Showcasing Real Estate

The Bergstrom Real Estate Center hosted its annual Trends & Strategies Conference from Feb. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando to showcase some the brightest minds in the industry.

During the two-day event, over 20 presenters shared their knowledge on the real estate industry, touching on topics like commercial real estate trendspotting, the retail landscape and technology trends. The proceeds from the event go specifically to student scholarships, professional development funds for students and travel funds that allow students to attend conferences. Over 400 real estate professionals flooded the hotel to learn more about the future of real estate and take in multiple networking opportunities.

There was a strong UF alumni presence at the conference. Dr. David Ling, who serves as the Ken and Linda McGurn Professor and the Director of the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate Program, spoke about the importance of location and whether MSAs can be predicted by industry experts.

The conference also honored two pillars in Florida’s real estate industry. Jacksonville businessman and community leader Peter Rummell was inducted into the Bergstrom Center’s Hall of Fame, and Cliff Taylor (MSRE ’03), the senior vice president in the Jacksonville CBRE office, was honored as the Alumnus of the Year.

Rummell has been active in the real estate development industry for over 40 years, creating some of the most recognized and interesting projects in the world. Today, Rummell leads creative and real estate projects focused on bringing together resources, talent and ideas. After leading a two-year global conversation about building healthy communities as the chairman of the Urban Land Institute, Rummell is now creating a development model formed around building healthy communities—the first of which is being designed and developed along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

He is past chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a nonpartisan organization of Florida’s leading CEOs. Rummell was co-chairman of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, which hosted Super Bowl XXXIX.

On Feb. 24, he entered the Bergstrom Center Hall of Fame, which honors leaders whose lifetime of service has shaped the real estate industry for the better.

“It is an honor to be inducted into the UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Hall of Fame,” Rummell said. “Anyone who has stepped into the world of real estate knows it has an always evolving landscape of peaks and valleys. In order to be prepared for the journey, you need to have a solid foundation of knowing how to navigate yourself through it all. The Center’s focus provides the knowledge necessary for leaders to enter the business prepared and equipped for the challenges and opportunities that await them.”

Taylor focuses on retail investment sales as a member of CBRE’s Investment Properties Group. He represents sellers and developers of retail centers ranging in size from unanchored strip centers to grocery-anchored and power centers.

Although located in Jacksonville, Taylor has systematically expanded his presence into markets throughout the southeast and is now licensed in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Since joining CBRE, he has sold more than 125 shopping centers totaling over 10.7 million square feet and valued in excess of $1.46 billion. Taylor is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Florida Bergstrom Real Estate Center. He is currently the Trends & Strategies Conference Committee Chair.

He has been a devoted advocate of the Bergstrom Center.

“The Bergstrom Center is an incredible opportunity to network with high-level real estate executives from across the region,” Taylor said. “Additionally, interacting with the students and mentoring them allows advisory board members to give back and help the next generation get started in the business that we all love. The center certainly changed the trajectory of my life and I hope to play a role in helping someone else along the way.”