2015 IREI Springboard

October 20 - 22, 2015 | Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Scottsdale, AZ

IREI Springboard is an exclusive, invitation-only annual gathering of the brightest IREI Springboard leaders in the institutional real estate community. The event is designed as an open forum that serves as a catalyst for mentoring, educating and cultivating leadership skills. IREI Springboard leaders will have the opportunity to learn from the brightest, most trusted minds in the industry. IREI Springboard is an opportunity to recognize the up-and-coming people in your organization — particularly the ones you would select to groom for assuming greater responsibilities in your organization down the road.


The program is cast as a “think-tank” environment, balanced with networking activities designed to help IREI Springboard leaders build career-long relationships with their peers. IREI Springboard leaders have the unique opportunity to have candid discussions with high-caliber mentors through an open forum discussion and peer-to-peer group sessions. The agenda and topics discussed are set by the attendees prior to the event through a food for thought survey, which asks the IREI Springboard leaders which topics and questions they would like to address with their peers and mentors at the forum.


The 2015 IREI Springboard leaders and their firms will be recognized in a feature in our monthly flagship publications covering the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and infrastructure in October 2015, as well as distributed through Institutional Real Estate Newsline (IREN), our premium newsfeed, and posted on our website. The editorial piece will also be displayed prominently at Institutional Real Estate, Inc.’s VIP – Americas and Institutional Investing in Infrastructure 2016 conference.



IREI Springboard is an exclusive invitation by nomination only event. A senior member of an organization must nominate the IREI Springboard leaders for consideration. Please note, nomination does not guarantee invitation to the forum.

Senior members can elect to send new up-and-comers from their firm who have not attended IREI Springboard in the past or can send up-and-comers who have previously attended IREI Springboard.

Firms are welcome to send up to three attendees to the forum per their nominations.

If there is an up-and-comer from your organization that you would like to nominate, please contact Salika Khizer, project leader for IREI Springboard, at or call +1 925-244-0500.

Kindly note, nominees may attend up to three years.



  • Marketing/client services/investor relations
  • Investors (public, corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, Taft-Hartley, family offices and sovereign wealth funds)
  • Fund of funds
  • Consultants
  • Acquisitions
  • Portfolio or asset management
  • Economist
  • Research


Associate to director level positions (or their equivalent)

We understand titles and job descriptions vary. Please contact Salika Khizer at for any questions.


We require attendees to participate in all the sessions and networking activities and to stay for the entire forum. Due to the exclusivity and limited seats for this forum, we cannot accept registrations for individuals who cannot stay for the duration of the event or those who may need to leave early. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Salika Khizer, project leader for IREI Springboard.

  • Board/Speakers
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Salika Khizer

Project Leader and Forum Facilitator

Salika Khizer is the project leader for IREI Springboard at Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI). In addition to developing and managing IREI Springboard, she supports all sales efforts at IREI. She joined IREI in 2012 and earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California – Davis, graduating with honors.

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John Hunt

Conference Program Manager

John Hunt joined Institutional Real Estate, Inc. in 2007 as a member of its conference department. He is responsible for creating advisory boards, developing program content and selecting speakers. Prior to joining IREI, Hunt worked at Oppenheimer & Co. in institutional fixed income sales. He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Alyssa Balough

Advisory Board Member

Alyssa Balough is an associate with Lionstone Investments, where she is responsible for assisting in all aspects of capital formation, including strategic planning and investor communications. Prior to joining Lionstone, she worked in investor relations and marketing at Grove International Partners where she was the primary contact for more than 80 institutional investors and assisted in raising capital for three co-investment transactions.

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Kevin Bassi

Advisory Board Member

Kevin Bassi, Investment Officer, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)

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Lindsay Felldin

Advisory Board Member

Lindsay Felldin joined Mesa West Capital in 2011 and is an assistant vice president focused on investor relations, capital raising and marketing at the firm. Prior to joining Mesa West, Felldin was a senior associate at Yorkville Advisors, where she was focused on investor relations. Felldin began her career in the derivative support group at JP Morgan Asset Management.

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Drew Ierardi

Advisory Board Member

Drew Ierardi is a senior portfolio manager in the investment office at Exelon, where he is responsible for investing the global real estate and real assets segments of Exelon’s $14 billion pension and $9 billion nuclear decommissioning trust portfolios. Additionally, he coordinates Exelon’s investment strategy in emerging markets across asset classes. Prior to joining Exelon, Ierardi oversaw the absolute return hedge fund investments program for third party capital at Guggenheim Investment Advisors, a division of Guggenheim Partners. Previously he worked in the private assets group at Morgan Creek Capital Management, where he conducted research and manager diligence.

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Monica Khalid

Advisory Board Member

Monica Khalid is vice president of marketing and client services at Sentinel Real Estate Corp., where she is responsible for developing the firm’s strategic marketing and client relations program in the United States. From 2010 to 2013, Khalid was director of global marketing and client services for Prudential Real Estate Investors. In this capacity, she was responsible for various marketing efforts and for the design, development and implementation of investment products and strategic initiatives for the firm. Prior to that, Khalid held positions at DRA Advisors, SSR Realty Advisors and Chelsea Property Group.

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Seth Marcus

Advisory Board Member

Seth Marcus is a consultant with The Townsend Group and advises a number of institutional investors on real estate and real asset investment opportunities and portfolio management. Marcus has historically and continues to provide services to investors ranging from $2 billion to $140 billion in total assets and total real estate and real asset allocations in excess of $20 billion. Prior to joining The Townsend Group, Marcus worked in the debt capital markets group at National City Bank. While at National City Bank, he was involved in structuring and arranging syndicated loan transactions in a variety of markets.

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Sebastian Nadeau

Advisory Board Member

Sebastian Nadeau joined Presima in 2006; he is a senior analyst of real estate securities. He is responsible for security analysis and monitoring, and contributes to financial modeling. He focuses on the North America region. Nadeau joined the financial industry in 2006, having worked as an analyst in the real estate division of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where he conducted financial analysis of various real estate investment projects.

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Nicole Stagnaro

Advisory Board Member

Nicole Stagnaro is the assistant portfolio manager for PRISA at Prudential Real Estate Investors. She is involved in many aspects of the fund’s portfolio strategy, including investment selection, sales, asset management and portfolio reporting. She has been elected to serve on several PREI initiatives including the global portfolio management roundtable. From 2008 to early 2011, Stagnaro managed a portfolio of assets and relationships that were being closely monitored due to unfavorable market conditions and executed on resolution strategies. Stagnaro joined PREI in 2004 as a member of the acquisition team in San Francisco.

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Andy Plank

Advisory Board Member

Andy Plank is an investment officer II within the real assets unit at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, working within the real estate – investments group. He has been with CalPERS since 2010, and with the real assets unit since 2013. Prior to joining CalPERS, Plank spent nine years at Investors Bank & Trust/State Street Bank, managing income distribution and cash reconciliation processes for mandatory corporate action events across multiple client’s international and domestic equity portfolios.

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Jennifer Wilkening

Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Wilkening is a director, product specialist at Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate group of Principal Global Investors. She works closely with both the real estate portfolio management teams and generalist sales and consultant relations staff to raise capital for the firm’s U.S. real estate and global real estate securities products. She is a registered representative of Princor Financial Services Corp. and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.

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Marc Zegen

Advisory Board Member

Marc Zegen joined Madison Realty Capital in August 2007 and is a vice president of acquisitions and debt originations. He is responsible for sourcing new loan originations, the purchase of nonperforming debt, and the acquisition of development sites and buildings. Since joining the firm, Zegen has sourced and closed more than $600 million in debt transactions as well as more than $250 million in property acquisitions. Zegen is also responsible for asset management of properties the firm owns outside the New York City area. Prior to joining Madison, Zegen worked at Buildcorp Australia Development, an Australia-based condominium developer.

  • Hotel & Venue

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 East Crescent Moon Drive

Scottsdale, AZ

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, East Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, United States

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  • Contact
Primary Contact

Salika Khizer
Project Leader, IREI Springboard or +1 925-244-0500 ext.160

Registration & Logistics

Lucero Jaramillo
Meetings Manager +1 925-244-0500 ext. 130

Sponsorship Opportunities

Randy Schein
Conference Sales Manager or +1 212-706-7023

John Hunt
Conference Program Manager or +1 925-244-0500 ext.137

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