Past Circle Events

Fall 2018

2018 Real Estate Symposium
December 2018

Real Estate Symposium

The 11th annual Real Estate Symposium, an exclusive Columbia Business School alumni-only educational forum took place on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Princeton Club of New York.

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56 Leonard
November 2018

Sites & Sounds Tour: 56 Leonard

This tour, organized exclusively for the Columbia Real Estate Circle, was a unique opportunity for an inside look at the development at 56 Leonard. The tour was lead by Izak Senbahar of Alexico Group, and David Beznos, Dune Real Estate Partners, who generously offered to provide an overview of the design.

Real Estate Tech Roundtable
October 2018

Real Estate Tech Roundtable: Real Estate Tokenization and ICOs

A conversation with Mohammah Shaikh, CEO and Co-Founder, Meridio, a blockchain-based platform for creating, managing, and trading fractional ownership shares in real estate assets, and Jonathan Weibrecht, Director of Real Estate Capital Markets, Harbor, a global leader in security token issuance and innovation.

Nicholas Bienstock & Steven Orbuch
September 2018

Distinguished Speaker Breakfast: Nick Bienstock ’96 & Steven Orbuch

With Nicholas Bienstock ’96, Co-Managing Partner, Savanna, and Steven Orbuch, Founder and President, Oz Real Estate, this dynamic discussion covered topics on investment strategies and opportunities.

Domino Sugar Factory
September 2018

Sites & Sounds Tour: Domino Sugar Factory

This was a unique opportunity for an inside look at the exciting development of the former Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. Vishaan Chakrabarti, Architect and Founder of PAU, generously offered to provide an overview of the design of the first series of waterfront buildings at 325 Kent Ave, as well as the newly developed Domino Park.

Summer 2018

2018 Summer Happy Hour
July 2018

Summer Happy Hour

The Paul Milstein Center hosted its first Real Estate Circle Summer Happy Hour at the Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar in July 2018. We kicked-off our new upcoming Circle programs with this member appreciation event! It was a great opportunity to connect with members and alumni casually over drinks and appetizers this summer.

Spring 2018

2018 Alumni Reception
May 2018

Pre-Event Cocktails and Networking

With Columbia Business School’s Distinguished Real Estate Partner honoree David Neithercut ’82 before the Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception.

61 Ninth Avenue & 512 West 22nd Street
April 2018

Sites & Sounds Tour: 61 Ninth Avenue & 512 West 22nd Street

Hosted by Vornado Realty. Blending industrial elements of West Chelsea's past with ultra-modern, state-of-the-art design and set the heart of Google's Manhattan Campus, with prominent views west toward the Hudson River—an exclusive tour of these brand new properties, and networking along the High Line!

Professor Bruce Greenwald
April 2018

Real Estate Circle Academy Breakfast

Featuring Professor Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia Business School.

Described by the New York Times as "a guru to Wall Street's gurus," Greenwald is an authority on value investing with additional expertise in productivity and the economics of information. 

Richard LeFrak
March 2018

Distinguished Speaker Lunch

A discussion with Richard LeFrak, Chairman and CEO and Harrison LeFrak ’98, Vice Chairman of LeFrak, a preeminent, family-owned property company committed to community development and long term ownership.

Beyond property, LeFrak investments are geographically diverse and span many business sectors with significant investments in securities, private businesses and energy. LeFrak regularly enhances its real estate and non-real estate asset base with opportunistic investments across the United States and around the globe.

Steven Hason & Hilary Spann
February 2018

Distinguished Speaker Breakfast: Discussion on Global Investing

With Hilary Spann, Managing Director, Head of Americas, Real Estate Investments at CPP Investment Board and Steven Hason, Managing Director, Co-Head Americas Real Estate APG Asset Management US Inc.

Essex Crossing
January 2018

Sites & Sounds Tour: Essex Crossing, hosted by L+M Development

An unprecedented development in the heart of the Lower East Side. Spread over 1.9 million square feet, Essex Crossing comprises nine sites with over 1,000 new residences, 450,000 square feet of retail, 400,000 square feet of office space, community attractions, and green spaces. These nine sites represent one of the most significant urban renewal developments in the history of New York City. This tour, organized exclusively for the Columbia Real Estate Circle, was a unique opportunity for an inside look at the exciting development of the Essex Crossing megaproject.

Fall 2017

Circle Academy Breakfast

How Real Estate Staucks Up Among Capital Market Alternatives

Craig Leupold ’92, Chief Executive Officer, Green Street Advisors

Spring 2017

Circle Academy Breakfast

Scott Rechler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, RXR Realty

Fall 2016

Circle Academy Breakfast

Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan

Featuring a presentation by Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita and Founding Director, The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Spring 2016

Circle Academy Breakfast

The REIT World Today: Benefits & Headwinds

David B. Henry, Co-Founder, Peaceable Street Capital; Retired Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty

Fall 2015

Circle Academy Breakfast

The Changing Structure of the Real Estate Investment Industry

David M. Sherman ’82, Co-Founder, President, and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Metropolitan Real Estate

Spring 2015

Circle Academy Breakfast

Secular Opportunities in Today’s Real Estate Markets

Richard J. Mack, Law ’93, Founder and CEO, Mack Real Estate Group

Fall 2014

Circle Academy Breakfast

The Current US Private Equity Market

Stephen J. Furnary, Chairman and CEO, Clarion Partners

Circle Academy Breakfast

Real Estate Under the Alternatives Umbrella

Marjorie Tsang, Law ’85, Director of Strategic Research and Solutions, New York State Common Retirement Fund

Fall 2013

Circle Academy Breakfast

GSE Reform

Hugh Frater ’85, Chief Executive Officer, Berkadia

Spring 2013

Circle Academy Breakfast

CRE Debt: Have Markets Normalized?

Spencer Haber, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, H/2 Capital Partners

Fall 2012

Circle Academy Breakfast

Martin Cicco, CC ’78, Senior Managing Director and Head of Real Estate, Evercore Partners

Spring 2012

Circle Academy Breakfast

Being a Real Estate Entrepreneur, Young!

Mark Caplan ’84, President, Time Group: 

Fall 2011

Circle Academy Breakfast

Challenges to Effective Renegotiation of Residential Mortgages

Tomasz Piskorski, Edward S. Gordon Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School.

Spring 2011

Circle Academy Breakfast

An Interactive Case Study: Liquidity in a Credit Drought: Equity Residential (EQR)

David Neithercut ’82, President and CEO, Equity Residential

Fall 2010

Circle Academy Breakfast

Housing, Credit, Real Estate, and the Economy

Chris Mayer, Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Spring 2010

Circle Academy Breakfast

Distressed Debt Investing: The Hancock Tower & Garage (a real estate case study)

Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Fall 2009

Circle Academy Breakfast

Distressed Real Estate

John Klopp, CEO, Capital Trust, Inc.

Spring 2009

Circle Academy Breakfast

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder

Eric Abrahamson, Professor of Management, Columbia Business School

Fall 2008

Circle Academy Breakfast

The Venturesome Economy

Amar Bhide, Lawrence D. Glaubinger Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Summer 2008

Circle Academy Breakfast

Are Short Sellers Evil?

Charles Jones, Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

Spring 2008

Circle Academy Breakfast

Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement 

William Duggan, Professor of Management, Columbia Business School

Fall 2007

Circle Academy Breakfast

Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies Function

Richard Peach, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Summer 2007

Circle Academy Breakfast

Is Good Governance always Good for the Shareholders? 

Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Spring 2007

Circle Academy Breakfast

Bubbles, Fundamentals and Superstar Cities: The Future Path of High Real Estate Prices

Chris Mayer, Co-Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Winter 2007

Circle Academy Breakfast

Long Term Trends in Globalized Interest Rates

Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School