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Conference Breakout Sessions At-A-Glance
* Approved for 1 (one) NAHMA Continuing Education Credits

Track #1: Greater Economic Impact: Resources to Spur Development of Housing, and Economic Development
and Business Retention

  1. Impact of Federal/State Programs
    Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    How are federal and state programs working to create and maintain workforce housing in our communities? Come hear from state and local officials about the impacts and successes that programs such as RAD, Section 8, FRM, and others are having throughout New Jersey.
    MODERATOR:
    – Charles A. Richman, Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Maria Maio- Messano, Director, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Newark Office
    – Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Melissa Orsen, Chief Executive Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    – Dianne E. Taylor, Executive Director, COSCDA


  2. New Jersey Partnership for Action
    Tuesday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    Created by Governor Christie and led by Lt. Governor Guadagno, the Partnership is the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, the Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). Hear directly from Senior Leadership at these agencies about how the Partnership is working for New Jersey.
    MODERATOR:
    – Debra P. DiLorenzo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey
    SPEAKERS:
    – Michele Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Choose New Jersey
    – Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary, NJ Higher Education
    – Lauren Moore, Executive Director, Business Action Center (BAC), Department of State
    – Melissa Orsen, Chief Executive Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)


  3. Economic Opportunity Act/ Updates and Successes
    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
    Over the last two years the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) has been successful in helping to attract businesses and grow and retain jobs in the state. During this session, business leaders and EOA stakeholders will provide an overview of how the EOA’s Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) and Grow NJ programs are reviving our cities and driving investment by encouraging businesses to choose New Jersey.
    MODERATOR:
    – Caren Franzini, President, Franzini Consulting, LLC
    SPEAKERS:
    – Jeffrey W. Montie, Wenner Bakery Board Member, Former Chief Executive Officer Wenner Bread
    – Christopher J. Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO)

  4. The Housing of Tomorrow – Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    The dynamic of how workforce housing is created is changing. Increasingly, 21st century developments are seeking new ways to provide opportunities for a diversity of incomes and uses. Hear from experienced professionals about strategies to create vibrant living spaces in the context of transit oriented development, urban hubs, unit type, population and varying price points. Learn how to create the housing of tomorrow today.
    MODERATOR:
    – Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Wasseem Boraie, Vice President, Boraie Development LLC
    – Joel Silver, Esq., Regional Vice President, The Michaels Organization
    – Maria Yglesias, Principal, M & M Development


  5. Small Business – The Heart of Your Community
    Wednesday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
    Whether you are looking to expand, purchase new equipment, navigate state government or refine your business plan, this session will highlight the various resources available to New Jersey businesses in all stages of life -- from tech start-ups to Mom and Pop operations.
    MODERATOR:
    – Paul Ceppi, Director Business Banking and Community Development, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Anne-Marie Maman, Program Manager, Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT)/ NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    – Don Newman, Director of Small Business Advocacy, New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC)
    – Laura Wallick, Program Manager, THRIVE South Jersey

Track #2: Getting Your Project Off the Ground and Ensuring Profitability Long Term

  1. Creating Communities of Place Starts with Sound Planning
    Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    How do you gain community consensus for a project, both from the governing body and the community at large? How do you develop your project in the context of local planning, zoning regulation and land availability? What are the different approaches necessary to create vibrant communities in NJ’s diverse landscape, including distinct strategies for urban, suburban and rural development?
    MODERATOR:
    – Susan Gruel, NJ Licensed Professional Planner and Partner, Heyer, Gruel & Associates
    SPEAKERS:
    – Sean Closkey, President, TRF Development Partners
    – Ron Rukenstein, President, Rukenstein & Associates, LLC (RA) Paul Silverman, Principal, SILVERMAN


  2. How to Drive a Closing
    Tuesday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    How to push through the last stage of the development process, the closing. This session is designed for professionals who have basic knowledge of the real estate transaction but want to be able to conduct (or oversee those conducting) a complex financial transaction.
    MODERATOR:
    – Marisol Rodriguez, Director of Multifamily Programs and Lending, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Christopher J. Lamb, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Attorneys at Law
    – Charles M. Lewis, Senior Vice President of Development, Conifer
    – Michael Staton, VP of Commercial Real Estate, TD Bank


  3. Navigating New Jersey’s Construction Codes*
    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
    The construction code is complex, yet understanding the “ins and outs” is integral to a project’s success. Hear from leading experts about navigating through New Jersey’s Construction Codes to effectively and efficiently develop and rehabilitate housing and commercial real estate while ensuring a cost efficient, safe project. Also learn about cost efficient features that are available for green development.
    MODERATOR:
    – Donald P. Schlachter, Senior Director, Technical Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Pam DeLosSantos, Staff Architect and Green Technical Advisor, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – John Terry, Manager of Construction Code Enforcement, Division of Codes and Standards, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)


  4. Revitalizing Camden
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    Join state and local officials and business leaders for an update on the success of Camden’s efforts to attract businesses, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods. This session will include an overview of projects in Camden supported by the Economic Opportunity Act.
    MODERATOR:
    – The Honorable Dana L. Redd, Mayor, City of Camden
    SPEAKERS:
    – Kris Kolluri, Chief Executive Officer, Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden
    – Timothy J. Lizura, President and Chief Operating Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    – Anthony J. Perno III, Chief Executive Officer and President, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP)
    – Dr. Kris Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holtec International


  5. HMFA University - Tax Credits 101 and Beyond
    Wednesday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
    The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the largest single source of equity for multifamily affordable rental projects in New Jersey. Hear from a panel of leading industry experts and developers about current trends in the LIHTC program and matters specific to development in New Jersey.

    MODERATOR:
    Anne H. Hamlin, Assistant Director of Tax Credit Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Thomas Eastman, Vice President, Syndication, Originator, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    – Tim Henkel, Senior Vice President, Pennrose Properties LLC
    – Charles A. Rhuda III, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
    – Kimberly A. Sked, Senior Compliance Officer, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)



Track #3: Keeping your Property Vibrant and Efficient,
Part I (Non-traditional Property Management Topics)

  1. Olmstead: Community Integration for People with Special Needs
    Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    This session will focus on the state programs and partnerships designed to address New Jersey’s responsibilities under the Olmstead Decision. Learn how the State is integrating populations with special needs into our communities.
    MODERATOR:
    – Janel Winter, Director, Office of Housing, Department of Human Services (DHS)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Dawn Apgar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Services (DHS)
    – Valerie Mielke, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Human Services (DHS)
    – Joseph B. Young, Executive Director, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)


  2. Rapid Re-housing and Other Non-traditional Methods to Address Homelessness
    Tuesday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    What programs have worked to address homelessness? This panel will also address the health system impact and case management necessary to end chronic homelessness.
    MODERATOR:
    – Donna Rendeiro, Chief of Staff/Chief of Administration, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Deborah De Santis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
    – Christina S. Harcar, Administrative Supervisor of Social Services, Mercer County Board of Social Services
    – Mark Humowiecki, General Counsel and Director of External Affairs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers



  3. Refinancing Options*
    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
    How to keep affordable units affordable when affordability controls are set to expire. This panel will discuss resources available to refinance older properties with affordability restrictions.

  4. Innovative Approaches to Managing Housing Availability for Populations with Special Needs*
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    Hear from experts on housing resources for populations with special needs, including the Supportive Housing Connection, Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) and the Special Needs Partnership Loan Program among others. Hear program updates, plans for the future and why it is beneficial for developers and landlords to participate in these initiatives.
    MODERATOR:
    – Yirgu Wolde, Director of Supportive Housing and Special Needs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Martha B. Knisley, Senior Consultant, Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
    – Katherine Nosker, Supportive Housing Connection Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)


  5. Housing for Homeless Veterans
    Wednesday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
    This panel will examine resources available for homeless veterans in need of affordable housing opportunities and supportive services.
    MODERATOR:
    – Richard W. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Housing Associates
    SPEAKERS:
    – J. Michael Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hope, Inc.
    – Victor Carlson, Ph.D., Chief of Homeless Services, VA New Jersey Health Care System
    – Sean P. VanLew, Sr., Superintendant, Veteran’s Haven North, New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs


Track #4: Keeping your Property Vibrant and Efficient,
Part II (Traditional Property Management Topics)
  1. Remote Monitoring*
    Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Learn how technology can improve emergency response time and save money for multifamily projects regarding fire protection and boilers.
    MODERATOR:
    – Joseph Burbridge, Technical Services Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Steve Friedman, President, Westgate Management Company
    – David S. McCann, Vice President and Principal Consultant, Wivenhoe Management Group
    – Stephen Samouhos, PhD, PE, Accounts Manager, Evco Mechanical


  2. NJTIP @ Rutgers*
    Tuesday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    The New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), run through the Voorhees Transportation Center within Rutgers University, provides resources to educate and empower seniors and people with disabilities to use mass transit to expand mobility, increase independence and improve quality of life. Property Managers will learn how to best distribute transportation information to their residents, both seniors and individuals with disabilities.
    MODERATOR:
    – Karen Alexander, Managing Director, NJTIP @ Rutgers, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    SPEAKERS:
    – Harold Colton-Max, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC)
    – Nieves G. Pimienta, Training Coordinator, NJTIP @ Rutgers, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    – Janelle Rivera, Supervisor of Quality Assurance & Compliance, NJ Transit Local Programs and Minibus Support


  3. What’s New in Occupancy Compliance*
    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
    Hear from the NJHMFA Property Management division about relevant program updates, including changes to TRACS 202D to improve efficiency and client satisfaction and changes to HUD’s Handbook 4350.3.
    MODERATOR:
    – Rosie Jackson, Assistant Director of Property Management, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Kimberly Beczo, Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Wendy Lawrence, TRACS Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Kelly Palombi, TRACS Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)


  4. Marketing Properties to Insurance Underwriters*
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    Hear how to market your property to insurance professionals and underwriters to reduce premium quotations. This panel will provide valuable information on insurance trends, including flood insurance.

  5. Strategies for Dealing with Hoarding in Multifamily Projects*
    Wednesday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
    An exploration of the property management and legal issues that arise when tenants hoard.

    MODERATOR:
    – Robert Sasso, Director of Property Management, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Richard Blenden, Licensed NJ Real Estate Broker LLC
    – Brian Rader, Partner, Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.


Track #5: Let’s Talk

  1. Marketing NJ…Inside and Out
    Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Come hear how marketing experts from their respective municipalities and the State are getting the word out on all New Jersey has to offer families and businesses. Panelists will present their unique strategies for promoting New Jersey as a place to live, work and thrive.
    MODERATOR:
    – Nikki Ouellette, Chief Marketing Officer, Choose New Jersey, Inc.
    SPEAKERS:
    – Mark Giannantonio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resorts Casino Hotel
    – Jim Kirkos, President and Chief Executive Officer, Meadowlands Regional Chamber
    – Jacqueline L. Pappas, Executive Director, Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce


  2. Developing and Maintaining Supportive Housing -
    What’s Working and What’s Not

    Tuesday: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    A conversation with Social Service Providers, Non-Profit and For-Profit Developers, and Special Needs Property Managers.
    MODERATOR:
    – Luther Owens, Homeless Youth and Special-Initiatives Coordinator, NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Tracee Battis, Director of Housing Development, Project Freedom
    – Larry Regan, President, Regan Development Corporation
    – Tom Toronto, President, Bergen County’s United Way


  3. Reviving Underutilized Office Parks and Retail
    Centers in Profitable Mixed-Use Development

    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
    New Jersey’s once prestigious office parks and retail centers are increasingly becoming obsolete, underutilized, and difficult to market. With infrastructure already in place and limited developable land in New Jersey, these sites present opportunities for redevelopment that promote economic development and meet housing and equity needs. PlanSmart NJ’s panel will and share insights on how sites can be reimagined to create mixed use, vibrant communities that include a mix of jobs and housing types that meet changing market demands.
    MODERATOR:
    – Tim McDonough, Mayor, Hope Township
    SPEAKERS:
    – Patricia L. Adell, Managing Partner, Real Estate Solutions Group, LLC
    – Peter Cocoziello, Jr., Director of Business Development, Advance Realty
    – David Fisher, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, K. Hovnanian Homes
    – Chris Henry, Project Manager, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.


  4. Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    All HUD-funded grant recipients are obligated under various laws not to discriminate in housing or services. HUD rules also require that recipients of Federal financial assistance comply with civil rights-related program requirements that affect nearly every aspect of programs that are operated with HUD funding. In this session hear about the impediments to fair housing choice and information essential for understanding of fair housing issues and requirements of all stakeholders to ensure that, in NJ, housing that is created or maintained with federal or state assistance is being administered in compliance with federal non-discrimination laws.

  5. Planning for Transit Oriented Development
    Wednesday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
    What’s worked and what’s not around transit oriented redevelopment, urban hubs, mixed income, mixed use.

    MODERATOR:
    – Vivian E. Baker, Assistant Director of Transit Friendly Land Use & Development, NJ Transit Corporation
    SPEAKERS:
    – Ron Beit, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, RBH Group LLC
    – Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, Mayor, City of East Orange
    – Edward Martoglio, Principal, RPM
    – Jon A. Carnegie, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers,
    The State University of New Jersey



* Approved for 1 (one) NAHMA Continuing Education Credits


All sessions and tracks are subject to change without notice.



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