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The Charles H. Wurtzebach and Susan M. Marshall Endowed Scholarship Fund and general Real Estate Center Sponsor funds subsidize students' travel expenses so they may attend some of the major real estate conferences that take place throughout the United States. This is a wonderful opportunity for real estate students to expand their knowledge of the industry outside the classroom settting without expending their own resources. The scholarship covers conference registration fees, airfare and hotel expenses.
Pension Real Estate Association 22nd Annual Investor Real Estate Conference
Los Angeles, CA | October 22-24, 2012
Two graduate students, Derek Fohl and David Keane, were sent by the Real Estate Center to the PREA 2012 Annual Conference in Beverly Hills.
Derek Fohl, MBA student said, "Attending the annual PREA conference was a fantastic experience. The conference provided an opportunity to hear from executive level real estate professionals around the country regarding some of the hot-topics in the industry: where REIT's are investing - within the U.S. and abroad, liquidity in the marketplace, European sovereign-debt crisis, unemployment rate, etc. In addition, we were invited to some exclusive networking events that allowed us to socialize with various industry professionals. I would encourage every DePaul student to take advantage and apply for future travel scholarships offered through The Real Estate Center. In my mind, the people you meet and relationships you build is all part of the DePaul experience!"
ULI 2012 Fall Meeting "What's Next: Real Estate in the New Economy"
Denver, CO | October 16-19, 2012
Three students, graduate students Nicole Drewery and Amber Hendley with undergraduate student Christina Maksimovic, attended the ULI 2012 Fall Meeting, "What's Next: Real Estate in the New Economy."
Urban Land Institute’s Spring Council Meeting
Charlotte, NC | May 8-10, 2012
Graduate students Jon Boyajian and Aaron Rosdal received the opprotunity to attend the ULI 2012 Spring Council Meeting with the theme “The Power to Lead, the Energy to Thrive,” the event focused on building sustainable communities through development that conserves land and energy. The benefits of strong public-private partnerships was also be showcased. The meeting will featured presentations from nationally renowned energy, land use and financial industry leaders.
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Las Vegas, NV | May 20-23, 2012
The Real Estate Center sent eight students to the ICSC RECon which is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world. With over 30,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors it is the largest industry convention, making it an invaluable experience for our future real estate professionals.
NAREIT REITWise Conference
Hollywood, FL | March 2012
As part of the Real Estate Center's travel scholarship program, six students were able to attend the 2012 REITWise annual conference held in Hollywood, Florida March 21-23. This conference provides attendees with a broad, yet focused educational program that presents a clear picture of current political, economic and market events that impact legal, financial and accounting operations within REITs and publicly traded real estate companies. Participating in the conference also gave students the opportunity to network with senior-level real estate professionals and make connections that will help them as they advance through their own careers.
ULI LIVE! 2011 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo
Los Angeles, CA | October 25-28, 2011
The Real Estate Center sent one student to the Urban Land Institute 2011 Annual Fall Meeting.
Adam Rybka, MBA student, says, "Participating in the ULI conference was a truly rewarding experience; it provided me an opportunity to meet industry professionals, attend informative sessions regarding all facets of real estate, and network with ULI young leaders from across the country. Hearing Michael Milken and Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates present their views on current and future trends was also inspiring and eye-opening. The conference was a great success and I would strongly encourage all DePaul real estate majors to partake in upcoming ULI events."
PREA's Plan Sponsor Real Estate Conference
Chicago, IL | October 18-19, 2011
Eight real estate students were able to attend the 21st Annual Plan Sponsor Real Estate Conference. The conference covered topics such as the world economy, US politics, the impact of macroeconomic trends on institutional real estate investment, debt markets, investment risk, and future real estate trends.
ICSC 2011 Chicago Dealmaker's Conference
Chicago, IL | October 5-6, 2011
Seven real estate students enjoyed the International Council of Shopping Center's 2011 Chicago Dealmaking Conference.
REITWise 2011 Conference
San Francisco, CA | March 23-25, 2011
Two real estate students attended REITWise 2011: NAREIT's Law, Accounting & Finance Conference. Attendees were presented with a broad, yet focused educational program that provided a clear picture of political, economic and market events that impact legal, financial and accounting operations within REITs and publicly traded real estate companies.
Derek Fohl, MBA student, said, "The REITWise Conference was a great opportunity to learn more about current trends in the real estate marketplace as we rotated through the various roundtable discussions. It also allowed me to network with senior level executives and learn more about challenges as well as opportunities within their business. I would encourage other DePaul MBA students to take advantage of this experience provided by The Real Estate Center."
ULI 2010 Fall Meeting & Urban Land Expo
Washington, D.C. | October 13-15, 2010
Three real estate students attended the Urban Land Institute's 2010 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo.
Amy Krass, MBA student, said, "Many people don't have the chance to participate in such a large, influential conference until they are much further along in their careers, making my attendance a truly invaluable step in the development of my career. "
Jan Morel, MBA student, said, "The ULI Fall Conference in Washington DC was an incredible experience for me. The eclectic nature of the ULI members allows for well rounded discussions about real estate in urbanized areas. I also really enjoyed the varied breakout discussions: from capital markets, jobs, workforce housing, to new market tax credits."
Yun Tong, MBA student, said, "During the convention, I had an invaluable opportunity to attend the Multi-family Council meeting (Gold Flight) to hear council members share their capital and property market updates and discuss their areas of focus moving forward. I also attended several mobile workshops for development projects where development teams offered candid insight into the factors contributing to the projects' success as well as lessons learned."
PREA's Plan Sponsor Real Estate Conference
San Francisco, CA | October 4-6, 2010
Two students attended the Pension Real Estate Association's 20th Annual Plan Sponsor Real Estate Conference. The conference was devoted to an exploration of this question "How can investors make sense of these contradictory market dynamics?" through discussion and analysis of economic conditions and the investment risks and opportunities that result.
Steve Panos, MBA student, said, "Attending the PREA Conference was a great opportunity which provided further insight on "big-picture" concerns and conditions with the current economy and its impact on institutional real estate. One of the more emotionally charged panels was the one on public vs. private real estate. Mike Kirby, Chairman of Green Street Advisors, continued to voice the opinion that the efficiency and profitability of REITs continue to be underestimated relative to private equity and in historical market peaks, REITs were the owners unloading product and private equity companies were buying overpriced assets."
Katherine Elliot, MBA student, said, "The fall 2010 PREA conference in San Francisco presented a diverse overview of current topics not limited to issues unique to institutional real estate. The lively dialogue between Greg Mankiw and Robert Reich surveyed options for the real estate industry as a whole to move forward given that the recession is technically 'over.'"