Saturday, January 17, 2015

NAREIM Acquisitions and Asset Management Conference / IMN's Opportunity Fund Conference / A Short Visit To Napa, CA

NAREIM Acquisitions and Asset Management Meeting

National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) President and CEO Gunnar Branson has a wonderful way of starting out each of NAREIM’s meetings:  “When you’re hear, you have a license to think out loud.”  It’s a great concept…and it works.  NAREIM has a corner on the market of moderate size meetings allowing for true audience interaction.

This past week was NAREIM’s Acquisition and Asset Management meeting at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco attracted representatives of companies from the US and Canada including:
  • AEW Capital Management
  • AICI
  • Aviva Investors
  • Bailard
  • CBRE
  • Columbia Property Fund
  • GE Asset Management
  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
  • Inland Institutional Capital Partners
  • Intercontinental Real Estate Corp
  • Invesco
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • Lazard Asset Management
  • Lowe Enterprises Investors
  • Manulife Real Estate
  • MetLife Real Estate Investors
  • PCCP
  • Piedmont Office Realty Trust
  • Pine Tree Commercial Real Estate
  • Principal Real Estate Investors
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • The Brookdale Company
  • UBS 
  • USAA Real Estate Company

There were two ‘break-in’ sessions (where attendees gathered around tables to brainstorm on a topic).  As for the panels, one of my favorites was when my two friends, Bill Hughes, Global Head of Research and Strategy for UBS and Chris Hartung, Director at Lazard Asset Management, gave us their thoughts on opportunities and threats ahead from the economy.  What’s beautiful about listening to Bill and Chris is that they’ve been around for a while – what they say comes from 'real' real estate experience, through multiple cycles – and not theory.

Here are a few comments I found interesting and want to share with you:
  • “The war for talent is driving workplace innovation.”
  • “For every Facebook employee that leaves to join Microsoft, 21 Microsoft employees leave to join Facebook.”
  • “Wellness in office space has become a recruiting and retention vehicle.”

Check out NAREIM’s calendar of events here.

IMN’s 12th Annual Winter Real-Estate Opportunity and Private-Fund Investing Forum

We’ll be attending IMN’s conference in Laguna Beach, CA this week (Jan. 21 -23).  This is the first of three Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forums that IMN holds each year – Laguna Beach, New York and London.  In partnership with IMN, we are providing moderator / panelist / speaker observation, evaluation and post-event coaching recommendations to a select group of members of sponsoring firms.  If you’ll be attending please let me know; maybe we can catch up and say hello.

Commercial Real Estate Women’s Leadership Workshops
  • My partner Liz Weiner and I are pleased to announce that we are bringing our Commercial Real Estate Industry Women’s Leadership Workshop to Houston (Jan 26) and Dallas (Jan 29).  The feedback we have received from previous workshop participants is overwhelming positive.  Here are some of the testimonials:
  • “Great program – I would recommend to all the women in my network”     
  • “Fascinating and eye-opening discussions!”     
  • “...no matter what stage in your career it’s relevant”     
  • “Very empowering, stimulating”
  • “The various topics allowed some real gems to bubble up for me”      
  • “Good insight and thought provoking”
  • “Appreciated the casual, collaborative atmosphere”   
  • “Helpful lessons...would be beneficial for all levels of women”
  • “From the point of view of a female and male...Much of the advice was gender neutral”
  • “Great tips to better present myself with peers and management” 
  • “Great networking... opened my eyes to topics hadn’t previously thought of”       
  • “Brought to the surface all the issues I felt were stopping me from moving ahead and learning I wasn’t alone”
Our workshops are attracting commercial real estate women from all levels - the feedback has been great!  We have been told that not only are there tangible takeaways from the coaching that result in positive change, but also the sharing of experiences results in greater understanding.

Here are  links to learn more about and register for the Houston or Dallas  workshops. 

Dates to be announced soon:  Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, London.

A Short Visit to Napa, CA

I lived in Napa for almost 14 years.  This past week, for the first time since leaving in August 2012, I stopped by to meet with a couple of commercial real estate industry friends.  There was more evidence of the August 2014 earthquake than I expected to see.  

In downtown Napa, some of the historic buildings were still closed and under repair.  Some of the businesses had to relocate to temporary quarters while buildings they had occupied were repaired and deemed safe.  Like many events, when the media leaves it’s easy to forget what the tragedy left behind – same was true of the situation where I lived in Long Beach, NY following Hurricane Sandy.  That area, which I also visited recently, has still not completely recovered – more than two years after Mother Nature flexed her muscles.

One bright spot on my Napa visit was experiencing the Napa River Inn for the first time.  Proprietor Harry Price and his exceptional team have created a world-class hotel experience, smack dab on the Napa River.  

Like with many things, when you live somewhere you don’t necessarily take advantage of all there is to experience.  But when you’re visiting, like a tourist, you notice things that you may have overlooked – or never realized were even there.  The Napa River Inn gets extremely high ratings on TripAdvisor.com and is attracting more and more European and Asian tourists.  If you are planning to visit Napa Valley I encourage you to consider ‘Harry’s place’ in downtown Napa – it’s also a few steps away from some excellent dining establishments including Angele, Celadon and Morimoto.  

On the Road...
Jan. 21 - 23:  IMN's Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA. Learn more and register here

Jan. 26:  Commercial Real Estate Women’s Leadership Workshop, Houston, TX.  Learn more and register here

Jan. 29:  Commercial Real Estate Women’s Leadership Workshop, Dallas, TX.  Learn more and register here

Feb. 17 – 18:  NAREIM Research & Investment Management Meeting, Chicago, IL. Learn more and register here.

Feb. 19 - 20:  University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Real Estate Challenge (I've been invited to be a judge!), Chapel Hill, NC. Invitation only.  Learn more here

Feb. 21-23:  Family visit – Asheville, NC

Mar.3 - 5: NCREIF (National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries) Winter Conference, Phoenix, AZ.  Learn more and register here

Mar. 10 - 11:  National Association of Real Estate Research Professionals (ARERP) meeting, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Mar. 16 - 17:  NAREIM Executive Officers Spring Meeting, Miami, FL. Learn more and register here

Mar. 26 - 27:  PREA (Pension Real Estate Association) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Learn more and register here

Apr. 29 – 30:  PERE Global Investors Forum, Los Angeles, CA.  Learn more and register here (Tentative)






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1 comment:

Metolius Mark * Mountain man in my mind said...

Thanks for all these words about Ashlee and for being her friend.

'There's a hole in the world'.

Many were impacted by the fine work she did in data services on behalf of the Investment Community and the genuinely fine, fun person that she always was. Her launching of the IREI FundTracker Database system is her legacy she leaves us, a fine example of what dedication and a sense of duty can produce.

Mark Dohrmann

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