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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, Acting Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    SPEAKERS:
    - Maria Maio, 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:
    – Deb DiLorenzo, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ
    SPEAKERS:
    – Michele Brown, CEO, ChooseNJ
    – Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary, NJ Higher Education
    – Lauren Moore, Executive Director, Business Action Center, 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:
    – Jonathan Gronow or Pres. Jean Des Autels
    – Timothy J. Lizura, President and Chief Operating Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    – Jeffrey W. Montie, CEO, Wenner Bread Products
    – 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
    – Ed Martoglio, Principal, RPM Development
    – Joel Silver, Regional Vice President, Michaels Development
    – 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:
    – Margaret Pilliere or Maureen Hassett, NJEDA
    SPEAKERS:
    – Anne-Marie Maman, Program Manager, Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT)/ NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    – Don Newman, Director of Small Business Advocacy, Department of State
    – Laura Wallack, Senior Commercial Lending Officer, Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC)

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, Principal, Heyer and Gruel
    SPEAKERS:
    – Ron Rukenstein, PP/AICP, Rukenstein & Associates, LLC
    – Paul Silverman, Principal, SILVERMAN
    – Thomas F. Troy, Senior Vice President, Sharbell Development Corporation


  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. Revitalizing Camden
    Tuesday: 2:30 pm – 3:45 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, CEO, Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors
    – Anthony J. Perno III, Esq. CEO, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
    – Dr. Kris Singh, CEO, Holtec International


  4. Navigating New Jersey’s Construction Codes*
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 5:15 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 of Technical Services New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Pam DeLosSantos, Green Technical Advisor, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Emily Templeton, Supervisor of Enforcement, Division of Codes and Standards, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    – John Terry, Manager of Construction Code Enforcement, Division of Codes and Standards, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)


  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:
    – Tom Eastman, Vice President, Enterprise
    – Tim Henkel, Senior Vice President, Pennrose
    – Mark Shelburne, Senior Manager, Novogradac
    – Jason Wilber, Vice President, Richman Capital



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 of Housing and Program Development, DDD
    SPEAKERS:
    – Lynn A. Kovich, M. Ed., Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), NJ Department of Human Services.
    – Dawn Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW, Deputy Commissioner, NJDHS
    – 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:
    – Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Board Member - New Jersey Interagency Council on Homelessness
    – Barbara Buckley, Acting Director, Mercer County Board of Social Services
    – Deborah De Santis, President/ CEO - OR - Colleen Velez, Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing


  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.
    MODERATOR:
    – John M. Murray, Chief of Credit and Business Development, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Matt Bissionette, Northeast Director, Citibank
    – Brad Ingerman, Founder, CEO & President, Ingerman
    – Scott Langan, Director, Vitus Group

  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:
    – Vicky Calabro, MSW, President, Everas Community Services
    – Katie Nosker, Supportive Housing Connection Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Lisa Sloan, Senior Policy Advisor, or Martha Knisley, Director, National Community Support Initiative, both at Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)


  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 Brown, Executive Director, Monarch Housing Associates
    SPEAKERS:
    – Victor Carlson, Ph.D., Chief of Homeless Services, Lyons Hospital, Dept. of the VA, NJ Health Care System
    – J. Michael Armstrong, CEO, Community Hope
    – Ray Zawacki, Deputy Commissioner


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 McCann, Vice President, Wivenhoe Management Group
    – Stephen Samouhos, Project Manager, EVCO Mechanical Corporation


  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
    SPEAKERS:
    – Steve Fittante, Director, Local Programs and Minibus Support, NJ Transit
    – Laurie Loughney, Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Community Housing Corporation
    – Nieves G. Pimienta, Bilingual Travel Instructor, NJTIP @ Rutgers - OR - Louis Hoffman, Program Manager, NJTIP @ Rutgers


  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:
    – Kim Beczo, Occupancy 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.
    MODERATOR:
    – Walter Roman, Director of Insurance and Special Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    SPEAKERS:
    – Robert English, Senior Vice President, WILLIS New Jersey
    – Robert Haraksin, Flood Insurance Marketing Manager, Selective Insurance Company
    – Peter Hartt, Director, Division of Insurance, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI)
    – Brian Ruane, National Real Estate and Hotel Practice Leader,WILLIS North America


  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:
    – Jessica Battaglia, Partner, Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. Attorneys at Law
    – Richard Blenden, President, The Blenden Group
    – Brian Rader, Partner, Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. Attorneys at Law


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, Choose NJ
    SPEAKERS:
    – Mark Giannantonio, CEO, Resorts
    – Rosemary McFadden, Chair, JCEDC or Jim Kirkos, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce
    – Jackie 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:
    – Richard Brown, Executive Director, Monarch Housing
    SPEAKERS:
    – Tracee Battis, Director of Housing Development, Project Freedom
    – Lynn A. Kovich, M. Ed., Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), NJ Department of Human Services.
    – Larry Regan, President, Regan Development
    – Tom Toronto, President, Bergen County’s United Way
    – Jessica Trombetta, DCF


  3. Creating Communities of Place Panel Proposal
    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.
    SPEAKERS:
    – Patricia Adell, Real Estate Solutions Group PlanSmart NJ
    – Peter Cocoziello, Jr., Advance Realty
    – Dave Fisher, K. Hovnanian or George Vallone, NJ Builders Association
    – Chris Henry, 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.
    SPEAKER:
    – The Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD for Enforcement Programs


  5. Planning for Housing Production
    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 Baker Assistant Director, Transit Friendly Land Use & Development, NJ Transit
    SPEAKERS:
    – Ron Beit, Founding Partner and CEO, RBH Group
    – Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning and Development, City of East Orange
    – Ed Martoglio, Founder and President, RPM Development
    – Jon Carnegie, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers


* Approved for 1 (one) NAHMA Continuing Education Credits


All sessions and tracks are subject to change without notice.



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