The theme for this year's Wisconsin Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference is "Real Estate as a Catalyst for Change," and will feature dynamic thought leaders who are on the front lines of housing market research, policy and practice.
Sam Khatar

Sam Khatar

Khater arrives at Freddie Mac after 11 years at CoreLogic, where he most recently served as vice president of research and deputy chief economist. His responsibilities included producing original research and advising clients, regulators, policymakers and investors on real estate and mortgage market trends. As a compelling spokesperson with a unique ability to translate complicated subjects, he is regularly quoted in national, local and real estate trade media outlets.

Prior to joining CoreLogic, Khater was a senior economist at Fannie Mae and an economist at the National Association of Realtors.

Khater holds a master’s degree in network economics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from George Mason University
Laurie Goodman

Laurie Goodman

Laurie Goodman is a vice president at the Urban Institute and director of its Housing Finance Policy Center, which provides policymakers with data-driven analyses of housing finance policy issues that they can depend on for relevance, accuracy, and independence. Goodman spent 30 years as an analyst and research department manager on Wall Street. From 2008 to 2013, she was a senior managing director at Amherst Securities Group LP, a boutique broker-dealer specializing in securitized products, where her strategy effort became known for its analysis of housing policy issues. From 1993 to 2008, Goodman was head of global fixed income research and manager of US securitized products research at UBS and predecessor firms, which were ranked first by Institutional Investor for 11 straight years. Before that, she held research and portfolio management positions at several Wall Street firms. She began her career as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Goodman was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Hall of Fame in 2009.

Goodman serves on the board of directors of MFA Financial and Arch Capital Group and is an adviser to Amherst Capital Management, a member of Morningstar Credit Ratings Regulatory Governance Board, and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Advisory Roundtable. She has published more than 200 journal articles and has coauthored and co-edited five books. Goodman has a BA in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an AM and PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Jerry Deschane

Jerry Deschane

Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. He has spent more than 25 years in lobbying and association management. He has been on school boards for over sixteen years and has worked as an association management consultant and writer.

Jerry is just the fifth executive director in the league’s 120-year history. Under his leadership, the League is working toward a new level of engagement with its members including building up the League’s lobbying strength with the Wisconsin Legislature. A substantial part of Jerry’s time is spent crisscrossing Wisconsin and working with all 602 of Wisconsin’s cities and villages.

A native of Wisconsin, Jerry’s first experience in Wisconsin government involved helping his father create the zoning maps for Crivitz when it was incorporated as a village in the 1970s. On behalf of the League he serves on the board of Directors of The National League of Cities, Competitive Wisconsin Incorporated, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance, and the Municipal Property Insurance Corporation and is the Secretary of the Local Government Institute.

Mark Eppli

Mark Eppli

Mark Eppli is Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Eppli served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and as a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. He has been instrumental in building the Center for Real Estate and the real estate program at Marquette that has enhanced the reputation of the business school not only regionally but also nationally.

Widely published in commercial real estate finance, development and valuation, his research has been published in dozens of top-respected real estate journals. Dr. Eppli is co-author of two books: Real Estate Development: Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism, both published by the Urban Land Institute. He is an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago since 2012, and he is immediate past president of the non-profit Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Eppli was named a "Distinguished Fellow" by NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert. He has also received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to attract minorities to the real estate profession. Dr. Eppli earned his Ph.D., Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tom Faughnan

Tom Faughnan

Tom Faughnan is responsible for all aspects of the residential lending business, including first mortgage and home equity programs.

He brings more than 35 years of mortgage industry experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he managed a comparable business for Buffalo, New York-based First Niagara Bank where he led a multi-channel, end-to-end business model much like that at Associated Bank. Before that, he served in positions focused on mortgage banking, real estate brokerage, commercial and consumer lending.

Faughnan is a graduate of the MBA School of Mortgage Banking and the School of Consumer Lending at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to his recent move to Green Bay, he held board positions with the New York State Mortgage Banker’s Association, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and South Colonie Board of Education.

Kurt Paulson

Kurt Paulsen 

Kurt Paulsen joined the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 2006. He previously taught in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University. Professor Paulsen is an affiliate faculty with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests are in land use planning, land use change, housing, public finance, and inter-governmental relations. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association ,Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Journal of Planning Literature, Land Economics, Housing Policy Debate, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Affairs Review, and Journal of the American Water Resources Association. His research has been funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy,EPA, USDA, NASA, and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. He has served as a researcher/consultant for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), Dane County, and the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC).

Professor Paulsen completed his PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He holds master’s degrees in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Development Policy and Public Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin. His undergraduate degree is from Northwestern University in Economics, Political Science and Urban Studies. He has also studied at Moscow State Linguistic University.

While in Pennsylvania, Professor Paulsen served as a member and treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, a regional planning commission, and on a township zoning board. He currently serves as a member of the City of Middleton’s Workforce Housing Task Force. Professor Paulsen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Dean Samba

Dean Samba

Dr. Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthyis a leading expert on how businesses compete in the digital economy. His work has been featured in leading academic journals. Several Fortune 500 firms have engaged him as a consultant. Working with executive clients and academic colleagues in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and Hong Kong, Sambamurthy has focused on digital business transformations, strategic alignment, governance, and innovation. He has co-authored several books on digital transformation. He has served on the editorial boards of premieracademic journals, including two terms as editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research and leadership roles in professional associations.

Prior to his arrival at the Wisconsin School of Business, he served as the Eli Broad Professor at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, in addition to leadership roles, including the associate dean of the MBA and professional master’s programs, associate dean for outreach and engagement, and chair of the accounting and information systems department.  He was instrumental in the launch of the top-10 MS program in business analytics and curricular innovations in the MBA programs. Additionally, he held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland and Florida State University.

Sambamurthy has garnered several recognitions for contributions to teaching, research, outreach, and mentoring. The Association of Information Systems honored him with the LEO Lifetime Achievement award. He was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Information SystemsSociety at INFORMS, and he received the William Beal Distinguished Faculty Award—the highest honor accorded by Michigan State University.

Sambamurthy received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and his B.E. from the National Institute of Technology (Tiruchirappalli, India).

Dave Stark

Dave Stark

Dave Stark currently serves on the Board of Directors since May 2013, and is president at Stark Company Realtors. 

He was born in Madison, Wisconsin and attended Duke University, graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S in Finance. 

Thomas Landgraf

Tom Landgraf

Thomas Landgraf is a senior lecturer in the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics.

Landgraf teaches the Residential Property Development Class. This course acquaints students with both the approach, and the necessary tools such as financing, government programs and regulations, that a successful developer will need to understand in order to succeed.

He is currently Principal of Dimension Development, LLC, which provides public and private clients advice on development of affordable and market rate rental housing and older adult assisted living units.

Landgraf earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the Wisconsin School of Business.

Mark Freitag

Mark Freitag

Mark Freitag joined the City of Janesville Team as its City Manager in December 2013, following a 25-year career in the U.S. Army. 

A West Point graduate, Mark commanded tank and cavalry units across the U.S. at the platoon-, company-, and squadron-level, to include three combat deployments to the Middle East.  He gained his city management experience while serving as the Garrison Commander at Fort Hood, Texas, from 2010-2012.

Culminating his career as a Colonel, he holds two Masters Degrees. 

Mark and his family have enjoyed the career transition and establishing their roots in the wonderful community of Janesville.

David Dworkin

David Dworkin

David M. Dworkin joined NHC as president and CEO in January 2018. Prior to joining NHC, David worked as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he advised senior Treasury Department officials on matters related to housing and community development. His expertise includes credit availability; housing finance reform, mortgage servicing, affordable housing, access to credit, residential housing vacancy, abandonment and demolition and community stabilization strategies. He also served as a member of the White House’s Detroit interagency team, where his responsibilities included developing and implementing strategies to assist in the City of Detroit’s revitalization.

Previously, he managed the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF)at the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, which disbursed $80 million in grants for economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and nonprofit housing organizations.

Prior to joining the Treasury Department, he was CEO and Founder of Affiniti Strategies, a political consulting firm that assisted clients build political relationship capital. Mr. Dworkin served in a number of leadership positions at Fannie Mae, where he served General Counsels Robert Zoellick and Thomas Donilon.

His service in the administration of President George H.W. Bush included the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs. As national security advisor to Rep. Rod Chandler of Washington, he was recognized by Secretary of State James A. Baker III for his key role in the negotiation of the Bipartisan Accord on Central America, which led to the end of Nicaragua’s civil war and inauguration of its first democratically elected government.

Mr. Dworkin was a freelance foreign correspondent and photographer for The Detroit News, where he covered the war in Afghanistan.In 1984, he was the first Western journalist to cross the Safed Koh mountain range with the rebels fighting in the region known as Tora Bora.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Hayley Hoffman.