March Newsletter

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March Newsletter


    th Monday, March 18 2007



    ; Days at Haas I and II Volunteers needed!

    ; Professionals-in-Residence Program Confirmed Participants

    ; Upcoming BREC Organized Events:

    o March 19 Brown Bag with Professor Ken Rosen on Economic Trends for Real

    Estate *UPDATED*

    o April 11 - Real Estate Spring Course Information Session *NEW*

    o BREC Green Developer Speaker Series April Featured Speaker Katy

    Holbacher of Build It Green *NEW*

    ; Upcoming Industry Organized Events:

    o March 21 - ULI Breakfast Tours - Downtown Oakland‟s Transformation: A Tale

    of Two Mixed-Use Conversion Projects *NEW*

    o April 3 - ULI The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets - The Past, Present

    and Future of Real Estate Financing *NEW*

    Days at Haas I and II Volunteers Needed! Volunteer to help with Days at Haas, April 12-14 and May 3-5. BREC will have a table during

    the Career Fair and will also be participating in the Consumption Function on April 13. There

    might also be an opportunity to participate in a career panel. Please contact Cathy Gessert

    ( if you are interested in helping out.

    Professionals-in-Residence Program Confirmed participants for the PIR program:

    ; April 6th - 9am-12:15pm - Ken Dupee, Partner, TMG Partners

    ; April 13th - 9am-12:15pm - Bob Lewis, Director, BlackRock

    ; April 27th - 9am-12:15pm - Randy Koss, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Deadline for signing up has passed. Please contact Geoff ( or

    Dave ( to check availability.

Upcoming BREC Organized Events:

    Brown Bag with Professor Ken Rosen on Economic Trends for Real Estate Monday, March 19


    Location: C230

    Professor Rosen is both a Professor at Haas, and the founder of Rosen Consulting Group. To quote from his web site, "Rosen Consulting Group is a Berkeley-based consulting firm committed to global economics and real estate market research. RCG provides high-end solutions to real estate investors, lenders, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, developers, corporations and other financial institutions."

    This is a huge opportunity to learn about the state of the real estate market!

* Bring your own lunch

RSVP to Jacob Heitler at

Real Estate Spring Course Information Session

    Wednesday, April 11


    Location: C320

    If you're a second year -- we'd love your help. Please let me know if you think you can come so that I know we'll have enough collective wisdom. Also, if you're in a non-Haas program, please come! Your insights are extremely helpful, and there will be helpful information for you as well.

Contact Jacob Heitler at if you have any questions.

BREC Green Developer Speaker Series April Featured Speaker Katy

    Holbacher of Build It Green NEW

    Thursday, April 12

    18:00 20:00pm

    Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94103

    The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP to to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Industry Organized Events:

    ULI Breakfast Tours - Downtown Oakland’s Transformation: A Tale of Two

    Mixed-Use Conversion Projects NEW

    Wednesday, March 21

    08:00 09:30am

    Meeting Point: 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Ground Floor Corner Retail Space, Oakland, CA

Andrew Brog, President, Brog Properties

    Tony Lee, Director, Brog Properties

    Daniel Rabb, Director, Brog Properties

    New York City loft developer Andrew Brog has turned his attention to Oakland, acquiring three for-sale residential and commercial condo conversion projects last year, most notably the historic Cathedral Building. Two of these projects will be highlighted and toured at the upcoming Breakfast Tour Program. The 14-story Cathedral Building, originally opened in 1914 as the Federal Realty Building and as recipient of the East Bay Business Times Structures 2006 „Mixed-Use‟ project of the year award, stands as an icon for the transformation of downtown Oakland as it transitions into a mixed-use residential, office, and retail center. The Cathedral Building is being converted into custom-built office spaces and on the building‟s top

    seven floors, luxurious condominium homes. Also acquired were 1755 Broadway, a 40,000 sf office building planned for residential conversion into the Marquee Lofts, and 330 13th Street, another historic structure being converted into loft-style homes and retail space. With restaurants, bars, and entertainment already emerging in surrounding Uptown buildings, Brog envisions a 24-hour-a-day neighborhood where people live, work, and shop. Please join us for a tour of the unique Cathedral Building and 1755 Broadway, both currently undergoing extensive renovations, for a look inside two projects exemplifying the vision of downtown Oakland‟s renaissance. Andrew Brog, President of Brog Properties as well as Tony Lee and

    Daniel Rabb, both Directors of Brog Properties, will be on hand to discuss the challenges they faced and surmounted over the course of the projects.

To register:

    More information:

BREC Website Link:

    ULI The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets - The Past, Present and Future of Real Estate Financing NEW

Tuesday, April 3

    4:00-5:30pm, reception following 5:30-6:30pm

    Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bayview Room, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

Keynote Speaker

    Buzz McCoy, President, Buzz McCoy Associates, Inc.


    James Klingbeil, Chairman and CEO, Klingbeil Capital Management

    James Curtis, Principal, Bristol Group

    Jeffrey Weber, Senior Managing Director, Eastdil Secured

    Stay a step ahead of market cycles by understanding what has happened in the past. Join us as Bowen “Buzz” McCoy shares his experiences and industry insight from his new book The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets: A Practitioner‟s Perspective. Spanning four decades,

    from the 1970‟s through 2006, this collection of Mr. McCoy‟s essays chronicles the dynamic changes in real estate financing from the viewpoint of a practitioner and industry leader who was making real estate deals throughout the period. A panel of leading experts will respond to Mr. McCoy‟s findings and offer their own perspective on such topics as securitization issues, globalization, real estate as a maturing asset class, and the future of capital markets.

    As one of the first industry leaders to emphasize ethics in real estate and to bring women on to his team, Buzz McCoy is a true pioneer. National Real Estate Investor magazine has named him one of the “real estate icons” of the 20th Century for his ground-breaking work linking

    real estate financing to capital markets. In California, Mr. McCoy is perhaps best known for his efforts to revamp the CalPERS investment decision-making system. Professionally, Mr. McCoy has served as the former president of both Morgan Stanley Realty and the Counselors of Real Estate and currently serves as a life trustee of ULI. Mr. McCoy presently operates Buzz McCoy Associates in Los Angeles, where he conducts a consulting business along with his philanthropic, teaching, and writing activities. His next book, Living into Leadership: a Journey in Ethics will be available beginning in March.

A copy of Mr. McCoy‟s book will be included with registration.

To register:

    More information:

BREC Website Link:

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