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Wendy Silverstein is currently President and CEO of New York Reit (NYSE:NYRT). As CEO, Ms. Silverstein is leading the winding up and liquidation of NYRT pursuant to a shareholder approved plan of liquidation.
Previously, Wendy Silverstein served as Executive Vice President and Co‐Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets for Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), one of the largest owners of commercial real estate in the United States, from 1998 to 2015. As head of Capital Markets, Ms. Silverstein was the principal architect of the financing that fueled the growth of Vornado from a $3 billion New Jersey based strip center company to a $35 billion office and street retail company, overseeing more than $30 billion of debt and equity financings. As Co‐Head of Acquisitions, she was also responsible for a variety of real estate as well as corporate acquisitions during her tenure. Ms. Silverstein was a member of the Investment Committee for Vornado’s private equity fund, Vornado Capital Partners, L.P. On behalf of Vornado, she has served on the Board of Directors of Toys R Us, Inc. since its leveraged buyout in 2005 and previously served on the Board of LNR Property, LLC, the nation’s largest loan special servicer. Prior to joining Vornado in 1998, Ms. Silverstein spent 12 years at Citicorp. From 1990 to 1998, she was with Citicorp Real Estate in the Corporate Debt Restructuring Group, which she headed from 1994 to 1998. During this time she led the negotiation and restructuring of many complex debt and equity transactions of companies in the airline, hospitality, retail, office and residential real estate industries. She served on the Board of Directors of Shuttle, Inc. (d/b/a US Air Shuttle) from 1992 to 1997 and Alexander’s, Inc. (NYSE:ALX) from 1992 to 1995. From 1986 to 1990 she was with the Leveraged Capital Group at Citibank, N.A. providing sponsor financing for leveraged buyouts. Ms. Silverstein currently serves on the Board of Toys R Us, Inc., Alexander’s, Inc., TPG Real Estate Finance Trust and NYRT. Ms. Silverstein is proud to serve on the Board and Chair the Finance Committee for Beit Ruth, an educational and therapeutic village for at risk teenage girls in Israel. Ms. Silverstein earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Speakers and Panelists
Kimberly Brennan serves as Colliers International’s Chief Operating Officer for the New York Tri-State Region. In this role, she is responsible for overall business operations, including P&L, business development, expanding market share, and providing leadership and strategic direction to the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut offices.
Ms. Brennan is an accomplished, focused brokerage executive with a keen ability to drive business, bring teams together for maximum efficiency, and provide senior, strategic leadership across a sophisticated platform.
Ms. Brennan brings more than 21 years of real estate experience to her role. Prior to joining Colliers, she was the highest-ranking female commercial real estate executive in New Jersey, serving as Market Leader for Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey region, growing that operation over the last decade.
Prior to her role with Cushman & Wakefield, Ms. Brennan was the Director of Brokerage Services for CBRE’s Midtown Manhattan office, and had responsibility for sales management in the Tri-State area.
Ms. Brennan began her career in Market Research at Cushman & Wakefield and later joined Insignia/ESG as a Manager in the firm’s Market Research department before moving into the sales management area.
Ms. Brennan earned a degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University, and is a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Brennan has been featured in Real Estate New Jersey as a “Women of Influence” (2006 – 2009) and as a ”40 Under 40″ (2008). NJBiz also named her a “40 Under 40” in 2008 and a “Best Fifty Women in Business” in 2011.
Ms. Brennan has served as Director of Programming and Memberships at CREW. Presently, she is an active member of several key industry organizations including NAIOP, in which she serves on the Board of Trustees. Ms. Brennan is a co-chair of the NAIOP Education Program Committee and serves on the board as Vice President of Associate Affairs. She also serves on the Rutgers Advisory Board.
Holland Haiis is an international speaker and author who made global headlines with her book: Consciously Connecting: A Simple Process to Reconnect in a Disconnected World, and was quickly acknowledged for her ground-breaking ideas. In 2016 Hay House recognized Holland as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders along with Deepak Chopra and Suze Ormon.
Holland provides powerful human relationship solutions to corporations, organizations and individuals. For over three decades Holland has created programs to promote leadership and cultural change with executives and in the C-Suite. By confronting challenges in the workplace this creates opportunities for measurable results, and the ability to build the next generation of leaders.
Holland has been hailed as the Digital Detox and Connectivity Expert by CNN International, CBS, NBC, FOX, Randi Zuckerberg, and many more.
Janet Jenkins, AICP is the Senior Director for Transit Development at New York City’s Department of Transportation. Janet has spent 25 years working at the intersection of transportation, urban design, and city planning for public agencies as well as in private consulting practice. Throughout her career she has endeavored to improve quality of life by helping people travel through their environment(s) with greater comfort, increased safely, and multiple alternatives to private cars.
In her current role, Janet leads all New York City transit-related street design through the implementation of Select Bus Service and other transit priority projects which currently benefit over 375,000 New Yorkers on a daily basis. In addition, she oversees transit policy and planning initiatives such as the Citywide Transit Plan.
Janet is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Occidental College.
Erika Jean McNeil
Erika Jean McNeil is currently a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. working with one of the real estate industry’s most active teams for the past seventeen consecutive years. As a member of this team, she has assisted in the successful “lease up” of many agency buildings in New York City. A partial list includes: Grand Central Square (485 Lexington / 750 Third Avenues), 100 Park Avenue, 333 West 34th Street, 360 Madison Avenue, 505 Fifth Avenue, 1 MetLife Plaza, 99 Park Avenue, 875 Third Avenue and 120 Park Avenue.
One of Erika Jean’s most recent accomplishments was being named the global single point of contact for INC Research which has over 100 office locations globally. Erika Jean was also named the global single point of contact for InVentive Health which has a 2.5 million SF global portfolio. Some of Erika’s most notable deals were a 95,000 SF transaction negotiated on behalf of Metropolitan Life Insurance company and a 264,517 SF global HQ in Raleigh NC for INC Research. Erika Jean works on the Warburg Pincus Portfolio and has represented over 220 offices nationally for New York Life Insurance Company. Additionally, Erika has helped in branding the East Coast market for Pie 5 and currently works closely with AR Restaurant group in the successful brand launch.
Before her team’s move to Jones Lang LaSalle in 2010 she was part the same group of brokerage professionals at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Prior to entering the real estate industry Ms. McNeil spent 8 years at Andersen LLP as the Executive Facilities Administrator for the New York Metro Region. Additionally, she worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP and was an active duty United States Marine where she was awarded for her contribution in two foreign wars and three overseas conflicts.
Erika Jean is actively involved with The Habitat for Humanity Project. Additionally, she is a devoted member and contributor of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) as well as to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and is a member of VetNet through which JLL has hired 117 veterans in 2016.
She also organizes an annual Real Estate Industry Dinner, for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City attended by over 900 of the industry’s leaders and annually raises several million dollars for the charity’s work. Ms. McNeil is a member of the Worldwide Who’s Who organization, the VFW and the Real Estate Board of New York.
She was awarded the 2013 Gold Baton Award at JLL for teamwork and collaboration. She was also named a Top Achiever in 2016, Top Gun in 2017. In 2017 EJ also won the Commercial Real Estate deal of the year award for RTP, North Carolina.
Based in Boston, MA, Julie Whelan is the Head of Occupier Research for the Americas at CBRE. Julie’s goals are to identify market trends impacting the occupier primarily in the office space and to interpret the economic and property markets for CBRE’s clients in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Julie has more than a decade of experience in real estate market analysis and consulting. Prior to joining CBRE, she was the Vice President of Global Realty Services for State Street Corporation. She managed a team that was responsible for analyzing the strategic and financial impacts associated with leasing decisions globally at State Street. She has built her career on building facts and figures that influence the c-suite on matters related to real estate in large institutions.
Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University. Julie also completed the Commercial Real Estate Program at Boston University.
Elisabeth Post-Marner is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in the design of corporate interiors. She has spent much of her career looking at alternative workplace strategies to optimize staff wellbeing and satisfaction. Prior to joining Spacesmith, Elisabeth was a Partner at Perkins Eastman and a Principal at Gensler’s New York office where she directed the workplace strategy department. She has served as president for the IIDA, New York Chapter. Her projects have received awards from the AIA and United States Green Building Council.
Anita Gupta is the Vice President of Chatam Management. Ms. Gupta graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics. After graduating, she was employed by Marcus and Millichap as an associate and learned how to market commercial properties. Anita then went to work as a property manager for a real estate firm in California before returning to New York to attend law school at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in Long Island.
While at Touro, Anita served as the president of the Women’s Bar Association. In that role she spearheaded a fundraising initiative, and for her efforts, was awarded the Student Bar Association Presidential Award, the Outstanding Law Student Award, and received a special honor from the National Association of Women Lawyers. In 2008, after graduating from law school, Ms. Gupta joined her father at Chatam Management and shortly thereafter spearheaded a new construction project that helped revitalize a busy commercial hub in the Bronx. Upon completion of the building, she was given the Visionary Award from the Westchester Square Business Improvement District.
Today, Anita is involved in all facets of Chatam Management’s business, including asset management, building operations, new acquisitions, and legal review. She works side by side with her father, Ram Gupta, Chatam’s founder and President. Together they continue to expand Chatam’s real estate portfolio to include properties throughout the country. Last year, they both received the Heritage Award from the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors, an award given to multi-generational firms involved in the real estate industry.
Anita is an active board member of the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors and was recently added to the Executive Board of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), a real estate trade association representing over 3,000 apartment-building owners in the five boroughs.
Anita is married to Krishnan, a litigation partner at Winston and Strawn LLP. They reside with their son, Shiv (4.5 years old), and daughter, Meera (almost 3 years old) in Scarsdale.
Jessica Sherman joined Douglaston Development in 2016 as a Project Manager in the Affordable Housing team and brings over five years of project management experience to the company. Before joining the company, Ms. Sherman worked as a Leadership Fellow at the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey, focusing on regional infrastructure management and development. She was also previously a Senior Product Manager at Amazon. Ms. Sherman holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.Sc. in Social Policy from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the co-chair of the Advisory Council for the Fund for Public Housing, a member of the JNF Real Estate Circle, and a member of the Rebuilding Together NYC She Builds Committee.
Christie L. Houlihan is Senior Director and Counsel at Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC. Her work focuses on development, financing and legal representation for the company’s portfolio of over 8.5 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and mixed-use space and over 25,000 multifamily units across the United States. The firm is engaged in acquisition, disposition, mortgage brokerage, leasing, property and construction management and consulting services for all commercial real estate asset classes, both for the company’s portfolio and for third parties.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Fordham University School of Law, Houlihan also holds a certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development from MIT. Prior to joining Houlihan-Parnes, she worked as a commercial real estate attorney at Morrison Cohen LLP, Cassin & Cassin LLP and Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman LLP in New York, representing clients in a wide array of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition and disposition of commercial property, the representation of commercial and retail landlords and tenants in lease negotiations nationwide and real estate finance transactions, including multi-property and multi-state financings, 1031 exchanges and construction financing of commercial and multifamily properties. Prior to attending law school, Houlihan worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2006 Senate re-election campaign and on the staff of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked to reauthorize and expand health care coverage for nine million children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the New York chapter of CREW, an international organization of women in commercial real estate and is a member of the President’s Council of Fordham University. Houlihan is the Finance Chair of a 2018 Congressional campaign and sits on the Board of Directors of the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, which provides after-school, weekend and summer tutoring, sports and arts education to over 25,000 children in Westchester and New York City public schools.
Sarah Jones Maturo
Sarah Jones-Maturo has been president of RM Friedland LLC since November of 2015 where she oversees twenty one brokers and a staff of eight. The company had a banner revenue year in 2016, Sarah’s first full year at the company. Her primary focus is on training her staff and brokers to reach their maximum potential. RM Friedland has been and continues to be a market leader in industrial and retail brokerage in Westchester County and
Before RM Friedland, Sarah spent eleven years at CBRE, the global leader in commercial real estate brokerage where she was an office broker with a particular focus on Northern and Central New Jersey. Sarah received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. In 2014, she was recognized as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders” by Real Estate Forum. The year prior, she was appointed to the highly selective CBRE National Brokerage Advisory Board. She was also named one of RENJ Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30” in 2006 and 2008 and was named CBRE’s Associate of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
During her transactional brokerage career she represented companies such as Sony, Sprint and Dow Jones to name a few, and in 2014 and 2015 alone transacted over one million square feet of deals. Sarah is on the Advisory Board of The Westchester Community Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board for Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute. Sarah lives in Larchmont, NY with her husband and two young children.
RM Friedland is located at 440 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite #504 in Harrison, New York and can be reached at (914) 968-8500 or by visiting rmfriedland.com. RM FRIEDLAND is a commercial real estate services firm serving the Tri-State area with a particular focus on Westchester, The Bronx, Rockland, Putnam and Fairfield Counties. Formed in 1970, the company has a nearly 50 year track record in its territories. The company relies on a team of talented veteran and junior brokers who represent all asset classes with a focus on investment sales,industrial, retail and office. Its brokers are supported by robust databases and a capable staff that is dedicated to the success of each broker.
lene M. Morrison, CPA, MST is a Director in the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth LLP. Ms. Morrison has more than two decades of experience in tax planning, compliance and advisory services for the commercial and residential real estate industries. She also specializes in partnership agreements, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds, foreign and domestic investor reporting, and rental real estate tax issues.
Ms. Morrison has a diverse professional background, encompassing roles in both private and public accounting, as well as consulting. Prior to joining Marks Paneth, she managed real estate tax engagements at Big 4 and mid-size accounting firms. She was also a Director in charge of in-house tax and advisory services for a major private equity real estate investment firm, and advised clients as Director of Real Estate Solutions at a global business advisory firm.
Linda Barr O’Flanagan
Veteran reporter Linda O’Flanagan has been in the business for 30 years and has covered everything from celebrity gossip and court news to sport and fashion.
She began her career as a junior reporter at a local newspaper in her native Scotland (Stirling Observer) and, by the time she left the country in 1987, was employed as a copy editor at the nation’s biggest-selling title, The Scottish Daily Record.
She joined the staff of Real Estate Weekly in 2004 and has since helped the industry’s oldest title reaffirm its status as the most trusted in the business while using her experience as a news reporter to add both color and substance to its editorial content and presentation.
Linda implemented a major re-design and re-launch of REW in an effort to remain relevant and at the forefront of the real estate media.
The oldest real estate title in the city entered the Internet age with its own website.
And its broadsheet style – which now includes the residential title Brokers Weekly – offers readers multiple sections and coverage of the industry as a community while providing a trusted and respected environment for advertisers.
Linda is a married mother of two teenage boys.
Dana Sherman is a veteran of the publishing industry, having served in a series of augmented roles since beginning her career as a graphic artist with Hagedorn Communications Company in 1994.
She was involved in designing and producing a variety of periodicals, books and newspapers covering topics as varied as senior healthcare and sport to local and foreign news. In 2006, she was appointed production manager overseeing the company’s in-house news and trade titles, which include Real Estate Weekly and publications in the Bronx, Westchester and New York City. Dana was responsible for streamlining the production process by introducing state-of-the-art design programs using PC workstations running Adobe and InDesign to interface with direct-to-plate print processes.
She was promoted to Real Estate Weekly marketing manager in 2014 as the city’s oldest commercial real estate title re-branded in a new broadsheet form that incorporated multiple sections covering all aspects of the business. Dana has since gone on to develop a series of best-in-class promotions designed to elevate the status of the brand while serving a loyal client base. She has built relationships to communicate, deliver and exchange information that serve the company’s clients, partners and readers alike.
A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Dana is married to attorney, Todd Sherman, and has a 17-year-old son. She plays soccer with the Westchester Women’s Soccer League.
Karen Gamba is the Founder and CEO of Ellipsis, LLC, a PR firm aimed at leveraging strong networks to bring professionals together through focused, educational events and powerful, facilitated collaboration. Karen is also Executive Director of Marketing and Business Administration for Molod, Spitz & DeSantis, P.C.
Karen focuses her time on finding innovative opportunities for both startups and tenured, high-profile businesses looking for fresh marketing strategies and breaking into new, untapped markets. Her ability to connect people is what makes her stand apart. She has worked with prominent, international politicians and executives across several industries and is a trusted thought-partner and consultant to distinguished and noteworthy firms and media companies.