The Pinnacle

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

March 2014


2014 Trends & Strategies Conference

The Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies celebrated its largest conference ever on Feb. 27-28, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. More than 440 guests heard from top industry leaders and networked with guests from all over the state.

A special thanks to our conference committee members: Chairman of 2014 Conference Committee: Doug Irmscher, Market Director, Florida, Jones Lang LaSalle; Chairman of 2014 Sponsorship Committee, Danny Finkle, Managing Director, HFF; Jeff Conn, Principal, Hallmark Partners; John Crossman, President, Crossman and Company; Michael Greene, Katz Barron Squitero Faust; Todd Jones, Managing Director/Property Tax, Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc; Avery Klann, Principal, Apartment Realty Advisors; Scott MacLaren, President, North Carolina Operations, Stiles; Al Rex, Senior Vice President, Walker & Dunlop; Jim Stine, Chief Investment Officer, RAM Realty Services; Elliott Throne, Director, HFF; Rachel Wein, Principal, Wein + Associates.

ICSC Foundation

The ICSC Foundation has partnered with 28 universities in North America to give a deserving real estate student a $2,000 scholarship and ICSC student membership annually. View where the University of Florida stands.

Trends Conference Highlights 2014

Jorge Perez Inducted to the Bergstrom Center Hall of Fame at 2014 Trends Conference

This year, the Bergstrom Center welcomed Jorge Perez, Chairman, CEO & Founder of the Related Group, to the growing list of distinguished individuals who have helped transform the real estate industry in a positive way. Mr. Perez has been at the forefront of South Florida’s urban evolution often being the first developer to enter merging or undiscovered neighborhoods.

Mr. Perez has refined South Florida’s landscape by building and managing more than 80,000 apartments and condominium residences. In August 2005, TIME Magazine named Mr. Perez one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and has made the cover of Forbes twice.

John Crossman of Crossman and Company named UF Honorary Alumnus

Long-time Bergstrom Center supporter John Crossman of Crossman and Company of Orlando was named a UF Honorary Alumnus.

The announcement was made at the Trends Conference by Mr. Kelley A. Bergstrom and Ms. Alison Law from the Warrington College of Business Administration. Only 180 other people hold this distinction, which is granted the by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Bergstrom Center welcomes new Assistant Director

Nikki Wagner was recently named the new Assistant Director of the Bergstrom Center. Wagner, who has a background in nonprofit development and event planning, will be responsible for branding the center, coordinating events and assisting in the administration of the Center. Prior to joining the Bergstrom Center, Wagner was the Director of Development for Leadership and Affinity Groups at the United Way of North Central Florida.

“I am thrilled to become a part of the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida. I look forward to spreading our message throughout the region and working with our committed advisory board and council,” says Wagner.

You may reach Nikki via email (nikki.wagner at or 352-273-0312.


Join us for our Fifth Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on April 12

A good time awaits golfers playing in our Fifth Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on April 12 at the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood. Enjoy golf, food, drinks, and a chance to network with professionals all over the state, while contributing to our scholarship fund.

UF Hosts Critical Issues in Real Estate Symposium in partnership with FSU

March 20-22, 2014
University of Florida

UF is hosting this annual academic symposium in partnership with Florida State University. This invitation-only symposium assembles 40 leading researchers studying commercial real estate from around the world. Participants will present cutting-edge academic research, and have the opportunity to discuss cases with esteemed academics.

Save the Date for the Advisory Board Retreat—September 11-12, 2014 in Gainesville, FL

The Advisory Board Retreat will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville on Thursday, September 11-Friday, September 12. More details to follow.


Nathan S. Collier MSRE students pitch projects to real-world investors

Nick Banks of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group, Andy Hogshead of Collier Companies and Keith Crutcher of Sooner Management were invited to judge student presentations in Dr. Kent Malone’s Real Estate Development class at UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies in February. The winning team was a project called Kentro Downtown presented by Kevin Jund, Jon Sieg, Chris Johnston, and Humphrey Piccus. Their project was a small mixed use project in downtown Gainesville that included an urban grocery component as well as about 45 boutique residential units. Read more at Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group.

Students are graduating May 3

Our graduate real estate students are fully immersed in their job searches and will soon be stepping back out into the “working world.” In fact, they graduate on May 3. Please let Pam DeMichele (email (demichpL at; 352-273-0310) or David Ling (email (ling at; 352-273-0313) know if your firm would be interested in receiving more information on our Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) students or if you wish to conduct on campus interviews. You may view student resumes and video introductions online. Thank you for your support.


College Info

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

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