(CHARLOTTE) Katten, in partnership with Cushman & Wakefield, announced today that it will feature five industry leaders at the 15th Annual Outlook on the Commercial Real Estate Market. The free, invitation-only event will take place in person on March 30 in Uptown Charlotte.

"For 15 years this event has offered the community an opportunity to network, share insightful information and celebrate our industry," said Daniel S. Huffenus, event moderator and Katten Real Estate partner. "This year we are looking forward to teaming with Cushman & Wakefield to take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities related to pandemic recovery."

Huffenus will be joined by Charlotte managing partner Karen Nelson and Southeast Real Estate practice chair Frank Arado.

Rebecca Rockey, Global Head of Economic Analysis & Forecasting, Cushman & Wakefield, will be the keynote speaker for the event and will offer an economic and commercial real estate outlook for 2022. Rockey will join a panel discussion with several of the region's real estate thought leaders: Andrew Feldhuhn, U.S. Real Estate Debt, QuadReal; Rachel Goldin Jinich, Managing Director and Head of Specialty Capital Commercial Real Estate, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking; Steve McClure, CEO, The Spectrum Companies; Drew Nieman, Executive Vice President, Riverside Investment & Development; and Charlie Ripple, Senior Vice President and Market Officer Mid-South Region, Link Logistics.

"The world has become more complex since last year, when the economy was benefitting from globally synchronized fiscal stimulus, accommodative monetary policy, and reopening. I look forward to discussing what the shifting macro environment means for the economic outlook, and how Charlotte’s properties and market are expected to fit into that," said Rockey.

In her global role, Rockey studies how economies, demographics, financial markets and commercial real estate interact — both at the macro and micro level. She is responsible for the production of national/metro-level commercial real estate forecasts for various property types across the Americas, develops predictive econometric and statistical models to enhance the firms' analytical capabilities and contributes to numerous white papers, webinars, media requests and presentations. She is certified by the International Institute of Forecasters and is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Association of Business Economists. She is frequently cited in the media, guest lectures at New York University and is an advisor to the New York City Office of Management and Budget and the DC Policy Center.

Event attendees are required to register in advance. While the event is free of charge, attendees are also encouraged to donate to Hospitality House of Charlotte, which provides the comforts of home for families of seriously ill loved ones by offering affordable accommodations in the heart of Charlotte's medical community.

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 50,000 employees in over 400 offices and approximately 60 countries. In 2021, the firm had revenue of $9.4 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services.