New International Advisory Board Launched
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 6:22PM
Real Estate

The support and leadership of a committed real estate industry, through the CU Real Estate Center (CUREC) has provided the tools and opportunities which have helped the Leeds School of Business excel in graduating tomorrow’s real estate industry leaders. On April 18th and 19th the inaugural meeting of the CUREC International Advisory Board (IAB) was held in Boulder, convening more than 50 top real estate leaders from across the U.S.

The CUREC board’s nominating committee, consisting of David Kim, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the Bascom Group, Irvine, CA; Steve Hansen, Director of the James Campbell Company, Los Angeles, CA; Mike Labelle, CFO Boston Properties, Boston, MA; Cooper Williams, Principal, Essex Financial, Denver, CO; Phil Welch, Managing Partner, Somerset Apartment Management LLC, New York, NY; and Kim Koehn, Principal, K2 Ventures, Denver, CO, assembled a slate of nominees during a year-long process to reflect the geographic and sector diversity of the real estate profession. “Never before has such broad spectrum of powerful and deeply committed real estate executives been brought together to drive the success and engagement of a national real estate center”, noted Richard Morgan, chairman of the board, in describing the new CUREC IAB.

Of the 75 IAB members, 9% are based on the east coast, 25% on the west coast and 66% in the central part of the U.S. About half of the IAB members are from Colorado. In addition to real estate developers, the IAB also includes bankers, investors, brokers, residential developers, appraisers and real estate attorneys. Many of the board members have deep roots in Colorado and to CU’s real estate program. Bill Mark, a long-time supporter, is President of American Real Estate Advisors. Bill is a diversified real estate executive with experience in investment, development, brokerage, and management over a 38 year career. His grandfather was an early 20th century Boulder business pioneer who built and managed the Hotel Boulderado until his untimely death at age 48. While not a graduate, Bill’s grandfather was a longtime supporter, and best friend of George Norlin, President of CU and the namesake of our library.

Other new board members, such as Jack Durburg, CEO Americas for CBRE, Chicago, IL and Rich Etzhorn, Executive Managing Director for Cushman Wakefield, St. Louis, MO, are rekindling their dual passions for real estate and CU through the board. “Being a CU grad is not a prerequisite for IAB membership. While many have a direct connection to CU, others have children as current or former students at Leeds. All of them share the enthusiasm of being part of a growing national real estate program on the rise”, said David Kim, a University of Wisconsin graduate but passionate supporter of CUREC.

The IAB replaces earlier governing and advisory boards associated with the real estate center at the Leeds School of Business, a change accelerated by a roll-up of the CU Real Estate Foundation into the CU Foundation. The industry-comprised CU Real Estate Council and the academic real estate programs supported by the CUREC remain unchanged except that they now benefit from the more broadly based board.

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