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Real Estate Alumni Reception

The network of Columbia Business School real estate graduates is exceptionally strong and growing. Each year, hundreds of alumni reconnect with former classmates and meet new friends at the Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception, the largest real estate alumni activity at the School.

2015 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception

Please save the date for the 2015 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception to be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Columbia University Club of New York. This annual reception is presented by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and Real Estate Circle and sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLP.

2014 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception

The reception took place on Thursday, May 8, 2014, and honored Hugh R. Frater ’85 as the Distinguished Real Estate Partner. Mr. Frater is CEO of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, a highly rated master and primary servicer and a top-tier commercial real estate loan originator and investment sales advisor. Berkadia has over 1400 employees in over 60 offices servicing over $230 billion in commercial mortgage loans and financing or selling over $14 billion in property annually.

Thanks to all who attended. For those who were unable to join in the festivities, we hope you enjoy seeing your classmates and friends virtually in the slideshow below. Please contact to make sure you are on the list for the 2015 event. (For a full-screen view of the slideshow, click on the icon at lower right of the slight show.)

Over 200 real estate alumni reconnected at the Columbia Club on May 8, 2014. After the reception, the Real Estate Association hosted an After-Party at Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel.

For more on the 2014 Annual Reception, read our 2014 report.

Past Honorees

Past Distinguished Real Estate Partner honorees include Hugh R. Frater ’85, CEO of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, John R. Klopp, co-chief executive officer and co-chief investment officer of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing; Andrew L. Farkas, managing member, chairman, and CEO, Island Capital Group; M. Leanne Lachman, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate executive in residence; Howard P. Milstein, co-chairman and CEO, New York Private Bank & Trust; Daniele D. Bodini ’72, chairman, American Continental Properties Group; Jeff Barclay ’83, managing director and head of acquisitions, ING Clarion Partners; Joseph Azrack ’72, president and CEO, Citigroup Property Investors; Alan Leventhal, CEO, Beacon Capital Partners; Jerry Speyer ’64, president and CEO, Tishman Speyer Properties; Sam Zell, chairman, Equity Group Investments; and Mike Fascitelli, president, Vornado Realty Trust.