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Advisory Board

Comprised of 130 real estate leaders, the Board of Advisors is a core support group for the Graaskamp Center, advising the Center, participating in exclusive board lifelong learning opportunities and conferences, and contributing as guest lecturers and mentors. Learn more about our events here.

Drawn by invitation only from senior executives in the real estate industry, representation on the board is sought from the array of functional areas related to real estate and urban development.

Support the Board

The board pledges to support the Graaskamp Center through annual contributions. Member support is a critical element in the overall structure of the Center. Support from our board members not only reflects commitment to strengthening the future of the professional through the highest quality education and research, it provides an important funding source for students and other educational and outreach initiatives

Among the benefits available to board members are:

High-level networking

Expand your professional network and connect with students and faculty at our twice-a-year board conferences and join us “On the Road” in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, and beyond for exclusive, small-group topic discussions.

Lifelong learning

From timely and topical presenters to the economic outlook from our world-class faculty, you will have access to the vibrant and exciting resources that come with being affiliated with one of the top academic institutions in the world.

Opportunities to give back

Meet our students at our board conferences, share your experiences as a mentor, recruit top talent for your organization, and find other opportunities to contribute to the growth of the next generation of leaders.

Membership to the Board of Advisors is available at three levels:

Board membership is by invitation only. Please contact Irgens Executive Director Michael Brennan at if you would like to recommend a prospective member.


Richard Aaronson

Atlantic Realty Partners, Inc.

Alissa Adler

Senior Vice President
Colliers International
Joe Alexander

Joe Alexander

The Alexander Company

Matthew Astrachan

Vice Chairman
Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage, Inc.

Brian Banaszynski

Regional Partner – Logistics Group
Transwestern Development Company

Jacqueline Barlow

Managing Director

Michael Barr

Managing Partner
Cross Lake Partners
Mike Baucus

Mike Baucus

Managing Partner, Portfolio Operations
AIC Ventures

Arun I. Bhatia

Arun Bhatia Development Organization

Robert Bollhoffer

Managing Partner
29th Street Company

Robert J. Bond

Co-Founder and President
Bond Companies

Pamela Boneham

Managing Director
Barings Real Estate Advisers

Kent Born

Senior Managing Director
PPM America

Jim Borris

President and Chief Executive Officer
Zilber Ltd.

Thomas Bretz

Elmdale Partners

Jonathan Brown

Executive Director, Real Estate Banking
Central Region – JP Morgan Chase
Robert Buhler

Robert Buhler

President and Chief Executive Officer
Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, Inc.

Laura Cathlina

Managing Director
Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC
Todd Cegelski

Todd Cegelski

SVP-Commercial Real Estate
Johnson Bank
Corey Chisnell

Corey Chisnell

Artis Advisors, LLC

Dave Cocagne

President and CEO
Vermilion Development

Vincent Cozzi

Former President & CIO
Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT

Kevin A. Crummy

Chief Investment Officer
Douglas Emmett, Inc.
Jeff Dinkin

Jeff Dinkin

Managing Director, Founder and Principal
Regent Properties

Steven C. Disse

Colliers International

Brian Eisendrath

Vice Chairman & Managing Director
CBRE, Inc.

Steven Fifield

Chairman & CEO
Fifield Companies
John Gates

John Gates

Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer PortaeCo, LLC

Robert E. Goeckel

Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Banking
BBVA Compass
Glenn Goldstein

Glenn Goldstein

Related Retail

Gary Gorman

Gorman & Company

John Hansen


Brian L. Happ

President and Chief Executive Officer
Erdman Company

Ryan Hesch

President & CEO
ML Realty Partners

Peter Jungbacker

Managing Member
Alexander & Bishop

Robert M. Karner

Managing Director
Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc.

Peter Kaye

Managing Partner

Vincent Laughlin

Real Estate Group President
MB Financial Bank

Justin L. Leonard

Walton Street Capital, LLC

Anthony Leopardo

Director, Strategic Relations
Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Daniel R. Levitt

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Brian Liston

Value Industrial Partners, LLC

Duane H. Lund

Exchange Realty, Inc.

Ryan Mallery

Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager
Big River Real Estate, LLC
Barry Mandel

Barry Mandel

Chairman and CEO
Mandel Group

Craig Manske

Managing Principal
Development Solutions, Inc.

James Martell

Logistics Property Co., LLC

John Maurer

Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management
EverWest Real Estate Partners, LLC

John McLinden

Centrum Properties, LLC

Charles Murphy

EVP/Sr. Managing Director
David Nankin

David Nankin

Managing Member
Legacy Varin Property Management, LLC

Charles K. Nulsen III

Washington Property Company

John Oharenko

Real Estate CAPITAL Investors

James Orth

Managing Principal
WHI Real Estate Partners

George A. Pandaleon

Inland Institutional Capital, LLC

Dean E. Parker

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel

Nantam Capital
Tim Podboy

Tim Podboy

Senior Vice President
Heitman, LLC

Anthony Pricco

Bridge Development Partners, LLC

Daniel Rosenbloom

Managing Director
Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs

Executive Managing Director
Newmark Knight Frank

Mark Saturno

IDI Logistics
Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon

DSF Group

Steve Sosnowski

Senior Vice President-Commercial Real Estate Division
Associated Bank

Jeffrey Staffeldt

Director of Midwest/Southeast Region Commercial Mortgage Investments
Pacific Life Insurance

Michael A. Toolis

Vice President

Jeffery A. Usow

Mayer Brown

Robert Vrchota

Managing Director
Fitch Ratings
Patrick Waite

Patrick Waite

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Equity Lifestyle Properties
Stewart Wangard

Stu Wangard

Chairman, CEO and founder
Wangard Partners, Inc. and Wangard Advisors, LLC

Raymond Warner

Franklin Partners, LLC

Johannson Yap

Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

Ray Young

Senior Vice President
Cohen Asset Management

Thomas Zale

Vice President
Northwestern Mutual


Stephen P. Bailey

Managing Director

Derek M. Chen

Chief Executive Officer
Chenco Holdings Company, LLC

Michael Durst

Managing Principal, Real Estate Equity
Allstate Investments

Daniel J. Minahan

President and Chief Operating Officer
Continental Properties Company, Inc.

Michael Moran

Managing Director
Allstate Investments

Will Murphy

CEO & Managing Partner

Don Pafford

Central Markets Manager – REIT Banking Group
U.S. Bank

Arthur P. Pasquarella

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Alan Rudikoff

Co-founder and Partner
GDS Development Management LLC


Kevin Brennan

Co-Founder and Managing Principal
Brennan Investment Group

Jim Cope

Executive Vice President & Managing Director
Walker & Dunlop

Patrick Dempsey

Managing Director
Walker & Dunlop
Dave Lenz

Dave Lenz

North Central Group

Scott McKibben

Chief Investment Officer
Brennan Investment Group, LLC

Brad O'Halloran

Executive Director of Investor Relations
Brennan Investment Group, LLC

Jay H. Shidler

Founder and Managing Partner
The Shidler Group

Robert G. Vanecko

Managing Principal
Brennan Investment Group, LLC


Joseph R. Betlej

Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Securian Asset Management

Steven Buller

Portfolio Manager
Fidelity Management & Research Company

Michael H. Casey

Senior Managing Director
The Blackstone Group L.P.

Lee Christensen

Development Manager
Gebhardt Development

Randall J. Eggert

Senior Investment Officer
State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Brandon Goetzman

Senior Vice President
Blue Vista Capital Management, LLC

Michael Grupe

EVP, Research & Investment Affairs

Stephanie M. Krewson-Kelly

Vice President of Investor Relations
Corporate Office Properties Trust

Chad Neumann

Senior Portfolio Manager
State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Seth Singerman

President and Managing Principal
Singerman Real Estate, LLC

Kenneth D. Statz

Managing Director and Senior Market Strategist
Security Capital Research & Management, Inc.

David Toti

Lifetime, Emeritus, Honorary

Michael D. Arneson

Managing Principal, Retired
TOLD Development Company

Frederick Cooper

Senior Vice President Finance, International Development, and Investor Relations
Toll Brothers, Inc.

Christine Dicks

Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Inc.

Norman D. Flynn

Norman D. Flynn Associates, Inc.

Jim G. Haft

Haft Holdings, Inc.

Jon D. Hammes

Hammes Company

Charles V. Heath

Founder and Principal Emeritus
Horizon Development Group, Inc.

James R. Imhoff

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
First Weber, Inc.

Mark Irgens

Chief Executive Officer and Manager
Irgens Partners, LLC

Michael Komppa

President and Founder
Corum Real Estate Group

Dan Lee

Vice President and Owner
First Weber, Inc.

Brad Olsen

Atlantic Partners Corporation

Fred Petri

Petrone, Petri & Co

Andrew E. Plesko

President and General Counsel
E.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc.

Fred W. Prassas

Principal and Founder
PMC Management Group
Jim Roemer

Jim Roemer

Managing Director
Group Manager

Michael Theo

President and Chief Executive Officer
Wisconsin Realtors Association

Bryant J. Wangard

Wangard Properties

Marc Warren


Goldie B. Wolfe Miller

Founder & President
The Goldie Initiative