Industry insights and powerful networking

PERE America returns to New York for its fifteenth year on November 10-11,2020.

Built by PERE’s award-winning editorial team and an advisory board of industry experts, PERE America consistently delivers authoritative speakers, thought-provoking discussions and powerful networking opportunities.

Over 300 top institutional investors and experienced fund managers attended last year to discuss the future of private real estate investments in a market that some still believe is on its way to topping out. PERE America is the only event that can leverage PERE editorial content and data to bring you the most relevant and objective insight for 2020.


2019 Site Tour: Exclusive site tour of Essex Crossing

The 2019 PERE America event featued an exclusive behind-the-scenes site tour of mega development, Essex Crossing on day two of PERE  America. The tour was led by Delancey Street Associates, a partnership of Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners, and BFC Partners. The site features 2 million square feet of commercial, retail, community-use, and residential programming.

All attendees were invited to participate in this complimentary tour, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the mega-project along with the opportunity to network in an informal, small group setting.

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 site tour.

US private real estate still at the forefront

2019 keynote speaker

Alan Yang

Alan Yang chairs the Company’s global investment committee which oversees all investment activity across GLP. Alan was previously a principal in Blackstone’s real estate private equity group where he worked on over US$70 billion of real estate transactions. Alan was also a founding member of Blackstone’s Los Angeles office and its real estate operations in Asia. Prior to his time at Blackstone, Alan worked in real estate investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University. Alan is based in Los Angeles.

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Last year's attendees

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Arrivato Family Office
AXA Investment Managers
Cascade Investment
Credit Suisse
Church Pension Fund
General Motors Asset Management
New York City Comptroller
New York Economic Development Corporation
Swiss RE
Teachers Retirement System of Texas
The City of New York, Finance
Voya Financial

What our attendees say about the event

William Turmann

LRI Group Luxembourg

Arguably the best platform for industry experts in the US.

Robert Munday

BIL Manage Invest

An unparalleled opportunity to hear industry leaders and key decision-makers answering direct questions in a frank and engaging manner.

Mark Thigpen

King & Spalding

Terrific content, knowledgeable speakers and a great opportunity to share ideas.

2020 Preliminary agenda

Interested in speaking at the 2020 Forum? Please contact Joan Moh at or call +1 212 796 8322 ext 157

Day 1 Day 2
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Day 1 - Tuesday 10th

Plenary sessions
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and networking breakfast

08:00 - 09:00

Women’s networking breakfast

09:05 - 09:15

Chairman's opening remarks

09:15 - 10:00

Keynote panel: one thousand foot view of private real estate

  • The impact of COVID-19 on private real estates and what are the expected challenges, changes, and opportunities
  • Interest rates and yields, where are they headed
  • Which policy and/or regulatory development will have the biggest market impact
  • Which sector will be under the most pressure going forward
  • Fundraising and deal making in a post COVID-19 economy.
10:00 - 10:30

Keynote interview: digital real estate – the next generation mobile and internet infrastructure

10:30 - 11:00

Networking & refreshment break

10:30 - 11:00

ExecConnect Lite: 1:1 GP/LP meetings

11:00 - 11:45

Seizing the moment: spotlight on distressed and opportunistic investing

  • How changing economic environments and evolving market cycles will impact this sector after the pandemic
  • What are the situations and strategies with potential for strong value enhancement
  • Which niche/property types are the most attractive
  • What IRRs are expected for investments made in 2020
11:45 - 12:30

Weathering the storm: asset management & operational resilience

12:30 - 13:30

Networking luncheon

Breakout series I
13:30 - 14:15

Breakout A: Multifamily & affordable housing outlook - the battle of investment strategies

  • What trends are having the greatest impact on multifamily investing
  • Where are investors finding returns
  • Effect of rent regulation on lending
  • How is the private sector benefiting from investing in affordable housing?
13:30 - 14:15

Breakout B: Re-thinking and re-building the office market

  • What is the viability and profitability of office spaces post COVID19
  • Will remote working continue to be a trend well after the pandemic
  • How will social distancing inside the workplace will impact the new office model
Breakout series II
14:15 - 15:00

Breakout A: eCommerce & how the final mile has become private equity’s green mile

  • How has eCommerce expanded capabilities into specialized services for final mile logistics
  • Will final mile logistics continue to be a high growth sector with opportunities for significant returns
  • What is the future for this sector
14:15 - 15:00

Breakout B: Evolution, revolution, and innovation in healthcare real estate

  • Unique challenges and opportunities to the healthcare real estate sector post COVID-19
  • Will the trend toward telehealth continue
  • Initiatives involving medical data storage, analysis and diagnostics and its impact on healthcare real estate
Networking break
15:00 - 15:30

Networking & refreshment break

15:00 - 15:30

ExecConnect Lite: 1:1 GP/LP meetings

Breakout series III
15:30 - 16:15

Breakout A: Climate change - the new normal for real estate

  • What are the current methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk in real estate
  • How to incorporate climate risk into due diligence and other investment decision-making processes
  • What are the strategies to mitigate risk, including portfolio diversification and investing directly in the mitigation measures for specific assets
  • How to engage with policy makers on local resilience strategies
15:30 - 16:15

Breakout B: Valuations: mark-to-market impact for GPs and LPs

  • Should there be pause mark-to-marketing accounting during a global crisis
  • Are there restrictions and uncertainty around valuation is limiting investors’ ability to perform due diligence and execute transactions
Plenary sessions
16:15 - 17:00

LP panel: Re-thinking core investment strategies & building a resilient portfolio in today’s market

Top institutional investors discuss manager selection, asset allocations, fundraising, and more:

  • Where are LPs looking to increase allocations this cycle
  • What kind of data are you looking for from a GP
  • What structures are LPs utilizing to invest
  • Are LPs preparing investment portfolio for climate change
  • LPs views on emerging and minority manager programs
17:00 - 18:00

Networking reception


Day 2 - Wednesday 11th

Plenary sessions
08:00 - 09:00

LP only Think Tank (invitation only)

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and networking breakfast

09:00 - 09:05

Chairman's opening remarks

09:05 - 09:45

State of the industry: real estate debt funds

  • What opportunities exist in this market
  • What risks should investors keep in mind
  • What yields are investors getting on bridge and mezzanine loans for different property types
09:45 - 10:15

Where are you looking in the capital stack: finding alternative sources of capital

10:15 - 10:45

Networking break

Case studies
10:45 - 11:10

Case study 1- TBD

10:45 - 11:10

Case study 2- TBD

11:15 - 11:40

Case study 3- TBD

11:15 - 11:40

Case study 4- TBD

End of conference
11:45 - 12:30

Virtual site tour with live Q&A

12:30 - 12:35

Chairman's closing remarks

12:35 - 13:30

Closing networking luncheon

2019 speakers

Interested in speaking at the 2020 Forum? Please contact Joan Moh at or call +1 212 796 8322 ext 157

Jason Alderman

President of Development & Investment Management, Lendlease

As President, Development and Investment, Jason Alderman provides leadership and management oversight for Lendlease’s development activities and investment management business in the Americas. Prior to joining Lendlease in 2016, Mr. Alderman, as a Po… Read full bio

Sam Bendix

Managing Director, National Real Estate Advisors

Mr. Bendix, Managing Director in the Investor Relations Group, works with National’s President and CEO to raise capital for all firm products by developing, initiating, and maintaining, strategies to attract new capital and foster existing investor r… Read full bio

Gary Berman

President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Tricon Capital

Gary Berman is responsible for Tricon’s overall operations including strategic planning, investment decisions, capital commitments, relationship management and private fundraising. Since joining Tricon in 2002, Mr. Berman has helped transform Tricon… Read full bio

Jeremy Bernard

Head of Real Estate, North America, Knotel

Jeremy Bernard is the Head of Real Estate, North America for Knotel where he oversees a rapidly expanding portfolio of 3.5M sq ft of flexible office space across 150+ locations. He is a serial entrepreneur who has conceived, built and operated severa… Read full bio

Adam Berns

Chief Investment Officer, GLP Capital Partners

Adam Berns is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer of GLP Capital Partners. Adam led numerous investments at GLP, including large debt and equity transactions in the U.S., GLP’s entry into Europe, and GLP’s sale of assets from… Read full bio

Garett Bjorkman

First Vice President, Portfolio Oversight, CIM Group

Mr. Bjorkman leads Portfolio Oversight for CIM’s private real estate debt and Opportunity Zone investment strategies. He works closely with global institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, public & private pension plans, family office… Read full bio

Jonathan Brasse

Senior Editor, Real Estate, PEI Media Real Estate Publications

Jonathan Brasse is the Senior Editor, Real Estate for PEI Media's real estate publications. He oversees the editorial output and leads the reporting team behind the sector-leading private real estate publication PERE as well as Real Estate Capital, t… Read full bio

John Cahill

Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

John Cahill is the head of the Real Estate Finance practice group and a partner in the Real Estate Private Equity practice of Paul Hastings. Mr. Cahill divides his time between Hong Kong and New York. He is also a member of the Hospitality and Leisur… Read full bio

Kyle Campbell

Senior Reporter, PERE

Kyle is PERE’s senior reporter in North America. His coverage focuses on institutional investors in the US and Canada. He has reported on real estate since 2017.

John Carrick

Co-Founder, Integrated Capital Management

John Carrick is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Integrated Capital Management (ICM). Mr. Carrick’s extensive experience as a real estate attorney, investment banker and principal is reflected in the execution of more than $75 billion in real est… Read full bio

Christopher Cayten

Senior Director, Strategic Growth, LEED AP, CodeGreen Solutions

Mr. Cayten has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability consulting, architecture and development in commercial real estate in New York City and overseas. Mr. Cayten works with private and public sector leaders to improve the sustainability… Read full bio

Pierre Cherki

Head of Alternatives & Co-Head, Investment Group, DWS Group

As Head of Alternatives, Pierre has responsibility for the management and strategic direction of DWS’s Direct Real Estate, Direct Infrastructure, Liquid Real Assets, Private Equity, and Sustainable Investments. As Co-Head of the Investment Group, he… Read full bio

Joyce Chow

Portfolio Manager, Teachers Retirement System of Texas

Joyce Chow is an Investment Manager for Real Estate at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She is responsible for managing and underwriting real estate fund investments and co-investments across asset types and strategies. Prior to joining TRS, J… Read full bio

Dino Christoforakis

Head of Transactions, North America, AFIAA

Dino Christoforakis brings over 14 years of experience in international real estate investment and development in the United States and Europe across all asset classes and strategies. In his current role with AFIAA in New York City, Dino is responsib… Read full bio

Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses including investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services. Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Manag… Read full bio

Kevin Colket

Founder & CEO, Global Hospitality Investment Group

Kevin Colket is the Founder and CEO of the Global Hospitality Investment Group (GHIG), a real estate private equity firm incorporated in January 2019. GHIG focuses on investing in under-valued hotels (single assets, portfolios, and operating companie… Read full bio

Kiernan Conway

Chief Economist, CCIM Institute

CCIM Institute Chief Economist Kiernan “K.C.” Conway is the director of research and corporate engagement at the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) housed within the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business. Conway is a frequent spe… Read full bio

Brian Delucia

Managing Partner, Head of Single Family Office, Arrivato

Brian DeLucia serves as the Head of the Single Family Office and Managing Partner of our Family Office Strategic Consulting Firm. Mr. DeLucia has been active in the re-development and vertical development of real estate over the last 15 years. Additi… Read full bio

Raphael Fishbach

Principal, Mesa West

Mr. Fishbach is a Principal of the originations team at Mesa West and heads the East Coast origination platform. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2010, Mr. Fishbach spent three years at Ramius LLC, an $8 billion asset management firm based in New York C… Read full bio

Josh Freed

CEO, Proximity Space

Josh Freed, CEO of Colorado-based Proximity, the world’s largest network of independent coworking spaces, is a leading voice in the movement to create a new model of work in which distributed workers and entrepreneurs are fully connected and empowere… Read full bio

Lisa Fu

Americas Reporter, PERE

Lisa Fu is the Americas reporter for PERE, the industry’s leading global real estate investment publication. She has had a special focus and interest in the opportunity zone program in the US and burgeoning ESG and impact investing space. Prior to jo… Read full bio

Patrick Gasior

Senior Channel Sales Manager, Velis Real Estate Tech

Patrick brings eight years of experience in real estate, finance, and commercial mortgage underwriting in the US market working closely with the biggest real estate market players. MBA graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, IL in the field of real… Read full bio

Michael Gershenson

Managing Director, U.S. Real Estate, The Carlyle Group

Michael Gershenson is a Managing Director in Carlyle’s Real Estate group, where he is co-head of the NY office. He is responsible for all aspects of real estate investments, with a geographic focus on New York and Boston and a product focus on life s… Read full bio

Keith Gollenberg, CFA

Managing Director, Oaktree Capital

Mr. Gollenberg joined Oaktree in 2008 as a senior member of the real estate team and focuses on the investment and management of its real estate funds. Mr. Gollenberg has extensive experience in the commercial real estate debt and equity markets, hav… Read full bio

Adam Handwerker

Managing Director, Hodes Weill & Associates

Adam Handwerker is a Managing Director of Hodes Weill & Associates. Mr. Handwerker is responsible for the origination, due diligence, structuring and project management of the firm’s institutional capital raising and strategic advisory mandates globa… Read full bio

Thomas Haug

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Member, Aspen Tree LLC

Thomas J. Haug is the founder of Aspen Tree, LLC (founded in 2015). Mr. Haug currently sits as Head of Family Office Co-Investment and Advisory for three NYC based family offices, two of which are multi-billion dollar families. Mr. Haug operates as a… Read full bio

Jamie Hodari

Co-Founder and CEO, Industrious

Jamie Hodari is the CEO and Co-Founder of Industrious, the largest premium flexible workspace provider in the U.S. Prior to Industrious, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university that Scientific American calle… Read full bio

Jeff Horwitz

Partner, Proskauer

Jeffrey A. Horwitz is a partner in Proskauer's Corporate Department, co-head of its Private Equity Real Estate practice and head of its internationally recognized Lodging & Gaming Group. He also has served as co-head of Mergers & Acquisitions and as… Read full bio

Rahul Idnani

Chief Operating Office and Head of Portfolio Management, Nuveen

Rahul is responsible for leading global strategy and corporate development for Nuveen Real Estate. In the Americas, Rahul manages a $85 billion real estate portfolio across all property types and risk styles for global institutional and retail client… Read full bio

Amy Johannes

Managing Director, Oaktree Capital

Ms. Johannes is an investment professional in the Real Estate group, where she serves as a managing director. Ms. Johannes works across the commercial real estate, structured finance and corporate securities sub-groups, where she focuses on investmen… Read full bio

George Jovanoski

Vice President, Real Estate Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

George Jovanoski is a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in New York. George is responsible for the origination and structuring of fund finance facilities for real estate, private equity, infra… Read full bio

Karie Katz

Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets , BM Eagle

After a successful fund raise for their fifth middle market equity fund, Karie recently left Blue Vista to join a newly created affiliate of an established family office that has been investing in real estate for 60 years. BM Eagle will primarily inv… Read full bio

Inna Khidekel

Partner-Capital Markets Group, Bridge Investment Group

Inna Khidekel serves as a Partner in Capital Markets at Bridge Investment Group. In this capacity, Ms. Khidekel’s principal role is to expand Bridge’s business and product development efforts with institutional investors around the world. Ms. Khideke… Read full bio

Andrew Kupiec

CEO, Hana

In October 2018, CBRE launched Hana, a new flexible space offering designed to meet the needs of enterprise and high growth occupiers. Operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBRE, Hana’s core offering is a plug-and-play flexible office solution tha… Read full bio

Matthew Kwatinetz

Executive Vice President, Asset Management Revenue, New York Economic Development Corporation

Matthew Kwatinetz is the Executive Vice President of the Asset Management division of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, managing the overall strategy, financing, development and leasing of a 62M+ square foot portfolio of real estate… Read full bio

Andy Levin

Director of Real Estate Partnerships, Ollie

Andrew is Director of Real Estate Partnerships for Ollie, where he is responsible for sourcing and closing strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Ollie, he spent 7 years at Lehman Brothers & Barclays Capital, where he was a Vice President on the in… Read full bio

Reid Liffmann

Co-Portfolio Manager, U.S. Real Estate, Angelo Gordon

Reid Liffmann is a Co-Portfolio Manager and a member of the executive committee of Angelo Gordon, a leading alternative investment money management firm with $32 billion of capital under management. Reid Liffmann joined Angelo Gordon's real estate gr… Read full bio

Jessica Long

Head of Sustainability, Americas, Nuveen Real Estate

Jessica Long is the Head of US Sustainability for Nuveen Real Estate responsible for the implementation of the firms “Tomorrow’s World” strategy in the US portfolio. Prior to joining Nuveen Jessica led sustainability and ESG for JBG SMITH, an owner,… Read full bio

Meghan Morris

Senior Finance Reporter, Business Insider

Meghan Morris is a senior finance reporter at Business Insider. Previously, she was a senior reporter at PERE. Morris holds undergraduate and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Priya Nair

Managing Director and Global Head of Product Management for Private Capital Services, RBC Investor & Treasury Services

Priya Nair is responsible for the product development and management of services delivered to Private Equity, Debt, Infrastructure and Real Estate fund sponsor clients. Prior to assuming this role, Priya held a number of senior positions within Royal… Read full bio

Kevin Naughton

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, SandsPoint Capital Advisors LLC

Kevin is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the investment management business, and has a distinctive set of industry skills with extensive investment and new business development on a global basis with several… Read full bio

Jade Newburn

Partner, Mayer Brown

Jade Newburn is a leading private equity real estate lawyer in the United States, representing private equity funds, institutional owners and investors, sponsors and developers across all commercial asset classes and transaction structures. Jade part… Read full bio

Craig Savitzky

Research Manager-Americas, Private Equity International

Craig joined PEI in July 2017. He graduated from St. John's University in 2005 with a Master of Arts degree in History. He has over 10 years of research experience, having previously worked at ALM Media where he managed a portfolio of surveys and pro… Read full bio

William Schwab

Former Global Head of Real Estate, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Bill Schwab has served as Global Head of Real Estate for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) from January 2009 to June 2018. He was responsible for an investment portfolio comprising direct and indirect investments, public and private debt and… Read full bio

Sarah Schwarzchild

Managing Director, Co-Head of Real Estate & Global Head of Secondaries, The Carlyle Group

Sarah Schwarzschild is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Metropolitan Real Estate and Global Head of Secondaries. With more than 10 years of experience in real estate, she is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities globally. Ms… Read full bio

Brandon Sedloff

Managing Director, Juniper Square

Brandon Sedloff is the VP of Sales/Managing Director at Juniper Square. Juniper Square is transforming the private funds industry with easy-to-use software that streamlines fundraising, investment administration, and investor reporting. Designed spec… Read full bio

Nicole Sermier

Executive Managing Director & Head of Residential Investments, Sculptor Real Estate

Nicole Sermier is an Executive Managing Director and Head of Residential Investments at Sculptor Real Estate. In this role, Ms. Sermier oversees Sculptor Real Estate’s investment activity across various residential strategies, including multifamily,… Read full bio

Raphael Sidelsky

Chief Investment Officer, W5 Group

Raphael Sidelsky is the head of real estate investing for W5 Group which has offices in New York, Miami and Zurich. Established in 2009, W5 Group is Ralph Winter’s family office. After successfully building the European real estate business of a larg… Read full bio

Joshua Sternoff

Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP

Josh Sternoff is a Corporate partner in the Private Investment Funds practice group of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. His practice includes representation of private fund sponsors and investors in all aspects of the structu… Read full bio

Scott Stuckman

Executive Managing Director & Head of Global Investors Group, USAA Real Estate

Scott Stuckman serves as Executive Managing Director of Global Investors Group for USAA Real Estate. Scott oversees the implementation and management of investment strategies for funds, separate account investments, investor relations, and capital ra… Read full bio

Reid Thomas

Executive Vice President & General Manager, NES Financial

Reid Thomas is Executive Vice President and General Manager of NES Financial’s Specialty Financial Administration, focusing on technology-enabled EB-5, 1031 and Opportunity Zone fund administration. Reid is responsible for overseeing the day to day o… Read full bio

Jeffrey Thompson

Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager- Real Estate, PIMCO

Mr. Thompson is an executive vice president and portfolio manager in the New York office, responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing commercial real estate (CRE) debt-based investments. He has global experience lending across all major prope… Read full bio

DJ Van Keuren

Vice President, Monfort Companies

Named as one of Family Capitals Top Family Office Real Estate Professionals and as one of Trusted Insight’s Top 30 Family Office Real Estate Investors, DJ Van Keuren is a Vice President for a private Single Family Office. Previously he was the Vice P… Read full bio

Tim Wang

Managing Director & Head of Investment Research, Clarion Partners

Tim Wang is a Managing Director and the Head of Investment Research at Clarion Partners. He helps manage the firm’s $52 billion of commercial real estate investments, and leads the Research group in supporting the development of investment strategy a… Read full bio

Leslie Wohlman Himmel

Founder, Co-Managing Partner, Himmel & Meringoff

Leslie Wohlman Himmel is founder and co-managing partner of Himmel + Meringoff Properties, a leading owner/operator of New York-based commercial real estate and one of the only privately owned, first generation portfolios of Manhattan office building… Read full bio

Alan Yang

CEO, GLP Capital Partners

Alan Yang chairs the Company’s global investment committee which oversees all investment activity across GLP. Alan was previously a principal in Blackstone’s real estate private equity group where he worked on over US$70 billion of real estate transa… Read full bio

Guy Zipori

Co-Founder and CEO, Skyline AI

Guy Zipori, co-founder and CEO of Skyline AI, is a serial tech entrepreneur, who mastered code at 14, and founded his first tech company at 16. In 2017, Guy and his partners co-founded Skyline AI, an artificial intelligence asset manager for commerci… Read full bio
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