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SREC

2015 SREC Conference

2017 SREC Conference

SREC Conference registration is open to current SREC members.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NOVEMBER 16 

Golf
12:00 PM | Stanford Golf Course

Welcome Reception and Dinner
6:00 PM | Four Seasons Hotel
Palo Alto

NOVEMBER 17

SREC Conference
8:00 AM | Paul Brest Hall
Stanford Law School

Cocktails
5:00 PM | Paul Brest Hall

NOVEMBER 17

Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame
6:00 PM | McCaw Hall
Arrillaga Alumni Center

NOVEMBER 18

Big Game Tailgate
3 Hours Before Kickoff | Chuck Taylor Grove

Football Game: Stanford vs. California
Time TBD | Stanford Football Stadium

Questions?
Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird ('91)
Executive Director
(650) 785-2908, x101
[email protected]

SREC Conference

2016 SREC Conference

The 6th annual SREC Conference represented the largest assembly of SREC members and most diverse programming yet. Over 80 senior executives in the industry heard from professors and leading industry experts while engaging in substantive conversation with their colleagues. This year’s conference was held on November 5 at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. The program focused on core real estate industry topics, macro-economics and the upcoming federal election.   

The SREC conference is purposefully kept to a small group to provide the members the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with one another and in a setting not typically found at other conferences. The interactions and discussions are off the record and participants frequently challenge one another’s assumptions and thought processes. The attendees represented a who’s who of Stanford alumni participating at the highest levels in the real estate industry across the country. 

The conference began Thursday afternoon with tours of Google and NVIDIA. At Google, John Igoe (MSCE ’70), Director - Design and Construction and Mark Kroll (MS ’75), Co-Founder and Managing Director at Sares Regis discussed real estate management and development challenges Google faces as its workforce expands rapidly. Attendees were then shuttled over to NVIDIA for a site tour and tech demonstrations which included a demonstration of Kesprey’s drone which NVIDIA has used to collect daily information on the development of the incredible building which will house NVIDIA’s headquarters.

Following the tours, SREC members gathered for a wine-paired dinner in the ballroom at the Rosewood Hotel. Mark Oldman (’91, MBA ’93, JD ’98), one of the country’s leading wine personalities, shared stories and tips with attendees over a 4-course dinner. 

After a great evening together, members rose early to gather at Paul Brest Hall for the conference. The first session focused on capital markets. Ron Sturzenegger of Bank of America moderated this session of real estate private equity principals from New York, the Bay Area and Chicago to discuss the current state of the US economy, yield expectations and global opportunities for investments. 

The second session of the day was a presentation from John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, on the state of the national residential real estate market, followed by a panel discussion on demographic shifts leading to the creation of new investment opportunities.

The morning concluded with Keith Hennessey (’90), lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, presenting on the economy and the upcoming election. The SREC members were provided an overview of the president-elect’s transition process and were asked to comment on the areas of concern they would like to see addressed by the incoming president. 

The afternoon focused on technology in the real estate business and began with a panel about data. Led by Brendan Wallace (MBA ’10), Co-Founder of Fifth Wall, the panelists discussed the paradox of sharing information in today’s commercial real estate industry and how technology platforms are providing data depth and accuracy as never seen before. 

The last panel of the day was led by Kyle Ladewig (’08) of Ten-X and focused on Stanford alumni who moved from traditional real estate careers to found disruptive real estate tech companies. 

Travis Duncan (MS’15, MBA ’17) reached out to SREC members at the conference to discuss NAIOP’s Golden Shovel competition in which teams of MBA students from Stanford and Berkeley compete annually by working on a live case study. He also addressed the work of the SPIRE Board of Directors University Relations committee and how SPIRE and SPIRE members can best support the University’s development of a robust and coherent real estate curriculum. Rounding out the day, Michael Lepech, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, spoke to the discussions taking place in the School of Engineering as to how Stanford can become a leader in the research of creating compelling urban centers of the future.

The Friday conference programming concluded with cocktails for attendees and their spouses. Guests were then shuttled over to Arrillaga Alumni Center to celebrate the induction of Bob Burke (’64, JD ’67) and Sam Freshman (’54, JD ’56) into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame. 

As in years past, Saturday activities were an opportunity for SREC members to gather with one another in more casual settings. Many members went to Green Library to hear from Daniel Hartwig, Stanford University Archivist. Daniel walked the members through an interactive exhibit which celebrated Stanford’s 125th Anniversary. The afternoon activities included a pre-game tailgate in Chuck Taylor Grove followed by the Stanford vs. Oregon State football game. 

In its sixth year, the SREC once again delivered on its objective to provide a platform for unparalleled networking, interaction and thought leadership for alumni at the highest level of the real estate industry.

We look forward to seeing our SREC members at upcoming events and welcoming them back to the SREC Conference in 2017.


SREC Conference

2015 SREC Conference

The 5th annual SREC Conference represented the largest assembly of SREC members and most diverse programming yet. At our 2015 SREC Conference held at Stanford University, over 80 senior executives in the industry heard from professors and leading industry experts while engaging in substantive conversation with their colleagues. This year’s conference was held from November 13th to 14th at the SIEPR Gunn Conference Center and other venues at Stanford University. The program focused on core real estate industry topics, macro-economics, leadership principles and disruptive technology.

The SREC Conference is purposefully kept to a small group to provide the members the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with one another and in a setting not typically found at other conferences. The interactions and discussions are off the record and participants frequently challenge one another’s assumptions and thought processes. The attendees represented a who’s who of Stanford alumni participating at the highest levels in the real estate industry across the country.

The conference began early Friday morning and concluded with a special SREC Dinner. The first session focused on capital markets. Ron Sturzenegger of Bank of America moderated this session of real estate private equity principals from New York and Chicago to discuss the current state of the US economy, yield expectations and global opportunities for investments.

The second session of the day was moderated by Brad Geier of Merlone Geier, and focused on property owners and developers. The four panelists represented a range of property types across the country and discussed the challenges in their respective investments and developments, including the nature of private vs. public REITs.

Mid-day we had a presentation from John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Counseling on the state of the national residential real estate market, followed by a presentation from Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford University. Professor Athey, a recipient of the prestigious John Bates Clark medal, discussed how data and platforms are changing the way we are doing business.

In keeping with SPIRE’s new purpose, to empower the Stanford community to innovate within real estate, place making, and the built environment, the afternoon sessions focused on the intersection of real estate and technology. The third session hosted by Gary Beasley discussed how the shared economy and marketplaces are transforming the use, purchase, development, and financing of real estate.

Lastly we had our fourth session that focused on the power of big data to unlock value throughout the real estate industry which covered topics such as leasing platforms, pedestrian and vehicle tracking, and using algorithms to value residential properties.

The Friday conference programming concluded with an intimate dinner at Vidalakis Dining Room at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where guests listened to keynote speaker Rich Barton (’89) talk about his “Power to the People” mindset as he explained how he founded Expedia, Zillow and Glassdoor out of a desire to bring actionable information to the consumer. He shared his personal experience in the real estate technology world and what facets of business and technology kept him on his toes and searching for more opportunity.

As in years past, Saturday activities were an opportunity for SREC members to gather with one another in more casual settings. While some members used the morning to play golf at the Stanford course, many members went to the new McMurtry Arts Building to hear from David Lenox, Stanford University Architect about the past, present and future of the campus planning and building. The afternoon activities included a pre-game tailgate in Chuck Taylor Grove followed by the Stanford – Oregon football game. Members enjoyed the opportunity to cheer on the Cardinal in a tight game against the Ducks.

In its fifth year, the SREC once again delivered on its objective to provide a platform for unparalleled networking, interaction and thought leadership for alumni at the highest level of the real estate industry.

We look forward to seeing our SREC members at upcoming events and welcoming them back to the SREC Conference in 2016!


2014 SREC Conference

2014 SREC Conference

The 4th annual SREC Conference represented the largest assembly of SREC members and most diverse programming yet.  At our 2014 SREC Conference held at Stanford University, over 70 senior executives in the industry heard from professors and leading industry experts while engaging in substantive conversation with their colleagues. This year’s conference was held from November 13th to 15th at both the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort and the Knight Management Center. The program focused on core real estate industry topics, macro-economics, leadership principles and disruptive technology.   

The SREC Conference is purposefully kept to a small group to facilitate a quality exchange of ideas and interactions not typically found at other conferences.  The interactions and discussions are off the record and participants frequently challenge one another’s assumptions and thought processes.  The attendees represented a who’s who of Stanford alumni participating at the highest levels in the real estate industry across the country. 

The weekend began with a wine reception followed by dinner at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort, where attendees had the opportunity to visit with colleagues and friends.  While enjoying dessert, Craig Blanchard, Managing Director of Real Estate at Stanford Management Company (SMC), provided commentary on Stanford Endowment real estate investments and historical performance.  The attendees greatly appreciated the detail and sharing of information about the SMC’s real estate investment strategy.

The following morning, guests gathered on the 4th floor of the Bass Center at the Knight Management Center on the campus of Stanford University.  This full day of programming was informative and engaging for participants, bringing them back to the familiar campus.

The first panel focused on capital markets.  Ron Sturzenegger of Bank of America moderated this panel of real estate company CEOs from New York and Los Angeles to discuss the current state of the recovery of the US economy, investment expectations and demand on different regions of the US.   The panelists also address international opportunities for investments, public markets capital raising and their perspective on the interest rate environment over the upcoming years. 

The second panel of the day was moderated by David Butler of Argosy Real Estate Partners and focused on property owners and developers.  The four panelists represented a range of property types across the country and discussed the challenges in their respective investments, including rent control and capital investment issues in San Francisco. 

The final panel of the day was led by Kyle Ladewig, Founder of Tech & Timber Consulting, and addressed the disruptive shift in the use of technology in the world of real estate.  The panelists included technology CEOs and venture capitalists who discussed machine based learning, the powerful effect of online marketplaces for real estate transactions and loans, and the impact of virtual reality on due diligence and property marketing.  The panelists led a provocative discussion about how business as usual is rapidly evolving to a more efficient and data driven model. 

SREC member Mark Burger commented, “I feel that one of the big positives of attending the SREC Conference is that a certain familiarity develops with other attendees and one has an opportunity for deeper more meaningful connections and more appreciation for your colleagues and their perspectives.”

Throughout the day special guest speakers provided information and context to the day’s panels. John Shoven, Director of the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research, was the Keynote Speaker and provided his overview of the financial markets, including a discussion on fiscal policy and moderate job growth and the impact of a longer living population on entitlement programs and social security. 

During lunch, Joel Peterson, Consulting Professor of Management at Stanford GSB, Chairman of the Board of JetBlue and former CEO of Trammell Crow, gave a presentation on the Stanford GSB program and what differentiates it from other programs.  He highlighted that after the GSB program graduates should walk away with a well-connected peer group and the feeling of having transformed from a student to a leader.  Joel also gave attendees a high value 15 minute crash course on “Managing Growing Enterprises”. 

Following lunch, Sarah Billington, Professor and Associate Chair in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, shared the outline of a multi-disciplinary program focused on Sustainable Urban Systems.  The program is currently in development and will give students the opportunity to work on real world industry issues while earning a masters degree.

The day’s programming concluded with Susan Meaney, Managing Director at Makena Capital, leading a roundtable discussion with all participants.  SREC attendees had the opportunity to respond to the day’s programming and engage one another in a room-wide conversation.    

In its fourth year, the SREC once again delivered on its objective to provide a platform for unparalleled networking, interaction and thought leadership for alumni at the highest level of the real estate industry.

Ani Vartanian Boladian shared that “as a new member to SREC, I was impressed by the quality of the participants, discussions, and idea sharing.  It is rare to have such a high and open level of dialogue and it’s due to the shared Stanford connection that such an environment is garnered.”

We look forward to seeing our SREC members at upcoming events and welcoming them back to the SREC Conference in 2015!

2013 SREC Conference

2013 SREC Conference

Professors, leading experts in the field, and engaging and meaningful discussions awaited the approximately sixty senior executives from the real estate industry who convened at Stanford University for the 2013 SREC Annual Meeting. In its third year, the conference was held October 3rd– 5th at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort and the Knight Management Center at Stanford University. Highlights of the weekend included a lively roundtable discussion, a look into the current state of capital markets, and a presentation by world class economist Michael Boskin.

The SREC conference is exclusively kept to a small group to facilitate a quality exchange of ideas and interactions not typically found at other conferences. The conference proceedings are off the record and participants are encouraged to question one another’s assumptions. The conference attendees represented a who’s who of Stanford alumni participating at the highest levels of the real estate industry across the country. The SREC conference is a program of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate and is available to SREC members.

The kickoff event for the conference, a welcome dinner and reception, was held at the Rosewood Sand Hill where Thomas Lurquin of Stanford Management Company (SMC) provided commentary on their approach to real estate investments in relation to their portfolio of assets. Lurquin has been the Managing Director of Natural Resource Investments at SMC since May 2012.

The main conference programming was held on the 4th floor of the Bass Center at the Knight Management Center on the campus of Stanford University. The board room overlooking the GSB campus and the Stanford foothills was a dramatic backdrop for a series of panels and speakers.

The first panel of the day focused on Capital Markets and was moderated by Ron Sturzenegger of Bank of America. Capital Market panelists included leaders from financial institutions based out of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. The second panel, “Real Estate Fund Forum: Seeking Outsized Returns in an Increasingly Competitive Market,” was moderated by David Butler of Argosy Real Estate Partners. The four panelists represented several billion dollars in funds across the spectrum of asset classes.

The final panel of the day focused on the design and economic issues of developing sustainable and livable cities domestically and abroad, and was moderated by Ed Friedrichs, former CEO of Gensler. The panel consisted of professor, an engineer, an architect, and a developer, to bring about a holistic discussion of sustainable design. Martin Fischer, Stanford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, introduced the new Sustainable Urban Systems program being developed at Stanford for students as well.

Special guest speakers were part of the day’s proceedings. Michael Boskin, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institute and TM Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford, addressed the group as the Keynote Speaker. Interesting insight was given with regards to Janet Yellen’s forthcoming appointment as Federal Reserve Board Chair and what it means for fiscal policy. John Burns, John Burns Real Estate Consulting, gave a presentation on the state of the real estate market.

Later that evening, SREC members attended the 2013 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet, held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, to honor Buzz McCoy and Bill Tooley, as well as recognize Stanford faculty and current students Roshan Mehdizadeh and Afroz Algiers.

On Saturday morning, Peter Bing led an intimate, VIP tour of the newly constructed Bing Concert Hall. Bing was involved from the very start of the design and he and his wife Helen helped with a lot of the decision making. SREC members enjoyed hearing first-hand about the reasoning for some of the design decisions, including their recommendation to the project team to include overhead light sensors in the bathrooms that turn red when a stall is occupied and green when it is available.

On Saturday evening many of the conference attendees attended the Stanford vs. Washington football game. They witnessed a thrilling win with Cardinal topping the Huskies 31 – 28.

The SREC conference once again delivered on its objective to provide a platform for unparalleled networking, interaction, and thought leadership for alumni at the highest level of the real estate industry. Susan Meaney, Managing Director at Makena Capital, said, “It was terrific to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with SREC participants during the dinners and get together as well as the meeting.  I really enjoyed the weekend and felt that the Stanford connection among the participants made the conversations more open, direct and engaging.  We are all busy and it is tough to make time for these types of events but this meeting was a great use of time and I would definitely participate again next year.”

2012 Conference

2012 SREC Conference

The 2012 SREC Annual Meeting was held November 8th – 10th at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort and the Knight Management Center at Stanford University In the 2nd year of this annual conference approximately sixty senior executives from the real estate industry participated in the multi-day event.  Highlights of the weekend included a lively roundtable discussion about the future of opportunity funds and the current state of capital markets, a presentation by world class economist Maurice Obstfeld on the Eurozone crisis, and presentations by Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and 49ers COO Paraag Marathe on their respective arena and stadium plans.

The SREC conference is exclusively kept to a small group to facilitate a quality exchange of ideas and interactions not typically found at other conferences. The conference proceedings are off the record and participants are encouraged to question one another’s assumptions. The conference attendees represented a who’s who of Stanford alumni participating at the highest levels of the real estate industry across the country. The SREC conference is a program of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate and is available to SREC members. Once again Stanford Management Company’s David Hood was in attendance and provided commentary on the endowments approach to real estate investments in relation to their portfolio of assets.

The kickoff event for the conference, a welcome dinner and reception, was held at the Rosewood Sand Hill where Hoover Institute Research Fellow Bill Whalen provided analysis and commentary on the Presidential Election held just two days prior.

The main conference programming was held on the 4th floor of the Bass Center at the Knight Management Center on the campus of Stanford University. The board room overlooking the GSB campus and the Stanford foothills was a dramatic backdrop for a series of panels and speakers. The first panel of the day focused on Capital Markets and was moderated by Ron Sturzenegger of Bank of America.  The second panel focused on residential real estate challenges and opportunities and was moderated by David Butler of Argosy Real Estate Partners.  The crossroads of sports venues and real estate panel, moderated by Lou Cohen of Locke Lord LLP, highlighted several upcoming and built sports venues with panelists including professional team ownership principals and Stanford faculty.

Special guest speakers were part of the day’s proceedings. Mark Hayes, the Managing Director of Portfolio Strategy for Stanford Management Company, discussed the State of the Stanford University Endowment and their latest portfolio allocation. Maurice Obstfeld of UC Berkely whose keynote “Understanding the Eurozone Crisis and Its Global Impact” brought clarity to a major event that is impacting investments around the world.

On Saturday many of the conference attendees attended the Stanford vs. Oregon State football game. They witnessed a thrilling comeback win with Cardinal topping the Beavers 27 – 23.

The SREC conference once again delivered on its objective to provide a platform for unparalleled networking, interaction, and thought leadership for alumni at the highest level of the real estate industry.

SREC Conference

2011 SREC Conference

The SREC holds an annual meeting – Real Estate Weekend –  over the course of two days, in the fall. At each Stanford Real Estate Conference, a forum is provided for the exchange of ideas within multiple disciplines of the real estate industry. Content is provided from current industry and thought leaders encompassing a range of subjects including development and design, finance, planning, sustainability, public policy, as well as a myriad of related topics. The conference is structured to facilitate interaction and learning among distinguished real estate professionals, investors, policymakers, and university academics, while also providing a vehicle for planning the long-term goals of the SREC and SPIRE.

The first SREC conference was held September 29th through October 1st on campus and at the Rosewood Resort. The conference, attended by over 60 executives, was lauded for its candid discussions and open dialog among the SREC members. Presentations included analysis on the changing geopolitical climate from Larry Diamond, Hoover Institute Fellow, and an update on the state of the Stanford Endowment form John Powers, CEO of the Stanford Management Company. Panel subjects included current development opportunities, a capital markets roundtable, and the impact of technology and virtual places on the real estate industry. The conference concluded with a dynamic interactive group discussion led by Ron Sturznegger the Legacy Asset Servicing executive for Bank of America. The conference was held at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort and at the Knight Management Center on Stanford campus.