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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.

2014 Annual Alumni Reception

The next reception will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014, and will honor 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.

Hundreds of real estate alumni spanning more than 50 class years reconnected on April 30, 2013. For more on the 2013 Annual Reception, read our 2013 report.

After the reception, join the REA for the After-Party at Cellar Bar, Bryant Park Hotel, 40 West 40th Street, starting at 8:30 p.m. The after-party is free (cash bar) and open to all, no pre-registration required.

Past Honorees

Past Distinguished Real Estate Partner honorees include 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.