Trends & Strategies Conference

February 23-24, 2017


Meet the Featured Presenters
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jonathan Geanakos

    President, Americas JLL Capital Markets

    Jonathan Geanakos is President, Americas JLL Capital Markets. Based in New York, he has primary responsibility for leading the connectivity between JLL's geographic markets and the growth of its investment sales and finance functions. He also leads the firm's office product specialty, consistent with JLL’s recent appointments in Industrial, Retail and Multifamily. Jonathan, in partnership with other senior leaders, will also focus on maintaining and enhancing major client relationships across JLL's entire global Capital Markets business. He is also a member of JLL’s Global Capital Markets Executive Board.

    Jonathan is nationally recognized in the U.S. real estate industry with over 30 years of experience in real estate finance and investment. Jonathan's energy, passion and experience complements JLL's existing leadership team and his expertise across multiple disciplines including acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, finance and investment banking is critical in helping shape the firm’s Capital Markets strategy and interactions with its clients.

    He has advised institutional, corporate, and private owners and investors in structuring and executing capital market transactions and advisory assignments throughout the United States and Mexico. Jonathan has also assisted clients in executing acquisition, recapitalization and repositioning strategies with particular expertise assisting family and or closely-held companies in the areas of brand expansion, capital raising, strategic growth, and succession planning.

  • Jeffrey Hines

    President and CEO

    Mr. Hines is the firm’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He leads Hines’ Executive Committee and chairs the firm's Steering Committee. He also sits on the firm’s global Investment Committee. As co-owner, President and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all firm policies and procedures as well as day-to-day operations. He became president in 1990 and has overseen a major expansion of the firm's personnel, financial resources, domestic and foreign market penetration, and products and services. He has led the development of the firm's domestic and international acquisition program and currently oversees a portfolio of US$93.2 billion of assets under management.

    Hines graduated from Williams College with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Gregg Katz

    Director of Innovation & Technology,
    The Shopping Center Group

    Gregg Katz was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. As Director of Innovation & Technology, he is responsible for the creation and integration of the technology strategy for The Shopping Center Group. Using a forward thinking approach, Gregg’s focus is to create an infrastructure for data, analytics, social platforms, website, GIS, mobile technology and branding by leveraging information and tools to align the Company’s tactical plans and future growth with the needs of the company’s clients. Gregg joined The Shopping Center Group in 2006 as a Tenant Rep. Prior to joining the Company, he spent 15 years in restaurant operations, consulting, marketing and site selection, including owning and operating a quick-casual restaurant group in Orlando, Florida from 1996-2001. A graduate of Boston University with a degree in Business Management, he received his MBA from the University of Florida. Gregg, and his wife Elena, are the proud parents of two amazing boys. Gregg loves basketball, football, spending time with family, traveling and is passionate about food, wine and anything related to the Florida Gators.

  • Brian Kilmeade

    FOX News Personality and Author

    Speaker, best-selling author, TV and radio personality Brian Kilmeade currently serves as co-host of Fox News Channel's (FNC) FOX & Friends (weekdays 6-9AM/ET) alongside Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Additionally, he serves as host of Kilmeade and Friends (weekdays 9AM-12PM/ET), a nationally syndicated three-hour radio show on Fox News Radio. Kilmeade joined the network as a sports reporter in 1997.

    Every weekday morning, Kilmeade provides viewers with the latest on the current headlines in news, sports, politics and entertainment. During his tenure at FNC, he has interviewed newsmakers in politics as well as celebrities and athletes, including former President George W. Bush, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, supermodel Miranda Kerr, television personality Simon Cowell, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. During his tenure, he has also provided live coverage and analysis on major national and international events.

    Prior to joining FNC, Kilmeade was a freelance reporter and anchor for NEWSPORT TV where he anchored Scoreboard Central. He also served as a sports anchor and director at the independent station WLIG-TV in New York, an anchor/host for KHSL-TV (CBS 12) in Ontario, CA and a radio host on The Jim Brown Show on XTRA-AM, an all-sports radio network. Kilmeade began his career as a correspondent on Channel One, a daily national high school television news program.

    Kilmeade is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution", “The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports,” and “It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to Americas Finest.” He received a B.A. from Long Island University.

  • Ryan McCormick

    Senior Vice President and Counsel,
    The Real Estate Roundtable

    Ryan McCormick is Senior Vice President and Counsel at The Real Estate Roundtable, where he is responsible for managing the organization’s tax policy activities. The Real Estate Roundtable brings together leaders of the nation’s top publicly held and privately owned real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms and leaders of major national real estate trade associations to jointly address key national policy issues relating to real estate and the overall economy. It is located in Washington, D.C.

    Ryan coordinates the activities of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee, a group of 150 leading real estate tax experts. The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee works to help lawmakers and federal officials understand how tax rules affect real estate activity, and it promotes pro-growth tax reforms that will facilitate sound, environmentally responsible real estate investment and development.

    Ryan joined the Roundtable in May 2013 after serving nearly 11 years in the U.S. Senate as a tax and economic policy advisor. In the Senate, he developed policy initiatives, drafted tax legislation, and devised legislative strategies to advance his Members’ economic priorities. In the 112th Congress, Ryan was Staff Director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. As staff director, Ryan guided and oversaw all aspects of the subcommittee’s activities, including bipartisan hearings on tax reform and tax policy matters. In addition to his service in the Senate, from 2006 until 2008, Ryan practiced tax law as an associate at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., the oldest tax law firm.

  • Chris McGibbon

    Head of TH Real Estate

    As Head of TH Real Estate, Americas, Chris is responsible for all real estate investment operations in the US. He is also a senior member of the TIAA Global Real Assets team which is comprised of real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure and energy investments.

    Chris recently served as the Portfolio Manager for the real property and commercial mortgage allocation of TIAA’s General Account and previously served as lead Portfolio Manager for TIAA’s direct real estate open-end vehicle. Prior to that, he was a director of real estate acquisition for the Western region and also worked in the mortgage division. He joined TIAA in 2001.

    Chris has 18 years of real estate acquisition, management and finance experience, including positions with Codina Development Corporation and The Related Group of Florida. He holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Florida.

  • Steve Nson

    Founder, DMZStream

    Steve Nson is a Manhattan-based entrepreneur and thought leader in real estate, technology and startups.

    He is the creator and host of Dealmaker Zone, a weekly television program that airs in the New York City marketplace on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, reaching more than 600,000 households. The show covers influencers in real estate, technology, media and the startup world.

    Following the Dealmaker Zone’s successful launch, Steve was inspired to create DMZStream, a streaming platform covering all things tech, startup and entrepreneurship. The network can be found on streaming boxes such as Roku and Apple TV and features a variety of entrepreneurial-related content including Tech Talk, a weekly conversation about trending tech news.

    Steve’s passion for startups and real estate led him to launch AnySizeDeals, a networking platform for real estate investors with thousands of users and over $800 million worth of listings.

    He also founded a successful events and conference business through his Dealmaker Speaker Series, curated gatherings of select guests for a catered fireside chat with industry leaders like real estate titan Don Peebles. In addition, Steve is the founder of the Dealmaker Summit a leading real estate investment conference.

    Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Steve worked in various real estate executive roles at some of the most prominent real estate companies, including Tishman Speyer, Stonehenge and WinnResidential. Through his career, he has managed and leased assets in excess of $7 billion.

    Steve gives back to the community through his involvement with various diversityfocused tech organizations. He serves as a mentor with Startup52, the leading diversity focused accelerator in New York City. He spearheads tech innovation in urban communities through his involvement with Silicon Harlem, an organization bringing tech innovation to urban centers throughout the country.

    Steve earned a master’s in real estate from New York University (NYU) and has a B.S. in housing studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

  • Alexander Rangel

    Ravti Founder & CEO

    Alex is the founder and CEO of Ravti. He drives the company's vision, strategy and growth as it provides software to track, manage, and purchase HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) for sophisticated commercial real estate clients. Under Alex’s leadership, Ravti has been a proud member of the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator (S14), and most recently MetaProp NYC. Alex received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and began his career as a sales engineer with Trane for 5 years before starting Ravti.

  • Michael J Riccio

    Senior Managing Director, CBRE

    Mr. Riccio is Co-Head of National Production for CBRE Capital Markets Debt & Equity Finance. Mr. Riccio, based in Hartford, CT is also the Northeast Regional Manager for the CBRE Debt & Equity Finance offices in Connecticut, New York City, Boston, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh.

    Prior to opening the CBRE Capital Markets office in Hartford, Michael spent 23 years at CIGNA and held several real estate positions, including assignments in asset management, portfolio management and debt origination. Michael is frequently a speaker at industry events and is a published author.

    Mr. Riccio is or has been an active member in the following organizations: International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), and serves as Past President and Board Member of The Hartford Chapter of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA). Mr. Riccio is currently serving a two-year term as President of REFA Connecticut, overseeing both the Hartford and Fairfield/Westchester Chapters. He is also a contributing member of the Principal Global Investors National Debt Advisory Board. Mr. Riccio is also one of the few debt and equity professionals in the US that has been asked to be a member of the elite CBRE Institutional Group, a group of senior professionals that serves CBRE’s top clients. Mr. Riccio is also a member of the five-member CBRE Debt & Equity Advisory Board, an elected position through a vote of his colleagues from around the US.

  • 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.

  • Mike Westgate

    VP of Marketing at RealMassive

    Mike Westgate is VP of Marketing at RealMassive, connected commercial real estate’s connected, digital marketplace. His primary focus is to shape and guide RealMassive's marketing operations across brand, product, sales, and technology platforms. Previously, Westgate led marketing for W2O Group, a network of digital marketing services agencies supporting Fortune 500 marketers with customer insights, strategy, and analytics. Additionally he supported top tech and entertainment clients including Microsoft, Intel, NBC, Disney, and Whole Foods. Prior to W2O Group, Mike spent nearly four years at Microsoft in Windows product marketing and SMB audience marketing roles. Before that, he completed five years at Sara Lee and two years at General Mills in a variety of sales and marketing roles. He holds a bachelor’s in business from Indiana (’01) and an MBA from UT McCombs (’09).