2021 Agenda

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Thursday, October 28, 2021 

Pre-Conference Activities

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM ET
Conference Check-In & Registration

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Questions and Answers Breakfast Workshop – Innovative & Economic Development in Infrastructure
Grand Hall B
Join industry leaders for breakfast and an interactive conversation specifically tailored to the needs of owners evaluating procurement options for their Convention, Sports and Entertainment project delivery.  This pre-summit session is designed for those beginning to explore alternative project delivery.  The goal of this interactive conversation is to provide an understanding of the scope of procurement tools available and where P3s can be applicable; the value of life cycle maintenance, and the economic development opportunities these projects bring to communities.  Learn when P3s do or do not make sense, and what major considerations need to be made once choosing this route, including the first steps.

Moderator:
Tad Guleserian, Managing Director, CRC Companies

Presenters:
Jed Freedlander, Head of Business Development & Managing Partner, Phoenix Infrastructures
Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies/Amber Infrastructure

P3 101 Breakfast Workshop prepared in partnership with


Preliminary Formal Conference Activities

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks and Opening Keynote with Dr. Judith Long
Grand Hall D
We welcome Dr. Judith Grant Long to help us open the 2021 Convention, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities Conference. Dr. Long joins us to share her perspective and research on the growing role of sports and entertainment districts in the U.S. and some of the current challenges confronted by communities and social asset owners of all sizes. 

PRESENTER:
Dr. Judith Grant Long, Associate Professor, University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
Opening Panel:  Feasibility Studies of the Future
Grand Hall D
This year’s CSEF attendee survey revealed that attendees don’t often see value in “traditional” feasibility studies. This session explores where feasibility studies should evolve to become a more valuable tool for each facility or a private developer’s unique priorities. Let’s stop thinking of feasibility studies as cookie-cutter near “commodities,” a concern raised by survey respondents. Panelists from sports, public assembly spaces, hotels, and performing arts centers will talk about where this important part of the development process could go in the future. An effective feasibility study may cost more but would be worth it when making the best decisions for the future. 

Moderator:
Dan Fenton, Executive Vice President, JLL

Panelists:
Bill Blake, Director, West Coast, AMS Planning & Research
Paul Landry, Senior Vice President, REVPAR International
Jim Renne, National Director, Sports & Entertainment, JLL Detroit

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Allegiant Stadium – Reaching a Successful Balance Through Hybrid Design Build Delivery  
Grand Hall D
NFL Stadium projects such as Allegiant Stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders, embody many of the expectations faced in today’s project development and delivery market such as an accelerated delivery from design through opening, accurate estimating and cost management, assigning risk that fits the complexity of the project as well as the responsibility of each stakeholder, partnership with local government agencies, facilitating the client’s active engagement in design to influence the image, character, quality, look and feel of a project, while managing to a budget and schedule.

Our panelists will provide an overview of the hybrid design-build delivery method that provides a successful balance between the competing expectations of today’s projects. Three key stakeholders in the process – architect, owner’s representative and builder – will share their perspectives from the successful delivery of Allegiant Stadium.

Presenters:
Lanson Nichols, HNTB SVP Sports Architecture, Professional Football Practice Leader – Architect of Record
Sam Bottoms, CAAICON VP – Owner’s Representative
Adam Hardy, Mortenson|McCarthy – Design Builder

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Coffee Break | Expo Hall

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
The Future of Public Assembly Space and Multi-Use
Grand Hall D
We must upgrade our approach to developing convention centers and other public assembly venues to better reflect market realities. The development, design, construction, and financing of these facilities already are changing post-COVID. The days of accepting ongoing deficits, underutilized space, and no material private sector investment are over. This session brings the designer, the consultant, and the investor together to talk about how new ideas, designs, positive proformas, and visionary investors can change the definition of what was a traditional convention center or expo center development. This is an interactive session to look at the impact of key design strategies and positive proformas that make it viable for private investment. 

Moderator:
Dan Fenton, Executive Vice President, JLL

Panelists:
Kent Michels, Senior Vice President, JLL
Brian Tennyson, Principal, LMN Architects
Matt Lashoff, Director of Business Development, Oak View Group

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What is Your Flavor of Procurement? DBB/DB/DBF/DBM/DBFM/DBFOM
Grand Hall B
This session will examine the different infrastructure procurement processes, including all possibilities for P3s.  We will explain the differences between the structures and how they can work best for specific projects or to meet the specific goals of an agency, delving into how each structure impacts the project viability, the return to the agency; and credit profiles and balance sheet.  These procurement processes include Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Design-Build-Finance, Design-Build-Maintain, Design-Build-Finance-Maintain, and Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain.

Presenters:
Julian Anderson, President, Rider Levett Bucknall
Tad Guleserian, Managing Director, CRC Companies
Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt/Amber 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Unlocking P3 Success at All Scales: from Temporary Activations to Transformative Urban Design  
Grand Hall A
While most well-known P3s are large undertakings, sometimes with over 10 partnering entities, the reality is that public private partnerships can help cities and organizations achieve positive economic impacts at many scales. From the recent Crossing at East Cut in San Francisco to the Grand Rapids, Michigan Riverfront redevelopment, or the long-term economic impact of convention center ICC Sydney, Populous will share how partnerships can activate and monetize land during long entitlement phases, infuse tax increment revenue into underutilized urban parcels and completely transform downtown districts. As cities begin to think of new ways reactivate their downtowns, partnerships present a viable option for creating more sustainable and equitable places while rebuilding urban infrastructure.

Moderator:
Adam Paulitsch, Lead Designer, Populous

Panelists:
Michael Lockwood, Senior Principal, Global Convention Center Director, Populous
Amber Luther, Urban Design & Planning, Populous
Riki Nishimura, Urban Strategist, Populous

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM  
Networking Lunch | Expo Hall

Special Thanks to our Sponsor:

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
AFTERNOON PLENARY: Starting from Step One—A Roadmap to a Successful Development 
Grand Hall D
Join Rob Hunden and colleagues as he teaches about the key steps to executing your game-changing project, whether a public-private partnership (mixed-use development, hotel, etc.) or a publicly-owned asset, such as a convention center or arena. From your initial studies and site analysis, to financing and project delivery options, the focus will be on the how-to’s, traps to avoid, financing and procurement strategies, attracting developers and capital and examples throughout.

Presenters:
Rob Hunden, President & CEO, Hunden Strategic Partners
HB Brantley, Managing Principal, S.P.A.C.E. Venues Group
Steve Haemmerle, Managing Principal, Hunden Strategic Partners

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Future of Sports & Entertainment Districts
Grand Hall D
As the world continues the march to a reopening for business in a post-COVID world, the human need and desire for group interaction and socialization will be greater than ever. The continued growth and development of sports and entertainment districts will be front and center for many communities. These “people gathering” districts will come in many sizes and forms and will be anchors for downtown development, investment and urban planning as well as central to quality of life, destination marketing, and tourism initiatives.  A panel of senior executives representing leading international firms specializing in venue operations, district operations, master planning and design, and urban real estate development will discuss future trends envisioned for these specialized districts including public/private partnerships, technology, and the role of venues as anchors. 

Moderator:  
Chuck Steedman, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development, ASM Global 

Panelists: 
Jessica Jones, Senior Director, Public Affairs at Brookfield Properties Group
Duncan Paterson, Lifestyle Sector Leader, Principal, Gensler

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Creating Venues with State-of-the-Art Cellular Coverage
Grand Hall B
This session will address some of the serious challenges faced by venue owners in being able to achieve their objectives to deploy state of the art (Carrier Grade/Carrier Approved) commercial cellular coverage solutions. The cellular wireless industry is very dynamic and currently both owners and commercial carriers are starting to challenge some of the traditional business models and approaches (i.e., 3rd party operators) as being unsustainable. New business approaches are being embraced that allow venues to achieve their objectives around having the quickest deployments, greater transparency, maximized revenue, having full carrier participation while also providing ownership greater control over their long- term wireless strategies. Too many venues have been negatively impacted with the traditional business approaches that do not meet their overall objectives and in some have negatively impacted owners in both cost and schedule and, in some cases, not having the commercial carrier’s participation.  

The panel will provide real live examples to the current industry challenges and share highlights and considerations to new approaches that will help ensure all parties achieve their common goals resulting in Carrier Grade/Carrier approved and 5G ready solutions.

Moderator:
Steve Farrell, Repeated Signal Solutions (RSS)

Panelists: 
Thierry Chau, Senior Director, Entertainment Venues, Commscope
Kevin Geary, Senior Director, Corning Optical- Wireless Solutions, Corning
Luke Lucas, Senior Manager, National Network Business Development, T-Mobile (Previously Recorded)
Alan Van Zandt, Former AEG VP Emerging Technology, Digital Services

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Integrating Tax-Exempt Financing Into The Capital Stack: Bridging The Gap To Success
Grand Hall A
Almost two years into the pandemic, conventional financing for mixed-use and hospitality projects is available, but leverage ratios are conservative. The panel will discuss how tax-exempt bonds can be integrated into projects as an additional source of capital along with construction financing to maximize proceeds. 

Moderator:
Miyun Cho Fellerhoff, Managing Director, Ziegler

Panelists:
Brandon Dowling, Principal, Johnson Consulting
Tim Stratton, Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C.

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Convention District Planning for the Next Generation of Attendees
Hillcrest
Event planners and attendees increasingly consider additional factors beyond event space and hotel room inventories when considering host sites for their citywide conventions.  In many cases, a convention center’s pre-function space, food & beverage, technology, outdoor space, and nearby dining/retail/entertainment are key factors for retaining business in today’s convention industry. In this session, we will discuss how CSL’s research on behalf of the Cuyahoga County Convention Facility Development Corporation (CCCFDC) helped position Cleveland for the evolving demands of the national and international convention marketplace, centered around creating a next-gen conference center adjacent to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. 

Presenters:
John Kaatz, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, Principal
Tyler Othen, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, Project Manager

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Coffee Break | Expo Hall

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Adding Revenue and Experience: Is Your Venue Ready for Sports Betting? 
Grand Hall D
As legislation continues to evolve around the legality of sports betting, many large sports and entertainment facilities and smaller hospitality venues are working to create a Vegas-like sports book experience. What does it take to make for a great experience – and what can you be doing now to make a smooth transition of your space from a sports bar to sports book? If revenue generation and experience are important, you’ll also want to hear what sponsors and fans are looking for in these special in-venue spaces. A variety of experts will weigh in on the in-venue experience including the latest in content and digital technology.

Moderator:
Randi Shover, Vice President, Market Development, ANC

Presenters:
Chris Mascatello, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions, ANC
Brian Mirakian, Senior Principal, Populous
Riki Nishimura, Principal, Senior Urban Designer, Populous 

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Trends and Issues in Stadium Development and Fan Experience – Public and Private Sector Roles and Dollars
Grand Hall B
Stadium and arena owners and operators face ever higher expectations – dynamic shifts in fan experience, sustainability commitments, and sportsbook considerations are just some of the challenges and new opportunities owners and operators are tackling. What’s realistic? How can owners and operators keep up with the market without and tap new revenue sources? Privately financed stadiums have set a high bar – how and when do public sector considerations weigh in? Get fresh perspective from industry experts on how owners, operators and their host cities are adapting their facilities to new playing fields.

Moderator:
Andrea Austin, Partner, Husch Blackwell

Panelists:
Dan Barrett, Executive Vice President, CAA ICON
Ernest Joyner, Principal, Perkins&Will
Kevin Kelley, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Dan Shell, President, Oak View Group Collegiate

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Attracting and Tracking Diversity in the Work Force: How New Tools and Owner Dedication Can Help Tell a Better Story about Economic Impact
Grand Hall A
It is inherent in any stadium project – whether it’s an expansion, renovation or new development – that the project will be huge news in the community. Most often, the publicity also comes with scrutiny. With such large sums of money being spent, and often requests for public financing or zoning variances, local communities are invariably interested in the economic impact of the project and will ask questions: Who will benefit? Where will the money go? How does it benefit MY community?

Anticipating these questions, owners and local government are increasingly interested in project metrics that help give them a more detailed picture about where the money for the project is being spent. Those metrics also help representatives in the public spotlight tell a better story about a stadium’s economic impact on the community.

Moderator:
Joshua Lowery, Senior Manager, Sales, Skillsmart

Panelists:
Jason Green, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Skillsmart
Alex Lasry, Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Bucks (Previously Recorded)
Lynn Littlejohn, Vice President of Community Affairs and Development, Mortenson

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Venues Delivering Major Impact in Secondary Markets
Hillcrest
Removed from the excitement of professional sports and major league activity, mid-sized venues are being developed in ways that greatly enhance their local culture and communities and catalyze private investment and economic growth in their areas. The Enmarket Arena in Savannah Georgia is one such example. The building is being built on an under-utilized and under-appreciated site in the canal district. The social nature of the community and the draw of a waterfront location have combined in a community asset that will be utilized for those living and visiting the area alike.

In Henderson Nevada, construction began last year on a new Arena, called the Dollar Loan Center which will be the future home of the Henderson Silver Knights (AHL). The Henderson Event Center will seat just over 6,000 and will be used for a variety of ticketed and community events, including concerts by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and high-school events such as 3graduations. The development was carefully designed in consideration of the local neighborhood but also to drive revenue to local commercial businesses. These are just two of the many examples to be presented illustrating how mid-market buildings and suburban communities can combine perfectly to increase not only economic development but quality of life for the region they serve. 

Moderator:
Jenny Stephens, Marketing Director, Denver, Perkins & Will

Presenters:
HB Brantley, Managing Principal, S.P.A.C.E. Venues Group
Don Dethlefs, Principal, Sports, Recreation and Entertainment, Perkins & Will
Jim Renne, National Director, Sports and Entertainment, JLL

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Public/Private Funding Development, and Operation of Entertainment Centers
Grand Hall D
The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is a multi-use facility and the cultural hub of Lubbock, Texas and the cornerstone of downtown revitalization. It is privately funded, owned and operated by The Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association. Lubbock County Expo Center, Inc. is now developing an expo center in Lubbock which will include a multipurpose arena, warm-up arena, expo hall and supporting facilities that will host rodeo and livestock events, concerts and other commercial entertainment, sporting events, amateur athletics, and other activities. The facilities will be funded by a combination of county bond financing and private naming rights and fundraising.  Learn more about the evolution of the projects and the public/private solutions to realizing these long-term dreams of the Lubbock Community.

Moderator:
Steve Galbreath, Chief Development Officer, Garfield Public/Private LLC

Panelists:
Tim Collins, Chairman, Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association
Greg Garfield, President, Garfield Public/Private LLC
Bob Papke, Vice President Live Entertainment, ASM Global LLC

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Financing 101 – Understanding the Differences Between Funding and Financing
Grand Hall B
This session will introduce fundamental financial topics related to public-private partnerships We also review how public-private partnership financing models are evolving and how a traditional project finance program compares to other P3 tools, such as concession agreements, that are more common in other sectors. Lastly, we examine which P3 structure works best for a specific project or to meet the specific goals of an agency, delving into how each structure impacts the project viability, the return to the agency; and credit profiles and balance sheet.

Presenters:
Sean Boyd, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
Will Gorham, Vice President, Plenary Americas
Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt/Amber

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Non-Core Revenue Streams and Financing Strategies for Convention and Event Centers 
Grand Hall A
Convention and event centers have traditionally focused their business model primarily on event-related revenues such as rental fees, ticketing, parking and F&B concessions. These core event-related revenues can be volatile and cyclical in nature. As many venue owners look to stabilize annual budgets, enhance profitability, reduce operating subsidies, and raise capital financing, they have become increasingly creative in monetizing facility assets and generating ancillary revenue streams through naming rights/sponsorships, installation of digital signage for on and off-premises advertising, ground leasing adjacent properties to private developers or rooftop pads to telecom providers, among other strategies. These “non-core” revenues will likely play a greater role going forward, especially as convention and events centers emerge from the COVID blackout.

This panel will explore how non-core revenues can be leveraged and combined with innovative financing/P3 delivery strategies to support modernization and expansion projects, and how they can help owners create a more sustainable, diversified long-term business model that is less dependent on traditional event-related revenues.

Moderator:
Nicole Doheny, Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors

Panelist:
Trisha Tatro, Director, Austin Convention Center Department


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Technology Trends in Facilities
Hillcrest
From parking apps to drones assisting in roof management, there are many trends accelerated by COVID that facility managers are quickly adopting and will become commonplace over the next couple of years.  These tools not only improve the customer experience but lead to more and better data to maintain and operate facilities.

Moderator:  
Chris Mascatello, Executive Vice President, ANC

Presenters:
Jeffrey Moerdler, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Connor Owen, National Sales Manager, ParkMobile

 

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Night Networking Reception | Expo Hall
An evening reception before you head out for dinner. Please join us for this special networking event for all Summit attendees.

Special Thanks to our Sponsor:

  

  

Friday, October 29, 2021 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Diversity & Inclusion: Putting the Pieces Together for Maximum Impact  
Grand Hall C / Expo Hall
The term ESG is used widely in the industry, but what does it mean and how are industry stakeholders implementing it? When applied to infrastructure, can meaningful positive social impact be achieved? Panelists will discuss the ability to incorporate innovative goal setting for maximum and lasting value, and identify challenges and solutions for best practices.

Presenters:
Jed Freedlander, Head of Business Development & Managing Partner, Phoenix Infrastructure
Colin Peppard, Director, Fengate

 Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
MORNING KEYNOTE: Julie Coker, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority
Grand Hall D    
San Diego’s Experience

San Diego is a city with leading-edge facilities that add to its beauty. This session led by Julie Coker, President and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority, will include leaders representing economic development, tourism, and the community as a whole who will discuss San Diego’s journey and its successes, but with a lens towards lessons learned. These leaders have collaborated to develop projects that benefit the community and have transformed the city. They will talk openly of approaches they took that they might, in hindsight, do differently and how the lessons they learned along the way shape their current thinking.  

Presenters:
Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
Martha Gilmer, CEO, San Diego Symphony
Tad Parzen, President & CEO, Burnham Center for Community Advancement

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Bumpy Road to the Successful Hotel P3: Learn from Those Who Have Made the Journey
Grand Hall D
A gleaming new hotel now overlooks the downtown waterfront in Ft Myers, while another new hotel is currently coming out of the ground adjacent to the university campus green in Radford, Virginia. Both were the first modern full-service hotels developed in their respective markets. Both were visionary and asked much of the P3 partners.  Both projects presented an array of challenges to overcome that demanded creative collaboration. Please join us and be part of the interactive dialogue as our panelists share their stories – and answer your related questions — of how they traversed the road to a successful Hotel Public-Private Partnership. 

Moderator:
Tony Peterman, National Practice Leader Hotel P3 & Development, JLL

Panelists:
Joe Collier, President, Mainsail Lodging & Development
John Cox, CEO, Radford University Foundation
Saeed Kazemi, Former City Manager, City of Ft. Myers FL
Chad Ohlendorf, Director, Preston Hollow Community Capital, LLC

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Renovate or Replace? How to Assess Your Aging Convention or Sports Facility
Grand Hall B
All buildings age, but some better than others. Cities change around arenas, stadiums and convention centers, opening up new development opportunities. Often, big old buildings become barriers to neighborhood development. When does it make sense to move/replace vs. renovate? Come hear about case studies where sports and convention facilities were either renovated or relocated and the factors behind such big decisions. See how the results played out in cities around North America. 

Presenters:
Rob Hunden, Founder & CEO, Hunden Strategic Partner
Chris Lamberth, Principal, TVS Design
Rob Svedberg, Principal, TVS Design

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Managing Both Customer and Developer Experience: Consultants’ Perspective
Hillcrest
Patrons expect today’s entertainment facilities will rival whatever theatrical, acoustical and audiovisual experiences they enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.  The recent rise of sophisticated home theatres is pressuring venue owners and operators to identify and learn how to work well with a variety of specialist designers such as theater technology planners and designers, acousticians, and AV designers.  Engaging these consulting professionals early helps ensure a better, cost-effective and enduring facility, increased attendance and in the end is inevitably less costly than delaying their engagement.  In this session, presenters will review how they work and why this approach results in excellent reviews and high-quality patron experiences.  Case studies of venues ranging up to 3,000 seats will be presented.

Presenters: 
Taylor Blaine, Senior Consultant, McKay Conant Hoover Inc.
David Conant, Principal & Co-Founder, McKay Conant, Hoover Inc
Rose Steele, Owner & Founder, Rose Steele Theatre Consulting

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Public and Private Collaboration in Establishing a Regional Park and Civic Site: Town of Firestone
Grand Hall A
For many years the Town of Firestone imagined a 360-acre property to serve as a central park for the community, offering a variety of amenities but the concept had yet to be vetted in terms of siting of improvements and costs. Over the years, some actions were taken to start the project including the siting of a library, a police department facility, and most recently the town hall. The Town leaders wanted to take a vision and make it a plan that was actionable and did so by bringing in a high-quality park design team and key partners including other public agencies but also seek potential private investors and operators to become a part of the project team. The project will ultimately provide a mix of civic, local and regional amenities that encourages visitors to stay within the community and support the local tax base. 

The presentation will focus on how the plan addresses the evident demand from the community, how it allows and seeks partnerships with other agencies and private investment interests particularly for athletic and tournament facilities, how key partnerships have driven some of the decision making and plan designs, and how the community feedback was considered and communication with the community was maintained throughout the process. The project is at the point of going to market and additional strategic partnerships will be sought in order to actively build out the team.

Moderator:
Al Krieger, Town Manager, Town of Firestone, CO  

Panelists:
Todd Bjerkaas, Planning and Development Director, Town of Firestone, CO
Don Conyac, Trustee, Firestone, CO
Frank Jimenez, Mayor Pro-Tem, Town of Firestone, CO
Bobbi Sindelar, Mayor, Firestone, CO
Jake Sippy, Associate, Design Workshop, Denver, CO

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Top 10 Critical Factors for Structuring a P3
Grand Hall B
As you look to P3 to deliver your project delivery needs, the model brings new elements to address that differ from traditional delivery. And as you explore the value of P3 and the opportunities this innovative model can create, it’s important to approach your project in a manner that allows for your success. What do you need to do to be successful when entering into a Public-Private Partnership? Join this panel for a step-by-step review of the 10 issues that must be addressed in a P3. Critical factors to be discussed will include Vision, Political Champions, Communication, Community, Commitment, Experience, Funding, Staff, Time, and Access.

Presenters:
Will Gorham, Vice President, Plenary Americas
Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt/Amber
Colin Peppard, Director, Fengate

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Importance and Impact of the “E” to Sports and Multipurpose Venues
Grand Hall D
The growth of the live entertainment industry has significantly affected the design and usage of facilities that were previously thought of as sports-focused or generally multipurpose. Arenas and stadiums across the country, which previously catered primarily to their sports tenants, are now being designed and operated as entertainment venues as much as anything else. Hear from leading event promoters, designers, and operators with worldwide experience on the importance of live entertainment to public- and privately-owned venues of all sizes, including to their planning, design, operations, and business plans.

Moderator:
David Stone, President, Stone Planning LLC

Panelists:
Harry Cann, Vice President Sales and Business Development, ASM Global
Henry Lau, Associate Principal, Populous
Richard MacKeigan, Regional General Manager and Booking Director, ASM Global

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
JLL Booth/EXPO HALL
Money Talk:  Have questions about what capital partners are looking for in prospective investments?  What sources of capital are available?  Could your project be of interest to them?  If you have capital-sourcing related questions, please stop by and meet representatives from various sources of capital, including: private equity, public markets, and other specialty capital partners.  This is not a traditional break-out panel.  Rather, the setting will provide for small, private conversations in a casual environment where you can speak one-on-one with capital partners.  Stop by the JLL Booth.

Participants:
Joe Collier, President, Mainsail Lodging & Development
William Gorham, Vice President, Plenary Americas
Matt Levin, Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corporation
Chad Ohlendorf, Director, Preston Hollow Community Capital LLC
Tony Peterman, National Practice Leader Hotel P3 & Development, JLL

 

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM 
LUNCH and CLOSING CONVERSATION: The Hattrick – United Soccer League Mixed-Use Developments, and Community-Driven Clubs
Grand Hall D 
With the 2026 FIFA World Cup coming to North America, soccer continues to grow in popularity in the United States. With 43 professional clubs across two men’s divisions, the United Soccer League (USL) has bullish growth plans, aiming to expand to 60-70 clubs over the next five years, while adding 25-30 new soccer stadiums across the country. A consistent theme with these new stadium projects is working with the local communities to bring a transformational, mixed-use development to market, with a multi-use stadium serving as the anchor of a live, work and play entertainment district, providing both economic and societal benefits, as well as delivering a community-driven professional soccer club. 

Moderator:  
Justin Papadakis, COO & Chief Real Estate Officer, United Soccer League

Presenters:
Brad Bartholomew, CEO, Director of Design, ODELL Architecture
Charley Campbell, Krause Group
Brett Johnson, Partner, Benevolent Capital Advisors
Brent Lawrence, CEO, Accelerate Sports
Justin Papadakis, COO & Chief Real Estate Officer, United Soccer League

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