In Person - The Forefront of the Evolution of Real Estate: Dinner w. Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO of RXR Realty

- Union Square

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Scott Rechler
CEO + Chairman at RXR

Scott Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR, one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of real estate and infrastructure in the New York metropolitan region.

With an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $20.5 billion, comprising approximately 25.5 million square feet of commercial properties, a multi-family portfolio of approximately 6,000 units, RXR seeks to build and create stronger communities within its buildings and within the areas where it operates. As Chairman and CEO, Scott believes that RXR’s success is inextricably linked to the health and vitality of the broader community.

As an appointee of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, from 2011 to 2016, Scott served on the Board of Commissioners as Vice Chairman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He later served at the request of Governor Cuomo on the Board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from 2017 to 2019.

In addition to his role at RXR, Scott currently serves as chair of the Regional Plan Association, trustee and Vice Chair of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a Board member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee. Scott also serves on the Board of the Tribeca Film Institute, where he serves as its co-Chair, the board of directors for the Drum Major Institute, and the board of directors for Convene.

Scott is a graduate of Clark University and the New York University Schack Institute.

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Simon Ziff
President at Ackman-Ziff

Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the arrangement of $80+ billion of debt, mezzanine, and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while simultaneously solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. He engineered the firm’s collaborative culture – a magnet for financial talent – and directed Ackman-Ziff’s evolution as an industry thought leader with over 60 professionals on the team.

Simon received a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He has been recognized on multiple occasions by Penn State, NYU, and the Real Estate Board of New York, including being awarded REBNY’s first “Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year” Award”, receiving the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award six times, and winning the prestigious Louis Smadbeck award.

Simon has also been active in leadership roles of many not-for-profit organizations.

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Andrea Himmel
Principal + Chief Investment Officer at Himmel + Meringoff Properties

• Andrea grew up in NYC and attended Horace Mann from ages 3-18, graduating within the top 5% of her class.
• A nationally-top-ranked junior competitive tennis player, she decided to attend The University of Pennsylvania instead of pursuing a professional tennis career.
• Andrea studied real estate within the Joseph Wharton Scholars program, Wharton’s undergraduate honors program for the top 5% of its student body. She served on WAB, the Wharton Advisory Board, a small group of students selected by Wharton’s administration to advise on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
• Passions: philanthropy, chess, theater, mindfulness, meditation, Central Park, the outdoors, her two dogs, yoga, tennis, and triathlons (she has competed in several, including a half-Ironman and a full Ironman).

• Brookfield: Andrea worked for 2 years out of college at Brookfield Properties in leasing and development.
• Sanders Capital: From 2009-2016, she was part of the founding team and 1 of 7 investment professionals who worked for Lew Sanders at long-only value-oriented hedge fund Sanders Capital. Lew was the co-founder of Sanford Bernstein in 1968 and CEO of Alliance Bernstein (asset manager with $1 trillion of AUM under Lew’s leadership) through 2008. Andrea was responsible for managing $3 billion of their $60 billion of AUM within the oil and gas energy sector.

• In 2016, Andrea launched a private equity company in Texas, Tierra Resource Partners, which acquired royalties on oil/gas revenue.
• Two years later, she launched a successor fund to invest in oil and gas royalties in South Texas called Revere Resources. She built a team of former Bain and Apollo energy executives, raised $6 million, and sold the fund less than one year later for $18 million.
• Off the success of Fund I’s 3x multiple, Andrea built Revere into a 25-person company based in Houston, having raised $300 million from $30 BN AUM hedge fund Elliott Management.
• In 2018, she resigned from daily operations to re-enter real estate; Andrea continues to serve as an advisor to, owner of, and investor in Revere Resources.

• In 2018, Andrea joined the firm that her mother cofounded in 1979, Himmel & Meringoff Properties (“HMP”), a long-term oriented, vertically integrated real estate owner/operator that owns a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of office buildings in Manhattan and industrial warehouses in the boroughs of NYC. HMP is committed to the long-term ownership and hands-on operation of office buildings in Manhattan and industrial warehouses in the boroughs.
• As the Chief Investment Officer, Andrea manages all HMP investments, ranging canvassing to deal negotiation. In addition, she is leading the redevelopment of HMP’s 8-acre site in Parkchester into 2 million residential square feet.
• Andrea is recognized as a thought leader in the New York real estate community, speaking regularly on panels and at conferences fororganizations including NYU, PWC, The Commercial Observer, CUNY TV, REFI, The Real Deal, The Stoler Report, The Opal Group, and Bisnow. She also founded and moderates a Commercial Real Estate Investing club on social audio app Clubhouse that has 3,000 members.
• Andrea serves on the Board of the Diversity Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry.

• Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity New York City, marrying her passion for real estate with Habitat’s mission of building affordable, safe, equitable housing for all. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Council for Habitat for Humanity New York City.
• Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, advocating for the success of Manhattan’s small businesses, which comprise 99% of companies.
• Andrea has been a “Big Sister” through non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters for over seventeen years to her “little” Samantha Flamer.
• She is active with several other non-profitsincluding ChildFund, in which she sponsors ten adolescent females in Sierra Leone and Uganda and intends to build a village savings and loan microfinance organization, and The Gay Center.

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Gaby Rosen
Acquisitions & Capital Markets at RFR

Gaby Rosen is a key member of RFR where he is involved in all facets of RFR’s vertically integrated businesses. His focus at RFR is primarily sourcing, evaluating, analyzing and executing potential acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing commercial real estate investments, including direct property acquisitions, loan investments and note acquisitions.

Most recently, Mr. Rosen actively participated in the acquisition of the iconic Chrysler Building, 477 Madison Avenue, and 522 Fifth Avenue, as well as 301 Battery Street in San Francisco, CA and 1551 Wewatta Street in Denver, CO.

Mr. Rosen attended The George Washington University from 2012 until 2016 before earning his Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Mr. Rosen graduated from the Schack Institute of Real Estate cum laude while simultaneously kick starting his career working in construction management as an assistant project manager at Tristar Construction. During his two years at Tristar, Mr. Rosen worked directly with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to oversee and facilitate the successful construction of several brand new luxury office interior build outs in Manhattan.


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Join us for an exciting evening with gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene the New York's top movers and shakers in the real estate industry. Our signature fireside chat format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of real estate investing, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow our members to explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities.

The fireside chat will be comprised of speakers' insights on current trends/opportunities in the real estate market and tried-and-true advice on how to operate a successful real estate firm.

YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals; active real estate developers, owners, investors and deal-makers with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.


*6:30pm: Dinner, Cocktails, & Networking

*7:30m: Fireside chat with Scott, Q&A from young professionals

*8:30pm: Dessert, Cocktails & Mingling

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