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Final Real Estate Club of the 2019 Fall Semester Features an All-Female Panel

Posted By Paige Riemann, Tuesday, December 10, 2019




This week, the Real Estate Club had their final meeting of the semester which included elections for the spring semester Executive Board. Those running for different positions gave brief presentations to the Club about why they would be the ideal candidate for the position. Michael Crivello (MBA 2020) and David Clark (MBA 2020) were elected as the upcoming Real Estate Club Presidents. Carolyn Kane (MBA 2021) and Mark Schaer (MBA 2021) were elected as Vice Presidents.


Following the elections, students heard from an all-female panel with guest speakers Mary Pat McKeown, who studied Economics at UW and is the Managing Director in the Commercial Real Estate Group at CIBC Bank in Chicago, Anne Morrison, Shareholder at Urban Land Interests in Madison, and Nicole Solheim (BBA 2008), Director of Development for Gorman & Company. The panel was moderated by WREAA affiliate member and President and CEO of Madison Development Corporation, Lorrie Heineman. 


The panel discussed their careers, what they have learned along the way, and where they see the industry going. The panelists shared that they are passionate about the next development that their teams are working on, that they love the people they work with, and the power of mentorship. The group also discussed that they have all worked in affordable housing, and find it rewarding to work with communities and develop housing for people who need it.  


Overall, the speakers agree that they are optimistic about the future of the industry. They see a healthy market and positive trends regarding sustainability and locations. However, they agree that a rise in construction costs due to a shortage of labor and rising material costs will continue to be a problem for the industry.  


This all-female panel was an excellent opportunity for Real Estate Club members to hear from professionals in the industry and to ask questions. We thank the Club’s guest speakers for taking the time to share their knowledge and stories. 


We also thank the Fall 2019 Executive Board, and the Club’s Presidents, Jared Schnoll (MBA 2020) and Andy Evans (MBA 2020), for another great semester! We are looking forward to Spring 2020. 

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