Slaying Dragons in Brooklyn
Friday, May 17, 2019
9 - 11 a.m. (registraiton opens at 8:30)
The Williamsburg Hotel
96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Parking at 34 North 7th Street
Closest subways: L-train Bedford Stop (walk 3 blocks to North 10th and two avenues to Wythe) G-Train to Nassau Stop
Brooklyn is the most populous borough in New York City and a hotbed for real estate development, but it hasn’t always been an easy market to navigate. Join real estate mavericks and the biggest players in the Brooklyn Real Estate scene as they discuss the biggest challenges they face and their visions for future expansion.
Moderated by the developer of the New York Times Building, New York by Gehry and Barclays Center:
Real estate legend MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO at L&L MAG and former CEO of Forest City Ratner, has overseen a period of game-changing ground-up development projects and managed a multi-million square foot residential, commercial and retail portfolio.
Gilmartin will lead an inspiring discussion with the movers and shakers in the Brooklyn real estate market, including:
Sonia Kaur Bain, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Sonia is a transactional commercial real estate lawyer who represents developers, retail companies, hotel groups, landlords and tenants, and family offices with acquisitions, dispositions, development, ground and space leases, financing and leasing of numerous types of commercial real estate assets including mixed-use, residential, retail, hotel and industrial properties in New York City and also across the country.
Sonia also serves as a mentor to other women in the real estate industry. As co-chair of the WX Mentoring Committee which promotes and supports women in commercial real estate, Sonia is a passionate supporter of fostering the success of talented women entering careers in real estate.
Ofer Cohen, Founder and CEO TerraCRG
Ofer Cohen is the Founder & CEO of TerraCRG, the ‘Only Brooklyn.®’ commercial real estate firm. The firm, now 30 people strong and growing, has handled over two billion dollars’ worth of transactions in Brooklyn.
Ofer’s focus on Brooklyn extends beyond business and into philanthropy and civic service. He is the Board Chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation. He is also the Co-Chair of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Committee. Additionally, TerraCRG actively supports many other local and national causes and Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations.
Sadie McKeown, EVP and COO Community Preservation Corp.
Sadie McKeown is CPC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer where she oversees CPC's lending activities, business operations and investor relations, as well the operation of its regional field offices located throughout New York.
McKeown is also responsible for spearheading the company’s innovative “underwriting efficiency” practice that incorporates energy and water efficiency features into the financing of first mortgages for multifamily building owners. CPC has used this new underwriting method to leverage nearly $6.4 million in additional mortgage financing to fund more than 3,600 units of energy-efficient multifamily housing across New York State.
Toby Moskovits, President and Founder, Heritage Equity Partners
Toby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region.
Her portfolio is focused in New York’s outer borough neighborhoods. With close to two-million square feet of properties completed or in pipeline projects include: 25 Kent Avenue, a light industrial and office development in Williamsburg; a 190-unit rental development at 564 St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, a 100,000-square-foot office at 215 Moore Street in East Williamsburg and a 150 unit residential rental at 875 4th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the first such building to be built near the transformed Industry City development with its over 6 million square feet of converted warehouses.