04 Jun 2019
Lamb's Club, 132 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
REFI US Breakfast Briefing: Technology’s impact within the current Commercial Real Estate market.

Join REFI US for our June Breakfast Briefing, where we will be discussing the topic of technology’s impact within the current Commercial Real Estate market.


08:00am: Networking & Snacks
09:00am: Panel discussion – Tech in CRE market
10:00am – 10:30am: Coffee & Networking

Discussion points:

  • How technology now touches the entire lifecycle of a commercial real estate deal
  • How technology can improve efficiency for different asset classes
  • How portfolio management can become digitalized and globally accessible
  • How cybersecurity should be a priority

Speaker panel:

Gary Kao, General Manager and Head (New York), Dealpath

Gary serves as the Head of New York for Dealpath and is responsible for the company’s business development efforts and expansion initiatives. Prior to Dealpath, Gary ran product management at Kanjoya (acq. by Ultimate Software) and built out the post-sales division for HP Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) in Singapore/Southeast Asia. Gary graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, is a member of ULI’s Technology & Innovations Council, and an active member of ICSC and NAIOP.

Aaron Block, Co-Founder, MetaProp

Aaron Block builds fast growing real estate and technology businesses. Over fifteen years, Aaron has led, invested in and advised real estate services, ecommerce, education services and fulfillment firms doing business in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Aaron received numerous honors and awards during his real estate career including Top Producer, Most Creative Deal, Agency of the Year and Most Promising Brokerage Professional. Notably, Aaron completed the largest leasing deal in Russian history and the largest leasing deal of the year in Ukraine (2007).

Michael Mandel, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CompStak

Since launching CompStak in early 2012, Michael has helped navigate the company through tremendous growth, with over $25 million raised, hundreds of markets launched, and a 70-person team. He has been named 30 Under 30 by Real Estate New York, and a Rising Star by The Real Deal. Michael is a regular speaker on the future of commercial real estate, real estate technology, and data transparency.  Before starting CompStak, Michael led the NY metro data center practice for Grubb & Ellis, where he was named National Rookie of the Year.  Michael is also a proud alum of the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View, California.

Arie Barendrecht, CEO, WiredScore

Arie Barendrecht is the CEO and Founder of WiredScore, the first and only international rating standard for the quality of internet connectivity in buildings. Since launching in 2013, Arie and his team have worked with over 500 innovative commercial property owners in 160+ global metros including New York, San Francisco, London, Paris and Berlin. Over 1800 commercial properties encompassing 500M square feet of office space are working with WiredScore today including the Empire State Building (NYC), Willis Tower (Chicago), and Walkie Talkie building (London).

Prior to founding WiredScore, Arie was a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group in New York City with deep experience in growth strategy for technology & digital media companies. He predominantly focused his work on leading Fortune 500 client teams to build digital products & services via both in-house development and M&A.


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