For 14 years, students and their advisors from a variety of Midwest colleges and universities participate in an annual Collegiate Real Estate Conference at DePaul University.
More than 130 students from University of Iowa, Marquette University, Indiana University and the University of Illinois came to DePaul University on Friday April 13 to participate in this year’s program.
The heart of the program is a series of 50-minute breakout sessions organized by career field and led by over 40 senior level real estate professionals. Students select three out of seven sessions to attend. In these sessions experts, including many DePaul alums, offer insights and answer questions on topics ranging from commercial real estate brokerage and development to finance and corporate real estate.
One of the popular sessions focused on corporate real estate. Leading off the discussion the moderator, Drew Priest from the Chicago Chapter of CoreNet Global, asked the panel for a good working definition.
Nestor Eliadis, Senior Director of Real Estate for Walgreens, and a DePaul alum, said that the role of corporate real estate is to represent the real estate interest of a corporation. He went on to say that doesn’t always mean there is a transaction, but more typically means applying standards to implement specific corporate strategies.
In summing up the Collegiate Real Estate Conference, Michael Goodman, the President of the DePaul Real Estate Club, said the event, one year in the making, “met and exceeded my expectations.”
“This was an incredible opportunity for individuals; it supports what DePaul is trying to do and helps all of us to see what we can do in the future.”