2023 Winter Conference

Washington, DC, February 13–15, 2023


AFIRE members are invited to Washington, DC, February 13–15, 2023 for the AFIRE 2023 Winter Conference, AFIRE’s annual executive conference for real estate leaders and institutional investors from around the world.

Held at the the Conrad Hotel in Washington, DC, this year’s program will feature cutting-edge ideas, capital market intelligence, information-packed sessions, and rich networking opportunities for AFIRE members to stay connected at the forefront of innovation and thought leadership for the future of commercial real estate.

This event is only for AFIRE members and invited guests.

All events will take place in the Conrad DC Grand Ballroom, unless otherwise noted.

This agenda is regularly updated. Watch this page or check AFIRE Global for updates.

FEB 13 / MONDAY

(Note: Registration is required for all project tours. Please indicate your interest in your Winter Conference registration. Transportation will be provided.)

13:00–18:00

Project Tours (Two Tracks Available)

Track #1 (13:00–16:00):
Inside Look at Hyperscaled Data Centers
Loudoun County, VA

Track #2 (14:00–17:30):
National Landing at Crystal City
2011 Crystal Dr suite 205, Arlington, VA 22202
CityCenter
825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20268

18:00–20:00

Welcome Reception at the Conrad Hotel
(Hosted by Hines)
950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

+ Mentor Family Reception
Conrad Hotel Conservatory Ballroom

FEB 14 / TUESDAY

08:00–09:00

Breakfast

09:00–09:30

Welcoming Remarks

09:30–10:00

Opening Keynote: Welcome to Washington, DC
John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor, Washington, DC

10:00–10:45

Morning Keynote: Real Estate Strategy in Uncertain Times
Mary Ludgin, Heitman

10:45–11:15

Morning Break

11:15–12:00

Residential Regeneration: People, Prosperity, and Affordable Housing
Jair Lynch, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

12:00–13:00

Networking Luncheon

13:00–13:45

Boundary Lines: European Capital Markets and the Cross-Border Outlook
Brian Klinksiek, LaSalle Investment Management

13:45–14:30

Can it Scale?: New Construction Tech for Institutional Investors

14:30–15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00–16:00

16:00–16:40

Hyperscaling Data Centers: Is It Time for Investment at Scale?
Matt Ahearn, IPI Partners; Brian Cox, Stack

16:40–17:00

AFIRE Ideas: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make it Work for You
Ambassador Capricia Marshall, The Atlantic Council

17:00–18:00

Cocktail Reception

18:00–20:00

Seated Dinner and Keynote Discussion: How Can Institutional Investors Combat Volatility?
Ambassador Marc Grossman

FEB 15 / WEDNESDAY

08:00–09:00

Breakfast

09:00–09:10

Opening Remarks

09:10–10:00

Moving Forward: Climate Change, Immigration, and Pricing Risk
Parag Khanna, Climate Alpha

10:00–10:45

Cautious Optimism: An Economist’s Perspective
Peter Linneman, Linneman Associates

10:45–11:15

The Institutional View: AFIRE Survey Results

11:15–11:30

Closing Remarks

12:30–14:30

AFIRE Board Meeting

AMBASSADOR MARC GROSSMAN

The Cohen Group | Vice Chairman

MATT AHEARN

IPI Partners | Partner & Chair, Investment Committee

BYRON CARLOCK JR.

PwC US | Real Estate Leader
AFIRE | Director of Legal and Tax

BRIAN COX

Stack Infrastructure | CEO

SYLVIA GROSS

PIA Residential | Senior Advisory Consultant
AFIRE | Chair

PARAG KHANNA

Climate Alpha | Founder & CEO
FutureMap | Founder & Managing Partner

BRIAN KLINKSIEK

LaSalle Investment Management | Global Head of Research and Strategy

MARY LUDGIN

Heitman | Senior Managing Director & Head of Global Research

STEVE MCCARTHY

AXA Investment Managers | Head of North America
AFIRE | Deputy Chair

BRYAN SANCHEZ

Lionstone Investments | CEO
AFIRE | Director of Programs

AMBASSADOR CAPRICIA MARSHALL

Atlantic Council | Ambassador-in-Residence

GUNNAR BRANSON

AFIRE | CEO

MAGGIE COLEMAN

Sera Global | Managing Partner, Private Capital Advisory

JOHN FALCICCHIO

City of Washington, DC | Deputy Mayor

CLYDE HOLLAND

Holland Partner Group | Executive Chairman

FRED KLEIN

DLA Piper | Partner

PETER LINNEMAN

Linneman Associates | Principal

JAIR LYNCH

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners | President & CEO

WILL MCINTOSH, PhD

USAA Real Estate | Global Head of Research
AFIRE | Director of Programs

SALIME YACOUBI

Iron Point Partners | Managing Director

& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

EVENT VENUE

THE CONRAD WASHINGTON, DC
950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The current AFIRE discounted room block at the Conrad is officially sold out as of Jan. 19, but rooms may still available at standard hotel rates.

NEARBY HOTEL OPTIONS

MOXY WASHINGTON, DC (MARRIOTT)
1011 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

$175 per night (+ tax/fees); 0.1 mile/3-minute walk to the Conrad

EATON DC
1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

$259 per night (+ tax/fees); 0.3 mile/5-minute walk to the Conrad

GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON
1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

$269 per night (+ tax/fees); 0.2 mile/4-minute walk to the Conrad

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 2023 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 are encouraged to have received up-to-date vaccinations and are to wear a mask for prolonged 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 2023 Winter Conference, you agree to the AFIRE 2023 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.

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.

The registrant (referred to as “Attendee” or “I”) understands that in-person participation in the 2023 Winter Conference (“WC”) of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (“AFIRE”) is entirely voluntary. By participating in the AMM 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 AMM, 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.

AFIRE maintains a flexible cancellation or registration adjustment policy for the 2023 Winter Conference.

AFIRE will provide full refunds for in-person cancellations.

Requests for refunds or adjustments received prior to February 8, 2023 will be processed within a few business days. Any requests received from February 8, 2023 up to the beginning of the event will be processed after the event concludes.

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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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.

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