Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP, serves as an executive managing director at NGKF where he leads the company’s National Industrial Practice from its Chicago office. In this capacity, he guides the direction and expansion of the firm’s industrial brokerage capabilities across North America, including supporting various data center projects and promoting the benefits of sustainability, technology and innovation for the sector.
Mr. Kasselman is an innovation-minded futurist focused on harnessing transformative disruption and technology convergence in order to bring actionable ROI to the CRE industry. He has traveled the globe studying smart buildings and smart cities, provides mentoring to several tech startups and sits on various tech firm advisory boards, and is an accomplished speaker and author on an array of topics at the intersection of CRE and technology. He recently gave the Keynote Address to the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board on Transportation and Mobility. He also serves as CEO and Founder of Op2mize Energy, a strategic energy procurement firm.
Mr. Kasselman has recently begun a one-year term as the 2017 Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR) Global President. SIOR was founded in 1941 by the US Government to help secure industrial facilities in support of the World War II effort. In this regard, SIOR has been servicing the commercial real estate industry for over 75 years. In this volunteer role, Kasselman leads the preeminent non-profit commercial real estate services organization in an array of strategic and global initiatives while acting as an ambassador and discussing the many benefits of becoming a SIOR designee.
Earnest Sweat serves as an Investment Manager at Prologis Ventures. Earnest has a combined ten years of experience in the real estate and technology industries. He currently focuses on the technical and business model due diligence of investment opportunities. Prior to joining Prologis, Earnest gained portfolio management, venture deal analysis, and business development expertise in stints as an investor-in-residence at Backstage Capital and an entrepreneurial engineer at Camelback Ventures. He is an alum of Columbia University and the Kellogg School of Management.
Investment management professional with 10 year track record of spearheading finance and technology solutions. Proactive project leader with experience in coordinating cross-functional teams (finance, IT, operations) to drive company-wide strategic initiatives.