Asian American Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Will Hold Their Fourth Annual East Meets West Real Estate Connect Conference


AREAA, the Asian American Real Estate Association of America, will hold their Fourth Annual East Meets West Real Estate Connect conference on September 26, 2018, at The New Yorker. Every year, East Meets West shines with an array of prestigious speakers, a fast-paced, interesting itinerary and great networking opportunities.

“East Meets West was created to serve as a starting point for foreigners looking for real estate advice to engage with local experts in the industry. It has since evolved into an all-day event loaded with real estate professionals ranging from developers, owner/operators, investors, lenders, and service providers, mingling with attendees eager to learn,” says Dorian Lam, President, Board of Directors, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) NY Manhattan Chapter.

This year’s four keynote speakers, highly regarded professionals in their respective fields, are John Catsimatidis, Chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group; Streeteasy’s General Manager Susan Daimler; Adam Spies, Chairman and CEO of Cushman and Wakefield, and Jonathan Miller, President and CEO of Miller Samuel.

“More speakers not to be missed include Jessica Millet, an expert on Opportunity Zones, who will give the latest updates on the new tax program, Blockchain consultant Debbie Hoffman, and Compass Chief Evangelist Leonard Steinberg. Developers play a big role at this year’s East Meets West as well, with three sessions filled with developers and even a development case study,” says Dorian Lam.

This year, the event will be broken down into eight sessions, each covering a contemporary, highly relevant topic both in commercial and residential real estate. Highlights include a session on residential new development, the changing real estate landscape, foreign lending, and business expansion.

Here is a full overview of this year’s panels:

Residential Panels
Residential Panel 1: Business Expansion – What investments to your business actually work?
Speakers include Tyler Whitman (Triplemint), Russ Putterman (KW), Tony Oakley (Compass), and Teddy Baxter (Douglas Elliman).

Residential Panel 2: Foreign Lending (New Policies and Programs)
Speakers include Charles Ruffin (Emigrant), Henry Shih (Citi), and Yihou Han (Sterling).

Residential Panel 3: Tech Tools You Should Know
Speakers include David Friedman (Wealthx), Alyssa Soto Brody (Compass), Parish Pradhan (RealAgentz), and Noah Rosenblatt (Urbandigs).

Residential Panel 4: Condo New Developments – What Developers Want
Speakers include Sam Suzuki (Suzuki Capital), Anna Zarro (AnnaZarro), and Leonard Steinberg (Compass).

Commercial Panels
Commercial Panel 1: State of the Market
Speakers include Ari Shalam (RWN), Richard Siu (F&T), Patrick Li (TH Real Estate), Johnny Din (Cycamore Capital), and Jessica Millet (Duval & Stachenfeld).

Commercial Panel 2: Developers Panel
Speakers include Daren Hornig (Hornig Capital), Eric Brody (Wonderworks), George Xu (Century Development), and Ronald Chua (China Overseas America).

Commercial Panel 3: Capital Markets
Speakers include George Bernakis (Industrial Bank of China), Leon Wang (Acore Capital), Jason Yuen (Greystone), and Jerry Tang.

Commercial Panel 4: Development Case Studies
Speakers include Margaret Lee (Youngwoo & Associates), David Amirian (Amirian Group), Ray Gu (Anbang International), and Robert Gladstone (Madison Equities).

With such a vast variety of topics, guests and panelists alike will be able to learn, grow, and leave with a better sense of today’s real estate reality. East Meets West’s Slogan, “Real Estate Gets Real”, sums up this purpose perfectly.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AREAA creates a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. AREAA’s membership represents a broad array of real estate, mortgage, and housing-related professionals that serve the diverse AAPI market. AREAA is the only trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the entire Asian real estate market nationwide.



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