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The Anchin Construction & Development Forum is a premium conference that brings together the Tri-state area’s senior development and construction executives to translate key challenges into profitable opportunities, as well as explore emerging trends influencing and disrupting the industry. Now in its fifth year, this event consistently gathers the region’s leading developers, contractors, architects and other industry professionals for a day of networking, idea sharing and deal-making.

Keynote Speakers

Rick Chandler

Rick Chandler
NYC Department of Buildings

Steve Witkoff

Steve Witkoff
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer


Robert Gilman

Robert Gilman

Peter Guthrie

Peter Guthrie
Head of Design & Construction

Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins
Managing Director

Daren Hornig

Daren W. Hornig
Managing Partner
Hornig Capital Partners

Simon Koster

Simon Koster
JDS Development Group

David Linehan

David Linehan
Development Manager
Lotus Equity Group

Clare Newman

Clare Newman
Chief of Staff & EVP
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Development Corporation

Justin Palmer

Justin Palmer
Synapse Development Group

Phillip Ross

Phillip Ross

Robert Schiffer

Robert Schiffer
Managing Director
SL Green

Carlo Scissura

Carlo Scissura
President & CEO
New York Building Congress

Simon Wasserberger

Simon Wasserberger
Managing Director
Equity Office

Marc Wieder

Marc Wieder

Michael Witek

Michael Witek
EVP – Construction
Naftali Group

Anthony Carlucci

Anthony Carlucci

Tara Mulrooney

Tara Mulrooney
Special Counstruction Counsel

David Pfeffer

David Pfeffer
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Richard Sussman

Richard Sussman
Rosenberg & Estis

Thomas Tripodianos

Thomas Tripodianos

Brendan Weiden

Brendan Weiden
Jaros Baum & Bolles

Roundtable Participants

Ed Baquero
Corigin Holdings

Melissa Burch
Lendlease Development

Tommy Craig

Joe McMillan

Miki Naftali
Naftali Group

Craig Nassi
BCN Development

Paul Pariser
Taconic Investment Partners

Tony Rinaldi
Rinaldi Group

Chris Schlank

Frank Sciame, Jr.
Sciame Construction

Sam Sidhu
Megalith Capital Management

Past Participating Firms (partial list)

  • Alloy
  • Amalgamated Bank
  • American Environmental Assessment & Solutions
  • American Global
  • American Leisure
  • American Pipe & Tank
  • Andromeda Advantage
  • Aon
  • Aon Risk Solutions
  • Arcadis
  • Ariel Property Advisors
  • ARQUI300
  • Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • ASM Mechanical Systems
  • AtmosAir Solutions
  • AvalonBay
  • Avani Parikh Architecture
  • Avery Hall Investments
  • BALA Consulting Engineers
  • Banker Steel
  • BankUnited
  • Barrett Design
  • Barry Rice Architect
  • BDO Consulting
  • Berdon
  • Beyer Blinder Belle
  • BP Group
  • Broadwall Consulting Services
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development
  • Brown Hill
  • Building Trades Employers’ Association
  • Building Violation Services
  • BuiltWorlds
  • Business Credentialing Services
  • Canam-Heavy
  • Capital Investments & Development
  • Carlyle Group
  • City Bay Capital
  • CityLift Parking
  • CNYC Realty
  • Cole Technologies
  • Collegiate Church
  • Columbia
  • Commercial Observer
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dewberry
  • Dewberry Engineers
  • DFT
  • Duane Morris
  • Dukas Linden Public Relations
  • Durst Organization
  • Duval & Stachenfeld
  • East Brooklyn Congregations
  • Eastern Consolidated
  • First Nationwide Title, an AmTrust Financial Company
  • Flink & Associates
  • FNTA
  • Foa & Son Corporation
  • General Contractors Association of New York
  • Genesis Companies
  • HAP Investments
  • Harrington, Ocko & Monk
  • Hartz Mountain Industries
  • Hauptman Realty
  • HDR
  • Heritage Equity Partners
  • Herrick Feinstein
  • Hines
  • HK Organization
  • HKS Capital Partners
  • HOK
  • IBI Group Gruzen Samton Architects
  • Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • International Asbestos Removal
  • Intertek-ATI
  • Ironstate Development
  • iStar
  • IVI, a CBRE Company
  • Janus Property Company
  • Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • JDM Capital
  • JDS Development
  • Kaufman Organization
  • KBKG
  • Keller Williams
  • Kenrich Group
  • Kings Capital Construction Group
  • Kinn Real Estate Counselors
  • Kirchhoff Companies
  • Kiska Developers
  • Kohler Co.
  • Lend Lease
  • Lendlease Development
  • Lettire Construction
  • Liberty Environmental
  • Lockton Companies
  • Lowenstein Sandler
  • Lower Manhattan Development
  • Luthin Associates
  • Lutron
  • Macerich
  • Macro Consultants
  • Marsh USA
  • Masterpiece Construction
  • Matrix New World Engineering
  • MBP
  • McKissack & McKissack
  • Mega Contracting Group
  • Megalith Capital Management
  • MEI
  • Mercantil Commercebank
  • Meridian
  • Meridian Capital Group
  • Metropolitan Risk
  • Metrowall
  • New York City Council
  • New York City Planning Commission
  • New York University
  • Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  • Northwell Health
  • NY Building Congress
  • NYC Holding Group
  • Observer Media
  • OLA Consulting Engineers
  • OneTitle National Guaranty Company
  • P.W. Grosser Consulting
  • Palmco Real Estate & Development
  • Par Group
  • Paradigm Associates
  • Partner Engineering and Science
  • Pecker & Abramson
  • Pembrooke & Ives
  • Pennoni
  • Perkins+Will
  • Proskauer
  • PS&S
  • PTS Consulting
  • R. Acevedo Contracting
  • Real Deal
  • Real Deal Magazine
  • Real Estate Finance & Investment
  • Richman Group Development
  • RKTB Architects
  • Robinson + Cole
  • RXR Realty
  • Savanna
  • Sax LLP
  • Schack NYU
  • Schiff Hardin
  • Schneider Electric
  • Senior Regional Vice President
  • Stewart Title
  • Stone Source
  • Strategic Mechanical Corp.
  • Stribling
  • Structural Preservation Systems
  • Structuretech New York Inc.
  • Thor Equities
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Tobin Parnes Design
  • Town Residential
  • Trinity Place Holdings
  • United Risk Management Insurance
  • Urban Realty Partners
  • US Chiller Services NY
  • USI Insurance Services
  • Vanguard Coverage
  • WeWork
  • Whitestone Associates
  • Wright Partners
  • Wright Peak Equity
  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • WWLT
  • XIN Development Group International
  • Yardi Systems / Matrix
  • YOOJ
  • Young America Capital
  • YSG Solar
  • Zetlin & De Chiara
  • Whitestone Associates
  • Wright Partners
  • ZGF Architects
  • Zubatkin Owner Representation


Day 1

5:30 PM

VIP Cocktail Reception

Day 2

7:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM

Morning Workshop: Pitfalls Arising from New Construction Technologies and How to Avoid Them

In this interactive workshop, you will hear about the latest trends in construction technology and the unintended legal risk related to the use of new construction tech. Covered in this workshop are areas such as cyber-risk, geofencing, GPS, privacy, drones and emerging construction apps. Join this special session to get ahead of possible problems and a crash course in new tech that is being deployed in the field today. Suitable for construction management firms and development firms with active construction projects, including senior management, risk and safety managers, as well as legal officers.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Anthony Carlucci, Partner, Welby, Brady & Greenblatt
  • Thomas Tripodianos, Partner, Welby, Brady & Greenblatt

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:10 AM

Morning Market Presentation: Construction & Development Pipeline Data & Analysis

Presented by:

  • Rick Chandler, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings

9:40 AM

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Infrastructure Development & Construction Challenges & Opportunities

With the arrival of Amazon in Long Island City, the spotlight has only brightened upon the region’s infrastructure and transportation challenges. The area’s subways, roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads, airports and waterways are all in need of vast amounts of dollars to keep up with the pace of growth and development. Which are the most important priorities? What is the status of proposed projects? How will we get there from here? This panel, comprised of top infrastructure leaders, convenes to discuss the chronic challenges at hand and present a vision for the way forward, and how private developers and construction firms might be part of the solution.

10:20 AM

Networking Break

10:50 AM – Track A

The Do-Over: Maximizing ROI When Reconstructing Existing Buildings for the Next 40 Years

While top developers strive to build the next tallest tower, other industry leaders are quietly repositioning and redeveloping millions of square feet of existing properties into higher and better uses. What strategies and represent the best risk-adjusted ROI in today’s market? This panel, comprised of redevelopment leaders across the product spectrum, dives into the details of reworking office, residential and industrial properties into what tenants want and how to maximize the long term value of newly redeveloped properties.


  • Richard Sussman, Partner, Rosenberg & Estis


Panelists include:

  • Daren W. Hornig, Managing Partner, HCP
  • Simon Wasserberger, Managing Director, EQ Office
  • Brendan Weiden, Partner, JB&B
  • Michael Witek, EVP – Construction, Naftali Group

10:50 AM – Track B

Development Leaders Roundtable

10:50 AM – Track C

Construction Leaders Roundtable

11:40 AM

DevTech 2019: Innovations in Building Design & Construction Technology

Necessity is the mother of invention, but innovation doesn’t happen by itself. Trying new things in new development and construction, with so much at risk, requires a disciplined practice of experimentation and tempered risk-taking. And yet a failure to innovate may end up in an inferior product in a competitive market place. How do top developers get out of their comfort zones without betting it all? This panel, comprised of active developers of office, retail and residential properties, explores the nuanced decision making behind such bold choices as Passive House, the Well standard, mass timber construction and radically unique design as a hedge against recession.


  • Tara Mulrooney, Special Construction Counsel, Proskauer


Panelists include:

  • Peter Guthrie, Head of Design & Construction, DDG
  • Sarah Hawkins, Managing Director, Hines
  • David Linehan, Development Manager, Lotus Equity Group
  • Justin Palmer, CEO, Synapse Development

12:20 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM – Track B

Lunch Workshop 1

12:30 PM – Track C

Lunch Workshop 2

1:10 PM

Boomtown, USA: The 200 Million Square Foot Pipeline

With hundreds of millions of square feet in the development and redevelopment pipeline in and around NYC, there is no end in sight to the challenges and opportunities ahead. How are top development leaders dealing with key pain points arising from today’s situation: high construction costs, tightness in the labor market, open shop difficulties, risk management headaches, materials pricing and design challenges? This panel, comprised of leaders representing tens of millions of square feet under development, discusses the current activity and future pipeline of office, residential, and industrial development and what it means to the industry.


  • Robert Gilman, Partner, Anchin


Panelists include:

  • Simon Koster, Principal, JDS Development Group
  • Clare Newman, Chief of Staff & EVP, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
  • David Pfeffer, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
  • Robert Schiffer, Managing Director, SL Green

1:55 PM

Afternoon Keynote: A Conversation with Steven Witkoff

We are honored to host industry legend Steve Witkoff in a special main stage interview and Q&A. Steve and his firm have developed over 70 properties representing more than 18 million square feet in New York, Florida, California and now Las Vegas. Join this special discussion to learn about how Steve identifies opportunities, structures deals and brings his ideas to fruition. Of particular focus will be 111 Murray, which embraces enhanced amenities for health-conscious buyers, to learn more about what is and isn’t resonating with today’s condo buyers.

2:25 PM

Closing Remarks

2:30 PM

Networking Reception

Who Sponsors

Sponsors of the Anchin Construction & Development Forums are typically industry vendors and service providers, such as attorneys, CPAs, brokers, lenders, architects, and many others looking to secure new business from medium to large sized multifamily portfolios.

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Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Rosenberg Estis
Tarter Krisnky Drogin
Welby, Brady & Greenblatt

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