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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 and business colleagues at the Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception, the largest real estate alumni activity at the School.
2015 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception
The 2015 Real Estate Alumni Reception will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Columbia Club of New York, and will honor Jonathan D. Gray as the Distinguished Real Estate Partner. Mr. Gray is the Global Head of Real Estate at Blackstone. This annual reception is presented by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and Real Estate Circle and sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLP.
The Real Estate Association will host an After-Party at Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Thursday, June 4The Second Annual Real Estate Weekly Young Leaders' Forum
Wednesday, May 62015 Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception
December 2015 (date to be announced)Real Estate Project Class Final Presentations Competition and Awards Dinner / The Alexander Bodini Foundation Prize
December 2015 (date to be announced)Real Estate Symposium
January 2016 (date to be announced)Real Estate Capital Markets Conference
Distinguished Alumni Voices
Bob Berne ’62
Formerly with Milstein Properties
Bob Berne ’62 discusses trends in real estate and gives advice for students aspiring to have careers in real estate.
Hugh Frater ’85
Chief Executive Officer, Berkadia,
Hugh Frater ’85 discusses business strategy and opportunities, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and career development.
Nancy Lashine ’81
Managing Partner and Founder, Park Madison Partners
Nancy Lashine ’81 shares insights from more than 25 years of real estate experience providing placement and strategic consulting services.