Find a New Path to Growth at the Trends Conference in Chicago 
Don't miss the Wisconsin Real Estate Trends Conference scheduled for September 27-28 in Chicago, Illinois! The program offers exceptional content combined with unparalleled networking opportunities with leading lights in the real estate industry.

The program's panel sessions include "Navigating Capital Market Cross-Currents in Uncharted Waters" and "Zero to Hero | Visionary Developers Breathe New Life Into Landmark Properties". Attendees are also offered a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight during the session "A View from the Top" with featured speakers R. Scott Dennis, CEO of Invesco Real Estate and Jody Thornton, President and Executive Managing Director of HFF.  It is a session not to be missed! In addition, attendees will hear from John Mauldin, Chairman of Mauldin Economics, and Daniel Sullivan, Director of Research and Executive Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during the day's keynote sessions. Complete schedule details and registration information are available at the Trends Conference website.  See you in Chicago!

Be an Early Bird and Save! 
Registration for the 2017 Wisconsin Real Estate Trends Conference is now open! Registration includes the Welcome Reception, access to all keynote and panel sessions, all scheduled meals, and the closing reception. Visit the Conference website for additional information. 

Book Trends Accommodations Soon!
Attendees of the 2017 Wisconsin Real Estate Trends Conference will receive a discounted room rate of $209 when booking accommodations through WREAA's room block at the The Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron in Chicago. The architecturally distinctive 16 story hotel features a Cubist-inspired fa├žade and was newly remodeled in 2014. Reservations can be made online or by telephone, 312-649-2000, referencing the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association room block. The block will be available through August 27 or until full. Make your reservations early, as there is limited availability!

2017 Trends Conference Event Sponsors
2017 Trends Conference Patron Sponsors
 Meet Our Alumni Leaders 

Say Hello to....

Seth Levin  
WREAA Market Representative, Southern California Region 
Meet Seth Levin, WREAA Market Representative for Southern California/Los Angeles. Seth works for Westbrook Partners' Los Angeles office, Westbrook Properties, where he serves as a Vice President and participates in acquisition, value enhancement and realization activities of residential development assets within the western Unites States. Prior to joining Westbrook, Seth was an Associate at Mesa West Capital, a private equity debt fund, where he worked in the loan originations group. He received an M.B.A. and Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Price School of Public Policy in 2013, respectively, and a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Real Estate Program in 2006.

William Dyer
Southeast Regional Director 
WREAA welcomes William Dyer to the Board of Directors as the new Southeast Regional Director!  He is a Portfolio Manager for Colony NorthStar as well as head of operations of the Atlanta and Detroit offices.

Will received an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program in 2007 and a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Along with his new role with WREAA, Will is also involved with multiple real estate industry groups including the Real Estate Group of Atlanta (REGA). 

Around the Regions
2017 Badger Golf Open
In Lake Geneva

Northern California Golf Open

Denver Badgers
Tour the WeWork Office Space

Invite a Colleague to Join You in Chicago!

Do you have a real estate industry colleague who would benefit from the information and networking available at the upcoming Trends Conference? Share the link to the conference brochure and extend an invitation to join you!


Alumni Generosity in Action 
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Wisconsin Connection Fund, WREAA will provide $40,000 in student scholarships in 2017 with $25,000 of these funds designated for recruitment of this year's incoming MBA class. WREAA will host a reception to welcome the new graduate students on Thursday, August 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Whiskey Den at Brocach, on the Capitol Square in Madison.

Since 1997, the Wisconsin Connection Fund has been the beneficiary of donations made by UW alumni and friends who are involved in real estate transactions with one another. The Wisconsin Connection Fund proceeds are used to directly impact the UW Real Estate Program through funding of WREAA student ambassador positions, scholarships, and student field trips, as well as new initiatives undertaken by the Real Estate Program. To learn more about making a donation to the fund, visit the WREAA website or call the WREAA Office at 262-746-9030.

Career Hub Update
Don't forget to refer your colleagues to the Career Hub to post job openings or internships. It's free and employers are not required to sign in to post a new position.

Sampling of Current Listings
Acquisitions Manager / Director of Acquisitions
San Diego, California

Acquisitions Analyst
Chicago, Illinois

Heartland, Wisconsin

Commercial Appraisal Reviewer
Sussex, WI; Eagan, MN; Glenview, IL
Upcoming Events
July 26, 2017  
Northeast Region - Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers in Washington, D.C.    

August 1, 2017
Southern California Badger Golf Outing 
August 9, 2017 
Western Wisconsin - Madison Mallards Baseball Game and Networking Reception

September 27-28, 2017   
Wisconsin Real Estate
Trends Conference

Names in the News
Katie Bergen (BBA 2009) will marry Zach Johnson, a graduate of University of Wisconsin Whitewater on August 12, 2017. Both work in commercial real estate investment. Katie is a Vice President at CenterSquare Investment Management and Zach is a Project Development Manager at Gorman & Company. Growing up in Madison, Zach and Katie were high school sweethearts and followed their love of the outdoors to Denver, Colorado where they currently reside.The couple is planning a backyard wedding in Verona, Wisconsin. Katie can be reached at

Kevin Bell (BBA 2006) has joined Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC as Chief Financial Officer in Northbrook, Illinois.  Kevin can be reached at

Marshall Scallan (MBA 2007) has joined Cushman & Wakefield as Managing Director in Washington, D.C. You may each Marshall at

To have your announcement included in the next newsletter, email Jane Miller.