UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

2018 UNC Real Estate Conference


Registration and refunds have closed.  Please remember we will have no conference-day registrations (no walk-ins). All attendees must wear their name tags during the conference.  Please confirm your registration details by locating your name and company on the Attendee List.  Final attendee list by NAME and by COMPANY

Date: April 12, 2018
Location: The Dean Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill, NC
Book Signing and Lunch: 11:00 AM - Noon. 

Print version of the Conference Agenda - Download here


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.

11:00 AM - Noon

Arrive at the Smith Center for Lunch and Networking. Lunch will be available on the concourse with multiple food stations. Please pick up your name tag at Gate A of the Smith Center.

11:30 AM - Noon

Keynote and Author, Sam Zell, will be available to personalize his latest book, Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel.  The Bull's Head Bookshop will have this book available for purchase.

Noon-12:15 PM

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

12:15-1:15 PM KEYNOTE
Conference Keynote Speaker, Sam Zell, Founder, Chairman, Equity Group Investments
1:15-1:45 PM

Break. The concourse will be open for networking during conference breaks.

1:45-2:30 PM

Conference Speaker, Glen Hiemstra, Founder and Owner, Futurist.com [Slide Deck]

2:30-3:15 PM

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

3:15-3:45 PM

Break. The concourse will be open for networking during conference breaks.

3:45-4:45 PM

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

5:00 PM

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

Past Conferences

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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


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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