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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

Real Estate and other Alternatives Investments: 2009 and Beyond

October 26, 2009

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies, in cooperation with the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Center for International Financial Services and Markets and The Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University, hosted a FREE conference titled Real Estate and other Alternatives Investments: 2009 and Beyond on Monday, October 26, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus.  The conference was very well attended and attracted not only high level members of the financial community but also many students from the Zarb School of Business.  The keynote speakers, panels and panelists included:

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Breakfast Keynote Address:  Scott Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RXR Realty

Panel:  The Impact of the Current Crisis on the Real Estate Market

  • David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chair of the Indexing Committee, Standard & Poors
  • David Fowler, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate, Bank of New York
  • Patrick Lawler, Chief Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Moderator, Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht, CFA, Professor of Finance, Hofstra University

Panel:  Alternative Investments – Hedge Funds and Private Equity

  • Daniel Amir, Alternative Investment Services, Bank of New York
  • Hossein Kazemi, Professor and Associate Director of Center For International Security & Derivative Markets , University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Mark Ferguson, Managing Director, Quantifi Solutions
  • Moderator, Dr. Nancy White, Associate Professor of Finance and Department Chair, Hofstra University

KEYNOTE LUNCH SPEAKER:  Robert H. Edelstein, Maurice Mann Chair in Real Estate, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Panel:  Alternative Investments – Global Impact

  • Akinola Olawore, Vice President, International Real Estate, Akin Olawore & Co. Nigeria and African Real Estate Society
  • Gerard N. Giovaniello, Senior Vice President, National Association of Realtors
  • Gene Phillips, Director, PF2 Securities Evaluations, Inc.
  • Peter Bianco, Principal, Bianco Properties
  • Moderator, Dr. Robert Campbell, Associate Professor of Finance
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