Fordham Real Estate Institute Announces Visionary Series CCL: The Future Role of CRE

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / The Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting digital series, which will bring together the most influential minds in commercial real estate and beyond to discuss the biggest factors that will affect the industry in the next five years. Compromised of four events, Visionary Series CCL: The Future Role of CRE will lay the groundwork for a five-year plan as the United States moves towards its 250th anniversary in 2026.

The first event will take place on January 21: The Real Estate Workforce - Restarting the Engine and Propelling the Economy. Speakers include Dorothy "Dottie" Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President, Fordham University; Louis Mirando, Founder and Principal, Streamline Realty Funding, LLC; and Don Peebles, Founder, and Chairman, Peebles Corporation.

Confirmed speakers for the remaining events in the series include:

  • Ben Brown, Managing Partner, Brookfield
  • Dan Dilella, President and CEO, Equus Capital Partners Ltd.
  • Tony Fineman, Managing Director and Head of Eastern Region Originations, ACORE
  • Guthrie Garvin, Managing Director, JLL
  • Greta Guggenheim, CEO and President, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
  • Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D., CRE, Principal, Hugh Kelly Real Estate Economics
  • Scott Lawlor, Founder, and CEO, Waypoint Real Estate Investments
  • Jeffrey Levine, Founder, and Chairman, Douglastan Development LLC/Levine Builders/Clinton Management
  • Steven McCraney, President, and CEO, McCraney Property Company
  • John Mechanic, Partner, Fried Frank
  • Michael Medvin, Managing Director and Head of Originations, AIG Investments, New York
  • Chris Mills, COO, Plaza Construction
  • James Nelson, Principal and Head, Tri-State Investment Sales Group, Avison Young
  • Ethan Penner, Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Mosaic Real Estate Investors
  • Jennifer Stewart, Global Head of Real Estate, BNY Mellon
  • Simon Ziff, President, and Co-Founder, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group
  • Marc Zuluaga, CEO, Steven Winter Associates

"As the United States nears this important milestone in 2026, the commercial real estate industry has the potential to play a major role in the continued success of this country on a global scale," said Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean, Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies. "At the Fordham Real Estate Institute, we are continually striving to bring together the leading minds that are shaping the industry landscape. The Visionary Series CCL is poised to facilitate ground-breaking discussions that have a real impact on what the next five years look like in commercial real estate."

All webinars will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For a full list of speakers and to register for any of the webinars, visit The full schedule is:

  • January 21, 2021: The Real Estate Workforce: Restarting the Engine and Propelling the Economy
  • February 18, 2021: What's Next for the Major Sectors of Real Estate
  • March 18, 2021: Show Us the Money: How Providers Will View Risk and Capital for the Next Five Years
  • April 15, 2021: Envisioning the Near Future: Technology, Innovation, and Obsolescence

As part of the series, the Fordham Real Estate Institute and its Executive Advisory Council are proud to announce the Scholarship 250 Fund. The program is committed to raising $250,000 by 2026, with a goal of $250,000 every year thereafter, which will be earmarked for scholarships and programming for deserving students from New York City and its adjacent suburbs who are interested in pursuing a career in the real estate industry.

"The Scholarship 250 Fund was created to provide opportunities for those who may not have considered real estate as a career, or felt there was too many barriers blocking their entry," said Louis Mirando, chair of the Fordham Real Estate Institute's Executive Advisory Council and founder and principal of Streamline Realty Funding, LLC. "We are a mission-driven University, and in addition to training successful people, we want to train ethical people. We want to be equitable in the opportunities for students. The Scholarship 250 Fund will provide the tools for these students to compete in the marketplace, which will make our industry stronger."

These scholarships will support programs for high school students (online and in the summer) to learn more about careers in commercial real estate in addition to providing high school and college graduates the opportunity to obtain a professional certificate, bachelor's degree, or master's degree in real estate, construction, or development through the Fordham Real Estate Institute.


The Fordham Real Estate Institute (REI) currently offers a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE), graduate certificates in real estate finance, development and construction management, and a comprehensive array of professional certificates in real estate and construction at its campuses in Manhattan and West Harrison, N.Y. Serving professionals and owners/investors of all stripes, the MSRE curriculum presents the essential elements of real estate finance, investment, development, and management. The programs are developed and taught by leading industry practitioners and are centered on imparting real-world professional skill sets. Flexibility and convenience are program hallmarks as classes can be taken in-person, online, and at various paces. REI is a part of Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies. For more information, visit

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Kayleigh Lentz, Co-Communications Inc.

SOURCE: Fordham Real Estate Institute

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