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Massey Knakal Commercial Real Estate Investment Summit Adds Joel Picket As Keynote Speaker


The fourth annual Massey Knakal Commercial Real Estate Investment Summit, which brings together commercial owners, investors, developers and other real estate professionals for a full day event focused on New York’s office and retail markets, will be held on April 1, 2014.  The keynote addresses will be given by Joel Picket, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Gotham Organization, Inc., and by Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Over 500 attendees are expected at the event, the only full day event to cover New York City trends in operations, mid-sized property transactions, and financing for retail and office properties.

“Joel Picket and Larry Silverstein are incredible additions to this year’s prestigious line-up. This will be an outstanding full-day event for real estate professionals to learn from some of the most influential leaders in the industry,” said Neil Heilberg, Chief Operating Officer at Massey Knakal. 

The morning keynote interview will be with Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc., a Manhattan-based real estate development and investment firm that has developed, owned and managed 35 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space. The firm currently has $8 billion worth of development activity in the pipeline and has led charge of redeveloping the commercial space of the World Trade Center post 9/11. 

The afternoon keynote presentation will be given byJoel Picket, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Gotham Organization, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries including Gotham Construction. Mr. Picket assumed leadership of the company in 1965 and to the present day has overseen the direction of this fourth-generation, 80-year-old, family-owned firm. Mr. Picket is responsible for growing Gotham into a major developer and one of the largest, privately held construction contractors in the country; with construction of more than 35,000 residential units in the New York metropolitan area.

Additionally, addresses will be given by Haim Chera of Crown Acquisitions, Michael Happel of American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT, Albert Laboz of United American Land, Scott Rechler of RxR Realty, and Jonathan Resnick from Jack Resnick & Sons.  Bob Knakal, Chairman of Massey Knakal, will give an expanded market update to the audience with an inside look at the commercial real estate industry. 

There will numerous panels and workshops covering a wide range of topics including the office market, commercial debt financing, and retail condos. 

The conference will be held in New York City at the McGraw Hill Conference Center at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. It will be filled with highly respected speakers, networking opportunities, and a post-conference cocktail reception. 

For the full list of speakers, attending firms, as well as the full agenda, visit or e-mail Don’t miss this powerful opportunity to learn, network, and expand your commercial real estate business.


About GreenPearl

Headquartered in New York City’s “Silicon Alley,” GreenPearl Events produces thought-leadership conferences in Commercial Real Estate, Retail and Finance across the United States.GreenPearl works closely with partners to create “private label” events that put partners first and provide massive business development opportunities and public relations.  The company was co-founded by Ryan Slack, Mark Schacknies and Nima Negahban. Slack, a successful entrepreneur and marketer who co-founded PropertyShark and led it for its first four years of business as the CEO before its eventual sale to Yardi, leads GreenPearl Events as its CEO. For more information on GreenPearl, please visit

About Massey Knakal Realty Services:

Massey Knakal is a diversified real estate company, exclusively representing owners in the sale, retail lease and/or financing of their properties. With over 175 employees, four offices and thorough coverage of the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey, Massey Knakal Realty Services dominates the New York metropolitan area's property transaction marketplace. Since 1988, the company’s agents have closed over 4,500 transactions having a market value in excess of $17 billion. For more information on Massey Knakal, please visit


03/28/2014 - 09:15


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