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March 2020

Madison Area Alumni and Friends Tour Garver Feed Mill



Western Wisconsin alumni and friends explored the recently renovated Garver Feed Mill on March 11, 2020.  Bryant Moroder, Principal of the Sustainable Resource Group with project developer Baum Revision, led the tour.  The group was introduced to the historic Mill, which now features local artisans, producers, wellness studios, and retailers.  A networking happy hour at Ian's Pizza, located in Garver Mill, concluded the event.  Special thanks to Ashley Caldis (BBA 2009), Market Representative for the Western Wisconsin Region, for coordinating the event.


New York City Alums Cheer on Badgers



Alumni and friends from the New York City area gathered at Turnmill Bar on March 4, 2020 to enjoy networking and to support the Badger men's basketball team as they went up against the Northwestern Wildcats.  Many thanks to Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009), WREAA Market Representative for the Northeast - New York Region, for setting up the event.


Dallas, Texas Badgers Host Happy Hour




Dallas area alumni and friends kicked off the new year at a Happy Hour on February 13, 2020 at the Katy Trail Ice House, in Dallas Texas.  Thanks to Ryan Mueller (BBA 2011), for organizing the event.


WREAA Members and Friends Tour The Current in Madison Wisconsin




WREAA Alumni, students and friends gathered on February 12, 2020, for a tour of Monona’s Yahara River Redevelopment Project with Steve Doran, Principal of the Galway Companies.  Galway Companies is the developer of the 8 acre, 3 phase project.  Steve led the tour through The Current, a mixed-use residential development with a 96 unit apartment building anchored by 25,000 square feet of commercial space.  The group also enjoyed a tour of the 98-room five-story Avid Hotel, which is also on the development site.  Following the tour, WREAA sponsored a Happy Hour at Buck and Honeys, with appetizers graciously sponsored by Steve Doran. Kudos to Ashley Caldis (BBA 2009),  WREAA Market Representative for the Western Wisconsin Region, for organizing this event.


Northern California Region Supports Kincaid Fire Recovery Fund




Northern California badgers and friends gathered for a charity fundraiser for the ongoing Kincade fire relief and recovery effort.  Leadership from WREAA served up drinks at Ace's Bar in San Francisco.  The group enjoyed networking and prize drawings while cheering on the Wisconsin men's basketball team.  Cheers to Dan Flattery (BBA 2008), Northern California Regional Director, for organizing the event. 


January 2020

Minnesota Region Swings into the Holidays




Alumni and guests gathered on December 16, 2020, for the Minnesota Region Holiday Event.  The group enjoyed appetizers, networked and practiced their golf swings on golfing simulators at Thr3 Jack in the North Loop in Minneapolis. Special thanks to Judy Jandro (BBA 2001) and Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011), Market Representatives for the Minnesota Region, for organizing the event!



Orange County Kicks Off 2020




WREAA's Southern California Region kicked-off 2020 with a basketball watch party on January 21, 2020. The Badger fans gathered at the Brü Haus in Los Angeles to cheer the UW Badgers Basketball team to victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.   Many thanks to Louis DeFino (BBA 2011), Southern California (Orange County) Market Representative for coordinating this event.


WREAA Regions Host Winter Break Sessions for Students



Several WREAA regions hosted student sessions to provide networking and learning opportunities for UW students during winter break. Sessions were held in Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois.


The Chicago region’s session was titled “The State of Commercial Real Estate in Chicago”. Christian Beaudoin, JLL Senior Director of Research, provided an economic overview of Chicago. He specifically highlighted the recent Wall Street Journal article regarding Chicago which made waves locally since its publication last month. Dennis Vicchiarelli, Executive Vice President of World Business Chicago, discussed the ways in which World Business Chicago, a public-private, non-profit partnership that promotes Chicago as a leading global city, is positioning Chicago to economic stakeholders.


Many thanks to Scott Miller (MS 1988), Illinois Regional Director, for coordinating the Chicago event.  We also extend appreciation to Katie Bergen (BBA 2009), Denver Regional Director and Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011), Minneapolis Market Representative for coordinating student opportunities in their respective regions.



December 2019

Eastern Wisconsin Celebrates the Holidays with the Real Estate Club

Paige Riemann, WREAA Social Media Intern



Last week, the Real Estate Club and UW Faculty visited Milwaukee for a tour of the Fiserv Forum and a Holiday Event with our alumni. Their trip started at Milwaukee’s gem, the Fiserv Forum, where they got to see the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette Basketball locker rooms, the arena, the press room, and more areas behind the scenes. 


The tour was led by John Steinmiller, the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Bucks. Mr. Steinmiller has worked for the Bucks for nearly 40 years and he discussed the financing and development that went into the project. He also talked about the operations that go behind executing the many events that the Fiserv Forum holds. Just that day, the Real Estate Club got to see them preparing for the Milwaukee Bucks game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Ted Kellner, alumni of UW and Co-Owner of the Bucks, also spoke to the real estate program and was instrumental in organizing this event. 


Mr. Steinmiller and Mr. Kellner discussed the positive impact that the Fiserv Forum and the surrounding area, the Deer District, has had on the city of Milwaukee. Currently the area is home to the number one team in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks and is bringing the city together through hosting big events and spurring new development.


After their tour of the Fiserv Forum, the Real Estate Club walked to Glass + Griddle, a Beer Hall at Milwaukee Brewing Co. where they were met by alumni for a Holiday Party. The group enjoyed craft beer while meeting new connections and seeing old friends. 


Thank you to Mr. Steinmiller and Mr. Kellner for the tour of the Fiserv Forum, the alumni who attended the Holiday Party, and the Real Estate Club social chairs Austin Mose (BBA 2020) and Austin Friedman (BBA 2020) for making the event happen!



Washington D.C. Hosts "Year in Review"

Sean McDonald (MBA 2008), Washington D.C. Market Representative




The DC alumni had their annual holiday lunch and "Year in Review" discussion of the DC commercial real estate market. Topics included a discussion of the debt market, difficulties in the leasing market with middle and lower floor office space, the costs and benefits of WhyHotel in the multifamily market and the expected impact of Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, VA.



New York City Holds Holiday Year in Review Luncheon

Alexis Block (BBA 2003), Northeast Regional Director




We had a very successful and well attended New York Holiday Lunch & 2019 Year in Review at Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC on December 11.  Panelists included Bob Karner from Annaly Capital Management, Dave Spies from Somerset Apartment Management and Craig Theirl at JPM Investment Management. The panelists spoke about their experiences in 2019, concerns and expectations for 2020 and also offered career advice for recent alumni. 



New York Tours the Terminal Stores in West Chelsea, New York




The WREAA Northeast Region's New York chapter had a fantastic turnout for a tour of the Terminal Stores by developer L&L Holding Company.  The group viewed the renovation plans in progress for the Terminal Stores location in West Chelsea. Following the tour, the group met at the Porchlight for a networking Happy Hour. Thanks to Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009), WREAA NE Region - New York City Market Representative for setting up this event!


October 2019

WREAA Night at Breese Stevens Field



Alumni, faculty and WREAA Executive Director Chris Dicks gathered to welcome new MS, MBA and GREM students on August 28th at Breese Stevens Field in Madison. Following a private tour of the field, the group networked, enjoyed refreshments and took in a professional soccer game featuring Madison's own professional team, Forward Madison FC. Thanks to Ashley Caldis (BBA 2009), WREAA Western Wisconsin Market Representative, for setting up the event!


Northern California Celebrates the Life of Jim Curtis




WREAA alumni and friends gathered for a celebration of the life and legacy of Jim Curtis (MS 76) on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Sam’s Grill in San Francisco, California.  Jim passed away on June 30, 2019, following his courageous battle with ALS. Founder and Managing Partner of the successful San Francisco based Bristol Group, Jim was an icon in the broader real estate community and very highly regarded throughout the UW Madison Real Estate Community. Thanks to Dan Flattery (BBA 2008), WREAA Regional Director for Northern California, for organzing the celebration.



July 2019

Real Estate Badgers Tee Up for Fun

Nik Hazelbaker (MBA 2015), Chicago Market Rep.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 WREAA Chicago Badger Open! This year’s event featured a solid turnout with over 50 golfers descending upon Hawk’s View Golf Club in sunny Lake Geneva, WI for a round of golf followed by a Wisconsin themed cookout.  We are happy to report that the weather gods smiled down on our group of Business Badgers with temperatures in the mid-70s and terrific weather despite the occasional 40 mph wind gust (which may or may not have cured a few golfer’s slices). As is customary, prizes were awarded to the top two finishing teams as well as the most improved team to reward great play and to encourage future participation in the event.  Prizes were also given to six winners of individual skill challenges with the lucky gift recipients going home with their choice of a high end Scotch.  The winners are listed below:


Team Results:

  • First Place Team – Brandon Berry, Dan Price, Nick Weinsnicht and Max Kaminsky
  • Second Place Team – Mitchell Adams, Kevin Brennan, Tim Lisy and Pete Marino
  • Most Improved- James Lee, Jim Smith, Brad Smith and Dan Ault


Skill Challenge Winners:

Longest Drive (In Fairway) - Dan “The Hammer” Price

Longest Drive – Kevin Brennan

Longest Putt- Dan Sell

Longest Putt- Dan “The Putter” Price

Closest To The Pin - David Roellig

Closest To The Pin – Zach Zanolli


The Chicago Area WREAA Market Representatives are eagerly looking forward to Summer 2020 where we hope for record turnout and another fantastic day of networking and fun on the links. Thank you again to all who made this year’s event a tremendous success!


Check out all of the event photos!



Dallas Chapter Tours Multifamily Projects with JPI

Ryan Mueller (BBA 2012), WREAA Dallas Market Representative



The Dallas chapter of WREAA had the honor of touring two recently developed multifamily projects with JPI on Wednesday, May 29. Both communities are in Richardson, one of the most sought after and dynamic submarkets in DFW. Richardson is near multiple major business parks such as Richardson’s Telecom Corridor, the Texas Instruments campus, and the CityLine development. Jefferson Reserve is a 456-unit, garden style community with urban-style architecture and extensive amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, Luxer package lockers, craft beer garden, and a large community clubhouse. Jefferson Vantage is a 420-unit, mid-rise community that features urban-style architecture with extensive amenities such as a resort-style pool, outdoor fire pit, concierge service, rooftop garden, business center, state-of-the-art fitness center & yoga studio, and controlled building access. Both properties back up to the 57-acre Spring Creek Natural Area, featuring a 4.5-mile hike and bike trail. A fun filled happy hour followed the tour. Special thanks to Scott Langley at JPI for making the tour possible!



Alumni and Friends Network in Chicago



The WREAA Summer Happy Hour on June 19, was a chance for Chicago area Real Estate alumni and friends to catch up with each other in the midst of a busy summer.  The group gathered at Wishbone West Loop and enjoyed appetizers and networking.  Thanks to Abby Cain (BBA 2012) for arranging the event!


May 2019

Northern California Teams Up for Fundraiser

Stew Cedarleaf (BBA 2006), Northern California Market Rep.


The Bay Area chapter of WREAA partnered with Bay Area Badgers (WAA) and the Indiana Alumni Association at Ace’s in San Francisco to watch the UW-IU men’s basketball game and raise funds for the ongoing recovery from the devastating Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, CA. Several WREAA members tended bar throughout the evening with all tips to charity. A raffle raised additional funds. All told, the event raised over $600 for the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund and created some new friendships between the WREAA, the WAA, and even the IU alums.



The Minnesota Region Tours 801 Marquette Avenue

by Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011), Minnesota Market Representative



On March 28th, the Minnesota regional alumni gathered in the beautifully renovated atrium of 801 Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.  After a detailed building tour and Q&A session by the CBRE leasing team and our very own Max Musicant of The Musicant Group, the firm responsible for the space programming at the iconic property, the group enjoyed the March Madness NCAA Sweet 16 action on the 40-foot projector screen over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


February 2019

San Diego Chapter Cheers on the Badgers




San Diego area alumni and guests gathered to cheer for the Badgers as they pulled off a victory in a close game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  During the game the group enjoyed a Happy Hour at Little Italy Food Hall in the heart of Little Italy. Thanks to Scot Eisendrath (BBA 1993), Market Representative for Southern California - San Diego, for setting up this event!


Minnesota Region Hosts Holiday Happy Hour

by Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011), Minnesota Market Representative



More than 20 alumni from the Minnesota region convened on Cooper Pub in the popular West End of Minneapolis on December 17th to enjoy good food and drinks and participate in a holiday-spirited networking session. The group recapped the year's successes and discussed the outlook for 2019. Topics of interest included the Opportunity Zone frenzy seen across the market (and nationally), updates on a variety of local developments, recent job moves, and opinions as to where we are in the cycle.  Good times were had by all!  The Minnesota region was pleased to introduce Lamar Newburn (MBA 2011) of Lee & Associates and Judy Jandro (BBA 2001) of Bell State Bank and Trust as the new market reps.  They are excited to have been handed the baton from Anders Pesavento of Ryan Companies, who has joined the WREAA Board.


The Eastern Wisconsin Region Tours The 42




A great group of real estate alumni and friends met on Tuesday, February 12, to tour “The 42”, in the Brewery District.  The mixed-use development is in what was once Building 42, the last building the Pabst Brewery built before closing the complex. Following the tour, attendees enjoyed a happy hour and the chance to cheer on the Badgers as they went up against the Michigan State Spartans. Thanks to Tom O'Meara (BBA 2006), WREAA Eastern Wisconsin Market Representative for organizing the event!


Chicago Chapter Kicks off 2019 with Tailgating



The WREAA Chicago Chapter held a Membership Kickoff Event at Will’s Northwoods Inn in Chicago on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.  Badger fans and friends gathered for a fantastic night of indoor tailgating and to hear an update on events planned for the chapter in 2019. The group enjoyed networking while watching the Badgers vs. the Michigan State Spartans. Thanks to Nik Hazelbaker, MBA 2015, WREAA Illinois Market Representative for setting up this event.


December 2018

Northeast -New York Tours WeWork Headquarters



The Northeast region gathered on November 13 in New York City for a Tour of WeWork Headquarters.  A presentation was given by Wisconsin alums Brittany Hurley, Senior Director, Enterprise Business Development and Derek Feinman, Vice President of Enterprise Business Development.  Following the tour, the group was treated to a networking reception at WeWork.  Thanks to New York Market Representative, Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009) for coordinating the event!


Eastern Wisconsin Hears Presentation About WorkLofts




The Eastern Wisconsin Region gathered in Milwaukee on October 25. The group was treated to a tour of WorkLofts and a presentation by Sean Phelan, President of Phelan Development about the WorkLofts development. A networking reception followed the tour. Thanks to WREAA Market Representative Tom O'Meara (BBA 2006) for coordinating the event!


October 2018

Illinois Region Tours Largest Redevelopment Project in the U.S.

By Scott H. Miller (MS 1988), Illinois Regional Director




601W Cos. and Telos Group hosted 55 members of the WREAA Illinois region on a tour of the historic Chicago’s Old Main Post Office. Construction crews spent the past 12 months removing 23 million pounds of debris from the building –90% of it was recycled—in what is now the largest redevelopment project in the U.S.: 2.8M SF, spanning three city blocks and five acres. The 601W Cos. bought the old Main Post Office from the late Bill Davies and launched a $800M redevelopment program that has grown to over $1B. Prospective tenants will have 250K SF floor plates, the largest in Chicago. Recent notable lease signings include Walgreens. After the tour, members met across the street to quaff refreshments.  



Northern California Tees Up

By Stew Cedarleaf (BBA 2006), Northern California Market Representative

and Dan Flattery (BBA 2008), Northern California Regional Director




Bay Area Real Estate Badgers battled the San Francisco fog and a PGA Championship-caliber course when they got together for the annual WREAA Northern California Golf Outing at TPC Harding Park.  Congrats to hole prize winners Bob Peltzman, Stew Cedarleaf, Zach Allera, Martin Kemeny, and James Geimer.  Dan Flattery took home the prize for low score with a blistering hot round of 85!  Many in attendance remarked how excited they are to carry forward the momentum from this outing to the Biennial Badger Golf Open at University Ridge this fall.


August 2018

Southern California on the Links



Baohan Wu (left) and Pablo Fuenzalida


The Southern California Badger Golf Outing was held July 24, 2018 at the beautiful Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.  Badgers and friends competed for 18 holes then met for a networking reception and award presentation.  The winning foursome was 10 under par and included Michael Haeri, Eric Herro, Scot Eisendrath and Thomas Gilfillan.  The "Longest Drive" was awarded to Michael Haeri who drove the ball 375 yards. The "Closest to the Pin" prize went to Scot Eisendrath at 10 feet.  Many thanks to Southern California Market Representative Seth Levin (BBA 2006) for his work in organizing the outing.



Texas Region Tours Legacy West

By Ryan Mueller (BBA 2012)



The Texas Region WREAA members were fortunate to take an exclusive tour of Legacy West in Plano on June 6. A special thanks to Invesco for hosting the event. The Legacy West development includes 330,000 SF of office above retail, 330,000 SF of upscale restaurants, high end boutiques and outdoor/indoor entertainment venues. The 38 acre mixed-use urban district in the epicenter of Legacy also contains 621 urban residential lofts and a 300-room Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center. The tour wrapped up at the Food Hall which is a 3 story, 55,000 square foot European-style food hall with more than 20 restaurants and a brewery. The development is surrounded by several global corporations such as Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JC Penney, and Frito Lays and located in one of the fastest growing sub-markets in the country.


  Madison Mallards Baseball Enjoyed by Wisconsin Badgers


Kian Wagner caught the walk off ground rule double

for the Mallards to win the 2nd game of a double header.

The second annual WREAA Mallard's baseball event was a rousing success.  Alumni and friends from Madison, Milwaukee and the surrounding areas, enjoyed an evening of Mallards baseball at the Duck Pond in Madison.  The Mallards General Manager lead the group on a pre-game tour of the stadium which was followed by good food, great conversation and a close game of baseball. In the end, the Mallards overtook the Lakeshore Chinooks of Grafton, Wisconsin, and won 2-1.  Many thanks to Western Wisconsin Market Representative Ashley Caldis (BBA 2009) for coordinating the event!  


  Annual Badger Golf Open held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Sixty alumni and friends attended the Annual Badger Golf Open held on June 15, 2018, at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Players, who came from across the Midwest, including Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, enjoyed a networking lunch, followed by 18 holes of golf and a cookout dinner.  The victorious foursome was Mitch Adams, Pete Marino, Kevin Brennan and Tim Lisy.  Special thanks to Hawks View Golf Club and to Chicago Market Representative, Steve Kundert for coordinating the event.



June 2018

Denver Badgers in the Lower Highland Neighborhood

by Eric Komppa (MBA 2009), Colorado/Texas Regional Director



On April 11th, Corum Real Estate toured WREAA members through 100-unit in-fill development in the Lower Highlands neighborhood in Denver.  The project has some unique challenges given the topography of the site which allowed for some unique design elements to be incorporated into the project, mainly the 15’ ceilings of the ground floor units.  The group also toured the flexible amenities areas and two roof top decks.  After the event, Corum was gracious enough to sponsor a happy hour immediately across the street.  Thankfully the weather was warm and everyone was able to enjoy an adult beverage outside. 

Northern California Tours MacArthur Commons




Alumni and friends in the Northern California Region were treated to a tour of MacArthur Commons, a 396-unit TOD development under construction in Oakland California's Temescal neighborhood.  Charlie Tilleman (BBA 2011), Associate at Hines Interests, led the hardhat tour.  Hines and Northwestern Mutual teamed up to develop and finance the project.  Following the tour, the group enjoyed a happy hour at the nearby Arthur Mac's Tap and Snack. Thanks to Dan Flattery (BBA 2008), WREAA Northern California Regional Director for coordinating the event!

 Minnesota Badgers Visit the Moxy Hotel


James Graves, Chairman and CEO of Graves Hospitality, led Minnesota Badgers and friends on a tour of the Moxy Hotel, a six-story, 125 bedroom boutique hotel in the Minneapolis Uptown neighborhood.  James also provided the group with an overview of the project's development and investment strategy. The tour wrapped up with a networking reception in the hotel's Lobby Bar.  Thanks to Minnesota Market Representative,  Anders Pesavento, BBA 2005, for setting up the event!

New York City Badgers Learn Chelsea Market Details


The Capital Markets Roundtable and Dinner, held on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the City Winery in New York City, was extremely well attended and enjoyed by all. The large group heard details of the Chelsea Market transaction from Josh Wechter, Co-Chief Investment Officer for Jamestown.  Mr. Wechter also discussed the strategy for Chelsea Market going forward.  The attending Badgers and friends then enjoyed a networking dinner.  Thank you to Cody Langeness (BBA 2006) WREAA Vice-President Programs and Matthew Rawlsky, (BBA 2009), Market Representative for the Northeast - New York Region, for setting up this event.

April 2018

Southern California Region Tours the Boardwalk

by Brandon Winter (BBA 2010), Southern California Regional Director



On February 21, AEW Capital Management and Trammel Crow Company welcomed WREAA members and guests to tour The Boardwalk, a new 550,000 sf speculative office development

in Irvine, CA.  


After lunch in the property's conference center, attendees walked through the nine-story buildings, crossing through one of the four enclosed bridges and three outdoor terraces spanning the two structures.  After seeing the on-site gym and yoga room (complimentary for tenants), the group debriefed in one of the many outdoor meeting areas contained within the private two-acre courtyard.


The property is held within AEW's $8.0B open ended Core Property Trust.  The buildings were designed by Gensler and built by Snyder Langston. Construction financing was provided by JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.  The property is currently 25% leased to a strong roster of tenants, and is in leases for an additional 20% of the remaining space.


WREAA Meets Dr. Mark Eppli in Milwaukee



The March 1st meet and greet with Dr. Mark Eppli, was enjoyed by the large group of alumni and friends who attended.  Dr. Eppli will join the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate in August of 2018 as a faculty member.  He shared remarks about his new role and held an interactive discussion with those attending. The evening concluded with a networking reception. Thanks to Tom O'Meara (BBA 2006), WREAA Eastern Wisconsin Market Representative for coordinating the event!


Boston Welcomes the Real Estate Club!




Boston area alumni and friends gathered at Post 390,  on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 to welcome the Real Estate Club to the area. The Club visited Boston on their Spring Field Trip.  Students and staff enjoyed a reunion with retired Professor Stephen Malpezzi, along with networking with all in attendance.  Cheers to WREAA Boston Market Representative Jake Maliel  (MBA 2008) for coordinating this event!  Visit the WREAA Network Blog for further details about the trip.



December 2017

Badgers Mix It Up In Arizona



Badgers and friends from the Phoenix area got together for a Happy Hour Mixer at The Beverly on Main in Old Town Scottsdale on November 8, 2017.  The group enjoyed the venue, great food and first-rate networking.  Thanks to Frank Demeter, Jr. (MS 1990), WREAA Arizona Market Representative, for setting up this event!



Badgers and friends from the New York City area were brought up to date on the New York City multifamily market with the help of Martin Nussbaum, Co-Founder of Slate Property Group.  Martin presented his insights at the Lunch and Learn event on November 15 at the Park Avenue Autumn.  Thank you to Matthew Rawlsky, (BBA 2009), Market Representative for the Northeast - New York Region, for setting up this event.




The Colorado WREAA Chapter hosted a lunch-n-learn on November 16, 2017. Kevin Kelley (MBA 1980) of United Properties talked about his two most recent notable developments in Colorado, the market and general outlook on the current real estate development environment.  All in all, it was a great turnout and the conversation evolved to more of a round table discussion with various members sharing their insights on everything ranging from debt markets, sales and even the plight of the Broncos…  We look forward to hosting another similar event in the Spring. 


Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Discusses Wrigleyville



WREAA partnered with the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate to co-sponsor the latest installment of the Graaskamp on the Road series in Chicago on November 30th. During the event, Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, received the Graaskamp Building Communities award for his work on revitalizing the Wrigleyville neighborhood since his acquisition of the storied baseball franchise in 2009.  Read all the details on the Wisconsin Network Blog .


Washington D.C. Holds Holiday Luncheon

by Marshall Scallan (BBA 2012) WREAA Washington, D.C. Market Rep.



The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of WREAA gathered for their annual holiday luncheon on Friday December 8th at Osteria Morini in the heart of the Riverfront District in Washington, DC. WREAA President Andrew Weir joined the group to give a quick update on the Wisconsin Real Estate program as well as overview of the current state of the capital markets, Andrew Felber of CBRE put together a great presentation on the current leasing landscape in Washington. Last but not least, Michael Zelin of Eastdil Secured led a discussion on the large number of new entrants to the debt markets.


Southern California Badgers in the Holiday Spirit



The Southern California Chapter of the WREAA were treated to a tour of Cutwater Distillery on December 12, 2017.  Following the tour, the group enjoyed a Holiday Party at the Tasting Room and Kitchen on the distillery property. Many thanks to Scot Eisendrath (BBA 1993), WREAA Southern California Market Representative for setting up this event!


October 2017


Madison Mallards Baseball



Western Wisconsin WREAA members, friends and family assembled at the Madison Mallards Baseball game on August 9th.  The event was held in a suite in the new Great Dane Duck Blind, which was built using 37 shipping containers in the spring of 2017.  Not only did attendees enjoy the baseball game with upscale concessions, but were also treated to a real estate construction description of the new structure, which is the first shipping container project in Madison, and the first of its kind in baseball.  Those who arrived early received the first edition Maynard wobblehead!  Thanks to WREAA Regional Director, Matt Braun (BBA 1999) for coordinating the event.

Southern California Golf Outing



The Southern California Badger Golf Outing was held at Tijeras Creek Golf Club, in Rancho Santa Margarita, California on August 1, 2017.  Golfers enjoyed 18 holes of golf, lunch and a post golf networking reception in shadow of the beautiful Santa Ana Mountains.   Special thanks to Seth Levin (BBA 2006), WREAA Southern California Market Representative, for coordinating this year's outing.


Illinois Region Tours Fulton West

by Abby Cain (BBA 2012) WREAA Ilinois Market Rep.





On August 24th, the Chicago chapter gathered at one of Sterling Bay's newest West Loop/Fulton Market Developments, Fulton West, for a property tour led by Badger alum Jared Larson, an Associate with Sterling Bay. The group was able to see a variety of spaces, both shell and complete tenant buildouts, as well as the beautiful view of Chicago from the expansive rooftop terrace. After the tour was completed, the group grabbed Sterling Bay goodie bags and headed to the Twisted Spoke rooftop for snacks, a few drinks, and networking. A special thanks to Jared Larson for helping to coordinate a fun tour and event!

 Eastern Wisconsin Discuss Milwaukee Bucks Arena District Development



A large group of WREAA members and guests gathered for a discussion on development in the Milwaukee Bucks Arena District and networking reception on September 14, 2017.  Blair Williams, Managing Director, Real Estate, spoke with attendees about current activity and development opportunities around the district. A Bucks representative provided virtual tours of the new suites. Thanks to Tom O'Meara (BBA 2006), WREAA Market Representative for setting up this event!


July 2017

Badger Golf Open - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

2017 Badger Golf Open

Click on image to bring up full size photos.

The 2017 Badger Golf Open, held June 9th at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was a great success!

The winning foursome was Matt Jenson, Dan Price, Max Kaminsky, & Nick Weisnicht with a score of 61. Second Place went to the foursome of Mike Baker, Brett Berlin, Laura Cathlina, & Michael Slovitt with a score of 62.

Thanks to sponsors CBRE Capital Markets and Tishman Speyer, as well as Hawks View Golf Club, who donated several items in kind. Many thanks also to Steve Kundert, WREAA Chicago Market Representative, for coordinating this year's event and to Brendan McEntegart (MBA 2015) who graciously volunteered to help the day of event.



Denver Badgers Tour WeWorks

by Chad Messer (MBA 2015) WREAA Market Rep. Colorado/Texas Region, Denver



On May 11, the Denver chapter of WREAA toured The Lab, an office project anchored by WeWork.  The tour provided most attendees their first opportunity to see the WeWork model in action.  Following the tour, the group enjoyed a happy hour at the Denver Beer Co.  A big thanks to Katie Bergen, a Badger with Centersquare Investment Management (building’s owner), for leading the tour.



Northern California Badger Golf Outing

By Northern California Regional Director, Dan Flattery (BBA 2008)



The Bay Area chapter of WREAA played the Golf Club at Moffett Field on June 27.  The site is situated on land that Google leases from NASA and is adjacent to Larry Page’s personal airstrip.  It was a great day on the links despite strong gusts of wind off the San Francisco Bay that made for some interesting golf shots.  Brandon Buza scored an easy victory in the Best Dressed category while reigning champ Frank Stumpf squeaked out the tournament low score by defeating Dan Flattery in a tiebreaker (The tiebreaker went to the lender with the best spread on the most recent Bay Area real estate financing). Thanks to all who came out!

May 2017

San Francisco Chapter Discusses Capital Markets

By Northern California Regional Director, Dan Flattery (BBA 2008)



Members of the San Francisco WREAA chapter gathered on March 16th, for a capital markets discussion and tour of Market Montgomery Tower, a trophy office tower that is actively being marketed for sale.  The event was followed by a happy hour and viewing party for the Wisconsin Badgers opening round game of the NCAA tournament.  Special thanks to Eastdil Secured for leading the tour and providing space for the the happy hour and to STRS OH, owners of the Market Montgomery Tower.  


WREAA Northeast Tours JGB Central Tower




Alumni and guests toured JBG's Central Place Residential Tower, a Monday Properties office building in Arlington, VA on April 21st.  Central Place is a 31-story, 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development which includes a companion class-A office building. The residential tower, a JBG joint venture with the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, offers 377 apartments. The development boasts a 17,000-square-foot public plaza and an observation deck offering unobstructed views of the National Mall.


Following the tour, the group met for a networking reception at Heavy Seas Alehouse.  Kudos to WREAA Market Representatives for the Northeastern Region - Washington D.C, Sean McDonald (MBA 2008) and Marshall Scallan (MBA 2007) for coordinating the event!


New York Badgers Tour One WTC



The April 19th tour of the World Trade Center Site and Observatory, given by New York Times bestselling author and official biographer of One WTC, Judith Dupré, was extremely well attended. WREAA members and guests enjoyed unparalleled access to the WTC site and project stakeholders. The tour concluded with networking at One World Observatory. Many thanks to tour guide Judith Dupré and to coordinator, Northeastern Region Market Representative, Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009)!


January 2017

Illinois Region's Holiday Party Held at Federales

Nearly 90 Illinois alumni and friends gathered in the Graffiti Bar at Federales in Chicago for the region’s Annual Holiday Party.   Badgers connected over tequila and tacos and celebrated the holiday season.  Many thanks to WREAA Market Rep. Katie Whitty (BBA 2003), who did a super job coordinating the event! 



Minnesota Region Holds Crystal Ball Panel and Holiday Party




The Minnesota Region gathered December 15 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, for a Holiday Happy Hour and to hear from a “Crystal Ball Panel”.  The panel of experts, comprised of WREAA Members Brent Rogers (BBA 2000) of Saturday Properties, Judy Jandro (BBA 2001) of Bell State Bank, Nino Pedrelli (Ph.D. 1998) with State Street Realty and Devin Duffy (BBA 2006) of Castlelake, discussed their best and worst deals and looked into their crystal balls to predict what lies ahead over the next 12 months. Thanks to event coordinator, Anders Pesavento, BBA 2005, Market Representative for the Minnesota Region for a fantastic Christmas event.



Colorado Badgers Tour Stanley Marketplace




Denver area WREAA members and guests were treated to a project tour of Stanley Marketplace in December. Flightline Ventures redeveloped the former Stanley Aviation building in Aurora, Colorado to create Stanley Marketplace. The project features space for over 50 independently owned Colorado businesses under one roof.  Mark Shaker, of Flightline Ventures, led the group on the tour.  Mark, a UW alum with a degree in social work, is one of three partners in the project. The tour ended at the newly opened Cheluna Brewing Company, inside of Stanley Marketplace, where attendees enjoyed a holiday party.  The successful event was arranged by Chad Messer (MBA 2015), Market Representative for Denver. 


Dallas Alumni Get Behind the Scenes at Granite Park




Alumni and guests from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area toured the Granite Park Five office development in early December. A representative from Granite Properties guided the tour.  The Granite Park office development will have 3.5 million square feet of office and retail space when complete.  Located adjacent to the Legacy business park at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121), the class-A office development also offers a variety of restaurants as well as the Hilton Plano Granite Park.  A networking reception at Henry’s Tavern followed the tour. Cheers to WREAA Market Representative Courtney Flanders (BBA 2012), who coordinated the event.



December 2016

Northern California Hosts Holiday Get Together  

Northern California alumni and guests gathered at the Golden Gate Tap Room in San Francisco last week.  The group did some holiday networking and cheered the Badgers to a 77-60 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge! Thanks to Regional Director Dan Flattery, BBA 2008, for coordinating the event!



 Minnesota Region Tours Hines T3 Office Development



The Minnesota Region’s recent tour of the Hines T3 Office Development in Minneapolis was very well attended! The group was joined by Sam Maguire, Ann Rinde and Brent Robertson from the downtown JLL Team. Following the tour, everyone gathered at The Loop for a networking happy hour. Thanks to WREAA Market Representative Anders Pesavento (BBA 2005) for coordinating the event!



Southern California Alums Gather to Cheer Badgers 



Southern California alumni and friends gathered at the PB Shore Club to watch the Badgers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Thanks to WREAA Market Representative Scot Eisendrath (BBA 1993) for his work in coordinating the event!


Colorado Badgers Scale Mountain   


Three UW Alums moved to Denver, CO over the summer and met to take on a mountain. Real Estate Badgers Zi Chong MBA'16, Mike Ullman MBA'16, Kirsten Voss BBA'15 conquered their first Fourteener (with the help of Spotted Cow) - Grays Peak 14,278 ft of elevation. On Wisconsin!



October 2016


Eastern Wisconsin Tours Drexel Town Square
by James Roemer (BBA 1987)




On July 21st members of the SE Wisconsin region braved hot afternoon temperatures to tour Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, WI. Nate Franke, development and leasing director with project consultant Zilber Property Group, started the tour with an intro and Q&A session in the air-conditioned chambers of the Oak Creek Council before taking the group on a walking tour around the square. Drexel Town Square is a mixed use project being developed by the City of Oak Creek in partnership with master developer Wispark, LLC, the real estate development subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. The project includes retail, office, hotel, and restaurant space; luxury apartments; a wetland park complete with walking trails; a central plaza and courtyard; Oak Creek City Hall and Public Library; and public amenities, including an ice skating rink, farmer's market area, dog park, and bike and walking paths. Among the businesses that currently, or soon will, call Drexel Town Square home are Meijer, Froedtert Health, Marriott TownePlace Suites, Water Street Brewery, Chick-fil-A, Chocolate Factory, Pizza Man, BelAir Cantina, and Valentine Coffee Roasters.


Before it was Drexel Town Square, the site was a manufacturing and technology development center, built in 1957 by Delco Electronics, formerly Oak Creek's largest employer. Through the years and a number of corporate changes, it became AC Spark Plug, the AC Electronics Division of General Motors and, finally, Delphi Electronics & Safety. Part of the plant was demolished to make room for a Woodman's grocery store in 2007. The rest was  closed and demolished in 2008, and the site remained dormant until 2011 when it was acquired by Wispark."


Seattle Area Badgers Tour in Bellevue



WREAA members in the Northwest Region were treated to a project tour of the Bellevue Collection's major mixed-use expansion on September 22.  Jim Melby, President of Kemper Development Company, gave a thoughtful overview of the massive project expansion, with hotel, multifamily, retail and parking components.  The group toured mock-ups of the hotel rooms and typical apartment units.  Following the tour, everyone met at Tavern Hall for a frosty and networking. Thanks to WREAA Pacific Northwest Regional Director, James Geimer (MS 1989), for organizing the event! 


NYC Hosts Lunch and Learn



New York City alumni and guests enjoyed a Lunch and Learn event on September 22. Stephen Winter, Vice President and Related's Head of Leasing for Hudson Yard, was the keynote speaker for the event. Stephen discussed Hudson Yards and New York's office market. Kudos to WREAA’s New York City Market Representative, Matthew Rawlsky (BBA 2009) for coordinating the event.


June/July 2016


Badger Golf Open Draws A Crowd

by WREAA Market Representative Steve Kundert


On June 17th, amidst bright sun and temperatures hovering in the low 70’s, over 65 Badgers and Guests gathered at Hawks View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI for the annual Badger Open Golf Event. The event was filled with fun, networking, and comradery as golfers of all abilities from across the country competed in a scramble format to take home this year’s title. The scramble was won by the foursome led by WREAA member Mitch Adams (BBA ’03) along with guests Pete Marino, Kevin Brennan and Darryl Rayfield, who together combined to defend last year’s crown and shoot a nine under par 63. Following golf was cocktails and a well-attended cookout dinner, where awards were distributed to top golfers and contest winners, as well as a special thank you presented to event sponsors CBRE, Waterton, Tishman Speyer, E&Y, Bank of America, and Guggenheim.


Kenect Chicago Connects WREAA Members

by WREAA Market Representative Abby Cain (BBA 2012)



On June 27th, the WREAA Illinois Region held an event to kick off the summer. The event was centered around the newly constructed, transit-oriented, multifamily development Kenect Chicago, located in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Nearly 40 members and guests gathered at the project site to listen to the Founder and CEO of Akara Partners,  Rajen Shastri, discuss the development process and lead a tour of the property. Mr. Shastri, a Badger Alumni, spoke about how the building’s amenities were designed to bring residents together and that the new retail tenants will help shape the growing River West neighborhood. Following the tour, the group gathered at The Dawson for networking, food, and drinks. The event provided a great way to visit a fellow Badger’s new development as well as catch up with classmates and friends.


Minnesota Region Meets for Co-Working Tour


Over twenty alumni and friends from the Minnesota Region met on June 27 to tour 1010 Lake and CoCo Uptown.  Following a casual discussion on co-working and its impact on the real estate market for office space, the group enjoyed networking, drinks and pizza. A special thanks to Tim Prinsen of Colliers for sharing this unique space, and to Minnesota Market Representative, Anders Pesavanto, (BBA 2005) for organizing the event.

WREAA Co-Sponsors Graaskamp on the Road Roundtable Luncheon


The June 24th installment of The Graaskamp on the Road Roundtable series brought a large group together at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco for a luncheon discussion.  Co-Sponsored by WREAA and the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, the Roundtable featured Jeffrey Weber, Senior Managing Director, at Eastdil Secured, who shared his insights and experience on how real estate entrepreneurs, investors and financiers can identify and manage opportunity and risk in the evolving economy.  Along with his presentation, Jeffrey also led the group in a comprehensive discussion of risk and resiliency in financial and real estate markets and fielded questions from attendees.  Thanks to Jim Curtis (MS 1976) and Graaskamp Center staff for organizing the informative luncheon.

April/May 2016


San Francisco Chapter Discusses Development Trends

by WREAA Market Representative Dan Flattery (BBA 2008)


More than 30 Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni got together in San Francisco for a discussion of Bay Area development trends.  The event was hosted by Columbia Property Trust at its newly renovated amenity space at 650 California Street, a 33-story Class A office tower CPT recently acquired in the Financial District.  The event featured Gino Canori, Executive VP at Related Company and Dan Safier, President of Prado Group who shared their expertise and experiences

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