With an attendance list straight from the Who's Who in global real estate, AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate) brought together 100 top executives from the US and Europe on June 25-26. This was the first time AFIRE combined both their annual meetings in one location, choosing the renowned Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. The theme 'From shutdown to shakeout' was well chosen.
Joe Valente, recently appointed Head of Portfolio Management and Strategy, Allianz (Joe previously was with DTZ), opened the program with a clear overview of Europe's markets.
By Marinus Dijkman, President REP (Real Estate Publishers)
Amsterdam 25-26, 2008
Flight to simplicity FLTR: Andrew S. Cooper (Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank AG), Kim S. Diamond (Standard & Poor's), Kara McShane (Morgan Stanley) and Todd E. Everett (Principal Real Estate Investors).
US Residential Market FLTR: Millie C. Cassidy (Sentinel Real Estate Corporation), Sylvia I. Gross (Real Estate Capital Partners), Kevin O'Shea AvalonBay Communities Inc.) and C. MacLaine Kenan (Arcapita), moderator.
The US Market Review provided a high powered delivery by Bill Krauch, Managing Director of