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Is It Still About Location, Location, Location?

A Real Estate Discussion presented by
CFA Society Tampa Bay & CAIA Florida

For decades, commercial real estate has been an industry built around local fundamentals and submarket dynamics. Is that still the case today as macro forces such as an aging population, shifting interest rates, and post-pandemic trends disrupt many other sectors of the economy?

Please join us on April 18th as we explore the factors impacting the commercial real estate industry today. Our panelists, representing expertise across an array of asset classes and industry verticals, will connect macro trends, including demographics, the Federal Reserve, and a changing consumer, to the decision-making process of real estate professionals in today’s unique environment.

5:00 PM - Networking (Appetizers and Bar)
6:00 PM - Panel Discussion Begins
7:20 PM - Program and Evening Concludes

Free to CFA Society Tampa Bay Members & Associates
Free to CAIA Florida Members
$50 - Non-members.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern Time


Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater   FL   33762
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Speaker Profiles


Rachael M. Brown
Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Director
The Bank of Tampa

Rachael Brown is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Director at The Bank of Tampa based in Tampa, Florida and brings more than 14 years of experience in banking and financial services with a proven track record in the commercial real estate space.

Prior to joining The Bank of Tampa, Brown worked at KeyBank and Wells Fargo, responsible for both on balance sheet and permanent financing for commercial real estate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and business administration from the University of Miami. Brown serves on the board of the Society of Real Estate professionals. Additionally, she is a member of the Real Estate Council of Tampa Bay, as well as the Urban Land Development.

Christopher R. Butler, CFA, CAIA
Senior Vice President, Investment Solutions, Global Wealth Solutions
Raymond James Financial

Since joining Raymond James in 2002, Chris has served in a number of leadership roles. He is now Senior Vice President of Investment Solutions, a part of Global Wealth Solutions. Chris continues to lead the Alternative Investments Group, Mutual Fund Research, Partner Management, and Options.

Chris is a CFA charterholder and holds the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst designation. He is a graduate of SIFMA's Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida.

Chris is passionate about mentoring. In 2017, he and his mentee were named Big Brother and Little Brother of the Year for the Tampa Bay chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chris now serves on the board. From 2012 to 2018, Chris was an advisor to the board of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation.

Quinn Eddins
Managing Director, US Research and Analytics

Quinn Eddins is a Managing Director and leads Research and Analytics Services for Greystar’s Property Management business. Quinn provides research and analytical support to Greystar’s property management teams, executive leadership, and property management clients.

Prior to joining Greystar, Quinn was Director of Research and Analysis at CBRE, where he oversaw research on commercial real estate markets across all asset types. Before that, he was Director of Research at Radar Logic, Inc., where he produced research on single-family housing markets for clients in the financial services industry and helped develop and launch the RPX real estate derivatives market.

Quinn holds graduate degrees in Real Estate Development and City Planning from MIT and additional degrees from Harvard and Stanford.

Benjamin S. Macfarland, III
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
SROA Capital, LLC

Ben Macfarland has spent the last 17 years focused on the acquisition, development, financing, repositioning and management of owner operated real estate assets including self-storage (since 2006), parking, student housing, senior living, and single-family home portfolios. Mr. Macfarland’s track record has identified market dynamics, implemented his investment strategy, built out a team and executed on his vision.

To date Mr. Macfarland has invested in ~$2bn of real estate investments as Principal. Storage Rentals of America is his third platform created around an investment strategy in a specific industry (in addition to parking & student housing).

Mr. Macfarland holds a BS in Real Estate from Florida State University and an MBA in Finance from American University. Mr. Macfarland is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC. Mr. Macfarland and his wife Christina have five children, live in West Palm Beach, Florida, and are actively involved with the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Flagler Museum.

Registration Fee
No Charge
  Through  April 18 No Charge
Through  April 18 $50.00