Lead Conference Sponsor DLA Piper, DLAPiper.com (A Global law firm with lawyers positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world). Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, BMOHarris.com (Providing a full range of Commercial Real Estate lending, treasury management and depository services). Draper and Kramer, DraperAndKramer.com (Providing financial and property services in real estate primarily in property management and leasing, commercial mortgage, residential mortgage, and acquisitions and development). Eastdil Secured, EastdilSecured.com (Providing the best-in-class services as the preeminent real estate investment banking firm for commercial real estate transactions ranging from single assets to large portfolios). Equity Commonwealth, eqcre.com (Providing long-term value and aligning the interests of all stakeholders). Fama-Miller Center, Research.Chicagobooth.edu/FamaMiller (Promote and enhance academic research in finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business).
Sam Zell is Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm he founded more than 45 years ago. He also chairs five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, the largest apartment REIT in the country; Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., a manufactured home community and resort REIT; Equity Commonwealth, an office REIT; Covanta Holding Corporation, an international owner/operator of energy-from-waste and power generation facilities; and Anixter International Inc., a leading global provider of communications, security, and wire and cable products.
Sam also founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until it sold in 2007 for $39 billion in the largest leveraged buyout of the time. In addition, he introduced the first Brazilian and Mexican real estate companies, respectively, to the New York Stock Exchange through Equity International, a second private investment firm he founded to focus on real estate-related businesses in emerging market.
Sam is an activist active philanthropist with a focus on entrepreneurial education. Zell Family Foundation, he has led the sponsorship of several leading entrepreneurship programs, including: the Zell/Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business; the Zell Fellows Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; and the Zell Entrepreneurship Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). The Zell Global Entrepreneur Network (ZGEN) unites the students and alumni of these programs and actively provides them with connections, opportunities, mentorship, and support. Sam also sponsors the Samuel Zell/Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Real Estate Center. He holds a JD degree and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Joseph L. Pagliari, Jr. is Clinical Professor of Real Estate, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. With over 35 years of industry experience Professor Pagliari focuses his research and teaching efforts on issues broadly surrounding real estate investment, attempting to answer important questions from a rigorous theoretical and empirical perspective.