The Summit of the Americas, in conjunction with The World Built Environment Forum**, brought together leaders and best practices from across the full range of property and construction professions: capital markets, tax assessment, quantity surveying, facilities management, institutional investment, development, real estate and business, and personal property valuation.

** The World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) was launched for the first time in Washington, DC at our Summit of the Americas. The WBEF will visit global capitals with an RICS presence each year to discuss worldwide issues affecting the built environment such as standards, the economy, environment and technology.

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Sunday, April 3

Welcome Reception

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Monday, April 4

Registration and Breakfast

Keynote Sessions - Day 1

Welcome Keynote
A welcome from our Americas Chair, John Hughes FRICS, RICS President, Martin J Brühl, and our Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair, Heather Reichardt MRICS.

- Martin J Brühl FRICS, RICS President and Managing Director, Union Investment Real Estate
- John Hughes FRICS, Senior Vice President and Chair of the Americas, RICS
- Heather Reichardt MRICS, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair and Director of Property Tax, Hospitality, State & Local Tax and Advisory, Altus Group
“The Economy” by former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H Summers addresses the economic cycle, boom and bust, and the movement of capital across asset classes, and will offer views on the global market over the next three years.
“The Industry” with former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H Summers will participate in a discussion with a number of leaders undertaking a World Economic Forum study on asset price dynamics.

The aims of the WEF initiative are to:
- understand the underlying mechanisms of asset pricing
- determine the root causes of asset bubbles
- investigate leading theories on how to identify and detect emerging bubbles
- assess the impact of highly volatile markets with boom and bust cycles

- Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS

- Bob Courteau, CEO, Altus Group
- Barry Gosin, CEO, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global
- Greg O'Brien, CEO, Americas, JLL
- Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary for the United States

Concurrent Workshops

Public Realm: The World Bank's Land and Poverty Conference
A panel of leading participants of the The World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference gives delegates a tour d'horizon and a summary of the key takeaways from the March 2016 conference.

- James Kavanagh, Land Director, RICS

- Christopher Barlow, Director of Corporate Affairs , Thomson Reuters
- Karol Boudreaux, Practice Lead, Land Tenure & Natural Resource Management, Cloud Burst Group
- Mahmoud Bah, Deputy Vice President, Department of Administration and Finance, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer, MCC
- Jolyne Sanjak, Executive Director, Land Alliance
Valuation issues facing real estate lenders
This session examines some of the hot valuation issues from the clients' perspective. A panel of significant clients from banks, private equity and institutions will discuss topics including CMBS, accuracy and reporting processes, insurance and key trends they are noticing and requiring across the industry. Join this session to enhance the understanding of your clients' needs.

- Jim Moran, Global Chief Operating Officer, Cushman & Wakefield

- Alyce DeJong, Vice President, Chief Real Estate Appraiser, Prudential Investment Management
- Jerry Harvey, Managing Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, CBRE
- Stephen "Dek" Potts, Jr., Senior Managing Director, HFF
- Doug Poutasse, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy, Bentall Kennedy
Public sector asset management
In 2015, RICS started a wide-ranging global research project on good practices in public sector asset management. Engaging with heads of public assets at a number of national and state governments around the world, this research, which will be launched during the panel, captures common approaches and encourages industry dialogue. Hear from the researcher and a panel of government asset managers relay their experiences and examine whether a common practice is applicable across borders.

- Larry Melton, President, The Building People

- James Balocki, Command Executive Officer, U.S. Army Reserve Command
- Soraya Perez Munguia, President, INDAABIN
- Kevin Radford, Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Estate, Public Works and Government Services, Canada
- David Wise, Director, Physical Infrastructure Team,  U.S. Government Accountability Office
SEC challenge to the business valuation industry: How is the profession responding?
Since the US Securities and Exchange Commission challenged the business valuation industry on its fragmented approach, the profession has been working with regulators, major employers and associations to provide a market response in the public interest. Key members of the working group examining this issue will discuss the dialogue and an industry solution that delivers consistency, transparency and enhanced quality assurance for clients. The discussion will follow a recap and view from an SEC representative.

- Paul Beswick, Partner, EY

- Gregory Forsythe, Director, Deloitte Advisory
- John Glynn, Global Valuation Services Leader, PwC
- Cindy Ma, Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Valuation, Houlihan Lokey
- Leigh Miller, National Director, Valuation and Business Modeling, EY

20-minute power keynote

Climate change and the industry’s response
This power keynote addresses the global  priority of combating climate change in the context of the industry. The session reviews our role as a profession in terms of responsible business, climate change, social inclusion and ways that we can operate sustainably as a business for good.

- Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS

- Michael Brooks, CEO, REALpac

Concurrent Workshops

PPP - Successful infrastructure funding for development and maintenance?
Public Private Partnerships as an infrastructure financing model have experienced varying degrees of uptake around the world including in the US. Much of the industry discussion and debate has focused on the construction of new hard infrastructure, while the maintenance and operation, by far the largest portion of the total budget, has not been examined in as much depth. This panel of PPP experts explore evidence and case studies on total project cost, contracts and delivering full lifecycle financing effectively.

- Chris Guthkelch, Project Director, Skanska USA

- Jeffrey Gans, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
- Douglas Koelemay Director, Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, Commonwealth of Virginia
- Clive Lowe, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Aviation - a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company
- Philip Shucet, President, The Philip A. Shucet Company
Big data across the lifecycle - What's next?
Big data is and will continue to be a key agent of change across the industry. Automated valuations, locational technology and data and the rapid advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) are just a few of the many practical applications of data-providing technology. A panel of representatives from tech companies will showcase the newest trends and discuss what is next for professionals working across the real estate lifecycle.

- Bob Courteau, President and CEO, Altus Group

- Susan Allen, Senior Vice President, Valuation Solutions, CoreLogic
- Terry Bennett, Senior Industry Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk
- Jilliene Helman, CEO,
- Robert White, Founder and CEO, Real Capital Analytics
Project controls
We have been conducting a wide-ranging consultation with the clients of the profession on the expectations and experiences of good practice in project controls, beginning with a definition of what project controls actually means. The panel discussion will begin with a presentation on the findings from an industry paper, followed by a lively debate among in-house clients on how the profession can remain cutting-edge in managing risks, time and cost for capital projects.


- Mike Davis, Vice President, Construction Claims, Hill International

- Julian Anderson, President, North American Practice, Rider Levett Bucknall
- Chris Carson, Director of Program & Project Controls, Arcadis
- Martin Darley, Past President, AACE International
- Charles Vantine, Partner, Construction, Practice Dentons
Valuation standards and convergence
It is accepted that investors and occupiers favor consistent standards for reporting and understand the purchase and operational costs of assets. So how is the profession responding? Join this panel discussion with a number of standards and professional organizations to discuss the long-debated concept of standards convergence, obstacles and predictions for the next 18 months.

- James Park, Executive Director, Appraisal Subcommittee


- David Bunton, President, The Appraisal Foundation (AF)
- Steve Sherman, Chair of the Standards Board, International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC)
- Mark Vollmer, Senior Director and Chief Appraiser, New York Life
- Steve Williams, Executive Managing Director, Real Capital Analytics, RICS Past-President

Exclusive Tour Sessions

CityCenterDC is a unique, pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., bordering New York Avenue with views towards Mount Vernon Square and the White House.  The project met District of Columbia and Developer objectives to:  (i) create an urban neighborhood that includes retail, residential and office uses, as well as programmable privately-owned public space; (ii) create a place that is first and foremost for the District of Columbia and its residents and also appeals to Downtown workers and visitors; and (iii) create a great urban place, that exhibits the highest quality and innovation in urban design and architecture. The project has achieved its financial, environmental and social aims.  Its office and residential space have achieved market acceptance, and its retail has created a critical mass for shopping that has succeeded in drawing new tenants to the region and Downtown.  The innovative public space programming has made the project a true civic center.  A second phase hotel is planned to start construction in Spring 2016. Representatives from developer-sponsor Hines will provide background on the development, and lead a tour of the site.
DC Southwest Waterfront Development: “The Wharf”
There are very few truly “mixed-use” projects in North American urban centers, and even fewer that are able to overcome the significant economic challenges and constraints presented by such a delicate development type. A dual showing through both a tour (April 4) and panel session (April 5), the team involved in the Southwest Waterfront will examine the history surrounding the ambitious development project currently underway at “The Wharf” in Southwest Washington DC, with particular emphasis on the challenges and hurdles faced by lead developer, PN Hoffman. There will also be an organized tour of “The Wharf” project taking place on Monday, April 4, where participants will be able to access the marketing suite, see the scale model and get a rooftop view of the construction project currently underway. The panel discussion (April 5) will explore the projects driving vision, funding challenges faced during the global financial crisis, innovative partnering solutions adopted by the team, construction related hurdles and the successful outcomes that followed.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Renovation
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is in need of a makeover, and there is a $365 million strategy to return one of the institution's most popular attractions to greatness. RICS is getting one of the first detailed looks. This renovation is a massive undertaking, necessitated by a stunning number of problems facing the building, according to Quinn Evans Architects' concept design submission filed with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). We will explore these issues and the proposed solutions as part of the tour.  The Air and Space Museum Renovation Project tour will include a presentation in the Flight Briefing Room, followed by a Q&A session, and will finish with free time for attendees to explore the exhibits at their leisure.
United States Capitol Dome Restoration Project
The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago.  Today it is undergoing restoration to fix more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies caused by years of exposure to rain, snow, sleet and sun.  Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol (AOC) will welcome RCIS attendees and provide a brief overview of AOC responsibilities.  Dome and Rotunda Project Managers will provide a briefing on the project success and challenges, including the project’s utilization of the lock and stitch method, protecting priceless art with innovative safety netting and scaffolding, and ensuring visitors and employees are able to visit and use the building during restoration efforts.  Following the briefing, attendees will receive a tour of the Capitol building.  To see the most current information about the restoration efforts, visit the official site:
The Making of the Marriott Marquis
The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is a luxury hotel located on Massachusetts Avenue NW, in NW, Washington, D.C. Considered a "convention center headquarters hotel", the hotel was designed both to provide lodging for attendees at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center across the street, and to augment the convention center by providing smaller, more versatile meeting rooms. The hotel has 100,000 square feet of meeting room space, which includes a 30,000-square-foot main ballroom and two smaller 10,800-square-foot ballrooms. The building is topped by a 18,800-square-foot glass-encased penthouse, and a 5,200-square-foot outdoor event terrace.
Evening reception at the Spy Museum sponsored by Altus Group
Altus Group invites you to an exclusive networking event being held at the International Spy Museum. Join your colleagues for a once in a lifetime experience as you gain an inside look into one of DC’s most intriguing, privately owned museums. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while mingling amongst several undercover and “not so undercover” special guests.

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Tuesday, April 5

Registration and Breakfast

Keynote sessions - Day 2

Investment - Portfolio trends and the wider industry
A panel of leading international investors responsible for approximately 100 billion dollars in real estate investments discuss their portfolios, market trends and predictions. These client leaders will also speak to the profession about standards, professionalism and ethics from their perspective.

- Martin J Brühl FRICS, RICS President and Managing Director, Union Investment Real Estate

- Susan Mello, Managing Director, Pramerica Real Estate Investors
- Stephen Taylor, Vice Presidente Real Estate, Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
- Steve Wechsler, President, NAREIT
Infrastructure delivery - The state of the industry
Large infrastructure projects have a number of potential ingredients for major headaches: large scales, complexity, long timeframes, multiple stakeholders, complicated private and/or public financing and essential specialists. In addition, proponents of the projects often oversell the benefits and undersell the costs and time required for the project. Risk management should be emphasized, but often finds itself lower on the list of priorities. This panel examines how to move towards better project performance.

- Amanda Clack, RICS President Elect and Partner, EY

- Steve DeWitt, Senior Vice President for Business Development, ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.
- Bryan Kendro, Vice President for Project Development, Star America Infrastructure Partners
- John McKendrick, Executive Vice President, Project Delivery – Social and Transportation, Infrastructure Ontario
- Freddy Rayes, CEO, Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC

Concurrent Workshops

Delivering the Southwest Waterfront:  A new quarter for Washington, DC
Challenging conventional mixed-use development in the nation’s capital: In this session we examine the history surrounding the ambitious development project currently underway at “The Wharf” in South West Washington DC, with particular emphasis on the challenges and hurdles faced by lead developer PN Hoffman. The panel discussion will explore the projects driving vision, funding challenges faced during the global financial crisis, innovative partnering solutions adopted by the team, construction related hurdles and the successful outcomes that followed.

The panel will be comprised of Senior Project Partners, including Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PN Hoffman, and be moderated by Justin George of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

- Justin George, Senior Director, Real Estate & Asset Management, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

- Brian Dawson, Senior Managing Director Cushman & Wakefield - Mid-Atlantic Region/Market Leader
- Stanton Eckstut, Founding Principal, EE&K - A Perkins Eastman Co.
- Matt Haas, Vice President, Clark Construction Group
- Monty Hoffman, Founder and CEO, PN Hoffman
Occupiers and owners speak - measurement, consistency and operations
Hear a panel of commercial owners and occupiers reflect on their needs as the ultimate clients for a significant number of industry professionals. Discussion topics include changing work patterns and their impact on commercial office space requirements, standards, consistency across markets and trends in the sector.

- Ken Creighton, Director of Professional Standards, RICS

- Sheila Botting, National Real Estate Leader – Canada, Deloitte
- Dermot Johnson, Director of Construction, ANBAU
- Scott McMillan, Division Chief, Facilities, International Monetary Fund
Property Tax
A panel of expert clients and service providers from the business and real property assessment world will talk about some of the most interesting corporate tax negotiations from the past five years. Looking into the details of these case studies, they will explore a number of creative ways professionals assess value, as well as some of the pitfalls to avoid.

- Jim Derbyshire, Global President Property Tax and Business Rates, Altus Group

- Robert Herman, Managing Director, Property Tax Services, Duff & Phelps
- Ross Litkenhous, Sr. Director, Altus Group
- Peter Smith, Executive Director, Property Tax, EY
- David Wilkes, Partner Huff Wilkes, LLP
Funding High-Performance Buildings
With the National Institute of Building Science we have been leading an initiative to examine the connection between public private partnership funding models and high performing public buildings. Building owners and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the performance of buildings. Whether driven by sustainability, resiliency concerns or the desire to protect the investments of taxpayer dollars, government agencies are under increasing pressure to achieve performance-based requirements across their building portfolios. Hear from a panel of financiers, owners and operators to explore how combining these two key issues leverages the value to all stakeholders involved.

- Henry Green, President, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

- Stuart Burns, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Real Property Asset Management, Public Buildings Service (PBS), US General Services Administration (GSA)
- Dominic Leadsom, Head of Lender's Services, Canada, Turner and Townsend
- Dorothy Robyn, Former Commissioner, GSA Public Buildings Service
- Valerie Short, Space and Facilities Manager, Office of Management, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

20-minute power keynote

Valuing the White House
Join M. Barden Prisant FRICS, and Ann Gray FRICS, in a fascinating journey to valuing the White House, where they will explore different appraisal methods, such the cost, income, or sales comparison approach, and which would be necessary to conduct an appraisal of this most iconic of heritage assets.

Keynote speakers
- Ann Gray FRICS, Principal, GRAY Real Estate Advisors
- Barden Prisant FRICS, President and Founder, International Art Advisors

Concurrent Workshops

Millennials Panel: The Workplace of the Future
Join this stimulating panel session to hear the Millennial perspective on what the workplace of the future will be like direct from the source. The session will touch on, facilities and technology, the “three generation” office, the war for talent, work-life balance, and new trends and thought around working with Millennials.

- Morgan Turnbow, Executive Managing Director, Valuation & Advisory Services, Colliers International

- Marc Delena, Consultant, Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield
- Andrea Gourdine, Project Manager, Douglas Development
- Dave Poniatowski, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, EY
The future of corporate solutions and facilities
A group of corporate solutions leaders from significant firms discuss the growth trends of this sector, ways in which they see the market consolidating or fragmenting, and key issues which the profession needs to overcome.

- Diane Macknight, CEO, Macknight Associates

- Dean Johnson, CEO, Service Operations, North America, Sodexo
- Roger Peterson, President, Facility Services, Aramark
- Jim Whittaker FRICS, President & CEO, Facility Engineering Associates (FEA); Past Chair, IFMA Board of Directors
The future of construction
Leaders of international project management and cost consultancy firms will discuss trends and opportunities affecting the sector, from promoting value proposition to clients, demonstrating the value of independent consultants to mitigating risk and training the leaders of the future. Our construction leaders will give delegates an idea of the current and future drivers of the industry.

- Tony DiBiase, Principal - CA International, CA Ventures

- Naren Chande, Senior Executive Vice President, Construction, Altus Group
- Bruce McAra, Chief Executive, Turner + Townsend
- Michael Reign, Director, Faithful+Gould
The future of valuation
Valuation leaders from international firms discuss some of the key trends shaping the sector. From data and metrics to professional indemnity insurance and the promulgation of international valuation and measurement standards, hear from the market movers and decision-makers shaping and leading the sector.

- Jay Marling, President, Capright

- Ed Alegre, President, Research, Valuation & Advisory Group, Colliers International
- John D. Busi FRICS, President, Valuation & Advisory, Global Practice Lead, Cushman & Wakefield
- Raymond Cirz, Executive Vice President Valuation, Integra Realty Resources-New York
- Colin Johnston, President, Research, Valuation and Advisory, Altus Group


Disruptive advancement - leaders of the new
The RICS Futures Report in 2015 identified a number of organizations whose work challenges the way the industry functions and are shaping it for the years to come. Our panel of leaders have made it their business to push new concepts and ways of doing things and create new market spaces. Expect a fascinating forward-thinking session on the future of the industry.

- Neil Shah, Managing Director, RICS in the Americas

- Diane Hoskins , Co-CEO, Gensler
- Mike Mandel, Co-Founder + CEO, CompStak
- Ben Miller, CEO, Fundrise
- Raj Singh, CEO, Voyanta

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