“Market Disruptors” presented by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Real Estate Alumni Group on October 6, 2016 at The University of Chicago, Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL. The Tenth Annual Real Estate Conference 2016.
Lead Conference Sponsor Latham & Watkins LLP, LW.com (Providing strategic thinking and senior-level attention for innovative solutions to organizations’ most complex business issues.) Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, BMOHarris.com (Providing a full range of Commercial Real Estate lending, treasury management and depository services.) 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.) 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.) Ten-X, TenX.com/Commercial (Providing the nation’s leading online real estate transaction marketplace.)
Roy March, Chief Executive Officer, Eastdil Secured, LLC with Introduction by David Helfand, President and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Commonwealth (EQC).
Roy March has more than 38 years of real estate experience at Eastdil Secured, the leading real estate investment banking company in the United States, across financing, sales, acquisition, and capital markets activities in the United States, Europe, and East Asia.
Founded in 1967, Eastdil was the first real estate investment banking firm in the United States. Eastdil Secured is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the largest financial service companies in the world and the largest commercial real estate lender in the U.S. In 2009, as a result of the Wells Wachovia merger, the real estate investment banking division of Wachovia was moved to Eastdil Secured forming the first comprehensive end to end real estate banking investment platform in the industry. The New York based firm was involved in over $1.4 trillion in transactions from 2007.
Roy serves on various industry, corporate and community boards, is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Board of Directors of Real Estate Roundtable and is on the Board of Directors of PREA. He is also a member of NAREIT - the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He was the President of the Friends of Malibu Urgent Care, is on the board of The Painted Turtle and is co-founder of March to the Top-Africa.
David Helfand is President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC), a publically traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates commercial office properties throughout the United States.
Mr. Helfand has served as Co-President of Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm, since January 2012. Prior to rejoining Equity Group Investments, Mr. Helfand was Founder and President of Helix Funds LLC, a private real estate investment management company, where he oversaw the acquisition, management and disposition of more than $2.2 billion of real estate assets. While at Helix Funds, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for American Residential Communities LLC, a Helix Funds portfolio company.
Before founding Helix Funds, Mr. Helfand served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest REIT in the United States at the time, where he led approximately $12 billion of mergers and acquisitions activity. Prior to joining EOP, Mr. Helfand served as a Managing Director and participated in the formation of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on real estate platforms in emerging markets. He also held the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties, a publically traded REIT that operates manufactured home communities.