Real Estate Journal — April 24 - May 14, 2015 — 1A
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Meet Our Speakers & Moderators
Jose R. Cruz, Senior Managing Director, HFF | New Jersey Speaker: 9:00 AM | Critical Capital Markets & Investment Strategies Jose Cruz is a Senior Managing Director in the New Jersey office of HFF with over 21 years of experience in commercial real estate. He specializes in invest- ment sales in New Jersey, New York State and Connecticut. Over the course of his career, Cruz has been involved in over $18.4 billion of office, industrial, retail, multi-housing and land sales. Cruz joined the firm in March 2010. Prior to HFF, he was the Executive Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s New York Area Invest- ment Sales Group where he spent more than 17 years. Cruz began his real estate career as a Real Estate Analyst at PaineWebber, UBS, Inc. Christopher M. Bellapianta, Director of Finance & Acquisitions, Advance Realty Speaker: 9:00 AM | Critical Capital Markets & Investment Strategies In his role as Director of Finance and Acquisitions, Christopher M. Bellapianta is responsible for sourcing, capitalizing, and closing acquisitions along with financ- ing and recapitalizing Advance’s development projects and operating properties. Throughout his commercial real estate career, Chris has been involved in more than $3.5 billion of real estate investments, including the acquisition of both debt and equity, with a focus on mixed-use development projects. Prior to joining Ad- vance, Chris was a Director at Madison Capital, where he was part of a small team that acquired in excess of $350 million of performing and non-performing senior and subordinate debt. Jonathan Schultz, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Onyx Equities, LLC Speaker: 11:05 AM | The Future of Office Development As Co-Founder, Managing Principal, and Investment Committee officer of Onyx Equities, LLC, Jonathan Schultz oversees the organization’s investor capital rais- ing initiatives, strategic planning, portfolio management, and business develop- ment, as well as formulating overall investment strategy. In addition, Jonathan has shepherded the Receivership Services platform of Onyx Equities, which since its commencement, has fast become the largest of its kind in the tri-state area. Jonathan has been responsible for initiating and closing billions of dollars in leasing and commercial real estate sales and acquisitions during his career to date. Prior to forming Onyx Equities, Jonathan was Founder and President of The Schultz Organization. Adam Altman, Managing Member, KABR Group Speaker: 9:00 AM | Critical Capital Markets & Investment Strategies Adam Altman is one of three founding partners of The KABR Group an owner and operator of Real Estate and opportunistic buyer of real estate debt. Founded in 2008, The KABR Group specializes in acquiring assets from special servicers, financial institutions, global and regional banks. KABR group has current holdings approximating 3,500,000 square feet of office, Three thousand rental units, over 500,000 square feet of retail/ industrial and over 3,000,000 square feet of multi- family and retail construction projects. Altman is also involved with the manage- ment and leasing of the properties post acquisition. Valentina Rozanova, Senior Project Engineer, NJ Clean Energy Speaker: 10:10 AM | The Value of Tenant Improvements in Securing New Leases and Retaining Tenants Valentina Rozanova is a Professional Engineer and Senior Project Engineer with TRC Energy Services, the Commercial and Industrial Market Manager for New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. She has over 6 years’ experience managing com- mercial, industrial, and multifamily energy efficiency incentive programs. She has overseen New Jersey’s Pay for Performance program since it started in 2008, as well as the Combined Heat and Power and Fuel Cell programs. Her other re- sponsibilities include providing technical support, managing program staff to successfully process applications and payments, as well as making continuous improvements to the programs to better serve the New Jersey marketplace. Len Savino, Principal, Langan Engineers Moderator: 11:05 AM | The Future of Office Development Leonard Savino has more than 25 years of experience in site/civil, geotechni- cal and demolition engineering for office developments for major corporations throughout New Jersey. He has recently supported projects for Panasonic and Biotrial in Newark and provides on-going consulting services for Celgene’s opera- tions in Summit. Savino’s knowledge of the overall project and an understanding of the requirements and regulations for office developments has made his team the go-to consultant for numerous office developers in New Jersey. Jerry L. Barta, Vice President and Director, Leasing and Market- ing, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises Speaker: 10:10 AM | The Value of Tenant Improvements in Securing New Leases and Retaining Tenants Jerry L. Barta, Vice President and Director, Leasing and Marketing, is responsible for overseeing all leasing and marketing activities related to Alfred Sanzari En- terprises’ entire commercial real estate portfolio. Prior to joining the company in 1994, he served as an owner’s representative, associate asset manager and financial analyst at several prominent real estate companies and lending institu- tions throughout the New York metro area. A graduate of Touro College with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and political science, Jerry earned a Juris Doctor- ate with honors from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York.
Michael Bergman, Principal and President/CEO, Bergman Real Estate Group Speaker: 9:00 AM | Critical Capital Markets & Investment Strategies Michael joined Bergman Real Estate Group in 1991 and has over 25 of real es- tate investment and leasing experience. Michael is responsible for directing the Company’s acquisitions, overseeing the in-house leasing and marketing activities and managing the investor/client relations with its joint venture partners, lend- ers, and private investors. Bergman Real Estate Group’s office portfolio currently consists of 17 properties comprising 1.75 million square feet in New Jersey and Columbus, Ohio. Michael received a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University, School of Continuing Education in 1993. Edwin Cohen joined Prism in 2003 as a principal partner after a 40-year career as one of the most prominent members of the real estate broker- age community. Cohen has completed hundreds of real estate transactions during his career in the Metropolitan New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area and has been responsible for leasing several million s/f of office space. Mitchell S. Berkey, Co-Chair, Real Estate Group, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC Moderator: 9:00 AM | Critical Capital Markets & Investment Strategies Mitchell S. Berkey is Co-Chair of Wolff & Samson’s Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group. Mitch’s three decades of experience has seen him at the point on all aspects of real estate ventures and transactions on a local, regional and national basis, including acquisitions, sales, financing, development, leas- ing, management, loan workouts, and ownership restructuring. His business- oriented approach stems from his experience on both the legal and business ends of real estate. Joseph J. Sarno, Jr., Executive VP, CBRE’s East Brunswick Speaker: 8:00 AM| Market Update: An Evaluation of the OfficeMarket & What Tenants require today Joseph J. Sarno, Jr. joined CBRE’s East Brunswick office in 2011 as an Executive Vice President. He specializes in consulting and transaction services for corpo- rate accounts, office tenant representation, and landlord agency assignments. Mr. Sarno has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience in the Metro New York/New Jersey area, and during that time, has represented property owners as the exclusive leasing agent for more than 10 million square feet of space. Joshua Levering, Senior VP, NAI James E. Hanson Speaker: 8:00 AM| Market Update: An Evaluation of the OfficeMarket & What Tenants require today W. Joshua Levering, SIOR has been a commercial real estate broker and advisor for 30-plus years. Josh has been most active in the Northern New Jersey and tri-state region. Josh joined the NAI James E. Hanson team with the directive of adding depth to the firm’s leasing and investment activities in New Jersey and throughout the NAI international network (NAI Global). Josh oversees the firms Parsippany office, he is consistently been recognized as a top producer and has an outstanding reputation for understanding the many facets of the CRE indus- try. Josh has served as past president for the NJ Chapter of SIOR in 2009 and the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association (IOREBA) in 2012-2013. Edwin Cohen, Principal, Prism Capital Partners Speaker: 11:05 AM | The Future of Office Development
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