The Pinnacle

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

October 2013


Trends & Strategies Conference - Register

2014 Trends & Strategies Conference

The 2014 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Trends & Strategies Conference will take place at The Peabody Orlando (soon to be renamed the Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Center) on February 27-28. Learn more or Register Online today.

MSRE Students Begin Program

30 Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate students joined us this summer to begin their 10-month program. Learn more about this group of future industry leaders on our website.

MSRE Students Visit Chile, Learn about International Real Estate

After completing one summer semester, the new MSRE class traveled to Santiago, Chile to learn about international real estate. The purpose of this course is to provide students with practical, first-hand exposure to international real estate markets. The class visited various businesses, institutions, and organizations in Chile for site tours and presentations on relevant real estate topics. They also participated in some historical and cultural site visits to provide a more complete picture of life and business in Chile. The first-hand experience obtained from the study trip will enable students to better understand and manage international real estate operations, investments, and risk.

Bergstrom Center Reception at the ICSC Florida Conference

The Bergstrom Center hosted its annual reception at the ICSC Florida Conference, giving our real estate students the opportunity for networking with industry professionals. More than 350 industry professionals attended, making this the largest reception to date.

Thanks to our generous event sponsors GrayRobinson, P.A.; Paradise Ventures; Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners; Calkain Companies; ProWasteUSA; Ustler Development, Inc.; IBI Group and Julie Augustyn.

"A Meeting of the Minds"

The Tampa Bay region of the Bergstrom Council coordinated a dinner and panel discussion with the leaders of some of Florida’s largest private real estate organizations. More than 200 industry professionals gained insight from the panelists: Mike Connor - CEO, Paradise Ventures; Casey Cummings - CEO, RAM Realty Services; Bobby Julien - CEO, The Kolter Group; Mitchell Rice - CEO, RMC Property Group; Duane Stiller - President, Woolbright Development; Jim Stine - CIO, RAM Realty Services; Moderator: Craig Sher - Executive Director, The Sembler Company. We are grateful for the support of our event sponsors: USAmeriBank and Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law.


Professor Ling Chosen by Students to Receive MBA Teaching Award

Professor David Ling has been selected to receive a 2012-2013 MBA Faculty Teaching Award. Recipients are chosen by the graduating MBA class each year and selected for their exceptional teaching skills.

Professor Ling Presents Research in Chicago

Professor David Ling recently presented a research paper, co-authored with UF Professor Andy Naranjo, at the Real Estate Research Conference sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. The conference was held in conjunction with NAREIT’s 2013 REITWeek in Chicago on June 4th, 2013. Professor Ling summarized the results of “Returns, Volatility, and Information Transmission Dynamics in Public and Private Real Estate Markets,” which will be published later in 2013 in Real Estate Economics. He also participated in a panel discussion of the research with four industry professionals.


Bergstrom Center Welcomes 7 New Advisory Board Members

The Bergstrom Center is proud to welcome the following industry leaders to the Real Estate Advisory Board:

  • Scott Batterson
    Project Manager
    IBI Group
  • Keith Gelder
    Director of Land Development
    Stock Development, LLC
  • David Gray, MAI
    Senior Managing Director
    Cushman & Wakefield of FL, Inc.
  • David J. Kern
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate
    Regions Bank
  • Craig A. Minegar, Esq.
    Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.
  • Gilbert J. Pomar, III
    Market President, Northeast Florida Region
    CenterState Bank
  • Jeff Robbins
    Director of Real Estate
    Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.

Learn more about the advisory board.

Dr. Malone Conducts ARGUS Software Workshops

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In May, Dr. Kent Malone completed an ARGUS training workshop in Miami for industry professionals, including participants from Cushman and Wakefield and CBRE. He also provided ARGUS - DCF Advanced certification training for the graduate students in FIU's Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) program. Dr. Malone is currently working with the Appraisal Institute to coordinate ARGUS trainings in select Florida cities, saving professionals the added cost and inconvenience of traveling to ARGUS headquarters in Texas.

The next session in Orlando is tentatively planned for October 18-19th. Contact Dr. Kent Malone via email(kent.malone at or 727-433-0229 for details or to register.

Tim Becker Presents Survey Results

Bergstrom Center Director Tim Becker presented results of the quarterly Survey of Emerging Market Conditions to:

  • International Association of Assessing Officers
  • Florida United Tax Managers Association
  • American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers

Tim also represented the Bergstrom Center and UF real estate degree programs at ICSC RECon and the ULI Florida Summit.


UF Bergstrom Center Dinner in Miami

October 2nd
7:30 p.m.
Perricone’s Marketplace and Café
15 Southeast 10th Street
Brickell, FL 33131

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 unless noted otherwise, 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 online 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.

Miami 2020 and Beyond - Real Estate’s Resurgence and Its Impact on our Global City

October 24th
5:50-8:30 pm
Sabadell Bank on Brickell Ave.
Speakers: Manny Diaz, Niesen Kasdin, Steve Cohen, Peter Zaluski
Moderator: Seth Werner

Bergstrom Center Real Estate Advisory Board Members: $50
Public: $70

You’re invited to a panel discussion on the future of Miami real estate. This event is free to attend with your minimum donation to the Bergstrom Center. Register online today.

Bergstrom Council Breakfast - Metro Update with Mayor Bob Buckhorn

October 30th
8:00 - 9:30 am
University Club of Tampa
201 North Franklin Street #3800
Tampa, FL

Join the Bergstrom Council for breakfast and a candid discussion with Tampa's Mayor, Bob Buckhorn. As Mayor Buckhorn begins his third year in office, let's find out how his goals and vision for the City are being implemented and what the future has in store for our area.


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