Past Events

Past Events

03/16/2021 How Data Analytics and Change Management are Transforming the Future of Workplace
Featuring Kayla Stallard of American Interiors, Sponsored by Falkbuilt

02/25/2021Corporate Real Estate: Ways To Turn Uncertainty Into Opportunity Now
Featuring John Rice of Quarem & Carrie Holstead, Sponsored by Quarem

01/13/2021 Connecting a Dispersed Workforce Using XR
Featuring Kelly Funk & Guy Messick of IA Interior Architects

11/10/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: Actionable Steps Using MEP to Reduce Transmission Rates
Featuring David Price and David Van der Vossen of Allen & Shariff Corporation.
Download and listen to the audio recording here.

10/22/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: Technology + Solutions to Continue with Confidence During & After Covid-19
Featuring JD Berry and Jim Hannak of Siemens. 
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09/14/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: Returning to the Office
Featuring Henry Chao of AE7. 
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08/18/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: Pittsburgh Market Update
Featuring Paul Horan of Colliers, Jim Winter of HLWE, and Jeremy Waldrup of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. 
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07/29/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: The Future of Wellness Design
Featuring Eric Booth of Desmone Architects and Michael Kuhn of Jendoco.
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06/10/2020 Coffee with CoreNet: Crisis Communications

Featuring Megan Orbs of New Ivy Group.

G9fnVZfRVubEW0DoHLOh_HolidayParty-M.jpg11/21/2019 Jingle & Mingle: A Holiday Party
We celebrated the holiday season in style at holiday pop-up bar The Jingle Bar
. With music from Hermie & Harry's Dueling Pianos, winter-themed food and drinks, and festive decorations throughout the bar, there was no shortage of holiday cheer for CoreNet members and friends.

4ukM4TmJTRybDIyTOCCE_IMG_1768-M.jpg10/3/2019 Pink Pong
The 3rd Annual Pink Pong Tournament took place at Be Galleries in Lawrenceville. The event featured friendly ping pong competition, raffle and silent auction opportunities from our sponsors, art sales by be Galleries, music from DJ RB, and a variety of custom pink cocktails. Event proceeds benefited A Glimmer of Hope Foundation's breast cancer research with Allegheny Health Network.

09/23/2019 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency - Applications in Corporate Real Estate
Featured Speaker: Kevin Shtofman, Global Technology Strategy Lead, Deloitte Consulting
CoreNet Pittsburgh visited the University of Pittsburgh for a lesson about the emerging blockchain technologies and their use in the world of Corporate Real Estate.

fullsizeoutput_c2f.jpeg08/23/19 Workplace as a Service
Featured Speakers: Dominic Iacobucci, Owner/Client Leader/Design Strategist for BHDP's Workplace Team; Mark Chachula, Director of BHDP's Pittsburgh Market.
CoreNet Pittsburgh met at Serendipity Labs to enjoy a presentation, followed by an interactive group work session to discuss how to properly and proactively create a space around people.

06/27/19 Summer Social - Networking Happy Hour
CoreNet Pittsburgh hosted a happy hour event at the Over Eden rooftop bar in the new TRYP Hotel by Windham. Attendees enjoyed appetizers & drinks courtesy of TRYP Pittsburgh along with a tour of the Lawrenceville hotel, featuring their signature local art installations on every floor.

61172799_2099140470207871_3815942309212585984_n.jpg05/22/19 Best Places to Work - Correlation Between Employee Happiness + Real Estate

CoreNet Pittsburgh was pleased to welcome representatives from 2018 award-winning companies: Georgia Glass of 
IKM Incorporated, Colleen Elliott of Langan Engineering, Leslie Montgomery of Green Building Alliance, and Eric Booth of Desmone Architects. Special thanks to event sponsor: Continental Office, and to Desmone Architects for hosting CoreNet Pittsburgh as the the first group to tour their newly renovated WELL Certified Office Building!

59731714_2065366050251980_3587948754897993728_n.jpg05/01/19 How Higher Education Impacts Your Real Estate
Attendees enjoyed a lunch panel on the exciting topic of “How Higher Education Impacts Your Real Estate.” Special thanks to expert panelists: Matt Rendulic - 
University of Pittsburgh, Anna Siefken - Carnegie Mellon University, Kevin Snider - Penn State New Kensington, and Jim Miller - Washington & Jefferson College, moderated by Linda Topoleski of Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

190320_corenetoutsidetheoffice_speakerphoto.jpg03/20/19 Outside the Office: Industrial Space & Corporate Real Estate
Attendees enjoyed an interactive morning session about best practices for operating an "Outside the Office" portfolio. Panel of corporate real estate leaders included: Matthias Muckle of Bayer Corporation, Rachelle Vopal of First National Bank, and Chris Wild of Thermo Fisher Scientific, moderated by Jim Winter of HLWE.

2019corenetleadershipboard.jpg11/28/18 Jingle & Mingle: A Holiday Party

CoreNet Pittsburgh members & friends gathered to celebrate the season at Jingle Bar - a merry little pop-up bar near Market Square. The evening featured live music by Nameless in August, plenty of festive food & drink, as well as a great time to connect with friends old & new.

IMG_0938.jpg10/4/18 Pink Pong
2nd Annual CoreNet Pittsburgh Ping-Pong Tournament supporting breast cancer research at Magee-Women's Research Institute through A Glimmer of Hope Foundation at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place - Tom MacDonald, 2nd Place - Adam Murphy, and 3rd Place - Michael Connor. The event featured friendly competition, raffle opportunities, custom ping pong paddles designed by local artists, pink hair extensions, and CoreNet Cosmos.

IMG_0556.jpeg8/28/18 Activating Underutilized Real Estate
Featured Speakers: Dominic Iacobucci, Owner/Client Leader/Design Strategist for BHDP's Workplace Team; Mark Chachula, Director of BHDP's Pittsburgh Market.
During a highly interactive morning session, participants focused on a case study of common space type as well as defined utilization and discussed measurement techniques, metrics for success, and possible outcomes. 

180628_foundryfood.jpg6/28/18 Summer Fun at The Foundry
Attendees celebrated the summer with fellow CoreNet Members and friends at The Foundry Table & Tap, one of the best new farm-to-table restaurants on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

IMG_9661.jpg5/30/18 The Energy Innovation Center: A Living
Featured Speakers: Dr. Robert Meeder, President & CEO of Pittsburgh Gateways, developer on the project.
Guests had an exclusive opportunity to meet some of the Energy Innovation Center's current tenants and get a first-hand look at this reinvented 7.0 acre urban complex. An award-winning project several times over, this LEED Platinum Certified building has been transformed through years of public/private partnership into a state-of-the-art technical career institute.

4/19/18 Technology & Design in the Workplace: Planning for the Future
Featured Speakers: Amanda Buczynski, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; Brian Lang, Whitlock; Emily Mocilan, KMA & Associates.

Through this very exciting program, CoreNet Pittsburgh learned how to leverage technology and explore changes in the process of how people experience and understand design and construction.

81281818_1.jpg3/13/18 Pittsburgh's Green Print
Featured Speakers: Flore Marion, Energy Advisor for the City of Pittsburgh; Aurora Sharrard, Executive Director of Green Building Alliance; and Billy Grayson, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance.
In partnership with ULI Pittsburgh, BOMA, GBA, and The Department of City Planning, Pittsburgh's Green Print unpacked what the new Building Benchmark Ordinance is, resources that make it accessible, and what we can learn from this initiative.  

IMG_8409.jpeg1/24/18 Careers in Corporate Real Estate: A Day in the Life
Featured Speakers: John Beggy - PNC, Mary Guinee - CEC, Ron Lewis - Westinghouse, David Thor - JLL, Rachelle Vopal - First National Bank, Jim Winter - HLWE, and moderator Eric Bitar - PRA. CoreNet Pittsburgh hosted a career panel for students at Point Park University about "a day in the life" of a corporate real estate professional. 

Corenet_holidayparty_2017.jpg11/28/17 Jingle & Mingle: A Holiday Party
CoreNet Pittsburgh members & friends gathered to celebrate the season at Penn Society Social Club. Live music by Cello Fury in this intimate, 1920's Prohibition-style Social Club tucked away beneath Ten Penny. 

2017-11-01_2.jpg11/01/17 CSX Intermodal Rail Terminal: Impacts to the Pittsburgh Region
Featured Speakers: Matthew Cangiolosi – Director of Real Estate Management, CSX; Patty Horvatich – Vice President of Business Investment, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance; Taris Vrcek – Executive Director, McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation
Unique fall tour of the CSX Intermodal Terminal followed by a presentation at Father Ryan Arts Center. 

171017_winners.jpg10/17/17 Pink Pong
1st Annual CoreNet Pittsburgh Ping-Pong Tournament supporting breast cancer research at Magee-Women's Research Institute through A Glimmer of Hope Foundation at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place - Ian Smith, 2nd Place - Pete Jefferson, and 3rd Place - John Beggy. 

170905_photo.jpg09/06/17 WELL Building Panel Discussion
Featured Speakers: Jason Wirick, Director of Facilities and Sustainability - Phipps Conservatory; Shalini Ramesh, Director in Technical Solutions - IWBI; Pete Jefferson, Vice President and Building Science Practice Leader - Forte Building Science; Justin Downey, Principle | Technical Director, Sustainability Consultant - RWDI; Jim Winter - Cresa
Tour of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and WELL building panel discussion followed by networking reception with light hors d'oeurves. 

170805_corenetproducetopeople_header_copy.jpg08/05/17 Produce to People

CoreNet Pittsburgh members volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute fresh fruit, vegetables, as well as other grocery items, to the community. 

170621_gristhouse.jpg06/21/17 Grist House Member Mixer
Members celebrated the Summer Solstice at Grist House Craft Brewery and also enjoyed Driftwood Oven Pizza. 

marc_maiona.jpg06/15/17 Focus on FASB Changes

Featured Speaker: Marc Maiona, Founder and Principle - LeaseCalcs, LLC
Presentation exploring how the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)'s & International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)'s new lease accounting standards will impact negotiation of terms & conditions, key financial metrics, and the relationship between corporate real estate, finance, and the C-Suite. 

2017-04-19_17_37_42.jpg04/19/17 The Evolution of the Workplace: Understanding the Co-Working Phenomenon & Death of the Cubicle
Featured Speakers: Rabih Helou, Co-Founder and COO - The Beauty Shoppe; Bryan Headley, Community Manager - Spaces; and Mike Woycheck, Operations Director - Alloy 26.
Exploration of co-working as an evolution of the workplace-workspace and an alternative to the more traditional office or work-from-home environment. 

170314_collagerevised_crop.jpg04/04/17 Robotics in Pittsburgh

Featured Panelists: J. Mark Nolan, Executive Director, Institutional Partnerships - Carnegie Mellon University; John Dolan, Principal Systems Scientist - Carnegie Mellon University's Robotic Institute and Co-Founder and Head Scientist - Discovery Robotics; Dr. Larry Williams, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer - Discovery Robotics; Zack Duncan, Co-Founder and Head of Marketing - Discovery Robotics
Exclusive members-only tour of the NREC, the National Robotics Engineering Center, panel discussion, and post-program Happy Hour at Tender Bar + Kitchen. 

161130_drinks5.jpeg11/30/16 Jingle & Mingle: A Holiday Party

CoreNet Pittsburgh members & friends gathered to celebrate the season at Revel + Roost, a refined two-level rustic American restaurant, to connect over food, drinks, and live music by Nameless in August. 


  10/05/16 Going Green in the City of Black & Gold

Featured Speaker: John Beggy, Director of Realty Services Transactions - PNC Bank

An exclusive, members-only tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza, recently named a finalist for the CoreNet Global Innovator's Award Competition. Followed by cocktails & jazz at Andy's Wine Bar. 



   07/28/16 Why Pittsburgh? A Case Study on JLL's Decision to Continue Investing in Pittsburgh

  Featured Speaker: JC Pelusi, International Director - JLL

Discussion of why corporate end users are choosing the Pittsburgh market to grow their businesses, and how these factors influenced JLL's
decision to expand its footprint here. 



04/21/16 Sharing the Future City: A Joint Breakfast Program with NAIOP Pittsburgh

  Featured Speaker: Gunnar Branson, President & CEO - National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers

In the second decade of the 21st century, we face changing demographics, financial uncertainty and profound innovations in technology.
How does this impact our cities and real estate?





  04/20/16 Meet Gunnar Branson: Members Only Reception

An opportunity to connect one-on-one with our featured speaker for an informal cocktail reception.



    04/06/16 Day of CEUs: The Past, Present, and Future of Pittsburgh's Development and the Business Case for Green Buildings

Session 1 - History of Downtown Pittsburgh: Downtown Pittsburgh's past, current, and future development projects.
Presented by Josette Fitzgibbons and Kyra Straussman (Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh)

Session 2 - The Business Case for Green Buildings, and a Look at the Pittsburgh 2030 District.
Presented by Adam Sledd (Institute for Market Transformation) and Anna Siefken (Green Building Alliance).


   3/24/16 Craft Masters:  Private Tour + Tasting at Wigle Whiskey

A guided tour highlighting the distillation process and history of the Whiskey Rebellion.





 3/18/14  "ENERGY"   Why and How Westinghouse selected the Cranberry location.

Presented by:
Russ Bussard, Director of Global Real Estate and Facilities, Westinghouse

     11/19/13  3rd Annual Real Estate Challenge

Margaret Bell, UPMC
Steve Pons, Direct Energy
Jim Chickini, Giant Eagle
 10/15/13  Economic and Capital Markets Update

Panel of Speakers:
Brooks Robinson, Director, Southwest Governor's Action Team
Mark Popovich, Senior Marketing Director, HFF
Jeffrey Ackerman, Managing Director, CBRE

MODERATOR:  Anthony Ventura, Schneider Downs
     7/16/13  Developer Impacts on Pittsburgh - Evening Networking Program

Speaker:  Lucas Piatt, Millcraft Investments
     5/14/13  Staying Sustainable - High Performance Building Codes, Energy Benchmarking and Green Leasing

Panel of Distinguished Speakers:
Chad Il. Michaelson, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Billy Grayson, WESCO Distribution, Inc.
MODERATOR:  Kevin F. McKeegan, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
     2/19/13  Disasters:  Preparation, Mitigation and Response

Panel of Distinquished Speakers:
Brian Ruane, Executive Vice President, Willis of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Kevin Wilkes, Midwest Regional Director, Willis of Pennsylvania, Inc.
    11/13/2012: 2nd Annual Corporate Real Estate Challenges: How the Pros Do it

A Panel of Distinguished Speakers Featured:
Pat Esquino - Sneior Manager REal Estate, FedEx Ground
Gary Habsburg - REal Estate Manager, WESCO Distribution
Shelly Sponholz - SVP REal Estate and Asset Management, Giant Eagle

  10/3/2012: Trends in Distribution Corridors and the Impact on the Mega-Region

Distinguished Speakers Featured:
M. John Vickerman, P.E., AIA, Vickerman & Associates LLC
DeWitt Peart, President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

Moderated by Gregory Quatchak, Civil & Environmental Consultants

This was a joint event with CoreNet, NAIOP and SIOR Members
9/10/2012: Landlords v. Tenants: Building Sustainable, Collaborative Relationships

A Panel of Distinguished Speakers Featured:
Barry Ford - President of Development, Continental Real Estate
Aaron Stauber - Principal and President, Rugby Realty
Christopher Wild - Manager, Corporate Real Estate, Kennametal
Sandra Wise - Vice President, Construction, Dollar Bank

Moderated by Kevin McKeegan, Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
     7/17/2012: Summer Social and Networking Event

Special Guest Speaker:
Bill Bates, Vice President of Real Estate, Eat'nPark

Bill gave and overview of the Eat'nPark Hospitality portfolio.
    5/15/12:  Navigating the Process:  Local, State and Federal Approvals for New Construction Projects

A Panel of Distinguished Speakers Featured:
Kevin F. McKeegan, Managing Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
effrey M. DePaolis, Principal, Trans Associates
Gregory Quatchak, Founding Principal, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

An engaging dialogue on the ins and outs of the approvals process for new construction projects. This session was attended by Commercial Real Estate Executives, Facilities and Project Managers, Landowners/Developers, Real Estate Professionals, and Attorneys, Architects & Engineers who are involved with or dependent on new construction projects that will start in the coming year.



3/13/12: The Mobile Workforce Has Arrived. Has Your Portfolio Kept Up?

<color="#002060">A panel discussion on mobility covering how organizations can realize the benefits of mobility, including increased productivity, talent attraction and retention, greater flexibility and agility, cost reduction, risk reduction and carbon footprint reduction.  Items discussed:  </color="#002060">potential roadblocks, implementation and lessons learned with seasoned professionals, Kathleen D’Appolonia, Senior Vice President, Wellness and Work-Life Initiatives, PNC; Michael Gamble, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Realty Services, PNC; Eric Johnson, Senior Manager, Workplace Strategy, Deloitte Consulting.




2/01/12:  Making Sense of the Allegheny County Tax Assessment Process and Impacts

CoreNet Pittsburgh held a luncheon at the Dusquesne Club on the timely topic of Allegheny County Tax Assessment Process and its Impact for the business sector in Pittsburgh, PA.  The event, featuring speaker Dusty Elias Kirk, Attorney at Reed Smith LLP, was well attended and well received. Members and non-members alike have a better understanding of the reassassment process to date.

11/15/11:  Facilitating Wins "Pittsburgh State and Regional Incentives"

CoreNet Global hosted Panel Speakers - Dennis Yablonsky, Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; F. Brooks Robinson, Jr., Southwest Regional Director, Governor’s Action Team and Joe Kuklis, Principal, President and CEO, GSP Consulting.
9/20/11:  Corporate Real Estate "How the Pros Handle it"

CoreNet Global Pittsburgh hosted Panel Speakers - James Winter, Global Manager of Corporate Real Estate at Alcoa, Inc.;  Russell Bussard, Director Real Estate and Facilities at Westinghouse Electric Company and Kevin Wade, Director of Leasing at PNC Bank.               



7/21/11:  Shining the Light Profits "Solar Solutions and Your Bottom Line"

CoreNet Global featured the most unique and diverse solar and sustainability project in the Mid-Atlantic.

Scalo Solar Solutions shared their experience with the most advanced sustainable technologies for generating alternative energy and methods of improving the building envelope. The group toured the Sunscape Demonstration Project, a one-of-a-kind sustainable venue that features a 105kW photovoltaic installation, vegetative green roofing, advanced daylighting equipment and more.
          5/11/11: Meet the Candidates - Real Estate In Allegheny County

A Panel of Distinguished Speakers Featured:

Rich Fitzgerald, Democrat
Mark Patrict Flaherty, Democrat
Chuck McCullough, Republican
D. Raja, Republican
    3/1/11:  Kick Off Event "What is Your Energy Plan for 2011"

CoreNet Gloal Pittsburgh hosted a practical workshop for corporate/commercial real estate executives.  Panel speakers included Stephen Moritz, President , Lee Levitt, Dir. of Operations and Anita Brattina, CEO - All Facilities Energy Group.  Bill Burdwood, Dir. Strategic Sourcing - Giant Eagle.   Lawrence N. Bazrod, Senior VP - CoreNet Global HQ.