Saturday, November 7, 2015

PrivCap Academy / NAREIM Executive Officers Meeting / Driving to Asheville / Pizza - Drink Thing NYC Nov. 9

PrivCap Academy

My friends at Privcap recently announced the launch of Privcap Academy - “the definitive online learning platform for anyone who needs to understand the core concepts and language of private equity.” Their debut educational offering is called “Fundamentals of the Private Equity Asset Class.”  It’s a self-paced, 9-module, 150-minute course featuring instructors Kelly DePonte of Probitas Partners and Brian Rich of Catalyst Investors.  I had the opportunity to meet Kelly some years back.  He’s a very knowledgeable and engaging guy. 

The cost is $499 / $299 for students. Firm-wide licenses are also available.  You can find all the information here ( as well as a terrific glossary on the private equity world.

Congratulations to Privcap on the launch of this exciting new product!

NAREIM Executive Officers Meeting

Last week I was privileged to attend the NAREIM (National Association of Real Estate Investment Mangers) Executive Officers Meeting in Chicago.  My good friend and NAREIM President and CEO, Gunnar Branson, hosted the event.

While I’ve written before about what makes this meeting special, it’s worth mentioning again.  The attendees include many CEO’s, COO’s and other very senior executives representing some of the top institutional real estate investment management firms. There are no LP’s in attendance (sorry!).  This lends itself to unabashedly open and candid dialogue about the opportunities and challenges faced by investment managers today. (Note:  I have not posted any content from this meeting as "What's said there stays there!).

Here’s the link to NAREIM’s website where you can see the growing list of member firms (NAREIM has added 18 new member firms in the past year!) and check out their upcoming events - many are available to non-member firms as well). 

Congratulations to Gunnar and Sally Van Der Bosch, NAREIM’s Director of Administration and Meetings, for orchestrating a wonderfully interesting event that included a sneak-peak at a brand new retail concept called “Order With Me.”  From a press release website:  The OrderWithMe platform accelerates transactions and improves profitability at every state of the supply chain from manufacturers to retailers.”  It’s definitely worth checking out.

Drive to Asheville, NC

Stopped overnight at a Comfort Inn in Raphine, Virginia, right off I-81.  Asked the desk clerk if there was a restaurant that delivered to the hotel (thinking I could at least get a pizza!).  He said with a smile, “Nope.  Have you ever heard of ‘the middle of nowhere??’  Well, that’s where you are.”

One more thing:  Driving through the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina I noticed a lot of cows grazing. Can someone please tell me why the cows don’t fall over when they’re standing on a hillside? 

Pizza / Drink Thing

This coming Monday, November 9, I’m hosting my 10th annual pre-holiday Pizza / Drink thing. Over the years, this casual No-RSVP-Required gathering has attracted a diverse and fun commercial real estate group.  Please join us from 6-9pm at Joe G’s Restaurant, 244 W. 56th Street (bet. B’way & 8th  Ave.) - downstairs from the DaVinci Hotel.  I supply the famous Joe G pizza – you buy your drinks. Hope to see you there!

On the Road…

Nov. 9:  PEI Real Estate Capital Forum, New York City (I’m chairman of the one-day event).

Nov. 9: Steve’s Almost Annual Pre-Holiday Pizza / Drink Thing at Joe G’s, 254 W. 56th St. (bet. B’way and 8th Ave). Downstairs from the DaVinci Hotel).  6 – 9pm.  Join your industry friends. No RSVP necessary. I supply the pizza – you buy your drinks!

Nov. 10-11:  PERE Summit, New York City (I’m moderating a panel on entity investing) 


Jan. 26-27: NAREIM Acquisitions and Dispositions, Beverly Hills, CA

Feb. 16-17: NAREIM Research and Investment Management, Chicago, IL 

Apr. 6-7: NAREIM Asset and Portfolio Management, Atlanta, GA 


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