As the real estate industry is faced with continually changing market conditions, an evolving economic landscape, and new regulatory horizons, the Graaskamp Center Board of Advisors is a hub of critical information-sharing and networking. Through the generous financial support of our members, the Graaskamp Center delivers the world-class experience that is expected from the global leader in real estate research and education.

Membership to the Board of Advisors is available at four levels:

  • Sponsor - Annual gifts to the Graaskamp Center of $10,000 or more. Up to two official representatives at the corporate level to serve on the Board. Plus up to four additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.
  • Sustaining - $6,000 annual gift. Up to two official representatives at the corporate level to serve on the Board. Plus up to two additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.
  • Patron - $3,500 annual gift. One official representative to serve on the Board. Plus one additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.
  • Non-Profit

Contributions, or some portion thereof, may be tax deductible – consult your tax advisor.

Board membership is by invitation only. Please contact Irgens Executive Director Michael Brennan at if you would like to recommend a prospective member.

Honorary & Emeritus


For substantial gifts to the Graaskamp Center

Michael ArnesonMichael D. ArnesonBiographyManaging Principal, RetiredTOLD Development Company
James CurtisJames J. Curtis IIIBiographyManaging Partner and Co-FounderBristol Group, Inc.
Jim HaftJim G. HaftBiographyPrincipalHaft Holdings, Inc.
Charles HeathCharles V. HeathBiographyFounder and Principal EmeritusHorizon Development Group, Inc.
Fred PetriFred Petri (Emeritus)BiographyPresidentHousing Capital Co.
Andrew PleskoAndrew E. PleskoBiographyPresident and General CounselE.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc.
Bryant WangardBryant J. WangardPartnerWangard Properties


Annual gifts to the Graaskamp Center of $10,000 or more. Up to two official representatives at the corporate level to serve on the Board. Plus up to four additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.

Martin BarberMartin BarberBiographyChairmanMoirai Capital Investments Ltd.
Jim CopeJim CopeBiographyExecutive Vice President & Managing DirectorWalker & Dunlop
Patrick DempseyPatrick DempseyBiographyManaging DirectorWalker & Dunlop
John GatesJohn GatesBiographyChairman & CEOPortaeco, LLC
Scott McKibbenScott McKibbenBiographyChief Investment OfficerBrennan Investment Group, LLC
Brad O'HalloranBrad O'HalloranBiographyExecutive Director of Investor RelationsBrennan Investment Group, LLC
Jay ShidlerJay H. ShidlerBiographyFounder and Managing PartnerThe Shidler Group
Robert VaneckoRobert G. VaneckoBiographyManaging PrincipalBrennan Investment Group, LLC


$6,000 annual gift. Up to two official representatives at the corporate level to serve on the Board. Plus up to two additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.

PlaceholderMichael BarrPortfolio ManagerPaulson & Co.
John BesseJohn BesseBiographyExecutive Vice President and Head of Midwest RegionU.S. Bancorp
Derek M. ChenDerek M. ChenBiographyChief Executive OfficerChenco Holdings Company, LLC
Pierre CowartPierre CowartBiographySenior Vice PresidentLeopardo Companies, Inc.
Michael DurstMichael DurstBiographyManaging Principal, Real Estate EquityAllstate Investments
Joe GessnerJoseph GessnerBiographyManaging DirectorBMO Harris Bank
Patrick HalterPatrick G. HalterBiographyChief Executive OfficerPrincipal Real Estate Investors, LLC
PlaceholderDoug HamjeBiographyManaging DirectorInternational Airport Centers, Inc.
Vince LaughlinVincent LaughlinBiographyReal Estate Group PresidentMB Financial Bank
Justin LeonardJustin L. LeonardBiographyPrincipal and Senior AnalystWalton Street Capital, LLC
James MartellJames G. MartellBiographyPresidentRidge Development Company, LLC
Rick MattiodaRick MattiodaBiographyPresidentLeopardo Companies, Inc.
Thomas McCahillThomas M. McCahillBiographyManaging PrincipalEverWest Real Estate Partners, LLC
Daniel MinahanDaniel J. MinahanBiographyPresident and Chief Operating OfficerContinental Properties Company, Inc.
Michael MoranMichael MoranBiographyManaging DirectorAllstate Investments
Charles MurphyCharles J. MurphyBiographySenior Vice PresidentInterPark LLC
Donald PaffordDon PaffordBiographySenior Vice President and Chicago Market Manager, Commercial Real EstateU.S. Bank
Art PasquarellaArthur P. PasquarellaBiographyExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating OfficerEquus Capital Partners, Ltd.
David RaffDavid RaffBiographyDirectorBMO Capital Markets Real Estate Group
David RubinDavid RubinBiographySenior Managing DirectorMB Financial Bank
Dan SchulteDaniel M. SchulteBiographyPresidentPrincipal Enterprise Capital, LLC


$3,500 annual gift. One official representative to serve on the Board. Plus one additional corporate staff invited to attend select events.

Bailey, StephenStephen P. BaileyBiographyManaging DirectorPGIM
Matt BertramMatthew BertramBiographyPrincipalPrudential Mortgage Capital Company
Arun BhatiaArun I. BhatiaBiographyPresidentArun Bhatia Development Organization
Robert J. BondRobert J. BondBiographyCo-Founder and PresidentBond Companies
Pam BonehamPamela BonehamBiography Managing DirectorBarings Real Estate Advisers
Kent BornKent BornBiographySenior Managing DirectorPPM America
Jim BorrisJim BorrisBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerZilber Ltd.
Tom BretzThomas BretzBiographyCEOElmdale Partners
Vince CozziVincent M. CozziBiographyPresident and Chief Investment OfficerNorthwest Healthcare Properties REIT
Kevin CrummyKevin A. CrummyBiographyChief Investment OfficerDouglas Emmett, Inc.
Jeffery DavisJeffery A. DavisBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerCambridge Realty Capital Companies
Steve DisseSteven C. DisseBiographyPrincipalColliers International
Eisendrath, BrianBrian EisendrathBiographyVice Chairman, Capital Markets, Debt and Structured FinanceCBRE, Inc.
Bill FergusonWilliam J. FergusonBiographyChairman and Chief Executive OfficerFerguson Partners Ltd.
Steve FifieldSteven FifieldBiographyChairman & CEOFifield Companies
Robert GoeckelRobert E. GoeckelBiographySenior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate BankingBank of America Merill Lynch
Randall GuentherRandall GuentherBiographyChief Executive Officer and Chief Financial OfficerVanta Commercial Properties
Jon HammesJon D. HammesBiographyFounder and Managing PartnerHammes Company
Brian HappBrian L. HappBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerErdman Company
Perry HigaPerry HigaBiographySenior Vice PresidentNAI Hiffman
John HoffmanJohn HoffmanBiographyDirectorBaker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Ronald HubbardRonald M. HubbardBiographyVice President, Investor RelationsDuke Realty Corp.
photo placeholderPeter JungbackerBiographyManaging MemberAlexander & Bishop
Robert KarnerRobert M. KarnerBiographyManaging DirectorAnnaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc.
Robert KukulkaRobert KukulkaBiographyRegional Chief Financial Officer for the AmericasAbu Dhabi Investment Authority
David LenzDavid A. LenzBiographyFounder and ChairmanNorth Central Group
Dan LevittDaniel R. LevittBiographySenior Vice President, Capital MarketsRyan Companies US, Inc.
Brian ListonBrian ListonBiographyPrincipalValue Industrial Partners, LLC
Duane LundDuane H. LundBiographyPresidentExchange Realty, Inc.
Ryan MalleryRyan MalleryBiographyChief Executive Officer and Fund ManagerBig River Real Estate, LLC
Manske, CraigCraig S. ManskeBiographyManaging PrincipalDevelopment Solutions, Inc.
Austin MautzAustin MautzBiographyChief Financial Officer and Vice PresidentFiduciary Real Estate Development, inc.
John McLindenJohn McLindenBiographyPartnerCentrum Properties, LLC
David NeithercutDavid J. NeithercutBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerEquity Residential
Charles K. Nulsen IIICharles K. Nulsen IIIBiographyFounderWashington Property Company
James OrthJames OrthBiographyManaging PrincipalWHI Real Estate Partners
George A. PandaleonGeorge A. PandaleonBiographyPresidentInland Institutional Capital, LLC
Dean E. ParkerDean E. ParkerBiographyPartnerHinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Sujan PatelSujan PatelBiographyManaging DirectorNorthstar Realty Finance Corp.
James RingJames RingBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerPark Towne Development Corporation
Daniel RosenbloomDaniel RosenbloomBiographyManaging DirectorGEM Realty Capital, Inc.
Russ RuhnkeRussell RuhnkeBiographySenior Vice President and Homebuilder Finance Division ManagerAssociated Bank
Brian SchmidtBrian SchmidtBiographySenior Managing DirectorVärde Partners
Hermann SchneiderHermann SchneiderBiographyChief Executive OfficerDuctilcrete Slab Systems, LLC
Rajen ShastriRajen ShastriBiographyFounder & CEOAkara Partners
Jim SmithJames S. SmithBiographyManaging PrincipalKensington Realty Advisors, Inc.
Steve StrattonSteve StrattonBiographyInternational Director and Chairman, Headquarters Practice GroupJones Lang LaSalle
Kathy ThurstonKathy ThurstonBiographyManaging Director and Head of Capitalized Institutional Real EstateThe PrivateBank
Michael ToolisMichael A. ToolisBiographyVice PresidentStantec Architecture, Inc.
Jeffery UsowJeffery A. UsowBiographyPartnerMayer Brown
Greg VorwallerGregory S. VorwallerBiographyPresidentTrez Capital
Bob VrchotaRobert VrchotaBiographyManaging DirectorFitch Ratings
Keith WetzelKeith WetzelBiographyVice PresidentGoldman Sachs
Johannson YapJohannson YapBiographyChief Investment Officer and Co-FounderFirst Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
Ray YoungRay YoungBiography
Thomas ZaleThomas ZaleBiographyVice PresidentNorthwestern Mutual


Joseph BetlejJoseph R. BetlejBiographyReal Estate Investment OfficerAdvantus Capital Management, Inc.
Steven BullerSteven BullerBiographyPortfolio ManagerFidelity Management & Research Company
Mike CaseyMichael H. CaseyBiographySenior Managing DirectorThe Blackstone Group L.P.
Lee ChristensenLee ChristensenBiographyDevelopment ManagerGebhardt Development
Adam CibikAdam CibikBiographyPortfolio Manager, Real Estate InvestmentsEmployees Retirement System of Texas
Eggert, RandyRandall J. EggertBiographySenior Investment OfficerState of Wisconsin Investment Board
Brandon GoetzmanBrandon GoetzmanBiographySenior Vice PresidentBlue Vista Capital Management, LLC
Krewson-KellyStephanie M. Krewson-KellyBiographyVice President of Investor RelationsCorporate Office Properties Trust
PlaceholderChad NeumannSenior Portfolio ManagerState of Wisconsin Inv Board
Reginald PfeiferReginald L. PfeiferBiographySenior REIT Portfolio ManagerThrivent Investment Management
Tim PireTimothy J. PireBiography
Seth SingermanSeth SingermanBiographyPresident and Managing PrincipalSingerman Real Estate, LLC
Ken StatzKenneth D. StatzBiographyManaging Director and Senior Market StrategistSecurity Capital Research & Management, Inc.
Bob ThomasBob ThomasBiographyManaging DirectorRREEF Management LLC
David TotiDavid TotiBiography

Honorary & Emeritus

Zeb BradfordZeb BradfordBiographyChief Investment OfficerMetzler Real Estate
Chuck CarpenterCharles R. CarpenterBiographyManaging DirectorState of Wisconsin Investment Board
Fred CooperFrederick CooperBiographySenior Vice President Finance, International Development, and Investor RelationsToll Brothers, Inc.
Dicks, ChristineChristine DicksBiographyDirectorWisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Inc.
Norman D. FlynnNorman D. FlynnBiographyPresidentNorman D. Flynn Associates, Inc.
David GeversDavid S. GeversBiographyVice President and Director of DevelopmentE.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc.
James ImhoffJames R. ImhoffBiographyChairman and Chief Executive OfficerFirst Weber, Inc.
Mark IrgensMark IrgensBiographyChief Executive Officer and ManagerIrgens Partners, LLC
Michael KomppaMichael KomppaBiographyPresident and FounderCorum Real Estate Group
Dan LeeDan LeeBiographyVice President and OwnerFirst Weber, Inc.
No ImageFrank MacdougalBiographyChairman and Chief Executive Officer, RetiredPrudential Realty Group
Brad OlsenBradley OlsenBiographyPresidentAtlantic Partners Corporation
Fred W. PrassasFred W. PrassasBiographyPrincipal and FounderPMC Management Group
Mike TheoMichael TheoBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerWisconsin Realtors Association
Marc WarrenMarc WarrenBiographyPrincipalAckman-Ziff
Adam WeirAndrew WeirBiographySenior Managing DirectorHFF