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2020 SPEAKERS

Todd Allen

Real estate entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience as a successful multifamily developer, builder, manager and technology provider.   

 

Todd spent the first 20 years of his career leading his family real-estate business in multifamily apartment & condominium development, new construction, acquisitions, & renovations with deal sizes up to $45MM.   As a technology provider, Todd was the COO of Indatus, the leading provider of automated answering solutions for apartment communities.  After Indatus was acquired by RealPage in 2015, Todd served as the VP Product / Communications for the Answer Automation and Contact Center products at RealPage, responsible for product strategy, pricing, and roadmap oversight.    Todd spent two years as VP of Information Technology with Buckingham Companies, a full service developer with over $1.5 billion in asset value across 7 states. 

 

Todd’s latest venture, Connect, is changing multifamily advertising tech with IP targeted marketing solutions.  Highly accurate and able to actively target resident prospects, Connect provides true source attribution, increases conversion rates, and accurately measures ROI.

Founder & CEO, Connect

Ash Bell

A renowned apartment industry veteran, Ash has focused his career leading, developing, and advising Proptech companies that have transformed multifamily operations. Today he is CRO of Spruce, a lifestyle services company serving the apartment industry operating in seven markets and rapidly expanding its footprint nationwide. 

 

Prior to joining Spruce, Ash was EVP of Strategic Partnerships at home relocation tech startup Updater. He created and led the company’s real estate division, which became the largest division at the company servicing more than 3m apartment homes. He launched Updater’s Insurance Division and helped with a successful IPO on the ASX. Ash maintains an advisory role with the company and is a licensed insurance agent in all 50 states. Before Updater, Ash was Vice President of Multifamily Sales Operations and Partner at The Rainmaker Group, bringing Rainmaker LRO to more than 2m units and driving them toward an acquisition by RealPage for $300m.

 

Ash holds a B.A. from Malone University where he was an Academic All-American and two-time National Tennis Qualifier. He is a well-known industry speaker, most notably representing Updater as it was named the winner of the 2015 NMHC OPTECH LaunchPad competition for start-ups. He has also served as an entrepreneurship speaker and coach for North Carolina State University’s Albright Entrepreneurs Village. Bell has been married to his amazing wife Kathy for 24 years. They have three beautiful children and two crazy dogs.

CRO, Spruce

Jonas Bordo

Jonas Bordo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dwellsy, the free residential rental marketplace that makes it easy to find hard to find rentals.

 

Prior to co-founding Dwellsy, Jonas was a senior executive at several leading real estate firms including Essex Property Trust and Bentall GreenOak and was with the Boston Consulting Group after graduating with his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  

 

Jonas has had the good fortune to build, re-build and lead amazing teams across the multifamily and commercial real estate operational and strategic spectrum, manage $100M+ P&Ls, deliver significant profit increases, orchestrate the sale of several businesses, develop a strategic plan for one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, implement a Toyota production system and create more than 40 brands.   

 

He is husband to Rosalind and father to Bailey, Zac and Thea, an avid hiker, a lifelong learner and an opportunistic maker.

CEO and Co-Founder, Dwellsy

Brandon Hundley

Brandon Hundley is currently Head of Sales at MeetElise. At MeetElise, Brandon is focused on building partnerships with leading innovators in the rentals space. His goal is to help push forward next gen solutions that solve pain points for  renters of all types while having a significant impact on NOI.

Brandon believes that our industry is primed for a fundamental shift towards automation. He believes that leveraging new technologies like artificial intelligence will provide a better experience for consumers and allow operators to efficiently utilize their human capital.

Brandon has spent the majority of his career in the rentals/multifamily space having run a regional ILS in Seattle and recently working as Director of Sales on the Zillow Group Rentals team. Given this experience, he is able to understand the specific challenges that operators face and the stress that comes with finding an apartment as a renter. 

Head of Sales, MeetElise

Daniel Kellmereit

Experienced General Manager with long-term track record in running successful businesses: Leadership, Business Strategy, Finance, Operations, Technology, Business Development, Corporate Development, Legal, HR. 

Broad technology know how and strong network in Silicon Valley and global technology ecosystems. Large global client base in Communications, Mobile, Internet, High Tech, Financial Services, Automotive and Consumer/Retail industries. 

Daniel is CEO of Liganova USA and Managing Director at Ligadigital.

CEO, Liganova

Michelle Killoran

In her role as Principal at OMERS Ventures, Michelle Killoran is responsible for researching and executing on investment opportunities in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector.

 

Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michelle was a Senior Associate in Financial Advisory at Deloitte. As a part of the Valuations group, she provided valuation services to both public and private companies related to mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, tax, and litigation.

 

Michelle is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Principal, OMERS Ventures

Matt Knight

Matt Knight is a PropTech investor and advisor focused on the commercial and multifamily markets. He is the founder and owner of the largest angel group in the world focused exclusively on technology in real estate and apartments, the PropTech Angel Group. He also actively works with a few institutional owners of real estate on building an investment and piloting strategy around emerging technologies.

 

Matt was formerly a General Partner at Shadow Ventures, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on construction and real estate technology. Matt was responsible for capital raising and formation as well as deal sourcing and underwriting. During his time at Shadow, Matt also built an incubator, an accelerator, and an annual event known as Shadow Summit. Matt often speaks and writes about emerging trends or false narratives in PropTech via Medium or LinkedIn.

 

Prior to Shadow, Matt had a decade-long career in institutional real estate and was involved in more than $1B of commercial transactions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and splits his time between Atlanta and San Francisco.

Founder, Managing Principal, PropTech Angels Group

Sean Luthy

As Managing Director of the Hamilton Zanze Investor Relations team, Sean Luthy oversees day-to-day management of the Investor Relations team.

Sean brings 11 years of Hamilton Zanze experience to his role in Investor Relations. Prior to joining the IR team, Sean managed the HZ property portfolio for more than five years as managing director on the Asset Management team. In that role, he focused on measuring and strengthening operations at HZ properties, overseeing the team of asset managers, supervising the successful execution of business plans, and evaluating the opportune disposition of properties to benefit the portfolio. Before leading the Asset Management team, Sean began his career at HZ in 2007 as an acquisitions & dispositions analyst.

Sean previously worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research and as a residential real estate agent in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in Economics and Spanish. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and two sons.

Managing Director - Investor Relations, Hamilton Zanze Real Estate Investments

Everett Lynn

Mr. Lynn is the founder and CEO of Amenify which is a real estate technology company that connects residents with local lifestyle experiences and amenities such as dog walking, on-site fitness classes and ride sharing. Amenify officially launched in 2016 as an amenities solution for multifamily.

Founder & CEO, Amenify

Krishna Motukuri

Krishna Motukuri is the CEO of Zippin, drawing on his deep retail technology, ecommerce and startup experience to lead Zippin. Most recently, he was a portfolio company CEO at Naspers Group, where he built and grew multiple e-commerce businesses in India and South Africa. Earlier in his career, Krishna spent seven years at Amazon leading teams in search, marketing, global expansion and supply chain. In 2006 he left Amazon to start Ugenie, a next-gen comparison shopping site that was acquired in 2008 by Lulu.com. Post-acquisition, Krishna assumed the role of SVP, Business Development at Lulu and established key partnerships with Apple, McGraw Hill, Google and others.

Krishna has a Master's degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and spending time outdoors with his family.

CEO, Zippin

Derek Peterson

Derek is responsible for Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Derek holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education and Technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Information Systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications. In 2017, he was named CTO of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal.

Chief Technology Officer, Boingo

Adam Pittenger

Adam Pittenger is the Founder & CEO of Moved.com. Moved makes moving seamless for residents and property managers. They provide easy-to-use software to automate the resident onboarding process - saving properties time and equipping residents with a hospitality-driven experience. The company is backed by Lowe's, RET Ventures, FJ Labs, AngelPad, and strategic real estate investors.

Prior to Moved, Adam built one of the first social recruiting products at SelectMinds. The company was acquired by Oracle where Adam continued to grow the product, scaling globally with many of the world’s biggest brands (e.g. IBM, eBay). Adam grew up in the New Jersey area and received his degree from Lehigh University where he studied business, economics, marketing, and theatre.

Founder & CEO, Moved.com

Travis Putnam

Travis Putnam is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. His current investments and board roles include HqO, Bowery, Sweeten, Truss, Gridium, Matterport, Honest Buildings, and PlanGrid. Travis holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Navitas Capital

Abinav Sankar

Abinav Sankar joined Sopris Capital in 2016 and is a Partner. He has been involved in principal investing since 2012.

Prior to joining Sopris Capital, Mr. Sankar was a Private Equity Associate at Black Diamond Capital Management focused on buyout investments and operational improvement of portfolio companies primarily in Industrial and Consumer related sectors. Mr. Sankar began his career in the Principal Investments arm of Macquarie Capital, where he concentrated on special situations and invested across the capital structure in a variety of industries including Technology, Industrials, and Gaming & Lodging.

Mr. Sankar received a B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University.

Partner, Sopris Capital

David Sullivan

David Sullivan is the Founder and CEO of Till.  Prior to Till, David was the COO and on the founding team of The American Home, one of the first single-family rental investment funds that was successfully sold to Silverbay ("SBY") in 2015.  As COO, David managed an 80 person team responsible for asset management, property management, and corporate operations.  It was at The American Home that David became passionate about the financial challenges that renters and landlords face.  David has also spent three years at Route 66 Ventures, a leading Fintech venture fund where he became passionate about the power of financial innovation.   

Founder & CEO, Till

Lori Torres

I've left corporate America to start a new endeavor as an entrepreneur. After consulting for multiple organizations in the real estate industry, I launched Parcel Pending, a company focused on solving the package management challenges at apartment communities. This solution combines electronic lockers with software to notify residents when a package arrives and allows for 24/7 pick-up.

Prior to this new endeavor, I held the position of Senior Vice President, Property Operations at the Irvine Company. My tenure at the Irvine Company began in January 2000 and responsibilities included operational oversight of the Company’s entire multifamily portfolio, consisting of 1,200 property management associates operating over 44,000 apartment homes.

Previous leadership roles included a Senior Regional Manager position at BRE Properties, Inc., a San Francisco publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust and Regional Manager at McNeil Real Estate Management Company based in Texas.

Educational background includes CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and graduate of Pepperdine Presidents and Key Executive MBA program. Past President of the Board for South Coast Apartment Association and board member of the California Apartment Association. Previously, the Board Chair of Grandma’s House of Hope, a non-profit organization serving women and children in need of housing. 

Founder & CEO, Parcel Pending

Blaz Vavpetic

As the Chief Technology Officer, Vavpetic helps customers and partners with next generation wireless networks and the platform services needed for that to translate into a premium Connected Life Experience for their guests, residents and passengers.

Vavpetic holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Chief Technology Officer, Single Digits

Heather Wallace

Heather L. Wallace joined SARES•REGIS Group in 2016 with over 20 years of multifamily experience. Ms. Wallace's area of focus is business development, marketing and strategic planning for the property management division.

Ms. Wallace comes to SRG from Alliance Residential Company, where she held a variety of key positions in operations, acquisitions, and development since 2003. Hailed as an expert on pre-development issues, including market research, feasibility and design, Ms. Wallace began her career with Lincoln Property Company in 1994 and later held management posts with SCG/Archstone and Trammell Crow Residential Services.

Ms. Wallace is on the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation and is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association, Urban Land Institute and the California Apartment Association. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Senior Vice President, Sares-Regis Group

Keith Wasserman

Keith Wasserman founded Gelt, Inc. in 2008 during the height of the recession and financial meltdown. Keith has been involved in the acquisition of several commercial, industrial, and residential properties mainly in the Western US now totaling over $1.5 billion in assets. As co-founder of Happy Home Communities in 2017, Keith added the manufactured home venue to the growing list of entrepreneurial ventures he’s involved in. He oversees the company’s operations, marketing, investor relations, acquisitions, leasing, development, and disposition services. Keith graduated in 2007 from the University of Southern California from the Marshall School of Business. Keith leads Gelt’s charitable giving program and recently teamed up with Damian Langere to form The Resident Relief Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public non-profit whose focus is on helping renters avoid eviction upon an unexpected financial emergency. Keith is also a member of YPO (Young President's Organization).

CEO, Gelt, Inc.

Trina Wright

Trina Wright is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Sector, where she specializes in Global Real Estate. With 10 years of executive search experience, she is a trusted advisor to clients in the commercial real estate, private equity and operating areas. Trina also has a particular interest in developing leadership solutions where real estate intersects with technology. She is based in San Francisco.

Trina joined Russell Reynolds Associates from a boutique executive search and professional services firm specialized in the real estate industry, where she worked in both the New York and San Francisco offices. As a Director, she launched the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Technology Practice and was responsible for business development and executive search activities in the United States. Previously, Trina was with the Financial Services Practice with another boutique search firm in New York. She began her career in finance at Oppenheimer & Co. in San Francisco.

Trina holds a BA in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also competed in Division I soccer. She is a founding member of the Real Estate Council for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Greater Bay Area, and the Vice Chair of membership for the national Shared Economy Product Council with the Urban Land Institute.

Consultant, Global Real Estate

Christopher Yip

A seasoned industry veteran, Christopher Yip spent twelve years at San Francisco-based TPG, where he led growth and private equity investments in tech enabled business services companies, and currently sits on the board of CLEAResult, the leading national provider of energy efficiency programs to commercial and residential properties.

He is currently actively investing in early stage real estate technology businesses.

Chris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and as well as AB and SM degrees from Harvard University in Economics and Computer Science.
 

Partner, RET Ventures

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