Over 200 owners, investors and developers gathered for the Marcus & Millichap/IPA Retail Forum: DFW on April 21 for a full day premium event featuring more than 30 speakers and 6 panels of leading commentary on challenges and opportunities in:

  • New Development
  • Leasing & Financing
  • Challenges & Opportunities Facing the Metroplex

Attendees benefited from a multitude of networking opportunities with the top multifamily players throughout the region. They were able to connect and create relationships through breakfast, lunch and a special post-event cocktail reception.

2015 Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown


Keynote Speakers:

Morning Keynote: How The Price of Oil Will Impact The Texas Retail Market

Robert DyeRobert Dye, SVP & Chief Economist, Comerica Bank

Robert A. Dye, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. He leads the Comerica Economics Department and provides commentary and research on the U.S. economy and the economies of Michigan, Texas, California, Arizona and Florida to Comerica, its clients and to national and regional media outlets. Dye most recently was Senior Vice President and Senior Economist for PNC Financial Services Group. Previously, he served as Vice President and Economist at Realpoint and Senior Economist for Moody’s Economy.com and Wharton Econometrics. He is on the board of directors of the National Association of Business Economics and past president of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh.

Afternoon Keynote: Innovations in Mixed-Use Development

Terry Montesi

Terry Montesi, Chairman & CEO, Trademark Property

In 1991 Terry founded Fort Worth based Trademark Property Company, which has since developed or invested in over $2 billion and 11.4 million s.f. of lifestyle retail, enclosed malls and mixed-use properties across the U.S. Trademark’s portfolio includes projects such as Market Street – The Woodlands, La Palmera Mall, Watters Creek, Alliance Town Center and many others. Terry was formerly a principal and co-founder of Huff, Brous, McDowell & Montesi, Inc., Fort Worth’s largest commercial brokerage and management firm. Prior to that, Terry worked for Lincoln Property Company. In addition, he and his brother became Blockbuster Video’s fourth franchisee in 1986.

Speaker Presentations:

  • To view the morning keynote presentation by Robert Dye, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of Comerica Bank, please click here.
  • For a copy of John Chang‘s market overview, please email Tim Speck at Tim.Speck@marcusmillichap.com.


2015 Speakers:

  • Jared Aubrey, Associate, Marcus & Millichap
  • Mike Ablon, Principal, PegasusAblon
  • Adam Blustein, VP – Leasing, Global Fund Investments
  • Lisa Burbey, Real Estate Manager, Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • John Chang, First Vice President – Research Services, Marcus & Millichap
  • Fernando De Leon, Chief Executive Officer, Leon Capital
  • Shannon del Valle, Store Development Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Robert Dye, SVP & Chief Economist, Comerica Bank
  • Mike Geisler, Managing Director, Venture Commercial
  • Joe Hickman, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Star Land
  • Syd Hurley, Founder & CEO, Vista Property Co.
  • John Inabnett, Director, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan
  • Farhan Kabani, Associate Vice President Capital Markets, Institutional Property Advisors
  • Philip Levy, Vice President Investments, Marcus & Millichap
  • Jack Matthews, President, Matthews Group
  • Frank Mihalopoulos, Owner, Corinth Properties
  • Rhett Miller, Regional Director, VTS
  • Terry Montesi, Chairman & CEO, Trademark Property
  • Stephen Preston, Managing Partner, North American
  • Valerie Richardson, VP – Real Estate, Container Store
  • Scott Rohrman, Owner, 42 Real Estate
  • Peter Russell, Director – Real Estate, Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Keith Schneider, Vice President, TriGate Capital
  • Zeshan Tabani, Managing Director, Tabani Group
  • Stan Thomas, Founder & CEO, Thomas Enterprises
  • Matthew Tice, VP – Texas Offices, Inland Group
  • Jason Vitorino, Executive Director, Institutional Property Advisors
  • Denton Walker, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
  • John Weber, Principal, Weber & Company
  • Adam Williams, EVP – Chief Investment Officer, Centennial
  • John Zikos, Partner, Venture Commercial


2015 Agenda Highlights:

  • Market Outlook: The Future of the Metroplex
  • Morning Keynote Presentation: Oil Prices & the State of the Metroplex
  • Debt & Capital: Current Investing & Lending Trends
  • The Next Big Thing: Emerging Neighborhoods
  • Leasing & Management: Overcoming Retail Leasing Headaches While Maximizing Revenue Generation
  • The Perfect Store: Challenges & Opportunities for Retailers around the Metroplex
  • If You (Re)build It, They Will Come: The Craft of Redevelopment
  • Afternoon Keynote Fireside Chat: Innovations in Mixed-Use Development