ULI Cincinnati and UC Roundtable Move Cincinnati Conference


Friday, October 4th, 2019
7:30am - 10:00am EDT


Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Will open in a new window 36 E 4th ST Cincinnati, OH 45202-3725 UNITED STATES
ULI Cincinnati and UC Real Estate jointly present the first Roundtable Series program with programming entitled “Move Cincinnati.” This program will feature John Barrett, Chairman, President and CEO of Western & Southern and Frank Cohen, Senior Managing Director Real Estate, Blackstone.
ULI Cincinnati and UC Roundtable Members are Free.
Non-Members are $75.00
UC Students are Free
How will the Greater Cincinnati region accommodate the growth that is forecast to occur in the first half of the 21st century? Will our elected officials, business and institutional leaders, and other stakeholders in our region work together to identify common ground and plan for land use and development that leads to an economically and environmentally sustainable future?

If our individual cities and counties continue to compete with one another for jobs and resources, will this result in a continuation of the 20th-century pattern of sprawling, unconnected, and unsustainable growth? Regional visioning has emerged as a dynamic and important tool for building regional consensus related to growth issues.

Land use decisions are key to long-term goals for energy, climate change, housing, infrastructure, and environmental quality. The Greater Cincinnati region needs to recognize smart growth and more importantly how to achieve it. Land use and development patterns can be influenced as well as decisions about investments in infrastructure and other capital improvements.

This program will feature one of the most tremendous advocates for economic development, education, healthcare and the arts in Greater Cincinnati, John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western & Southern Financial Group. He will provide his perspective on how Cincinnati has moved and what it will take for the city and region to continue moving so we stay relevant and sustainable.

In addition, Frank Cohen, Senior Managing Director Real Estate – New York with Blackstone will be coming “home” to Cincinnati to explain how his experience and expertise in 308,000 residential units and homes, 231 million square feet of office, 75 million square feet of retail, 561 million square feet in logistical facilities and 151,000 hotel keys around the globe can help advocate for the continued moving of Cincinnati and the region towards growth.
This program is an opportunity to hear from these thought leaders and take a closer look at your vision as to how we can move Cincinnati towards growth.
ULI Cincinnati or UC Roundtable Members = Free
UC Students = Free 
Non-Members = $75 per person
All registrations will receive coffee and networking, a breakfast buffet and a complete program.
Registration is through the UC Real Estate Center, click here.
Non-member cancellation policy for the program: Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the program to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be granted thereafter. Cancellations will be accepted via phone or e-mail. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown 36 E 4th ST Cincinnati, OH 45202-3725 UNITED STATES

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Frank Cohen

Senior Managing Director Real Estate, Blackstone

Frank Cohen is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, a leading global investment firm. He moved to New York City to join Blackstone in 1996. In his capacity as a Senior Managing Director, he is the Global Head of Core+ Real Estate and the Chairman and CEO of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. During his career with the firm, he has been involved in well over $100 billion of real estate transactions, including the $39 billion privatization of Equity Office Properties, which represents both the largest real estate transaction and real estate financing of all time. Other notable transactions include the privatizations of CarrAmerica Realty and Trizec Properties, as well as the creation and later sale of Indcor Industrial Properties for $8.1 billion. Mr. Cohen received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated from the Honors Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, with a double major in political science. He serves as a director for several Blackstone affiliated companies, including Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and Equity Office. He was formerly a director of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP). He is also active in several industry and civic organizations, as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, on the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, on the Board of the Regional Plan Association and on the Board of Visitors of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio and an avid baseball fan, Mr. Cohen is a part owner of the Cincinnati Reds major league baseball team. He currently resides in Short Hills, New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and three children.


John Barrett

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western & Southern Financial Group

John F. Barrett is one of Ohio’s most determined supporters of economic development, healthcare, education, and the fine arts. He is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern Financial Group, a Cincinnati-based Fortune 500 company and parent of a diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned and managed totaling more than $81 billion. Under his leadership, Western & Southern has grown from a $5 billion Midwestern life insurance company into a highly respected national financial services enterprise and one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. A recognized leader in the business community and financial services industry, Barrett serves on the board of directors for Western & Southern Financial Group and Cintas Corporation, and formerly served on the following boards: The Andersons, Inc. (1992-2008), Cincinnati Bell Inc. (1992-1998), Convergys Corporation (1998-2016), Fifth Third Bancorp (1988-2009) and Touchstone Investment Trusts (2000-2008). He is a director and past chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, a member of The Business Roundtable, and a trustee for Americans for the Arts. All are in Washington D.C. He also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Barrett is past president of the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies and a member and past chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable. He is a member and former chairman of the Cincinnati Business Committee. He serves on the executive committee of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and is active with REDI Cincinnati. He is an honorary trustee of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He is also co-chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Association, which supplies last-chance funding for deserving college students. As an active alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, Barrett continues to serve in a variety of capacities for the university. He is an advisory board member of the Barrett Cancer Center, and former chairman of the Medical Center Fund of Cincinnati. Through his involvement with CincinnatiMD Resource Center and the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, Barrett was instrumental in bringing hundreds of doctors to Greater Cincinnati. Cincinnati ranks No. 1 among large cities (population 1 million+) and No. 4 overall among the top 100 U.S. cities for quality of healthcare and healthy lifestyle (Healthgrades National Health Index, 2019). In 2005, Barrett led Ohio’s first statewide tax reform in over 75 years as then-chairman of the Ohio Business Roundtable. As a result, Ohio’s business tax competitiveness reached third nationally, and Cincinnati ranked among the lowest-cost major U.S. cities in which to do business. Prior to that, on behalf of the Cincinnati Business Committee, he arranged the private financing portion for the expansion of Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center. Barrett’s entrepreneurial vision and spirit inspired the Entrepreneur’s Organization of Cincinnati to formally recognize entrepreneurial excellence in Cincinnati annually beginning in 2012 with the John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award. He is currently spearheading a $105 million fund-raising campaign to help the University of Cincinnati’s Barrett Cancer Center pursue the National Cancer Institute designation. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Eileen Ward Barrett, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

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