Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies innovation, entrepreneurship, and breakthrough disruption. He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is a New York Times Bestselling author, and an internationally recognized expert on innovation and applied creativity. His first book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity (2011), become one of the most definitive works on the topic of innovation, and has since been published in 13 languages. His other two books, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation (2014), and Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers (2017), have both received critical acclaim and have pushed the boundaries of business leaders worldwide. Josh is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and/or mentoring over 100 startups. Today he serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, enablement and consulting firm. Josh has twice been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, the Detroit Free Press, and Inc. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. He is the father of four, a passionate Detroiter, and yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.


President & CEO | SVN International Corp.

Kevin Maggiacomo serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of SVN International Corp. and is responsible for the company’s mission and vision. Propelling SVN’s expansion across the globe, Maggiacomo has facilitated SVN’s growth from 7 US offices in 2001, to more than 200 offices in 8 countries today. During his 16-year tenure, SVN has won numerous awards including 2 Realcomm Digie awards for innovation, twice named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and acknowledged by the Lipsey Co. as one of the most recognized brands in commercial real estate.

Maggiacomo previously served SVN as a regional director, executive vice president and as chief operating officer. Prior to joining SVN, Maggiacomo was an advisor for RTE Group, Inc., a technology real estate advisory group. Previously, he spearheaded New England sales efforts for CoStar Group, Inc. and spent 3 years at CRESA Partners, where he focused on providing corporate real estate services to Fortune 100 companies.

In 2016, Maggiacomo was named by his industry peers as Commercial Property Executive’s Executive of the Year. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Vistage, 2 international chief executive think tanks. In YPO, Maggiacomo serves as the Chair of the US East Region Sustainable Business Network. He also serves as a board member and director with Real Leaders, a “B-Corporation,” whose mission is to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, as an Industry Advisor with Chandan Economics, a leading provider of commercial real estate research and data, is on the National Association of Realtors Commercial advisory board and further sits on the board of, a commercial real estate technology company. In addition, Maggiacomo serves as an alumni career representative for Providence College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.



Executive Managing Director, Real Capital Analytics

Steve is Executive Managing Director of NY-based global data provider, Real Capital Analytics. In this role, he divides his time between the company’s offices in NY, London and Singapore. Before moving into data, Steve owned and operated appraisal businesses in NY and North Carolina. Originally from UK, he is a Past President of the RICS and a former Chair of the Appraiser Qualifications Board.

Currently, Steve sits on the Boards of the International RE Society (IRES) and the University of Wisconsin’s Global RE Masters program (GREM). He frequently speaks and writes about the changing drivers of cross-border real estate investment. He is a Freeman of the City of London and last year authored Grump’s Guide to London, a humorously insightful guide for first-time visitors.



Equity Analyst, Brady Capital Research, Inc.
Barbara Gray is a former top-ranked sell-side Equity Analyst and the Founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge investment research firm focused on structural disruption. She is also the author of four books: “Secrets of the Amazon III” (July ’19), “Secrets of the Amazon 2.0” (Oct ’18), “Secrets of the Amazon” (Nov ’17) and “Ubernomics” (Oct ’16). Barbara ranked as an All-Star Analyst for four consecutive years, achieving top-three standing each year in the Business Trust Sector in the Brendan Wood annual institutional survey. She has over fifteen years of sell-side equity research experience in both Canada and the US. Her prior research experience has included broad sectoral coverage such as the North American consumer discretionary and consumer staples, North American auto and Canadian industrial products, energy, and forest products sectors. Barbara has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia (1993) and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 1997.



Michael J. Lipsey, President of The Lipsey Company, is nationally and internationally recognized as the leader in training and consulting for the commercial real estate industry.

Mr. Lipsey’s keen insight into the business of commercial real estate spans over forty years of active involvement in the industry.

He’s developed over 191 Courses such as Team Brokerage; Presentations that Win; Performance Leasing; Quantum Sales and Leasing; Systems for Success and Systems for Success 5.0, 4.0, and 3.0; Tenants or Guests; Leadership in Sales & Leasing; and The Psychology of Real Estate Negotiating which have helped establish him as the international leader in training in Commercial Real Estate.

Several of Mr. Lipsey’s programs have become industry standards such as BOMA’s Boot Camp, a series of training programs created for Property Managers and Asset Managers, and IFMA’s FM 101, 201 and 301 series, developed to prepare Facility Managers, middle management and board-room participants for a successful career in facilities management. Mike Lipsey has often been published in Corporate Real Estate Executive, SIOR’s Professional Report and NAIOP’s Development. He is also a very popular and much sought-after Keynote Speaker at industry and association banquets, conventions and national meetings, and has appeared on several Commercial Real Estate radio shows.



Chief Operating Officer | SVN International Corp.   •   781.780.3047

Diane Danielson serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing operations and brand development. Diane is a former attorney, accomplished speaker, published author, and widely recognized social media expert. Formerly VP of business development for corporate services and strategy at Spaulding & Slye/Colliers (now Jones Lang LaSalle) and before that, head of marketing for Meredith & Grew/ONCOR (now Colliers International Boston), Diane went on to publish two books and found the award-winning Downtown Women’s Club national network. In 2006, she launched the first social network for businesswomen in the U.S. Over the past decade, Diane has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and other noteworthy publications; has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and; and has been a speaker on leadership, networking, and social media at companies like Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, and EMC, as well as for organizations like NEHRA (New England Human Resources Association), NAIOP, IFMA, and SMPS. In 2013, Diane was honored as one of 40 over 40 Women to Watch in In 2014 she was selected by Bisnow as one of their 50 Power Women in Boston Commercial Real Estate; and in 2015 Real Estate Forum named her a 2015 Woman of Influence.



Chief Development Officer | SVN International Corp.   •   612.888.0706

Solomon Poretsky is the Chief Development Officer for SVN. Prior to joining SVN, he was a partner at Custom Skills Development, a commercial real estate consulting firm that provided coaching, development, and training services to agents and commercial real estate brokerages across North America. His commercial real estate career started at Marcus & Millichap, where he was involved in over $1.2 billion of listings sales and closings as both an agent and a regional manager. He also achieved that firm’s prestigious National Faculty Member designation.

Solomon also worked on the instructional design of one of the world’s first online master’s degree programs. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University in the City of New York with a bachelor’s degree and earned and a second BA, with honors, from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He currently resides in suburban Minneapolis with his wife, Mary and his twin boys, Thomas and William.



Executive Director | SVN Chicago Commercial

Director of Industrial | SVN Chicago Commercial
Director of Sales | SVN, LLC | Chicago Commercial
SVN International Corp. Executive Committee Member
SVN Asset Recovery Team | Regional Director | Southern California
Member | SVN International Corp. Advisory Board
Member | NAIOP | ICSC | California Receivers Forum | “Development” Magazine Editorial Board
SVN International Corp.’s Platform Ambassador for SVN Rodeo DealPoint Realty Fund

Mr. McDermott’s real estate experience encompasses all facets of the business including construction, development, brokerage, ownership, management, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and finance. He and his team have personally brokered nearly 1,000 transactions exceeding three billion dollars in transactional sales volume. In the past twenty eight (28) years Mr. McDermott has recruited, managed, coached, trained and mentored commercial brokerage professionals for both Marcus and Millichap and SVN nationwide including many of each respective firm’s “Top Ten”.

Mr. McDermott is a highly quoted and published resource for the commercial real estate industry including its trade publications and is considered to be an expert in the field of commercial real estate, investment brokerage and the marketplace. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Business Journal, Western Business Real Estate, San Diego Business Journal, Commercial Property News, Investors Daily, Real Estate Southern California, Real Estate New York, The Philadelphia Business Journal, Real Estate Forum, National Public Radio and Bloomberg. He has spoken to numerous national trade organizations across America and has been an industry panelist on a regular basis.






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