Starwood Capital, Kent Swig & David Drake Ushers in New Realty Financing

Big players in the crowdfunding realty share their amazing growth in the industry.
By: The Soho Loft
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Real Estate Investing and Leading Crowdfunding Conference in New York, Nov 14
Real Estate Investing and Leading Crowdfunding Conference in New York, Nov 14
NEW YORK - Nov. 11, 2013 - PRLog -- Crowdfunding’s depth and breadth of influence is phenomenally huge. The passing of the JOBS Act has boosted crowdfunding platforms from corner to corner and with applications on different industries, including real estate.

The Soho Loft and FundingPost will present the Real Estate Investing Conference on Thursday, November 14 in New York City. This is the opportune time to meet up and listen to some of the Top 10 Crowdfunders in Realty Financing as announced by Forbes.

Once the JOBS Act is fully implemented, real estate crowdfunding platforms will allow more individuals, including non-accredited investors, to invest in commercial real estate projects through equity crowdfunding. A working knowledge and understanding of the new laws will work in favor of potential and existing investors and entrepreneurs in the real estate industry.

“The potential is exciting when more people can invest directly in a business they believe in, even real estate, and especially when they can do this swiftly and safely,” says David Drake, founder and chairman of The Soho Loft. Real estate entrepreneurs who are raising capital, real estate investors (VCs, Angels and Corporate), exhibiting companies who want to demonstrate their services for potential partners and investors, service providers or members of the press, in any form of real estate or real estate technology, are encouraged to join this landmark event where old and new players will redefine  the new and emerging landscape in realty financing.

Programme and Topics for the Day:

8:00 -   8:40am     Breakfast/Registration

8:40 - 10:25am     Pitching Workshop

10:25 -10:45am    Break/Networking

10:45 -11:15am    Keynote:  Barry Sternlicht, CEO Starwood Capital

11:15 -12:05pm    Panel Discussion 1: Early-Stage Realty Investing. How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!


Jack Bevier, Dominion Group

Gerard Rem, Distressed Real Estate Investor - NYC bankruptcy court investor

Nick Jekogian, Signature Group Investments

Gordon Ogden, Brynam Wood

12:05 - 12:20pm     Quickfire Introductions

12:20 - 1:10pm       Lunch

1:10 -  1:35pm        Keynote: Kent Swig, Co-chairman and owner of Terra Holdings, LLC; Halstead Property Company & Brown Harris Stevens;  President, Swig Equities, LLC; President, Helmsley Spear, LLC

1:35 -  2:25pm        Panel 2: Leading Crowdfunding for Realty in North America. See who is making a difference and how you can do as well.

Moderator:          David Drake


Ben Miller, Fundrise

Jillene Hellman, Realty Mogul

William Skelley, iFunding

Sydney Armani, Realty Crowdfunding and Crowdfundbeat

2:25 - 2:35pm        Exhibitor Super-Quick Intros

2:35 - 2:55pm         Break/Networking

2:55 - 3:25pm         Keynote: TBA

3:25 - 4:15pm         Panel 3: Angels, Fund managers and Early Stage Success Stories. Success stories that you can emulate for early real estate investing.  Learn from the leaders.

Moderator:          David Drake


Charles Cecil, Southwest Property Strategies

Jake Bisenius, AmCap retail acquisition fund

Jack Bevier, Dominion Group

4:15 - 5:00pm        Panel 4: The Investor Panel - The Trends and International Developments.  What is needed now? Leading real estate investors and family offices in multi-family and commercial property investing.

Moderator:          David Drake


Teresa R. Martin, Esq, RE Investor and Attorney, Real Estate Investor Association of New York City

Alessandro Lerro, Lerro and Partners

Steve Cinelli, Primarq

5:00-5:30pm  Cocktail Party

The participants will have plenty of time to network and get up close and personal with investor speakers during breaks from the sessions. An additional pitching breakfast workshop is open to those who want to learn more on how to make a clean and concise elevator pitch. Exhibitors may show off their amazing projects and are given a two-minute elevator pitches to the panel investors during the event.

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About The Soho Loft  (

The Soho Loft is a global event-driven financial media company helping firms to advertise for investors based on the new securities laws. It hosts more than 300 capital creation events a year and produces 30 articles and press releases a week focused on developments in early-stage financing.   It is a subsidiary of LDJ Capital based in New York whose founder and chairman, David Drake, is  also co-founder and former executive board member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and Crowdfunding Professional Association (CFPA).  Drake is a strong advocate of financial innovation, the US JOBS Act, Dodd-Frank Act,  SMEs, and entrepreneurial, economic and investment policies globally through his work as an international speaker and writer.  The Soho Loft is your global media and communications partner and chief strategist in early stage equity development.

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