Distinguished Speaker Series

David Simon '85 and David Sherman '82
David Simon '85 and David Sherman '82 at the Spring 2019 Distinguished Speaker Lunch


The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate hosts several Distinguished Speaker Lunches each academic year, providing opportunities for students to hear from distinguished real estate professionals. Students learn about the speaker's career and gain valuable insight on the state of the real estate market. The discussions are often led or moderated by a member of the real estate faculty. 

Spring 2023

Spencer Rascoff, Co-founder & Chair of Pacaso, Recon Food, Queue, dot.LA, 75 & Sunny Ventures
Alfonso Munk, Chief Investment Officer, Americas, Hines
Pamela Thomas, Managing Director, Head of US Real Estate, CPP America, Inc.
Tony Malkin, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Empire State Realty Trust


Fall 2022

Kevin Shields, Owner, Griffin Capital
Matthew Lustig, Chairman of Investment Banking, N.America; Head of Real Estate & Lodging, Lazard
Sonny Kalsi, Co-Chief Executive Officer, BentallGreenOak
Onay Payne, Managing Director, Lafayette Square Holding Company

Spring 2021

Ronald Dickerman ’87,  President of Madison International Realty (virtual)
Jed Resnick ’05, CEO of Douglaston Development (virtual)
Marguerite Nader, CEO of Equity LifeStyle Properties (virtual)

Fall 2020

Rachel Loeb, Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (virtual)
Neville Rhone Jr. ’00, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Arc Capital Partners (virtual)
Blair Smith ’00, former CIO of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ) (virtual)
Tim Berry ’13, Founder, President, and CEO, Pennybacker Capital (virtual)
Shankh Mitra ’09, CEO and CIO of Welltower (virtual)
Edward Gormbley ’09, Principal and Managing Partner of Workforce Partners (virtual)

Spring 2020

Alicia Glen, Former Deputy Mayor of New York City (virtual)
Richard Mack, CEO, Co-Founder, Mack Real Estate Group (virtual)

Fall 2019

Philippe Visser ’04, Related Companies
Hugh Frater ’85, Fannie Mae
Rachel Diller ’99, Hunt Capital Holdings 

Spring 2019

David Simon ’85, Simon Properties

Fall 2018

Amy Rose, Rose Associates
Sabrina Kanner, Brookfield Properties

Spring 2018

Ronald Kravit, Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management
Mark Caplan ’84, The Time Group

Fall 2017

Matthew Finkle ’99, Related Affordable
MaryAnne Gilmartin, Forest City New York

Spring 2017

David Von Spreckelsen ’89, Toll Brothers City Living
Geoffrey Jervis ’99, iStar
Wendy Silverstein, New York REIT

Fall 2016

John Vickers ’85, Tishman Hotel & Realty
David Sherman ’82, Metropolitan Realty & Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate

Spring 2016

Gideon Gil ’00, Cushman & Wakefield
Jack Vissicchio ’93, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Fall 2015

Nancy Lashine ’81, Park Madison Partners
Thomas DeRosa ’88, Welltower

Spring 2015

Andrea Olshan ’04, Olshan Properties

Spring 2014

Robert C. Lieber, Island Capital Group
Susan Swanezy, Hodes Weill

Fall 2013

Andrew Levin ’96, Boston Properties
Jack Taylor, Prudential Real Estate Investors

Spring 2013

Kenneth W. Hubbard, Hines
Cherrie Nanninga, CBRE

Fall 2012

Olivier de Poulpiquet ’94, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing
Bill O'Connor ’96, O'Connor Capital Partners

Summer 2012

Jeffrey Barclay ’83, Goldman Sachs Real Estate Investment Group

Spring 2012

Pedro Aspe and Augusto Arellano, Evercore Partners
Lance West, Centerbridge Partners

Fall 2011

Michael Berman ’86, Equity Lifestyle Properties
Lee Neibart and Andrew Holm, AREA Property Partners

Spring 2011

David Henry, Kimco Realty Corporation
Richard Richman ’73, The Richman Group

Fall 2010

Ivan Kaufman, Arbor Realty Trust
Ron L. Moelis, L+M Development Partners

Spring 2010

Ric Clark, Brookfield Properties
Richard LeFrak, LeFrak Organization

Fall 2009

Mark Green, UBS
Dr. Seek Ngee Huat, GIC Real Estate

Student Voices

“The diverse backgrounds, candor, and quality of the C-suite speakers in this series enable students to leverage their shared knowledge in the classroom and beyond.” — Jacob Feingold  ’14

“I have found all the speakers I attended very interesting, with practical and open advice on career issues.” — Peter Bowley ’14

Cherrie Nanninga

Cherrie Nanninga (second from left), COO of CBRE and formerly of the Port Authority, shared management, communication, and networking advice while discussing her career path and fielding student questions.