JW Marriott Hill Country
23808 Resort Pkwy San Antonio TX 78261
March 26 - 28
JW Marriott Hill CountrySan Antonio, TX

REITwise: 2019 Law, Accounting & Finance Conference

REITwise 2019®: Nareit's Law, Accounting & Finance Conference® provides attendees with a broad, yet focused educational program that presents a clear picture of current political, economic and market events that impact legal, financial, tax and accounting operations within REITs and publicly traded real estate companies.

REITwise is being held March 26 – 28, 2019, at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Schedule



    Tuesday, March 26

    7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration
    7:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Networking Room
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Fun Run
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Best Financial Practices Council (invitation only)
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. General Counsel Luncheon (Nareit corporate members only)
    • 2019 REIT Proxy Season Issues
    • Recent Litigation Trends in the REIT Sector
    • Employment Issues, including Drug Testing
    • GC Oversight of E&S Reporting
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Senior Financial Officer Luncheon (Nareit corporate members only)

    Presentation Title: 5G Perspectives for the Real Estate Industry
    • Why do we need 5G? – Key Drivers
    • What is 5G? – Definitions and Iterations
    • When will 5G be deployed? – Deployment Timeline
    • Implications of 5G for the Real Estate Industry – Possible Opportunities

    Soumen Ganguly, Director, Atlman Vilandrie & Company

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tax Director's Luncheon (Nareit corporate members only)
    • Tax reporting
    • Retention of capital gains
    • Federal and state audits
    • Dividend issues
    • Depreciation issues
    Steve Beinke, SVP, Tax, American Campus Communities, Inc.
    Paul Delaney, Director-Tax, Investors Real Estate Trust
    Maggie Mui, Director, Tax, Boston Properties,  Inc.
    Kevin Nishioka, VP, Tax, Alexander & Baldwin
    Ashley Peeper, VP, Tax, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
    Cheryl Surgo, Assistant VP, Tax, Welltower, Inc.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Networking Break
    1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Accounting Committee
    • Implementing the Leases standard
    • Implementing the credit loss model
    • Nareit’s FFO Restatement
    • IASB primary financial statements update

    George Yungmann, SVP, Financial Standards, Nareit

    Nancy Anderson, VP, Financial Reporting & Chief Financial Officer
    Kristin Bauer, National Office Partner, Deloitte LLP
    Christopher Drula, SVP, Financial Standards, Nareit
    David Jamiolkowski, Partner, Baker Tilly

    2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Government Relations Committee
    • Presentation by IRS Officials
    • Terrorism Risk Insurance
    • Qualified Improvement Property
    • Cost recovery period for existing residential property
    • GSE reform
    • Reversal of IRS Notice 2007-55
    • Spin-off regulations
    • “Short and distort” developments
    • SEC Disclosure effectiveness initiative update
    • Meeks-Menendez diversity legislation

    Jeffrey Clark, SVP, Tax & JV Accounting, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
    Kristin Myers, SVP Tax, Cousins Properties
    Brian Wood, SVP & Chief Tax Officer, Ventas, Inc.

    Cathy Barré, EVP & General Counsel, Nareit
    Ray Beeman, Principal, Washington Council Ernst & Young
    Dara Bernstein, SVP & Tax Counsel, Nareit
    Erica Borenstein, General Counsel, Farmland Partners Inc.
    Grace Cho, Attorney, FI&P, Internal Revenue Service
    Tony Edwards, Sr. EVP, Nareit
    Andrea Hoffenson, Branch Chief, FI&P, Internal Revenue Service
    Victoria Rostow, SVP, Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Nareit

    4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Networking Break
    4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Insurance Committee
    • Cyber Insurance for REITs: What’s Covered? Is it Necessary?
    • Directors & Officers Liability Insurance:
      Nareit Policy Enhancements & General Market Claims Environment
    • Policy/Regulatory Update

    Michael Horvath, SVP, Risk Management Simon Property Group

    Jeff Bowen, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Timothy Burns, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Timothy Crowley, First Vice President, Crystal & Company
    Brian Dunphy, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Crystal & Company
    Alexandra Glickman, Managing Director, Real Estate & Hospitality, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    Anne Hardner, Senior Vice President, Arch Insurance Group
    Stephen Kelly, Account Executive, Crystal & Company
    Victoria Rostow, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel, Nareit

    4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. State & Local Tax Subcommittee
    • State implications of federal tax reform
    • Hawaii anti-DPD legislation
    • California “split roll” ballot initiative
    • New Jersey combined reporting
    • SALT deduction cap and new state pass-through entity income taxes

    Kathy Miller, SVP, Financial Services & Tax, Regency Centers Corporation

    Dale Kim, Partner, EY
    Mariano Sori, Partner; Income and Franchise Tax National and Central Region Leader, BDO LLP
    Theresa Thompson, Director, PwC
    Bradley Wilhelmson, Washington National Tax, KPMG LLP

    6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Opening Reception

    Wednesday, March 27

    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration
    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Room
    7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. General Session: State of the Capital Markets
    • Liquidity, liquidity, liquidity – ETF/Index funds, ATMs and take privates
    • Ever more externalities - interest rates, the internet, millennials and trade
    • Finding the balance – Leverage, secured vs unsecured, and CP programs
    • Where we go from here – REITs in 2029

    John Perkins, Head, Real Estate Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets

    William Bayless, CEO, American Campus Communities, Inc.
    Mark Streeter, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
    Dan Teper, Managing Director, Brookfield Property Group
    Diane Wade, Principal, CBRE Clarion Securities

    9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 1: REIT Day-to-Day Tax Issues
    • Customary services/providing facilities
    • TRSs: transfer pricing, paymaster, dealer sales, etc.
    • Planning for NOLs post-tax reform
    • Short-term uses of office and multi-family space
    Kristin Myers, SVP, Tax, Cousins Properties

    Kenneth Bernice, SVP, Tax, Colony Capital, Inc.
    James Brock, Partner, Deloitte, LLP
    Daniel Tucker, SVP, Global Tax, Iron Mountain
    Donna Wagner, SVP, Tax, JBG SMITH
    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 2: SEC and PCAOB Update
    • SEC comment letters
    • Recent SEC proposals
    • PCAOB update
    • Critical audit matters
    Kirk Rogers, Partner, RSM US LLP

    Christopher Park, Director, EisnerAmper LLP
    Adam Reuille, SVP & CAO, Simon Property Group, Inc.
    Angela Storm, Partner, KPMG LLP
    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 3: Data Analytics and Cyber Security
    • Annual training of work force
    • Trends in internal controls in identifying cyber security risk
    • Enterprise risk management
    • Complying with GDPR
    • Digital audits
    • Using AI to automate work flow processes

    Tara Marszewski, CFO, Brookfield Properties Retail Group

    Sourav Ghosh, SVP, Enterprise Analytics, Host Hotels & Resorts
    Robert Meyer, Jr., SVP, Finance & Corporate Controller, American Tower Corporation
    Dennis van Ham, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

    11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 1: Working with REIT Board Members
    • Best practices in engaging Board members
    • Different perspective of former investors and executives
    Diana Laing, Interim CFO, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

    Cydney Donnell, Director, Real Estate Programs, Texas A&M University-Mays Business School
    Mary Hogan-Preusse, Founder & Principal, Sturgis Partners LLC
    Walter Rakowich, Director, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 2: Emerging Tax Issues for REITs
    • Planning for new section 163(j), the RPTOB election, and cost recovery changes
    • Post-tax reform section 199A opportunities and issues
    • Practical uses of REIT savings clauses
    • Post-tax reform like kind exchange planning

    Mark Van Deusen, Principal, Deloitte LLP

    Adam Feuerstein, Principal, PwC
    Ashley Peeper, VP, Tax, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
    Steven Schneider, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
    Dianne Umberger, Principal, EY
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Session 3: Interest Rates, Discount Rates, and Hedge Accounting
    • What the LIBOR and SOFR transition means for REITs now
    • Hedge accounting changes: handling transition and using new strategies
    • Lease accounting – potential solutions to deriving the appropriate incremental borrowing rates

    Joanne Mondares, Director-SEC Reporting & Policies, Regency Centers Corporation

    Rob Barton, Director, Global Real Estate, Accounting Advisory, Chatham Financial
    Thomas Faineteau, National Assurance Partner, BDO USA, LLP
    Readie Callahan, Head of Communications Strategy, Wells Fargo - LIBOR Transition Office

    12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Networking Break
    12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch General Session: Leveraging Diversity to Solve Complex Problems

    Scott Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics, The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 1: Corporate Governance
    • Proxy Season – Lessons from 2018 and 2019 developments
    • REIT activism and engagement
    • Proxy process reform and regulation of proxy advisors
    • Developments regarding ESG and related disclosures
    • Other SEC hot topics – Cybersecurity risk
    • Board oversight issues and diversity

    Lauren Goldberg, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary, VEREIT, Inc.

    Mack Abbot, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock
    Karen Garnett, Partner, Proskauer
    Frederick McKalip, SVP & General Counsel, RLJ Lodging Trust
    David Slotkin, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 2: Partnership Tax Issues
    • Disposing JV interests and the prohibited transaction rule
    • Partnership audit planning and drafting
    • PTP and Operating Partnership issues
    • Working with the proposed disguised sale regulations

    Jeffrey Clark, SVP, Tax & JV Accounting, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

    Cristina Arumi, Head, U.S. REIT Practice, Hogan Lovells
    Terence Cuff, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb
    Christopher Mangin, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
    Craig Stern, EVP, Tax & Compliance, Vornado Realty Trust

    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 3: Challenges in Managing a Range of Generations
    • Managing millennials and Gen Z employees

    Kim Voss, CAO, American Campus Communities, Inc.

    Ross Cooper, President & CIO, Kimco Realty Corporation
    Dominic Cottone, Managing Director-Leadership Consulting, Ferguson Partners, Ltd.
    Pamela Lipp-Hendricks, Head of Talent Development and D&I, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Networking Happy Hour

    Thursday, March 28

    7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration
    7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Room
    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Breakfast General Session: On to 2020

    Hugh Hewitt, Host, The Hugh Hewitt Show and Political Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC
    Jim Messina, CEO, The Messina Group and White House Deputy Chief of Staff (2009-2011)

    9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 1: REITs and Opportunity Zones
    • Potential Uses of OZ Structures and Public REITs: Operational Issues and Financing Structures
    • Document Drafting Tips
    • Deferring Built-in Gains
    • REITs as OZ Investors
    • Issues for REIT Shareholders

    David Levy, Partner, Tax, Skadden

    Carolyn Bidwell, SVP, Tax, Brookfield Asset Management
    Steven Kennedy, Director, PwC
    Kelsey Lemaster, Partner, Goodwin
    Libin Zhang, Partner, Roberts & Holland LLP

    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 2: Disclosure Best Practices – Everything Investors/Analysts Want to Know
    • Making non-GAAP metrics more useful to investors
    • How do investors/analysts use the GAAP cash flow statement?
    • Best practices in cap ex disclosures
    • JV disclosures
    • Is there confusion around G&A costs?

    Catherine Creswell, SVP, Investor Relations, Vornado Realty Trust

    Nora Creedon, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
    Gregg Korondi, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management
    Steve Sakwa, Managing Director, Evercore ISI
    Matthew Werner, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Chilton Capital Management

    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session 3: Issues Tackled by General Counsels
    • Board composition and refreshment policies
    • Sexual harassment and whistle-blower policies and board oversight
    • Corporate social media policies
    • Director on-boarding and continuing education
    • Shareholder outreach and engagement practices
    • Legal department involvement with sustainability and ESG reporting

    Troy McHenry, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, HCP, Inc.

    Steven Fivel, General Counsel, Simon Property Group
    Samantha Sacks Gallagher, EVP & General Counsel, VICI Properties, Inc.
    Kay Tidwell, EVP & General Counsel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

    11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. General Session: Alternative Capital Sources for Public REITs in a Challenging Capital Markets Environment
    • Legal structures and economics underpinning these opportunities
    • Sources of alternative capital
    • Pluses/minuses of using private capital
    • Tax and accounting ramifications to public REITs of using these structures
    Kathryn Furman, Partner, King & Spalding

    Cameron Cosby, Partner-Tax, Fried Frank
    Rahul Gupta, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
    Alison Hill, Managing Director, Strategic Capital, Prologis, Inc.
    Phillip Owens, Managing Director, Advising & Consulting, Green Street Advisors
    12:30 p.m. Program Concludes

    NOTE: The schedule above may be subject to change.

  • Prices & Policies


    Registration Pricing

    Registration fees include all educational sessions, the opening reception, refreshment breaks and meal functions.

    Registration Fees On or Before March 1, 2019 After March 1, 2019
    Corporate Member* $1,295 $1,395
    Individual Member  $1,595 $1,695
    Tax Exempt Member $650 $750
    Non-Member** $2,545 $2,645
    Optional Registration Fees    
    Full Spouse Registration*** $275 $275
    Spouse Reception Ticket $110 $110
    Additional Registration Options    
    Tax Directors’ Luncheon* $130 $140
    SFO Luncheon* $130 $140
    General Counsel Luncheon* $130 $140
    5k Fun Run $25 $25
    Yoga $25 $25


    *Employees of a REIT or public real estate operating company (or its sponsor) that is a Nareit member.

    **Employees and Officers of REITs (or their sponsors) that are not members of Nareit may NOT attend this meeting as non-members. The REIT must be a Nareit member.

    ***Full Spouse registration includes the Opening Reception, Happy Hour, access to Networking Room and all meal functions

    Conference Cancellation Policy
    All cancellations must be received in writing to Afia Boone at aboone@nareit.com. Full conference refunds will be issued, minus a $100 processing fee, for cancellations received prior to Friday, March 1, 2019.
    No refunds will be granted after Friday, March 1, 2019.

    Conference Attire
    The conference attire is resort casual.

  • Hotel Information


    Host Hotel* (Official Conference Hotel)- SOLD OUT
    JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
    23808 Resort Pkwy
    San Antonio, TX 78261
    *All Nareit conference events will be held at this hotel

    Additional Hotels:
    Courtyard Marriott San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy**
    1803 E Sonterra Blvd.
    San Antonio, TX 78259

    Hyatt Place San Antonio North**
    1610 E Sonterra Blvd.
    San Antonio, TX 78258
    **Shuttle service will be provided throughout the conference to/from all hotels.

    Nareit Room Rates:
    JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
    Standard - $365.00

    Courtyard Marriott San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy
    Standard - $199.00

    Hyatt Place San Antonio North
    Standard - $149.00

    Hotel Reservation Policy
    In order to reserve a hotel room within the Nareit negotiated group block, you must first register for the conference. Once registered, attendees will receive an confirmation email with the link to book a hotel room online. If a hotel room is reserved, but the individual is not registered for the conference, the hotel reservation will be canceled, and their deposit will be forfeited. Should you have questions regarding the hotel, contact Lacey Rimoli-Wiesel at lacey@stagedrightevents.com. You can also reach Staged Right Events offices by calling 954-404-8252. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

    Hotel reservations at the group rate are subject to availability after Friday, March 1, 2019.
    Note: All room reservations will be charged a one-night, non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation request. Hotel reservations are due no later than Friday, March 1, 2019, to receive the group rate (pending availability).

    Hotel Cancellation Policy
    Nareit requires a one night, non-refundable deposit paid to the hotel at time of reservation. Cancellation of additional room nights (not the entire reservation) without penalty requires notice 72 hours prior to arrival, otherwise additional room and tax penalties may apply and will be charged to the credit card on file.

    Any changes to your hotel reservation may be done on the Staged Right Events hotel room block site, up until 72 hours prior to arrival or by emailing lacey@stagedrightevents.com. All change requests are subject to room availability. Please do not call the hotel directly.

  • Attendee Roster



    Attendee roster sponsored by:

    Please login below to view Nareit's REITwise 2019 attendee roster. Once you are logged in, the REITwise attendee roster will appear containing the name and company for all individuals registered to attend the conference.

  • CPE & CLE Information


    Conference educational and networking activities are only open to registered attendees. Your badge is proof of registration and is required for admission to all conference activities and functions. There is an RFID tracking chip in each badge that will be used to track your session attendance and duration.

    Up to 19.5 hours of CPE credits are available

    Up to 17.5 hours of CLE credits are available*
    *Note: Available credit hours vary state to state.

    Nareit is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

    Nareit is a registered public accountant continuing education sponsor with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Nareit follows CE regulations as outlined in the California Accountancy Act. Up to 19.5 credits may be earned at Nareit's REITwise: 2019 Law, Accounting & Finance Conference. This conference is an intermediate level course geared toward the tax, accounting, and special knowledge fields. The course presentation method is Group Live, and no advance preparation is required.

    For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact Afia Boone at aboone@nareit.com or 202-739-9433.

  • Sourcebook


    The REITwise® Sourcebook is available in a complimentary downloadable format on Nareit's website for registered attendees by clicking here (login required).

    If you are having difficulty logging in to the REITwise Sourcebook, please feel free to contact Member Services at member@nareit.com.

    This Sourcebook is provided as a benefit to REITwise® attendees and purchasers of the Sourcebook only. Permission is granted to registered REITwise attendees and REITwise Sourcebook purchasers to view and download the Sourcebook materials for their personal use. Sharing Sourcebook access information or downloading Sourcebook materials to forward or provide copies to others is prohibited.

    If you have any questions regarding the REITwise Sourcebook, please feel free to contact member@nareit.com or (202) 739-9400.

  • 2019 Program Directors


    Troy McHenry

    Troy McHenry, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, HCP, Inc.

    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers, SVP, Tax, Cousins Properties

    John Perkins

    John Perkins, Head, Real Estate Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets

    Kim Voss

    Kim Voss, CAO, American Campus Communities, Inc.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Thank you for your interest in sponsorship at Nareit’s REITwise. Explore the available sponsorship opportunities below. To secure a sponsorship, complete the sponsorship interest form. Upon receipt of your sponsorship interest form, a confirmation email and contract will be prepared and sent to the sponsorship contact provided.

    Should you have any questions regarding these sponsorship opportunities, please to contact Chris Flood. Should you have questions concerning the online form or submission process, please contact Tracie Desjardins Betts.

    Sponsorships will be awarded to returning sponsors on first right of refusal basis and will be honored for forms received by Friday, Dec. 7. We encourage you to visit reit.com at that time for additional meeting information.

  • Contact Us


    Conference Registration
    Tracie Betts
    Manager, Operations

    Allison Shaw
    Manager, Operations

    Hotel Reservations
    Lacey Rimoli-Wiesel
    Housing Director, Staged Right Events

    Amy Miller
    Meeting and Conference Coordinator, Staged Right Events

    Chris Flood
    VP, Business Development

    Afia Boone
    Senior Director, Membership & Meetings

    Overall Conference Issues
    Pam Coleman
    SVP, Meetings