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Chicago, IL

Spring 2016 Board Conference: Commercial Real Estate Markets at Cruising Altitude

March 31 - April 1, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

Please join us for this invitation-only event filled with robust discussion, innovative perspectives, and high-level networking with industry leaders from every sector of the real estate business. The dinner and keynote presentation on March 31 and the conference on April 1 will both be held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Thank you to all of our presenters, sponsors, and attendees for another successful event! Please email with any event inquiries or to request an invite to a future board event. 

Click here to read the conference recap.

Chicago, IL

Spring 2016 Board Conference: Commercial Real Estate Markets at Cruising Altitude

Click here to read the conference recap.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30 pm

Reception (Lakeview)
Sponsored by CBRE

6:30 pm Dinner (Lakeview)
Sponsored by MB Financial Bank
7:20 - 7:50 pm

Opening Remarks
Michael W. Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

Remarks and Recognition of Professor Stephen Malpezzi
Timothy Riddiough
, Academic Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Stephen Malpezzi, Professor, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

7:50 - 8:30 pm Keynote Address 
Scott D. Brown, Global President and CEO, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers
8:30 pm Informal Gathering (Four Seasons Allium Bar)
Friday, April 1, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (Ballroom Foyer)
Sponsored by Ridge Development
8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome and Remarks (South Ballroom)
Michael W. Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

8:45 - 9:45 am

Session One: The CEO Outlook
Industry leaders will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges facing real estate investors today. How long a runway does the current business cycle have? What should you be doing now to prepare for a changing cycle? This session will be broad ranging, covering real estate capital markets and operational issues, as well as geopolitical risk, both here and abroad.

Moderator: Timothy Riddiough, Professor and Academic Director of the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business

Panelists: Debra Cafaro, Chairman and CEO, Ventas, Inc. 
David Neithercut, President and CEO, Equity Residential
Randall Rowe, Chairman & Founder, Green Courte Partners

9:45 - 10:00 am Break
Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group
10:00 - 11:00 am

Session Two: Where are the Public Markets Headed? Insights, Picks, and Pans
The global economic volatility of late 2015 and early 2016 has had a profound effect on the U.S. equity markets. The REIT sector could be attractive to investors in this current market climate but what specific trends are REIT investors and portfolio managers monitoring?  How will the REIT sector be impacted by an increase in interest rates by the Fed?   What are your strategies to navigate the current market?  Moderator David Toti of BB&T Capital Markets leads a discussion on strategies for investing in the REIT sector and where to find the opportunities today.

Moderator: David Toti, Managing Director and Senior REIT Research Analyst, BB&T Capital Markets

Panelists: Steven Buller, Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Management and Research
Joseph Fisher, CFA, Co-Head of the Americas and Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, RREEF / Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
Larry Raiman, CEO and Portfolio Manager, LDR Capital Management
Kenneth Statz, Managing Director and Senior Market Strategist, Security Capital Research & Management, Inc.

11:00 - 11:15 am Break
Sponsored by CIBC Capital Markets
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Session Three: Adapt or Perish: The Changing Face of Retail
The way we shop is changing. Reasons for this change include rapid developments in technology, the ever-increasing ease of online commerce, and consumers’ evolving sense of what the retail experience should offer. As brick and mortar stores are increasingly forced to compete with online retail, what are the implications for real estate markets?    Where is the growth going to come from in this sector? Moderator Robert Bond of the Bond Companies, will lead a conversation on what factors will influence, change and possibly disrupt the new world of retail.  

Moderator: Robert Bond, Co-Founder and President, Bond Companies

Panelists:  Scott Ball, President and Chief Operating Officer, Starwood Retail Partners
Marci Carl, Vice President-Leasing, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
Scott Stefanik, Principal, Midwest Commercial Realty

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch (State Room)
Sponsored by Draper and Kramer
1:30 - 2:30 pm Session Four: Regional Investing in the United States: What's Hot? What's Not?
Real estate market fundamentals continue to be strong and capital flows into the asset class are substantial. These dynamics have pushed competiveness and pricing in the markets to historic levels. As a result, investors have been looking for new opportunities in all regions of the U.S.  Which regions have the strongest fundamentals to support capital allocation and, more importantly, capital appreciation? What are the different appetites and strategies that have developed around the nation based on demographics, job growth, and other economic factors?  Moderator Brian McAuliffe of CBRE leads a conversation on investing in U.S. markets, including analysis of major regions, recent regional investment trends, and discussion of gateway vs. secondary markets.

Moderator: Brian McAuliffe, President, Capital Markets, Institutional Properties, CBRE

Panelists:  Kimberly Adams, Managing Director, JPMorgan Asset Management
Pamela Boneham, Managing Director, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers
Maxwell Peek, Executive Vice President, Investments & New Business Initiatives, Waterton
Johannson Yap, CIO and Co-Founder, First Industrial Realty Trust

2:30 - 2:45 pm Closing Remarks from Center Academic Director, Timothy Riddiough
2:45 pm Adjourn

Spring 2016 Board Conference Presenter Biographies

Kim AdamsKimberly AdamsBiographyManaging DirectorJPMorgan Asset Management
Scott BallScott BallBiographyPresident and Chief Operating OfficerStarwood Retail Partners
Robert BondRobert BondBiographyCo-Founder and PresidentBond Companies
Pam BonehamPamela BonehamBiographyManaging DirectorCornerstone Real Estate Advisers
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Wisconsin School of Business
Scott BrownScott BrownBiographyGlobal President & CEOCornerstone Real Estate Advisers
Steve BullerSteven BullerBiographyPortfolio ManagerFidelity Management & Research
Debra CafaroDebra CafaroBiographyChairman & CEOVentas, Inc.
Marci CarlMarci CarlBiographyVice President-LeasingBucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
Joe FisherJoe FisherBiographyDirector / Co-Head of the Americas, Real Estate Securities - Alternative and Real AssetsRREEF / Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
Steve MalpezziStephen MalpezziBiographyProfessor, Real Estate & Urban Land EconomicsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
Brian McAuliffeBrian McAuliffeBiographyPresident, Capital Markets, Institutional PropertiesCBRE
David NeithercutDavid NeithercutBiographyPresident & CEOEquity Residential
Maxwell PeekMaxwell PeekBiographyExecutive Vice President- Investments & New Business InitiativesWaterton
Larry RaimanLawrence RaimanBiographyCEO and Portfolio ManagerLDR Capital Management
Tim RiddioughTimothy RiddioughBiographyAcademic Director and ProfessorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Wisconsin School of Business
Randy RoweRandall RoweBiographyChairman & FounderGreen Courte Partners
Kenneth StatzKenneth StatzBiographyManaging Director & Sr. Market StrategistSecurity Capital Research & Management, Inc.
Scott StefanikScott StefanikBiographyPrincipalMidwest Commercial Realty, Inc.
David TotiDavid TotiBiographyManaging Director & Senior REIT Research AnalystBB&T Capital Markets
Johannson YapJohannson YapBiographyCIO & Co-FounderFirst Industrial Realty Trust

Graaskamp Spring Board Conference

March 31 - April 1, 2016 | Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL 

Sponsorship opportunities

Don’t miss the opportunity to support this conference sponsored by the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. This event offers outstanding opportunities to increase your visibility before a highly qualified audience of key decision makers in the industry -- all who are part of a long, proud tradition of fostering excellence in real estate education, research and outreach.

We offer sponsorship opportunities at several levels. (Please indicate your selection.)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

    • Reception at the Four Seasons ($2,500) - Sponsored by CBRE
    • Dinner at the Four Seasons ($5,000) - Sponsored by MB Financial Bank

Friday, April 1, 2016 

    • Networking breakfast ($1,500) - Sponsored by Ridge Development
    • Networking break ($1,000) - Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group
    • Networking break ($1,000) - Sponsored by CIBC Capital Markets
    • Luncheon ($3,000) - Sponsored by Draper and Kramer

General event sponsorships also available at any level! 

Sponsors may invite up to three guests or colleagues.

Why Sponsor the Graaskamp Spring Board Conference?
  • Direct access to high profile industry leaders who are shaping the future of the industry. Build rapport as you meet face to face and network with real estate leaders. You will have access to all networking functions providing a social and enjoyable environment to meet with all conference attendees. 
  • Recognition throughout the marketing campaign and at the conference. This includes: pre-conference recognition in outreach materials and media release; company logo on web site with link; company logo on promotional materials and on-site program; name/logo of organization on sponsorship slide in high traffic area; verbal acknowledgement at the conference. 
  • Gain valuable name recognition and goodwill for your company by supporting this high-profile conference on current trends and issues in the real estate industry. Be a part of this dynamic conference that features a range of experts who are on the front lines of real estate market research, policy and practice. 

Sponsor Information 

Please complete this form and email, fax (608-265-4823) or send it to the Wisconsin School of Business by March 11, 2016.  Sponsorship payments can also be made online via our secure server: CLICK HERE.  

  • Please select Graaskamp Center Spring Board Conference for the event.
  • Enter 01 for the Reservation Number.
If you are interested in any of the sponsorship options, please contact Lee Gottschalk by or before Friday, March 11. If you have questions, please call Lee at (608) 265-2032.

Chicago, IL

March 31 - April 1, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

At our invitation-only spring board conference, board members and guests will be immersed in best-in-class thinking and diverse perspectives in an intimate forum with an elite group of industry peers, renowned faculty and our great group of real estate MBA students.

Members are also encouraged to identify a guest from your peer group who you think would be a good candidate for board membership. Please submit names and bios to Michael Brennan prior to inviting due to space constraints and so we can avoid duplication. 

Deadline: Wednesday, March 9.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please email with any inquiries.

Graaskamp Center Spring Board Conference

Four Season ChicagoThe Graaskamp Center spring board conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago on March 31-April 1, 2016.

Four Seasons Hotel
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL  60611-1428
(312) 280-8800 or (800) 819-5053

Four Seasons rates begin around $345/night. Other nearby hotels include The WhitehallThe PeninsulaThe Conrad, Public, and The Chicago Marriott. Please book early to ensure a room at your desired hotel.