MBA Now: LaBianca, Chandler, Rocco Discuss CREF21

MBA is bringing together under one roof two highly anticipated events via MBA LIVE, an interactive virtual convention experience.

This year MBA will hold our Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo and our Commercial/Multifamily Housing Servicing and Technology Conference together in one must-attend event on February 3-4.

No need to travel; you can connect whenever you want from wherever you want.

Several of the event’s main planners, Chris LaBianca, Managing Director at UBS Real Estate Finance and Chair of MBA’s COMBOG, Christine Chandler, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer & Chief Credit Officer with M&T Realty Capital Corp. and Matt Rocco, Chairman & CEO at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, sat down with MBA Now to discuss the virtual event.

LaBianca noted in years past, he might have been found at a crowded party at CREF. “But the real mission of attending CREF is building and sustaining relationships that stand the test of time and the ups and downs of any market,” he said. “This year, I should be easy to find, because MBA is bringing the conference to you. The virtual environment is something we are all adjusting to, but what remains constant is the need to connect with our peers, compare notes and share our outlook at this unique time in our history. I hope you’ll join me in exploring the way forward at CREF 2021.”

“We know there are many aspects that your company and your colleagues will find intriguing,” Chandler told MBA Now. “As a virtual conference, with no travel required, we hope you will consider expanding invitations to more of your colleagues, especially the younger ones.”

Chandler noted CREF21 will include servicing and technology, production and other aspects of commercial real estate finance.  

“Coming off of a year with so many uncertainties like 2020, isn’t it exciting that we through this virtual format will be able to build upon the many years of success that we’ve had at MBA CREF in a virtual setting,” Rocco said. “It’s building upon the many years of success, friendships and relationships that we have within this industry.” “So let’s be a part of each other’s success in 2021,” Rocco said. “And let’s launch that success at the MBA CREF conference in February.”