Trends & Strategies Conference

February 23-24, 2017


Meet the Featured Presenters
  • Andrea Drasites

    Managing Director, Real Estate Group,

    Andrea Drasites is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Ms. Drasites is involved in the asset management of Blackstone’s domestic retail investments including Brixmor (formerly Centro), Equity One, Regency, DDR, Glimcher, Kimco and Edens portfolios as well as other retail projects inside of Blackstone’s hotel and office platform. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Drasites worked at Equity One, Inc., a publicly traded shopping center REIT, where she was responsible for asset management as well as acquisitions and dispositions across the US. Prior to Equity One, Inc., Ms. Drasites worked for Woolbright Development, a shopping center owner and developer based in Boca Raton, Florida. Ms. Drasites received a BA in International Business from Rollins College and an MBA from the University of Florida.

  • Dirk Aulabaugh

    Managing Director
    Green Street Advisors

    Dirk is a managing director and part of the leadership of the Advisory group, which provides strategic advisory and valuation analysis for a variety of companies in the commercial real estate business. Dirk brings 25 years of experience in real estate transaction, valuation, restructuring, and advisory services. Prior to joining Green Street, he was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services. He also worked as a sell-side equity analyst focused on REITs. He speaks frequently at real estate industry conferences and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and prominent real estate industry publications. Dirk earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, and an M.A. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate, from the University of Florida. He is a member of the real estate advisory board for the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. Dirk is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Appraisal Institute. He holds a California broker's license.

  • Rachel Elias Wein


    Rachel Elias Wein founded WeinPlus, a strategy and management consultancy focused on retail and real estate organizations, in 2008. During this time of sweeping economic transition a wide range of organizations—public REITs, private shopping center owners, fast-growing grocery chains and more—were hungry for adaptive strategies. Ms. Wein answered the call. As president, she has grown WeinPlus into a top-tier consultancy with a client list dominated by a Who’s Who of public and private companies.

    Working with clients’ existing teams in management and operations, WeinPlus supports real estate owners and retailers by uncovering and capitalizing on new opportunities for growth.

    Prior to launching the firm, Ms. Wein was a development executive at St. Petersburg, Florida-based The Sembler Company, where she directed the development of retail assets located across the Southeast. Additionally, Ms. Wein served as a senior associate in the Real Estate and Construction Advisory practice of Ernst & Young LLP, in Philadelphia.

    A licensed architect, Ms. Wein graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida, Gainesville, where she earned Masters degrees in both real estate and architecture as well as an Undergraduate degree in architecture. She serves on the boards of directors for the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, the Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay, and Great Explorations Children’s Museum. The University of Florida named Ms. Wein to its Hall of Fame in 2003 and named her an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2012.

  • Julie Augustyn

    Senior Director,
    Foundry Commercial

    Prior to joining Foundry Commercial, Julie was the senior director of real estate for Office Depot, where she was responsible for managing the retail portfolio for Office Depot and OfficeMax brands for the Eastern United States. This included managing her team with a portfolio of over 700 stores in 20+ states. As an active member of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a winner of Real Estate Forum’s 2016 "Top Women in Retail," Julie’s deep understanding of retail real estate in key markets such as South Florida, Atlanta and the Carolinas, as well as her involvement in the real estate tech community, makes her an ideal fit for continuing to build momentum around a platform that has already experienced tremendous growth over the last several years, and to strengthen Foundry Commercial’s delivery capabilities across the Southeast. "Julie’s decision to join our team is both humbling and thrilling for us," said Paul Ellis, CEO of Foundry Commercial. "She is a recognized innovator in our space and a leader in the commercial real estate tech world. Additionally, having two senior female executives as recognized and as well-respected as Julie and Susan McGuire leading our retail platform is affirming to our values and where we want to be as a company." In Raleigh, Julie will work closely with managing directors Ty Thomas and James Mattox to expand Foundry Commercial’s retail client base in eastern North Carolina, while simultaneously partnering with principal and managing director Susan McGuire to enhance Foundry Commercial’s retail platform throughout the region.