Goizueta Real Estate Conference

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Inaugural Emory Real Estate Conference

April 14, 2022

Keynote Speaker

Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments

Sam Zell is a global, industry-agnostic entrepreneur and investor. He has a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets, leading industry consolidations, and bringing companies to the public markets. His current investments are in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and real estate.

Sam is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments, the private investment firm he founded more than 50 years ago. He also chairs four companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, an apartment REIT; Equity LifeStyle Properties, a manufactured home community and resort REIT; Equity Commonwealth, an office REIT; and Equity Distribution Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) targeting opportunities to apply technological advancement within the industrial industry.

Sam also founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until its 2007 sale for $39 billion in the largest leveraged buyout at the time. In addition, he introduced the first Brazilian and Mexican real estate companies, respectively, to the New York Stock Exchange through Equity International, a second private investment firm he founded to focus on real estate-related businesses in emerging markets.

Sam was recognized in 2017 by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. That same year, Sam debuted his book, Am I Being Too Subtle? (Penguin RandomHouse), in which he shares fundamentals and philosophies that made him a self-made billionaire.

Conference Agenda

11:00am-12:00pmArrival and Lunch
12:00pm-12:15pmWelcome RemarksTom Bell, Jr. (Chairman, Mesa Capital Partners; Emory Board of Trustees)
12:15pm-1:00pmKeynote Speaker Fireside ChatSam Zell (Founder and Chairman, Equity Group Investments)

Moderator: Professor Klaas Baks (Emory Center for Alternative Investments)
1:00pm-2:00pmPanel 1 – Sunbelt Growth:
Atlanta Takes Center Stage
Ambrish Baisiwala (CEO, Portman Holdings)
Matt Bronfman (CEO, Jamestown LLP)
Colin Connolly (CEO, Cousins Properties)
T. Dallas Smith (CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company)

Moderator: Hussain “Moos” Moosajee
2:15pm-3:15pmPanel 2 – Capital Markets Insights:
Trends and Disruptors
Bryan Donohoe (Partner, Head of Real Estate Debt, Ares Management)
Lance Patterson (CEO, Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group)
Adam Sklar (Co-Head of Real Estate, Co-Portfolio Manager,
Monarch Alternative Capital)
John Wolf (Managing Principal, Westbrook Partner)

Moderator: Gregg Shapiro (MD, JLL)
3:15pm-4:00pmCEO’s Perspective: Rise of the SFR Asset ClassColleen Keating (CEO, FirstKey Homes)

Moderator: Randy Evans (MD, Eastdil Secured)
4:00pm-4:15pmEmory Real Estate Lifetime Achievement AwardPresenter: Lyle Fogarty (CEO, Clover Properties)
4:15pm-4:30pmWrap-up and Closing RemarksKaren Sedatole (Interim John H. Harland Dean, Goizueta Business School)
4:30pm-6:30pmCocktail Reception


Get Involved

Please reach out to the student co-chairs for sponsorship and speaking opportunities.

Student Leadership

John Schellhase

Student Co-Chair

John Schellhase is an evening MBA candidate in the class of 2022. He is currently the Head of Development Asset Management with IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Bernard Clevens

Student Co-Chair

Bernard Clevens is a full-time MBA candidate in the class of 2022. He spent six years in commercial real estate prior to Emory, including four with Prologis.

Russell Hardin

Alumnus Advisor

Russell Hardin graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School MBA Program in 2021. He is currently a Vice President for Cousins Properties.

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