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Graaskamp on the Road – Austin

Friday December 3, 2021 | 11:30am 1:30pm

Board members and guests are invited to join us at this exclusive, invitation-only event designed to facilitate a fun, lively and thought-provoking dialogue on important industry issues and trends. Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director of the Graaskamp Center, will provide a brief update on the Center and Wisconsin Real Estate Program before the keynote.


Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Program

1:30 p.m. Adjourn Chicago Club

Please note, the program will begin promptly at 11:30, so we encourage guests to arrive on time for networking. Please contact the Graaskamp Center at with any event inquiries.

Featured Speaker

Steve LeBlanc, Senior Advisor, CapRidge Partners; former Senior Managing Director of Private Markets, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Steve LeBlanc is the former senior managing director of private markets, overseeing the real assets, private equity and principal investments portfolios at the $110 billion Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”), the top performing pension plan in 2010. Mr. LeBlanc’s team was responsible for managing the more than $45 billion real estate and private equity portfolio exposure for the fund. His team made 116 investment commitments around the globe of nearly $30 billion in equity from 2008 to 2012. Mr. LeBlanc led the creation of the $6 billion private markets’ strategic partnership network at TRS.

An experienced leader of investment professionals and assets in the real estate industry, Mr. LeBlanc was president and chief executive officer of NYSE-listed REIT Summit Properties in Charlotte, North Carolina. Summit had 500 employees, 18,000 apartment homes and $150-300 million of annual development and acquisitions. From 1998 to 2004, Summit increased its equity market cap from $0.5 billion to $1.1 billion (225 percent) and the total market cap from $1.26 billion to more than $2 billion (176 percent). The total rate of return for shareholders was 144 percent and averaged nearly 20 percent a year. Summit Properties merged with Camden Property Trust on Feb. 28, 2005.

Mr. LeBlanc also served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Growth Property Trust in Chicago, Illinois, where he developed the company’s strategic business plan, orchestrated the transition to REIT status and recruited, hired and trained the team, which initiated more than $250 million in acquisitions and developments.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Connect with other real estate leaders and gain valuable name recognition for your company by sponsoring the Graaskamp on the Road events. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Genie Trewyn or Lee Gottschalk for more information.

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Sponsored by the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate and the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA).


Friday December 3, 2021
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