• Eric Newman
  • Kim Hourihan
  • Ed Owens, III
  • Andrew Garrett
  • Billy Butcher
  • John Lippmann
  • Michael W. Eglit
  • Steven Stuart
  • Meighan Phillips
  • Peter Ciganik
  • Paul V. Fine
  • Andrea Himmel
  • Joel Breitkopf
  • Paul Hughson
  • Lawrence Selevan

Speaker Profiles

Eric Newman

Treasury Manager, City of Stamford

Eric is responsible for treasury, investment management, and pension fund accounting. He serves as a Trustee on the Classified Employees Retirement Fund Board, Other Post- Employment Benefit (OPEB) Board, Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Board and City’s Investment Advisory Committee. Eric is a Trustee on the Town of Fairfield Employee Retirement Board and Joint Retirement Investment Board. Prior to entering government finance, Eric held finance positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM Global Financing, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Price Waterhouse and Soros Fund Management. Eric received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Adelphi University; Certificate in Investment Banking from New York University, M.B.A. in Finance from Sacred Heart University and is pursuing a Corporate Finance Certificate at Harvard University. He is a Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Kim Hourihan

Chief Investment Officer, CBRE Real Estate Investment

Kim Hourihan is Chief Investment Officer for CBRE Real Estate Investments (“REI”). In this role, she is responsible for the overall investment strategy for REI, including investing CBRE capital into CBRE Investment Management investment programs and Trammell Crow Company development deals.


Kim previously served as CIO – Americas Direct Real Estate Strategies for CBRE Investment Management and Portfolio Manager for one of the firm’s comingled funds. As CIO, Kim was responsible for the product strategy of the Americas. As Portfolio Manager, she was responsible for all aspects of the fund, including strategy, acquisitions, disposition and fund management. She also has served as a Managing Director and the Portfolio Manager for two international sovereign wealth fund clients, with total assets under management of more than $4 billion representing 11.7 million square feet. In this position, Kim was responsible for client relations, portfolio management, asset management, acquisitions and dispositions.


Kim is passionate about strategic thinking, continuous learning and creative problem-solving for her clients. She enjoys the tangibility of real estate, the challenge of launching new entities and the opportunity to support and coach senior talent.


Prior to joining CBRE Investment Management in 2007, Kim was Senior Vice President at Starwood Capital Group. Previously, Kim was Partner and Regional Director at TA Associates Realty. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President at the Georgetown Holding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, directing multiple acquisitions ranging from a bank in Geneva to a magazine in Hong Kong. Kim began her career in 1990 at U.S. Trust Company where she was responsible for construction lending on real estate.


Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. She is a member of the NCREIF Reporting Standards Board and was named one of PERE’s 2021 Women of Influence.


Ed Owens, III

CEO, CERS Board of Trustees - Kentucky Public Pensions Authority

Ed Owens, III is the Chief Executive Officer of the County Employees Retirement System (CERS), a multiple-employer, cost-sharing defined benefit pension plan with more than 260,000 nonhazardous and hazardous members. CERS participating employers include local governments (county and city), school boards, and eligible local agencies in Kentucky.

Mr. Owens is a former community and government affairs specialist at Fifth Third Bank and a former senior regulator at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Most recently, Mr. Owens was a consultant for Project Golden Eagle, a group of African-American businessmen seeking to acquire a publicly-traded middle-market company. He also consulted with litigation attorneys regarding banking issues and regulations and assisted startup and early-stage companies with establishing corporate governance protocols, banking relationships, and additional funding opportunities.

Prior to that, he was a senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, where he led both community and governmental affairs efforts. Mr. Owens also worked as a senior examiner at the Cleveland Fed, where he communicated Reserve Bank findings to corporate boards of directors and executive management, conducted fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) investigations, and consulted with large bank members on strengthening risk management protocols and increasing net operating income.

In addition, he previously worked as a trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, and prior to that his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.

Andrew Garrett

Senior Principal, Real Estate, IMCO (Ontario Pensions)

Andrew Garrett is Senior Principal, Real Estate at IMCO. He is responsible for growing the global real estate portfolio through strategy development, proactive asset management, and new investment partnerships. His primary focus is overseeing teams of asset managers and expanding the portfolio with new development partners in major global cities.

Before joining IMCO in 2019, Andrew spent more than 12 years at Cadillac Fairview (CF), where he was Director, Real Estate Development. In that role, he built and oversaw the team of specialists that evaluated and prioritized development-related growth opportunities to meet the long-term objectives of CF’s owner, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Andrew holds a Global Executive MBA from Kellogg School Management and a Real Estate Development Certification from MIT Centre for Real Estate.

Andrew sits on the board advisory committees for real estate private equity firms KingSett Capital, Royal York Hotel LP, Carttera, and Forgestone Capital. He also founded a B Corp social enterprise and serves on the management committee of the Urban Land Institute, supporting and advising on social purpose real estate projects.

Billy Butcher

Partner and Chief Operating Officer, KKR Global Real Estate

Billy Butcher (New York) joined KKR in 2004 and is the Chief Operating Officer of KKR’s global real estate business. Mr. Butcher serves on KKR’s real estate investment committees and leads the firm’s investments in real estate corporate platforms globally. Mr. Butcher previously co-led U.S. real estate acquisitions, and before helping to establish the firm’s dedicated real estate investment business in 2011, he worked in the Firm’s corporate private equity business in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining KKR, he was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was the Henry Ford II Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Butcher is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Peer Forward, which is committed to enabling broader college access to U.S. high schoolers through positive peer influence.

John Lippmann

Managing Director - NYL Real Estate Investors

John is the Head of Structured Debt at New York Life Real Estate Investors and Portfolio Manager of the Madison Square Structured Debt Fund. He oversees the production of highly structured real estate loans across New York Life Real Estate Investors’ national platform, including construction, bridge and mezzanine financing, and he is part of the debt leadership team which prices and approves all real estate loans.  Additionally, he is responsible for special servicing and manages financings and interest rate hedging strategies for the real estate equity platform.

John joined the firm in 2010. Previously, he worked in the real estate groups at FTI Consulting and Eurohypo AG. He began his career in the Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking group at JPMorgan Chase. 

John earned a B.A. from the School of Public Affairs at American University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he also taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the Master of Science program at the Schack Institute of Real Estate for over a decade.

Michael W. Eglit

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Originations, Real Estate Debt Strategies - Blackstone

Michael Eglit is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies (“BREDS”) group. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Eglit has been involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies.

Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Eglit was with Wrightwood Capital where he underwrote and originated first mortgages, mezzanine loans and preferred equity.

Mr. Eglit received a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.


Steven Stuart

Managing Director - Fortress Investment Group

Meighan Phillips

Managing Director, Portfolio Management - Principal Global Investors

Meighan is a managing director, portfolio management for Principal Real Estate Investors. Meighan joined the portfolio team for the Principal U.S. Property Account in August of 2006. She is responsible for execution of portfolio strategy, client and consultant communication and provides oversight for portfolio reporting, analytics and attribution. She joined the firm in 2005 and prior to her tenure on the Account, Meighan was an acquisition analyst for Principal Real Estate Investors. She received an MBA from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in finance with a concentration in investments from Drake University. Meighan serves on the Board of Directors of NCREIF and is a member of the NCREIF Fund Index ODCE Investment Policy Committee.

Peter Ciganik

Senior Managing Director - GTIS Partners

Peter Ciganik is a Senior Managing Director of Strategy, Research and Investor Relations at GTIS and leads the Investor Relations and Client Services functions across the Firm’s investment vehicles. In addition, Mr. Ciganik is responsible for the Firm’s macro and investment research, global strategy and new business development.

Mr. Ciganik’s experience in the real estate industry began in 2002. Prior to joining GTIS in 2007, Mr. Ciganik worked with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds (MSREF) in London, and with Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners (LBREP) in New York.

In his prior engagements, Mr. Ciganik was responsible for the evaluation, financial modeling and due diligence of equity and mezzanine debt investments, participating in the acquisition of over $800 million of individual and portfolio assets. Before LBREP, Mr. Ciganik worked with Lehman’s Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions group, and as a business analyst with McKinsey & Co. in Frankfurt and New York.

Mr. Ciganik graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Ciganik is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).

Paul V. Fine

Managing Director

KKR & Co.

Paul Fine (New York) joined KKR in 2015 and is a member of the Real Estate team. He is responsible for sourcing and executing debt investments across KKR’s real estate credit strategies. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Fine was a director at Cantor Fitzgerald where he helped to set up the real estate finance platform and was responsible for loan originations. He began his career at Credit Suisse in the real estate finance group. Mr. Fine graduated from Cornell University, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.

Andrea Himmel

Principal & Chief Investment OfficerHimmel + Meringoff Properties

Andrea Himmel serves as Principal and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at leading Manhattan-based commercial real estate owner/developer Himmel + Meringoff Properties. In this key role, Andrea is working to expand the company’s $2 billion NYC portfolio of Outer Borough industrial warehouses and secondary office buildings in Manhattan. In July 2021, Andrea was chosen to serve as a Board Member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Andrea currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Diversity Committee. 


Prior to joining Himmel + Meringoff in 2018, Andrea held a number of key positions with several well-known commercial real estate firms, including Brookfield Properties.  


As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s esteemed Wharton School, Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Real Estate Finance. During her tenure at Wharton, she was also chosen to be part of the Joseph Wharton Scholar Honors Program. 


Himmel + Meringoff Properties is a privately held New York real estate investment company with a commitment to the long-term ownership and hands-on operation and management of one of the largest privately-owned portfolios of secondary office buildings in Manhattan and a growing portfolio of industrial warehouses located in the boroughs of New York City. The company acquires opportunistic commercial real estate properties with significant value-add potential. 


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-himmel/ 

Joel Breitkopf

Principal - Alchemy Properties

Joel Breitkopf, Principal of Alchemy Properties, has been in the real estate industry his entire professional career. Joel is involved in all aspects of Alchemy’s developments and investments including acquisition, finance, design, construction, marketing and strategic planning and is a principal of Alchemy – ABR Investment Partners which acquires existing commercial buildings in select major markets. He joined Alchemy in 1993. Previously, he was an executive at Commercial Bank of New York and was Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for Himmel+Meringoff Properties. In this capacity he oversaw opportunistic acquisitions and structured bank workouts in the early 1990’s. Joel was also a real estate loan officer at Chemical Bank Realty and, prior to that, an analyst at LaSalle Partners, a national real estate advisor.

In 2013, Joel started a music therapy program for Veterans with PTSD, called Healing our Heroes, at the Music Conservatory of Westchester where he is now the President of the Board of Trustees. He was also President of B’nai B’rith Real Estate, and has been affiliated with numerous other industry groups and charities. Joel has financed well over $2 Billion in real estate transactions and has acquired over 3,500,000 square feet of real estate during his career. He has lectured at the Yale University School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton Graduate School of Business, Cornell University and has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Master’s Program in Real Estate. Joel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics.

Paul Hughson

Executive Managing Director- Island Capital

Paul Hughson is an Executive Managing Director of C-III Capital Partners (an affiliate of Island Capital). Mr. Hughson serves as head of Principal Investments for C-III Capital Partners which encompasses C-III’s capital deployment activities for debt and equity investments as well as C-III’s Commercial Mortgage platform. Mr. Hughson serves as the Chief Investment Officer of   C-III Recovery Fund Series I, II, and III, a series of value add private equity vehicles formed to capitalize on the opportunities within the C-III platform.  In addition, Mr. Hughson serves as the President of C-III Commercial Mortgage and the head of real estate lending for Exantas Capital Corp., a public mortgage reit managed by C-III. Mr. Hughson joined Island Capital Group in 2009 and serves as an Executive Managing Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer.


Before his affiliation with Island Capital, Mr. Hughson was a member of the Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate Group for 15 years where he was the head of global credit distribution. Mr. Hughson joined Lehman in 1993 to develop Lehman Brothers’ conduit securitization platform and subsequently became responsible for Lehman’s proprietary and client based CMBS and CRE CDO securitization businesses, as well as Lehman’s line of credit and term loan business and bridge equity businesses.


From 1986 through 1993, Mr. Hughson practiced real estate law with Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Mr. Hughson received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from Tufts University.

Lawrence Selevan

CEO- Chesterfield Faring, Ltd

Lawrence J. Selevan is responsible for the overall direction of the Firm. Mr. Selevan has more than 40 years of experience in real estate investment banking, investment management, principal ownership, and capital markets activities. During his career, Mr. Selevan has executed $15 billion (plus) in transactions for both US domestic and offshore institutional and private clients, including US REITs, pension fund, fund managers, global investment banks, private family home offices, and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Prior to the Firm, Mr. Selevan was the CEO of Garrick Aug, Director of Fund Management for Sumitomo Real Estate, Managing Director at Fieldstone, Inc. and the merchant banker for a private family office.   He has moderated several conference panels every year specifically referencing private equity, distressed opportunities, special opportunities, and global infrastructure project finance.  He has worked on projects throughout the world including the US & the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.