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Speakers & Agenda
Ryan Slack
(646) 862-9389
rslack@greenpearl.com


Sponsorship & Exhibiting
Abel Devis
(646) 862-9393
abel@greenpearlevents.com


Attendee Registrations
Claudia Gutwirth
(646) 862-6125
claudia@greenpearlevents.com

The summit that connects fast-growing corporate tenants
and forward-thinking commercial landlords

Office tenants favor more sophisticated and technologically advanced work spaces and buildings to meet the rising expectations employees have from their employers. As a result, commercial landlords are beginning to plan and develop a new generation of office spaces that are more diverse and truly customized to how people work best.

Office of the Future brought together over 450 industry leaders (on both the landlord side and high-growth tenant side) to weigh-in on the latest opportunities and issues such as:

Attraction & Retention of Top Talent: What Employees Want
Amenities: Building-level, Tenant-level, and External to the Building
Technology: Smart Buildings, Smart Spaces, Smart Cities
Workplace Design as Business Strategy: The Pendulum Swings Back
Building Upgrades: Making the Most of Older Building Stock
Real Estate as a Service: Coworking, Variable Cost Space & Creative Landlords

2016 Recap

Photos

Check out the recap from the event and see more pictures here.
Top Floor: Forward Thinking Landlords Talk with Large and Fast Growing Tenants
Room During Top Floor: Forward Thinking Landlords Talk with Large and Fast Growing Tenants
Real Estate as a Service: Coworking, Variable Cost Space & Creative Landlords
Attendees Networking

2016 Keynote Speaker

Ric Clark

Ric Clark
Senior Managing Partner & Chairman
– Brookfield Property Group
Brookfield

2016 Speakers

Ellen Albert

Ellen Albert
Executive Vice President
Viacom

Stephen Apking

Stephen Apking
Interior Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

John Arenas

John Arenas
Chief Executive Officer
Serendipity Labs

Joe Barile

Joe Barile
President & Managing Director
The Instant Group

Jacqueline Barr

Jacqueline Barr
IIDA, LEED AP & Design Principal
Ted Moudis Associates

Maggie Burns

Maggie Burns
Vice President – Real Estate
Breather

AJ Camhi

AJ Camhi
SVP – Director of Leasing
RFR Realty

Nina Charnotskaia

Nina Charnotskaia
Director – Workplace Strategy
CBRE

Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper
EVP, Director of Sustainability, WELL Faculty
Delos Solutions

Kevin Danehy

Kevin Danehy
Global Head – Corporate
Development & EVP
Brookfield

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis
VP – Development
L & L Holding

Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux

Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux
Senior Director – Corporate
Real Estate & Facilities
BuzzFeed

Tom Durels

Tom Durels
Chief of Property Operations & Leasing & EVP
Empire State Realty Trust

Elliot Felix

Elliot Felix
Founder & Director
brightspot

Bryan Green

Bryan Green
Founder & CEO
Fitness Design Group

Michael Gresty

Michael Gresty
CEO & Chairman
Rifiniti

Nona Gross

Nona Gross
Workplace Strategy & Design & Workplace Resources
Siemens

Laura Jamer

Laura Jamer
Director – Corporate
Relations & Distribution
DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
President & Co-Founder
Convene

John Krush

John Krush
Managing Director
Citigroup

Rocco Laginestra

Rocco Laginestra
Senior Vice President
CBRE

Charlie Lawrence

Charlie Lawrence
President
Workrite Ergonomics

Megan Leet

Megan Leet
Head of Office
Experience & Events
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Michelle Lindgren

Michelle Lindgren
Vice President – Americas Workplace Strategy,
Planning & Innovation
Credit Suisse

Adam Lutz

Adam Lutz
Real Estate Project Executive
Google

Adin Meir

Adin Meir
Managing Principal
CodeGreen Solutions

Richard Monopoli

Richard Monopoli
Head of Development
Boston Properties

Jeremy Moss

Jeremy Moss
Head of WTC Leasing
Silverstein Properties

Haril Pandya

Haril Pandya
Principal
CBT Architects

Paul Pariser

Paul Pariser
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Taconic Investment Partners

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson
Associate Principal, Unified Communications Specialist & Corporate Market Leader
Shen Milsom & Wilke

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
President
Jamestown

David Pospisil

David Pospisil
Program Manager – Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency
Con Edison

Nick Romito

Nick Romito
Founder & CEO
VTS

Michael Rudin

Michael Rudin
Vice President
Rudin Management

Christopher Schlank

Christopher Schlank
Founder & Managing Partner
Savanna

Paul Scialla

Paul Scialla
Founder
International WELL
Building Institute

Scott Sigel

Scott Sigel
Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank

Ryan Simonetti

Ryan Simonetti
CEO & Co-Founder
Convene

Eric Spencer

Eric Spencer
Development Director
MAD Architects

John Vazquez

John Vazquez
Global Real Estate Head & SVP
Verizon

Brandon Weber

Brandon Weber
Founder & CEO
Hightower

Glen Weiss

Glen Weiss
Executive Vice President
Vornado Realty Trust

Dave Wildman

Dave Wildman
Global Head of
Facilities Infrastructure
Bloomberg

Josh Wise

Josh Wise
Global Director, Workplace
Ecology & Design
Etsy

2016 Agenda

8:00 AM – Breakfast & Networking

Hosted by:

Aggressive Energy

8:45 AM – Kickoff & Opening Remarks

Ryan Simonetti

Ryan Simonetti
CEO & Co-Founder
Convene

9:00 AM – Top Floor: Forward Thinking Landlords Talk with Large and Fast Growing Tenants

Tenants have been leading the charge in workplace strategy, taking big risks and making big changes to their workplaces–driving large scale experiments forward, sometimes with unintended and even disastrous consequences. It is now a given that large and fast growing tenants see trends in the “office of the future” as fundamental to business strategy. Now in 2016, commercial landlords are catching up, motivated by an urgent need to attract and retain the best and highest value tenants, who are often the most demanding. Lines are blurring between the scopes of landlord and tenant, as landlords are getting increasingly involved in tenants’ needs in regards to their employees. What can forward-thinking landlords and top tenants learn from each other?

Attraction & retention of top talent: what employees want
Amenities: building-level, tenant-level, and external to the building
Technology: smart buildings, smart spaces, smart cities
Workplace design as business strategy: the pendulum swings back
Building upgrades: making the most of older building stock
Real estate as a service: coworking, variable cost space & creative landlords

Stephen Apking

Stephen Apking
Interior Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
MODERATOR

Nona Gross

Nona Gross
Workplace Strategy & Design & Workplace Resources
Siemens

Rocco Laginestra

Rocco Laginestra
Senior Vice President
CBRE

Adam Lutz

Adam Lutz
Real Estate Project Executive
Google

Paul Pariser

Paul Pariser
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Taconic Investment Partners

Brandon Weber

Brandon Weber
Founder & CEO
Hightower

Glen Weiss

Glen Weiss
Executive Vice President
Vornado Realty Trust

9:45 AM – Health & Wellness in the Built Environment

Employers spend 90 percent of their annual operating costs on people. This means that even a small positive impact on productivity, engagement and satisfaction in the workplace can have huge returns on investment. Our built environment can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings.

The WELL Building Standard™ provides the opportunity to design and build office spaces and buildings with a human-centered approach, which ultimately supports the industry in comprehensively addressing human health. Tune into this exciting talk that will change your thinking about wellness in the workplace.

Paul Scialla

Paul Scialla
Founder
International WELL
Building Institute

10:00 AM – Morning Keynote

One of the country’s top commercial landlords discusses the future of office buildings and space and how future-thinking landlords should engage with tenants and their teams.

Ryan Simonetti

Ryan Simonetti
CEO & Co-Founder
Convene
MODERATOR

Ric Clark

Ric Clark
Senior Managing Partner & Chairman
– Brookfield Property Group

Brookfield

10:30 AM – Networking Break

11:10 AM – Concurrent Session A

Amenities: Building-level, Tenant-level, and External to the Building

Gyms, roof decks, terraces, concierge services, smart security, and many other services are rapidly emerging to separate top buildings from their competitors. Meanwhile, tenants are providing their own services to create higher levels of engagement, collaboration and productivity among their employees. The lines between who provides what are blurring quickly, not to mention the proliferation of neighborhood or city-wide amenities external to the building that are only a click or tap away. The arms race is on in the war of amenities, but with the looming specter of an economic downturn, shouldn’t we perhaps consider a ceasefire?

Shoe on the other foot: how would a downturn affect workplace amenity trends
Sharing the load: how do tenants and landlords interface on shared amenities
Neighborhood as amenity: looking beyond the footprint for attraction and retention
Traffic jam: changes in transportation and work-from-elsewhere on office strategy
Front lines: the latest experiments in office building / workplace amenities

Eric Spencer

Eric Spencer
Development Director
MAD Architects
MODERATOR

Ellen Albert

Ellen Albert
Executive Vice President
Viacom

John Arenas

John Arenas
Chief Executive Officer
Serendipity Labs

Kevin Danehy

Kevin Danehy
Global Head – Corporate
Development & EVP

Brookfield

Tom Durels

Tom Durels
Chief of Property Operations & Leasing & EVP
Empire State Realty Trust

Bryan Green

Bryan Green
Founder & CEO
Fitness Design Group

Josh Wise

Josh Wise
Global Director, Workplace
Ecology & Design

Etsy

11:10 AM – Concurrent Session B

Technology: Smart Buildings, Smart Spaces, Smart Cities

Technology changes in commercial real estate and corporate office space are happening at an unprecedented speed. Despite the real estate industry underinvesting in technology for decades, the last five years have seen a marked increase in technology usage in everything from real estate asset management, leasing and operations, to smart buildings, cloud-based controls, internet controlled devices, and app-based corporate real estate tools available directly to employees. What tools are most useful to landlords and tenants as ways of managing their office buildings / space, and which ones offer value directly to employees?

No more spreadsheets: moving your real estate leasing management online
Click to update: exploring building and office space operating and management systems
Anonymous: real estate cyber security in an increasingly mobile and transparent world
Appsapalooza: key app based technology that allow employees to interact with the space
Plug-n-play: interconnecting your space and building with smart city technologies

Nick Romito

Nick Romito
Founder & CEO
VTS
MODERATOR

AJ Camhi

AJ Camhi
SVP – Director of Leasing
RFR Realty

Laura Jamer

Laura Jamer
Director – Corporate
Relations & Distribution

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Megan Leet

Megan Leet
Head of Office
Experience & Events

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Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson
Associate Principal, Unified Communications Specialist, Corporate Market Leader
Shen Milsom & Wilke

Michael Rudin

Michael Rudin
Vice President
Rudin Management

Dave Wildman

Dave Wildman
Global Head of Facilities Infrastructure
Bloomberg

11:10 AM – Concurrent Session C

Happier, Healthier and More Engaged: Designing Office Spaces and Buildings with the WELL Building Standard

This workshop will share recent innovations and evidence-based research on how to design office spaces and buildings to support the health and wellness of the people who work in them. Participants will explore the WELL Building Standard™, the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment.

Topics addressed include costs and benefits of certification, examples of WELL buildings and spaces, and performance-based metrics for health and wellness in the built environment. This workshop will help corporate tenants and office building owners who are interested in incorporating health into the design of the built environment. Join us to learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, well being and comfort, and ultimately your bottom line.

Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper
EVP, Director of Sustainability, WELL Faculty
Delos Solutions

12:00 PM – Concurrent Session A

Workplace Design as Business Strategy: The Pendulum Swings Back

Open plan seating, benching, unassigned seating, phone booths, huddle rooms…. Workplace strategy has become a hotbed of innovation, with many fortune 500 firms and others moving to a completely transformed workplace. However, lost in the shuffle perhaps are conversations and data about distraction, productivity and effectiveness of these new workplaces. Has the pendulum swung too far in the direction of open plans and collaboration-oriented spaces? What is next for workplace strategy?

Snapshot: taking stock of where we are in the process of workplace transformation
Excuse me: managing distraction; changing where and how people get focus work done
Subsidized space: working from “home” trends and how they affect real estate choices
Time and motion: measuring productivity and the effectiveness of new spaces
LEEDing edge: rethinking sustainability vs. employee wellness, comfort and results

Charlie Lawrence

Charlie Lawrence
President
Workrite Ergonomics
MODERATOR

Jacqueline Barr

Jacqueline Barr
IIDA, LEED AP & Design Principal
Ted Moudis Associates

Nina Charnotskaia

Nina Charnotskaia
Director – Workplace Strategy
CBRE

Michelle Lindgren

Michelle Lindgren
Vice President – Americas Workplace Strategy,
Planning & Innovation

Credit Suisse

Richard Monopoli

Richard Monopoli
Head of Development
Boston Properties

Christopher Schlank

Christopher Schlank
Founder & Managing Partner
Savanna

John Vazquez

John Vazquez
Global Real Estate Head & SVP
Verizon

12:00 PM – Concurrent Session B

Building Upgrades: Making the Most of Older Building Stock

The average age of a Manhattan office building is about 72 years. With only a handful of developers creating new office buildings, the vast majority of commercial developers active today are focused on redeveloping existing buildings. And while many large and fast growing tenants prefer the older building stock, these buildings are often maxed out and need massive retrofitting to catch up with the needs of today’s tenant. What are these developers doing to meet the demand for office space that is both up-to-date and full of unique character?

First things first: the top 10 list for redevelopment priorities
Back of the envelope: the business model of retrofitting large office buildings
Heal thyself: upgrading the core and shell while maintaining existing tenants
What tenants want: future proofing your redeveloped building
Preservation: the good, bad and ugly of preserving historical and valuable elements

David Pospisil

David Pospisil
Program Manager – Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency
Con Edison
MODERATOR

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis
VP – Development
L & L Holding

Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux

Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux
Senior Director – Corporate
Real Estate & Facilities

BuzzFeed

John Krush

John Krush
Managing Director
Citigroup

Adin Meir

Adin Meir
Managing Principal
CodeGreen Solutions

Haril Pandya

Haril Pandya
Principal
CBT Architects

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
President
Jamestown

12:00 PM – Concurrent Session C

Happier, Healthier and More Engaged: Designing Office Spaces and Buildings with the WELL Building Standard

This workshop will share recent innovations and evidence-based research on how to design office spaces and buildings to support the health and wellness of the people who work in them. Participants will explore the WELL Building Standard™, the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment.

Topics addressed include costs and benefits of certification, examples of WELL buildings and spaces, and performance-based metrics for health and wellness in the built environment. This workshop will help corporate tenants and office building owners who are interested in incorporating health into the design of the built environment. Join us to learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, well being and comfort, and ultimately your bottom line.

Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper
EVP, Director of Sustainability, WELL Faculty
Delos Solutions

12:45 PM – Networking Lunch

1:40 PM – ​​Utilization Analytics to Drive CRE Business Value

As employees and enterprises embrace mobile technologies, workstyles become both more collaborative and faster-paced. This results in growing demand for higher quality, better equipped work environments that are programmed to accommodate a wide range of group and individual activities. However, many dated workplace environments—dominated private offices, tall cubicles, and insufficient and closed meeting spaces—still persist, along with costly inefficiencies. Utilization rates in such environments are as low as 30-40% are not uncommon.

In order to:

drive organizational change;
make the business case for innovation; and
re-allocate precious CAPEX and OPEX,

leading companies (both tenants and landlords) are adopting innovative key performance indicators (KPIs), supported by big data and rich analytics, to quantify employee mobility, space utilization, and collaboration. This presentation will explore some of these new KPIs and analytics, how they are being used by companies to improve decision-making, and the associated business benefits for both cost-savings as well as smarter investments.

Michael Gresty

Michael Gresty
CEO & Chairman
Rifiniti

1:55 PM – Real Estate as a Service: Coworking, Variable Cost Space & Creative Landlords

Coworking is no longer just the habitat of the freelancer or early stage start up. Rapidly, an entire industry of “real estate on demand” has emerged to facilitate any number of short term or flexible needs for tenants of all sizes, including Fortune 500 firms. Whether it’s office space, conference space, retail space, or space for almost any use, real estate as a service is rapidly emerging as a fundamental strategic element for both commercial landlords and large, fast growing tenants. How is this new industry changing how real estate is “consumed”?

In between days: how real estate on demand players are changing leasing dynamics
Outsourced: designing an optimal workplace strategy using variable cost space
YouWork: the commercial landlords’ view of real estate on demand tenants
Hedge or accelerant: how does coworking play out in a downward trending economy?
Future of real estate: in what ways does real estate on demand point the way forward?

Elliot Felix

Elliot Felix
Founder & Director
brightspot
MODERATOR

Joe Barile

Joe Barile
President & Managing Director
The Instant Group

Maggie Burns

Maggie Burns
Vice President – Real Estate
Breather

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
President & Co-Founder
Convene

Jeremy Moss

Jeremy Moss
Head of WTC Leasing
Silverstein Properties

Scott Sigel

Scott Sigel
Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank

2:40 PM – Closing Remarks

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
President & Co-Founder
Convene

2:45 PM – Networking Reception

Conference Chair

Lead Sponsor

CBRE

Sponsors

Aggressive Energy
Arqui300
Breather
CBT Architects
CodeGreen Solutions
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fitness Design Group
Hightower
The Instant Group
International WELL Building Institute
MAD Architects
rifiniti
Serendipity Labs
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Ted Moudis Associates
VTS
Workrite Ergonomics

Marketing Partners

Koss Resource
The News Funnel
Work Design Magazine

Venue Information

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New York City