Episode 3

How can consumer confidence in the real estate industry be reignited across all asset classes? We’ll talk about ‘the new normal’ and learn from the industry’s leading organizations on how they’re planning to engage with consumers now and in the future.

June 3, 12:30 pm EDT / 10:30 am MDT / 9:30 am PDT

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Meet the Guests

Brian McCauley
President & CEO, Concert Properties Ltd. 

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Concert, Brian oversees the diverse real estate activities of the company. Having joined Concert in 1994, and then guiding Concert’s expansion in Ontario in 2001, Brian has been involved in growing the company’s asset base to $4 Billion.

Through asset class diversification and geographic expansion, Concert has grown into an award-winning, Canadian-owned, real estate enterprise involved in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and seniors’ communities, acquiring and developing office, industrial and infrastructure properties across Canada.

Brian is Past Chair and current board member of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region, a past director of BILD, and a current Board member of Junior Achievement BC. Brian is currently serving on the Governments of Canada and British Columbia Expert Panel on the Future of Housing Supply and Affordability.

Carlos Valverde
Vice President Real Estate Development, Silverstein Properties

Carlos Valverde is Vice President of Real Estate Development at Silverstein Properties. Silverstein Properties is a privately-held, full-service real estate development, investment, and management firm based in New York City. Silverstein Properties has developed, owned, and managed more than 40 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail properties.

He has worked as Construction and Development Manager on several major commercial and residential development projects while at the firm such as the new headquarters for The Walt Disney Company in New York City (2M SF state-of-the-art vertical campus), the World Trade Center (10M SF mixed-used development), Silver Towers (1,400 unit residential development), and the masterplan for Qianhai International Financial District (5M SF mixed-use development in China).

Mr. Valverde received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He has also received numerous professional certificates in real estate, construction, and leadership from Harvard University and New York University. Mr. Valverde is currently Chair of the Design and Development Subcommittee for the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Technology Committee.

Ben Pleat
CEO & Founder, Cobu

Ben Pleat is CEO of Cobu, the leading virtual community engagement platform built for multifamily. Living in apartment buildings can be an isolating experience; Cobu makes it easy for residents to connect with their neighbors and neighborhood, turning apartments into homes. By creating a strong sense of community, Cobu helps leading building managers like Bozzuto, AIG, Alliance, Gables Residential, AEW, and Boston Properties to increase resident satisfaction and retention.

As a New York native, Ben has seen first hand just how impactful a sense of community can be toward bringing a sense of belonging to a physical space. Ben is constantly fascinated by innovation in the built world, and has explored the nexus of real estate and technology while with organizations like Goldman Sachs, WeWork, The Harvard Innovation Lab, and Israel Cleantech Ventures. Ben is based in Downtown Boston with his team.

Moderator: Jason Hardy
President & Founder, Chatterson

Since 2008, Jason has served as President and Managing Partner of Chatterson - a boutique real estate marketing consultancy serving all asset classes of the development industry across North America. A serial entrepreneur and industry speaker, Jason is an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, leading their MBA program in real estate marketing.

Jason currently holds the role of Executive Director of the Real Estate Development Institute (REDI), sits on the Management Advisory Council (MAC) for the Haskayne School of Business and is an Advisory Board member and Committee Chair for the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies. In addition, Jason serves as a board member and director for the Entrepreneur’s Organization - Calgary (EO), the United Way and the Adolescent Addiction Recovery Centre (AARC).




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