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January 2017

Illinois Region's Holiday Party Held at Federales

Nearly 90 Illinois alumni and friends gathered in the Graffiti Bar at Federales in Chicago for the region’s Annual Holiday Party.   Badgers connected over tequila and tacos and celebrated the holiday season.  Many thanks to WREAA Market Rep. Katie Whitty (BBA 2003), who did a super job coordinating the event! 



Minnesota Region Holds Crystal Ball Panel and Holiday Party




The Minnesota Region gathered December 15 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, for a Holiday Happy Hour and to hear from a “Crystal Ball Panel”.  The panel of experts, comprised of WREAA Members Brent Rogers (BBA 2000) of Saturday Properties, Judy Jandro (BBA 2001) of Bell State Bank, Nino Pedrelli (Ph.D. 1998) with State Street Realty and Devin Duffy (BBA 2006) of Castlelake, discussed their best and worst deals and looked into their crystal balls to predict what lies ahead over the next 12 months. Thanks to event coordinator, Anders Pesavento, BBA 2005, Market Representative for the Minnesota Region for a fantastic Christmas event.



Colorado Badgers Tour Stanley Marketplace




Denver area WREAA members and guests were treated to a project tour of Stanley Marketplace in December. Flightline Ventures redeveloped the former Stanley Aviation building in Aurora, Colorado to create Stanley Marketplace. The project features space for over 50 independently owned Colorado businesses under one roof.  Mark Shaker, of Flightline Ventures, led the group on the tour.  Mark, a UW alum with a degree in social work, is one of three partners in the project. The tour ended at the newly opened Cheluna Brewing Company, inside of Stanley Marketplace, where attendees enjoyed a holiday party.  The successful event was arranged by Chad Messer (MBA 2015), Market Representative for Denver. 


Dallas Alumni Get Behind the Scenes at Granite Park




Alumni and guests from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area toured the Granite Park Five office development in early December. A representative from Granite Properties guided the tour.  The Granite Park office development will have 3.5 million square feet of office and retail space when complete.  Located adjacent to the Legacy business park at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121), the class-A office development also offers a variety of restaurants as well as the Hilton Plano Granite Park.  A networking reception at Henry’s Tavern followed the tour. Cheers to WREAA Market Representative Courtney Flanders (BBA 2012), who coordinated the event.



December 2016

 Northern California Hosts Holiday Get Together  

Northern California alumni and guests gathered at the Golden Gate Tap Room in San Francisco last week.  The group did some holiday networking and cheered the Badgers to a 77-60 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge! Thanks to Regional Director Dan Flattery, BBA 2008, for coordinating the event!



 Minnesota Region Tours Hines T3 Office Development



The Minnesota Region’s recent tour of the Hines T3 Office Development in Minneapolis was very well attended! The group was joined by Sam Maguire, Ann Rinde and Brent Robertson from the downtown JLL Team. Following the tour, everyone gathered at The Loop for a networking happy hour. Thanks to WREAA Market Representative Anders Pesavento (BBA 2005) for coordinating the event!



Southern California Alums Gather to Cheer Badgers 



Southern California alumni and friends gathered at the PB Shore Club to watch the Badgers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Thanks to WREAA Market Representative Scot Eisendrath (BBA 1993) for his work in coordinating the event!


Colorado Badgers Scale Mountain   


Three UW Alums moved to Denver, CO over the summer and met to take on a mountain. Real Estate Badgers Zi Chong MBA'16, Mike Ullman MBA'16, Kirsten Voss BBA'15 conquered their first Fourteener (with the help of Spotted Cow) - Grays Peak 14,278 ft of elevation. On Wisconsin!



October 2016


Eastern Wisconsin Tours Drexel Town Square
by James Roemer (BBA 1987)




On July 21st members of the SE Wisconsin region braved hot afternoon temperatures to tour Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, WI. Nate Franke, development and leasing director with project consultant Zilber Property Group, started the tour with an intro and Q&A session in the air-conditioned chambers of the Oak Creek Council before taking the group on a walking tour around the square. Drexel Town Square is a mixed use project being developed by the City of Oak Creek in partnership with master developer Wispark, LLC, the real estate development subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. The project includes retail, office, hotel, and restaurant space; luxury apartments; a wetland park complete with walking trails; a central plaza and courtyard; Oak Creek City Hall and Public Library; and public amenities, including an ice skating rink, farmer's market area, dog park, and bike and walking paths. Among the businesses that currently, or soon will, call Drexel Town Square home are Meijer, Froedtert Health, Marriott TownePlace Suites, Water Street Brewery, Chick-fil-A, Chocolate Factory, Pizza Man, BelAir Cantina, and Valentine Coffee Roasters.


Before it was Drexel Town Square, the site was a manufacturing and technology development center, built in 1957 by Delco Electronics, formerly Oak Creek's largest employer. Through the years and a number of corporate changes, it became AC Spark Plug, the AC Electronics Division of General Motors and, finally, Delphi Electronics & Safety. Part of the plant was demolished to make room for a Woodman's grocery store in 2007. The rest was  closed and demolished in 2008, and the site remained dormant until 2011 when it was acquired by Wispark."


Seattle Area Badgers Tour in Bellevue



WREAA members in the Northwest Region were treated to a project tour of the Bellevue Collection's major mixed-use expansion on September 22.  Jim Melby, President of Kemper Development Company, gave a thoughtful overview of the massive project expansion, with hotel, multifamily, retail and parking components.  The group toured mock-ups of the hotel rooms and typical apartment units.  Following the tour, everyone met at Tavern Hall for a frosty and networking. Thanks to WREAA Pacific Northwest Regional Director, James Geimer (MS 1989), for organizing the event! 


NYC Hosts Lunch and Learn



New York City alumni and guests enjoyed a Lunch and Learn event on September 22. Stephen Winter, Vice President and Related's Head of Leasing for Hudson Yard, was the keynote speaker for the event. Stephen discussed Hudson Yards and New York's office market. Kudos to WREAA’s New York City Market Representative, Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009) for coordinating the event.


June/July 2016


Badger Golf Open Draws A Crowd

by WREAA Market Representative Steve Kundert


On June 17th, amidst bright sun and temperatures hovering in the low 70’s, over 65 Badgers and Guests gathered at Hawks View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI for the annual Badger Open Golf Event. The event was filled with fun, networking, and comradery as golfers of all abilities from across the country competed in a scramble format to take home this year’s title. The scramble was won by the foursome led by WREAA member Mitch Adams (BBA ’03) along with guests Pete Marino, Kevin Brennan and Darryl Rayfield, who together combined to defend last year’s crown and shoot a nine under par 63. Following golf was cocktails and a well-attended cookout dinner, where awards were distributed to top golfers and contest winners, as well as a special thank you presented to event sponsors CBRE, Waterton, Tishman Speyer, E&Y, Bank of America, and Guggenheim.


Kenect Chicago Connects WREAA Members

by WREAA Market Representative Abby Cain (BBA 2012)



On June 27th, the WREAA Illinois Region held an event to kick off the summer. The event was centered around the newly constructed, transit-oriented, multifamily development Kenect Chicago, located in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Nearly 40 members and guests gathered at the project site to listen to the Founder and CEO of Akara Partners,  Rajen Shastri, discuss the development process and lead a tour of the property. Mr. Shastri, a Badger Alumni, spoke about how the building’s amenities were designed to bring residents together and that the new retail tenants will help shape the growing River West neighborhood. Following the tour, the group gathered at The Dawson for networking, food, and drinks. The event provided a great way to visit a fellow Badger’s new development as well as catch up with classmates and friends.


Minnesota Region Meets for Co-Working Tour


Over twenty alumni and friends from the Minnesota Region met on June 27 to tour 1010 Lake and CoCo Uptown.  Following a casual discussion on co-working and its impact on the real estate market for office space, the group enjoyed networking, drinks and pizza. A special thanks to Tim Prinsen of Colliers for sharing this unique space, and to Minnesota Market Representative, Anders Pesavanto, (BBA 2005) for organizing the event.

WREAA Co-Sponsors Graaskamp on the Road Roundtable Luncheon


The June 24th installment of The Graaskamp on the Road Roundtable series brought a large group together at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco for a luncheon discussion.  Co-Sponsored by WREAA and the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, the Roundtable featured Jeffrey Weber, Senior Managing Director, at Eastdil Secured, who shared his insights and experience on how real estate entrepreneurs, investors and financiers can identify and manage opportunity and risk in the evolving economy.  Along with his presentation, Jeffrey also led the group in a comprehensive discussion of risk and resiliency in financial and real estate markets and fielded questions from attendees.  Thanks to Jim Curtis (MS 1976) and Graaskamp Center staff for organizing the informative luncheon.

April/May 2016


San Francisco Chapter Discusses Development Trends

by WREAA Market Representative Dan Flattery (BBA 2008) 


More than 30 Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni got together in San Francisco for a discussion of Bay Area development trends.  The event was hosted by Columbia Property Trust at its newly renovated amenity space at 650 California Street, a 33-story Class A office tower CPT recently acquired in the Financial District.  The event featured Gino Canori, Executive VP at Related Company and Dan Safier, President of Prado Group who shared their expertise and experiences
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