Over 500 owners, developers, investors and real estate players attended the Marcus & Millichap/IPA Commercial Real Estate Forum: Florida on January 29. This full day premium event featured 6 panels, over 30 speakers and a wealth of powerful networking opportunities.

Morning Keynote:

Evolving the Development Process: Community & Importance of Design

David MartinDavid Martin, President & Owner, Terra Group

David Martin is the President of Terra Group, a Miami based leader in high-rise development and new home construction in South Florida. Since co-founding Terra Group with his father, Pedro Martin, David has led the company¹s operations, sales, and marketing initiatives. He also oversaw all international and domestic investment and development projects for Terra Group and its sister companies. Mr. Martin specializes in the identification and acquisition of land, as well as the assignment, construction, financing and structuring of joint ventures and investment groups to raise equity.


  • Jim Fried, Host, Fried On Business

Afternoon Keynote Panel:

The Next Generation: The Future of South Florida

Ana-Marie Codina Barlick
Codina Barlick

Chief Executive Officer
Codina Partners
Michael Berkowitz

Vice President
Berkowitz Development
Matthew Whitman Lazenby
Matthew Whitman Lazenby
President & CEO
Whitman Family Development
Jon Paul Pérez
Jon Paul Pérez
Vice President
Related Development


What Made This Event Unique?

  • Both the largest, most influential names in the market, as well as some of the most innovative, inventive players were in attendance.
  • A full range of viewpoints from investors all across the Southeast and the rest of the state was offered, including: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.
  • A special focus on the future: Instead of just covering yesterday’s deals and trends, this event offered practical and actionable insight from investors on how they’re preparing for the year ahead.
  • In addition to case studies, you heard from top deal-makers across all asset classes on how they approach chronic problems in the market that slow them down and get in the way of deals getting done.


2014 Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown


Confirmed Speakers Included:

  • Joel Altman, Chairman, Altman Companies
  • Andy Ansin, Vice President, Sunbeam Properties
  • Ryan Bailine, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, Chief Executive Officer, Codina Partners
  • Michael Berkowitz, Vice President, Berkowitz Development
  • Gene Berman, Executive Vice President, Marcus & Millichap
  • Howard Bregman, Senior Associate, Marcus & Millichap
  • Aaron Buchler, Senior Associate, Kimley-Horn
  • Lissette Calderon, President – International & Strategic Projects, Related Group
  • Patrick Carroll, Founder & CEO, Carroll Organization
  • Rick Carson, Regional VP – New Development & Acquisitions, Weingarten Realty
  • Chris Cobb, Principal, Grass River Properties
  • Michael Cohn, Co-Founder, Lennar Commercial
  • Casey Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, Ram Realty
  • Michael D’Onofrio, Managing Director, Engineered Tax Services
  • Jennifer Bales Drake, Chair – Real Estate Practice Group, Becker & Poliakoff
  • Ed Easton, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Easton Group
  • Kirk Felici, First Vice President/Regional Manager – Miami, Marcus & Millichap
  • Jim Fried, Host, Fried On Business
  • Pedro Garcia, Property Appraiser, Miami Dade County
  • Michael Ging, Managing Director, Alliance Residential
  • Frank Guerra, Principal, Altis
  • John Guitar, SVP – Business Development, All Aboard Florida
  • Harvey Hernandez, Chairman & Managing Director, Newgard Development Group
  • Shane Hillsley, Managing Director, Duncan Hillsley Capital
  • Jordan Kavana, Chief Operating Officer, K Group Holdings
  • Matthew Whitman Lazenby, President & CEO, Whitman Family Development
  • Adam Lustig, Partner, Bilzin Sumberg
  • David Martin, President & Owner, Terra Group
  • Nitin Motwani, Principal, Miami Worldcenter
  • Adam Munder, Principal, Sterling Organization
  • John Osborne, Vice President, Crocker Partners
  • Jon Paul Pérez, Vice President, Related Development
  • Al Pontius, Senior Vice President, Marcus & Millichap
  • Oscar Rivera, Partner, Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars, & Sobel
  • Adam Robbins, Vice President – Acquisitions, Konover South
  • Brian Schmier, Vice President, Schmier & Feurring Properties
  • Robert Shapiro, President, Master Developers
  • Claudio Stivelman, Chief Executive Officer, S2 Development
  • Raoul Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, CGI Merchant Group
  • Adam Tiktin, First Vice President – Investments, Marcus & Millichap
  • Michael Tillman, Director, LeFrak Organization
  • John Wilcox, Vice President, Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp.
  • Larry Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Council

Conference Agenda Highlights Included:

  • Morning Market Overview: South Florida State of the Market
  • Evolving the Development Process: Community & Importance of Design
  • Debt & Capital: Investing & Lending Trends in 2015 and Beyond
  • Building for the Future: Emerging Hot Spots
  • Supply & Demand: The Future of Investing in Florida
  • Deal Strategy: Overcoming Obstacles to Deals in 2015
  • Miami…The First City of Latin America: Foreign Investment Strategies in CRE
  • The Next Generation: The Future of South Florida