Club Meeting
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts.

Dress is nice business casual to business formal. Dinner and beverages will be served. 

Martin Ditto

President & CEO | Ditto

After an award-winning first development 10 years ago (the subject of a ULI case-study), Ditto's firm has begun scaling up and is doing some very notable, larger projects (The Ellis and 301 Florida are currently on the front-burner). Because he started the company recently, Martin has a lot to say to young entrepreneurs, but because his projects are scaling up and being noted by people in the very competitive DC market, he has plenty to say to veteran developers as well. This promises to be a fantastic event with a developer who has been able to wed great design with great returns in a gateway market.

Women's Trip to Chicago
Mar
31
7:00 am07:00

Women's Trip to Chicago

This year's trip will include a morning meeting with a company in the commercial real estate industry, a lunch meeting with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company at Prudential's offices, as well as a walking tour of new office buildings in the Loop led by members of CREW Chicago (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women).  The day will end with a networking happy hour event at Primebar (155 N Wacker Dr), which will be co-sponsored and attended by members of CREW and WREAA (Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association). 

The trip is open to all women, and is free! However, you will be responsible for providing your own transportation to Chicago and back.  Carpooling is encouraged!  The Van Galder bus is also a good option (the bus stop is outside the Pyle Center and a round trip ticket to Union Station is $55). Lunch will be provided at Prudential.

Sign up

If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Friedman.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Club Meeting
Apr
13
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts.

Dress is nice business casual to business formal. Dinner and beverages will be served. 

Wells Fargo Property Tour & Case Study
Apr
21
10:00 am10:00

Wells Fargo Property Tour & Case Study

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Property tour
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM- Underwriting Case Study (includes lunch)

Registration will be limited and will be open about a week prior to the event.  You must register for both events. 

Club Meeting & Elections
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting & Elections

  • Pyle Center

Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts. Election for next year's Executive Board will also take place.

Dress is nice business casual to business formal. Dinner and beverages will be served. 


Seattle Trip
Mar
1
Mar 3

Seattle Trip

Special thanks to WREAA for sponsoring this trip!

There are more cranes in the air in Seattle right now than in any other city in the country, and for 3 days we’ll be hanging out with some locals, seeing what all the buzz is about. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet other people in the club, sip the best coffee there is, and hear about deals that are shaping the Seattle city skyline. We’ve been working diligently to line up some interesting construction tours, firm meetings, and fun social events.

Please note: though the Wednesday night reception is not mandatory, it is advised you arrive sometime on Wednesday because we’ll be starting early on Thursday.

 

Club Meeting
Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

Join us for a roundtable talk with industry experts. Students will rotate between 3 rooms for short talks and Q & A’s with our guests, who are the team of counterparts with whom a developer has to work to get a project done (the city, the architect, and the construction firm). 

Dress is nice business casual to business formal. Dinner and beverages will be served. 

 

Roundtable Participants

Rick Gilbertsen, AIA

Vice President & Senior Project Director | Strang

 

Heather Stouder

Planning Division Director | City of Madison

 

John Feller

Director of Project Management | J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Fast Track Workshop
Feb
8
5:15 pm17:15

Fast Track Workshop

  • Grainger Hall, Room 2335 (MBA wing)

We’ll be holding the first ever Fast Track Workshop for any club member looking to get a primer on the real estate industry. This will be a 2-hour deep dive into commercial real estate, intended to give incoming students a chance to cover a lot of ground quickly. Rather than sit at meetings wondering what is being discussed, we hope that this short talk with several leading students will give them just enough information to follow the conversation and engage.  This event will be great for younger real estate students who haven’t taken (m)any real estate courses, as well as non-real estate majors.

Meet in Grainger 2335 (MBA wing) at 5:15.

Sign up here

Jan
26
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

Join us for free pizza and beer, then hear from Richard Saltzman, CEO & President of Colony Northstar

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RICHARD SALTZMAN

CEO & President | Colony Northstar

Richard B. Saltzman is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Colony NorthStar, Inc. (Colony NorthStar), having previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Colony Capital, Inc. (Colony Capital), the predecessor to Colony NorthStar. Prior to joining the Colony Capital business in 2003, Mr. Saltzman spent 24 years in the investment banking business primarily specializing in real estate-related businesses and investments.

Most recently, he was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch's investment banking division. As a member of the investment banking operating committee, he oversaw the firm's global real estate, hospitality and restaurant businesses. Previously, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking and had responsibility for Merrill Lynch's Global Leveraged Finance business. Mr. Saltzman was also responsible for various real estate-related principal investments, including the Zell/Merrill Lynch series of funds which acquired more than $3.0 billion of commercial real estate assets and where he was a member of the investment committee.

Mr. Saltzman serves on the Board of Directors of Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) and the Board of Trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR). Previously, he was also a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), on the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute, Treasurer of the Pension Real Estate Association, a Director of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and a past Chairman of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee of the National Realty Committee.

Mr. Saltzman received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1977 and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979.

First Spring Social
Jan
24
8:00 pm20:00

First Spring Social

  • Whiskey Jacks Saloon

Come hang out with us during the Wisconsin vs Penn State basketball game for our first spring social.

December Graduation Dinner!
Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

December Graduation Dinner!

  • The Great Dane

Every semester the Real Estate Club celebrates it's graduating seniors! This event is open to all club members. Seniors and faculty can come free of cost and it is $20.00 for all non-graduating seniors.

What: Graduation Dinner for REC Seniors!

Where: The Great Dane. See it mapped here.

When: 7:00 PM (arrive on time to place your order for dinner!)

Cost: FREE for all graduating seniors and faculty, $20.00 for all non-graduating seniors.

 

Big Event on Housing Affordability and Homelessness In Madison
Dec
2
4:30 pm16:30

Big Event on Housing Affordability and Homelessness In Madison

  • 1310 Grainger Hall

Check out the full PDF here for full details on Professor Jaime Luque's affordable housing event!

4:30PM: Opening remarks, by Jaime Luque, Assistant Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics at UW-Madison.

4:35PM: Evictions in Madison, by Revel Sims, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison.

5:00PM: Q&A

5:10PM: Summary report of interviews to distinguished citizens of Madison about homelessness and affordable housing

5:30PM: Break – refreshments

5:45PM: First steps to become an affordable housing developer, by Robert Schwarz, Lecturer of the Real Estate Department at WSB and founder of Nakoma Development LLC

6:00PM: Presentation of an affordable housing development project

6:15PM-6:30PM: Q&A and final remarks

Club Meeting - E.J. Plesko Award: Distinguished Speaker in Real Estate Development
Nov
17
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting - E.J. Plesko Award: Distinguished Speaker in Real Estate Development

  • Pyle Center

2016 Distinguished Speaker: 

John W. Rutledge, Founder, President, & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC

 

About John Rutledge

A hotel-real estate entrepreneur and private equity investor, Mr. Rutledge is the Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a national real estate private equity, asset management, property management and development firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  He is also the Founder, President and CEO of its primary hotel operating affiliate, Oxford Hotels and Resorts, LLC., which specializes in operating, managing and branding distinctive, high design lifestyle hotels.  Its current portfolio includes a growing collection of upscale, upper upscale and luxury lifestyle hospitality brands including Cass, Felix, Bay Harbor, Beach, Godfrey, IO, Essex, LondonHouse, and LH.  Oxford’s geographic focus include the nation’s top metropolitan areas including: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, metro Washington D.C., and other select markets with unique attributes including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, and various markets throughout Florida.

Mr. Rutledge co-founded his first company, Oxford Realty Corporation at age 24.  He co-founded his second company, Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. during his second year of business school in 1994 while simultaneously completing an extended internship at the Wall Street mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking firm of Wasserstein, Perella & Co.  His third company, Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a successor company to Oxford Capital Partners, Inc., was founded during the 2004-2006 timeframe. 

Oxford Capital was initially founded as a platform to take advantage of what he and a partner felt was a compelling secular arbitrage opportunity resulting from the dramatic overbuilding in the nation's property markets, particularly the lodging sector, in the early to mid-1990's.  Since that time, in three major contrarian buying waves, starting during the RTC crisis in the early 90's, again after the dotcom bubble burst / September 11 and after the “Great Recession” of 2008/2009 Oxford, its affiliates and principals have successfully sponsored, co-sponsored and/or participated in the investment, acquisition and/or development of approximately $2.5 billion of primarily hotel real estate across approximately 13,000 hotel rooms including approximately 5,000 employees generating profits of nearly $1 billion dollars for its investors.

 

About the Plesko Award

The E.J. Plesko Award is part of the E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series, which features speakers who embody the “Wisconsin Tradition” in their spirit, imagination, entrepreneurial skills and enthusiasm for improving the quality of the built environment. The E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series was created to bring the considerable real-world development expertise of alumni and board members to all University of Wisconsin real estate students. It was funded in 2007 by a gift from the late E.J. Plesko, former Graaskamp board member, who was the founder and past president of E.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc.

For the full bio and more information on the Plesko Award, click here.

Day Trip to Milwaukee!
Nov
4
11:00 am11:00

Day Trip to Milwaukee!

  • Milwaukee, WI

See what's happening in MKE!

Come join Real Estate Club on a day trip to Milwaukee!! We will get the chance to meet Milwaukee Bucks' President, Peter Feigin, learn about the team's new arena, and see other development projects going on. Transportation will be provided via bus. Space is limited so sign-up ASAP!!

Date: Friday, November 4th

When: Bus will leave around 11:00 AM and will return around 5:00 PM

Cost: $20

Sign-up has ended.

Club Meeting
Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

This week's meeting features two speakers from Varde Partners! Learn more about the firm here and check out the speakers' bios below.

Brendan Bosman | Managing Director

Brendan Bosman is a Managing Director of Värde and leads the private equity real estate business in the U.S. with a current focus on residential development and homebuilding investments. Based in Minneapolis, he joined the firm in 2008.

Prior to joining Värde, Brendan was an analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Structured Products group, where he focused on structuring residential mortgage backed securities and asset backed securities.

Brendan graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota with a B.A. in Economics. He holds Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.

 

Kirsten Voss | Senior Managing Director

Kirsten Voss is a Senior Managing Director of Värde and a key leader of its Business Development and Investor Relations team. Based in Minneapolis, she joined the firm in 2001.

Prior to joining Värde, Kirsten was an executive recruiter at Andcor Companies. She also served as an associate in the corporate finance group at John G. Kinnard & Company. She started her career at Cargill Financial, where she held a number of roles, including investment manager within the Corporate Capital Group.

Kirsten has a B.S. in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

REC Atlanta Trip!
Oct
19
Oct 21

REC Atlanta Trip!

Travel to one of the hottest U.S. real estate markets to tour groundbreaking projects! 

Every semester the Real Estate Club takes a trip and this year the club is going to Atlanta, Georgia. See the itinerary here. Registration takes place on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited!!!

Date: Arrive Wednesday evening, October 19th; REC Events from Thursday morning, October 20th - Friday afternoon, October 21st

Hotel: AC Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta

Cost: $50 deposit (students are responsible for booking travel and hotel as part of the REC room block)

NOTE: PLEASE do not purchase your flight or reserve your hotel room (as part of the Wisconsin Real Estate Club Room Block) until you receive email confirmation from the club that you are in fact fully registered for the trip!

 

*Registration has closed.

REC Arboretum Event!
Oct
14
3:30 pm15:30

REC Arboretum Event!

  • UW-Madison Arboretum

Volunteer at the Arboretum!

Real Estate Club volunteers at the UW-Madison Arboretum every semester and this semester's service day is taking place next Friday, October 14th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM! This event is FREE and we will get a bus to take people there if enough people sign -up... so sign up!!

Sign-up HERE!

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Oct
11
6:00 pm18:00

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

  • Grainger Hall, Room 4151

Information Session

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital is having an information session on October 11th!! Senior Vice President's Brian Mutchler, Ben Mohns, and Mark Burkemper will be speaking on behalf of the company. Learn more about the firm here and attend the info session to hear about full-time and internship positions at Harrison Street. RSVP for the event on Buckynet.

HERE is a flyer for the event!

Club Meeting
Oct
6
6:30 pm18:30

Club Meeting

  • Pyle Center

This week's club meeting will feature a panel of young real estate professionals. See bios of the panelists below and check out the company websites!

Ryan Strub

Vice President, Acquisitions | ScanlanKemperBard Companies

Mr. Strub has worked in the real estate and construction industries in a variety of capacities for the past nine years. He joined SKB in 2013, and currently leads the acquisition team in the Seattle and Denver Markets. Since joining the firm, Mr. Strub has sourced, structured, and closed over $460 million of investment opportunities in Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., with total deal sizes ranging from $30-$180 million.

Prior to joining SKB, Mr. Strub worked for a commercial contractor in Madison, Wisconsin where he was involved in both estimating and project management. He served as the President of the University of Oregon’s Net Impact Gold Chapter, which focuses on advancing the use of sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Mr. Strub holds an MBA from the University of Oregon with a concentration in financing. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Construction Management, with an emphasis in Business Administration and Economics.

Peter Kuzma

Vice President, Acquisitions | Waterton

Mr. Kuzma joined Waterton in 2008 and is responsible for assisting in the sourcing of acquisitions in the Western region of the United States. Since joining Waterton, Mr. Kuzma has been involved with the acquisition of over $1.5 billion in multifamily investments nationwide, including Pacific Northwest where he has sourced over $225 million in multifamily properties. Mr. Kuzma was instrumental in the underwriting and modeling of Waterton’s early Freddie Mac K-series debt investments.

Mr. Kuzma received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Mr. Kuzma is a member of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) Emerging Leaders and sits on the Emerging Leaders Committee.  He is also a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA).

Greg Halvorson

Vice President | KeyBank Real Estate Capital (KBREC)

Mr. Halvorson is a Vice President of KeyBank Real Estate Capital (KBREC), and a member of the Chicago based Investor Placement team.  In this role, Mr. Halvorson focuses on working with bank clients to place long term debt in the permanent capital markets, primarily through life insurance, pension fund, and foreign separate account clients, working in conjunction with Agency and CMBS originators to find the best execution for a particular transaction.  With over $1.5B in projected 2016 loan volume, the investor placement team successfully closed on a wide variety of product types and asset classes, with deal sizes ranging from $2-200MM.  Mr. Halvorson has extensive experience in originating and underwriting all major asset types, including multifamily, office, industrial, retail, hospitality and self-storage.

Prior to joining KBREC in 2016, Mr. Halvorson spent over four years at Guggenheim Partners in the Commercial Real Estate Finance vertical as part of the Chicago based Midwest regional origination team.  At Guggenheim his responsibilities included sourcing new loan opportunities for both balance sheet and CMBS execution, as well as process and pipeline management for the regional Managing Director.  Prior to focusing exclusively on origination, Mr. Halvorson served as an analyst, underwriter and transaction manager for the regional office, which is responsible for $600-800MM in annual new loan volume. 

 Mr. Halvorson started his professional career at JPMorgan Chase Bank as an analyst and underwriter in the Government, Non-Profit and Healthcare group in the commercial bank.  While at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Halvorson actively managed a loan portfolio of consisting of over 80 bank clients and $1B in primary credit exposure, including financial and risk assessment, covenant monitoring and tracking, and underwriting new loan opportunities and loan extensions/renewals.

Mr. Halvorson has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Investment & Banking and Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Sep
27
6:00 pm18:00

U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate

  • Grainger Hall, Room 4151

Information Session

Want to start a career in real estate finance after graduation? U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate is recruiting and interviewing candidates on-campus this week for their Full-Time 2017 Commercial Real Estate Credit Analyst Program! See position details here. Missed the application deadline? Wednesday interview slots still available for qualified and interested candidates who check-in at the information session. The company is also recruiting for internships. RSVP for the event on Buckynet. Dinner is provided. 

REC on a BOAT!
Sep
24
3:00 pm15:00

REC on a BOAT!

Come enjoy food and beverages with fellow Club members on beautiful Lake Monona! See the Pontoon Porch website for details on the event. Members can sign-up using the link below once registration goes live. Space is limited!!

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Time: 3:00-6:00PM

Location: Just south of Monona Terrace inside Law Park. Find the location here.

Cost: $20 – Ticket includes food and beverages.

NOTE: This event is for Club Members 21 years and older.

 

*Registration has closed.