2014 CRE Forum: Overview

The Marcus & Millichap CRE Forum: Chicago brought together Chicago’s most important and influential Commercial real estate leaders to discuss the latest industry trends in all major asset classes (office, industrial, retail & hotel) on March 26, 2014.


Check out the recap from the event and see more pictures here.


Keynote Speakers


Christopher Kennedy, Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises Inc.

Chris is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Illinois and the Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. Additionally, he serves as treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, is on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Community Trust, and is a board member of both the Catholic Theological Union and Interface, Inc. Chris earned his BA from Boston College and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board.

Photograph – Courtesy of Sun-Times Media


Lou Raizin, President, Broadway in Chicago

Lou Raizin has over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. As a founder and the prime mover behind Broadway In Chicago, a joint theatrical venture formed in 2000, his leadership propelled the transformation of Chicago from a short-term stop on “the road” to the third most important city in the world for theater. Encompassing the five premier theater stages in the city, Broadway In Chicago has brought an economic impact of up to over $750 million annually to the City of Chicago and State of Illinois, and supports more than 9,200 local jobs.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jeff Broaden, Vice President, AJ Capital Partners
  • Daniel Cole, Partner, Ginsberg Jacobs
  • Dan Cowell, VP & Healthcare Market Manager, Irgens
  • Rand Diamond, Principal, Glenstar Properties
  • Collete English-Dixon, Principal – Transactions, Prudential
  • James Field, Co-Founder, Field & Goldberg
  • Dan Fogarty, Vice President, Connor Commercial
  • Todd Frank, Senior Real Estate Manager, Walgreens
  • Alby Gallun, Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Richard Gatto, Executive Vice President, The Alter Group
  • Michael Goldman, SVP – Acquisitions & Investment, Golub & Company
  • Matt Goode, Principal, Venture One Real Estate
  • Paul Kopecki, COO & Partner, MedProperties Group
  • Graham Palmer, Partner, Centrum Partners
  • Andrew Hochberg, Chief Executive Officer, Next Realty
  • Ryan Ori, Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Todd Lillibridge, President & CEO , Lillibridge Healthcare Services
  • Alfred Klairmont, President, Imperial Realty
  • Christopher Kennedy, Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises
  • Roger Koeppen, Vice President, Amata Office Centers
  • Scott McKibben, Managing Principal & Co-Founder, Brennan Investment Group
  • John Murphy, President, MB Real Estate
  • J. Scot Pepper, Executive Vice President, Pepper Construction
  • Sarang Peruri, Principal, Oxford Capital
  • Alan Pontius, Senior Vice President / National Director – NOIPG, Marcus & Millichap
  • Anthony Pricco, Principal, Bridge Development
  • Steve Rachman, Regional Manager – Chicago, Marcus & Millichap
  • Lou Raizin, President, Broadway in Chicago
  • Michael Reschke, Chairman & CEO, Prime Group
  • Bill Rose, Vice President / National Director – National Retail Group, Marcus & Millichap
  • Milan Rubenstein, Partner, Windy City RE
  • David Ruttenberg, Director of Acquisitions & Finance, Marc Realty
  • Robert Smietana, CEO & Vice Chairman, HSA Commercial Real Estate
  • Mark Stern, SVP – Acquisition, Waterton Associates
  • Randy Tiemen, Director of Real Estate Development, Mortenson Development
  • Scott Toban, Partner, Dentons
  • Nick Wibbenmeyer, SVP – Senior Market Officer, Regency Centers
  • John Wilson, President, HSA PrimeCare

Conference Agenda Included:

  • Investing in Chicago: Is the Glass Half Empty of Half Full?
  • Tale of Two Cities: City vs. Suburbs
  • Attention Shoppers!: Hot Trends in Chicago Retail
  • Paging Dr. Development: Is there a Healthcare Boom?
  • Now That’s What I Call Logistics:

    The Future of Chicago’s Industrial Development

  • What Was Old Is New Again: How Adaptive Reuse Has Been Successful in Chicago
  • Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Investment Strategies for Chicago Capital Markets