Monday, April 15, 2013

PERE Global Investor Forum / Sleep / A Tree Grows in Manhattan

PERE Global Investor Forum

PERE (Private Equity Real Estate) Magazine held its global investor forum on April 9-10 in Los Angeles.  Because PERE believes that a bigger crowd is not always better, attendees found time and space for substantive discussions.  Participants also had access to numerous sources of institutional capital.

There is a recognizable ‘buzz’ when a group of people is fully engaged with one another and the topic at hand. That buzz was evident at all networking / schmoozing breaks as well as during meals.  This is a dramatically different environment than the ‘din’ I have experienced at larger industry events. 

Immediately following the conclusion of the forum, PERE offered an ‘Emerging Manager Workshop.’  In a roundtable format the group openly discussed the challenges faced by emerging managers and were then treated to enlightening solutions offered by consultants, placement agents, and those already successfully raised capital. Numerous participants told me they were leaving the PERE Forum with valuable takeaways. 


For most of my life, even when I was playing rock ‘n roll for a living, I slept no more than six hours a night. That was all I needed - or so I thought.  A few months ago, in a valiant attempt to turn back time, I discovered that my biological age was 55. That made a guy who is, chronologically, a little older than that feel pretty darn good.  Actually - knock on wood - I don’t look, feel, or act my age.  The report included suggestions that may contribute to a longer and healthier life, including sleeping more and eating five servings of fruit every day.  While I love fruit and have been eating more, reaching the daily goal of five has not been easy.  (Feel free to send me your suggestions to incorporate more fruit into my routine.) Of most interest to me is that after taking that report to heart, I’ve been getting more sleep and have been feeling better than ever.  Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  

A Tree Grows in Manhattan

The cherry blossoms are blooming, the overcoats almost ready for storage, and the tennis courts in Central Park are open!  Spring has sprung in New York City.  It’s my first spring since moving here last year and it feels great.  Of all the cities I’ve visited, none has the energy of New York.  Outside my window at the rear of numerous apartment buildings is a vigorous tree, barren over the winter and now blooming.  Who would have thought that after so many years living in a home in Napa, CA, with some great old trees in my back yard, that my NYC tree would be so meaningful?   But that’s the feeling I have living here, in my small studio apartment with my name on the mailbox.  It’s very special.


Ville Raitio, now Director, Fund Management with Aberdeen Asset Management.

On The Road…

May 16:  Annual meeting of The Hoyt Fellows, North Palm Beach, FL.

May 29 – 30:  IMN (Information Management Network) U.S. Real Estate Opportunity Fund and Private Fund Investing Forum, New York, NY 

June 4 – 5:  PERE Summit (Private Equity Real Estate Magazine), London, UK 


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