2014 Overview – Archive

Over 600 real estate private equity houses, investors, developers and owners came together to discuss how the top real estate private equity deals were made at the EisnerAmper Real Estate Private Equity Summit on October 1. See who attended!

This year, the conference encompassed the latest trends in the industry from top real estate power brokers including a special keynote presentation by Sam Zell of Equity Group Investments!

Check out the recap from the event and see more pictures here.

 Panelists  Conference


Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown

Keynote Speaker:

Sam Zell

Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm’s investments span industries and continents, and include interests in energy, logistics, transportation and real estate. Sam is recognized as a founding father of today’s public real estate industry after creating three of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in history. He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets.

View Highlights from Last Year’s Event:


2014 Speakers Include:

  • Dean Adler, CEO & Co-Founder, Lubert-Adler
  • Jonathan Aghravi, Senior Director, Eastern Consolidated
  • Stephen Alpart, Managing Director, Prudential
  • Kathy Anderson, Founder & President, Progress Capital Advisors
  • Luke Anderson, Vice President, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Edward Baquero, President, Corigin Holdings
  • Thomas Bermingham, Managing Director – Investment, USAA Real Estate
  • Nicholas Bienstock, Managing Partner, Savanna
  • Elizabeth Braman, Chief Production Officer, Realty Mogul
  • Fred Cooper, SVP – Finance, International Development, Toll Brothers
  • Marc Davidson, Managing Director, AEW
  • Robert Deckey, Chief Investment Officer, George Comfort & Sons
  • Mark Fawer, Partner, Arent Fox
  • Neil Freeman, Chairman & CEO, Aries Capital
  • Deborah Friedland, Director – Hospitality Services, EisnerAmper
  • Drew Fung, Head of Debt Investment Group, Clarion Partners
  • Chris Ganan, President – Institutional Investments, AssetAvenue
  • Laurence Geller, Chairman, Geller Investment Co.
  • Mark Gordon, Partner, Tribeca Associates
  • Dan Hartman, Principal, Ares Management
  • Leslie Himmel, Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties
  • Jeff Horwitz, Partner, Proskauer
  • Dennis Irvin, President & CEO, Rockefeller Group Investment Management
  • Andrew Jacobs, Managing Director – Head of Co-Investment, Metropolitan Real Estate / The Carlyle Group 
  • Timothy Johnson, Managing Director, BlackStone
  • Aaron Kaiser, Partner, EisnerAmper
  • Salman Khan, Managing Principal & CEO, Stabilis Capital Management
  • John Lamb, Managing Director, BlackRock
  • Robert Lapidus, President & Chief Investment Officer, L&L Holding Company
  • Kai-Yan Lee, Managing Director & Chief U.S. Representative, Vanke Holdings
  • Fredric J. Leffel, President, Kaufman New Ventures
  • Harry Macklowe, Founder & Chairman, Macklowe Properties
  • Desmond McGowan, Chief Financial Officer & Principal, True North Management
  • Joseph Mizrachi, Founder & Principal, Third Millennium Properties
  • James Nelson, Partner, Massey Knakal
  • Chris Niehaus, Partner/Head of US Business, GreenOak
  • Douglas O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, O’Donnell Group
  • Sar Peruri, Principal & Senior Vice President, Oxford Capital
  • Glenn Rufrano, Chairman & CEO, O’Connor Capital Partners
  • Dennis Russo, Partner & Chair – NY Real Estate, BakerHostetler
  • Rosemary Scanlon, Dean, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate
  • Lawrence Selevan, Founder & CEO, Chesterfield Faring
  • David Schwartz, Managing Member & Co-Founder, Waterton Residential
  • Mitesh Shah, Senior Managing Principal & CEO, Noble Investment Group
  • Jesse Shemesh, Portfolio Manager, Kite & Key Realty Group
  • Joseph Sitt, Chief Executive Officer, Thor Equities
  • Norman Sturner, Chief Executive Officer, Murray Hill Properties
  • Joe Vassallo, Managing Director, Natixis
  • Jameson Weber, Vice President, Hightower
  • Marc Warren, Managing Director, Ackman-Ziff
  • Charles Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, EisnerAmper
  • Kenneth Weissenberg, Partner, EisnerAmper
  • John Wilcox, Vice President, Marcus & Millichap
  • Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

Agenda at a Glance:

  • What’s the Weather Outside?: A Forecast of Today’s Private Equity Market
  • The Full Spectrum: Alternative Debt Financing Strategies
  • Deal Structure Master Class: The LP/GP Relationship
  • The Land of Free and the Home of the Deal: Why Foreign Investors Are Investing in U.S. Classes
  • This One or the Other: Valued Added Opportunities in New York vs Traditional Core Investments
  • Somewhere Out There: Driving Deal Flow
  • A Room with a View: Private Equity Hotel Investment Strategies
  • The Gets and the Get-Nots: Solving the Challenges of Raising Funds Today

Who Should Attend?


  • Limited Partner/LP
  • General Partner/LP
  • Investment Banker
  • Community Banker
  • Mezz/Bridge Lender



  • Legal
  • Accountant
  • Broker
  • Real Estate Developer




EisnerAmper Real Estate Private Equity Summit
McGraw-Hill Conference Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:45 PM