The Pinnacle

Newsletter of the Kelly A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies

October 2012


Ken and Linda McGurn Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award

Congratulations to Ken and Linda McGurn, long-time supporters of the Bergstrom Center and University of Florida real estate programs, for receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The University of Florida's Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor a graduate can achieve. The award signifies a graduate's contributions in his or her chosen field or outstanding service to the university. The distinction is reserved only for those who have achieved true excellence.

Ken and Linda own McGurn Investment Company and have been instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown Gainesville. They have received over 60 local, state and national awards for their projects, including a HUD National Certificate of Merit. Their projects include dozens of new and renovated buildings including the Opera House which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Sun Center which houses the Downtown Tech Center. There, Ken and Linda provide office space, mentoring and financing for startup companies which have help create dozens of high tech jobs and a thriving tech community in downtown Gainesville.

Read more or watch a video documenting their accomplishments as told by University of Florida faculty and staff.

They have established two major endowments at the University of Florida including one in support of the Warrington College of Business Administration to be used at the Dean's discretion. Both serve on the Dean's Advisory Board and the UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board.

Ms. McGurn is a past chair of the UF Foundation Board of Directors and past chair of the Foundation Audit Committee. She is co-chair of UF Women which works to engage women in leadership and philanthropy at UF. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for UF's Fisher School of Accounting. She earned a BSBA in accounting and a JD from the University of Florida.

Dr. McGurn is past chair of the Florida Museum of Natural History and the UF Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. He has a PhD in Real Estate, Finance and Economics, a BSBA in Management and a Masters in Real Estate and Urban Land Planning, all from the University of Florida.

Congratulations to the 2012 Capstone Competition Winners

Congrats to Michelle Brooke (team leader), Daesun Kim, Taikyung Roh, and Rohit Srivastava for winning the 2012 Capstone competition! Learn more about the Capstone competition on our website.

Advisory Board Member Todd D. Jones Earns Fellowship from the RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Americas has announced the promotion of Todd D. Jones to a Fellow of the organization. As a FRICS, Jones has demonstrated significant career achievement in his field, showing leadership and a commitment to the RICS code in all his work.

Jones is a Principal with RealAdvice. He has more than 27 years in the field of real estate appraisal, with a nationally recognized expertise in property tax valuation. He also teaches the appraisal course in the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

The designation of Fellowship is a badge of achievement in RICS, and the professionals who carry it are expected to show the highest level of accomplishment throughout their careers. RICS stipulates that all its Members (MRICS) and Fellows (FRICS) adhere to a strict code of ethics and conduct in their work in the property and valuation fields. While members at all levels follow this code, the letters FRICS represent a prestigious RICS award that reflects the career achievements of a special group of property professionals. Typically, Fellows are leaders in their field who have completed unique projects and contributed to the profession.

Announcing the 2012-2013 Advisory Board Executive Committee

Advisory Board Chairman - Jim Stine, Chief Investment Officer, RAM Realty Services
Advisory Board Vice-Chairman - Jeff Conn, Principal, Hallmark Parnters
Advisory Board Past Chairman - Richard P. Donnellan, Jr., Managing Director, ARA

Executive Committee Members
Steve Brandon, President, Brandon Partners, Inc.
Rod Castan, Vice President, Courtelis Company
John Coleman, Senior Vice President, EastGroup Properties
Steve Deutsch, Partner, Frank, Weinberg & Black
John Ebenger, Director, Real Estate Tax Services, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant
Howard Fabian, President, Fabian Realty, Inc.
Jerry Gisclair, Executive Managing Director, Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services
Farley Grainger, President, Broom, Moody, Johnson & Grainger
Howard Gutman, President, The Lutgert Companies
Whitfield Hamilton, SIOR Regional Partner, Panattoni Development Company
Karl Hanson, Vice President, Asset Management Services, Flagler
Andy Hogshead, Chief Operating Officer, The Collier Companies
Sam Norton, Esq., Shareholder, Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A.
Tim Peterson, Chief Financial Officer and Partner,
Howard Taft, Senior Managing Director, Aztec Group Inc.
Dan Woodward, Vice President, Highwoods Properties, Inc.

We thank the following outgoing Executive Committee members for their service:
Julie Augustyn, Real Estate Director, Office Depot, Inc.
Eddy Benoit, President, The Benoit Group
Paul Ellis, President, CNL Commercial Real Estate
Doug Irmscher, Senior Vice President, Central Florida, Duke Realty Corporation
Steve Miskew, Managing Director, RJS Realty Group, Inc.
Ron Wheeler, CEO, The Sembler Company
Seth Wise, President, Woodbridge Holdings Corporation

3rd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds

The third annual golf tournament, held June 9th at Inverrary Country Club, raised more than $5,000 to benefit the student scholarship fund. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the tournament.

Thanks to the following companies for their financial support:
CB Richard Ellis – Platinum Sponsor
Golf Cart Sponsor – Rockefeller Group Development Corporation
Beverage Sponsor – Courtelis Company
Hole-in-One Sponsors – The Benoit Group and LNR Property, LLC
Hole Sponsors – ARA, Adrian Gonzalez & Associates, Calkain Companies, Clay Wilson, Duane Morris, NFL Alumni, ZOM Living

Richard P. Donnellan, Jr. Joins the Chairman's Circle

Thanks to his generous contributions to the Bergstrom Center and University of Florida real estate students, Dick Donnellan is now a member of the Chairman's Circle, the Bergstrom Center's highest level of supporters. Learn more about the Chairman's Circle.

Ring Speaker Series Presentations Now Available on YouTube

View recent presentations by Andy Hogshead of The Collier Companies, Steven Pepper of Arnall Golden Gregory, and Charlie Toppino of Oak Pass Capital Management. Subscribe to our channel to receive notification as we add additional videos throughout the year.


MSRE Placements

An impressive 100% of students looking for full-time, permanent employment accepted jobs with an average starting salary of $72,000.

Congrats to our 2012 graduates who were placed with the following companies:
Ackerman & Company (Georgia)
Bosshardt Realty (Florida)
Cushman & Wakefield (China)
DriveTime Automotive Group (Arizona)
Frontier Development Consulting (New York)
KB Bank (South Korea)
LNR (Florida)
NAI Hallmark Partners (Florida)
RAM Real Estate (Florida)
Raymond James Financial (Florida)
Redstone Equity Partners (North Carolina)
RJS Realty Group, Inc. (Florida)
Sperry Van Ness – Investec Services (Florida)
Squire Sanders (Florida)
The Vestcor Companies (Florida)
WeinPlus Real Estate Advisory Services (Florida)
ZOM (Florida)

MSRE program welcomes 27 new students

Learn more about these future industry leaders.


2013 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Trends & Strategies Conference

February 21-22, 2013

  • The Peabody Orlando
  • Early registration for Advisory Board and Bergstrom Council members is $250. Early public registration is $275.

Missed this past conference? You can view some of the presentations on our YouTube channel.

UF Bergstrom Center Dinners in Miami

October 16, November 7, December 5
7:30 p.m.
Perricone's Marketplace and Café
15 Southeast 10th Street
Brickell, FL 33131

Bergstrom Center Advisory Board and Bergstrom Council members only.
Dinner and Networking; Each person pays his/her own way

You are cordially invited to join members of the UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Advisory Board and the Bergstrom Council for this monthly networking dinner. This event will occur on the first Wednesday of each month, so please include it on your calendar. It is open to Advisory Board and Bergstrom Council members only. Those interested in joining the Bergstrom Council are invited to attend on a one-time-only basis.

Please RSVP by email (UFFAREMiami at by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the dinner. Attendees are responsible for their own meals and drinks. Feel free to arrive early and network with other members at the bar before dinner.

Economic Update & Dinner with BB&T Economist John Jung

Macro and local economic presentation by John Jung, Director at BB&T Capital Markets.

When: November 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University Club of Tampa - 201 North Franklin Street #3800 Tampa, FL
Bergstrom Council Members & Prospective Members



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