Club Meeting
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Club Meeting

Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts.

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

Daniel T. Van Voorhis Continental Communities

Mr. Van Voorhis is a Co-Founder of Continental Communities responsible for leading the overall growth and operating strategies of the Company, including all capital markets activities. Prior to co-founding Continental Communities, Mr. Van Voorhis acquired manufactured home communities for his own account. From 1992-1996, Mr. Van Voorhis was employed with Heller Financial, Inc., most recently as Director – Commercial Mortgage & Equity Finance. While at Heller Financial, Mr. Van Voorhis originated and structured equity investments and debt financings throughout the commercial real estate property sector, with an emphasis in manufactured housing, multi-family residential, multi-tenant industrial/warehouse and self-storage.

 
 
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Club Meeting
Oct
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Club Meeting

This week's club meeting will feature an executive panel from some of the largest real estate firms in the country. They will discussing the current and future trends of technology within the real estate business. See bios of the panelists below

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

John S. Gates Jr. (Moderator) 

Chairman and CEO | PortaeCo

Mr. Gates, age 63, has served since January 1, 2005 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PortaeCo, a private investment and asset management company. He also served from August 2010 until August 2014 as the Chairman of the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority of Metropolitan Chicago, which is responsible for all passenger transit operations in the metropolitan Chicago area. 

From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Gates served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority (McPier), which owns and operates Chicago’s McCormick Place, Navy Pier. In 1984, Mr. Gates co-founded CenterPoint Properties Trust and served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 22 years. During that period, CenterPoint became one of the largest private property owners in the Metropolitan Chicago Region and the nation’s first publicly traded industrial property REIT. 

In March 2006, CenterPoint was acquired by the California Public Employees Retirement System and Jones Lang LaSalle for approximately $3.5 billion. In 1979, Mr. Gates joined CB Richard Ellis, and in 1981 co-founded the Chicago office of Jones Lang Wootton (now Jones Lang LaSalle), a global commercial property investment firm. Mr. Gates is a director of Care Capital Properties, The Davis Funds, Miami Corporation and numerous not-for-profit institutions. 

Office - Paul Zeller (Zeller Realty) 

Paul Zeller is Managing Principal and CEO of Zeller Realty Group, and affiliates Zeller Realty Corporation, Zeller Management Corporation, Zeller Development Corporation and Zeller Investment Corporation. He combines an extensive background in commercial real estate development, finance, asset management and operations management, with substantial experience as an owner/investor/operator of commercial income property.  Zeller is active in all aspects of ZRG’s business, and leads a strong group of experienced professionals committed to his philosophy regarding investment, management and operations. The firm now owns and operates 9.5mm sf of office property, value at $2.3 B, a portfolio disbursed over seven states, including Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon and Georgia.

Prior to founding Zeller Realty Group, Zeller was a General Partner/Stockholder in The John Buck Company, and was involved in development of over four million sf of high-rise office property, and as a Founding Stockholder of Buck Investment Company, a hotel portfolio of over 1,200 rooms. Prior to that Zeller was a Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago.

Zeller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BBA in Finance and a MS in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Economics under Professor James A. Graaskamp. 

 

Industrial – Phil Hawkins (DCT)

Mr. Philip L. Hawkins is the President and Chief Executive Officer of DCT Industrial Trust, a leading owner, developer and operator of high quality distribution and light industrial assets located in major U.S. markets. Since joining DCT, Mr. Hawkins has led the company’s initial public offering on the NYSE and the substantial growth of its portfolio and operating platform. DCT has a total market cap of approximately $6.2 billion and owns a portfolio of 74 million square feet with a development and value-add pipeline of approximately $450 million. As a result of its strong market-based organization and its high quality portfolio, the returns on DCT’s common stock have outperformed the SNL U.S. REIT Index over the past one, three and five year periods.

Prior to joining DCT, Mr. Hawkins was President and Chief Operating Officer of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation (NYSE: CRE), a public REIT in Washington D.C. that focused on the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of office properties in select markets across the United States. Mr. Hawkins joined CarrAmerica in 1996 and was responsible for expanding the company and managing the investment, development, leasing and management activities as well as capital markets, finance and accounting, human resources and corporate communications. Mr. Hawkins played an instrumental role in the sale of CarrAmerica to a leading private equity firm, The Blackstone Group, in a $5.6 billion transaction. At the time of its acquisition CarrAmerica and its affiliates owned directly, or through joint ventures, interests in a portfolio of 285 office properties totaling approximately 26.3 million square feet.

Mr. Hawkins serves as a director of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC), an office REIT that focuses primarily on serving the specialized requirements of U.S. Government agencies and defense contractors, most of which are engaged in defense information technology and national security-related activities. Mr. Hawkins is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) as well as serving on its Board of Governors. Mr. Hawkins is a trustee of Hamilton College where he received his bachelor’s degree. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Brokerage – Chris Ludeman (CBRE)

Mr. Ludeman is Global President of Capital Markets for CBRE. CBRE is the world’s leading commercial real estate services firm and the only firm of its kind in the Fortune 500. The firm spans more than 60 countries and has more than 75,000 employees.

Mr. Ludeman drives the company’s advisory business for investors, including responsibility for equity sales, debt and structured finance and real estate investment banking, both globally and in the Americas. In 2015, the company was the intermediary for more than $246 billion in capital markets engagements. He serves as a member of the Global Operating Committee and the Americas Operations Management Board.

During his 36 years in the industry and with CBRE, Mr. Ludeman has served in several key management roles, including at various times serving as the President of various businesses including Brokerage, Transaction Management and Global Corporate Services. In these roles, Mr. Ludeman was responsible for all transaction units in the Americas as well as corporate outsourcing functions such as facilities management, project management, lease administration, transaction management and research and consulting. Prior to his national and international roles Mr. Ludeman served in several regional and local market leadership positions across the United States.

Omnichannel/E-commerce distribution - Tobias Hartmann

Mr. Hartmann, age 44, is President of Radial Inc., formerly known as eBay Enterprise & Innotrac, a leading provider in omnichannel commerce technology and operations solutions for brands and retailers in North America and internationally. From May 2011 to October 2015, Mr. Hartmann served in various positions at eBay Enterprise, formerly a division of eBay Inc., including Vice President of Client Services/Global Operations/ International as well as Interim President. From March 2005 to December 2010, Mr. Hartmann served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of D+S GmbH, a full-service e-commerce and business process outsourcing provider. Mr. Hartmann earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University.

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E.J Plesko Award
Nov
2
6:30pm 6:30pm

E.J Plesko Award

Michael F. Gould, President of SilverCrest Properties, LLC

 

Michael F. Gould established G&P Properties, Inc. in 1986 as a full-service real estate firm developing, constructing, marketing and managing commercial properties. In the mid-1990’s, G&P Properties reorganized and became SilverCrest Properties, LLC, focusing its attention solely on the senior housing market and senior housing operations. The company maximizes the success of each project through careful market research, planning, creative design and boundless ingenuity. SilverCrest Properties has built and manages independent, assisted living and memory care campuses in several Twin Cities communities, including Richfield, St. Louis Park, New Brighton, Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Maple Grove as well Rochester, MN, Des Moines, IA and Converse, TX.

Mr. Gould sets the strategic direction for the company, oversees operations, develops new senior communities, and works to achieve the company’s financial goals. Under his direction, the company has incorporated innovative programs into the traditional senior housing paradigm including wellness centers that contain warm water multi-purpose and therapy pools, massage, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment designed for seniors.

Fifteen years ago, with the development of Summit Place Senior Campus in Eden Praire, MN, SilverCrest made a decision to differentiate itself from other senior housing operators through a commitment to wellness. SilverCrest created the first of five wellness centers at its campuses. This model led to relationships with the medical community and partnerships with health care providers. These partnerships created new therapy clinics within SilverCrest communities for both residents and those in the broader community requiring therapy services. These wellness centers offer independent community memberships to those 55+. The wellness centers meet the needs of aging adults, improve one’s quality of life, increase project occupancy due to the demand for this amenity and retain existing residents due to a healthier lifestyle.

Under Mr. Gould’s leadership, SilverCrest Properties has grown to be the 6 th largest senior housing operator in Minnesota based on the number of apartments managed (in 2017 managing 1,434 apartments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and Rochester). Residents, families and employee satisfaction rates are tops in the industry. This is supported by having average occupancy rates of 97.5%, consistently positive resident survey results, and employee satisfaction that has resulted in SilverCrest being recognized as a TOP 150 Employer in the State of Minnesota by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2017.

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Club Meeting
Nov
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

Club Meeting

Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts.

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

Mike Keiser

Mike Keiser

Mike Keiser & Mike Keiser Jr. | Keiser Golf Course Developments

Mike Keiser is the driving force behind the most dramatic golf resort developments of the past two decades. Starting with Bandon Dunes along the remote coast of southern Oregon, Keiser has continued on with Cabot Links in Nova Scotia, Canada, and is a driving force behind Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania. These highly rated destinations are geographically diverse, but share many similarities that are important elements in their ongoing success. Keiser’s latest golf project is Sand Valley located in Nekoosa, Wisconsin.

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Mike Keiser Jr. 

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Graaskamp Center Building Communities Award (Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL)
Dec
7
5:00pm 5:00pm

Graaskamp Center Building Communities Award (Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL)

 

This joint Real Estate Club-Graaskamp Center On the Road event will offer Graaskamp Board members a unique and exciting Chicago experience. Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney, of the Chicago Cubs organization, will be receiving the Graaskamp Center Building Communities Award in recognition of their contributions in development and positive community impact around Wrigley Field. This event will offer distinct programming, outstanding networking opportunities, and unrivaled access to some of the best and brightest real estate students in the country at an iconic Chicago venue, Wrigley Field.

Learn more about the Wrigley Field development project here.

Tom Ricketts Chairman & Owner Chicago Cubs 

Tom Ricketts

Chairman & Owner

Chicago Cubs 

Crane Kenney President of Business Operations  Chicago Cubs 

Crane Kenney

President of Business Operations 

Chicago Cubs 

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