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2022 Western States
CREF Conference

September 7-9, 2022 | ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas


Sep. 7-9, 2022

Aria resort & Casino las vegas

Our three-day conference is PACKED with highly valuable networking and educational opportunities covering the hottest topics in the CRE space.

Conference Pricing 

                                           Member                        Non-member

Early Bird$390.00$525.00End July 24, 2022
Regular$500.00$650.00July 25 – August 24, 2022
Late$700.00$900.00August 25 – September 9, 2022

Day 1 | Sep. 7

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration
(East Convention Center)

3:30 pm Exhibit Hall Opens
(Mariposa Ballroom)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Marketing Strategies in the Modern Era
• A panel of loan originators sit down to discuss marketing, sales, branding and the technology they use to differentiate themselves from the competition


  • Tony Kaufmann, Director, Gantry


  • Jack Alvarez, Associate Director, Lument
  • Pasha Johnson, Principal, PSRS

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Welcoming Reception – Exhibit Hall

Day 2 | Sep. 8

7:30 am – 4:00 pm  Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am  General Session

(Mariposa Ballroom) Opening Remarks

  • Gary Bechtel, CEO, Red Oak Capital Holdings, Conference Chairman

9:00 am – 9:45 am  Real Estate Markets

  • Mary Ludgin Ph.D., Managing Director, Head of Global Research, Heitman

9:45 am – 10:30 am Inflation, The Fed and Commercial Real Estate

Recalibrating Capital In A Rapidly Changing Climate

A Conversation with Marcus & Millichap CEO, Hessam Nadji

  • Gary Bechtel, CEO, Red Oak Capital Holdings
  • Hessam Nadji, CEO, Marcus & Millichap

10:30 am – 10:45 am     Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am    Structured Finance Panel

  • With an abundance of capital chasing yield, this panel will consist of private capital providers reviewing capital allocations for the year, unique loan closings and year over year programmatic changes. 


  • Gary Bechtel, CEO, Red Oak Capital Holdings


  • Bobby Khorshidi, President & CEO, Archway Capital
  • Carrie Nikols, CEO, Nikols Mortgage Fund, LLC
  • Brent Truscott, Partner, Bloomfield Capital
  • Cade VanderBroek, Managing Director – West Coast Originations, Money360

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Keynote Luncheon Presentation

(Orvada Ballroom)


  • Cody Charfauros, Principal / Managing Director, Slatt Capital


  • Nolan Bushnell, Inventor

Nolan Bushnell is an investor and legendary Silicon-Valley pioneer, engineer, and inventor in technology and consumer electronics. In 1972, Mr. Bushnell founded Atari with an initial $250 investment and within five years the company was worth north of $28 million under his leadership. He famously hired youngsters Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to help code his games and work on hardware, and perhaps more famously declined a very early investment opportunity in Apple Computer. Mr. Bushnell also created Chuck E. Cheese and has been inducted into both the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, and was named on of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America”. He has started more than 20 companies and is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the technology industry being consistently at the forefront of robotics, cybersecurity, computer animation, and computer vision. Mr. Bushnell is also the bestselling author of Finding the Next Steve Jobs which aims to help organizations foster talent and creativity. He was also an early real estate investor in Silicon Valley and personally witnessed that region’s explosive growth.

Join us for a wide-reaching discussion extrapolating the trends that will affect our shared future, the impact of technology on real estate from self-driving cars to office-space planning to the future of entertainment, and how to be ready to react in kind. How will technological advances affect commercial real estate utilization and value going forward, and how should our industry prepare?

Comments from Mr. Bushnell followed directly by a fireside chat with CMBA board member Cody Charfauros of Slatt Capital.

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1:45 pm – 2:45 pm    Technology in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Industry

(Orvada Ballroom)


  • TBD    


  • Jason Berry, COO, Slatt Capital
  • Stephen Butler, CEO, GoDocs
  • Mark Prior, CEO, Qualtik
  • Marc Rutzen, Chief Product Officer, Walker & Dunlop
  • John Vecchione, VP of Risk Analytics, CoStar

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Sponsor meetings

Day 3 | Sep. 9

9:00 am – 10:00 am  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

(Mariposa Ballroom)

9:00 am – 10:00 am  Permanent Debt Panel

  • Providers of long-term capital discuss the state of the market today. This panel will consist of a bank, credit union, life company and conduit lender.  Discussion topics will include changes to underwriting standards, rate locks and target deal profiles, as well as the effects of an increasing rate environment.


  • Tom Dao, Principal, Gantry


  • Ellen Comeaux, SVP, Commercial Division Leader, TIAA Bank
  • Tom Dao, Principal, Gantry
  • David Moehring, VP, Commercial Mortgage Division, Union Bank  
  • Eric Smith, Managing Director, Wells Fargo       

10:00 am Conference Adjourns

Platinum Sponsors

Titanium Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Pacific Western Bank
Bloomfield Capital
KDM Financial
Nikols Mortgage Fund, LLC
Union Bank

Silver Sponsors

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Curtis-Rosenthal, Inc.
LoanCore Capital LLC
AEI Consultants
Bellwether Enterprise
Derivative Logic Inc.
Gerson Law Firm
Fidelity National Fund Control, a Division of Fidelity National Financial