Real Estate Journal — March 13 - 26, 2015 — 1A
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Meet Our Speakers & Moderators
Paul Heilmann, Senior Vice President, Columbia Bank Speaker: 10:40 AM | Market Update BIO: Paul Heilmann is Senior Vice President (SVP) of Commercial Real Estate Lending and Commercial Construction Lending at Columbia Bank, one of New Jersey’s leading community banks with Total Assets of $4.3 Billion and 44 Branches. Heilmann is a member of the Bank’s Commer- cial Loan Committee and Senior Loan Committee. His responsibilities in- clude oversight of two lending groups. Prior to joining Columbia in 2004, he was the SVP of Commercial Lending at Penn Federal, a Newark, N.J. based bank for 10 years. Responsibilities included all commercial lend- ing activities including real estate lending, loan workout and accounts receivable lending. Heilmann was also the Bank’s designated environ- mental officer. He has also held positions as a VP of loan workout for Barclays Bank during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and was a Senior Associate in leverage finance for CA-NY during the mid 1980’s. Omer Mir Ahmed, Senior VP — Acquisitions, Russo Development Speaker: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update BIO: Omer Mir Ahmed is Senior Vice President and Head of Russo Devel- opment’s Acquisitions department. He has led an aggressive campaign to strategically expand the firm’s development pipeline and property holdings spanning industrial, multifamily residential, and mission critical property types. Specifically, Mr. Ahmed has led the acquisition of over $150,000,000 of acquisitions and dispositions over the past five years including over 1,000,000 SF of commercial space and land entitled for over 2,000. Meryl Gonchar, Partner/Co-Chair (Redevelopment & Land Use Department), Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis Moderator: 10:40 AM | Market Update BIO: Meryl A.G. Gonchar is Co-Chair of the Redevelopment and Land Use Department at the New Jersey law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis LLP. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use, zoning and related litigation. She represents property owners and developers in appearances before planning and zoning boards throughout the state in connection with obtaining land use approvals and permits for resi- dential, retail, office, industrial and mixed use projects. She also repre- sents clients in land use and related litigation before the Superior Court of New Jersey. Ted Zangari, Member, Sills Cummis & Gross Speaker: 11:10 AM | What are the Opportunities for Commercial Dev.? BIO: Ted Zangari is a Member of Sills Cummis & Gross, a commercial law firm with New Jersey offices in Newark and Princeton. He is a Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Department and serves on the Firm’s Manage- ment and Executive Committees. Zangari’s law practice is multipronged. He chairs the Firm’s Redevelopment Law Practice Group, captaining a team of Sills Cummis & Gross attorneys on large-scale mixed use proj- ects including land assemblage, redeveloper designations and agree- ments, tax increment financing and other public incentives, environ- mental remediation, commercial condominiumization and construction contracts. Joseph Romano, Accordia Company Speaker: 9:50 AM | How to Effectively Work with Municipalities BIO: Joe Romano has over 35 years experience in the real estate in- dustry and is a co-founder of Accordia Realty Ventures. Prior to join- ing Accordia, Joe was head of Advance Realty Group’s ARG Develop- ment Corporation. Joe brings to Accordia a vast background in every facet of commercial real estate including: site acquisition, development, marketing, leasing, planning, construction and value enhancement. He has been involved in every aspect of the business including the broker- age, development and corporate sides of the deal process. His in-depth understanding of client’s needs and goals, trends and inventory in the market, and contacts within the corporate real estate community have enabled him to conclude over ten million square feet of transaction s.
Richard F.X Johnson, Sr. Vice President — Development, Partner, Ma- trix Development Group Speaker: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 Years BIO: Johnson joined Matrix in 1990, and is currently the partner-in-charge the development of office and mixed use projects within the Matrix port- folio, with a particular focus on transit-oriented and urban development/ redevelopment opportunities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Through- out his tenure with Matrix, Johnson has directed the company’s involve- ment in some of the region’s most challenging urban mixed-use develop- ments and significant build-to-suit corporate campuses: the 1,520,000 SF multi-phase $350 million headquarters of RCN Corporation in Lawrencev- ille, NJ; the 435,000 SF $40 million consolidated North American head- quarters of Okidata in Mt. Laurel, NJ; the 300,000 SF $65 million four- phase Advanta Corporation Campus in Horsham, PA; and the 486,000 SF $75 million headquarters facility for General Instrument Corporation in Horsham, PA. Johnson also has extensive experience in development consulting, and with sustainable design processes, specifically the use of renewable energy solutions in warehouse/distribution center buildings. Brian J. Whitmer, Senior Director — Capital Markets Group, Cushman & Wakefield Moderator: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update BIO: Brian Whitmer serves as Senior Director of the Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group in C&W’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office. Part of a 13-member team, Mr. Whitmer is responsible for managing, underwriting, and marketing investment properties for sale and arrang- ing joint ventures in the suburban markets surrounding New York City. While he handles all asset types, his focus is on multifamily transactions. His clients include pension fund advisors, REITs, and a range of domestic and foreign private investors. Ronald Ladell, Sr. Vice President, NJ, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Speaker: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update BIO: As Senior Vice President for New Jersey, Mr. Ladell oversees Avalon- Bay’s development activities throughout New Jersey. Mr. Ladell is based in the company’s Woodbridge, New Jersey office and focuses on devel- oping premier residential and mixed-use communities in high barrier to entry markets. Currently, AvalonBay is constructing communities in Roseland, Bloomfield, Wharton, Union and Princeton. Over the last few years, AvalonBay has built communities located in Somerset, Blooming- dale, Wood-Ridge, Hackensack, North Bergen, West Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Lyndhurst and Lawrenceville and has purchased communities lo- cated in Aberdeen, East Rutherford, Plainsboro and Watchung. Andrew Marshall, Executive Vice President — Development, Roseland Speaker: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update Andrew Marshall is responsible for directing and overseeing Roseland’s development portfolio from Boston to Washington D.C. with develop- ments currently in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virgin- ia representing approximately 4,000 new units in process. He began his career with Roseland in 2003 as Vice President of Development. Prior to joining Roseland, Marshall was a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Consulting Group. He is a licensed architect and is a public member of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. Peter Kasabach, Executive Director — New Jersey Future Speaker: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 years BIO: Peter has been actively engaged in the areas of housing and sus- tainable development and community revitalization for the past 20 years. Before taking the helm of New Jersey Future in December 2007, he was chief of policy and community development for the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, where he guided investment pro- grams and developed a comprehensive state housing policy for use by the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to joining the HMFA, he oversaw all planning and real estate development activities for Isles, a private nonprofit community development organization in Trenton. Pe- ter holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Carol Ann Short, Esq., Chief Executive Officer —NJ Builders Association Speaker: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 years BIO: Carol Ann Short, Esq. is a seasoned government-relations profes- sional with extensive experience in the policy and management of hous- ing related issues in New Jersey. She assumed the position as Chief Exec- utive Officer in 2013 for the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA), the State’s leading professional trade association dedicated to representing the interests of its members before the Legislature, Courts, Administra- tion and its regulatory agencies. Prior to that, Short served as the As- sociation’s Chief Operating Officer. For speaking and sponsorship information please contact Linda Christman at Lchristman@marejournal.com or 781-871-3456
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