Speakers & Panelists

Keynote Speaker

Jack Durburg, global president of transaction services, CBRE

Jack Durburg is Global President, Transaction Services for CBRE and is a member of the company’s Global Operating Committee. CBRE’s Global Transaction Services include Leasing, Capital Markets and GCS Transaction Management. Jack’s responsibilities include partnering with CBRE’s Global leadership team to set the overall strategy for CBRE’s Transaction Businesses while working closely with the field to implement the strategy. Jack is focused on driving strong growth and cementing CBRE’s market leading position in all of its transaction services product lines.

Panelists: The Mayfair Collection case study

Moderator: Julie Ledger, vice president & general manager, Opus Development Company 

Ms. Ledger oversees all real estate development and design-build construction for the Milwaukee office of Opus Development Company, L.L.C. Her responsibilities include land acquisition, development, marketing, leasing, third party design-build project pursuit and execution. As a project management professional in the Opus organization since 1996, her project experience includes institutional, office, retail, industrial, distribution, data centers, parking structures and brown field development. She is the project executive for all projects at Marquette University including the $85 million Law School, the $28 million Zilber Hall (administration and student services building) and the $100 million College of Engineering Discovery Learning Complex. The Milwaukee office's notable development projects during her tenure include The Shoppes at Fox River, a 250,000 s.f. shopping center in Waukesha, Wis., as well as major office developments such as the Honey Creek Corporate Center in Milwaukee and the Northwestern Mutual Campus in Franklin, Wis. Ms. Ledger is an accomplished Design-Builder as well as an effective manager of outside design teams. She has a consistent track record of managing the design process to meet the owner’s budget and expectations. She is a member of Opus’ Design Build Leadership Committee responsible for establishing and executing best practices across the Opus offices.

Tim Blum, executive vice president and managing director, retail brokerage division, HSA Commercial 

Mr. Blum has directly supervised the execution of over 3 million square feet of commercial development totaling in excess of $500 million in total value. His diverse retail development experience includes large format promotional centers, multi-level urban mixed-use projects, adaptive reuse of existing retail facilities, and traditional suburban shopping center formats. In addition to successful projects in Orland Park, Illinois (Orland Park Place), Royal Oak, Michigan, and Elmhurst, Illinois, currently Mr. Blum is directing the development of The Mayfair Collection, a large-scale mixed-use project in suburban Milwaukee, which till total more than 1.5 million square feet of retail, office, residential, and hotel space.

Craig Wilson, Alderman – 8th District, City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Craig Wilson is the 8th District Alderman for the City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Mr. Wilson is a dedicated civil servent and has been vital to the successful planning of the Mayfair Collection development, led by HSA Commercial. He works for GE Healthcare as Corporate Counsel and attained his juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School.

Panelists: Capital Markets Panel

Moderator: Dr. Mark Eppli (see bio below)

Paul Boneham, executive vice president, head of U.S. Transaction, Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy is one of the largest real estate advisors in America. As executive vice president, Boneham is responsible for the oversight of all transaction activity in the U.S. He serves on the management committee and investment committee of the firm and also acts as the senior portfolio manager on one of the firm’s separate account portfolios. In the U.S., Bentall Kennedy has $8.7 billion of assets under management across all product formats (office, industrial, multi-family & retail). Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy US in 2002, Paul held positions in acquisitions / dispositions with Prudential Real Estate Advisors (eight years), Richard Ellis International (four years) and Heitman Advisory (seven years). Paul holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Garo Kholamian, president and founder, GK Development

GK Development, Inc. is a real estate acquisition and development company specializing in retail and commercial properties. The privately held company has acquired and/or redeveloped 5.2 million square feet of space, located in 9 states since its inception in 1995. As president, Kholamian provides the steady hand that guides GK Development, Inc.'s growth. Before forming GK Development, Inc., he was a Senior Vice President of Development at Homart, the real estate development arm for Sears Roebuck. At Homart, Garo managed the development of more than 2.2 million square feet of community shopping center space. Also an architect, Garo worked at the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and in planning, architecture and construction at Montgomery Ward. Garo holds a degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a masters in business management from Loyola University in Chicago.

Rob Nadler, president, central region, Kimco Realty

Kimco is North America’s largest neighborhood and community shopping center owner with over 130 million square feet of holdings valued at approximately $10 billion. Kimco has holdings in 44 states, Canada, Mexico and South America. As president, Nadler is responsible for the strategic planning and execution for the Central Region portfolio, including leasing, property management and redevelopment. Additionally, he directs the national retailer portfolio team which holds in excess of 100 retailer meetings or reviews each year. Nadler has more than 30 years of shopping center experience. Prior to joining Kimco Realty in June 1998, he sereved as SVP of LaSalle Partners, EVP/National Director of Leasing for JMB Retail Properties, and Managing Director of JMB Institutional Realty. Nadler holds a BS and BA degree from the University of Denver.

Mark Oddo, senior vice president, asset management, Buchanan Street Partners

Buchanan Street Partners is a real estate investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. The firm manages commingled and separate account real estate funds on behalf of institutional and private investors. Since its inception, Buchanan has invested and structured approximately $17 billion of capital in a broad range of equity and debt real estate investments throughout the United States. The majority of Buchanan Street’s current holdings are in the office & industrial sectors. Mark Oddo is responsible for the underwriting, due diligence, and ongoing asset management of fund investments. Mark is based in Chicago and has 20+ years of industry experience.

Economic Forecast

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

Dr. Eppli was named Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration in Fall of 2012 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.