11/23/2020 | by

Nareit’s REITworld: 2020 Annual Conference was held on Nov. 17-19. More than 3,800 REIT industry professionals gathered virtually to hear from REIT management teams about forecasts and business plans and to attend educational sessions and connect with REIT executives for one-on-one sessions. Registrants can access on-demand content from the conference through Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Read on for highlights from the conference:

REIT Executives Say Economic Impact of COVID-19 Will Become Clearer by Mid-2021
Nareit President and CEO Steve Wechsler moderated the panel, which featured: Tamara Fischer, president and CEO of National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE: NSA); Tom Bartlett, president and CEO of American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT); Charles Meyers, president and CEO of Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX); and Joel Marcus, executive chairman and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE). Executives commented on the state of the economy, after a strong showing in the third quarter, and the impact of potential vaccine breakthroughs.

REIT CEOs Say COVID-19 Unlikely to Materially Change Their Businesses Permanently
A panel of REIT CEOs at Nareit’s REITworld: 2020 Annual Conference discussed the ongoing economic impact from COVID-19 and their expectations for 2021. Nareit Chair James Risoleo, president and CEO at Host Hotels & Resorts (Nasdaq: HST), moderated the session. Panelists included: Victor Coleman, chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP); Susan Givens, CEO of New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR); Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (Nasdaq: BPY); and Mark Parrell, president and CEO of Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR).

REITworld Panel Examines Broad Outlook for REITs and the Economy
A Nov. 17 panel discussion at Nareit’s REITworld: 2020 Annual Conference examined the broad outlook for REITs and the economy, with particular attention to the impact of the pandemic on the office, retail, and health care real estate sectors. Lindsay Dutch, REIT equity analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, moderated the event. Panelists included: Calvin Schnure, Nareit senior economist; Laurel Durkay, SVP and portfolio manager global & U.S. real estate at Cohen & Steers Capital Management; and Mark Streeter, managing director at J.P. Morgan.

REITworld Panel Examines Impact of COVID-19 on ESG Strategies
A panel of REIT executives and investors examined the impact of COVID-19 on ESG strategies across the industry and discussed the ESG changes they expect to occur as a result of the pandemic and other key events of 2020, such as the focus on social justice issues.

Nareit Announces Winners of Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recognition Awards
DE&I Awards recognize accomplishments by Ventas, Alexander & Baldwin, Essex Property Trust, and JBG SMITH’s Dawnita Wilson.

Connie Moore and Michael Bilerman Honored with REIT Industry Leadership and Achievement Awards
During its REITworld: 2020 Annual Conference, Nareit announced two prestigious industry leadership and achievement awards.

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