• Cross Campus Downtown LA (map)
  • 800 Wilshire Boulevard #200
  • Los Angeles, CA 90017

About This Event

Going vertical is part 1 in a 3 part event series. Join us for the first panel focused for end users who are looking for office space. We'll be tackling strategies and tips for how to land your first office space, expanding to a bigger space, and emerging technologies in connectivity and construction from top leaders in the industry. Join us for light bites and refreshments!


6:30 - 7:30 - Check in, light bites, food, and mingling

7:30 - 8:30 - Panel moderated by Audrey Bellis

8:30 - 9:00 - Q & A with the Audience

Line Up:

Lalo Diaz

Before joining Travers Cresa in January of 2014, Lalo Diaz was the Branch Manager, Market Leader of Cushman & Wakefield's Downtown LA office. As the youngest Market Leader in the country, he was in charge of recruiting, revenue generation, and the office P+L. Before Crushman & Wakefield, he spent 12 years working for Maguire Proporties and Thomas Properties, two of the largest REIT's in Downtown Los Angeles.

Marc Gittleman

Marc Gittleman leads Rising's 3rd Party Services, including property, construction, and telecom management platforms throughout 3.4 million sq. ft. of commercial office and data center assets. Marc speaks frequently on real estate innovation and creative leadership in implementing advanced technologies, and how this innovation aided the creation of more than $130m of investor return in the past three years. As an active investor in commercial real estate, Marc have participated as a GP in over $600m of transactions. Marc is also CEO & Co-Owner of 5x5 Telecom, a fiber optic ISP in Los Angeles. Marc is member of the Board of Directors for BOMA Greater Los Angeles, an advisor to the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles' Real Estate Project, Chair of NAIOP's Trends in Real Estate Development Forum, on the IP Infrastructure Committee of Innovate Pasadena, and an appointee to the Advisory Board of Cross Campus.

Gary Niro

As DIRTT's Southern California Interior Construction Specialist, Gary works with clients, architects, designers and general contractors to ensure DIRTT solutions benefit clients and their staff from initial design through the passage of time. Gary assists construction teams to ensure that all DIRTT projects meet their clients' high expectations. His background in design helps facilitate the communication between the architect/designer, the DIRTT Distribution Partner (Pivot) and the DIRTT factories.

Anthony Jenkinson

Anthony mentors and supports the Pivot Southern California sales team as they strive to provide the best products and services to our customers. Additionally, Anthony reviews each customer’s unique needs, allocates the right resources and ensures that the end result is an on-time and successful project.

Flavia Sparacino

Sensing Places was founded by Flavia Sparacino PhD, a prolific inventor and researcher at the MIT Media Lab since 1994. MIT granted her 13 technology licenses for her inventions, the highest number of intellectual property licenses that MIT has ever awarded after Amar Bose. Her work on gesture control and body-driven dance, music, and gaming applications came 12 years before the launch of Microsoft Kinect and 5 years before Spielberg’s Minority Report movie was released as documented by the Discovery Channel feature on her work. Flavia also built wearable computers and sensors for use in museums and performance spaces almost 10 years before the launch of Google Glasses.


Audrey Bellis

Audrey is a first generation Latina actively building the tech community in Los Angeles. She's the founder of StartUp DTLAand a Grid110 cofounder. Mayor Garcetti's office honored her as 1 of 5 "Inspiring Latina's of LA" and was named by TechOutLA as "a key player in the Eastside/DTLA tech movement". She has been published by The Huffington Post, BUNCH Magazine, Metro UK, GOOD Magazine, Morocco World News, and Times of Israel.