University of Centeral Florida

Here Comes the Sun

Emerging Opportunities in a Recovering Market

presented by

The Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate
& The Dr. P. Phillips Institute for Research and Education in Real Estate

Presenting Sponsor

  • CNL Financial Group

Event Sponsor

  • Wells Fargo
  • CBRE
  • UCF Metro Center
  • Dunhill
  • Principal Financial Group
  • TA Realty

Reception Sponsor

  • Fidelity National Title



Wednesday, May 7, 2014,
from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM


Embassy Suites Orlando - Downtown
(191 E Pine Street )


Tiffany Hughes
phone: (407) 823-5781




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About the Conference

A preeminent meeting of commercial real estate owners, practitioners, and key decision makers in Central Florida with keynote presentations and roundtables by local/state politicians, real estate and related industry CEOs/Senior Execs, and UCF scholars. Topics will focus on the changing environment facing the real estate industry in 2013 and beyond; specifically those impacting the commercial space market, investment market, and lending environment. Additionally, focus will be given to major projects and economic developments in Central Florida and the state.

This conference will serve to help fulfill the university’s mission to enrich the industry and community with timely information and presentations from key leaders in the industry and community. Further this conference will help to elevate the regional and national reputation and awareness of UCF’s real estate program. This will benefit recruiting for our undergraduate and master’s programs and help facilitate the long term career development of our students and alumni. Revenue from the conference and sponsorship will be used to cover direct costs of the conference and any remainder will go to benefit and assist UCF in carrying out its missions of student development, industry outreach, and academic research.

Invitees will include leaders and senior management/executives of real estate investors, owners, brokerages, and service firms in Central Florida and across the state; executives involved in projects and programs of economic significance in Central Florida; elected officials and representatives of governmental agencies; alumni of UCF’s College of Business Administration; student members of the UCF Real Estate Club; members of the media; and special invited guests. Additionally, we will seek to invite representative and members of local real estate industry organizations who are currently partnering or have partnered with UCF Real Estate including NAIOP Central Florida, CCIM Institute, Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors, International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, Building Owners and Management Association, Institute of Real Estate Management, Appraisal Institute, Orlando Regional Realtor Association, and Central Florida Realty Investors Association.

Conference Schedule:

  • 10:30 AM - Registration Opens
  • 11:00 AM - WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Joshua Harris, Ph.D., Director, Dr. P. Phillips Institute for Research and Education in Real Estate
  • 11:10 AM - STATE OF THE COLLEGE: Paul Jarley, Ph.D., Dean, UCF College of Business Administration
  • 11:20 AM - NATIONAL & REGIONAL ECONOMIC UPDATE: Michael Wolf, Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
  • NOON - Catered Luncheon
  • 1:00 PM - KEY NOTE ADDRESS: James M. Seneff, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, CNL Holdings, Inc.
  • 2:00 PM - ORLANDO, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL: Thomas Chatmon, Executive Director, Downtown Development Board
      Roundtable Discussion Featuring:
    • INDUSTRIAL: Steven McCraney, Chief Executive Officer, McCraney Property Company
    • OFFICE: James R. Heistand, President & Chief Executive Officer, Parkway Properties
    • RETAIL: Stephen Brandon, President, Brandon Properties
      Roundtable Discussion Featuring:
    • Dwight Angelini, Partner, TA Associate Realty
    • Lance Fair, Chief Operating Officer, Estein & Associates USA, Ltd.
    • Jennifer Perkins, Head of Equities, Principal Real Estate Investors
    • Thomas K. Sittema, Chief Executive Officer, CNL Financial Group
  • 4:30 PM - CLOSING REMARKS: Joshua Harris, Ph.D.
  • 4:45 PM - Networking Reception
  • 6:00 PM - Adjourn

James Seneff
Keynote Speaker

James M. Seneff, Jr. is the founder and executive chairman of CNL Financial Group. Mr. Seneff founded CNL in 1973 and has guided the company over the past 40 years. CNL Financial Group (CNL) is a leading private investment management firm providing global real estate and alternative investments. Since inception, CNL and/or its affiliates have formed or acquired companies with more than $28 billion in assets.

Mr. Seneff has been widely recognized for his business and civic contributions. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. This national honor is bestowed upon outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity, and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education. Most recently, Mr. Seneff was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Mid-Florida Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the community and serving as a role model to other young entrepreneurs.

Over the past 40 years, Mr. Seneff has led and served on over 100 community and national boards. Demonstrating his commitment to corporate stewardship with his time, talent and treasure, he has inspired his associates and other leaders to serve in meaningful ways to support the common good.

james seneff (keynote speaker)