5th Annual Midwest Institutional Real Estate Investor Forum Chicago | September 15, 2020 Request Agenda

The 5th Annual Midwest Institutional Real Estate Investor Forum is a local peer to peer educational meeting exclusively for the institutional and HNW wealth management community with a specific focus on allocations to real estate.

The forum brings together investors, funds, and advisers for a one day meeting to discuss sectors, due diligence, and real estate investment opportunities in the US and around the world.

The investor focused event provides a due diligence forum for US and international pension funds, foundations, endowments, fund of funds, family offices, wealth managers, consultants, and sovereign wealth funds interested in direct research on real estate opportunities.


Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer

Michael Frerichs is the only statewide-elected Constitutional Officer from downstate Illinois. Currently, Mike is serving his second-term as Illinois State Treasurer after building a hugely successful bipartisan re-election campaign. Prior to becoming State Treasurer, Mike served seven years in the Illinois Senate representing East Central Illinois. He was the first Democratic State Senator to represent the area since 1936. Before the Illinois Senate, Mike was elected twice to the Champaign County Board and then elected as Champaign County Auditor. Mike stands 6 feet, 8 inches, making him one of the tallest elected officials in Illinois’ history, four inches taller than Abraham Lincoln. Before entering public service, Mike graduated from Yale and then spent two years in Taiwan where he taught English and learned to speak Chinese. He returned to Champaign County and launched a technology business. He also served as a volunteer firefighter. Mike was born and raised in the small, downstate farming community of Gifford, Illinois. He is the middle child of three sons. His father was a truck driver and his mother a secretary at the University of Illinois. Mike and his daughter live in Champaign.

Angela Miller-May, Chief Investment Officer, Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

Ms. Miller-May serves as Chief Investment Officer for the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund. She focuses on providing strategic portfolio construction, excellent manager selection and rigorous due diligence and leadership in meeting CTPF’s investment goals. Ms. Miller-May joined the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund in 2010. Prior to serving as the CIO, she acted in several progressively responsible positions at CTPF, including Director of Investments, Portfolio Manager-Alternatives, and Investment Operations Analyst-Risk Management. In these roles, she was responsible for many aspects of investment management. Ms. Miller-May earned her M.B.A in Accounting from DePaul University and her B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.




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Key Discussion Topics


Investing in US Real Estate 

At first glance, the US Real Estate investment outlook for the next 12 months seemed to be straightforward. Growth was weak but steady until COVID-19 hit. 


Outlook for Multifamily 

Are residential real estate investors more concerned about the effects of COVID-19, economic cycle, or the residential supply/demand mismatch and why?


Opportunity Zones & the Impact of Tax Reform on Real Estate Strategies

With the passage of tax reform by Congress, many of the changes to the Internal Revenue Code that impact real estate funds and their investors will now go into effect. How has the new tax reform legislation affected strategies for both real estate fund managers and investors?


Allocating to Industrial Real Estate

This panel examines how the current changes in retail creating new opportunities for industrial real estate including warehouse and distribution investments to facilitate the shift to online purchases after COVID-19.  Learn how industrial and logistics investors are sourcing investments in geographies that have become bottlenecks for global distribution and more.


Opportunities in Energy and Infrastructure Investing 

A high level overview on the investment landscape in energy, what does it look like moving forward and where is the smart money flowing?  The nature of the energy sector is facing accelerating rates of change. How do investors view the outlook for investing in infrastructure moving forward?


Navigating Today’s Debt Markets

Although bond markets have come under stress in recent months with investors selling bonds to raise cash, the Federal Reserve has issued programs to help.  We will dive in to what deals are or aren’t getting financed across property types and geographies and analyzing how investors are exploring their options in terms of investing alongside the Fed through new TALF funds.


Value-Added and Opportunistic Investing in Today’s Market

Distressed real estate markets have investors eager for the right time to take full advantage of this corona virus pandemic and buy at record breaking lows.  This panel examines the benefits and the drawbacks of value-added and opportunistic investing in today's markets. With the effects of COVID-19, deal volume is lower across all markets, when will we see the shift?


Fundamental Factors in GP Selection

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, fundraising priorities have changed across the industry with LP's sitting back for now with high levels of uncertainty.  This panel will discuss how  investors are sourcing and screening managers for real estate allocation during a global pandemic.  


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