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Spring 2017 Board Conference

Real Estate in Act 2: The Economy, the Cycle, and the New Administration
April 6-7, 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

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 April 6 and the conference on April 7 will both be held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Thank you to our presenters, sponsors, board members, students, alumni, and guests for a successful event!

Chicago, IL

Spring 2017 Board Conference

Real Estate in Act 2: The Economy, the Cycle, and the New Administration
April 6-7, 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:30 pm

Reception (Lakeview)
Sponsored by Draper & Kramer

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

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

7:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner Keynote
Sponsored by Fifield & The Sinclair
Jeff DeBoer, President and CEO, Real Estate Roundtable 
8:30 pm Informal Gathering (Four Seasons Allium Bar)

Friday, April 7, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (Ballroom Foyer)
Sponsored by Colliers
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: Morning Keynote
Sponsored by JLL
Sean Coghlan, Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Research, Jones Lang LaSalle

9:45 - 10:00 am Break
Sponsored by PGIM Real Estate Finance
10:00 - 11:00 am

Session Two: What Now? The View from the Capital Side
The range of capital participating in today’s marketplace is more diverse and deeper than ever seen before. What are the similarities and differences in equity’s view of the marketplace? What are the challenges and opportunities that they are considering when looking at ways to deploy dollars? Panelists from a variety of equity investment backgrounds will discuss their long-term capital management philosophies, asset allocation approaches and the industry outlook.  

Moderator: Collete English Dixon, Libra Investments Group

Panelists: Kimberly Adams​, Managing Director, JPMorgan Asset Management
Tim Ellsworth, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Transactions, Deutsche Asset Management
Angela Miller-May, Director of Investments, Chicago Teachers Pension Fund
Joshua Patinkin, Vice President, Capital Resources, Golub & Company

11:00 - 11:15 am Break
Sponsored by Holland & Knight
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Session Three: Where Technology and Real Estate Meet
Throughout the industry, technology innovation is helping to drive performance and better decision-making. Is your enterprise investing in transformative capabilities that can help take your company to the next level? A panel of experts will share insights on how companies are increasing portfolio value by aggregating and analyzing data.  Perspectives will also shed light on how leading companies are investing in reporting efficiency, allowing senior management more time to focus on increasing asset values. 

Moderator: Kevin Harrigan, Managing Director, RealFoundations

Panelists: Mike Hart, Senior Vice President, Director of Data Management & Technology, Jones Lang LaSalle
Annette Prater, Chief Information Officer, General Growth Properties 
John Seaton, Head of Energy Solutions, RealFoundations

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch (State Room)
Sponsored by Ductilcrete
1:30 - 2:30 pm Session Four: 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? What impact will the new administration have on the industry? This session will be broad ranging, covering real estate capital markets and operational issues, and will examine the implications of a changing political environment for the real estate asset class.

Moderator: Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director of Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Chairman and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group

Panelists: David Helfand, President & CEO, Equity Commonwealth
David LaRue, President & CEO, Forest City Realty Trust
John Rutledge, Founder, President, & CEO, Oxford Capital Group/Oxford Hotels and Resorts

2:30 - 2:45 pm Closing Remarks
2:45 pm Adjourn

Spring 2017 Board Conference Presenter Biographies

Kim AdamsKimberly AdamsBiographyManaging DirectorJPMorgan Asset Management
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Wisconsin School of BusinessChairman & Managing PrincipalBrennan Investment Group
Sean CoghlanSean CoghlanBiographySenior Vice President & Head of Investor ResearchJones Lang LaSalle
Jeff DeBoerJeff DeBoerBiographyPresident and CEOReal Estate Roundtable
Tim EllsworthTim EllsworthBiographyManaging Director, Head of Real Estate TransactionsDeutsche Asset Management
Collete English DixonCollete English DixonBiographyLibra Investments Group
Kevin HarriganKevin HarriganBiographyManaging DirectorRealFoundations
Michael HartMichael HartBiographySenior Vice President, Director of Data Management & TechnologyJLL
David HelfandDavid HelfandBiographyPresident & CEOEquity Commonwealth
David LaRueDavid LaRueBiographyPresident & CEOForest City Realty Trust
Angela Miller-MayAngela Miller-MayBiographyDirector of InvestmentsChicago Teachers Pension Fund
Josh PatinkinJoshua PatinkinBiographyVice President, Capital ResourcesGolub & Company
Annette PraterAnnette PraterBiographyChief Information OfficerGeneral Growth Properties
John RutledgeJohn RutledgeBiographyFounder, President, & CEOOxford Capital Group/Oxford Hotels and Resorts
John SeatonJohn SeatonBiographyHead of Energy SolutionsRealFoundations

Spring 2017 Board Conference

Real Estate in Act 2: The Economy, the Cycle, and the New Administration
April 6-7, 2017 | 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, April 6, 2017

    • Reception at the Four Seasons - Sponsored by Draper & Kramer
    • Dinner at the Four Seasons - Sponsored by MB Financial
    • Dinner keynote at the Four Seasons - Sponsored by Fifield & The Sinclair

Friday, April 7, 2017

    • Networking breakfast - Sponsored by Colliers
    • Conference keynote - Sponsored by JLL
    • Networking break - Sponsored by PGIM Real Estate Finance
    • Networking break - Sponsored by Holland & Knight
    • Luncheon - Sponsored by Ductilcrete

General event sponsorships are also available at any level! 

The Graaskamp Center would also like to thank this event's general sponsors: Värde PartnersQuarles & BradyCBRE, Baker Tilly, DSI GroupPortaeCo, Libra Investments Group, RealFoundations, and Brennan Investment Group.

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 22, 2017.  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 or Kate Hawley by or before Wednesday, March 22. If you have questions, please call Lee at (608) 265-2032 or Kate at (608) 263-3459.

Chicago, IL

Spring 2017 Board Conference

Real Estate in Act 2: The Economy, the Cycle, and the New Administration
April 6-7, 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

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 29.

Please note, this event is invitation-only. To request more information, please email graaskamp@bus.wisc.edu.

Spring 2017 Board Conference

Real Estate in Act 2: The Economy, the Cycle, and the New Administration
April 6-7, 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

Four SeasonsThe Graaskamp Center spring board conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago on April 6-7, 2017:

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

Please note, the Graaskamp Center does not have a room block at the Four Seasons; however, guests are welcome to arrange their own accommodations. Other nearby hotels include The WhitehallThe PeninsulaThe Conrad, Public, and The Chicago Marriott. We encourage all attendees to book early to ensure a room at their desired hotel.