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2022 Graaskamp Center Spring Board Conference April 7-8, 2022

Thursday April 7, 2022 5:30pm Friday April 8, 2022 2:30pm

Graaskamp board members and guests are invited to join over 140 real estate leaders, Wisconsin Real Estate graduate students, faculty and guests at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago on April 7-8, 2022.  As the real estate industry – and the world around us – continues its rapid evolution as a result of the global pandemic, you’ll hear from industry thought leaders and visionaries on how to navigate the real estate landscape.  Panel sessions and case studies will bring to life the challenges of and agility needed when doing business in today’s rapidly changing environment.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long and honored tradition of excellence in education and research in the discipline of real estate and urban land economics and our Real Estate Program is the #1 Public Real Estate Program by US News and World Report. The Graaskamp Center for Real Estate is setting the standard for real estate education in the new millennium.

Join us to learn and connect with your fellow board members, students and faculty at this fun, lively and informative event!


Thursday, April 7 (5:30 – 8:00 pm)

5:30 pmReception (Lakeside Room) Sponsored by Draper & Kramer
6:30 pm Dinner (Lakeside Room) Sponsored by Cedar Street
7:00-7:10 pmOpening Remarks
Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
7:15-8:00 pmDinner Keynote Sponsored by CBRE
Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director, Heitman
The Outlook for U.S. Real Estate for 2022 and Beyond 
8:15 pmInformal Gathering in the Torali Bar (Ritz-Carlton)

Friday, April 8 (7:30 am – 2:30 pm)

7:30-8:30 amNetworking Breakfast (St. Claire Foyer) Sponsored by First American
8:30-8:40 amWelcome and Remarks (St. Claire Room)
Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
8:40-9:30 amMorning Keynote Presentation
Sponsored by CIBC
Benjamin Tal
, Senior Economist, CIBC
Bouncing Back: 2022 Economic Outlook
9:30-9:45 amNetworking Break Sponsored by Metzler Real Estate
9:45-10:45 amSession 1: Demographic Trends Driving Commercial Real Estate for Next Decade  
Sponsored by Associated Bank
Aging baby boomers, growing millennials, and migration toward the South are just a few of the current demographics impacting the commercial real estate industry. Often overlooked, demographic and socio-economic factors play a large part in predicting important real estate market trends. What are the most important trends that will impact the real estate industry? Hear from industry analysts, economists and experts to learn about how shifting demographics will impact residential and commercial real estate and how you can stay on top of the trends to maintain a competitive edge.
Moderator:  Michael Toolis, former Vice President, Stantec
Christian Beaudoin, Managing Director, Research & Strategy, JLL
Dave Bragg, Co-Head of Strategic Research, Green Street
Roberto Ramirez, Assistant Division Chief, Special Population Statistics, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
10:45-11:00 amNetworking Break Sponsored by Metzler Real Estate
11:00 am-12:00 pmSession 2: Managing Development Risks in Today’s Volatile Markets
Contractor, architect and developer perspectives on effective techniques for managing approval, supply chain, financing, real estate tax and leasing/sales risks in 2022’s volatile markets will be addressed during this panel. You’ll learn what’s working, what’s not and why; and how techniques differ by product type and market.
Sponsored by Keeley Construction
Moderator: Raphael Dawson, Principal, Walton Street Capital
Brian Gordon
, Executive Vice President, Magellan Development Company
Lamar Johnson
, Principal, The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Otto Nichols
, Executive Vice President, Clayco Construction
12:00-1:00 pmLuncheon (St. Claire Room) Sponsored by Stewart Title Company
12:15-12:45 pmBringing the Real World into the Classroom: An update on the Real Estate Applied Real Estate Investment Track (AREIT) and Real Estate Private Equity (REPE) Track
Graduate students enrolled in the Real Estate Private Equity Track the Applied Real Estate Investment Track (AREIT) will present the highlights of their real estate deals and portfolio selections and share how these unique, hands-on applied learning opportunities truly set the Wisconsin Real Estate Program apart.
Moderator:  Greg Reed, Associate Director, Graaskamp Center
AREIT and REPE Students                 
1:15-2:15 pmSession 3:  The CEO Outlook:  A Chicago Perspective Sponsored by Colliers
As we navigate the 2022 commercial real estate markets, what are the emerging trends and opportunities?  How long will we be living with supply chain, inflation and labor market disruptions? What should you be doing now to prepare for a changing cycle?   Hear from three real estate industry leaders from Chicago who will share their pulse on today’s challenges, opportunities and strategies to unlock opportunities for growth in an ever-changing business environment. 
Moderator: Rich Klawiter, Partner, DLA Piper
Andy Gloor
, Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bay
Elzie Higginbottom, President and Founder, Burling Builders
Jim Letchinger, President and Founder, JDL Development
2:15-2:30 pmClosing Remarks
Mark Eppli, Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
2:30 pmAdjourn

Featured Presenters

Mary Ludgin

Mary Ludgin

Senior Managing Director, Heitman
Read more about Mary
Benjamin Tal

Benjamin Tal

Senior Economist, CIBC
Read more about Benjamin
Andy Gloor

Andy Gloor

Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bay
Read more about Andy
Elzie Higgenbottom

Elzie Higgenbottom

President and Founder, Burling Builders
Read more about Elzie
Jim Letchinger

Jim Letchinger

President and Founder, JDL Development
Read more about James

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Cedar Street Companies
Draper and Kramer 
First American
Stewart Title
Keeley Construction
Associated Bank
Brennan Investment Group
Spaceco, Inc.
Global Gate Capital 
Walton Street

Lodging Options

We do not have a room block at the Ritz Carlton but you can call for availability: (312) 266-1000.  There are many hotels within walking distance of the Ritz Carlton:

Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

  • 4 minute walk to the Ritz
  • 909 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  • (312) 943-7200

Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites

  • 4 minute walk to the Ritz
  • 198 E. Delaware Place Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • 312-664-1100

The Drake

  • 6 minute walk to the Ritz
  • 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60611
  • 312-787-2200
Free By Invitation Only
160 E Pearson St
Chicago, Illinois 60611 United States
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(312) 266-1000