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REC Hears from Mike Berman, Former Executive VP of Finance for GGP

Posted By David Walsh, Greystar, Thursday, April 12, 2018


Mike Berman presented to the Real Estate Club last Thursday about his career in real estate and offered advice to students entering the industry. Mike studied and practiced law before attending Columbia Business School. He then gained experience in a wide array of roles including loan securitization, hedge fund management, and taking companies public. He recently retired from the position of Executive VP of Finance for GGP, a leading owner of retail properties in America.


After explaining his career history, Mike spoke at length regarding what REITs are, their history in the US, and how they are regulated. Because of his experience at GGP, Mike is particularly well positioned to advise on the retail sector. Students were eager to hear his opinion about the future of retail,  particularly malls, during the Q&A opportunity. A few of Mike’s wise words to students throughout the presentation included not taking on a new role for the sake of change without understanding its responsibilities; always being respectful to recruiters, regardless of if you are job searching; and to receive constructive criticism without resistance or defense; all of which he supported with stories from his career.


WREAA thanks Mike Berman for providing a great learning opportunity for UW Real Estate students!

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