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O’Brien, Manz and Leitner To Keynote Boston Multifamily Forum

October 18, 2018 - By The Real Reporter

BOSTON–Marcus & Millichap and IPA Multifamily will hold its fourth Annual Multifamily Forum New England On December 13, at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. The two firms recently announced the addition of The Berkshire Group’s CEO, Chuck Leitner as the third keynote speaker, joining Thomas O’Brien, Founding Partner & Managing Director of The HYM Investment Group, and Doug Manz, Partner at HYM.

The forum promises to deliver the latest in technology products, services, analysis, and prognosis from some of the regions multifamily leaders, as they explore future opportunities in Boston, one of the nation’s hottest markets for multifamily investment, where low vacancy and strong demographic trends are propelling rents while other major markets are seeing stagnant pricing, or even declines.

Leitner was recently recognized as a top CEO by Glassdoor, where, according to the online job listing and company review site, he enjoys one of the “highest employee approval ratings for a CEO in the multifamily sector.” The forum will hold a “fireside chat” with Leithner, where he is scheduled to discuss the “hard-won lessons that have allowed him to build a positive company culture,” according to the information from the Forum’s agenda.

The program also features a dynamic presentation on Suffolk Downs, one of the Northeast’s largest developments, led by CEO, Tom O’Brien and Doug Manz of HYM.

Tim Thompson, Regional Manager from Marcus & Millichap’s Boston office is excited about the continued growth of the event. “It has been a who’s who of multifamily professionals [the Multifamily Forum] and it continues to grow every year in attendance as well as with key leadership panels ... we bring in a very strong group of local and regional multifamily representation, which gives us an event that provides a lot of influential companies talking current trends to the industry - and we’ve added new topics this year, elated Thompson.”

A first for the event will be an opportunity for closed-door peer-to-peer roundtables, aimed at bringing smaller specific groups of developers and operation leaders together in a more private setting. The Forum will also feature deeper focused content sessions, which look to address, “specific timely pain points and growth opportunities - including construction costs, mega-projects impacts on infrastructure, co-living, acquisition opportunities, suburban transit-oriented development, financing, deal flow and more,” according to the program site.

A full list of speakers and the Forum agenda can be found on the event site here.

Tim Thompson Doug Manz Tom O'Brien Chuck Leitner