2018 RealShare Southern California
9:00 am - 9:55 amRegistration
9:55 am - 10:00 amEvent Welcome & Opening Address
10:00 am - 10:45 amThe Evolution of SoCal CRE
Moderator: David Bitner, Head of Americas Capital Markets Research, Cushman & Wakefield
Speaker: Scott Mayer, Chief Real Estate Officer, County of Orange
Speaker: Yousef Salama, Innovation Manager for Public-Private Partnerships, LA Metro
Speaker: Shaun Sumner, Assistant Vice President of Operations, Port of San Diego

California continues to outpace the nation in economic growth, now accounting for 13.6% of the US GDP and in particular its Southern California region continues to expand, with several counties projected to perform better than a majority of the nation. As unemployment rates decline across the region and job growth is expected to increase, Southern California remains one of the leaders in innovation & technology. Hear from LA, San Diego and County of Orange city, port and infrastructure officials as they discuss job growth, economic projections, infrastructure/ transport proposals and most importantly, how do we continue to improve Southern California?
10:45 am - 11:15 amNetworking Break
11:15 am - 11:45 amThe Future of CRE Tech
Moderator: Brandon Keedy, Associate , Voit Real Estate Services
Speaker: Kevin Shtofman, National RE Blockchain Lead, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Speaker: Jonathan Klein, Head of Partnerships, GeoCV
Speaker: Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal, MRI Real Estate Software
With the banking and insurance industries already embracing technology in their everyday workflow, can the real estate industry do the same? While it seems an option that is slowly being adopted, the need to deliver accurate information on the go to customers could change all that. With multiple technology options at hand, hear from leading real estate companies as they consider the opportunities within technology.
11:45 am - 12:30 pmCapital Markets Update - What’s In Store for 2018
Moderator: Marc Renard, Managing Director, Capital Markets, Cushman Wakefield
Speaker: Clark Briner, Founder & President, Revere Capital
Speaker: Michael Klein, Co-Founder & CEO, Freedom Financial Funds, LLC
Speaker: Bryan Shaffer, Principal/Managing Director , George Smith Partners, Inc.
Speaker: Zach Murphy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Pender Capital
As opinion continues to vary from real estate professionals regarding lending rates and economy projections, hear from Southern California’s leading finance experts as they discuss the impact of the recently approved tax reform, the financial drivers experts are considering closely and ultimately, what their strategy is in a highly competitive and uncertain 2018.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmNetworking Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Southern California’s Elite - A View From The Top
Moderator: Rick Putnam, Senior Vice President, Kidder Mathews
Speaker: Lawry Meister, Owner and President, Steaven Jones Development Company
Speaker: Randy Jefferson, Executive Director of Project Development, LT Global Investment, Inc
Speaker: Joseph Vargas, President, Wonderful Real Estate Development
Hear from the region's power players as they share the biggest challenges and successes during the development of their largest projects. Our SoCal frontrunners will discuss the growing role of mixed-use properties and various other topics such as: the rise in the development of experiential retail projects, expansion within the office sector, exploiting the demand for large-scale industrial projects and an outlook into the development landscape across Southern California.
1:45 pm - 2:30 pmMultifamily - Overcoming the Affordability Crisis
Moderator: Jeffrey Hudson, Managing Director Capital Markets, Walker & Dunlop
Speaker: Jim Andersen, Senior Vice President, Trammell Crow Company
Speaker: Mike Rovner, President & Founder , Mike Rovner Construction, Inc
Speaker: Kitty Wallace, Executive Vice President , Colliers International
Speaker: Janet Neman, Senior Managing Director, Charles Dunn Company
Speaker: Eric Sackler, Director, Los Angeles, Coldwell Banker Commercial
Affordability is an issue that has plagued California in recent years and certainly won’t be helped by the recent tax laws, which will affect housing affordability and potentially drag down home construction. The fall of 2017 saw 15 new affordable-housing bills introduced in California, all designed to fund low-income housing development, lower construction costs, fast-track building and restrict cities from blocking new development projects. Hear from our multifamily experts as they consider legislation and the impact of the economy and provide a blueprint to help tackle affordability.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmNetworking Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmUncovering Hotspots - Identifying Development Opportunities in Southern California
Moderator: Marcus Arredondo, Corporate Managing Director , Savills Studley
Speaker: Bob Sonnenblick, Principal , Sonnenblick Development, LLC
Speaker: Simon Aftalion, Development Director, Markwood Enterprises
Speaker: Adrian Goldstein, Founder, CGI Strategies
Speaker: Rick Raymundo, Senior Managing Director Investments, Marcus & Millichap
Speaker: John Petrov, President, Baldwin Construction
Southern California as a region has seen many locations grow and become extremely successful. With all the indicators pointing toward a strong and growing economy for 2018, join our panel of experienced real estate professionals as they aim to discover the next big city to boom in Southern California.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmThe Industrial Outlook
Moderator: Jenny Redlin, REPA, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Speaker: Brandon Birtcher, CEO, Birtcher Development LLC
Speaker: Ryan Grove, Director of Real Estate Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Speaker: Tim O'Rourke, Managing Director, JLL
2017 saw developers capitalize on the growing demand for large-scale facilities, specifically within the 100,000 sq ft - 300,000 sq ft sector. Big strides have particularly been made in the Inland Empire area, which is hardly surprising given its affordability in comparison to L.A. As a result, we have seen other sectors such as multifamily and retail grow because of the success within the IE region. Catch our unique set of industrial leaders as they consider whether the development of large-scale facilities is a short term trend , analyze the growing role of e-commerce leasing and an outlook into the future of the industrial sector.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Cocktail Reception