SVN Annual Conference Speakers

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Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen

CEO of Triad Consulting and Deputy Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project

CEO, Co-Author, Deputy Director of Harvard Negotiation Project - Sheila Heen is a top teamwork keynote speaker, author, CEO, and member of the Harvard Negotiation Project. In her talks, Sheila shows that collaboration, innovation, high performance, and sound decision-making all hinge on leaders’ ability to have difficult conversations and discuss honest feedback when it matters most. In organizations all over the world, these conversations are attempted or avoided every day.

Her work provides solid analytical frameworks and practical skills that enable attendees to put their learning to work immediately in their most important and valuable working relationships


Seth Mattison

Founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs

Seth Mattison is a top workforce trends keynote speaker, generational dynamics expert, and business strategy consultant. Seth advises world-leading brands and organizations on key shifts in talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail.


Sam Chandan

Founder of Chandan Economics

Dr. Sam Chandan, Ph.D. is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair and Academic Dean of NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate. Sam Chandan founded Chandan Economics, an economic advisory and data science firm serving the institutional real estate industry. Dr. Chandan received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Wharton School and was a Doctoral Scholar in the Economics Department at Princeton University. In addition to real estate, his academic work has focused on issues relating to school access, poverty reduction, and development economics.

In addition to his doctorate, he holds graduate degrees in economics and engineering and an undergraduate degree in economics, finance, and public policy.

Fletcher Wimbush

Fletcher Wimbush

Founder and CEO of Hire Talent

Founder and CEO of Hire Talent, Fletcher Wimbush, has interviewed over 10,000 applicants, assessed tens of thousands more, and has presented to numerous business groups and HR leaders on best-recruiting practices based on his published content such as “Hiring Talented Team Players: a Guide to Getting it Right,” The Power Interview Guide, various eBooks, and thousands of articles.


Lauren Martin

Vice President of Product at anthemIQ

Lauren is the Vice President of Product at AnthemIQ, a CRE tech company based in Austin, TX. Before AnthemIQ, Lauren joined a local brokerage, Elevate Growth Partners, armed with over a decade of experience in design, marketing, and consumer technology. She was able to bring outsized operational efficiencies through her digital transformation strategies while achieving 100% broker adoption of her software and workflows. It was there that she spearheaded the design & development of a proprietary transaction management software for tenant reps known today as AnthemIQ.

When she’s not busy brainstorming ways to modernize the CRE industry, Lauren enjoys trying new restaurants, boxing, and spending quality time with her friends & family.

ciency. Shamail and his family are based in Dallas, TX and recently relocated from Boston, MA.

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

National Director of Crexi

Prior to joining Crexi, Paul Cohen was a Managing Director specializing in investment sales and equity raises at Cohen Financial, national debt, and equity advisor. Prior to Cohen Financial, Paul owned and operated his own independent real estate firm, as a licensed broker, following a 12-year tenure at CBRE where Cohen was a Senior Vice President and led the Private Client Group in Miami. He has represented numerous private owners with underwriting and developing marketing strategies and has close to $1 Billion in total transaction valuation.

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Shamail Tahir

Senior Vice President of Product Management at Buildout

Shamail Tahir is the SVP of Product Management at Buildout and has spent over two decades bringing innovation to life that solves real world challenges, at scale, across numerous industries. As the head of product at Buildout, he is focused on improving all aspects of the commercial real estate deal lifecycle from prospecting to post-close activities with a focus on empowering brokers to leverage software and data to create value and efficiency. Shamail and his family are based in Dallas, TX and recently relocated from Boston, MA.


Kevin Maggiacomo

President and CEO of 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.


John McDermott

Senior Vice President of SVN International Corp. 

John McDermott serves as the Senior Vice President of SVN International Corporation. John is a member of the Executive Committee of the SVN Asset Recovery Team (SVNART), serves as its Southern California Regional Director, and is also a member of the SVNIC Advisory Board. John also trains SVN Advisors nationwide. His commercial real estate experience includes the ownership and development of condominiums, mobile home parks, neighborhood anchored retail centers, recreational vehicle parks, and apartments with 45 years of real estate and finance experience.


Solomon Poretsky

Chief Development Officer of SVN International Corp.

Solomon Poretsky is SVN’s Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining SVN, Solomon was a partner at Custom Skills Development, a commercial real estate consulting firm providing coaching, development, and training services to agents and 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 currently resides in suburban Minneapolis with his wife, Mary, and his twin boys, Thomas and William.

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