UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

2018 UNC
Real Estate Conference

April 12, 2018
The Dean Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill, NC


Sam Zell is a global, industry-agnostic entrepreneur and investor. He has a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets, leading industry consolidations, and bringing companies to the public markets.

Sam has stewarded dozens of companies across industries including: energy, logistics, manufacturing, communications, healthcare, and real estate. He is a founding father of the modern REIT industry, and created three of the largest real estate investment trusts. One of them, Equity Office, sold for $39 billion in 2007 in the largest leverage buyout at the time.

Sam was also a pioneer in investing in the emerging markets. He applied his commitment to strong governance to institutionalize companies in Latin America, and introduced the first Brazilian mall company and the first Mexican homebuilder, respectively, to the New York Stock Exchange.

Sam chairs five companies on the New York Stock Exchange, and is an active philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship. He was recently named by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.


The 2018 UNC Real Estate Conference registration will open on February 28, 2018. We recommend you register as soon as registration opens as we anticipate a large crowd to our new venue.

11:00 a.m. Arrive at the Smith Center for Lunch and Networking on the concourse.  Please pick up your name tag at Gate A of the Smith Center
Noon Conference Welcome by David Hartzell, Wood/Bell Distinguished Professor, and Director, Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
12:15 p.m.

Conference Speaker, Glen Hiemstra, Founder and Owner, Futurist.com

1:00 p.m.

Market Disruptions Panel.  Moderated by Glen HiemstraFounder and Owner, Futurist.com

  • Dave Bragg, Managing Director, Green Street Advisors
  • Julia Davis, Global Head of Real Estate Transactions and Analytics, WeWork
1:45 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker, Sam Zell, Founder, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

3:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Capital Markets Panel.  Moderated by Leonard W. Wood, Chairman, GLP Partners

  • Alison M. Garcia, Principal, Meadow Partners
  • Robert J. Plumb, Managing Director, AEW,,Direct Investment Acquisitions and Capital Markets Team
  • Jeffrey D. Horowitz, Global Head of Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks - Reception at the Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill

* Times are subject to change
* Presentation slides when and if made available will be provided by link on this page



Asana Partners

Bell Partners

Berkeley Capital Advisors

Boston Prop 2016


Crescent Communities

Dilweg Companies

Eastdil Secured

FCA 2016

GLP 2016



Highwoods 2016

Johnson Development Associates Inc.

Lincoln Land Services LLC

Middleton Meyers



Prudential Real Estate



Schell Bray



Womble Bond Dickinson

Wood Partners

If you are interested in being a 2018 sponsor, please email or call Susan Drake at 919.962.3219

Past Conferences

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014


Local Chapel Hill Hotels

  • The Carolina Inn
    Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, at the doorstep of the beautiful campus of The University of North Carolina.
  • The AC Hotel by Marriott
    Located on Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill's newest hotel.  A special event rate can be accessed thru this reservation link.  
  • The Franklin Hotel
    Located at 311 West Franklin Street, right in the center of town activity.
  • Siena Hotel
    Inspired by the beauty of Italy, The Siena Hotel - located in beautiful Chapel Hill North Carolina, will captivate you with its elegance. A Four Diamond hotel and restaurant recipient since 1987.
  • Aloft 
    Located in the heart of "Blue Heaven." We are situated just down the road from UNC's Campus.
  • Courtyard by Marriott
    Located next door to the Friday Center for Continuing Education and just 1 mile from the University of North Carolina - UNC Chapel Hill campus.
  • The Homewood Suites by Hilton® 
    This Durham-Chapel Hill/I-40 hotel is ideally located for travelers visiting the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina area.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill/Carrboro
    Set in the heart of Chapel Hill/Carrboro, this welcoming hotel is within walking distance to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and dining and leisure options in downtown Chapel Hill.
  • Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont
    Located off Rt 54, the Rizzo Conference Center's close proximity to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and the RDU Airport make it an accessible and practical choice for area business travelers. Located in Chapel Hill, near the Meadowmont community, the boutique hotel setting inside the Rizzo Conference Center, provides executive style hotel guest rooms with a variety of amenities, specially designed with the business traveler in mind.

On Campus Parking for the Dean Smith Center

Visitor parking options on UNC campus.

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