Masters of Real Estate Conference to Be Held on October 16


The Commercial Observer will host its annual Masters of Real Estate conference on October 16 at The Metropolitan Club, located at 1 East 60th Street. Beginning at 8am, the event will feature three panel discussions on the State of New York City Real Estate, the State of Opportunistic Investments and the State of the Capital Markets.

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“People find the Masters of Real Estate event to be a very valuable resource and exchange of ideas,” said Jared Kushner, chief executive of Kushner Companies and publisher of The Commercial Observer. “This has become the definitive event of the real estate industry in New York.”

The State of New York City Real Estate panel will be moderated by William Rudin, vice chairman and chief executive of Rudin Management Company, and will feature Gary Barnett, president of Extell Development Company, Jeff Blau, chief executive of Related Companies, Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, and Larry Silverstein, president and chief executive of Silverstein Properties.

Jonathan Mechanic, chairman of real estate at Fried Frank, will moderate the State of Opportunistic Investments panel featuring Kenneth Caplan, senior managing director and head of real estate at Blackstone (BX), Charles Garner II, principal of investments at CIM Group, Keith Gelb, managing member of Rockpoint Group, and Robert Stuckey, managing director of U.S. Real Estate at The Carlyle Group.

The State of Capital Markets, the day’s final panel, will be moderated by Andrew Farkas, chairman and chief executive of Island Capital Group, and feature Marc Holliday, chief executive officer of SL Green (SLG) Realty Corp., Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer of General Growth, Douglas Shorenstein, chairman and chief executive of Shorenstein Properties, and Mort Zuckerman, chairman of Boston Properties (BXP).

Last year’s event featured Mr. Zuckerman’s revelation that it could take up to a year for the New York Daily News and U.S. News and World Report to return to their offices at 4 New York Plaza. Both publications were forced to relocate after 11-foot tidal surges caused flooding and electrical outages in the area.

“We have just leased some other space for nine months to a year just to make sure that we can keep the magazine and the newspaper going,” Mr. Zuckerman said.

Tickets for the 2013 conference can be purchased at