East Meets west 2017



October 25, 2017, 9AM - 5PM


The Westin New York Grand Central


The 3rd Annual East Meets West Real Estate Connect

Join us for our 3rd Annual East Meets West Real Estate Connect.  Hear industry experts share their insights on the state of market.  An all day conference packed with Residential and Commercial panels, breakfast and lunch keynote sessions.  In between sessions will be coffee breaks with networking opportunities.  This is an event you don't want to miss!



9:00 - 10:30 AM

Keynote Breakfast

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Know Current Market Data to Win (Residential)

Speakers:  Jonathan Miller (Miller Samuels), Noah Rosenblatt (Urbandigs)

State of the Development Market (Commercial)

Speakers: Jacky He (DMG Investments), Michael Kazmierski (Kaufman Organization), 

Joe Yiu (Elm Tree Funds), Laura Rapaport (L&L Holding Company) 

12:10 - 1:00 PM

Expand Your Business in Transitional Market (Residential)

Speakers: Deana Kory (Corcoran), Cathy Taub (Sotheby's), Dylan Hoffman (Compas)

State of the Investment Sales Market (Commercial)

Speakers: David Schwartz (Sugar Hill Real Estate), Helen Hwang (Meridian Capital), 

Andrew Chung (Innovo Property Group), Mark Gordon (Intrinsic Hotel Capital), 

Piyush Bhardwaj (CoInvestment Partners)

1:15 - 2:45 PM

Keynote Luncheon (ticketed event)

Robert Knakal, Chairman - New York Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield

Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

3:00 - 3:50 PM

 Power of Technology in Real Estate (Residential)

Speakers: David Walker (Triplemint), Sherry Chris (BHGRE), Leonard Steinberg (Compass)

State of Capital Markets in Various Asset Class (Commercial)

Moderator: Wendi Li of Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP

Speakers: Peter Chong (Building and Land Technology), Caroline Mahl (Wellsfargo), Ed Petti (CCRE), Min Shin (Luna Advisors)

4:10 - 5:00 PM

Asian American Investors (Residential)

Moderator: Bruce Feffer (Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia)

Speakers: Raj Rajpal (Wells Fargo), Nikki Field (Sotheby's), Fred Huang (Prudential)

Highlighted Project Case Study (Commercial)


5:30 - 8:30 PM

Cocktail Networking Event, Docks Oyster Bar and Grill, 633 3rd Ave, NYC

* Schedule subject to change without notice


Keynote Speaker

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Robert A. Knakal

During Mr. Knakal’s 34 year career, he has sold over 1,750 buildings having an aggregate market value of over $16 billion. He is a graduate of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and formed Massey Knakal with Paul Massey in 1988. In 1999, he was named to Crain’s New York Business’s Forty Under Forty/New York Rising Stars list for his outstanding achievement in the New York City business community. He has twice been the recipient of the Robert. T. Lawrence Award in the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year contest. In 2010, he won REBNY’s Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement in Commercial Brokerage. On December 31, 2014, Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal.

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Piyush Bhardwaj

Piyush is the Managing Partner at CoInvestment Partners (“CoIP”). Based in NYC, CoIP invests in real estate on behalf of institutional investors of diverse size.  Previously, Piyush was the Head of Transactions and Asset Management for Mubadala Prudential Real Estate Investors (“MPREI”), a joint venture between the strategic investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government and Prudential Real Estate Investors (“PREI”).  Piyush has managed Real Estate Operating Companies in PREIs’ Opportunity Funds.  Piyush spent his early career as part of the PREI Acquisitions Group where he closed over $9 billion in transactions across the risk spectrum.


Sherry A. Chris

Since its inception in 2008, Sherry Chris has served as President and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC, a lifestyle real estate brand.  Her appointment followed Realogy Franchise Group entering a 100-year agreement with Meredith Corporation, licensing the Better Homes and Gardens name.  Ms. Chris has been featured on national media outlets including Fox Business Channel, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, sharing insights into industry reports and trends.  She is the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter.


Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung founded Innovo Property Group (IPG) in 2015. Prior to starting IPG, Andrew Chung was a Partner in The Carlyle Group in the U.S. Real Estate Fund. He served as head of the New York office for the Fund for 10 years. He started in the Washington D.C. office in 2000 as an Associate in the Acquisitions Group. Mr. Chung graduated from The Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics. Over his 10-year tenure in NY at Carlyle, Mr. Chung lead the investments of approximately $1.2B dollars of equity in 27 deals.

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Bruce Feffer

Bruce Feffer has been a lawyer in New York City for more than thirty years. His clients include real estate developers, construction firms, property management companies, co-op corporations, condominium associations, and residential and commercial building owners and tenants.  He has also represented hundreds of clients in buying, selling, and leasing all types of properties, including co-ops & condominiums, houses, factories, warehouses, retail space and office buildings. He was part of the legal team that assisted a Hong Kong corporation in the purchase of a 65-story (one million square feet) office tower on Wall Street in New York City. He is a long time Professional Member of the New York Council of Cooperatives and Condominiums..

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Mark J Gordon

Mark has over 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and is widely regarded as an expert in the hotel industry.  Mark recently created Intrinsic Hotel Capital, a value add investment platform designed to acquire existing hotels located in strategic markets throughout the United States that have the combination of in place cash flow and are underperforming and can be enhanced through the combination of operational and physical improvements and aggressive asset management. Mark previously spent 6 years as Managing Partner of Tribeca Associates where he oversaw $1.5 billion of acquisitions and development in Manhattan.

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Jacky He

Jacky He is the Vice President of DMG Investments, LLC.  DMG, a US subsidiary of DoThink Group, n established real estate developer headquartered in Hangzhou, China.  DMg is growing to become a premiere Chinese developer in specialized US markets.  DMG is located on Wall Street and has secured and developed projects in 4 major US markets, showing strong investment return.  DMG is structured to provide project financing, development and property management, with an integrated platform for real estate investment.  DMG’s vision is to become a world-class brand with strong global real estate holdings.

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Dylan Hildreth-Hoffman

A 16-year veteran of the industry, Dylan Hoffman is a well-regarded figure in New York City real estate, known for his ability to simplify complicated transactions, to stay abreast of the ever-evolving marketplace and to connect with his clients in meaningful way. His proven track record is borne out by his long-time place among the No. 1 team in New York City. A California native, and a father of two Dylan currently lives in the Upper West Side. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family at the park and riding his CitiBike throughout the City.

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Helen Hwang

Helen Hwang is Senior Executive Managing Director at Meridian Investment Sales and is head of the Institutional Investment Sales Group.  Ms. Hwang has executed over 70 institutional sales and recapitalization transactions exceeding $25 billion in value and was honored with the Real Estate Board of New York’s highest achievement, the 2012 Most Ingenious Sales Deal of the Year (Robert T. Lawrence Memorial Award) for the sale of 88 Leonard Street.  Ms. Hwang received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University and holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Investment and Development from New York University. 


Fred Huang

Fred Huang has over 16 years in the financial services and insurance industry and is the Principal & Manager, Financial Services of Prudential Flushing Branch. Prior to his current position, Fred was a Senior Partner at New York Life and managed a team of 20 producers for 7 years. He also worked for 7 years at MetLife as a top producer and agency sales director. During his career, he won many awards including premier leaders conference awards, top Chinese recruiter awards, and management Chairman’s trophies & roundtable membership awards.

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Julie Kang

Julie Kang serves as a Senior Managing Director of MHP Real Estate Services. During Ms. Kang’s real estate career, she has represented local and international investors in commercial real estate transactions. Her in-depth knowledge of the New York real estate market and adaptability in serving diverse clientele and assignments are what sets Ms. Kang apart from the competition. Ms. Kang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Political Science. She is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and the President of Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Manhattan Chapter.

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Michael Kazmierski

Mr. Kazmierski is Principal and Director of Acquisitions for Kaufman New Ventures. He holds a leading position in the sourcing, capitalization, underwriting and management of new acquisition opportunities, which total over $1 billion to-date. Prior to joining the Kaufman Organization, he held positions as Associate Director of Business Development and Analyst at HFF, L.P. in their NY office. As lead analyst, Mr. Kazmierski closed approximately $600 million in transactions including stable and value-add apartments, retail, office and industrial, as well as development transactions. Mr. Kazmierski earned a B.S. and M.S. in Finance from Bentley University, and earned his M.S. in Real Estate Development from MIT. 

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Deanna Kory

Deanna Kory has distinguished herself as one of the leading agents in Manhattan overall as well as continuously ranking among the top 3 brokers in sales volume within The Corcoran Group. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Deanna Kory has built a reputation as a hard-working broker with the intellect, knowledge, sensitivity, and expertise to assist all of her clients in realizing their real estate goals. Along with her team, Deanna has sold well over $2 billion of residential real estate in Manhattan in the last decade alone and her team has grown over the years to become a unified and strong presence throughout the city.

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Caroline Mahl

Caroline Mahl is Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group where she is responsible for loan originations for the Hospitality Finance Group, managing over $3 billion of project financings for hotel developers, owners and investors.  Projects include portfolio loan financings, and construction financings for large-scale hotel developments including the Gaylord Rockies, Cabana Bay Beach and Sapphire Falls Resorts at the Universal Orlando theme park.

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Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is President and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm he co-founded in 1986.  He is also co-founder of Miller Cicero, LLC, a commercial real estate valuation firm.  He is an Appraiser “A” Member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the current President of RAC, a national organization of appraisers.  Mr. Miller is the author of a series of market reports for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which are relied on by the media, financial institutions and government agencies including the Federal Reserve and IRS.

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Edward C. Petti, Jr.

Ed is a Managing Director and National Loan Originator at Cantor Commercial Real Estate (CCRE)/ Berkeley Point Capital (BPC) in New York. He originates CMBS for the CCRE platform , and Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD loans for the BPC business line.  Ed joined CCRE in 2012 following a three year stint (2009 to 2012) at Arbor Commercial Mortgage as a Fannie Mae originator. Prior to that he was a CMBS loan originator at Credit Suisse from 1996 to ‎2009. Ed has his Masters in Public Policy from Columbia University ‎and a BA from Knox College


Noah Rosenblatt

Noah Rosenblatt is a licensed real estate broker and the founder of UrbanDigs.com, a collaborative ecosystem for agents and consumers to search, research and price real estate in New York City. Using real time, hyper-local information, UrbanDigs provides deep, relevant insights for smarter searching and decisions in a mobile friendly way. Noah is also respected in the industry, frequently quoted by the media and is relied upon to power quarterly market reports for a number of top firms.

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David Schwartz

David Schwartz is a Co-Founder and Director of Sugar Hill Capital Partners as well as a manager of Fort Amsterdam Capital, a bridge financing platform. Before joining Sugar Hill, Mr. Schwartz was an Executive Director in the structured products group at Royal Bank of Scotland/ABN AMRO Bank. Prior to this role, Mr. Schwartz was a Managing Director at Dresdner Bank in New York. Mr. Schwartz has also held positions at Chase Securities, Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, and National Westminster Bank in Tokyo. Mr. Schwartz has been investing and lending in New York City real estate for over 15 years.


Min Shin

Min serves as managing partner at Luna advisors which focuses on core real estate investments in US & Europe on behalf of institutional investors based in Asia.  Prior to Luna Advisors, he served as managing partner of Blacksheep Asset management which focused on research and development of various quantitative driven equity investment strategies. Prior to Blacksheep Asset Management, he worked at Bear Stearns Asset Management focusing on credit derivative portfolio management. Min received his MBA from Cornell University and B.A. in Economics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Cathy Taub

With more than 14 years experience and over $1.8 billion in career sales, Cathy Taub has earned numerous awards, and achieved a 2017 WSJ/Real Trends ranking of #42, U.S. by Sales Volume, #8, Manhattan and #3, Sotheby’s International Realty's Manhattan Brokerage. Having practiced law for ~13 years, Cathy learned valuable negotiating skills; she is a detail-oriented, creative dealmaker with a commitment to developing relationships of trust with clients and peers. Whether working as developer consultant, listing agent selling condominiums, cooperatives and townhouses or as a buyers' agent, her clients benefit from these unique skills.

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Joe Yiu

Joe Yiu is the Managing Principal of ElmTree Funds, LLC.  Mr. Yiu has 17 years of real estate experience and has capitalized over $5.0 billion dollars of NNN real estate.  Yiu is a member of the Penn Club of NY, Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center, ICSC, NAIOP, and Advisory Council for Marcus & Millichap. Mr. Yiu has been published in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate and in Briefings in Real Estate Finance.  In 2013, he was included in RE Forum's "45 under 40". Mr. Yiu holds a BS from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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