Why You Should Attend?
Continental Breakfast, Catered Lunch, Happy Hour!
As the retail revolution continues, join some of the top leaders in our industry to learn more about the emerging and exciting trends to come over the next few years.
- Wednesday, August 14th
8:30 am, Registration & Networking
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Course
- Atlanta REALTORS® Center
5784 Lake Forrest Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30328 | Directions »
- Reserve Your Seat Today!
$175, At the Door
6 Hours of CE Credit
Who Will Be There?
From Stalled to Overhauled: What was a Mall,
What is a Mall, What will be a Mall?
Moderator: Julie Solomon, Senior Vice President, The Trilogy Group LLC
- Shawl Pryor, Sr., Chief Operating Officer, Moonbeam Leasing & Management Gwinnett Place Mall
- Craig Wesemeyer, Senior Vice President Asset Manager Retail, Brookfield Properties Retail, NorthPoint Mall & Cumberland Mall
How Many Seats Are Too Many?
- Featured Speaker Adam Williamowsky, Director of Restaurants- Streetsense, Bethesda, Maryland
The Wizards of OZ: The Potentials & Pitfalls of Opportunity Zones
- Moderator, Tina Howard, Vice President of Leasing, Dart Retail Advisors
- Jerry McGaughy, Senior Managing Director, Epic Community Impact Fund, LLC
- Steve Rothschild, Partner, The Strategic Group of Companies
- Edward S. Smith, Ph.D Opportunity Zones and Special Initiatives Manager, Invest Atlanta
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch
Legal Trends: Emerging and Evolving Uses:
Moderator: Byron Alterman, Attorney, Byron P. Alterman LLC
- Nick Garzia, Director of Retail Leasing for the Southeast, Hines
- Kenneth J. Clayman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Selig Enterprises, Inc.
- Benno G. Rothschild, Partner, Hartman Simons
3:00 - 3:15 pm: Refreshment Break with Beer, Wine and Snacks
The Mis-education of Downtown
Moderator: Amy Fingerhut, First Vice President, CBRE, Retail Services Group
- AJ Robinson, President, Central Atlanta Progress, Inc
- Marti Blackstock, Vice President, Banyan Street Capital
Byron Alterman, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in a family that owned retail grocery stores across the Southeast where he saw the retailing industry first hand. Soon after receiving his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin in Madison, he began his career in the real estate industry in Atlanta. He gained early experience in a law firm where his main area of work focused on closings for a large home improvement store and reviewing title matters related to these closings. It was here that he decided to specialize in commercial real estate.
Byron graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked for the retail leasing and commercial real estate practice group of Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta, Georgia where he gained experience in all facets of shopping center legal work. In 2009, Byron created the firm of Byron P. Alterman LLC to service the changing needs of the clients in the commercial real estate industry through a more flexible law firm model. Byron has maintained strong relationships with counsel for national retailers and national developers and property owners. Because of his extensive experience in the retail shopping center industry, he can efficiently complete and advise on all aspects of a transaction.
Banyan Street Capital
Marti Blackstock oversees the property management responsibilities for the Atlanta and Mid Atlantic portfolios.
Ms. Blackstock has been in the commercial real estate industry for nearly 30 years, specializing in the management of Class A high-rise assets. Her experience includes developing and implementing strategic business plans, creating and enhancing asset value, managing client and tenant relations, and providing leadership in capital projects. She has held positions with Eola Capital and Parkway Realty Services, America’s Capital Partners, Robinson Humphrey, Shearson Lehman, and Mutual of New York, and has also been an independent consultant for numerous private and institutional owners.
Senior Vice President
Kirk Buttle is a Senior Vice President of CBRE Atlanta's Retail Services. With more than 30 years of retail brokerage experience, covering Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast. Mr. Buttle has been involved in nearly every facet of the industry, from small shop leasing, tenant representation, large and small land sales to investment sales and development.
As a CCIM, Mr. Buttle has participated in the sale of multiple investment properties, brokered several land transactions including more than 20 drug store sites, multiple automobile dealerships and large tracts of land for major retailers such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Kroger, Publix and Target. He has also represented several financial institutions with the selection of over 75 bank branches throughout North Georgia and Atlanta. Additionally, Mr. Buttle has assisted several major retailers with multiple dispositions and acquisitions for ALDI, The Shane Company, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, Burger King, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Zaxby's, Concentra, Micro Center, Comcast and others. More recently, he has represented the FDIC in the disposition of several properties throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
Before joining CBRE in 2007, Mr. Buttle was a Senior Vice President at Trammell Crow Company (1999 – 2007), Vice President at Cushman and Wakefield (1993-1999). A graduate of Ricks College, (known today as Brigham Young University – Idaho), he is certified by CCIM and is a member of the Atlanta Board of Commercial REALTORS®. Throughout his career, Mr. Buttle has been heavily involved with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as a volunteer. Recently, he completed a three-year volunteer assignment as the Georgia State Director.
Mr. Buttle's hobbies include scuba diving, cross training, cycling, and swimming. He also donates considerable time to the Boy Scouts of America. Married for 32 years, Mr. Buttle and his wife Kelly have four grown children and six grandchildren.
Selig Enterprises, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Kenneth J. Clayman serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Selig Enterprises, Inc. Ken holds a Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993.
Ken has extensive commercial real estate experience in the retail, office, industrial and mixed-use areas. He has served as lead counsel in the development of numerous major shopping centers and mixed-use developments. He oversees all aspects of the commercial development from raw land acquisition through financing, construction, operation and sale, including the negotiation and drafting of all related documentation. Ken is involved in all aspects of legal matters for Selig Enterprises, Inc. and its affiliates, including negotiation of contracts, leases, joint venture agreements, vendor agreements and easements, as well as oversight of litigation and other dispute resolution.
Ken has a wide array of commercial leasing experience in all areas and specifically has significant experience in negotiating national big box retail lease transactions throughout the United States. Prior to joining Selig, Ken practiced law in the private sector for more than 20 years.
First Vice President
Ms. Fingerhut is responsible for the marketing, leasing and pre-leasing of new and existing developments ranging from mixed-use in-town developments, high street retail and specialty centers. She also represents several national, regional and local tenants in site selection and expansion in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Fingerhut was a leasing representative with Colliers International where she gained experience in successfully leasing all types of retail developments from ground-up, grocery-anchored centers to un-anchored strip centers. Ms. Fingerhut has worked closely with landlords throughout all phases of the retail development lifecycle from inception to completion, including building design, proforma analysis, tenant mix, market analysis and lease negotiations. Ms. Fingerhut also gained experience as a leasing representative for Pellerin & Salomon Real Estate Services, a shopping center development company.
Before starting on the brokerage side, Ms. Fingerhut spent five years with Deloitte Tax LLP as a Senior Property Tax Consultant, appealing commercial real estate values all over the Southeast in order to reduce the tax liability for the owners.
Dart Retail Advisors
Senior Vice President
Tina, a licensed Real Estate Broker, joined Dart Retail in 2018. Tina has leased over 3,000,000 square feet of anchor and shop space and has sold dozens of outparcels in her 25 years in the shopping center industry. Tina’s responsibilities include land and asset sales and the leasing of specialty retail, neighborhood, community, and power-based shopping centers throughout the southeastern US.
After starting with Kim King Associates in the late 1980s, Tina moved to Spectrum Realty Advisors, where she was Vice President of Leasing and helped grow a leasing team. In the post-Olympic days of Atlanta’s explosive growth, Tina leased new developments for The Sembler Company and later, Fuqua Development. Tina served as Georgia’s first female State Director for the International Council of Shopping Centers from 2000 to 2003, and Program Chair for the Southeast Conference from 1998 to 2007. She remains active in ICSC, contributing to panels and leading roundtables.
Tina is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Arts - Communications and attended Georgia State University under the Master of Arts - Communications program. While in graduate school at Georgia State, she worked as an intern for Atlanta Magazine and wrote contributing articles to the Atlanta Journal/Constitution. Tina is married with three children and splits her time between Atlanta and Lake Hartwell.
Epic Community Impact Fund
Jerry McGaughy is the President and Managing Director of Epic Community Impact Fund. He has been involved in advocating for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Funds from the beginning. Following passage of CDFI Fund enabling legislation, he was an early adopter and worked to spread the good news about the benefits of becoming a CDFI. With over 12 years of community lending and investment experience, and over five years of community development consulting, Jerry was the Founder of Atlanta-based BusinessLINC Community Loan Fund dedicated to providing loans and technical assistance for community development in underserved areas. He also worked to both develop and manage the National BusinessLINC Coalition in Washington, D.C., a joint initiative of the Clinton Administration and the National Business Roundtable. Jerry rounded out his extensive experience with CDFIs by becoming a CDFI Fund grant reviewer, evaluating applications using the CDFI Fund’s establishing review criteria including such factors as community development performance, business strategy, marketing analysis, management capacity, and financial health and viability. Recently, Jerry facilitated a joint venture partnership with a global real estate private firm to create the Epic/Virtua Opportunity Zone Fund I, LP a $100M Opportunity Fund to provide investments in multi family, mixed-use, and commercial development projects located in Atlanta’s designated Opportunity Zone communities. Jerry attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he received his BA in Finance and Economics.
Moonbeam Capital Investments
Chief Operating Officer
Shawl Pryor joined the Moonbeam Capital Investments group of companies ("MCI") in 2011 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Pryor is directly responsible for the leasing division, directing property management, conducting community and governmental affairs and implementing the strategic planning process for MCI's commercial real estate portfolio. With over 26 years of experience, Mr. Pryor has extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate industry. He specializes in creating adaptive reuse and repurposing of underperforming commercial real estate assets.
Mr. Pryor is a seasoned, knowledgeable and trusted commercial real estate professional who consistently delivers real time results. He is uniquely qualified to regulate the day-to-day operations and assist the Chief Executive Officer in creating operational strategies while guiding redevelopment plans for the Moonbeam group’s approximately 10 million + square foot nationwide portfolio of leased and managed properties.
Prior to joining MCI in 2011, Mr. Pryor served as the Senior Vice President of Infinity Property Fund. He was also previously the Vice President of asset/property management in the Atlanta office of Colliers International, Glimcher Realty and Heitman Retail Properties.
Mr. Pryor is actively involved in ICSC and other trade organizations on both national and local levels, private and public. He is also an active board member of The Ron Clark Academy and a number of other national and local non-profit organizations.
Mr. Pryor served for seven (7) years as an engineer with the United States Marine Corps in both active and reserve duty capacities.
Mr. Pryor is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife and children.
CAP (Central Atlanta Progress)
A.J. Robinson is President of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). CAP is a private business association started in 1941, and remains one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the City, and State.Robinson manages the overall strategic functions of CAP and ADID, two groups committed to making the Atlanta community and specifically Downtown, more livable, appealing, vital and diverse.
CAP has created and spun off a number of organizations such as Trees Atlanta, Research Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park Area, Inc., the Midtown Alliance, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and GeorgiaForward. In 1995, CAP created the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Ambassador Force to address public safety, cleaning concerns, and to stimulate capital investment. Today, the organizations’ key initiatives focus on economic development, planning, public safety, and overall marketing of Downtown Atlanta. CAP is funded through membership dues and grants from many of Atlanta’s major corporations, as well as organizations and foundations committed to the development of Downtown. ADID is funded by downtown property owners. Over the past decade, A.J. has consistently been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, as well as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans’, and has been a part of many local, state, and national task forces and projects.
Before joining CAP, Robinson was President of the multi-dimensional real estate company Portman Holdings, where he managed all aspects of the firm’s real estate development processes, including property and asset management of SunTrust Plaza, AmericasMart, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, Peachtree Center, Westin Charlotte, Westin Warsaw and Shanghai Centre, among others.
Prior to his 22-year career at Portman Holdings, in 1980 Robinson participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s historic creation of China’s first business school under a protocol signed by President Jimmy Carter and the Chinese Department of Education. During that time, Robinson researched, wrote and taught case studies in Dalian, China, and traveled extensively throughout the Chinese cities.
Robinson received his MBA in 1980 from Harvard School of Business, and he received his undergraduate accounting degree from Emory University in 1977. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally, and his special interests include American history and sports. Robinson’s articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Asian Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and National Real Estate Investor. He served over 20 years on the Board of AmericasMart, which recently sold for over $1 billion to a Blackstone affiliate. Other current Boards include, The University Financing Foundation, Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame, GeorgiaForward, CoC Governing Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he is married to Dr. Nicole Ellerine, a pediatrician, and they reside in Atlanta. They have three children, Micaela, Ethan and Nathaniel.
The Strategic Group
Mr. Rothschild specializes in niche areas of tax planning and real estate investing. He works directly with high net worth investors, family offices, corporations, insurance companies, and trusted advisers. His expertise focuses on state and federal tax credits, tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, tax-deferred opportunity zone funds, and numerous federal and state-sponsored tax credit and deduction strategies. He has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University majoring in Economics and Business Administration. His prior work and board experience includes:
- Premisys Real Estate Services - Regional VP
- Founding member of Preferred Real Estate Funds (PREF) as well as State Tax Credit Exchange in Atlanta
- Founder of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Will's Club, a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, and CCIM
Mr. Rothschild is also on the Board of Governors of the Buckhead Club and sits on advisory boards of various companies.
Edward S. Smith, Ph.D.
Mr. Smith is an experienced economic development professional with a proven track record in attracting foreign direct investment and job growth to communities across the United States. In addition, he is an accomplished researcher in the field of economic development, and have been invited to speak to both academic audiences and community groups across the United States. As a Georgia native, his goal is to utilize his skills and abilities to revitalize neighborhoods through public/private partnerships, the attraction of foreign direct investment, and the implementation of programs to support small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Director of Restaurants
As the Director of Restaurants at Streetsense, Adam brings his financial expertise and passion for the restaurant business to offer insight and strategy for the company’s roster of food & beverage clients. Prior to joining Streetsense in 2013, Adam co-founded Financial Foods, where he did business and concept development, branding, operational consulting, project management, and revenue forecasting for clients like Dolcezza Gelato and Hill Country BBQ. An Associate Member of the Board of Directors for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, Adam is also a licensed real estate agent in both Washington, DC and Maryland, and a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
25 year industry veteran
Started in the industry in Cleveland Ohio with the Richard E Jacobs Group at the time the largest privately owned developer in the US with over 40 M square feet of malls. When The Jacobs Group's malls were sold to CBL and Westfield Craig moved his family to Birmingham, AL to work with Colonial Properties to oversee the redevelopment leasing of Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville, AL. After the successful re-development at Parkway he went to work with Bayer Properties to head up the Summit Leasing & Development initiative which included the 4th phase expansion of the Summit Birmingham, the ground up development and opening of the Summit Sierra in Reno, Nevada and the day to day leasing of the Summit Birmingham and The Summit Louisville.
Craig was hired away from Bayer as SVP of Development for Colonial Properties overseeing all new development activity in NC, SC, TN and GA. During that time he developed the Super Target/ Kohl center in Smyrna, TN.
In 2007 he moved to Atlanta, GA to lead the leasing team at Cousins Properties during the openings of The Avenue Murfreesboro , TN and The Avenue Forsyth, Cumming, GA. During that time he also handled the anchor leasing and executed approx. 300,000 sf of new box leases.
Currently Craig is SVP Leasing and Asset Manager for Brookfield Properties formerly General Growth Properties overseeing 23 Properties nationwide.