February 2009

More than 600 industry professionals attended the Center’s 13th Annual Real Estate Conference Feb. 18, making it one of the largest turnouts in the event’s history. The conference, which was held at the Marriott Hotel and Marina in downtown San Diego, featured keynote speaker Richard K. Davis, CEO of U.S. Bancorp, who was introduced by USD President Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.

The first panel of the day focused on the macro changes taking place on the investment horizon. Mark Riedy, Ph.D., executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center, led a national panel of Rebekah Brown of JP Morgan Asset Management in New York, David Blackford, CEO of California Bank & Trust in Irvine; John Schoenfeld of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin in Los Angeles; and Gayle Starr from AMB Property in San Francisco.

Following a brief introduction of Brett Kondrick, the Fall 2008 recipient of the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship, the second panel commenced. Ian Gill, principal of Highland Partnership in San Diego, led a discussion of values and opportunities in the San Diego market in today’s climate. Gill was joined by San Diego industry professionals Daniel Phelan of Pacific Southwest Realty Services; Paul Twardowski of Hines; Douglas
Wilson of the Douglas Wilson Companies; and Alex Zikakis of Capstone Advisors Inc. The half-day program also featured a live, interactive survey gauging attendees’ outlook for the coming months.