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“Let’s Get Real; Real Estate and the Modern Workforce, What Should a CFO Do?” by the DC CFOLC

“Let’s Get Real; Real Estate and the Modern Workforce, What Should a CFO Do?” hosted by: The Washington, D.C. CFO Leadership Council Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

When: Tuesday September 17, 2019
7:30-9:30 AM
Where: The offices of BDO
8401 Greensboro Drive
1st Floor- Lobby Level Conference Center
McLean, Virginia  22102
United States
Contact: Debbie Lindner
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Program description


“Let’s Get Real; Real Estate and the Modern Workforce, What Should a CFO Do?”


Amazon’s selection of the DMV has affected the real estate market and will impact the overall job market and expectations of your top talent.


Join the CFOLC as we delve into the 2019 2020 DMV market report.  You will hear experts from Savills assess the broad market and explain the many paradoxes that are creating historic, unprecedented concessions for occupiers of real estate that are directly affecting more than just your P&L statement. 


Join in the discussion as we talk through the many choices flexible office solutions are now offering us while delving into the pros and cons of who is making the decision for all your real estate needs and the importance of how this effects your overall culture and the ability to hire top talent.


Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the restrained demand that is creating historic and unprecedented concessions for occupiers of real estate in the second largest office market in the country.

  • Discover how the Amazon Effect is changing the real estate landscape and effecting your ability to hire top talent

  • Learn the options that flexible office solutions provide and discover the pros and cons of how it effects your bottom line.

  • Think differently about the reporting structure of real estate decision makers in your organization and how that directly can affect individual employees





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To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button. All CFO Leadership Council members can attend this event for free.


Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.


Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Marketing Director, Washington, DC Chapter at

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 CPE credits in
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

About Our Speakers


Rebecca Ahmed, Corporate Managing Director, Washington, D.C., Savills

Rebecca Ahmed is Corporate Managing Director for the Savills Washington, D.C., regional offices, focused on working with clients to develop occupancy solutions that optimize their portfolio strategy in alignment with their business goals. Working with the Washington-area brokers, Rebecca will leverage the Occupier Services and Cross Border teams to help organizations develop proactive portfolio management, strategic decisions around workforce analytics, greater negotiation leverage, and stronger business cases.

Rebecca brings extensive experience from the hospitality industry in managing human resources transitions through major real estate transactions, serving as an integral business partner to the C-suite throughout the process. Rebecca joined Savills in 2019 from Pinnacle Gaming (PNK), where she directed HR through various mergers and acquisitions, ultimately leading to the sale of PNK to Penn & Boyd Gaming for a total $2.8 billion.

Prior to working at PNK, Rebecca oversaw talent acquisition, HR compliance and employment services for Allegiant Travel Company in Las Vegas. During her time at Allegiant Travel Company, she led the expansion within people services of Allegiant Travel Company’s airline operations into Pittsburgh, Asheville and Cincinnati. Before working at Allegiant, Rebecca managed people services through the construction and development of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Sanctuary Hotel in New York

Awards, Achievements and Activities

Rebecca is a highly respected speaker, panelist and author in the field of human resources, hiring and talent management. Her recent speaking engagements and panel discussions include People Analytics, Glassdoor and the HR Technology Exchange. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the HR Exchange Network, which published her article on “Developing a Culture of Innovation, Creating Innovation: Ways to Address your Company’s Culture, Technology Enhancing the Candidate Experience.” 

Rebecca has been recognized as a top volunteer throughout her career and is active in community service organizations in the DC metropolitan area such as DC Central Kitchen and Doorways For Women and Families.

Ken Biberaj, Managing Director, Suburban Washington, D.C., Savills

In 2017, Ken Biberaj joined the Savills Suburban DC office in northern Virginia. A veteran with over 15 years of experience in real estate, Ken provides tenants with 360-degree, all-encompassing advisory services that allow their companies to make the best financial and operational decision – with room for growth. From market research and analysis to financial modeling and forecasting, Ken provides his clients with an abundance of data analyses that help them make an informed decision. Whether a company is in legal, nonprofit, financial services or Technology, Ken can counsel them throughout the entire transaction.

Prior to joining Savills, Ken spent 12 years with Morgan Barrington Associates of New York, where he eventually became vice president. As VP, Ken was involved with real estate development, as well as investment sales and brokerage. He also coordinated public relations and business development for The Russian Tea Room, a high-end restaurant and event venue. Ken also served for three years as the Chairman of the Board for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. As a specialist in commercial real estate with an emphasis in banking, law, public policy, communication and strategy, Ken strives to leverage his clients’ interests

Awards, Achievements and Activities

Ken currently serves as a board member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Democratic Business Council for Northern Virginia. Previously, Ken served on the board of the NYC & Company Restaurant Committee and Hanover Community Bank and was a candidate for New York City Council in 2013. Ken also advises the National Campus Leadership Council and was previously on the Culinary Council of the Food Bank for NYC and a member of America Needs You.

Professionally, Ken has been recognized throughout his industry as an exemplary broker. For his service as a Chairman of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Manhattan Borough President presented Ken with a proclamation and declared December 7, 2017 as “Ken Biberaj Appreciation Day on the Borough of Manhattan”. He also received the ’40 Under 40 Rising Star’ and ‘CSR Responsible 100’ awards from City & State Media. His first alma mater, American University, presented Ken with the ‘Rising Star Alumni Award’ and he was also a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Wendy Feldman Block, Senior Managing Director, Suburban Washington, D.C., Savills

Since joining Savills in 1987, Wendy has focused on providing real estate services on behalf of major tenants in Washington, DC and around the country with a focus on law firms, associations, nonprofits and corporations. Her expertise lies in her experience advising clients on creative thought leadership, market expertise, leveraging market intelligence and structuring transactions that best suit her clients’ unique objectives. She provides a broad range of services including build-to-suit transactions, lease deals, due diligence and acquisitions and dispositions. Wendy has most recently completed the first project in the world to achieve Platinum WELL and LEED certifications. She is sought after for her experience in negotiating leases that would enable tenants to pursue this new designation

Awards, Achievements and Activities

Wendy is active in numerous professional and service organizations. A graduate of Leadership Washington, she has been an active volunteer in the community, taking leadership roles on the boards of many organization including The Washington DC Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Bell Multi-Cultural High School and Jubilee Support Alliance. She has also been active in helping Year Up and College Tracks. She served as the president of the board of directors for IONA Senior Services and was the chair of membership for Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation.

At present, Wendy is an active trustee of the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation, funding social change to benefit women and girls, the Board Advisors for IONA, the Board of Advisors of Sol Systems, Co-Chair of the Annual Gala for the Higher Achievement Program, and a member of the Capital Campaign Committee for the Round House Theatre. 

Wendy was the honored recipient of several awards including most recently the Washington DC Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association’s Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award, Women to Watch for Jewish Women International, Bisnow Power Series Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate Award, and the Commercial Real Estate Women Lifetime Impact Award for Washington DC. She was also selected as a March of Dimes Heroine in real estate for her commitment to community service.

David Cornbrooks, Corporate Managing Director, Washington, D.C., Savills

David Cornbrooks specializes in helping tenants align real estate with business objectives by providing strategic operational, financial and workplace consulting. Initial steps of the process involve strategic planning, financial analysis and workplace strategies to ensure his clients’ objectives, priorities and constraints are incorporated into the final solution. From there, David and his team implement a competitive site selections process, maximizing his clients’ leverage. Throughout the entire transaction, David administers full-service management all the way through to contract negotiations and beyond.

Throughout his more than 10 years as a professional, David has worked for all types of entities including corporations, nonprofit associations and educational institutions in the Washington DC metropolitan area and across the country.

Prior to joining Savills in 2010, David spent three years as an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, where he provided quantitative and analytic support to investment bankers in Public Finance. During his tenure, he participated in over $1 billion of bond financings across the country. David’s investment banking experience has helped him support his clients through the use of financial data and analytics.

Awards, Achievements and Activities

David is a mentor at Year Up, a one-year training program that provides skills development and coursework for underprivileged young adults.

William Quinby, Vice Chairman, Co-Regional Manager, Suburban Washington, D.C., Savills

Since 1979, William Quinby has established himself as a proven, effective professional throughout the commercial real estate industry. As a veteran broker with Savills since 1987, Bill serves as vice chairman and co-regional manager out of both the northern Virginia office in Tysons and the firm’s Washington D.C. location in the heart of downtown.

Over the course of his more than 40-year career, Bill has amassed real estate projects totaling in excess of 25 million square feet of development consulting, financing, tenant-led developments, build-to-suits and complex multi-location assignments. In order to optimize each of his clients’ transactions, Bill provides a plethora of services such as strategic planning, workplace strategy, site planning, architecture, contract analysis and lease negotiation. Some of Bill’s notable clients include the District of Columbia, California State University, George Mason University, AMTRAK and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.

Bill is a founding member of Savills Education Practice Group. As team leader, Bill manages a dynamic group of knowledgeable professionals out of the Washington, D.C. office along with representatives in each of Savills offices nationally. In addition, Bill is an expert in multiple fields including government/quasi- government, financial services, professional services, nonprofit and legal.

Prior to joining Savills, Bill spent the beginning of his career as at Lewis Gwin Partners (where he was a partner), Russo Development in Houston, and Rubloff Inc. in Chicago.

Awards, Achievements and Activities

In his free time, Bill likes to participate within his community. He currently serves on the board of Building Hope, a charter school development and financial company, as well as Tysons Partnership which is a business leaders’ forum promoting the development of Tysons, Virginia. Bill is also on the District of Columbia Federal City Council.

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