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Real Estate Luminaries Event Features Barry Sternlicht and Distinguished Panel

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The Real Estate Finance Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host a discussion on real estate capital markets featuring Barry Sternlicht, founder and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, at its annual Luminaries Series event Wednesday, April 23.

Sternlicht’s interview, which will be facilitated by Michael Kirby, co-founder, chairman, and director of research for Green Street Advisors, and Steven Wechsler, president and CEO of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), will be preceded by a panel discussion on return outside the United States. Panelists include:

  • Sonny Kalsi, Founder and Partner, GreenOak Capital
  • Ronald Kravit, Head of Real Estate Investing, Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management
  • Adam Metz, Managing Director and Head of International Real Estate, The Carlyle Group

The panel discussion will be moderated by Matthew Cypher, professor of the practice and director of the Georgetown McDonough Real Estate Finance Initiative.

The event also is sponsored by NAREIT.

Wednesday, April 23
5-7 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Fisher Colloquium, Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Guests should register online at { Link Expired }

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

Barry Sternlicht is chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm he formed in 1991 that focuses on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure, and securities trading. For the past 23 years, he has structured investments with an asset value of approximately $47 billion. Starwood Capital’s funds have invested in approximately 70,000 multifamily/condo units, 2,200 hotels, 44 million square feet of office properties, 39 million square feet of retail, and 46,000 lots of land in residential subdivisions. Sternlicht also serves as chairman of Starwood Property Trust, Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, TRI Pointe Homes, Societé de Louvre, and Baccarat S.A.

About the Real Estate Finance Initiative:
The Real Estate Finance Initiative seeks to construct a globally recognized program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business that transforms students into industry leaders through a highly applied agenda of curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences, as well as capitalizing on Washington, D.C.’s position as a global real estate market.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.