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Center for Real Estate adds value outside the classroom

Marquette Business’ Center for Real Estate owes much of its success to a simple and effective three-pronged approach: teaching, research and outreach. Each informs the others, but that latter piece – outreach – is where the center is able to connect with and bring real value to the commercial real estate industry.

In 2013, the Center for Real Estate had one of its busiest years. Read more online for a sampling of the many ways in which the center bridged its academic and applied missions.

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Center for Real Estate’s Hunt named ‘Rising Star of the Year’

NAIOP Wisconsin at its Annual Meeting and Awards Night on Jan. 14, 2014, named Andrew Hunt, associate director of the Center for Real Estate as its Rising Star of the Year – Associate Member.

Two MBA alums receive major promotions

Racine-based Johnson Bank has named Gus Hernandez president of the Milwaukee metropolitan market. Hernandez, who earned his MBA from Marquette in 2001, joined Johnson Bank in February 2013 as a senior commercial banking manager. He has 25 years of financial services experience, most recently as managing director at BMO Harris Bank in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.

Milwaukee investment banking firm Cleary Gull Inc. has promoted James Olson to vice president. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette in 2002; he received his MBA from Marquette the following year. Olson joined Cleary Gull in 2006 and has experience in consumer and engineered products.


Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, explained what's involved in developing purchasing manager indices, or PMIs, which are industry standard bellwethers of manufacturing activity derived from monthly surveys of private sector firms.
Story aired on numerous National Public Radio affiliates nationwide, Dec. 2, 2013

David Clark, professor of economics, commented on the recent home sales reports showing a drop in sales even though totals are ahead of 2012. Clark says three factors are driving the recent softening: Mortgage rates bottomed out 12 months ago and have been rising; home prices have been increasing; and uncertainty associated with the short-lived government shutdown and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance costs have caused some potential buyers to take a "wait and see" attitude.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 24, 2013

Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration and Bell Chair in Real Estate, recently spoke at two major commercial real estate industry events, including serving on a panel for an Institute of Real Estate Management meeting and delivering a keynote economic forecast at the NAIOP Chicago annual meeting.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Jan. 17, 2014
Photo appeared on, Jan. 21, 2014

‘Like father, like son’: AIM alumnus Martin profiled

Marquette Business alumnus David Martin was featured alongside his father, Edward, for an Insight magazine cover story. The 2009 graduate of the Applied Investment Management program is the fourth generation working at family business H.J. Martin and Son, a Green Bay, Wis.-based interior contracting firm.

From the article: Martin, 27, grew up in the family business (“I just sort of hung out every Saturday,” he says), and officially joined H.J. Martin in 2009. The oldest of four siblings, David feels proud, but not entitled, to continue his family’s legacy. “I never felt entitled to a position based on my last name,” he admits. “And I’m not motivated by personal wealth.”

Read the full story online.



Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.