Real Estate Pricing Trends for Long-term Recovery: Managing Risk and Leveraging Opportunity

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In this virtual session, the panelists will forecast real estate trends and opportunities in 2021: housing versus commercial real estate. Are the greatest opportunities for growth in multifamily, industrial, office, self-storage and lockdown-resistant retail?

  • The status of inflation and interest rates and the impact on the real estate sector.
  • Evaluating the investor appetite across sectors such as: industrial, multifamily, long-term leased office, grocery and low-leveraged leased retail.
  • Leveraging capital-raising opportunities: from purchasing distressed loans or buying foreclosed properties.
  • Responding to the growth in bridge lending for distressed assets.
  • Price discovery… and recovery.

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Mr. Werner supports NT’s Asset Management and Property Management activities. Mr. Werner brings nearly 20 years of diversified commercial real estate experience to bear on supporting the NT plan for its assets under management and portfolio initiatives.


Gary J. Werner

Managing Director

NextTier HD/NextTier Real Estate Investors

Prior to that Mr. Werner was in a similar position with HDG Mansur providing real estate fund and asset management and property development services. While there, Mr. Werner and his team managed and advised on over $5.6 billion in real estate investments on behalf of private clients and select institutions worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Werner had turns at Mitsui Fudosan, UBS Realty Investors (where he worked with Mr. Reardon), Cornerstone Properties – subsequently acquired by Equity OfficeProperties – and RREEF. In addition, Mr. Werner had spent 5 years on the Senior Project Staff of one of the largest infrastructure construction projects in US history.

Mr. Werner currently serves as an Adjunct Professor, RE Finance at Baruch College – Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and teaches Argus in Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Werner holds an MS - Real Estate Investment and Development with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Construction. 


Mr. Hester is a member of the real estate team and focuses on various investment and portfolio management activities. He is also involved in the Firm’s responsible investing initiative.

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Thomas Hester

Managing Director

StepStone Global

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Hester was a senior vice president at Courtland Partners, Ltd., an international real estate advisory firm which integrated with StepStone Real Estate. Previously, Mr. Hester was director of accounting and financial reporting and chief compliance officer at Mesa West Capital, and CFO at Somera Capital Management, both real estate investment managers. Mr. Hester previously held principal positions at the McMahan Group and Westwood Consulting Group and was a senior manager at Kenneth Leventhal & Company/Ernst & Young. Mr. Hester is a current member of the NCREIF PREA Reporting Standards Council.

Mr. Hester received a BS from San Diego State University and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management.


Greg is a Senior Vice President in the investment management and acquisitions group.  He has 33 years of professional experience.


Gregory Breskin

Senior Vice President

Torchlight Investors 

Prior to Torchlight, Greg worked at Ossipee Capital, WestRiver Capital Management, Brookfield Asset Management, Ocwen Financial Corporation and John Alden Life Insurance Corporation.  Greg holds an MBA from the University of Miami and a BA from the University of Richmond.


Mr. Lyons is Co-Head of Originations at Stabilis Capital Management, a New York based investor focused on the origination and acquisition of senior bridge loans secured by transitional assets (real estate, asset backed and healthcare). 


Brad Lyons

Managing Director, Co-Head– Originations

Stabilis Capital Management, LP

Stabilis is active across most real estate sectors as well as with various specialty finance and C&I opportunities such as inventory, receivables and equipment financing and bankruptcies.  Mr. Lyons has significant experience in the real estate structured finance space and has been active with value-add and development projects across all sectors nationwide.  Mr. Lyons' principal experience included investing on behalf of Capital Trust (now Blackstone Mortgage Trust) and New York Life Investment Management.  He holds a BA in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Real Estate Finance from NYU.



Christopher Rising is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rising Realty Partners, while also serving on its investment committee.


Christopher Rising 

Co-Founder and CEO

Rising Realty Partners

Christopher Rising is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rising Realty Partners, while also serving on its investment committee. Prior to that, Mr. Rising served as Senior Vice President, Asset Transactions at MPG Office Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPG) where he oversaw all acquisitions, dispositions and related transactions for the company. He joined the company in 2007 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives working directly with the CEO to formulate MPG’s strategy for reducing leverage and restructuring the company.

In 2003, Mr. Rising founded The Rising Real Estate Group (RREG), a real estate investment and brokerage company which through its partnership with Barker Pacific Group (BPG), a Los Angeles real estate operator and developer, raised an equity vehicle known as Hamilton Capital Partners (HCP). Mr. Rising currently sits on the investment committee for HCP, a co-invest vehicle which has acquired more than 25 real estate assets, and now includes 18 self storage facilities, retail, industrial, office and condominium projects.

As an owner, Mr. Rising has overseen the restructuring of the self-storage operation, acquisitions, and leasing operations. Mr. Rising is also a principal along with BPG and Golden Boy enterprises, Oscar de la Hoya’s firm, in 626 Wilshire Blvd., a 156,000 square foot office building located in downtown Los Angeles.

Chris Rising is a graduate of Duke University and Loyola Law School. He began is professional career as an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop), spent several years in the Office of the President at Cushman Realty Corporation and was a Director at Cushman & Wakefield. He is President of the Board of Chandler School in Pasadena, a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, the Board of Overseers at Loyola Law School and the Duke Athletic Advisory Board.

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