Bergstrom Council

What is the Bergstrom Council?

The Bergstrom Council was created to ensure everyone has a chance to support the Bergstrom Center; MSRE alumni or those who just want to support our mission. Some donors simply make an annual gift to support the next generation of industry leaders, while others choose to stay connected to a highly engaged group of industry professionals through happy hours, site tours, and professional development opportunities all over the state.

The Bergstrom Council provides you with the opportunity to take part in a growing, professional network and also:

  • Network with the largest and most active alumni network in the state
  • Mentor current MSRE students
  • Receive free or discounted admission to Bergstrom Council events like socials, site visits, and professional development forums
  • Receive an engraved Bergstrom Council nametag
  • Access to a Quarterly Real Estate Trends reports produced by the University of Florida
  • Recognition in the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies Annual Report
  • Discount to the Bergstrom Center Trends and Strategies Conference

Additionally, active participation in the Bergstrom Council is a key determinant in the review of new members of the Bergstrom Center Real Estate Advisory Board.

Donate Now

The minimum contribution is $150 annually.

Your tax-deductible donation supports the programs and students of the Bergstrom Center, including the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program.

Council News

Check out regional events on our calendar.

Tampa Bergstrom Council Boat Tour

The mayor of Tampa kicked off a riverfront tour of downtown Tampa on October 24. Attendees learned about three different properties currently in development, while having the chance to talk to fellow Tampa Bay Bergstrom Council donors and supporters. Thanks to the Council for hosting a unique, fun event!

Jacksonville Council at Moxie

The Jacksonville Bergstrom Council hosted the Council's largest crowd ever at its summer social on July 24th.

“An Evening with the Experts”, June 26

The Jacksonville Bergstrom Council held “An Evening with the Experts”, hosted by Workscapes. Attendees learned about workplace strategies and trends.

5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament presented by

The 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted 65 players at the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, FL to raise money for our MSRE scholarship fund. Tournament organizer, Mike Narula, said, “Everyone always has a good time coming out to play golf, and supporting the program.” A big thanks goes out to Advisory Board member Howard Fabian for providing dinner from Bonefish Mac’s restaurants.

Meeting of the Minds, May 22; Tampa Bay region

Over 160 Tampa Bay area real estate professionals gathered at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa for cocktails and dinner to hear from a high-powered panel of regional industry executives. Joining the panel were Chris Eastman, Chief Development Officer of Echelon; Skipper Peek, Vice President of Tavistock Development; Rick Baker, former Mayor of St. Petersburg and current President of The Edwards Group, Steve Hagenbuckle, Principal of TerraCap Management; and Ron Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer of The Sembler Company. The event was moderated by David Bernstein, Real Estate Team Leader and Partner of Adams and Reese LLP. Attendees took away a great discussion with candid commentary about how real estate deals are getting accomplished in today’s environment and how each panelist’s firm is positioned to excel going forward.

Tim Becker, Director of the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, provided opening commentary about the Center. Several recently graduated MSRE students were also in attendance.

Regional Leaders


Greg Dupes
Duff & Phelps
Email(gregory.dupes at


Michael McGowan
Chase Properties
Email(mcgowan at

South Florida
(Miami Region)

Michael Narula
Email(mikenarula at

Tampa Bay Region

Robert H. Gidel Jr.
Holland & Knight
Email(robert.gidel at


College Info

Warrington College of Business Administration
100 BRY
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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