Don't Miss the 2018 Biennial Reunion
Real Estate Badger alumni and friends will converge on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison for the 2018 Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Conference and Reunion. The program, set for September 13-15, will kick off with the Biennial Welcome Reception to be held lakeside on the Edgewater's Grand Plaza on Thursday. Don't miss a chance to "say cheese" and pose with Bucky Badger at this year's lakeside photo booth available during the Welcome Reception. Alumni and guests will also enjoy a mystifying performance by Oz Pearlman who will entertain banquet attendees with his mind reading and sensational sleight of hand skills. The banquet will wrap up in UW real estate badger style with a post banquet 5th quarter cocktails on the plaza.

The program will convene on Friday at the newly renovated Memorial Union with a first-rate speaker program.  A Fireside Chat will be offered with Matthew Bronfman, Managing Director of Jamestown Properties, who will be interviewed by incoming UW Professor Dr. Mark Eppli.  Dr. Eppli will join the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate as Director in August 2018.  To register and learn more about other highlights planned for the upcoming Biennial, visit the conference website.

Registration for the 2018 Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Conference is now open! Register early to save $100. Early bird registration rates are in effect until August 8, 2018. Visit the conference website for additional information.  
Let WREAA Showcase Your Organization
Foster important professional connections within WREAA's dynamic network of over 2,000 alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Program by becoming a sponsor of the Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Conference.  Sponsorship builds visibility for participating companies, cultivates relationships with decision makers and provides an excellent forum to showcase your organization. Download the Biennial Sponsorship brochure and contact Mandy Kaegy for further information.

Welcome Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Conference Sponsors!
Biennial Room Block Now Available at the Edgewater
WREAA has reserved a room block at the Edgewater Hotel for the 2018 Biennial Reunion.  Rooms in the block are available from September 13-15 at a special rate of $195/Tues-Friday and $239/Saturday. The rate will be available until August 14 or until the block is sold out.  To book a room, call the Edgewater at 800-922-5512 and request the Wisconsin Real Estate Biennial Conference room block or book online.

Jake Maliel    
Market Representative, Boston, Massachusetts 
Jake Maliel (MBA 2008) is a Vice President at TA Realty, an investment management firm, headquartered in Boston, MA.  He previously spent nearly 10 years in asset management and is now serving as a co-portfolio manager on TA Realty's newly launched, $2+ billion, open-end, Core Property Fund.  In his spare time, Jake enjoys trying to keep up with his three girls, working out, and watching Badger football.   

Upcoming Events
June 6, 2018
Legacy West Development Tour and Happy Hour
Texas Region

June 15, 2018
Badger Golf Open
Lake Geneva, Wisconsi

June 21, 2018

Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles Game
Northeast - Washington D.C.
July 17, 2018
Madison Mallards Baseball Game & Tour
Western Wisconsin - Madison

July 24, 2018
Southern California Golf Open
Rancho Santa Margarita, California

September 13-15, 2018

Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Reunion and Conference, Madison, Wisconsin.
Congratulations to the 2018 Real Estate Graduates
WREAA hosted a congratulatory dinner for the 2018 real estate grads at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison. WREAA Executive Director, Chris Dicks, and Real Estate Club Faculty Advisor, Sharon McCabe were on hand with personal well wishes for the graduating seniors and MBA's. 
Invite a Colleague to Affiliate Membership in WREAA!
Do you have a real estate industry colleague who could benefit from involvement in the WREAA Network? Consider inviting them to join the leading real estate alumni network as an affiliate member and to attend the 2018 Biennial Wisconsin Real Estate Conference! Members save 35% on conference registration fees. 

Around the Regions
Minnesota Tours the Moxy Hotel 

Denver Badgers in the Lower Highlands Neighborhood 


Northern California Tours MacArthur Commons

NYC Badgers Learn Chelsea Market Details

WREAA Career Hub
Employers are invited to post job positions on the WREAA Career Hub !  Posting is free to all employers.  Strengthen the Alumni network by recommending the resource to your colleagues. 
Looking for a new position ?  Sign up to receive immediate notification of new positions by signing in at the WREAA website and clicking on the Career Hub link. Once there, select "Subscribe" from the line of options across the top.

Sampling of Career Opportunities
Assistant Vice President - Private Equity
Brookfield, Wisconsin   

Investment Analyst   
Dallas, Texas 

Canvasser/Junior Broker
New York City Area
Acquisition & Asset Management Analyst
Chicago, Illinois

Commercial Relationship Associate   
Chicago, Illinois 

Senior Asset Manager
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
In Memoriam 
We are saddened to share the news of the passing of C.J. (Jeff) Raymond (MS 1972) on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. A mass of Christian Burial was held in Madison on May 29. A full obituary is available at the website.  Condolences to Jeff's family.

Names in the News
Stephen Bye Receives 2018 Legacy
Broker Award

WREAA member Stephen Bye (MBA 1974) was recognized by the Colorado Chapter of NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) with the 2018 Legacy Broker Award. Consideration for this achievement is given to a person who has given a lifetime commitment to the commercial real estate industry, demonstrated by leadership, ethics, and mentoring young professionals. Stephen was the Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director of NorthMarq Capital for 34 years. He retired in April of 2017. Congratulations to Stephen! 

Elaine Worzala Honored

Elaine Worzala (Ph.D. 1992) was recently honored with the 2018 Education Award from the American Real Estate Society at their Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. The award was presented in recognition of her significant contributions to the advancement of real estate education. Elaine is the Executive Director of the Carter Real Estate Center at the College of Charleston School of Business in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned her undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hats off to Elaine and On Wisconsin!

A. Brad Feine (BBA 2001) has joined EquiTrust Life Insurance Company as the Director of Real Estate Investments in Chicago, Illinois. Contact Brad at


Paul Melkus (MS 1995) has joined One North Equities, LLC as the CFO / Executive Vice President in Hinsdale, Illinois and can be reached at


Jack Klister (BBA 2016) has joined FORE Development + Investment as an Associate in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Get in touch Jack at


We'd like to hear from you.  Please email Jane Miller to have your news included in the next newsletter.