Hamid Moghadam, Yehudi Gaffen And Mitch Roschelle Are Featured Speakers

SAN DIEGO, February 14, 2018—The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC), within the University of San Diego (USD) School of Business, will host its 22nd Annual Real Estate Conference (#BMCAREC) on March 1, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 7 a.m. - noon. The conference is a signature gathering of the “who’s who” in the real estate industry in San Diego. The audience, of high-level real estate and financial professionals, tops 600 annually.

The conference will open with keynote speaker, Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of Prologis. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's Policy Advisory Board member Barbara Cambon will interview Moghadam. This fire-side chat will provide Moghadam’s global perspective on real estate and his input of the strategic direction of Prologis.

The second featured speaker is Yehudi "Gaf" Gaffen, CEO of Gafcon Inc. In 2016, Gafcon was selected by the Unified Port of San Diego for the $1.2 billion redevelopment of Seaport Village. Gaffen will share the vision of this world-class project with conference attendees.

Mitch Roschelle, partner and real estate advisory leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is the third featured speaker. He will deliver PwC’s and Urban Land Institute's Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2018 report. The report is one of the oldest and most highly regarded annual industry outlook for the real estate and land use industries. 

Following Roschelle’s presentation, the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate will offer two breakout session options for conference attendees to select from for the last hour of the conference. The first breakout session will feature Jennifer Hernandez, partner with Holland & Knight. Her session is titled "CEQA and the California Housing Crisis: Moving Past CEQA Reform Gridlock." The second breakout session option will feature Norm Miller, Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego School of Business. Miller’s session is titled "Blurred Lines, Disruptions and the Future of Real Estate."

General registration for the event, which includes breakfast, costs $195. Members of the media may attend the event complimentary with advanced registration. For special media requests or interviews, please contact Kimberly Malasky, director of communications and marketing at

About the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
As a Center of Excellence within the University of San Diego’s School of Business, the mission of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate is to help recruit, educate and mentor real estate students with the goal of facilitating their career pursuits in a socially responsible manner and with a global perspective. We accomplish this mission through support of outstanding faculty and professional staff, dedicated career services, active industry involvement and outreach and relevant and applied research. Visit our website for more information. Follow us on Twitter @USDBMC.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.