Morning Educational Sessions


Breakfast Educational Session: 9:30-10:15 AM

"Mid-Year Economic Forecast"


Dr. Mira Farka, California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Mira Farka earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and specializes in financial, macro and global economics. She has published in leading academic journals and received the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2010 CSUF Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.  As the Co-Director for the Institute of Economic and Environmental Studies at CSUF, Dr. Farka has developed national models that are used to forecast economic indicators, analyze economic trends, and provide policy recommendations. She is widely known for developing and presenting the CSUF Economic Forecasts for the Nation, Southern California and Orange County in the CSUF Economic Forecast Conference. Dr. Farka is routinely quoted by various media sources and she is invited as a key note speaker on economic and financial issues by various business, government, and educational organizations. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Farka worked as a senior economist for Deutsche Bank, New York, where she was responsible for developing economic forecast models for key national and international macroeconomic variables, currency forecasts, and for providing financial market analysis.


Late Morning Panel Educational Session: 10:30-11:15 AM

"Working Through Change"

This discussion will center on changes occurring in each sector regarding the market, economics, operations and management and how those changes may be affecting the various sector interrelationships and the Southern California market as a whole.

George Meyer, VP of Operations, Irvine Company Moderator

George is a 14-year veteran of the Irvine Company. He currently oversees customer relationships and financial results for 8.8 million square feet of office and campus office space in West Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. George also leads the company's "D2D" (Division to Division) initiative, designed to promote intelligent business practices for the company’s Office, Apartments, Retail and Resorts divisions. His previous roles included oversight of Orange County properties in the Airport area and in Irvine Spectrum. Prior to joining Irvine Company, George worked for a variety of respected real estate companies including JLL, Prentiss Properties and Shorenstein Realty Services. He began his career with Shorenstein in San Francisco by being interviewed by Walter Shorenstein himself…That fateful and hair-raising experience was a classic encounter of the “old school” style of real estate management. On a personal note, George is passionate about historical, mid-century and contemporary architecture, with a special focus on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in Chicago, and enjoys visiting and promoting the conservation of Wright-designed properties around the United States

Tom Miller, Managing Director, Granite Properties

Tom joined Granite Properties’ senior management team in 2011 as a Managing Director. His role is to lead the firm’s growth through strategic acquisitions of office assets throughout the region including Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. Tom is a member of the Management and Investment Committees at Granite. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for The Irvine Company where he led the acquisitions, asset management, property management, construction management and marketing groups for the Office Division. Prior to The Irvine Company, he was Managing Director of Investments for Crescent Real Estate Equities. Tom also spent 19 years with Jones Lang LaSalle where he had numerous responsibilities including CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Japan, Managing Director of the U.S. Corporate Finance group, and he was an International Director of the firm.

Tom attended the University of Southern California where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1978. He is active on the Board of Trustees for Azusa Pacific University, and as an Elder at Rolling Hills Covenant Church. Tom has been married for 32 years and loves his wife, their two children (and their spouses) and their grandson.

Chris Hite, President, Coreland Companies

Chris Hite is President and co-founder of Coreland Companies and Kensington Real Estate Group, a real estate investment company. He has an extensive background in commercial property management, having managed directly or indirectly over 500 million square feet of retail, office and industrial property across the Western United States. As President of Coreland Companies, Mr. Hite is responsible for directing the daily operations of the company. His responsibilities include business development and oversight of the three principal divisions, property management, brokerage and finance. For over 25 years, Coreland Companies has been committed to providing the highest quality commercial real estate services to private and institutional clients across Southern California. Under his leadership, the Coreland management and brokerage teams actively represent nearly 200 commercial properties totaling more than 10 million square feet. Prior to forming Coreland, Mr. Hite served as Director of Property Management for a West Coast-based retail property owner of power, community, specialty and neighborhood centers located throughout Central and Southern California. Mr. Hite possesses a degree in Business Administration and Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) and holds a California Department of Real Estate Salesperson license. Mr. Hite is an active member and past program committee member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), as well as other industry organizations. CA License #01081293


Mike Kent, National Director, Asset Management, Goodman

Mike’s role at Goodman is the National Director, Asset Manager which involves leading a best-in-class management service team and collaborating with each customer with a proactive approach to deliver on their business space requirements and build long-term relationships. 

Mike's experience in the real estate management and leasing industry started in 1985, where he began his career as a broker with Cushman & Wakefield. In 1995, he joined RREEF (Deutsche Wealth & Asset Management) and was later named Managing Director responsible for Asset Management, Leasing and Property Management. During his time at RREEF, Mike managed 320 million s.f. of office, industrial and retail space and 40,000 multi-family units, a total of US$28 billion AUM. Most recently, Mike was responsible for American Realty Advisors U.S. retail division and national retail portfolio.
Mike received his B.S. degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Barry Altshuler, Executive Vice President, Equity Residential

Mr. Altshuler is an Executive Vice President of Equity Residential and manages Equity’s Investments Group for the West Coast.  He is responsible for all acquisitions, dispositions, development, renovations and capital improvements in this portfolio and works closely with the company’s property management group.  He has over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry and has been directly involved in several billion dollars of transactions during his career.

Mr. Altshuler joined Equity Residential in 1998 as a Vice President of Asset Management. In 2001 he became a Vice President of Acquisitions. In 2007 was named a Senior Vice President and 2015 was named Executive Vice President.

He is also a member of ULI and Vice President of the California Apartment Association.