May 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Virtual (Zoom)

PropTech 2021​
Why Investors, Corporations, and Startups are Bullish on this New Tech


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Zoom Meeting


Imagine controlling everything from your mortgage to home repairs through a single app, or using a 360-degree camera to perform a virtual walk-through of a jobsite. That’s PropTech. In 2020, nearly $24 billion in venture capital poured into companies creating new technology products or innovative business models for the real estate market. Industry engagement, sophisticated capital and strong entrepreneurs mean this sector is poised for significant growth. Join us along with Valley Bank on May 26th, to explore PropTech from a commercial “cretech” and residential real estate lens. Learn about specific startups, investment trends, current COVID challenges and surprising opportunities.

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Moderated by
Bob Bardusch
Chief Operating Officer, Valley Bank


Bob joined Valley in 2016 and brings over two decades of financial leadership and expertise to his current role. He began his journey with Valley as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer and was promoted to COO in 2018. As COO, he plays a critical role working with Valley’s executive leadership team to deliver the bank’s strategic vision. Bob’s focus is on integrating platforms, improving service delivery and efficiency, and fostering innovation to support the bank in operating with the right balance of vision, quality, flexibility, control and cost. In addition to these responsibilities, he will continue to lead Valley’s digital transformation projects and all technology and operations-based aspects of the bank.

Bob received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Information Systems and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Chairman of the advisory board for The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology, and on the board of The NJ Tech Council.

The Panelists

Kurt Breitenstein

Kurt Breitenstein

Credit Deputy CRE, Valley Bank

Kurt is a career commercial credit & lending professional with 35 years of industry experience. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, he was credit trained at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York, has experience in both C&I and CRE lending and has held a variety of roles in credit and lending at institutions ranging in size from $100 Million to $50 Billion. He currently serves as Credit Deputy for Valley’s CRE group in the Northeast, and was previously the Chief Lending Officer at two other Northern New Jersey institutions. He holds a Bachelors degree from Skidmore College and an MBA from Long Island University

Gloria Fu

Gloria Fu

Independent Board Director, Portfolio Manager

Gloria Fu currently serves as an Independent Board Director for PropTech Investment Corporation II (NASDAQ: PTIC) and is a member of the Audit and Compensation committees. She brings over 20 years of investment management expertise, most recently as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at JPMorgan Asset Management with responsibility for $40 billion of assets, which she helped grow from $3 billion in 2004 when she joined the team. Ms. Fu is known for her industry-leading expertise in analyzing and investing in consumer and real estate companies, particularly omnichannel retail and lodging. Her broad base of expertise includes strategy, financial analysis, and shareholder-related issues.

Jim Fraser

Jim Fraser

Director, CRE Construction, Built

Jim Fraser has over 30 years of experience in financial services, with an emphasis in construction lending and real estate development. Fraser currently works at Built Technologies as Lending Channel Manager, overseeing Built’s construction lending origination and loan administration platform solutions. Built’s platform has supported over $68B in construction commitments as of 2020 and is used by more than 130 of the nation’s leading construction lenders. Prior to working at Built, Fraser was EVP of Commercial Lending at Axos Bank [NYSE: AX], where he was responsible for commercial construction lending, income property, lender finance, equipment leasing and factoring, with a combined portfolio of $5 billion. Previously, Fraser was Managing Director at Banc of California [NYSE: BANC], managing $500 million in residential and CRE construction, including FNMA and FHA renovation lending programs under Banc Home Loans national mortgage lending brand and third-party, fee-based services under RenovationReady, a division of Banc Home Loans. He brings his banking expertise to the Built Technologies team as they build the leading solution for the entire construction finance ecosystem.

Poonam Mathis

Poonam Mathis

Board Member, Serial Entrepreneur, Published Author and Public Speaker

Poonam is a board member, serial entrepreneur, published author and public speaker with a passion for innovating around the built world. Most recently CEO of Raise, she aimed to revolutionize childcare for the future of work. Previously, she founded StealthForce, (the gig economy of real estate; a resource and project management platform for CRE), which was exited in early 2019. Prior to StealthForce, she was Deputy to the Head of Global Real Estate Asset Management at Partners Group AG ($40 bn AUM), and earlier employee 13 at The Gerson Lehrman Group, which was the world’s first institutional expert network.

Poonam earned her BA at Harvard and MBA at Wharton, and spent over a decade in real estate development and investment. Twice named a top female CEO in CREtech, she has been featured in The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Harvard Business Review, NBC News, and more. She is also an author and experienced public speaker (ULI, ICSC, CRETech, etc.) who has published four books in five languages which have been printed worldwide.

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