The Pinnacle

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

February 2013


Trends & Strategies Conference to Feature More than a Dozen Industry Veterans

Trends & Strategies Conference - Register

Are you looking to gain the knowledge necessary to make high-level decisions in the ever changing market? The 2013 University of Florida Bergstrom Trends & Strategies Conferences promises to provide just that.

The conference will take place on February 21st & 22nd in Orlando at the Peabody Hotel and features expert presenters:

  • Ed Glaeser, Ph.D. - Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University
  • Sam Chandan, Ph.D. - President and Chief Economist of Chandan Economics
  • Kelley Bergstrom - President of Bergstrom Investment Management, LLC
  • Christopher Lee - President & CEO of CEL & Associates, Inc.
  • Armando Codina - Chairman & CEO of Codina Partners, Inc.
  • Dennis Oklak - Chairman & CEO of Duke Realty
  • James Pugh, Jr. - Owner & Chairman of Epoch Properties, Inc.
  • Stan Eichelbaum - President of Marketing Developments, Inc. & Planning Developments, Inc.
  • Martin Stein, Jr. - Chairman of the Board & CEO of Regency Centers
  • Terry Stiles - Chairman & CEO of Stiles Corporation
  • J. Ronald Terwilliger - Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company
  • Thomas Sittema - CEO of CNL Financial Group
  • Thomas Sunnarborg - VP of Land Development and Management for The Mosaic Company
  • Stanley Tate - Chairman of Tate Capital Real Estate Solutions

Each presenter brings a wealth of knowledge from all aspects of real estate from economics to capital markets, retail to development. Their deep understanding and perspective of emerging trends in real estate will be invaluable.

Registration for the conference is $325 for the public and $300 for Advisory Board and Bergstrom Council Members. Registration includes a cocktail reception on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Register online or learn more.

Fall 2012 Ring Distinguished Speaker Series Videos Now Available

Are you interested in learning from commercial real estate industry veterans like Peter Rummel, Ray Sandelli and Jim Stine? Their presentations are now available on the Bergstrom Center YouTube channel. Presentation topics range from investment strategies to personal leadership and everything in between.

Dr. Kent Malone, Lecturer of Real Estate Studies, Receives Teaching Award

Dr. Kent Malone, Lecturer of Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, was recently given a Teaching Award by the Warrington College of Business Administration. The award and nomination signifies excellence in all aspects of teaching and indicates that he is considered to be one of the best teaches in the College by the students as well as his peers. Please join us in congratulating him! Dr. Malone can be reached at (352) 264-9608 or via email. (kent.malone at


New MSRE Facebook Page

MSRE Facebook Page Link

Created to connect students and potential students with UF real estate program graduates, the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program now has a dedicated Facebook page. Give it a "like" and feel free to tag yourself and others in the many photos that are now posted from the last several years.

Also, feel free to share photos on the MSRE Facebook page wall or email Pam DeMichele (pam.demichele at photos of yourself and other friends of the UF Bergstrom Center.

MSRE Program Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for the next class of MSRE students. The program begins in late June and now features an international study tour to Chile, in addition to a comprehensive set of core real estate courses and a broad array of finance, entrepreneurship, development, building construction, and urban and regional planning electives. Apply online or contact Pam DeMichele (pam.demichele at for more information.

Students Complete ARGUS Software Training

Argus Logo

MSRE students recently completed their ARGUS software training with Dr. Kent Malone, with a number of students opting to become certified in ARGUS Valuation - DCF.

Bergstrom Center Director and MSRE Students Represent UF at Industry Conferences

In October, Tim Becker, Director of the UF Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, traveled to the ICSC Southeast Conference in Atlanta, the ULI Fall Meeting in Denver and NAIOP Development '12 in D.C. to promote the Nathan S. Collier MSRE program. Two current MSRE students, Randy Andersen and Caleb McDow, joined Tim for ULI's Fall Meeting where they networked with attendees and attended sessions.

Professor Ling Presents Research at UNC and in Germany

Professor Ling presented a recent research paper of his at the 4th Annual Conference on Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets in Mannheim, Germany on October 13th. The conference is hosted by the Centre for European Economic Research. The paper is titled "Credit Availability and Asset Pricing in Illiquid Markets" (co-authored with Andy Naranjo, a UF finance professor, and Ben Scheick, a finance professor at Villanova University). The paper examines the relations among asset prices, credit availability, and market liquidly in both the private and public commercial real estate market.

Professor David Ling was an invited presenter at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's conference on Global Private Investing. The conference was held on December 7 in Chapel Hill, NC and brought together leaders in business and academia to examine the complexities of managing global private investments and strategies for maximizing return. Professor Ling's presentation was "Return and Volatility Dynamics in Public and Private Real Estate Markets."

UF and FSU Partner Again to Present International Academic Symposium

We are again partnering with the FSU Center for Real Estate Education & Research and the FSU DeVoe L. Moore Center, to organize the Florida State University/University of Florida Critical Issues in Real Estate Symposium.

This major research symposium will examine many of the underlying issues associated with the recent national real estate boom and bust. Approximately 40 leading scholars from throughout the world will give presentations and share ideas. The invitation-only symposium will be held April 4 – 6, 2013 at FSU's main campus in Tallahassee.


Q3 2012 Survey of Emerging Market Conditions Results

Survey Q3 2012

Optimism in Florida's real estate markets continued to improve in the third quarter. UF's Commercial Real Estate Sentiment Index, an outlook on our respondents' own businesses, increased for this quarter, while the investment outlook for Florida real estate improved to a new survey high.

Despite the optimism, however, there is still a cloud of uncertainty in the market place over the coming election and the effects of the fiscal cliff. These issues seemed to temper respondents' outlook for property fundamentals which declined slightly in occupancy and rental rates across most property types. Read the full report.

Bergstrom Center Welcomes 13 New Advisory Board Members

The Bergstrom Center is proud to welcome the following industry leaders to the Real Estate Advisory Board:
William Bahlke, Principal, Clearview Land Design
Nick Banks, Principal, Front Street Commercial
Mike Cohn, EVP, Cousins Properties
Stuart Davis, President & CEO, Titan Investments
Larry Gragg, President, Codina Partners
Stephen Hagenbuckle, TerraCap Management Corporation
Barry Lapides, Attorney, Duane Morris, LP
Alexandra Londono, VP, Sabadell United
Steve McCraney, President & CEO, McCraney Property Company
James Norton, SVP, BB&T
James Thompson, Managing Director, Regency Centers
Seth Werner, President & CEO, North American Corporate Advisors
Bob Wordes, COO, The Shopping Center Group

Learn more about the UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Advisory Board


UF Bergstrom Center Happy Hour and Walking Tour

Feb, 6, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL

Join other real estate professionals for drinks and a guided walking tour of the Wynwood neighborhood.

There will be an open bar (wine & beer) from 6:30-7, followed by a walking tour of the Wynwood Walls and current developments led by Joe Furst of Goldman Properties. The monthly Bergstrom Center dinner will be held at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar after the walking tour. Each guest pays his/her own way for dinner.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

RSVP online to attend.

2013 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Trends & Strategies Conference

February 21-22, 2013

The Peabody Orlando

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

4th Annual UF Bergstrom Center Scholarship Golf Tournament

April 20, 2013

Save the date for our annual golf tournament to raise scholarship finds! More details will be announced soon.


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Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
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