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All Conference Sessions will be held in Trianon Ballroom, on the 3rd Floor of the New York Hilton Midtown.

Monday, June 5
10:00 a.m. Conference Check-In, Trianon Ballroom Foyer
11:00 a.m. Conference Opens
11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Research Session I: The Nexus of Real Estate Conditions and REIT Returns Panel Discussion: The Nexus of Real Estate Conditions and REIT Returns

Brad Case, SVP-Research & Industry Information, NAREIT

David Downs, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Mark Howard-Johnson, Managing Director & Global Head of Real Estate Securities, BlackRock
Eva Steiner, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Session: Presentation of “Distinguished Research Prize”


Robert Shiller, Best-selling Author, Finance and Real Estate Economist, and 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economics
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Research Session II: Property Acquisition/Disposition Decisions by Equity REITs Panel Discussion: REIT Property Acquisition/Disposition Decisions

John Worth, SVP-Research & Investor Outreach, NAREIT

David Bragg, Managing Director, Green Street Advisors
David Ling, Professor, University of Florida
Owen Thomas, CEO, Boston Properties, Inc
Jon Wiley, Associate Professor, Georgia State University
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Research Session III: Maturation of the REIT Market: Yesterday & Today, Equity & Debt Assets
  • Presentation One: “The Hybrid Nature of Real Estate Trusts”

    Presenter: Yildiray Yildirim, Professor in Real Estate, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

  • Presentation Two: “Survey of the Mortgage REIT Business Model”

    Presenter: Tim Riddiough, Graaskamp Professor of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin

Panel Discussion: Maturation of the REIT Market: Mortgage REIT Focus

Merrie Frankel, President, Minerva Realty Consultants LLC

Jeffrey DiModica, President & Managing Director, Starwood Property Trust
Timothy Riddiough, Professor, University of Wisconsin
Yildiray Yildirim, Professor, Baruch College
William Gorin, CEO, MFA Financial, Inc.

5:00 p.m. Program Concludes