Trends & Strategies Conference: Waldorf Astoria Orlando, March 1-2, 2018


Meet the Featured Presenters
  • Susan Ansel

    Chief Executive Officer and President,
    Gables Residential

    Susan Ansel is Chief Executive Officer and President of Gables Residential, a private real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on development, acquisition and management of institutional quality apartment communities throughout the United States. Ms. Ansel has been with Gables Residential since its Initial Public Offering and with its predecessor Trammell Crow Residential since 1987. Ms. Ansel’s previous responsibilities with Gables/Crow include Chief Operating Officer, national responsibility for the company’s real estate technology efforts, development and acquisitions, asset management and financial operations. Ms. Ansel is currently an Executive Committee Member and Vice Chairwoman of the National Multifamily Housing Council Board of Directors. She is a member of The Real Estate Council, Dallas, Texas and previously served as Chairwoman of its Board of Directors. She is also a member of DePauw University’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Ansel earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Economics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

  • Dave Bragg

    Managing Director,
    Green Street Advisors

    Dave is a Managing Director at Green Street Advisors, a preeminent provider of real estate and REIT research in North America and Europe. He leads the firm’s strategic research, which focuses on topics across property sectors in the public and private markets. Previously, Dave led the firm’s residential research encompassing the apartment, single-family rental, student housing, manufactured housing, and self-storage sectors, and helped build the firm’s proprietary single-family rental database. Prominent strategic research includes "Transportation Revolution," a report detailing the significant expected impact of driverless cars and ride-hailing services on all real estate sectors, "Regulation – The Barrier That Matters," and “Demography Isn’t Destiny,” which discussed Green Street’s unconventional perspective on demographics. Dave is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted widely in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and Barron’s. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). Prior to joining Green Street in 2013, Dave developed and led the REIT research effort at Zelman & Associates. Before that, he was a member of the REIT teams at ISI Group and Merrill Lynch. Dave earned an M.A. in International Business from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

  • Collete English Dixon

    Executive Director,
    Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University

    Collete English Dixon has more than 30 years in investment management with a focus on commercial real estate investing. Prior to her current role at Roosevelt University, she was Executive Director - Transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as PREI), a business unit of Prudential Financial, and co-leader of PREI’s national investment dispositions program. In that role, she oversaw the sale of more than 201 investment properties located throughout the US, with a total value of more than $8.7 Billion, on behalf of PREI’s investment funds. Prior to her role in dispositions, English Dixon was responsible for sourcing more than $2.75B of wholly-owned and joint venture real estate investment opportunities in the Midwestern markets covering all property types, including office, multi-family, hotel, industrial and retail properties. Collete’s experience also includes property development and asset management.

    She is a Past President of CREW Network, a Past Chair of the CREW Network Foundation, a Past President of CREW Chicago, a full member of ULI and the 2016-2019 Chair of the UDMU Council/Purple. She is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Graaskamp Center at the University of Wisconsin and a board member of the Chicago Forum of the International Women’s Forum. In addition, English Dixon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

  • Richard P. Donnellan

    Vice Chairman,
    ARA Newmark

    Dick Donnellan is a founding member of ARA, A Newmark Company and Vice Chairman of ARA Newmark Florida, based in Boca Raton. Dick oversees ARA Newmark’s operations throughout Florida. He has served twice as President of ARA Newmark National and has also served on ARA Newmark’s National Executive Committee. Prior to the formation of ARA Newmark, he co-founded and was President of a South Florida based investment sales company that primarily represented institutional owners with an emphasis on the sale of multi-family communities throughout Florida. Prior to that, he was an investment sales specialist for a national brokerage platform where he worked on office, retail and industrial property transactions. He served on the Executive Committee of the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies and is a past Chairman of the Center’s Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board’s Chairman’s Circle and has served on the Center’s Scholarship Committee. Mr. Donnellan is a past recipient of UF’s “Alumni of the Year” award. Mr. Donnellan has appeared as a spokesperson at national meetings and forums including the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), Nova University Masters program, UBS Annual Investor Conference, RAM Real Estate Annual investors conference and the University of Florida Masters of Real Estate program. Dick is a past recipient of UF’s “Alumni of the Year” award. Mr. Donnellan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate.

  • Joseph Keough

    Chairman & CEO,
    Wood Partners

    Prior to joining Wood Partners in 2008, Keough acted as the Chief Operating Officer of Fuqua Capital, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fuqua family’s office operations as well as defining and implementing the firm’s investment strategy across asset classes. Mr. Keough was also the CFO of Weeks-Robinson, an operating company of Fuqua Capital, that focused on industrial and office development in high-growth Sunbelt markets. He also served as the Senior Vice President, Development and Investment Strategy, in the office/multifamily division at Cousins Properties, a publicly-traded REIT.

    Keough is a Certified Management Accountant and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Babson College.

  • Spencer Levy

    Americas Head of Research and Senior Economic Advisor,

    As a nine-year veteran of CBRE, Spencer plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the global research strategy and business plan. Spencer had previously served as Executive Managing Director in the company’s Capital Markets division. Spencer oversees the analytical activities of the CBRE research community within the Americas region. Spencer supports CBRE executives and clients in their decision-making by providing insight into the impact of market trends related to strategic business planning, and analyst call preparation.

    In this role, he serves as a principal external spokesperson on real estate issues in the Americas region and has considerable media experience, providing market commentary for many national television, newspaper and internet outlets. Spencer joined CBRE in 2007 to lead the U.S. Eastern Division of the Capital Markets platform. As a part of senior management for the Capital Markets platform, Spencer provided leadership for several areas in the United States and Latin America. Spencer provided additional oversight of Restructuring Services, Retail and Investment Banking in the United States. He also directly serves a number of major clients.

    Prior to joining CBRE, he was a principal at Stifel Nicolaus (formerly Legg Mason Capital Markets). He also served as assistant general counsel at the Witkoff Group and was an attorney at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Spencer resides in Owings Mill, Md. with his wife and three children.

  • Jim Mehalso

    Managing Director,
    Prudential Real Estate Investors

    P. James Mehalso (Jim) joined Prudential in 1982. Mr. Mehalso is currently a Managing Director with Prudential Real Estate Investors responsible for acquisitions in the southeast United States. This responsibility includes sourcing transactions, structuring terms, negotiating contracts and joint venture agreements, due diligence coordination, and closing. He has also completed several mezzanine transactions for PREI nationwide. Since he assumed responsibility for southeast transactions in 1991, Mr. Mehalso has closed nearly $9.0 billion in acquisitions, entity level investments, joint ventures, and mezzanine loans. Mr. Mehalso’s previous assignments with Prudential have included internal and real estate audit, management responsibility for real estate accounting, property sales, and real estate underwriting nationwide. He has spent time in the Chicago, New Jersey, and Atlanta offices with Prudential. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi-Housing Council, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Mehalso received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana, and a Masters in Business (Finance) from Loyola.