November 7, 2019

East Meets West



Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We are excited to announce that on November 7, 2019, the Asian American Real Estate Association of America Manhattan Chapter (“AREAA”) will be hosting its 5th annual headline event: East Meets West (“EMW”) at the New Yorker Hotel. This full day event is a combination of celebrating and honoring the real estate industry while its professionals can present information, share ideas and discuss latest trends.

EMW 2019 continues to grow in attendance and recognition across the industry and this year’s special 5th event will no doubt continue the trend. Honored to have over 350 attendees, 60 speakers and 20 sponsors at EMW 2018 - over the past 5 years we are grateful and proud to have captains of industry share their thoughts, experiences and advice including the following notable speakers:


• John Catsimatides, Chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group
• Susan Daimler, General Manager of StreetEasy
• David Dishy, President of L+M Development Partners
• Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens
• Robert Knakal, Chairman, New York Investment Sales, JLL
• Kathryn A. Korte, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty
• Pamela Liebman, President and CEO of Corcoran
• Kevin Maloney, President of Property Markets Group
• Jonathan Miller, President and CEO of Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers
• Shaun Osher, CEO of Core
• Seth Pinksy, Executive Vice President of RXR
• Diane M. Ramirez, Chairperson and CEO of Halstead Property
• Stephen Siegel, Chairman Global Brokerage of CBRE
• Adam Spies, Chairman, Capital Markets of Cushman & Wakefield
• Leonard Steinberg, President of Compass
• Norman Sturner, Chairman of MHP Real Estate Services


EMW is only possible with the support of our friends, partners, and sponsors in the industry. We anticipate a full attendance from residential and commercial industry members. Our program will be robust and cover topics that are important, relevant or trending in our industry. We would be honored to gain your support to continue AREAA’s mission of educating, empowering and expanding our industry. We have respectfully included our sponsorship package for your consideration.

We thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to gain your support and partnership.


Fifth Annual East Meets West Real Estate Connect

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Location: The New Yorker, 481 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001



📅 Schedule of Events

📅 8:00 - 9:00 AM | Registration / Networking

📅 9:00 - 10:30 AM | Breakfast

Welcome to East Meets West Real Estate Connect: Dorian Lam, AREAA Manhattan, President
AREAA National President: Tom Truong
Fireside Chat with David Coelho, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, Bridge Investment Group, & Chief Investment Officer, Bridge Opportunity Zones
Breakfast Residential Keynote : Howard Lorber, Chairman, Douglas Elliman

10:30 - 10:50 AM | Networking Break

 10:50 - 11:40 AM | Breakout Session #1 

Residential: Asian Market Update & Trends

Moderator: James Berger, Partner, JIA Law Group

George Xu, Founder & President, Century Development Group 
Will Heishman, President, Stasia Capital New York
Sam Suzuki, Managing Director, E.X.P. Cambodia Co. Ltd

Commercial: State of the Real Estate Market

Moderator: James Nelson, Principal, Avison Young

Jason Hart, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Joshua Caspi, Principal, Caspi Development
Eric Brody, Principal & Chief Operating Officer, Wonderworks
Stephen Muller, Managing Principal, Vanadium Group

11:40 - 12:00 PM | Networking Break

12:00 - 12:50 PM | Breakout Session #2: 

Residential: Local Markets:  What's Happening in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens? 

Moderator: Cecilia Kushner, Executive Vice President for Planning, Development, and Transportation at NYC Economic Development Corporation


Eric Benaim, CEO & Co Founder, Modern Spaces 
Ryan Schleis, Senior Vice President of Research & Analytics, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
James Rausse, Director, Planning & Development for the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.,
Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President and Investment Manager of the RXR Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy

Commercial: Building the Capital Stack: Mortgage, Mezz, Preferred Equity, EB-5

Moderator: Morris Betesh, Senior Managing Director, Meridian Capital Group 


Joseph Loffredo, Chief Financial Officer, China Merchants Bank
Jeff Seidler, Managing Director, Emerald Creek Capital
Hannah McCarty, Director, Nuveen Real Estate
Cynthia DiBartolo, Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners 
Michael Ting, Senior Vice President, Greystone & Co.

12:50 - 1:10 PM | Networking Break

1:10 - 2:45 PM | Lunch Program

Luncheon Keynote: Dean Shapiro, Head of Development, U.S. Region, Oxford Properties
Fire Chat with Andrew Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Innovo Property Group

2:45 - 3:00 PM | Networking Break

3:00 - 3:50 PM | Breakout Session #3:
Moderator: Cassandro Cho, Principal, Real Estate Broker, GCG Realty

Residential: Developments: How are New Developments Addressing the Changing Market?

Gordon Hoppe, Chief Operating Officer, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Kenneth Horn, President, Alchemy Properties
Daniel Kaplan, COO, Principal, Property Markets Group
David Von Spreckelsen, President, Toll Brothers City Living

Commercial: Foreign Investment in the US: Ebbs, Flows and Major Considerations

Moderator: Alex Foshay, Vice Chairman, Newmark Knight Frank


Ronald Chua, Director, China Overseas America
Christine Chao, Marketing Director, Greenland
Chris Chan, President, Shanghai Greencourt Group
Christina Ying, Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP Fung Lin, Director, BlackRock

 3:50 - 4:10 PM | Networking Break

4:10 - 5:00 PM | Breakout Session #4:

Residential:  Affordable Housing: Now More than Ever

Moderator: Matthew Murphy, Executive Director, NYU Furman Center


Malcolm Punter, President and CEO of HCCI
Frank Lang, Director of Housing, St. Nicks Alliance
Robert Riggs, SVP and Director of Originations for NYC., The Community Preservation Corporation
Richard Froehlich, First Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

Commercial: Retail: Creating Opportunities in a Challenging Landscape


Aaron Wu, Managing Director,  AmCap Incorporated
Rose Liu, Director of Finance & Research, Colliers International
Thomas Gilmore, Chief Strategy Officer, Retail Solutions, Madison Marquette

5:30 - 8:00 PM | Networking Cocktails


Featured Speakers


Ryan Schleis

SVP Research & Analytics

George Xu

Founder & President
Century Development

Gordon H. Hoppe

Corcoran - COO
New Dev

Ronald Chua

China Overseas America

Aaron Wu

Managing Director
AmCap Incorporated

Chris Chan

Shanghai Greencourt Group (US)

Christina Chao

Marketing Director
Greenland USA

Cynthia DiBartolo, Esq

Chieft Executive Officer
Tigress Financial Partners LLC

Eric Birnbaum

Co-Founder and Partner
Imperial Companies

Jason Hart

Managing Director

Eric Brody

Chief Operating Officer
Wonder Works Construction Corp

Jeff Seidler

Managing Director
Emerald Creek Capital

Hannah McCarty

Nuveen Real Estate

Joseph Loffredo

Chief Financial Officer
China Merchants Bank

James Nelson

Avison Young, Principal, Head of Tri-State
Investment Sales
Avision Young

Joshua Caspi

Caspi Development

Rose Liu

Director of Finance & Research
Colliers International

Kenneth Horn

Alchemy Properties

Cecilia Kushner, AICP

Executive Vice President for Planning, Development and Transportation

Stephen Muller

Managing principal

Seth Pinksy

Executive Vice Presidentat
RXR Realty

Bruce Feffer

Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman Bulbulia

Matthew Murphy

Executive Director
NYU Furman Center

Dean Shapiro

Head of Development
US Region at Oxford Properties

Christina Ying

Herrick Feinstein LLP

David Von Spreckelsen

Division President
Toll Brothers

Will Heishman

Stasia Capital New York

Richard Froehlich

Vice President
New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

Dr. Malcolm A. Punter

President & CEO
Ed. D.

Sam Suzuki

Managing Director
EXP Cambodia

Frank Lang

Housing for the St. Nicks Alliance

Morris Betesh

Senior Managing Director
Meridian Capital Group

Robert Riggs

Senior Vice President
Regional Director, New York City Originations

James C. Berger

Global EnforcementJIA LAW GROUP, P.C.

James Rausse

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


💰Sponsorship Opportunities





• Fifteen (15) conference tickets
• One (1) Exhibitor Table
• Fifteen (15) AREAA Manhattan Memberships
• 15 minute exclusive remarks at keynote session
• VIP table during general sessions
• Banner placement at registration and keynote sessions
• Exclusive cocktail sponsor
• Full page ad in printed program (back cover)
• Featured logo on Step & Repeat banner
• Featured logo on tote bag or lanyard or name badge
• Logo on all EMW marketing
• Logo on AREAA Manhattan website
• Recognition at all AREAA events for calendar year 2020




•  One (1) speaking opportunity
•  Three (3) conference tickets
•  One (1/2) half page ad in printed program
•  Logo on all EMW marketing




Eight (8) conference tickets

• One (1) Exhibitor Table
•  Eight  (8) AREAA Manhattan Memberships
•  10 minute exclusive remarks at keynote session
•  Introduction to keynote speaker
•  VIP table during general sessions
•  Banner placement at and keynote sessions
•  Full page ad in printed program - inside cover (back or front)
•  Logo on Step & Repeat banner
•  Logo on tote bag or lanyard or name badge
•  Logo on all EMW marketing
•  Logo on AREAA Manhattan website
•  Recognition at AREAA residential or commercial events
for calendar year 2020




•   Two (2) conference tickets
•   One (1) exhibitor table




Five (5) conference ticket

•  Five (5) conference tickets
•  One (1) Exhibitor Table
•  Five (5) AREAA Manhattan Memberships
•  One (1) panel participation
•  Half VIP table during general sessions
•  Full page ad in printed program
•  Logo on Step & Repeat banner
•  Logo on all EMW marketing


All sponsorship must be committed paid by October 25, 2019
Please make checks payable to:

Asian Real Estate Association of Metro New York Inc.

To Mail:
Dorian Lam
C/O AREAA New York Manhattan 1412 Broadway - Suite 407
New York, NY 10018

If you have any questions regarding the payment, please contact: Rachel Kwong at
For all other questions regarding sponsorship package, please contact: Dorian Lam at

Sales by Ticket Type

Registration for East Meets West Real Estate Connect includes full day event

(including lunch, breakfast and cocktail reception). 

Register Today to Save!

Ticket Type   Price Status End Sales 
Early Bird (AREAA Member)   $225.00 Open 8/31/19 6:00PM
Early Bird (AREAA Non-Member)   $275.00 Open 8/31/19 6:00PM
Early Pricing(AREAA Member)   $275.00 Open 10/14/19 6:00PM
Early Pricing(AREAA Non-Member)   $325.00 Open 10/14/19 6:00PM
Regular Pricing(AREAA Member)    $325.00 Open 11/06/19 12:00AM
Regular Pricing(AREAA Non-Member)   $375.00 Open 11/06/19 12:00AM
Day of Pricing (AREAA Member)    $375.00 Open 11/07/19 12:30AM
Day of Pricing (AREAA Non-Member)   $425.00 Open  11/07/19 12:30AM

 💰Annual Sponsors


💰Bronze Sponsors

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🌍Media Sponsors



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💸 Association Partners




🏠 Location

Date: Thursday, November 7th 2009

Time: 9 - 5 PM

Venue: The New Yorker, 481 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

East Meets West is an all-day conference that includes a welcome breakfast, keynote luncheon, speaker sessions, and a closing reception. Sessions will cover a broad spectrum of timely topics in both the residential and commercial sectors of the real estate world.

We are anticipating a bigger turnout than ever – higher attendance, more speakers, more booths, and more sponsors – as real estate professionals all over the country have heard about our successful annual conference and want to be part of the action.

As in the past, participants at the conference will include CEO’s of Real Estate Firms, Luxury Real Estate Brokers and Associates, Commercial Brokers, Developers, Attorneys, Lenders, Accounting Firms, Architects and Design Professionals, Interior Designers, Economists, Media, and many others.

Don't miss this year's East Meets West when Real Estate Gets Real!