8:00-10:00AM

KICKOFF BREAKFAST - CRYSTAL ROOM

Panel 1

Led by John Banks, President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), this panel will reflect on the Queens real estate scene now and seek to understand where we can expect to be over the next 10 and 15 years. The perspective will include office, commercial, residential and retail development in Queens County and the impact of transportation projects, zoning issues and affordable housing as it relates to continued growth.

Panelists

MeyerDunphyPinsky

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator

Banks

Panel 2

This panel will discuss and review the current and future opportunities in retail, hospitality and apartment communities in Queens. What is driving growth? Can it be sustained? Will the financing be there to support these sectors? Much attention has been paid to certain parts of the borough; what other areas are ready? What threats specific to Queens are there?

Panelists

MorseMattoneCapece

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator

Grech

10:15AM – 11:00AM

Energy Incentives / Project Funding

What NYC RE Owners / Managers Need to Know – State, City, Tax

Most cities and states offer energy incentive programs to help offset energy costs. Financial incentives can take many forms: rebates, grants or loans for energy-efficiency improvements, direct income tax deductions for individuals and businesses, and exemptions or reduced sales tax on eligible products. This panel will discuss the most-effective ways to fund your project, and how best to find and apply for incentives.

Panelists
MandlerRizzoSpinelli

Moderator

Haimson

Building Safety, Security & Resiliency

Panel Description

Security is the norm, but are your buildings’ current systems and technologies working well? Is your company ready for the next big event? What can you do to be certain that if a catastrophic event occurs, your secure data is retained? How can you mitigate financial risks if such an event does occur?

Speakers
AntarO'KeefeEllington

 

11:15AM – 12:00PM

Queens Ferry Service

Panel Description

Hornblower is set to operate the first Citywide Ferry service in 2017. Who are the key players involved? What obstacles does the city face prior to launch. That being said, what can Queens’ residents expect from this? How will the ferry service affect property near the terminals?

Speaker

Phillips

Access to Capital & Non-traditional Funding

Panel Description

This panel discussion will focus on the panelists’ unique perspectives on the lending environment and the outlook for the future. What are the new trends in lending? How do non-traditional lenders cater their approaches to various industries?

Panelists

MillerFitzpatrick

Robert

Moderator

Ruppert

Clicks or Bricks?

Panel Description

This panel discussion will focus on the new synergies between digital and traditional retail. How does a company’s social media strategy attract new customers to their brick-and-mortar?

Panelists

Owen

Weiss

Moderator

Sahagian

Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX)

Panel Description

This high-level discussion will focus on the logistics of bringing the BQX to reality. What are the hoops to jump through on the city and state level? How will it be funded? When will it be built? How many people will it serve? How will it operate with the MTA?

Panelists

LiuGrech

Harris Schechtman

12:15PM – 1:00PM

LaGuardia Airport Rebuild

Panel Description

The Port Authority is embarking on a major modernization and redevelopment program to position the airport to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This panel will focus on all aspects of “LGA Reimagined.” What is the timeline of events and how will these projects affect the surrounding real estate community, both homes and hotels? How can property owners and managers plan for these developments?

SmythPrime

Byrne

Moderator

Binda

Emerging Energy Alternatives

Panel Description

This panel will focus on renewable energy sources and recent advancement for sustainable development including solar, geothermal, and biofuel energy applications. How do building owners and managers implement these systems cost-effectively? What are the incentives for implementing energy alternatives?

Panelists

ThacherGrahamGiannasca

Moderator

Carchietta

Strategies to Reduce/Eliminate Tax Liability on Property Sales

Panel Description

This seminar informs brokers and other real estate professionals that capital gains tax and estate planning solutions exists that will help reduce or eliminate tax liability on property sales.

Panelists 

BrecherPackmanVlahos

Moderator

McKenna

Social Media Workshop for Real Estate Professionals

“Why It Pays To Be Likeable”.  Find out why your customers want to follow you – Uncover the challenges of social media in real estate – Discover strategies for incentives for engagement and content tips – Learn how to advertise and provide customer support for social media.

Presented by

Rompala

1:15PM – 2:00PM

The Evolution of the American Workplace

Panel Description

This discussion will focus on the transformative methods being used to provide cost-effective utilization of space and increased engagement of a company’s workforce.

Panelists

OsborneGraf

Contamination is Discovered - Can Your Deal be Salvaged?

Panel Description

Environmental contamination affects a real estate transaction in many ways. Banks, insurance companies, and attorneys all play an important role. This panel will be a case study as to how a company should proceed in the face of an environmental remediation. How can your company mitigate future risks if such a situation occurs?

Panelists

KammasMerrittO'Connor

Moderator

Weiner

Tax Incentives & Grants

Panel Description

This seminar will discuss the opportunities and procedures when it comes to applying for tax incentives and grants. What can you, as a building owner, anticipate with regard to monetary savings and timelines?

Panelists

BulzacchelliAudetteSmith

Moderator

Seto

2:00PM

Event Summary & Closing Discussion

Panel Description

As the most diverse county in the US, what are the most pressing issues that need to be addressed in order keep Queens as a preferred destination for businesses, homeowners and other stakeholders? In relation to real estate, what makes Queens unique, what pitfalls can we avoid, and how can we make sure we continue to attract NYC and the worlds’ best and brightest? What other issues are out there that need to be addressed in order to continue our momentum and growth?

Panelists

Katz

Hope KnightDiRico

Moderator

Grech