Real Estate Connect Conference Draws Industry Stakeholders

Pictured from left to right are Daniel F. Cullen, Scott Crowe, Randy I. Anderson, Ken Johnson and John Crossman.

Pictured from left to right are Daniel F. Cullen, Scott Crowe, Randy I. Anderson, Ken Johnson and John Crossman.

By james hellegaard | 4/11/2019

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business recently hosted its first-ever Real Estate Connect Conference, which drew industry stakeholders from around the country to discuss the outlook for various markets in the United States and across the globe.

“I think it was really interesting, and I personally learned a lot,” said Scott Crowe, chief investment strategist with CenterSquare Investment Management, based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Crowe presented on “Global Public Real Estate Markets” at the conference. “We covered a wide array of topics in a very insightful way,” Crowe continued. “I don’t see any reason why FAU can’t become a center of real estate excellence, given the horsepower that’s behind it.”

John Crossman, CEO of Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms, spoke about “The Future of Retail.” Crossman said he saw a strong sense of community at the event in terms of relationship building, problem-solving and the research being done at FAU to serve the community, the industry and its students.

“We had a great lineup of speakers and a very strong showing from the commercial real estate community here in the local market, which is what you need,” said Crossman, who is based in Orlando. “It really came together well.”

The conference was sponsored by Crossman & Company and The Anderson Family. Randy I. Anderson, Ph.D., president of Los Angeles-headquartered Griffin Capital Asset Management Company, recently joined the faculty at FAU’s College of Business as the dean’s adjunct professor of real estate capital markets.  

“FAU has done a really nice job putting together a world-class real estate faculty, and they’re in a community that’s engaged in real estate at the very highest level,” said Anderson, whose “Economic and Real Estate Market Outlook” presentation opened the event. “I think this conference is the start of a bridge to bring together that academic excellence with the real estate community.” 

Daniel F. Cullen, a partner at Baker McKenzie, gave a presentation on “Opportunity Zones Investment Opportunities” at the conference.

It was a privilege to join such an accomplished group of experts at FAU’s inaugural Real Estate Connect Conference,” Cullen said. “The program is off to a great start.”

Ken Johnson, Ph.D., a real estate economist in FAU’s College of Business and one of the creators of the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index, closed the day’s presentations with an update on the local and national housing markets.

“This is the kind of information and knowledge that FAU wants to provide to real estate decision makers – consumers, professionals and policy makers,” Johnson said.  “FAU will become a recognized center of real estate expertise.”