Yale Alumni Real Estate Association Conference 2018

November 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

The Yale Alumni Real Estate Association Conference, which has convened annually at Yale since 2008, provides alumni, students, and faculty a chance to engage with leading thinkers in real estate—and with one another.  The purpose of the conference is broader than simply “an industry gathering.”  Instead, it is a venue to focus on new ideas and trends shaping a field that has a potential impact on the fabric of our communities. 

Speakers

Goodwin Gaw

Goodwin Gaw

Founder and Managing Principal, Gaw Capital Partners

Keynote Speaker

Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital...

Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$9.6 billion as of 2018 Q1 and currently commands assets of over USD$18 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties. Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group and former Chairman of Global Gateway. Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.

Francis Lively

Francis Lively

Chief Operating Officer, The LCP Group, L.P.

Conference Chair

Mr. Lively is the Chief Operating Officer of The LCP Group, L.P, a private investment firm specializing in hospitality investments. Prior to LCP, Mr. Lively served as Vice President and Counsel to Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg (LBBW) from...

Mr. Lively is the Chief Operating Officer of The LCP Group, L.P, a private investment firm specializing in hospitality investments. Prior to LCP, Mr. Lively served as Vice President and Counsel to Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg (LBBW) from 2011-2013. In his role, Mr. Lively led the restructuring and partial disposition of an approximately $4 billion commercial real estate loan portfolio and structured approximately $1 billion in commercial real estate loan originations. Before LBBW, Mr. Lively practiced law at Shearman & Sterling LLP advising on approximately $7.5 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Lively has a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA from Georgetown University.

Bruce D. Alexander

Bruce D. Alexander

Yale VP New Haven & State Affairs & Campus Development

Speaker

Bruce D. Alexander retired from Yale at the end of the 2018 academic year after 20 years at Yale. He was appointed Yale’s inaugural Vice President and Director of New Haven and State Affairs in May 1998, and led the University’s initiatives...

Bruce D. Alexander retired from Yale at the end of the 2018 academic year after 20 years at Yale. He was appointed Yale’s inaugural Vice President and Director of New Haven and State Affairs in May 1998, and led the University’s initiatives for the revitalization of New Haven, the strengthening of relations with the community, and the extensive redevelopment of commercial properties adjacent to the Yale campus. Mr. Alexander also negotiated the purchase for the University of the 136 acre Bayer Healthcare complex. In February 2006, when he assumed responsibility for the oversight and management of facilities planning, construction, renovation, and operations, his title was changed to Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development. Mr. Alexander retired in 1996 from the Rouse Company to engage in civic activities after twenty-five years as a senior executive with the company. At Rouse, he was Senior Vice President and Director of the Commercial Development Division, responsible for the development of retail and mixed-use properties throughout the United States.

Bruce Becker

Bruce Becker

President, Becker + Becker

Panelist

Bruce Redman Becker is president of Becker + Becker, an integrated green development, planning, preservation and architecture firm. The firm has offices in Fairfield, Connecticut and Manhattan. Becker + Becker plans and implements...

Bruce Redman Becker is president of Becker + Becker, an integrated green development, planning, preservation and architecture firm. The firm has offices in Fairfield, Connecticut and Manhattan. Becker + Becker plans and implements transit-oriented (TOD) projects that have a social and environmental value, creating mixed-use and mixed-income communities to help revitalize cities. Most recently, the firm completed a LEED® Platinum, 285-unit, net-zero energy TOD, 777 Main, in downtown Hartford. The firm also designed and developed the 500-unit, 32-story, 360 State Street project in New Haven, the 1st LEED Platinum Neighborhood Development in Connecticut, a TOD which incorporates the 1st fuel cell in the world to power an apartment. Since 1988, Bruce has designed and developed more than 1,500 units of affordable housing and 3,000 units of market rate housing, and undertaken five certified historic rehabilitations. Bruce co-founded two non-profit affordable housing sponsors: Common Ground, developer of the Times Square Hotel Supportive Housing; and Under One Roof, developer of The Marvin Intergenerational Child Care and Congregate Housing in Norwalk, CT. He has served as Board Chair of the Harlem School of the Arts and the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, and as a director of the Town Green Special Improvement District in New Haven, CT. Bruce was a founding director of the CT Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association and board chair of Elm City Food Cooperative and is President of the Connecticut Electric Vehicle Club. Bruce wrote the chapter on Project Delivery as Architect and Developer in the AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. In addition to being a registered architect, Bruce is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the United States Green Building Council and Urban Land Institute, and has been admitted as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Bruce graduated from Amherst College and received MBA and Master of Architecture degrees from Yale. He lives with his wife Kraemer, two college-age sons, and labrador-mini named Boomer, in Westport, Connecticut.

Ben Brady

Ben Brady

Principal, Bain Capital

Panelist

Mr. Brady joined Bain Capital in 2018 as part of Bain Capital Real Estate’s founding team. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Brady was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) Real Estate Investment...

Mr. Brady joined Bain Capital in 2018 as part of Bain Capital Real Estate’s founding team. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Brady was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) Real Estate Investment Group, where he was responsible for sourcing underwriting, structuring, negotiating and managing HMC’s real estate investments. Prior to joining HMC in 2006, Mr. Brady was an attorney at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray, LLP, where one of his principal clients was HMC. Mr. Brady represented HMC’s real estate, commodity, private equity, liquid market and timber groups in structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and foreign investments and the analysis of tax issues with respect to such investments.

Chris Cayten

Chris Cayten

Principal, CodeGreen Solutions

Moderator

Mr. Cayten is a Principal at CodeGreen Solutions, a leading sustainability and energy efficiency consulting firm based in New York City. Mr. Cayten has more than 18 years of experience in sustainability consulting, architecture and development in...

Mr. Cayten is a Principal at CodeGreen Solutions, a leading sustainability and energy efficiency consulting firm based in New York City. Mr. Cayten has more than 18 years of experience in sustainability consulting, architecture and development in commercial real estate in New York City and overseas. Mr. Cayten has vast experience creating and implementing sustainability initiatives for more than 300 million sf of commercial property around the U.S. including for some of the largest commercial portfolios in New York City.   Mr. Cayten has also worked closely with the New York City Mayor's Office to develop and analyze the impacts of some of the country's most aggressive energy efficiency regulations for buildings (The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan) and to identify a cost effective road map for all buildings in NYC to achieve "80x50" an 80% carbon footprint reduction by 2050. Mr. Cayten holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Architecture and has spoken on a number of panels regarding energy efficiency and energy efficiency legislation in New York, DC, and California. He is on the Advisory Council to the Climate Museum, a new museum being developed in NYC to engage the public on the environment and climate change. He is an active member of Urban Green (the New York City chapter of the US Green Building Council), and serves on the sustainability committees of BOMA-NY and REBNY as well as the board of ScaleAfrica, a non-profit which develops and builds schools in Africa.

Joseph Cohen

Joseph Cohen

Co-founder, East River Partners LLC

Panelist

Joseph Cohen has been investing in and developing real estate since 2002. He is a co-founder of East River Partners LLC, which develops and acquires residential properties in New York City and New Haven. He is also focused on the ownership of...

Joseph Cohen has been investing in and developing real estate since 2002. He is a co-founder of East River Partners LLC, which develops and acquires residential properties in New York City and New Haven. He is also focused on the ownership of limited service extended stay hotels nationally under the proprietary Cloverleaf Suites and Chapter Hotels brands. Previously, he was the head of acquisitions for the multifamily property investor Maxx Properties, which owns approximately 12,000 apartments nationwide. Prior to that role, Cohen worked as an executive at Zeckendorf Development, where he managed the development of residential projects in Manhattan with a sellout value of $850 million. Early in his career, he co-founded Elliot Watson Companies, a real estate development firm in Sarasota, Florida. Other experiences include working in private equity at CIM Group, affordable housing development with Jonathan Rose Companies and real estate finance with Related Capital. Cohen earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Yale University.

David Lynn

David Lynn

CEO and Founder, Everest Healthcare Properties

Panelist

David Lynn is CEO and Founder of Everest Healthcare Properties. Dr. Lynn has a long history of investing in real estate investments. Dr. Lynn has invested in over 220 transactions totaling over $20 billion over the course of his career. At...

David Lynn is CEO and Founder of Everest Healthcare Properties. Dr. Lynn has a long history of investing in real estate investments. Dr. Lynn has invested in over 220 transactions totaling over $20 billion over the course of his career. At Everest, he manages the overall firm’s activities including investment strategy, sourcing, research, acquisitions, underwriting, equity and debt financing, portfolio management, leasing, repositioning/value-add activities and financial reporting. Prior to founding Everest in 2014, Dr. Lynn was CIO and Executive Vice President at Cole Investments where he managed the firm’s $12.3 billion dollar investments including acquisitions and portfolio management of five real estate asset classes including MOBs, bioscience, and pharmaceutical buildings. Prior to Cole, David was a Partner and Managing Director at ING Clarion Partners (ING was the world’s largest real estate asset manager at $130 billion in assets), where he was Head of Strategy, leading all the firm’s strategic and tactical investment decisions for the $45 billion portfolio. At ING Clarion, he led a programmatic joint venture with a leading medical group, developing state of the art MOBs throughout the southwest. He led the investment strategy to invest in biotech and bioscience buildings, investing and creating a portfolio of $300 million. He created and led the investment of senior housing, working with senior housing developers and developing over $430 million of Class A senior housing. Prior to ING Clarion, he was Head of Strategy for AIG Global Real Estate, where he led real estate investment strategy across five asset classes around the world including $150 million of regional medical centers. He was Head of international Investments for the Keppel Corporation (one of the largest property groups in Asia comprising a $43 billion portfolio) where he purchased and renovated over $1 billion of medical centers and hospitals around the Southeast Asia region. David’s academic credentials were earned at the world’s leading universities. He earned his Ph.D. and MS in Financial Economics at the London School of Economics. His Ph.D. dissertation, later published in book form, broke new ground in finance theory. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sloan School of Management, MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He earned an MA at Cornell University in Planning and Real Estate where he was a Cornell Professional Scholarship recipient and a New York Urban Fellow. He earned a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the recipient of several academic scholarships. David is a preeminent industry researcher, economist, author and thought-leader. He has written many critically-acclaimed and widely-referenced books and articles in the industry including: Active Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (John Wiley and Sons 2009), Emerging Market Real Estate Investment (John Wiley and Sons, 2010) and Real Estate Mathematics (Private Equity International 2011), and The Investor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment (ULI 2015). “The Tectonic Forces of Global Real Estate” is one of his many industry classics. David’s real estate and economic forecasts are viewed as among the most predictive and useful in the industry. David is deeply committed to creating a better society through his philanthropic work, which is primarily focused on health, education, and the arts.

Clint Myers

Clint Myers

Partner, Revolution

Panelist

Clint Myers is a Partner at Revolution, where he focuses on real estate investment initiatives. Clint previously was a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Strategy Officer for Hines where he served as a member of the firm’s internal...

Clint Myers is a Partner at Revolution, where he focuses on real estate investment initiatives. Clint previously was a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Strategy Officer for Hines where he served as a member of the firm’s internal proprietary research group and oversaw a variety of firm-wide strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Hines, he was in charge of Americas Research and Strategy at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He received his M.S. in Finance from Boston College and his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Nathan D. Taft

Nathan D. Taft

Partner/Managing Director Acquisitions, Jonathan Rose Companies

Panelist

Nathan joined Jonathan Rose Companies in 2004 where he oversees the acquisition and preservation of affordable, mixed and middle income multifamily housing nationally. He has lead the investment of six equity funds, helping Rose grown into one...

Nathan joined Jonathan Rose Companies in 2004 where he oversees the acquisition and preservation of affordable, mixed and middle income multifamily housing nationally. He has lead the investment of six equity funds, helping Rose grown into one of the country’s leading developers and investors in the field with a portfolio of 15,000 units. As a mission-driven firm, Rose acquires multifamily housing in transit-oriented or walkable locations, preserves its affordability, improves its economic and environmental performance, and works to enhance the lives of its residents. We acquire properties directly or in joint venture with local partners who share our vision and commitment to making an impact. Last year, Nathan and his team were recognized as the top acquirer of affordable housing in the country, and he is passionate about doing his part to create more vibrant and resilient communities for low-income families and seniors. Nathan lives with his wife and two kids in New York City.

Alex Twining

Alex Twining

CEO, Twining Properties

Panelist

Alex Twining, CEO of Twining Properties, has transformed cities throughout the Northeast Corridor as an innovative developer of mixed use, transit-oriented, projects including the 6.3 MSF Seaport Square and 2 MSF Commonwealth Center in Boston,...

Alex Twining, CEO of Twining Properties, has transformed cities throughout the Northeast Corridor as an innovative developer of mixed use, transit-oriented, projects including the 6.3 MSF Seaport Square and 2 MSF Commonwealth Center in Boston, the 8 MSF Colgate Center and 1M SF MiMA Tower in NYC and 601 Pennsylvania Avenue halfway between the White House and US Capitol. Twining Properties acquires and develops urban mixed use properties at transit nodes in the Northeast. Twining created the Watermark urban apartment brand with over 1,250 apartments in five towers in top locations in Boston including Seaport Square, Kendall Square and Central Square and Long Island City in NYC. The company is currently developing a four block waterfront project in New Rochelle NY, three buildings in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge MA and an historic factory bordering the Yale Campus. Twining was CEO of MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley Company where he oversaw a 3 MSF portfolio in North America. At Morgan Stanley, Twining oversaw $3B of MSREF’s most complex large scale development investments ranging from the 25,000 acre Woodlands in Texas to the 3MSF North Bridge in Chicago. Twining launched AvalonBay’s high rise luxury apartment business setting up a new team and a 3,000 unit pipeline in three years. For Colgate Palmolive Twining directed their $4B, 8MSF Colgate Center attracting Goldman Sachs with 2MSF. Twining is a ULI Trustee & Governor, serves on the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council and has lectured at Columbia, MIT, NYU and Yale. He received both a BA and MArch from Yale University.

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HOTEL

Hotels rooms are available on a limited basis due to several citywide events during the conference.  Rooms remain available at The Study at Yale Hotel, The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale  and the Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale Hotel .

TRANSPORTATION

  • SOM’s Edward P. Evans hall is located at 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT.
  • New Haven Union Station is about one mile from SOM Evans Hall and is served by Amtrak and Metro North trains.  Please check the Metro North website for the most current schedule.
  • Taxis are available at Union Station and cost about $10.00 to get to Evans Hall.
  • Uber is also available in New Haven.

Local Taxi Companies:
Yellow Cab: (203) 777-7777
Quick Taxi: (203) 777-7778
City Wide Taxi: (203) 777-0007

AGENDA

Time

Thursday November 15, 2018

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Golf Outing

Yale University Golf Course (Pre-registration required)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Conference Welcome Cocktail Reception

Union League Café

8:00pm – 10:30pm

Speaker Dinner

Mory’s Temple Bar, 306 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Time

Friday November 16, 2018

8:30am – 9:25am

Continental Breakfast/Registration

9:25am – 9:30am

Welcome and Acknowledgements (Francis Lively, COO, The LCP Group L.P.)

9:30am – 10:15am

Keynote Address: Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners

10:15am – 11:00am

The Investment Thesis – Innovative Investment Strategies

11:00am – 11:30am

Coffee Break

11:30am – 12:15pm

Design Trends in Real Estate

12:15pm – 1:40pm

Lunch

New Haven Lawn Club

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Opportunity Zones – Tax Driven Investment Strategies

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Networking Coffee Break

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Bruce Alexander, Yale Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development (retired)

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Yale Alumni Investing in New Haven

4:00pm

Cocktail Reception

SOM Courtyard, Yale SOM