Keynotes Donald D. Sheets and Victor Calanog to Head Seventh Annual Trigild Spring Lender Conference

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Speakers Focus on Up-to-the-Minute Challenges of Finance, Commercial Real Estate



The Trigild Spring Conference is an opportunity for industry leaders to examine hot button issues, exchange perspectives and strengthen best practices for the benefit of the entire industry.

Prominent commercial real estate and finance industry leaders Donald D. Sheets, managing director of Clarion Partners, and Victor Calanog, Ph.D. chief economist and senior vice president of Reis, are this year’s keynote speakers at the annual Trigild Lender Conference Spring 2018. This year’s event will be held in Dallas at Hotel ZaZa from April 18 to 19 and is hosted by Trigild, a San Diego-based real estate services firm specializing in property management, receivership, bankruptcy and advisory services.

Sheets is a member of Clarion’s Debt Investment Committee with nearly 20 years of leadership, property acquisition, asset management, capital formation and restructuring experience across a variety of capital structures, asset types and geographies. He will address how the volume of CRE transactions are signaling a widening disconnect between buyers and sellers – as well as host a discussion of countervailing facts across several topics that point to variations within the U.S. commercial real estate markets.

Calanog, who along with a team of economist and analysts, is responsible for Reis’ market forecasting, valuation and real estate portfolio analytics services. His research has received awards and fellowship support from institutions including the Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Penn Lauder Center for International Business Research. Not one to shy away from “the big issues” he will discuss the prospects for the economy, multifamily and commercial real estate industries in 2018. Additionally, he will explore what the interest rate policy will mean for cap rates, property valuations and deal flow along with speculating on long- and short-term economic indicators.

“With the commercial real estate industry experiencing a historically long upturn, it is vital to stay ahead of potential challenges and disruptions,” said Judy Hoffman, conference founder and Trigild president. “The Trigild Spring Conference is an opportunity for industry leaders to examine hot button issues, exchange perspectives and strengthen best practices for the benefit of the entire industry.”

Additional speakers at this year’s event include: Salman Khan, Stabilis Capital; Lindsey Wright, C-III; Alan Williams, KeyBank; Amber Sefert, Trimont; Tom Shearer, CWCapital; Adam Singer, Rialto Capital; Rob Records, Cohen Financial; Michael Carp, SAS; Steve Crosson, Capright; Steve Schrag, KeyBank; Niral Shah, Rialto Capital; Paul Firorilla, Yardi; Bill Sanders, Polsinelli; John Weiss, Duane Morris; Matt Casey, Warner Norcross; Mark Weibel, Thompson & Knight; Cara Houck, Miller Canfield; Brett Anders, Polsinelli; Ron Oliner, Duane Morris; Nancy Daniels, Trigild; Ari Charlip, Dickinson Wright; Kay Kress, Pepper Hamilton; Robert Brasfield, Trimont; Alan Williams, Keybank; Michael Bernstein, Artemis Real Estate Partners; and Curt Spaugh, Situs.

Select topics addressed this year include:

A View from the Top: Senior Management Discussion
Valuations for Special Servicers, Distressed Assets
Positive and Negative Impact on CRE from the Tax Cuts
Unique Issues Facing Asset Managers
CRE From Every Angle - Polling the Pros
Unique Issues Facing REO Managers
Real World Case Stories: Re-tenant, Re-purpose, Reject
Hot Legal Issues

Open to lenders, special services, legal counsel, investors, real estate fund leaders and loan buyers, the day-and-a-half program features multiple networking opportunities and is one of the firm’s annual sold-out events that draws hundreds of industry specialists. There is stillroom for panelists, exhibitors and sponsors to become involved. Those interested can contact marketing(at)trigild(dot)com for details.

To register or learn more about the event, visit and click on the Spring Lender Conference box.

About Trigild
Headquartered in San Diego with offices throughout the country, Trigild has more than 40 years of management and fiduciary expertise, with a focus on managing and maximizing value for assets in an array of industries, including commercial real estate, multifamily, hospitality and more. Since its inception, Trigild has developed a full service national operating platform providing institutional quality services to private real estate investors and financial institutions. For information, visit

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