2017 RealShare Orange County
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmRegistration & Networking
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmOpening Remarks
1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Drivers of Orange County Economic Growth and Future Trends to Watch
Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser, Orange County Business Council

Orange County has become the economic engine of Southern California, with low unemployment, state-of-the art infrastructure, a highly skilled, educated workforce vibrant industry clusters such as biopharma and medical device, and emerging growth sectors such as big data analytics, advanced transportation, VR, and cybersecurity. Several new developments have the potential to reshape the county’s future. The county’s supply of high-quality office space makes it a promising destination for tech start-ups priced out of Silicon Valley. Is Orange County on the verge of a tech boom? How will demographics and housing supply/affordability Impact the market? Dr. Walrod will focus on the opportunities – and challenges – in the OC market.

2:00 pm - 2:50 pmOrange County Development: Getting Ahead by Building an Active Pipeline
Kurt Strasmann, Senior Managing Director, CBRE
Jenny Redlin, REPA, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Richard Douglass, Division President, Southern California, Trumark Homes
Moderator: Chuck Packard, President and Chief Financial Officer, Pacific International Capital

While Orange County has its fair share of development issues, such as no transportation system and slow permit processing, the county is seeing an increase in major projects. Key players in the development field will discuss the state of the market, what can be expected in the future, and the latest Orange County hot-spots: "ultra-posh" Newport, "multi-ethnic" Garden Grove, "beach-community" Huntington Beach, “corporate” Airport Area and the "Platinum Triangle" area.

2:50 pm - 3:10 pmNetworking Break
3:10 pm - 4:00 pmMulti-Use: Ways to Merge the Retail, Office and Multi-Family Sectors
Jennifer Litwak, Executive Director, Housing on Merit
Wilbur H. Smith III, CEO, President and founder , Greenlaw Partners
Sanford L. Smith, AIA, Senior Vice President: Real Estate, Facilities, Construction and Operations , Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

As the L.A. real estate market continues to boom, surrounding Southern California counties are beginning to pick-up momentum in the housing market. An increase in high-density housing demand is bringing more multi-use buildings to Orange County, as buyers want to be able to live, work, and play in the same complex. One of these sites is the 68-acre Five Lagunas being built on the former site of the Laguna Hills Mall. The county is also seeing an uptick in hospitality ventures with new hotels opening in both Irvine and Newport Beach. However, even with positive momentum, infrastructure and transportation issues remain a problem in Orange County. In addition, as the number of facilities increases so does the risk of saturating the rental market. Should CRE leaders be concerned or will the market continue its rapid growth?

4:00 pm - 4:50 pmCapital Markets: International and Private Investing Spur Growth
Moderator: Rob Cord, President, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors
Auriel E. Streit, Business Development, Streit Lending
Ryan Parkin, Managing Partner, Cress Capital LLC
John Strockis, Sr. VP of Acquisitions, SmartStop Asset Management
Jason Bressler, Vice President, Mesa West Capital

Market leaders discuss the availability of traditional and non-traditional capital and the latest industry trends, like whether or not REITs are netting better returns than other investors. Plus, how can you capitalize on opportunities, and what should you expect from the market over the next few years?

4:50 pm - 5:10 pmNetworking Break
5:10 pm - 6:00 pmIndustrial Market: New Opportunities for Orange County
Moderator: Douglas A. Praw, Partner, Holland & Knight
Joseph Finnigan, Executive Director - Real Estate Investing, Morgan Stanley
Marc Berg, Vice President & Regional Director, Rockefeller Group
Jon Marchiorlatti, Vice President, Industrial Development, Shea Properties
Mike Severson, Executive Vice President, Chief Acquisitions Officer, Bixby Land Company

Orange County’s industrial market is continuing to grow, with the average rent rising as vacancy rates remains at historic lows. However, demand for quality space remains strong specifically from e-commerce-oriented tenants who are driving inquiries, sales and possible referendums. Furthermore, opportunity to re-purpose older industrial products like the JCPenney distribution center are growing in popularity and new delivery technology like drones is disrupting the way industrial space is used. Though the industrial market still faces last-minute delivery site challenges Orange County may be poised to solve these issues. This discussion will include an outlook on the current state of the OC industrial market, how real estate leaders are overcoming challenges and creating growth opportunities despite limited inventory.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pmNetworking Cocktail Reception