2017 Annual Conference 

THANK YOU to the sponsors, speakers and attendees of the 2017 CHAM Annual Conference.  Your support and participation made this event a huge success!


We had 301 registrants from 160 organizations who attended 19 sessions representing 39 states as we explored a variety of issues related to the long-term viability and sustainability of our affordable housing stock.

A listing of the speakers with their company affiliations, along with many of the session presentations, are listed on this page for your review.

Please consider joining us for the 2018 conference! Additional information will be forthcoming!


notable speakers

Amy Anthony
Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
Sandra Henriquez
Frmr HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing
Michael B. Simmons
Community Realty Management
Paul Weech
Opening plenary
Sandra Henriquez
David Fromm and Lisa Deller
Jenny Netzer
Classroom session
Harold Nassau
Rooftop reception
Amazing sunset!
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Sunday, June 25


Opening Reception

6:00 to 8:00 pm | Colorado reception area

Join your colleagues at the opening reception as we kick off the 2017 CHAM Annual Conference.  

Monday, June 26

Welcome Plenary — Weathering the Storm! Policy Matters and the Future of the Affordable Housing Industry

9:00 to 10:30 am | Crystal Ballroom

Significant proposed budget reductions at the federal level coupled with the prospect of tax reform have yielded a slew of challenges for affordable housing practitioners. Industry leaders will provide an important policy update as we 'batten down the hatches' in our efforts to weather the storm. All hands on deck!

Charles Wehrwein | Housing Partnership Network

Mark Shelburne | Novogradac & Company LLP

Michael Simmons | Community Realty Management

Fred Mitchell | NHP Foundation

Jennifer Seamons | Key Community Development Corporation

Karen Przypyszny | National Equity Fund

Lessons Learned at Y15: Building Better Partnership Agreements

10:45 to 12:00 pm | Crestone Salon B

This panel explores lessons learned after the initial wave of Y15 dispositions. What impact does the LPA have on an Asset Manager's workflow and what have we learned as it relates to: joint ventures, reserve accounts, partner obligations, right of first refusal language and other Y15

Chris Hornig | Kein Hornig LLP presentation

Kathy Ebner | Homes for America presentation

Charles Rhuda | Novogradac & Company LLP presentation

Michael Witt | Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Bernie Oleniacz | Bellwether Enterprise presentation

Strategic Capital Planning to Ensure Long-Term Sustainability

10:45 to 12:00 pm | Crestone Salon A

The most sophisticated organizations are very deliberate and strategic with their use of reserves to ensure the long‐term viability and sustainability of their assets. National
Church Residences and Industrial Roofing Services will describe their strategic partnership that helps ensure the long‐term viability of assets for National Church Residences across the country.

Jack Geary | Jack Geary Consulting

Steve Bodkin | National Church Residences 

Keith Dippel | Industrial Roofing Services, Inc.

It's All about Risk

10:45 to 12:00 pm | Aspen Room

Risk is in the eye of the beholder. This session will explore risk from different perspectives and discuss how owners can
effectively mitigate those risks to lessen investor or lender anxieties. Recently updated AHIC standards and innovative risk assessment models will be discussed; and syndicators will share best‐in-class narratives from their watch lists to highlight the work of savvy owners.

Noreen Beiro | Enterprise Community Partners

James Cruickshank | US Dept of HUD / Director of Assessments and R&D presentation presentation presentation

Jacques Logan | National Equity Fund

Jen Call | US Bank CDC / AHIC presentation

Keynote Luncheon — Who Have We Been? Who Will We Be?

12:00 to 1:1pm | Crystal Ballroom

Sandra Henriquez has sat in all the seats at the table: HUD Deputy Secretary for Public Housing, Director of Boston Housing Authority and Regional Manager for Maloney Properties.

Investors Pull Back the Curtain

1:30 to 2:45 pm | Crestone Salon A

What REALLY motivates investors within the LIHTC realm? Do investors think about Asset Management? Beyond underwriting criteria, what goes into investor decisions — markets, returns, politics, relationships...and more.

Beth Mullen | CohnReznick

Marge Novak | Cinnaire

Jon Welty | Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Dana Moore | Compass Advisors

Greg Griffin Enterprise Community Asset Management

Commercial Space: Critical Amenity or Financial Drag?

1:30 to 2:45 pm | Aspen Room

Do we have to underwrite commercial space assuming zero income? EBALDC and Mercy Housing discuss the impact of commercial space on neighborhoods and mixed-use properties.

Erik Solivan | Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere

Nancy Conover | Mercy Housing

Judy Graboyes | East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Cost Controls and Other Strategies to Bolster NOI

1:30 to 2:45 pm | Crestone Salon B

With declining subsidies and increasing resident needs, the importance of cost control and revenue maximization has never been more important. Panelists will explore specific strategies to reduce cost and increase revenue in an effort to bolster NOI.

Judy Weber | VIVA Consulting

Jack Howell | Ion Energy Solutions 

Mark Vernon | HPN Select presentation

Katherine Gibson | McCormack Baron presentation

Jeff Robinson | Rainmaker Group

Refi's and Other Recapitalization Strategies

3:00 to 4:15 pm | Crestone Salon B

You just reached Y15 and your investor exited. Interest rates are rising and new credits are hard to get! If 9% deals are not the answer, what is? This panel will get you thinking about the latest financing vehicles, NOAHs and your regulatory environment as you prepare to reposition your property.

Laurie Gould | VIVA Consulting presentation

Michael Witt Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Katherine Fleming | BRIDGE Housing

Len Tatem | Tatem Consulting

Asset Management Data Platforms for Small to Midsize Portfolios

3:00 to 4:15 pm | Crestone Salon A

Are you managing a small to midsize portfolio but struggling to capture data efficiently? This session will highlight an affordable technology platform that integrates the many moving parts for modest-size portfolios.   

Dana Moore | Compass Advisors presentation

Amelia Hill Nuestra Comunidad

Phil Hood | NeighborWorks America

Energy Initiatives: Making Investments and Tracking Results

3:00 to 4:15 pm | Aspen Room

What keeps us from making an investment to reduce energy consumption? How do we substantiate or validate the potential cost savings? Wegowise and Emerald City will demonstrate an integrated approach for tracking the real results from an energy investment.

Ravi Malhotra | ICAST presentation

Laila Partridge | Wegowise presentation

Kevin Warner | Emerald Cities


6:00 to 10:00 pm | Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing welcomes you to a fun-filled evening with a variety of activities including a reception with food and drink. This is a must-attend event!  Shuttle bus transportation is provided. Non-stop bus services provided to and from event location!

Tuesday, June 27

Plenary — Are We Committed to Managing to the Double Bottom Line? Or Just Talking about It?

8:30 to 9:45 am | Crystal Ballroom

Building a business model for mission and margin matters across diverse portfolios.

Jenny Netzer | TCAM

Dena Xifaras | Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)

Mary Corthell | Beacon Communities

Ann Clift | Foundation Communities, Inc.  presentation

The RAD Program: What Comes Next?

10:00 to 11:00 am | Aspen Room

HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program created an opportunity for PHAs to revitalize their portfolios under this initiative. Experts will provide an update on the status of RAD and predict its future and consider the asset management of RAD deals.

Deborah VanAmerongen | Nixon Peabody LLP presentation

Cynthia Alvarez | Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp presentation

Cat Vielma | National Equity Fund presentation  

What Makes a GREAT Asset Manager?

10:00 to 11:00 am | Crestone Salon B

A for-profit owner, an investor and a nonprofit CFO give their answers. And so do you!

Tony DiBlasi | Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Caroline Horton | Aeon presentation

Rick Wishcamper | Wishrock Group

Managing to New Realities: Strategies to Combat Lost or Reduced Subsidy

10:00 to 11:00 am | Crestone Salon A

Create a contingency plan! HUD and RD budgets are under assault — which may have a significant impact on your property with lost or reduced PBS8, RA, public housing, S+C or HCV subsidies. This panel will explore strategies to combat these potential subsidy shortfalls, while also discussing the larger strategic planning process to help an organization better plan for the future.

Kelly Perlman | Plante Moran

Blair Kincer | Novogradac & Company LLP

Thomas Buonopane I The Community Builders

Christopher Allred | NYC Housing Preservation & Development

Untapped Potential: Working with Your HFA

11:15 to 12:15 pm | Aspen Room

A responsible owner and a Housing Finance Agency share a very important goal: ensuring the long-term viability of the asset to meet public policy goals well into the extended-use period. This panel will explore best practices and identify opportunities for Asset Managers and HFAs to align their interests and work together in new ways.

Brian Miller | Colorado Housing Finance Agency presentation

Michael Dant | Kentucky Housing Corporation

Troy Gladwell | Medici Communities

Anne Marie MacPherson  | MassHousing Finance Agency


Truly Managing the Double Bottom Line: Resident Services and AM

11:15 to 12:15 pm | Crestone Salon A

Leaders in the field demonstrate how resident services and asset management can create common goals, and successfully work together to lower operating costs and increase resident retention rates while also improving residents' lives. 

Frances Ferguson | NeighborWorks America

Ryan Crogan | REACH

Mary Corthell | Beacon Communities presentation

Robert Torres | Urban Edge presentation

Julie Fox | National Church Residences presentation

The AM Profession: Workloads, Responsibilities, Compensation

11:15 to 12:15 pm | Crestone Salon B

IREM will present its newest publication titled Real Estate Asset Management: A Process and a Profession. Panel will also explore recent NH&RA survey results related to Asset Manager workload levels and CEL survey of compensation trends.

Judy Weber | VIVA Consulting

Dustin Read | Virginia Tech presentation

Thom Amdur | NH&RA presentation

Anne Lang | CEL & Associates presentation

Closing Luncheon — Award Ceremony and Keynote

12:30 to 2:00 pm | Crystal Ballroom

Closing luncheon and award ceremony followed by Amy Anthony (founder of POAH) who will explore the topic: " What Does Preservation Mean for Our Future?" Followed by closing remarks from conference organizers."


David Fromm | NeighborWorks America

Harold Nassau | NeighborWorks America

Amy Anthony | Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)