“Flood of Capital” presented by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Real Estate Alumni Group on November 5, 2015 at The University of Chicago, Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL. The Ninth Annual Real Estate Conference 2015.
Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLC, LW.com (Providing strategic thinking and senior-level attention for innovative solutions to organizations’ most complex business issues.) Draper and Kramer, DraperAndKramer.com (Providing financial and property services in real estate primarily in property management and leasing, commercial mortgage, residential mortgage, and acquisitions and development.) Eastdil Secured, EastdilSecured.com (Providing the best-in-class services as the preeminent real estate investment banking firm for commercial real estate transactions ranging from single assets to large portfolios.) Equity Commonwealth, eqcre.com (Providing long-term value and aligning the interests of all stakeholders.) Ventas, Inc., VentasREIT.com (Providing superior long-term returns with assets and management of a portfolio of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and other properties.)
Debra A. Cafaro "JD ’82", Chairman and CEO, Ventas, Inc. with Introduction by Douglas G. Baird, Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School.
Debra Cafaro is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company with an enterprise value of $30 billion that owns nearly 1,300 healthcare and senior living properties in North America and the United Kingdom.
Under Ms. Cafaro’s leadership, begun in 1999, Ventas’s market capitalization rose from $200 million to $26 billion by 2015. The Company’s compound annual total shareholder return (TSR) was 29 percent for the 15 year period ended 12/31/14. Additionally, Ventas was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of its “Most Admired” real estate companies globally in 2013.
In 2015, Ms. Cafaro was named by GlobeSt.com as one of only nine “Game-Changers” in commercial real estate during the last 15 years. She was recognized in 2014 by the Harvard Business Review in its list of “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World," ranking her in the top 30 global CEOs and by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the “Most Powerful Woman in Business". She was named by CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer as one of the “Bankable 21" CEOs in the his latest book, Get Rich Carefully. Cafaro was voted to Institutional Investor’s 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2011 "All American Executive Team" (top 3 REIT CEOs), selected as one of the "Top 50 Women in World Business" by the Financial Times and named multiple times by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" and "Top 25 Women in Healthcare."
Ms. Cafaro is a member of the Board of Directors of Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, the University of Chicago, the Real Estate Roundtable, the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago. In 2010, Ms. Cafaro served as Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the worldwide representative voice for REITs, where she was honored in 2014 with NAREIT’s Industry Leadership Award.
Prior to joining Ventas, Ms. Cafaro was President and a Director of Ambassador Apartments, Inc. (NYSE: AAH), a multifamily REIT. She also practiced real estate, corporate and finance law for 13 years following her 1982-83 judicial clerkship with the Hon. J. Dixon Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. Cafaro received her J.D. cum laude in 1982 from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named its Distinguished Alumna in 2011, and her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. She is married and has two children.
Douglas Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Baird served as Dean of the Law School from 1994 to 1999. His research and teaching interests focus on corporate reorganizations and contracts.
Mr. Baird graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979. At Stanford he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He received his BA in English summa cum laude from Yale College in 1975. Before joining the faculty in 1980, he was a law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler and Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.