The UC Real Estate Center & Program celebrated its 29th year of honoring industry professionals at its annual Awards Dinner on June 6, 2018.
Before a crowd of 625 , the Center bestowed its 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Tom Powers, executive managing director of Cushman & Wakefield. Powers was introduced by Mario San Marco, senior vice president of Western & Southern Financial Group, and Kevin Hughes, managing principal at Cushman & Wakefield. Together they touched on some of Powers’ key accomplishments over the years. Deemed one of the most highly regarded investment brokers in the Midwest, Powers has been transformational in improving the UC real estate program through his commitments to the Real Estate Executive Advisory Council (REEAC) and the University of Cincinnati Board of Executive Advisors in Real Estate (BEARE).
The UC Real Estate Center & Program also presented its 2018 Student of the Year Award to Claire Benken, BBA ’18, who graduates in December with a double major in real estate and marketing. Benken has maintained a 4.0 GPA, making the Dean’s list every semester while actively involved in the UC Real Estate Association (UCREA), the Aruna Ambassadors UC, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and Commercial Real Estate Women of Greater Cincinnati (CREW). Benken also had an intern and co-op experiences at Eagle Realty Group, Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate and Luxottica Group’s real estate department.
Jim Vondran, senior managing director at Newmark Knight Frank, chaired this year’s annual dinner that celebrated another successful year for the real estate industry, our program and students. The event also highlighted the center’s vision of a world-class program and mission in developing future business leaders in real estate through cutting-edge academic programs, research and innovative industry outreach and engagement.
PNC Bank was acknowledged for being the Center’s Premier Partner for more than eight years, and the 29th Annual Dinner was made possible by the following dinner sponsors: Corporate Sponsors (Taft, Cushman & Wakefield, Oswald Company, Capital Investment Group), Bearcat Sponsors (Kroger, Newmark Knight Frank, Frank Cohen of Blackstone), and Individual Sponsors (3CDC, Fath Properties, First Highland, and Ohio PACE). Special guests UC Foundation President Peter Landgren and Lindner College of Business Interim Dean Nicolas Williams were also in attendance.
The Center works closely with most of the audience members year-round to improve the real estate program and create opportunities for students. The crowd heard directly from graduate and undergraduate students Matt Obringer and Hannah Staubach on how they benefit from these collaborative opportunities. Lonna Sedam and Zach Moore also gave detailed overviews of their experiences on Center-led travel programs.