Over 350 rising real estate leaders came together in the Second Annual Real Estate Weekly Young Leaders’ Forum on June 4. Focused on the next generation in New York real estate, shining the spotlight on leaders and innovators under the age of 40, the Forum highlighted emerging players in a series of in depth panels on the latest developments across the industry.

This year’s theme, “Defining the Future,” provided insight to trends and access to trendsetters in panels featuring thought leaders in areas ranging from development to marketing to finance, and everything in between. See who attended!

Keynote Presenters:

James Patchett

James Patchett
Chief of Staff to Alicia Glen
New York City Mayor’s Office

Helena Durst

Helena Durst
Chief Administrative Officer
The Durst Organization

David Neil

David Neil
Chief Leasing Administrative & Legal Services Officer
The Durst Organization

Featured Speakers:

Abraham Hidary

Abraham Hidary
Hidrock Realty

Michael Rudin

Michael Rudin
Vice President
Rudin Management

Samvir Sidhu

Sam Sidhu
Megalith Capital

Colleen Wenke

Bryan Woo
Director – Acquisitions
YoungWoo & Associates

Why Attendees Registered:

  • Hear how the next generation of real estate leaders — from established firms to start ups — are transforming the industry.
  • Network with over 350 real estate players, from up-and-comers to veterans, at the largest young leadership gathering in the New York real estate industry.
  • Gain insights into the latest technological and design innovations, and how they are shaking up all aspects of the industry, from construction through management.
  • Hear from over 40 top-level executives who are making an impact on the New York Real Estate scene in areas such as financing, development, design, government and more.
  • Find opportunities to connect with potential mentors and future colleagues within your industry through interactive networking sessions like onsite speed networking and a VIP cocktail reception.

2014 Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown


Advisory Board:

  • Harry Dublinsky, Managing Director, EisnerAmper
  • Leslie Himmel, Co-Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties
  • Rosemary Scanlon, Dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Scott Aiese, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Tal Bar-Or, Managing Director, Meridian Capital
  • Jay Black, Director – Sustainability, SL Green Realty
  • Seth Brown, Founder & Principal, Aspen Equities
  • Sam Charney, Principal, Charney Construction and Development
  • Helena Durst, Chief Administrative Officer, The Durst Organization
  • Holly Dutton, Reporter, Real Estate Weekly
  • Drew Fletcher, Executive Vice President, Greystone Bassuk Group
  • Abraham Hidary, Chief Executive Officer, Hidrock Realty
  • Joseph Jemal, Principal, Jemstone Group
  • Steven Kassin, Managing Partner, Infinity Group
  • Jeffrey Krantz, Managing Director, Halstead Property Development Marketing
  • Kai-Yan Lee, Managing Director & Chief U.S. Representative, Vanke Holdings
  • Ari LeFauve, Managing Director, TOWN Residential
  • Anthony LoPresti, Senior Director, Avison Young
  • Dan Marks, VP – Investment Sales & Leasing, TerraCRG
  • Mark Mascia, President & CEO, Mascia Development
  • Nicholas Melillo, Counsel, BakerHostetler
  • Julia Miller, Sales & Leasing Manager, TOWN Residential
  • David Neil, Chief Leasing Administrative & Legal Services Officer, The Durst Organization
  • Alison Novak, VIP & Director – Fund Investments, Hudson Companies
  • Tobias Oriwol, Project Developer, Monadnock Development
  • Dan Orlando, Reporter, Real Estate Weekly
  • James Patchett, Chief of Staff to Alicia Glen, New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Keith Rennard, Audit Director, Citrin Cooperman
  • Edward Rishty, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Andrew Rosen, VP – Development, Related Companies
  • Michael Rudin, Vice President, Rudin Management
  • Gabriel Shiff, EVP – Finance, Roseland
  • Sam Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer, Megalith Capital Management
  • Ethan Silverstein, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jeffrey Simpson, CEO – Property Development, Greystone
  • Juda Srour, Co-Founder & President, Jay Suites
  • Michael Tortorici, VP – Investment Sales, Ariel Property Advisors
  • David van der Leer, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute
  • Will Watkins, Senior Director – Finance, GFI Realty Services
  • Colleen Wenke, VP – Asset Management, Construction & Development, Taconic Investment Partners
  • Bryan Woo, Director – Acquisitions, YoungWoo & Associates

Conference Agenda Included:

  • Morning Keynote: The Future of the City
  • Special Presentation: Insider Tips for Staying Ahead of the Trends & At the Top of the Pack
  • Shaping the Future: High Profile Projects & Portfolios
  • Financial Futures: Trends in Debt, Equity & Crowdfunding
  • Inventing the Future: Pioneering Innovation & Design
  • The Future is Here: Emerging Neighborhoods & Hot Spots
  • Bright Futures: A Brokers Round Table
  • The Future is Ours: The Next Generation of New York Real Estate
  • Challenging the Future: Coming Into Our Own