Answer: A lot!
When you bring together some of New York City’s most experienced major property managers, add in a few of the brightest tech innovators in the space and put them all together at the Real Estate Board of New York’s HQ in a series of talks and panels, you get what one attendee called, “The hippest thing REBNY has done here.”
Oh, did we mention the artisan coffee (in take-home mugs!) and pastries, too?
Kicking-off with MetaProp NYC Founding Partner Zach Aarons playfully grilling (“Speaking of property management tech, when can you just fire everyone?”) Corigin Ventures Chairman Ryan Freedman, the morning provided more than 100 attendees a variety of insights into the intersection of old methodologies, new efficiencies and improved levels of customer service through the intelligent use of technology in commercial and residential buildings.
A rock-star property management panel of Bob Best, of JLL; Gene Boniberger, of Rudin Management; Margaret Streicker Porres, of Newcastle Realty Services, and Gaston Silva, of Vornado Realty Trust, moderated by REBNY’s Ryan Baxter, produced a lively debate about what was and wasn’t new under the PropTech sun relating to their complex daily responsibilities for landlords and tenants. Although a bit biased, cre.tech’s visionary honcho Travis Barrington insisted the group was “the best real estate panel I have ever heard.”
In addition, there were highly focused breakout sessions with Peter Boritz, CEO of Real Data Management, talking about the newest software solutions in the field; Mike Mullin, President of Integrated Business Systems, Inc. scaring the bejesus out of everyone over cyber attacks; Marc Rehberger, Director of Commercial Real Estate for Matterport, adding his 3D solutions wisdom, and Scott Sidman, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Building Engines, offering his comprehensive experience about what attracts and retains clients, especially tenants.
As Aaron Block, Founding Partner and Managing Director of MetaProp NYC, summed it up: “What we all heard here today is some of the best thinking in the world about what makes buildings smart, how that’s changed over time and how top thought-leaders see the future of property management technology.”