November 6, 2012 “Capital Markets Panel” with Moderator, Bruce R. Cohen (Alumni 1989) , Senior Partner, ARES Management.
William T. Barry, Senior Vice President, Draper and Kramer, Inc.
Alok Gaur (Alumni 1993), Managing Director, Carlyle.
K. Jay Weaver, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Walton Street Capital LLC
Mark H. Wilsmann, Head – Read Estate Portfolio Management, MetLife.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Real Estate Alumni Group Conference,
"Real Estate = f(Politics & Economics)” at Gleacher Center, Chicago.
Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP (LW.com), Draper and Kramer (DraperAndKramer.com) and Eastdil Secured (EastdilSecured.com).
For More Information go to: ChicagoBoothREAG.org
Bruce R. Cohen joined Ares Management in August 2011as a Senior Partner and is President and Chief Operating Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wrightwood Capital, where he was responsible for overseeing the firm's investment activities, portfolio management, new product development, and investor relations. Mr. Cohen holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Tufts University. Mr. Cohen serves on the Board of Wrightwood Capital, as well as Erdman, one of the nations leading providers of project related services to the healthcare community.
Bill Barry joined Draper and Kramer, Incorporated in 1989 and currently heads the Commercial Mortgage Group. Mr. Berry has over 28 years of experience in financing all types of commercial real estate. Prior to joining Draper and Kramer, he was Vice President of Finance at Lincoln Property Company in Chicago. Mr. Berry has financed over $15 billion in real estate during his career.
Alok Gaur is a Managing Director focused on investor relations and in Global Real Estate. He is based in Washington D.C. Before joining Carlyle, Mr. Gaur was a Principal at Greenhill & Co. where he worked in the Real Estate Capital Advisory Group which raised equity capital for a variety of real estate private equity funds and ventures targeting investments in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to Greenhill, Mr. Gaur spent five years at Credit Suisse in the Real Estate Private Funds Group. He has also worked for nine years at the John Buck Company in a variety of roles, and two years at Coopers and Lybrand and in the Real Estate Advisory Group as a consultant. Mr. Gaur received his MBA and BA from the University of Chicago.
Mark H. Wilsmann is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Portfolio Management at MetLife. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's $40 billion commercial mortgage portfolio, including product line, strategy, pricing, and origination activities via eight domestic and three international offices. He is also responsible for overseeing MetLife's $10 billion wholly-owned and joint-venture equity real estate portfolio, and chairing the firm’s real estate investment committee. Under Mr. Wilsmann’s leadership, MetLife has consistently been a leader among life companies and commercial mortgage lending, with annual transaction volume of $10 billion.