Georgetown Wall Street Alliance Global Real Estate Panel
Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Global Flux and Real Estate – Where Are We Headed?
Robert H. Steers (B’75), Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cohen & Steers, Inc.
Jonathan D. Gray, Global Head of Real Estate and a member of the board of directors of Blackstone
Matthew L. Cypher, Professor of the Practice in Real Estate Finance and Director of the
school’s Real Estate Finance Initiative
Welcome: 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Presentation 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Merle Anselm (212)704-0884
Robert H. Steers (B’75)is Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cohen & Steers, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company (CNS).
Founded in 1986, Cohen & Steers is a leading global investment manager with a long history of innovation and a focus on real assets, including real estate, infrastructure and commodities. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seattle, Cohen & Steers serves institutional and individual investors around the world.
From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Steers was a Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of National Securities and Research Corporation, where he chaired both the Investment Policy and Stock Selection Committees. In 1985, while at National Securities, he organized and launched the nation’s first real estate securities mutual fund.
Mr. Steers chairs the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’ Advisory Board and serves as the Investment Committee Chairman of the University’s Endowment Fund. He also is President of the Board of Trustees of the Canterbury School. Mr. Steers is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Staff Retirement Plan of the International Monetary Fund. He received the 2012 NAREIT Industry Achievement Award in recognition of his help in taking REIT investments into the mainstream. Mr. Steers holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University. He has four children and lives in Rye, New York with his wife, Lauren.
Jonathan Gray is Global Head of Real Estate and a member of the board of directors of Blackstone. He also sits on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees.
Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Mr. Gray has helped build the largest real estate platform in the world with more than $50 billion in investor capital under management. Blackstone’s portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Major holdings include Hilton Worldwide, Equity Office Properties, Brixmor shopping centers and London’s Broadgate office complex.
Mr. Gray received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a B.A. in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He currently serves as a board member of the Pension Real Estate Association and Trinity School and is Chairman of the Board of Harlem Village Academies.
Mr. Gray and his wife, Mindy, recently established the Basser Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, focused on the prevention and treatment of certain genetically-caused breast and ovarian cancers.
Matthew L. Cypher
Matthew Cypher joined the faculty at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in July 2012 as a professor of the practice in real estate finance and director of the school’s Real Estate Finance Initiative.
Cypher is charged with leading and growing the real estate program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to teaching responsibilities, he will develop strong relationships with the relevant academic, professional, and policy-making communities. The initiative also seeks to create a forum for industry leaders to discuss changing global trends in real estate.
Cypher brings nearly a decade of industry real estate experience to Georgetown McDonough. He joined Invesco’s real estate acquisitions group in 2005 following several years in academia. While at Invesco, he was responsible for oversight of the Underwriting Group, which acquired $10.2 billion worth of institutional real estate during his leadership tenure. He has also personally underwritten $1.5 billion of acquisitions culminating with the purchase of 230 Park Avenue in New York, which Invesco acquired on behalf of its client capital in June 2011. Additionally, he was responsible for the Valuations group, which marks to market Invesco’s more than $13 billion North American portfolio. Cypher also was a member of Invesco’s Investment Committee and Investment Strategy Committee.
He served as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University teaching courses in the real estate concentration of the university’s MBA program while at Invesco. His written work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Property Research, and Urban Affairs Review. He also has written for trade-level publications including Urban Land and The Institutional Real Estate Letter. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Texas A&M and a B.S from The Pennsylvania State University.