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April 3-5 New York

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Keynote Address in the UN Private Delegates Dining Room

“Navigating the Winds of Change” by Thomas G. McCarthy, Cushman & Wakefield, Vice-Chairman

With a career spanning over forty years in Corporate Business Development, Tom McCarthy is solidly established as an innovative and experienced real estate executive, and a strong team leader and client service manager. He has earned a reputation as a results-oriented professional amongst his peers within the commercial real estate industry. His background includes a thorough understanding of the intricacies involved in all types of real estate transactions, and he is well respected and known for his successful negotiating skills.

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Expert Panelists


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Monday April 3 Arrivals &
Welcome Reception
6 – 8 pm at 1 Seaport Residences




Tuesday April 4

International Symposium Day 1 & UN Luncheon

[Speakers and Program subject change.]

8:30 am Global Wealth Trends – University Club Council Room

David S. Friedman is the Co-Founder of Wealth-X, which he co-founded in 2010. Prior to co-founding Wealth-X, he spent several years as Managing Director at CB Richard Ellis, an advisor to the Saudi Royal Family, Jumeirah Capital, Kuwait Finance House, the Government of Puerto Rico and the Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund. David is a noted author and speaker on UHNW business development practices and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Guardian, Investment News and The Telegraph.

Richard Koss, Director of the Global Housing Watch at the International Monetary Fund and Adjunct Professor at the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. Richard is an established economist, real estate analyst and capital markets investor. Prior to the IMF he worked at such notable firms as Fannie Mae, Brown Brothers Harriman and the General Motors Treasury. He began his career at the Council of Economic Advisers under Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Gregory Heym is Executive Vice President and Chief Economist for Terra Holdings, one of the nation’s largest privately-held real estate services firms, and parent company to Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead Property. As the creator of ValuExchange, Gregory oversees the most comprehensive database of residential property sales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He leads a fully-dedicated team of research professionals who develop and prepare Market Reports for Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, with a printed circulation of well over 250,000.

10 am Spotlight on Global and Local Architecture & Design Trends

Stacy Garcia is an established leader in the world of design and the founder and principal behind multiple business enterprises: LebaTex, Inc., a distinctive textile supplier and Stacy Garcia, Inc., a licensing and design house out of New York.  She has established the reputation of leading forecaster of color and design trends and is a chairholder of Color Marketing Group, the international color forecasting association. Partnered with some of the world’s leading manufacturers, Stacy has created products that span from floor to ceiling for resorts and homes all over the world.

Eric Spencer rejoined MAD Architects to lead the building of the firm’s New York Office and proactive outreach effort in North America. With over a decade of experience, he previously directed development for two other major cultural and commercial design firms in New York. His career has been divided between China and the US. Beginning in 2006, Eric was a designer at MAD in Beijing, where he lived and worked for several years. He was member of the project management team for the firm’s Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada.

Thomas Clancy is the Senior VP of Residential Systems for Audio Command Systems, who works with homeowners, architects, designers and builders to integrate home lifestyle technology into their luxury residences. Tom believes that the modern technology needs to be simple to use, while keeping a keen eye on the design aesthetic, and remaining on the forefront of today’s ever-changing technological advances. As a fifteen-year industry veteran, Tom has worked in some of finest homes and estates around the world.

11 am Capital Flows & Investment Targets: Regional Perspectives – University Club Council Room

Middle-East North Africa – Herbert Lash, Reuters Correspondent has worked as financial and international correspondent in New York, Washington D.C., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City, Mexico, for the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters over a career that spans nearly two decades. Herb has covered investments and investing strategies of all sorts, and has for three years now covered investing in the U.S., particularly New York, real estate markets.

Latin America – Tim Gifford is the Head of CBRE’s Investment Banking Business for Latin America, CBRE Capital Advisors Latin America, focusing on complex cross-border investment advisory services throughout Latin America. Mr. Gifford advises institutional investors on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and financing of commercial real estate throughout Latin America. Working closely with CBRE office locations in Latin America, he provides clients seamless capital markets advisory service.

12 pm EB-5 and Crowdfunding: Alternative Sources of Financing

Clem Turner is a partner in the New York Office of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP, the oldest law firm in the United States primarily practicing immigration law. With two decades experience in legal, corporate and business fields, Clem brings a deep level of legal knowledge and business expertise to the EB-5 industry. Clem has counseled numerous corporations and Regional Centers raising capital through the EB-5 Program on matters of structuring, strategy, securities law and corporate law.

Mark Roderick is one of the leading Crowdfunding lawyers in the United States. He represents platforms, portals issuers, and others throughout the industry and his Regulation A+ Primer is a standard resource on this topic. For more information on Crowdfunding, including news, updates and links to important information pertaining to the JOBS Act and how Crowdfunding may affect your business, follow Mark’s blog by visiting, or his twitter handle: @CrowdfundAttny.

Justin Palmer is the Founder and CEO of Synapse Development Group and directs the continued growth and vision of the company. Prior to co-founding Synapse, Justin served as Assistant Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where he oversaw the work-out and repositioning of a 1,300-unit multi-family portfolio in New York City, as well as the foreclosure and restructuring of a large mixed-use development portfolio totaling 1.4 million square feet of development rights located in New York and Washington, D.C.

Amy J. Ericson, EB-5 Analyst, Greystone joined the company from Baker Tilly Capital where she worked for over two years as the Director of Client Engagement, providing consulting services and due diligence to clients preparing EB-5 offering documents. She focused on the preparation of business plans and economic impact studies for developers and regional center clients across the country. Amy serves on the Public Policy Committee for the EB-5 trade group IIUSA (Invest In the USA) and is a founding member of the Alternative Capital Alliance in NYC.

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12:30 pm UN Luncheon in the Private Delegates Dining Room


3:30 pm Guided Tour of the UN

3 – 5 pm Alternate Tour – 100 East Fifty Third Residences

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12:30 – 1:30 pm Gateway Cities Panel (for Symposium attendees not attending UN Luncheon)

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6 to 7 pm Cocktail Reception at the University Club

7:30 pm Black Tie Installation Dinner at the University Club





Wednesday April 5

International Symposium Day 2 and Property Tour

[Speakers and Program subject change.]

8:30 am FIABCI-USA Annual Meeting & the FIABCI Member Toolkit of Partnerships that add to your bottom line – University Club College Hall

9:30 am How the Sharing Economy is Changing Real Estate

Faith Hope Consolo Recognized worldwide as the “Queen of Retail,” Faith is renowned for her expertise as a consultant and retail broker who has been instrumental in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation and beyond. The sheer volume, size, and distinction of her transactions, combined with her exceptional experience in a global array of retail markets, have set a high standard among real estate specialists. She is also Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group.

Evan Kasper is the Co-Founder of The Medici Living Group, the largest co-living provider in Europe with over 1,200 units across seven cities. Formed in 2012, the company was bootstrapped by Co-Founders Gunther Schmidt, Ferdinand von Fumetti, and Robert Gmeiner. He is responsible for bringing the success of the European platform to the United States. The Group’s first USA site, located in Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side, will go live in April followed by several thousand additional units nationwide before 2018.

10:30 Navigating the complexities of Ownership for Foreign Owners of US Real Estate

Felix B. Reznick is the Managing Member of Reznick Law, PLLC. and has practiced law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Rosenman & Colin LLP. Mr. Reznick is experienced at corporate, real estate, international, intellectual property, employment, trust and estates, and general business law, having represented a diverse clientele including real estate developers, media, software, investment banks and funds and not-for-profit foundations. Mr. Reznick is fluent in Russian. Mr. Reznick is licensed to practice law within the State of New York.

Additional Speakers TBA

11 am Luncheon with Keynote Speaker – University Club

12:30 Essex Crossing & Brooklyn Navy Yards: Best Practices in Urban Development  – University Club

David Ehrenberg serves as the President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing the Yard’s diverse tenant base and 1.8 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, he was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency.

Issac Henderson, L+M Development Partners in the 1980s, was the first developer to integrate federal low income housing tax credits with New York City’s Vacant Building Program and has continued through the years to work with government and financial institutions to help create new programs that utilize private activity bonds and the as-of right tax credits that accompany them.

1:30 pm Breaking New Ground – Wellness Real Estate™ 

As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™ Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. The Delos platform includes technology, consulting, research, design and innovative solutions for the built environment – creating spaces that nurture and promote human health and well-being.

2 pm Changes in China: Possible Impact On Asia and Beyond

Michael Ridloff is the Director of Investment for Vanke Holdings USA LLC (Vanke). In that capacity he is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing all of Vanke’s investment activities in the United States. The Vanke coverage universe includes New York, San Francisco, Boston and other major gateway markets in the United States. Michael is also responsible for new businesses and new product lines including fund management, preferred equity/mezzanine lending and expansion into other asset classes.

Steve Williams, FRICS, Real Capital Analytics, Exec. Managing Director. A past President of the RICS, Steve has worked on all five continents advising the capital markets about the value of securitized assets. Recently, his manuscripts “Facing the Global Challenge” and “What’s It Worth” have been recognized by the UN in Geneva and New York for their insightful commentaries on market transparency. Steve holds an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in the UK and is a former Chair of the Center for Real Estate Research at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Floentino Dulalia, Jr. owns several real estate companies in the Philippines including F.S. Dulalia Realty, Don Tino Realty & Development Corp, and Adrian Development & Investment, Inc. His vast experience includes real estate consultancy, project marketing, brokerage, development, construction, and property and investment management. In addition to developing, constructing, managing or marketing hundreds of real estate project, he has served as a founder and leader of real estate organizations. He is currently the FIABCI Asia Pacific Region President.

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