2016 Agenda  |  Click Tabs Below to View the Complete Agenda

7:00-8:00AM   |   Check-in    |   Coffee   |   Network
Coffee Sponsored by:

Conference Host: MARY GALLAGHER

7:30-7:50AM   |   Buying and Selling Shares of Investment Real Estate Like a Stock: Welcome to SYNDEX

Speaker: KEVIN GUY, CEO & Cofounder, Real Liquidity / SYNDEX

7:50AM   |   Innovation in Real Estate

Keynote Speaker: Ryan Williams, CEO & Cofounder, Cadre

8:00AM   |   Technology & the Commercial Real Estate Firm of Tomorrow
Sponsored by:

Hear from a panel of technology experts who share insights on emerging technologies that are transforming the commercial real estate industry.

Moderator: JOSH ROSENTHAL, President, REPlexus

LAURA JAMER, Director, Corporate Relations & Distribution,
DIRTT Environmental Solutions

MORRIS TABUSH, Founder & President, Tabush Group

DEREK HALL, Senior Client Account Executive, Property Shark

DIEGO PERAZZA, Director of Network Operations, Lightspeed Telecom

ELIZABETH YOUNG, VP of Sales & Marketing, Reonomy

BILL DELGREGO, Executive Director Business Development, ExteNet Systems Inc

MIKE MULLIN, President, Integrated Business Systems Inc

BRIAN ZRIMSEK, Chief Products Officer, MRI Software

9:20AM   |   Value Creation and Asset Repositioning in Real Estate

Repositioning real estate assets is the key to value creation. Unique opportunities exist through the evaluation and conversion of real estate assets, from examination of zoning and land use during due diligence through stabilization.

Speaker: George J. Kimmerle, AIA, PP, NCARB, President/CEO, Kimmerle Group/Urban Studio

9:35AM   |   Emerging Trends in Real Estate
Sponsored by:

Crowdfunding, co-working, co-living, EB 5, non bank lenders providing capital

Keynote Speaker: MICHAEL STOLER, Managing Director, Madison Realty Capital & President, New York Real Estate TV, LLC

10:05 AM One on One interview of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by Michael Stoler,  Topic: How Can Government Actually Help
Sponsored by:

Conversation will cover how County Government, (Office the County Executive, Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation) have and will continue to support significant Real Estate investment and projects.

Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive

10:20AM   |   Break   |   Coffee   |   Network

10:40AM   |   Between the Bricks, Brexit and Ballots
Sponsored by:

How the city will fare as U.S. and British elections usher in a new world order

LOIS WEISS, Writer/Editor Real Estate, New York Post

10:50AM   |   Best Deal is NO Deal: A Multi-generational Approach to Multifamily Investing

Elie Rieder, Founder & CEO, Castle Lanterra Properties

11:00AM   |   Is BIGGER Better
Sponsored by:

New York is experiencing a wave of big projects almost never seen before, from Hudson Yards in the west to Essex Crossing in the east. Big residential properties like Stuy Town have traded hands, and big office towers are rising like One Vanderbilt. What is fueling all of this? How are these properties being received? And how will the big properties handle downturns in the market? This panel will examine this phenomenon which seems to have taken over so much of the city and explore what this means for the bread-and-butter transactions of real estate.

Moderator: MAX GROSS, Editor in Chief, Commercial Observer

Bruce E. Mosler, Chairman – Global Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc

Stephen B. Siegel, Chairman – Global Brokerage, CBRE

JEFFREY GURAL, Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

PETER RIGUARDI, Chairman & President (NY Region), Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage, Inc.

JAY OLSHONSKY, President, NAI Global

SHIMON SHKURY, President, Ariel Property Advisors

12:00PM   |   Networking   |   Exhibit Hall   |   Lunch Break

12:30PM   |   Seating Begins   |   Networking

12:50PM   |   Setting the Stage for a Faster Sale

Staging a home with the help of an interior design or architecture firm can affect a home’s price and sales velocity.

Christine Miller Martin, President, Broker & Private Office Advisor, Engel & Volkers

1:00PM  |  Becoming a World Class Connector
Sponsored by:

How to Turn Connections into Real Business

Moderator: Vince Rocco, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Core Real Estate, LLC

Arno de Vos, Sales Executive, Turnberry Ocean Club Residences

Chris Schrembra, Founder & Curator, 747 Club

Nile Lundgren, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Compass & Co-Curator, 747 Club

LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property, LLC

Doug Heddings, Director of Sales, Core Real Estate, LLC

JOANN WASSERMAN, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker,  TOWN Residential

2:30PM   |   The Technology Impact on our Residential Real Estate Market
Sponsored by:

This panel of highly successful tech executives share how they can help you get started with the right technology tools for strategic growth in 2017.

Moderator: J’NELL SIMMONS, Executive Director,  LandlordsNY

ERIK WIND, President, GeoData Plus, LLC

RICK SHARGA, Executive Vice President, Auctions.com


REALE ROSE, Principal Broker, FEEDER Real Estate

GARY DEBAISE, Sr Account Executive, XpressPay.com

ROBERT MANNINO, VP of Business Development, Optel BCS

MARSHALL COX, CEO & Founder, Radiator Labs

Zvi Band, Founder & CEO, Contactually

4:00PM   |   EB-5 101: Raising Capital with the EB5 Program in 2017
Sponsored by:

With the immigration reform bill, the upcoming renewal of the EB5 Regional Center program, and Chinese visa retrogression all impacting the EB5 fundraising industry in this year, 2017 is expected to be a year like no other for the EB5 industry.

Moderator: CLEM TURNER, ESQ., Attorney, Homeier & Law, P.C.

JEFF DRINKWATER, VP, Business Development, NES Financial

SAMUEL NEWBOLD, ESQ., Attorney, Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP

KEVIN WRIGHT, Principal, Wright Johnson LLC

MONA SHAH ESQ., Founder, Mona Shah Associates


MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, Partner, Baker Tilly Capital

JOANNE C. CHIU, CPA, Director, Business Development China Desk, Marks Paneth LLP

KELLY CUTCHIN, Country Manager, Moneycorp

Host: NMP (National Mortgage Press)

7:00AM – 8:00 AM Network w/host Rod Santomassimo

8:00AM – 9:00AM Maximizing Your CRE Brokerage Income: The 5 Proven Pillars of Success

Join Bob Knakal, Chairman of New York Investments for Cushman & Wakefield, along with Rod Santomassimo, Founder and President of the Massimo Group, the industry’s premier coaching and consulting organization, as they share proven strategies for multiplying your personal and/or team commission income. Bob and Rod are committed to providing you revenue producing approaches that you can implement immediately.

Rod Santomassimo, CCIM, The Massimo Group LLC

Bob Knakal, Chairman of New York Investments, Cushman & Wakefield

9:00AM Is There Still a Future for Boutique Commercial R/E Finance Companies

George Eliopoulos, Partner, Velios Capital

9:15 AM Small Balance Commercial Lending

Michael Boggiano, SVP National Sales Manager, Silver Hill Funding, LLC

9:30 AM Rent Stabilization

Marc Katz, Vice President & Manager, Investors Bank

10:00 AM Mortgage Lending Benefits from Your Community Bank

Richard Maher, Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, Maspeth Federal Savings

10:15 AM Raising Capital for RE & Private Notes – Tapping into $7.5 Trillion 401k/ IRA Market

Belinda Savage, Ira Services

10:30 AM Non-Bank Small Balance Commercial Real Estate Finance

Craig Barnes, Chief Production Officer, ReadyCap Commercial

10:45 AM Case Studies of a Commercial Bridge Lender

David Hansel, President, Alpha Funding Solutions

11:00 AM How Can Real Estate Investors Take Advantage of Today’s Market Conditions
Using Bridge Financing

Jeff Seidler,, Managing Director, Emerald Creek Capital

11:15 AM Using a REIT to Raise Equity

Randy Barrus, Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

11:30 AM Recent Zoning Developments

Matthew Schommer Esq., Division Executive – Code + Zoning, Design 2147

11:45 AM Niche Commercial Loan Programs That Meet Today’s Commercial Financing Challenges

Charles Ruffin, Account Manager, Emigrant Bank

12:00 PM How Much is Your Environmental Consultant Worth

Charles G. Merritt, President & CEO, Merritt Environmental

12:15 PM How to Make the NYS Brownfield Program Work

Rachel Ataman, Senior Vice President, Hydro-tech Environmental Corp.

12:45 PM The Benefits of Having One LOS Platform for All Loan Types

Marc Riccio, President/CEO, Specialized Data Systems

1:00 PM Smart Money Not Hard Money

Meir Krengel, The Battery Group Funding

Charles Scharf, The Battery Group Funding

1:15 PM Mortgage Lending Options for Non Warrantable Coops and Condos

Dan Kilfoil, Mortgage Sales Manager, Bethpage Federal Credit Union

1:30 PM Currency Exchange and International Transfers for Foreign Investors

Kelly Cutchin, Country Manager, Moneycorp

1:45 PM Self Directed Retirement Plans 101

Discuss the basics of investing in alternative assets within a self­directed retirement plan.

Karen Augis, Business Development Representative, Next Generation Trust Services

2:00 PM Is Your Professional Insurance & Risk Management Program Keeping Up With Your Practice?

Mark DiPentino, Sales Director, Landy Insurance

2:15 PM Private Money

Gary Myers, Vice President of Broker Development, Lee Arnold System of Real

2:30 PM Global Economies of Scale, and How That Will Affect the US Housing Market and Rates

Ace Watanasuparp, Vice President / Regional Manager, Citizens Bank

2:45 PM Financing RESIDENTIAL Business Purpose Investment Properties utilizing Rental Income

Kenneth J. Dedeo, Jr., Sales Manager – Mortgage Consultant, Emigrant Bank

3:00 PM Why You Are Not Covered by Terrorism Insurance; and Insurance Market Update for the Real Estate & Construction Industry

Christopher Amalfetano, Associate Vice President, First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc.

3:15 PM Defer The Capital Gains Tax on Your Real Estate Transaction Even a Primary Residence!

Michael Packman, CEO, PNI Capital Partners

3:30 PM Private Lending Solutions / Finding Extra Profits With A Private Lender

Stop throwing money in the trash! With private lending, you have profitable solutions for deals that don’t fit traditional guidelines. Jeffrey Tesch, Managing Director of RCN Capital® and a renowned authority on private lending, will show you how to make money from your most commonly overlooked leads.
Learn how private lending can offer profitable solutions for you and your clients.
Find out how to best present yourself and your borrower to a private lender.
See real life scenarios of brokers that have transformed commercial loan inquiries into a new revenue stream.
If you want to master the art of private origination, don’t miss this breakout session!

Jeffrey Tesch, Managing Director, RCN Capital

4:00 PM Maximizing Opportunities and Profits: A How to
guide for Renovation Lending

Damon Richardson, Renovation Specialist, REMN Wholesale

4:15 PM Real Estate Commission Advance Service – Don’t wait until closing to receive your commission!

Ashley Joffe, Co Founder, Middlegate Funding

4:30 PM Client Credit Report Errors: Consumer’s Rights under the FCRA in the Real Estate Context

Adam Singer, Esq, Adam G. Singer, PLLC

4:45 PM Getting Better Results on the Construction of Residential Developments

The construction process is fraught with the potential for mistakes, delays and cost
overruns. As residential development heats up, what are the important construction
issues that developers are going to face, and what should they not take for granted?

Barry Schmidt, President, Schmidt Construction Consulting

Host: DisruptCRE

8:45-9:45 AM The Revolution Will be Digitized: How Internet and Mobile Technology are Transforming Real Estate

Rick Sharga, Chief Marketing Officer, Ten-X (formerly Auction.com)

9:45 AM LightSpeed, not your Average Telecom Company!

Shir Azaria, Sales Operations, Lightspeed Telecom

10:00 AM Big Data, Small World: How the Internet Powers the Real Estate Data Revolution

Derek Hall, Senior Acct Executive, Property Shark

10:15 AM How to Use New Media to Run a More Efficient Business

J’Nell Simmons, Executive Director, LandlordsNY

10:30 AM The Construction Revolution: Cost, Quality and Speed

Laura Jamer, Senior Manager & Corporate Relations, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

10:45 AM Single Stack vs. Single Experience: Exploring the Changing Enterprise
Software Landscape

Brian Zrimsek, Chief Products Officer, MRI Software

11:00 AM How to Break Free from your Office & go 100% Cloud

Morris Tabush, Founder & President, Tabush Group

11:15 AM Lead Explosion: How to Increase the Top of your Prospect Funnel 10x

Elizabeth Young, VP Sales & Marketing, Reonomy

11:30 AM Reach 100,000 Real Estate Professionals

Jen McCabe, Director of Business Development, The News Funnel

12:00 PM Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Brokers and Agents

Josh Rosenthal, President, REPlexus

1:00 PM The Revolution Will be Digitized: How Internet and Mobile Technology
are Transforming Real Estate

Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President, auction.com 

1:15 PM The Importance of Buyer and Rental Leads in the Internet Age

Real Rose, CEO, FEEDER

1:30 PM How Software Companies are Building Real Estate Products for the 21st Century

Gary DeBaise, Senior Account Executive, Xpresspay.com

1:45 PM Technology that grows your business.

Robert Mannino, VP of Business Development, Opel BCS

2:00 PM Bringing your Steam Heated Building into the 21st Century

Marshall Cox, CEO and Founder, Radiator Labs

2:15 PM How Technology is Helping Mitigate Operational Risk

Amber Mata, Specialized Data Systems

2:30PM – 3:30PM Buying and Selling Shares of Investment Real Estate Like a Stock: Welcome to SYNDEX

Kevin Guy, CEO & Cofounder, Real Liquidity / SYNDEX

3:45 PM Easing and Automating the Residential Leasing Process with Technology

Chuck Hattemer, Cofounder & CMO, OneRent

4:00 PM How to Identify, Market to, and Evaluate Properties Facing Foreclosure

Erik Wind, President, GeoData Plus LLC

4:15 PM Bringing Structure and systems to your relationship marketing.

Zvi Band, Founder & CEO, Contactually

4:30 PM Commercial Real Estate & Tech: Disrupt CRE POV

Mariel Ebrahimi, CoFounder & CEO, DisruptCRE

7:30 – 8:30 LandlordsNY members, staff, and Experts Networking

8:30 – 9:15AM Generating Cash with Cogeneration

JEFFREY GLICK, VP of Eastern Sales, Tecogen

9:15-9:45  Things Your Boiler Company Would Never Tell You.


9:45-10:30AM The Economics of a Solar System in NYC

Best Energy Power

10:30-11:00AM Delinquency Management: 7 Strategies to Control Delinquent Rent


11:00AM-12:00PM Eviction for Short Term Leasing Violations

Itkowitz, PLLC

12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break

1:00-1:30PM  Be the first to demo this exciting new Rental Platform


1:30-2:00PM Making Your Boiler Pay you Back


2:00-3:30PM Interactive Legal Panel


KATYA SVERDLOV, Law Offices of Katya Sverdlov

COREY INGRAM, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP

JORDI FERNANDEZ, The Law Offices OF Jordi Fernandez

Sherwin Belkin, Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP

3:30-4:00PM LandlordsNY Interactive Member Panel

4:00-5:00PM Networking with Landlords and Experts


About LandlordsNY

Today’s generation of landlords and property managers now have a new way to help them run a more efficient and successful business ­ LandlordsNY.com. For the first time NY landlords and managers have free, unlimited access to a team of experts, virtual collaboration of their peers and a plethora of real estate services and resources, all in one place. It’s an ongoing challenge to run a successful, efficient business in a complex market like New York. You must stay on top of every facet of the industry; laws, regulations, insurance, tenant actions, court procedures, contracts… the list goes on and on. A problem for many landlords is that short of having a large circle of close friends or family in the real estate business to turn to for guidance, they are left trying to process everything on their own! Until now, that meant spending an abundance of time and energy trolling through multiple sources and paying experts for answers to quick, simple questions. Not anymore!

For every landlord or property manager that is scratching their head over a new problem, there is another who has experienced the same issue and has the solution. LandlordsNY.com connects the two!

LandlordsNY was founded by a collaboration of landlords who have been working in their respective fields in NY for many years. As landlords and managers ourselves, we know that sometimes you just wish you knew what your fellow NY landlords were doing. Now you can! No matter what question or issue you’re dealing with, LandlordsNY can help you find a solution. Get free advice from top legal, financial, and regulatory experts and confer with complete confidentiality on any issue within a private community of other landlords.

Host: Brunner Architects

8:00AM – 9:00 AM Networking

9:00AM Smart Submetering in the age of the Internet of Things

Higher operating costs, especially energy usage have caused owners, tenants and regulators to take a very hard look at how buildings are being managed. The Internet of Things is heralding a new era of granular insight for all building stakeholders, facilitating better decision making. Using IoT enabled electrical submetering for service disaggregation and cost attribution is a fundamental tool for reducing energy usage effectively. Triacta will explain how and why.

Gord Echlin, VP Sales & Marketing, Triacta Power Solutions

9:30 AM Selecting a financial partner that thoroughly understands EE projects

Local energy providers must strategically adapt to market conditions or run the risk of dying. What Original Energy did to remain out in front while addressing clients desires to improve NOI and the resulting increase in asset value while factoring in the shift toward energy efficiency. Customized solutions, speed and engineering prowess are a winning combination that prove beneficial to property investors.

Tim Riley, Director of Financial Services, Original Energy Capital Solutions (OECS)

9:45 AM Reducing OPEX with Energy Savings

Significant reductions in Operating Expenses (OPEX) can be achieved by identifying opportunities for energy reduction. A case study will be presented where the lease rate was increased but offset by the savings in annual energy expense.

William Amann, P.E., DCEP, LEED FELLOW, President, M&E Engineers, Inc.

10AM – 11AM Building our Smart City with Smart Buildings

From NYC Local Laws to NYS Reforming the Energy Vision: An Inside look at how technology and policy are already transforming the CRE market

Moderator: Frank Maricic, President, EE Reports

David Pospisil, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Con Edison

Michael Perna, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, ConEdison Solutions

Laurie Kerr, Director of Policy, Urban Green Council

Chris Cayten, Principal, Code Green Solutions

Dana Schneider, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability Projects, Jones Lange LaSalle

11:00 AM Making Buildings Smarter With Energy Efficiency Retrofits – How you can take your building to the next level by using a whole systems approach.

Smart building owners and managers know they can positively affect their bottom line by conserving energy, reducing operating expenses, and raising asset value. With so many competing priorities and limited funding, how does a smart building owner or manager embark upon making their building(s) smarter? Learn how to assess and address your building(s) using the whole systems approach so you can capitalize on new technologies and utility and government subsidies while maximizing your return on investment.

Bud Hammer, President, Atlantic Westchester

Bonnie Hagen, COO, Bright Energy Services

11:15 AM Increasing NOI and NAV with Smart Building Technologies

Jeffrey Hendler, President, ETS / Energy Technology Savings

11:30 AM Micro CHP

MARY ANN BLINN, CHP Specialist, Aegis Energy Services, Inc

11:45 AM The Economics of Solar in NYC’s 5 Boroughs

Coming from the leader in commercial solar pv installations in the 5 boroughs. Best Energy Power will explain how solar works what we call “Solar 101” . Then we’ll show real numbers for real systems going over in detail the incentives and subsidies. Showing long term sustainability with an excellent return on investment. ROI.

Ronnie Mandler, Founder, Best Energy Power (BEP)

12:00 PM Tools to Understand & Meet Your Clients’ Workplace Needs

A recent global Study by Gallop revealed that 87% of employees are “not engaged” or actively disengaged.” Highly engaged employees build innovation and growth; disengaged Employees are a drag on the organization and cost money. While building engagement is a complex organizational issue, the place where people come together is a key component. How can the workplace be optimized to deliver on what both organizations and the people who work for them need? Learn the latest insights and developing trends for the future of the workplace. Learn how to quickly budget for furniture and walls, products that will maximize your real estate, space visualization tools, and more. Waldners’ Real Estate Strategy team incorporates project management related services, furniture, and years of industry knowledge to help you differentiate yourself in your market and win more clients.

JENNY-LYNN GEORGAIDES, Vice President of Sales & Design, Waldner’s Business Environments

12:45 PM Sweating the Details: Why Good Markets Give us Inefficient Buildings

Kenneth F. Wille, P.E., LEED AP BD&C, Principal & CEO, KOW Building Consultants

1:00 PM Eliminating Overheating in Steam Buildings: Get Those Windows Closed This Winter!

Increase NOI and bring your steam heated building into the 21st century. Radiator Labs’ smart radiator retrofit, The Cozy, saves up to 35% in fuel costs and increases tenant comfort by eliminating overheating. The Cozy’s sensors generate real time data, which can identify heating system and building envelope issues, allowing for improved overall building efficiency.

Marshall Cox, CEO and Founder, Radiator Labs.

1:15 PM The ZIntegration of Submetering Into a Broader Sustainability Initiative

How utility submetering has become the cornerstone of any broader sustainability initiative. Being able to accurately measure utility consumption will support Energy Benchmarking, Expense Management, Energy Procurement, Energy Efficiency upgrades such as LED Lights andcompliance with Local Laws 87 & 88.

Eric A. Kessler, National Sales Manager, Energy Management Systems

1:30PM – 2:30PM Dealing with Illegal Short‐Term Rentals: What New York City Property Managers Need to Know

We will address the effects on property owners and managers, including eviction proceedings, Environmental Control Board (ECB) violations, proactive measures to be taken and a roadmap for a successful eviction. DHCR Updates Understand the key changes to rent regulatory laws a New York City landlord needs to be aware of.
● High Rent Vacancy deregulation threshold
● Major Capital Improvements
● Vacancy Allowance and Preferential Rents
● Harassment
● New Buyout
● Legislation
● TPU Updates
● Regulation challenges

David B. Cabera, Partner, Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel P.C.

Christian B. Hylton, Partner, Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel P.C.

Jeffrey H. Seiden, Partner, Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel P.C.

2:30 PM Repositioning Real Estate for Business, Healthcare, Mixed Use and Residential

George Kimmerle, AIA, PP, NCARB Partner, Founder, Kimmerle Group/Urban Studio

William Kimmerle, Senior Associate, Kimmerle Group/Urban Studio

Patrick Luzzi, Managing Director, Kimmerle Group/Urban Studio

3:00 PM Publicity, Marketing and Fame: How to get it. How to use it to grow your real estate business.

Cathy Hobbs, ASID/LEED AP, CSP Head Designer, DesignRecipes

3:30 PM Getting Better Results on the Construction of Residential Developments.

The construction process is fraught with the potential for mistakes, delays and cost overruns. As residential development heats up, what are the important construction issues that developers are going to face, and what should they not take for granted?

Barry Schmidt, President, Schmidt Construction Consulting

4:00 PM Energy Strategies At Deluxe Metals

A comprehensive overview of what can be accomplished in todays’ buildings relevant to energy independence.

George Brunner, RA, NCARB, Principal, Brunner Architects