his four-decade long career. Saft has authored 44 books on commercial real estate and more than 100 articles on the topic, whichare often used by law firms, industry professionals and the courts.As a partner and the New York real estate practice group leader atHolland & Knight LLP, Saft has grown the practice from six lawyersin 2012, to 38 lawyers today. He has chaired the council of NewYork cooperatives and condominiums association since 1988 andhe has written legislation enacted by the city, state and federal government, while regularly advising elected officials regarding realestate.
J.J. Smith previously built CA Ventures’residential empire from scratch, transforming its small, student-housing business into more than 40,00 housing unitsand more than $6 billion in completedprojects, while implementing sustainable development standards andexpanding the business internationally.Once again, Smith is aiming to build anew multifamily powerhouse forClayco’s real estate development arm, CRG, as managing partner.Targeting $4 billion in development within the next five years,Smith successfully creates strategies, sources opportunities anddelivers properties for all residential asset classes in his new role. Asa proven multifamily expert and developer, Smith additionallyserves on the boards of ULI’s student housing executive committee, the NMHC student housing council and Landmarks Illinois.
With more than 15 years of specializedexperience through multiple, notablepositions within the multifamily brokerage field, Chris Sower has helpedchange the Boston skyline by transacting on deals ranging from class A, multifamily portfolios and ground-up development sites to luxury condominiumconversions. Leading rapid growth forColliers International’s Northeast multifamily advisory group through acquisition, disposition and repositioning strategies and joint-venture opportunities on behalf ofclients, Sower serves the team as EVP. By deepening the group’ssynergy with the capital markets team’s debt and equity specialistsin order to arrange financing for buyers, Sower led the group toclose $730 million in product within the past year.
With a background in hospitality, BJ
WILLIAM M. WALKER
Turner adds significant value to under-
capitalized or mismanaged multifamily
properties by focusing on the tenant
experience. As the founder of Dunleer,
Turner expertly directs the firm to
acquire and reposition aging assets into
highly-curated communities in supply-
constrained Southern California mar-
kets. He plays a significant role in the transformative design pro-
cess, achieving common area engagement, interior upgrades,
amenity programming and enhanced arrival experience. Turner’s
strategy has attracted tenants while garnering top market rents.
The firm has sold many reimagined assets at strong prices, provid-
ing high risk-adjusted returns and generating capital for future
WALKER & DUNLOP
With an intense desire to transformthe third-generation family-ownedbusiness of Walker & Dunlop, WilliamWalker assumed the role of CEO in2007. While rising through companyleadership roles for nearly two decades,Walker has led unprecedented growthfor the company, expanding itsemployees to more than 800 professionals, securing a nearly $90 billionservicing portfolio, diversifying its footprint into new markets andincreasing revenues by five times since its 2010 IPO. Earlier thisyear, he launched the firm’s new multifamily valuation businessline and he led the firm to close its largest transaction in companyhistory—a $2.4 billion credit facility to refinance 22,439 multifamily units. Under Walker’s guidance as chairman, the firm’sshares appreciated by 375% within its first seven years as a publicly traded company, and the firm was additionally named FannieMae’s top lender of 2019.
As a respected entrepreneur, KeithWasserman has founded multipleventures within the multifamilyspace. During the height of the recession in 2008, he co-founded realestate investment firm, Gelt Inc.Having led more than $1.8 billion inproperty acquisitions for the firm,including nearly 10,000 multifamilyunits, he has successfully grown thecompany and is on track to further expand its multifamilyholdings to six additional states this year. While enhancingoperational efficiencies, implementing capital expenditures,re-branding assets and creating value-add opportunities,Wasserman also co-founded the financing platform, Domusoin 2013 to offer residents flexible payment options nationwide.Wasserman additionally co-founded the nonprofit foundation,Resident Relief Foundation, whichhas awarded more than 100 rentalassistance grants to residents facingeviction due to temporary financialemergencies.
Joining RKW Residential as presidentin 2015 during the firm’s infancy,Marcie Williams quickly grew thecompany into an industry leader with