500+ multifamily investors, owners, developers, financiers and other industry principals and deal makers throughout the Bay Area came together for the Marcus & Millichap/IPA Bay Area Multifamily Forum: San Francisco & Beyond.

The event highlighted the building boom, the increasing cost of land and labor, and the overwhelming entitlement process of the Bay Area. Expert panelists shared their insights into the opportunities and challenges of each market in the region.

Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown

The forum focused on the Bay Area multifamily market and featured sessions discussing:

  • Capital Flow in the Bay Area
  • The Region’s Rebounding Condo Market
  • Best Practices for Property Management Efficiency
  • Bay Area Submarkets to Watch

Keynote Speakers:

George M. Marcus

George M. Marcus, Co-Founder, Marcus & Millichap

George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities, Meridian Property Company, Hanover Financial and Marcus & Millichap Venture Partners, which invests in real estate technology companies. Mr. Marcus is also the Founder and Chairman of Essex Property Trust (ESS) and Marcus & Millichap, Inc. (MMI), both publicly traded companies. In April of 2014, ESS acquired BRE, making it a $16 billion company, and is now traded on the S&P 500. MMI went public in October of 2013 and is the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation with over 1000 brokers in offices nationwide and in Canada.

Michael Ghielmetti

Michael Ghielmetti, President, Signature Development Group

Michael Ghielmetti is the founder and President of Signature Development Group, a private real estate development company based in Oakland, California that specializes in residential and mixed-use projects in Northern California. Prior to founding SDG, Mr. Ghielmetti was a principal at Signature Properties, Inc. one of Northern California’s largest private land development and homebuilding firms, serving as President from 2003-2010. Mr. Ghielmetti has developed and invested in over 30 residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate projects valued at over $1.5 billion. He oversees all aspects of the development process from acquisition and entitlement to financing and construction.

For a copy of John Sebree’s slides, please contact Steve.Seligman@MarcusMillichap.com.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chris Apostolopoulos, Regional President, KB Homes
  • Harry Arthur, VP & Investment Officer – Multifamily, JB Matteson
  • Tony Avila, Managing Principal & CEO, Encore Funds and Builder Advisor Group
  • Christopher Beda, Senior Managing Partner & CIO, Carmel Partners
  • Randall Berger, Principal, Berger Enterprises
  • Daniel Borland, President/EVP – Commercial Real Estate Banking, Opus Bank
  • Thomas Cox, Chief Executive Officer, TCA Architects
  • J. Scott Croul, Managing Dir. of Production & Sales, Freddie Mac
  • Peter Dessau, Partner, Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis
  • Bruce Dorfman, Principal, Thompson Dorfman
  • Oz Erickson, Chairman, Emerald Fund
  • Thomas Eberhardt, Managing Director, Wells Fargo
  • John Eudy, EVP – Development, Essex Property Trust
  • Michael Ghielmetti, President, Signature Development Group
  • Robert Hart, President & CEO, TruAmerica Multifamily
  • Jake Harrington, Board President-Elect, Housing Industry Foundation
  • Arden Hearing, Managing Director, Trumark Urban
  • Jon Holmquist, Vice President Investments, Marcus & Millichap
  • Drew Hudacek, CIO – Development Properties, Sares Regis
  • William Hughes, Senior Vice President, Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation
  • Stan Jones, Executive Vice President Investments, Institutional Property Advisors
  • Daniel Kaplan, Chief Investment Officer, Fowler Property Acquisitions
  • Anna Kramer, Managing Director, Pacific Urban
  • Christopher Leonard, Regional Director – National Multi-Housing Group, Marcus & Millichap
  • Toby Levy, President, Levy Design Partners
  • Mark MacDonald, Principal, DM Development
  • George M. Marcus, Co-Founder, Marcus & Millichap
  • Kyle Naye, Senior Associate, Clarion Partners
  • Paul Niewiadomski, Partner, Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP
  • Mary Nitschke, Director – Ancillary Services, Prometheus Real Estate 
  • Brian Olin, Senior Vice President, The New Home Company
  • Sean O’Reilly, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Ed Petti, Managing Director, CCRE
  • John Protopappas, Founder, President & CEO, Madison Park Financial 
  • Stacey Reineccius, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Powertree Services
  • John Sebree, Vice President/National Director – NMHG, Marcus & Millichap
  • Steve Seligman, Vice President/Regional Manager – Palo Alto, Marcus & Millichap
  • Roger Snell, Chief Investment Officer, Veritas
  • Joseph Soleiman, Director of Acquisitions, ICO Group
  • Meta Townsley, Executive Director, Housing Industry Foundation
  • Heather Wallace, Director of Business Development, Alliance Residential
  • Alex Waterbury, President – Northern California, Lennar Multifamily Communities
  • Kurt Zech, President – Multifamily Group, Kennedy Wilson

Conference Agenda:

  • Morning Keynote: View from the Top
  • The Year Ahead: Bay Area’s Building Boom
  • The Thrill of the Chase: Bay Area Submarkets to Watch
  • On the Rebound: The Bay Area Condo Market
  • Moving Up: The Value-Add Play
  • Boost Your NOI: Best Practices for Property Management Efficiency
  • Afternoon Keynote: Revitalizing and Transforming Oakland
  • Cashing In: Capital Flow in the Bay Area