The REIT Center at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate announced today the line-up of top real estate executives who will headline next month’s 17th Annual REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) Symposium. This year’s Conference theme is “Doing Deals in Volatile Markets.”

-- Mack and Zell to take another “View from 10,000 Feet” --

The REIT Center at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate announced today the line-up of top real estate executives who will headline next month’s 17th Annual REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) Symposium.  This year’s Conference theme is “Doing Deals in Volatile Markets.”

The influential Symposium, which will take place on Thursday, April 19th at the Pierre Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, offers a unique forum for sophisticated, high-level discussions and is the must-attend event for hundreds of senior REIT executives, newsmakers, and industry movers and shakers.

Afternoon panels include:

INVESTOR ROUNDTABLE – with moderator Barry Vinocur, editor of REIT Wrap, and panelists William A. Ackman, founder and chief executive officer, Pershing Square Capital Management LP; Theodore R. Bigman, managing director, Morgan Stanley; Jonathan D. Gray, global head of Real Estate, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors; and Joseph Harvey, president, Cohen & Steers, Inc.

THE NEW CONSOLIDATION AND GLOBALIZATION WAVES – Revisiting the Bigger Is Better Thesis; Does the World Need More Than 30 Large-Cap REITs? Is Globalization Finally Happening? Who Shall Consolidate and Who Shall Be Consolidated? with moderator Michael Bilerman, managing director, Citi Investment Research, and panelists Martin Cohen, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer, Cohen & Steers, Inc.; Andrew J. Jonas, managing director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Joel S. Marcus, chairman, chief executive officer, and founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; Murray J. McCabe, global co-head of Real Estate Investment Banking, JPMorgan Securities, LLC; David J. Neithercut, president and chief executive officer, Equity Residential; and Steve B. Tanger, president and chief executive officer, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.

THE VIEW FROM 10,000 FEET, ROUND VII – an audience favorite with moderator Robin Panovka, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and panelists William L. Mack, chairman and founder, AREA Property Partners, and Samuel Zell, chairman, Equity Group Investments.

Previously announced introductions and welcoming remarks will be presented by James D. Kuhn, president, Newmark Knight Frank, and chairman of the NYU Schack advisory board; Ronald L. Havner, Jr., chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Public Storage, Inc.; Adam O. Emmerich, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Rosemary Scanlon, interim divisional dean, academic director, and clinical associate professor, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.  Morning panels include: The Two-Year Plan, REITS vs. Private Equity, and Structuring and Financing Deals. 

The full agenda can be found at

To register for the event, please visit the registration page on the NYU Schack website.  If you have any questions regarding this symposium, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at 212-992-3618 or

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About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate ( was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack is home to graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll almost 800 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe.  In addition, each year approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering.  The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally.

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