3 and 4: The largest free-to-attend construction and design show for the Tri-state area officially supported by the Governor of NY. The show features 20,000 registered attendees, 250+ exhibitors, 230+ speakers, AIA / CES-approved workshops, entertainment and multiple business networking opportunities. The show takes place at the Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street.  For details visit

CREW-NY Luncheon
March 3. Commercial Real Estate Women hosts Powerful Women Entrepreneurs at Club 101 from 11:30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Panelists include  Daria Salusbury, Salusbury and Co.; Jennifer Carey, JLC Environmental Consultants; Maureen A. Henegan, Henegan Construction; Ronnette Riley, Ronnette Riley Architect. Moderated by Jeannette Boccini, News Muse. Visit for details.

Eight Over Eighty
March 4: At its 6th annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala, The New Jewish Home will pay tribute to real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Harold Grinspoon; The New Jewish Home’s therapeutic recreation aide Marie Holley; first female governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin; private equity investor Sid Lapidus; former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger; world’s oldest yoga teacher (at 101) Tao Porchon-Lynch; developer Daniel Rose; and author Calvin Trillin. The event at the Ziegfeld Ballroom will be hosted by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. For more information about the event, visit


BOMA PropTech Summit
Mar. 12; Andrew Ackerman, managing director of Dreamit Ventures, will keynote the 2020 Proptech Summit at the Maxwell Hotel, 541 Lexington Ave, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature over 40 curated presentations of the very latest in property technology as will close out with a cocktail reception. CEU credited event focuses on the types of technologies and providers that exist in the marketplace with a focus on building and workflow management, digital and physical security, tenant apps  and amenities, energy and utility management. For details, visit

NYC Builds Bio
March 19: NYC Builds Bio+ aims to connect commercial life science opportunities to New York City’s real estate development community through events, research, reports and educational programs. This networking event is for new and prospective members. Attendees will enjoy drinks and refreshments while learning about NYC Builds Bio+ 2020 initiatives, upcoming events and opportunities for becoming more involved.  From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Haworth, 125 Park Avenue.

AREPA Speaker Series
April 2:
The Asian Real Estate Professional Association will host a networking event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Anchin, Block & Anchin, 1375 Broadway. Bentley Zhao, chairman & CEO of New Empire Corp., will discuss his career in real estate and his company’s current real estate projects. Seating is limited.  Tickets are $50.00. Free for 2020 AREPA Members.

Women in PropTech presents: Building Faster: ConTech, Modular &  Innovative Construction Methods April 16: Time is money – especially during construction where delays and inclement weather cause headaches. Join us for an exploration into the innovative construction methods and technologies that leads to buildings being built faster, of higher quality and with less waste. Hear from sector leaders who use modular. Join Women in PropTech from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Join speakers Amy Cordone. Vice President of Operations – Builders Group at L+M Development Partners and Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director of Global Design Strategies & CALA Region (Modular Construction Program Leader) at Marriott International & more to be announced.

NYBC Leadership Awards Luncheon May 7: The New York Building Congress 99th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon will take place from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Honorees include George Leventis, Langan International; Frances Resheske, Con Edison; Mary Ann Tighe, CBRE; and Jeffrey Callow, Thornton Tomasetti. For information email Jeanine Badalamenti at

Women in PropTech presents Spring Social: Rooftop-networking Drinks May 20: Spring is in the air and what better way to enjoy it than with a glass of wine in hand while you network with your industry peers and future collaborators upon a gorgeous Manhattan rooftop. The event will be from 6:30 to 8 pm. Find more information and tickets at this link @ Https://

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