Real Estate Journal — March 27 - April 9, 2015 — 1A
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Meet Our Speakers & Moderators
Paul Heilmann, Senior Vice President, Columbia Bank Speaker: 10:40 AM | Market Update Paul Heilmann is Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending and Commercial Construction Lending at Columbia Bank, one of New Jersey’s lead- ing community banks with Total Assets of $4.3 Billion and 44 Branches. Heil- mann is a member of the Bank’s Commercial Loan Committee and Senior Loan Committee. His responsibilities include 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. Omer Mir Ahmed, Senior VP — Acquisitions, Russo Development Speaker: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update 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. S Meryl Gonchar, Partner, Co-Chair (Redevelopment & Land Use Department), Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis Moderator: 10:40 AM | Market Update 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. Ted Zangari, Member, Sills Cummis & Gross Speaker: 11:10 AM | What are the Opportunities for Commercial Dev. 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 Management and Executive Committees. Zangari’s law practice is multipronged. Joseph Romano, Co-Founder Accordia Company Speaker: 9:50 AM | How to Effectively Work with Municipalities Joe Romano has over 35 years experience in the real estate industry and is a co-founder of Accordia Realty Ventures. Prior to joining Accordia, Joe was head of Advance Realty Group’s ARG Development 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. Brigette Bogart, principal, Planning & Design Professionals, LLC Speaker: 9:50 AM | How to Effectively Work with Municipalities Brigette Bogart has been engaged in the planning profession with private firms since 1998. For 12 years she was a partner in a small firm in NJ where she represented several municipalities in the review of plans and the preparation of master plans and ordinances. During that time she also won several awards including the 2008 & 2011 NJPO Achievement in Planning awards. In 2010 she received her certification in Grant Writing. Francis Reiner, PP, LLA, Senior Urban Designer/ Urban Planning Consultant, DMR Architects Speaker: 9:50 AM | How to Effectively Work with Municipalities Francis is an accomplished professional planner, urban designer and landscape architect with more than 20 years of experience working for both the public and private sectors. He has been involved with the de- sign and development of mixed use, urban infill, transit-oriented and traditional neighborhood developments as both a design professional Tony is a public affairs professional with experience at the federal, state and local levels. Policy development, legislative strategy development, lobbying and coalition building are Tony’s specialties. Over the last twenty years Tony has practically devoted his entire public affairs pro- fession toward representing the real estate industry. Danielle Brunelli-Albrecht Senior Vice President/Principal, RJ Brunelli & Co. LLC Speaker: 11:10 AM | What are the Opportunities for Commercial Dev. In 2004, Danielle was one of the first graduates of Monmouth Univer- sity’s Real Estate Institute, earning her BS Degree, and is now mid-way to attaining an MBA in real estate. Danielle, who joined R.J. Brunelli & Co. on a full-time basis after graduating, today focuses on the leasing of the company’s “Lifestyle” and “Town Center” developments and also manages four tenant representation accounts. and as a project manager with a development firm. Anthony Pizzutillo, President, Smith Pizzutillo LLC Speaker: 10:40 AM | Market Update
Richard F.X Johnson, Senior Vice President, Development, Partner, Matrix Development Group Speaker: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 Years Johnson joined Matrix in 1990, and is currently the partner-in-charge the development of office and mixed use projects within the Matrix portfolio, with a particular focus on transit-oriented and urban development/redevel- opment opportunities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Brian J. Whitmer, Senior Director, Capital Markets Group, Cushman &Wakefield Moderator: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update Brian Whitmer serves as Senior Director of the Metropolitan Area Capi- tal Markets Group in C&W’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office. Part of a 13-member team, Whitmer is responsible for managing, underwriting, and marketing investment properties for sale and arranging joint ventures in the suburban markets surrounding New York City. While he handles all asset types, his focus is on multifamily transactions. Ronald Ladell, Sr. Vice President, NJ, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Speaker: 8:50 AM | Residential Builder and Developer Update As Senior Vice President for NJ, Ladell oversees AvalonBay’s development activities throughout NJ. Ladell is based in the company’s Woodbridge, NJ office and focuses on developing premier residential and mixed-use communities in high barrier to entry markets. Currently, AvalonBay is constructing communities in Roseland, Bloomfield, Wharton, Union and Princeton. 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. Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future Speaker: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 years Peter has been actively engaged in the areas of housing and sustainable 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 NJ Housing & Mortgage Fi- nance Agency, where he guided investment programs and developed a comprehensive state housing policy for use by the Department of Com- munity Affairs. Carol Ann Short, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, NJ Builders Association Moderator: 8:00 AM | Development Forecasts for the next 10 years Carol Ann Short, Esq. is a seasoned government-relations professional with extensive experience in the policy and management of housing related issues in New Jersey. She assumed the position as Chief Execu- tive 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. Michael Kasparian, Co-Founder, MDK Development, LLC Speaker: 9:50 AM | How to Effectively Work with Municipalities Co-Founded MDK Development, LLC (MDK) MDK is a commercial/multifamily real estate developer with a long standing portfolio of projects in northern New Jersey. • Specializing in Smart Growth urban infill/mixed-use redevelopment. • Responsible for all phases of these projects including site acquisition, the entitlement process, municipal and state negotiation, financing, and daily development management. Eric N. Witmondt, Chief Executive Officer, Woodmont Properties Speaker: 11:10 AM | What are the Opportunities for Commercial Dev. Witmondt serves as CEO of Woodmont Properties, a privately owned real es- tate investment/development business founded by his father in 1963. Wood- mont aggressively expanded into the multifamily rental business in 2008 and has since constructed numerous communities in both New Jersey and Pennsyl- vania and is currently under construction in Cranford, Red Bank and Mt. Arling- ton and is beginning projects in Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania and a mixed- use “TOD” community in Metuchen, New Jersey in the next two (2) months. Michael MCGuinness, Chief Executive Officer, NAIOP Moderator: 10:40 AM | Market Update Michael G. McGuinness, Chief Executive Officer, oversees the daily op- erations and programs of the association. He works in consultation with the officers and board of trustees to carry out the association’s mission. He is a registered legislative agent, directs the advocacy program and manages the Developers Political Action Committee (DPAC).
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