Speaker's Biography:

Barry Sternlicht
Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Barry Sternlicht is chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm he formed in 1991 focused on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading. Sternlicht is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust, now the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. traded on the NYSE. Over 22 years, he has structured investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion. Today, Starwood manages about $12 billion of investor capital on behalf of its high-net-worth and institutional partners. Sternlicht is also chairman of Societe du Louvre and serves on the boards of the Estee Lauder Cos., Restoration Hardware, Mammoth Mountain, TriPointe Homes, the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's National Leadership Advocacy Program, among others. Sternlicht received his B.A. from Brown University, of which he is a trustee. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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