Ventas CEO and long-time investor recognized by NAREIT at REITWorld 2014.
Investors favor REITs as economic momentum in broader economy continues.
Rising asset prices mean diminished need for fresh equity capital.
Investors continue to show interest beyond established real estate markets, survey finds.
U.S. REITs exploring more international growth opportunities.
CEOs of Simon Property Group, American Tower, Public Storage, and Ventas included.
Data from over 300 pension funds found listed equity REITs to be the top-performing asset class overall, with significantly lower fees than other real and alternative assets.
CEO Joel Marcus says occupancy, demand and development at record levels.
Interest rate concerns play major role in shaping market sentiment, analysts say.
Cousins CEO Larry Gellerstedt III sees increased role for development.