80 REITs Represented at 2nd Annual REIT Investor Relations Symposium

Nareit CEO & President Steve Wechsler welcomes attendees at the 2nd annual REIT Investor Relations Symposium. Nicole Pereira Photography

Nareit and the NYSE hosted the 2nd Annual REIT Investor Relations Symposium on Monday, June 4, 2018 in conjunction with Nareit’s REITweek: 2018 Investor Conference. More than 100 REIT investor relations professionals were in attendance, representing 80 REITs. Attendees heard from industry experts during three panel discussions that focused on a range of topics, including: market structure and trading; corporate governance; activism; MifID II; ESG; and investor outreach.

The first session was titled Capital Markets Update: A View from the Trading Floor and was moderated by Ronald Bohlert, sector lead – real estate, at the Intercontinental Exchange NYSE. Panelists included: Matt Cheslock, equity trader, Virtu; John Worth, EVP, research & investor outreach, Nareit; and Kenny Polcari, managing director, O'Neil Securities.

Session two was titled Protecting Shareholder Value: The Evolution of REIT Corporate Governance and the Rise of Shareholder Activism and was moderated by Ted McHugh, SVP, Edelman. Panelists included Sherry Rexroad, managing director - global REITs, BlackRock and Alesandra Rutherford, partner, Camberview Partners.

The final session was Around the REIT IR Table: An Industry Update from Leading Practitioners, moderated by Tracy Ward, SVP, investor relations & corporate communications, Prologis (NYSE: PLD). Panelists included: Igor Khislavsky, senior director, investor relations, American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT); Tejal Engman, VP, investor relations, Washington REIT (NYSE: WRE); and Brendan Maiorana, SVP, finance & investor relations, Highwoods Properties (NYSE: HIW).