World's Largest Commercial Real Estate Services Firm To Showcase Its Tech And Innovation Strategies At Leading Real Estate Tech Conference In The U.S. 


New York, NY (January 31, 2020)CREtech (, a leading global conference and research company devoted to innovation in the Built World, has announced that CBRE President and CEO Bob Sulentic and Chief Digital & Technology Officer Chandra Dhandapani will deliver the opening keynote conversation at its upcoming technology conference in Austin, Texas, on April 22. 

The discussion, titled “CBRE: The World's Largest Tech-Enabled Real Estate Platform,” will be moderated by Elie Finegold, a former CBRE senior executive and a leading investor and advisor to proptech startups globally. This discussion will highlight the global commercial real estate services firm’s overall innovation strategy.

CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2018 revenues of $21.3 billion and more than 90,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE is ranked #146 in the Fortune 500, and has been named Fortune’s Most Admired Company in the real estate sector for two years in a row. 

“This will be one of the most important discussions in our sector and one that every real estate professional should hear, as our industry continues to rapidly evolve,” stated Michael Beckerman, CEO, CREtech. “CBRE has shown how our industry needs to embrace, adopt and invest in innovation to take advantage of new technologies that will impact commercial real estate. Special thanks to Elie Finegold for his continued advocacy of technology for companies and professionals alike.” 

Bob Sulentic, a 35-year veteran of commercial real estate, has been President & Chief Executive Officer of CBRE Group, Inc. since December 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Sulentic served as President of CBRE, with responsibility for all business segments. Earlier, Mr. Sulentic served as Chairman and CEO of Trammell Crow Company when that company merged with CBRE in late 2006. 

As Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Ms. Dhandapani is CBRE’s most-senior global technology leader, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s technology and digital enablement, including those serving clients and CBRE professionals. Ms. Dhandapani has a proven record of developing and executing enterprise-level digital strategies that support business objectives, improve client outcomes and drive growth. Prior to joining CBRE, she was a senior technology executive and Digital Transformation leader at Capital One Financial for 17 years. Ms. Dhandapani serves on the board of OnDeck, the leading online small business lender. 

Elie Finegold has been an entrepreneur and leader at the intersection of real estate and technology for nearly 20 years. He previously led Global Innovation at CBRE, was a founding member of Island Capital Group, and co-founded and grew IGY Marinas into a $1.5 billion AUM vertically integrated global real estate business.  Prior to that he was Chief Innovation Officer at Insignia Financial Group, founded a number of startups in both the real estate and technology sectors, and has served on numerous industry leadership boards. Mr. Finegold is a Venture Advisor to MetaProp and an advisor to numerous startup and growth-stage companies.   He is a published author and speaker and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University.

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