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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Exhibit Hours

  • Registration

  • Breakfast,

    Networking Opportunities

  • General Session: Growing Pains - Legal and Business Implications of Cannabis and Hemp for CRE


    Speaker(s)

    Steven R. Johnson, Managing Director of Closing and Servicing, Principal Real Estate Investors

    Bryan McLaren, MBA, EMSL, MA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zoned Properties, Inc.

    Jade Green, Partner and Chief Executive Officer, CannaMLS

    Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq., Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CannaRegs

    William Tolin Gay, Partner, Wilson Elser

    General Session

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    Conflicts between state and federal laws in the regulation of cannabis and hemp/CBD industries create a plethora of confusion in the financial services world—particularly for those involved in the financing and servicing of commercial real estate.  This timely session provides an overview of the evolving legal & regulatory framework as well as various day-to-day business implications for your portfolio. Both the importance of these issues and the challenges for how these industries interface with mortgage lending will continue to grow. Hear from industry experts on what you should expect and prepare for in the years to come.

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    Steven R. Johnson, Managing Director of Closing and Servicing, Principal Real Estate Investors

    Steve Johnson is the Managing Director of Commercial Mortgage Closing and Servicing for Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate unit of Principal Global Investors. He is responsible for managing the closing and servicing activities for Principal’s $23.9 billion commercial mortgage loan portfolio. This responsibility includes establishing strategic direction for the team, providing relationship management to clients, overseeing risk management and operational efficiency, pricing new business and managing profitability. Prior to joining Principal in 2004, Steve was the Director of Portfolio Management for Wachovia Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to joining Wachovia in 1993, Steve worked for Deloitte & Touche in Charlotte, North Carolina. Steve received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Public Accountant on inactive status.  Steve served as the chairperson for the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicer Council for 2014 and 2015 and is currently a member of the MBA’s Commercial Board of Governors (COMBOG).

    Bryan McLaren, MBA, EMSL, MA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zoned Properties, Inc.

    Bryan McLaren is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zoned Properties, a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to provide real estate and sustainability services for the regulated cannabis industry. McLaren has a strong professional background in the social, economic, and environmental development of complex business organizations. For more than a decade he has successfully implemented programs and projects for corporate and community organizations.

    McLaren holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Ethics Studies from the University of San Diego, a Masters of Sustainable Development from Northern Arizona University, an Executive Masters in Business Leadership from Arizona State University, and an MBA from Marylhurst University. Throughout his graduate education, McLaren devoted time to community development and philanthropic efforts earning a number of honors and awards including Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Membership and the Distinguished Walton Scholarship. He has also been certified as a Licensed REALTOR, Green Roof Professional, LEED Green Associate, and is an active Forbes Contributor. Prior to his role at Zoned Properties, McLaren worked as a Sustainability Consultant for Waste Management where he led the strategic development and operational implementation of zero-waste programs for Higher Education clients. McLaren has worked as a Sustainability Program Manager in the Higher Education industry and has been appointed as a City Sustainability Commissioner. Sustainable development has been a life-long passion for McLaren, who strives to create a global impact by forging a strong foundation for principles ofvsustainability in emerging industries.

    Jade Green, Partner and Chief Executive Officer, CannaMLS

    With five years of experience in the cannabis industry, Jade has worked as a consultant to multiple private and publicly traded companies on operational strategy and expansion initiatives. Jade graduated with honors from the University of Florida at just twenty years old and worked in the pharmaceutical sector before turning her attention to cannabis full-time. Having founded, operated and sold multiple companies in her early professional career, Jade uses her entrepreneurial spirit and cannabis expertise to deliver the highest value to all of our clients. 

    Amanda Ostrowitz, Esq., Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CannaRegs

    William Tolin Gay, Partner, Wilson Elser

    William Tolin Gay has more than 30 years of experience as a business/corporate lawyer, culminating in his present transaction-focused practice, which includes corporate law, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, licensing agreements and technology transfers. Bill has extensive experience working with domestic and foreign clients in securities, real estate, intellectual property and franchising. Among his many domestic and international clients are Japanese entities that operate in the United States.  Bill, who speaks and reads Japanese, practiced law in Tokyo for several years, where he represented U.S. companies in their Japanese operations as well as Japanese issuers and underwriters in Eurobond securities issues. He is a certified California Real Estate Broker and a California Certified Mediator. Bill was appointed by the International Law Section of the State Bar of California to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for 2015–2020.

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Lunch,

    Networking Opportunities

  • Special Session

  • Special Session

  • Special Session

  • General Session

  • Networking Opportunities,

    Refreshment Break

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Networking Opportunities,

    Reception

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Registration

  • Breakfast,

    Networking Opportunities

  • Exhibit Hours

  • Breakfast,

    Networking Opportunities

  • General Session: Cultivating an Intrapreneurial Mindset: Growing Yourself and Your Organization through Empowerment


    Speaker(s)

    Heather Parbst, Executive Coach, Senior Adviser and Director of Operations, Velocity Advisory Group

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    Intrapreneurs are the confident, committed idea activators and success drivers of organizations. They drive growth and innovation from the inside of an organization outward.  Recognizing and fostering intrapreneurship in ourselves and others is a competitive advantage. Drawing from her background in organizational consulting, tech startup entrepreneurship, and as a coach/consultant to entrepreneurs and C-Level executives, Heather will provide practical tools and insights into empowering yourself and your teams to grow healthy leaders and organizations that embody a thriving entrepreneurial mindset.

    Speaker(s)

    Heather Parbst, Executive Coach, Senior Adviser and Director of Operations, Velocity Advisory Group

    Heather Parbst is an executive coach and Senior Advisor and the Director of Operations for Velocity Advisory Group. Heather has always been driven to empower others to achieve more for themselves and their organizations. She has navigated multiple career transitions and industry jumps, successfully scaled and sold an IT firm, and advises, coaches and mentors leaders and teams in organizations ranging from new startups to Fortune 500 companies. These experiences have given her a unique perspective into leadership and organizational dynamics. As a consultant, facilitator and coach, Heather is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and businesses achieve their highest potential.

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Networking Opportunities,

    Refreshment Break

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Lunch,

    Networking Opportunities

  • Special Session

  • Special Session

  • Special Session

  • General Session: The Economic and Commercial Real Estate Outlook


    Speaker(s)

    Jamie Woodwell, Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Research, Mortgage Bankers Association

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    Despite uncertainty about the broader economy, commercial real estate (CRE) and commercial real estate finance (CREF) markets have continued to remain prosperous. However, different property types - and capital sources - are facing different prospects.  MBA’s Vice President of Research & Economics, Jamie Woodwell, discusses the latest on the economy and the CRE marketplace, with a special focus on issues of importance to commercial and multifamily mortgage servicers.  This session provides a forecast you can't afford to miss, and helps you understand where the markets are and where they are heading.

    Speaker(s)

    Jamie Woodwell, Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Research, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Jamie Woodwell is Vice President in the Research and Economics group at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where he oversees MBA's research on the commercial and multifamily real estate markets. Jamie's work covers the macro-economy, commercial and multifamily property markets, commercial and multifamily real estate finance, servicing, mortgage banking benchmarking and more. Jamie is an expert on the commercial real estate finance markets and he and his work are regularly cited in the media, on Capitol Hill and in regulatory settings. He is a frequent contributor to Mortgage Banking magazine and other periodicals and a regular speaker at industry events. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and in other popular and trade press and has testified before the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP.

    Jamie also leads special MBA projects including its Council to Shape Change and the Council on Ensuring Mortgage Liquidity, and oversees MBA's commercial peer business roundtables including CFOs, CTOs and HR heads. The Council to Shape Change brought together leaders from the single-family and commercial/multifamily finance markets to identify key trends shaping the industry. The group issued its report "Outlook for the Real Estate Finance Industry" in 2006. In 2008, the Council on Ensuring Mortgage Liquidity brought together 23 industry leaders representing MBA's diverse membership who were tasked with determining what a functioning secondary mortgage market should like for the long term. In September of 2009, the Council released "Future Government Role in the Core Secondary Mortgage Market," a framework for government involvement in the single-family and multifamily secondary mortgage markets and a foundation for most subsequent reform proposals. Woodwell received his bachelor's degree in economics and American studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

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