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Thank you for supporting the 4th Annual Real Estate Impact Conference hosted by the University of Miami. Below you will find videos and session summaries, compiled for your convenience. We appreciate your contribution and hope to see you again next year.

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1:00 PM Registration and Networking
1:30 PM

Program Begins

Retail Evolution and Revolutions

The South Florida retail landscape is experiencing rapid growth and diversification that will be punctuated by major new retail centers including Miami Worldcenter and Brickell City Centre.. This expert panel of industry leaders will assess the evolutionary and revolutionary nature of changes dramatic changes taking place in  the increasingly international and eclectic South Florida retail market.

Session Summary

Robert Cohen, President, Southern California RKF
David Forbes, Partner, The Forbes Company
Matthew Lazenby, President and CEO, Whitman Family Development
Erich Melsheimer, Senior Director of Real Estate, Gap Inc.
Michael Comras, President and CEO, Comras Company (Moderator)

New Concepts in Lifestyle Hotels

The increasing popularity of South Florida as an international tourist destination is fueling extraordinary investment and made it fertile ground for the introduction of new concepts This one-on-one interview with Ian Schrager, whose modern lifestyle concepts have revolutionized the entertainment, residential and hospitality industries since the 1970s, will explore his latest concepts in lifestyle hotels and his perspectives on the continuing evolution of the South Florida hospitality industry.

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Ian Schrager, Founder and Chairman, Ian Schrager Company
Steven Witkoff, CEO, The Witkoff Group (Moderator)

Creating Value: Urban Real Estate and Public Space

The quality, character and distribution of public space has a fundamental impact on the quality of life in urban areas, and can drive investment and economic activity. This panel will explore the potential for linear park initiatives in South Florida to have a transformative impact on the metropolitan area, and highlight the extraordinarily success and lessons learned from the High Line in New York.

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Philip Aarons, Principal and Founding Partner, Millennium Partners
Meg Daly, Founder, Friends of the Underline
Steve Owens, President, Swire Properties
Vincent Signorello, President & CEO, Florida East Coast Industries
Charles C. Bohl, Director and Associate Professor, Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) Program, School of Architecture, University of Miami (Moderator)

Keynote Conversation with Richard LeFrak and Donna Shalala

A candid conversation with Richard LeFrak, one of the most prolific and iconic real estate developers of all time, as the New York real estate industry titan makes a big push in Miami with his 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.

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Richard LeFrak, Chairman and CEO, LeFrak Organization
Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami

6:00 PM Networking Reception