36th Annual
Cornell Real Estate Conference

Focus on the Future

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October 19th, 2018

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Conference Agenda

  • 7:30-8:15 AM

    Registration, Breakfast and Networking
    Breakfast Available

  • 8:15-8:30 AM

    Welcome Remarks
    Douglas Weill, Conference Chair

  • 8:30-8:45 AM

    Update on the Cornell Real Estate Council
    Dave Rupert, CREC President
    Lynn Zuckerman Gray, CREC Board Member

  • 8:45-9:30 AM

    Panel 1: Retail real estate

  • 9:30-10:15 AM

    Panel 2: How we work, live and play…in 2028 [NEW FOR 2018!]
    Amazon’s HQ2 search is one of the more visible examples of an emerging trend – employers thinking more carefully about locations and communities that are compatible with their own and their employees’ goals well into the future. Aetna is leaving Hartford for Manhattan (where it had been for 164 years), Alliance Bernstein announced a move to Nashville, GE moved to Boston, and McDonald’s moved to downtown Chicago from its long-time home in Oakbrook. CEO Steve Estabrook said about the move, “[This] is another significant step in our journey to build a better McDonald’s. This world-class environment will continue to drive business momentum by getting us even closer to customers, encouraging innovation, and ensuring great talent is excited about where they work.”

    Is the real estate industry prepared for this new paradigm? Our panel of visionaries will examine these trends and help shed light on these shifting goals, values and demographics.

  • 10:15-10:45 AM

    Coffee Break and Networking

  • 10:45-11:15 AM

    Institutional Capital Flows
    Annual presentation of key findings from 2018 Institutional Real Estate Allocations Monitor, a preeminent report on global real estate capital flows.

    Dustin Jones, Director, Baker Program in Real Estate
    Douglas Weill ’88, Managing Partner, Hodes Weill & Associates

  • 11:15-12:00 PM

    Panel 3: VC and Tech
    To catch up with the U.S. and Asia, the EU is targeting $24 billion of investments in Artificial Intelligence by 2020. Traditional banks are starting to use augmented reality to deliver mortgages to customers. Technology is changing investing as we know it, and many investors seem to agree that Tech is the future. But is the market ready to deal with these newfound technologies? What future disruptions are traditional real estate investors likely to encounter?

    Join our discussion with industry leaders to see how tech will transform the future of real estate.

  • 12:00-12:45 PM

    Keynote Speaker – Seth Klarman
    One on one discussion with Seth Klarman ’79, CEO and Portfolio Manager, The Baupost Group

    Moderator: David Hodes, Managing Partner, Hodes Weill & Associates

  • 12:45-1:30 PM


  • 1:30-2:15 PM

    Honoree: Kenneth Himmel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Related Urban
    Recipient of Cornell Real Estate Review’s 2018 Industry Leader Award

    Moderator: Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, HBC

  • 2:15-3:00 PM

    Panel 4: Design… More Important Than Ever
    As advances in technology continue to disrupt retail, multi-family, industrial, and office real estate, design has become a driving factor in attracting and retaining tenants. How do brick and mortar retailers use intelligent design to build traffic? As millennials look to home buying, what should be expected from residential design? In the face of rapidly escalating demand for warehouse space, how is industrial design evolving? With co-working companies leasing ever greater amounts of office space (e.g. over 600,000 square feet of office space in New York City in the first quarter of 2018 alone) what can/should developers do to evolve their own buildings and designs, for the next generation?

    Join our discussion with industry leaders to understand how design will shape the future of the industry.

  • 3:00-3:30 PM

    Coffee Break and Networking

  • 3:30-4:15 PM

    Panel 5: Wall Street
    As monetary policy begins to tighten, how will U.S. real estate investments perform versus the broader equity market? Where will capital for our industry come from in the future? How can investors value distressed retailers’ real estate? Cap and discount rates seem to be at an all-time low; hard asset pricing seems expensive – yet transactions continue.

    Join our conversation with our representative panelists to learn about what’s on the horizon for the capital markets.

  • 4:15-5:00 PM

    Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers


Alan Riffkin, Lazard
Alan Tantleff, FTI Consulting
Chris Kelly, Convene
Darcy Stacom, CBRE
Dave Rupert, Griffin Capital
David Hodes, Hodes Weill & Associates
David Kramer, Hudson
Doug Sesler, Macys
Doug Weill, Hodes Weill & Associates
Dustin Jones, Cornell University
Gary Handel, Handel Architects
Kate Bicknell, Oxford Properties
Mark Fawer, Greenspoon Marder
Paul Rubacha, Ashley Capital
Richard Baker, HBC
Roee Adler, WeWork


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