Speakers

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2020 SPEAKERS

Andrew Beveridge

Professor Andrew Beveridge is a longtime scholar and demographic expert. He is a professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Andrew is a leader in the demography field and regularly analyzes and presents maps and data for a variety of audiences, including expert testimony in many state and federal court cases related to civil rights litigation.

Since 1993, Andrew has been a consultant to the New York Times, which has cited him and Social Explorer over 1,500 times. Grant and fellowship support includes the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He won the 2007 Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association for his contributions to the field and development of Social Explorer. He received his B.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Co-Founder, President and CEO, Social Explorer

Chris Burns

Chris Burns joined Lincoln Property Company over 15 years ago. He is responsible for all Southeast apartment management operations, totaling in excess of 23,000 units, as well as new business development throughout the region.  Chris is a graduate with honors from Florida Atlantic University and holds the designations of CAPS (Certified Apartment Property Supervisor - National Apartment Association) and CPM® (Certified Property Manager - Institute of Real Estate Management). He is a former President of the Florida Apartment Association, and Member at Large for the National Apartment Association, and a past President of the Broward/Palm Beach Apartment Association.

 

Mr. Burns is currently an Officer of the Atlanta Apartment Association. Previous to joining Lincoln, Chris was the Director of Residential Management for RMS Partners. Mr. Burns has over twenty-five years experience in apartment management and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company

Bryan Copley

Bryan Copley is CEO and Co-founder at CityBldr. A Seattle native, Bryan got his first job cleaning a small software company at 15. After getting access to (and continually breaking) the company's application, he was offered a role as a software tester, a position he kept through high school. During this time, he became fascinated with automation.

 

After lightly attending college (go UW), Bryan was offered a position as an apprentice for a real estate investor, who taught him his first lesson in real estate: everything was for sale. Spending free time after work analyzing myriad spreadsheets and data sets, Bryan fell in love with finding hidden real estate value but lamented the manual, industry-standard nature of data collection and analyzation. In the fall of 2004 he determined to someday automate that process.

CEO and Co-founder, CityBldr

Doron David

Doron is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Flex where he is responsible for spearheading all new business development initiatives for the company. The New York City based financial technology firm is changing the way renters around the country pay rent by enabling them to pay rent throughout the month on a schedule that better fits their personal finances, instead of all on the 1st.

Doron spent the earlier part of his career in media-tech building and managing partnerships with global brands like Procter & Gamble, Equinox, Victoria’s Secret, and YouTube. Most recently, Doron dove into the world of real estate where he advised multifamily developers on complex, ground-up development opportunities in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Flex

Ian Davis

Ian is a founding member of Davis Craig and a leader in the field of telecommunications transactions. He counsels and represents residential and commercial owners and developers in various telecommunications and technology-related matters, including agreements for telephone, video, Internet and wireless services. Ian has participated in a wide variety of technology transactions on behalf of many of the largest national owners and managers of apartments, condominiums, commercial buildings, master planned communities and hotels.

 

Prior to starting Davis Craig, Ian led the telecommunications group at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and contributes to trade publications as a recognized expert in the industry.

Founding Member, Davis Craig

Dana Dunford

Dana Dunford is the CEO of Hemlane, a technology-enabled property management platform. She is a strong advocate of purchasing properties anywhere, as the best investments are not typically in your backyard. She supports real estate investors in setting up the most intelligent process to manage rentals from a distance, while connecting them with local, licensed professionals.

Dana previously worked at Apple on their worldwide financial planning and analysis team and at Nest, the home technology company acquired by Google for $3.2B, in business development. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

In her free time, Dana is an avid equestrian, paraglider and skier. She is the first woman to win a calf dressing championship belt buckle at the CA Rodeo. She takes risks in her personal life but spends her work life advocating technology and prudent spending for a risk-mitigated solution to real estate management. 

CEO, Hemlane

Meg Epstein

Born in California, but today calls Nashville, Tennessee home, real estate developer Meg Epstein has over a decade of experience creating efficient, modern lifestyles for people where it matters most: their homes and neighborhoods. Developing and establishing spaces that support whole living and simplify home and work life for individuals is a personal passion of hers.  

 

To that end, Meg founded CA South in 2016 with the idea of bringing to Nashville her sense of design and style of building honed from her days constructing in California. Meg quickly recognized the unique opportunity to fill the demand for residential condos that were in short supply in this market, and teamed up with architect Jared Bradley to develop residential condominiums buildings as well as multifamily residential and mixed use building in the burgeoning 8th Avenue corridor.

 

As CA South raised its first dedicated fund in early 2019, the firm expanded beyond residential condos to include industrial and office projects.  Meg offers unparalleled expertise and resources to real estate investors, developers and strategic partners. With a decade of hard-won results in luxury residential real estate, developing everything from celebrity homes in Bel Air to luxury wine country retreats in Napa Valley to mid-rise condos along Nashville’s waterfront. 

Founder and CEO, CA South

Mike Gomes

Mike Gomes is Cortland’s, and the multifamily real estate industry’s, first-ever Chief Experience Officer. In his role as CXO, Mike oversees the marketing and communications, design, and innovation teams, working across all of Cortland to align the organization around a forward-thinking resident and community living experience.

 

Since joining the multifamily real estate company in 2018, Mike has played in integral role in growing the firm’s brand loyalty by enhancing amenities and resident programs. Prior to Cortland, Mike served as the head of Fan Experience for AMB Sports + Entertainment which included the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of MLS, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mike’s background also includes over 20 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, leading teams to bring new services and experiences to guests. During his career at Disney, he held a variety of roles with responsibilities in product management, business development, web/mobile development and ecommerce, operations, technical strategy, and corporate alliances. He has also been named on three U.S. patents.

 

Mike’s expertise is helping Cortland lead the conversation about what it means to be a renter today and what the apartment industry as a whole should be doing to provide excellent living experiences and spaces for the renter of the future.

 

Mike received his degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University and has been the recipient of Innovation by Design’s award for Rising Brand Star in Atlanta.

Chief Experience Officer, Cortland

Nathan Hedges

Nathan Hedges is the Georgia-based Managing Director of Development for Allen Morris. His focus is on Class-A multi-family, Class-A Office and Mixed-Use Development, especially in Atlanta’s urban core including often difficult in-fill projects.  Nathan has managed the development and construction of large commercial buildings in Atlanta and the Southeast for the last 20-years.

In his free time, Nathan loves to spend time with his young daughter. He also enjoys surfing all over the world, snowboarding, mountain biking, road cycling, and kite surfing.

He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Minor degrees in Economics & Spanish.

Managing Director of Development, Allen Morris

Matt Hoffman

Matt founded HousingTech Ventures to invest in early-stage companies with tech-enabled solutions that have the prospect to increase housing availability, attainability, and affordability.

With over 20 years’ experience building businesses in the housing and technology sectors, Matt most recently served as Vice President of Innovation for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national real estate financial services platform serving the affordable housing sector. In that role, he built an investment portfolio of HousingTech companies and led the launch of an online impact investing brokerage.

His previous experiences include serving as a policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and running a federal interagency taskforce on e-commerce; providing business strategy and policy consulting to high-tech and startup companies as Vice President of E-commerce at Infotech Strategies; and co-founding and running a real estate development company in Baltimore, Maryland.

He currently serves as an UrbanTech advisor to Dreamit Ventures, an Ivory Innovations Fellow, and member of the Multifamily Operating Standards Assessment & Improvement Council.  Matt has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently chairs the real estate finance committee of Benedictine Programs & Services, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential and is undergoing a $40 million campus transformation.

He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP) and Brown University (BA).

Managing Partner, HousingTech Ventures

Jeff Jerden

Mr. Jerden oversees Veritas’ operations, marketing, property services and leasing. He has more than 15 years of experience in property management, asset management, and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Jerden served as Executive Vice President of Centennial Holding Company. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the US.

Most recently, Jeff came to Veritas from Atlanta-based Centennial Holding Company where he was an Executive Vice President responsible for over 9,000 apartment units. Jeff has robust experience in property management, asset management, and portfolio management from his time at Centennial as well as his previous roles in Williams Asset Management. He began his career as an analyst at KBS Realty Advisors. Jeff was educated at Brown University for his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Harvard University for his Master’s in Urban Planning and Real Estate. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a preeminent transatlantic think created after World War II to strengthen relations between the United States and Europe. This prestigious international fellowship provides a unique forum for incumbents to spend time with thought leaders from around the world and was bestowed after a highly competitive process resulting in 50 fellows being selected from across the US and Europe. Jeff also serves as a board member of a non-profit group, For All the Kids in All of US, benefiting underprivileged children in the Atlanta area.

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Kok

Jeffrey Kok serves as the Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer for Mill Creek Residential. In his role, Mr. Kok is responsible for overseeing Innovation, Building Technology, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) with the goal to transform how Mill Creek leverages technology as a competitive advantage and increase the value of Mill Creek’s communities and improve the resident experience.

 

Since joining Mill Creek, Mr. Kok has digitally transformed the organization while driving innovation, automation, investment value, net operating income, and operational efficiencies across development, acquisitions, construction, property management, asset management, investment management, and the national services functions. 

 

Prior to joining Mill Creek, Mr. Kok worked for Celanese, a fortune 500, in a variety of positions, but most recently as their Head of Information Security (equivalent: CISO – Chief Information Security Officer) with overall responsibilities for global cybersecurity.

Chief Innovation Officer / Chief Information Officer, Mill Creek Residential

Everett Lynn

Mr. Lynn is the founder and CEO of Amenify which is a real estate technology company that connects residents with local lifestyle experiences and amenities such as dog walking, on-site fitness classes and ride sharing. Amenify officially launched in 2016 as an amenities solution for multifamily.

Founder & CEO, Amenify

Caren Maio

Caren Maio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nestio, which has created the industry-leading software Funnel -- the automated leasing and marketing experience for multifamily professionals. Caren previously lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. Caren graduated from New York University. She has been named one of the 3 Female Entrepreneurs to Look Out For by Metro, one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc.com and won the Leading Entrepreneur award with Women in PropTech in 2019.

CEO & Co-Founder, Funnel by Nestio

Matthew Micksin

The largest community-driven residential company in the US. Making city living better.

Director of Real Estate, Common

Scott Moore

As Chief Technology Officer, Scott Moore identifies, captures, and delivers on great ideas while driving innovation and performance throughout the organization to ensure thoughtful, efficient, and effective growth for Cortland. He spearheads all innovation, technology, revenue management, and data and analytics platforms across the company, as well as oversees Cortland’s evaluation of external technology opportunities.

 

Scott joined the company in 2011 as a Director of Investments. In this role, Scott launched Cortland’s portfolio in Florida and oversaw a portfolio of communities in Atlanta. Starting in 2015, he served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation before he assumed his current role in 2017. Prior to joining Cortland, Scott spent more than a decade in management consulting in a variety of roles, including financial analysis and customer relationship management at Accenture and as a Development Manager with The Medallion Group, where he managed the development and redevelopment of conventional and student housing.

 

Scott is a member of the NMHC’s Innovation Committee and holds two degrees from the University of Florida: a master’s degree in Real Estate and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics.

Chief Technology Officer, Cortland

Felicite Moorman

​Felicite Moorman is an award-winning technology entrepreneur, attorney, speaker and community activist.

She has earned an international reputation as a go-to wireless industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives for the Internet of Things.

She is currently CEO of BuLogics, Inc., which designs, builds, and certifies IoT devices for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of StratIS, Llc,, which creates software platforms for large scale IoT installations, specifically focused on multifamily and campus communities. Moorman also serves as the Business Development Strategist for The Golding Group.

Prior to making East Falls, Philadelphia her home, Moorman spent fifteen years in the Baltimore-Washington corridor as Managing Member of a conglomerate of privately held national companies spanning the real estate, finance, insurance, and legal arenas.

CEO, Stratis

Brady Nolan

Brady Nolan is the Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer for Till, a venture backed financial technology company that is transforming residential renters ability to pay, stay and thrive in their homes while maximizing landlord returns.  Till was founded in early 2018 and works with over 100,000 units, controlled by 40 institutional landlord partners, and growing rapidly.  

 

Prior to Till, Brady spent 15 years in various capacities in the apartment investment and development industry, most recently as Managing Director of Acquisitions for Urban Atlantic, a leading regional investor based in the Washington DC area that owns roughly 5,000 market rate and affordable apartments.  

 

Prior to Urban Atlantic, Brady founded Vecino Communities, a socially minded rental housing investor focused on acquiring naturally occurring affordable housing then completing physical updates desired by the resident base and instituting social programming to benefit the residents of its communities.  Earlier in his career Brady helped launched Dalian Development, a multifamily development company investing on behalf of a DC/London based ultra-high net worth family and oversaw acquisitions for The Bozzuto Group.  Brady also serves as a co-founding advisor and board member of TF Living, the leading tech enabled real estate amenities company providing fitness, massage, and dog walking services at 100,000 homes in 30 states.

Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Till

Aric Ohana

Aric Ohana is the co-founder of Envoy Technologies Inc. He is a motor enthusiast with a unique understanding of real estate market trends. He has been a successful entrepreneur and real estate investment expert with more than 12 years of experience. He began his career in institutional investments, overseeing the acquisition, operations and disposition of over $250 million in commercial real estate transactions. After the 2008 downturn, Aric transitioned to acquiring distressed loans secured by commercial real estate. He lead the acquisition, analysis and servicing of over $150 million in distressed commercial debt in a 24 month period. Aric founded Osher Real Estate in 2011, with a focus on student housing in Arlington, Tx. Understanding the local market trends, he led the acquisition and aggregation of several acres located on and around campus. Those efforts created a $50 million student housing development opportunity currently being planned.

Co-founder, Envoy

Jacobie Olin

Mr. Olin has been involved in short term rentals, litigation consulting, food & beverage, and real estate for over a decade. He has worked as a subject matter expert on the BP Oil Spill and several other cases.  Jacobie is one of the preeminent M&A consultants in the Short Term Rental and ApartHotel industry, specifically advising buy-side clients looking to expand into new markets across North America. By attending and speaking at several travel industry conferences, Jacobie is able to maintain a pulse of the evolution of travel and where it is heading in the foreseeable future. A former restaurateur, he is currently a licensed real estate agent in Tennessee, and holds the prestigious RSPS designation.

 

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Jacobie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and has experience in actuarial accounting.

President, C2G Advisors

Anne Ossewaarde

​Anne Ossewaarde has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with focus in multifamily for the past 20 years.  Anne joined Preferred Apartment Communities (PAC) in early 2018 as Senior Vice President, Asset Management, responsible for a mezzanine loan, lease-up and core multifamily portfolio.

 

Prior to joining PAC, Anne worked with Bell Partners as Senior Vice President, with asset management responsibility over the company’s fund and private equity portfolios. Previously, she was a Managing Director at CBRE Global Investors, overseeing asset management of more than $2.0 billion in multifamily assets. Prior to this position, Anne was a Principal with Morgan Stanley/Lend Lease Real Estate Investments for ten years. During this time, she had asset management responsibility for almost 30,000 garden, mid-rise and CBD high-rise multifamily units with value of more than $3.5 billion.

 

Anne has her BBA in Business Administration from Emory University, her MBA from the University of Texas, and her MS in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She has also completed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) program.

SVP of Asset Management, Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Adam Pittenger

Adam Pittenger is the Founder & CEO of Moved.com. Moved makes moving seamless for residents and property managers. They provide easy-to-use software to automate the resident onboarding process - saving properties time and equipping residents with a hospitality-driven experience. The company is backed by Lowe's, RET Ventures, FJ Labs, AngelPad, and strategic real estate investors.

Prior to Moved, Adam built one of the first social recruiting products at SelectMinds. The company was acquired by Oracle where Adam continued to grow the product, scaling globally with many of the world’s biggest brands (e.g. IBM, eBay). Adam grew up in the New Jersey area and received his degree from Lehigh University where he studied business, economics, marketing, and theatre.

CEO and Founder, Moved

Ben Pleat

Cobu was born from the mission to help my mom — and all city dwellers — truly belong in the places they call home. Finding a way to make it sustainable by bringing value to both residents and apartment building owners was the true eureka moment! 

Founder and CEO, Cobu

Paraag Sarva

Paraag Sarva is the CEO and Co-founder of Rhino, a startup devoted to building products and services that give renters a more affordable way to live in the homes they want. Rhino replaces cash security deposits with low-cost, affordable insurance for residential, office and retail leasing across the United States.
 

Previously, Paraag led a real estate company, managing and developing over $100 million in assets. He also served as City Hall Policy Advisor and aide in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in New York City. Paraag began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs after completing bachelors and masters degrees in economics at New York University.

CEO and Co-founder, Rhino

Alex Wey

Alex is the founder and CEO of Aerwave, a smart network technology company that enables an Internet amenity for multifamily residents and creates smart buildings. He leads the company's overall strategy, operations, and technology execution.  Prior to founding Aerwave, Alex worked at MHT Partners, a Dallas-based middle-market investment bank focused on M&A advisory services for technology and technology-enabled businesses with cumulative enterprise values in excess of $1 billion. Alex earned his M.B.A. from the University of Texas and earned additional degrees in Network and Telecommunications Engineering (M.S.) and Finance (B.B.A., cum laude) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Alex is an avid golfer and lives in Dallas with his wife and one-year-old daughter.

CEO and Founder, Aerwave

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