Founding Members

Platinum Equity Members

Peter Bell Pabst Farms
James Imhoff, Jr. First Weber Group
Dennis Klein
KBS Construction
Barry Mandel
Mandel Group
Jim McShane
Conor Commercial Real Estate
Roger Thrun
WHR Group
Bob & Jeff Weyers, Paul Klister
Commercial Horizons

Gold Equity Members

Bruce Adreani
Norwood Builders
First Data Corporation

Opus North Corporation

Steve & Rhonda Stratman

Silver Equity Members

James Devine

Steve & Mary Evans

Tom Kuesel
Kuesel & Co.
Robert Mahoney
CB Richard Ellis
John Pfefferle
Pfefferle Investments
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Shiel

Bronze Equity Members

James Barry III
Cassidy Turley
Don & Win Biernacki

Norris & Nanine Eber
Abbell Associates
Joe Horning
Shorewest Realtors
John Heller & Francis Brzezinski
Interstate Partners
Gerber's Law, S.C.

David & Bonnie Krill

Patrick Mulcahy
US Bank
Ogden & Company, Inc.

Max Rasansky
CB Richard Ellis
David Shrock
Marquette University
Mark Spaeth
Schenck Business Solutions
Timothy Spillane
Jones Lang LaSalle
Richard Spinell
Mid America Real Estate Group
Don Tolva
The Store House Company
US Bancorp Foundation

US Bank Commercial Real Estate Lending Division

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.

Equity Members

Margaret Bernhard
Marquette University

Mark Eppli & Eliza Webb

Lee Hackett
American Appraisal Associates
Michael Kelly
Marquette University
Patrick Knoelke
Custom Truck & Equipment
Charles Ries
Marquette University
Robert Schmidt
Boulder Venture
Gary Stein
CB Richard Ellis
Nicole Truog
Douglas Wheaton


Marquette was the first Jesuit university in the nation with an undergraduate curriculum in commercial real estate. In 2002, the College of Business Administration initiated efforts to establish a major program in the area of commercial real estate by hiring Dr. Mark Eppli as the Bell Chair in Real Estate. Under his leadership, these efforts have been highly successful, attracting students, outreach, research, and relationship building with the industry. The Center for Real Estate was established in 2008 through the efforts of Founding Members who contributed more than $800,000 in initial operating funds. Work continues on building an endowment to permanently fund and operate the Center for Real Estate. The CRE was the founding educational partner for the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program, a minority outreach program that provides commercial real estate training, networking and mentoring opportunities. Now spun off as The ACRE Network (TAN), ACRE graduates are carrying on the successful program, which has served more than 125 individuals since 2004.