Visionary Series CCL
Fordham Real Estate Institute’s Visionary Series will bring together the most influential minds in real estate spanning several events.
Commercial real estate has long been an indicator of the economy at large, and, in turn, is impacted by both domestic and foreign issues. As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, the commercial real estate industry has the potential to play a major role in the continued success of our country on a global scale.
Join us at one of the below events to learn more about the biggest factors, known or predicted, that will affect our industry in the next five years.
Series of Events
Envisioning the Future:
Technology, Innovation, and Obsolescence
April 15, 2021
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Technology is a driving force in shaping the future of all industries, including ones that have a tremendous impact on the marketplace: healthcare, construction, development, and architecture. What are some examples of the newest tech changing how these industries do business? And, what parts of these industries will innovation make obsolete?
Michael Dowling | President and CEO, Northwell Health
Michael Dowling is one of health care’s most influential voices, taking a stand on societal issues such as gun violence and immigration that many health system CEOs shy away from. As president and CEO of Northwell Health, he leads a clinical, academic and research enterprise with a workforce of more than 75,000 and annual revenue of $14 billion. Northwell is the largest health care provider and private employer in New York State, caring for more than two million people annually through a vast network of more than 830 outpatient facilities and 23 hospitals.
Mr. Dowling’s leadership has been invaluable to Northwell’s consistent expansion and prominence. In 2020, he successfully navigated the health system through the first COVID-19 epicenter in the US, detailing his experiences in Leading Through a Pandemic. Northwell innovated through the crisis, expanding hospital bed capacity (adding 2,000 beds in two weeks), 3D-printing nasal swabs for COVID testing and converting BiPAP machines into mechanical ventilators. Northwell was the first person in the US to receive the historic COVID vaccine in December 2020.
Jeffrey Levine | Founder and Chairman, Douglaston Development / Levine Builders / Clinton Management
Levine has directed the new construction and rehabilitation of thousands of residential units, including both affordable and luxury housing, student housing, hotels, senior living, health care facilities, and millions of square feet of commercial retail, office, and institutional space. He most recently developed the Edge along the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, a 1.5 million square feet mixed use project, which includes approximately 2,000 residential units, over 60,000 square feet of retail, structured parking, a water taxi pier, and a pedestrian esplanade.
Chris Mills | President and COO, Plaza Construction
Christopher Mills has served for more than three decades managing notable projects at Plaza Construction, and he currently serves on the company’s board of directors. As an industry innovator, he has applied his technical competence and experience to managing large, complex, and significant construction projects, including 99 Hudson Street (New Jersey’s tallest building) and the award-winning Fulton Center in New York City, as well as New York’s newest super-tall structures at 45 East 22nd Street and 111 Murray Street. He has been involved in managing more than 10 million square feet of construction throughout New York City, with projects spanning across the educational, residential, cultural, transportation, and power/energy market sectors.
James Nelson | Principal and head, Tri-State Investment Sales Group, Avison Young
James Nelson leads a group of three dozen professionals in the sale of multifamily, office, development, and retail properties. Avison Young is a full service global real estate firm with 5,000 real estate professionals located in 120 offices in 20 countries. Since its inception in 2018, James’ sales team has closed over 50 sales valued at well above $1 billion dollars, resulting in his being named one of Avison Young’s Top Sales Professionals, as well as being on Commercial Observer’s Power 100 list. Throughout his over 20-year career, James has been involved in the sale of approximately 500 property and loan sales for an aggregate value of over $5 billion dollars.
Jennifer Stewart | Global Head of Real Estate, BNY Mellon
Stewart is responsible for a global portfolio of 11.5 million square feet with an annual operating budget of $580 million. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Stewart was the Global Head of Client Management for JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she worked for over 10 years in both the London and New York offices, and was responsible for delivering cost effective real estate solutions that aligned with the needs of the business and the firm’s overall real estate initiatives.
Mark Zuluaga | CEO, Steven Winter Associates
Marc Zuluaga leads an interdisciplinary team charged with growing the firm as a means to positively impact people and the environment through improved building performance. Marc has served in a variety of leadership positions within the firm, supporting real estate clients within both existing buildings and new construction segments, along with government clients for applied research and development projects.
Envisioning the Near Future: Technology, Innovation, and Obsolescence
April 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Dorothy "Dottie" Herman
Hugh F. Kelly
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
Help Us Level the Playing Field and Invest in Our Future Leaders
As the nation’s 250th birthday approaches, our visionaries will offer ideas for creating a five-year plan. As part of our CCL series, the Fordham Real Estate Institute and its Executive Advisory Council will launch the Scholarship 250 fund. We are committed to raising $250,000 by 2026, with a goal of $250,000 every year thereafter, earmarked for scholarships and programming for deserving students from New York City and its adjacent suburbs who are interested in pursuing a career in the real estate industry. The Fordham Real Estate Institute will (1) provide programs for high school students (online/summer) to learn more about careers in commercial real estate and (2) provide high school and college graduates with the opportunity to obtain a professional certificate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in real estate, construction, or development through Fordham’s Real Estate Institute.
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