Restaurants, real estate the topic of upcoming Zoom webinar hosted by ULI NWA

by Paul Gatling ([email protected]) 504 views 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacts on the restaurant and commercial real estate sectors will be the focus of a Zoom webinar Thursday (May 21) organized by Northwest Arkansas’ Urban Land Institute (ULI) chapter.

The digital event “Overcoming Covid: Restaurants and Real Estate” is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. The online webinar and roundtable discussion will examine COVID-19 impacts to the food and beverage sector of the hospitality industry, and by association, the forecast for commercial real estate net absorption through the remainder of 2020.

The format will be a keynote presentation followed by a roundtable discussion by leaders in the hospitality, commercial real estate and banking industries.

The keynote presenter is Spencer Levy, who is the chairman of Americas research and a senior economic advisor at CBRE.

Clinton Bennett, president of Fayetteville-based firm Bennett Commercial Real Estate, will lead the roundtable discussion. Participants include:

  • Montine McNulty, CEO, Arkansas Hospitality Association
  • David Milligan, executive general manager, Pig & Swing Restaurant Group
  • Jamie Rheem, president, 3Pointe Restaurant Group
  • Ben Sellers, managing partner, Pivot Project
  • Tom Allen, executive vice president, Cushman & Wakefield | Sage Partners
  • Mark Ryan, executive vice president, Arvest Bank

“These are challenging times that have led us into uncharted territory,” Bennett said. “We are hopeful that the collective knowledge and front line experiences of this group may provide the information and ideas that industry professionals can put to use as we all navigate this experience.”

Questions from webinar participants will be accepted. The event is free, though registration is required in order to receive a virtual meeting link in a confirmation email.

For more information and to register, visit

Wes Craiglow is the Northwest Arkansas Coordinator for the ULI. It’s a satellite office of ULI Oklahoma, which serves members in Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.

ULI has about 45,000 members in nearly 100 countries around the world and promotes best practices in land use and real estate. It was founded in 1936.

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