Come to ULI Boston’s Spring Summit event (formerly known as Trends in Real Estate Forum) to hear experts and colleagues from across the industry identify – and define – opportunities in a transforming real estate environment.
Today’s office and residential developments look more like hospitality offerings than ever before. New technological advances are revolutionizing how cities are designed, built, and function. Boston is leading these megatrends and will inevitably be transformed by them.
The Urban Living Panel will explore how Greater Boston is meeting the challenge of providing the amenitized housing and hospitality, essential to attracting and retaining a talented workforce. Panelists represent both national, and local, innovators in micro units, hospitality, and resident services and amenities.
The Urban Workplace Panel Segment will identify the nature of the workplace is rapidly evolving. This panel will focus on the “next new things,” moving beyond shared workspaces and amenity-rich open space to what operators and their designers are able to offer tenants to make their workplaces both affordable and compelling for their employee talent. Innovations in building-wide space utilization, services, and technology will be highlighted.
Virtual Keynote Address: Robin Brown Chase
Robin is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. Her current passion is working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self-driving cars. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Nicols Prize as Urban Visionary, Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers.
Urban Living – An exploration of how Greater Boston is meeting the challenge of providing the amenitized housing and hospitality, essential to attracting and retaining a talented workforce. Panelists represent national and local innovators in micro units, hospitality, and resident services and amenities.
Panel moderator: Ted Tye, National Development
A founding partner of National Development, Ted has been named by Boston Business Journal as one of the 50 most influential Bostonians. For over thirty years he has directed many of National Development’s award-winning development projects such as Ink Block, The Circle, MarketStreet Lynnfield, Station Landing, Woodland Station and Waterstone at Wellesley. Ted has permitted and developed multi-family, senior housing, hotel, retail, office and industrial projects in 40 different communities. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School. In addition to his real estate pursuits, he has co-founded the Worcester Tornadoes minor league baseball team and the Maine Red Claws basketball team, which is the minor league affiliate of the Boston Celtics. Ted serves as chairman of the Tufts University Athletics Board of Advisors, is on the board of the Boston Main Streets Foundation and involved in many other community and civic activities.
Chris Bledsoe, Ollie
Chris is Co-founder & CEO of Ollie, leaving behind his finance career in 2011 to focus his full time and energy on his passion for the development of micro-suites. Chris’ prior experience as both an institutional investor and an angel investor in the consumer sector, and more specifically his observations of insight-driven segmentation strategies pursued by branded consumer goods companies, led him to re-imagine how the multi-family housing sector could, and should, be very different if only real estate developers would segment and innovate their product as a consumer category rather than as a commoditized asset class or an investment vehicle.
Lauren Jezienicki, Bozzuto
Lauren serves as a Vice President in the Boston regional office and is responsible for identifying development opportunities and overseeing the company’s New England development pipeline of nearly two million square feet. Prior to joining Bozzuto, Lauren worked at The JBG Companies in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she served as a Vice President of Development, responsible for the underwriting, design, entitlement, construction, and delivery of nearly one million square feet of urban multifamily projects. Prior to working at The JBG Companies, Lauren was an Assistant Development Manager at The Shooshan Company in Arlington, Virginia on the Liberty Center project, a one million square foot mixed-use project in the Ballston neighborhood. Lauren graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s in business administration and Columbia University with a master’s in business administration. She is an active member of NAIOP Massachusetts and the Urban Land Institute. Lauren also serves on as an Executive Committee Board Member of the Design Museum Foundation.
Sue Hawkes, The Collaborative Company
Ms. Hawkes is a recognized leader in the new construction industry and consults throughout the country. Active in the building industry, she served on the National Association of Home Builders Executive Committee (NAHB), as Chairman of the New England Builders Conference, and as Trustee of both the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) and the National Sales and Marketing Council, the latter of which she has chaired. Ms. Hawkes has also served as President of the Builders Association of Greater Boston. TCC has been involved in culminating over $7 billion in residential sales transactions and represents most of the region’s premier developers including: Samuels & Associates, National Development, New England Development, The Davis Companies, The Related Companies, Federal Realty, Boston Properties, Lendlease, Nordbloom, Corcoran Co and WS Development, among others. Her extensive construction background and diverse marketing expertise have made her insight invaluable to ground-up developments, both urban and suburban mixed use.
Urban Workplace – The nature of the workplace is rapidly evolving. This panel will focus on the “next new things,” moving beyond shared workspaces and amenity-rich open space to what operators and their designers are able to offer tenants to make their workplaces both affordable and compelling for their employee talent. Innovations in building-wide space utilization, services, and technology will be highlighted.
Panel Moderator: Doug Gensler, Gensler
As Principal and Co-Managing Director of Gensler Boston, Doug guides the 140 person team while providing leadership and strategic direction on multidisciplinary projects across a wide range of client project types and geographic boundaries. A Registered Architect with over 25 years of experience, he seeks design solutions that stretch the investment to enhance people and environmental performance. Doug has served numerous rotations on Gensler’s Management Committee, is a leader within the firm’s Corporate Campus and Commercial Office Buildings Practice Area networks and serves on the Executive Committee for the United Way’s Real Estate & Building Industry Engagement team. Doug holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and was previously a member of Cornell University’s College of Architecture Advisory Council. His recent projects include the Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh; Partners HealthCare’s 750,000 SF administrative campus, Somerville; a new 550,000 SF multiple-building campus for MathWorks, Natick; The Hub on Causeway, a 1.8 million SF mixed-use development; repositioning and transformation of One Post Office Square; and General Electric’s Innovation Point in Boston.
John Lynch, Reebok
John is the Vice President of Concept to Consumer at Reebok. Appointed to this position in December 2015, John is responsible for Reebok’s Global Business and Marketing Planning, Retail Support Licensing and Business Development. John drives the Reebok brand through all global markets. John first joined Reebok in 1999 and has held various positions in Marketing Communications and Sports Marketing. Prior to his current role, John served as Vice President and Brand Director for the Reebok brand from 2008-2012. In that role, John played a major part in Reebok’s rebranding as THE fitness and training brand. Since then, John has played an integral role in developing and launching Reebok’s partnership with Les Mills in 2013 and oversaw the launch of Reebok’s innovative online platform ReebokONE.
Sam Schaefer, Tishman Speyer
Mr. Schaefer joined Tishman Speyer in 2001 and currently oversees global leadership of our leasing, property management, and corporate outreach groups. In this role, he coordinates Tishman Speyer’s property management and leasing across all markets, leads business development efforts, and manages the firm’s relationships with corporate clients and real estate executives. Mr. Schaefer is constantly working to deliver consistency and drive brand awareness and innovation at both a national and global level for the firm and its tenants. While he began his tenure at the company in Chicago within Property Management, he then transitioned into leasing, where he contributed greatly to the growth of the firm’s portfolio. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Mr. Schaefer was with The John Buck Company, and before that with Heitman Capital Management. Mr. Schaefer holds a BA from DePauw University.
Ryan Simonetti, Convene
Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Convene. Convene has set out to change the way the world works by partnering with the largest landlords in commercial real estate to design and service the next generation office building – one that feels more like a full-service, lifestyle hotel. Convene’s integrated “workplace-as-a-service” platform gives building tenants and enterprise clients access to a growing network of premium meeting and event spaces, private workspaces, hospitality services, and curated experiences, all connected by Convene’s technology platform. Convene was recently named the #11 Best Workplace in New York by Fortune Magazine, and #30 on LinkedIn’s annual list of Top Startups in 2017. Ryan has been recognized for his transformative achievements on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 list, Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs, was named “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York, and a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® New York Awards.
Chris Smith, We Work
Chris Smith is the Head of Sales and Growth for the Northeast region at WeWork and is responsible for the growth of WeWork in Boston, Montreal, and Toronto. Prior to his current role, he served as the Community Director at WeWork South Station, which at that time was the largest WeWork in the world. Before his time at WeWork, he was a Director for the Thomas E. Smith Foundation a non-profit organization, and co-founder of Growthtopia Marketing and Strategy. Previously he worked at Apple as a Business and Enterprise Solutions Expert for four years and spent five years in Commercial and Residential Real Estate in South Florida. Smith is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
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