2022 Winter Conference

Atlanta, GA, February 15–17, 2022

AFIRE members are invited to Atlanta, Georgia, Feb. 15–17, 2022 for the next AFIRE Winter Conference—AFIRE’s largest annual executive conference.

Historically held in New York, the 2022 Winter Conference takes advantage of Georgia’s warmer winter environs and welcomes members to one of the top commercial real estate markets for AFIRE members and institutional investors.

Held at the five-star St. Regis Hotel, this three-day event includes tours, committee meetings, and information-packed sessions with the latest insider insights at the forefront of commercial real estate, including in-depth looks at capital markets, asset classes, ESG trends, geopolitics, and hands-on walkthroughs of some of the most innovative development projects in the Atlanta area.

Optional on-site rapid COVID testing will be provided to all attendees entering the conference on February 15 and exiting the conference on February 17, to support attendee safety and potential travel requirements.



Registrants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination to attend the Winter Conference in-person in Atlanta. AFIRE also recommends attendees test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of entering any event spaces. If you are unable to be vaccinated, proof of a negative test within the preceding 24-hour period must be provided.

As of January 31, the AFIRE room block at the St. Regis Atlanta is fully booked.

Nearby recommendations, both within a half-mile, include:

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AFIRE is actively monitoring COVID-19 trends and guidance provided by the CDC, ECDC, and Washington, DC, and the impact that health measures or other factors may have on the 2022 Winter Conference. The health and safety of our in-person meeting attendees, staff, and guests is our top priority, and AFIRE is committed to creating a safe environment for this event.

All in-person attendees will need to (A) provide a proof of vaccination and (B) be required to wear a mask at all times for any indoor activities.

AFIRE will provide sanitized, medical-grade masks on-site.

Proof of vaccination can be provided digitally (via scanned PDF or other file type) prior to the event by emailing Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director, atewelde@afire.org. Vaccine forms may also be shown at check-in prior to receiving your event badge.

(All vaccine and COVID result forms will be presented for review by event staff and will not be retained for any reason.)

By registering for the 2022 Winter Conference, you agree to the AFIRE 2022 WINTER CONFERENCE COVID-19 LIABILITY WAIVER AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK.

If you are displaying any symptom of COVID-19 (e.g., sore throat, cough, fatigue, headache, rash, fever, body aches, etc.) and/or you have recently and knowingly been exposed to anyone who tested positive, do not attend the conference in person. Your registration will be fully refunded (or partially refunded should you opt for the virtual alternative).

AFIRE may need to adjust its policies and procedures to remain compliant with public health measures and will communicate any such actions to meeting participants with expediency and transparency.

In addition to operating in compliance with municipal and federal health and safety standards, event managers will implement the following best practices:

  • Usage of optional, color-coded wrist bands to communicate social distancing preference.
    • Green: Handshakes and hugs okay; no distance desired
    • Yellow: Bows or fist bumps okay; partial distance desired
    • Red: No physical contact; full social distance desired
  • Compliance with state, local, and venue guidance regarding health and safety, and will encourage frequent hand washing, sanitizing, and social distancing.
  • On-site signage will include reminders for physical distancing throughout the meeting space, highlighting rules around health and safety practices.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the event space and common areas, and clearly marked.
  • High-touch areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.

AFIRE is committed to implementing conscious and intentional measures that will not only help reduce the risk of COVID-19, but also promote health and safety standards for all AFIRE events. Please continue to check this page, as well as local, national, and international guidance, for other COVID-19 mitigation measures. AFIRE will revise any or all of these policies as needed and required or recommended.

Given the continually evolving nature of COVID-19, AFIRE maintains a flexible cancellation or registration adjustment policy for the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting.

AFIRE will provide full refunds for in-person cancellations and partial refunds for in-person-to-virtual registration adjustments.

Requests for refunds or adjustments received prior to January 31, 2022 will be processed within a few business days. Any requests received from February 12, 2022 up to the beginning of the event on February 15, 2022 will be processed after the event concludes.

In-person registrations can be cancelled at any time up to the morning of February 15, 2022. A full refund will be provided.

In-person registration can be also switched to a virtual registration no later than February 14, 2022. A refund will be processed, less the fee of the virtual event registration.

Any virtual registration can be upgraded to an in-person registration no later than February 14, 2022.

All requests for cancellations or alterations should be made in writing to atewelde@afire.org.

Lodging cancellations or adjustments should be handled directly with your hotel.

The 2022 Winter Conference is closed to all press and media.

AFIRE reserves the right to capture and broadcast digital media content in the form of professional photographs, live-streaming, audio, and video during the 2022 Winter Conference.

By registering for the meeting, you hereby grant permission to AFIRE and its representatives to photograph and/or record you during the in-person and virtual events at the 2022 Winter Conference, and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise globally disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval or payment.

All meeting attendees agree to observe AFIRE’s House Rules regarding protected discussions, mutual respect, and inclusivity.


11:00–14:00 | Board Meeting

14:00–18:00 | Midtown Atlanta Renaissance Tour
     Coda at Georgia Tech | Colony Square | Ponce City Market
     (Transportation will be provided)

18:00–20:00 | Welcome Reception (Sponsored by Jamestown and King & Spalding)
     Rooftop Terrace at Ponce City Market
     (Transportation will be provided)


08:00–09:00 | Breakfast

09:00–09:30 | Meeting Opens/Welcome Remarks
     Karen Horstmann, Head of Acquisitions, Allianz Real Estate

09:30–10:30 | Multiverse: What’s Happening in Capital Markets
     Mark Gibson, CEO, Capital Markets, JLL
Spencer Levy, Global Chief Client Officer CBRE

10:30–11:00 | Networking Break

11:00–12:00 | Atlanta Made 🔑
     Dr. David A. Thomas, President, Morehouse College
     (Interviewed by Bryan Sanchez, CEO, Lionstone)

12:00–13:30 | Lunch

13:30–14:30 | Infrastructure: Making it Work in the US
Rodney Slater, Former US Sec. of Transportation; Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
     Congressman Bill Shuster, Senior Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs
     Caren Street, Principal, Squire Patton Boggs

14:30–15:00 | Networking Break

15:00–16:00 | ESG: Moving Beyond the Checked Box
     Amy Erixon, President, Global Investment Management, Avison Young
     Christiane Conrads, EMEA Real Estate ESG Lead, PwC
     Becca Rushin, Director of ESG, Jamestown
     Justin Travlos, Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA IM Alts

16:00–17:00 | Media Studios, Real Estate, and the Future 🔑
     Michael Hackman, CEO, Hackman Capital Partners
     (Interviewed by Kai-yan Lee, Managing Director, Vanke US)

17:00–20:00 | Cocktail Reception & Dinner


08:00–09:00 | Breakfast

09:00–09:30 | Economic Outlook: Finding Certainty in Uncertainty
     Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
     (Interviewed by Janice Stanton, Exec. Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield)

10:00–10:30 | Networking Break

10:30–11:00 | AFIRE 2022 Survey: Initial Findings

10:45–11:30 | Looking Beyond Sentiment: Real Data for Real Estate
     Revathi Greenwood, Global Head of Data & Insights, Cushman & Wakefield
      (Introduced by Karen Horstmann, Head of Acquisitions, Allianz Real Estate)

11:30–12:30 | Class by Class: State of Real Estate After COVID
     Byron Carlock, US Real Estate Leader, PwC
     Clyde Holland, Executive Chairman, Holland Partner Group
     Will McIntosh, Global Head of Research, USAA Real Estate

12:30–14:00 | Lunch and Meeting Closing



The registrant (referred to as “Attendee” or “I”) understands that in-person participation in the 2022 Winter Conference (“WC”) of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (“AFIRE”) is entirely voluntary. By participating in the WC in person rather than through other means, such as videoconferencing, Attendee knowingly accepts and assumes all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any COVID-19-related injury. Attendee has carefully considered the risks involved in traveling to and attending the WC, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and corresponding risks of its transmission. Attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless, to the maximum extent permitted by law, AFIRE, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any COVID-19 related injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind (collectively, “Claims”), that Attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the WC.

While AFIRE is the convener of the meeting, Attendee understands and acknowledges that AFIRE has no direct control over and is not responsible for the acts or omissions of any meeting venue personnel or others involved in producing this event, or any other attendees at the meeting. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the WC may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend or work at the WC or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Attendee understands and agrees that the release set forth herein includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of AFIRE, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the WC.

In addition to all other rules and regulations relating to the Attendee’s attendance at the WC, Attendee agrees to comply with all COVID-related procedures, restrictions and requirements that have been implemented by AFIRE, state, and local officials, and designated event locations, including, but not limited to, mask-wearing and social distancing requirements.

I certify that I have read and fully understand this COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk agreement and understand that it affects my legal rights. I also understand and agree that by registering for the WC, I am giving up the right to sue for any Claims that I may suffer as a result of attending the WC.

I agree and acknowledge that this agreement (1) shall be binding on me, my heirs, family, estate, representatives, and assigns and (2) is intended to be as broad as permitted under applicable law, and each waiver or provision herein is severable and shall apply notwithstanding the invalidation of any other provision herein.


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director
atewelde@afire.org+1 202 312 1404

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