In-Person Roundtable with Stephen Bittel, Terranova Corporation

- Union Square



Union Square


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Join us for an intimate IN PERSON real estate roundtable with Stephen Bittel, Founder & Chairman of Terranova Corporation.

This session will be an opportunity to connect with a select, intimate group of young rising stars in the industry, as we convene on April 26th. 

Bring your questions to connect with Stephen, grow your network, and make new connections.

**This event will take place in person in NYC; dietary laws are observed

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Stephen Bittel
Founder and Chairman at Terranova Corporation

Stephen Bittel, founder and chairman of Terranova Corporation, is a leader in the U.S. real estate industry and a pillar in his native Miami community. With extensive family roots running deep within the southern coastal city, he has dedicated his life to become a commercial real estate leader which has positively impacted his industry and community.

Like most children of large-than-life parents, Stephen grew up believing he would naturally follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were both accomplished lawyers. After graduating magna cum laude with an economics degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, he applied to law school while traveling Europe under the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship grant. As part of his plan to return to his Miami hometown, he decided to attend the University of Miami School of Law and accept a full-time position at a commercial real estate firm while in law school.

His next decision turned out to be a masterstroke that changed the course of his life: when the commercial real estate firm offered to take him from salaried pay to commission, he saw an opportunity to apply his business acumen on an even higher scale, and quit to create his own business: Terranova Corporation. Although he earned his law degree and passed the bar exam, he knew that his true passion was in the world of business and, particularly, commercial real estate.

Beyond his professional career, Stephen has led a rich life dedicated to serving his city, community, and country. Based on his conviction that bettering the community requires ensuring those designate to lead are the right ones for the job, he has served in a variety of pivotal roles, including as a board member and the vice chairman of development for the National Jewish Democratic Council. For the local Miami community, he has actively served in board positions for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Community Partnership for the Homeless, Teach for America (TFA), and the Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation. Currently, he is on the board for Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and Achieve Miami, recognizing that the inner-city education gap could potentially be the most destabilizing single issue facing the United States. For his leadership, he has received a myriad of awards and accolades over the years including South Florida Business Journal 2005 “Ultimate CEO” award.

When he can catch a minute between his professional and community endeavors, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and four grandchildren, reading non-fiction, watching Miami Heat games, contemplating his 2,000-plus orchid collection in his backyard or his significant collection of rare wine in his cellar.

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Holly Cohen
Founder at Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services

Holly is an accomplished Global Direct to Consumer Real Estate Executive & Board member. Originally from NY, she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology & began her career in Operations at Gap, Inc. before moving into DTC Retail Real Estate where she set the strategies for store expansion, portfolio optimization & launching new concepts. Holly went on to become SVP at J. Crew, where she helped launch Madewell & took J. Crew to Canada & overseas. She then held similar roles as the senior executive in charge of Global DTC RE & Store at Claire’s, Nike & Converse.

In 2018 after a highly successful & rewarding career in-house, Holly launched Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services. She is a trusted domestic & international advisor to brands who may be start-ups, young brands looking to grow, or legacy brands wanting to evaluate their store portfolio.

Holly served on the ICSC Board of Trustees & the 2021 CREW Miami Board of Directors as Hospitality Director & continues this role in 2022. Holly is also a mentor to ICSC scholarship & fellowship recipients, CREW Miami, Women of Tomorrow & University of Miami. She’s frequently sought out as a moderator, panelist & judge for industry events.

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Ari Davis
Partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirsctritt

Ari Davis is a Partner in Tannenbaum Helpern's Real Estate and Construction Law practice. He concentrates in enabling commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leasing and financing. Ari has counseled a diverse set of clients, from family-owned businesses and single member limited liability companies to Fortune 500 companies. He negotiates retail and office leases and subleases on behalf of landlords and tenants for spaces ranging from small offices to entire industrial buildings. Ari frequently works with developer clients that sell and purchase multifamily developments, shopping centers and office buildings throughout the U.S., and he represents lenders and borrowers in various loan structures.

Some of Ari’s work has included the following:

representing a developer that acquired a controlling interest in a joint venture with a church, which was formed to acquire and develop the church property and multifamily units above it and
representing a car dealership client on a construction loan that it obtained from its national franchisor
Prior to joining the firm, Ari was an associate in the Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group of Chiesa, Shahinian and Giantomasi PC (formerly known as Wolff & Samson PC), one of the largest and most respected New Jersey law firms.

Outside of work, Ari enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an ever-suffering Cleveland sports fan.

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Sara Gougarty
Senior Managing Director, Head of Strategic Business Development & Talent Strategy, Americas Retail Services at Cushman & Wakefield

Sara Gougarty is Cushman & Wakefield’s Senior Managing Director, Head of Strategic Business Development & Talent Strategy for Americas Retail Services. Based in New York City, she is responsible for leading the strategic direction for business development across the national retail platform, expanding revenues and margins by creatively growing existing client business and identifying new channels of opportunity. Her main areas of focus consist of integrating a strategic approach to the firm’s multi-market domestic and cross-border prospects; strengthening existing relationships to expand single-service retail clients to multi-service accounts; creating differentiated growth strategies for both gateway and mid markets across the U.S.; and partnering with Market Leaders to assess current retail brokerage coverage and talent in order to identify opportunities for growth through acquisition, alliances or referrals. In addition, Sara oversees the Americas Retail Services’ broker advisory boards, manages and resolves broker conflicts, develops and leverages commission guidelines, and provides leadership, direction and oversight to key industry events.

Prior to her current role, Sara headed Cushman & Wakefield’s Industry Practices Platform for three years, overseeing all sector-focused practice groups. She led a multi-disciplined platform that supported 2,200 professionals across key industries and specialties to develop uniquely tailored real estate solutions for the firm’s investor and occupier clients throughout the Americas. Sara also partnered with local and national leaders to shape the company’s national growth strategies for key industries and specialties, such as automotive, education, eCommerce, healthcare, food & beverage, data centers, global supply chain, legal, life sciences, land, not-for-profit, public sector, financial services, and sports & entertainment.

Sara has been an engaged member of the global real estate community for over ten years. Her ability to interact well with diverse populations and cultures, combined with her strong international experience, has allowed her to achieve an extensive track record in delivering exemplary levels of service to a broad range of real estate clients across all sectors.
Sara started her career and tenure with Cushman & Wakefield in Shanghai, where she lived for 20 years. During that time, she was the National Head of Retail Tenant Representation for China. She worked closely with retail colleagues across the region to develop the firm’s Retail Tenant Representation business and capabilities, and managed key client accounts and developer relationships. Sara continues to play a vital role in the APAC and global retail teams due to her strong relationships
with international retailers. She is fluent in both written and spoken Mandarin.


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