2017 FORUM SPEAKERS


Hon. John Hickenlooper
Governor, The State of Colorado

Colorado 20/20 - Colorado Achievements Over the Last 20 Years & What Lies Ahead in the Next 20

John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most pro-business state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards.




Sandeep Mathrani
Chief Executive Officer of General Growth Properties, Inc.

The Continuing Evolution of Brick and Mortar Retail

Prior to GGP, Mr. Mathrani was president of retail for Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest REITs in the country, with a total capitalization of more than $31 billion. At Vornado, Mr. Mathrani oversaw U.S. retail real estate and its India operations. Prior to Vornado, he spent eight years with Forest City Ratner, where he was executive vice president, responsible for their retail development and leasing in the New York City metropolitan area. He serves on the board of trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the executive board of NAREIT and the board of directors of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Mr. Mathrani is a real estate industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience and holds a Master of Engineering, Master of Management Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.



Michael Beckerman
Chief Executive Officer, News Funnel

Technology Disruptors of Real Estate

Michael Beckerman is a 25-year veteran of the real estate communications sector having founded Beckerman Public Relations and subsequently built the company into one of the top 50 largest independently owned public relations firms in the country. In March 2011, Michael launched The News Funnel and now serves full-time as the CEO of the company. The News Funnel is the largest content platform in the real estate community with thousands of news sources as well as blogs and press releases from companies and professionals. The News Funnel additionally provides Content Marketing solutions for hundreds of real estate companies and startups. Michael has been named one of the most influential bloggers and social media experts by several leading media sources. Recently, The News Funnel acquired CRE // Tech, a leading event and networking platform for the real estate tech community.