CEO Forum & Advocacy Day Recap

More than 50 executives from across the REIT industry traveled to the nation’s capital last week for Nareit’s annual CEO Forum & Advocacy Day (formerly known as the Washington Leadership Forum). The two-day event provides Nareit members the opportunity for face-to-face meetings with congressional leaders and policymakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing REITs and real estate investment.

The interaction between Nareit’s member CEOs and elected officials is an important way to illustrate the benefits of REITs as real estate working for you. This year, we had 24 REIT CEOs participate in 17 congressional meetings.

(Left to right) Mark Decker, president and CEO, Investors Real Estate Trust; John Anzalone, CEO, Invesco Mortgage Capital; Victoria Rostow, SVP, policy and regulatory affairs; Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID); James Nelson, CEO, Global Net Lease; Glenn Rufrano, CEO, VEREIT; Erich Sanchack, EVP, Digital Realty Trust; and John Isakson, chief capital officer, Preferred Apartment Communities.

(Left to right) Mike Landy, president and CEO, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp; Mark Decker, president and CEO, Investors Real Estate Trust; Steve Budorick, president and CEO, COPT; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS); Dana Anderson, vice chairman emeritus, Macerich; and Glenn Rufrano, CEO, VEREIT.

(Left to right) David Neithercut, president and CEO, Equity Residential; Maria Hawthorne, president and CEO, PS Business Parks; Sam Zell, chairman, Equity Investments; David Helfand, CEO, Equity Commonwealth; Jeff Olson, chairman and CEO, Urban Edge Properties; Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Owen Thomas, CEO, Boston Properties; Chris Czarnecki, CEO, Broadstone Net Lease; and Steven Wechsler, president and CEO, Nareit.

(Left to right) Jeff Olson, chairman and CEO, Urban Edge Properties; Maria Hawthorne, president and CEO, PS Business Parks; Sam Zell, chairman, Equity Investments; and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

(Left to right) David Helfand, CEO, Equity Commonwealth; Maria Hawthorne, president and CEO, PS Business Parks; Jeff Olson, chairman and CEO, Urban Edge Properties; Owen Thomas, CEO, Boston Properties; Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Sam Zell, chairman, Equity Investments; Steven Wechsler, president and CEO, Nareit; David Neithercut, president and CEO, Equity Residential; and Jay Leupp, Managing Director, Lazard Asset Management

(Left to right) Mark Decker, president and CEO, Investors Real Estate Trust; Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS); and Dana Anderson, vice chairman emeritus, Macerich.

(Left to right) Mike Landy, president and CEO, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp; John Isakson, chief capital officer, Preferred Apartment Communities; Bobby Bowers, CFO, Piedmont Office Realty Trust; Steven Wechsler, president and CEO, Nareit; Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX); and Damon Hininger, president and CEO, CoreCivic.

(Left to right) Damon Hininger, president and CEO, CoreCivic; Steven Wechsler, president and CEO, Nareit; Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX); John Isakson, chief capital officer, Preferred Apartment Communities; and Bobby Bowers, CFO, Piedmont Office Realty Trust.

(Left to right) Chris Czarnecki, CEO, Broadstone Net Lease; James Nelson, CEO, Global Net Lease; Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Bobby Bowers, CFO, Piedmont Office Realty Trust; and James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower Corp.

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