Speakers & Panelists

Keynote Speaker

YastrowApril Rinne

  • Global Authority on the Sharing Economy
  • Expert on Global, Trust-Based Innovation
  • Expert on New Marketplace Creation and Disruptive Innovation
  • Globetrotter and Adventurer

April Rinne is a thought leader and advisor in the sharing economy. She builds strategy, guides conversations and tackles the key questions with a wide range of stakeholders from companies to governments, policy makers, investors, associations, educational institutions and non-profits.  In the process, she advocates rebuilding relationships, designing for resilience, and bringing invisible value to light.

April’s work in the sharing economy has both breadth and depth. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on business model innovation, local and national governments on policy reform, and investors on portfolio strategy and execution. She also tackles broader issues related to technological innovation, such as effects on the workplace, quality of life, travel and emerging markets.  She has spoken at range of events hosted by organizations including the World Economic Forum, the White House and the Aspen Institute.

In 2011 the World Economic Forum elected April as a Young Global Leader, where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization Advisory Board. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seoul Sharing City in South Korea, Amsterdam Sharing City, the National League of Cities (US) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. She is also a director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a member of the Relationship Economy eXpedition (REX). Her writing has appeared in Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the World Economic Forum, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance and Business Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in International Studies from Emory University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute and a Visiting Scholar at University College, Oxford University.



HaggertyNancy Leary Haggerty
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Nancy Haggerty is a partner in the Land & Resources Practice Group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, and development and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law; negotiating construction and architects' contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation. She has worked extensively with TIF financing and municipal development agreements, and with a number of other government financing programs, including SBA loans, MEDC loans and Section 42 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing. She is one of the most experienced attorneys in the state in condo/hotel resort development and timeshares, and on business improvement districts (“BIDs”). She also has a deep understanding of land contracts and other forms of seller financing.

Panel - Housing

Anthony Pennington-Cross
Chair, Department of Finance, Professor of Finance, Marquette University

Dr. Pennington-Cross is widely published in academic journals including The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, and others. Recent research has focused on subprime lending in the housing market (pricing, predatory lending laws, and mortgage performance), house price dynamics, commercial property fundamentals, and other and urban and real estate issues. Prior to joining Marquette University Dr. Pennington-Cross was a Senior Economist in the Research Division at The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where he organized a conference on Federal Government liabilities and lead research on subprime lending in the mortgage markets and related predatory lending issues. Before moving to St. Louis Dr. Pennington-Cross was a Senior Economist at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight in the Office of Policy and Research and the Director of Research at the Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA) a research organization devoted to extending home ownership to all Americans.

Peter Park
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Peter Park served as planning director of two large U. S. cities over the last 16 years. In Milwaukee and Denver, his integrated approach to comprehensive planning, urban design, and development review resulted in clear visions for sustainable urban development, places of high quality design, and streamlined development permitting systems. He led the preparation of downtown plans, numerous neighborhood plans, and comprehensive zoning code updates in both cities. Peter was the 2012 Lincoln Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. During his fellowship, he researched opportunities for replacing elevated highways in cities with enriched street networks, application of Form-based codes at citywide scales, and new technologies for community engagement. The work produced in his urban design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes such as the Park East Freeway removal in Milwaukee and the Denver Zoning Code.

Richard W Lincoln
Retired Senior Vice President, Mandel Group, Inc.

Dick Lincoln retired in January 2015 as Senior Vice President of Mandel Group, Inc., though he remains active as a consultant on several current developments. Mr. Lincoln amassed over 40 years of public and private sector experience, having played the lead role in the construction or rehabilitation of more than 3,000 multi-family housing units and over 1.5 million square feet of office and retail space in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. During his tenure with the Mandel Group, the firm became a recognized national leader in creating public-private partnerships and in the redevelopment of brownfields and other aesthetically and environmentally sensitive urban locations into luxury residential and mixed use communities.

Kathleen Ehley
Mayor of Wauwatosa  

Wauwatosa's mayor is responsible for serving as the chief executive officer and spokesperson for the City. As such, the mayor has numerous public speaking commitments from groundbreaking ceremonies to school groups and business associations. Additionally, the mayor is required to attend numerous local, regional, state, and occasionally, national meetings.

The mayor is the city’s representative at meetings of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mayor is a vice chairman of the executive board for Visit Milwaukee and a member of the Intergovernmental Cooperative Council and serves as secretary of the Wauwatosa Economic Development Corporation. Also, the mayor is an appointee to the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee County Research Park Corporation and the Wisconsin Center District.

Panel - Industrial Development

Mike Fardy
President, Wisconsin, Colliers International

Mike has been instrumental in growing the Colliers International/Wisconsin office to be one of the largest full service real estate companies in Wisconsin employing over 100 employees with operations in Milwaukee, Madison and Fox Valley.Over the past 22 years, Mike has completed nearly 700 transactions worth $600 Million Dollars throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Mike has served as Past President of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Wisconsin (BOMA-WI) and is currently a Board Member of the Commercial Association of Realtors – Wisconsin (CARW). 

Mike Yungerman
Vice president, Real Estate Development, The Opus Group

Mike joined Opus in 2005. As Vice President of Real Estate Development, his primary focus is sourcing, identifying and executing on new industrial development opportunities throughout the Opus system. Since joining Opus, Mike has worked on high-profile projects including: a 1,500,000 square foot build-to-suit for Con-Agra Foods in Frankfort, IN; a 300,000 square foot build-to-suit for Hewlett-Packard in Des Moines, IA; the I-88 Gateway Logistics Center, a 60-acre, two-phase industrial development in North Aurora, IL; the Briarwood Business Center, a 27- acre industrial park in Mount Prospect, IL; and the 221-acre Minooka Ridge Business Park in Minooka, IL which includes an 861,000 square foot Macy’s Distribution Center and a 965,000 square foot speculative building leased to Electrolux Home Products. Mike has also completed six buildings totaling over 680,000 square feet at Oakview Corporate Park in West Dundee, IL and two buildings totaling 552,000 square feet at the Cicero Business Center in Cicero, IL.

Tim Walsh
Portfolio Manager, Core Investment Vehicles, Exeter

Mr. Walsh is responsible for the investment and asset management of Exeter’s Core Industrial Investment Vehicles. Prior to Exeter, Mr. Walsh worked at Wrightwood Capital for 14 years, where he raised and invested three successive real estate equity funds focused on institutional grade industrial assets in primary distribution markets.  In that capacity, Mr. Walsh managed 9 million square feet of properties and was directly responsible for over $470 million of acquisitions.  He also oversaw development joint ventures, financings, leasing, property management, dispositions, and investor reporting.  Mr. Walsh earned a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Sam Badger
SIOR, Senior Vice President, Industrial Services

Sam Badger is a Senior Vice President with the Industrial Services Group of NAI Hiffman. Sam represents private companies, owners, financial institutions, investors and developers in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial real estate assets, investments and land throughout Northern Cook County suburbs, Lake County, Illinois, Southeast Wisconsin and Milwaukee areas.
Prior to joining NAI Hiffman, Sam worked for Cushman & Wakefield and Paine/Wetzel Associates. Since 2001, Sam has participated in over $200 million of land, office and industrial real estate transactions.

Economic forecast

Dr. Mark Eppli
Robert B. Bell, Sr. Chair in Real Estate, Marquette University

Dr. Eppli served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012-2015 and is also a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. He is widely published in a range of commercial real estate topics and is coauthor of the bestselling real estate development text in the nation. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he worked in commercial real estate for PM Realty Advisors and GE Capital. He has served as a consultant to a number of finance, real estate, and government entities. Dr. Eppli received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to attract minorities to the real estate profession. In January 2012, Dr. Eppli was appointed independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics.