“Being a member of the center board has been very rewarding to me both professionally and personally. Professionally, it provides me with an opportunity to network with the best minds in real estate and stay updated on current trends and industry direction. Personally, it gives me the opportunity to give back to the real estate program that provided a life-altering experience for me.”

Craig S. Manske (MS '81)
Managing Director, Development Solutions, Inc.
Member since 2005

Comprised of representatives from the professional community, including the private, corporate, public, and non-profit sectors, the Board of Advisors is a core support group for the Graaskamp Center, advising the Center on its agenda, participating in exclusive twice-a-year board meetings and contributing to the Wisconsin Real Estate Tradition as guest lecturers and mentoring students.

Drawn by invitation only from senior executives in the real estate industry both regionally and nationally, representation on the board is sought from the array of functional areas related to real estate and urban development such as brokerage, property management, development, appraisal, investment, asset management, law, mortgage banking, lending, corporate real estate, institutional investment, syndication, planning, regulation, and design.

The board pledges to support the Graaskamp Center's activities financially through annual contributions. Member support is a critical element in the overall structure of the Center. Financial support from our board members not only reflects commitment to strengthening the future of the professional through the highest quality education and research, it sustains the Center and provides an important funding source for students and other educational and outreach initiatives.

The Graaskamp Center creates opportunities for board members, professionals, alumni, faculty, and students to meet, network, and share knowledge and expertise. Board members are invited to share their experience in the classroom, to mentor students, and to recruit students and graduates for internship and career opportunities. Board members also benefit from unique, high level interaction at meetings and events, special opportunities for industry insight and learning as well as access to nationally-renowned, state-of-the-art research produced by our faculty.

Among the benefits available to board members are:

High-level networking

Our board is comprised of real estate leaders from a range of real estate disciplines and from around the country. Expand your professional network and connect with students and faculty at our twice-a-year board conferences and join us “On the Road” in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and beyond for exclusive, small-group topic discussions.

Lifelong learning

From timely and topical presenters like Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Fed economist David Altig to the economic outlook from our world class faculty, you will have access to the vibrant and exciting resources that come with being affiliated with one of the top academic institutions in the world.

Opportunities to give back

Students are especially in need of wisdom and expertise in turbulent times. Meet our students at our board conferences, share your experiences as a mentor, recruit top talent for your organization and find other opportunities to contribute to the growth and early professional development of the next generation of leaders.