2020 UMKC Real Estate Symposium

Sponsored by the Lewis White Real Estate Center

The 2020 UMKC Kansas City Real Estate Symposium will focus on timely educational programs for commercial real estate professionals. These programs will help you to stay current in high impact areas including:

  • Economic conditions and key structural drivers impacting the 2020 economic outlook and how these affect economic growth and interest rates
  • Real estate cycles and outlook for 2020, learning about how US commercial real estate cycles follow US economic cycles, with 3 key metrics that relate to market cycle analysis and income growth
  • Opportunity Zones and how they can encourage long-term investment and job creation in low-income areas of the state by allowing investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains in designated census tracts
  • Smart Cities and the economic and societal effects of Smart Cities initiatives on the environment and learn about successful Smart City programs and projects from around the world that can be adopted by Kansas City in both the private and public sectors
  • In depth updates on trends in our regional office, industrial, multi-family and mixed use/retail markets

This symposium is an excellent way to network and build relationships with leaders in the industry. Brokers and appraisers will receive six elective hours of Missouri and/or Kansas Continuing Education credit.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
LOCATION: UMKC Atterbury Student Success Center- Pierson Auditorium (next to Kansas City Repertory Theater)
5000 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
FEES: $199

Registration Deadline February 10. 2020

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ATTIRE: Business Casual attire is appropriate for all meetings. Meeting rooms tend to be cool, so please plan accordingly.

PARKING:  Parking is strictly enforced on campus. We have reserved the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry St Parking Garage at the corner of 50th and Oak St for free parking. There is a walkway on the 5th floor of the garage that will take you toward Atterbury. Additional signs will point your way. Click here for a campus map.

Contact Information: The Lewis White Real Estate Center at or 816-235-6200.

Take a look at our Program Agenda and the bios of our expert Speakers — the current President of the Dallas Federal Reserve (a former Vice Chair at Goldman Sachs ), an architect whose company focuses on global Smart City real estate developments with major projects in China and the Middle East and who is a co-founder of the AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) Hackathon, and a professor from Denver University with 35 years of real estate industry experience who is the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management and the real estate investment strategist at Dividend Capital Group where he provides real estate market-cycle research and investment strategy for the company’s Real Estate Securities, Private REIT and Real Estate Debt groups.

Robert S. Kaplan
President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed.
Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm’s Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. He became a partner in 1990 and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee. He was also a member of the Management Committee.
Born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Kaplan received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Paul Doherty
President and CEO of TDG – the digit group, inc.

Paul is Chairman and CEO of TDG (the digit group As seen on Bloomberg TV, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America’s Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is an award-winning architect and is one of the world’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology and business. Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Fellow of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City real estate developments that include financing, design-build and technology solutions in the USA, Australia, Europe, MENA, India, Southeast Asia and China. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon ( that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Glenn Mueller
Professor – Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, University of Denver

With 35 years of real estate industry experience, including 26 years of research, Glenn Mueller is a professor for the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at Denver University, one of the oldest and largest programs in the country. Mueller’s research experience includes real estate market-cycle analysis, real estate securities analysis, real estate capital markets, portfolio and diversification analysis, seniors housing analysis and both public and private market-investment strategies. He is also the real estate investment strategist at Dividend Capital Group, where he provides real estate market-cycle research and investment strategy for Dividend Capital’s Real Estate Securities, Private Real Estate Investment, Private REIT and Real Estate Debt groups. He is also the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.

Time Program Topics
8:00 – 8:30 AM BREAKFAST/Check-In
8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome
8:45 – 9:45 AM Session 1 Economic Conditions and the Stance of Monetary Policy
Speaker: Rob Kaplan, President Dallas Federal Reserve
9:45-9:55 AM Break 1
9:55-10:55 AM Session 2 Opportunity Zones Panel
10:55-11:05 AM Break 2
11:05 AM-12:05 PM Session 3 Pulling It All Together: Smart Cities and Kansas City
Speaker: Paul Doherty, The Digit Group
12:05-1:00 PM Self-serve buffet
1:00-2:00 PM Session 4 Real Estate Cycles in MSAs / KC market
Speaker: Dr. Glenn Mueller, Denver University
2:00-2:10 PM Break 3
2:10-3:10 PM Session 5 Office & Industrial Panel
3:10-4:10 PM Session 6 Multi-Family & Mixed Use/Retail Panel
4:10-5:00 PM Cocktail networking

Lewis White Real Estate Center Industry Exclusive Partners – $10,000+

JE Dunn The Staenberg Group

Lewis White Real Estate Center 2020 KC Real Estate Symposium Event Sponsors

Sponsor Commerce Bank Sponsor Polsinelli Sponsor Stewart Title
Sponsor Arvest Bank Sponsor Security 1st Title Sponsor CCIM-Kansas City Chapter
CF Bank CoStar

Find out how to be a LWREC Exclusive Partner or 2020 KC Real Estate Symposium Event Sponsor, contact Alfredo Garcia at or (816) 235-2791.