Monday, November 18th, 2019


Hyatt Regency Jersey City

2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302



DAY SCHEDULE: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM


Breakfast Reception 7:30 AM – 8:25 AM

Sponsored by JZN Engineering


Chair Welcome Remarks – 8:25 AM – 8:30 AM

Honorable Kim Guadagno, Partner, Connell Foley – Summit Chair & Master of Ceremonies


Opening Remarks – 8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Tim Sullivan, CEO, New Jersey Economic Development Authority


Mixed-Use+Retail Panel – 8:35 AM – 9:20 AM

  • Mixed-Use, Retail Synergies – What are Innovative/Disruptive Owners Creating & Repositioning
  • Mixed-Use Mix Done Right: Multifamily, Hotel, Office/Co-Working – Identifying the right mix that is likely to succeed
  • Best Practices, New Opportunities, and Pitfalls to Avoid in Today’s Retail + Mixed-Use Market
  • Evolving Role of Traditional/Anchor Centers & Anchor Tenants – How is the Evolution Fairing
  • How are operators creating spaces that can accommodate change? Experiential Retail – Brick & Motor 2.0
  • What’s Performing Well – A look at Lifestyle, Wellness, Food (Hall) Concepts
  • Authenticity, Creativity, Story-telling & Culture – What’s making unique brands standout? – Retail as an Amenity
  • Retail – Linked to Services, Office & Role in Mixed-Use Development – Technology & Social Media Role
  • Brand, Marketing & Identity – Catering to Live, Work, Play, Learn – 24/7 Socially Connected Communities


Paul Silverman, Principal, SILVERMAN

Kenneth Pasternak, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, KABR Group

Jose Cruz, Senior Managing Director & Co-Head, New Jersey, JLL Capital Markets

Paul Kermizian, Co-Founder & CEO, Barcade

Christ Weilminster, COO & EVP, Urban Edge Properties

Yair Goldberg, Executive Vice President, U-tron

Moderator: Donald Pepe, Chair, Corporate Transactions & Business, Scarinci Hollenbeck


Multifamily Panel – 9:20 AM – 10:05 AM

  • Opportunity Zones, Funds & Opportunities Discussed
  • 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-working & Co-Living Spaces
  • Transit-oriented Developments & Mixed-use Dominance & Future
    Innovations In Marketing & Management – New Tools, Technologies & Techniques – Cash-flow Enhancements
  • Land, Construction, Lending & Give-Aways – Keeping Things Under Control & Getting Everything Right


Fred Cooper, Senior VP, Finance, International Development & Investor Relations, Toll Brothers

Greg Belew, Divisional President, New York Metro Area, LMC – Lennar Multifamily Communities

Chris Fogarty, Founding Principal, Fogarty Finger Architecture

Christopher Albanese, President, The Albanese Organization

Abe Naparstek, Executive Vice President, Brookfield Properties

Dean Marchetto, Founding Principal, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects

Moderator: Eugene Paolino, Partner, Genova Burns


Mid-Morning Reception 10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Sponsored by NJBIZ


Mayor’s Remarks – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Honorable Mayor Steven Fulop, City of Jersey CIty

Moderator: W. Nevins McCann, Co-Chair, Real Estate & Land Use, Connell Foley


Office Panel – 10:50 AM – 11:35 AM

  • Public Sector Incentives – Programs, Asset Classes, Appetite
  • Regional Forecasts – Why Talent Is Choosing Jersey City -Sector Appeal – TAMI, FIRE, Life Sciences
  • Importance Of Retail, Food & Public Programming – Role Of 24/7, Live, Work, Play (And Learn) For Office Market
  • Managing New Office Tenant Class With New Expectations, Hours & Technology Requirements – Tenant Experience: Hospitality as a Key Driver in Leasing & Workplace Decisions
  • Lessons Learned Creating the Next Generation Workplace – How do employers view real estate in their arsenal to attract top talent?
  • Advantages to owner-occupied versus leased office buildings?
  • Building on spec, how do office developers anticipate tenant needs?
  • Investors Outlook – Portfolio/Pension Fund Perspectives | Portfolio & Asset Management Across Funds – Foreign Investment


Anthony Cammarata Jr., Managing Director, Real Estate & Corporate Services, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Johnathan Schultz, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Onyx Equities

Robert Naso, Managing Director & Co-Head of Asset Management, US, BentallGreenOak

Andrew Kupiec, Chief Executive Officer, Hana

Aaron Price, President & CEO, NJ Tech Council + Founder, Propelify

Moderator: W. Nevins McCann, Co-Chair, Real Estate & Land Use, Connell Foley



Affordable Housing Panel – 11:35 AM – 12:20 PM

  • New Affordable Housing Trust Fund Policy – Regional Successes Highlighted
  • Incentivizing Affordable Housing Throughout the City – Successful Strategies + Formulas Highlighted
  • Creative/Innovative Financing + City – County – State Incentives – Capital Stack & Related Financing Highlighted
  • 60/40 – 80/20 Development | Project & Future Discussed
  • Hope VI Revitalizations & Redevelopment Plans – Award Winning Projects & Communities
  • Affordable Housing and Public-Private Partnerships
  • The Role of Agencies, Authorities, Non-Profits & Advocates


Charles Richman, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

Wayne Meyer, President, New Jersey Community Capital

Edward Martoglio, Founder & President, RPM Development

Karim Hutson, Founder & Managing Member, Genesis Companies

Councilwoman at Large, Joyce Watterman &  Co-Char, Rent Control Committee, City of Jersey City

Staci Berger, President & CEO, Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey

Moderator: Jonathan Gertman, Vice President, Development, The NRP Group


Lunch Reception – 12:20 PM – 1:30 PM


Amenities Panel – 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

  • Office / Work Place Amenities | Multifamily / Residential Amenities | Jersey City As An Amenity – Parks, Culture | Technology + Concierge Services
  • Expectations Of Sophisticated, Discerning & Creative Buyers & Tenants
  • The Role Of Placemaking, Shared Spaces, Co-everything Spaces
  • Incentives, Location & Culture – What’s Particularly Unique About Jersey City/New Jersey – Millennial Appeal
  • Shared-economy/Creative Collaborations, Partnerships – Technology Amenities & Innovations Highlighted
  • A Highlight Of Infrastructure, Programs & Policies Driving Jersey City’s Appeal Over Brooklyn, LIC
  • Retail As An Amenity – Lifestyle Brands, Fitness As Amenities
  • Repositioning & Upgrades – Recent Projects Done Right Highlighted



Jeremy Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer, Kushner Real Estate Group

Andrew Batshaw, Regional Director, High-Rise Division, FirstService Residential

Jonathan Schwartz, Partner & Principal, BNE Real Estate Group

Mitch Bodner, Managing Director, Building & Land Technology (BLT)

Stephanie La Raja, Market Lead, NYC & Jersey City, Scooters & Bicycles, Lyft

Russell Tepper, Senior Managing Director – NY,  NJ, PA, CT – Mill Creek Residential

Moderator: David Wolfe, Managing Partner, Skoloff & Wolfe


Emerging Neighborhoods Panel – 2:15 PM – 3 PM

  • Opportunity Zones, Funds & Opportunities Discussed
  • Neighborhood Updates – Journal Square | West Side | McGinley Square | SohoWest/Jeresy Ave | 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, Lifestyle, etc. – Leveraging Building-stock – Creative Adaptive Re-use – More-rezoning?
  • Cost & Benefits Of Locating In Jersey City’s Emerging Neighborhoods – Tipping Points
  • Public-programming & Leveraging Community Assets – Open & Public Spaces – Festivals & Markets
  • Build Or Buy – New Development Or Redevelopment – Multifamily Or Mixed Use – Office Appeal – Municipal Offices, Creatives & Appeal
  • Developing Into The History Of A Neighborhood – The Role Of Advocates & Advocating – Community & Arts Organizations Engaged


Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University

John Fio Rito, Founder & Managing Principal, Point Capital Development

Jeff Bastow, Chief Investment Officer, Claremont Companies

Leslie Anderson, President & CEO, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority

Diana Jeffrey, Executive Director, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency

Moderator: Mark Devaney, Principal, Langan Engineering


Mid-Afternoon Reception – 3 PM – 3:20 PM


Governor’s Remarks – 3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

Honorable Governor Murphy, State of New Jersey

Introduction: W. Nevins McCann, Co-Chair, Real Estate & Land Use, Connell Foley


99 Hudson Roundtable – 3:40 PM – 4:25 PM

Diana Sung, Principal, Perkins Eastman

Roland Nader, Vice President, COA 99 Hudson, LLC

Edwin Blanco, Sales Director, 99 Hudson

Paris Forino, Founder & Principal, Paris Farino Interior Design

Moderator: George L. Garcia, Partner, Connell Foley


Closing Remarks – 4:25 PM – 4:30 PM

Annisia Cialone, Director, Housing, Economic Development & Commerce, City of Jersey City


Closing Chair Remarks – 4:30- 4:35 PM

Honorable Kim Guadagno, Partner, Connell Foley – Summit Chair & Master of Ceremonies


Wrap-Up Reception 4:35 PM – 6 PM

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