Fall Real Estate Conference Sessions & Presenters

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2018 Session Information is here!

Take a Look at This Year’s Sessions.

You will choose one each from Early AM, Late AM, Early PM and Late PM (4 total).

Early Morning Sessions | A, B, C, D | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

A. Retail: A Survival of the Fittest

Susie Detmer, Senior Vice President of Retail Brokerage, CBRE, Inc.

Josh Parnell, Vice President/Principal, First Western Properties

Rick Parks, Principal/Designated Broker, TRF Pacific LLC

David Gellner, Partner, Capital Pacific LLC

Session Summary – The retail market is often viewed with a “doom and gloom” attitude, especially in headlines which report shrinking store sizes, store closures, bankruptcies, and overall retail market share eaten away by online competition. However, the retail industry continues to evolve and shift, and what is consistently reported in headlines may not be the sentiments from an inside-out perspective. Hear from local market experts that provide a unique look at where the future of retail is heading and why, as well as a discussion on current investment, development, and rental trends in the Puget Sound market area.

B. Residential Builder/Developer Pressures and Opportunities

Todd Bennett, President, BDR Capital Partners LLC

Anthony Maschmedt, Principal, Dwell Development + Design Build

Sam Lai, Co-founder, Green Canopy Homes

Session Summary – How do builders and developers decide on new sites? How do they figure out the best design for that site and market? What is the process of moving from site purchase, planning, construction, and closing of finished product? Along that course, what are the pressures and opportunities in general, and what are the ones at this point in the economic cycle? What do builder/developers wish appraisers knew but might not?

C. Legal & Appraisal Issues Involving Seattle’s Waterfront Redevelopment Project

Norm Bruns, Attorney/Principal, Garvey Schubert Barer

Michelle DeLappe, Attorney/Principal, Garvey Schubert Barer

Session Summary – The next phase for Seattle’s downtown waterfront, after the new tunnel replaces the viaduct, will be the creation of 20 acres of parks and public spaces connecting the waterfront to downtown Seattle. The City proposes to pay for up to $200 million of the cost through a one-time special assessment against properties whose values are supposed to increase due to the project. Those properties will be in a new local improvement district (LID), which covers a surprisingly large area. This session will discuss several legal and appraisal issues related to this and other LID funding mechanisms.

D. The Urban Built Environment – Is Seattle a Global City?

Neil Shah, Regional Managing Director, Americas, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, RE, Director of Graduate Program, Fordham University Real Estate Institute

Mari Sorenson (Moderator), MAI Principal, McKee Appraisal

Kenneth A. Barnes, MAI, CRE, Principal, McKee Appraisal

Session Summary – The look of cities around the globe is changing. How we work, live, transport, and recreate is changing. How does Seattle compare to other US cities and global cities? This session will explore Seattle from a global context, including how it looks today and how we see this changing as we move into the future.

Late Morning Sessions | E, F, G, H | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

E. Industrial: Reaching Equilibrium

Jeff Forsberg, CCIM, Principal, NAI Puget Sound Properties

Bart Brynestad, Partner, Panattoni Development

Jim Kidder, SIOR, Senior Vice President, Kidder Mathews

Tom Wilson, Director, Cushman & Wakefield Commerce

Session Summary – The Puget Sound industrial market explored through the perspective of active market participants.  Learn about specific industrial markets and how the ever-changing Seattle landscape affects the overall industrial market. Panelists will discuss current and anticipated market trends including rental rates, absorption, new construction, pipeline inventory, capitalization rates, and overall investment parameters.  Find out about supply and demand for speculative developments as a barometer for the long-term health of the industrial market.

F – Puget Sound’s Changing Landscape and the Effects on the Housing Market

Todd Britsch, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, Metrostudy

Session Summary – Five years into this record breaking cycle, what changes are on the horizon for the Pacific NW as the multifamily market braces for peaking new construction in the face of slowing employment and moderating rent growth?  What are the investment trends across asset classes from institutional to small unit properties?  The suburbs joined the cycle late, but is making up for lost time.  How is the land market being affected as developers look past peak deliveries in 2019/2020?  How has the market adjusted under the new Mandatory Housing Affordability zoning requirements in Seattle?  As condominium development has gained some momentum, have liability and lending issues changed to allow this necessary addition to the market?  This session will explore these topics and more from experts active in these fields and asset classes.

G. MHA – How Did We Get Here and What Is It?

Prithy Korathu, Community Development Specialist, City of Seattle, Office of Housing

Stephanie Velasco, Community Development Specialist, City of Seattle, Office of Housing

Samantha Updegrave, Supervisor, Land Use Planner, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections

Laura Hewitt Walker, Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, City of Seattle, Office of Housing

Megan Neuman, Supervisor, Land Use Planner, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections

Session Summary – Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new program that provides additional development capacity in exchange for contributions to affordable housing. Come learn about the program from experts from Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections and the Office of Housing, and understand how it involves Incentive Zoning, and how the new requirements work with developments in Seattle.

H. News from the Top! A Perspective from Our Top National Appraisal Firms

John Busi, MAI, CRE, FRICS, President, NKF Valuation and Advisory

Ed Alegre, MAI, MRICS, Chief Executive Officer LATAM and President of Valuation, Colliers International

Eric Lewis, MAI, CRE, FRICS, President, Valuation & Advisory Services, Cushman and Wakefield

Chris Roach, MAI, ASA, CCIM, Chief Executive Officer, BBG

Session Summary – We are gathering many of the nation’s top appraisal practice leaders.  From long established appraisal companies, to newly emerging companies.  How is the appraisal market the same, and how has it changed?  What is hot, and where is the industry headed.  What are trends in the appraisal practice.  What will the business look like in 5, 10 and 15 years?

Early Afternoon Sessions | I, J, K, L | 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

I. Office: The Market Keeps Marching On

Thomas Pehl , Senior Vice PresidentInstitutional Properties, CBRE

Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate

Wende L. Sauvage-Miller, Senior Leasing Director, Talon Private Capital

David Stinebaugh, Senior Vice President – Capital Markets, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE

Session Summary – The Puget Sound Office market overview-Investment, leasing, debt and equity and economic fundamentals. The office market continues to show strength as a major gateway market. Hear from market experts regarding current market trends and growth and what we can expect going forward.

J. Do You Know Your Data?

Jared L Preisler SRA, AI-RRS, Chief Appraiser/Director of Product Development, DataMaster USA

Session Summary – You have access to more data now than ever before. Where is your data coming from? What should it be used for? What should it not be used for?  This session will explore the different types and sources of data used in the appraisal process. Review the appraisers USPAP responsibility to data and some of the automated tools identified in Advisor Opinion 37. Introduce DataMaster’s newest and cutting edge, importing and analytic tool, that saves the residential appraiser about 60 minutes per report, while keeping the appraiser in control and compliant. Learn why the right data at the right time support the right decisions and value opinions.

K. Objectionable Title Exceptions: Overview of Title Issues, Potential Pitfalls, and Red Flags and their Effect on Property

Rosemary Boelens, Attorney, Phillips Burgess PLLC

Todd Britsch, Regional Director, Metrostudy

Session Summary – This session will walk participants through a discussion of typical encumbrances on title, and how each will affect property including, platted but unopened rights of way, gaps in legal descriptions, encroachments and what it takes to resolve them, landlocked parcels, unique property rights, such as grazing rights or mineral rights, and ground leases. In this session, we will cover basic legal principles behind encumbrances, with case studies showing how properties were affected and what it took to resolve the issues.

L. Is Stigma Damage Still Alive In Washington?

Kinnon W. Williams, Attorney/Shareholder, Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder PS

Session Summary – This presentation will look at the legal basis for claiming stigma damage, various elements of stigma damage and if there is a legal basis for claiming stigma damage in the State of Washington.

Late Afternoon Sessions | M, N, O | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

M. Multifamily: At a Tipping Point?

Pete Shelton, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Joe Levin, Senior Vice President, Colliers International

Cathy Jeney, Partner, Paragon Real Estate Advisors

Sam Wayne, Associate Vice President, Colliers International

Kevin Daniels, President, Daniels Real Estate

Jackie Hizzey, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Main Street Property Group

Session Summary – Five years into this record breaking cycle, what changes are on the horizon for the Pacific NW as the multifamily market braces for peaking new construction in the face of slowing employment and moderating rent growth?  What are the investment trends across asset classes from institutional to small unit properties?  The suburbs joined the cycle late, but is making up for lost time.  How is the land market being affected as developers look past peak deliveries in 2019/2020?  How has the market adjusted under the new Mandatory Housing Affordability zoning requirements in Seattle?  As condominium development has gained some momentum, have liability and lending issues changed to allow this necessary addition to the market?  This session will explore these topics and more from experts active in these fields and asset classes.

N. Single Family Appraisal Quality – Reviewer Insight – How To Appraise Reports?

Becci Curry, MAI, Vice President, Chief Appraiser, Columbia Bank

Lynn-Marie Palmer, AVP – SF Collateral Risk Area Manager, Homestreet Bank

Allan Waller, AVP, Senior Residential Review Appraiser, Heritage Bank

Session Summary – What are Reviewers seeing? How can we as Residential Appraisers improve our reports? What is the impact of Collateral Underwriter and how can my reports improve? Some lenders lend in-house and do not submit reports to Fannie Mae. For different types of lenders, what are they looking for?  We have three highly distinguished presenters with years of experience in the industry. Get a behind the scenes look at what the residential climate is currently like.

O. Stories from the Trenches: What an Appraiser Should Know About Special Benefits and Private Covenants

Matt Hansen (Moderator), Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Jackee Walker, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Connor O’Brien, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Ken A. Barnes, MAI, CRE, Principal, McKee Appraisal

Session Summary – Join us for a panel discussion with condemnation attorneys and expert appraisers regarding outcomes and lessons learned from recent special benefits trial; and appraisal assignment for private covenants and $0 valuation. Ask questions and gain tips to guide you through the valuation process.

Ed Alegre, MAI, MRICS, Chief Executive Officer LATAM and President of Valuation, Colliers International
 Ed Alegre is a real estate professional and executive with over 25 years of successful experience in diverse areas of the commercial real estate industry including, consultation, brokerage and appraisal. He has led projects and completed assignments both in the US and Latin America.
Kenneth A. Barnes, MAI, CRE, Principal, McKee Appraisal
Mr. Barnes received the MAI (Member Appraisal Institute) designation in 1989.  He also holds the CRE designation awarded by the Counselors of Real Estate.  He specializes in analyzing and valuing larger properties and projects, and complex situations.  He manages project appraisal work for private owners,  government agencies, and institutional portfolio properties.  Mr. Barnes has authored a number of articles in the Appraisal Journal and other real estate publications, and has been a guest speaker or panelist for real estate organizations including NAIOP, IREM and the Appraisal Institute. Mr. Barnes acted as the contract chief appraiser for the Seattle Popular Monorail Authority for the acquisition of their station sites and the initial analysis and budgeting for air rights or construction easements on over 150 properties.  Mr. Barnes also performed an extensive study of the special benefits created by mass transit.  Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a BS in Biochemistry in 1982.  In 1988 Mr. Barnes received an MBA with a Finance concentration from the University of Chicago. 
Todd Bennett, President, BDR Capital Partners LLC
Todd Bennett is the Founder & Chairman of BDR, a diversified real estate development company specializing in innovative housing communities throughout the Puget Sound region since 1982. Mr. Bennett’s CPA background and MBA helps him manage the formation of independent LLC’s to acquire real estate investment projects. Value is added to each project through a combination of development improvements and management efficiencies.
Rosemary Boelens, Attorney, Phillips Burgess PLLC
Rosemary “Rosie” Boelens, graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2013. Rosie has focused her practice in transactional real estate law, business entity formation and governance, and contract law. Rosie has closed more than $30 million dollars worth of purchase and sale transactions in the past two years. She has experience with negotiating and drafting many types of agreements, including real estate purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, licenses, special use agreements, and asset purchase and sale agreements. She also has experience with quiet title actions and contract disputes.
Todd Britsch, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, Metrostudy
In 2005 Todd became President and a principal owner of New Home Trends and has spent the last 16 years designing reporting services and consulting for builders developers and lending institutions. Since 2002 Todd has been a frequent speaker on new construction housing trends, supply and demand and product placement. In September 2014 New Home Trends was acquired by Metrostudy the Nations leader in housing data. Todd has stayed on in a leadership role as the regional director for the Pacific Northwest.
Norm Bruns, Attorney/Principal, Garvey Schubert Barer
Norm Bruns concentrates his practice on state and local taxation with particular emphasis on valuation disputes and other property tax matters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. His property tax experience includes a wide variety of commercial, industrial and utility properties in cases posing the full range of procedural and substantive issues. Norm also has extensive experience with other state and local taxes, such as income tax, sales/use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer tax and other excise taxes and fees.
Bart Brynestad, Partner, Panattoni Development
Bart Brynestad has more than 30 years of experience in development, construction and leasing of industrial, office and retail projects. As partner in Seattle, Bart is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development process. With Bart’s leadership, Panattoni has quickly become one of the busiest developers in the Pacific Northwest. Bart is a member and past president of NAIOP and has won number industrial developer of year awards.   Bart has a degree from the University of Washington in Building Construction.
John Busi, MAI, CRE, FRICS, President, NKF Valuation and Advisory
John Busi, MAI, FRICS, joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 as president of NKF’s Valuation & Advisory Group. One of the most respected figures in property valuation globally, Mr. Busi is leading NKF’s effort to grow its due diligence, valuation and advisory practice both through acquisitions and recruiting top talent. Working alongside some of the most talented capital markets professionals in the industry, Mr. Busi will drive the development of an innovative approach to valuation that leverages technology and real-time analytics, with a focus on aligning next-generation technologies with best-in-class valuation and due diligence professionals. Mr. Busi joined Newmark Knight Frank after 35 years at Cushman & Wakefield, where he held a number of leadership positions within its valuation and advisory practice. Most recently, as president and global lead of C&W’s valuation and advisory division, Mr. Busi oversaw more than 600 valuation professionals operating in 71 offices in the Americas. He focused on increasing the global reach of C&W’s valuation business and increasing the functionality of its platform. Mr. Busi was also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s global operating committee. Over the course of his career, Mr. Busi has distinguished himself as one of the foremost innovators in the valuation business. Under his leadership, C&W expanded its valuation platform by adding a property tax division and a due diligence division, and increased its sophistication by adding 20 new specialty practice groups. He also launched a state-of-the-art technology initiative and built an industry-leading quality control platform. Mr. Busi’s appraisal and consulting assignments have included Class A office building and regional malls; cooperative, condominium and rental apartment buildings; feasibility and market studies; development sites and assemblages; special use industrial properties; transferable air rights; and investment properties throughout the United States.
Becci Curry, MAI, Vice President, Chief Appraiser, Columbia Bank
Becci Curry is the Chief Appraiser at Columbia Bank managing the procurement of both commercial and residential appraisals throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  Prior to joining Columbia Bank in 2015 she worked as a commercial appraiser at CBRE mostly specializing in office and multifamily properties. In Becci’s spare time she enjoys cooking, running and spending time with her family.
Kevin Daniels, President, Daniels Real Estate
Kevin Daniels has over 30 years of real estate experience, including leasing, development and property management, and is the President of Nitze-Stagen & Co., Inc. and Daniels Real Estate, LLC. Nitze-Stagen focuses on the investment into and Daniels Real Estate the redevelopment of, landmarked structures and community redevelopment projects in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Daniels is recognized as a leading voice for historic preservation in his community and is nationally recognized on the issue of stimulating economic development through preservation efforts.
Michelle DeLappe, Attorney/Principal, Garvey Schubert Barer
Michelle DeLappe represents businesses in a variety of state and local tax matters, including strategic planning, transactions, audits, administrative appeals, and litigation. She negotiates matters to amicable resolutions whenever possible but stands ready to litigate whenever necessary, always with an eye on the most cost-effective solutions. She routinely navigates issues involving nexus, apportionment, sales and use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer taxes and other excise taxes and fees. Her litigation experience involves some of the largest property tax disputes in Washington history.
Susie Detmer, Senior Vice President of Retail Brokerage, CBRE, Inc.
As Senior Vice President of retail brokerage, Susie Detmer brings more than 30 years of retail experience to her clients. Having served in executive positions with national and regional retailers, Susie has first-hand knowledge of the way retail tenants approach the market. Her retailing background includes the management of real estate leasing and sales, site acquisition and disposition, operations, financial and strategic planning, merchandising, marketing and advertising.
Jeff Forsberg, CCIM, Principal, NAI Puget Sound Properties
Jeff is a Principal of NAI Puget Sound Properties, co-leader for the Southend Industrial Group, and is a member of NAI Global’s National Logistics Practice Group. Jeff’s has 22 years of experience representing both tenants and landlords.  Jeff has bachelors in business administration from the University of Washington and a JD from Willamette University College of Law. 
Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate
As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew also chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; sits on the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; and is an Advisory Board Member for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate forecasting. Matthew received his undergraduate degree in economics from Oxford University and holds a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
David Gellner, Partner, Capital Pacific LLC
David Gellner is a partner at Capital Pacific, LLC, a leading investment sales firm focusing on retail properties nationwide. David has been involved in retail investment sales primarily in the Northwest for over five years and has sold nearly $200 Million in real estate over this time period. He completes an average of 20 investment sales transactions per year and is currently involved in the sale of 19 properties totaling over $70 Million.
Matt Hansen (Moderator), Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Matt is the leader of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Condemnation & Real Estate Valuation team and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation practice team. In connection with his active condemnation practice, Matt advises and represents both municipal agencies and property owners regarding substantive and procedural eminent domain law. In addition to his significant experience in condemnation law, Matt is also an active real estate litigator, representing and counseling clients in all aspects of real property litigation, commercial litigation, and commercial landlord-tenant law, including lease negotiations, disputes, workouts, and unlawful detainer actions.
Laura Hewitt Walker, Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, City of Seattle, Office of Housing
Ms. Hewitt Walker is an experienced strategic advisor with affordable housing and land use policy and program focus. She has over 20 years and counting with City of Seattle’s Office of Housing and is skilled in Comprehensive Planning, Report Writing, Data Analysis, Program Development, and Affordable Housing Policy. She has a Masters in Urban Planning focused in Urban Design & Planning from University of Washington.
Jackie Hizzey, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Main Street Property Group
Jackie brings more than 15 years of experience in finance and management in real estate to her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for overseeing MainStreet’s finances, accounting, reporting, operations, corporate policies, human resources, and risk management. Jackie also manages the company’s lending and investor relationships.  Jackie was MainStreet’s first employee! Prior to MainStreet, Jackie served as Controller for the West Coast homebuilder, Geonerco Management LLC, where she was in charge of all financial reporting, internal audit and accounting functions for three decentralized homebuilding offices. Jackie is a Washington State licensed CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga University. She is an active member of CFMA, ULI and CREW. Jackie is dedicated to working out, taking long walks or bike rides around her neighborhood trails, running and skiing. She and her husband, William, have a daughter, Lauren, and reside in Woodinville

Cathy Jeney, Partner, Paragon Real Estate Advisors

Cathy Jeney has remained a consistent, top producing commercial broker for over 15 years, representing clients in the acquisition and disposition of their commercial real estate. Cathy has closed 2,984 units in 202 separate transactions, totaling $283 million in sales.

Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, RE, Director of Graduate Program, Fordham University Real Estate Institute
Hugh Kelly, PhD, CRE, is the author of the book, 24-Hour Cities | Real Investment Performance, Not Just Promises. Hugh and has been a member of the Counselors of Real Estate since 1989. Formerly Chief Economist at Landauer Associates, he presently serves clients as the Principal of Hugh Kelly Real Estate Economics. Hugh is Special Advisor to Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute, and is the Director of its MSRE graduate program. In 2014, he served as the Counselors’ Chair of the Board of Directors.
Michael Kelly, Attorney, Phillips Burgess PLLC
A first-generation college graduate who served in the military for seven years prior to pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mike Kelly has come to the law in nontraditional fashion. Doubtless his background has contributed significantly to Mike’s polished interpersonal skills and the maturity with which he embraces his new career. A distinguished U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, Mike is among the firm’s newest associates. He brings to Phillips Burgess experience as a Rule 9 legal intern for Ledger Square Law, Tacoma, law clerk to the general counsel of Associated Industries, Spokane, and business law clinic intern at his alma mater, Gonzaga University School of Law. In the community, this Tacoma resident has been a volunteer for Northwest Harvest and the state Department of Ecology. He works primarily out of the firm’s Olympia office.
Jim Kidder, SIOR, Senior Vice President, Kidder Mathews
Jim Kidder began his career with Kidder Mathews in 1986. His expertise lies in industrial sales and leasing, primarily in the South Seattle market. Jim’s success is attributed to his 30 years of experience in the same specialization.   Jim is a partner at Kidder Mathews and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors.  He is a member of SIOR and NAIOP.
Prithy Korathu, Community Development Specialist, City of Seattle, Office of Housing
Ms. Korathu is currently a community development specialist with the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing and is the lead for the Incentive Zoning program. She is also a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and has worked with well-known appraisal firms in the Puget Sound providing appraisals, market studies and feasibility analyses for market rate and affordable developments.
Joe Levin, Senior Vice President, Colliers International
Joe Levin specializes in the sale of multifamily investment properties in the Puget Sound Area. As a top apartment broker in Seattle, he represents owners, investors, and developers on multifamily acquisition and disposition. With over twenty-five years of sales and management experience, Joe excels in maximizing value and delivering comprehensive brokerage and investment services.
Sam Lai, Co-founder, Green Canopy Homes
Sam has been overseeing the acquisition, re-design, and sales of Green Canopy Homes from the 1st project. Sam graduated from the University of Washington in the Arts and International Communications and has been a real estate appraiser and developer for over a dozen years.  He currently serves on the board of New Horizon’s Ministries, a non-profit in Belltown area of Seattle which connects with and provides services for homeless youth on their journey toward healing. Sam holds a Sustainability MBA from Presidio Graduate School. Resource efficiency is a primary design criteria at Green Canopy.
Eric Lewis, MAI, CRE, FRICS, President, Valuation & Advisory Services, Cushman and Wakefield
Eric B. Lewis is the President, Valuation & Advisory Americas. In this role, Eric is responsible for the overall operations of the Americas V&A group, which spans 600 professionals across 6 core services, 17 practice groups, and 70 offices. He drives the primary business objectives and activities for V&A in the Americas, including our aggressive growth and technology initiatives. In 2017, the group appraised more than 50,640 properties valued at over $1.29 trillion USD.
Anthony Maschmedt, Principal, Dwell Development + Design Build
With more than thirteen years’ experience building homes in the greater Seattle area, Anthony is an advocate for sustainable design and green construction. He continues to push the envelope in the sustainable community with innovative construction methods that have positively influenced city building practices. As a lifelong Seattleite, Anthony has a deep commitment to creating communities that bring together like-minded individuals who value sustainability and modern design. Anthony has served as the Chair on the Board of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ Built Green Residential Building Program for the last three years. He is a key member of the Columbia City Business Association and is sought after in the Seattle sustainable community to promote and share Dwell Development’s green agenda.
Megan Neuman, Supervisor, Land Use Planner, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections
Ms. Neuman is a professional municipal planner dedicated to and passionate about engaging community members in discussions and decisions to achieve well-rounded design. She has been a land use planner since 2006 in Washington and Illinois. Ms. Neuman is currently a supervisor, land use planner with the City of Seattle and has a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  
Connor O’Brien, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Connor M. O’Brien is an attorney on Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s litigation team. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, representing business and government entities in a variety of matters. As part of his condemnation practice, Connor advises and represents municipal agencies and property owners regarding eminent domain law. Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Connor served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, Connor was a trial attorney in over 80 criminal cases, litigating multiple jury and bench trials as prosecutor and defense counsel. Connor served for one year in Afghanistan as the senior defense counsel, where he successfully tried the first General Court-Martial conducted by the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.
Rick Parks, Principal/Designated Broker, TRF Pacific LLC
Rick Parks is the designated broker for TRF Pacific, LLC and past ICSC Alaska / Washington State Director. He enjoys speaking about retail development, sharing business experiences and exchanging ideas about underwriting new business, negotiating leases and prospecting for new tenants. TRF Pacific, LLC has developed 57 projects around the Northwest, primarily with grocery anchor tenants and structures about 60 lease transactions annually. The TRF team backfills vacancy, launches new retail developments and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure that their tenants, landowners, investors and vendors have the right information and strategies for making business decisions that drive asset value and long-term wealth.
Josh Parnell, Vice President/Principal, First Western Properties
Josh Parnell joined First Western in 2007 and became a Principal Owner and Vice President in 2014. Josh’s expertise is in regional and neighborhood retail shopping centers for both landlords and tenants throughout the Northwest. In 2017, he became licensed in Oregon and is the Principal Broker for the Portland office. At First Western, Josh has prided himself in being relationally driven with a long-term focus on his client’s goals.
Lynn-Marie Palmer, AVP – SF Collateral Risk Area Manager, Homestreet Bank
I am a specialist in risk management. This means the focust is less on perfection of the appraisal document and more on using the appraisal as well as many other data points to make a decision on the risk of using the  value conclusion as a basis for a lending decision. One of the tools in the conforming markets is the Fannie Mae CU model. As a use of the CU tool, I have become familiar with the appropriate use of the tool, its benefits and its shortcomings.
Thomas Pehl , Senior Vice PresidentInstitutional Properties, CBRE
Tom Pehl is a Senior Vice President with CBRE, providing strategic advisory and transaction services to institutional real estate owners and investors, and corporate occupiers of commercial real estate. As a senior member of CBRE’s capital markets and brokerage services platform, Mr. Pehl also leads the delivery of advisory and transaction management services to public and private sector healthcare and non-profit organizations. Since 2010, Mr. Pehlhas been involved with the successful execution of numerous high profile and complex transactions with total consideration exceeding $8.0 billion.
Jared L Preisler SRA, AI-RRS, Chief Appraiser/Director of Product Development, DataMaster USA
Jared joined the DataMaster team in 2016 as their Chief Appraiser and Director of Product Development. Jared maintains a pulse on the industry by teaching, continuing as an independent fee appraiser and training new appraisers.  He is an AQB certified USPAP instructor, certified Appraisal Institute instructor.  He serves on the AI Utah Chapter board as secretary. He is Vice President of the Utah Association of Appraisers (UAA).
Chris Roach, MAI, ASA, CCIM, Chief Executive Officer, BBG
Chris Roach currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of BBG. His broad knowledge in the appraisal of multi-family, office, retail and industrial property types provide a solid foundation in understanding commercial real estate. With his diverse client base background, Roach is an essential asset to BBG. Roach began with Butler Burgher, Inc. in 2002 as a senior associate. His next role was serving as a Vice President and National Client Manager for LandAmerica Valuation Corporation. He currently holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute along with the ASA and CCIM. Today BBG has over 25 offices, nearly 300 employees and ranks in the top five national real estate valuation firms.
Wende L. Sauvage-Miller, Senior Leasing Director, Talon Private Capital
Wende Miller is the Senior Leasing Director for Talon Private Capital (TPC).  During her time at TPC, Wende has overseen leasing transactions for TPC’s portfolio, including partner properties.  She has completed over 3.5 million square feet of new, pre-leased, and renewal leases in a portfolio consisting of over 6.5 million square feet. Wende has spent the majority of her 22 year real estate career as a broker specializing is significant transactions for owners, major law firms, corporations, financial institutions and professional and technical firms in the Puget Sound Region.  A significant portion of Wende’s brokerage tenure was at Cushman & Wakefield and Colliers International where her team completed transactions totaling over 4 million square feet over her 12 years with the two firms.  Her unique understanding and knowledge of the Puget Sound Market allows her to ensure advantageous economic terms while exceeding her client’s goals for the foreseeable future.
Neil Shah, Regional Managing Director, Americas, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Neil has held senior leadership roles and led entrepreneurial initiatives at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in a broad range of industries, such as IPT (now FM Maintenance), Cirqit, Partsearch Technologies and NorthMarq Real Estate Services. Neil started his career at Pratt & Whitney, a provider of aircraft engines and services, where he held positions in sales, customer services and program management. Over the course of his career, Neil has been a speaker at many industry events focusing on real estate services and facilities management. Neil holds an MBA from Emory University, a BSc in aerospace engineering / BA in economics from Boston University and an MS in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Pete Shelton, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Pete Shelton is a multifamily broker in the Bellevue, Washington office of Cushman & Wakefield and works with institutions, high net worth individuals and private capital groups specializing in the purchase and sale of multi-family investment properties and urban development sites.
David Stinebaugh, Senior Vice President – Capital Markets, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE
David is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Finance in 1980. After graduation he joined the Seattle Office of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. After one year he went to work for a subsidiary of Rainier Bank where he originated construction loans for the banks account and permanent loans for life insurance companies we represented. After nearly ten years with Rainier/Security Pacific he was one of five partners who acquired the commercial mortgage banking business from the bank to form North Coast Mortgage Company. In 1998, L. J. Melody & Company (now CBRE) acquired North Coast and today the Seattle office is one of over 30 CBRE Debt & Structured Finance offices in the country. In the past few years a partial list of lenders he has arranged loans through includes: AEGON, JP Morgan Investment Management, Allstate, CIGNA, Northwestern Mutual, Nationwide, PPM along with other capital sources. Property types he has financed during his career include office, industrial, multifamily, retail, and hotels.
Mari Sorenson (Moderator), MAI Principal, McKee Appraisal
Mari joined McKee Appraisal in 2008.  She has performed appraisals on a variety of property types including all main stream commercial segments, multifamily properties, and special purpose facilities, as well as vacant commercial and residential land.  Appraisal assignments have included new and proposed construction, assemblage value, condominium sell-off, market rent arbitration, appraisal review, appraisal consulting, and eminent domain appraisal involving full and partial acquisitions and valuation of both temporary and permanent easement rights.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.
Samantha Updegrave, Supervisor, Land Use Planner, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections
Ms. Updegrave is an Senior Land Use Planner with the City of Seattle and is also a published author. She has worked with various cities and public agencies in the Puget Sound area. After four years with the United States Air Force, Ms. Updegrave received a Bachelor of Arts in Community, Environment & Planning from the University of Washington. She also has Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing – Non-Fiction and Poetry from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.
Stephanie Velasco, Community Development Specialist, City of Seattle, Office of Housing
Ms. Velasco is a recent graduate from Master of Urban Planning program at University of Washington, with over three years of professional communications and advocacy experience at non-profit organizations, including Amnesty International (New York) and the Housing Development Consortium (Seattle). While completing a master’s degree in Urban Planning at the University of Washington (2016), Ms. Velasco interned at the Seattle Department of Transportation and currently is a Community Development Specialist with the City of Seattle, Office of Housing.
Jackee Walker, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Jackee is a member of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Condemnation, Real Estate, and Litigation teams. Her practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, including eminent domain, residential and commercial real estate, product liability, class action, and contract disputes.
Allan Waller, AVP, Senior Residential Review Appraiser, Heritage Bank
My background in real estate began with home renovations which led to becoming a licensed home inspector and then on to Residential appraising in 2006. Up until 2015 I was self-employed doing fee appraising primarily for lending institutions. For the past 3 years I have been doing appraisal review exclusively for Heritage Bank.
Sam Wayne, Associate Vice President, Colliers International
Sam Wayne is currently on Colliers Apartment Team focused on multifamily land.  Prior industry experience includes office & industrial investment sales, multifamily investment sales, investment syndication, multifamily development, construction project management, and commercial leasing. 
Kinnon W. Williams, Attorney/Shareholder, Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder PS
Regarded as one of the leading eminent domain trial attorneys in Washington State, Mr. Williams has represented both public entities and private property owners in negotiations, mediation, and bench and jury trials including successfully arguing cases before the Washington State Supreme Court. He is co-author of the 2010 Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook Chapter on eminent domain, easements and the creation and use of roadways.  He has been selected by his peers as Seattle Metropolitan Magazine “Super Lawyer” for the years 2013-2018.
Tom Wilson, Director, Cushman & Wakefield Commerce
Tom Wilson joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce office in August 2001, after 12 years with Pacific Coast Feather Company where he directed 3 million square feet of industrial and office space. Tom has directed lease, sublease, sale, and redevelopment assignments throughout the US and Canada.  Tom has been involved with projects such as leasing the Panattoni Seaway Center, Intracorp Industrial Center, and Opus Seaway Commerce Center. Tom has a degree from Whitman College in Political Science. He is a general certified appraiser in multiple states and is actively involved in Real Estate Council (TREC). Chris was elected into the Associate Leadership Council, class of 2010-11. Roach is also an active member of the North Texas Chapter of The Appraisal Institute where he currently serves as President on the Executive Board of Director. Additionally, he is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) and Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Roach has also been designated as an expert witness in numerous states and has testified in multiple courts regarding real estate valuation matters.