2015 CONFIRMED FORUM SPEAKERS
Real Estate Perspective: The Story of Hamid Moghadam
Hamid Moghadam is chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Prologis. In 1983, Moghadam co-founded the company's predecessor, AMB Property Corporation, and led the company through its IPO in 1997 and merger with ProLogis in 2011.
Moghadam is a trustee of Urban Land Institute and a member of the executive committee of its Board. In the past, he served as chairman of the NAREIT and the REITPAC. He is also a trustee of Stanford University and served previously as chairman of Stanford Management Company.
Mr. Moghadam received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor and Master of Science in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Moghadam will be interviewed by:
DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley)
DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley)
Mr. Wulf has consistently been in the top five percent of all office brokers in the metropolitan area over the last thirty-one years. As well, he is well known as an authority on trends and conditions in the Denver office market and is a frequent participant and speaker in Denver commercial real estate symposiums. Doug maintains the highest overall total production of any broker at DTZ Colorado over the past 15 years.
Doug has been involved in over 2,000 lease and sale transactions totaling nearly 12 million square feet of space and over $1.3 billion of consideration. DTZ is among Denver’s three largest commercial real estate brokerage firms with 50 producing brokers.
Doug has represented landlords in over 50 different office properties in Denver. Some of his listing assignments have been with ownership groups such as Homart Development, iStar Financial, US Bank, Walton Street Partners, TA Realty, Dividend Capital, Allstate Insurance, Beacon Capital, Lowe Enterprises, Mutual of New York, the Denver Tech Center, the Patrinely Group, California Federal Savings, Broadreach Capital, Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado, USAA Realty, CMD Realty, Shea Properties, Carr America, Aldrich Eastman Waltch, Lexington Capital, NCR and the National Bank of Canada to name a few.
Additionally, Doug has completed over 3 million square feet of tenant representation transactions during his career and has personally negotiated over 40 separate 20,000 square feet or larger transactions on behalf of his tenant clients.
Politics and Real Estate
Henry Cisneros is Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with urban home builders to create homes priced within the range of average families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in 13 states, incorporating more than 7,000 homes with a home value of over $2 billion.
Mr. Cisneros’ community-building career began at the local level. After serving three terms as a City Councilmember, in 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr. Cisneros was interviewed by the Democratic Presidential nominee as a possible candidate for Vice President of the United States and in 1986 was selected as the “Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by City and State Magazine.
After completing four terms as Mayor, Mr. Cisneros formed Cisneros Asset Management Company, a fixed income management firm operating nationally and ranked at the time as the second fastest growing money manager in the nation.
In 1992, President Clinton appointed Mr. Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Mr. Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states.
After leaving HUD in 1997, Mr. Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Mr. Cisneros currently serves on Univision’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Cisneros has served as President of the National League of Cities, as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Mr. Cisneros remains active in San Antonio’s leadership where he is Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. He is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation.
Mr. Cisneros has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) “Builders Hall of Fame” and honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.”
Mr. Cisneros has also been author or editor of several books including: Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation. His book project with former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy, was presented the Common Purpose Award for demonstrating the potential of bipartisan cooperation and Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal in the category of best business book of 2006.
Mr. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, studied urban economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, and has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Mr. Cisneros is married to Mary Alice P. Cisneros, who from 2007–2011 served on San Antonio’s City Council and they have three children – Teresa, Mercedes, and John Paul – and four grandchildren.
Vestar Capital Partners
The Honorable Federico F. Peña is a Senior Advisor to the Colorado Impact Fund and to Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York, Boston and Denver. Peña has practiced law, served in the Colorado Legislature, served as Mayor of Denver, founded an investment advisory firm, and served in two cabinet positions in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of the Departments of Energy and of Transportation. Peña received a JD from the University of Texas. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas, and lives in Denver with his wife Cindy and their four children. Peña currently serves on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company, Sonic Corp. and Toyota Motor North America’s Diversity Advisory Board. Peña was a National Co-Chair of Obama for America 2012. He served in the same role in 2008 and was a national board member of the Obama-Biden Transition.
This session will be moderated by:
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Kelly Brough is the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber represents over 3,000 businesses with 300,000 employees working for those businesses in Colorado.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Kelly served as chief of staff for the City of Denver and Mayor John Hickenlooper, overseeing a general fund of $857 million. Kelly also served as deputy chief of staff and director of the Denver office of accountability and reform for the City. In this role, Kelly’s key responsibilities were to implement the new 3-1-1 customer service system and create
Kelly was the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver. She successfully moved the human resource department from an authoritarian culture to one based on service delivery and focused on outcomes. During her two years in this role, Kelly led significant reforms including moving the City to a full pay for performance system and establishing the City’s first bonus plan program.
Kelly also directed an internationally recognized leadership program at the University of Colorado at Denver—the Rocky Mountain Program. She served as a consultant to many local governments facilitating decisions, managing large public processes and comprehensive planning efforts, mediating disputes, and providing strategies to build stronger public/private partnerships.
Kelly earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1989 and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice from Montana State University in 1986. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and VisitDenver; the Graduate School - Bioscience Advisory Board for University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and the Corporate Board of Delta Dental. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum and The Chamber 100 with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Brough was recently named as one of Colorado’s 10 most influential women by The Denver Post, and one of Denver’s most influential people by 5280 Magazine. In 2012, Brough received the University of Colorado Denver Campus Alumni Recognition Award. She has attended a number of leadership programs including the JFK School of Government’s program at Harvard for state and local public officials. She was also named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2001.
John Marshall, Senior Associate, Fundrise
Game Changers, Innovators in Real Estate Panel
Jamie Weber, Vice President of Business Development, Hightower
David Mandell, Founder & CEO, PivotDesk
Moderator, Christopher Crosby, Executive Vice President, Nichols Partnership
David Mandell PivotDesk
David Mandell is Co-founder and CEO of PivotDesk, a Techstars Boulder 2012 company that helps find room for growing businesses. Having served as a Techstars mentor since the start, he is a “well seasoned” entrepreneur with experience that runs the spectrum from small, start-up organizations to large multi-national corporations.
John Marshall Fundrise
John works on the real estate team at Fundrise. Previously, he helped build an online real estate lending business. John was a policy advisor for a U.S. Congressman, working on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issues and has worked on multiple political campaigns. He earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jameson Weber Hightower
Jameson Weber is Vice President at Hightower, a venture backed technology start-up that has built the industry's first cloud and mobile commercial leasing and asset management platform. Through intuitive, thoughtfully designed technology, Hightower empowers Landlords and Brokers to do better work and have unparalleled visibility into their businesses. Prior to joining Hightower, Mr. Weber had an 8 year investing career in Real Estate Private Equity, most recently with Oaktree Capital Management in New York, Los Angeles and London.
This panel will be moderated by
Christopher Crosby Nichols Partnership
Christopher Crosby is Executive Vice President of The Nichols Partnership, Inc. Since 1991, Mr. Crosby has directly participated in more than $500 million dollars in private real estate development projects including office, multi-family, hotel, retail and entertainment/sport projects.
Prior to joining The Nichols Partnership in 2001, Mr. Crosby was a Partner and Vice President of Atlanta-based Legacy Property Group. His direct real estate experience is augmented by project management/venue operations experience with the organizing committee of the 1996 summer Olympic Games.
Mr. Crosby holds a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP and the Colorado University Real Estate Council. In addition, Mr. Crosby serves as Co-Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s 14th Street Initiative, is Vice-Chair of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District and serves on the Cherry Creek North Design Advisory Board and the Cherry Creek North Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Crosby is a registered LEED® AP.
The Real Estate of DIA
Suzanne Culin Denver International Airport
Suzanne Culin is the Director of Development at Denver International Airport (DIA). At DIA she plays a crucial role coordinating the multidisciplinary team of internal resources and external consultants creating and initiating the long term Land Use and Implementation Plan for commercial mixed-use development on 9,000 acres of airport land, including International marketing strategies, infrastructure, development projects and partnerships.
Ms. Culin has more than 20 years of Project and Program Management experience in airport, commercial and transit development. Prior to her position with DIA she was the Senior Design Manager on the Abu Dhabi Midfield Complex for Parsons International in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where she built and led the design and implementation team on the new 7million SF terminal development for Abu Dhabi Airports Company. Previous to her move to Abu Dhabi Ms. Culin held senior positions at private and public companies including Intrawest Placemaking, Jones Lang LaSalle, BetaWest Properties, and PCL Construction Services where her diverse experience included property entitlements, mixed-use real estate development, architecture and construction.
Kenneth Ho Denver International Airport
Kenneth Ho is Director of Program Development at Denver International Airport (DIA) where he co-manages the Great Hall Project, a plan to utilize a public-private partnership to redevelop the Jeppesen Terminal. Kenneth works on a number of special projects at DIA on behalf of the CEO and serves on both the Capital Planning and Design Review Committees. Prior to joining the airport, Kenneth held a number of senior positions for real estate development and investment firms in Denver including the Trammell Crow Company and Cherokee Investment Partners. Kenneth currently serves on the Board of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and was formerly Chair of the Denver Planning Board. He did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and an MBA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.