Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join the Center for Real Estate at Marquette University for our third annual Real Estate Strategies Conference. The half day conference focuses on the 2014 theme, “Managing the Horizon.”

12:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballrooms
$75 per person
Tickets available at the door

  • Parking locations - for complimentary parking, tell the attendant you are attending the Real Estate Strategies Conference

Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Eppli, Interim James H. Keyes Dean and Bell Chair in Real Estate, Marquette University, will give our opening keynote. Always a popular speaker, he will focus on the changing economic landscape and its impact on commercial real estate.

Case study panel: Northwestern Mutual will lead a case study panel on its planned 32-story lakefront office tower in downtown Milwaukee. This tower will contain over 1.1 million square feet, which will be the largest single building in the State of Wisconsin. At this panel, Northwestern Mutual will provide a background on why the company chose to continue to invest in downtown Milwaukee and what needed to be done to get this building approved and started.  Do not miss the chance to hear Northwestern Mutual unveil details of this forward-looking building and office layout - a design that will change the Milwaukee skyline.

Case study: Kenosha development - what it takes to attract businesses to Wisconsin: This panel will feature Todd Battle, President, Kenosha Area Business Alliance. He will lead a discussion on the number of new developments that are taking place in Kenosha County, including the Amazon and Uline facilities. He will provide insight on what Kenosha is doing to attract these companies.

This year’s conference will also feature a “how to get your project funded” panel, which will be led by moderator, Paul Klister, Owner and Founder, Commercial Horizons, Inc. He will lead a discussion on the challenges and strategies that top industry professionals are seeing in today’s capital markets. Panelists include, Wade Lau, President & CEO, Founders Properties, John Petrovski, SVP, Managing Director, Head of US Commercial Real Estate, BMO Harris Bank, Patrick Dempsey, Senior Vice President, Walker & Dunlop, and Gary Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, Gorman & Company, Inc.

Our final keynote presentation will be by professional speaker, Mr. Steve Yastrow, author, Ditch the Pitch: The Art of Improvised Persuasion.  Steve Yastrow will share ideas from his new book, Ditch the Pitch, encouraging attendees to “tear up their elevator speech” and, instead, learn how to improvise effective persuasive conversations. Steve’s speech will give attendees concrete ideas that they can act on immediately and use to improve their powers of persuasion.

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Schedule of events

12:30 p.m. Registration & networking
3rd floor, AMU
1:00 p.m. Welcome & economic forecast
Nancy Haggerty
Dr. Mark Eppli
1:30 p.m. Panel 1
Case study: Northwestern Mutual high rise office tower
Panelist info
2:10 p.m. Panel 2
Case study: Kenosha development - what it takes to attract businesses to Wisconsin
Panelist info
2:50 p.m. Break & networking
3:05 p.m. Student speaker
3:15 p.m. Panel 3
How to get your project funded
Panelist info
4:15 p.m. Keynote - Ditch the pitch
Steve Yastrow, consultant and author, Yastrow and Company
Steve Yastrow
5:15 p.m. Networking reception

7:00 p.m. Post-conference
REALM (Real Estate Alumni Marquette) boat cruise
separate signup