2021 Office Webinar Series

Recorded On: 12/13/2021

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This package includes a series of six (6) office-focused webinars hosted by NAIOP throughout 2021. Webinars will examine the 2021 office leasing trends; future demand for office space; future design and more. 

Webinar speakers are experts from across the industry representing diverse companies and viewpoints. Hear their insights and take advantage of opportunities for discussion at the end of each webinar in the form of a live Q&A.

Registration is free for NAIOP members.

Ben Hautt

Co-Managing Partner

Stream Realty

Since opening the Atlanta office of Stream in 2008, Ben Hautt has been responsible for growing the services portfolio, recruiting new talent, and identifying acquisitions in Georgia. The Atlanta office grew from one employee to over seventy under Ben and his co-managing partner’s lead, while adding over 40 million square feet of assignments.

The Atlanta office is consistently recognized for its work. In 2017 Stream’s Lee + White won best renovation project in Atlanta and the office itself is consistently recognized as a “Best Place to Work” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Ben serves on the board of Restavek Freedom, the Dedman College Executive Board at SMU, and is heavily involved with Young Life Haiti. He leads yearly mission trips to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and works with the Bright Futures Atlanta organization locally.

Preston Young

National Head of Office Investor Services

Stream Realty

  • Preston Young is responsible for identifying and jointly spearheading strategic growth opportunities for the firm. Preston provides oversight for all third-party responsibilities, including asset management, acquisition and development activities.
  • In addition, Preston leads the firm’s Houston office, where the service and principal portfolio exceeds 45.0 million square feet. The portfolio positions Stream as one of the largest commercial real estate organizations in Houston. 
  • Under his leadership, Stream has consistently been ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and “Top Workplaces” by the Houston Chronicle and are perennial recipients of Costar’s “Power Broker,” an award recognizing the top commercial real estate brokerage firms by city.
  • In 2018, the Houston Business Journal honored Preston as one of the top “40 Under 40” business leaders in Houston. Before joining Stream, he served in the capital markets division at Trammell Crow Company.

Brian Chen

CEO and Co-founder


  • Brian Chen is the CEO and co-founder of ROOM, where he’s reshaping the modern office with purpose-built, modular solutions that allow companies to effortlessly shape their workplaces.
  • Brian is no stranger to open plan environments, having spent the majority of his career working with and advising tech startups, where he routinely found himself exposed to constant noise and distraction.
  • A Y Combinator alum, Brian was a founding member of Bluesmart, a smart luggage company that pioneered a new category of connected consumer travel accessories.
  • Brian’s background is deeply rooted in the technology startup scene, where he’s developed a keen eye on how to build companies, scale growth alongside company culture, explore new business models and seize opportunity in emerging industries.

Elizabeth Hart

Vice Chairman


  • Elizabeth Hart joined Newmark in 2005.
  • She specializes in working with tenants and landlord resolving their complex real estate issues.
  • Her career started in advising technology and venture clients and now also includes working with landlords to develop redevelop their buildings to attract innovation tenants.
  • Ms. Hart's experience representing technology companies, from single entrepreneurs to members of the Fortune 500, enables her to anticipate the specific real estate challenges a company faces at each stage of its growth cycle.

Brian Shedd

VP of Sales and Marketing

Pure Wellness

  • Brian Shedd is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pure Wellness, the industry leader in airborne virus and bacteria prevention in hotels and resorts.
  • His experience includes senior leadership roles in hotel technology and a decade as a casino executive in Las Vegas. 

Mark Bryan

Director of Innovation + Research

M+A Architects

  • Certified Futurist and award-winning Interior Designer, Mark Bryan, is driven by his passion for continued learning and exploration. Mark leads M+A Architect’s Innovation + Research team, finding evidence-based design solutions that will enhance the quality of spaces and enrich the lives of those who interact within.
  • As a futurist consulting for local and national companies of all industries, Mark’s curiosity and expertise leads him to explore unconventional approaches, bringing him to new solutions for today’s challenges that benefit client’s projects, practices, and communities. His hope is to energize clients and colleagues alike, to push past limits and break boundaries, setting up for the most success possible for what’s next, now.
  • As the firm’s advocate for Wellness and Mental Health design based-solutions in the workplace, and beyond, Mark’s research and work shifts stigma to strength, having important conversations around mental wellness and creating space for change. Mark is certified by the University of California, Berkeley, in using resiliency to combat stress at work, and is using his expertise to help educate others on the psychological and physiological benefits of self-care through building respite and resiliency into the places they work.

Hany Guirguis, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Finance

Manhattan College

  • Professor of economics and finance at Manhattan College and the recipient of the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Endowed Chair in Finance.
  • Has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, econometrics, statistics, accounting, and economics.
  • Specializes in financial modeling and applied econometrics and has published more than forty articles in several finance and economics journals.
  • Received his B.A. in accounting from Helwan University, M.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo, M.B.A. in Finance from Baruch College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in macroeconomics and econometrics from the University of Oregon. 

Michael J. Seiler, DBA

Visiting Professor (MIT) and J.E. Zollinger Professor of Real Estate & Finance

College of William & Mary

  • Michael J. Seiler is an internationally recognized behavioral real estate researcher whose studies have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, LA Times, and Washington Post. He has published over 175 research studies, has written several books, and serves as the co-editor of Journal of Real Estate Research.
  • He is currently a Visiting Professor at MIT and J.E. Zollinger Professor of Real Estate & Finance at at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, 
    College of William & Mary. Michael is formerly a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and the London School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the Australian National University.
  • A former hedge fund Chief Economist, Michael is a past recipient of the William N. Kinnard Young Scholar Award, and more recently received the James A. Graaskamp Award which recognizes extraordinary iconoclastic thought/action throughout a person’s career in the development of a multi-disciplinary philosophy of real estate in the areas of behavioral real estate and decision-making.


Office Leasing Trends in 2021 Webinar
02/23/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/23/2021
02/23/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/23/2021 One of the biggest office leasing trends in 2021 will be executing quick, simple and flexible workplace solutions. What does that mean for both investors and occupiers? Join these two experts who will share their perspectives on the future of office leasing, including why flexibility is no longer a "nice to have," but a "must have." Speakers: Ben Hautt, Co-managing Partner, Stream Preston Young, Regional Managing Partner, Stream
Office Leasing Trends in 2021 Webinar Evaluation
5 Questions
Embracing Adaptability as a Key Tenet for the Future Workplace Webinar
04/27/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/27/2021
04/27/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/27/2021 Unpredictability continues to be a challenge in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but targeting focus on flexibility, adaptability, data and insights, and hybrid design will pave the way for a more efficient return to the office. In this webinar, experts will offer key insights as to what they are seeing in the market, what those trends mean for the future, and what you can do to prepare now. Speakers: Brian Chen, CEO and Co-founder, ROOM Elizabeth Hart, Vice Chairman, Newmark
Embracing Adaptability as a Key Tenet for the Future Workplace Evaluation
5 Questions
Office Building Design: Strategies for a Reimagined Future Webinar
07/14/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 07/14/2021
07/14/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 07/14/2021 As hybrid work styles are adopted post-pandemic and office workers look for a more purposeful trip to the office, tomorrow’s workplace will be a place where health and wellness, sustainability, and social responsibility are the essential drivers. What impact will these evolving needs have on our buildings, our business districts, and our cities? In this webinar, experts will present design strategies that building owners and developers can leverage to attract new tenants to their buildings, from hospitality and wellness-focused outdoor areas to social zones to mobility-ready ground floor spaces. You’ll also hear key findings from Gensler’s 2021 City Pulse Survey, which explores how developers are responding to shifts in global migration, remote working, urban affordability and other issues impacting commercial office building development across the globe. Speakers: Duncan Lyons, Design Director, Gensler Sofia Song, Global Cities Lead, Gensler Ian Zapata, Design Director, Gensler
Office Building Design: Strategies for a Reimagined Future Evaluation
5 Questions
Building Confidence in the Return-to-Work Force Webinar
09/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/21/2021
09/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/21/2021 As tenants return to their offices this fall, what can landlords do to make them feel safe? In this webinar, hear about best practices and case studies that show which amenities or building features are most effective and offer the best ROI. How do you address situations where a tenant requests specific items like air purification units, even though the building HVAC may already do the job well? Brian Shedd, vice president of sales and marketing for Pure Wellness will share the current science on keeping offices safe and clean, and the best ways to communicate improvements to tenants. Speaker: Brian Shedd, VP of Sales and Marketing, Pure Wellness
Building Confidence in the Return-to-Work Force Evaluation
5 Questions
Shaping the Workplace: Consumer/Generational Insights, Behavioral Predictions and Forecasts Webinar
10/12/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/12/2021
10/12/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/12/2021
Shaping the Workplace: Consumer/Generational Insights, Behavioral Predictions and Forecasts Evaluation
5 Questions
The Forces Shaping Office Space Demand Webinar (2021)
12/13/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/13/2021
12/13/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/13/2021 Get the inside track on upcoming opportunities in the office sector with Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Professor, Economics & Finance, Manhattan College and Michael J. Seiler, DBA, J.E. Zollinger Professor of Real Estate & Finance, College of William & Mary. They will provide insights and data from the latest NAIOP Office Space Demand Forecast, identify linkages between overall economic activity and the demand for office real estate, and engage in a live Q&A session with attendees.
The Forces Shaping Office Space Demand Webinar (2021) Evaluation
5 Questions