I want to take a second and introduce myself. My name is Andy Sinclair, I am the the Spokesperson and Chair of the REALM board for 2017 & 2018. To date we have built a powerful brand and community. It is my be belief by working together we can grow and strengthen our group. I look forward to being your guide for REALM and the Marquette Real Estate Alumni network. 
What is REALM? 
Many are a part of this great organization, but, not everyone knows what we are and what we do. For those of you who aren't familiar with what REALM is or what it does, it's okay, you aren't alone.

REALM is the Marquette Real Estate Alumni Organization. We represent the over 300 graduates from the Marquette Real Estate program and the alumni that came prior to the program's founding. We also represent the alumni that are "adopted" who graduated in another field but found their way into real estate industry. We have many stakeholders in our organization. No matter how you got here it is you that we represent!

Our goal as your organization is simple - provide value to our alumni members that is consistent with a world-class organization and university. This value is represented in our three key pillars: Networking, Philanthropy, and Education. 

Here are few of our current offerings that we provide to connect you the alumni with the Marquette Real Estate program:
  • Networking:
    • Cubs vs. Brewers game @ Wrigley Field
    • The National Marquette Day Social
    • Post-Strategies Conference Networking Event (formerly known as the REALM boat cruise)
  • Philanthropy:
    • Annual Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to send students to key national conferences (more on that later)
  • Education:
    • Co-sponsoring industry & university events 
Where is REALM going and what can we do better? Subsequent to this newsletter we will propose a more formal REALM Board structure to provide alumni a more effective experience. Our hope is that we will make strides to improve the following:
  1. Communication - Improving how you hear from us and with consistent frequency
  2. Networking - Making connections for our alumni and better providing occasions for networking 
  3. Philanthropy - Continuing our philanthropic initiatives and engaging our alumni members to be part of it 
  4. Education - Offering more lifelong educational opportunities
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me or any of the REALM board members. 
Helping our Students - Philanthropy in Action 
REALM's annual fundraising campaign to send students to key national conferences (ULI, ICSC, NAIOP) had a record number of donors at 100! We also donated a record amount at  $20,825.    This represents a 50% increase over last years total of $13,500.  Contributions from donors help the Center for Real Estate take up to 25 students to these professional conferences.  Marquette University is one of the only schools to take undergraduates to these conferences!

In addition to the total contributions, each graduating class holds a "competition" to see who can have the largest percentage of donations.  The winner for this year is the Class of 2013 with 58.3% participation followed closely by the our most recent graduates from the Class of 2016 with 44%. Special shout out to Max Schultz (BUAD '13) and Nicole Patel (BUAD '16) for championing the effort to reach out to their respective classes!

% Participation
Class of 2003
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Thank you again to all that participated and donated!

If you would still like to donate please reply to this e-mail @ asinclair@mlgcapital.com
Alumni in Action - REAL Life Achievements
In each newsletter, we want to take the opportunity to recognize our distinguished alumni. W e are proud to announce  alumnus, Liz Lynch (REAL 2010) is the CBRE Chicago Asset Services Young Professional (2016). Liz is currently a Real Estate Manager at CBRE in Chicago and works tirelessly for her clients. Liz is excellent representation of both Marquette and CBRE Chicago. On behalf of REALM, congratulations Liz!

Have an Alumni in Action to nominate? It could be a key closing, lease, or professional achievement. Shoot us an e-mail.

Upcoming Events & Happenings
  • The Marquette Center for Real will host their Annual Chicago Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, June 8 at the Union League Club, The event this year will feature Daniel Queenan, President of CBRE Global Investors and Dr. Mark Eppli, Robert B. Bell, Sr., Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. Details can be found HERE.
  • REALM's annual Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers game @ Wrigley Field will be held this summer. Furthers details to be communicated.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Strategies Conference: The Future of Cities featuring Dr. Edward Glaeser, Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Monday, September 18, 2017, Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union.
In This Issue
Andy Sinclair, Chair
MLG Capital, Brookfield, WI

John Amman
DBRS, Inc., Chicago, IL
Stephanie Bachrach
Associated Bank, Milw, WI
Garritt Bader
GB Real Estate Investments
Green Bay, WI
Scott Benedetto
CenterPoint Properties
Oakbrook, IL
Pat Biernacki
Millennial Residential
Houston, TX
Kaylee Carswell
Level Office, Chicago, IL
Krista Casper
Associated Bank
Chicago, IL
Stephanie Dremonas
Pete's Fresh Market
Chicago, IL
Amy Elston
Elzinga & Volkers, Inc.
Kalamazoo, MI
John Feeney
The Boulder Group
Chicago, IL
Paul Grusecki
The PrivateBank
Chicago, IL
Maggie Grzesiowski
Colliers International
Milwaukee, WI
Andy Hunt
Real Capital Solutions
Denver, CO
Michael Kelly
Blue Ribbon Management
Milwaukee, WI
Allison Kuchny
IRC Retail Centers
Chicago, IL
Maura Mahoney
CBRE, Chicago, IL
David Martin
HJ Martin & Son
Green Bay, WI
Theron May
Imperial Realty Company
Chicago, IL
Adam McClostlin
Cushman & Wakefield
Chicago, IL
Kyle McElwee
Prime Finance
Chicago, IL
Robert Mueller
Conor Commercial
Oakbrook, IL
Jon Mulcahy
BMO Harris Bank
Milwaukee, WI
Joe Powers
Marcus & Millichap
Brookfield, WI
Mike Riopel
von Briesen & Roper
Milwaukee, WI
Andrew Schoene
Walker & Dunlop
Hartland, WI
Nina Schuerman
Max Schultz
CBRE, Milwaukee, WI
Rick Stoll
MLG Capital
Brookfield, WI
Ted Stratman
Interra Realty, LLC
Kathryn Sugrue
MidAmerica Asset Management, Oakbrook,IL
Mike Wanezek
Colliers International
Milwaukee, WI

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