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Real Estate Club Invites Senior Housing and Destination Developers

Posted By Paige Riemann, Wednesday, October 30, 2019



Following a very successful Fall Career Fair, the Real Estate Club was fortunate to have two incredible speakers visit in the first weeks of October.

The Real Estate Club’s second meeting, held on Thursday, October 10th, featured Milo Pinkerton (MS 1979), CEO of MSP Real Estate and Heritage Senior Housing. He shared with the students his over 30 years of experience in architecture, real estate, and construction. In addition to his MS in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Pinkerton received a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The MSP Real Estate portfolio consists of affordable housing, commercial offices, and senior living. They focus on high quality properties and utilize their own general contracting and construction management to ensure their quality standards and to save on cost. 

“Milo Pinkerton was such an interesting speaker, it made me realize active living is something that can help senior citizens live happier and healthier lifestyles,” said Zac Bertucci, a senior in the Wisconsin Real Estate Program. 

The following week, on October 17th, the REC gathered at the Rooftop Plaza Bar at the Edgewater for a social event.  The club networked, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, and heard from Stuart Zadra (MS 1985) of Landmark Development. 

Landmark Development is known for projects that create destinations including sports stadiums, health complexes, and waterparks. One project that Mr. Zadra spent a lot of time discussing is Landmark Development’s involvement in the renovation of Lambeau Field. They discussed the value that they put on tradition and preserving the history of the sports team. In a discussion about how stadiums utilize the space outside of the football season to have business all year round, Mr. Zadra gave the example of the development of Titletown, a mixed-use development just west of Lambeau Field.  Title town was created with the goal of creating and sustaining a community of fans. The development contains a 10-acre park, featuring a sledding hill, ice rink and ice lounge, a hotel and shopping, Additionally, Titletown provides year-round programming for local residents and tourists, such as game day activities, fitness classes and social events

 Mr. Zadra also discussed Landmark Development’s renovation of the Edgewater Hotel, which was completed in 2014.  Since 1948, the hotel has been regarded as one of Madison’s finest hotels. The hotel, which is located on the waterfront, provides fine dining, lodging, and meeting space.  “It was special to hear about the effort and passion put into renovating the Edgewater Hotel, especially since we were gathered there for our meeting” said Kathryn Stern (BBA ‘21).

Students of the Real Estate Club are grateful that these two alumni took time to share their experiences and insights. The next Real Estate Club meeting will be Thursday, November 7th.

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