Let them Speak! Introducing the Speaker Bureau
A memorable conference is rooted in memorable speakers, but everyone has suffered through a keynote delivered by a speaker with the personality of Ben Stein. But with all the engaging, innovative people in the commercial real estate industry, every industry event can find an influencer to deliver insights with pizzazz. Need proof? The Speaker Bureau is a database with motivational speakers addressing every facet of the CRE industry.
“We have assembled the best of the best speakers both in and outside of our industry with the goal of making it effortless to find the perfect speaker for your real estate event,” says Sarah Malcolm, COO of The Content Funnel.
These talented professional speakers are best-selling authors, professors, and c-level executives. Their expertise is on a wide variety of topics like digital marketing, innovation, technology, the future of commercial real estate, retail and much more! Check out the first featured speakers:
Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
“The Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Branding Expert”
Kumar Arora is the entrepreneur or investor behind notable startups and brands like ILTHY® and Black Rose marketing. He is a consultant in a range of industries and for athletes. His concentration lies in a variety of industries including fashion, tech, nano-science, entertainment, marketing, and design.
He speaks on: Branding, Finding your purpose, Productivity, Philanthropy & Business, Social Responsibility / Ethics in Business, Entrepreneurship.
Keynote Speaker & Bestselling Author
“The Digital Transformation and Innovation Expert, #1 Bestselling Author and Futurist”
Erik Qualman is a #1 Best-selling Author and speaker who has addressed people in over 50 countries. He, “helps organizations understand how digitization has transformed the traditional way of doing business — and how they can harness the potential of new technologies to deepen the power of human connection with their employees, partners, and customers.”
He speaks on: Innovation, Leadership, Digital Leadership, Future Trends, Digital Transformation.
Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP
Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank
“The E-Commerce, Supply Chain and Energy Expert”
Geoffrey Kasselman is the top industrial broker in Newmark Knight Frank’s Chicago office and formerly led their North American Industrial Practice. He is also the Founder/CEO of Op2mize Energy, and an SIOR Global Past President. During his 30-year career, he has represented a range of space users across the nation and around the world. Having traveled the world in search of smart buildings and smart cities, Kasselman helped to pioneer value-creation at the intersection of real estate, technology, and energy by leveraging best practices with disruptive technologies and ROI purpose. Today he provides clients with a viable roadmap to future-proof any project anywhere, regardless of size or asset class.
He speaks on a wide range of topics including: Exponential/Disruptive Technologies; Mobility & Autonomous Vehicles; Supply Chain of the Future, Blockchain for RE; The Future is Solar; or an array of customized topics that cater to any event.
Global Business Executive, CNN contributor & Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University
“The Strategy, Growth and Innovation Expert”
Ryan Patel is widely regarded as a thought-leader in global business and an expert in scaling companies and brands. He’s featured in leading media outlets, contributes to CNN, and consults with leading brands. In his five years as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, the company grew from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries.
He speaks on: Scaling, Business Growth, Diversity/Inclusion, Franchising, Current Consumer Trends, Global Leadership.
Head of Industry Relations at MIT Center for Real Estate
“The Innovation and Proptech Expert”
Steve Weikal manages MIT Center for Real Estate and its global network of industry partners and alumni. As a lecturer and researcher, he studies how innovative technology and business models are disrupting real estate. He is the founder of MIT Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry that was recently folded into the national CREtech conference platform.
He Speaks on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate.
Anne Marie Stephen
CEO & Founder of Kwolia
”The Retail Innovation Expert”
Anne Marie Stephen is a highly sought after keynote speaker and moderator, with experience at events at SXSW, CES, and Columbia Business School. She founded Kwolia, an innovation advisory and retail innovation lounge providing connections and insights between consumer-driven industries. She is a customer experience guru and trends forecaster in retail that has worked with brands like Pepsico, Disney, Chico’s, and Ralph Lauren.
Anne Marie speaks on: Innovation, Customer Experience, and Retail Trends.
CEO of CREtech
“The CREtech and Proptech Expert”
Michael Beckerman is a noted influencer in commercial real estate technology. He started his career building a leading PR firm, and launched a real estate tech startup, The News Funnel, in 2011. Beckerman has been a speaker at premier industry conferences including ICSC’s University of Shopping Centers at Wharton School -UPENN, RealComm, and ICSC’s National Deal Making.
He speaks on: Technologies Disrupting CRE today, The Future of Real Estate, CEO, Company Culture, Buddhism.
Co-Founder and CEO of WhoseYourLandlord
“The Culture, Investment, Impact & Tech Expert”
Ofo Ezeugwu was recently recognized as a Disruptive and Innovative Entrepreneur by NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Blavity, The New York Post, and more. In addition to founding what ApartmentTherapy.com calls the "The MVP of Landlord Review Sites," he is a professional actor and model.
He speaks on Culture & Social Impact, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Tech, Community Development, Tech Investing, Investing in Women & Minority Led Startups, Social Media, Corporate & Personal Branding.
COO of The Content Funnel
“The Digital Marketing Expert”
Sarah Malcolm helps The Content Funnel create social media and blogs for leading brands in the real estate industry. She’s been Director of Digital Strategy for ICSC and been recognized as a pioneer in CRE social media, winning ICSC over 40 related awards. Sarah is a guest author in the book, “Social Networking For Shopping Centers.”
She speaks on: Social Media, Blogging, Being a Woman in Business, Founder, Mom and Company Culture.
Co-Founder & Managing Principal of Onyx Equities
“The Focus, Strategy, and Network Expert”
Jon Schultz has a passion for real estate and CRE technology, running a leading real estate investment, management, and property service organization in the Tri-state area. He is a serial blogger, public speaker, and recognized industry influencer in the real estate and CRE tech space.
He speaks on: Tech and Innovation, Mindset, and Relationship Building.
Founder of Rethink Connect
“The Fashion, Digital Marketing and Retail Expert”
Dalia Strum’s recent Experiential Marketing Symposium was feature in Forbes. She founded Rethink Connect as agency focused on the future of marketing in an ever-changing environment. Dalia is an educator, teaching social media to students at The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU, Baruch, Westchester College and WCC.
She speaks on: Marketing Strategies, Social Media Marketing, Digital Storytelling, Influencer Marketing, Content Creation, Fashion and Retail Technologies, User Experience, Social Commerce, Sneaker Culture
Karlov Street Capital
“The Real Estate Investment and Deal Syndication Expert”
Jacob Shapiro has extensive experience as an investor in real estate, currently serving as President of Karlov Street Capital and a Principal on the investment team at Cleveland Avenue. He’s advised corporate and private equity clients, worked with the real estate and restaurant sectors, and advised startup companies in the Chicago area.
He speaks on: Real Estate Investing, How to Pick Deals, How to Raise Equity Capital for Investment Deals, Real Estate Innovation, Coworking, Updates on the Food, Beverage and Restaurant Venture Space, plus more.
Director, Social Media + Content Strategy at Grubhub
“The Social Media and Influencer Marketing Expert”
Mallorie Rosenbluth has over a decade of agency marketing experience. She has held a range of roles before joining Grubhub as head of Social Media. She was recognized as a rising social media star in 2011 and 2014. Mallorie co-authored 2015’s 2nd edition of the New York Times bestseller “Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Amazing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and More.”
She speaks on: Social Media Best Practices, Content Creation and Planning, Influencer Marketing, eSports and Gaming
SVP, Chief Creative Officer at Godfrey
“The Customer Experience Expert”
Michael Barber was recently named to Marketo’s Fearless 50. He started his marketing career at Mighty Interactive, the digital shop founded by industry leader Jay Baer. Michael founded his own consultancy, barber&hewitt, which joined Godfrey, one of the largest US-based B2B agencies, in 2018. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.
He speaks on: Customer Experience and Marketing Strategy.
J. Skyler Fernandes
Co-Founder and General Partner at Venture University
“The Venture Capitalist Expert and Retail Futurist”
J. Skyler “Sky” Fernandes founded Venture University, multi-stage investment fund and trade school for angel investing, venture capital, and private equity. His prior experience at Cleveland Avenue ran a fund focused on food and beverage brands, related technologies, and concepts. He founded and directed Simon Property Group’s venture capital arm, Simon Venture Group, making it a leading investor in retail technology, IoT, smart cities, and new brands.
He speaks on: Venture Capital, Investing in Startups, Raising VC/PE Funds, Entrepreneurship, Future of Retail, Future of Real Estate, Future of Food, Future of Startups & Venture Capital
Executive Vice President, New Jersey Capital Markets at CBRE
“The Brand Builder and Office Real Estate Expert”
Jeremy Neuer is a leader in CBRE’s New Jersey Capital Markets Group with a focus on office and retail properties. In his 18 years leasing real estate, he has developed a deep understanding of how buildings need to adapt to the contemporary workforce. Through his blog, Neuerspace, he’s become a thought leader on buildings and CRE technology.
He speaks on technology in office space, tech for brokers, advice for young brokers and creating a social media Identity.
CEO at Raise
“The Startup Life Expert”
Poonam Mathis has twice been recognized as a top female CEO in CREtech. She’s been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, NBC News, and the New York Times. As an entrepreneur, she seeks to innovate our built world. She’s spent over a decade in real estate development and investment.
She speaks on the CREtech landscape, sharing economy's impact on CRE, women in CRE/CREtech and how motherhood can make you a better entrepreneur.
Co-Founder and Partner at MetaProp
Zachary Aarons has stood the intersection of real estate and venture capital for over a decade. Through MetaPropNYC, he interacts with the brightest minds in real estate and technology, keeping a pulse on what’s next. He has extensive experience investing in startups and real estate developments.
Zachary speaks on PropTech, innovative business models within weal estate, alternative real estate asset classes and Venture Capital.