May 24, 2012  
  The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Annual Real Estate Alumni Reception

photo: Andrew Farkas at 2012 Real Estate Alumni ReceptionHundreds of real estate alumni from the classes of 1960 to 2012 gathered on May 10 for the Annual Alumni Real Estate Reception. Held at the Columbia Club of New York, the event honored 2012 Distinguished Real Estate Partner Andrew L. Farkas, managing member, chairman, and CEO of Island Capital Group. Read more and view photos . . .

Two Teams Tie for First at 13th Annual Real Estate Business Plan Competition

photo: Business plan presentationFour teams of second-year students in the Project Class in Real Estate Investment and Entrepreneurship competed for Alexander Bodini Foundation Prizes on Monday, April 30. In an unusual outcome, two teams won: “Latin America Real Estate Investment Opportunities” and “Veridea Development Site.” Read more . . .

Distinguished Alumni Interview Series:
Nancy Lashine ’81

photo: Nancy LashineManaging partner and founder of Park Madison Partners, Nancy Lashine ’81 has more than 25 years of real estate experience providing placement and strategic consulting services. In a recent interview with Kate Crosby ’13, she shares insights about the industry that make for interesting and motivational reading whether you're a seasoned veteran or new MBA on the job market. Read more . . .

Professor Adkinson Wins Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence

photo: Dan AdkinsonCongratulations to Adjunct Professor J. Daniel Adkinson, recipient of the 2012 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence by an Adjunct Faculty Member. Adkinson, who has been teaching at the School since 2003, is managing director and head of commercial real estate at New Star Financial. In summer 2012, he will be teaching Real Estate Finance. Read more . . .

26 Real Estate Students Tour China

photo: Shanghai SkylineOne country, two special administrative regions, nine passport stamps, 12 company visits, 26 students, not to mention planes, trains, automobiles, and boats! The annual Columbia Business School Real Estate Association international study trip took place this past March 11-18 in China, with visits to Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Read the story by Matt Giammanco ’13 . . .


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Chris Mayer Addresses Senate Subcommittee on Refinancing
“It’s time to benefit the homeowners and taxpayers,” Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate Christopher Mayer said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, April 25, as part of the panel “Helping Responsible Homeowners Save Money Through Refinancing.”

America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation
Real estate experts discussed possible solutions to the global and US housing downturns that have accompanied the worldwide financial recession on April 4 and 5 in New York at the forum, “America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation.”

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