New York Stock Exchange
New York
New York
June 5, 2017
Event description

IR Symposium 2017


Symposium Overview / Detailed Schedule / Register Now


NAREIT and the New York Stock Exchange are partnering to host the first ever REIT Investor Relations Symposium. This invitation-only event is taking place in the NYSE Board Room on June 5 – the day before REITWeek® 2017: NAREIT's Investor Forum®.

This inaugural event will offer networking opportunities, including several expert panels, a luncheon, and the opportunity for the REIT Investor Relations Community to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.


  • Guests should arrive at the external security checkpoint located in the blue tent at 2 Broad Street at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets.
  • All guests are required to show a government issued photo ID (i.e., valid driver’s license or passport) and go through airport-like security upon entering the NYSE.
  • Public transportation is recommended. Subway: 2/3 to Wall St.; 4/5 to Wall St./Broadway; J/Z to Broad St./Wall St., R/W to Rector St. Car/Taxi: Drop off at Broadway and Wall St. Parking garage information is available upon request.

Registration for this invitation-only event is complimentary but you must reserve your spot to attend. 

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  • REIT Investor Relations Symposium


    Symposium Overview / Detailed Schedule / Register Now


    Monday, June 5
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Check-In
    12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch in the NYSE Big Board Club
    12:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.

    Opening Remarks


    Jim Byrne, Head of U.S. Listings, NYSE
    Steve Wechsler, President & CEO, NAREIT

    12:55 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Session 1: Telling a Compelling and Differentiated Story to the Street
    • Understand how REIT investors and analysts consume messaging and content.
    • Highlight effective guidance practices and qualitative and quantitative metrics that help the Street evaluate future performance.
    • Learn what messaging and material is overused in the industry and not highly valued by investors.
    Catherine Creswell, SVP-Investor Relations, Vornado Realty Trust

    Laurel Durkay, VP-Associate Portfolio Manager, Cohen & Steers Capital Management
    James Feldman, Director & REIT Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Kristen Kuney, Portfolio Manager, Goldman Sachs & Co.
    1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Networking Break
    1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Session 2: Understanding Market Structure for REITs
    • Overview of market structure and what it means for the REIT industry.
    • Recap of REIT industry trading metrics. (volume, volatility, investor demand, etc.)
    • Explanation of the role Designated Market Makers play in supporting equity trading.
    • How IROs can leverage exchange relationships to be better informed.
    Ronald Bohlert, Lead–Real Estate & Insurance, New York Stock Exchange

    Jason Hardzewicz, Trader, GTS
    Patrick King, Trader, Citadel Securities
    James Woods, Trader, IMC
    2:35 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session 3: View of IR from the Top: Fireside Chat with Veteran REIT CFOs
    • Understand how the C-suite measures the success of an IR program.
    • Discuss ongoing changes to financial reporting practices and what that means for IR.
    • Learn tactical steps on how IR can help make the CFO's job easier.
    • Review necessary skills to help IROs continue to advance within the REIT structure.
    David Bujnicki, SVP - Investor Relations & Strategy, Kimco Realty Corporation

    Andrew Blocher, EVP & CFO, First Potomac Realty Trust
    David Karp, EVP & CFO, Empire State Realty Trust
    Pam Kessler, EVP, CFO & Secretary, LTC Properties, Inc.
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NYSE Closing Bell