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WHAT’S ON: Pinnacle night for BOMA; Forum series from IMN

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

Speaker Series

Seth Pinsky
Seth Pinsky

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

IMN 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, 2017: 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. 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

IMN Private Equity Forum
April 4-5: The 4th Annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land, Homebuilding & Condo Development will take place in Miami, FL. With a particular focus on private equity, debt and joint venture financing in the land, homebuilding and condo markets, experts will examine the latest investment opportunities, strategies and trends. For details, go to:

STA Dinner
April 6: The Subcontractors Trade Association (STA) will host its 48th Annual Construction Awards Dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. STA will honor the accomplishments of 2017 industry leaders including: Richard Kennedy, President of Skanska USA Building, the Builder of the Year Award; Joseph Leo, President of Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, as The Ronald Berger Subcontractor of the Year Award; Patrick Dolan, President of the Steamfitters Local Union 638, as the Labor Leader of the Year Award; Joseph Ferrara, President & CEO of Ferrara Bros, as the Michael Mazzucca Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information on the STA’s 2017 Annual Awards Dinner, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Samantha Sweeney by phone at 212-398-6220 or by email at

AIGA Awards Gala
April 21: AIGA, the professional association for design, will host its Annual AIGA Awards Gala in partnership with its New York chapter at Pier Sixty, located at 23rd Street and the West Side Highway at Chelsea Piers in New York City.  Chaired by Brian Collins, CCO, co-founder, COLLINS, Bobby C. Martin, Jr., co-founder, OCD | The Original Champions of Design, and Christine Taylor, Creative Strategist, Licensing, Hallmark Cards, the event will celebrate the 2017 AIGA Medalists and raise funds to support AIGA programs and initiatives. Event partners include sponsors such as: Google, Facebook Design, DropBox, Pentagram, Lippincott, Chermayeff-Geismar, Atlantic Records, and IBM, among others. For more information about the event or to register, please visit

Realty Foundation Cocktail Party
April 27, 2017: The Realty Foundation of New York (RFNY) announced that Paul J. Massey Jr., who earlier this year launched his campaign to run as a Republican for Mayor of New York City, will be the guest of honor at the organization’s annual cocktail party. Beginning at 5:30 pm, the event will be held in the historic Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center.  H. Dale Hemmerdinger, chairman of the foundation, confirmed the choice of honoree following RFNY’s annual Board Meeting.

The-boys-in-a-boatULI Meeting
May 2-4: New Drivers for Real Estate Financing, Design and Development is the focus of Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Spring Meeting Washington State Convention Center. John Schoettler, director of Global Real Estate, at Amazon, who will discuss what drove the company’s decision to create a 10-million-square-foot urban campus in Seattle. Ann Klee, of General Electric, will be discussing GE’s move from Fairfield, Connecticut to downtown Boston. There will also be keynote presentations from Alaska Airlines CEO Bradley Tilden and Daniel James Brown, author of New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat.

May 11: The New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, will present  its 2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards during the 30th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala, at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, N.J. Arthur M. Greenbaum of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Impact Award will be presented to JLL. Hollister Construction Services LLC and Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company LLC will receive the Industry Service Awards. The winners of the Deal of the Year Awards will be revealed at the Gala.  The members-only Gala ticket pre-sale is open now through March 17. Ticket sales will open to the public on March 18. For complete details and updates, visit

May 16-17: The 5th Annual Real Estate CFO & COO Forum in San Diego, CA, is the premier venue for in-house financial and operational professionals to hear best practices and industry developments from a wide spectrum of real estate industry peers. The day and a half program features insights from senior officers at real estate developers, lenders, REITs, and operating companies. For more information, go to

IMN Multifamily Forum
May 18-19: The Middle-Market Multifamily Forum in Huntington Beach, CA, offers a program uniquely targeted to both smaller and mid-sized owner/operators, a group that comprises 75 percent of all multifamily investors. Sessions will include: Cap Rate/Interest Rate/Inflation Rate Relationship; Tax Planning, Tax Incentives & Tax-Advantaged Multifamily Investments; Bringing Older Properties Up to Date. For more information, visit




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