Technology is quickly changing the landscape of how the CRE industry operates. DisruptCRE exists to connect commercial real estate professionals with emerging technologies and trends. Through DisruptCRE, we are diving head first into the CREtech movement bringing you the latest and greatest in CREtech, educational panels, and a pitch session titled “Meet the Disruptors”.
Top real estate decision makers around the world convene at DisruptCRE to find out what’s here now, and what’s next in CRE tech.
Jesse is a co-founder of Borealis Ventures and the firm’s Built Environment Investment Lead.
He leverages his hands-on operating experience and industry contacts to source and nurture innovative companies applying technology to design, build and improve our world. Currently he also manages the firm’s involvement with Builtr Labs, Courbanize, Flux and Newforma.
Previously he led Borealis’ investments in Envista Software (acquired by Accela), Handmark (acquired by Sprint), IrisMaps (acquired by OmniEarth), Scribe Software (acquired by The Mustang Group), SketchUp (acquired by Google), SpaceClaim (acquired by ANSYS), TinkerCad (acquired by Autodesk) and VICO Software (acquired by Trimble).
Prior to co-founding Borealis Ventures, Jesse served as an executive in two public application software companies - Softdesk EVP/President and as the first Autodesk VP of AEC.
He graduated with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and completed his military service as a member of the White House Communications Agency.
James Whalen serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Boston Properties, Inc. Prior to joining the Company in March 1998, he served as Vice President, Information Systems of Beacon Properties. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a recipient of the New York City Urban Fellowship. Mr. Whalen is a current trustee and past President of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and serves on the Realcomm Advisory Council and Boston Private Industry Council.
Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self- managed real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of Class A office, industrial and hotel properties. The Company is one of the largest owners and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in four core markets -- Boston, Midtown Manhattan, Washington, DC and San Francisco.
Ms. Shank is based in Boston and oversees portfolio management, including technology initiatives. Before heading up portfolio management she was a Managing director in acquisitions/dispositions and involved in all aspects of transactions. Prior to joining Beacon Capital Partners, Ms. Shank was a Senior Associate for Cornerstone Properties in San Francisco. At Cornerstone, she worked with the asset management team to enhance revenues and reduce costs throughout their nationwide real estate portfolio. Ms. Shank held positions at William Wilson & Associates, prior to its purchase by Cornerstone, as an Investment Analyst and as a Property Accountant. Ms. Shank holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Responsible for the firms Acquisitions and Investor Relations
24 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry including principal investing and commercial real estate brokerage
From 1993 to 2009 Marci was an investment sales broker most recently with Cushman & Wakefield and formerly with Fallon Hines & O’Connor/Trammell Crow Company. In the course of her 18-year career, Marci has closed over 500 investment sales transactions in excess of $25.0 billion. Marci was named by Real Estate Forum as one of the country’s “Superstar” investment sales brokers for three consecutive years. While a Principal at TCC, Marci was ranked among the Top 3 Producers nationwide from 1998 through 2000. member of the team recognized by the GBREB’s Commercial Leasing and Investment Committee for closing “The Investment Sales Deal of the Year” in: 1994 (for the $64.6 million Latham Farms power center sale in Albany, NY); 1995 (for the $163 million sale of Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham, MA); 1996 (for the $91 million Druker 1031 Exchange in Boston); 1999 (for the $403 million MGI New England Portfolios) and 2006 (for the $600 million Technology Square transaction).
Community Service and Professional Affiliations include Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI); Member and Current President of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA); Champions for Children’s, Children’s Hospital Boston; Trustee’s Committee for Facilities & Buildings, Nobles and Greenough School
In 2000, Marci—along with her father and sister—received the Robert Swain Award for her contribution and achievements in the real estate industry.
Melissa Marsh is Founder and CEO of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' PLASTARC employs people analytics, building information systems, and a variety of creative methods to enable environments that enhance knowledge, accelerate business and enrich employees.
Tom Zampini is the Founder and CEO of Beco, a new class of location analytics powered by light. Beco is creating new and meaningful ways for people to seamlessly interact with and within physical spaces, enabling enterprise organizations with location intelligence to power real-time retail and smart buildings.
Before Beco, Tom helped pioneer LED as a general light source with the founding of i2Systems, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of intelligent LED lighting technology.
Tom is the author of over a dozen technology patents in the area of IoT, solid-state lighting, and beyond.
Jon is CEO of MACH Energy, where he also heads corporate development. Prior to joining MACH, Jon spent a decade in financial services business development and transactional roles at Banc of America Securities, Cowen and Storage Technology Corporation, completing ~$20B in transactions. Jon earned an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Jon also earned a BSc from the University of Northern Colorado and has passed the CPA exam. Jon is currently President of a mixed-use project based in San Francisco, and an active member of both the ULI National and San Francisco Sustainable Development Councils.
Matt leads the sales efforts in New England for the rapidly growing Commercial Real Estate Technology company VTS. His goal is to work with CRE Investors and Brokers to improve the leasing process through smart, mobile and industry-specific software.
Gabriel Safar is the co-founder and CEO of LeasePilot, a technology company that helps the commercial real estate industry close leases faster and empowers data-driven decisions. Prior to co-founding LeasePilot, Gabriel worked as a commercial real estate lawyer at large law firms including Bingham McCutchen and Goulston & Storrs
Solomon Poretsky is the Executive Vice President of Organizational Development for SVN. Prior to joining SVN, he was a partner at Custom Skills Development, a commercial real estate consulting firm that provided coaching, development, and training services to agents and commercial real estate brokerages across North America. His commercial real estate career started at Marcus & Millichap, where he was involved in over $1.2 billion of listings sales and closings as both an agent and a regional manager. He also achieved that firm’s prestigious National Faculty Member designation.
Solomon also worked on the instructional design of one of the world’s first online master’s degree programs. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University in the City of New York with a bachelor’s degree and earned and a second BA, with honors, from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He currently resides in suburban Minneapolis with his wife, Mary; his twin boys; Thomas and William; and his dog, Bongo.