Thursday, October 13th, 2016 Schedule

7:30 AM - Breakfast Networking Reception

Brought to you by:

Strategic Development Group

Strategic Development Group, The Imagination Company, based in Fairfield, N.J., is a real estate development firm that specializes in creating and executing innovative real estate development opportunities that leverage underdeveloped assets, transform neighborhoods and advance the mission of nonprofit institutions.

It is led by CEO & Chairman Anthony Bastardi, a creative engineer who has been a strategic partner to education and healthcare institutions for more than 25 years. SDG has recently masterminded three important real estate developments in Jersey City: two watershed projects for New Jersey City University (NJCU) and one for Saint Peter’s University.

8:15 AM - Chair Welcome Remarks

George L. Garcia
Connell Foley


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8:20 AM - Opening Remarks

Marcos Vigil
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Real Estate
City of Jersey City

8:30 AM - Panel Discussion: Retail

Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman
Co-Founder & Principal

Chase Welles
EVP & Partner
SCG Retail

Michael Stone
Senior Director
Cushman & Wakefield


Jonathan Kushner
The KRE Group

John G. Orrico

Stephen A. Urban
Connell Foley


  • Site-Selection, Demand Drivers and Growth Areas – Food, Apparel, Creative, Home & Furnishings – Healthcare as Retail?
  • Market Vacancy Rates, Occupancy, Rent Growth & Asking Rents – Speculative Retail Development Appetite?
  • Retail & Mixed-Use Synergies – What are Developers & Tenants Expecting Downstairs…Across the Street
  • Redefending the Anchor Tenant – Evolving Role of Traditional Anchor Tenants into Jersey City
  • Jersey City Creative – Role of Seamlessly integrating brick & mortar with online and mobile presence
  • Food Retail – Linked to Services, Office & Role in Mixed-Use Development
  • Retail Productivity – What’s Unique in Jersey City?
  • Consumer Spending, Increases in Disposable Income & 24/7 Communities – Continuing Impact on Retail

9:15 AM - Panel Discussion: Multifamily

Laurent Morali
Kushner Companies

Eyal Shuster
Founder & CEO
The Shuster Group


Abe Naparstek
SVP, East Coast Development
Forest City Enterprises

Andrew Marshall
President & COO
Roseland Residential Trust

Jose R. Cruz
Senior Managing Director

Jacqueline Urgo
The Marketing Directors

W. Nevins McCann

W. Nevins McCann
Connell Foley


  • Residential continuing to be Jersey City’s Real Estate Driver? Pipeline – Approved vs Built, Speakers Forecast
  • The Strength of Class A Rental Product. Condominium Development Ramp-up? New Development vs. Adaptive Re-Use. Cap Rates & Transitioning Investors Approach: Equity, Debt, JV & Acquisition. The Capital Stack – Preferred Equity, Debt, Mezz and the rest….
  • Tenants Evolving Expectations – Staying Connected Before, During & After Leasing. Enhanced Amenities, Services, Co-Corking & Cohabitating Spaces. What Families are Looking For…2/3 Bedrooms…Amenity Rich….Non Toxic Materials
  • Transit-Oriented Developments & Mixed-Use Dominance & Future
  • Community & Political Considerations for New Development
  • The Role of Asia-Based investors in Jersey City. Welcome competition? Partnership opportunity?
  • Innovations in Marketing & Management – New Tools, Technologies & Techniques – Cash-Flow Enhancements
  • Land, Construction, Lending & Give-Aways – Keeping things under control & Getting everything right.
  • Development Teams @ The Design Table?

10:15 AM - Mid-Morning Networking Reception

Mid-Morning Networking Reception Brought to Us By:

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation

10:45 AM - Panel Discussion: Office Outlook

  • Office Tenant Demographics, Demands & Evolving Expectations – Technology Expectations, Design Trends, Floor Plates, Layouts & Amenities
  • Employment Trends, Income Demographics & Regional Forecasts – Why Talent is Choosing JC
  • Repositioning & Upgrades – Recent Projects Done Right Highlighted
  • Attracting the Best & Most Creative – Best Practices | Co-Working & Makers Spaces
  • Jersey City is Where Companies want to be – Sector Appeal – TAMI, FIRE, Healthcare & Beyond
  • Public Sector Incentives – Programs, Asset Classes, Appetite
  • Surging Demand, Rising Rents, Vacancy Rate Forecasts
  • Sub-Market Appeal & Talk of New Development
  • Importance of Retail, Food & Public Programming – Role of 24/7, Live, Work, Play (and Learn) for Office Market
  • Expectations of Sophisticated, Discerning & Creative Tenants
  • Role of Incentives Programs – Competition, Benefits & Importance

Michael J. DeMarco
President & COO
Mack-Cali Realty Corporation

Adam Popper
SVP, Eastern Region
Columbia Property Trust

Rajiv Patel

Rajiv Patel
Spear Street Capital

Gus Milano
President & COO
Hartz Mountain Industries


Timothy J. Lizura
President & COO

Anthony Cammarata
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Tom Krizmanic
STUDIOS Architecture


11:45 AM - Panel Discussion: Emerging Neighborhoods

  • Neighborhood Updates – Journal Square | West Side | McGinley Square | SohoWest | Liberty Harbor North | Bergen-Lafayette
  • The Role of Public & Private Infrastructure in Activating New Neighborhoods – Light-Rail, Citibike, Residences Transportation Services & Beyond
  • Incentives & Public Programs – Creative Financing & Imaginative Structuring – New Ways of Helping Jersey City Grow outside of Downtown
  • Retail Growth & Retailor Demographics – Creative, Food, Business, Healthcare & Novelty
  • Cost & Benefits of Locating in Jersey City’s Emerging Neighborhoods – Tipping Points
  • Public-Programming & Leveraging Community Assets – Open & Public Spaces – Festivals & Markets
  • Office Appeal – Municipal Offices, Creatives & Appeal
  • Build or Buy – New Development or Redevelopment – Multifamily or Mixed Use
  • Developing into the History of a Neighborhood – The Role of Advocates & Advocating – Community & Arts Organizations Engaged
  • Leveraging Building-Stock – Creative Adaptive Re-Use – More-Rezoning?


Anthony Bastardi
Chairman & CEO
Strategic Development Group

Richard Sciaretta

Richard Sciaretta
The Claremont Companies

David Donnelly

David P. Donnelly
Executive Director

Bob Antonicello
GRID Real Estate

Mitchell Bodner

Mitch Bodner
Managing Director
Building & Land Technology

Robert T. Schmitt
The Hampshire Companies

Dean Marchetto
Founding Principal
Marchetto Higgins Stieve



12:45 PM - Lunch Networking Reception

Lunch Networking Reception Brought to Us By:DeSimone

1:30 PM - Panel Discussion: T.A.M.I Likes J.C.

A special conversation highlighting the increasing role of Technology, Advertising, Media & Information companies looking at and moving to Jersey City.

  • Recent Transplants talk about Jersey City’s Appeal
  • Decision Matrix – The Drivers bringing Techies, Creatives and the Media to Jersey City
  • Incentives, Location & Culture – What’s Particularly Unique About Jersey City/New Jersey – Millennial Appeal
  • Cover the unique tech community in New Jersey and the supporting Institutions/Associations helping New Jersey stand out
  • A highlight of the infrastructure, programs & policies driving New Jersey (and Jersey City’s) appeal

Jay Biggins
Founder & Executive Managing Director
BLS & Co.

James C. Barrood
President & CEO
NJ Tech Council

Eva F. Huston
Verisk Analytics

Adrian Sapollnik
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
Omnicom Group

2:00 PM - Owners Roundtable - Keynote Panel

  • Principal Projects Highlighted – First, Current & Future
  • Evolution of Jersey City – Past, Present & Future –Excitement about the Rate of Change
  • Past Projects Discussed – Most Exciting, Most Profitable, Most Difficult, Most Educating
  • Advice to the Next Generation
  • The Role of the City & the State – Benefits of Collaborative City & State Partner
  • Jersey City vs. Brooklyn vs. LIC vs Manhattan West Side
  • What are your Manhattan Based Colleagues Saying about Jersey City? Will More Manhattan Developers come to Jersey City?
  • Looking back at Milestones that led to Jersey City Today – Advocating Today for Jersey City Tomorrow
  • Pipeline of Projects – Office, Condo Development?
  • The Role of SWFs, Pension Funds, Insurance Companies & Private Equity in Deals & Capitalization

Murray Kushner
The KRE Group

Marshall B. Tycher
Roseland Residential Trust

Kenneth Pasternak
Chairman & Co-Founder
The KABR Group

Carl J. Goldberg
Founder & Managing Member
Canoe Brook Associates

Peter G. Mangin
Garden State Development

Eugene Paolino

Eugene T. Paolino
Genova Burns


3:20 PM - Wrap Up Networking Reception

Wrap-Up Networking Reception Brought to Us By:


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