MEET AND GREET
The SIOR Chicago Chapter threw a “Meet and Greet” at
Carlucci’s Restaurant in Rosemont, Ill. More than 60 members
and guests enjoyed networking while viewing the first round
of the NCAA tournament in March.
Pictured (left to right): John Uremovic, Krusinski Construction Company; Roy
Splansky , SIOR; and Jeff Krusinski, Krusinski Construction Company.
DFW/NORTH TEXAS CHAPTER HOLDS
In February, the SIOR DFW/North Texas Chapter held a
panel discussion, “Urban Core Development Update,” at
Preston Commons, in Dallas. The 60 attending members
began the evening with networking and then listened to four
presentations on real estate development, growth and future
trends in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The presentations were
given by: Mike Ablon of PegasusAblon, Kourtney Garrett of
Downtown Dallas, INC., Scott Rohrman of 42 Real Estate,
and John Zogg of Crescent Real Estate Equities.
FLORIDA CHAPTER CHALLENGES
MEMBERS’ TENNIS SKILLS
The SIOR Florida Chapter members and sponsors got
competitive during the Marketing Direction Tennis Tournament
in March. Held at The B Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista,
Fla., 10 members and sponsors kicked off the Spring Chapter
Meeting with friendly, athletic competition. Brad Stitchberry
of KTR Capital Partners placed first with Stephen Rigl of Real
Miami Commercial placing second.
Pictured (left to right): Front Row: Danny Zelonker, SIOR; Van Akin, SIOR. Back
row: Elias Porras, SIOR; Brad Stitchberry, KTR Capital Partners; Jeff Collins,
SIOR; Mary Clare Codd, SIOR; Stephen Rigl, SIOR; and Tim Kilkelly, SIOR.
The Florida Chapter created a challenge grant in 2014:
the Florida State Commercial Development Competition.
Multiple chapter sponsors engaged in industrial and office
development were asked to submit their problems and
opportunities for development in the State of Florida.
The chosen problem statement for the pilot year was: What
specific site and building characteristics would maximize
return and facilitate lease-up for the developing DCT
Commerce Center Phase II in Miami, a multi-tenant planned
The Master in Real Estate Development Program at Nova
Southeastern University was selected and students operated
as professional real estate consultants. Three teams were
selected, with a $7,500 award for the winning team and $2,500
for second place.
The teams submitted their proposals orally and in a professional
report form to representatives from DCT, the university, and
the Chapter. The teams were judged on creativity, thoroughness,
the quality of the presentation, sophistication of analytical
methods, and the economic viability.
Ted Konigsberg said that this gave students a real world
project and valuable professional networking opportunities
while DCT received fresh, new ideas from the next generation
of the industry.
The awards presentation took place on February 26 at Nova
SIOR FLORIDA CHAPTER
LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM