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SPEAKERS

Jeffrey F. DiModica, CFA, has been the company's President since 2014 and served as an external director of the Company from its inception in 2009 to July 2014. In his current role he leads and serves as a member of the investment committee of each of the company's business lines including Large Loan Lending, Residential Lending, Infrastructure Lending, Property Investing and Investing & Serving which have a collective $28 billion of assets under management.

Jeffrey DiModica | President & Managing Director, Starwood Property Trust

Everything a CIA operative knows about deception, you should know too. Pamela Meyer is on a mission to help people take back the truth. Pamela’s TED talk, “How to Spot a Liar,” is a worldwide sensation. With over 30 million views and translated into more than 40 languages, it is the 13th most-watched TED talk of all time. The talk is based on her bestselling book, Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception. The stunning popularity of Pamela’s TED talk and book are solid testimony to the relevance and timeliness of her valuable work. Deception is serious business. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. It happens in person, on the phone, in email. It happens when buying, negotiating, interviewing, and interacting with colleagues, vendors, customers, friends, family, and others. In this environment it’s important to be equipped with the skills to protect yourself in your daily business and personal encounters.

Pamela Meyer | Founder, Calibrate, Inc

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Kelly Sewell Nagel is the head of residential for EDENS, a leading national owner, developer, and steward of more than 100 open-air retail and mixed-use places in high- growth markets coast to coast. Prior to joining EDENS, Kelly was the founder and managing partner of Residy, a multifamily investment management platform, and was responsible for acquisitions and asset management of the venture’s investment portfolio. She has broad experience in multifamily operations, development, and investments in both publicly traded REITs and privately held firms and has developed and asset managed thousands of apartment units. Before founding Residy, she built and oversaw the multifamily platform and portfolio for a Philadelphia-based real estate private equity fund manager, managing acquisitions, dispositions, financings, redevelopment and capital expenditures, asset and property management. 

Kelly Nagel | Head of Residential, EDENS

Mr. Drachman is Co-Founder and Head of Capital Markets for Waterford.  Since starting his predecessor firm, Stillwater Investment Group, in 2014, Mr. Drachman has acquired and been a partner in over $2.8 billion of office, retail, and apartment assets in Southern California. To acquire these assets, Mr. Drachman has created and developed joint venture partnerships with a variety of different capital sources including high net-worth private investors, family offices, and institutional equity funds while leveraging his strong relationships within the brokerage community to source opportunities. Previously, Mr. Drachman was a Vice President with Greenlaw Partners in Orange County, where he led the acquisitions and asset management efforts on a portfolio of commercial real estate assets throughout Southern California and Arizona.

John Drachman | Co-Founder & Head of Capital Markets, Waterford

James Nelson leads a group of three dozen professionals in the sale of multi-family, office, development and retail properties. Avison Young is a full service global real estate firm with 5,000 real estate professionals located in 120 offices in 20 countries. Throughout his close to 25-year career, James has been involved in the sale of approximately 500 property and loan sales for an aggregate value of over $5 billion dollars. James is passionate about real estate and helping others achieve success. Whether through his podcast or upcoming book entitled The Insider’s Edge To Real Estate Investing, videos, or blog, he advises on how to navigate and stay on top of this ever-changing market. James is on the boards of REBNY, Counselors of Real Estate, SparkYouth NYC and formerly YM/WREA. He is also a co-founder of the Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA) and the Colgate Real Estate Council. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife Allison and three sons Luke, Austin, and TJ either at home in Connecticut, up on the Cape, or travelling to their water polo tournaments on the West Coast. 

James Nelson | Principal & Head of Tri-State Investment Sales, Avison Young

With more than 35 years of leadership experience in commercial real estate, Mitchell Schear ran two of Washington’s most influential real estate companies owning and developing some of the most iconic office and residential projects in DC. Today, Mitchell has turned his focus to PropTech, the dynamic intersection of the burgeoning new creative/tech sector and traditional brick and mortar. From 2019 - 2023 Mitchell was an Executive Partner at Camber Creek, effectively combining his passion for PropTech with his wealth of commercial real estate experience. Camber Creek is the longest standing real estate technology venture capital firm. From 2003 until 2017, Mitchell was President of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, the DC division of Vornado Realty Trust, a $20 billion real estate investment trust. From 2017 – 2020, Mitchell served as a board member for JBG SMITH, a successor company and the largest real estate company in the Washington metropolitan area. 

Mitchell Schear | Real Estate Development, Technology and Investment Expert & Founder, Ten Square

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Simon serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the firm’s arranging of over $80 billion of debt, mezzanine and equity financings for some of the nations most sophisticated and prestigious real estate owners and developers while solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. Simon has engineered the firm’s collaborative culture which functions as a magnet for talent. He has directed its evolution as an industry thought-leader.

Simon Ziff | President and Co-Founder, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group

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