On April 14, Goizueta will launch the inaugural Emory Real Estate Conference, designed to be Atlanta’s premier university-sponsored real estate event.

Some of the nation’s largest and most innovative real estate projects are happening in Atlanta and across the South. Speakers at the conference will discuss topics including investment strategy and understanding investment across asset classes and the capital stack with Atlanta’s top real estate professionals.

Sponsored by leading companies including TASORO, Eastdil Secured, Toccoa Capital Management, and Cousins Properties, the event is an educational and networking forum for Atlanta real estate professionals and Emory alumni. Attendees will hear from national and local C-suite real estate professionals. There will also be opportunities for networking and student recruitment.

Roy Black

“We hope that you will enjoy this conference. It was conceived by MBA students and co-chairs John Schellhase 23EvMBA and Bernard Clevens 22MBA, and executed by John, Bernard, a team of hard-working student volunteers, and the very capable assistance of numerous members of the Goizueta Business School staff,” says Roy Black, director of Emory Real Estate Program and professor in the practice of finance.

Black continues, “It is amazing that this complex project featuring Sam Zell and a host of C-suite speakers and panelists could be accomplished by a student group. The conference will be an annual affair and is another step in our master plan to propel our real estate program to national prominence.” In speaking to potential employers, Black shares, “I hope that you will consider hiring our talented, hard-working, visionary students to meet your company’s employment needs.”

Gain Insights from Equity Group Investments Founder and Chairman Sam Zell and FirstKey Homes’ CEO Colleen Keating

John Schellhase 23EvMBA

“Bernard and I are excited to co-chair the inaugural Emory real estate conference,” says Schellhase. “The event will allow not only Emory alumni but all real estate professionals to hear from top C-level executives on the trends and insights impacting investment decisions today. Emory has a great tradition of supporting student-led events, and this is no exception. We look forward to hosting Emory alumni and the city of Atlanta to learn from numerous industry icons, including keynote speaker Sam Zell.”

Zell is a global, industry-agnostic entrepreneur and investor. As founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments, Zell’s current portfolio includes logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and real estate.

Zell also founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until its 2007 sale for $39 billion in the largest leveraged buyout at the time. He chairs four companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and, in 2017, was recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

Colleen Keating, the CEO of FirstKey Homes, will share her perspective on Single-Family Residential (SFR), the newest asset class in real estate today.

The program also features real estate executives from Cousins Properties, Eastdil Secured, JLL, Portman Holdings, Jamestown LLP, Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group, and Monarch Alternative Capital.

Bernard Clevens 22MBA

Topics to be presented include Sunbelt Growth: Atlanta Takes Center Stage and Capital Markets Insights: Trends and Disruptors.

“When John and I proposed the idea of a conference, Professor Black and the Emory administration were immediately excited,” says Clevens. “They have simultaneously given us the full force of Emory’s support while allowing us the space to own this as a student-run event. We want students to continue to run this conference for years to come, allowing a great experiential opportunity for both graduate and undergraduate students.”

When and Where Will the Conference Take Place?

The Emory Inaugural Real Estate Conference will take place on April 14, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Whitley Hotel – Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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The Goizueta Real Estate Group (GREG) supports the mission of Emory’s Real Estate Program by offering students hands-on practical experiential opportunities to learn more about commercial and residential real estate en route to each student’s ideal career path post-grad. GREG offers recurring annual events while also offering students the unique opportunity to craft new events that speak to the ever-changing dynamics of the real estate market nationally and right here in Atlanta. Additionally, GREG serves to provide a meeting point between students, professors, and alumni to continue Emory’s long-held tradition of creating connections and networks.

Learn more about the Goizueta Real Estate Group. To register for the 2022 Inaugural Emory Real Estate Conference, please visit here.