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Fall 2019 REC Presidents Update

Posted By Mandy Kaegy, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Inc., Monday, December 16, 2019


Dear Alumni,


We are honored to continue and build upon the longstanding tradition of the Real Estate Club at UW-Madison. Rising enrollment for the undergraduate real estate program, as well as the resurrection of the MS degree, has pushed Club membership and event attendance to all-time highs. As Co-Presidents, we also serve as Teaching Assistants for RE306 (The Real Estate Process course) and use this platform to encourage the undergrad students to engage outside of the classroom.  Participation in real estate events gives students a more comprehensive education that prepares them for the “real-world.” None of this would be possible without the continued support of the Graaskamp Center and WREAA.


Fall Real Estate Career Fair

2019 saw the Real Estate Club host its inaugural Fall Career Fair for real estate companies. The Spring Career Fair is an annual hit, and the employers voiced their desire to recruit for internships and full-time jobs at UW earlier in the year in order to secure the best talent from one of the top programs in the nation. The Spring Career Fair typically brings in around 30-35 companies; this Fall we hosted 45 top employers at our first event! The feedback was very positive from both the employers and students, and the Fall Career Fair will continue long after we have graduated.   


Denver Trip

The REC Trip this semester took place over October 23-25 in Denver, Colorado. The diverse itinerary exposed the students to a variety of booming neighborhoods and companies in Denver. The Club was hosted by CBRE, Northwoods Investors, Ken Schroeppel (CU Denver) and BMC Investments. Site visits included office presentations, a tour of Hines’ new office tower, The Source Hotel, Union Station, and the Cherry Creek neighborhood. A shout out to Tom McCahill, Kevin Kelley, Mike Komppa, Bill Evans and Michael Feiner as well as the WREAA for generously sponsoring the club's fall trip, thank you very much!!!

Speaker Series


9/12 Meeting: The first meeting of the semester focused on preparation for the career fair with tips on professionalism and how to network. The discussion was led by Mark Eppli and Greg Reed, Director and Associate Director of the Graaskamp Center, who have a combined 50+ years of industry experience and are both Wisconsin Real Estate alums. Joining them was our guest speaker, Zach Pagel (BBA '16), who currently works as a National Real Estate Representative responsible for development and site selection at McDonald's. Zach successfully landed Department of State, and Coldwell Banker, giving him unique insights on the hiring process, which he shared with the REC.


10/10 Meeting:  Our second meeting of the semester featured alum Milo Pinkerton, CEO of MSP Real Estate and Heritage Senior Housing, who has developed more than 2,200 units. His background in architecture, real estate, and construction allows him to manage the entire development process in-house. Milo shared how his company came to be, challenges he faced along the way, and proudly displayed his top-notch senior housing facilities.


11/7 Meeting: Luke Petherbridge; President & CEO of Blackstone’s ShopCore and LiveCore, was our third guest speaker of the semester. Luke gave us an update on his expansive portfolio of both retail and apartment projects, which include 20 million sf of retail and 60,000 apartment units in aggregate. Luke was a fantastic presenter and incredibly candid about what is happening in the market.


12/5 Meeting: Our final meeting of the semester featured an all-female panel with complementary backgrounds and positions. The panelists (listed below) answered questions about a variety of topics and provided valuable advice from their past experiences.

Lorrie Heinemann- President & CEO of Madison Development Corporation

Mary Pat McKeown- Managing Director at CIBC Chicago

Anne Morrison- Shareholder at Urban Land Interests in Madison

Nicole Solheim- Director of Development for Gorman & Company


 Other Events

12/6 Fiserv Forum Tour: thanks to a connection with an alum, Ted Kellner of Fiduciary Real Estate, the Real Estate Club was fortunate enough to get a behind the scenes tour of Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The tour was led by John Steinmiller, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Bucks. John has worked for the Bucks for nearly 40 years and detailed the development process as well as the public/private financing that went into the project. After the tour, the students gathered with the Milwaukee WREAA chapter for a networking event at Glass & Griddle.


10/17 Edgewater Social: The REC gathered at the Rooftop Plaza Bar at the Edgewater Hotel for a social event. The club networked, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, and heard from Stuart Zadra (MS 1985) of Landmark Development, who undertook the renovation of the Edgewater. Landmark Development is known for projects that create destinations including sports stadiums, health complexes, and waterparks. Stuart also detailed Landmark’s involvement in the renovation of Lambeau Field.


We are excited for the future of the REC and all the opportunities that it will provide to its members! We are extremely proud of all the events that took place this semester and believe that we have accomplished our mission to leave the REC in a better position than we found it. As a student-run organization, another shout-out is owed to our executive board members who helped make everything possible. Now that our reign is over, we pass the torch to Mike Crivello and David Clark who will take over as Co-Presidents, and we are confident they will keep the REC strong.


On Wisconsin!


Co-Presidents, Jared Schnoll (MBA 2020) and Andy Evan (MBA 2020)



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