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Midwest Institutional Real Estate Equity Summit to Examine Regional Real Estate, Investment Issues at June 11 Louisville Event

May 27, 2014

Acclaimed Simon Property Group CFO to deliver keynote address

LOUISVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- How are cities like Louisville, Indianapolis and Nashville viewed for their real estate investment potential? What will changing interest rates do to the market? And how does the CFO of the world’s largest real estate company view the future?

Those issues – and more – will be dissected and discussed at the first Midwest Institutional Real Estate Equity Investment Summit, a forum aimed at addressing issues of key importance to real estate investors and real estate developers. Presented by the Real Estate Venture Exchange and the Kentucky CCIM Chapter, this summit brings together experts who have a wide range of experience with acquiring, financing and developing major projects.

The half-day Summit is set for June 11 and will be held at the Ice House in downtown Louisville, beginning at 10:00am Eastern.

“REVE was created as a professional organization to address important real estate issues and to provide a forum for commercial real estate developers, professional investors, capital providers and consultants to interact,” said Bob Ogden, chairman of REVE. “The Midwest Summit is designed to expand on our mission in a much bigger way.”

“The Kentucky CCIM Chapter, the state’s largest commercial real estate network of professionals, is pleased to be co-hosting the Midwest Summit,” said Tony Fluhr, president of the Kentucky CCIM Chapter. “Following a difficult real-estate environment between 2007 and 2012, it’s important to know what others outside of your market are doing strategically to make deals happen. The Midwest Summit is bringing the region’s top commercial real estate professionals together to discuss real estate opportunities/strategies and institutional investment criteria.”

The conference is open to the public. More information and registration is available at or The cost is $50, which includes admission to all panel discussions, the keynote speech and lunch.

The keynote speaker is Stephen E. Sterrett, Senior EVP and CFO, Simon Property Group, Inc., Indianapolis, the largest real estate company in the world. Sterrett has been ranked the real estate industry’s top Chief Financial Officer by Institutional Investor magazine for each of the past seven years.

Simon has a portfolio of assets exceeding $85 billion, is the only real estate company in the S&P 100 mega cap index, has an equity market capitalization of $55 billion and since it went public has successfully completed more than $35 billion of acquisitions.

In addition to the keynote address, two panels of real estate and investment veterans will explore these real estate issues:

  • Real Estate Opportunities and Strategies - A comprehensive perspective focusing on development companies, fund sponsors, and other operating partners.
  • Institutional Investment - What’s hot, what’s next? - A survey of the playing field for professional investors representing pension funds, insurance companies, and other finance and private equity funds.

    Among those featured on the panels are Charles Carlisle, CEO, Bristol Development Group, a real estate company based in Nashville that develops upscale multifamily communities, George Fryer of AEW Capital Management in Boston, a global pension fund advisor, and Matt Cohoat, CFO, Becknell Industrial, Indianapolis, a 20-year industry veteran who is widely recognized for his management of key banking and institutional investor relationships.

    Other panelists include:

  • Dave Harrison, President, VanTrust Real Estate, Kansas City
  • Talmage Hocker, CEO, The Hocker Group, Louisville
  • Steve Clikas, VP, Investments, Protective Life Insurance Co., Birmingham
  • Phil Benvenuto, Acquisition Officer, Alex Brown Realty, Inc., Baltimore
  • Jesse Karasik, VP, Acquisitions, Trilogy Real Estate, Chicago

    For more information about attendance or the Summit, please contact the representatives listed.

    About CCIM:

    Established in 1954, the CCIM Institute was established to give commercial real estate practitioners a previously unrealized opportunity to further their business practices through focused commercial and investment real estate education and networking opportunities. The CCIM designation is recognized as a hallmark of professional competency. Since 1979, the Kentucky CCIM Chapter has been recognized as the premier real estate organization across the state.

    About REVE:

    Based in Louisville, REVE is a regional marketplace that brings together commercial real estate owners and developers, prospective equity investors and lenders and professionals serving those audiences. Its quarterly meetings and special events feature real estate thought leaders, presentations from developers seeking capital and networking opportunities. Our members include private investors, real estate oriented funds and institutions; banks, insurance companies and other institutional sources of debt capital for commercial real estate transactions.

    News Media:

    Mozaic IR

    Terry McWilliams, President, 502-410-2113 or 502-727-5696 (cell)


    For REVE:

    Brian McChesney, Director, 502-423-6203


    For CCIM:

    Tony Fluhr, President, 502-426-4800

    Source: REVE

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