Conference Co-Chairs

Katie Bergen (BBA 2009), CenterSquare
Michael Zelin (BBA 2001), Eastdil Secured

Thursday, September 13th

Biennial Badger Golf Open
University Ridge Golf Course

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9:00 AM-10:00 AM

          Registration and Warm-Up

10:00 AM

          Shotgun Start

Thursday evening events will take place at The Edgewater Hotel

3:00 PM-7:30 PM

Registration at The Edgewater Hotel         
The Nolen Gallery

3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Ladies Tea
Wine Room

Participate in this ‘ladies only’ event that will celebrate and build upon the UW Real Estate connections among alumni, students and guests.

Hosted by:

4:30 PM-5:45 PM

Speed Networking Session with Alumni & Students
Mendota Ballroom, The Edgewater Hotel
Please select at registration if willing to participate.

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Students will have a unique opportunity to interface with UW Real Estate Alumni during this WREAA hosted speed networking event.  Alumni (6 years post graduate) are asked to sign up at registration if willing to participate.

5:45 PM-7:15 PM

Welcome Reception
The Grand Plaza, The Edgewater Hotel

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7:15 PM-9:45 PM

Alumni Banquet
The Grand Ballroom, The Edgewater Hotel

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Featuring Oz Pearlman

Oz Pearlman is an international mentalist, speaker, magician, and athlete best known for his 3rd Place finish on America's Got Talent, Season 10. He has been a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He developed an interest in magic at a young age and what started as a mere hobby became a lifelong passion. After a couple of years spent working on Wall Street, Oz decided to pursue his dream and become a full-time entertainer. He has now been dazzling audiences with his mind reading abilities & world-class sleight of hand for over two decades!


Dianne Orbison Memorial Scholarship Award
Distinguished Real Estate Alumni Award
Connection Fund Deal of the Year Award
President’s Award
WREAA Update by Andrew Weir, WREAA President

UW Marching Band

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9:45 PM-10:45 PM

5th Quarter Cocktails on the Plaza
The Nolen Gallery and The Grand Plaza

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All attendees are invited to this lakeside, post banquet gathering that will immediately follow the conclusion of the banquet.  On Wisconsin!

Friday, September 14th

All Friday sessions are scheduled to take place at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street.
Registration continues until 12 noon.

7:30 AM-8:15 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Shannon Hall Lobby

8:15 AM

General Session
Shannon Hall

Sponsored by:

Featured Speaker

Peter Zeihan,
Geopolitical Strategist, Global Energy, Demographic and Security Expert

Peter is a geopolitical strategist who specializes in global energy, demographics and security. He analyzes the realities of geography and populations to deepen the understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends. He has been quoted in national and international media on a variety of geopolitical topics. In 2012 his consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics was founded to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Those clients include energy companies, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities, and the U.S. military.  Zeihan authored his first book, The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder, in 2014, and his second in 2017 titled The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America.

9:30 AM-10:10 AM

Networking Break with NextGen
Shannon Hall Lobby

Connect with emerging real estate professionals who are recent graduates (graduating in 2013 or later) of the UW Madison Real Estate Program. Alumni and friends are asked to help make this event a success by collecting 5 business cards of NextGen alumni.

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10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Fireside Chat
with Matthew Bronfman Principal, Chief Executive Officer, Jamestown Properties
Shannon Hall

Moderator: Dr. Mark Eppli, Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

During this interactive session, incoming UW Professor Mark Eppli will sit down and talk with Matt Bronfman, Principal and Chief Executive Office of Jamestown.  Jamestown was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States.  Over the last 35 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $10.4 billion of assets under management. Matt Bronfman has led the acquisition and redevelopment of iconic projects from Chelsea Market in New York and Ponce City Market in Atlanta to the Innovation and Design Building in Boston and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.

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11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

What’s in Store for Retail:  A Look at the Best Investment Strategies for the New Economy
Shannon Hall


The impact of ecommerce on traditional retail has grown exponentially in the last two decades. In the new economy, some retail real estate will face obsolescence risk, while the best assets will benefit from extremely high demand.  The implication for landlords and investors is the need for significant repositioning of existing assets and lower demand for physical real estate. This panel will discuss sustainable retail investment opportunities in light of prospective equilibrium points between the demand for physical retail and online consumption.

Panel Members:

Todd Caruso, Senior Managing Director, CBRE
John Hendrickson, President - Midwest, Brixmor Property Group Inc.
Naumann Idrees, Vice President, Leasing, Starwood Retail

Scott Crowe, Chief Investment Strategist, CenterSquare Investment Management

Debt, Equity, Alternative Financing and the Evolution of the Capital Stack
Playcircle Theater

This panel will discuss navigating in today’s competitive capital markets. Learn how to differentiate yourself and source quality transactions in an environment that has more liquidity than deals. Hear from experts who are executing across the capital stack.

Panel Members:
Brian Eisendrath, Vice Chairman, CBRE - Debt & Structured Finance
Matt Snyder, Director, Mesa West Capital
Shiva Viswanathan, Managing Director, Northwood Investors

Marshall Scallan, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

12:20 PM-2:10 PM

Alumni Luncheon
Great Hall

Sponsored by:


Real Estate Program Update by Tim Riddiough

Featured Speaker

Wisconsin Award Recipient
Michael Shannon, Chairman, KSL Capital Partners

2:15 PM-3:15 PM

Stories and Insights from Veteran Real Estate Entrepreneurs
Tripp Commons

This panel of veteran entrepreneurs will provide unique insights into how they began their own real estate investment companies.  From capital raising and deal sourcing to branding and hiring, attendees will learn from the insightful, educational and often hilarious stories told by this group of panelists, who all personify the word "entrepreneur."

Panel Members:
Shannon Bauer, Principal, Iliad Realty Group
Jim Hegedus, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Water Street Partners
Max Musicant, Principal and Founder, The Musicant Group
Gabriel Pozo, Principal and Founder, Advalurem Group

Peter Deanovic, Founding Principal, Buhl Investors

3:15 PM-4:30 PM

Closing Networking Reception
Tripp Commons

Saturday, September 15th

2:30 PM

Football Game - Badgers vs. BYU
Camp Randall Stadium